Elf on the Shelf The Workout

Does your Elf on the Shelf workout? That is exactly what we caught ours doing today!

Our girl Elf, Diane, was stretching. Our boy Elf, Jack, was lifting weights.

Yes, lifting weights! With a dumbbell made of a paper straw and cookies.


elf on the shelf ideas workout

I simply used a hot glue gun to secure the pre-packaged shortbread cookies to a festive paper straw that I cut down.

I bent his legs and just manipulated his positioning until he stayed and did not move. Luck, really. lol

I used a thumbtack to pin girl Elf on the Shelf’s hands to her legs to post her as stretching.

So much fun!

cookie and straw dumbbell workout elf on the shelf


They need the workout with all of the cookies and goodies we’ve left them!

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Girl Elf on the Shelf Marshmallow Bubble Bath

I love fun and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas like this one!

What girl does not love a bubble bath? Well our girl elf has been dreaming of a bubble bath!

All you need is a fancy coffee cup and some marshmallows.

Let me show you how awesome this is!

girl elf on the shelf ideas marshmallow bubble bath

Just sit your elf in the cup and pour miniature marshmallows inside.

The cup serves as the tub and the marshmallows are the bubbles.

I put on her black fur boots that came with her paid skirt that I shared with you in the date night post.

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Super easy and this one works great when you’re in a pinch for a quick idea.

You can let the kiddos enjoy the marshmallows too! First count them and make it a little educational!

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Elf on the Shelf Pizza Date Night

Our elves had a date night. Fun, right?

Jack and Diane are so madly in love. Look at how coy and sweet she is when she’s around him?

An Elf on the Shelf date night is super easy to do.

elf on the shelf ideas date night

We have this fraction pizza learning kit that we use in our homeschool curriculum. It is from Learning Resources. Turn the pizza slices over and there is a fraction on the back. Makes learning super fun.

We had cousins over this weekend to play and I had not put them pizzas back up on our homeschool shelf. Why not incorporate them into our Elf on the Shelf antics?

Just incorporate whatever you have around the house. Go through your kids toys and such and find items that would make for a fun date night.

pizza date night for elf on the shelf

They are eating black olive and cheese pizza.

The slices are the perfect size for an Elf on the Shelf date night.

(Diane is still wearing her adorable plaid skirt with green tulle underneath. She is styling!)

elf on the shelf date night using learning resources fraction pizza play kit

Can you tell she is just smitten over Jack?

And he feels the same way about her.

elf on the shelf ideas girl elf and boy elf in love


What has your Elf on the Shelf been up to?

We’re having so much fun with ours! I am so glad we have a boy and and girl elf this year. It’s made for some fun ideas.

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How to Make a Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Is your yard filled with pine cones?

Right before Thanksgiving a friend gave me a bag of pine cones. She had collected too many for a project at her son’s school and she wondered if I could use them.


There are so many different pine cone crafts you can create. They are fun to decorate with this time of year.

Today I am going to show you how to make a pine cone Christmas tree. This is so easy and your kiddos will enjoy helping too! Let me show you how to make them.

(Have you seen all of our activities for kids? We have tons you’ll want to check out while you’re here! )
activities for kids: how to make a pine cone Christmas tree




Gather up your supplies.

Take the green spray paint and evenly coat the pine cone. This is a job for an older child, with supervision, or for the adult.

If you’re using acrylic paint and a paint brush, evenly apply a coat of the green paint all over the pine cone using the brush.

It is best to do this work over a sheet of newspaper or paper you’re recycling.

use a pine cone to make a Christmas tree ornament


If you’re using spray paint, wait for the green paint to dry and then spray it with the diamond dust spray to add a layer of snow.

If you’re using glitter instead, sprinkle glitter over the wet green paint before it dries.

Now, let it dry 100%.

spray painted pine cones


Once it is dry add the pom poms using hot glue.

I used a bit yellow pom pom on the top of the pine cone to represent a star.

I used smaller pom poms in different colors to represent lights and decorations on the tree.



how to make a pine cone Christmas tree with kids


Super easy and a keepsake you will cherish forever!

We love these.

You could even tie a loop  of bakers twine to the top of the pine cone and hang it on your own Christmas tree as an ornament.

