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Elfie Antics 2018 – Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Click here for my Elf on the Shelf Antics in 2017!

I have soooo much fun with Elf on the Shelf! Here is the highlight reel of Elfie’s antics for 2018:

DAY 1 – Elfie’s Baaack!!

Elfie has brought the December goodies including lots of Christmas themed books (most bought from previous years + two new ones) including the very important Elf on the Shelf book to remind them what he’s all about, Christmassy undies, PJs, stockings and advent calenders. The girls got bows 🎀 since they don’t get chocolate!

Every year Elfie’s name is spelt out with M&Ms, but this time I made sure to do the 1st letter capitalised and the rest of the letters in lower case to help the boys with learning their letters/words!

DAY 2 – Elfie is Stuck in the TV!

Day 2 and Elfie has already gotten himself stuck halfway inside the TV! 📺😱

Not sure if that means no TV or if we can check on him when we switch on the magical ‘Elf Channel’!!

If your Elf gets up to mischief and is the type to get stuck in the TV 😜 Click here for the image on my Blog for you to download and display on your TV 💫

 
 
DAY 3 – Elfie’s Stuck in a Coke Bottle!

Oh Elfie, always getting himself stuck in sticky situations! Check out my @twinsandablog Instagram story Christmas highlights to see the 💥MAGIC💥 happen!  (and how to DIY) 🙈😂
http://www.instagram.com/twinsandablog/

 

DAY 4 – Floor is Lava!🔥

The boys love floor is lava! Special cameo courtesy of Captain America – always the Hero to save the day! 🙌

I kept my camera stand on the floor in front of the ‘lava’ so I could show the boys this video and tell them that I secretly filmed Elfie last night!

This is a really simple set up with tissue paper, cellophane, Christmas bows, my Lively Living
Diffuser and doTERRA Australia Holiday Joy (if you look closely you can see the light & mist coming out)!

 

DAY 5 – Do you want to build a Snowman?☃️

The past few days were Mr Cheeky Elfie, but now the boys are going to get 💥MAGICAL💥 Elfie, and I CAN’T WAIT!! 💞💞

Click here for my Play Snow recipe – this is 6 batches (I double the batch x 3 times in my Thermomix) but you can also mix it in a bowl with your hands/spoon too – it keeps its consistency if left out overnight for this but you can keep it in a container afterwards for the kids to keep playing with it! I used dark choc chips for eyes & buttons (hope the ants don’t come 🤞), cut a carrot into a small wedge for the nose, tissue paper for the scarf, sticks for arms and Woody’s hat!

 

Day 6 (& DAY 7) – Elfie’s Magic Eggs

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An oldie but a goodie, I save this for nights that I am really busy (tomorrow I have a Gingerbread Decorating night & tonight I have been prepping for it)!
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Elfie’s magic dust is made out of rainbow sprinkles + glitter. I added half cracked (& washed) normal eggs to the ends of the maxi Kinder Eggs 🐣🐣 It will be an easy one to switch over the eggs for the 2nd night!! 🙌

DAY 8 – Frosty the Fridge

Elfie has decorated the fridge each year as different variations of Frosty (I mix up the scarf!) In 2018, I used the boys’ Beau Hudson scarves! Previous years I have used torn coloured paper or tissue paper for the scarf.

I love this Elfie antic as it is using everything I already have at home and it adds some Christmas cheer to the house!

The hardest part of this is taking off all the junk stuck onto the fridge collected over the past year!! 😂

DAY 9 – Elfie’s Campfire

Click here for video. This was an easy one with leftover cellophane and tissue paper (from the ‘Floor is Lava’ day), some kindling wood and my diffuser. 🔥

 

DAY 10 – Candy Cane Loses His Stripes

This is the same science experiment dissolving concept as with Skittles (and making a rainbow)! I found it takes a few minutes longer than the Skittles experiment (which whilst looks really cool, it is over really quickly before the ‘rainbow’ turns brown!)

