Elf On The Shelf-Worst Parenting Fail!!!

I love the Elf on the Shelf but not for the reason you may think.  I love them because they remind me of my absolute favorite childhood Christmas decoration. My parents had the kneehugger elves from Japan and every year I would arrange them hanging with acrobatic skill through the house.  I remember telling my mom they were my favorite and she told me they were hers too.


When I had my own family she and I were shopping one day and found some very similar elves of which I scooped up more than a few to decorate my home.  So, when the Elf on the Shelf came out, I loved it just on its looks.  I am not one of those over the top parents who cannot wait every night to plan some elaborate hijinks that the kids will find the next day.  Truth be told, my husband and I forget half the time to move them (we have 2) and have to tell the kids things like,”I guess he likes the top of the picture frame so much, he went right back.” or “He is really being tricky, guess he thought you would not look there since he was there yesterday.”

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My kids love elves too, in fact I picked up several more this year and my little guys was so cute.  In the store they asked if they could touch them and if they were the real elves.  To which I answered, “No, they are just adorable decorations.  Which ones should we get?”  So I have elves all over and the irony is in my biggest confession which I will tell you next.

Last year, someone I know posted on Facebook that her children were traumatized when going through the Christmas decorations to find the Elf on the Shelf packed away with the ornaments.  He was supposed to be at the North Pole, not in a box that was in their basement all year!  The magic was spoiled and I am not sure if the mom or the children was more upset.  So, last year I told my husband we could not put our Elves away with any of the Christmas decorations.   Instead we hid them really good, in fact we hid them so good, we don’t even know where they are!

I am so mad now, because I either have to buy 2 more and you can’t just buy replacement elves, you have to buy the whole set up and I have the books and boxes because they do not take those with them to the North Pole.  I would still need to come up with a story of why they are so late, but I am good at stories so that is not the part that bothers me.

My husband found my childhood kneehugger  elves and a bunch of others along with an Annalee Santa that looks like an elf and asked why don’t I just spin some yarn with these characters.  I have thought about some very elaborate tales, like telling he kids that one of the older and very wise kneehugger elves just made it here, he is old and his magic is not so great any more.  He brought a note that our elves Jingle and Jangle had a very odd thing happen right before they were leaving to come to our house.  They were decorating the tree and their legs got caught in some of the lights in a way that twisted them and they both broke both legs.  They were in excruciating pain and the doctor could not clear them to travel.  That is when the wise but old elf said he would make the journey to explain.   It took him a long time to get here and he cannot possibly fly back every night, so he will just phone in reports and ride back with Santa on Christmas Eve.

No matter what this goes down in the parenting fail book.  I am sure they will both be found January 1st.


A few hours after writing this Jingle and Jangle were found.  They were tucked inside a santa hat behind some of my dolls that were on a shelf.  Hubby tucked them back there and it was like a Clark Griswold moment when he thought about the switch being off when he remembered.  Now they are perched one in the tree and one hanging from a cabinet door handle for the kids to see in the morning.  Better late than never!


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Shop Walmart For Rollbacks on Disney Planes Items Perfect For Last Minute Gifts!!! #PlanesToTheRescue

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Are you looking for the off button on the clock like I am?  I cannot believe how fast the days are flying by.  It seems it was Thanksgiving and now we are already at the last shopping weekend before Christmas.  I am so behind on absolutely everything.  If you are still looking for some last-minute holiday gift ideas, Walmart has Disney Planes merchandise on Rollback.

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Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway ($24.97)

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Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment ($19.97)

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Glee Gum, Make Your Own Candy Kit, Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

In the past you may have read about how we made our own milk chocolate with kits from Glee Gum.  We decided to mix it up a bit this year and try a different kit.  We opted for the Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit.  So recently we set out to test out our gum making skills.  The kit comes with all you need, even a disposable tray to melt the chicle gum base which resembles small beads or popcorn kernels.  The reason for the disposable tray is because the chicle gum base when melted is so incredibly sticky.


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We used the microwave to melt the chicle gum base and when it was melted we added the corn syrup and tried to stir.

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I say tried to because the stickiness really makes you add some serious muscle to the mix.  after that you roll it in the confectioner’s sugar and then knead in one of the flavor packets.  After that you roll it and cut it into pieces.  The best part is last and you can taste your creation.

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My kids thought it was fun and as a parent it was very educational like all their “make your own” kits.  For parents, educators and home school the website has a lesson plan with resources to expand on and more.  You can see more educational material HERE.  We have also added Glee Gum Make Your Own Candy Kits to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Glee Gum is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings and one lucky winner will win their choice of Make Your Own Candy Kit!  Thank you Glee Gum for the review kit and for sponsoring this sweet giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US Residents.

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ChicoBag, Hobo rePete Purple Potion Bag Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Do you remember the expression, “Dynamite Comes In Small Packages”?  I do, a boy I went to elementary school who was shorter than most at the time would constantly say that.  He had great self-confidence but he was right, you can have something fantastic packed in a small package.  That reminds me of the Hobo rePETe bag from ChicoBag.



