Elf on the Shelf: Day 10: Snow Dayz!

Tonight’s elf on the shelf idea comes from Oliver. When visiting Marsh Farm today during their Christmas Experience they had a show all about a polar bear and snow. The children had to use their magic wands to make it snow. Afterwards Oliver full of excitement exclaimed ” I bet Elfie can make it snow it home” so that’s just what he has done…

Elf on the Shelf: Day 9: Tree Dancing!

Well this is a new one for us, we caught Elfie mid dance today!

One can only think that in the North Pole that 70’s dancing is still popular with the pose that Elfie is in, it is certainly reminiscent of Saturday Night Fever!

With the last couple of days activities the boys can’t wait to see what he gets up to tomorrow.

Elf On The Shelf: Day 8: I’m An Elf Get Me Out Of Here!

This morning the boys got up to find that Elfie had been watching a little bit too much ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ and had decided to have a go at a task himself.

Don’t ask how he got up there because we really can’t figure it out, but up there he is and he is going after some special North Pole Gold Coins.

Crafty Crafts Christmas HYATLC # 7

I have often blogged about Oliver’s love of arts and crafts and how with a little help from mummy and daddy he will give pretty much anything a go. With Christmas on its way my wife and I decided to have a look at what arts and crafts bits there are out there that he would be able to achieve but also didn’t cost the earth for us to do. 

 The Snowman


This was an amazing kit for the price. I discovered this in Poundland and picked it up for Oliver and either myself or my wife to do one quiet afternoon. 

It is extremely simple to build and we had finished it within half an hour. 

In the kit you get everything you need to make the snowman including the double sided tape to stick everything on. 

Well worth the £1 spent here. 

Pom Pom Pals

My wife found these online and paid £1.99 for a set of six Pom Pom Pals. 

You can make Santa, Elves and Reindeer all of which look cute once finished.

Christmas Handprint Decorations 


This was a great kit as there was so much in it. We managed to make all for of our hands (Mum, Dad, Oliver and Leo) and we still had a lot of left over materials to stick in the craft box so that was a bonus. 

My wife found this kit online as well and it was priced around £2 so not bad at all. It contained four foam sheets and enough decorations to decorate them all Christmassy and also little name plaques so you can either date it or put your name on it. This was a great little kit. 

We would love to know what crafts you do on the lead up to Christmas. 


Our top cheap Christmas Apps: HYATLC #6 

This time of yeah when you are inundated with Christmas, Christmas , Christmas the last thing you may think you need is more of it on your phone or tablet, however there are some fantastic apps out there on both Android and IOS that will give you are your kids some great fun on the run up to Christmas and on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Elf Yourself


Now this has been around for a number of years in the form of a website where would go and ‘Elf Yourself’ now however I have discovered that you can now do it via your phone or tablet. 

The app itself allows you to upload five faces and one video with a song for free (which bizarrely features cats) but there are a whole host of other dances and sings you can use at a cost of 79p each or you can buy the whole lot for £4.49. 

It is so easy to use I think this is going to be a winner in our house this year with a number of videos created and shared. 

PNP-Portable North Pole

PNP or Portable North Pole is something which we discovered last year and loved. The premise is a simple one in that you get a personalised video that you can show to your children from Santa. The app is extremely simple to use which is great if you want to knock up a video on the quick whilst you have a spare minute (which as parents we know isn’t often). Once you access the app you’ll notice it is split into two areas a Parents Corner and a Children’s Corner. The Parents Corner is protected by a passcode, which is great, as this is where you create your messages from Santa. Inside the Children’s Corner there is an area where they can view their messages from Santa and then three games to play. 

NORAD Tracks Santa


The title of this app pretty much sums it up, it is literally an app to track Santas journey around the world on Christmas Eve. The website is fantastic but having never used the app before I can’t really pass judgement but it does look good. There is even an area to find out about the origins of Santa and all about his sleigh etc. 

Catch Santa


This is one to use on Christmas Day once all the hype first thing in the morning has died down a bit. With this app you can make it seem that Santa did deliver the presents and have the photographic evidence to prove it. It is easy to use although some of the positions that Santa is in are a bit odd. 

Like most parents I love the thrill Christmas gives my kids and these apps are a great yet cheap or even free way of giving a little bit more magic in an already magical season. 

The Miles Family Elf on the Shelf

With the fact that Oliver is a bit older this year we decided to have a bit of fun and start a new tradition which you might of heard of called Elf on the Shelf. 

I have seen a lot of mixed opinions on this tradition with some saying its another American Import, It’s lazy parenting, it’s freaky?! No it’s a bit of fun for the kids plus to give them fond memories to look back on and hopefully continue with their own families one day. 

Anyway we are excited to get started and build up to the excitement of Christmas Day 🙂 

We started tonight the 30th Nov by hiding Elfie. We then read the boys the book explaining all about Elf on the shelf before hunting round the flat to find him. Oliver really enjoyed looking for him but then came over all shy when he found him but he quickly over came that and was telling Elfie what he wanted for Christmas cueing the next task of writing the boys Christmas lists. 

Oliver seems to have taken Elfie to his heart already he wanted to give Elfie a dummy and Muslin to take a bed. This is a task he does for his younger brother every night so it was very cute to see tho I am not looking forward to hunting around for 3 dummies each night when finding 2 seems a near impossible task some nights… 

Night one completed 24 to go…
Post written by my wife Keighley