Elf on the Shelf Calendar 2018

Christmas is one of those times that we get see a glimpse of of magic through the eyes of our children.  This is one of the many reasons we love this season!  Now, there are so many different ways to make the holiday even more special, and the creation of the Elf on the Shelf is one of them!  In our families, we try very hard to teach our children the gift of giving this season.  We have implemented this spirit of giving into our Elf on the Shelf tradition – not only is it fun for the kids, but it also gets them excited about helping others, and being grateful for the things they have been blessed with.  We have created this calendar in the hopes that it will make this Elf on the Shelf easier for all you parents out there!  This time of year can be hectic – we get it!  So moving your elf can go from a fun idea, to an extra point of stress as we busy parents try to come up with different ideas each day – or even just remembering to move the thing!  Hopefully this calendar will help make this tradition fun for the whole family!

Scroll to the bottom of this post to download your own copy of our calendar!

Day 1: Elf arrives with Christmas letter and gift.

Day 2: Elf is reading the story of Jesus’ birth and has an activity that you can do with your child.

Day 3: Elf builds a tower out of canned goods with a note to deliver them to a charity of your choice.

Day 4: Elf is making a mini paper chain to countdown to Christmas.  You can make a paper chain with your child to hang in your house!

Day 5: Elf zip-lines with other stuffed friends.  Elves at Play is a great purchase to help with accessories!  It includes 60 ideas, including glacier grips, candy cane cable, a snowflake swing, and more!  Purchase it from Amazon here.  If you do not have this kit, you can always use ribbon, fishing line, or string for your zip-line.

Day 6: Elf replaces your stockings with underwear – this is sure to get the kids giggling!

Day 7: Elf suggests taking a meal to an elderly relative.  My grandmother’s favorite meal is a Happy Meal, and the kids love it too, so it is a win-win!

Day 8: Elf wraps toilet paper around the Christmas tree.

Day 9: Elf is playing photographer and is taking pictures of the other toys wearing fun masks and using fun props!  Amazon as a super cute set that includes 31 pieces for only $7.99!  Click here to purchase!  These will be super cute to reuse at your holiday parties!

Day 10: Everyone loves to receive a compliment!  Elf is filling out a compliment card for your child, and has included a stack for you and your child to fill out for family members to deliver.

Day 11: Elf makes a streamer “cage” by zigzagging streamers back and forth in front of the door that the child has to break through to leave their room in the morning!

Day 12: Elf delivers a bouquet of flowers (like daisies), along with a sheet of Bible verses, and instructions.  The child is meant to cut our the Bible verses (click here to print the verses we are using), tie them to a flower, and pass them out at a local store (like a Wal Mart or grocery store) to people as they enter or exit.  We heard about a child doing this years ago, and couldn’t wait to have our children do this!

Day 13: Elf is having a dance party with the other toys.

Day 14: Elf is cooking, and has left our recipes and ingredients for you and your child to make cookies!  Once they have cooled, package them and deliver some yummy treats to family and friends!

Day 15: Elf is “FaceTiming” with another elf friend, and leaves instructions for your child to FaceTime a relative that lives far away.

Day 16: Elf is decorating one of the trees in ceramic village.

Day 17: Elf is eating a donut, and has left some donuts and fruit out for a breakfast treat!

Day 18: Elf plays princess dress-up with the other princess dolls.

Day 19: Elf is eating popcorn and is watching a Christmas movie, and leaves popcorn and a new Christmas movie out for a family movie night.

Day 20: Elf is building a house out of Legos or blocks, and leaves instructions to pick up some donations for the local Ronald McDonald House.  This is a wonderful organization that houses sick children and their families as they undergo treatment.  Click here for a list of items they request to be donated, or click here to find your local Ronald McDonald House for a specific wish list needed in your area.

Day 21: Elf draws silly faces on the glass of picture frames with a dry erase marker.

Day 22: Elf is dressed to go shopping, and has a shopping bag and a list of items needed at a local nursing home.  Most nursing homes have a list of items they need, so you can call a nursing home in your area to find out any specific needs.  While there, have your child sing some Christmas carols to some of the residents you see!

Day 23: Elf is playing a board game with some other toys.

Day 24: Elf has his bags packed and has written a goodbye letter to your child, letting them know how proud he is that they have embraced the gift of giving this holiday season!


Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas season!  We can’t wait to see your Elf on the Shelf ideas on social media!  Thanks for stopping by!