This is the before and after scenario (I ditched the plate to the right after I took this pic!)

I used bigger candy canes, but you could also use a few smaller ones on a white plate. Make sure you use warm water otherwise you’ll be waiting for aaaages (I initially used cold/room temp water and didn’t see much dissolving happening. I ditched the cold water and replaced it with warm – this was the result of warm water after about 5 minutes)! Pour enough warm water to cover/immerse the candy cane 🍭

 

DAY 11 – Spiderman vs Elfie

Every day the boys are soooooo excited in the mornings to check out what Elfie has been up to, but being 4 year old superhero fans, they lost their minds over this!! It takes up the middle of our living room and we had to crawl under it to get through 😂

I did a Spidey 🕸 version in 2017 with dental floss but in 2018 did it with the cheapest thin white wool from Spotlight – it holds well, is easy to see and really easy to assemble. This is a little time consuming but a very cheap and effective Elf antic!! #sorryelfie

 DAY 12 – All Wrapped Up by Elfie

Yep, you can call me stealth-ninja-warrior-mumma! 🤫💪This was the most excruciating self inflicted pain I have ever put myself through. I thought about it for a few days but then was also thinking, what a flippin’ stupid thing to do especially as the boys are light sleepers! It was like dealing with dynamite 💣 and I had a few close calls where I dropped to the floor and waited till I heard deep breathing! Buuuut it was sooooooo worth it when the boys woke up to see that they were all wrapped up by Elfie whilst they were sleeping!! 🎁🎁 #commitmentlevel100

 DAY 13 – Elfie’s Shrinking Machine

Featuring Coles mini collectables and a special cameo from Mr Coles-mini-collectables himself, Elf- Christian Hull 💁‍♂️
If you have no idea what the end scene is about, check out @christianhull ‘s 2018 Halloween costume 😉😘

I used a Huggies nappy box wrapped in brown paper, my Kmart Australia light box, my baking racks for the conveyor belt and my Lively Living diffuser as the shrinking machine ‘steam engine’ 👍

DAY 14 – Rain Cloud in a Glass

Time for a 💥MAGICAL💥 science experiment!

You just need:
A glass of water
Shaving cream
Food colouring (the drop control bottles)

Top the water with shaving cream, place drops of food colouring over it, then watch it ‘rain’ through in the glass!! Elfie left a few colours out for the boys to experiment with their colours in the morning!! 🌈🌧

Edit to add: just put out the glass with water overnight and add the shaving cream + food colouring in the morning when your kid(s) wake up!

 

DAY 15 – Elfie Plays Pac Man

The boys looooved playing with this maze (& eating all the chocolate) in the morning!! All that’s needed is Duplo + M&M’s!! 🎮🕹

DAY 16 – Let’s Make a Rainbow

This was one of my faves in 2017, but this time I stepped it up a notch and used the first letter of Ethan & Harley’s names to have a fun letter game in the morning! (This was a tester, I redid the E & H on their plates for them to add warm water in the morning!)

 

DAY 17 – Money has grown on Elfie’s Tree!

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it does grow on Elfie’s tree! Gold coins have magically grown on Elfie’s Christmas tree! The boys got to find 40 x gold coins in the morning and have to make sure they share! 💰💰

This was a quick and easy one!

 

DAY 18 – Elfie’s Balloon Bath

Elfie’s been making himself a balloon bath but accidentally got himself stuck inside one!!!

The boys had lots of laughs in the morning when they saw what he’s been up to!!