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The Hobo is an expandable carry all that can be worn as a stylish hobo-style bag or just kept to use if you have some impromptu purchases, so great for traveling.  The bag features a large  zippered main compartment, interior zipper pocket, front slip pocket for added organization and storage and a tie together strap that allows for a custom fit and adds a feminine touch. The interior pocket doubles as a pouch for the entire bag, making it perfect for travel. Made of recycled materials and finished with a subtle, heat embossed pattern. The Hobo was designed for the eco-chic adventurista on a mission to tread lightly on the planet, while looking good.

This bag is so wonderful to use every day or to pack when traveling. If you are like me, you probably come back with more than you went with and to have a bag like this for those items is such a convenience. The bag is very well constructed to use as an everyday purse or tote and will stand up to the use with quality workmanship and components.  This bag makes a great gift and even fits perfectly in a stocking!

ChicoBag is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky winner will win a Purple Potion Hobo rePETe Bag!  Thank you to ChicoBag for the review product and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Loving Pets, Ruff ‘N Tuff® Diamond Plate Bowl For Pets Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

We have 3 dogs in our family, an American Bulldog, a Westie and a Maltese.  They are all the best of buddies despite the size differences and often they all eat from the same dish which can cause a lot of sliding and skidding and leads to a big mess.  We recently tried using the Loving Pets, Ruff ‘N Tuff Diamond Plate Bowl in XL.

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I was impressed with the quality of the bowl and how heavy it was.  The full rubber bottom prevents it from slip sliding all over as doggies dine. The bowl has a great look and functions well and Delilah, Zoey and Sassy give it 3 paws up!  Mommy Ramblings is adding the Loving Pets Ruff ‘N Tuff, Diamond Plate Bowl to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  The bowl is available in 5 sizes for all breeds, x-small-XL:1 Pint, 1 Quart, 2 Quarts, 3 Quarts, and 5 Quarts

You can enter to win a Diamond Plate Bowl by using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck, open to US residents.

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Splash Math, Fun Learning Math Game Apps For Kids!!! #FreeMathApp #MomBuzz

Games that are fun and encourage learning are always welcome additions in our household.  Recently I downloaded some Splash Math Apps for my kids.  I downloaded the Pre-K to K and the version for Grades 1-5.  I recently posted the following 2 reviews of them on iTunes if you want to check them out.

Splash Math Pre-K:

This fun math app is great for kids in pre-k and kindergarten.  My son is in Kindergarten and loves math, his dad is a math professor so it is in his genes. The fun, friendly characters make the math games fun and kids learn and practice counting skills, addition, subtraction, compare numbers to determine which is greater than or less than, measuring, early geometry and more.  If a child completed all the levels in any given learning unit they win a prize.  If they get the wrong answer they are given helpful guidance to help steer them toward the right answer.  This is a great app for little ones that teaches early math skills they will need to build a strong foundation.  They get 20 questions daily for free.
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My son is in second grade and loves math and numbers.  It is in his genes as his father is a mathematics professor, lol.  Anyway this app downloads easy and is great for kids in 1st thru 5th grade.  It is aligned with common core curriculum my child’s school is using  and teaches multiplication, division, number sense, geometry, fractions and more.  There is an area for them to do their work and it offers 20 questions with the free version daily. This is a great app for kids to hone their math skills or learn some new ones.
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Epson LabelWorks LW-600P Label Printer Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Are you trying to get more organized?  Do you ever pack things up in boxes and totes and forget what’s inside?  Do you ever want to do something crafty like create professional looking monogrammed or personalized ribbons  for cards, wedding favors, hair bows and more?  If you answered yes to any or all of these things, I want to introduce you to the Epson LabelWorks LW-600P Label Printer.  


This compact desktop label printer will let you create original labels that you can customize with clip art, your own photos and even your own handwriting or drawings.  You can also take a picture of what is in the boxes you are packing and create a bar code label to stick on the outside of the box.  If you scan the bar code label you will see a picture of what is inside the box!











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Labels are not the only thing it prints.  How about printing on beautiful ribbons.  What a great way to make wedding and party favors, your own cards, custom ornament hanging ribbon, hair bows, and so much more.







It’s so simple to start printing with the bluetooth capability.  I was able to create and print from my laptop, iPad and iPhone in a flash.  Just download the app and I was ready to roll.  I cannot wait to use this to organize our home which is in the middle of at least 4 major home improvement projects at the same time.  I am so excited to start taking back some order and taming the chaos around here.  I will update with more of my own projects and organization examples very soon.  You can find the Epson LabelWorks LW-600P on Mommy Ramblings’ 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

More about LabelWorks LW-600P:

Print labels smarter

Now, it’s easier than ever to print customized labels — virtually anywhere — with the LW-600P portable label printer. Print labels from your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. Print date labels for food items, QR code labels, or labels to organize cables. Create ribbons for gifts, or even labels with symbols or hand-written messages. Preview labels before printing. Or, use smartphones with voice recognition2 to create labels fast. Download the Epson iLabel app for iOS or Android devices or choose from other compatible apps3 available. With multiple tapes to choose from (up to one-inch wide) and an automatic cutter, you’ve got all you need for customized labels on the go.

