Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Elfie For Teenagers and Adults (not for kids)

 Ok, I have all teenagers.   They are too old for the traditional Elf on the Shelf.  I wish they were younger, there are so many cute ideas out there for little kids.  Since my kids are older,  I didn't want to spend the money on the super cute book and real elf on the shelf.   I thought I would put it out and they would think it was dumb and they were too old.  I was so wrong, they loved it.   I would recommend buying the real Elf on the Shelf, but I got this one at Hobby Lobby in the ornament Section on sale for $1.85.  It isn't meant to be used this way and is starting to fall apart, it is cute and posable though.  

The first year I did it and they actually liked it,  the second year they wanted to do it and took turns,  and we skipped the house fire year.  I wasn't going to do it this year,  then I decided it would bring laughter and happiness back into the home.  We didn't get much of a Christmas last year.   So, I spent hours looking up ideas for older kids/adults on Pinterest. (don't you just love Pinterest!).  All of the ideas were either too childish, or too crude meant for adults.   So, I took some of the ideas and made them into my own funny teachable moments. 

We had a house fire last year,  so this is fitting.   

I burned down Cheryl's she-shed!! Don't tell.

My brothers name is Jake,  so we used to joke a lot about the Jake from State Farm commercial.

We talked about fire safety,  and how insurance works.

I put cocoa powder on his face for fire ash. Not gonna lie, it kind of looks like poop.  I thought about burning the paper a little,  but our smoke detectors are really sensitive and I thought they'd go off and its freezing outside.



I totally forgot and saw this candle as I went to bed.  It worked,  they thought it was funny.   Good talk about strip clubs,  modesty, and sexting. 


Hunting is big where we live. 

Would you kill Bambi?

I admit I eat meat.   We talked about eating healthy, but we also talked about not wasting food and the life that was given.  When you throw out old meat from the fridge or uneaten food on your plate a real animal died so you could have that meat,  don't let it be in vain and waste it. Life is precious honor it. 


My daughters loved Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer,  so this ornament was perfect for these shredded snow man.  Any snowman will work.


I decided the girls sign was too crude, so I took it down before the kids got  up,  but I posted it for adult ideas.  We had a talk about inappropriate jokes and the opposite sex.  Because if your being honest with yourself,  you know that is going on all day long at school.  We also talked about sexual harassment. 

"Well paint me green and call me a pickle,  cause I'm done dealing with you!"

We follow the hide the pickle ornament tradition.  Christmas morning whoever finds the pickle gets to open their present first.



My daughter is obsessed with the NBC's sitcom Friends, so I had to make a scene for her birthday.


This one Elfie is hitting on the character Janis from Friends, and Joey is trying to stop him.

While I was going to talk about girl code,  asking before dating a friend's/ sister's ex and problems associated with it, but another topic came  up.  My daughter recently went to a girl's choice dance.   They dressed as Ross and Rachel.  She was dressed modestly and when she was already dressed and ready to go another mom told her how inappropriate the sitcom Friends is,  even though she admitted to watching it herself.  So, our conversation turned to tolerance,  acceptance,  and bullying.   We talked about how the only thing that matters is how you feel about yourself and your personal values,  and some people think they are helping you, and don't realize they are actually hurting your feelings.  Don't  let others opinions of you get you down,  because you'll never meet everyone's expectations.  Also, trying to be aware that you might also be unintentionally hurting others as well.  She said she tried not to let it ruin the dance,  but admitted it hurt her feelings.



I was going to do another one with phoebe and smelly cat,  but we had a party and my toy cat was missing afterward. =(

I just thought this was so cute and creative.
Use peas or split peas.

"Oops, I pea'd myself"


Never leave the blinds open! Peeping Toms

I keep trying to teach my girls about safety and to watch out for voyeurism.  
The dangers of sexting too.  I've had two stalkers at places I've worked as a teenager, one tried to follow me home.  Keep an eye out  and especially watch the dressing rooms and bathroom stalls when out in public.


