Elf on the Shelf

It is that time of year again. Whether you love this tradition, or dread having to remember to move the dang elf we have some pretty fun and easy tips and ideas to make the Elf on the Shelf a little easier this year.

I will confess, I held out as long as I could on this tradition, but last year when Blake was 4, he was starting to hear about his friends’ elves and his classroom even had one so I knew it was time to get one for ourselves. I searched all over Pinterest for ideas and then created a spreadsheet (insert nerd alert!) to help me figure out what I was going to do each night. This actually was SO HELPFUL. I wasn’t stressed coming up with ideas I just had to follow the spreadsheet (well more accurately, make sure my husband followed the spreadsheet because I always pass out early!). Here are 30 fun ideas that we have used to cover everyday that the Elf comes to visit.


Now Wendy who is much smarter than me, took pictures of everything their Elf did last year so that they could just pull up the pictures on their phone for inspiration. Here are some fun pictures of their Elf.

Another great tip is to set a reminder on your phone every night so you don’t forget!

So thanks again to this little magical Elf who will help our kids behave at least for a little bit 🙂


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