safe wooden teethers.

Look at these cool teething toys from the etsy shop Little Alouette. They’re made from Maple wood so they’re 100% natural for your baby to chew on, and the teethers are filled with brown rice to keep your little one entertained while they munch. I always gave my babies frozen bagels, which worked great until they bit off chunks of bagels and tried to choke themselves. Wood is better, much better.

Maple Waldorf Teether/Rattle.
$14.
{via
littlealouette}.

Made with love by our family in a back yard in Ohio. Master carpenter daddy creates them and mom and wee one hand sand and package! These 5 inch teethers are finished with certified organic seed oils. Hand-made in the U.S.A. with Ohio Maple.

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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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bare naked ladies album for kids.


I’ve been a fan of the Bare Naked Ladies for a long time. The band, of course. Not actual naked ladies. Upbeat tunes, clean and witty lyrics, music with great personality in general. The talented band members are now parents and, inspired by their own offspring, have created a CD for kids. Titled Snacktime, some of the songs are about food, like raisins,  but there are others about wonderful things like pollywogs and wishes.  Classic BNL cleverness, without that saccharine kids-album taste.   Click HERE for a sample of Snacktime.

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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.

ju ju be giveaway.

$35.
BeLight.
6.4 oz.

11 x 12.5 x 1.5


Ju Ju Be, the maker of the unbelievable WannaBe has a dazzling array of diaper bags on the market including the ultra compact BeLight. It only weighs 6.4 oz. which you’ll appreciate when you’re trying to corral a toddler with one arm and manage a car seat one-handed with the other. It’s reversible with zippered pockets, includes a changing pad, two diaper/wipes pockets, a magazine pocket {we wouldn’t want to deprive you of your People magazine habit}, and crumb drains {I’m not making that up, it was clearly designed by someone with kids}.

Petit Elefant is giving away a Ju Ju Be BeLight to one lucky reader. I know we’ve done this drill before, but tell me the current status of your diaper bag {as in: Winnie-The-Pooh, hospital issue, grocery sack etc.} to be entered to win this sweet diaper bag.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday August 17th {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday August 18th on Petit Elefant.
  5. If I
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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!

breaking dawn book giveaway winner.

Thanks for everyone who entered the Breaking Dawn Giveaway. The winner is:

Geek Bearing Gifts

I don’t have a copy yet, because I’ve been relying on the “kindness of strangers” through my membership at PaperBackSwap to get one. I would love to have a brand-new copy, and promise to share it with others when I’m done. Thanks for the offer!


Congratulations. I need to hear from you within a week or another lucky winner gets the book. Thanks!

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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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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}

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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!

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.

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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!