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!! 🙂
Ok, Ok, so I found this AWESOME app to help spread Christmas Cheer and it currently has me completely avoiding all forms of work! 🙂 (It is currently only available on the iPhone but they say it will be released for Androids soon!) The app is Santa Spy Cam and it lets you impose little dancing elves into videos of your own home (They can also send your letter to Santa, leave behind small gifts & sprinkle magic dust on things around your home)! It is so cool! I downloaded it a few days ago but hadn’t opened it until this morning after I dropped little man off at school. Needless to say since I opened it I haven’t stopped playing with it! Check out my first video below to see the magic for yourself!
Visit Santa Spy Cam on Facebook to keep up with the app, they also have a website with interactive stories that go along with various elf activities! I LOVE the 7 nights of Christmas poem and can’t wait to read it with Daniel so I can play with the elves after he is in bed, leaving behind little surprises like candy canes! For a little boy like my son this helps keep the magic of the holidays alive!
This review is done purely because I find this to be a “Simple Pleasure” and want to share it with you, I was not asked to do this review and my opinions are strictly that– MY OPINION. I am in no way affiliated with Santa Spy Cam.
I can’t be the only one who is addicted to online shopping, even if I’m not buying anything I can sit and browse for hours only to look up and realize I am still sitting in my PJ’s and its time to get the little man from school! It is strange because I HATE going to the mall and grocery store… when I have to shop in public I run in, grab exactly what I needed and run out. Shopping online I can be looking for one thing one second and 5 minutes later decided I needed a coffee pot and new air fresheners for my car… It’s almost as bad as pinterest!
Today has been one of those days! It started with paying my bills… yuck! Then I decided to hop on Facebook and noticed Julep had a new mystery box (I will go into my nail polish addiction later- that’s a post of its own!). After browsing the Julep site debating whether or not I should splurge I remembered that I wanted to look into new polish stamping plates and decided I would rather spend money on those! Over to Amazon I went… plates turned into Christmas shopping (my kid wants heeleys, those weird little roller-skate shoes that were popular back when I was in school) therefore Amazon turned to EBay then Listia and on and on until I look up and its past lunch time! (wow, just found Listia today and am addicted! Join me by clicking the link below!) Listia cured my desire for shopping and I didn’t even have to pay for a thing! I got my son a lava lamp (another Christmas wish list item) and a mystery grab bag of nail polishes, cosmetics and goodies for me! Luckily for my bank account I didn’t spend a penny, not even on shipping!
Now rather than doing the chores that I know need to be done I am sitting here procrastinating yet again. Maybe it’s not a shopping addiction but a procrastination one 😛
Hey, at least now I have some Christmas ideas, maybe Santa will bring mommy some presents this year too!
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