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Smarty Pants Product of the Week - Elfing Around

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Smarty Pants Product of the Week - Elfing Around

Elfing Around
Smarty Pants Review
What a wonderful idea!!! Elfing Around provides the opportunity to start a great, fun tradition with your munchkins! Each Elfing Around package includes a tremendous amount of activities, from tattoos to a letter from your Elf! Most importantly your family Elf arrives, ready to spend the pre-Christmas weeks getting your munchkins even more excited!
Very clear directions are included, to guide you on the steps to introduce the Elf to your home. Your child will anticipate waking up each morning before Christmas to find the Elf and see what note he/she has left behind.
Last year I used a similar type Elf with a class of Pre-K/Kindergarten students. I would place the Elf in a different location each morning. The Elf was there on behalf of Santa to monitor the behavior of the students. Wow, how it worked! What I especially like about Elfing Around, is that it goes beyond the behavior monitoring, to include a Parent Adventure Guide Book. This book does all the thinking and creativity for you! It’s just great!
Why is it a Smarty Pants of Product?
I truly value tradition. I think it is very important to instill important, memorable traditions for your family. Elfing Around is a fantastic tradition to continue to keep Christmas alive in your home. I hope you each consider bring an Elfing Around into your homes for this holiday season!
Retail Value $30
Smarty Pants Product Giveaway
Product: Elfing Around
Retail Value: $30
Entry Dates: Today - Sunday, November 16, 2008, 12:00 PM EST
Winner Announcement: Sunday, November 16, 2008 via blog posting and email.
How to Enter: Share your favorite 'Free Stuff' that is provided on that can be used with your elf!
Other Tiny Details: Product will only be mailed within the 48 continental states. One entry per person. I will contact the winner via e-mail by Monday, November 17, so please be sure I know how to get in touch with you if you win!!! If no contact info is provided it automatically disqualifies your entry. Winner selected by



Blogger ky2here said...

A big family meal with a Yule Log for dessert.

November 10, 2008 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Melissa B. said...

What a cool prize! I teach 3 yr olds and this would be fantastic. My tradition is that every Christmas my daughters and eye put our Santa jigsaw puzzle together. It stays on display until after Christmas.

November 10, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger sweetsue said...

Our family tradition is to put the tree up on December 1st while listening to Christmas music. This gets us all in the holiday mood!
smchester at g mail dot com

November 10, 2008 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger idahomom said...

Working a jigsaw puzzle on Christmas eve.

November 10, 2008 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger K. Cleaver said...

We like to drive around and look at Christmas lights one night. Also there is an old castle here that is all done up for Christmas and we go there one night. My kids also love to track Santa on the web Christmas eve. They check the computer every 5 minutes it seems. Puzzles are something we can do any other day of the year. Usually we save them for rainy days when there is nothing else to do.

November 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite would have to be jumping in the car and driving around to see all the pretty christmas lights.

November 10, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Maja said...

Tell old stories while cuddled under a blanket.

November 10, 2008 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Our family tradition is that our family goes out the weekend of Thanksgiving and we choose a Christmas Tree. Then we go home and decorate it. Each one of us has our own xmas ornament and we hang them 1 at a time, myself, my husband and our 3 sons :-)

November 10, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger kygirl said...

Our tradition is making candy and cookies.

November 10, 2008 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Jenn S. said...

Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with the kids.

November 10, 2008 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We put up our tree Christmas Eve after the kids are in bed.


November 10, 2008 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger reb said...

Putting up the tree the day of Thanksgiving.

rebbi511 at

November 10, 2008 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger tutugirl said...

Going out on my husband's birthday which is in the first week of December, and chopping down our tree. It can be a pain sometimes, but what memories we have. We are always able to chuckle afterwards.

November 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger mverno said...

getting a tree the first saturday in december

November 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

me and the family love making cookies. we pick a weekend and bake

November 10, 2008 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

We meet Christmas eve to eat tamales then go to midnight mass. My fave tradition.
tvollowitz at aol dot com

November 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger agordon10 said...

we all exchange fmaily gifts xmas eve.

