The Busy Giffs: October 2012

October 31, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting: Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!

It's Halloween so today's OHP is an assortment of my favorite Halloween things that have been pinned to Pinterest!

I really wont get to go trick or treating this year either as Emmalee is still a bit too small to really get it so I'll need some f these treats instead!

Source: via Heather on Pinterest
Source: via Heather on Pinterest
Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

Looks so yummy!!!
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October 30, 2012

Surviving Sandy

Welp, Sandy is over.

We survived. 
Everyone is safe, the house wasn't touched and we could get out of our street today.

However, we are still without power after losing it at about 2:30 on Monday.
Our entire street is without power and NStar does not have an expected timeframe yet.

Do you realize how hard it is to keep a 1 year old entertained when you don't even have lights to play by....

We have a well so there's no water at all, not even cold water.
Our fridge is now garbage since it's been close to a full day and we're crossing our fingers that the electricity kicks on before we lose our chest freezer full of chicken, steaks, and vegetables.

Thankfully, Mom's house (about 40 minutes away) has power. And warm water. And hot food.
So we're camping out here today and hoping that by the time we get home tonight, we'll have power... 

School was cancelled yesterday and today but I haven't heard about tomorrow yet.
I would definitely prefer to have the time off in June but considering I look like garbage, it's probably better I'm not teaching right now!

Cross your fingers we get power soon!

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October 29, 2012

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40

You know what I love about blogging?
The amazing women I have met through it.

One of these women is Charlene of Charlene Chronicles.
I adore her blog. She has a brand new little baby, in addition to her other toddler, and is still ruling the blogging world.

I was lucky enough to be invited by her to an event sponsored by Graco and got to get a first hand look at the NEW Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40.

Charlene, myself and thirteen other bloggers got together on Thursday night at the MiniLuxe Salon in Wellesley.

We started off with a delicious spread and relaxing manicures! So much fun!
I honestly don't even remember the last time I got to relax and enjoy myself with other moms!

 As enjoying as the night was, the best part was learning about this wonderful car seat!

This is not just any infant car seat!
I have a 16 month old little girl who is a string bean. She is super tall but on the thin side so a big issue for us has been keeping her comfortable when her feet all jammed up while she is rear facing.

She is technically large enough (according to the older standards) to be forward facing but as of 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children should be rear-facing in the back seat until the age of 2.  
Prior to this, the previous recommendation was typically at their one year birthday they hit certain height and weight requirements that they could be switched around to face forward. Due to studies completed they found that children under the age of 2, and 40 lbs, were 5 times safer sitting rear-facing in the case of an accident.  Graco took this recommendation seriously and made a comfortable, safe and improved car seat to accommodate newborns of 4 lbs up to 2 year olds who weigh up to 40 lbs!

In order to accommodate string beans like Emmalee, Graco created an 8 position adjustable base, that allows you to recline the seat in a way to give your little one more leg room. They even put in a kick plate to protect the seats of your car!

Additionally, they designed it so that you can adjust the headrest and harness with one hand! I can't even count on one hand how many things you can do one handed!

You can truly tell that Graco thought about Moms when designing the SnugFit Click Connect 40.

Here's a video from Graco highlighting all of the great features!

Available exclusively at Babies R Us, the Graco SnugFIt Click Connect 40 will cost $219.99 which may seem expensive compared to other infant seats at first, but when  you compare it to the fact that your child will not out grow this until they are 2 years old, you can really appreciate the value of it!

So I guess the only question is:

Are you buying the Moonstruck or Mena print?

The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.

October 27, 2012


Have you checked out Influenster yet?

I just caught the bug, and it's perfect timing because they just relaunched their site!

So what is Influenster?

Influenster is a free-to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.

Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly -- they just want to know what's up).

(from the Influenster website!)

So would Influenster be right for you?

Do you like sharing your opinions on the newest trends?
Do you like to take full advantage of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube?
Are you confident reviewing products?
Would you be interested in exclusive deals and promotions?

Then Influenster is most likely for you!

And depending on what you like, Influenster will customize itself with the badges you pick!
I'm working on my Momma Bear badge because, let's face it, I'm a Momma Bear but there are wellness badges, even Cat People badges!!

So what are you waiting for?

Check it out, let me know what you think!!

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October 26, 2012

Book Club Friday

So I've been a terrible reader.
I am spending all of my time reading tests and assignments and fun book reading has gone out the window, however, I have read a few books in classes and am adding them to my list!

Book #42

 From Amazon:
"Thought Police." "Big Brother." "Orwellian." These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man's nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale.

More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable-the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.

I think I'm the only person who didn't read this in high school, like wasn't even assigned it didn't read it.
I think parts are a struggle but it is extremely engaging especially with the current government and how much it is putting its hands into daily lives.
I am very excited to do this book with my seniors next month!

Book #43
Of Mice and Men


From Amazon:
 They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.

 I adore this book. Always have and probably always will.
Even after reading it eight times and seeing the movie another four times.
It's such an iconic book and is such a high school staple.
I always tear up at the end of the book.

Book #44
A Reason to Believe

From Amazon:
 “I’ve simply seen too much goodness in this country—and have come so far in my own journey—not to believe in those ideals, and my faith in the future is sometimes restored under the darkest clouds.” —Governor Deval Patrick

In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this heartfelt and inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book.
It's less of a cover to cover book and more of a bunch of vignettes thrown together. Each chapter is it's own lesson on life and Deval correlates a life event to that lesson.
It's a bit boring at times, especially if you aren't very interested in him but as a text that supports the American Dream, it fits the bill.

