Elf on the Shelf

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Day 10-12/6/2016

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Sparkle the Elf wanted to have a Christmas movie night tonight.  She made herself some popcorn and set up in front of the TV.  We just love watching movies especially Christmas movies this time of year!  She brought us a present too!

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Sparkle brought us Santa Apprentice & Magic Snowflake as well as a bag of popcorn to make.  We had a great time watching both movies!  It really got us in the holiday spirit on a cold night when sitting on the coach and watching a movie sounds like a great idea!

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You can read more about Santa’s Apprentice & Magic Snowflake by reading our review post here.  They were both really cute Christmas movies.

You can purchase this title on Amazon!

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Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 9-12/5/2016

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Sparkle is missing the snow in the North Pole, we have not had any yet in Oklahoma so she brought some back with her last night.  She made a bit of a mess on my kitchen counter.  Our “snow” (really coconut flakes) was all over the counter and she left us a fun black magic color scratch snowflake Christmas ornaments from Oriental Trading to make tonight.  They were a lot of fun!

The snowflake ornaments were easy to make and included everything we needed.  The set includes 24 snowflakes, 12 scratching tools and 24 satin ribbons to hang them with when you are finished.  They are covered in a black material (not really sure what the coating is made of) but you use the tool to scratch it away and it reveals color underneath.  So you can scratch it all off or scratch off a design and leave some black.  Just like real snowflakes every one is different.  The girls had a lot of fun making them and now our tree is covered in pretty colorful snowflakes!

You can purchase these black magic color scratch snowflake Christmas ornaments on the Oriental Trading Website. Only $6.99 for a set of 24!

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 8-12/4/2016

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Sparkle got a little tied up today while trying to make a paper chain.  That silly little elf!  She was hanging from our door tangled up in her chain.  She left us some pre-cut papers from Oriental Trading Company so we could make our own paper chains.  My kiddos love making these every year when it gets close to Christmas.  They like to take off a ring each day as a way to count down to the big day!  It’s a great activity to get us excited about Christmas.  Everyday is full of excitement as we tear off another link on the chain and see it getting shorter and shorter.

The girls had a blast using the Oriental Trading red & green Christmas tree chains.  We have made these before and just used construction paper but these pre-cut sheets from were so easy to use.  They have adhesive like on an envelope on one end, just lick and stick to the other end to make a loop.  So no glue, tape, or adhesive needed.  The package comes with 500 (250 red and 250 green) so you have a ton, enough to decorate the entire house or share with some friends.  I keep any extras around in my scrap/craft room for small projects.

You can purchase the Red & Green Christmas Tree Chains on the Oriental Trading Website here!  Only $5.99 for a package of 500.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 7-12/3/2016

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Today we found Sparkle writing a letter to Santa.  She told him all about her adventures of visiting and how much fun she is having and also let him know her top there gift ideas!

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She left us some extra sheets to we could make our own lists.  These little sheets are so cute.  I found them on Oriental Trading Company.  A really fun coloring sheet that you can fill in to let Santa know what you would like for the holidays.  My kiddo had a lot of fun filling hers out, in fact she made two and convinced her older sister to make one too.  They come in a package of 50 so we are going to send the extras to school Monday for her class to fill out and color.

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You can find these adorable little coloring sheets on Oriental Trading Company.  They are a really fun holiday activity that really gets you in the Christmas Spirit.

dscf3539Check with your local post office.  Ours has a special Santa drop off box that you can drop your letters in and get one back!  I don’t know if all post offices do this service but ours does.  My kiddo gets so excited when she gets her letter from Santa telling her all about his preparations for the holidays.

Color Your Own Letter to Santa-Oriental Trading 50 pieces for $5.99

 

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 6-12/2/2016

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Today Sparkle helped us celebrate National Mutt Day!  Which is a celebration of adopted rescue and shelter dogs.  We have two rescue puppies so it is a holiday close to our heart.  You can learn more about it HERE.  Looks like she got some help from a puppy to leave us a gift in our Christmas Tree today.  She brought us a movie and some fun activities to celebrate National Mutt Day with a movie night!

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Sparkle brought us the Secret Life of Pets for a movie night along with some fun items like a bookmark, activity set, and even a fun Santa hat with dog ears.  You can learn more about this movie by reading our post here!

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You can find out more about Secret Life of Pets on their Website.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 5- 12/1/2016

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Today Sparkle was hanging out on top of the movie case with a scavenger hunt card!  She left us clues all over the house.  Zowie was so excited running around to find the next clue.  The clues ended in the laundry room on the dryer where we found a present!

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Our scavenger hunt cards came from our Ukloo game.  It’s a fun game full of treasure hunting fun.  We have had this game a long time but you can find it on Amazon.