November 10, 2008 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keebler elves

November 10, 2008 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger jenny said...

wow this is realy nice giveaway i love to try and win this and well on x-mas eve we exchange the family gifts and on the x-mas moring we get a joy out of the kids oping there x-mas gifts santa has left for them and we have a big x-mas dinner

November 10, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
and baking cookies.

November 10, 2008 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger jffryclough said...

bobbing for french fries

November 10, 2008 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger peg42 said...

Our favorite Christmas tradition is to put up two Christmas trees. One we decorate as a family and the other the kids decorate as they want. Thier tree ends up with stuffed animals, toys, etc. on it. They love doing this so much.

November 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger cstironkat said...

My family gets together every year and bakes home-made dog bones for the Christmas Bazaar our local animal Shelter has to raise money. Its a no-kill shelter and this bazaar helps keep it running. The whole family gets involved and we always have a great time. Thank you for the giveaway.

November 10, 2008 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

our favorite has started the past few years- serving at a shelter and going and giving blankets and presents..

my favorite is a beautiful cake we make each year to celebrate his birth..

November 10, 2008 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger vav3411 said...

stringing popcorn and cranberriers for the wildlife

November 10, 2008 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lights that folks put up outside are what we go to see every year. Great displays and we even want to go thank them for putting up an awesome sight to see.

November 10, 2008 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger ydsddd said...

Baking cookies and having all the family together on Christmas day.

November 10, 2008 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger db516 said...

making candy houses- cutting/taping cardboard boxes, smoothing them over with vanilla icing, and decorating with tons of colorful candy that sticks onto the icing.

November 10, 2008 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we have a glass pickle that santa hides on the tree each year, and the child that finds it first, gets and extra present. my girls delight in this tradition.

November 10, 2008 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Unwrapping one gift on Christmas eve, usually pjs and opening the rest the next morning.

November 10, 2008 at 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to Midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

November 11, 2008 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

We love baking cookies for santa together with the kids :)

Thank you so much for the generous giveaway and please enter me!


November 11, 2008 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger gibson777 said...

Drive around town and look at Christmas lights that we were too lazy to put up ourselves.

November 11, 2008 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Felicity said...

My favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies with my daughter and then sharing them with friends.

November 11, 2008 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger denyse said...

Christmas Eve at my Mom's.

November 11, 2008 at 8:41 AM  
Anonymous valerie said...

Decorating our tree with all our favorite ornaments and then the excitement of lighting it up to gaze at it.

November 11, 2008 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

My favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve morning. I make a crock pot full of sausage gravy, biscuits, and a breakfast casserole. Our children and our grandchildren and friends come over. Since the kids know that we eat before the gifts are opened, all we here is when are we going to eat, can we eat now, are you done yet?. Its a wonderful time

November 11, 2008 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Shopping with my sisters :)

ktgonyea at

November 11, 2008 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger redron said...

family christmas party

November 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger cathirushing said...


November 11, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger okbarbie5 said...

My husband sits down with the grandkids and reads The Night Before Christmas! Even though they are older now they still look forward to it!!

November 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger justicecw said...

My favorite is decorating the Christmas tree together as a family. thanks,

November 11, 2008 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger llinda29 said...

My favorite isthe Christmas dinner with family

November 11, 2008 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Casey Becher said...

My favorite tradition is setting up my holiday decorations.

November 11, 2008 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having all the family together.

November 11, 2008 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger vboackle said...

getting together to eat.

November 11, 2008 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. My favorite tradition is that we always get together with family on Chirstmas Eve and then when everyone leaves each of my 3 children get to pick one present under the tree to open early. It is always special for all of us. Thank you!

