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Day 28-12/24/2016

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Awww it’s our last day with our Elf on the Shelf for this year.  Always miss her a little, it’s a lot of fun finding her every morning and doing some fun activities together.  Today she brought us some Christmas morning PJ’s!  A tradition every year to get new PJ’s to wear in the morning.

Can’t wait till tomorrow morning!! Hope everyone has a happy holidays no matter how you celebrate!  Thanks for reading about our Elf on the Shelf this year we had a lot of fun sharing with everyone!  From our family to yours HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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Day 27-12/23/2016

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Sparkle the elf brought stuff to make cookies for Santa today.  We spent most of the day making cookies, it was so much fun and made it really feel like Christmas.

We made Santa’s favorite Chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, sugar cookies, and peanut butter.  We also made a chocolate pie and a cherry cheesecake.  Whew it was a busy day of cooking!  Smells amazing in my house though!

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Day 26-12/22/2016

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Elf Sparkle was looking out the window at all the Christmas lights tonight.  She suggested that we go on a drive around the neighborhood tonight and check them all out for ourselves.  We had a great time driving around and seeing all the lights.  I tried to take some photos to share with our readers but they just didn’t turn out very good.  Hope you all had some pretty lights near you to look at too!

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Day 25-12/21/2016

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Sparkle the Elf brought us stockings today! She even had a tiny one just for her.  She had some cute glitter puff paint to decorate them with.  What a fun project to get ready for Christmas! Can’t wait!

Kiddos had a lot of fun decorating their stockings.  I think the seven year old got a little carried away but it turned out really cute!  It was a fun way to spend some time together this afternoon to get ready for the holidays.

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Day24-12/20/2016

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Today our Elf on the Shelf was hanging out inside of our Christmas tree.  She seems to like it in there.  I think she likes hiding from the kids, took the seven year old about 30 minutes to find her this morning.

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She brought us another great NCircle Entertainment movie A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba Live Holiday Show.  My kiddo used to love Yo Gabba Gabba and had a great time watching this holiday show.  Some great festive fun.

You can find this title on the NCircle Website. Only $8.99 right now.

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Day 23-12/19/2016

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Sparkle the Elf was hanging out on our big comfy chair today with another great Christmas movie.  We love watching Christmas movies so we are super thankful she keeps bringing us some new ones we haven’t seen yet.

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Octonauts The Very Vegimal Christmas from NCircle Entertainment is a really fun Christmas story.  Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the OCTONAUTS! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this very merry DVD, join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays! #the Vegimals plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! #the holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling’s childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling’s nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?

You can purchase this DVD on the NCircle Website. Only $8.99 right now.

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Day 22-12/18/2016

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Sparkle the Elf on the Shelf was jamming out today.  We caught her with her own pair of headphones on dad’s speaker this morning.  She even brought us some festive headphones!

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The seven year old was in need of some fun festive headphones for her kindle. Hers stopped working the other day.  These reindeer headphones were to cute to pass up! She will be so cute listening to her Christmas music in these!.

I found these from iClever on Amazon! Only $9.99

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Day 21-12/17/2016

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Our Elf Sparkle was waiting by the window this morning watching for the snow to start.  It finally started in the afternoon, she must be missing the North Pole!  She brought us another movie to watch.

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Mike The Knight: Mike’s Christmas Surprise from NCircle Entertainment. BRAND NEW Christmas Special!! When a special visitor surprises Mike for Christmas, excitement fills the air. The royal family decides to play a game, but Evie’s magic causes Christmas chaos. Will everything be back to normal in time for the Christmas feast? Mike’s merry missions include giant snowballs, slippery sled rides, a sneezing reindeer, and a visit with Santa Claus! Celebrate the season with Mike the Knight, and unwrap the ho-ho-holiday fun!

You can find this movie on the NCircle Website!

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Day 20-12/16/16

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Our Elf on the Shelf was hanging out on the back of the couch tonight.  Just hanging out watching movies.  This weekend is supposed to be super cold, the wind chill will be in the negative teen this weekend and snow and ice so we are gearing up for a weekend inside!