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Sparkle brought us a great little book called “12 Joys of Christmas” which is a fun twist on the old holiday song 12 days of Christmas.  Each page you add a new item to the list and discover the true joys of Christmas along the way.  The book focuses more on traditions and family time rather then on material items which I really love.  My daughter had fun reading it during our reading time tonight.  New books are a great way to connect with your kiddos and during this time of year my kiddo gets super excited about new holiday books.  It really builds the excitement throughout the month.

You can find The 12 Joys of Christmas by Thomas Seibold on Amazon.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 4- 11/30/2016

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Sparkle and her buddies were being impish last night and got into mom’s coloring book stash.  She was working on a masterpiece last night with her friends.  Looks pretty good to me.  She also brought us a fun Christmas coloring book.

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Christmas Coloring Book: Magical Winter Holidays by My Masterpiece Adult Coloring Books is a great coloring book. It’s full of fun Christmas themed coloring pages.  My seven year old likes to do the more intricate images so it’s perfect for her.  We all spent time together as a family coloring some fun pages tonight while listening to Christmas music.  Such a relaxing night!

You can find the Christmas Coloring Book Magical Winter Holidays Volume 1 on Amazon!

It’s only $5.99 right now!

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 3- 11/29/2016

Sparkle left us a note that she was up late last night playing reindeer games with Rudolph so she decided she needed a cozy lazy day.  She brought us a fun pillow from Dream Frenz and a box of hot chocolate.

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Love this little Santa face pillow from Dream Frenz, so cute and festive for the holidays.  My daughter had fun lounging on the couch with her pillow and watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on TV tonight.  Thanks to Sparkle’s tip we knew it was playing.

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We made us a cup of hot chocolate since it has been pretty chilly at night here and cuddled up on the couch for some fun Christmas movie watching fun.  Thanks Sparkle for the fun idea.

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Read more about Dream Frenz here. They are so cute and make great gifts.

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 2-11/28/2016

Sparkle was up late last night reading to some of dad’s collectables.  She had a book that was just her size and set up a cozy reading nook right on the book shelf!  They looked very interested in whatever she was reading to them.

She also brought us a great book to read during our 20 minutes of reading tonight.  It was called “Catch That Cookie”.  Zowie doesn’t know it but the book actually came from her December Bookroo box.  It came already wrapped and was perfect for Sparkle to swipe from her box and leave as a fun holiday surprise.  The book was all about a boy who didn’t believe that gingerbread cookies could come to life like in the fairy tales, but that gingerbread man fooled him and left the children in the book a scavenger hunt to follow and find where they were hiding.  It was a really cute book!  Best part about Bookroo is they send us new books every single month.  You can learn more about Bookroo by reading our review here.

We had so much fun reading our book during homework time.  Thanks to Sparkle we get to add a little holiday magic everyday when she visits us.

Read more about Bookroo here!

Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Day 1- 11/27/16

Our Elf is back!  We were so excited to see our elf, my seven year old started asking me about a week ago when she would be back.  It’s always been our tradition that she shows up a little after Thanksgiving depending on our visit to Grandma’s.  Sure enough our first night back at home after Thanksgiving break we woke up to find Sparkle our Elf.

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She brought her book for us to read, we always like to re-read the book together to remind ourselves of the rules and remember what Sparkle is all about.  She was up working hard last night making us some popcorn garland and reminded us to put up our Christmas decorations today!  It’s so exciting getting the house all decorated for Santa.  Always puts us in the Christmas spirit. She brought us a fun gift too.

She brought us a fun personalized ornament!  It had our names and everything on it.  So much fun!  We are baking some cookies! She got our ornament from ornaments.com where they have hundreds of ornaments you can personalize for your own loved ones!  Their ornaments are super easy to make, just log in, pick your style, add your personalized information and it comes in no time!  Sparkle is being awesome to our readers as well and brought us an extra for a giveaway! To Enter clock Enter here at the bottom of the page!

We spent our day today decorating the tree and the house for the holidays.  It was an awesome first day with Sparkle!  Can’t wait to see what she is doing tomorrow.

Visit Ornaments.com to get your own personalized ornament

Enter the giveaway to get your own by clicking the enter here button!

Must be 18 to enter and a US Resident!

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Disclosure: Parenting In Progress receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission or payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 225: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

28 thoughts on “Elf on the Shelf

  1. I am looking forward to more Sparkle adventures. Thanks for reminding me about her. I LOVE Ornaments.com! I have a cute personalized ornament from there for this year’s tree. They really have quality ornaments.

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  2. My favorite ornament is the Black Bear Family of 4 Personalized Ornament! I just commented, but needed to change the account it posted as, so I am commenting again. Sorrry for any confusion.

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