The adults also get a laugh as Elfie is in an ‘Adult Balloon’ courtesy of Ansell… it is a very vintage balloon because #4kids and #mirena 😜

DAY 19 – Elfie’s Gingerbread House

Looks like Elfie’s having some trouble building a Gingerbread House! Have no fear, Ethan & Harley will be here and will come to the rescue in the morning to show him how it’s done! 🏠👍

PS. This is the BEST Gingerbread House Kit ($12.79 from Costco and it includes a gingerbread house, tree & two gingerbread men, icing, lollies and a tray)

DAY 20 – Elfie on a Sugar High

After 19 days of spectating, Mr Twins and A Blog finally got behind the scenes and made the
💥magic💥 happen!! Day 20 was all daddy, with the storyline, production and sugar consumption by Mr Twins and A Blog whilst I took the shots and edited it together – a bit of an Elfie date night really 😂😜😘

DAY 21 – Elfie Makes Reindeer Cookies

This was saved for a busy night with little Elf prep time! You need: @arnottsbiscuits Arrowroot Biscuits, @bettycrockeraustralia chocolate icing, Jaffa’s, pretzels and choc chips 🦌

DAY 22 – Elfie Tattoo’s the Kids

Elfie was excited that it is sooo close to Christmas, and has been spreading some Christmas cheer by giving the kids in the house some cuddles, kisses and Christmas temporary tattoos!! The boys did not move an inch, and the girls were a ticking time 💣 (but lucky it wouldn’t matter if they woke up with Elfie staring at them in the face!) 😱

PS. Yep that’s sweaty pillows 😅 (and water from the sponge) we have sweaty head kids who sweat even in winter #gotitfromtheirdaddy

I got the temporary tattoos from my local dollar shop, and cut a Christmas tree shape out of an Ikea green sponge.

DAY 23 – Elfie’s Explosive Fun Day!

You need: Diet Coke + Mentos (‘full fat’ @cocacolaau doesn’t work as well)

DAY 24 – Christmas Eve Elfie Cuddles

Hi Ethan, Harley, Camilla & Madison,
It’s Christmas Eve and my time with you this year has nearly come to an end, I will miss you my little friends!
Today you can touch, cuddle and play with me, because tonight when Santa brings your presents he will pick me up and take me back to the North Pole with him!
This afternoon, please help your mummy make some cookies for Santa (I have given her Santa’s favourite cookie recipe!), sprinkle some Reindeer Food on the grass outside for when they arrive, and fill up this special tray with goodies for Santa and Rudolph!
I can’t wait for our special cuddles today!
Love Elfie

*Santa board from Thermoart

DAY 25 – CHRISTMAS MAGIC

Twas the night before Christmas… Santa has arrived and has brought presents for the good boys and girls in the house! 🎁
Santa drinks his milk and eats his cookies that Ethan and Harley have laid out for him. 🥛🍪
Elfie has done a fabulous job reporting back to Santa this month and Santa takes Elfie home to the North Pole with him! 🎅
Rudolph has been waiting outside so Santa pops out to feed him his carrots! 🥕🦌
Thanks Santa, and we will miss you Elfie, it’s been a blast!! See you next year, the next year will go so fast!! 💫

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craft/ Cricut

#mumlife Tshirts using Cricut Explore Air 2 and Easy Press 2

If you haven’t already noticed, mumma’s got a new hobby!

I’m still very new to the Cricut journey, so if I can do it so can you! For weeks, I have been using it everyday for various labels, custom iron ons, bows… the list is endless! I have particularly been obsessed with customising t-shirts for family and friends! I was lucky to get a Cricut Easy Press 2 this week and it’s been a game changer! With ironing on the vinyl, my normal iron woks well but it takes about 10-15 minutes vs 45 seconds per item with the Easy Press 2!

This is a project that I made for some of my mum friends… #mumlife tees using the new Cricut Everyday Iron On Mesh in Raspberry, Ocean and Silver colours. I used the Varsity Font in the Cricut Design Space app. It was the first time I’ve ever layered iron on material with more than 1 colour, and I’m so impressed at how quick and easy it is with the Easy Press 2! The layered colours really make the words pop!

I added the number of our kids on the tshirt sleeve for some added personalisation (we have 26 kids between the 8 of us!)

Click here for a video of me in action ironing on the letters on the sleeve.

