Five Days of Fabulous: Blardigans and Elf Ideas!

It’s Day 3!  It’s Day 3!  It’s Day 3 of our Five Days of Fabulous!  
I’m telling you…Sheaffer and I are only halfway through…things just keep getting bigger and better.  Come back every day because you don’t want to miss something spectacular.  Something kind of like…

We are giving away 10 Blardigans (or Baby Blardigans).
You get one and then you get 9 to giveaway.  Your friends, your family, your kids’ teachers, your coworkers, your neighbors, your babysitter, a new mama…every girl needs a blardigan…and if you win today, we’ll give you ten.

Note: Blardigan is a term Sheaffer and I coined for this cardigan/sweater/heavenly soft article of clothing…it’s a cardigan that feels like a blanket…thus, we named it the Blardigan :).

Last year, I gifted my mom and mother-in-law blardigans and just last week, my mother-in-law told me that it was one of the best gifts she’s ever received. #becausetheblardiganisawesome

So, I bought the regular blardigan two years ago…

…and there hasn’t been a cold day, car trip, long flight that I haven’t worn it on.  You throw it on and then pretty much wrap yourself in it.  It’s without a doubt the softest thing I have in my closet.
And then this year…they came out with what Sheaffer and I are calling the baby version
I threw it on the other morning over my leggings and tank to wear to run a few Saturday morning errands…

…and then used it as a robe on another morning over my pajama pants.  (You’ll note both outfits were complete with Uggs and Ugg house shoes…because well, they’re just fabulous!)

The baby sized one comes in both taupe and black while the longer draped version comes in 11 different colors!

So…today, you have a chance to win one for yourself and 9 more to gift!  Woohoo!! 

I’m smiling like this right now after all of this giveaway talk…

And speaking of Elf…

…let’s talk about that Elf on the Shelf.

Andrew and I typically have lots of elf momentum the first five days.  After that, we’re pretty much like…
“it’s your turn to move him”
“no, it’s your turn”
“I’ll empty the dishwasher if you move him”
 “I’ll rotate the tires if you move him”
“I’ll paint the house, bathe the dog, wash the cars, mow the grass, do anything else if you move him”.

It’s coming up with the ideas that gets hard after about five days or so.  Sign. #parentproblems

Two years ago, I documented our elf every day, so if you need a few new ideas, you can see them all here

I love our ideas (see them here)…but I can’t keep doing the same thing every single year.  So….I’m hoping that today, you guys will share some of your ideas!  We could all use a few new tricks for that darn elf, right?  Comment below and leave me some elf ideas…we beg you!  By day 17, I’!


So, let’s recap our Five Days of Fabulous:
Day 1: Uggs for you and 4 friends plus my 25 Days of Christmas Treats
Day 2: Barrington Bags for you and 7 friends plus my Gingersnap Toffee Christmas Crunch
Day 3: A Blardigan for you and 9 friends plus Sheaffer’s Pineapple Casserole

And today’s recipe is a real winner.  It literally won my recipe exchange “best recipe award” for a side dish back in 2012.
This holiday season, when you’re serving turkey or ham and desperately need something new to serve alongside it, look no further than Sheaffer’s Pineapple Casserole

…now, here me out.  It sounds like an odd little recipe but friends, it is insanely delicious (and simple too!).  I’m talking, my friends and I all love it and make it this time of year.  It’s to die for!  See the recipe here.

Okay, blardigans for 10, Elf ideas for all and a side dish you can’t beat!  Whew!  What a Wednesday!

In order to win, you must enter the Rafflecopter below!  
There are several ways to enter each day, and if you don’t have any forms of social media, you can still get points for following both blogs by e-mail! The winner for today’s prize will be announced tomorrow morning when we give away our next prize. And we promise you the giveaways are going to just get even bigger and better as the week goes on!
  This contest is open to US residents only.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prizes.  If a prize is not claimed, another winner will be chosen.

And the winner of yesterday’s prize is…

Congratulations Allison!!  I emailed you this morning!  You have 48 hours to email me back and claim your prize of 8 Barrington Bags!!!

And a HUGE thank you to Nordstrom for making today’s contest possible!

