The Busy Giffs: March 2014

March 27, 2014

The Princess Sings Let It Go

I don't know about your kids but my daughter is obsessed with Frozen.
Like sings long, does the dances, and will tell everyone round her "sssshhhhhh" while she sings it.
The Disney Gals were hosting a contest for the best performance of Let It Go so I hit record as she started to sing...

Are you even remotely surprised she won? 
I can't wait for her Frozen prize pack to come in the mail!

March 25, 2014

Annie's Frozen Dinners

As a member of Inluenster, I constantly get to try out really great products!

The newest product was Annie's Homegrown Real Food Frozen Dinners!
I've always had a bit of an aversion to frozen dinners.
I can cook, I'm good, I'd rather just cook it myself, so I was a bit weary about trying it.
However, my siblings swear by Annie's Macaroni and Cheese so I figured why not!

Here's my secret though.. I don't like cheese! Gasp, I know! But I was happy to see that Annie's made more than just mac and cheese and immediately grabbed the Lasagna.

 And the end result...

 We had lasagna on a week night, after I worked all day! And it was delicious!
Lasagna usually takes forever to make but this was super simple and both the Princess and the Hubs enjoyed it! He even packed the leftovers for work the next day!

Give it a try, oh, and click on this link and save $2!

Disclaimer: I was given free product from Influenster in exchange for my opinions. All thoughts are my own.

March 24, 2014

There They Grow Again Giveaway!

After finding out that Baby #2 was a boy, we had A LOT of little girl's clothes to clean out.
I ended up consigning them and started a bank account for the Princess with the money we made off of her clothes!

I love consigning because not only do I get cash for things that I would ended up donating (don't worry, the less than perfect things still find thier way to Savers!), but I also get to SAVE a TON of money!

I bought a bunch of onsies for Tyler at less than 50 cents a piece, a couple of ridiculously cute crib shoes for him, a breathable crib bumber usually $29 at Target, for $5, and last Fall, a few Disney Store Princess costumes for $8 each! The sales only take the best quality items and it ends up being a great shopping trip!

There They Grow Again was rated the #1 sale in Boston and their first sale is coming up quick!

587 Washington St, Route 53, Weymouth 

VIP Presale Wednesday April 2, 7-9.
Thursday, April 3rd  9am-8pm
Friday, April 4th 9am-8pm 
Saturday, April 5th 8am-6pm (many items 1/2 off 3pm-6pm)
Sunday April 6, 9am-12pm 1/2 price sale

And I have a pair of presale passes to giveaway to someone!

It's a quick giveaway to make sure I get the passes out in time!
Good luck!

March 22, 2014

Baby Update: 33 Weeks!

How far along? 33 weeks!
Symptoms: Huge belly. Exhaustion. The usual. This week I dealt with a lot of soreness down there. Best described as being kicked really hard or having had waaaay too much sex.
Total weight gain/loss: +10
Maternity clothes? Lots of maternity. Although I wish I could live in yoga pants and long sleeves or sweatshirts. I just want to be comfy.
Sleep:  Most nights are good, we pushed Emma back into her own bed and we're going strong with no more "mama snuggles".  It's been hard for both of us, but it's good.
Best moment this week:  My students had MCAS this week and after doing the long comp they came into class and said "Your prep was so much harder than the actual test!" I'm glad they felt confident!
Movement: So much fluttering so so so low. It's like ripples and bubbles but not in my stomach, more all the way down.  he's definitely getting lower!
Food cravings:  Cherry limeades, barbeque chicken salads, sandwiches, etc, and fruit!
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Nope, but I am getting random lightening crotch pains so that sucks.
Belly Button in or out?  In. But way shallower.
What I miss: My clean house.  It's been 2 weeks of crazy packing and upheaval. I just want the mess to go away so the anxiety can go away.
What I am looking forward to: Closing on the house on Friday!
Weekly Wisdom:  Frozen is the greatest Disney movie made in the past 10 years.  We've watched it four times this week.  If you haven't seen it, you need to. 
Milestones:  I can still paint my own toe nails!

March 19, 2014

Vera Bradley Summer 2014

Vera Bradley has done it.
They finally created the most amazingly, perfect print.

I love Vera but even when I like a print, it still never feels perfect. I want a print that I can use everyday that will match all of my clothes.
Say hello to Petal Paisley!