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She brought us a great Christmas movie.  Caillou’s Holiday Movie by NCircle Entertainment.  Super cute little movie.  My seven year old loves Caillou and watches him on Netflix all the time.  She was super excited to watch his Christmas special.  The movie follows Caillou as he counts down the days until Christmas learning about all the holiday traditions along the way. Like why we have Christmas trees, customs of other cultures and religions, and much more.  Very educational and a great way to celebrate the holidays.

You can find Caillou’s Holiday Movie on the NCircle Website.

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Day 19-12/15/16

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Sparkle the elf was hanging out in mom’s craft basket today.  She brought us some cute little treat bags and stuff to put in them to make for the class Chirstmas Party tomorrow.  She is such a generous little elf.

We had a lot of fun making some treat bags to pass out in class tomorrow.  We filled them up with some fun holiday themed items and some yummy candy.  The treat bags are from Oriental Trading Company.  They come in four different cute styles and they have nice plastic handles that make them easy to carry.  Super cute!

You can get these bags on the Oriental Trading Website.  Only $9.99 for a package of 48.

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Day 18 12/14/16

Sparkle the Elf was up all night making gifts to hand out to the kids teachers and adults in their lives like leaders and coaches.  She made some Christmas Trail Mix, she even left a little bit for us to munch on this afternoon after school!! She was busy! She did make a bit of a mess on my counter though….

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Check out our recipe for Christmas Trail Mix Here! It was super yummy!

Find the adorable Santa Cups on Oriental Trading Company.  Only $8.49 for 12 of them.

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Day 17 12/13/16

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Our silly elf made herself into a Snow globe!!  How funny!  Now sure how she got my large serving dish down from the cabinet but she looks really comfy in there!  She brought us some fun Peanuts color your own snow globes from Oriental Trading Company to make our own.

We had so much fun making our snow globes.  They were super easy.  There is a chamber you can access from the bottom to pull out a coloring sheet that features your favorite characters from Peanuts.  Color the pages and then put back.  Then fill the globe with water, there is a fill hole on the bottom.  That’s it, you have your very own Peanuts Snow Globe!  So fun and cool.

You can find the Peanuts Color Your own Snow Globe on the Oriental Trading Company Website! Only $7.99 for a kit that makes 6 globes.

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Day 16 12/12/16

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Sparkle our Elf decided that the tree the girls made needed a star on the top of it.  She climbed up there and left a star.  She also left us some fun supplies to make some tissue paper star ornaments from Oriental Trading company.  They made some super pretty stars that we hung up around the house and on our tree!

These tissue paper stars from Oriental trading made for a really fun Christmas craft.  It was really easy.  They give you everything you need except some glue and a paint brush.  Simply use your glue glaze to make a base coat for your tissue and then cover it with another layer of the glue glaze.  Then use the foam frames and string to hang up.  They turn out really pretty.  We hung some in the windows to catch the sunlight.

You can find the tissue paper star ornaments kit on the Oriental Trading Website.  Only $8.99 for a set of 12.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 15 12/11/16

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We found Sparkle hanging out with our Infinity pals by the TV this morning.  She looks like she has some fun movie watching buddies.  She brought us a another new Christmas Movie!  It was a busy day with big sister’s baby shower so a movie was perfect to wind down after a long day!  Thanks Sparkle.

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Sparkle brought us WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS which is one of the seven year old’s favorite shoes on Netflix.  She loves all the fun animals and fun facts they share.  The Christmas movie was adorable and featured some great winter themed animals.

You can find this movie on Amazon! Only $3.99!

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Day 14-12/10/16

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Our silly elf was hanging out at the top of the Christmas tree today.  Not really sure what she was doing up there but she had a great view of the TV for Christmas movie day.  It was so cold outside she brought us a new movie to watch so we could stay inside and stay warm.

