Elf On The Shelf Door Tradition

You bought into the whole Elf on the Shelf idea and now what?  You will inevitably get the question from one of your kids that will leave you stumped and looking like a deer in headlights while racking your brain for an answer.  All the while trying not to look like you just made it all up.  The question of how does the Elf leave and get back into the house everyday.  Kids say the darnedest things don’t they?  Be prepared with your own Elf door.
Not sure where to start?  Find out all about how to make your own Elf (fairy) door and add in some adorable finishing touches that will surely create magic in your home, right here.

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Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendars: Plus Over 60 Advent Activities

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The Christmas season is upon us and it is time to start thinking about the plans with your family.  One of my all time favorite traditions is the Advent calendar.  We started this when my older boys were 1 and 2 years old.  Every morning they would run down the stairs straight for the Advent to see what treasure and fun activity was in store for them that day.  You can just see the magic of the season come to life in their eyes.

Are you sold on the idea, yet?  Whether you are new to this whole idea or you just want to jazz up your current Advent calendar then you are in the right spot.  Listed below are several options for you to choose from.  It can be simple or elaborate.  You get to decide what works with your family.  Also included are over 60 daily Advent activities.

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A North Pole Breakfast to Welcome Back the Elf on The Shelf

It is almost time for his big arrival from the North Pole.  No I am not talking about Santa, but actually our Elf on The Shelf, Snowball.  Our boys have totally embraced this tradition.  So much so that it is a good way to keep these boys in line by telling them that Snowball is watching.  Anything to help my boys is perfectly OK in my book.
Each year he comes back with a big North Pole Breakfast.  Usually this occurs on December 1st but I will be honest here.  If December 1st doesn’t fall on a weekend then his return is delayed.  After breakfast, we snuggle in and watch the movie, An Elf’s Story.  This movie really makes the whole concept of the Elf on The Shelf come together for them.
So this year start the tradition of bringing back your Elf on The Shelf with a North Pole Breakfast too.

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Plan A Yearly Halloween Themed Dinner

Plan a Halloween dinner that will make their skin crawl.  This year we did just that with a spider theme.  Every year we strive to have a themed dinner with the family either on or around Halloween night.  It can be simple or extravagant.  The point is to have a little fun and create memories with your kids.  Like the time I tried to create an spooky setting by using a fog machine indoors.  In case you didn’t know, a fog machine will set off the fire alarms in your house.  And now you know.  All that frantically running around to turn off the alarms lead to the kids being upset and not wanting to eat.  That’s a memory that they may not forget.

So this sounds fun and you would like to do it for your next Halloween but you want a few ideas to get you started.  Here are a few creepy crawly ideas to help you plan.

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