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!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Christmas Gift Ideas

It seems the older everyone gets, the harder it is to come up with ideas! In case you need some gift ideas too, here are my gift lists:

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Monday, November 22, 2021

St. Nick's Day is 12/6!

I know we are just about to celebrate Thanksgiving, but St. Nick's Day is right around the corner on Sunday 12/6! If you are Christmas shopping this weekend, you may want to keep an eye out for little stocking stuffers. I have some ideas below, as well as a little history on St. Nick's Day.

I used to love St. Nick's Day when I was a kid. I remember waking on December 6th, eager to see what my stocking of goodies contained. When I was a little older, I learned that not everyone celebrates St. Nick's Day. In the US, it seems like it is more in the German and Dutch ancestry communities. I grew up in a city with strong German roots and St. Nick's Day was always celebrated. My mom had never heard of the holiday until she came here for college.


Who Was St. Nick?
St. Nicholas (St. Nick) was the model for the jolly man himself (Santa Claus). St. Nicholas was from a wealthy family and would secretly give out gifts to people. The story I remember hearing was about a father who had three daughters. He was poor and could not afford dowries for the girls, which were needed in order to get married. Without the dowries, their futures looked bleak. Nicholas threw a bag of gold coins through a window into the house during the night for each daughter. (There are different stories with different times frames: 1 night, 3 nights, 3 years.)

How To Celebrate:
The night of December 5th, place a stocking or shoe outside the children's door(s) and fill it with goodies. You could also hang them on the fireplace. In the morning (on December 6th), open the stockings!

Growing up, we each had our own stocking that we put out in front of our bedroom door the night before St. Nick's Day. We got mostly candy in our stockings. My husband's family tradition was to put their Christmas List in the stockings for Santa to pick up. They also got an orange (and candy) in their stockings. Some families put out shoes instead of stockings.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
  • "Gold" $1 coins in honor of the bags of gold coins St. Nicholas gave. (You can ask for them at the bank.)
  • Candy. My favorite is Candy Cane Tootsie Pops. The boys like getting the soda flavored jelly beans. Target has cute ones in the holiday section that come in a small soda bottle shaped container.
  • Small games or deck of cards.
  • Books or comic books.
  • Small coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, markers, fun shaped pens, puzzle books, etc. The coloring book link is to Amazon, but Target and Michael's often have these Grab & Go packs for $1.
  • Barrettes, headbands.
  • Grab and Go games. These fit into stockings and are great for car rides or while sitting in restaurants. Some of our favorites are Clue, Connect Four, Trouble, Battleship, and Guess Who.
  • Special ornament. We get each kid their own ornament every year. It has their name and the year on it. (Even if I just write it on with a Sharpie.) We try to make it special for that year. (An apple/desk/pencil if they started school, a horse for their first horse ride, an ornament from vacation, a train if they took a train ride, ballet slippers or musical instrument for first show/concert.)
  • For older kids: gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, movie theater, laser tag, their favorite store. Or a new phone case, ear buds for phone/computer/iPod.
  • Hot chocolate mix.
  • Small stuffed animals.
  • Lego's. There are so many kinds! (Ninjago, a box of Lego's, Nexo Knights, Minecraft, Friends, and now even Mario). Lego also has Ornaments. Kids build the Lego figure and place them inside a clear round ornament to hang on the tree. The boys loved them. The mini-figure packs are also great stocking stuffer. (Lego has these in stores or online. Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, and sometimes even the grocery store will carry these.)
  • Small toys. (Hexbugs, small Nerf guns, Matchbox or Hot Wheels)
  • Art supplies. (sketch pads, pencils, pens, paints, crayons, stickers...)
  • Pez Dispensers. I loved getting each year as a kid. I used to have a small collection of them, but they got misplaced during moving. They come in a lot of varieties! (Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas, Star Wars, Avengers, Scooby Doo, Princess, Presidents...)
  • Toothbrush.
  • Flashlight.
  • Temporary tattoos.
  • Chapstick or lip gloss.
  • Small fruit (clementines, apples).
  • Compass. 
  • Gum.
  • Elf On The Shelf. Our Elf, Eugene, originally came to us on St. Nick's Day.
  • New video game or DVD. The boys sometimes get a joint St. Nick gift of a game or DVD.
  • Advent Calendar.

St. Nicholas (Wikipedia)

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Thanksgiving Is Next Week!

Thanksgiving is November 25th this year; it's just a week away! This year we are back in town and will be able to celebrate with family. It was harder on the road during the holidays and not having the family celebrations. Below I have some of my ideas for Thanksgiving (food, crafts, activities, and books for kids). 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Halloween On Sunday!


