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Mommies Reviews: Shelf The Elf. GET Reindeer In Here. Less Stress. More Christmas

My family hasn’t ever gotten into Elf on The Shelf although there has been times I have thought about purchasing us our on Elf on The Shelf. Although something always stopped me from purchasing us a Elf on The Shelf. So now, I know why I wan’t a Reindeer In Here and I can’t wait to get Charlie one of his own Reindeer In Here as well.

Although it seems like we may have to wait until next year as Reindeer In Here are flying off the shelves which is fine because I will be ahead in shopping for next year which is always a good thing for my family as it allows us to save money as we can shop sales throughout the year.

Reindeer In Here is a brand new children’s book and plush that’s sure to make every family’s Christmas fun and stress free.  LIMITED EDITION for Christmas 2017 – Available for purchase on Black Friday (November 24) exclusively on Amazon for $24.99.

HOW IT WORKS:

FIRST GIFT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON: In early December, the Reindeer In Here book and plush “magically” arrive for your child, setting the stage for a new yearly Christmas tradition.  It’s their FIRST gift of the holiday season from Santa — and it came early!

THE STORY BEGINS: As the story unfolds, the child learns that many years ago Santa asked his reindeerfor some help locating each child’s home. But this time, not only did Santa want help in finding  their homes, he also wanted to learn much more about each individual child and didn’t know the best way to do it.  One special little reindeer who was born with one antler smaller than the other and big blue eyes quickly suggested a way.  The little reindeer said Santa should send some of his reindeer EARLY in the month of December to stay with the children so Santa could learn as much as possible about each child —where they live, what they like, what they don’t like, what they do each day, where they go, who their family is, and where Santa should leave presents on Christmas Eve.  Then every night while the child sleeps with the reindeer next to him or her, the reindeer writes notes to Santa detailing their daily adventures.

CHILDREN/REINDEER BOND: After naming their own reindeer, the child is encouraged to show it around, taking it to a different place each day, both inside and out of the house so that when Santa comes on Christmas Eve, he knows as much as possible about the child, how good they’ve been and exactly where to deliver the presents.

ON CHRISTMAS EVE: The child should put their reindeer under the tree so it can greet Santa.  After Santa finds the reindeer, it will go with him to guide his sleigh back to the North Pole until next year — when the child’s Christmas reindeer will return in early December to see his friend once more!

About the Creator

As a new children’s book author, Adam Reed’s first book BEE IN THE SEA, was awarded three first place Royal Dragonfly Awards, including Best New Author, a first place Purple Dragonfly Award, and a finalist award in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  About a month before his daughter turned one in January, Reed was browsing in a store leading up to Christmas, looking for something to start creating holiday traditions with his family and only came across one option — an elf.  As he looked at it and dug into the story he was taken aback by how creepy it looked, how intimidating the story was to children, and how stressful the “tradition” came to be for parents.

With that, he struck out to create a fresh NEW Christmas tradition not only for his family, but for children and families all over the world.  In doing so, he vowed to take all the negatives of the elf, and turn them into positives, creating a magical story, an adorable plush, and a holiday brand that would bring a new meaning to family traditions at Christmastime for years to come.

When not being a dad, Reed is President of Los Angeles-based Emmy® nominated production company, Thinkfactory Media, one of the most prolific scripted and unscripted production companies in the business.  He has created and produced over 500 hours of television — producing such notable series including Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E), Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WEtv), Mama June: From Not to Hot (WEtv), and Sun Records (CMT).

