Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Are you running out of Elf on the Shelf ideas already?

It’s basically bound to happen

There are 25 days to fill if you start on December 1st, and even more if you start shortly after Thanksgiving.

That’s why I am here! To scour Pinterest for the BEST Elf on the Shelf Ideas. 

In today’s post I give you my favorites, of the two sites I am sharing with you guys today. They have Easy and Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for my fellow parents out there. Please Follow their blogs as they are all credits to them. Happy Holidays!

31 Day Blog Challenge?

I am so  b e y o n d o v e r it…

It’s the holidays and I am just over trying to complete it!! If there were any days that you guys REALLY wanted to hear, I will absolutely answer!

As parents I feel like we’re always searching for other ways to get our kids to listen. I don’t know what is so different about when I was little to now,-but kids seem to have a harder time just doing what they are supposed to do.

Which I think is why Elf on the shelf was created. It gives children an extra incentive to do better at home.

I have never done it for Little A, Baby J is still young of course, but I am watching my niece do it this year and it looks SO fun. I love coming up with different ideas on where to put the elf.

Until I feel like your four days in… and then you’ve run out of ideas and still many days to go! Since I am taking a hiatus on the 31 Day Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to post a few different sites each day with Elf on the Shelf Ideas! 

“On the First Day of Elf on the Shelf”

we looked at

Smart Schoolhouse

She has a REALLY cute list of ideas. 

My Favorites

A cotton ball igloo hut (seriously so cute)

a cotton ball bathtub in the crock pot, complete with a rubber ducky and a towel (Elf hair care is important too)

next to the creamer bottle in the fridge-wrapped in a wash cloth blanket. (brrr , thanks for the ‘morning jo’ help, Elf.)


Holidays are the best! Such a bright time, so easy to find affordable and free events around town. With lighting ceremonies and holiday concerts, so cheery.


Has a slideshow of creative ideas!

A few I really loved

Rock climbing up the wall with Gift Bows, SO cute and simple.

 A puzzle, that way you can put it together later. I love a reason to do things as a family!

A melted snowman,  simple but I am sure it will get the little ones talking!


Are you doing elf on the shelf with your kids? What are some of your ideas? Share in the comments!

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Where do you want to be in 10 years? 31 Day Blog Challenge day 20

Where do you want to be in 10 years? 31 Day Blog Challenge day 20

Between Christmas shopping, J’s 1st Birthday quickly approaching, and my lack of sleep. I am getting nowhere fast guys! I am so sorry I have been ‘MIA’ and I will try to get a few of these out as soon as I can. Day 20 of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 20 Baby J and Little A

I haven’t posted the whole challenge in awhile. If you’d like to join it with me, please do!

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

Do you ever feel like you get the blues from never being satisfied? I think as a Mom I really try to strive to make everything “perfect”. I want the best memories, the best photos, I want things exactly how I’ve envisioned them.

Since I am not rich, I have to really come to terms with the fact that not everything will be that way and to not forget that there were many days I just wanted children of my own or a family of my own, it isn’t the worst if I don’t have everything else exactly how I want.

I really would love to have a home of our own that we are happy. For us to be able to do more things as a family, it’s been a really hard year or so with everything we’ve had going on and I would love to just enjoy life.

As for my blog Baby J and Little A I would love to see growth! I feel like I’ve grown a lot even just since the beginning of my blog. Here is my first post, I’ve grown since then

Where do you want to be in 10 years? So sorry I have been MIA guys! Let me know what you want to see in the comments.

Missed other days?


What are your worst habits? Day 19 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

What are your worst habits? Day 19 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

This is a day late,

I am so sorry. I have had a really hard time with Baby J’s sleep. Thanksgiving week he didn’t have his schedule and as of today I am wondering if we aren’t just dropping a nap. SO I have had a rough couple weeks and I fell asleep before I could finish yesterday’s post so I quickly posted this morning because J wanted no part in his usual first nap.v

So, I was diagnosed about 7 months or so after J was born with, Anxiety. I have known for about 6 years (maybe more) that I have anxiety. When I finally addressed it, I started to really notice all the times it has hindered me in the past. 

