On this Christmas Eve

enjoy hot cocoa while watching a beloved Christmas movie. cozy up with little ones and a beloved Christmas story. sing favorite Christmas songs.  wrap packages in pretty ribbon.  eat and enjoy and think naught of calories. hang your stocking with care. love & laugh & reminisce. celebrate. travel safely. listen for sleigh bells. remember what matters.
Merry Christmas!
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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.

how to: ingredients for making reindeer food.

One of the most important Christmas traditions at our house for is making reindeer food. We leave cookies and milk every year for Santa, so why would we forget the reindeer? We make up a batch for the reindeer that will come to our house, then mix up a bit extra to give to the kids’ friends. You can vary the recipe however you want but don’t forget the glitter, that’s the most important part. If you don’t add that how will Rudolph ever find the food in the snow?

Reindeer Food Recipe:

3 C. Oats
5 T. Glitter {we use Red & Green typically}


Pour 3/4 cup Reindeer Food into cellophane baggies, tie with ribbon, and attach this poem:

Inside this special package is a treat
but not for you!
It contains magical reindeer food
and here is what you do.
Sprinkle this magical reindeer food
carefully on the ground.
And tonight if you are lucky
Santa’s reindeer will come around.
But here’s a secret I have to tell,
one you must try to keep.
That Santa’s reindeer only come
when you are fast asleep.
So quickly put your jammies on
and get a story read,
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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!

track santa with norad.


We love to track Santa Claus every year with NORAD {the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada.}

Check up every few hours to see which kids all over the world are lucky enough to have been visited by Santa already! He’s really busy on Christmas Eve and you can watch his sleigh in Google Earth 3-D; It’s really magical.

{photo via NORAD}.

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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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giveaway winners list!

Here are the winners. Thank you to Excite Books, Family Talk, The Young Scientists Club, Nankeen, Snorg Tees, Macy’s, Jishaku, and The Peanut Shell! These giveaways have been so much fun, I’ve loved reading your comments. I still have a few giveaways left but I’m going to leave them for January. My kids are wrapped around my legs, just waiting for me to get off the computer and start Christmas already! Thanks for entering the contests, get in touch with me if you’ve won, and Happy Holidays!


The winner of the Excite Books Giveaway is
JamericanSpice:

Wow. I love books. I’m a bookworm! This would be soooo cool!


The Young Scientists Club Giveaway Winner is donna444444:

I like the volcanoes.


The Macy’s Gift Card Giveaway Winner is Belinda:

I’m going to be honest – this Macy’s GC would be for me, me, me!



The
Snorg Tee Giveaway Winner is Emily:

I think the “Pi be rational” shirt is hilarious. My dad would love that one.


The Jishaku Game Giveaway Winner is {littlefam}:

we are the game people! this would be awesome!



The Family Talk Game Giveaway Winner is Poulsen Family


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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!

holiday card.


Since my holiday cards are still sitting on my desk unaddressed, unstamped, and unmailed, I thought I’d post it for all of you. That way I don’t feel quite so guilty for not getting it all done this year. Thanks for all your support of Petit Elefant this year; I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings! Happy Holidays!

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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!

smart shopper giveaway winner!


The winner of the Smart Shopper Giveaway is Baba, who said:

Oh I would love to have this! Wow what a great way to do your shopping
list! Never forget anything again! I so want to win!

Congratulations Baba! Get in touch with me as soon as you can so you can start your Smart Shopping {it really is very fun}. Thanks to everyone for entering, I loved reading your comments and knowing I’m not the only “bear of little brain”, I loved that one. And thank you to Smart Shopper!

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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!

things I’m grateful for this season.

In no particular order…

1. It’s going to be a White Christmas.


2. My husband still has his job. You know the one he was supposed to be out of in July? Still there, {thank heaven!}.

3. My 9-year-old P:


4. My 4-year-old C:


5. I live in a beautiful part of the country.


6. Books.


7. This blog of mine that has grown and become such a fun part of my life.

8. My super talented, lovely co-editors Kimberly and Alma. They put an enormous amount of time and effort into this blog; I couldn’t do it without them. Both women are wonderful and both {!}are lucky enough to be with child this holiday season.

9. I’m married to my one true love.



{books photo via flickr}.

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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!

land’s end giveaway winner!

The Land’s End Giveaway winner is: drum roll please……

Randi! Who said:

I love a nice sweater and I really like the wheeled duffel.

Congratulations Randi!

Thanks to everyone who Twittered, Blogged, and Buttoned this contest! And especially thanks to Land’s End.

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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!

men’s ties.


Were any of you around when Victor wrote about Nankeen? Nankeen is this amazing company that uses ancient Chinese techniques to hand print their wares. They make the most exquisite bags and totes for women, pillows, drop bags for men, in addition to ties and scarves. Every last item in their line is unbelievable, hand dyed, and one of a kind. I love the colors as well; the indigo blue against the white makes quite an impact.

Hands down my favorite tie in Victors’ closet is his Nankeen tie. Victors’ as well. It’s head and shoulders above other ties; which is why one of you is going to win one! See the details below to enter the Nankeen Tie Giveaway.

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


Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Nankeen Necktie Giveaway leave a comment on this post telling why the man in your life needs this gorgeous tie.
  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 put the Petit Elefant Button up on your blog
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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!