Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, 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, February 4, 2016

Valentine's Day Ideas

It's somehow February and the kids have their Valentine's Day school parties next week. They're getting older and want more of the store bought Valentine's, but still love the homemade treats I make them. If you need any ideas, I have Valentines, Food, Crafts, Gift, and Activity ideas below.


  • Heart Crayon Valentine's
  • Candied Popcorn Bags, "I'm popping with happiness that you're my Valentine". One year I attached a Valentine themed bag full of candied popcorn to a store bought Valentine.
  • Use potato stamps to make a hearts on a homemade card. (Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out the shape.)
  • Play-Doh Heart ornaments/necklaces
  • Make Heart Shaped Chalk
  • Hot Air Balloon, it could even have a picture of your child in the basket. "Your friendship lifts me up."
  • Butterfly Pencil
  • Bubbles with a Valentine's Day themed note like "Your friendship makes me bubbly".
  • S'more Kit (marshmallow, graham cracker squares, piece of chocolate), "Your friendship makes me feel mushy inside".
  • Goldfish or gummy fish in a fishbowl shaped baggie with a "school" type of message. The bags can be hard to find and a little time consuming to make (click for directions), so you can cut a bowl shape piece of paper, write the message and place behind the fish.
  • Other non-candy ideas: clementines, cars, glow sticks/bracelets/necklaces ("Your friendship brightens my day"). The dollar store or dollar bins at Target or Michael's are great to find little treasures in.
  • Hanging Stained Glass Card with "stained glass" made from wax paper and crayons.
  • Easy Stained Glass Heart with contact paper and tissue paper.
  • "I know I'll go far/succeed with you as my friend" type of message with a goodie bag of school gear: pencils, erasers, goldfish bag, ruler, markers, stickers, etc. The dollar store or dollar bins at Target or Michael's are great to find themed pencils and erasers.





What are some of your favorite homemade Valentines and treats?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Elf On The Shelf Days 9-16

Day 9: Eugene found his way upstairs to the boys' bathroom. Guess he wanted to make sure they weren't leaving toothpaste all over the counter again.
Day 10: Whoops! Forgot to move, still stuck in the bathroom.
Day 11: Eugene is hiding in Higgins' room behind the light. So far they haven't found him this morning.
Day 12: Made it back downstairs to hang out in a stocking.
Day 13: Do you want to build a snowman? Looks like Eugene is making marshmallow snowmen. (Used edible markers for face/buttons.)
Day 14: On a curtain rod again.
Day 15: On top of the tree. This time he put a holiday hat on the tree too.
Day 16: Hiding in a basket.

It's hard to believe it's almost Christmas! If you need food ideas, check out my Christmas Food, Drinks, and Snacks post. It also has a link on activity ideas for the kids at the bottom of the post. If you still have last minute shopping to do, hopefully my Gift Ideas post with have some ideas to help!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Food, Snacks and Drinks

After baking almost 40 dozen cookies over the past week for hubby's work, neighbors, and for Christmas Day, I finally started going over my meal plan for Christmas. If you have a lot of hosting and/or baking coming up, I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes. 





If you need ideas to help keep the kids busy, check out my Christmas Craft & Activities post and Snow Time Fun post!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas

I can't believe Christmas is in two weeks! If you are like me and are feeling the time crunch, here are a few gift ideas. I've added some new ones (my favorite new ones are the whiskey balls and glasses Hubby got last year!).

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Elf On The Shelf Days 5-8

So Eugene has been busy, but it's been a mix of fun and boring.

Day 5: Eugene was sitting on the tree.
Day 6: Eugene was giving their picture on the mantle a hug.
Day 7: Eugene created an Elf Circus with another elf. There was even a toy motorcycle in a cage (made from pipe cleaners)!
Day 8: This morning, it looked like Eugene was tuckered out and is taking a nap in my curtains.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Elf On The Shelf: Day 4

The boys couldn't wait to see what Eugene was up to this morning. He even left the lightsabers for the boys to play with. 

After searching for a little bit, the boys found him. 

It looks like he may be stuck in the kitchen.

To make your elf in a bottle, you will need an empty dry water bottle (or a clear, cleaned soda bottle), sharp scissors, x-acto knife (optional), and maybe clear tape. Gently peel back one side of the label. If you have to, you could probably cut it and then tape back into place. Use the scissors or x-acto knife to poke a slit into the bottle. You want the slit to be covered when you put the label back on. Use the scissors to cut 1/2 to 3/4 around the bottle. Leave some of the bottle intact. If your bottle isn't completely dried, this is a good time to dry it. Gently fold your elf up and place inside the bottle. Close the lid. If needed, apply a small piece of tape to help keep closed. Reattach the label, making sure to cover the cut. My label was still sticky but if yours isn't, use a s small piece of tape to reattach the label.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Elf On The Shelf Day 3

The boys have been super exited about Star Wars lately. And who can blame them? Star Wars is awesome! I have seen all of them and the boys have seen a lot of them with Grandpa. 

