The Busy Giffs: March 2015

March 26, 2015

It's HERE! The Lilly for Target Lookbook!

I know there's a ton of controversy from people who are NOT a fan of Target sharing Lilly's gorgeous frocks with the masses, but I firmly believe beautiful clothes should be for everyone.  It's a state of mind not a state of wallet, and I am thrilled about this collaboration!

The Lilly Pulitzer for Target lookbook was released today and I am swooning!
You can bet your butt I will be at Target before it opens on April 19th!

First off, there's a Plus Size Line so I'm already smitten, plus the most adorable home and kids stuff.
The price points are outstanding!
Here's a few of my favorites!

and of course, the Minnies!

Even at these great price points, I'm going to blow my bank account!
Do you have your heart set on any particular piece?

March 25, 2015

Kate Spade Kids Line! New!

I am obsessed with Kate Spade's line of gorgeous bags and clothes for women and I nearly flipped when Kate Spade partnered with Gap Kids for a limited time line. I'm guessing it was super successful, the clothes were adorable, because Kate Spade has launched it's own kids line!

I have been pinning up a storm because the toddler line and accessories are just too adorable!

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And the little accessories...
The crossbody bags are adorable and the matching glitter headband bows are only $18!

The Princess has already told me she wants every single item from the toddler collection; how about you? Which items would you grab for your little?

March 24, 2015

Victorias Secret and MLB

Even with tons of snow on the ground, I am feeling SPRING!
Yes it's getting warmer but really... the Red Sox are playing baseball again and that's (basically) all I need.

Victoria's Secret releases their MLB lines every year and this year did not disappoint.
I seriously sent the link to the husband and asked if I could have one of everything!
I'm obsessed, are you?

March 23, 2015

The Joovy Caboose VaryLight #DoesItAll : Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I am a Joovy Blogger, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've written before about how amazing the Joovy Caboose VaryLight is, you can check it out here if you missed it!, so I was thrilled when I saw Joovy would be hosting a giveaway for one of these amazing strollers!

How tiny was my little boy then.. squeee... but I digress. The VaryLight is the ultimate stroller for any growing family.  It can function as a compact stroller, and in a second, be extended to a full sized sit and stand stroller! 
You can use the car seat adapter (sold separately) to use from birth and can be configured in 13 different ways!
We were able to clean out a TON of our baby strollers because the Joovy Caboose VaryLight could do the job of all of them!

Joovy is one of those amazing companies you want to be a part of! They are a family run operation and are always thinking of the families who buy the products!

In their most recent blog post, they share how wonderful the VaryLight is! It is PERFECT for growing families!

The best part is, they're giving one away!
The giveaway is open from NOW until April 6th!
Good luck!

March 19, 2015

Snacks fit for #DisneySide Royalty: Go Go Squeez, Pirate's Booty and AquaBall!

Disclaimer: Some of the snacks mentioned below were provided for our party in exchange for a mention in our Disney post, however I wanted to share them even more!

I shared a bit about our #DisneySide @Home Celebration but I wanted to share a bit more about the amazing FOOD companies that helped make it happen!

Emma and I were dreaming of a Princess Tea Party so we knew we needed a particular type of food: delicious, yummy SNACKS! It would have been super easy to just buy some brownies, cupcakes, and candy and call it a day but the three year old and I try and make healthier choices so we knew we needed some food items that were better for us, as well as taste delicious!

First on Emma's list of "must haves": Go Go Squeez! We LOVE Go Go Squeez around here! And around here, we means the 9 month old to the 31 year old. Portable apple sauce that is all natural and nut, grain, and dairy free! We had some pouches out on the table and included a pouch in everyone's goody bag!

When you think Disney Jr, you probably think of Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates! Pirates means Pirate's Booty!

This delicious BAKED puffed corn is a gluten free snack with no artificial preservatives or colors. We love the Aged White Cheddar and everyone else must have because it was all gobbled up!

Pirate's Booty offers a wide range of snacks (and mac n cheese!!) that both my kids, and my husband, love to snack on!

These AquaBall! naturally favored waters were PERFECT with the Disney Princesses on them! The Princess waters are naturally Fruit Punch flavored, but the have Orange Splash Planes themed waters, Berry Frost Frozen themed waters, Orange Mickey Mouse themed water, and Avengers themed Grape water! The girls loved choosing their favorite princess!

We had such a blast at our #DisneySide @Home Celebration and think these were the perfect snacks! What snacks sounds like something your little one (or you!) would love?

March 18, 2015

Ready for Spring Clothes? Then #SpringIntoCarters!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.”

While we're still fighting the end of winter, I am optimistic about Spring.  In the past few days we have spent way too much money on our Spring and Summer concert tickets and started to purge the kids' clothes to see what still fits and what needs to go!
After going through a few boxes of things I had bought on sale last year to see what would fit and what wouldn't I knew we needed to get some adorable spring time clothes!

Despite the rain, we headed off to Carter's in Sagamore, Ma to stock up on some bright and sunny new outfits!
First off, the store is beautiful! So bright and clean! The Princess bee-lined it for the display of dolls and immediately asked if she could have one particular doll! So cute!

