December 10, 2014

Elf On The Shelf Causes Nightmares

I'll admit, just a little, that I bought into the whole The Elf on the Shelf thing after my son was born. However I didn't have to "buy" into it, as I already had an elf I thought might do the trick. I brought out my elf. Told the Elf on the Shelf story. Then I waited. I only needed to go as far as to say the elf was watching for good behavior and reporting his findings back to Santa. I didn't need to move him. I didn't even need to help him get into mischief as many of my friend's elf characters are doing - Although with this specific elf that is terribly tempting to do!

Wanna know why?

Take a look at my elf, that will give you a really GOOD hint.

Evil Elf on the Shelf
The reason I don't need to move my elf is, well, because he's faintly evil looking! My son is moderately terrified of him, and even asked me not to bring him out this year. Now consider again why making my elf get into mischief might be moderately fun...

Child wakes up with elf peering at him...
Child finds elf sitting on the toilet in the middle of the night...
Take pictures of elf with sleeping child...

Yes I am a mom with a slightly sick sense of humor. I loved this other bloggers commentary on over-achieving mommies and their elf on the shelf antics too!

My elf, however, is comfortably nestled within the boughs of our tree, peeking out to report the kids good behavior to Santa!

Many of my friends couldn't believe I had an "evil" Elf on the Shelf, so I posted an image on the little guy on Facebook and received multiple comments about his "good looks". One friend said...

"Where are the flying monkeys?"
Some compared it to the Stephen King's movie about the scary clown!

That'll give you nightmares!
And yet others said my Elf on the Shelf reminded them of Chuckie the doll!!!

I'm not sure that it reminds me of anything more than my grandparents. They were the ones that gave the elf to me the year I was born. He certainly does have an oddly strange look about it,maybe he's about to spit something out of those overly large cheeks. I suppose though that says more about the late 1960's - So I can blame that on my parents generation eh?

Have you given into the Elf on the Shelf?

December 9, 2014

Winter "Beach Party" at Mack Pool

Need to warm up this winter? Then perhaps the Beach Party at Mack (715 Brooks St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) would do the trick. This fun family event is just $10 and includes admission to the pool, lots of great activities plus dinner. Be sure to join in on the fun January 9, 8:00 p.m.

To sign up call 734-794-6237 or visit

December 2, 2014

Father Christmas at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

The Leslie Science and Nature Center (1831 Traver Road Ann Arbor) is excited to have an 1890s-era version of Father Christmas visit! On Saturday, December 6 (1:00-2:00 p.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Father Christmas will visit with you and your family to tell stories about holiday season traditions.

"Santa," complete with a long brown hooded robe, staff, and a wooden backpack brimming with interesting items will even offer you and your kids a photo opportunity following the presentation, so bring your camera! Registration is $8/person or $30/family. To be sure that all our guests for this program have a terrific time, space is limited for this program and preregistration is required.

For more information visit the website or call 734-997-1553 to register by phone today!

November 14, 2014

Black Friday Kids Activity

Are you working or shopping on Black Friday? Need something fun for the kids to do? Check out this great opportunity for a Black Friday Mini-Camp with Peachy Fitness and Bricks4Kiz Ann Arbor. To register:

November 10, 2014

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre: Win Tickets

Win tickets to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze December 16, 8:00 p.m.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2014 holiday season when it returns to the Fox Theatre, December 16-20. Tickets for this amazing show start at $34 and are on sale now at, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices and at all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. 
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original musical extravaganza of ornaments that re-imagines the holiday season. With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats there will be something to dazzle and entertain each member of your family. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement. 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Performance Schedule: 
Tuesday, December 16 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 18 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 19 - 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.       
Saturday, December 20 - 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. 

Want to win free tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze? The Ann Arbor Mom blog will award 1 lucky indiviual a family 4-pack of tickets for the December 16 perfomance. All you need to do is to comment below on why this show would be an amazing gift for your family. 

All entries must be submitted no later than midnight on November 21. A random winner will be chosen from all entries on November 22.