Elf of the Shelf: Spouse Edition

25Continuing the Christmas count down, we’re at 25 days!!!

And tomorrow is the first day of December, which means my blog is officially becoming Christmas central!

Now, Mondays have usually been ‘Simple Meal Mondays’ but because of the Christmas season, Mondays are taking a Holiday twist.

You’ve probably heard about Elf on the Shelf… well here is my version!

Elf on the shelf: Spouse Edition.

Why should kids have all the fun πŸ™‚

Meet my elf!


This elf will be making its first appearance December 1, but here is a sneak peak πŸ™‚

I found this elfΒ  ‘ornament’ at a craft store and the best part is that you can insert a picture of your face! This ornament makes the perfect elf for my elf on the shelf, and its bound to get a few laughs from my husband!!


I’ve prepped some date night ideas and other surprises for my husband as a Christmas count down throughout December and each Monday I’ll share a post with an update on what my elf on the shelf has been up to!!

Here’s a preview of my Elf on the Shelf: Spouse Edition introduction letter!!


Get ready for more festive fun to come!

Happy Monday!





Friday Favorites: Christmas Tree Decorating

Happy Friday!! It’s the last Friday of November. Crazy!

Our count down to Christmas is at 28 days!!

Yesterday I shared a DIY for Burlap Garland that is perfect for decorating a Christmas tree… Which leads into this weeks Friday Favorites… which of course is without a doubt Christmas tree decorating πŸ™‚

We put up our tree this past Sunday. So much fun!!!

Here is the ‘before’. Our tree, Pre-decorations!


First on, the burlap garland.



Getting started with decorating πŸ™‚


Ornaments are on!!


My husband putting the Star on top.



and the ‘after’, the finished product πŸ™‚


Bring on Christmas!




Christmas Craft Countdown: DIY Burlap Garland

29 Days29 days till Christmas!! Less than a month! YAY!!

The Christmas decorations are slowly being put up around our house! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas πŸ™‚

We even got our tree up this past weekend.

To me Christmas means craft time!

So, I made a burlap garland for our tree this year. So easy to make! And I love the way it turned out!

To make burlap garland you only need three things:

Burlap, a glue gun and some Christmas lights.


The Burlap roll I used was about 5 inches across, which worked great, I had just enough room to feed the lights through.

Here is what you do:

1.Using your glue gun glue the burlap in half. Just do a little bit at a time that way the glue doesn’t dry before you can stick the sides together. Make sure you leave both ends open!


2. Once you are down gluing leave your garland to dry/set before you feed the lights through.

3. Feed your lights through the glued burlap.


4. Done! That easy πŸ™‚ And its so pretty!!


Here’s how the garland looks on our tree. First ornament is up!


This is your sneak peak, I’ll be sharing the rest of our tree decorating on tomorrow’s Friday Favorites!


Wednesday’s Workout: Upper Body Ladder

Time for Wednesday’s workout!!

This is the last workout in our ladder series. So far I have shared a cardio ladder, a lower body ladder and now I am finishing up with a upper body ladder. Just like the others, no equipment needed!

No equipment means you can do this anywhere, and there is no gym required. Give this upper body ladder a try at home!

Just a quick reminder what a β€˜ladder’ drill is! The name ladder comes from number of repetitions for each move: 50, 40, 30, 20, 10.

For this upper body ladder you will do each one of the exercises for the number of repetitions assigned to that exercise,Β  either 50, 40, 30, 20 or 10.

Then to make it tough, repeat the whole ladder 5 times through! That way your arms are really going to feel it!

workout 3-4

If you’re not sure how to do one of these exercises, click on the name to see an example: side tricep pushup, alternating shoulder-tap plank,Β  diamond pushup, tricep dip, walkout pushup.

Happy Wednesday! Enjoy your workout!



A Sweet Treat for Your Tuesday: Crockpot Lava Cake

imageTime for a treat!!

I love love love crockpot meals because they are so easy! Just dump everything into the crockpot turn it on, leave it for a few hours and you’ve got a meal!

What is better than a crockpot meal??

A crockpot dessert!!! YUM!!!!

Here is the simplest recipe for a Crockpot Lava Cake. This is an incredibly easy dessert and its sooooo good!

Here are the ingredients: image

Line your crockpot with parchment paper (that way there is no scrubbing at the end!).

Prepare the chocolate cake according to the box and pour it into the the crockpot as the bottom layer.

Make the pudding according to it’s instructions as well; this will be the second layer in the crockpot.

Finally layer 1 cup of chocolate chips on the very top.

No mixing required, leave the layers!


Turn the crockpot on high for 2 to 2.5 hours.

Once cooked, the top will look crusted, but as you scoop into the cake, the inside will be the gooey chocolate ‘lava’ part. Mmmmmmm!

This is an amazing dessert!! And one of the quickest and easiest to whip together πŸ™‚


Top with a bit of ice cream and enjoy!!

Happy Baking!