It is the perfect neutral navy with pops of color everywhere.
I wear navy like a neutral instead of black and this bag would go with everything!

I was so excited to get this season's catalog and here are the other gorgeous colors (and some new styles!) they are offering!


Flower Shower:


The prints are not on the website if you search "Colors" but you can see them if you look at the New Arrivals, even though they are not available yet!

I must know, which print is your favorite?

March 17, 2014

Packing & Purging

Just so we all know, packing sucks.  It's exhausting.
I did a TON of packing this weekend and there's still more to do!

Thankfully, I've been able to purge a ton as I pack.
Lots of junk... papers, books, things that were forgotten.
Lots of donatable stuff... toys, outgrown clothes, things we replaced but never tossed, etc.

However, there are some things that I think are just too pretty to give away.
I posted them all on my Instagram account  if you're interested in picking yourself up something super cute for super cheap!

But I know not everyone feels like buying things right now so I'm also giving away a box o stuff! Expect nail polish, make up, samples, etc... fill out the rafflecopter and good luck!

Giveaway only runs until Friday (I don't want to pack it up!) and you must have a continental US address!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

March 16, 2014

Baby Update: 32 Weeks

Baby Update: 32 Weeks

How far along? 32 weeks, only 8 to go!
Symptoms: Huge belly. Exhaustion. The usual.
Total weight gain/loss: +10

Maternity clothes? More often than not. I finally caved into my first pair of legit maternity pants this week. My normal jeans still fit but the full belly panel covers up the fat bump that is like sticking out UNDER my shirt...
Sleep:  Could be way worse.  Starting to get that "mind is rushing in 50,000 different ways constantly and sometimes when I wake up to go to the bathroom, those thoughts occupy my mind for an extra hour before falling back to sleep."
Best moment this week:  We got our official clear to close! Just over a week and we'll be closing on our first house! Also, dinner out with a bunch of way amazing bloggers last night.  I felt SO out of my league with them but it was amazing!
Movement: He's starting to slow down. Less flips and more stretching across the entire stomach trying to get more room.  Also, some wonderful ripples down my whole body. 
Food cravings:  Potato chips, mexican food, fried seafood. Nothing insatiable, I just find myself thinking of foods and then wanting them immediately.
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Nope, and it needs to stay that way.
Belly Button in or out?  In. But way shallower.
What I miss: Bending over.  I'm finally at the point where if I try and bend over while sitting the stomach makes it too uncomfy. Also, alcohol. At dinner last night, two people had blueberry Seadogs and they smelled so good!
What I am looking forward to: Packing! Got all of the Princess' room done yesterday so today I'll tackle the guest room and bathroom closets!
Weekly Wisdom:  Target sales are awesome. Also, they make sparkle topcoat for bedroom walls. Not wisdom but everyone needs to know. 
Milestones:  At BJ's, I was grabbing a case of water and a random guy grabbed it for me, saying it was too heavy for a pregnant lady to pick up! First time it's happened!

March 12, 2014

Baby Comfy Nose: Colds Suck

I don't know about you but I am done with winter.
We went from 50 degrees and doing yard work on Saturday, to snow coming tomorrow.
The worst part of it is that the rapid changes in temperature seems to lead to so many more colds! 

The worst part of the cold is my 2 year old dragging her arm across her nose trying to get rid of her boogers and getting nice smears of mucus across her face! Gross!

Thankfully, the Baby Comfy Nose helps solve this problem!
No more fighting over tissues or trying to shove that big blue aspirator in her nose...

Istead, you use your own brath to pull the snots right out! 
I will admit I was nervous at first-- what if they went in my mouth?!

But Baby Comfy Nose has a great design and a filter so there's no fear of snots!

Even pediatricians are recommending this great product!

You can use the code USFAMILY at and save 20% or head to your local Walgreens to get the best retail pricing!

