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Super Simple Elf on the Shelf Ideas

elf on the shelfSo who’s ready to break out their Elf on the Shelf already?

For me, it signifies the start of a beautiful little threat game I like to call: “You better get your shit together, the Elf is WATCHING!”

And besides, the little guy is sorta cute – with maybe a touch of creepy.

There are so many different types of Elves you can choose from nowadays, including precious girly ones! Either way you swing it, the Elf on the Shelf has quickly become a tradition for thousands of families.

Of course, putting your Elf on an actual shelf is easy peasy. Joining in this new found craze of setting up your Elf in certain “situations” to surprise the kids each morning? Plain ol’ exhausting.

But who am I to deny my children at least a few mornings of that crazy Elf’s shenanigans? So here’s a list of simple Elf on the Shelf ideas that you can do or set up in no time and still feel like you’re letting your Elf buddy live up to his full expectations. No mess or complicated shiz = Happy Mom!

The Pooping Elf

Nothing says kid-approved like POOP. Take a bakers cooling rack, lay a sheet of white paper over it and shove the Elf’s feet through the paper and holes of the cooling rack. This will allow the Elf to be put in the squatting position. Put an unwrapped Hershey kiss under his bum. Congratulations, you have a pooping elf!

elf on the shelf pooping

Photo courtesy of The Fancy Stanton

The Toilet Paper Elf

It truly doesn’t get any easier than this. Put your Elf through the middle of a roll of toilet paper and roll him down the stairs. Or if you want to be kind, roll it down the steps first, and then put the Elf in. Who knows, he might enjoy the ride!

elf in toilet paper

Photo courtesy of A Thrifty

The Drunken Syrup Elf

All Elves love sugar. Everyone knows that. All kids love sugar. Everyone knows that too. This syrup slurping elf is pretty self explanatory but is still way up there on the cuteness factor.

elf syrup

Photo courtesy of

The Cereal Overdose Elf

Another super simple idea. Take any box of cereal, open it up and shove your Elf face first into the bag. Make sure his legs are sticking up though! A few pieces of cereal around the box gives a nice effect.

elf in cereal

Toilet Paper TREE Elf

An alternate version of the Toilet Paper Elf. If you aren’t too much of a tree freak, like me, you won’t mind winding some toilet paper through the branches to make your Elf appear mischievous. Just make sure your small humans don’t yank the paper down and bring several ornaments along with it!

elf toilet paper tree

Photo courtesy of

Held For Ransom Elf

Grab a bunch of band-aids, “tape” your Elf to a wall, fridge, cabinet – whatever floats your boat. Find a super hero toy or Nutcracker statue or anything else that is a bit menacing, and have them stand “guard” around the Elf. Your kiddos can come to the rescue!

bandaid elf

Marshmallow Bath Elf

A bowl. Some mini-marshmallows. An Elf. Done.

marshmallow bath elf

Photo courtesy of

These are just a few of many, many Elf on the Shelf ideas you can set up this holiday season. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination! The kids will love anything you do, so long as they think that sneaky Elf did it all on his own. Happy Elfing!


A Sleek Way to Display Your Child’s Fridge Artwork

When it comes to my children’s artwork, I am truly proud.

I love the pictures they draw at school. I love the pictures they paint after school. I love the “mommy & me” stick figures they scribble before breakfast. And after dinner. And before bed. And whenever they find a scrap of paper under the couch. Or the broken crayon at the bottom of my purse…

But sometimes, it’s quite the artwork overload. And, of course, it’s ALL important. Every last doodle or dot. And where do my small little humans want to put it all?

The Fridge.

So I’ve been in this kind of limbo trying to figure out how to overcome my OCD to make their masterpieces look neat and tidy even though there will be 40 of them plastered to the fridge like wallpaper. I also want to avoid having to repeatedly scoop up fallen papers or hunting down cheap magnets that roll across my kitchen floor. every. time. I. open. the. door.

After a trip to my local Office Depot, I found these:


They are push pin magnets! Extremely strong magnets, at that. I can’t get over just how clean and simple and professional they look on my fridge. The best part? They stay put! So I snatched up several bags and went on a fridge “pinning” mission. Displaying your child’s artwork has never been sleeker.


Photo courtesy of my Natalie – 3


Photo courtesy of my Olivia – 5

If I can spend a good deal of time “pinning” ideas and cute things on sites like Pinterest, why not pin my own real life cute things in my home? Especially when they’re made by my 3 most favorite artists!

Coming Up: Ninja Kitchen System!

We will be featuring several Ninja Kitchen System recipes soon!


Keep an eye out for tutorials on everything from smoothies to soups to cookie dough and whether or not the Ninja has enough power and capability to handle it all. We are super excited and can’t wait to get started!

How about you? Do you own your own Ninja kitchen system? Has the Ninja helped to sneak a few extra fruits and veggies into your little ones? Give us your favorite recipes in the comments below and we just might add it to our list of things to try and review.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Ninja Kitchen System yourself, check out this helpful review from KitchenBlenderSystems It is a great in-depth article that will definitely help you to decide if a Ninja is right for you.

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