Connect smarter

The battery-operated1 LW-600P can print wirelessly from iOS and Android devices, via Bluetooth. Simply download the Epson iLabel app or other compatible apps.3 Use your mobile device to create handwritten labels, iron-on labels, ribbons and more. This compact printer can also print from Windows® and Mac systems via a USB cable.

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Holiday Specs 3D Magic Glasses-Great For Christmas Parties & Stocking Stuffers!!!

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Holiday Specs 3D Viewers are so much fun.  They are 3D glasses that turn white or colored Christmas lights into candy canes, santa claus, angels, stars, gingerbread men, snowmen, snowflakes and so much more.  I recently took out an assortment of the Holiday Magic 3D glasses when we had a family gathering and everyone was mesmerized by what they saw.  It is truly amazing and the further back you stand, the bigger the images get.  This is so fun for all your holiday parties.  They don’t only work on Christmas lights but work for street and city lights as well.  They make great stocking stuffers.  Also available in heavy-duty paper specs that are great to hand out at parties and events.

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Holiday Magic 3D Viewers are made by American Paper Optics.  Follow Holiday Specs on Facebook and Twitter.

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“Waggers” Book Blog Tour



Waggers by Stacy Nyikos

Waggers is so lucky to be adopted by a great family.  He tries to behave and be good but he is just so excited all the time and when he gets excited he has a tail problem.  His tail goes crazy!  You might wonder what harm could sweet Waggers tail do, his family is about to find out.  In the kitchen, baking cookies, it just smells so good and Waggers tail goes crazy and the dough hits the ceiling.  Unfortunately that is not the only mishap.  When Waggers is helping the kids defeat the monster in the living room, the sofa does not escape unharmed.  Out in the garage it is not any better, Waggers excitable tail scrapes off the paint on te car!  Mom and Dad are starting to wonder if their home is the right place for such an excitable pup.  Is it the end of the line for Waggers or is there a way the family can stay together?  You will just need to pick up a copy and find out.



About Stacy Nyikos


Stacy Nyikos is the award-winning author of many mischievous books for children. She’s not sure how that happened. She didn’t get into trouble as a child. Well, if you don’t count borrowing sandwiches from her dad. He wasn’t eating them anyway. Stacy holds an MFA in Writing for Children at Vermont College, which she didn’t borrow. They gave it to her. Really. Ask her kids. Or her dog. Just don’t ask her husband. He’s misplaced a few sandwiches. When she isn’t chasing stories—or sandwiches—Stacy can be found scribbling in the wilds of Oklahoma. She is currently working on a new adult novel about her grandfather’s adventure canoeing from Indiana to New Orleans – over 2,000 miles of paddling – in 1939.


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Fake Baby Bump For When You Are “Reborn Pregnant”. Wait, What???

Did you miss out on the perfect maternity photo shoot, want to board an airplane before anyone else, just love being pregnant all the time?  No need to worry, you can recreate that look any time you want.   How many months do you want to be 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, or maybe twins or how about triplets? Forget twins, they’re a dime a dozen today, and triplets are so yesterday, just  go with the quad pregnancy belly, that would set you up for some real-time spoiling any where you go.  You would definitely be given the seat on the bus, priority in line for the bathroom and you would have so much attention when you let others know all about your quad pregnancy and even let them rub your lifelike pregnant belly.  If you are wondering what I’m talking about, let me clue you in.

Silicone pregnancy bellies are available on eBay, etsy and online everywhere and they are so affordable!  Now, there are some things to look out for and I guess you could say, you do get what you pay for.  No one wants to be like the woman in China who wore her faux belly to get a seat on the train, it was working well until the ties securing it failed and her prego tummy dropped on the floor of the bus.  The woman is going after the fake belly manufacturer claiming it was inferior quality for what she paid and that its failure caused her to be mocked and ridiculed by the other passengers.


There is also another reason people don these bellies and it’s because they’re “reborn pregnant“.   Wait, they’re what???  Oh, reborn pregnant, and it has nothing to do with handing their life over to Jesus.  Reborns are the name of dolls that are painted to resemble real babies and children.

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These dolls can range from a few hundred dollars to over $10,000 and many are understandably put on  layaway until their new mommy pays them off.  During that time, a reborn mom-to-be is said to be reborn pregnant or reborn expecting.  These fake baby bumps have added another level of realism to the women who mother these babies just like one would a real infant.

Whether you are looking for a faux belly to get your pregnancy fix sans 2 am feedings, for a guaranteed seat on the bus, extra attention or because you are reborn pregnant, make sure you get a quality belly.  You don’t want to be picking your baby bump off the floor of the bus while the other passengers laugh and call you a faker.

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