Click here for my #mumlife tshirt project on the Cricut Design Space App if you would like to make it too!

Cricut is currently available at Spotlight and Craftonline.

@officialcricut_anz #cricutcreationsANZ #cricutmade



Babies/ Craft/ Parenting/ Twins

Slime Putty and Bath Time!

Slime Putty Day!!

Today I made the boys my 2 Ingredient Slime Putty! Best thing about getting gross and sticky from the slime putty is that I chuck the boys into the bath with their trays full of slime putty and bits & pieces to wash themselves (as it’s made with kids shampoo!)! So that’s craft time, clean up and bathtime all-in-1!!

I made 2 batches and added a tablespoon of glitter in each batch. I added pink/blue food colouring in 1 batch to make purple putty (Harley’s fave colour) and an extra squirt of kids shampoo to make it slimier (so they had 2 diff textures to play with). The girls joined in with the excitement and got to watch the boys get their slime on!

Very quick & easy 2 ingredient recipe *Thermomix & Regular Methods* CLICK HERE for the recipe!

Craft/ Parenting

Town Planning for Kids

The boys love learning new things and are absorbing information like sponges.

I’m a town planner by profession, so I thought they were finally old enough to learn the basics of Town Planning – the main types of residential dwellings:

  • Single storey house
  • Two storey house
  • Duplex (dual occupancy) – 2 dwellings on 1 lot
  • Townhouse (multi dwelling housing) – 3 or more dwellings on 1 lot with each dwelling having access from the ground floor
  • Apartment building (residential flat building) – 3 or more dwellings (I say to the boys – lots and lots of units in 1 big building)

I used basic shapes – rectangles (buildings, doors), squares (windows), triangles (roof) to make up the buildings with A4 and A5 coloured paper from Kmart.

I cut out the shapes and the boys helped me to stick them onto the wall with sticky tape. For older kids could cut out the shapes themselves.

It’s a great way to count, use basic shapes, and learn the different types of houses as we live in an area with lots of different types of housing which the boys can see as real life examples.

Christmas/ Craft/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix

Play Snow

This is an easy sensory play snow which looks like snow but can also be moulded and shaped! PERFECT for when you want to build a snowman…and you live in stinking hot Australia!!! (and perfect for an Elf on the Shelf activity!!)

 

Play Snow

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 400 grams baking soda (bicarb soda)
  • 50 grams conditioner

Instructions

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METHOD (Thermomix):

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Place all ingredients in bowl - mix 10 seconds/Speed 4.

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METHOD (regular):

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Place all ingredients in medium sized bowl. Mix through with your fingers or a spoon until all ingredients are combined and a 'snow' like texture.

Notes

You can use any type of conditioner - I use whatever's cheapest in my house ie. Herbal Essence.

Christmas/ Craft/ Twins

Christmas Paddlepop Stick Ornaments

I LOVE craft and I LOVE Christmas! It’s exciting that the boys are at an age where they can enjoy craft! The boys really enjoyed making these and it was the first time they used PVA glue to stick things on!

This is an easy Christmas ornament which I have been giving as presents to my friends and family. The size of the loop is a perfect size for the boys to be able to place the ornaments easily and proudly onto the tree themselves. 🙂 🙂

YOU NEED:

  • Paddlepop sticks (coloured or plain)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • String (cut into the length of a paddlepop stick)
  • Scissors (to cut the string ^^)
  • PVA glue (for the kids to use)
  • Buttons, wooden shapes and pom poms to decorate

ASSEMBLY:

Adults/older kids

  1. Stick together 3 x paddlepop sticks with a hot glue gun to form a triangle shape.
  2. Loop the string together and stick on both ends of the string to one of the corners of the triangle.

Kids

  1. Use a paddlepop stick to dip into PVA glue and spread onto the paddlepop stick triangle.
  2. Decorate with buttons, wooden shapes and pom poms.