Mine are sitting on a shelf in my living room.

Either way they are precious (and fun) as can be!

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Elf on the Shelf Ideas: Green Milk to Share

How about some festive Elf on the Shelf green milk for your sweet kiddos?

Today we caught Jack and Diane sharing a glass of green milk. With whipped cream and cookie sprinkles on top.

My boys decided to drink some too. Let me show you how easy this is to make!

(I hope you love this idea and while you’re here check out all of my Elf on the Shelf printables too!)

elf on the shelf green milk shake


Gather up your supplies.

how to make a green chocolate milk shake for elf on the shelf

Fill your milk glass about three- fourths of the way full with milk.

Add a dollop of green icing gel to the milk and stir, stir, stir until well combined.

Add a spray of whipped topping until it fills the milk glass the rest of the way.

Top with some cookie sprinkles.

Add straw(s).

elf on the shelf green milk idea

Position your elf or elves around the milk glass.

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Jack, our boy elf, is wearing a felt scarf and booties. The scarf is reversible and has red snowflakes on one side and green on the other. The set was $6 last year at Target.

Diane, our girl elf, is wearing this precious plaid skirt with black fur boots. I got this set this year from Target for $6.

They are styling, let me tell ya.


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This set up is sure to bring a smile to your kiddos faces!

What has your elf been up to? I would love for you to share your antics and ideas!

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Cookies for Santa (Creating a Christmas Tradition)

Cookies for Santa has been a tradition at our house since my first son was born.

We generally open one gift from under the tree (pajamas), leave out milk and cookies and then read Twas the Night Before Christmas as a family.

The milk and cookies do not have to be elaborate. You don’t have to decorate the cookies, although you can if you want. It is a great memory your kids will always cherish. You can do simple cookies or even store bought.

And for the milk, let’s kick it up a notch and make that milk super tasty. You’re going to love what we’ve done.

milk and cookies for santa a tradition

I always have coffee creamer in the fridge. My husband and our boys love to do this simple little trick I am going to show you to make their milk a little sweet.

This would work perfect for your milk and cookies for Santa.

cookies for santa with gingerbread milk coffee creamer

Fill your glass about three-fourths of the way full with milk.

Pour in 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite International Delight coffee creamer. We did Gingerbread Latte this time.

Here are the Christmas-time flavors that are perfect for adding to milk:

  • Peppermint Chocolate Truffle
  • White Chocolate Raspberry
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Gingerbread Latte
  • Sugar Cookie

Just pour it in.

Little milk bottles work perfect for this. You can grab them for a buck or two at your local craft store.

Add a festive straw.

international delight gingerbread coffee creamer

Plate up your cookies and even leave a note if you want.

Our boys love to leave a note for Santa!

how to use international delight to make milk and cookies for santa

Super easy and it does not take a lot of planning.

I hope this is a tradition you will start with your family.

Have you ever tried adding a splash or two of coffee creamer to your glass of milk? Which flavor is your favorite?

Hop over to Pinterest and check out all of the ways that you can create new Christmas traditions by checking our ID’s Holiday Delight Board!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas: Christmas Sweaters

Has Elf on the Shelf arrived at your house yet this year? Jack is back and he brought along his wife this year. Her name is, of course, Diane.

Is the song going through your head? John Cougar Mellencamp? I can’t get this song out of my head.

Our girl elf has red, red lips and cute little earrings.

I thought it would be so fun to dress them alike for their arrival day.

elf on the shelf ideas matching sweaters


If humans can wear ugly Christmas sweaters, so can elves! Right?

I grabbed these matching Elf on the Shelf sweaters at Target. You can also order them on Amazon. (These are $6 at Target, for the record.)

They velcro into place- the arms wrap around and velcro, there is velcro on the sides and in the back. Makes it super easy to get these sweaters off and on.

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These two love bird are so sweet together.

Look at the way she gazes at him.

They are a match made in heaven.

boy elf on the shelf and girl elf on the shelf in love


If you are doing Elf on the Shelf make sure you check out all 139+ of my fun ideas.

This is our 4th year to seek and find Mr. Elf. My boys love every minute of it!

(Wait until they see all of the fun clothes we have for them this year.)

