Elf on the Shelf: Day 7: Sleep Over!

Last night the boys wanted to take Elfie and Chippie, our Elves on the Shelf to bed with them.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 6: All Aboard the Shoe Shoe Train!

Our naughty elves got the boys shoes out last night and lined them up like a train and then sat in them with some of the boys toys.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 5: The Advent Calendar Caper!

Our elves have been up to no good last night and have eaten some of the chocolates out of the wife’s advent calendar!

Elf on the Shelf: Day 4: Elfie and Chippie Come Back!

As mentioned two days ago, Elfie and his new friend Chippie didn’t return to our home after a day of extraordinary bad behaviour from both boys.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 2: The Day Of Sorrow!

Unfortunately today our Elf on the Shelf Elfie hasn’t returned to us and has in fact taken the whole house he had built back to the North Pole with him.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 1 Elfie Returns!

Our Elf on the Shelf is back and he has brought a friend, we will bring you more on the new elf as and when we have it, name etc!

The boys were ecstatic to see him and literally squealed with delight at seeing his house (a post on how to make your own coming soon).

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Prep – The Builders Are In!

Elf on the Shelf 2018

Our Elves are on their way back to us so they’ve sent the builders ahead to prep for their arrival!

We woke this morning to discover this scene including a crack in the wall.

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Where have we been?

Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been? 

Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point. 

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The Favourite Christmas Advert of 2017

As voted for by Parent Bloggers.

We recently asked parent bloggers what their favourite Christmas Advert of 2017 was.

The choice was between any Christmas advert for a company that has aired this year be it for the first, like the new John Lewis one, a continuation of a story as in Kevin the Carrot who features in the Aldi ads or an old classic in the form of Holidays Are Coming (Coca Cola).

To be honest the results did surprise us a bit, however that’s what makes this countdown interesting.

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Christmas Card Gift Tags HYATLC # 9

Once the smiles have faded, the snores are ricocheting around the room, and there’s Xmas carnage everywhere, what do you do? You start tidying up. That might mean binning or recycling the wrapping paper (great idea to tear neatly and quietly secret it away for the rest of the year), getting the kitchen de-bomb shelled (make a stock to use for soups and gravies?) and then putting your feet up. But once everybody has gone, life starts to resume as ‘normal’ (even though you have NYE to contend with) and there’s one glaring reminder that IT’S NOT OVER YET. Christmas cards.On a string, cluttering a mantelpiece, stuck on surfaces…they’re everywhere. Or at least feels like it. I’ve tried the ‘green’ route of suggesting e-cards, but am annually met with accusations of being a bah humbug by my wife. I suppose she’s right. Now that our son is on the cusp of two years old, Christmas is slowly becoming more and more about him, and less about us. Fair enough. He’ll be ‘making’ us a card this year, no doubt. One to keep, but again, what about the others?

You can bin them, or recycle them with the rest of the paper, or, be a little creative (we got there in the end).

If you keep your Christmas cards you could use them for a variety of cost-cutting exercises, and be all artsy and crafty at other people’s expense.

Cut them up into whatever shape you want, to use them as … GIFT TAGS! We found that a bold, bright snip of a card against a ‘quieter’ wrapping paper acts as a great contrast and looks great under the tree. You could even get your little one(s) to help, with baby scissors.

If there’s a blank side in the card, carefully cut it off and compile a pile, roughly the same size. Use a big bulldog clip, or punch holes and use string, but you can make a paper pad, ideal to keep in the care or for out eating with the lil’uns – doodle the hell out of it.

Sit down. Get cutting and make a collage with the kids. Basically, get as creative as you want. Remember, Xmas cards aren’t just for Christmas!

This blog post was written for 2 bottles of milk by Gary Lewis

Gary blogs over @ Gary Lewis Writer he is also a member of the Dad Network where this collaboration started.