Website: ReindeerInHere.com & ShelfTheElf.com

Facebook: @ReindeerinHere

Twitter: @AdamReedTV

Available on Amazon.com

My name is Adam Reed, and I am a children’s book author and TV producer who decided that it was time to take on all the negatives associated with Elf On The Shelf, and finally offer children, parents and families a NEW alternative to that creepy little holiday tradition.  I did it by creating a new children’s book, reindeer plush and Christmas tradition called REINDEER IN HERE that takes all the negatives associated with Elf On The Shelf and turns them into positives.
Our tagline is Shelf The Elf. GET Reindeer In Here. Less Stress. More Christmas. (and that too has gone viral.)
Thank you,
Glenda, Charlie and David Cates

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Father Nerds Best: Why the Elf on the Shelf Is Banned from Our Household

It’s the holiday season and you know what that means, pictures of people’s trees, decorations, and traditions.  Usually, this is a normal occurrence where I see people with a whole hell of a lot more time and dedication on their hands who deck out their house with awesome light shows or beautiful live trees that probably smell as good as they look decorated.  Most of the traditions that people share are awesome to hear about.  Decorating the tree the night of Thanksgiving, chopping down your own tree and displaying it proudly in your living room, etc.  These are all age old traditions that are wonderful examples of traditions worthy of being the timeless events that they are.  But there is one that I have been seeing an awful lot of recently that I just don’t understand…The Elf on the Shelf.

So, let me see if I have this correct.  You buy an elf from a store and sit him somewhere in your house.  This elf is some sort of secret agent spy for the fat man at the North Pole and he reports on your child’s behavior.  That’s cute, I get it.  Plus, it’s psychological warfare against your kids so they behave well in December – always a plus.  What I don’t get though, is what this super spy does in the meantime while he’s spying on our kids.  I have seen people post pictures on Facebook where the elf has unraveled an entire toilet paper roll.  Another person had this little jerk spill M&Ms all over the dining room floor because apparently he got hungry in the middle of the night and clumsily dropped them all.  That’s a really horrible spy if he can’t get the information he needs without making a mess of the house.  “Oh son, look!  The elf destroyed your mother’s vase and spread the dog food all over the kitchen, isn’t that cute?”  “Sure dad, now who the hell is going to clean this mess up?”  Good question little one, good question.

I’m all for creating lasting traditions with our children but this just seems like an unnecessary addition to the holiday repertoire.  I’m sure some people have a lot of fun with it, and you know what, good for you.  I’m lazy.  I have a hard enough time making sure my house is clean, so why would I invite a little jerk into my home who is going to purposefully make it even worse.  I loathe the day when Jack is old enough to visit a friend’s house and he is indoctrinated into the cult of Elf on the Shelf.  He’ll come home one day and profess to all the world that our house needs this awesome elf because all of the cool parents have one.  My wife and I will look at each other resignedly and explain to him that in every child’s lifetime, there comes a time when you need to learn the truth about Christmas.  Some kids last longer than others, but unfortunately we are bursting the bubble early for you, Jack.  The elf you so desperately want is actually a communist spy for China.  It’s un-American to display them in our house and those “friends” who have them are actually enemies of the state.  Your mom and I think it’ll be best for you to stop visiting their house…at least until after Christmas.

Why does the elf have to be a jerk?  My family doesn’t need any help keeping our house messy, we’re doing just fine, thanks Elf.  Where is the elf on the shelf who cleans up or has an iRobot coming out of his butt to earn his keep.  When they invent that elf on a shelf, I’ll back the kickstarter and buy a few for friends.  In the meantime, spy on someone else’s kids, you aren’t welcome in my house.

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Daddyhood: In countdown to Christmas, REINDEER IN HERE gives Elf on the Shelf run for its money

LOS ANGELES (Daddyhood.net)

REINDEER IN HERE set to a sell-out this Christmas!

Who says nice guys finish last?

In a contest that pits nice versus negative for a new pre-Christmas tradition, it appears nice is winning out!

We have a follow up to REINDEER IN HERE, the pre-Christmas holiday toy that we brought you last week.

Though REINDEER IN HERE won’t be available until Black Friday, the manufacturer is anticipating a sell-out!

So, it appears that in this first head-to-head matchup that pits the Reindeer against the Elf, it’s round one for the Reindeer.