I immediately went for the 4 displays that touted signs saying "$6 Tees and Shorts!"
Originally $8 each, they are only $6 each if you buy two or more.

These make the most adorable spring play clothes! They are all perfectly coordinated mix and match separates! There are lots of brights, pastels, florals, and nautical themed designs to satisfy everyone!

For the girls:

And for the boys:

Obviously, no good outfit is complete without some accessories and Carter's has a ton!
Whether you're looking for head bands, socks, or some delicate jewels, Carter's offers everything to complete an outfit!

In addition to scooping up some great play clothes for the kids, I knew we needs to grab a few dressier outfits too.  We have a memorial mass this weekend, family pictures, and Easter all coming up!
Carter's has a great selection of casual yet dressy Easter and family picture type clothes perfect for both my infant son and toddler girl! So many of those great accessories matched perfectly!

...and of course, their adorable "My First Easter" themed items!

While we had no plans to buy any bathing suits, seriously it's still only 30 degrees outside, Emma saw this flamingo one shoulder bathing suit and fell in love! We ended up purchasing bathing suits, sunglasses, and flip flops- hey, spring is close, right?!
All the items are basically a mix and match, all the way down to the sun-protective accessories, like hats, water shoes and sunglasses!
Carter's is offering their swimwear in larger sizes now- from 7 to 12! 

When we got home the Princess had to have a fashion show with some of her favorites! She loved picking out her own outfits and choosing her own poses! So cute!

We are obsessed with all the wonderful spring items Carter's has brought out this year and I know you are too! They have kindly given me a 25% off of $40 purchase coupon to share with all of you!
Check Carter's out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram and say Thanks!

So you have to tell me, which items are your favorite?

March 17, 2015

Teething Necklace and Bracelet: Review

Disclaimer: I was provided items at no cost to facilitate a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Links contained in this post may be affiliate links. If you click them, I may receive a small amount of money at no extra cost to you!

We are in full blown teething mode! The 4th tooth just popped through and we're already seeing bumps where the next two will be coming in!
Sadly, the Little Man is in a lot of pain some days and more often than not, bites to alleviate some of the pain. This is not okay when he decides to bite me or his sister!

Thankfully we found this awesome Teething Necklace and Bracelet set on Amazon. 

It comes in black, grey, pearl white, teal, or red.

According to Amazon:
  • SAFE FOR BABY: The teething necklace and bracelet are made of 100% food grade silicone and is BPA-Free, FDA approved, PVC-Free, Latex-Free, Rubber-Free, Lead-Free silicone. It contains no vinyl, phthalates, plastic, nitrosamines, cadmium, or heavy metals. They are taste and smell-free. 100% safe for your infant.
  • SOOTHES TEETHING PAIN: Forget about toxic remedies like teething gel and tablets. Soft, chewy beads provide natural pain relief for your baby's teeth. It can also be frozen or placed in the freezer so your little one can chew on cold beads.
  • LOOKS GREAT ON MOMMY: Moms can wear this teething bling like jewelry. Available in different colors, they can be matched to your outfit. Better than baltic amber and great alternative to teether toys and animals like Sophie the giraffe, teething bibs, pacifier, blanket, towel, books, ring, keys or toothbrush.
  • KEEPS BABY OCCUPIED: Like a toy, it can keep your baby entertained while being held or carried. It can keep your baby from pulling your hair or face while nursing.
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and care. It can also be boiled for sterilization.

Little man immediately started chewing on them and he's stopped biting us since! I am so happy to have found such a great product and for less than $20, the set makes a great gift!

March 16, 2015

Breathe Easier with Luma Comfort Humidifiers: HC12B Review

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

We keep getting hit with more snow. Like I'm seriously over snow... I have been for at least 3 weeks. We have 'sprung ahead' and the Red Sox are playing in Florida... it should be Spring. 

I am over the snow. I'm over the slush.
I'm over the 42 layers of clothing.
I'm over the ridiculous electricity bills.
I'm over the dry air that just makes me want to curl up in bed all day.

Humidifiers have been our best friends this winter; I swear it's the only reason we have survived this long without dry hacking coughs and red noses.

We have an amazing Luma Comfort Humidifier (HC12B) for our open concept living /dining room and kitchen.  It covers up to 650 square feet easily and the cool mist is perfect because little man does like to make his way over too it, so I'm not concerned about any type of steam burns.  
I also love that it runs for 45 hours on a tank.  Long gone are the days are refilling the water every 6-8 hours!
The best part is how chic is it! The vase design blends in seamlessly with most decors, and with it's almost silent operations, it's hard to tell it's a humidifier!

Here's a quick video from Luma Comfort to see how seamless and gorgeous these humidifiers are:

Our video isn't nearly as "professional", but I love being able to see how these things actually work in the home, instead of just on a stage. I apologize in advance for my small yelling children in the background!

As I mentioned before, it is a dream, an absolute dream.
The features make it better than any other humidifier we have ever used.


