Thursday, November 29, 2012

Do you have an elf?

We do! His name is Alfie. I had never heard of The Elf on the Shelf until last year when I saw a cute little elf sitting on a friend's mantle. I'm so glad that we discovered this special tradition because it has added so much excitement to our home during holiday season!

What is the Elf on the Shelf?

The Elf on The Shelf is a book written by, mother and daughter, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. The book comes with an adorable little scout elf for you to adopt. 

Once you have adopted a scout elf, he or she stays at your home from Thanksgiving til Christmas. During the day, the

Monday, November 26, 2012

Keep it real

So many of my friends have switched over to artificial trees due to convenience, cost, and some even say safety, but just can't cross over. One of my absolute favorite traditions during the holiday season is to pick out our Christmas tree! Going to a local tree farm and walking through the trees. The Princess likes to pretend we are in a forest. It really is an adventure and I can't imagine giving it up.

Why it's better to keep it real:


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving: cute cookies, tardiness, & wedding pressure

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! For us it was a very relaxing day. Thank goodness I didn't have to host because I have been so crazy busy that I needed the break. I rolled out of bed around noon (don't judge!) and then talked on the phone and skyped with my family members. It's so hard not to be able to be around them for the holidays. I'm just thankful that we are able to connect through phone calls and skype is so amazing.


Before we headed to D's sister's house I helped The Princess decorate some Turkey cookies. She had a blast and worked very hard on them.

We've made them before and they are adorable and very easy.

Just bake or buy  a batch of sugar cookies. Frost half of each cookie with chocolate frosting and arrange recess pieces to make the "feathers". Then use frosting to decorate eyes, beak, and feet.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tooth Fairy Traditions

The Princess has another loose tooth so it's time to start thinking about tooth fairy duty again. This will be her third tooth when she loses it. She lost her first tooth last May and it was so fun to play tooth fairy! She is 7 years old and still believes in magic very strongly. I love it and want to keep that going as long as possible.

Flashback: First Lost Tooth

The first tooth she lost was loose for so long that the tooth below it started growing in. We were concerned, but the Dentist said that it wouldn't do any harm so we left it alone. She finally lost it in a restaurant after her piano recital last May. It was so exciting for her, especially because she had waited so long.

Playing Tooth Fairy

I loved being on fairy duty! She had heard a lot about the tooth fairy from her friends, so she already had an idea of what would happen. Before she went to bed we put her tooth in a zip lock bag under her pillow. Once she finally fell asleep, it was time to get to work.

I thought it would be cute if the Tooth Fairy left her a note, so I cut a corner of a piece of copy paper and wrote in tiny writing:

Dear Evalynn, Thank you for the nice clean tooth. Keep brushing and flossing.

Tooth Fairy <3

Then I rolled the money and wrapped the note around it. Then I tied white thread around it in a bow. It was really tricky to tie the thread, so with the next tooth, I used ribbon.

I tip toed into her room and made a trail of glitter going all around the room. Then carefully pulled the tooth out from under her pillow and put the money in it's place.

The next morning when she woke up the first thing she did was check under her pillow. She was so excited when she saw what the Tooth Fairy left. I think she was more excited about the note than the money!


Other Ideas

Now that another tooth is loose, there are a couple things I would like to do before she loses it.
The first thing I want to do is make a fairy door. I thought this idea was so cute! I love the idea of a magic portal in her bedroom. I think she would think it was the coolest thing ever. Found on Two Little Bunnies.
I also would like to make or buy a cute small bag to put her tooth in under her pillow. The zip lock bag works, but I would like to figure something out that is cuter.

What are your Tooth Fairy traditions?

I would love to hear about your tooth fairy traditions! If you have something special that you do, I'd love to hear about it in a comment.
Thanks for reading! Hopefully, I've inspired some future Tooth Fairies! ♥

Friday, November 2, 2012

Secret Subject Swap #2

Welcome to the second Secret Subject Swap. Twenty brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

This wonderful idea was brought to you by Baking in a Tornado!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What am I supposed to write about now?

Halloween has come and gone. We had such a fun day! Every year, the princess and I dress up together. This year we dressed up as Renaissance Vampires. You can see our previous costumes here.