the office is back! shout hooray!

Oh, the awesomeness. The Office is back. Tonight. So, set your Tivos, your DVRs, your *ahem* VCRs. And don’t.call.my.house. I’ll be relishing in the greatness that is: The Office.


I *borrowed* this photo from Black*Eiffel who *borrowed* it from Autumn de Wilde.

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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!

halloween costumes for kids.

Halloween will be upon us. For your little ones, this is a big deal. Which means for mommies, finding or creating a stellar costume is a big deal. Making costumes this year? Better get crackin’! Here’s a roundup of some really adorable/super-cool costume tricks sure to result in plenty of treats. (I couldn’t resist).
sweetest spider, from Martha Stewart
(this could probably be adapted for a boy)
a classic scarecrow from Family Fun
(great for boys or girls)
a dramatic, unique matador from Martha Stewart
(great for boys or girls)
dozens more fun ideas at both Martha Stewart and Family Fun: astronauts, jellyfish, monsters, and more!
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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.

last chance!

If you were a giveaway winner from last week and I still haven’t heard from you, you have until Midnight tonight before you forfeit your prize. Hurry, email me!

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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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pine IV denim giveaway.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.


You didn’t think I’d tell you about a great pair of jeans without doing a giveaway did you? You did? Shame on you. Pine IV is hosting our next giveaway of TWO, read it, TWO pair of Pine IV Kyoto Jeans. These retail for $189 each, and are available from a size 25 to 32. They are such a great pair of jeans, and with the dark wash and long inseam {35″} you can wear them with heels for a night on the town. So, get to it! See the details below to enter this amazing giveaway.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter leave a comment telling me why you need the amazing, fantastic, lovely Pine IV Kyoto Jeans in your life.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. Two winners will be chosen and announced Wednesday October 1st 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!

pine IV denim.

A good pair of jeans can be hard to find. Period. Never mind once you’ve had a bun {or two} in the oven, *ahem*. But I’m happy, very happy, to tell you about Pine IV Denim, a company dedicated to protecting the environment. So much so, that for every Pine IV Denim purchase, a donation is made to American Forests, an organization dedicated to “protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests“.

Pine IV Denim.
Kyoto, Indigo Wash.
{via Zappos}
$189.


Not only will you help offset CO2 emissions when you buy a pair {American Forests plants a tree for every pair of jeans purchased}, you’ll look sassy to boot. The jeans are very soft, very comfortable, and really quite flattering. They have just a little bit of stretch to them if you need it {I’m not at all implying that you do, it’s just I *might*}, and my absolute favorite part is the inseam of 35″. I’m 5’9″ and a little partial to jeans with a little extra leg. These are fantastic, worth the money, and contribute to the environment. What’s not to like?

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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apple prints.


I realized today that it’s been awhile since I’ve put up a craft, so let’s get to it! This is what I plan on making with my two little ones this coming weekend: fruit themed stationary. Do this with your kids, using any leftover apples you might have roaming around your house {we have a tree drooping to the ground with them}.

  1. Cut a round apple in half, poke out seeds with toothpick and set aside.
  2. Blot the cut surface with a paper towel until it’s dry.
  3. Brush white acrylic paint all over the cut surface, then add a line of red or green around the edges. If the stem is attached, brush brown paint on it.
  4. Stamp the apple on a folded piece of card stock.
  5. If you want seeds on your apples, paint them in after the other paint has dried.

Perfect for thank you cards or simple letters to grandma.

{via Family Fun}.

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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!

night light.


Martha never fails me. You can easily make a night light for your child’s nursery following these instructions. But hey, why stop there? If you’re going to make one for the nursery, why not make one for your room too? They look easy to make, and you can customize the light to match your tastes instead of a cheesy cartoon character.

{via Martha Stewart.com}.

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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!

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a tutorial.

I loved the tutorial on one of my favorite design blogs How About Orange yesterday. It looks super easy and I’m already dreaming of the possibilities for my house. See full instructions here.


{photos and instructions via How About Orange}.

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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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diet coke is no joke.

Hang in there with me this week as I’ve gone off caffeine cold turkey {not recommended} and am feeling the full brunt of it. I’ve read that it’s similar to detoxing off heroin, and while I can’t personally attest to that, I’m really struggling. If I’m not quite up to my usual posts this week, please don’t think I’m gone for good, it’s probably just that I can’t get rid of these darned headaches. I’m falling into the “extreme symptoms” category in all the detox books, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.

I have a fun giveaway lined up this week, and some fun things to show you, so stick around…

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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!