The Busy Giffs: November 2014

November 24, 2014

Discover Something New with Influenster

I'm constantly being asked about blogging and all the perks that go along with it. My favorite perk is that I feel like I have a voice in the big wide interwebs and I love that some people look to me for recommendations on what they should and shouldn't be using or buying!

One of my favorite companies to work with to give my opinion is Influenster!

I've been able to test out lots of (free!) products, including Annie's frozen lasagna, the MD Complete Anti-Aging line from Target, a new Braun forehead thermometer, and Dr Scholl's Active Insoles, in addition to lots of other multi-company compiled boxes.

A photo posted by Heather (@heathgiff) on

A photo posted by Heather (@heathgiff) on

A photo posted by Heather (@heathgiff) on

Influenster lets you try out products designed for your lifestyle and then they really listen to what you have to say!
In addition to great products, they have developed an amazing community with product reviews and The Hub, designed to bring together the best parts of Influenster!

I love working with Influenster and am excited to continue!
Are you an opinionated, outgoing, social media aficionado and want to be involved with Influenster?! Drop your email in the comments or send me a message on Twitter or Instagram and I'll be happy to invite you to the club!

November 22, 2014

It's a Half Birthday! 6 Months!


I go back and forth between thinking he's a peanut and thinking he's this baby giant! He's grown so much in 6 months!
He's up to 15 lbs 9.5 oz and 27 1/2 inches. The doctor said he is tall (75th percentile) but is on the small side for weight (20th percentile).  There is no cause for concern right now but they did tell us that we could add some solids to his diet and we would weigh him again at his next appointment.


he still looks just like daddy and I don't think that red hair is going anywhere! We used to joke around that we would be so upset if we had a little redhead but his hair is just so adorable and everyone comments about how cute it is! It grows so fast too! it's already starting to look like it needs a trim.

He's constantly scooting around with a cut on his face. Whether he gets his face with his own nails, or bumps into something as he flies across the floor, he is all boy and bumps. He's wearing 3-6 and 6-9 month onsies and pants for the length, but they waistbands are too big so most of his outfits are one pieces sleep n plays lately. 

Firsts and Milestones:

We're doing the worm!
It's hilarious! He goes up on his knees like he's going crawl and then does this ridiculous looking worm dance movement and he's off! Sometimes he pushes off too hard and face plants, but he gets right up and starts going again.  He moves especially fast for cell phones, keys, and remotes. Typical.
He's also started pushing himself up on things.  If you're kneeling next to him, he'll use your knees to push his whole body up onto his knees.
He also sits up on his own, going from his belly to sitting on his bum. He'll then sit unassisted!


Some nights are better than others.
Some nights are still 2-3 hours of sleep, followed by 20 minutes of nursing and repeat, but there have been a few nights where I'll get 4-5 hours of sleep but those have become few and far between since about 5 months.

He usually takes one good nap between 8 am and noon, waking up to nurse and then goes back to sleep.  Then he's up until 7 or 8 pm.  he does not like naps but will fall asleep in the car every time.


We have started trying food.  We do some purees but just like his sister, he prefers to just eat real food. So far he's tried some oatmeal, bread, carrots, potatoes, pancakes, arrowroot cookies, mum mums, chicken, and turkey.

He loves feeding himself and will try and pull himself out of his chair to get food that is out of reach. He likes to hold spoons and his own food and anything he can get his hands on, goes in his mouth!


I have never met a more smiley little guy.  All day.  He is a super flirt with all of his nonverbal language. No real words but he screeches in excitement or if he's angry. He lets you know if he's hungry and rubs his eyes when he's sleepy.  he might be saying anything, but we know exactly what he wants.

His favorites:

Cellphones.  He LOVES them! He will scootch himself worm style until he gets to it! 
And food, obviously. He loves food. 
He is a big fan of his toys lately as well! If it's small enough to chew on or if it makes noise, he loves it! 
He's a big fan of Mommy and Emma's singing as well and his face just lights up!
And the cat provides hours of entertainment for him!

My favorites:

When I scratch/rub his head while he's nursing, his eyes roll into the back of his head and this huge smiles stretches across his face.  He just looks so happy and content in that moment!

November 20, 2014

Our Leap Into Gaming #LeapTV Party!

I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Have you heard about one of the HOTTEST toys for this holiday season?
It's the new LeapTv from LeapFrog!