I think my troubles tend to stem from that. Up until pretty recently I thought everyone felt the way I did. It was a huge eye opener for me to find out the exact opposite. Although it is a common thing [anxiety] everyone doesn’t feel that way. Which brings us to Day 19 of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

Closer to the end rather then the beginning  and I just can’t believe it. What will this blog be once it’s over ya’ll! Just kidding, but I have had a lot of fun so far so let’s keep it moving.

What are your worst habits?

Letting my Anxiety take over

Anxiety is unavoidable for many, if I can recommend anything to those struggling with anxiety it would be that you can’t get rid of it. You can only manage it. Don’t let it take over your life. Look for triggers, I have just started this ‘self-work’ it’s such a hard lesson! We’re only human though.


I would LOVE to hear someone else’s take on this subject. Good or bad please share in the comments. I tend to ‘mold’ into older people when I’m around them for the sake of being uncomfortable. I have realized it more as I’ve become older especially, since Baby J and Little A.

I don’t mean to be someone else. I have caught myself many of times saying oh I loved that, thinking later did I? I have been working hard to know the difference.

What are some of your bad habits?

Are you coming up with ways to overcome them with the new year closely ahead!

Let me know in the comments!!

Missed a day?


What are you Afraid of? Day 18 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!

What are you Afraid of? Day 18 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge!

I’m terrified to even write this post guys! I have read The Secret and I’m a firm believer in it. Simply put, ask & you shall receive. Which is great for good fortune things, not bad ones. Seriously where has this year gone. I can’t believe how quickly it went! Today’s challenge is not my favorite at all.

It’s day 18 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

What are you afraid of?

What do you fear?

Even as a little one I have had this very fear. There I am fast asleep in bed and all of a sudden I heard chewing and paper rustling. It was so ear piercing(sound not volume) that I woke up from my sleep.

I screamed for my parents! My dad rushes in, heroically carries me out of my room. My parents even let me stay at my grandparents a couple blocks over. I don’t know if you’ve guessed what it is yet, it was a tiny creepy mouse!

I have a serious fear. Even writing this post will cause me to see one in my near future and have a small breakdown. Even Little A knows my real fear, I think she comforts me more, than the other way around. Hopefully Baby J doesn’t get this fear.

What is your biggest fear? I am so interested to hear!

Missed any days so far?


What are your Favorite Children’s Books? Day 17 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

What are your Favorite Children’s Books? Day 17 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

Baby J has a few books he really likes. I’m not sponsored or anything but I will share the link to a spot you can buy the books I list.

Your Favorite Childhood book!

Day SEVENTEEN of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

When I asked Marc this, he thought more advanced books, I immediately thought childrens. Especially since I’ve started a bed time routine with J. We read a few (okay like five or six) books and calm down so that he knows it’s time to sleep.

What are you favorite children’s books?

  So Big!Is one of J’s Favorites for sure, I’ve been reading it to him since he was six months old. I feel like it really helped with Mama and Dada, it’s also helping still, he smiles so big when we read it! Such a happy guy.

I really wish I had this set of books but baby J has two favorites in here! Bubbles Bubbles I think is his second fav, next to So Big! He is trying to say bubbles right now, he will boycott sleep some nights and you hear him saying mama ‘bubbles bubbles’ in J talk.

The other book in this set that J adores is Nighty Nite, he LOVES elmo. Little A passed down many elmo things to J and he always smiles at Elmo. This book says comforting words and is perfect for building a routine. I usually read it last.

Another one that I think he’s beginning to enjoy is Find the Teddy It has you look for teddy, hide and go seek style. It’s a good ‘mood booster’ when he has the bedtime blues. We all should know by now J hates bedtime.

Is there any books your kiddos love? Share in the comments below!

Need to catch up on the past 31 Day Blog Challenges?


What is your Dream Job? 31 Day Blog Challenge, Day Sixteen.

What is your Dream Job? 31 Day Blog Challenge, Day Sixteen.

If you could choose

to do anything what would it be? Getting paid to sleep would be pretty amazing. Or maybe a paycheck for eating, yeah I like that idea.

Maybe you would choose to deep sea fish, or travel around the world. We’re talking school or money aside.