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She hid it in the tree too!  Silly elf!  She brought us Kate & Mim-Mim: A Christmas Wish”!  It was a really cute little movie.  My seven year old loves Kate & Mim-Mim so it was perfect to see their holiday themed movie!  You can read more about it in our original blog post about here!

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You can find Kate & Mim-Mim A Christmas Wish on Amazon! Only $6.99

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Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 13-12/9/16

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The Elf of the Shelf made a bunch of paper airplanes last night and flew them all over our living room!!  We had airplanes in the tree, airplanes on the floor, and airplanes in our countdown counter.  She even left us some extras to make our own!! We had a paper airplane building session while watching the new episodes of Fuller House.  Then we had a contest to see whose flew the farthest.  So much fun!

We found this great set of Holiday Paper Airplanes from Oriental Trading company.  They were super easy to make, just use the printed fold lines to know where to fold.  In just a few simple folds and steps you have a cool holiday themed paper airplane.  The set comes with three colors (red, blue, and green) and there are 24 pages in the set.

You can find these fun Holiday Paper Airplanes on the Oriental Trading Site. Only $4.98 for 2 dozen.

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Day 12-12/8/16

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Today Sparkles our Elf on the Shelf was playing a game in our living room.  She is always doing something fun when we find her every morning.  Today she was playing Pin the Nose on the Snowman game from Oriental Trading Company.

Kids had so much fun taking turns trying to pin the nose on the snowman.  Came with everything we needed on a large sheet of thick heavy paper (so it holds up really well).  Simply punch out the large snowman and his carrot noses.  Each player gets a nose and a turn to get blindfolded (also included) and take their turn trying to stick their carrot closest to the snowman’s nose.  Great for a fun after school activity or even during a party.  Since I am homeroom mom for my youngest I plan on taking this with us to the party.

You can purchase Pin the Nose on the Snowman on Oriental Trading Company Website. Only $3.99!

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Day 11-12/7/2016

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Today we found our elf Sparkle hanging out on the door knob outside of the kid’s bedroom.  She is so silly.  My youngest refused to open the door all day because she isn’t allowed to touch Sparkle (it’s one of the rules).  She left us a fun craft.

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She left us supplies to make door hangers that say Santa Please Stop Here!  They are super cute and easy to make.  She got the kits from Oriental Trading Company.  The kit comes with enough supplies to make 12 door hangers.  I loved that that the supplies are individually wrapped so you can pass them out to each child and they have everything they need.  Cute for holiday craft events or parties too.

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We had a lot of fun making these, every door in my house now has a Santa Please Stop Here door hanger!  Was a really fun Christmas craft to do during homework time.  Everything had adhesive on the back, just peel of the backing and stick them on to build your door hanger.  Couldn’t be easier or more fun.  No glue or scissors need, perfect for a fast fun craft.

You can pick some of these door hangers up on Oriental Trading Company Website! Only $7.99 for a set of 12.

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Day 10-12/6/2016

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Sparkle the Elf wanted to have a Christmas movie night tonight.  She made herself some popcorn and set up in front of the TV.  We just love watching movies especially Christmas movies this time of year!  She brought us a present too!

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Sparkle brought us Santa Apprentice & Magic Snowflake as well as a bag of popcorn to make.  We had a great time watching both movies!  It really got us in the holiday spirit on a cold night when sitting on the coach and watching a movie sounds like a great idea!

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You can read more about Santa’s Apprentice & Magic Snowflake by reading our review post here.  They were both really cute Christmas movies.

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Day 9-12/5/2016

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Sparkle is missing the snow in the North Pole, we have not had any yet in Oklahoma so she brought some back with her last night.  She made a bit of a mess on my kitchen counter.  Our “snow” (really coconut flakes) was all over the counter and she left us a fun black magic color scratch snowflake Christmas ornaments from Oriental Trading to make tonight.  They were a lot of fun!