Note: I found the pom poms a little harder to stick on, so I had to restick a few with the hot glue gun.

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Christmas/ Craft/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix/ Twins

Advent Calendar for 2 year olds

It’s the most WONDERFUL TIME of the year!!! I’ve always loved Christmas and now it is so exciting to share it with the boys! Now that they are 2, this is the first year they can start appreciating it! Instead of chocolates/lollies for the 25 day countdown to Christmas, this is my 25 days of Christmas advent Calendar activities suitable for 2 year old old toddlers (and the family)!! Last year I also had a list for when the boys were 1 year olds!

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1. Take photos with Santa

2. Paint Christmas ornaments

I bought this $5 Christmas plaster set from Kmart which the boys will love! http://www.kmart.com.au/product/christmas-plaster-set—pack-of-17/1030801

3. Finger paint Christmas cards/wrapping paper

4. Make & play with a Christmas Tree Ball sorter

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/28640147608206029/

5. Make Reindeer paper plates

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/41587996536037932/

6. Make salt dough hand print Christmas ornaments

Non Thermomix – http://www.mommymoment.ca/2013/04/salt-dough-handprint.html

Thermomix – http://www.trtlmt.com.au/salt-dough/

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7. Sing and dance to Christmas carols

8. Take Christmas themed photos at home

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9. Make homemade muffins for the first time!

20 Second Crunchy Lemon Muffins (made in a big bowl so they can stir it themselves!)

20 Second Crunchy Lemon Muffins

10. Check out Christmas displays at a shopping centre (i.e. Myer/DJ’s in the city!)

11. Make popsicle stick Christmas Tree ornaments

https://au.pinterest.com/pin/351912451187976/

12. Have a picnic in the backyard with Christmas themed food

13. Go the beach and make sandcastles

14. Make little canvas paintings for presents – use painters tape, and tape a shape/initial on a canvas, and finger print on top – when dry, peel off the painters tape!

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/painters-tape-art/

15. Help mummy make and decorate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes – Recipe for with or without a Thermomix

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16. Make easy ‘snow globes’ for presents

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/snow-globe-crafts/

17. Make Christmas shapes out of red and green playdough + Doterra ‘Holiday Joy’ 

ThermoFun – Kids Everyday Essentials – Playdough

18. Help mummy decorate a Gingerbread house for the first time

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(this was mummy’s last year before any creative help from the kiddies!)

19. Run in the sprinklers 

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20. Check out Christmas Lights!!

21. Make Christmas feet Reindeer

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/reindeer-footprint/

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22. Tree/star shaped pumpkin pancakes for breakfast

Pumpkin Pancakes

23. Make Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa (ready for Christmas Eve)

Healthy Choc Chip Cookies

24. Watch a Christmas themed movie as a family with popcorn AND set up Santa’s snacks!

http://www.kidspot.com.au/MySpot-escapes-The-best-Christmas-movies-of-all-time+6494+178+article.htm

25. Take family photos in front of the tree and open presents!!

 