1. It is a cool mist humidifier. 
This is super important to me for a few reasons. With a small guy who is attempting walking, I know that even if he finds his way over to it, there is no way he'll hurt himself or burn himself because the steam is not hot. Also, cool mist humidifiers do not brred the bacteria that warm mist humidifiers can.  It's safer for our family.

2. It is almost silent.
For some thins isn't huge but for us, it's perfect! We have so much noise already between two kids, a cat, and a dog... another obnoxious whirring noise would not be okay. My refrigerator makes more noise!

3. It has an alarm!
I am yet to figure out if this alarm is for when it's tipped over or for when it's low on water (The husband believes it's the latter) but the dog ran right into it by it and knocked it off and it immediately let out a little beeping noise! As soon as I had it right side up again, the beeping stopped!
I thought it was a great function because it would minimize messes but the husband thinks it was letting me the water was low, you know, because it was on the floor, but when I put it upright it stopped beeping and I hadn't added any other water!
We haven't run the machine to empty yet so I'll be excited to find out!
And that leads me to my next feature...

4. It runs a single tank for 45 hours!
We haven't refilled the tank yet! And when I'm struggling to remember if I showered last night or this morning, one less thing to remember to have to do each day is great!

5. It has a remote!
Yes, a remote. My husband loves the remote and I do too! If we're watching tv in the living room and I notice it's not on, I don't even have to get up to turn it on! Super lazy? Yep. Super convenient? Oh ya.

Why buy ugly when you can buy a Luma Comfort Humidifier?
You can purchase one for less than $140 at Wayfair, Home Depot, and many other retailers!
Check out the other amazing products that Luma Comfort carries at their website and stay up to date at their Facebook page!

March 13, 2015

Goodbye Groopdealz, Hello Eleventh Avenue!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Eleventh Avenue. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I'm a huge fan of Groopdealz so when I heard it was going away I was super distraught!

I get awesome stuff from the site, including my look a like Kendra Scott necklaces and my look alike Jack Rogers!

They offer the best in women's, kids, crafts and home decor!
I am waiting on some Disney themed items to come for our summer trip!

Thankfully Groop Dealz is just turning into something even better: Eleventh Avenue!

As Eleventh Avenue, you'll be able to do way more than before! Follow favorite marketplace stores, favorite items for later, or create collections of your favorite things to share with others!

Here's a few of my favorite items from Eleventh Avenue:

I am so excited for the changes and can't wait to do some more shopping! 
What is your favorite new feature?

March 12, 2015

Lauren Conrad's Cinderella Collection

I love Lauren Conrad and her collections for Kohls, so when she adds in Cinderella, I am in love!
I picked a few of my favorite pieces to share!
I am in love with the tulle skirt and I think it would be just perfect for a Cinderella live action movie date with my princess!

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I have to know... which item is your favorite?

March 9, 2015

10 Months Old


This kid doesn't stop! 19 lbs 3 oz and 29" at his last appointment! We basdically jumped from 6 month clothes straight to 12 month! Some 9 month onesies are already tight on him and he wore 12 month carter's pjs to sleep last night! He's just growing like crazy still!


His red hair is basically a hair piece at this point. He is constantly rocking a comb over or angel wings poking out from behind his ears.  I can literally hold like 2 inches of hair in my hands on the base of his neck!
I'm desperately trying to hold out on his first haircut until we go to Disney but I'm not sure I can wait another 3 months!

Firsts and Milestones:

No real "firsts" this month. Whomp. 
He's still walking supported, has 4 teeth now, and dances up a storm, but nothing new.


Some nights are awesome, and some nights are not.
He likes to fall asleep around 7:30 at night and is always wide awake by 6:15 am, whether or not there are middle of the night wake ups.
He only sleeps on his side or belly and will still roll himself if you try and put him any other way.


Seriously, just about everything.
We are still nursing but I stopped pumping when I got back from Las Vegas so we've been doing bottles of half frozen milk and half formula while I'm at work.  Hopefully we can stretch the frozen milk out until we transition entirely.
Otherwise, he LOVES scrambled eggs, any Gerber baby finger foods, french fries, vegetables like corn, peas, and green beans, and all kinds of meat including chicken, hamburger, and turkey! 
I'm always amazed at how much he can eat!
We made some home made deconstructed chicken pot pie and he polished off 3 (baby sized)plates!


He's making lots of consonant sounds like Bah, Dah, Mmmm, and Wah.
"Mom is the only read word we can hear but he's getting there.

His favorites:

Any electronics, especially phones and remotes. And he's not silly enough to use fake ones-- only mom and dad's will do!
Music and dancing!
The little guy shakes it! Both back and forth and up and down, I just laugh so much when he dances!
He also really loves the animals lately giving big open mouth kisses on their backs!

My favorites:

The dancing has got to be my favorite this month.
He gets so into it and will just yell and shake around when any music plays, including just me singing!
He gives kisses if you ask for them, right on your mouth... and it's adorable.
Also, the way he yawns and snuggles on to my shoulder when he's tired.

I can't believe we're getting so close to his first birthday already!!

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