blanket giveaway.

Remember these blankets from Ellabalou? The most scrumptious blankets ever made? Well, it’s time to give one away. One Petit Elefant reader will be randomly selected to win one of these blankets {valued at $56}. Good luck!


Giveaway Guidelines:

1. Leave a comment between now and Midnight MDT Wednesday April 23rd.
2. Please only comment once.
3. Anonymous comments will be disqualified.
4. A winner will be announced on Petit Elefant Thursday April 24th so please check back to see if you won.

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!

chocolate bon bons from south n’ france.

Coconut Bon Bon.
8 piece Box $14.
{via South n’ France}.


I’m starting my wish list for Mother’s Day a little early this year & I’d like a little {o.k. a lot} of
this chocolate. South n’ France is an award winning chocolateir whose delicious chocolate concoctions are individually hand dipped and ridiculously delicious. And this year they are hosting a Bon Bon Mom of the Year Contest. Enter by Midnight April 30th to be eligible for a plethora of great prizes including a year-long membership to the Bon Bon of the Month club. I want in.

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!

hobo international.

Founded upon principles of innovative design, quality construction, and exquisite materials, we continue to subscribe to the same design considerations today. Incorporating imaginative utility and edgy styling, our beautiful accessories overflow with purposeful details that blur the line between function, fashion and fun. Handcrafted perfection and everyday style are what continue to distinguish Hobo International as the premier lifestyle brand for women who live by their own rules.

I have officially found love in the form of a handbag. Specifically, the Gillian tote from HOBO International. It’s the perfect combination of a purse & a diaper bag for any chic mom. It’s roomy, but not so roomy you can’t find your keys. There are several pockets on the inside of the bag {cell phone, pens, zippered pocket for miscellaneous} and the outside boasts two large pockets on either end roomy enough to hold a toddler size diaper. It even has magnetic snaps on either side of the bag that automatically snap shut for you. No zippers, no buttons, just function. I only wish I had carried around something this stylish when P was born. Instead I had a very functional lovely

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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!

spring break checklist.


P is out for Spring Break and it’s inevitable that my husband will pounce a camping trip on me in 3…2…1… Having been married to him for almost 10 years I’ve learned to expect last minute trips and have become quite adept at packing the entire family for a trip in a couple of hours. I’m not a pro, but this is a short list {10 years in the making} of packing tips that have saved a lot of marital grief over the years
{we’re still married}. I’m happy to share the love & hope it helps with your Spring Break planning.

1. Go to the dollar store and spend some money.


Really. I do this for every trip & it’s worth every penny I spend {which usually ends up being about $20}. I buy age appropriate toys, coloring books, window decals. Whatever I think has a chance of holding the interest of the kids for at least 30 minutes. The real secret is wrapping each present. Presentation is more than half the battle. Even with kids. They just don’t hold the same appeal otherwise. I hand out about one per hour, sometimes more based on how much screaming/ >> 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!

giveaway-a-day winner announcements.

The Giveaway-a-Day winners are the following:

O’Keeffe’s Hands & Feet giveaway goes to:

Hannah:

That sounds so wonderful! I could use that for sure!

&

McKay:

I NEED NEED NEED!!!


The Red Stamp Giveaway goes to:

Heather:


I LOVE sending snail mail.. biodegradable and renewable makes them better. I would write to friends in other states :)

The INKE Giveaway goes to both:


Stephanie:


They would go in my bedroom. We moved three years ago and I have yet to decorate my own bedroom. So sad…Please enter me!

&

Amanda L.:

These are fabulous. We love birds at our house and the kids and I are avid bird watchers!
I imagine these on the wall up our staircase. They would fit in beautifully.

Radius Toothbrush Giveaway goes to:

Jenny:

I have that Raffi ‘brush your teeth’ song stuck in my head now! Yay for hygiene.

The Eco-Artware Elephant goes to:


Ellen
:


I love it! It will make my unborn children happy, and in the meantime, I can enjoy it! Pick me!

Thank you Eco-Artware, Radius, INKE, Red Stamp, & O’Keeffe’s for the giveaways! And thanks to everyone who entered, it >> 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!

hair clips.


P is notoriously picky about her hair. She stopped letting me style her hair when she was 2 years-old and still hasn’t let me back in her hair “circle of trust”. We’ve gone through some awkward stages {the unicorn ponytail swaying down into the middle of her forehead was a particularly interesting time} but as she’s gotten older her hair styling has gotten better and better. P recently tried these big girl hair clips from taia and has fallen in love with them. She has worn them to school every day since we received them and has drawn nothing but compliments from everyone around her. All of the adorable hair clips from taia are hand made, and it shows. They are high quality, carefully constructed hair clips with only the cutest fabrics; and the Velcro ensures that they won’t fly out of your daughter’s hair while she’s playing soccer {I know, we’ve tried}.

Lotus 4.
$9 each.

{via taia hair clips}.

Jester 02.
$8.

It is very important to Jen that each hair clip is handmade by herself {with lots of love}. Functionality proves as paramount as style does – with a velcro lining insuring

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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!

kalencom.


The above photo of C {my 3-year-old} on our most recent road trip is exactly why the Seatbelt Snoozer from Kalencom is such a brilliant find. It’s inexpensive {$13}, easily straps on with Velcro {thus easy to remove}, and will eliminate crooked little necks while you road trip away. I think I need one.

Seatbelt Snoozer.
$13.
{via Kalencom}.

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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!

technical difficulties.

Petit Elefant is currently being revamped to be even better, and in the process the site has had a few technical difficulties. As a consolation to all of you who tried to visit the site while it was down, all the giveaway contests {which were previously set to end tonight} will be open until tomorrow or MONDAY April 14th, Midnight MDT. We want to make sure that everyone has a fair chance to enter these great giveaways. Thanks for your patience!

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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!

o’keeffe’s hands & feet giveaway-a-day #5!

It’s been a fun week full of great giveaways. Thanks everyone for entering these fun contests. The final giveaway of the great giveaway-a-day week is from O’Keeffe’s. TWO gift sets containing Healthy Feet & Working Hands {which I wrote about here} will be given away. If you plan on spending any time out in the garden this summer these are calling your name!

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment on this post about the giveaway.
  2. Comment before Sunday April 13th Midnight MDT.
  3. Anonymous comments will not be qualified to enter.
  4. Do not enter more than once.
  5. The winner will RANDOMLY be chosen and announced on Petit Elefant the week of Monday April 14th.


Good luck, & have a great weekend everyone!

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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!