The snowflake ornaments were easy to make and included everything we needed.  The set includes 24 snowflakes, 12 scratching tools and 24 satin ribbons to hang them with when you are finished.  They are covered in a black material (not really sure what the coating is made of) but you use the tool to scratch it away and it reveals color underneath.  So you can scratch it all off or scratch off a design and leave some black.  Just like real snowflakes every one is different.  The girls had a lot of fun making them and now our tree is covered in pretty colorful snowflakes!

You can purchase these black magic color scratch snowflake Christmas ornaments on the Oriental Trading Website. Only $6.99 for a set of 24!

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Day 8-12/4/2016

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Sparkle got a little tied up today while trying to make a paper chain.  That silly little elf!  She was hanging from our door tangled up in her chain.  She left us some pre-cut papers from Oriental Trading Company so we could make our own paper chains.  My kiddos love making these every year when it gets close to Christmas.  They like to take off a ring each day as a way to count down to the big day!  It’s a great activity to get us excited about Christmas.  Everyday is full of excitement as we tear off another link on the chain and see it getting shorter and shorter.

The girls had a blast using the Oriental Trading red & green Christmas tree chains.  We have made these before and just used construction paper but these pre-cut sheets from were so easy to use.  They have adhesive like on an envelope on one end, just lick and stick to the other end to make a loop.  So no glue, tape, or adhesive needed.  The package comes with 500 (250 red and 250 green) so you have a ton, enough to decorate the entire house or share with some friends.  I keep any extras around in my scrap/craft room for small projects.

You can purchase the Red & Green Christmas Tree Chains on the Oriental Trading Website here!  Only $5.99 for a package of 500.

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Day 7-12/3/2016

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Today we found Sparkle writing a letter to Santa.  She told him all about her adventures of visiting and how much fun she is having and also let him know her top there gift ideas!

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She left us some extra sheets to we could make our own lists.  These little sheets are so cute.  I found them on Oriental Trading Company.  A really fun coloring sheet that you can fill in to let Santa know what you would like for the holidays.  My kiddo had a lot of fun filling hers out, in fact she made two and convinced her older sister to make one too.  They come in a package of 50 so we are going to send the extras to school Monday for her class to fill out and color.

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You can find these adorable little coloring sheets on Oriental Trading Company.  They are a really fun holiday activity that really gets you in the Christmas Spirit.

dscf3539Check with your local post office.  Ours has a special Santa drop off box that you can drop your letters in and get one back!  I don’t know if all post offices do this service but ours does.  My kiddo gets so excited when she gets her letter from Santa telling her all about his preparations for the holidays.

Color Your Own Letter to Santa-Oriental Trading 50 pieces for $5.99

 

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 6-12/2/2016

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Today Sparkle helped us celebrate National Mutt Day!  Which is a celebration of adopted rescue and shelter dogs.  We have two rescue puppies so it is a holiday close to our heart.  You can learn more about it HERE.  Looks like she got some help from a puppy to leave us a gift in our Christmas Tree today.  She brought us a movie and some fun activities to celebrate National Mutt Day with a movie night!

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Sparkle brought us the Secret Life of Pets for a movie night along with some fun items like a bookmark, activity set, and even a fun Santa hat with dog ears.  You can learn more about this movie by reading our post here!

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You can find out more about Secret Life of Pets on their Website.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 5- 12/1/2016

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Today Sparkle was hanging out on top of the movie case with a scavenger hunt card!  She left us clues all over the house.  Zowie was so excited running around to find the next clue.  The clues ended in the laundry room on the dryer where we found a present!

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Our scavenger hunt cards came from our Ukloo game.  It’s a fun game full of treasure hunting fun.  We have had this game a long time but you can find it on Amazon.

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Sparkle brought us a great little book called “12 Joys of Christmas” which is a fun twist on the old holiday song 12 days of Christmas.  Each page you add a new item to the list and discover the true joys of Christmas along the way.  The book focuses more on traditions and family time rather then on material items which I really love.  My daughter had fun reading it during our reading time tonight.  New books are a great way to connect with your kiddos and during this time of year my kiddo gets super excited about new holiday books.  It really builds the excitement throughout the month.