Don't text and DRIVE

Big lesson in our house with teenage drivers.

It's ketchup.


Fresh Lemonade $.25

Because everybody jokes about pee being lemonade, always 100% of the time.

I just used lemon juice.


Just Say No!
(Yes I grew up in the 80's & 90's)
Great way to start a conversation about drugs, especially now that marijuana is legal in many states.

It's flour and a cut straw. 
 I also thought it might be funny to have smashed smarties and leave the wrappers.
A candy high! I'm not being crazy,  kids in my elementary used to crush and snort smarties.


OH MY SANTA! Your Dad farted and it was so bad, I had to shut myself in here. Let me out when the air clears ~Elfie

Talk about  manners. 


Don't eat the yellow snow
  
We talked about exposing yourself in public.   I know someone who got on the child sex offenders list, because he thought be was alone and peed outside on his farm. Apparently,  a car drove by and reported him.   Not the best idea on his part,  but he has  to deal with his mistake for the rest of his life.

It's flour.  I used lemon juice, because my food coloring poured out red.  
I think the food coloring would have been fine, if I had watered it down and mixed it good before using.


This one was just too funny!

I borrowed the "Butt Brush" Hope you don't mind! <3 Elfie

Talk about hygiene.


So, I forgot and got out of bed quickly, this is what I thought of. 

"Ho, Ho, Ho"
"Who you calling a Hoe?" (lol, how do you spell it?)

Good talk about names you allow people to call you, and self respect.  High school kids are always being disrespectful and think they are being funny towards each other.


I am always talking to my girls about watching their drinks and food when they go out.  Do not to accept opened drinks from strangers, etc.  Being drugged or roofied is a real thing and so is human trafficking!


This could get a little sticky!

My daughter was so mad.  
She thought one of her sisters played a prank, and there was no toilet paper until she saw it sitting on the counter.


The game of Operation

I'm Scared!
Could talk about plastic surgery and loving yourself.  We talked a little about medical insurance and organ donation.


UR MOM IS HOT

Ok, when you have teenagers they think everything you do is wrong, including the way you dress, do your hair and make-up, etc.  So, I always think it's funny when someone compliments me on something they hate, lol.  In all seriousness though my girls always tell me how beautiful I am, so I can't complain.  I choose to believe them instead of thinking they are kissing butt for some reason, lol they probably are.  Have fun with it!


I couldn't decide whether to put 

She thinks I'm a real doctor 
or 
North Pole Toy Enhancement Division.

I used a medical glove for their hats and the elf's gloves,  paper towel for the elf's gown and her covering, grapes for implants,  and an xacto knife.  Be careful with the knife.  
Good talk about vanity,  self love,  and not putting yourself in danger to save a little money.  How to look for a good doctor.  You hear about plastic surgery horror stories all the time.


I know you think some of these are crazy,  but I used it as a good icebreaker for some serious talks, and it worked great.  Plus,  it made my kiddos and hubby laugh and we all needed that.  Have fun with it!  Just because your kids are getting older,  doesn't mean you have to stop the traditions , just adapt to small changes. 

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Personalized Dollar Store Gifts


For only a dollar each,  these make super cute gifts.


Pick out a cute stuffed animal moose from the Dollar Tree.


I measured the antlers and cut the year and names out of siser easyweed HTV,  on my Silhouette Cameo.   The best part is the cuts are so small, I used old scraps.


You can use a heat press or iron, but for this project my hair straightener is perfect.


You don't want it too hot,  I set it for about 315.  You want to use lots of pressure and don't hold it to long in one spot or the HTV will melt too much and the brown will start to show in the white. 


Place the HTV centered on the antler. 


Make sure to always have either the HTV backing,  parchment paper or teflon sheet between the HTV and straightener, etc.
Otherwise,  the HTV will  stick to the straightener. 



I think they really turned out really cute!


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