The Busy Giffs: December 2013

December 31, 2013

Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway


Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for my review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 



So I've hit the half way point of my pregnancy (well a week ago) which also means that about half of my clothes no longer fit. Waaah. But it means that a. I have another beautiful baby on the way and B. I get to go maternity clothing shopping!

I love maternity clothes because unlike normal every day wear, I don't need to care if it makes me belly look big, because well, it is! I'm much more likely to wear stripes, or patterns, things I wouldn't normally since if I look fat, I can just blame the baby!

Luckily, Pink Blush Maternity makes some trendy maternity clothes that a. don't make you look huge, and b. are ridiculously good looking.

1/2/3/4/5/6

I am obsessed with so many of these pieces.
I got to try out and review a dress, that is apparently no longer online so I can't link you to it!

Now I have to say, poor hubs tried to take nice outdoor pictures, but let's be honest... he sucks with a camera so sadly, these are the pictures you're getting!

 


The dress itself is so soft and so comfortable, but it was a bit short for my liking; call me too modest.
I'm not sure I have many places to wear a dress like this since I won't be able to wear it to work with the length, but both of the dresses I posted above have a longer length and would be much more appropriate.
This would be a great date night dress... if we ever got one.

However, my wish list is getting super long, I mean, c'mon, I showed you six things I'd like and that's just within a few minutes!

Pink Blush Maternity is being super generous and giving away a $25 gift card to one of my readers!
Use the Rafflecopter and enter below!

If you have hosted or won a giveaway from Pink Blush Maternity in the past 6 months you are not eligible to win, sorry!



December 30, 2013

New England Bloggers Holiday Swap!




The Northeast Bloggers Network hosted a holiday swap! You sent a package to one blogger and then received one from someone else so that you could get to know two "local" bloggers!
I sent a package to Melissa at Missys Product Reviews.
She has some amazing product reviews (duh) and is always offering up something as a prize! Definitely check her out and see what I sent her!

I got my package from Esther at Something About Esther! However, she's one of those really cool bloggers who does more than just blog for fun during her free time, she actually owns her own nail polish company! Philly Loves Lacquer is her nail polish line she started earlier this year! 
Cruelty free, vegan and handmade. Sold. 
I was thrilled when she sent me one of my colors and check out how amazing this box o' gifts is!


Seriously!
A great scarf from target, two nail polishes, Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Ghiradelli chocolate, and Tyler's first present- baby onsies!




Yes, I got super emotional when I opened up the first gift he's received.  And they are so stinkin' cute!


And can we talk about this nail polish??
I'm obsessed.
I'll be begging Esther to do a giveaway me until she agrees. ;)

If you participated in the swap, leave the link in the comments so I can go check out what you got!


December 27, 2013

Wine Bottle Sugar Cookies


I am loving this holiday season!
I love all the "holiday things", like playing in the snow, looking at Christmas lights, watching Christmas specials, and wrapping gifts!

I thought Emmalee would like decorating cookies so I figured I'd attempt making them this year so we could!
I scoured Pinterest and every recipe called for almond extract or other people had commented about how they "tweaked" them and I just wasn't comfortable with that. So like any normal human, I posted on Facebook that I needed help finding the most perfect fool proof recipe and a friend posted her recipe that she stole from a magazine years ago.  It's no where online and it was the easiest, most ridiculously delicious sugar cookie recipe ever so I need to immortalize it for all of you!

Oh, and they didn't have a name. So I have named them Wine Bottle Sugar Cookies. 
Why, you ask?
Because I apparently don't own a rolling pin (which is probably why I haven't attempted making sugar cookies since I moved out of my mom's) and a wine bottle worked just perfectly in its place! ;)


You need:
2 softened sticks of butter
1 8 ox softened block of cream cheese
2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 cups flour

Cream butter and cream cheese with sugar.
Add egg, beat until creamy.
Add dry ingredients. Combine.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. ( I let mine sit overnight).
Use LOTS of flour on the counter and roll out cookies, cutting desired shapes!
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.


These are basically fool proof and took less than an hour to cut out over 4 dozen!
You can use whatever icing you'd like! I thought about royal, but flood icing and a two year old just didn't mix so we went with store bought frosting that we colored, and I pulled out all our sprinkles!
here's a few images from my NEW instagram account!




Enjoy!



December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! Words of Wisdom Style



Merry Christmas!

We're obviously spending the day wrapped up in the first Christmas that Emmalee "gets" but just a quick note to say Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us! 


and one of my favorite Christmas themed Words of Wisdom:


Have an amazing Christmas!!


December 24, 2013

It's Christmas Eve!


I don't think I have ever been so excited for a Christmas! 
The princess is finally old enough to understand the whole "if you're good, Santa brings you gifts" thing. 
She loves snow, and reindeers, and all things Santa.

The magic in her eyes when she ran up and sat on Santa's lap if honestly the most amazing thing I've seen in years.

I have a post scheduled for tomorrow but be sure to check out my NEW Instagram, and follow along with the holiday cuteness there and on my Twitter feed!

What will you be doing to celebrate?
Have a wonderful holiday!!




December 19, 2013

Sprout Organics


Have you heard of Sprout Organics?
They are wonderfully organic snacks for babies, toddlers, and kids and my daughter LOVES the Tropical Fruit and Pumpkin Crispy Chews!

Diane over at Dollops of Diane just did a great giveaway with Sprout Organics and the Princess and I were one of the lucky winners!


We only received the box on the 13th and all but one package is already gone-- Emma just loves them so much!

Thanks Diane and thanks Sprout for food my kid loves to eat and that I love giving to her!

December 17, 2013

Disney Movie Rewards + FROZEN




It's a completely FREE way to get access to great Disney things!
Have you ever bought a Disney movie and when you open up the DVD case, there's a little slip of paper with some weird looking code on it?
That code is good for anywhere from 50 to 200 points! And as your points accrue, you can trade them in for great prizes on the Disney Movie Rewards page!

And the prizes don't suck.
They can range from older dvds to a talking plush Perry the Platypus doll! Hubs often cashes his points in for Starbucks gift cards!
Last week, I wanted to send flowers to a family member and used my points to get a $15 gift card to put towards them from TelaFlora!

In addition to items redeemable for points, they often offer FREE prizes, like printable coloring pages or stickers!

However, I was thrilled when I opened up my account and saw that because I registered certain movies, I had been gifted 2 free passes to see Frozen!


I had been thinking about bringing the Princess anyways so it was perfect! 

Frozen was adorable! A little bit predictable but there was a HUGE twist on the whole "true love" idea and it was just the sweetest! It kept my two and a half year old interested and engaged the whole time! If anything keeps my daughter happy and quiet for almost two hours, it must be wonderful!

I highly recommend you go see it! And sign up for Disney Movie Rewards!


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