Who's Afraid of The Elf on the Shelf?

One of my least favorite holiday traditions has to be the Elf on the Shelf.  I have friends who love it!  They scour Pinterest for the latest and greatest antics for their elf.  Or they are creative enough to come up with their own tomfoolery (yes, I just used that word.)  But frankly, the elf scares me.  Have you looked at it?  I mean looked deep into its eyes?  At first glance, the elf looks like a cute, vintage Kewpie doll.  But if you get in there and look, it starts to take on more of the appearance of the clown in Poltergeist.  Lik...more

My Kids Know I’m Santa, and I’m Okay With That

The one thing I thought I had a chance at getting this Christmas was for my kids to believe in all of the magical elements of the holiday for one more year. Santa Claus. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Elf of the Shelf. But, since kids sometimes have a way of doing the very opposite of what we want, that wish is now the one thing I know I won’t be receiving. And, much to my surprise, I am okay with that. ...more

Why That Elf on the Shelf is Staying in its Box

As featured on Sammachies and PsychMedsIt’s that time of year again! Time to pester my husband to go up to the attic to lug all the Christmas decorations so I can pilfer through them. One item I’m hiding under the extra wrapping paper is the damn Elf on the Shelf....more

Elfa the Beard

My elf on the shelf, Elfa, has been made delusional by the sugar she consumed yesterday. She has decided to see if Ken want’s to be more than “just friends” one more time. ...more

My Elf on the Shelf has Issues

Our elf on the shelf, who is named (oh, so originally!) Elfa, found the leftover Halloween candy last night. ...more

Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition

I've got another confession to make: I'm a lazy mom. Ok, maybe lazy isn't the correct word...uninspired, non-creative, Left Brained....whatever it is, I'm TERRIBLE at Elf on the Shelf. I'm not the mom who spends all day coming up with delightfully creative schemes for the family elves to perform at night; I'm the mom who sets an alarm so she doesn't forget to move the dang thing at all. To help myself, and others like me, I created an Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition....more

Christmas traditions we do NOT follow.

With the holiday season in full-swing now, my Facebook feed and Pinterest boards are full to overflowing with people sharing their holiday traditions.  While we have some of our own, there are some that I can't get onboard with.  Follow along with the traditions I say, "Awww...hellz naw" "No thank you" to. #1 on my hit list...this guy....more

Too much hate on the elf on the shelf

so you probley have heard of the elf on the shelf by now-they have been coming incredibly popular but also has hate in the elf many people complain that they don't like cleaning up there messes-the elf doesn't have to be naughty! It doesn't have to make messes! That's your choice-second because its creepe and it stalkes you and crap. Well I'm sorry if it creeps you out but do you really have to ruin it for other people the elf in a tradition in my family and Belive me kids LOVE IT!!...more

The Power of the Shelf Elf

I did something kinda bad last night.I made my kids cry, and deep inside, where my cockles are, it gave me a HUGE happy.They were being ROTTEN, and I WANTED them to cry.(Ok, in their defense, I didn't try to redirect them, or pay attention to them, or feed them, but STILL, acting like the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is no bueno.)So, the Elf on the Shelf, named Shredder, has a lot of power in my house. At least for a minute or two. Telling the kids that Shredder is going to tell on them helps keep them in check for about 56.8 seconds....more