The Busy Giffs: April 2015

April 30, 2015

Keep Learning All Summer Long at Digital Media Academy!


Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.

It's May! That means summer officially starts in a month! Ahhhh... after the long winter, I am so ready.
I wish I could say I'll be kicking back relaxing but this summer is already jam packed with our trip to Disney, attending Blogger Bash in NYC, and 3 concerts with the husband!
Did I mention I applied for a job teaching summer English enrichment as well?
It's so important to keep kids learning, even in the summer. 



Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

You can save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org! Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. 

Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!
How fun is that-- I've always wondered how they actually create apps. I need an app to wash dishes for me... is that possible?

Kids and teens will learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 

Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.
Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer
#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!



April 21, 2015

Where to Buy Lilly Pulitzer for Less than #LillyforTarget Prices!


I will admit I was JUST as excited as everyone else, maybe a bit more, for the Lilly Pulitzer and Target collaboration, however, it ended up being a huge bomb. I was able to secure two matching outfits for me and the Princess, as well as another shirt and the more gorgeous starfish sandals which was pretty amazing, but even more amazing that the hubs snagged me a romper and another shirt! He bought the wrong sizes so I desperately trying to trade them on Instagram but that's fine...

What really bothers me is the ridiculous mark ups on these items! People are selling these items on ebay and instagram for 4 or 5 times the Target retail price! At that point, you should just buy from Lilly Pulitzer! As a larger girl I know that it is sometimes harder to fit into Lilly's line so it's impossible to NOT want to spend the money to get Lilly CLOTHES, not just accessories, that fit! However, I found these amazing REAL Lilly deals that you can score for way less than the marked up Lilly for Target items!

From Amazon:


Melamine Plates $40


Acrylic Wine Glasses $30



Stemless Wine Glasses $21

From Mica and Molly:




Preppy Monogrammed Gifts Small Tech Case $17

The Pink Pelican always has stuff:







From In the Pink:




Fron Zappos:










Even a bikini from 6pm!




Don't feed the resellers! Buy gorgeous Lilly quality stuff without lining the pockets of those people!



April 15, 2015

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Guest Posting Today!


I am so excited to be guest posting over at The Girl in the Red Shoes as part of the Breastfeeding Diaries!
I'm finding myself very emotional as the baby's birthday, and the impending end of nursing,  approach.
Check it out and let me know your thoughts!




April 9, 2015

The FIRST "Mister by the Sea" Post!


Hello! Today is super special because it is the first installment of Mister by the Sea! My husband has been so so supportive of my writing and sheepishly approached me a week ago and said "I wrote a post about my subscription box, would you want to share it on your blog?" and I realized he is FULL of information I'm not. He agreed to post sporadically about his subscription boxes, his love of Funko Pops, man-ly around the house types of things, and his thoughts on babywearing and being a supportive husband so without further ado... his first post! There's even a giveaway! 
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Hello everyone, I am Dave “Heather’s Husband”, and we decided to make a little side project where I will be putting my 2 pennies into her blog. 
This is my first post so bear with me. 
Today I will be writing about my Loot Crate experience, which I may say is amazing. 

If you are not familiar with Loot Crate it is made for all nerds and kids alike, every month you receive a black box full of nerdy goodies. I was originally disappointed because I was expecting an actual crate, but was super excited when I opened it up! This box is kind of like your lady boxes that are filled with make-up, hair products, panties etc. only this box is filled with what some would like to call “Kids Stuff” but I would call it “Amazingness in a box for kids and adult kids”.

I have received the November, December, January, February, and March boxes so far. The December box is my favorite so far because it came with am Exclusive Funko! Pop Vinyl. I highly recommend this box over the other companies because so far the items in the box are worth more than the subscription. 

Every month is a different theme. December's theme was ANNIVERSARY which included all of this:

And REWIND in January:
Plus PLAY in February:
 ...and COVERT in MARCH:

It is like getting a surprise birthday gift every month! 

One month subscription costs just under $20 with shipping and the products are worth over $45!
If you use the discount code SAVE3 you can save $3 on your subscription now

And because it's my first post, I want to offer a giveaway to you! I've hand selected some of the pieces from the boxes I've received and I'll ship them to one winner! Good luck!

Open to US winners only.




Not bad for his first try! Good luck!

