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It’s Christmastime, so Buddy, the Elf, has come to our household once again.  You can check out his previous years’ antics herehere and here.

He made a grand entrance down the chimney with his Hershey bar and candy cane sled and brought some of my son’s favorite treats.  Then, Buddy spelled out a special message using goldfish!

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After being so nice the first night, Buddy got a little out of hand and drew funny faces on a family portrait.

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Then, he took a candle out of its lantern and roasted marshmallows to make himself a smore!

Elf on the Shelf

After a special trip to the North Pole, Buddy brought back a broken candy cane and some magical sugar…

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We planted the candy cane pieces, and overnight, they turned into huge M&M candy canes!

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Here’s Buddy hanging out and camouflaging himself with The Big Guys.

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And here he is swinging from the chandelier.

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One night, Buddy found a pint-sized pool table at The Dollar Store to entertain himself.

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Then, Buddy snuck around the house with my son’s iPad and took some sELFies!

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What a crazy elf!  He’s not quite done this year, but I can’t wait to see what he comes us with next year!


This weekend, Jackson celebrated his fifth birthday, so I wanted to share a little bit of the fun with you!  We hosted his party at Monkey Joes, a play place for kids with inflatable jumps and slides–a perfect setting for an outer space themed party.

Rocket Ship Invitation

Rocket Vinyl T-Shirt

I made him a t-shirt out of vinyl to get him in the spirit.  Isn’t it cute?  I used the Cricut “Nifty Fifties” cartridge for the design.  You can look at my iron-on tutorial to learn how to make one of your own.

Space Party Goody Bag

And these were the goody bag items!  Space loot included freeze-dried astronaut peaches, star stickers, Pop Rocks, Milky Ways, Starburst, glow sticks, and planet pencils.

Space water bottles

I also made some water bottle labels to coordinate.  Here’s the tutorial if you’d like to DIY.

Space Rocket Cake

And here is my favorite part (because who doesn’t like cake?)!  Cakes by Darcy did a fantastic job.  I gave them a copy of the invitation, and they were able to help design this awesome cake!

Space Party Thank You Card

Finally, I made some matching “Thank You” cards for his friends who joined us.

Monkey Joes Party

Happy Birthday, birthday boy!


This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to prepare a sweet treat for my son’s class that was a little more masculine than the typical roses and butterflies that have become so mainstream.  So, I made my own printable using a typical little boy phrase:  “You rock.”  Of course, a heart made its way in there for good measure, but overall, I’d say these are some handsome valentines.

You Rock Tag

I used a scalloped punch to give them some style.

Red Rock Candy

And, behold…ROCK CANDY!  Get it?!  You rock!

You Rock Valentine

Put it all together with a cellophane pretzel bag and a ribbon, and you’re good to go.

Rock Candy Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, Readers!