November 11, 2008 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger jennmalan said...

get together with family tell stories and laugh, we do this once a month. it keeps us close and brings us together in this busy crazy world

November 11, 2008 at 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buying and hanging one new ornament on the Christmas tree.

November 12, 2008 at 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

picking out and cutting our x mas tree:)

November 12, 2008 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger dhunt said...

we all exchange fmaily gifts xmas eve.

November 10, 2008 2:50 PM

November 12, 2008 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Becca Ann said...

I would use one of the letters to Santa!

November 12, 2008 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger JACLYN said...

Decorating the tree and of course baking pies. :)

firstrosegrrl at

November 12, 2008 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger live42day said...

Hi, this is such a great and cute idea! The free stuff I could use with the elf would be the "nice list". Thanks!

November 12, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger mogrill said...

My favorite is leaving cookies and milk for Santa and heading upstairs to go to sleep knowing the next morning will be magical.

November 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger kristilb19 said...

Christmas at my grandparents christmas eve!

November 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Our favorite tradition is driving around looking at the holiday displays and "awarding" them with "awards" such as "Best display", "Most Colorful" and so on.

I love the "Nice Certificate" on their site in the free section too. Very cute!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

November 12, 2008 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

My niece would love elfing around with the free map from the website. I love Christmas time because my entire family can get together. Thanks for the giveaway!

November 12, 2008 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger dcala said...

I like the Nice List Award under the free stuff category.

November 12, 2008 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger cathyhall said...

My faves from the free stuff is the Customizable Santa Letter 1
Customizable Santa Letter 2 - my son is getting right into that at the moment, thanks.

November 12, 2008 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

We go out to look at the light displays amd then return home to sip hot cocoa or eggnog around the tree. Thanks for the contest!


November 12, 2008 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

Hot chocolate and candy while we open our gifts.
1bmore @ gmail .com

November 13, 2008 at 4:23 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I like the nice list on the Free Stuff part of the website. Good motivation! We always open one gift Christmas eve, which is a pair of Christmas socks or PJS

November 13, 2008 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger sara said...

Taking the elves on playdates :)

November 13, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger PS said...

We get together with all the aunts and grandma's and bake cookies all day a week before christmas. There are probably 20 of us in the kitchen. It is a great mess and a whole lot of fun! Plus I get three times the cookies I normally would!

November 13, 2008 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger HollenAngi said...

My husband always reads "The Night Before Christmas" to my kids on Christmas Eve right before they go to bed.

November 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Jamie Lovely said...

Opening presents at midnight!

November 13, 2008 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger vmkids said...

candle light supper with the family after a day of cooking and lounging

November 13, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger jennem said...

My favorite is the Nice List Award.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

November 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger judybrittle said...

The letter from Santa. It can be customized with child's name and Elf.
How great that would be. Thank you so much!
judybrittle at aol dot com

November 13, 2008 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Tanya W. said...

We love to decorate the Christmas tree!

November 13, 2008 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger DOODLEGIRL said...

decorating the Christmas tree

November 13, 2008 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger kathy55439 said...

We always put up the tree the day after Thanks Giving

November 13, 2008 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

making cookies for Santa

November 13, 2008 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

My 8 little granddaughters look forward to playing Bingo with grandma on Christmas afternoon to see who will win the "extra" little gifts left under the tree by Santa. The gifts he mysteriously "forgot" to put names on. We have a wonderful time.

November 14, 2008 at 2:13 AM  
Blogger janetfaye said...

Nice List Award

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

November 14, 2008 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous twbellamy said...

My favorite is the yearly Christmas party we throw for the poor.

November 14, 2008 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger sissy76 said...

making gingerbread houses

November 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger jassmg2024 said...

We go caroling as a family.

November 14, 2008 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger paula h said...

I love the Nice List Award. It's very clever. The coloring pictures are adorable, too.

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November 14, 2008 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

we all decorate the house together on friday after thanksgiving. then there's the advent wreath candles to be lit...trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

November 14, 2008 at 5:30 PM  
Anonymous tracey said...

i love making santa cookies with the kids

November 14, 2008 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger jamielz said...