REINDEER IN HERE was designed to be a friendlier and positive alternative to the Elf on the Shelf tradition, which many parents find to be negative in its approach to get children to behave before Santa’s arrival, but with no real viable and appealing alternative until this year.

“I set out to do a test market launch for REINDEER IN HERE this holiday season to prove viability of the product,” says Adam Reed, a new dad and REINDEER IN HERE’s creator. “I had no idea that in only eight days, the campaign would go viral, be embraced by celebrities and non-celebrities alike, have thousands of people following the Facebook page, and many more thousands clamoring to buy it.”

Reed produced a large but limited number of REINDEER IN HERE, to sell exclusively on Amazon for this Christmas. He intentionally marketed the product at the grassroots level to challenge the Elf, with an edgy #ShelfTheElf campaign, just to see the response. But before he knew it, the campaign was picked up by Newsweek, TheBlast.com, PopSugar, Today’s Parent, GoodToKnow.com, and more, and went viral.

Reed says consumers have reached out from the UK, Australia, and Canada. But because demand in the U.S. is so high, the Reindeer in Here supplier may not be able to get product directly to the other countries before Christmas. However, he is working with Amazon to allow international buyers to purchase them on the U.S. Amazon.com site, and then have them shipped internationally.

“I have been overwhelmed with requests to purchase the product from every state in the country, as well as global interest from Canada, Australia, and the UK,” says Reed. “I wish I had thousands and thousands more pieces of product!”

REINDEER IN HERE works like this: After it arrives in early December, the Reindeer is designed to be the first gift of the holiday season for the kiddos.

Instead of staying put, like the Elf, the Reindeer is mobile: goes on adventures, engages in hobbies and spends quality time with the children. The toy just doesn’t sit on a shelf and spy.

“REINDEER IN HERE encourages interaction and positive reinforcement for good behavior, in addition to removing the stress of moving and hiding an elf every day. Rather than fear Santa’s holiday helper, children have a new friend to take where ever they go,” says Reed.

The demand has been so great, says Reed, he feels like the Cabbage Patch and Elmo makers must’ve felt during those crazes from years past, when thee toys become one of the hottest, and most sought-after items of the holiday season.

“I think consumer interest is so high because they are responding to a need that no one had filled until REINDEER IN HERE came along,” says Reed. “Elf on the Shelf is such a stress inducing and negative approach to Christmas that parents were longing for a positive alternative — REINDEER IN HERE is that alternative.”

Reed is currently working on a plan so that if the entire stock of REINDEER IN HERE does sell out, he can offer consumers the ability to be the first to pre-buy for next Christmas and ensure they get as many as they want.

To learn more about REINDEER IN HERE and its backstory, please visit www.reindeerinhere.com.

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REINDEER IN HERE

Reindeer In Here is a brand new children’s book and plush that’s sure to make every family’s Christmas fun and stress free. In early December, the REINDEER IN HERE book and plush “magically” arrive for your child, setting the stage for a new yearly Christmas tradition. After naming their own reindeer, the child is encouraged to show it around, taking it to a different place each day, both inside and out of the house so that when Santa comes on Christmas Eve, he knows as much as possible about the child, how good they’ve been and exactly where to deliver the presents.

View the full article here.

Play & Learn Everyday: REINDEER IN HERE

It’s almost time to get ready for Christmas, and we are already excited!  And now we have a new little friend to help us to prepare for the big day.  I would like to introduce you to the Reindeer in Here our new friend for the month of December.

I know what you might be thinking, that this is another stressful toy that needs to be moved around and doing different things each day, but actually Reindeer in Here is sort of the opposite.  He arrives at the beginning of December and you give him to your child, along with the book.

You then read the story together, all about how Santa wanted to send reindeer down to meet and get to know all of the children so that they could tell Santa all about them and help him to decide which presents to get them.

The children then get to name their own reindeer and spend time bonding with him.  They can take him everywhere they go, showing him what they get up to, so that he can report back to Santa.

