what mothers really want for mother’s day.


As a mother I’m honestly happy if Mother’s Day begins with breakfast in bed {with the newspaper} and some sort of homemade card from the kids, and ends with me in bed by 9 P.M. Flowers are always nice from V, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. That’s not to say I haven’t been making a list of all sorts of lovely things I’d like come Sunday morning. Here are a couple of ideas for yourself or the mother{s} on your list.

Wishing Well.
$40
{via Zinke Design}.


The Wishing Well by Zinke Design is such a clever idea for new moms. The front holds a spot for a photo of the babe and inside are a pen and 150 4″x6″ note cards for well wishes from loved ones. I absolutely love it.

Amber Luxe Candle
{via Paddywax}.
20 oz. glass.
$36.
I’m one of those people who loves a hot bath with a candle & a good read. It makes me feel relaxed just thinking about it. These luxe candles from Paddywax give you 100 hours of burn time and I absolutely adore the design on the glass. It’s enough to make you
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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!

reminder…

If you haven’t already entered the HOBO International Giveaway hurry and do it now! The giveaway is ending at Midnight tonight and we don’t want you to miss out on all the fun…

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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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mother’s day giveaway-a-day #3!

It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without beautiful jewelry would it? Petit Elefant is giving away one of these beautiful, classic Motherhood necklaces from Blue Poppy Jewelry {valued at $64}. I’m absolutely coveting one of these beauties. Good luck!

Each freshwater pearl has a single drop of silver set into its surface to symbolize the unique beauty of motherhood. Wear this necklace as a reminder of the eternal love that exists between mothers and their children.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite part of motherhood between now and Sunday May 11th, {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced Monday May 12th on Petit Elefant.
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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!

nail clippers.

Baby Light and Clip.
{$14.99}.


Clipping the nails of my newborn babies was always such a traumatic experience for me that I ended up turning the job entirely over to my husband V. I always managed to clip off some skin and both the baby and I ended up in tears before we were through. Laurie, a fellow mommy, created a solution to my problem with her invention of the Baby Light and Clip, one of the cleverest things I’ve seen in a while. It actually lights up so you can see what you’re doing when you clip those infinitesimally small nails. Genius.

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!

sexy apron for the kitchen.

Remember this sassy apron from Two Blonds & a Brunette? One of you lucky mamas will win one {valued at $35} for Mother’s Day. Good luck!

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you need this uber-sexy apron between now and Sunday May 11th, {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced Monday May 12th on Petit Elefant.

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!

things to make travel with kids easier.

If you’ve traveled very far with kids {as far as the post office counts} you know that even under the best of circumstances it can be, well, trying. I’ve done so many things over the years to lessen the pain {for all of us} including traveling with an entourage of crayons, coloring books, binoculars, & stickers. I used to haul around bins in the backseat of the car full of activities to keep the kids happy while we traveled around town.

I recently came across Little Jet Set, a company full of products that are guaranteed to make traveling with kids enjoyable {no, really}. Take the Alex Car Valet for example: it attaches to the back of the seat in your car to create a little work station for your child, with zippers and pouches to hold all their travel paraphernalia {crayons, paper, stickers, etc}. I love it!

$9.95
{via
Little Jet Set}.


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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!

mother’s day giveaway-a-day!

It’s time to start the Mother’s Day Giveaway-a-Day! Petit Elefant has some amazing giveaways this week for all you wonderful mothers.


The first giveaway in our Mother’s Day Giveaway-a-Day Week is a note card set from the lovely Marta of m.writes. Remember when I wrote about Marta here? Well, one of you lucky gals will get to choose a set of note cards {a set of 6 valued at $10} from Marta’s darling shop! I don’t know about the rest of you but I can never have too many note cards, and these are perfect in every way. Lucky you.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment telling me which set of note cards you like best from Marta’s mini mart between now and Sunday May 11th, {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced Monday May 12th on Petit Elefant.

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!

growth chart.

Growth Chart.
{Box measures 7.25″ x 7.25″ x 2.75″}.
$40.

I think Miss Natalie is onto something here. These growth charts {from her Etsy shop Miss Natalie} are the perfect solution for the transition years between apartment living and permanent home dwelling. I used the not-so-original idea of measuring P’s growth on a two-by-four before we moved to our home. Not cute. It served it’s purpose, but without any aesthetic appeal. I wish I’d had one of these.


Packaged in an heirloom wooden box, the chart contains a 4′ long jute ribbon, mounted on wooden dowels and hung with a red ribbon. With one simple nail, you can hang your chart 1′ (or more) above the floor to start your measurements. Twenty tags are included (ten in red, ten in manila) with space to mark your child’s name, age, and date of measurement. Also included are twenty large safety pins in a muslin bag to secure your child’s tag on the burlap ribbon. A dollop of glue at the pin head ensures a steadfast bond.When your child is fully grown, simply fold the ribbon back up and place in the wooden box for safe-keeping, a precious
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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!

tru kid.

My kids really love TruKid bath & body products {o.k., I use them too and the Bubbly Body Bar is my personal favorite}. And don’t be fooled by the bright packaging, this is seriously organic stuff that smells like citrus heaven. TruKid is completely dedicated to using only certified organic ingredients and if you’re curious just what those are, all their ingredients are listed right on the packaging. No more wondering what is going on {and in} your child.

Bubbly Body Bar.
$6.
{via TruKid}.

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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!