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, December 8, 2016

Elf Days 4 & 5

Day 4 12/7/16: Well, someone touched the Elf again, so Eugene stayed put another night. Higgins added a stuffed animal to keep him company.

Day 5 12/8/16: Finally! No one touched Eugene, so he moved into the boys' bathroom to hang out.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Elf Day 3

Day 3 (12/6/16): Happy St. Nick's Day!

Higgins touched Eugene with his foot last night, so there was no Elf movement this morning. Poor Elf.
I think Eugene needed to drink some coffee so he could spell words correctly in the note.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Elf Day 2, Doctor Who

Elf On the Shelf Day 2 (12/5/16)

When I tucked Bernardo into bed the other day, I saw his Dalek Yahtzee game on his self and it gave me a new Elf idea.

There are some big Doctor Who fans in our house. In fact, Bernardo loves Doctor Who so much, that he had a Doctor Who themed birthday party this year, which gave me a few props to use. He has a Tardis poster on his door, as well as the Sonic Screwdriver he made at the party. I propped Eugene (the Elf) up on some note cards, placed the Sonic Screwdriver in his hands, and dressed him up with a fez and bow-tie (Bernardo's favorite Doctor is #11). I then placed the Dalek close to the elf. I wonder who will be exterminated?

Now if only Eugene could bring the new season of Doctor Who to Netflix faster, we would all be happy!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Elf On The Shelf Day 1

Eugene came out a little earlier than normal this year.
Day 1 (12/4/16): Eugene put bows on their stuffed animals in their beds. Originally, he was going to put bows on the boys heads and take a selfie while doing. The selfies were going to be printed out and placed on their doors. However, when I took the elf "selfie", it looked super creepy so I just put the bows on their toys.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Elfing Fun (Elf On The Shelf Ideas)

It's that time of year again: Elf time. I am still coming up with this year's ideas for our elf Eugene. However, I do have some of his more exciting past adventures listed below. I'll update this post when I get new ones!

Friday, November 25, 2016

St. Nick's Day is Around the Corner!

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

Do you celebrate St. Nick's Day? I remember waking up on December 6th, excited to see what my stocking full of goodies contained. Of course, not everyone celebrates St. Nick's Day; it's popular in Europe 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 and they told her to put a shoe outside her door.

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' future was bleak. 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's tradition was to put his Christmas List in his stocking for Santa to pick up. However, other families 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!

This year I found some great items in Target's dollar and holiday bins: Sketch books ($3), stationary set ($1), soda bottle jelly beans, a super cute Lego reindeer bag set ($3.50). I'm also reusing the leftover stackable crayons from last year (Spritz at Target, 10 pcs/$3).
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 or deck of cards.
  • Books or Comic Books.
  • Small coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, markers, fun pens, etc. The coloring book link is to Amazon, but Target and Michael's often have these Grab & Go packs for $1.
  • Small stuffed animals.
  • Coins/Money.
  • Barrettes.
  • Hot chocolate mix.
  • Lego's (There's so many kinds! Ninjago, a box of Lego's,  Nexo Knights, Minecraft, Friends.) 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 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.
  • 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.
  • DVD: Target's $5 movie rack is a great place to find 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.
  • Adults: There are lots of adult themed Advent Calendars available too! Master of Malt offers many different alcoholic (especially whiskey and scotch) calendars. I bought myself a nicer chocolate Advent Calender with dark chocolates. There are also non-chocolate calendars (Lego, Lego Star Wars, Lego Friends, Jelly Bean, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hot Wheels, PlayMobil, and even a Minions one! Note: This year I had a hard time finding the regular Lego calendar, it seemed to be sold out everywhere! Most of the online ones for sale were people reselling it for at least $10 more than the normal price. I finally found on at a local Barnes & Nobles bookstore. Check online and in stores early to make sure you get the one you want for the regular price.

St. Nicholas, Wiki

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Election Time Word Find/Word Search

It's been quite the election so far this year. I have two 2016 Election themed Word Finds below. The first Word Find is harder with words found in all directions. The second is an easier version for those like Higgins who like word finds, but have a hard time finding the words. The easier word find has words found only in Forward and Down.

While I know there are other candidates, I kept to the two major parties to keep it simpler. For a Word Find without candidates listed, check out my Elections Word Find

TO PRINT: Click on image. Right Click. Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print. Or, click on image, right click, chose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Treats

I realized today that I had not made anything fun for Halloween, at least not in food. I was making cookies for something else today and decided to make them into Halloween cookies.

I made a batch of sugar cookies. (For an easy recipe, click here.) I divided the dough into thirds. One third was colored green with green food gel. One third was colored purple with violet food gel. The last bit was left plain.

I scooped out about 1 tablespoon of dough onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. I slightly flattened the cookies.

Eyes: Once I flattened the top of the cookies, I placed candy eyeballs on the green and purple cookies. If your sugar cookie dough tends to spread while baking, place eyeballs close together. I also found that a few of the eyes melted, so I added some halfway through the baking time. (Amazon also has red candy eyes!)

Spiders: I used the plain sugar cookie dough and placed large dark chocolate chips point down into the cookies. Once they are done baking, remove and cool completely. Melt chocolate, chocolate chips, or candy melts and pipe on legs. I ran out of time, but you could also pipe on eyes or the black widow spider hourglass shape in red.

Frankenstein: I used the green cookie dough. Bake cookies and cool completely. Use melted chocolate to attach candy eyes. Next, pipe on hair, scars/stitches, and a mouth with the melted chocolate. I also piped on the bolts.

I also had some of chocolate mini donuts left from the weekend. Since I already had the candy eyes out and had some white chocolate melts, I decided to make Donut Monsters too! I attached the eyes with melted white chocolate and piped on teeth. Super fast and easy!

TIPS: You can use a Ziploc bag with a tiny bit of the end snipped off if you do not have a piping bag!
Don't forget to check out my other Halloween ideas! (This post as has links to all of them.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Halloween Fun Is Beginning!

It's almost time for Halloween!The boys are super excited this year. Higgins is looking for new Halloween decorations every day on his way home from school.

So far, we have managed to get in a little Halloween fun: we were Boo'd by one of our neighbors, the boys Boo'd another neighbor, and we went to the pumpkin patch. I put up a few decorations, per the kids' request. All that is left is to get the boys to decide on their costumes, get costumes, put up the last of the decorations, carve the pumpkins, and roast the seeds. Oh, and buy lots of candy! If you need any Halloween ideas, I have a bunch below!
  • 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.)