organic shea butter.

If you’re going on vacation, you’ll need some goodies to pack into your new Dwell Weekender right? So let’s start with skincare. Remember how I told you about my love for Shea Terra Organics’ Shea Butter? This kit includes some of the good stuff especially for one of you. Hooray! Giveaway guidelines are below.

Pink Guava Pomegranate

Shea Butter Gift Set.
$45.
{via Shea Terra Organics}.

“This fragrant gift set comes with an Indigenous Silk & Shea Body Lotion, Silk & Shea Shower Elixir and Shea Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub in a handmade sinimay bag.”


Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday June 22nd {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 23rd on Petit Elefant.
  5. Good luck!

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!

{layla grayce} dwell weekender giveaway.

I think it’s time for a little giveaway love, wouldn’t you all agree? Petit Elefant is delighted to be hosting a week of Summer Giveaway Fun! And what better way to get the party started than with THE perfect weekend bag? I’ve been lusting after this Dwell Weekender for months, & Layla Grayce {the swanky boutique I adore} is lovely enough to host this giveaway. I’m jealous of you in advance for winning. Giveaway details below.

$230.
Dwell Weekender Bag.
{via Layla Grayce}.
20″W x 11″H x 9″D

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday June 22nd {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 23rd on Petit Elefant.
  5. One of you will win this ridiculously fantastic Dwell Travel Bag if you tell me what your current travel bags are {zip locks included} and why you need this one.
  6. Good luck!

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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!

interview with design mom.

Design Mom is one of my frequent {and favorite} design blog stops. If you’ve never been, pop over and say hello to Design Mom proprietor Gabrielle Blair; she’s fantastic. I love her blog because she does a beautiful job of melding design and motherhood, and I adore her taste. I’m continually introduced to new ideas, fun children’s sites, new designers, and current events in the design and blogging world. I was lucky enough to nab an interview with her {she’s a busy woman!} so pull up a chair and enjoy:

petit elefant:: Tell me how you balance work, writing a very popular blog, & being an involved mom?

design mom:: I have a really high threshold for ignoring housework. :) In reality it’s a take-it-a-day-at-a-time thing. I try really hard to only spend time at my computer when the babies are napping/kids are at school. Or when I have child care available. I find it impossible to concentrate on work if my kids are right with me — I usually won’t even answer phone calls. I can do kids. Or work. But not both at the same time. As my blog grows into a business, I have to

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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!

shade clothing.

Once upon a time Shade Clothing was only known for its layering tees {which are pretty fantastic and are a wardrobe staple of mine in and of themselves} but they’ve expanded their line to include a variety of tops, including this darling 1/2 Sleeve Top, a little girly line, and swim wear. Yes, swim wear.

My favorite thing about the swim wear {as a mom} is that I don’t feel like I’m hanging out of it everywhere. I’m especially in love with the Slimmer Swim Bottoms that add just that little bit of coverage where *ahem*, I might have a little bit of trouble.

Which brings me to the next level of comfort {I mean, protection}: the Swim Skirt. I don’t think I’ve been to the pool without one since C was born. And these are so cute and seamlessly designed to flow with the great swim tops, you’ll feel completely glamorous at the pool.

Shade Swim Skirt
{without bottoms}.

$19.50.


I’m a bit partial to the Balboa Swim Top. I think it adds a bit of ’50’s glamour to the
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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!

The Nankeen Elm necktie Father’s Day giveaway – Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Cuddle Cottage for winning the Nankeen Necktie. Cuddle Cottage
wrote:

Din-go and shut me out on this one ‘cos my hubby’s sad and somewhat vintage neck tie collection needs all the help it can get! Yup, this little nankeen number would make a hot-doggin dingo out of my sweet but fashion-challenged daddy-o! (Meryl would totally be digging him.)

This would be for .

Thanks for playing. It was fun trying to come up with a clever way of doing this and reading your responses. With all the cleaver responses that were received, I have to give a kudos to a particular honorable mention. El Senor wrote:

I was supposed to go on a date with the notorious cougar Meryl Streep and I was excited to wear my new pink tie but it dingo together with any shirts and pants I had so I couldn’t go out. I’ve since bought a shirt and pants to match but have lost the aforementioned pink necktie. Please provide me with a new one so Meryl and I can have a chance at connecting again.

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sun protection.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but at our house we spend the entire summer outdoors. Working in the garden, at the playground, in the sand at the beach, or in the pool. We go through bottles and bottles of sunscreen throughout the summer trying to stay protected from an ever thinning ozone layer, and we’re always looking for products to help us in this endeavor.

$14.99
ABC Chocolate Brown.
{via My First Shades}.

These sunglasses are fantastic for little kids who need eye protection but are so active that regular sunglasses just won’t cut it. They come in a variety of styles, to placate your picky fashionista or color picky kid, & they offer 100% UV Protection. And if you have a child like my 3-year-old C, you’ll be happy to note that both the frames and lenses are shatterproof. Thank heaven.

Solar Safe Wristbands.
$6.50 for 7.

{via
Sun Protection Zone}.
Sun Protection Zone offers a plethora of sun protection options, my favorite of which is the Solar Safe Sun Monitoring Wristband. My kids were totally excited to try these out on our recent beach expedition and
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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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homemade teacher gifts.


My daughter is out of school for the summer, and before I get to the fun summer stuff I have a great find for those of you with children still in school. When it came time to give teacher gifts to Precocious’ teachers a couple of weeks ago, I froze with performance anxiety and chickened out completely. I wish I’d seen these bags first, I could have wowed her teachers with my sewing skills. Craft Daisies is a really fun blog with tutorials that walk you through the crafting process, step-by-step. Brilliant. These Boo-Boo Bags were made by Simone for a teacher appreciation luncheon at her school. You obviously don’t need to make them in bulk, but I love the idea and think it adds a personal touch to end-of-the-year teacher gifts.


Go here for full instructions.

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!

father’s day tie.

It would be a shame to talk up such a great Father’s Day gift idea without giving one away. So here we go!

Use the word “Dingo” within a sentence or two as it references or relates to neckties or dress wear. That’s just for fun. Also, tell us who this necktie would be for and why you want it. References to Seinfeld and A Cry in the Dark (1988) will be docked points and disqualified. References to Meryl Streep might receive bonus points. Father’s Day is this Sunday, 15 June so let’s make this a quick one. If you are in New Zealand and Australia Father’s Day is not celebrated until 7 September; Here in America, we’re cutting is a bit close.

Details are as follows:

  • Leave a comment on this post as described above between now and Wednesday11 June {23:59 MDT}.
  • Leave only one comment please.
  • Anonymous comments will be disqualified.
  • A winner will be chosen and announced Thursday 12 June on {Petit Elefant}.

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how guys really get dressed in the morning.

Ask any guy and they will tell you that they don’t wear outfits, they “just throw something on in the morning.” If you ever get a chance to see these brothers, you’ll know that chance encounters in the closet just do not happen. Just in case they do, here is something that can accidentally go well with pink, salmon, or just about any pastel colored shirt.

The Nankeen Elm Necktie

It’s funny how this professional model chose to wear washed jeans, a pink Nenkeen Elm Necktie with a loosely adjusted half-Windsor knot just to the bottom of the buckle of his designer leather belt. All by accident of course.
We’ll, thanks to President Nixon, Father’s Day is just around the corner and you can use this opportunity to help skew the odds in your (his) favor. {Not that I would ever condone such behavior.}

Here are the details:

  • 100% navy cotton lining
  • 59” length, 3.75” w tapers to 1.25” w
  • 100% Nankeen hand-dyed cotton
  • $65

–Victor

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