The Busy Giffs: July 2013

July 31, 2013

Mini S'Mores Cups

My neighbors were having a cookout and all I could smell was the delish, perfect summer smell of a fire on a summer night.
I started craving smores but I felt silly going outside to cook just one smore.
Plus, we had a family cookout the next day so I wanted to figure out something quick, easy and delish, to both satisfy my craving and taste awesome to wow Dave's family. 

Enter Mini S'mores Cups.
I found the recipe on Pinterest via My Recipe Magic!


1 cup finely crushed graham crumbs (approx 7 graham crackers) 
1/4    cup    powdered sugar 
6    tablespoons    butter ( melted ) 
4 bars milk chocolate candy - Hershey's
12    marshmallows 


Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350°F. (If using crackers- Place graham crackers into a large resealable plastic bag. Finely crush into crumbs). Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and butter in a small bowl.

Step 2:
Using a spoon, place a small scoop (about a tablespoon) of crumb mixture in each cup of a Mini-Muffin Pan. Press crumbs to form shallow cups. Bake 4-5 minutes.

Step 3:
While the crust is in the oven, break two of the candy bars into rectangles. Remove pan from oven; place one rectangle into each cup. Put into the oven and bake for 1 minute.

Step 4:
Cut marshmallows in half crosswise using shears dipped in cold water. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are just slightly softened. Remove from oven to a cooling rack; cool 15 minutes. Carefully remove cups from pan. Cool completely.

Step 5:
Break remaining candy bars and place in amicrowave safe container. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute-1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds. Drizzle chocolate over the top of marshmallows, using a spoon or toothpick.

Makes 24 cups.

I absolutely recommend doubling the recipe!
My smores cups were gone within minutes!

July 30, 2013

Toddler Yoga - Playful Planet #Review

Disclaimer: This DVD was given to me in exchange for review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

I write a lot about my daughter.  She just turned 2 last month.
Sometimes, it's tough to be 2.

You can't go outside to play if it's raining, you're not allowed to color on the walls or cram cookies into the dvd player...
Like I said, tough.

So when I heard about a yoga program for children, I was intrigued.  
I know, personally, that a little yoga is good for my body and was excited about being able to offer the same therapeutic "exercise" for my toddler.

Waaaait. My toddler doesn't even like to pick up her toys when I ask, never mind do exercise when I ask.  There is no way she'll love it.

But I was wrong. 

The folks over at Playful Planet made a yoga dvd that enthralled my two year old.

And, even better, I enjoyed doing it with her!
There are two stories and the different yoga poses help your child use their imagination to be a part of the story!
Emmalee loved it!
And it's a scientific fact that yoga is better for you if done only in a diaper... or something like that... :)

Butterfly sit

Being a Condor Egg

Loving her new yoga DVD from Playful Planet!

The DVD says for children from 3-8 but my 2 year old loved it, and so did I!

I've also 'liked' Playful Planet on Facebook and follow Playful Planet on Twitter because they are constantly posting fun activity ideas, like a cardboard box tunnel maze, or yummy recipes, avocado fruit salad anyone?

I love that I've found a fun indoor activity for Emmalee that doesn't include scrubbing playdoh out of my carpet!

July 29, 2013

The Fairy Patch Boutique #Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  I was offered product in exchange for a review and giveaway.  Sponsor is responsible for prize distribution.

Do you have a toddler fashionista?
My child is insane.
Lots of dresses, skirts, dressup high heels, necklaces... a true girly-girl.
Case in point:

She's big into dressing herself, picking out her own clothes, putting on her own shoes, and of course, picking out a bow to go with her outfit.

I love bows and thankfully, so does she! We're constantly buying more at the store.
When I was on Etsy, I stumbled across the most adorable shop, The Fairy Patch Boutique!

The cutest, right!?

As much as I love the cutesy, sparkly, girly accessories for my daughter, sometimes I want a more subdued approach to cuteness.
Enter my favorite bows in the entire shop:

I'm dying over here.

The greta thing about The Fairy Patch Boutique is that you can get clips done on snap clips or alligator clips!
My daughter prefers alligator clips and won't go near the snaps so I love that you can customize your custom clips even more!

