LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers {Review}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 16, 2015

I was very particular about the diapers I used with each of my babies, but it differed with each one. Julia was my LUVS baby, and boy how I wish their Super Absorbent diapers were available to us then! They are up to 15% more absorbent than regular LUVS, have a contoured shape for a great fit, and have leak-barrier legs. I’m totally digging that the tabs are velcro so you may refasten… I can’t even count how many diapers I ripped when trying to readjust that tab!

Best yet, these diapers are  and are available at Walmart – your one stop shop!  Look for the special blue seal on the packaging, so you can try them, too.

 photo LUVS Diaper review

The NightLock is a huge feature! I remember too many nights when I would be awakened by a warm, wet feeling. Now, you can rest easy knowing you and your baby will stay dry through the night!

 photo LUVS - more absorbent

What makes LUVS Super Absorbent Leakguards so great:

  • Their contoured shape for a great fit, even between the legs
  • The ultra-absorbent leak guard core to helps lock wetness away – even at night!
  • Refastenable stretch tabs for a snug fit
  • Leak barrier leg gathers help trap leaks

LUVS Super Absorbent LEAKGUARDS photo LUVS Super Absorbent LEAKGUARDS

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  • The Luvs Club is a free loyalty program for Luvs Moms that offers unique savings, chances to win free diapers, and tips and tricks throughout the year.
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As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Easter Candy Baskets {DIY}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 15, 2015

Candy Box Easter Basket

I have always been a sucker for sweets, especially sour gummies. They are my downfall, I must admit. In spite of trying hard not to have too many sweets in the house, I figured it IS Easter. And what makes a better basket than the goodies themselves?

So, Julia and I set out to make each of her brothers a candy box Easter basket! We headed to Walmart and purchased all of the boys’ favorite movie candy boxes. At our local Walmart these boxes of candy are found in a huge bin at the front of the store, but we also found some back in the candy aisle.  It was fun to find boxes similar in size to make each basket. We grabbed some glow sticks for the basket handles, and some hot glue sticks for our hot glue gun.

Candy Box Easter Basket

The steps were simple:

  • Glue four boxes of candy together to make the four sides of the “basket”
  • Glue a piece of cardboard to the bottom. We used pieces of packing boxes.
  • Place the glow sticks inside the “basket” for the illusion of a handle. (We were afraid to try to glue the glow sticks to the inside for fear of melting them.)
  • Fill with Easter grass and additional goodies.

We were so excited with how well these pretty little baskets turned out, especially given how easy they were to make. The brightly colored boxes are most fun!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Easy Easter Pudding Cups

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 14, 2015

My kids have always loved to play with me in the kitchen. With Easter coming up, I decided to let them help me create a special treat. They like to call them “dirt cups”, after a dessert served at their favorite restaurant, because that is exactly what they look like!

Easter Pudding Cups

They all helped me shop for the ingredients at our local Walmart. When we returned home, my kids were ready to get started! I gave each of them their own Snack Pack Pudding Cup, two Oreo cookies, a marshmallow, and a piece of Rips licorice candy. I had a bowl of water and a bowl of orange Jell-O set aside, so I could help them coat their marshmallows to make them look like carrots.

The process was easy peasy for even Timmy to do mostly on his own:

The Oreo cookies were placed in a small ziplock bag, and my boys proceeded to smash the cookies to little bits. I think that was the most fun part!

They then opened their Pudding Cup – super simple with the EZ open lid – and poured half of their cookie crumbs in to the pudding, stirring it in well.

The rest of the cookie crumbs were placed right on top, and the cup was set aside for a minute.

Make your own Easter Pudding Cups - no bowl needed!

Marshmallows were then covered with water and then the dry Jell-O to coat it well. A small slit was cut in the top of the marshmallow and the licorice was tucked inside. Each “carrot” was then placed on top of a cookie covered pudding cup.

carrot in dirt pudding cup

This was a super fun and delicious way to spend an afternoon in the kitchen with my kiddos! Find more mix-in recipes at and

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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5 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 5, 2015

As a mom of seven, I know how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep. Trust me, I’ve had many sleepless nights. But, there is hope! It’s even possible to help promote a restful night’s sleep for your kiddos. Don’t believe me? I challenge you to try my 5 tips to a better night’s sleep!

5 Ways to get a Better Night's Sleep

1. Stick to a schedule – Your inner clock thrives on routine. Going to bed at the same time each night will maintain the timing of that internal clock, so  your body knows when to fall asleep and wake up. They say it takes roughly 21 days to develop a habit, so get started tonight!

2. Invest in good pillows – I found this to be incredibly helpful in getting a night of restful sleep. I used to sleep with bunched up down feather pillows, but as I have gotten older, I have noticed that a contoured memory foam pillow is what I need.

3. Relax with essential oils – We use Young Living essential oils daily for all sorts of reasons, but at night we have a very important routine. I diffuse many oils, but my favorites to have infusing the air in the evening are Peace and Calming and Lavender. Ocotea under the tongue is wonderful for tough nights where sleep evades you. And, we like to rub Valor and RutaVaLa on the bottoms of our feet. A few things to note – We use Valor to help keep the room quiet, and RutaVaLa is “stinky,” so you will want to plan to put your socks on quickly!

I have just started taking SleepEssence – a capsule that contains four powerful Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils that have unique sleep-enhancing properties. It has been wonderful, but I have to be sure that my head can hit the pillow 30 minutes after I take it, or I am literally fighting sleep!
Relax with Essential Oils

4. Turn down the heat – It has been proven that lower temperatures create the optimal sleeping environment. In fact, it’s recommended that you set your thermostat between 65-72 degrees fahrenheit. It’s also a good idea that you keep your bedroom quiet and dark.

5. Stay away from technology - Turn off your computer, phones, and even the TV, at least an hour before bedtime. Doing so will allow your body to release melatonin – the body’s natural sleep hormone. Also, turning everything off will enable you to focus on winding down for the night, instead of getting distracted by a friend’s status update. This is especially important for the kids – put those devices to bed long before they need to fall asleep.

I know it’s difficult to believe that anything can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but making these five things a habit have been huge in changing my nights. I know they can help you, too. Let me know if you try them!

Good Night

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Laundry Made Simple

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My Invisalign Experience

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Scrapbook Your Way Through the New Year

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Top 5 Shows for Preschoolers #StreamTeam

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Stay Fit and Feel Better

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The Holidays Have Come and Gone

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Drunk Gummy Bears

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#StandTall with a Family Movie Night

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Stock Up for Baby

December 22, 2014

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Getting Your Home Ready for Christmas with Total Home

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CWIST and Bless Others This Season

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