Polar Post Christmas Tree – Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

One of the most wondrous things about Christmastime is that irresistible sense of anticipation and excitement that permeates the season. Advent calendars count down the days, twinkling lights make the neighborhood more and more festive, and brightly wrapped presents begin appearing, as if by magic, under the tree. Once again I'm participating in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and this years tree pays homage to that glorious Christmas season tradition and anticipation that accompanies … [Read more...]

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? What kind of crazy shenanigans has your Elf gotten himself into? I have seen so many awesome and creative ways that people have placed their Elves, and I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas so that YOU can have some new ideas for your own Elf. We could all use a little bit of help in the creative department, especially if you have kids who remember little details from last year and you need 25-30 NEW ideas. There are quite a few Elf on the Shelf Ideas … [Read more...]

North Pole Breakfast 2013

Our elf Zippy loves a good surprise and for the past three years he arrives in style with a special North Pole Breakfast.  This is a tradition our kids eagerly anticipate and look forward to each holiday season.  We recently moved and Zippy had a little trouble arriving in a timely manner (AKA this tired momma was feeling a little overwhelmed and couldn't get it together) with this special surprise breakfast.  The kids were worried he forgot about them so they wrote him a letter and we dropped … [Read more...]

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Zippy our elf brought these giant peppermint marshmallows to our North Pole breakfast and they were so yummy!The following day the kids drew the card "make a holiday treat" from our activity advent calendar.  I hadn't prepared anything in advance so rather running to the store I decided to whip something up with what we already had, so we made a batch of Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats using the leftover giant peppermint marshmallows.Simply follow the regular recipe for rice krispie treats and … [Read more...]

North Pole Breakfast 2012

Our North Pole Breakfast has become an annual tradition to welcome our Elf on the Shelf, Zippy.  My kids really look forward to Zippy's arrival and I love their contagious giggles that fill our house when they wake up to see a special breakfast waiting just for them.I found adorable Santa plates at Hobby Lobby and decided to use those as my inspiration for our special breakfast.  Using store bought items and things from around the house I put this breakfast together after the kids went to bed.I … [Read more...]

North Pole Breakfast 2011

Last year I saw this idea on Jessica’s blog and thought it was such a fun idea to welcome the Christmas season and introduce our elf on the shelf to the family. Our North Pole breakfast last year was a big hit and I knew this would be a great tradition for our family. So, last night after the kids went to sleep I set everything up and when they woke up this morning they were greeted by a cheerful surprise! Decorations and Party Details: I used traditional red and green Christmas colors … [Read more...]