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  • Kristin Baetz December 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Oh yes- that elf…and he gets all the credit when the kids see what crazy things he does. LoL! Last night we used a can of spray snow and covered some of our windows in our kitchen. In the "snow" we made an elf, snowflakes, used cookie cutters for cute stencils, etc. So cute and fun!

  • Lisa @ Pork Chop and Possum December 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    So amazing! Thank You!

  • Sarah E Henning December 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Today our elf wrapped up the items in their lunch boxes. I left him on the counter with scraps of wrapping paper and scissors. I can't wait to hear what they say about opening their lunch boxes!

  • Erika Slaughter December 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Eek!!!! This just keeps getting better!!! 10 Blardigans?? Off now to tag some friends!!

  • Laurie Willmann December 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I had the genius idea a few years ago that our elf would live at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Now they love it and my kids can't wait to search for him when we visit!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} December 2, 2015 at 11:37 am

    YEAH!!! THE GIFT OF BEING COZY!!!!! Can you imagine how fun it's going to be for somebody to get one AND GIVE 9 AWAY!!!!!! I love it!

  • Kathleen December 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I have been wanting a blardigan since y'all discovered them several years ago!!!!! So fun!!!

  • Narci December 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Wow!!! 10 blardigans?? That is awesome!!

  • Lisa Longoria December 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Elf idea: put gift bows on your clock to cover the hours and minutes. Our elf was naughty that morning but taught kids to be on time.

  • Elizabeth December 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I felt the same way about the elf in my classroom! One of my favorites was having the elf leave a little typed note on the computer (an email sent to you) especially if the weather is bad one day about how he/she couldn't make it back that night 😉

  • Kelly December 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Love this! I gave the blardigan to my mother in law last year and she loves it! I think it's my turn!

  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living December 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    So-much-fun! Those blardigans are super comfy!!

  • Julie December 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I'm loving these giveaways! Hoping to win one of them and gift some of my friends too!

  • Amanda Bajin December 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    You two are amazing!! Seriously, best giveaways ever!!!! Can't wait to get Shaffer's dessert. YUM! ?

  • Dawn Dannenberg December 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    This is our first year with the elf, so I don't have too many ideas yet. So far she has: brought new Christmas plates and bowl apon her arrival, drove the My Little Pony train with a pony riding in a car in the back, hung out in a bowl of candy and ate one, hid in a stocking, and since I was up all night with my 3 year old with the stomach flu, she was just found by my 5 year old watching over the sick one while sitting on top of the end table lamp. (Going on three hours sleep, so that about as creative as it gets, lol) I'm also going to have her take a marshmallow bath in their dollhouse and bring baking stuff to make fun Christmas cookies this weekend. Our elf is also brining a book of bible stories to remind them what Christmas is really all about! I am going to try to save the bigger, crazy stuff for the weekend so getting kiddos ready for school isn't too crazy,(well, it's always crazy, so maybe I should say crazier!)

  • klmoore23 December 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    What are those cardigans actually called?

  • Dawn Dannenberg December 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Ps. I can't figure out how to tag you in the Facebook post. I type in, "mix and match Momma" but it doesn't tag…

  • Hanna Gibson December 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway!! AMAZING!!!!!

  • Lee and Anna Hogan December 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    SO COZY!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lynn {A Taste of Country} December 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    10? Wow! That is so awesome of you and Sheaffer!

  • Andrea K December 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Wow 10 blardigans! We would all be so cozy for Christmas!

  • Paula December 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I love cozy! Blarigain equals cozy!

  • Erica M December 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    The best give away!! Ive been eyeing them for gifts for all my book club girls. I can already see us all snuggled up in our blardigans, discussing books and eating that delicious dessert!! …. and those elf ideas are perfect!! Our elf did such a great job hiding that my little guy couldn't find him this morning … Oops!!

  • Angela Ensslen December 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I love the blardigans…I would wear them all year round if I could. It's so wonderful that you and Shaffer are having these giveaways, it's super fun.

  • ~Kristen December 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Love love love

  • Erica M December 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Such a great giveaway! I've been eyeing them for all my book club girls. I can already see us snuggled up in our blardigans, discussing books and eating that amazing dessert!

