Catching up with 2014!

Oh Dear!  As I’m getting ready to share the latest and greatest from our elves, I noticed that I never wrapped up 2014.  December must have been a doozy around here.  Anyhow, here’s the rest of what our elves were up to last year.  My favorite of the bunch has to be the craft stick bows and q-tip arrows.  I’d say the elves peeked into my Pinterest Board and grabbed this idea from The Brooding Hen.  I’m just happy someone is acting on things I pin because I certainly don’t go beyond pinning ideas most of the time.


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easy elf on the shelf sugar cereal bust out
easy elf on the shelf sugar cereal bust out
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easy elf on the shelf

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Elf on the Shelf, Marshmallow Spa Day!

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A spa day for an Elf on the Shelf wouldn’t be complete without a marshmallow bubble bath in the sink.  In preparation for the luxurious soak they had hung blue paper snowflakes around the bathroom the day before.  I’d love to see the snowflakes again another year but the marshmallows made a horrible mess once the kids got to them.

Elf on the Shelf decorates bathroom with paper snowflakes

Elf on the Shelf Brings Elf Sized Kendamas

child holding a miniature or micro kendama brought by elf on the shelf

Kendamas!  The boys were delighted to see that the elves brought kendamas today.  They are the smallest that we have ever seen. Miniature, micro, however you want to say it, they are tiny playable elf-sized kendamas.  Ralphie is doing the unicorn trick and it looks like Henry landed a spike.  Roderick didn’t quite land his trick yet.  The boys are enjoying this North Pole exclusive.3 elves sitting with mini kendamas elf on the shelf with a miniature kendama doing unicorn, where the kendama looks like a horn on his forehead miniature kendama between the hands of elf on the shelf close up of a miniature wooden kendama in the hands of an elf on the shelf

Hard to Find Elf on the Shelf

3 elves stacked on each others shoulders hidden behind a sofaOur elves have been hiding in more challenging places this year.  In fact one morning the boys spent so much time looking for the elves they forgot to open their advent calendars until after school.  Amazing!  The elves left a note saying they were hiding the first time they were out of sight, that way the boys wouldn’t worry that they had not returned.  They have been completely concealed in cabinets and drawers, tucked behind furniture, wedged in crevices.  They are illuminated in the photos but while we searched for them they were in shadows and tough to see.  My favorite was the day two of the elves hid in the cabinet with cereal bowls, the other was tucked into the flatware drawer.  One child yelled in surprise when he found the last one in the drawer. Child two jumped about 6 inches when he reached into the drawer and only saw the elf when he was about to touch it.  Elf on the Shelf can be fun and challenging for children of all ages.elf ont he shelf note telling kids they are hiding and challenging them to find them in 5 minutes or lesself on the shelf hiding in silverware drawer elf on the shelf hiding elf on the shelf tucked into crevice between the wall and a basket to hide. elf on the shelf tucked into holiday decorations for a hiding spot

Return of the Elves, 2014!

Elf on the Shelf Thanksgiving Return

Year 4 began with a warm, gooey pot of chocolate fondue.  My boys, just turned 10 and about to be 7, had been anxiously awaiting the return of our elves, Ralphie, Henry, and Roderick.  They arrived Thanksgiving morning as expected.  Thankfully the boys heeded the elves’ advice and waited until we were downstairs to fire up the fondue pot.  So much fun!

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Elf Sized Cinnamon Rolls, Yum!

Elf on the shelf sitting in front of a plate of elf sized cinnamon rolls We woke up to tiny cinnamon rolls compliments of our elves.  Of course the baked rolls were covered and the unbaked rolls were stashed in the refrigerator to prevent any disasters with the dog or cats.  They included a note about how to bake them.  Such a fun treat!  Below is a rough how we think they did it in case any other elves need some inspiration.  Elf on the shelf idea, cinnamon roll directions elf sized cinnamon rolls

How to Bake Easy Mini Cinnamon Rolls

  • Use a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • Preheat oven to 400′
  • Cut each roll into thirds and re-roll into three tiny cinnamon rolls
  • Place rolls into greased pan, our elves used a mini muffin pan.
  • Our rolls baked for 8 minutes but time may vary depending on your stove, pan used, and brand of rolls used.
  • After baking apply icing if included with your rolls.

elf on the shelf miniature cinnamon rolls on a spode plate


Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Boy elf on the shelf with goatee dresses up in an elf skirt for fun.Why should the girls get to have all of the fun?  Our neighbor had some extra elf skirts so we left them out to see if our elves would play.  The next morning they were all dressed up.  We wonder if they wore them back to the North Pole that night.  Lucky nutcrackers next to them are now sporting skirts.


Do You See What I See?

Elf ont he shelf hanging with frames with googly or wiggly eyes on pictures and the elvesHa-ha!  Our elves thought they were pretty funny sticking wiggly googly eyes onto pictures of the boys, and themselves!  I’m not sure if they learned this from other elves at the North Pole or if they did a Google image search.  Even magical elves need a little inspiration now and then.

Elf on the Shelf Fail

elf on the Shelf staging gone bad when the cat knocked over the box of froot loops the elves were staged on.  And then there are days when it just doesn’t work out.  What you see here is the handy work of our cats.  I am pretty sure the elves would have staged themselves cleverly.  Perhaps Ralphie with his head in the cereal bag, legs kicking out of the top.  Henry the Moose clinging onto the side of the box.  Roderick impatiently waiting to dive head first into the bag.  Maybe they would have used the Froot Loops to spell out a word like SUGAR!

We’ll never know for sure because a crash was heard.  Then I was awakened by my child telling me Roderick was in danger.  If you recall the day the elves returned they left a note saying no early birds and not to wake up parents unless the elves were in danger.  They have done marvelously well not waking us up by the way.

Down the stairs I went and there was an elf on the tile.  We used tongs to lift Roderick from the floor and everything seemed fine.  Except now what might have been letters made from Froot Loops were scattered across the table.  The cuteness the elves had prepared was now a rather comical scene and the boys were happy to have the annual treat of super sugary cereal for breakfast.

Forget Syrup, Let Them Drink Apple Juice

Elf on the shelf wrapped around a Pinnacle farms Organic Apple Juice bottle in the refrigerator drinking the juice with straws.Our elves proved they have excellent taste today.  They could have indulged in pure maple syrup, corn sugar syrup, or agave nectar but they went straight for the Pinnacle Organic apple juice.  It is delicious locally grown apple juice and a special treat for the boys, who were not very happy to be sharing with the elves.  Especially since Ralphie had his feet in the bottle.  The boys were pleased that the milk was left untouched.  No need to fear elf pee in the milk this year…yet!