What have you been reading lately?
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October 25, 2012

Apple Picking

Last month we wnet apple picking with Emmalee!
I know I'm late with it but between moving and then computer problems... forgive me.

We went apple picking at Keith's Farm in Acushnet.
We went on a Sunday afternoon and we pleasantly surprised with the day.
We expected it to be packed but although it was busy, we had plenty of apple picking space and there were a lot of apples left the last weekend of September!

We had to meet up with our new landlord to do a final house walk through so we did not go  on the tractor ride to the pumpkin fields but David and I really didn't think Emmalee would love it.

I think at this age she's just a bit too young to really "get it" and really going was a photo op for me kind of thing. She liked the apples and getting to eat one, she liked the fact that she could run through the grass but I'm hoping next year will be more fun because she will actually understand what we're doing!

Even though she didn't understand what we were doing, she looked pretty cute!

Have you taken your little one apple picking?

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October 23, 2012

Pretty Little Halloween Episode

It's baaaaaack!!

Yes, I'm 26 and still look forward to Pretty Little Liars episodes!
I am especially excited about tonight's because it's a jump ahead and all of our favorite characters will be there rocking out for Halloween!

Word on the street is that someone even dies!!!
Who do you think it will be?

My money is on Garrett not making it out but who knows!

Follow along tonight's Halloween party with the hashtag #SamsungPLL

all images from Just Jared Jr.

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October 19, 2012

A Little Boot Help

I have been granted an early Christmas gift of a pair of boots.
I desperately love the trend, have for years and have always convinced myself it wasn't worth it because:
A. I was always at work, where I had to wear non-slip shoes.
B. I went out so rarely that I couldn't justify buying boots that expensive.
C. They are usually that expensive.

I'm super cheap. Like super duper cheap.

I don't spend more than $20 on a pair of jeans, and almost died when I spent $20 on LL Bean flip flops when I was pregnant (the Old Navy ones didn't give me the cushion I needed).
I find great sales and maximize my money so I usually get what I want without compromising my cheapness budget.

So please be excited with me... I found $30 boots. Not one but TWO pairs of $30 boots.
The extra bit in my paycheck for doing this job covering, I will be treating like a first paycheck and splurging (yes $30 is splurging) and a pair of boots but I need help, which pair?

A                                or                              B

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October 18, 2012

My Little Nook

Did I tell you that I have my own little scrapbook/crafting corner in the new house?
::insert super huge smile here!::

I know it sounds silly, but scrapbooking is my "me time".  I make gifts, have done Emmalee's baby book, our wedding album...

At the old house I would have to drag everything out to the kitchen table, work, hope Emmalee doesn't start crying or wake up, drag it all back to the bookcase where it was and wait for another day.

I'm giddy! Can't wait to get it set up!
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October 16, 2012


I really love my job.
I work in a high school, as a paraprofessional supporting a handful of other teachers and giving extra academic support to a decent amount of students.

I get to work one on one with students, update IEP goals, and help students "get it" when it comes to their academics.
It is such a rewarding job but my dream is to be an English teacher.
With my own classes, my own lesson plans.
It's just different.

A teacher is taking  a six week medical leave and the school has asked me to step in and cover her while she's gone!

This is amazing!
I get to show the school how great a teacher I can be.

Oh, and did I mention one of the English teachers is retiring at the end of this year?!

So if I rock those six weeks and show the school how wonderfully amazing I can be, maybe, just maaaaaybe, I'll help land that job next year!
It's hard not to get excited about possibilities!

And today is my first day of it so wish me luck!

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October 15, 2012

Blog Angel

This month I paired up with Rosie from Craftbotic to be a Blog Angel to another's blog.
I tweeted about their blog, commented on different posts and tried to drive traffic to their site.
And today is the big reveal.
I was a blog angel for Anissa at Chasing Hailey!
Her blog is super cute, and her kids are even cuter!
You should absoluetly go check out her blog... and leave a little extra love from me!!

October 13, 2012

A Computer-Less Life

So the worst thing that can happen to a blogger, has happened.
Our computer crashed.
More specifically, the hard drive crashed and therefore, the computer will not load past the start up screen.
We, thankfully just need to replace the hard drive and buy new Windows software (since we tossed our CD's easily a year ago) but waiting for them to come in the mail is greuling.
I am lucky enough that I back up all of my pictures on Facebook, Shutterfly, Snapfish and my external hard drive (can you tell this happened once before?) but it's seriously inconvenient.
I still have access to Twitter and Facebook via my phone and my Nook but trying to type in Blogger is pretty terrible.
I can't embed anything and the formatting is all of, so I'm just going without.
I'm at my parents for a few hours today so I hijacked a laptop to type up this and schedule an important post for Monday!
Please bear with me; I will be back up and running soon!

October 5, 2012


I'm not usually anti-Halloween but I think this year, I'm skipping most of it.

Hear me out.

We just moved.
We're not even unpacked yet, never mind unpacked and decorated.
Plus, it looks like David will be working Friday and Saturday nights so I don't see us going out and celebrating.
I have no desire to cut up jack-o-lanterns or string fake cobwebs across the porch...

We have a half day/in service at school that day so I'm sure we'll still be out early enough to dress Emmalee up and take her out.
Since David will be at work, it doesn't look like anyone will even be home to pass out candy!

Does this make me the Scrooge of Halloween? 
Or just unmotivated?

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