I gave Ivy our Reindeer in Here a bit early, and she loves him already!  She decided to call him Mixa and loves to cuddle him, he’s so soft and fluffy.  She was really excited to show him around straight away.

First she showed him the table where she has her breakfast, and she offered to share with him (so we’re definitely off to a good start!)

Next we were doing some Christmas crafts, so that was another good opportunity to show her new pal Mixa the reindeer the sort of things that she likes to do (and how good she is getting at using her scissors properly).

She then took him over to our reading area and tucked him in with some blankets to read some books together and for a little nap.

I love that Reindeer in Here is not stressful at all, you spend the first day reading and talking about this lovely tradition, then the rest is up to the children.  Then on Christmas Eve you place your reindeer back under the Christmas tree for Santa to pick him up and report back.  It’s the perfect addition to our lovely family Christmas traditions, and so easy for the children to understand.

The Reindeer in Here set will be available to buy on Black Friday from Amazon for $24.99.

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Saving You Dinero: Replace The Elf With The Reindeer In Here

I am about to make a confession…we have not had the Elf on the Shelf in our home. My kids find him creepy and have asked that we not let him into our home.

I do like having a Christmas visitor but I don’t like the elf.

This year the tradition is going to change in many homes! Instead of having the Elf watching their every move; it will be replaced with Reindeer In Here. This is also going to remove all  the extra stress on the parent to remember to move it and be very creative each night – Reindeer In Here is a much more fun option – for adults and kids!

Reindeer in Here doesn’t want to scare your kids into behaving for a month before Christmas; he just wants to tag along until Christmas, taking notes on your kids’ likes and dislikes.

Reindeer in Here “writes notes” back to Santa every evening, telling the great toy giver in the North that Emily in Manhattan, for instance, doesn’t need any more Sailor Moon collectibles; what she really needs is Tupperware and an electric mixer.

Even better – the kids move the Reindeer! How many times have you been half asleep in bed and remember the Elf isn’t doing anything new?!

Here are a some reasons your family will prefer Reindeer In Here – it’s time to #ShelfTheElf:

  • The kids move the reindeer
  • Reindeer is cute and cuddly
  • NO more PARENT PRESSURE to move the elf every day
  • Children can take The Reindeer anywhere. The elf just sits on a shelf

This is the first year for the Reindeer in Here – so they have only made a limited supply that will only be sold on Amazon starting Black Friday! So make plans to purchase this cuddly reindeer on Black Friday – so you are not stuck with the Elf for another year!

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Five Minutes for Mom: Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Shopping for kids is my favorite. Picking out holiday gifts for children is the most fun and we had a great time selecting these top picks for you. You and your kids will love these fantastic gift ideas for all the children on your holiday shopping list. Some of these items use affiliate links, some are from our sponsors, but all are perfect for any child on your list.

Check out these awesome gifts for kids…

Reindeer In Here

This gift is a special EARLY Christmas present…

REINDEER IN HERE is a brand new children’s book and plush toy that’s sure to make your family’s Christmas fun and stress free.

This new holiday tradition offers families a NEW alternative to the Elf on the Shelf.

If you don’t want to remember to move an elf around your house every night, you’ll love that REINDEER IN HERE takes all the negatives associated with Elf On The Shelf and turns them into positives. Find out how the tradition works here…

The stuffed reindeer is adorable and the book is beautifully written and illustrated. Your whole family will love the sweet story.

LIMITED EDITION for Christmas 2017 – Available for purchase on Black Friday (November 24) exclusively on Amazon for $24.99. Get on this email list to be notified.

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Daddyhood: Shelf the Elf: How a dad and a toy reindeer plan to end the menacing rule of Santa’s creepiest helper this Christmas

Move over Elf. And say hello to Reindeer in Here.

Reindeer in Here is the brainchild of a dad, who like so many parents, had enough of “that Elf” and its negative nature.