Brings me right on to Day SIXTEEN of the

31 Day Blog Challenge

What is your Dream Job?

Growing up I always wanted to be a Mom, I watched my mom stay home and it was everything I thought I wanted.

Now as a mom of two, I LOVE my job

but I can’t say I don’t daydream about excelling in a career. Like I did pre- baby J and little A. I wouldn’t change my current job for anything, but I do miss adult interaction!

So dream job eh?

I think flipping houses

would be really fun, Fixer Upper style. Where you would do all of it, including staging and interior decorating.

What would be your dream job? Let me know in the comments! Did you miss out on the other days of the 31 Day Blog Challenge 


What is the timeline of your day? 31 Day Blog Challenge Day FIFTEEN

What is the timeline of your day? 31 Day Blog Challenge Day FIFTEEN

My day is made up of the same events, just at different times. WOMP WOMP how boring that sounds… Being a SAHM over the last few years has drastically changed. I went from pre-school and pregnancy to Kindergarten and a BABY it’s crazy how quickly things progress.

Now I will have a toddler anytime, baby J will have to become Toddler J OH I don’t know guys. Anyway it’s that time of day again for the

31 day Blog Challenge

I realized I’m missing Finding your Happiness Friday. If you guys didn’t see any of those or don’t know what that is here are a few to check out,  FHFWeek 1    FHF Week 2

Getting back to the challenge it is day 15 folks and We’re almost halfway through…

Timeline of your day!

J usually gets up anywhere from 6 A.M. to 9 A.M. , one day I found a lifesaving schedule where you could put in the wake up time and it would give you an idea of what time for naps and how long. It helped so much ya’ll I wish I could find it. If I do I will add it to the post. Helped so much with baby  J getting night and day mixed up!

Wake Up Time

We get up and play for a little while and then have breakfast, usually fruit and yogurt,  or scrambled eggs, he likes french toast (without syrup and vanilla flavoring), Toast with some peanut butter. I am still working on ideas. I am so up to suggestions guys!

He loves almost everything he’s tried. If I have A she usually wakes up later, has cereal or if I make breakfast whatever that is (pancakes, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs)

Play all day long timeline

Then we play throughout the day and literally eat all day, because Baby J thinks he has to. A few of his favorites right now are Then J takes a morning nap about two hours after he wakes up. I give out ideas for A to play if she’s here and we enjoy the shorter times we have together right now.


  • Baby Mum Mum teething biscuits
  • ‘baby’ Goldfish
  • Round ‘O cereal ( I have since this was originally posted this, started slowly introducing FULL fat milk. By soaking some in milk for J)
  • Crackers of ANY kind
  • Mashed Strawberries or peanut butter (or both) on toast.
  • Banana Pancakes (you can add in lots of different other options) I’ve tried peanut butter, strawberries, and blueberries.

I have to really wake him up One hour after the start of his first nap. This is a trick I learned from the website. Make sure you do not skip this step if you’re working on night and day mix-up.


  • J loves Banana pancakes and I even added peanut butter
  • I have also started making little lunch rounds or pancakes whatever you want to call it. HE at two of them and it included an egg and about 1/4 cup of different vegetables.
  • Mashed strawberry (other fruit works too! Raspberry, blueberry, banana) for “jelly” and peanut butter sandwich. (he’ll eat half a sandwich most times or more)

I have been trying to incorporate healthy items. About 2.5 hours later he takes another nap. He does fight this some but when we stick to the schedule it gets easier.

UPDATE 12 month sleep regression is real for us. He doesn’t want to take either of his naps currently, so sorry if any other momma’s are here with me. Want to know a few of his favorite books? Click on for that post!

Bed Time 

After nap more playing and figuring out dinner which I forget we need most nights, dinner (really slacking currently here) then I try to get a little more energy out of the kids and wind down time; Brush teeth and off to sleep.

J is not sleeping through the night, not even close most nights. So I get a little while to myself and then I go to bed for the night with J. With Little A in school we’re not getting as much time as we were. In the summertime my schedule will change a bit!

Hope that didn’t put you to sleep, I feel pretty tired.

What do you guys like about your day the most? Let me know in the comments!

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