happy weekend.

We’re going here for the weekend for one last camping trip before the snow. Enjoy your weekend everyone! See you Monday with the winners of the back-to-school giveaway extravaganza.


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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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in remembrance.

Seven years ago today my little Miss P was not quite 2 years old. The news coverage surrounding the horrid events of the morning in New York on September 11th, 2001 were too much for me to bear while contemplating what the future might hold for my little child. I was terrified, horrified, and shattered. For myself, for the victims, for their families, for the future of my children, for the future of my country. And here we are seven years later, still here, with the world still basically a decent place.


I still believe people are basically good at heart
-Anne Frank-

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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!

kiehl’s.

The Kiehl’s products I own are among my absolute favorite in my make-up bag, so it’s amazing to me that until now I wasn’t aware that Kiehl’s even had a line of baby products. Well they do, and they’re great.

Baby Cream for Face and Body.
$18.
6.7 fluid oz.
{via Kiehl’s}

I can’t get enough of the Baby Cream for Face and Body, a thicker lotion for babies which has been, “Infused with a very carefully selected blend of vanilla, apples, pears, and sweet berries for a pleasant scent, leaving baby’s (and mom’s) skin smelling fresh.” It has a very mild hint of fragrance; just enough to smell lovely without overwhelming you, or your baby.

Baby Gentle Cleansing Milk.
$17.50 for 8.4 oz.

Kiehl’s Cleansing Milk goes on like liquid silk, and superbly cleans every nook and cranny of the little babe without irritation. All of the ingredients are natural, making the cleanser smell fresh and clean. I love it and highly recommend it, especially to mothers of children with allergies. Well done, Kiehl’s.


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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!

lunch tin.

P has wanted a lunch box for a while, but she isn’t much of a character fan and none of the lunch boxes we’ve seen fit her personality. So we decided to make one. I’ve spelled it out for you in case any of you want to go do the same. You could do the same thing for a recipe box, memory keeper, etc.

Step 1: Go to Roberts Crafts & pick up a metal tin box {it didn’t cost more than $4 with the printable coupon}.

Step 2: Pick out stickers and any embellishments you want. I let P pick out the stickers and I picked out the ribbons.

Step 3: Put stickers all over the box, any which way you can live with. Measure ribbons to the length you want {mine were about 3″ each} and tie them in double knots across the handle.

Step 4: Mod Podge all over the outside of the box so the stickers don’t come off when the lunch box is rattling around in your kids’ backpack.




Voilá! Lunch box.

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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!

can’t stop listening.

If you enjoy the Indigo Girls, like myself, you might dig Brandi Carlile. V got this album for me and I can’t.stop.listening.

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Also, since both kids are off at school and I’m in a pretty good mood, I’m extending all the back-to-school contests until MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15th! Happy, happy.

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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!

how to: make yummy apple oven pancakes.


This recipe for apple pancakes is too good not to share. I’ve even been enjoying cold leftovers. (There’s only two in my house, so there’s leftovers—if you have a few more members of your family, I bet you’ll polish this right up!)

Apple Oven Pancake

4 T butter
5-6 C sliced, peeled tart apples
1/3 C brown sugar (you can use 2 T if you want it less sugary)
Juice of 1/2 lemon, strained
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c flour
1 c whole milk
1t vanilla
pinch of salt
3/4 t cinnamon (if you don’t like cinnamon use nutmeg, ginger, and allspice or cardamom)

Preheat oven to 425.
Heat a 9×13 dish in the oven.
Melt 2 T of butter in the hot pan once removed from the oven, tilting to cover the bottom and sides of the pan (you want the dish nice and hot when you put the the pancake batter in it).

On med-high heat, saute apples in 2T of butter just until tender, 5-7 min.
Stir in brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Remove from heat.

Spread apples evenly in the bottom of the heated, buttered 9×13 dish.

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not a diva shirts for girls.

I’m not a big fan of “diva” or “princess” shirts for my daughter. It’s a personal preference really, but I’m kind of feminist that way. I don’t want my daughter to think her only value as a girl is in the role of a princess or diva or whateverelsedemeaningsomeonecanmarket. So as you can imagine, I’m more than a little thrilled that I found Ava’s Closet, creator of such shirts as: “Doctor Not Diva” and “President Not Princess”. These fantastic shirts or onesies range in size from a size 0 to a girl’s size 6. Now, if only they made them in my size. Two of you will win a shirt/onesie of your choice: Doctor Not Diva or President Not Princess, each valued at $20. Giveaway details below.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter leave a comment telling me which empowering shirt from Ava’s Closet is your favorite.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. Two winners will be chosen and announced Monday September 15th 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!

back-to-school giveaway #9!

I love Circle of Friends for their range of bath & body products for kids as well as their philanthropic adventures. They are “…strongly committed to fostering understanding and tolerance through engaging educational programs…and support children’s educational and charitable organizations…”.

One of you delightful readers will win a lunch box full of Circle of Friends goodies for one of your kidlets valued at $18. Giveaway details below.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter leave a comment, any old comment.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. One winner will be chosen and announced Monday September 15th 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!

back-to-school giveaway #8!

You know the cards Kimberly wrote about here? The absolutely adorable ones from Etsy? Doesn’t mama need some back to school swag? I’m in love with these birdie cards and one of you will win a set of 12 cards {valued at $13}. Perfect, absolutely perfect.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter leave a comment telling me which of Deb’s Designs is your favorite.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. One winner will be chosen and announced Monday September 15th 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!