Graphic Tee Gift Ideas

The holiday season is here, and ’tis the season to find your loved ones gifts that show them how much you care.  What better gift than a graphic tee that describes them to a T – see what we did there?!?  Graphic tees are cute, comfy, and can show a little insight into a person’s personality.  We have categorized some graphic tee selections to make it easier to find the perfect shirt for that special someone in your life – or for yourself!


Because coffee gets us through the day, we decided to share two shirts dedicated to our caffeine addiction!

First I Drink the Coffee, Then I do the Things, Etsy – JLaw Creations, $23.00

Caffeine Sips and Target Trips, Etsy – Work It Wear, $20.00



Feed Me Tacos and Tell Me I am Beautiful,  Etsy – The White Invite Gifts, $18.99

You Had Me at Pizza, Etsy – Cube Shirts, $24.00


Girl Boss, Etsy – Daydream Design US, $23.95



Grateful, Thankful, Blessed, Etsy – JLaw Creations, $12.00


For every busy mom out there, this shirt is for you!

Mom Hustle, Etsy – Life With Sunshine, $19.00


Wine Because it’s Not Good to Keep Things Bottled Up, Etsy – JLaw Creations, $23.00

This Wine is Making Me Awesome, Pink Lily Boutique, $26.00


If I Can’t Bring My Dog, I’m Not Going, Etsy – Rabbit Print, $19.99


I Can’t, I Have Plans With My Cat, Etsy – Lunar Habits Apparel, $24.99 (ON SALE for $19.99)


The Grey’s Anatomy fan in your life, will probably love this shirt because #McDreamyForever!

It’s a Beautiful Day to Save Lives, Etsy – After Color, $23.00 (ON SALE for $20.70)


This Game of Thrones sweatshirt is super cute and absolutely perfect for this time of year!  Fingers crossed this ends up under the tree!

Winter is Coming, Etsy – Sugar Bae Wear, $27.00 (ON SALE for $24.30)


There were SO many amazing Gilmore Girls options, but this is where it all began…

Luke’s Diner Hoodie, Etsy – Good For Nothing Studio, $29.00 (ON SALE for $24.73)


The antics of Jim and Dwight were endless, and The Office lover will totally laugh over this tshirt!  Trust us!

Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica, Etsy – Camisa Co, $22.99


And the shirt that inspired this blog post, is the one that always makes us giggle!  If you know someone that loves Parks and Recreation, they will no doubt love this shirt that honors the late Li’l Sebastion.  They will probably even break into Mouse Rat’s “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian” song, or solemnly say “10,000 candles in the wind” when they see this tee.

I Met Li’l Sebastian at the Pawnee Harvest Festival, Wal Mart, $24.90

We hope you found the perfect gift idea for someone on your list!  Good luck with your holiday shopping and thanks for stopping by!



Gifts To Simplify Your Life

The holidays are in FULL swing, so we are busy prepping for Christmas! It is our tradition to go Black Friday shopping and we look forward to it every year! Unfortunately, the Black Friday sales are now creeping into our Thursday festivities so we realize that we may miss a deal or two. And with the number of deals to be had, there must be a strategy to our shopping game. While looking through the upcoming sales flyers, it came to us….we would love gifts that have purpose and simplify things. These items are not only awesome, but they will definitely make your life easier on some level!

P.S. If you haven’t noticed, many stores have started their Black Friday sales early and they are going on now! This is great news for those that want to get shopping done ahead of time, don’t want to fight the crowds and stay at home to shop with a glass of wine. Yes please!

Gifts to Simplify Your Life 

iRobot Roomba 695 at Kohls $299 (Org. $579.99 – Available Now $254.99 until November 23 using code JOY, and you receive $75 of Kohl’s Cash). Who doesn’t want to check something off their to-do list without actually doing it! We both have added this to our lists. Fingers crossed.

Instant Pot, Duo 6 Qt 7-in-1 Programmable Multi-Cooker at Belk $69.99  (Org. $129.99Available on Black Friday). I (Karrie) can attest, the InstantPot is amazing! One great meal in so little time! There are hundreds of wonderful recipes on Pinterest. I plan on sharing some of my favorites in the new year.

KitchenAid Professional 5 Qt Mixer at Target $219.99 (Org. $449.99. Available Black Friday to everyone. Available today to REDCard holders.) We both have a KitchenAid mixer and it’s a must to make holiday baking a breeze. RUN because this is a rare deal on this mixer!

Pajama Pants at GAP $15 (Org. $30. Available NOW through Black Friday!) If your man is happy and relaxed, you are too! There are several patterns to choose from and if you don’t like flannels, you can choose from several other styles of pajama pants at 50% off! Great deal!!

