Classic Children’s Entertainment

This is a note from my husband, who loves film and animation:

This is Alma’s husband Mike, and I wanted to throw my 2 cents in here to an arena I feel comfortable offering my humble yet knowledgeable opinion.

That being children’s entertainment. Even though Alma and I are not yet parents (but will be fairly soon), I have already stockpiled my favorite children’s entertainment. It’s taken me years to build up my collection.

The entertainment I have chosen happens to be the most beloved of my childhood, and my hope is that if I expose my children to it early before they get wind of Spongebob and his Magical square pants or something of the like, then I will have accomplished something great in providing a similar experience to what I had.

I find that the classics still hold up perfectly well for the most part. I speak primarily of Disney Classic Short films, which are available through the Disney Treasures line. The only problem is that some of the releases such as The Complete Goofy (which contains every short animated film they ever made with Goofy as the lead character) are out of print and now cost … >> find out more...


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Maternity Shopping

Last week, my husband Mike surprised me with a brand new maternity outfit. What’s great about the outfit is that I can fit in it now even though I’m not showing, but it also has a lot of room to rapidly expand. And what’s even better is that it’s from Target, where I like to buy most of my clothing because I’m practical like that.

Here’s the outfit that he bought me:

The next day I went to Target myself to see if there were any other clothes that I could stock up on, but I have to say that Mike actually bought me pretty much the only two items I would have bought myself. I was a little disappointed. (It’s also annoying that the maternity section seems to run into the Plus Sizes section without a clear delineation between the two; I wish that they were just a little more separate so that I could clearly see which displays were specifically for maternity.) But I went online and found at least three more outfits that I wouldn’t mind buying myself:
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Some Products to Consider

The second email my cousin sent me was full of product recommendations. The trouble is, of course, that she lives in Europe, so at least one of these products is only available over there, but I thought it was cool so I’d share. Here’s what she said about buying for baby:

“The advice I found the most useful was about what items people really used. Even that is so individual, but everything about having a baby is, and even more so because babies have an opinion too!”

As you look at these products and see some of her comments, remember that she lives in France and takes public transportation a lot. As always, I’d love for you to comment and add your own opinions. What have you found works for you?


Bugaboo Frog Stroller
“I love this stroller but it is going on eBay after having been used maximum 40 times in about a year. We have ended up using the sling 95% of the time, so we could have gotten away with something like the Quinny Zapp.”

Quinny Zapp Stroller
“It can be connected to a car seat and is really light weight and portable.”

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what to read when you’re pregnant.

When my cousin who lives in France found out that I was pregnant, she sent me two very long emails full of advice. Everyone knows that with pregnancy comes a deluge of both unsolicited advice and horror stories. But I was grateful to receive her emails because all of the advice was written down. Usually advice comes during a conversation, and it’s pretty much forgotten as soon as it’s given. How can I be expected to remember the lists and lists and lists of “crucial” advice that they’re giving me if it’s not written down? So I have only these emails from my cousin that I can refer back to as I get ready for the baby.

The first email talked about several books, three of which I’ll share with you. I think that these could help me out adjusting to the first few months of motherhood. (The comments in quotations are from her email to me.)

The Contented Little Baby Book
“You will hate it at first, her writing is terrible, and you will swear you will never be the cold-hearted parent putting baby on a schedule, BUT her schedules quite accurately frame the natural rhythm of most babies … >> find out more...


Cool Mint Body Wash- Pamper Yourself This Summer.

For Valentine’s Day this year, among the many gifts that my husband gave me (it was our first Valentine’s Day so he went all out to make it count) was Tea Tree minty shampoo and conditioner. At the time, I was waking up at 5:30 every morning to commute an hour and a half to work. The minty shampoo and conditioner would wake me up a little more and give me the extra little kick that I needed in the morning.

But I wanted to complete my minty shower experience so I looked for a mint soap. After a few failed attempts, I finally saw Nicole Hill spotlight Bath & Body Works‘ Mentha Body Wash on her blog last week.They’re having a sale right now, so the bottles are $6 each. I bought several because as a pregnant woman, I feel entitled to spend a little money on increasing my own comfort. I highly recommend that you go out and buy some, too, if you want an extra pick-me-up in the morning. I come out of the shower feeling refreshed and just a little bit chilly, which is a nice feeling on these hot summer days.


Catch ya later…

Thanks again for having me over to play here at Petit Elefant; it’s been a treat for me. The always witty Cicada will be here next week, and please feel welcome at The Piggy anytime. Have a perfectly  wonderful  summer weekend. 

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custom rubber stamps for home.

I love these custom rubber stamps from Sweet Paperie. Each one unique and charming. I purchased one for my husband, to label his extensive personal library, and we were both thrilled with the results.  Sweet Paperie’s Farrah is a delight to work with and is always introducing snappy new styles. Her objective: designs that are fresh, fun and high quality. She succeeds.
So many darling things to choose from, I’m eying this for my book collection:
You might like this for the bride to be, this for the new homeowners, this for a talented friend, or this for your favorite gourmet.  The possibilities are practically endless.
*** Sweet Paperie is offering a 15% discount to Petite Elefant readers
enter coupon code ELEFANT15 at checkout.

Kimberly 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.

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Haba Haba Haba

An on-line search to expand M’s beginner set of wooden building blocks, I came across these fantastic sets by Haba, of course. I can’t seem to settle on a favorite!  For your budding architect or engineer: 

Roman Coliseum
How cool are these? 
United States Capitol
Also available: Japanese, Middle Eastern, Mayan and Medieval sets, to name a few. Very cool. Via  and Oompa Toys

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Kimberly 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.

scented soy candles.

Small towns like mine really do have a lot to offer. I recently discovered SimpliNature Soy Candles and I’m impressed!

“Our candles have no added chemical dyes and we use cotton-coreless wicks. We hand-pour our soy candles into American made glass…When we started the company three years ago, we wanted the best clean-burning candles on the market. We developed our own soy wax recipe that burns straight across and down.”

Get this–the wax can be rubbed into the skin like a lotion. Seriously. The fragrance options are wonderful, right now I’m loving  Lavender Basil (not listed online) and a blessed unscented option.  Simpli Nature also offers lip butters in those hip little tins, pretty hand butter, and fragrance reed diffusers. I love the minimalist packaging, but they’ll even do custom orders and custom labels for weddings or other special events. Clever!
bonus: free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Kimberly 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.