In honor the of the new Star Wars movie coming out next week, Eugene wanted to get in on the action.
Of course, then hubby pointed out that the Storm Troopers really don't have lightsabers, so we had another photo shoot (Eugene wanted to be authentic and to meet Vader).

*To make the lightsabers, you will need glow sticks, duct tape (I used silver and black), and maybe an empty toilet paper roll. If you don't have black duct tape, electrical tape would probably work just as well.

It was late when I started these, so they aren't super finished looking but they did the job. I cut a small piece of cardboard from the roll and taped to one end of the glowstick. Gently roll the cardboard around the stick to form the handle. Be careful, it's really easy to crack and activate the stick. Tape closed. Wrap with black duct tape. Make sure to go up the stick a little bit and cover all of the cardboard. Wrap the middle with a piece of silver duct tape. Wrap a thin line of black duct table in the middle of the silver.
To get the Elf to hold the lightsaber, I tried tape. It didn't last long. I then found some white wire to match his gloves. I wrapped one end around a wrist, then around the lightsaber, and then the other wrist. I tried to line up the wire on the lightsaber with the black middle line of the handle. Once it was attached, I covered the wire with a piece of the black duct tape. 

Elf On The Shelf: Days 1-2

Sorry for the delay!

Eugene made his appearance on St. Nick's Day. I had been up late working on baking, so his first day was pretty mild compared to last year (sledding on the tree).

This time, he drew Minions on the bananas.
Yesterday morning (12/7) he was sitting on top of a curtain rod.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Elf On The Shelf Ideas

It's that time of year again: Elf time. I was trying to come up with some new ideas for Eugene, our elf. While I have only come up with a few new ones, below are some of Eugene's more exciting past adventures. I'll update when I get new ones!

Friday, November 27, 2015

St. Nick's Day is 12/6!

St. Nick's Day is Sunday 12/6! I know there are probably lots of you out there shopping today, so be on the lookout for stocking stuffers! Below I have a little about St. Nick's Day and some stocking stuffer ideas.

Do you celebrate St. Nick's Day? Every year on December 6th, I remember waking up looking for my stocking full of goodies. Not everyone celebrates St. Nick's Day; it's popular in European countries and in German and Dutch 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 it until she came here for college. When they told her to put a shoe outside her door at night, I think she thought they were nuts!

Who Was St. Nick?
St. Nicholas was basically 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. Without the dowry the girls would probably become...night workers. Nicholas threw a bag of gold coins for each daughter into the house through a window at night. (Some accounts have it over 1 night, 3 nights, or even 3 years.)

How To Celebrate:
Growing up, we each had our own stocking that we put out the night before St. Nick's Day. My husband would put his Christmas List in his stocking for Santa to pick up. However, other people put out shoes instead of stockings. The night of December 5th, place a stocking or shoe outside the children's door(s) and fill it with goodies. In the morning (on December 6th), open the stockings!

Some stocking stuffer ideas: Candy Cane Tootsie Pops,
Crayon Rings, Etch A Sketch, Coloring Books, Candy

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
  • "Gold" $1 coins in honor of the bags of gold coins St. Nicholas gave
  • Candy (I just picked up cute soda flavored jelly beans in a small soda shaped bottle at Target.) My favorite is the Candy Cane Tootsie Pops.
  • Small games
  • Books or Comic Books
  • Small coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, markers, fun pens, etc.
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Coins/Money
  • Barrettes
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Lego's (Bernardo is into Ninjago right now, while Higgins does better with a box of Lego's he can create his own inventions with.). Lego also has Ornaments: There are several to choose from. Kids build the Lego figure and place them inside a clear round ornament to hang on the tree. The boys each got one last year and loved them! The mini figure packs are also great stocking stuffers.
  • Small toys
  • Special ornament (We get each kid an ornament every year. It has their name and the year on it. We try to make it special for that year. Examples include 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, etc.)
  • Pez Dispensers (I loved getting these every year. I used to have a small collection, but now I have no idea where it is. They come in so many varieties you are sure to find one for boys or girls.) They have ChristmasStar WarsAvengersScooby Doo set, even Presidents, etc.
  • Flashlight (Higgins got his own flashlight last year and it has outlived the previous one. Luckily it seems he learned his lesson that you can't put a flashlight in the toilet and expect it to still work.)
  • Stickers
  • Toothbrush
  • Temporary tattoos
  • For older kids: gift cards to a movie theater, laser tag, their favorite store, iTunes, Amazon, beef jerky, new phone case
  • New earbuds for the computer, i-pod, etc.
  • Chapstick (or lip gloss)
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars
  • Small fruit (clementines, apples)
  • Hexbugs
  • Gum
  • Compass
  • Small Nerf Guns
  • Mighty Beanz
  • DVD: Target's $5 shelf is great for these. The boys sometimes get a joint St. Nick gift of a DVD.
  • Elf On The Shelf. Eugene originally came to us on St. Nick's Day.

St. Nicholas, Wiki

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's Almost Halloween!

It's getting closer to Halloween! We've already Boo'd the neighbors. I can't wait to carve our pumpkins and roast the seeds (so yummy!). If you need any last minute Halloween ideas, here are some ideas :)