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with All-New Alexa Voice Remote, Black at Best Buy $35 (Org. $49.99. Available NOW through Black Friday.) Quickly and easily launch all your favorite movies and TV shows with the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Perfect Plaid Scarf at GAP $10 (Org. $34.95. Available NOW through Black Friday while supplies last). Scarves are the perfect accessory that can pull your winter look together.

Morphe 9 Piece Vegan Brush Set at Ulta $19.99 (Org. $39.99. Available Black Friday). There’s nothing better than a new set of brushes in ONE place! These are vegan and come with a cute case that keeps all of your brushes in one place. No rummaging through your drawer looking for that one brush you need!

Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker at Kohls $59.99 (Org. $99.99. Available Now until November 23 using code JOY, and you receive $15 of Kohl’s Cash). No more begging to put those iPad’s down when you make moving fun by setting physical activity goals and allowing them to earn rewards for their achievements. Way to go mom!

Giant Jenga Game at Target $39.99.  (Orig. $79.99. Available Black Friday). Need a way to sneak in more quality time? Get a GIANT game!  Our kids love this one so much, they always ask to play more than one round!

We hope these suggestions can help simplify your life in the new year!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!







3 Thanksgiving Family Activities

We love Thanksgiving because it is a time to get together with family and friends.  For those of you that are young at heart, or have young ones to entertain, it is always fun to incorporate games or activities.  We have learned that the holidays run a bit more smoothly if the kids are happy and entertained, so we have compiled a list of three fun kid-friendly activities for your family to enjoy this Thanksgiving!

Turkey Hunt

This is a fun game that your kids (and maybe even the adults!) will love to play!  I have a feeling that we will be playing this game more than once at our Thanksgiving celebration!

1 – Before your guests arrive, CLICK HERE to print the cards for the game.  Then, cut on the lines.  Keep in mind, it is easier for your little ones to find the turkeys if you use bright colored paper!

2 – Pick one person to be the leader of the game.  This could be either an adult, or an older child.  The leader of the game is responsible for hiding the turkeys for the other players to find, and for keeping score.

3 – You can either have the children look for the turkeys on their own, or put them in pairs.  I prefer to put them in pairs so the older child can help the younger one during their hunt.

4 – Each time a player finds a turkey, they must run their card back to the leader before hunting for more cards.  The leader will be keeping tally of how many turkeys each person (or pair) finds.

5 –  Once all the cards are found, have the leader declare a winner!


Turkey Hats

These hats are fun to make, and ADORABLE photo ops!  Did we mention they keep the kiddos busy?  Hallelujah for quiet time when you are trying to prepare for your guests – or just enjoy some adult conversation!  We have included templates for the turkey’s body that you can print, as well as instructions on how to make these cute little hats.


-party hat, 1 per person (I got mine at the Dollar Tree.  They did not have solid colors, but since most of the hat will be covered, I didn’t mind!)

-feathers (you could also make your own feathers out of paper, but I picked these feathers up at Wal Mart)

-large wiggly eyes, 2 per person (if the wiggly eyes are a choking hazard for your child, you can draw the eyes)

-orange card stock, 1 sheet will make the beaks and legs for 2 turkeys

-brown card stock, 1 sheet will make the bodies for 2 turkeys

-plain white paper, 1 sheet per person





1 – CLICK HERE to download the file for the legs and beaks.  Print this file on orange card stock.  If you do not have orange card stock, you could print on plain white paper and have the children color the legs and beak orange – and let’s be honest, this is one more step to keep them busy!!  Cut out legs and beaks.  Fold the legs accordion style, and fold the beak in half.

2 – CLICK HERE to download the file for the turkey’s body.  Print onto brown card stock.  If you do not have brown card stock, you could print on plain white paper and have them color their turkey’s body.  Older children may have more fun coloring it themselves, so they can give their turkey a more unique look!  Cut out the bodies.

3 – Glue wiggly eyes and beak onto the turkey’s face.

3 – On the plain sheet of white paper, make the turkey’s wings by tracing their hands.  An older child or adult can assist with this step.  After the wings have been colored, cut them out.

4 –  Now that you have all of different pieces of the turkey’s body cut out, glue them onto the turkey.

