Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

I love the tradition of doing the Elf on the Shelf!  

Unfortunately, I have to look on Pinterest and admire everyone else’s creative ideas.  

We did have a pretty fun elf visit last year... but I clearly didn’t do my research and sat down with my son to open the package.  Right inside the box, under the elf,  was a “special message to the parents”… It read something along the lines of “See your Child's delight as your elf wakes each morning to see where you have moved their elf”....oops!
Unfortunately Brayden read it right as I was busy taking the elf out of the box.  Right off the bat (because I had touched the elf), it lost its magic.  Brayden screamed like I had killed the elf.  It was total chaos.  Luckily, the elf got his magic back the next night but it was never the same because Brayden saw my dang “private message” from the elf.  
I guess I am just here to tell all beginner parents, do your research on this elf before they visit your home.  This is serious business and a major commitment as well.  And don’t think you can’t get sucked into not over achieving on this matter because the kids get talking at school and basic movement just doesn’t cut it anymore, haha!  And… that is why elf decided to stay at the North Pole instead of coming to our house.  

Here are four of my favorite pins I saw online...
I just think this one is so cute!  One, I love Hot Chocolate but secondly, the printable is just way fun and FREE! 
 Here is the link to this pin.
This elf is sure naughty!  But when it comes to the elf, I think the naughtier the funnier.  Now isn't ironic we have to be good for Santa but then we have an elf that does rotten things while we sleep.  Hmmm... I am going to have to think about the irony of that one!
Unfortunately, the pin didn’t go to a blog!
I like this one because it is easy and HILARIOUS!  Surely, the elf wouldn’t have to spend much time doing this :) 
Here is the original pin for this idea
Who doesn’t love to see true love begin to bloom?  And over syrup…. it’s perfect!  
Here is the original pin

And as a bonus, look how dang cute this is:
My friend MB posted this to her instagram account and I just had to show you.  They used a baby sock to make the ski mask.  LOVE it!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cleaning my stove with Ammonia

Oh dang, I soooo wish I had taken a "before picture" but I had never meant to do a blog post about this pin I saw!  I was trying to figure out how to clean my stove and came across this pin.

With my kids and I all cooking on our stove, it almost feels like there is constantly grease everywhere!  Although having a COMPLETELY black griddle full of grease (I will just call it "super seasoned")... made for awesome food, it was almost embarrassing for people to see it.  Here is what I did:

I got a plastic bin, garbage bags, ammonia and the stove grates and skillet.  I just put the ammonia stove parts in a doubled garbage bag, in the plastic bin.  Dump the ammonia in and close the bag as good as you can.  I also put the lid on the plastic bin to seal it in better.  Make sure to do this outside... the fumes gave me a major headache!

...a day later....

Open your plastic bin and take out your grates and skillet.  Try to hold your breath while you do this. The fumes are awful! Rinse all the ammonia off while you are outside.  With very little scrubbing all I had to do was use a scrubby side of a sponge to scrape off the guck that literally melted off!  I was thrilled!!!
To dispose of the ammonia:  Dilute with water and dispose in a WELL VENTILATED drain (like your garage sink if you have one).

I loved this process!  Especially since it cost me about $2.00.

I did see this kit on Amazon* and am curious.  Maybe I will break the bank and do this in between.  We were pretty lost not having a stove for 24 hours.

*This is an amazon affiliate link.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pottery Barn Mirror Knock Off Segment

CLICK HERE to be taken to the segment on their website!

It was so fun to be on with Michelle Money today!  Can I just say, to all those who don't know her (or any of the hosts on GTU) she is the NICEST ever.  I don't think I would do this any longer if I didn't like them so much!