personalized children’s book.


I love personalized children’s books, there’s just something magical about them. Me Media makes two versions of personalized children’s books, one for younger kids {2-5 year-olds} and another for the older ones, {3-7+}.

Both books are completely adorable, customizable with photos of your child. Just download photos onto your computer, upload them onto the pages of the book and you’re done. Then wait for the book to arrive in the mail and you will have your own little piece of magic. Nothing quite like it.


One of you will win a gift certificate good for a customized book of your choice from Me Media valued at $39.95.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Me Media giveaway leave me a comment on this post telling me which book you would choose.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again, email me. This means you can get TWO extra entries for this giveaway! What are you waiting for? Shoo!
  4. Leave only one comment please.
  5. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  6. One winner
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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!

on the 11th day of christmas my true love gave to me…

A Streamliner Rally, {it even rhymes!}. How sleek is this little Playsam rally car from Spunky Sprout {valued at $35}? It has the smooth look and feel of Scandinavian design and is a perfect simple little car for any little boy on Christmas. Need at your house? I know I do.


Giveaway Guidelines:

1. To enter the Playsam Streamliner Rally Car giveaway, leave a comment on this post before Midnight Thursday December 19th.

2. If you blog about this contest you are eligible for an extra entry, just send me an email with a link to the blog post.

3. If you twitter about this, you can receive an extra entry. That gives you a possible THREE entries to this giveaway!

4. Leave only one comment please.

5. Anonymous comments will be ignored.

6. One winner will be chosen and announced FRIDAY DECEMBER 19th on Petit Elefant.

7. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days of the winner announcement another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!


Petit Elefant readers take 10% off your order when you use code petitelefant10 at checkout
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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!

12 days of Christmas blog giveaway.


So I promised you all something good would be coming, and I won’t disappoint. A couple of things are going on here, all at once. First of all, Petit Elefant is about to have a birthday {one year!} and that’s definitely worthy of a celebration. Secondly, there are only TWELVE days until Christmas {!} and I want to help make all your Christmas wishes come true.


Birthday+Christmas= Giveawaypalooza 2008.


I have well over 12 giveaways so I’m just going to list them a few at a time every day until they’re all gone. Because the giveaways are going to go until Christmas Eve, you won’t necessarily get the goods in time for Christmas, but frankly, those are my favorite kind of presents to get. The ones that come after the holiday. Isn’t it fun to get a present once all the mistletoe or balloons are put away? I think so.

Now, without further adieu, let’s get this party started.

How about a microwave? No, really I’m not joking. I personally could use a new microwave as my current one is from 1987 {not kidding} and it sings to me while I warm up my food. But this isn’t … >> 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!

see kai run giveaway winner announced

Congratulations to the winner of the See Kai run shoes.
Mid City Gal wrote:

I adore the Tine shoes– my daughter would look so cute in those little ballet flats. Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

Now hang on dudes! I have it from a reliable insider that there are some great things coming up for the next 12 days or so (nudge, nudge; wink, wink). Do not feel too bad if you feel left out on this great giveaway.

Update: Management has informed me that there were to be two winners announced.
Hanna wrote:

Those are the cutest shoes! I don’t know which ones I like the most…but I really like the Alis!

Congratulations!!

-Viktor

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Michal

This is Michal's profile description. This is were Michal tells you how awesome and wonderful he is. He's just one cool cat.

what inspires me by guest mom deb.

I design cards because I like to and it is a passion of mine. It makes me feel happy when I have designed something that brightens someone’s day or brings a smile to their face. Along the way, people ask me all the time… Where do you get your inspiration from? Here is a quick run down of things that inspire me.

New seasons. Every new season brings with it a new outlook, or new goals. I love being able to look back and see what I’ve accomplished as well as take a look forward to see what needs to come.

Family time. I have a small little family (husband+ 9 month old + dog), but we have so much fun together. I think all the laughing we do together helps me to relax and inspires me to do better.
Traveling to different parts of the country/world. I LOVE seeing how other people live and what brings them joy in their lives.
Where do you get your inspiration from?

{image via flickr}.

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!

menu planning by guest mom deb.

Hello Petit Elefant readers! I must say that I had a very great and delightful time here this week. I appreciate all your comments and loved hearing from you. I want to leave you with this final post on creating a menu. Please continue to keep in touch… you can find me on my blog here. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.


There is really no right or wrong way to create a menu plan. It’s really just finding what works for you and going with it. This is the method that I use. I first start with the items I have. I usually some meat in the freezer or leftovers that need to be eaten. As you can see on the menu, I had hamburger and chicken in the freezer and combined those with sides or items I already had to make a meal. In this instance it was chili and stir-fry. After I’m done with the items I have, I fill up my meals. I grocery shop once every two weeks so I try to have 8-10 meals on my list. We usually go out to eat once a week and have left overs
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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!

working and juggling family life by guest mom deb.

Whether you stay at home or work outside the home, there are times when it seems hard to juggle everything. I work outside the home three days a week and have the privilege telecommuting two days a week. Telecommuting is wonderful, but I have to be sure to set boundaries and schedules so I am most successful and productive as possible. Here are a couple of things I do to help me achieve this. Feel free to pick pieces of this schedule that work for you and rearrange them to your liking.

Prepare. Get everything ready for the next day the night before (diaper bag, breast pump & parts, lunch, set out you & your child(ren)’s outfits for the following day). Does anyone else look like a bag lady when leaving the house? :) I usually have to make at least two trips to the car in the morning.

Clean the house during the week. For me, breaking it into small parts doesn’t make it seem so daunting and I’m able to enjoy the weekend a little more. A schedule like this seems to work for us:
Monday- vacuum/dust

Tuesday, laundry

Wednesday- detail clean kitchen/go through mail,

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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!

ideas for teachers gift.


Need gifts for teachers? As I’ve been married to a teacher for several years, I feel I have a wee bit of wisdom to impart on the subject. A few guidelines:

1. Teachers expect nothing at all from their students. Honestly. You mustn’t ever feel obligated to purchase something for your child’s teacher. It’s a kind gesture to be sure, but absolutely unnecessary. On the flip side, costly gifts from individual students are rather taboo.
2. Sincerely written notes and letters–from students and/or parents–are the bomb. They are also the most infrequently received kind of gift.
3. Sweets–whether purchased or home-made–are thoughtful, and you may have the very best froot-loops/pretzels/marshmallow treat mix in town, but keep in mind the 25 other kids gifting the same thing. One teacher simply cannot enjoy 3 dozen giant candy bars. Same goes for mugs. That said, here are some practical yet fun suggestions for the teachers on your list:
* Personal luxuries for the desk, like hand cream, alcohol gel, spare gloves for chilly bus-duty mornings and recess

* Stationery items like bookplates, notecards, rubber stamps or fun stickers

* Unexpected at-your-leisure edibles like that pancake or brownie mix or granola from your favorite bakery

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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.

traveling during the holidays by guest mom deb.


Although I have just a wee-one at home right now, I do remember traveling with my three sisters, packed in the mini van like sardines. My father literally had to break out the tape a couple times to divide our spaces in half. “She crossed the line to my side,” is how it always began. It usually ended with a few good tugs at the hair or scratches everywhere. Ah, the memories, the memories.
Here are a couple ideas to keep the kids away from boredom along the way to your destination.

Great website filled with lots of ideas for games + traveling:

Printable games… they’ve done all the hard work for you:

http://www.momsminivan.com/printables.html



Hopefully these games and activities will keep the children happy while traveling to your destination. I know the holidays are much more enjoyable with happy little ones all around.
Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Deb

{images via flickr & moms minivan.com}.

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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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