According to their website:
LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action while teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including: reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands. Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend!

With a library of 9 cartridge games at launch and 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos available by year-end, kids never run out of fun! Games adapt to each child’s level-starting with the most basic skills and then automatically adjusting the learning for the perfect challenge. Titles included popular characters like Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Bubble Guppies, Spider Man, and Pixar favorites!

We were thrilled when we were asked to host a MommyParty and try it out!
The three year old has been asking for "bideo games" for a couple months but the XBOX Kinect was a little too difficult for her.  

The LeapTv is designed for little ones just her age and she LOVED it!
We decided to have a few little friends over so they could try it out too!

The kids had a blast having dance parties and watching themselves on the screen!

We can't wait to add more games to our collection!

Be sure to like LeapFrog, and MommyParties on Facebook!
You can follow @LeapFrog on Twitter and @LeapFrogOfficial on Instagram

[Giveaway] Disney Frozen Surprise Slides Game

November 14, 2014

Target + TOMS

This Sunday morning, Target will be rolling out its newest collaboration with TOMS!

While I love the items they'll be selling I love that for each item purchased, Target will donate a blanket, one week of meals, or shoes to those in need!

A few of my favorite items:


$15.00 EACH













While I love the water bottles, toddler shoes, and the comfiness of that sweater! I just want it all!!

November 13, 2014

Breastfeeding Milestone and Must-Haves

We did it! We made it to six months of breastfeeding!
Even though I find breastfeeding to be easy (I have been so lucky and I'm so grateful we haven't had any issues), I set smaller goals as I work my way to hopefully nursing for one full year.
Sometimes breastfeeding looks like me curled up on the couch with the little man, and sometimes it looks like the Princess or the husband giving the little man a bottle of expressed milk.
That being said, the husband and I have come up with a few of our favorite breastfeeding must haves.

Gillian & O'Malley Nursing Bras
I am a huge fan of these particular nursing bras.  They are lined, comfy and inexpensive!
A Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping bra is a plus if you're a working mom as well!

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
Life savers. Plain and simple. I have at least 4 in every bag I own. Never know when you'll need a new pair.

Munchkin Bottle Warmer
The husband swears by this! It is much quicker and more convenient for him to prepare a frozen pmped milk bottle with this than running it under water by hand for 5+ minutes!

Lansinoh Milk Storage bags
I only trust my milk in Lansinoh bags. I won't even try other bags at this point.

Joovy Boob Bottles
Joovy's bottles offer multiple nipple sizes and really imitate the nipple so there's no confusion!

Undercover Mama Tank Tops
I will breastfeed in public just about anywhere thanks to Undercover Mama tanks.  My belly is covered and I feel more confident.

Nurse Purse
I'm obsessed with how gorgeous a breast pump bag can be! I've received more compliments on my breast pump bag than I can count, and no on is the wiser!

Do you use these products already? Let me know what is on your must haves in the comments! 

November 4, 2014

It's a Ball! It's a Bubble! It's the Wubble Ball!

Disclaimer: This a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When I attended Blogger Bash over the summer, I got to check out the Wubble Ball.  It is like no ball I have ever seen before.  It looks like a bubble but plays like a ball!
It is one of the most heavy duty balls I have ever seen! I was able to sit on it and even though it conformed around me like a chair, it didn't pop!
A couple things you should know:
  • Wubble has won numerous toy awards, including an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, a Mr. Dad Approved Award, a Parent's Choice Award and the  Dr. Toy Best 100 Picks Award and more! 
 Wubble Ball's are not indestructible, but they have a lifetime replacement guarantee. It costs $6.99 to replace a Wubble under the guarantee. 
Wubble Ball is available at Target, Toys R Us and online at Wubble Ball is on Twitter (@WubbleBall) and Facebook.
A photo posted by Heather (@heathgiff) on

My daughter LOVES the Wubble ball!  She calls it her bubble ball and is just obsessed.  We have played with it in our living room (not my husband's best idea), outside on the grass, outside on the driveway, and even in our basement!

She has already decided that she is buying a Wubble Ball for all of her friends this holiday season!

November 3, 2014

Surprise! It's a Kate Spade Sale!

Kate Spade emailed out today about their surprise sale and I am seriously lusting!
You'll have to let me know if you end up purchasing something!

You can shop the sale here. Happy shopping!

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