Monthly Archive:: December 2012

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elf on the shelf

Elf Adventures, final days 2012

Our elf, Brief Houser, has returned to the North Pole but we wanted to make sure we shared where we found him on the last couple of days before he returned with Santa on the sleigh. Day 22: Mission Impossible above
christmas countdown

Countdown to Christmas with Books, part 3

We’ve continued to have fun opening up our new Christmas books.  Here’s what we’ve received and read this week … 21.  Merry Christmas, from Biscuit, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – Biscuit explores all his favorite things about Christmas and at the
gingerbread playdough gift pack

Gingerbread Playdough Gift Pack

Last year the kids and I made Snowman Playdough kits to give away to all their friends, so this year we decided to continue the tradition and give Gingerbread Playdough Gift Packs.   I used this wonderful recipe from Mom to
Elves Rule!

Elf Adventures 2012, week 3

We’ve continued to have fun waking up each morning to see what our elf, Brief Houser, was up to in the middle of the night.  Here’s this week’s adventures … Day 15:  Writes a message in Cheerios Day 16:  Playing with

The ABCs of Raising Playful Tots … and this week’s Kids Co-Op Linky!

Today I’m featuring another amazing blogger, Melitsa.  But she’s not only a blogger … she also has a wonderful podcast series that has endless ideas on how to connect with children.  (You definitely will want to check out show #120 featuring
countdown to christmas with books 2

Countdown to Christmas with Books – part 2

We’ve continued to have fun opening up our new Christmas books.  Here’s what we’ve received and read this week … 11.  Snowmen at Christmas, by Caralyn Buehner – Ever wonder how snowmen celebrate Christmas? 12.  The Longest Christmas List Ever, by

PlayDrMom’s Favorite Holiday Movies & TV Shows

I really enjoy fully embracing the season.  I’m one of those crazy ladies that likes to listen to the Christmas station on the radio in my car or on Pandora Radio on my computer.  I’m probably just as excited (if not
aftermath of tragedy

Thoughts and Resources in the Aftermath of a Tragedy

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a post on this subject. It would be a lot easier to keep going … focus on the holiday fun, continue with Christmas crafting and baking.  I figured there’s lots of great
gingerbread for Keeps not Eats

DIY Gingerbread Baby … for “keeps” not “eats”!!!

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is feature the AMAZING books of Jan Brett.  She has an amazing collection of books that highlight beautiful illustrations of all kinds of animals. Widgets We love SO many of them, so
What's your Elf been up to?

Elf Adventures, 2012 week 2

Our elf, Brief Houser, has been up to lots of fun this week!  For his previous adventures … Elf Adventures, 2012 week 1 and here’s a round up of 2011. Day 8: Chattin’ with Mrs. Butterworth Day 9: Taking Minnie for

The ABCs of Mama Smiles = ) … and this week’s Kids Co-Op Linky!

There are a couple of things that really draw me into following and liking a blog.  First thing is always content … if the blog is filled with fun ideas and activities … I’m interested.  Second, is if the blog is
book countdown to christmas, week one

Countdown to Christmas with Books, part 1

As you may have seen in my post last Saturday (Our Elf Update: Week One 2012), Santa sent us a box filled with 25 wrapped books.  One to unwrap each day until Christmas.  Here’s what we’ve opened so far in our