  • Cara@HomespunKitchen December 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    How fun is this???!! This morning our elf tried to put lights on a couple of my mini Christmas trees and accidentally wrapped himself up in the lights!

  • Kacey December 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I just saw this on Facebook. Thought it was clever and easy! Use a sharpie and small googlie eyes to make little minions on bananas! Have the elf sitting next to the bananas with the sharpie.

  • Angela Ellingson December 2, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    So awesome! I gifted 3 blardigans this year and bought 3 for myself!

  • Kelly Chen December 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Thought you might like this link, Shay!

  • Jillian Iannicelli December 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    These cardigans look amazing!!!

  • Meghan_Elder December 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Our elf had a snowball fight with 2 snowmen and mini marshmallows.
    And the other morning he was making coffee with an elf size cup =)

  • mrs. mewie December 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Love your elf ideas! How about in your mixer to mix and match a special new cookbook dessert for the holidays? Or on your bench by the window to read a Christmas story? Or in a mug to make hot cocoa?

  • Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost December 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    What an AMAZING giveaway!!! You two are rocking out on giveaway week this year 🙂

  • Megan December 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I NEED to win this one!!! How cozy!! I'm gonna go look at your elf ideas now!!

  • Valerie December 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    10 blardigans??!! How fun!

  • Little Bits of Joy Blog December 2, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    ooooohhhhhhh I really have my fingers crossed for this one!!! I wear cardigans as robes all the time at home, and it would be so much better if that cardigan was a BLARDIGAN!!!!! eee!!!!!!!!!

  • Caitlin Olson December 2, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Loving all these giveaways! Happy Holidays 🙂

  • Melissa D. December 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Elf Ideas: We have older kids but they still love the elf! Some may be more appropriate for the older ones. 1) Tape him to the wall with painters tape. 2) Covered up on chair with thermometer and cough drops. This works well if you know you won't have much time in the next few days because he is "resting" to get over his cold! 3) Selfies on the phone or camera. 4) Tiny, elf-sized letter printed on the computer 5) Hanging out with Baby Jesus in the nativity. 6) Download elf themed music to itunes and have it pulled up first thing in the morning.

  • Ashton Sansom December 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Our elf was sitting in our bathroom by the mirror with a little shaving cream on his face and with my husband's razor and shaving cream can beside him. He was also in the kids' bathroom holding an extra toothbrush with toothpaste on his mouth. And here is one that you can use for two days! Have him hold a sign about magic seeds (I am sure Pinterest has a cute saying for these) that the children are supposed to "plant" in a pot or bowl of sugar before they go to bed. The seeds are green or red tic-tacs. When they wake up, the seeds have turned in to Christmas cookies on a stick or a candy cane! He can have a new sign that says something about the seeds turning into a sweet treat for them to eat! 🙂

  • Johnsons December 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I'm going to do a "marshmallow roast" with some barbies for our elf this week 😉

  • Ashton Sansom December 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Our elf was in our bathroom by the mirror with shaving cream on his face holding my husband's razor and the can of shaving cream beside him. He was also in the kids bathroom holding an extra to others with toothpaste on his mouth. And here is one that you do for two days! Have the elf sitting by a pot or bowl of sugar and have a few seeds (red or green tic tacs) sitting out for the kids to "plant in the sugar. I am sure Pinterest has a cute little saying that he can be holding about the kids planting the magic seeds before they go to bed for a surprise in the morning. When they wake up the seeds have turned in to a cookie on a stick or a candy cane. The sign the elf is holding now can say something about the seeds turning into a sweet treat for the kids to enjoy!

  • Jenny December 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I went to the grocery store and bought some things to make some Elf days easy. Some things I bought were Christmas Oreos, powdered donuts, small candy canes to hide, big candy canes to put on the tree to find, a box of cereal to cut a hole in a put the elf's head through instead of the character on the box, Christmas M&Ms to write a note with, Christmas handsanatizer to leave to not get sick, and a gingerbread kit. The easy ones for me are also just setting up scenes with games or toys that are already at the house.

  • Holly @ While I'm Waiting... December 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Queen In Between and I have a hashtag on IG and would love to have you join us – it's #unshelfyoelf2015 and you can find lots of fun ideas!!!

