what’s in your fridge?

The lovely Black Eiffel had a pretty cool post last week featuring photos of the insides of the fridges of a few popular bloggers. The photos capture the essence of their kitchens in a shot or two, {similar to MTV’s CRIBS} giving you a slice of recognition into the lives of these women. Love the idea.


{via Black Eiffel}.

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!

book pick: max cleans up.

I was first introduced to Rosemary Wells when P was an infant. She loved Goodnight Max so much we read it almost every night of her infant and toddler life. I absolutely adore every one of her books. Her writing has a simple cadence with relatable and funny story lines that lend themselves to being read time and time again.

Max Cleans Up.
$5.99.
{via Barnes & Noble}.

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!

summer pedicure how-to.


I’m one of those people who has had my toenails painted since Kindergarten. Really. My toenails look very odd to me without any polish on them {in the rare moments between polish changes} and I’m always experimenting with new brands & colors of polish. While it’s a rare treat for me to get a pedicure in a salon {something I didn’t even discover before I was pregnant with C} I have all but perfected the home pedicure. If you don’t have the time/babysitter/funding for a full-fledged salon pedicure but are dying to get your feet ready for summer espadrilles, here is my go-to-guide for an at home pedicure:

  1. Soak your feet in a tub of hot water & Epsom Salt {1/2 cup}.
  2. Once your feet have had a good soak, towel them off and remove your old nail polish.
  3. Clip your toenails {straight across}, and use a nail file to shape your toenails into a square shape {round the edges a bit} before you put your feet back into the tub for a few more minutes.
  4. Dip a foot file into the hot water before you use it to buff your heels & the balls of your feet. Rinse
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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!

how to: recycle old crayons into new ones


When P was a toddler {and we were in our college poor days} we used to make these for birthday gifts. We always have a vast supply of stubby crayon odds and ends in our craft containers and this is a really fun project to use them all up. IKEA has some great ice trays that come in different shapes and sizes that are perfect for this craft. Wrap them up in a pretty package with a coloring book and you’re good to go.


Directions here.

{via Martha Stewart Living}.

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!

labor & delivery kit

Labor & Delivery Kit.
{via Ms. & Mrs.}
$45.

The first time I was pregnant I did what any neurotic mommy-to-be does and packed my hospital bag months before I was due to deliver. I dutifully followed the packing lists of every pregnancy book and magazine I had read, packing almost anything that wasn’t nailed down.


Ms. & Mrs. has taken all the guesswork out of it for you with their Labor & Delivery Kit which includes: stopwatch, slipper socks, headband, back massager, body lotion, lip balm, Preggie Pops Lollipops, breath mints, pre-paid calling card, contact list, disposable camera, & bubblegum cigars. Just pop it in your hospital bag and you’re ready to go. The labor & delivery part I can’t help you with.

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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!

kangaroom storage giveaway.

Our next giveaway is from Kangaroom storage, a company full of simple & pretty home organization gear {which I wrote about here}. Petit Elefant is giving away one Joey & Jane Underbed Zip Bag {valued at $25}.


“Take advantage of the most overlooked storage space in the home: under the bed! Our Joey & Jane Underbed Storage Zips can be used as one large single compartment, or together with two separate clear bags that fit inside and divide the larger unit, so it is easy to see what you’ve got stored in there. For your convenience, pre-printed labels are included to customize and organize your storage.”
$25.
Joey & Jane Underbed Zip Bag.
{via Kangaroom Storage}.


Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you/your child needs this bag between now and Wednesday May 21st {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced Thursday May 22nd on Petit Elefant.
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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!

talking first aid kit.

Check out this first aid kit from Generation Orange:

First Aid Talking Kit.
{via Generation Orange}.
$149.99

“The kit is separated into individually labeled and color-coded injury packs so the user has all the supplies and easy to follow instructions for managing a specific injury. The audio module in each injury card takes the technology a step further. By the squeeze of a button, the module narrates step-by-step instructions to manage the injury, pausing and repeating when necessary for accurate response.”

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 because.

Green to Grow.
$7.99.
{via Baby Because}.

Baby Because is the ultimate one-stop-shop for all your {green} baby needs. My current favorite from their shop are the Green to Grow bottles; they’re made of “PES plastic…They are free of Phthalates and free of bisphenol A- a suspected hormone – disrupting chemical used in polycarbonate plastic, from which most baby bottles are made.”

Not only that, Green to Grow uses 100% recycled paper & soy inks in all their packaging & printed materials. They also donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes. Love that.

Phil & Ted’s Vibe Buggy.
$709.90
{via Baby Because}.

While you’re perusing the amazing selection of green baby products at Baby Because check out the Cadillac of strollers: Phil & Ted’s Vibe Buggy. This ridiculously well designed stroller makes me want to own it just to stroll {strut} C around my neighborhood. The Vibe has a one-touch brake, smart fold {you can easily stow it in the trunk of your car}, a 5-point safety harness, and is made of aluminum so it only weighs 22 lbs. You could easily maneuver this baby up the stairs of a subway platform.
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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!

mother’s day giveaway winners.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was very low-key which was perfect. I’ve officially reached the stage of life where I’m happy with very little on Mother’s Day. P gave a book she had written and illustrated at school highlighting the reasons she loves me. So sweet. And without further adieu, the winners of the Mother’s Day Giveaway-a-Day are:

Marta’s Mini Mart.
Lori:

Everybody need note cards. The red floral is totally cute. I deserve to win because I’d send you a note on one.
;)
Two Blonds & a Brunette Apron.
Annie:


Tres Saucy!! I NEED one of these! My youngest just moved out and this apron would do wonders to heat up the relationship between my hubby and myself. *wink* *wink*


Blue Poppy Necklace.
Liv:

i heart that necklace!!


Face Lift in a bottle.
Jenna:

Oh, I SO need de-sagging. Everyone’s been commenting lately that I look “tired” when I’m not actually tired. :( I’m just aging quickly all of a sudden this year and I hate it. Thanks for the chance to try this!


Congratulations! Thanks to all who entered, it was really fun to read all your comments. If you
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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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