139 elf on the shelf ideasLooking for a fun welcome letter from Elf? I have a free printable you can use. Just plug in the to and from names and you’re all set!

I have one for a boy elf and one for a girl elf.

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20 Minute Handmade Beaded Christmas Ornaments

I love homemade Christmas tree ornaments,  don’t you?

When our older kids were in public school and our twins went to mother’s day out, every year they made homemade ornaments. This was always a treat and I have always cherished them! I have ornaments my oldest, who is now 15, made when he was three years old. They are gorgeous on our tree!

This year we have our tree up early (before Thanksgiving) and I am in the festive spirit! It’s been years since I’ve been excited about Christmas like this. I am going to show you how to make these handmade beaded Christmas ornaments in 20 minutes! Super easy. Matthew (5) and I had a blast yesterday making them!


Handmade Beaded Christmas Ornaments


Gather up all of your supplies.

Preheat your oven to 400°.

Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.

how to use pony beads and cookie cutters to make Christmas ornaments

Lay out the cookie cutters on the cookie sheet.

Have little hands begin to fill each cookie cutter with beads.

We did a combination of small and large.

homemade ornaments kids can make

You can arrange colors, for example when making snowman eyes and nose.

For the candy cane we just used cream and red beads. We did not put them in any order.

For a Christmas tree we just did all green and then one yellow bead at the top of the tree and a red bead here and there for lights.

You can use a toothpick to make this a fine motor activity for kids. The toothpick does make it easier to fetch specific colors from the bowl.

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This is how we spread them out on the cookie sheet.

Super easy.

homemade ornaments for your tree that kids can help make

Now you are going to pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Once they have melted, remove them from the oven and let the cookie sheet sit to cool.

Once they are cool to the touch, apply pressure to the inside of the bead creation and pop them out of the cookie cutter. This is defiantly a grown up job or a job for older kids.

cookie cutter beaded ornaments for your Christmas tree

The backside of the ornament is flat and the side you want to present at the front of the ornament.

homemade Christmas tree ornaments


On the back of the ornament apply a dot of hot glue.

Take 5 inches of twine and make a loop with it to serve as the ornament hanger.

Super easy!

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Look at how gorgeous this is.

Matthew was so proud of himself for helping me make these ornaments.

We are going to make more and send them to grandparents!

cookie cutter pony bead ornaments


Do you love making homemade ornaments together as a family at Christmas?


Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter Printable

Are you doing Elf on the Shelf this year?

We started this tradition in 2011. My kids absolutely love it. While we obviously know that Christmas is about Jesus’ birthday, we love to do daily things to celebrate and count down the days to Christmas. Two ways that we do this is with Elf on the Shelf and Truth in the Tinsel. So much fun!!

Each new year when your Elf on the Shelf arrives, it is fun to have a welcome letter!

I have created this printable welcome letter for you to use. There is one for those who have a boy elf and one for those who have a girl elf.

The poem is really cute and goes along with the book that came with your elf and the premise behind his journey.

just print it out and plug in your kiddos names at the top and the name of your elf at the bottom.

Elf on the Shelf Welcome Letter Printable for Boy Elf

You can print your Elf on the Shelf printable welcome letter from a boy elf here.

elf on the shelf ideas: welcome letter from girl elf


If you have a girl you can print your Elf on the Shelf printable welcome letter here.

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Elf on the Shelf Printables: Planning Calendar

Have you started planning your Elf on the Shelf Ideas for this year? My kids are so excited for Jack to arrive! I have an additional surprise for our family this year. We have a girl elf joining us. We’re creating an elf family.

If you need help coming up with ideas, make sure you check out my Elf on the Shelf Printables that I have here on my site as well!

Then, take the calendar below and start plugging your ideas in so that you’re planned and ready to go for the season.


elf on the shelf printables calendar planner


Print the calendar here or by clicking the image above. 

It runs from Thanksgiving Day until the Day after Christmas. This allows you to prepare ideas for the entire season, or you choose which date span you’ll do Elf on the Shelf. We generally do the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.

Have fun with it. Your kids will love it!!

And start filling your calendar up with some of my 139 Elf on the Shelf ideas!

139 elf on the shelf ideas


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