Monthly Archives: November 2018

Elf on The Shelf Returns!

Does your family participate in Elf on the Shelf? We are on our fourth year and we absolutely love it. The holiday’s have always been about magic and making the day meaningful in my family, so adding the elf has given us a chance to bring joy and magic back in to our daily lives. It also gives us the chance to see our kids react with genuine awe and excitement. So much of our world is filled with chaos, stress, and fear. It makes me sublimely happy that I can bring them innocence and joy even if it is only for a few weeks with the help fo a small stuffed elf.

We try to incorporate lots of different stories and bring in Jesus and the importance of giving during our month with the elves (yes I am that crazy mom that has two!) but we also try to have as much fun as possible with them. For us it isn’t about reporting back to Santa. It is about bringing joy and interacting with our kids all month long.

You can find dozens upon dozens of ideas all over the web, especially on pinterest. We are preparing for our two elves to arrive and I love to leave a letter from them for the kids. This year I found two different letters I love, and cannot decide which to use. I may print both and pick one in the heat of the moment when I place them the night before. What are your plans for your elves? Be sure to check out these two free printables for your letters, one from Yummy Mummy Kitchen and one from I Think We Could Be Friends, and while you are there see their ideas for elves and try a few!

Have Yourself a Salt Dough Christmas

This year we are making special keepsake ornaments for the grandparents. My kids are at that age where they are still small, but in one more year they will be practically grown children. They still have that sweet baby-like look to them, and their hands are still so small and beg to be held. I want to remember all of that. So this year we will make some special salt dough Christmas ornaments that will keep their little hands small and baby-like forever.

The fun thing about salt dough is that you can make practically anything with it. Your ornaments do not need to be plain, ordinary, or even the same shape or theme. There is a world of possibilities even when you are using a handprint or footprint as your shape.

Salt dough Christmas

I Heart Arts n Crafts has 27 different salt dough ideas that will blow your mind. So be sure to head on over and check them all out for full tutorials. We have chosen to do Santas and Reindeers for our gifts. We cannot wait to see the joy on all of the grandparents faces this Christmas!

Grinch-mas: A Night of Family Fun

How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been a holiday favorite for decades. It has been one of our favorite books and holiday specials my entire life. This year with the new movie The Grinch being released to theaters my family has decided to have a night of Grinch-mas! We will sit together at home and watch the original holiday special, make Grinch heart Rice Krispies, and then go to the theater to see The Grinch!

The story behind the Grinch has always been a relatable one, after all, who doesn’t feel a little miserly now and then? But the idea that he can be redeemed and his heart can grow three sizes when someone helps to show him what the true meaning of Christmas is shows us that we can all be redeemed for our grinchy moods.

Our kids love the Live action movie with Jim Carrey as well, it really is not my favorite but I do watch it with them every year because they love it so much. This year we will watch the original cartoon version before seeing the new movie simply because it seems that it will flow better with the story being described in the new movie, but feel free to start your Grinch-mas with whichever movie is your favorite!

Be sure to check out Amy’s Party Ideas for the full recipe for Grinch Heart Rice Krispies, she even has some spectacular decorations to make your Grinch-mas incredible. Also, be sure to check out The Grinch in theaters now!