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld December 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I make that exact Pineapple Casserole dish every Thanksgiving and Christmas! It's my mother-in-law's recipe and it is DIVINE. The first time I saw what was in it, I was a little hesitant, but it is SO GOOD! It always disappears so quickly that I've had to start making a double batch!

  • Peyton December 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    My girls loved it when their elves drove mommy's car up in the front yard and the elves were sitting on the dash.

  • Susanbrown December 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Until today, I always thought Blardigan was the real name!!!

  • Joanne Holbein December 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    A friend of mine posted a cute Elf on a shelf idea, "channeling her inner Buddy the elf" Her elf was eating spaghetti with syrup & candy. The note by it says: "I love maple syrup, it's my favorite food! If you were in the North Pole, what breakfast would you eat?"

    I thought it was super cute!

  • DeWeese Fam of Four December 2, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Our Elf has gone to a movie (we scribble on a manga-doodle) and dressed up like the tooth fairy this year. Love blardigans!

  • Paige @ Kids and The Good Stuff December 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Oh my word I was just thinking what an awesome gift this would be for my friend and co-worker, Tara who is having her sweet little boy as we speak! Can't beat a blardigan for a new mama! I would give to the girls here at work as well as my mama and sister. Comfy is the best! Hope I win!

  • Melissa at HOUSEography December 2, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Ugh. Dang Elf. My friend Colleen has an awesome Facebook page of ideas.

  • Meredith Briggs December 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    bring on the blardigans!!!

  • Tracy December 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I need those blardigans! LOL! What a GREAT give-away! You girls are the best!

    That casserole sounds horrible but I'm totally making it for Christmas day! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    (How many exclamation points can I use in one comment?)

  • Hannah Hardy December 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Ok, I'm convinced, I NEED a baby blardigan in my life! ?

  • Jill Berry December 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Shay, I have followed your blog for about 3 years now, love it and would love to register for all of your fabulous giveaways! However, I cannot because it won't let me "subscribe" because I don't have a yahoo account or gmail- only hotmail. I've tried following you and Scheafer on email as well and it won't let me. I really don't want to get a new email account so do you have any other suggestions? I meet all other requirements as I follow you two on everything else social media! THanks!

  • Faith Orlando December 2, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I love your Elf ideas!!

  • Mary Keith December 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Would love one of those blardigans! They're my fave!

  • Life of the Hoops December 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I am not sure how to sign up for the give away? First time trying. thanks

  • Jen Cho December 2, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Blardigan! I've never heard of that word~ love that. Thanks for these awesome giveaways!

  • Jeanie December 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I need this SO BAD! I had two to give as Christmas gifts and they've somehow disappeared.

  • Sarah December 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Loving these giveaways!

  • Deborah Lasko December 3, 2015 at 1:14 am

    10 blardigans, it's my dream come true! And I love looking at all your elf and the shelf ideas. All while watching Christmas in Rockefeller Center!!

  • KarenHartnett December 3, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Saw this one… 25 reasons the elf did NOT move… Thought it was pretty clever and than thought of you! !

  • The Stantons December 3, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I type little notes for our elf to hold when we are too tired to be creative. I type them all at once with a personal reference to my kiddos. I use Christmas clip art and use tiny, thin ribbon to tie a bow after we roll the notes.

  • Kaylie Robertson December 3, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I keep wanting a blardigan since you talked about them!! I know my fam and girlfriends would love them too!! So comfy looking 🙂

  • Tanya December 3, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Blardigan..Baby or Big???????? How to decide!!?? They both look awesome!

  • Sarah Yoder December 3, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Seriously you girls are amazing!! Love the blardigan and I know the ladies in my life will too!

  • Ralinn bsirious December 3, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Thank you Nordstrom for being so generous.
    I do not have the blardigan. I would love to try it.
    I can't imagine trying to be creative with the elf every night. Sounds like a fun yet hair puller.

  • Abby VandenBosch December 3, 2015 at 3:49 am

    How fun is this?!

