I know there are some serious Elf on the Shelf haters out there but the phenomenon continues to grow. According to news reports more than 6 MILLION copies of the book have sold with a 70 percent growth in sales since it was released in 2005. In fact, the Elf is even getting a new book – a birthday edition. The birthday edition comes with a cupcake outfit for the Elf but no Elf. You must buy the first one to get the elf.
Whether you love the Elf, hate the Elf, or just tolerate the Elf, there are plenty of ideas for Elf mischief out there. Here are some helpful links depending on how you feel:
Pinterest is literally full of hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas for parents. You can search “Elf on Shelf ideas,” “Elf on the Shelf funny ideas,” “Elf on the Shelf for toddlers ideas,” and many, many more.
This one is for the lazy Elf on the Shelf parents
When I was a kid, we were shown the “Endless Love” trailer at a Muppets movie. My mother was horrified! I was riveted!
Families in Florida showed up to see “Frozen” and instead of a Mickey Mouse short, got a “sexually explicit scene.” (AWESOME!)
“According to WTVT, a “sexually explicit scene” from another movie somehow ran in place of an animated Mickey Mouse short that accompanies and precedes the hit film.
The mix-up at the Regal Park Cinemas Park Place Stadium in Pinellas Park reportedly caused some parents to “rush their children to the exits.”
A spokesperson for the Regal Cinemas theater chain said the inappropriate scene was part of another R-rated movie that was played accidentally.
Regal representatives say the sexually charged scene played for less than two minutes, but the damage was done.
Lynn Greene told WTVT she brought her grandchildren to the show and tried to hide them from the scene, “It seemed like forever when you’re
This year, eight cases of bacterial meningitis have surfaced at Princeton University and four cases have popped up at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Bacterial meningitis can strike suddenly and result in brain damage, paralysis, hearing loss and amputation of limbs.
“The threat of meningitis has long been a concern on college campuses, where the cramped living quarters, crowded classrooms and teeming party scene create an environment where it can spread more easily. The disease has largely vanished from colleges and universities in recent years, as dozens of states required students to be vaccinated against it before arriving on campus.
“But officials who monitor the disease are troubled by the recent outbreaks in California and New Jersey, in part because of the number of cases but also because they each involve the uncommon “serogroup B” type of bacterial meningitis, for which the country so far has no approved
My favorite high school teacher shared this idea on Facebook, and I just love it. It’s a different type of Advent calendar. It’s a downloadable, printable list of 25 days of kind things to do for others. (You could also create your own personal list based on the ages of your kids.)
The article shows you putting the slips of paper into the Advent calendar little windows but my plan is to attach them to the Christmas chain. So each time they pull off a link counting down to Christmas, they also read a good deed to perform. (My idea is that each person in the family does the deed individually for in theory five good deeds a day.)
I love the idea of having them think each day about kind things they can be doing for others.
(This event happened a couple of days ago but I think it’s still a great topic for our discussion.)
The girls and I were watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning. We were talking about the Broadway shows as the different performers sang and danced in front of Macy’s. And then came on “Kinky Boots.”
“Kinky Boots” is a Tony Award winning Broadway musical written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper.
“A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father’s shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.”
There are men dancing in drag in the show and in the parade Thanksgiving morning. The performance has taken some heat (via twitter) as being controversial and for opening up a discussion some parents weren’t quite ready to have as they stuck their turkeys in the oven.
My 12-year-old and 6-year-old have talked for weeks about seeing the new Disney movie “Frozen,” and we are going to see it Friday morning. (It opened on Thanksgiving Day.)
It turns out almost all of Lilina’s first grade class wants to see it too so we are meeting many of her classmates at the theater. Even her teacher is coming with her first grader. I think it’s going to be a big crowd – including boys.
Entertainment Weekly magazine reports that “Frozen” has tried to play down the princess aspect of the movie marketing the snowman in their ads to bring in those little boys. (My 10-year-old son is going with us but I think he’d rather be seeing “Thor” again.)
“Frozen – $64 million
Disney has experience opening successful princess movies over Thanksgiving weekend. The studio released Enchanted on this weekend in 2007, and the film brought in $49 million over its first five days. It also opened the Rapnuzel tale Tangled over this weekend in 2010,
(Editor’s Note — I did have old information. Nedra, our Bargain Hunter, sent me the new opening times. So please check again if you are making plans. Also Nedra will be sending me the new doorbuster deals around noon and I will get then up.)
Bunches of stores are now opening on Thanksgiving night, and I am wondering if you will leave the house and family to take advantage of deals and get a head start on Christmas? (I think a lot people decorate over Thanksgiving and that’s getting a head start too.)
BLACK FRIDAY STORE OPENING HOURS
A sampling of major retailers:
Belk: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
Best Buy: 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
BrandsMart USA: 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
Disney Store: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
H. H. Gregg: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
JC Penney: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
Kmart: 6 a.m. Thanksgiving
Kohl’s: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
Macy’s: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
Old Navy: Opens at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m Thanksgiving (some stores to open at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day)
I have been threatening for the last few years not to make turkey for Thanksgiving. Michael hates turkey. He thinks it’s always dry no matter how many techniques you employ to improve the bird. He complains about it, and it’s the only food he refuses to eat as leftovers. The kids could take it or leave it, and I love the stuffing and gravy more than the bird.
Last Thanksgiving, I didn’t cook turkey because we traveled to Disneyland with my parents. We did have turkey at the princess luncheon on Thanksgiving Day. Michael stayed home, and I think at salmon he made for himself.
This year it will just be the five of us. No family or friends coming to visit, and I think I really may NOT make a turkey
So far I have not bought a turkey. I am thinking of either roasting a chicken with extra legs (they all love chicken legs) or maybe grilling salmon. (The Pilgrims did have fish at the first Thanksgiving.)
The advantage to the chicken is you could still do a nice stuffing and
A friend posted this story from The Onion about a family meeting using PowerPoint to determine what topics were safe to discuss at the holiday table.
DELMAR, NY—In an effort to ensure a smooth and enjoyable dinner with their relatives, siblings Jason, Alyssa, and Leslie Conroy reportedly sat down together Tuesday evening for a PowerPoint presentation covering all of the conversation topics that will be off-limits during the family’s Thanksgiving gathering. “As you can see here, we’re unsure whether or not cousin Jessica is actually college-bound, so we’re going to avoid that subject and stick to the key talking points listed in this table,” said Alyssa Conroy, 26, during the siblings’ 48-slide presentation, which reportedly featured pie charts breaking down the state and national voting histories of extended family members, as well as Venn diagrams illustrating what each relative knows about their father’s upcoming surgery….”
I woke up Friday morning feeling awful and discovered Saturday I had a terrible case of strep throat. I’ve been on antibiotic for four days and still feel fairly awful.
This is my second illness in three weeks, and I always seem to come down with it about two days after I help in Lilina’s first-grade classroom. (None of my kids are sick so it came from some place else!)
I picked up a terrible cold the first week of school helping in the kindergarten class. I ran into an aide in the class later in the week, and she was sick too.
I love, love, love helping in Lilina’s classroom. The kids are wonderful. I am good at teaching phonics and working on reading skills with them. But I just can’t get sick every week!
I used to get sick when I would babysit too. At one point my mother said she would pay me not to babysit.
I am taking all kinds of probiotics and vitamins to boost my immunity but I just catch things easily.
Have you ever gotten sick after helping at your child’s