Holidays · kids

{elf on the damn shelf}


Haha – we’ve all been there, right?  I joke when I complain about the elf on the damn shelf.  He’s really not that bad.  You really just have to keep it simple.  I try to do one extra fun or messy one each week.  Other than that, Holly, Bailey’s Elf will be chill’n on different shelves or areas of our house.


What is the Elf on The Shelf, you ask?

Elf on the Shelf is a little stuffed elf (with creepy ass eyes) sent from the North Pole by Santa Claus.  He/she spends the month of December (unless yo mama is a crazy overachiever and yours arrived in November) with the family.  Your Elf returns to the North Pole each night to report back to Santa – whether you’ve been naughty or nice.  Each morning when the Elf returns, he/she is doing something new or mischievous.  Kids run around like wild animals in the morning trying to find where the elf is hiding.  The Elf does not speak.  It only watches and listens.  The Elf cannot be touched otherwise the magic will disappear.  Whoever came up with this tradition must be rollin.

What do I LOVE about our Elf and why I continue to do it?

I love the excitement Holly, our Elf brings each day.  Remember, I’m a Holiday whore.  The magic of Bailey believing.  Let’s be real, my daughter is NINE years old.  This probably won’t be going on too much longer.  So, I vow to enjoy and embrace the magic of the damn Elf on the Shelf.  One day, I’m sure, I could possibly miss this?  We shall see.

Holly is also a great bribery tool 🙂  Trust me, it totally works.

First things first.  How will your Elf return for the 2015 Holiday Season?

I’m thinking this would be perfect!!


This idea is also adorable


Click here for the DIY delivery box.

Holly brought Bailey her Christmas jams this morning.  Glow-in-the-dark Christmas Light Jams are from J.Crew and you can find them here.  With a letter attached.


You can print a Return Letter here.

Elf Return Letter Printable.jpg

Tomorrow will be a blank letter to Santa, since Bailey has been stressed out with loosing her original list.


You can print a letter to Santa here

Otherwise, I had no frick’n idea what I was going to do each night.

Until I found this jewel.


If you’re super lazy like me and just need someone to tell you what the hell you should do with the Elf each night, look no more.  I know that I will for sure be using this handy dandy Elf On the Shelf 2015 Calendar, if not every night.  You can print yourself a copy here.

TONS more ideas can be found on my Pinterest board “Elf on the Damn Shelf” .

My all time fav


More “slightly inappropriate” ideas can be found here.

…..and let’s keep it real, when you forget to move that damn elf or just refuse to get your ass out of bed…..I’ve got you covered too.


Top 10 reasons why your elf on the shelf did not move can be found here.

I really hope this helps relieve your Elf on the Self stress over the next few Holiday weeks.

Stay tuned for even more ideas as I come up with them…lol.

Don’t forget ABC Family 25 Day’s of Christmas also begins TODAY.  It begins with a bang – The Polar Express + Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.   Make sure to set your DVR to record your favorites this Holiday season.



xoxo stacyb

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