  • Karly Inchaurregui December 3, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Love these blardigans 🙂 would love to give them as gifts during Christmas! We do yoga elf by the window or elf sitting by a candle roasting s'mores 🙂

  • Queen In Between December 3, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Two of my fave EOS ideas….last year he was strapped in the dryer with 3 barbies held in by painters tape, arms up like a roller coaster. A few years back the kids looked everywhere but couldn't find him. We headed out for school and lo and behold my car was sitting sideways in the driveway and he was buckled into the passenger seat….my kids still talk about it. This year our elf is bringing suggestions each day for a random act of kindness. For more ideas check out #unshelfyoelf2015 or 2014 on IG…my friend Holly and I would love for you to join the fun!

  • Melissa Tyler December 3, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Would love to win a blardigan for myself and give some away!

  • Jenn December 3, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I SO feel your pain on the elf thing!! Here's a tip… DON'T EVER GET ONE FOR EACH CHILD!!! Possibly the biggest mistake of my life! LOL! 🙂 A few easy ones we've done…throw them in the freezer (we put them in the ice cream box with spoons) and leave a note saying they miss the North Pole so they're hanging out where it's cold. Put a little green food coloring in the milk and maybe a few bows on the container and write "Elf milk" on it. The kids loved drinking the elf milk and it was super easy. Another night the elves put the Rudolph reindeer antlers (purchased at Hobby Lobby or Amazon) on our van. Then on another night, the elves decorated the front window of the van with gel clings that said, "Merry Christmas" (purchased at Walmart and they have them again this year) and everyone loved it! We were definitely the best dressed van in the carpool lot! Ha! The elves also decorated my girls' bathroom mirror with Christmas clings one night. I really like these ideas because you can use them year after year, just with different cling ons etc. Then you've probably seen this one but my girls just loved when the elves took the stockings down and replaced them with (CLEAN) undies from each person in the family. They thought it was hilarious!! Then last year my girls couldn't seem to stop arguing and fighting so the elves left a note midway through the season saying they were sorry but that Santa was too disappointed in all of their arguing so he told them they couldn't come back that year. It really impacted my oldest but elves are a privilege not a right in our house and bad behavior doesn't warrant fun with elves! We have already sent a plethora of "so sorry" notes to Santa and the elves this year with promises that it won't happen again. 🙂 Hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas!

  • Sarah December 3, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Blardigan love!

  • Shelby December 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Great giveaways!! Thank you! I love Elf on the Shelf and have way too much fun with it, but I have had those nights where I jump out of bed at about midnight cause I had forgotten to move him! Our elf's name is Howdy and here are some of our favorites:

    – Wrapping the kids backpacks and leaving them hanging on their hooks!
    – Smores – roasting a mini marshmallow over a burning candle
    – Wrapped one of our toilets:)
    – Made a snowman in the freezer
    – Strung toilet paper from top cupboards down to kitchen island, strapped skis (popsicle sticks) to his feet and placed Howdy on top of cupboards like he was going to ski down
    – The day after the skiing stunt he was sick with a broken arm. Arm wrapped in tissue with our friend's elves signatures!
    – He was a mechanic working under a toy pickup with small tools
    – He brought pjs one morning
    – Red noses – Howdy put a dot of red paint on kids nose while they were asleep and when they woke up they went to find him with a note sitting beside him that said "Go look in the mirror"! They loved it! or search hashtags #hennigarchristmas and #hennigarchristmas15

  • Tracey December 4, 2015 at 1:54 am

    We sat down and created a calendar of what our elf would do everyday (with the help of Pinterest). It has helped us know what we need to put on the grocery list in order to have things ready to go. It also helps with that last minute "what do we do". We are also going to put in things like donating food to a food bank, baking cookies for neighbor's, and other things we will be encouraged to do for others.

  • Melissa Gibbs December 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    We actually broke down and bought a (gasp) 2nd Elf. (Like remembering to move one isn't hard enough!). I just got to thinking about it and my kids absolutely love the elf…I realized they will both want to take him and pass him on to their kids. So last year we introduced "Ginger" a girl elf. Now both my son and daughter will have an elf to pass on to their kids one day. (How they handle that is up to them lol!) It is not so bad having two. They generally stay together and do some crazy stuff in a pair…

  • Mimi December 6, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I have been following Sarah Michelle Gellar on Instagram and she has some cute elf ideas. If you don't follow her, her insta is sarahmgellar. And I also follow milo_the_elf. Enjoy! Love your blog!