Disclaimer: USFamily provided me with free product in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

March 8, 2014

Baby Update: 31 Weeks

How far along? 31 Weeks - I forgot to post last week, it's been crazy around here!
Symptoms: Pregnancy brain, I've been a bit more stressed out lately, and my right hip constantly feels like it's popping out.  Looks like a chiro visit is in my future.
Total weight gain/loss: +7
Maternity clothes? Still able to wear my pre-preg pants! I just have them below my bump.  I'm in mostly maternity shirts but a few of my longer pre-preg shirts still are long enough so my belly isn't hanging out the bottom. As much as I'm loving leggings, I can not wait for the warmer weather so I can wear cute dresses all of April.
Sleep:  Really happy with how well I've been sleeping still. However, because of so much stress between work and my Masters I find I'm exhuasted all day, even if I do only wake up once a night. Last night I fell asleep at 8:15 with Emmalee. I'm okay with it.
Best moment this week:  Knocked out two of my observations for my Masters program and both went really well, David packed up the first couple boxes while I was at school on Thursday and our taxes came in!
Movement: Most days it feels like he's playing the drums on my stomach from the inside, or he's trying to escape by pushing straight out. Not always comfy.
Food cravings:  Nothing really weird this week.  Still loving fruit (especially canned pears), and since talking about the local seafood place opening up for the season, I've been dreaming of some fried shrimp and lobster bisque.
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Nope, and it needs to stay that way.
Belly Button in or out?  In. But way shallower.
What I miss: Being able to go, go, go. Any other semester I'd be able to easily juggle working full time, buying a house, and a full semester but this baby makes me so tired and I need to sit more than I used to.  I feel like I should be able to get so much more done but then I'm just too tired.
What I am looking forward to: Getting this house clean! We've had a commitment every single day/night for the past two weeks and the house has definetly suffered for it. Today's plans include laundry, dishes, and cleaning everything! Hoping to get some boxes packed as we clean!
Weekly Wisdom:  TJ Maxx is the greatest store in the world. 
Milestones:  I can now say I'm due in 2 months (and 2 days)!

March 5, 2014

Looking Forward to Spring with Marc Jacobs!

So I've written about the awesome program Crowdtap and about how I got to try all those free clothes from Old Navy here and here, but today's post is even more fun!

Crowdtap partnered with Marc Jacobs!

Crowdtap and Marc Jacobs sent me not one, or two, but THREE bottles from the Daisy line to test out with friends! And did I mention, they sent 12 more samples for me to share!?

According to Marc Jacobs:
Daisy is a timeless fragrance by Marc Jacobs that carries a sophisticated, delicate floral scent perfect for eclectic, spontaneous women. Fresh, feminine and innocent, Daisy encompasses hints of violet and notes of strawberry, ruby red grapefruit, and creamy vanilla for an enchanting fresh scent of warmth and comfort.

According to me, it's an effortlessly easy scent to pull off that literally smells like Spring. And since it was 8 degrees yesterday morning, I'll take anything to help!

I got to host a little party to try out some smells and give out some samples and how cute was the set up?!

I made the cuipcakes by cutting marshmallows into "slices" and laying them down like petals and a couple chocolate chips made the center!

The best part is 3 of my friends were unable to make it so you get the chance to win their samples!
Just leave a comment telling me your favorite flower or spring activity and your email address so I can contact you if you win! I'll pull names on 3/14!
US mailing addresses only- sorry!

Are you a part of Crowdtap?

I love that I get to give my opinion and they reward me for it!
In addition to this great sample party kit, I won $35 in Amazon gift cards in February!

March 3, 2014

Decorating the Nursery with Princess Snap!

Before realizing we could start looking for a house, I got to work I forced my husband into cleaning out our third bedroom.
It was a bit of a catch-all room, holding his drinking glass collection, the spare bed, and all my crafting stuff... in addition to all the other junk that was missing it's own designated home.
That wouldn't do since we now need a little boy's nursery!

I decided long ago that I wanted the baby's nursery to be nautical without being over the top, and settled on navy and green as the two main colors in the room. I found some amazing bedding, a great rug, even reupholstered the glider to match, but I was stumped on what to do for wall art.

I want it to feel nautical without screaming "I'm decorated like a beach".
I of course turned to Etsy and stumbled onto Princess Snap's page.
And I instantly fell in love. There were so many great prints to choose from!

Her prints are amazingly priced and available for instant download.  I sent them off to Walgreens and had them printed within the hour!

I really wanted to get them hung so you could see how great they look and worked with everything else in the nursery but now we're packing it all up for the new house!

Go check out Princess Snap's Etsy site! She has wonderful chalkboard signs, wedding and family signs and signs perfect for the holidays!

Which one is your favorite?

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