“The Elf just sits there on a shelf, moves around from room to room, and basically spies on the kids,” says Adam Reed, a young father and author.

The 2005 Children’s book The Elf on the Shelf gave rise to what was billed as a “fun-filled Christmas tradition.” The frenzy came with a toy, a stuffed elf, that was designed to sit on shelves and watch over kids to make sure they were good—and definitely not naughty—as they prepared for Santa’s arrival.

And millions of parents went along with it year after year, even though the negative concept and stress of moving it every day to a new location bothered them.

“One day I had this epiphany: Maybe I could change the Christmas tradition into something positive that also doesn’t add more stress to parents at Christmastime!” remembers Reed.

After all, fatherhood had already caused this new dad to look differently at life. The birth of his daughter in 2015 inspired him to write a children’s book, BEE IN THE SEA, which won five awards for writing and best new release.

Not a bad start for straight out of the gate.

Emboldened, he says he was ready to tackle the Elf with a toy that has zero to do with spying and everything to do with bonding.  He was determined to create a new lasting Christmas tradition for his family and other families across the world.

Here’s how it works: After arriving in early December, the reindeer is designed to be the first gift of the holiday season.

Instead of staying put, the Reindeer is mobile: goes on adventures, engages in hobbies and spends quality time with the kiddos. They bond. The toy doesn’t sit on a shelf and spy.

“Reindeer In Here encourages interaction and positive reinforcement for good behavior, in addition to removing the stress of moving and hiding an elf every day. Rather than fear Santa’s holiday helper, children have a new friend to take where ever they go,” says Reed. “While both the Elf and REINDEER IN HERE share the goal of reporting back to Santa, the reindeer isn’t on a mission to watch, it’s here to learn.”

Limited edition Reindeer in Here, both the book and toy, are available starting Black Friday on Amazon. http://reindeerinhere.com

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POPSUGAR: Parents Who Hate Elf on the Shelf Will Appreciate This Vicious Takedown Courtesy of Reindeer in Here

For any parent who hates the idea of the Elf on the Shelf (he is super creepy, TBH), whether you participate in the charade for the kids’ sake or not, you’re about to bow down to a new Christmas tradition: Reindeer in Here, Santa’s newest helper who just openly sh*t-talked your elf.

Created by a dad and children’s book author who was looking for a Christmas tradition to start with his nearly 1-year-old, Reindeer in Here was born out of Adam Reed’s pure desire to create an antidote to the Elf on the Shelf. After reading the book that accompanies the Elf, “he was taken aback by how creepy it looked, how intimidating the story was to children, and how stressful the ‘tradition’ came to be for parents,” the Reindeer in Here website reads. He vowed right then and there to make a brand-new Christmas tradition for kids by taking “all the negatives of the elf, and [turning] them into positives.”

And that’s how Reindeer in Here — a cuddly friend who keeps the magic of Christmas alive throughout the month of December, before he’s left under the tree on Christmas Eve to return to Santa’s sleigh — was born. But Reed didn’t stop there — the dad published the negatives of the Elf in a list right at the top of the Reindeer’s website, just a few weeks before the Elf’s official return to most houses for the holidays.

From the fact that Reindeer in Here is “cute and cuddly” while the Elf is “creepy and ugly” and “children are scared of it” to the claim that inviting the Reindeer into your home means no stress for parents whereas thinking of a million and one places to put the Elf inspires all of the anxiety amid an already stressful season, Reed isn’t holding back.

If you’re living for this feud, purchase your very own limited-edition Reindeer in Here on Amazon starting on Black Friday, Nov. 24.

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This Mama Loves: Elf on the Shelf Alternatives

Some of these alternatives to the elf on the shelf were sent to us, and some are hyperlinked to our affiliate account, so if you decide to add some Christmas magic to your home this year, you’ll also be supporting my family by shopping through our links. I’ve compiled and updated this list so people have an idea of what is out there!

