inauguration cake 2009.


I promise I won’t post any more about my excitement over yesterday’s events. Just one last post. My kids were so excited about the whole affair and wanted to celebrate, so we decided to make an Inauguration Cake. It was whipped up with whatever I had in the pantry, & the kids were thrilled with the results. We had cake, went ice skating, and thanked our lucky stars we live in the country we do.

{some icing may have made it into C’s mouth and on his face before it made it onto the cake}

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Giveaway: The Body Shoppe

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY!
Because they love you, and want you to love your body and your baby, The Body Shop is offering up a fabulous giveaway for Petit Elefant readers: A gift package from their luscious new baby-care line, Buriti Baby.  Products are made from natural and organic ingredients like olive oil and aloe vera that are mild and soothing for baby, and ingredients available via Community Trade programs. Good for everyone. You may be tempted to keep these all to yourself.  Package includes: 
Total retail value $57.50.
Giveaway Guidelines:
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  • tell us which product you’d love to try and why
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  • contest ends Friday, January 23rd at midnight, MST
  • winner will be announced Monday, January 26th right here
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop seems to keep reinventing itself while still staying true to it’s philosophy. I love the natural approach to body care and cosmetics, and I especially love the body butters. (Mango and Brazil Nut and Shea). Scrumptious. Their newest addition is all about your newest addition: Buriti Baby. It’s a complete line of baby bath and skin care products and they are fabulous. 

The product line includes body wash, organic cloths and towels, lotions, and my favorite: Buriti Baby Body Butter. Fabulous. Did I mention that already? I think I need to try the massage gel, too. It all sounds wonderful for baby and for mommy, no? Especially when battling the winter’s attack on sensitive skin. 
view the entire product line here
The Body Shop is currently offering free shipping on all baby product orders. Might as well get something for yourself, too!

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

beautifully made bed.

There are few things that make me happier than freshly laundered sheets and a tidy, made-up bed.


There’s nothing fancy about it {except maybe the high thread count sheets-I’m a complete devotee, they’re worth every penny} just a few pillows, a duvet, and some IKEA bedding. But it has such a nicely pulled together look doesn’t it?


Looking at it right now makes me want to crawl on top with a good book and a cup of cocoa. Mmmmmm.



I’m nothing if not a realist, so I’m well aware of the fact that it won’t stay this way for long. But it’s still a very nice way to start the day.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

chalkboard dining room.

Spotted this on Design*Sponge today. I love the unconventional-ness of chalkboard paint in a dining room. I’ve thought many many times about painting a wall outside the kids’ bedrooms in chalkboard paint, but haven’t because I picture chalk dust as a constant companion on the carpet. Has anyone tried it and loved it? Or tried it and hated it? I love the concept. In theory.


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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

america’s song on oprah.

I’m not much of an Oprah watcher, but I tuned in yesterday for the tail end of her Inauguration Special and I wasn’t disappointed. I was especially moved by the compilation of America’s Song which you can download today for free. Watch it here.

http://play.dipdive.com/p/984

If you want to download America’s Song be sure to hurry, it’s only on her site for 24 hours.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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share my inauguration.


This project, engaging the next generation of voters, is pretty inspiring. Check it out with your kids today.

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inauguration 2009.

I am so excited about tomorrow I can barely contain myself. I can’t believe the history that’s being made, and am itching to watch the coverage on t.v. tomorrow. The official 2009 inauguration website has a kids page so your little-ish ones can get in on all the excitement too. I’ve shown P and she’s now hovering over my shoulder waiting to get started.


What are you planning to do tomorrow in celebration? A special breakfast, or treat in the kids lunchbox? A special inauguration dinner for the family? I’m still not sure what we’ll do to celebrate but it will be good. I do know that I’ll be pulling P out of school to come home & watch the ceremony with me. Her school doesn’t have t.v.’s and they aren’t planning to watch it online. It’s a moment in history I don’t want her to miss, regardless of school policy.

What are you doing in celebration of this new era?

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

weekly fitness tip: make exercise a part of your day.

I have a friend who is a workout devotee. She is the most faithful exerciser I’ve ever known, ever. I asked her once to give me some tips, some motivational inspiration, something, anything to help me get a move on. She told me this:

“It’s just a part of my day, like feeding my kids, brushing my teeth, taking a shower. It’s just not optional.”

I asked her if she loved it, if it is her favorite thing to do in the world, and she told me that no it isn’t, but she feels better when she’s fit and it’s not an option not to fit it into her day. I’m not like this. I hate working out, hate it. I love the way I feel after I’m done, and I love the way my body looks when I’m in a regular workout routine, but I HATE IT. I have to force myself to do it.



So here’s my plan of attack: I’ve enlisted the help of a friend and we’re going to do it together. Between the two of us we practically have an entire gym of equipment, we just need the motivation and support
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!