  • Start by gluing on the body in the middle of the hat.
  • Glue the wings on either side of the turkey’s body.  It works best if you glue the palms onto the hat, but bend the fingers out so that they stick out on either side of the body.
  • Glue the feathers on the back of the turkey, so that the tail feathers stick up behind the turkey’s head.
  • Glue the legs on either side of the turkey’s body, they should frame the person’s face when the hat is being worn.

5 – Once dry, wear your turkey hat and get some super cute photo ops!

**If you have younger children, it is much easier to have everything cut out before they begin the project, then you can help them assemble the pieces.

Thanksgiving Tree

We decided to create a Thanksgiving Tree to remind us of the many good things in our lives!  I have loved watching our tree fill with blessings!  There are two different ways you can use a Thanksgiving Tree this season:

1 – We have gradually been adding leaves to ours leading up to Thanksgiving day.  Each person has been pinning a blessing to the tree at breakfast and at dinner.  On Thanksgiving morning, we will read our slips of paper aloud over breakfast, and kick off our day appreciative of the good things in our lives!

2 –  If you choose to include this in your Thanksgiving celebration, you can have each guest fill out one or more slips upon arrival and pin them on the tree.   Later, you can read these slips aloud (if you fill them out anonymously, you can even turn it into a game and try to guess which person contributed the blessing being read!)


– vase

– branches (how many will depend on how full you want your tree to be – I took my vase with me into the yard as I collected branches)

– mini clothes pins

– material for leaves – I chose to use a fabric that had plastic lining

– hot glue gun and glue sticks

– scissors

– white piece of paper

– ribbon to tie around vase (optional)


1 – Arrange the branches in your vase.  I chose to tie a ribbon around my vase for a little extra decoration.

2 – Cut out leaves and hot glue them onto the clothespins.  CLICK HERE  to print a template for the maple leaves that go on the tree.

3 – Cut small slips of paper.  I used long narrow slips, because these would not show behind the leaves once they were pinned on the tree.

4 – Write your blessing onto a slip of paper, fold the slip, and pin it onto the tree.

5 – Watch your tree fill with blessings!

**Another option would be to cut the leaves out of paper and write the blessings directly onto the leaves.  Then you can tie them onto the tree with string.  I chose to use fabric and clothespins so that I can reuse them every year!

We hope you enjoy these suggestions for your Thanksgiving celebration!  We would love to see your pictures if you choose to include these ideas when you get together with family or friends.  Just use the hashtag #2styleavenuethanksgiving on instagram so we can find you!  Wishing everyone an amazing holiday filled with love and laughter!


We are Seeing Stripes!

We love stripes!  They are the perfect way to introduce more than one color into an outfit, whether it be muted, or colorful.  They also are pretty timeless.  Stripes do not date like other trends we see come and go.  They may be more popular one year more than others, but odds are, you will always see people wearing stripes at least once during a particular season.  That is why we have taken the time to compile a list of our favorite striped sweaters and cardigans that will help get you through fall and winter.  The bonus?  You will be able to wear them next season as well!  Another bonus?  We have included items from a variety of snuggly tops from different  price points, varying from $19.99 to $220.00 so hopefully you will be able to find something that fits your budget and your wardrobe needs!


$68.00Nordstrom, Topshop, Colorblock Knit Pullover

The sweater that started our striped shopping hunt is this cozy Topshop number from Nordstrom.  We bought it at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it has been sold out regularly since.  Every time they restock, they quickly run out of inventory.  This sweater is amazing!  We love the colors, love that it is extremely soft, love the length, and love the fuller sleeves.  If you happen to catch this beauty while it is in stock – BUY IT!

Now that we have shared the sweater that prompted this post, we will share the rest of the striped goodies we have found! We will list these from least expensive, to most expensive to help you find something in your price range.  Happy shopping friends!

UNDER $30.00

$19.99 – H&M, KNIT SWEATER












UNDER $50.00











UNDER $75.00









UNDER $100.00






$100 AND UP











There is our roundup of striped sweaters and cardigans!  We hope you found something that you like – we would like to have ALL of them!  Thanks for stopping by!

25 Things to do This Fall

The fall season is officially here!  Fall is always extremely busy with our families.  The kids are getting into the swing of the school year, sports teams are starting up, and we are starting to prep for the holidays. Which means it can be hard to fit in quality time with each other.  We have compiled a list of fun, family-friendly activities to help us enjoy the season TOGETHER!  Even if you don’t have any kiddos yet, many of the items on this list can still be fun with friends or a significant other.  We can’t wait to check everything off this list, and share it with you as we go on Instagram!  We challenge you to try to fit in as many of these fun activities too – just click here to print a copy of this fun fall bucket list.

