Elf on the Shelf: He Tried to Brush His Teeth!

elf on the shelf toothpaste in bathroomBuddy the Elf left some fun faces and a messy counter after trying to brush his teeth! elf on the shelf toothpaste

I guess this little guy is going to be full of energy and sneaky, messy encounters for the next few weeks!

My girls think he is completely crazy but get a great laugh out of his actions each day!

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Check out our calendar here to see what our Elf will be doing for the next few weeks!

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Breakfast with Santa at Rusty Bucket December 12, 2015

rusty bucket santa breakfastNext Saturday, December 12, you are  welcome to any location of Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern and have Breakfast with Santa. Santa will visit each table and families are encouraged to bring cameras for photos. My girls rusty bucket santa breakfast at tablewould absolutely love to eat with Santa!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. Rusty Bucket is also encouraging guests to bring in a new or gently used coat to donate to the Salvation Army.

Guests will be able to enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, as well as coffee, juice and milk. Breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m. and is $5 a person. For more information and restaurant addresses, please visit www.MyRustyBucket.com.

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Amazon has their Adora Toddler Cuddly & Weighted 20″Play Doll- Love and Joy Sandy Brown Hair/Brown Eyes- Ages 6+ on sale for $59.99 each, savings of 60%!

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Elf on the Shelf: Funny Messages on Bathroom Mirror

Elf on the shelf bathroom mirror mess

Our little Buddy the Elf left our girls some great messages last night! “Elf’s Rule” and “Santa is Watching” was the talk of this mornings car ride to school for the girls! They were so excited to tell their friends that the Elf is here!

Looking for ways to have fun with your Elf on the Shelf? Check out our calendar here to see what our Elf will be doing for the next few weeks!

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Elf on the Shelf Hits Our House- 2015!

Elf on the Shelf 2015 ImagePrint your copy here of my Elf on the Shelf schedule to see what our crazy Elf will be doing this year while checking on my kiddos and reporting back to Santa!Don’t have your own Elf on the Shelf yet? Grab one here and get started with a new fun tradition with your family!

The Elf on the Shelf has quickly become a family tradition each holiday season! Allowing parents to get a little extra help keeping the kiddos on their toes; behaving, doing chores and having fun finding their Elf! Santa sends each Elf out into your home to be the eyes and ears for Santa to help keep names on the naughty and nice list in check!

Check out more Elf on the Shelf ideas here on my Pinterest Board!

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Protect Your Camera With a Camera Coat

camera coats logoLooking for extra protection for your camera when your shooting those outdoor family pictures, catching winning home run hit or at the zoo checking out all the monkeys, well monkeying around?!?! Look no further than the Camera Coats. This is a great way to protect your camera without using a over-sized, bulky camera bag!

camera coatsCamera Coat is made from 100% cotton inside with padding and laminated cotton on the outside for easy clean up! They are handmade in the USA, with 3 pockets on the back for additional storage for batteries, your phone or SD cards! Easy to use Velcro on the front to keep your camera protected for the elements or accidents! A buckle is attached on the side as well to your Camera Coat for you to attach to your camera strap.

The Camera Coat is easy to use! Simply slide any camera you own with a lens such as a DSLR into the top, close shut with the easy to use but sturdy Velcro strip on the front for protection from rain or in my case, my kiddos! You can check their sizing chart to be on the safe side when ordering to receive the correct size!

Camera Coats are great for moms, dads, professional photographers, grandparents, and so on! These are great as gifts as well! As a mom, I was always looking for places to put my camera without ruining it, now it has it’s own cover and allows me to protect it while looking stylish!


I absolutely love how easy this product fits right into my daily life! I take pictures every day with my larger camera that has a larger lens and sometimes it rains, snows or my kiddos drop drinks and food on me and anything attached to me- meaning my camera sometimes gets to be a mess as well! The Camera Coat is still small enough to fit in other bags such as diaper bags or my large tote, unlike traditional camera bags!

This Camera Coat may not be for you if you carry a point and shoot camera, it may be too big for what you are using. camera coatAlso on the other end, if you want to bring along a lot of extra lens, batteries, etc this bag will not allow you to carry all the additional accessories!

With being handmade and crafted in the USA this product is defiantly worth the $40 or so you will pay for it! I have bought larger, bulky camera bags that after just a few months of use, broke, gained holes and just plain sucked! And they were not only $40!

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Cincinnati: 3CDC Set To Light Up Downtown

LiteUpCinti2011 -  Photograph by Bruce Crippen

LiteUpCinti2011 – Photograph by Bruce Crippen

3CDC SET TO LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (November 20, 2015) – The holiday season is just around the corner! Bring your family and friends down to Fountain Square on Friday, November 27, for our annual Macy’s Light Up the Square celebration. Beginning at 6:00pm, this year’s tree lighting ceremony features live music from 2nd Wind, a chance to explore the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, a very special appearance from Santa Claus and more! The tree lighting will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display from atop the downtown Macy’s store. Channel 5’s Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis, along with Q102’s JonJon will host the evening’s festivities, which are free and open to the public. See below for a complete activity schedule.

2015 Light Up the Square Event Schedule

9:00AM: Rink opens

11:00AM: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt opens

5:00PM: Fountain Square Concessions open

6:00PM: 2nd Wind performs

6:45PM: City Council Member Introduction

7:00PM: Live Broadcast with WLWT

7:25PM: Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

7:30PM: Fireworks show

7:40PM: 2nd Wind performs

9:00PM: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt closes

11:00PM: Rink & Concessions close

Fountain Square concessions offer full bar service, coke products, and hot cocoa. Food options include tasty fare from Eli’s BBQ and other local food trucks. Additional restroom facilities will also be available. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for a full event schedule or to add this event to your smartphone calendar. Special thanks to our sponsors, Macy’s, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Bell, IKEA, Channel 5-WLWT, Lykins Energy Solutions, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment, and Q102.

Also Coming Up At Fountain Square

Thanksgiving arrives early this year with the return of the 2015 Turkey Bowl! Join us out on the U.S. Bank Ice Rink next Tuesday, November 24, as the rink transforms into a bowling alley—complete with bowling pins and frozen-turkeys-turned-bowling balls. The game is simple: bowlers have three chances to knock down the most pins. The winning player receives a gift card, a commemorative trophy, and serious bragging rights. Fountain Square’s Turkey Bowl also features a special, kid-friendly bowling lane. On-site registration opens at 11:00am and the competition begins at 11:30am. In order to play, participants must bring two non-perishable food items or a $5 cash donation to Fountain Square the day of the event. All proceeds benefit The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for more information about the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square, or to add the Axis Alley Turkey Bowl event to your smartphone calendar. Special thanks to our sponsor, the Mix 94.9.

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Moneymaker at Target with Minions Blue Ray DVD

target logoGet the fireplace crackling, popcorn popping and settle the family down for a fun night in that will be anything but despicable! These little yellow guys are known for being more naughty than nice, but that won’t stop Target from presenting their next hot freebie giveaway: a FREE Minions Blu-ray DVD currently priced, on pre-order, at $18.99 – though valued at $34.99 – with complimentary shipping and a Target gift card.

Target is selling a Minions Blu-ray DVD for $18.99 (though elsewhere it could cost as much as $34.99). It comes with free shipping PLUS a $5 Target gift card. TopCashback’s offering $18.99 cashback on the purchase of one Blu-ray DVD, effectively making a copy of the madcap animated adventure FREE. Act fast as this deal will not last long!

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