old navy.

Old Navy has some pretty great offerings right now, and this ensemble is among my favorite.

Patent Wedges.
$24.99.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

summer polaroids.

I love these Polaroids. They remind me of my golden hued {’70’s} childhood.



{via frolic!}


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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

bella & lina giveaway!

Maybe it’s the road trip I’m on, but efficient traveling gets me kind of excited. So imagine my delight at our next giveaway from Bella & Lina. A Marrakesh-Leslie Bottle Bag. Not only is it the cutest travel bag I’ve seen in ages, it comes with all the organizational goods you’ll need on your next road trip.

“With two clear bottles, a soap dish, toothbrush holder, loofah and mirror included, this all-in-one bag is fully equipped for beauty on the go. Top handle makes it a cinch to transport. Featuring in olive green Moroccan inspired print.”

$70.
Marrakesh-Leslie Bottle Bag.
{6.5″ L x 4.5″ W x 6.5″ H}.
{via Bella & Lina}.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Saturday June 7th {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday June 9th on Petit Elefant.
  5. One of you will win this adorable travel bag by Stephanie Johnson if you tell me where you’re going on your next trip and how this will help.
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

brain candy.

Over the next few months we’ll be adding some great interviews to Petit Elefant. I recently had the opportunity to interview Sam Reich-Dagnen, co-founder of Braincandy. She’s an amazing mother as well as a successful entrepreneur, and it has been a delight getting to know her a little better. Enjoy.
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:: How did your braincandy adventure begin?

braincandy:: Once upon a time, when our twins—Blaise and Logan–were almost two, my husband and I had a vision. That vision was enough motivation to rethink our lives, our sense of family and our careers… soon Braincandy was born! In April of 2004 we quit our jobs and set up an office in the laundry room of our Seattle home. Having young twins was a handful and like all parents there were times when we just needed a little down time to take a shower or make dinner! In our diligent efforts to be conscientious parents we discovered that what we were looking for—developmentally appropriate content that truly engaged our children— wasn’t available. That’s when we began to form the ideas and concepts behind Braincandy. Editing our first DVD, “Braincandy, My 5 Senses” between “spin cycles” and the zen-like >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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weekend away.

We’ve taken an unexpected and brief trip to California for the weekend so I’m going off-line for a bit. I’ll be back Monday with all sorts of new loveliness. Enjoy your weekend everyone.


{And if you’re thinking of ransacking my house while you’re gone, be sure to switch the laundry for me. The house will be full of newly graduated High School Seniors, so make sure you knock first.}

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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eliza gran giveaway winner!

The Eliza Gran Giveaway {$76} winner is Grateful Gramma:

The dress would love beautiful on my granddaughter and would be just in time for her birthday!


Congratulations! Send me your info ASAP so I can get the dress off to you.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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book pick: kabul beauty school.

Kabul Beauty School.
{via Barnes & Noble}.
$12.10

I just finished reading this amazing book about Deborah Rodriguez, a hairdresser/mom from Michigan who opened a beauty school in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. It’s an amazing story. Rodriguez is gutsy, brave, & selfless, putting the needs of the Afghan women above all else. Definitely worth picking up.

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

erba organics.

baby body wash.
$13/6 oz.
{via erba organics}.

Upon the birth of their son, husband and wife team Robin Brown and Anna Cirronis discovered a plethora of chemical laden bath and body products on the market. Wanting something better for their son they created Erba Organics, a line of delicious organic skincare for mother & baby. The line is organic, made in the USA, and 15% of the profits go to WWO {World Wide Orphans}. What’s not to like?

mommy-to-be foot & leg refresher.
$15/4 oz. tube.

“When your feet and legs are sore and swollen, pamper them with this preservative free, organic refreshing gel. Helps ease the feeling of discomfort and appearance of swelling. Massage into skin, sit back, and indulge.”
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

end of school paper clutter.


It’s almost Summer! P has one day of school left before she’s done with the 2nd grade & she’s been coming home every day for the last few weeks carrying a backpack filled to the brim with papers. I’ve been weeding out the most important papers and recycling the rest, but what to do with the papers that make the final cut? Mailing boxes. They’re the right size. They’re compact. And they’re stackable. Label the outside with the relevant school year and voila! Organized chaos.

{photo via Flickr}.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!