ju ju be.

Ju Ju Be has officially created the greatest beach/pool/picnic bag of all time. This bag does everything but take out the trash, and next year’s model will probably be able to do that for you. It is made from Teflon fabric, so it’s relatively indestructible and totally durable against the elements and it has every possible storage compartment you’ll ever need. It’s roomy enough to hold all the pool gear for my family of four with room to spare. Now that’s an accomplishment.

19″ x 17″ x 8″


Ju Ju Be has thought of everything for this bag:

  • an insulated pocket {to keep drinks, bottles, & snacks cold}
  • removable backpack straps so you can keep your hands free to wrangle the little ones
  • a zippered sand drain {unzip the bottom of the bag and shake out the sand without taking out all your gear}
  • electronic pocket dividers {keep your ipod and cell phone safe from the sand}
  • magazine pocket
  • book pocket
  • toy pocket
  • two bottle pockets on either end {I use mine for sunscreen bottles}
  • an extra elastic to use as a towel holder on the outside
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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!

Old Wives’ Tales

Mike and I have our ultrasound appointment on Wednesday. We’re going to find out the sex of our baby! And of course, there’s not one or another that we’d prefer. We’ll be happy to have a boy for a lot of reasons and happy to have a girl for just as many great reasons. So I thought that I’d share some of the fun with you, and you can weigh in on what you think we might be having. To help you out, here’s a list of old wives’ tales and how I compare. Good luck! Vote in the sidebar, and as always, feel free to add comments about your own experiences with old wives’ tales!

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My baby’s heart rate is above 140. It must be a girl!

My hands are soft, not dry. It must be a girl!

I don’t crave many new things (I’ve always indulged my cravings, so I think that my body just got used to the royal treatment), but I’ve always craved sweeter foods rather than saltier foods. And it must be said that I’ve been craving fruit more often than not lately. So it must be a girl!

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Alma

U.S. men’s swimming gold medal relay win beijing.

Did any of you catch the gold medal relay win by team U.S.A.? Beating the world record by four seconds? Michael Phelps was understandably excited.


{photo via nbc.com}

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!

Cito by Guidecraft

Our playroom, like many,  is a dizzying menagerie of brightly colored plastic. Which is fine, but really, who doesn’t love quality wooden toys for their heft, simple appeal, and environmental soundness? Among M’s most beloved toys are the wooden choo choo train and semi truck that were made for him by a talented relative. I display them proudly. I can only imagine his joy were he to receive one of these super-cool oversized trucks on his upcoming birthday:

Cito forklift by Guidecraft 
Cito semi by Guidecraft
Cito bulldozer by Guidecraft
And how big is “oversized” you ask? 

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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.

beijing summer olympics 2008.


Only one more day until the official start of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. I don’t know about the rest of you but the Olympics are my favorite.

Athleticism.
Inspiration.
Heroism.
Achievement.
Perseverance.


I love all of it.

And how cool is it that one of the top contenders is a mom? I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on Dara Torres. She rocks.



Photos found here and here.

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!

sf girl by bay.

Keep Calm and Carry On.
{via sfgirlbybay}

$25.

I know I’m completely late to the party on this one, but I’ve loved these from afar all along. Victoria {aka sfgirlbybay} has created the perfect print for those of us who need a little reminder to take deep cleansing breaths once in a while {o.k., I’m totally one of them}.

I’m thinking my laundry room is the perfect place to put one of these beauties; that way when I’m in the middle of 8 loads of laundry I can peek at the poster and remember that it’s going to be okay. Eventually.

I adore the Pink, but I’m pretty in love with the Juicy Orange as well. What do you think? Where would you hang one in your house? Take a peek at all of Victoria’s color options here and pick up a few: one for you, your husband, your sister, your mom, your neighbor {you get the idea}. We all need a little reminder sometimes.

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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!

TV Dinners Revisited

Back in the day when my parents hired a babysitter for me and my sister, we considered having TV dinners a special treat. The salisbury steak and apple cobbler came in aluminum divided trays that went in the oven (not the microwave) ’til all their sodium and preservatives were cooked to piping hot perfection. I think we only found them edible because of the fun divided plate! I’ve been searching for something similar in function, but better looking in form. 

These divided melamine cafeteria trays from Target are great for the kiddos. Ideal for lessons in sorting colors and shapes, or even food groups.

I like the simple look of these throwback TV Dinner trays. Fun for casual gatherings or for updating simple dinners at home. 

Salisbury steak anyone? 

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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.

custom made books for kids.

The First Adventures of Incredible You.
{via Custom Made for Kids}.
$32.95


Custom Made for Kids has created a really fun gift idea; a personalized keepsake book called “The First Adventures of Incredible You“. P doesn’t know it yet, but she’s getting her own
customized book for her 9th birthday this year, and I for one can’t wait to see the look on her face when she reads it for the first time and discovers all sorts of personalized details on the pages. It’s such a clever idea, I love it. What kid doesn’t want a book written specifically about them? And what mom doesn’t mind having someone else go to all the trouble of personalizing a book for their child? All you have to do is fill in details specific to your child and Custom Made for Kids will do the rest.



Now through August 31st use code: adventures20 for 20% off your custom book order.

{photos via Pottery Barn}.

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!

Baby Projects


I am a Design*Sponge devotee. I read it and a couple other design blogs for my work, and collect images of current trends, of things I love, and of potential inspiration. Last week, on DIY Wednesday, I found this wonderful gem. Now Mike and I already have a mobile for the baby, but I can’t wait to think of ways to incorporate these sweet birds into the baby’s room (which is still a storage room right now). Full instructions for the project can be found here.

This weekend, Mike and I started the dejunking project by doing a thorough cleaning of the house. My laundry room has never looked better, and I feel like I can really get started clearing out the baby’s room now. And once that’s done, it’s open season on craft projects for the baby! What crafts have you found and tried in preparation for your babies? I’d love to collect more great ideas.

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Alma