  • Visit a pumpkin patch – This might be our all-time favorite fall activity! Live in the Charlotte area?  Below are some pumpkin patches that have great reviews! 
    • Bush-N-Vine – We have raved about Bush-N-Vine’s fresh produce and berry picking on our blog before, but we also have to brag about their fall festivities!  This is your perfect spot for a fall day excursion!  Enjoy hay rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patches, fresh seasonal produce, food trucks, and a bouncy house!  Check out their calendar here for these festivities!   
    • Hall Family Farm
    • Wise Acres Organic Farm
    • Hodges Family Farm
  • Apple picking – We eat a lot of apples – especially during this time of year when we are making  yummy baked goods!  There is no better way to enjoy the apple season than to go and pick your own!  Check out these two orchards that are close to Charlotte – you will not be disappointed!

  • Fall themed scavenger hunt – Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt?  This is a great way to get the kids up and moving outside.  If you’re up to making the hunt educational, include a science lesson about the changing seasons and why the leaves fall!  We have included a PDF that you can download and print, then just attach it to a brown paper bag and see if they can find everything on the list!  After they fill their bags, have them create a craft with their fall items!  Click here to download your own scavenger hunt document!
  • Paint a pumpkin 
  • Carve a pumpkin – Carving a pumpkin can sometimes be a little intimidating, but we found this amazing site that takes all of the scare out of this activity!  The Pumpkin Lady has over a hundred different carving templates as well as videos teaching you everything you need to know about pumpkin carving. She picks up from the beginning with how to pick the perfect pumpkin!

  • Drink apple cider – If you live in the Charlotte area, our favorite place to indulge in some cider is Windy Hill Cider and Orchards.  During the fall, they always have fun weekend activities ranging from riding in a tractor-pulled wagon, live music, and apple picking!  Not to mention their fresh apple donuts!  Yummm!  Check out their calendar of events here, and pick a fun weekend to visit!
  • Movie night – It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! – This can be done with any fall movie, but Charlie Brown is always a favorite!  We cannot wait for cooler weather so we can host a movie night for our families and friends!  We are going put up a screen and projector in the yard, spread out some blankets, grab some snacks, and welcome in the season!
  • Make smore’s
  • Have a weenie roast
  • Make a pine cone bird feeder – We have been seeing a lot of cardinals around the house in the past two weeks and Emma loves to watch them! So much so, that we decided to make these adorable (and easy to make!) bird feeders and tie them in a tree outside the window in the hopes that they will stick around!  The adorable blog, Happiness is Homemade, offers an easy to follow tutorial.  Click here to get instructions on how to make your own!
  • Hay ride/corn maze – Ok, so we know that nothing can compete with Stars Hollow’s hay maze (Gilmore Girl fans, you get me!), but who doesn’t love a good hay ride or corn maze?  If you are in the Charlotte area, check out this list of places close by that offer one of these fun fall activities!
  • Go on a hike – What better way to get outside, get some exercise, and enjoy the amazing scenery and weather?  We came across the blog, Primally Inspired, that has a recipe for natural tick repellant!  We haven’t tried it yet, but we are definitely going use this on our families when we go for a hike!  Get the recipe here.
  • Tailgate for a football game

  • Make your home smell like fall – There is something that is so homey about the smell of cloves and cinnamon!  Try this easy recipe on your stovetop to fill your home with the scent of fall.
    • one orange, sliced
    • one apple, sliced
    • one lemon, sliced
    • 2 Tbs of whole cloves
    • 4 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 cups of water
    • Combine ingredients in a pot, and bring to a boil.  Once the liquid reaches a boil, adjust the temperature to simmer.  You can simmer this for several hours, just make sure you check the liquid level (I usually check in every 30 minutes) and add another cup of water when needed.
  • Make a pot of chili
  • Create a wreath for front door (with the kids!) – Raise your hand if your grandparents told you to go pick up sticks out of the yard when you were a kid?  (Ok, just curious, if this was you, did you actually raise your hand?!)  Ours definitely did, and we aren’t sure if it was that they actually wanted the sticks out of the yard, or if it was because they wanted to keep us busy!  Well, for this craft, you can keep your kids busy picking up sticks AND come away with a really cute door wreath!  We came across an adorable wreath on the blog Yellow Mums, and knew instantly that we had to try to make one!  Click here for the tutorial.  Check back with us on Instagram to see how our own version of this wreath turns out!
  • Tell ghost stories
  • Go on a picnic

Wishing everyone a very happy fall season!