Christmas/ Craft/ Non Thermomix/ Thermomix/ Twins

Advent Calendar for 1 year olds

After years of searching, I’ve finally found a wooden Advent Calendar that I am in love with!!! I got this beauty from Target!
As the boys are still young for little toys like yoyos, lollies/chocolates, activities like Christmas light watching (the boys are in bed before it’s dark!), this is my 25 days of Christmas advent Calendar activities suitable for 15 month old toddlers (and the family)!!
1. Take photos with Santa
2. Start wearing Christmas Pyjamas
3. Finger paint Christmas cards/wrapping paper
4. Read Christmas stories
5. Feed the birds some bird seed
6. Make salt dough hand print Christmas ornaments
7. Sing and dance to Christmas carols
8. Take Christmas themed photos at home
9. Make homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows (their first taste of hot chocolate!) https://thermobexta.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/thermobextas-heartwarming-hot-chocolate/
10. Check out Christmas displays at a shopping centre
11. Stocking game – place toys in Christmas stockings and get them to pull them out one by one to play with
12. Have a picnic in the backyard with Christmas themed food
13. Go the beach and make sandcastles
14. Make little canvas paintings for presents – use painters tape, and tape a shape/initial on a canvas, and finger print on top – when dry, peel off the painters tape!
15. Play with bubbles
16. Make easy ‘snow globes’ for presents
17. Make Christmas shapes out of red and green playdough
18. Feed the fish some bread
19. Run in the sprinklers in the garden
20. Play with Christmas stickers
22. Play with red and green balloons
25. Take family photos in front of the tree and open presents!!
I cut out little cards to write the activities on to put inside the Advent Calendar boxes – Christmas shapes – I placed 3 colours of paper together and cut them together once to save time!
Write the No.’s 1 to 25 onto the shapes
Write down the activities (see my list above)
Place them in the corresponding box
Advent Calendar all ready to go for December!!
Craft/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Thermomix/ Twins

Playdough

Both of the boys have been sick and it’s the first time one of them has been put on antibiotics (Harley 🙁 ) so thought I would treat them to their first playdough experience!
First time playing with Playdough!
There are many playdough recipes around, but this one caught my eye, since it was titled as ‘the best’ Thermomix playdough recipe by Fat Mum Slim, so I just had to try it!
For the non-Thermomixers, she has also put a link to a non cook/non Thermomix recipe too!
The recipe pretty much cooks up the mixture, cooking/dissolving a salt, water and cream of tartar mixture:
 Dissolved/heated salt, water and cream of tartar
Then you mix in some plain flour:
Added flour
And then mix in some oil. I chose coconut oil as I just looove the smell!
 Added Coconut Oil
I then added 1 teaspoon of liquid blue food colouring and kneaded it in the Thermomix as I wanted minimal ‘hands on’ effort especially with the food colouring – 3 minutes/kneading function.
Added 1 tsp of blue food colour
After 3 minutes/kneading function
I then used a spatula, and kneaded it with a handful of plain flour into small shaped balls for the boys to play with…and ‘tested’ it for them too 🙂
Playdough!
‘Testing’ it first
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As they are still quite little, and eat everything they’re not supposed to, they did try to eat bits of it, but luckily it’s non toxic and all the ingredients are things that they have eaten in their ‘proper food’.
To avoid this, I pressed in cookie cutters for them to take off and press in – they are great at dismantling Duplo blocks/wooden blocks, so it is a different ‘sensory play’ for them to do it with playdough!
It felt amazing, silky and smooth and feels so nice coming out nice and warm from the Thermomix. I haven’t played with playdough for over 2 decades, but this will definitely be my ‘go to’ playdough recipe in the years to come as I cannot fault it in any way!
Yay for playdough!
Getting serious with it!
Craft/ Twins

DIY Nautical Themed Party Food Labels – Ethan and Harley Turn 1! (6 day party countdown)

To fit in with the boy’s nautical themed party, I decided to make labels using the old school origami paper boats!
Paper Boat Party Labels
I used A5 sized brown paper, and cupcake toppers, both from the local party shop.
A5 sized paper and cupcake toppers
Despite it being such a simple origami task, probably one of the first ones I learnt as a kid, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve made them and had to look it up! For those who have also forgotten, here’s a step by step tutorial:
Step by step tutorial – Paper Boats
To get the flag in, use the ‘toothpick’ end of the cupcake topper to pierce the paper from the bottom to create a small hole, then slide the cupcake topper on the top!
Putting the cupcake topper flag in
You could use them for any sort of party (kids/adults) and just swap up the cupcake topper flag to suit the party! It’s so cheap and easy to do! You could even just keep the paper boats and reuse for future parties with the different cupcake topper flags/labelling.
You could also get anyone in the family to help, and could be a craft session for the kids to get involved in the party preps!
Enjoy! 🙂