You can find The 12 Joys of Christmas by Thomas Seibold on Amazon.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 4- 11/30/2016

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Sparkle and her buddies were being impish last night and got into mom’s coloring book stash.  She was working on a masterpiece last night with her friends.  Looks pretty good to me.  She also brought us a fun Christmas coloring book.

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Christmas Coloring Book: Magical Winter Holidays by My Masterpiece Adult Coloring Books is a great coloring book. It’s full of fun Christmas themed coloring pages.  My seven year old likes to do the more intricate images so it’s perfect for her.  We all spent time together as a family coloring some fun pages tonight while listening to Christmas music.  Such a relaxing night!

You can find the Christmas Coloring Book Magical Winter Holidays Volume 1 on Amazon!

It’s only $5.99 right now!

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Day 3- 11/29/2016

Sparkle left us a note that she was up late last night playing reindeer games with Rudolph so she decided she needed a cozy lazy day.  She brought us a fun pillow from Dream Frenz and a box of hot chocolate.

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Love this little Santa face pillow from Dream Frenz, so cute and festive for the holidays.  My daughter had fun lounging on the couch with her pillow and watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on TV tonight.  Thanks to Sparkle’s tip we knew it was playing.

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We made us a cup of hot chocolate since it has been pretty chilly at night here and cuddled up on the couch for some fun Christmas movie watching fun.  Thanks Sparkle for the fun idea.

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Read more about Dream Frenz here. They are so cute and make great gifts.

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Day 2-11/28/2016

Sparkle was up late last night reading to some of dad’s collectables.  She had a book that was just her size and set up a cozy reading nook right on the book shelf!  They looked very interested in whatever she was reading to them.

She also brought us a great book to read during our 20 minutes of reading tonight.  It was called “Catch That Cookie”.  Zowie doesn’t know it but the book actually came from her December Bookroo box.  It came already wrapped and was perfect for Sparkle to swipe from her box and leave as a fun holiday surprise.  The book was all about a boy who didn’t believe that gingerbread cookies could come to life like in the fairy tales, but that gingerbread man fooled him and left the children in the book a scavenger hunt to follow and find where they were hiding.  It was a really cute book!  Best part about Bookroo is they send us new books every single month.  You can learn more about Bookroo by reading our review here.

We had so much fun reading our book during homework time.  Thanks to Sparkle we get to add a little holiday magic everyday when she visits us.

Read more about Bookroo here!

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Day 1- 11/27/16

Our Elf is back!  We were so excited to see our elf, my seven year old started asking me about a week ago when she would be back.  It’s always been our tradition that she shows up a little after Thanksgiving depending on our visit to Grandma’s.  Sure enough our first night back at home after Thanksgiving break we woke up to find Sparkle our Elf.

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She brought her book for us to read, we always like to re-read the book together to remind ourselves of the rules and remember what Sparkle is all about.  She was up working hard last night making us some popcorn garland and reminded us to put up our Christmas decorations today!  It’s so exciting getting the house all decorated for Santa.  Always puts us in the Christmas spirit. She brought us a fun gift too.

She brought us a fun personalized ornament!  It had our names and everything on it.  So much fun!  We are baking some cookies! She got our ornament from ornaments.com where they have hundreds of ornaments you can personalize for your own loved ones!  Their ornaments are super easy to make, just log in, pick your style, add your personalized information and it comes in no time!  Sparkle is being awesome to our readers as well and brought us an extra for a giveaway! To Enter clock Enter here at the bottom of the page!

We spent our day today decorating the tree and the house for the holidays.  It was an awesome first day with Sparkle!  Can’t wait to see what she is doing tomorrow.

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28 thoughts on “Elf on the Shelf

  1. I am looking forward to more Sparkle adventures. Thanks for reminding me about her. I LOVE Ornaments.com! I have a cute personalized ornament from there for this year’s tree. They really have quality ornaments.

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  2. My favorite ornament is the Black Bear Family of 4 Personalized Ornament! I just commented, but needed to change the account it posted as, so I am commenting again. Sorrry for any confusion.

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