not your mom’s photo calendars.

Czarnecki Christmas Calendar
$20

{via
Publish Me Mine}.

I know it’s a little tricky to see the photos but this is my Christmas calendar, made by the clever gals at Publish Me Mine. Isn’t it cute? Both sets of our grandparents love nothing more than photos of their grand-babies for Christmas; my mother especially goes cr-azy for year round calendars with photos of my family. Typically I go to Office Max and throw something together, but this is like a personally scrap booked calendar and it just doesn’t get any cuter than this.

If you want to do some for Christmas head over to Publish Me Mine to get started, and hurry because the printing deadline is tomorrow in order to have it before Christmas! But even if you don’t make it in time for the deadline, I’m sure your loved ones would appreciate a Publish Me Mine card in their stocking come Christmas morning so they can make one after the crazy holidays are over.

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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 cards by guest mom deb.

These are among my favorite holiday cards.

swirl ornaments.
5×7 card paired with raspberry envelope with pointed flap

{via Blonde Designs}
harris holiday card.
5.25 x 5.25 flat or folded
{via minted
}
joy.
4.75″ x 6.5″

$4.50 each

{via hello! lucky}.

Colorful Trees.
10 cards for on $12.50!

{Cards via inkOBESSION}
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let it snow.
8 postcards paired with red envelopes for $7.50!
{via saratams}

I love, love, love cards and stationery as you can probably tell from my shop. I love getting all different types of cards over the holidays and seeing what type of style people are into that particular year.

Tell me, what type of card have you picked this year?

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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!

guest mom.

I still have plenty to tell you about before Christmas so I’ll be posting every day this week, but I’m really excited about a guest we’ll be having over the next few days. Deb is not only mama to one but a really talented designer with her own etsy shop, Deb’s Designs. I really love her work, it’s so clean, simple, and pretty. Very pretty. Be sure to give Deb a big welcome this week as she shares a peek into the life of a designing mom.


Hello everyone! Let me first just say that thank you to Petit Elefant for inviting me to be a guest here. I’ve been visiting the site almost daily since I discovered it a couple months ago and I love it! There are so many great tips and pretty things found here.

My husband and I are in a fun stage of life. I like to call this a “year of firsts” as we had our first born in February, {we’ve been married 7 years}. It’s so exciting to see our child experience everything for the first time, especially holidays. Putting up the tree was a lot of fun- just picture wrestling a
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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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what essentials do I need for baby?

Well, it’s less than one month till my due date, which means that I may officially be kicking it into panic mode. There’s still so much that I want done around the house, and I’ve refused to let myself buy any baby supplies until the house and baby room are completely in order. So seriously, I’d better get things in order fast.

Part of the stress of being a first-time mom is just feeling overwhelmed by a new responsibility. I’m going to have to care for this infant, and I really don’t know the first thing about babies or infant care. Last week, a friend offered me her favorite brand of butt paste, which was really nice of her. But then I went running to Mike and said, “Butt paste! I haven’t even thought about butt paste! I don’t know when or why to use butt paste! How am I going to care for this baby?” And then Mike, because he’s a perfect husband, reminded me that I didn’t know the first thing about gestational diabetes, but as soon as I found out I had it, I learned quickly what it was and how to manage it. He assured me … >> find out more...

Alma

see kai run giveaway!

It feels about time for another giveaway doesn’t it? I mean, it’s been awhile, so let’s get this party started! And for those of you who don’t really need this giveaway, no worries, I have your back. There’s maybe a big, um, shhhh….. something next week. So don’t stress, I have it all under control.

Meanwhile, for those of you who do need a pair of shoes for your little one, I have TWO pair of See Kai Run Smaller shoes to give away! There are 15 styles to choose from and they range from a size 0-12 months and are valued at around $30 each. See giveaway details below.


Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter the See Kai Run , leave me a comment telling me which See Kai Run shoes you love the most.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. One winner will be chosen and announced Friday December 12th on Petit Elefant.
  5. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days to claim your giveaway another winner will be chosen.
  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!

kid’s shoes.


Addison
sale $25.60
{via See Kai Run}
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Do you know about See Kai Run? Well I do now, now that I no longer have children to wear these scrumptious shoes. Seriously I know I beat this drum a lot but where were they when I needed them? My little C had such fat feet as a baby that nothing fit. At all. It was a good thing he liked being barefoot because I just didn’t have the heart to ram his squishy little feet into stiff sneakers, {which really weren’t all that attractive to start with, I mean really}. So let’s take a look at the {See Kai Run} facts.

See Kai Run shoes:

  • Are “handcrafted from butter-soft sheepskin leather” {nothing synthetic here folks}
  • Have a “breathable leather insole and lining”
  • Have “soft suede sole with non-slip rubber pads”


  • “Arrives in snazzy silver packaging for easy gift giving


And you’ve seen the shoes. Not only will your kids want to wear them because they’re adorable, their little tootsies will be able to breathe, they won’t slip all over when they try to walk, and they’ll >> 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!

Pajama Party

I really have a thing for pajamas, perhaps stemming from a favorite tradition from my childhood: new PJ’s for Christmas, which we were permitted to open on Christmas Eve. I love them for myself, and I love to see my little guy all cozy in cute PJs. If you have the talents of Miss Alison here at Petit Elefant, you are probably custom making some very darling pajamas for your little ones this year. For the rest of us, I’ve noticed these cuties. Yes, I have a thing for stripes, too: 

Gap for boys and girls
Children’s Place stripes for boy and for girl

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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.

american girl doll patterns.

Miss Madeline Peasant Dress Pattern.
$9.95
{via You Can Make This}

In an effort to save money, be environmentally responsible, and put more meaning into Christmas this year I’m making at least half of my gifts. Not just neighbor gifts but gifts to my kids, my husband, and my siblings. I think most of us are feeling the financial crunch, and I’m especially feeling the need to create memories instead of buying them.

One of our family traditions {as I’m sure is the case with many of you} is to have the kids open a pair of new pajamas on Christmas Eve. I usually get the kids matching somethings so they look adorable opening all their Christmas presents. This year, I’m going to make their Christmas pajamas. I’ve dusted off the sewing machine and I can’t wait to get started! I’m using patterns from a great site called You Can Make This, which is filled to the brim with hundreds and hundreds of patterns for you to download straight off the site. They are totally affordable {so you can grab a few while you’re there}and there are so many to choose from it’s ridiculous. The are step-by-step instructions … >> 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!

bi-annual beehive bazaar in utah.


If you’re even remotely close to the area, this gathering of talented artisans and handmade goodies is definitely worth a trip. This Thursday-Saturday. I hope to see you there, I’ll be the one *gently* reprimanding my four-year-old about touching with his eyes, not his hands.
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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!