Head on over the Fairy Patch Boutique's facebook page, say hello, and then come back and enter to win your own set of Chevron Hair Clips!  I heard there may be a giveaway happening on Facebook soon too! ;)

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July 26, 2013

Win a years' worth of #Fabsmile supplies from!

This is a sponsored post from as part of their #FABsmile campaign. As a member of Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  I was given the products in exchange for my honest opinion. The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

I was never really great at brushing my teeth.
Gross, I know.
But I've gotten better.  I brush everyday and include Emmalee so that I know she develops good oral hygiene.

So now I just have to remember to buy new toothbrushes every 3 months!

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July 25, 2013

We have a new...


We graduated from a 2003 GMC Envoy to a 2012 Hyundai Accent.
"Boston Red", with a hint of sparkle.

Isn't she pretty?

July 24, 2013

A Boston #CharmedArm from Alex + Ani

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you know who Alex + Ani are.
I'm obsessed.
My husband calls them "sillybands for grown ups" and I imagine my lusting after new charms is similar to the panicked craze small children felt over those silly rubber bands.
But when I see a new charm that I want, well, I just can't help myself.

Alex + Ani just released a Fenway Park charm and hinted at a Patriots one.
Maybe by Christmas? I'll have to ask Santa.
And if not, I'll gladly take any of these Boston focused Alex + Ani bangles!

Which is your favorite?

July 22, 2013

Capron Zoo & The Country Store

Emma's favorite thing in the whole world, is the world "zoo".
There are days where she'll wake up and the first words out of her mouth are "zoo" and "peeeeease".

We live relatively close to Buttonwood Park, and go (a lot) so I am always looking for new places to bring her.
A coworker mentioned Capron Park Zoo in North Attleboro and it looked like the perfect place to go on a sunny afternoon.

Capron Park Zoo is a great little zoo, perfect size for my princess.  
It has kangaroos, alligators, goats, boars, lions, lemurs, and more but is small enough for Emmalee to walk around on her own.
There is an area to feed the goats, complete with hand sanitizer for after, just make sure you bring quarters for the food!, and another feeding area for the pond that is full of ducks, baby ducks, fish and turtles!

There's also a bubble machine that just constantly blows bubbles.  I think Emmalee chased bubbles for a good 15 minutes at one point!

After we walked around the zoo, we went back outside to have a picnic on the playground.
This is the smaller of the two sets, but it was a great size for Emmalee.
They stamped our hand so we could come back in no problem!

After lunch and playground time, we wnet back in for some water fun at the new splash pad that Capron Park Zoo had put in.
It's small enough to be able to see your child at all times, but with a couple of "camp groups" there, it was a bit crowded.

When she was all done playing in the water, we walked over to the concession stand for a popsicle., and at $1.25 for a rocket pop, I think the prices are reasonable.

As we were leaving, I realized we were by a super great penny candy place that my mom used to bring me to.
The Old Country Store in Mansfield has a whole wall of penny candy!
Emma filled up a bucket for less than $3!

I love having such fun things to do with my daughter so close to home!
Have you ever been to either place?

July 17, 2013

Jill Macfarlane's Wonderful World #Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was offered jewelry in exchange for hosting this giveaway but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Nothing says "Summer" quite like Lilly Pulitzer's perfect prints.
And now that we are smack dab in the middle of summer, it seems like a perfect time to give away some perfectly preppy summer sparkles.

Allow me to introduce to you to Jill Macfarlane's Wonderful World...

Aren't they just the greatest preppy bracelets!?
She makes Lilly Pulitzer inspired jewelry and was more than happy to send me bracelets in her anchor pattern and her whale pattern!
Jill Mac makes matching drop earrings and studs in all the patterns as well!

And she has even more great designs, including professional baseball teams and SORORITIES! on her Ebay site!

So here's the deal, there will be TWO lucky winners! 
One will win the "whale" print and the other, the "anchor" print.

Winners will have 48 hours to contact me to claim your prize!

Good luck!
Open to U.S only.

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July 16, 2013

Chloe + Isabel vs. Thirty One

I think I want to get into direct marketing.
I really love the "sales" aspect of my life but am over the waitressing. Thankfully that is ending in a few weeks!

But here's my problem:
I'm torn between two companies.

Thirty One Gifts has some absolutely adorable bags,

but chloe + isabel have some ridiculously gorgeous jewelry.

Oh, what's a girl to do...

Maybe both?
What do you think?

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