The Nice List Award is my favorite.

November 14, 2008 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Oh My! My kids would love these! Our favorite Christmas tradition is to make drawing/paintings for Santa and make cookies. What a wonderful way to spend time together as a family!

November 14, 2008 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger SeahorseLady said...

I like all of the coloring pages from the free section. The kids are going to love this.
Our holiday tradition is trimming the Christmas tree.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

November 14, 2008 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Tracysweetangl said...

Going to the Christmas tree farm and pick out the best christmas tree! thanks for the giveaway!

November 14, 2008 at 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

This is so cute! Our Christmas tradition is done the 24th, instead of the 25th, since I know that the kids will be more interested in their presents. First we read "The Night before Christmas" book (which was passed down from my father reading it to me as a child), and then we read the excerpt from the Bible of how Jesus was born that night. I want the children to understand that Christmas isn't just about Santa and toys and gifts, but also about Jesus.

November 15, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

Forgot to leave email...
nidi_28677 {at} yahoo {dot} com

November 15, 2008 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger K Amos said...

I like the nice list award

November 15, 2008 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger bison61 said...

we pick out our tree together-decorate, watch A Christmas Story and eat alot of cookies

tiramisu392 (at)

November 15, 2008 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Shorty said...

Nice List Award...

Favorite Tradtion:
Letting my little one open 2 gifts on christmas eve..Last year a book and a movie.. this year hopefully a movie and jammies to snuggle up with mom and dad and baby brother to watch her new movie..

November 15, 2008 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Shorty said...

forgot to leave my email


November 15, 2008 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger bliss319 said...

we have a couple of traditions we do every year no matter what...We make home made ornaments from salt dough and cinnamon dough, we watch white christmas and all the classics like frosty and rudolph the red nosed reigndeer and we open one small gift each on christmas eve.

November 15, 2008 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger theflyingacc said...


November 15, 2008 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger cpullum said...

We love to decorate the tree together we take turn with the ornaments and enjoy each one!


November 15, 2008 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Kelly K. said...

My favorite Free stuff was the customized letter from Santa.

Our traditions are pretty lax. We do brunch and dinner at Christmas. Letters to Santa have to be done by Thanksgiving. Takes Santa a long time to make those toys, you want to get your list in early. Any changes after Thanksgiving may not be honored.Depends on if Santa is very busy (aka the item is now out of stock everywhere) Also
Presents from Santa are not wrapped, presents from mom & dad are wrapped.

November 15, 2008 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger purplepassion126 said...

I love baking cookies and sharing them with family and friends.

November 15, 2008 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Jinxy and Me said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is the "Christmas Feast" we have on Christmas Eve, which consists of everyone's favorite foods. We have everything from beef jerky and cheese-in-a-can to smoked oysters and caviar!

November 15, 2008 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

The coloring pages are amazing and I love the nice list too!

November 15, 2008 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

When my husband and I married, he started the tradition of buying me a Christmas tree for my birthday and decorating it that weekend. We have continued that tradition with our 2 daughters though we use an artificial tree now. I am actually thinking of breaking that tradition though so that we can have our tree & decorations up longer than just two weeks!

Thanks for the entry!

November 16, 2008 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger bocktalk said...

I love this idea, too cool! My laptop wont open the pdf's right now, but ive heard a lot about these little Elves and I would love to try it out and start a tradition!

November 16, 2008 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger chazvgo said...

The nice list award!!

November 16, 2008 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger ReinyDey said...

I love the Santa Letters, but I bet my niece and nephew would like the coloring pages. This would be awesome for them. Around Christmas time the only way to get them to sleep is to say the Elves are watching for Santa.

Thank you,

November 16, 2008 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger laralin2266 said...

I like the Official Nice List Award!

