Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Elf Days 11 - 18

The Elf has moved a few times since my last post, although he has been lazy too.

Day 11: Elf hung out in the Christmas tree.
Day 12: Caught him watching a baking competition show on gingerbread.
Day 13: He caught Bernardo red handed reading a book. Well, Bernardo fell asleep with the book open on his bed, with the lights still on, and that's how we the Elf caught him. Eugene left him a message on the bathroom mirror.
Day 14: Forgot to move.
Day 15: Hard to play basketball with the Elf in the way. (Hanging from the net.)
Day 17: Hanging out in the laundry room.
Day 18: The boys clearly didn't do their chores, because they didn't find the Elf in the laundry room. He didn't move in the hopes that they do their chores today and find him.
I did have big plans for the Elf. We'll see if I can get together enough to do them (and post!). On Eugene's last day, he will be leaving a gingerbread house kit for the boys to do over their winter break! It will be done after Christmas, but will give them something fun to do during their time off.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Elf: Days 1 - 10

The Elf is behind this year too.

Day 1: Hid in the garland on the mantle.
Day 2: Hid on the kitchen table in the poinsettias.
Day 3: Too tired to remember to move.
Day 4: Peaking out from the stockings.
Day 5: Stayed put.
Day 6: Checking things out from on top of the curtain rod.
Day 7: Hiding with the robes in the kids' bathroom.
Day 8-9: Forgot to move. The Elf is horrible this year.
Day 10: Looks like he is trying to hang his own stocking.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ho, Ho, Ho! It's Christmas Time!

Oh my gosh! Christmas is in a week and a half! I'm sorry I have been absent and haven't posted much for Christmas. It's been a little crazy around here with school and life in general. The dog had a double ear infection and an allergic reaction in her eyes to something (still no idea what it was), car maintenance (both cars' brakes and a battery), and then Bernardo had to have his appendix out. I am trying to catch up, but I am running behind on blog posts, gifts/gift wrapping, and baking cookies for the neighbors/work/family. Below are my Christmas ideas for food/drinks, crafts/activities, and gifts. The majority of this post will be from previous years, but if I get caught up and have more ideas, I will update the list.

I hope the Holiday season finds you all happy and well!



ELF: Here is the link to my elf post. I update it when I get new ideas.

  • St. Nick's Day was 12/6, but there are a lot of stocking stuffer ideas that will work great for Christmas!
  • You've Been Elf'd. Spread a little holiday cheer to your friends and neighbors. We also made and delivered cookies to our neighbors a few days before Christmas last year. They seemed to be a big hit! :)



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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Elf Shenanigans

As you may know, we've had our elf for quite a few years now. He's had some crazy shenanigans over the years. I'm still trying to come up with ideas for this season. The boys love when he does obstacles, so there may be more of those. We'll see.

If you need any ideas for your Elf (or reindeer or snowman or whatever creature you may hide), here are some of Elf's past exploits. (NOTE: These are only some of his previous ideas, but all of his appearances can be found under Categories: Elf On The Shelf.)

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