Elf on the Shelf

Ok, as most of you know I am obsessed with Elf on the Shelf! I LOVE playing with that silly elf and making him do crazy stunt and leave behind major messes. I think my favorite part of it is making my son clean up all Zip’s messes… I figure I clean up behind little man 365 days a year, he can clean up after Zip for 30 days or so… it is my own little payback. 🙂

This year I am having more fun than usual– I created awesome little note cards that Zip leaves behind to explain some of his messes and encourage activities that I had planned for the day (bake Christmas cookies, apologize for messes, elf jokes, etc). I love these because Daniel can practice reading uncommon words! I also made letters from Santa that Zip leaves when little man has a rough day following directions the first time they are given and ones commending achievements or positive choices.

Today we decorated our Christmas tree and while Daniel was in the bathroom Zip managed to climb our tree and knocked off half the decorations we had just put up. (Daniel had been refusing to push them back on the branches after being told multiple times they would fall off and break so it was a learning lesson in listening too). Last night Zip started to bake cookies when he realized all the bowls were dirty (it is little mans job to do the dishes) and he left a huge mess of flour, chocolate chips & a broken egg on the counter. I always pick Zip up from his mess and move him to his “watching spot” that he stays in most of the day and make Daniel clean up his mess. He does wander around the house occasionally when little man leaves the room or goes to school…

Zip even left a personalized letter talking about things that only an all knowing elf (or nosy momma) would know about my son! Like that he always leaves dirty laundry on the bathroom floor and that he really wants a pogo stick for Christmas but he only asked Santa for them because mom already said no.

I am selling all the items I created individually & in a discounted bundle in my etsy shop! Feel free to help support a single mom!! 🙂

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Christmas Comes Early…

I will admit it- I am one of those people who beat the mall at decorating for Christmas. I LOVE the holidays and usually pull out my Christmas decorations November 1st.

This year we are doing a completely DIY Christmas {thanks to a little help from pinterest & my extremely creative 6 year old}! We will be making our own homemade Christmas tree this week, and have already started our decorating of the house. My neighbor was standing outside complaining last night to someone on the phone that I had already decorated the outside of our house– I totally wanted to storm out of the house and call her a Grinch (decided against it as I had been eavesdropping while doing the dishes).

I also started our annual tradition on Elf on The Shelf. I know, most of you are thinking ‘she’s nuts! TWO whole months of imagecoming up with ideas for Elf?!?!’ Calm down- I haven’t lost my mind completely– since my son goes to his dads for his Christmas break I lose almost two whole weeks in December so really it’s just a month and a half and come on, with all the awesome ideas I have found on Pinterest and some other great blogs (they are listed below in case you wanted to check them out!) it was hard to decided what Zip (our elf) would be getting into for the 6 weeks he’s here! (Ok, ok confession #2 I occasionally bring Zip out of hiding throughout the year when my son is having a particularly “disobedient” week… so guess more than just 6 weeks a year!)

Letter from Elf

Guess two confessions in a single post is enough for now! 🙂 Enjoy your week!

Elf on the shelf blog posts:

Over The Big Moon

Blossom Bunkhouse

Halloween

It’s so weird how what used to be my absolute favorite holiday has now become a dreaded time of year– kids running in the road, consuming mass amounts of sugar and processed junk, staying up late on a school night, having to have the perfect costume… talk about nightmares! {The only perk is now I don’t have to spend a penny to get my candy fix for the year.}

This year I decided to be crafty and save a few bucks on my sons costume. He has wanted to be the headless horseman ever since his kindergarten class saw an adaptation of Sleepy Hollow last year on a field trip. Is it wrong that my first thought upon beginning this costume was trying to figure out how I could keep his face completely contained so he couldn’t eat candy throughout the night!?! Thanks to half off Mondays at my local Goodwill I scored an awesome military jacket for only $5. A quick trip to Michael’s and a rummage through my high school memories box (four years of ROTC paid off eventually) got me everything else I needed! Whole costume costing me about $15 and taking about 12 hours to make (plus drying time for paint/glue)…

Best part of all- his head/neck/shoulders are inside a cardboard box and I super glued mesh to jacket over eye holes so there is no possible way to transport candy from bucket to mouth without assistance from me! 🙂 Saving all the Reese’s and 3 Musketeer’s for momma– like stealing candy from a baby… or six year old! 🙂

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*We ended up winning first prize in a local Halloween costume contest the prize of which contained various gift certificates to local restaurants and activities!