November 16, 2008 at 4:01 AM  
Blogger trudee said...

what a great prize

November 16, 2008 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The free gift tags are my favorite freebie. It saves me money and a trip to the store to buy some.

November 16, 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger hminnesota said...

November 16, 2008 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger travellingmomof2 said...

After all the kids have opened their gifts on Christmas morning, we take one of those gifts and give it away to a charity.

November 16, 2008 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger JoAnn said...

Baking with my Mom, now I do it with my daughter.

November 16, 2008 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger lorides said...

We always put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving

November 16, 2008 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger lilyk said...

I love the Girl Elf Baking coloring page!

November 16, 2008 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I LOVE the Nice List Award!
l o t s w i f e ( a t ) g m a i l ( d o t ) c o m

November 16, 2008 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger purango said...

Making fudge with the family.

November 16, 2008 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Audrey said...

My favorite tradition is setting up my holiday decorations.

November 16, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Candie said...

We still do Christmas stockings. My husband never did them when he was a kid and I was able to pass my family tradition on.

November 16, 2008 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

My favorite 'Free Stuff' from would have to be the coloring pages. Of the 9 listed, the Boy Elf With Candy Canes was my kids favorite. I did like the Customizable Santa Letters as well. Great site.

November 16, 2008 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Rockin' Mama said...

I like the free holiday tree gift tags

jasonncaryn at yahoo com

November 16, 2008 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Betty Rose said...

Love the Nice List Award. What a great idea and a nice tradition to start.

Thank you,

November 16, 2008 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love love love making fudge with my mom, we have done this for as long as I can remember! It was my grandma that showed us how! Thanks for a great contest!
hawkgirl_16 @

November 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger kerri69 said...

thanks for the wonderful site li like the nice award which i will add to their letters from santa i just love x-mas our tradition is baking cookies our families get togther and bake all day

November 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger klp1965 said...

every christmas eve we go visit friends and family it is so great getting together :)

November 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger dani said...

My birthday is in the beginning of December and ever since I was little, that was the day I decorated the tree with my family.

November 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger dhopper1 said...

Making popcorn and stringing it for decorations. We end up eating most of it!

November 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger donna444444 said...

I like the Gift Tag Freebies

November 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

Our favorite tradition is to open one gift on Christmas Eve. And it can't be a big one LOL!

November 16, 2008 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

What a fantastic item. I love the Customizable Santa Letter 1. Too freaking awesome!

Thanks so much!

November 16, 2008 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger rosannepm said...

Opening gifts on Christmas morniing

November 16, 2008 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

The customizable letters to Santa are truly a wonderful item. I was trying to think of what the letters my kids receive this year should say so they'd be different from the last couple and these are just what I was looking for! I've got 7 kids, including a 2mth old it won't matter much to yet, but the 20 mth old and the 3 year old will be a blast to share all this with this year!

November 16, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every December 19th (my birthday) We start the candy making and cookie baking. We hand these out to our friends ,family and neighbors on Christmas eve. I got this tradition from my mom. Thanks for the giveaway.

November 16, 2008 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Djuanamama said...

I get the foot prints of santa and put them all over the house for our boys to follow in the morning. we also like to listen for the baby reindeer that are practising landing on our roof every night (Secret:its the neighbors cats!)

November 16, 2008 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger masonsgranny59 said...

Opening one gift on Christmas Eve!

November 16, 2008 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Bakersdozen said...

The family getting the tree and putting up the tree as we drink hot chocolate and watch holiday films. And I always hang the candy-filled stocking for our family on Christmas Eve. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

November 16, 2008 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger jassmg2024 said...

Making Christmas cookies for the church shut-ins

November 17, 2008 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger kaylee8 said...

I love the Personalized Letter from Santa - and it is Free!

November 17, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

The Boy Elf with Snowman coloring page for my son and his friends on a wintery day!

November 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger klp1965 said...

i love the Customizable Santa Letter 1 how sweet :)

November 17, 2008 at 2:14 PM  

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