It's October! It's going to be Halloween Time! I'm getting excited for Fall.

Although we haven't Boo'd anyone yet, I do have the Boo Bag ready to go. I'm going to wait until a little closer to Halloween this year. Since we are in a campground this year, I am only doing one Boo Bag. (If you are wondering why we are in a campground this year, check out our family trip website at Tepe Travels). 

We are still floating easy costume ideas, decorate, and need to find a local pumpkin patch. Although the RV kitchen can be challenging, I think we will probably still be able to roast the seeds. I did find some easy decorations at the local dollar store and now need to figure out how to put them up.

I know COVID may change a lot of Halloween plans around the country. If Halloween is cancelled, we can still make it fun for the kids: maybe by booing the neighbors or friends/family, trick or treating within your tribe, or having a movie night and decorating cookies. Some of my past Halloween posts would be good for staying home Halloween fun.

  • Halloween Mazes:
  • Coloring Page.
  • Pumpkin Soccer or Bowling. Use a small pie pumpkin as the ball. 
    • Soccer: Split into two teams and create goals (small plastic cones work well). Have kids spider walk (aka crab walk) and kick the pumpkin soccer ball with their feet.
    • Bowling: Make pins from rolls of toilet paper.
      • Ghost pins: Decorate rolls with black paper eyes and mouth.
      • Mummy: Wrap a piece of toilet paper around a roll and add eyes.
      • Witch: Wrap in green tissue paper, add construction paper eyes/nose/mouth, and top with paper hat.
      • Vampire: Add fangs/mouth/eyes, and a black paper cape.
      •  Frankenstein: Wrap in green tissue paper, draw with sharpie or add black paper stitch marks/scars. Add eyes/nose/mouth.



Some of my Fall Fun links work great for Halloween too!

OTHER FUN LINKS: (Links are external links, not to DailyMesses.)

What are some of your fun ideas/traditions for Halloween? Share in Comments!



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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Hamburger Pizza (Papa John's Inspired)

You may have seen this already on our travel blog, www.TepeTravels.com, but in case you haven't, here is our recipe for Hamburger Pizza. It turned out great!

We love Papa John’s Double Hamburger Pizza; even Ben likes it and he does not normally like pickles! Unfortunately, it’s a regional/seasonal thing because we haven’t had any luck finding it since California. We tried in Williamsburg, but they did not have any pickles.

We decided to try to make our own version! We managed to find all of the ingredients. However, we had to get creative with fitting the pizza crust in our tiny oven, as the store did not have a lot of crust size options.

We grabbed ground beef, 2 Roma tomatoes, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, Thousand Island dressing, and pickles (hamburger dill chips).

I browned the ground beef, diced the tomatoes, and had Will shred the cheeses. Once the ground beef was cooked, I drained it. I also blotted the pickle slices with a paper towel so that there wouldn’t be too much moisture on the pizza and then cut each slice in half. After placing the crust on the baking sheet, I used a pastry brush to add a thin layer of the Thousand Island dressing to the pizza crust. Next came a layer of the mixed cheeses, the ground beef, diced tomatoes and pickle pieces. I added a little bit more cheese to the top and baked according to the crust’s directions.

It turned out pretty well and was gone quickly! I can’t wait to make it again!.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Mother's Day is May 9th, 2021

 Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th! 

I have some gift/craft/food/fun ideas below! Just click on the links for the recipes or directions :) 



FUN: (To Print: Right click on image, Save As/Save to Computer, Print.)

  • Shutterfly: Free card with code CARD4U.
  • Barnes & Noble: It looks like several Barnes & Noble stores are having events from Friday to Sunday. Please double check with your local store for up to date event details.
  • Zoo: There are a lot of zoos across the country offering free admission for moms on Mother's Day. Please call/check your local zoo's website or google before going.
  • Bass Pro Shops: Free 4x6 picture for Mother's Day during select times on 5/12 and 5/13. Cabela's is also supposed to offer a free picture. 
  • TCBY: Free FROYO on Sunday 5/12. 
  • Abuelo's: They are giving away free gift (I believe with purchase of a meal).  
  • Wienerschnitzel: Free chili dog, small fry, small soda for mom on 5/12. 
  • First Watch: I don't see a new blog post on their website, but for the last several years they have offered a freebie for Mother's Day (last year it was a box of chocolates). You may want to check with your local store to see if they are offering it again this year.
*Always check with your local store to make sure they are participating before you go!

If you know of any other freebies, please feel free to share in Comments!