April 7, 2015

A Tokidoki x LILLEBABY Carry On Giveaway!


lillebaby Tokidoki CarryOn Giveaway

Lillebaby and Tokidoki recently surprised and delighted fans with a top-secret baby carrier collaboration! The limited edition Rebel print combines two innovative brands, making it possible for parents everywhere to wear their babies in style. The Lillebaby Tokidoki Rebel print sold out before many fans could even finish saying, "I want one!"

If you didn't snag a Rebel in time, never fear: 10 babywearing bloggers have come together to give you a chance to win your very own Lillebaby Tokidoki CarryOn! 


Lillebaby Rebel CarryOn Features
LÍLLÉbaby is thrilled to launch a collaboration with tokidoki, the pop culture brand meaning “sometimes” in Japanese. Since debuting in 2005, tokidoki has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than-life characters and emerged as a sought-after global lifestyle brand. Carry on rocking with tokidoki and LÍLLÉbaby! Made specifically to be a roomy carrier for growing toddlers, the CarryOn toddler carrier creates an ergonomic and comfortable way to carry your child for many years.Featuring a wider and taller torso than most carriers, the CarryOn is possibly the most versatile toddler carrier on the market. The CarryOn carrier is ideal for older siblings or when your baby has grown out of the LÍLLÉbaby complete carriers. Soft and durable 100% cotton fabric adds to this carrier’s go-anywhere style. Like all LÍLLÉbaby carriers, the CarryOn toddler straps can be crossed in back when wearing on the front. Age:12 months + Weight Range: 20 - 60 lb

Enter here to win your very own Limited Edition Lillebaby CarryOn!


April 1, 2015

Party PerfectDip Recipes for #DelimexFiesta Taquitos and Tacos!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias

It has finally stopped snowing here! March was super snowy still but now that it's April, hello sunshine! 
However with more sunlight, comes more things we have to do: everyone has weekend birthday parties, youth soccer, baseball... it's like once the sun is shining, everyone is planning something! My three year old seriously has more friends than me; she is always invited somewhere each weekend.  We're quickly losing the little girl who is obsessed with mom and dad, and instead have a friendly, outgoing preschooler who is friends with everyone... I can just picture this time dwindling as she gets older and older, and hubs and I get less and less cool.
So needless to say, I am making the most of these days while she still thinks we're the best. My favorite days lately are the ones we stay home as a family, watching a basketball game or baseball game.  

Last weekend, there was an especially important basketball game, so the kids and I headed out to Walmart to grab some perfect game day treats. We had the hardest time finding the frozen appetizers though, because the big sign over the aisle only mentioned ice cream! 


We finally found the snacks and Emma immediately asked for "taco pops". 
She loves Delimex's Chicken and Cheese Taquitos. I love that they are quick and convenient to make so I can spend my time with her, instead of in the kitchen. 


And having a coupon never hurts!
We snagged this coupon (available here until 4/7 - expires 5/4) to save even more, and who doesn't love that?


First we grabbed the Chicken and Cheese Taquitos: flour tortillas stuffed full of delicious white meat chicken and jack cheese, seasoned with cilantro and peppers-- yum!
While the taquitos are delicious on their own, my husband always uses them as an excuse to get me to make my avocado lime ranch sauce. It is so simple and so delicious!


It's so easy and quick to make!
As much as I love my Avocado Lime Ranch sauce, I looooove a good salsa ranch dressing even more, and somehow it has less ingredients than the first!



These two dips are so easy but make such a delicious accompaniment to Delimex Taquitos!


And if chicken and cheese aren't up your alley, you could always try out the Delimex Beef and Cheddar Rolled Tacos.  We use them to make Emma's "taco pops". 

The Beef and Cheddar rolled tacos are in a corn tortilla rather than a flour tortilla, but just as yummy. 
We like to pile all of our Beef and Cheddar Rolled tacos on one plate with our choice of sauce and then add small bowls of salsa, sour cream, and chopped salad to our serving plates.

Everyone grabs a rolled taco and we dip into which ever sauce we want and then into the lettuce to make a delicious and healthy "taco pop"!

It's a delicious, easy, almost plate-free game-time snack that is perfect for bringing us all together! 
No plates means no dinner table means food and snugs on the couch; aka weekend perfection. 
It doesn't get much better than that. But I have to know, which dipping sauce are you going to try first?

And try out my new Pin It feature and save these delicious dips for later!


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