By now most people have heard of the scout elf- aka Elf on the Shelf. Now it’s gone way beyond little Scout elves, and into outfits, props, accessories, pets and so much fun! But…as fun as it is, not everyone loves the original Elf on the Shelf. Are there alternatives to the elf on the shelf? Yep. Many. And..it seems like it’s a growing industry.

We have multiple elf friends in our family. A little of everything. Our elves don’t report to Santa, but they sure do like to move around and have a lot of fun- and sometimes get into a little bit of mischief along the way. Our elves all arrive when we wake up on December 1st and when we wake up on Christmas Eve, they’ve gone to help Santa get ready for THE BIG NIGHT.

So, if you’re NOT a Scout Elf family, and you’re not sure you want to do the ‘official’ Elf on the Shelf…what’s out there?

I’ve even posted him on here….and Christopher PopinKins.  But they aren’t the only elves in town.  Given that December is just a few weeks away and many of us have our elves arriving Thanksgiving night, I thought I’d share some of the OTHER elves I’ve seen – we all have our own style and taste, and to be honest, I want one of each. (I love Christmas!)

I also wanted to note- we do move our Elves almost every night (sometimes we forget).  Our elves in our house do NOT “report” on behavior.  You’ll see some elves in this post that go along with that idea, you’ll see beloved character friends, a Hannukah “elf” alternative and more.  I love the spirit of Christmas and find the elf tradition to just add to that fun and magic of the holiday season, so I embrace it.  So many of our friends do crazy elf antics that I’ve done (and have more planned) whole posts about Elf on the Shelf ideas!  I will tell you- the moment I start to feel stress or anxiety about this whole fun elf thing, that’s when we stop. I’ve seen Bad Moms Christmas, remember, and I’ve embraced the BadMoms mantras! Until that happens- I’m going to keep enjoying and having fun- and since you all seem to love the printables (which can be used with any Christmas elves, really), I don’t see a reason to stop!

Reindeer in Here

This little guy is the CUTEST reindeer I have ever seen, and he’s new to the elfin’ scene in 2017. Adam Reed, Reindeer in Here creator, wanted to put a little more Christmas and less creep into the whole elf situation, and this little dude came to be.

REINDEER IN HERE is a brand new children’s book and plush that’s sure to make every family’s Christmas fun and stress free.  LIMITED EDITION for Christmas 2017 – Available for purchase on Black Friday (November 24) exclusively on Amazon for $24.99.

HOW IT WORKS:

FIRST GIFT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON: In early December, the  REINDEER IN HERE  book and plush “magically” arrive for your child, setting the stage for a new yearly Christmas tradition.  It’s their FIRST gift of the holiday season from Santa — and it came early!

THE STORY BEGINS: As the story unfolds, the child learns that many years ago Santa asked his reindeer for some help locating each child’s home.  But this time, not only did Santa want help in finding  their homes, he also wanted to learn much more about each individual child and didn’t know the best way to do it.  One special little reindeer who was born with one antler smaller than the other and big blue eyes quickly suggested a way.  The little reindeer said Santa should send some of his reindeer EARLY in the month of December to stay with the children so Santa could learn as much as possible about each child —where they live, what they like, what they don’t like, what they do each day, where they go, who their family is, and where Santa should leave presents on Christmas Eve.  Then every night while the child sleeps with the reindeer next to him or her, the reindeer writes notes to Santa detailing their daily adventures.

CHILDREN/REINDEER BOND: After naming their own reindeer, the child is encouraged to show it around, taking it to a different place each day, both inside and out of the house so that when Santa comes on Christmas Eve, he knows as much as possible about the child, how good they’ve been and exactly where to deliver the presents.

ON CHRISTMAS EVE: The child should put their reindeer under the tree so it can greet Santa.  After Santa finds the reindeer, it will go with him to guide his sleigh back to the North Pole until next year — when the child’s Christmas reindeer will return in early December to see his friend once more!

Read the full article here.