The Holidays Have Come and Gone

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 6, 2015

If you are anything like me, you hate to see the holidays go. After all of the planning, prep, fun, and excitement, the regular everyday busyness of life takes over again and the holidays become just a memory.

3 wise men

This year, mainly because of our pending move, but also maybe because we bought a dead live tree, I put away most of our Christmas decorations just two days after Christmas. Wreaths and candles, stockings and tree decorations, all got boxed up, leaving behind an incredible mess. Pine needles were everywhere, and dust lined the shelves and the mantle around where our decorations sat.

I hurriedly stacked the boxes full of memories with most of the other packed boxes in our house, so we could ready our half-packed house for guests to help us ring in the New Year. Those dusty shelves were wiped down and a few of our new Christmas gifts – decor that matched perfectly with our personalities – were placed on them, avoiding a box for a bit. Our house was made ready for yet another celebration.

Happy New Year

Just like after any good party, there was quite a mess to clean up afterwards… noise makers left on the floor, along with cookie crumbs and popcorn kernels; wine glasses on coffee tables, some still half full; and confetti everywhere. A messy house evident of a good time had by all.

Once recovered from these joyful celebrations with family and friends, out came the cleaning supplies and to work I went. Now, cleaning house is not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I decided to tackle one room at a time before taking a break. After all, it was still winter break for my kids, so I took advantage of some down time, too.

With the help of CVS Total Home products, I was able to do everything from wiping down our dusty mantle and shelves to cleaning our toilets – all four of them. I’m a fan of using paper towels when cleaning (no judging!), so stocking up before a big clean is a must, but I was able to find just about everything I needed at CVS.

The first of the year is also a good time to check home air filters, replace lightbulbs, and change the batteries in smoke detectors. Look for all you need at your local CVS!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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Ring in the New Year with King Julien #StreamTeam

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 30, 2014

Our “grown ups only” plans for ringing in the New Year fell through, so we are spending a quiet evening here at home with the kiddos. Are you spending New Year’s Eve with your kids, like we are? If so, I have some great news – Netflix and Kind Julien have made it possible to count down to 2015 much earlier than midnight or any national broadcast!

New Year Countdown with King Julien

That’s right! King Julien is hosting a kid-size countdown on Netflix that you can watch any time you’d like. No need to wait and no need to keep the kiddos up until after their bed time, no matter how much they beg. Midnight (or even 9pm, if you live on the West Coast) can come much earlier for y’all and your kids don’t even need to know that the ball has yet to drop.

Countdown with King Julien

So, put King Julien’s New Year’s Eve Countdown on your “list” and que it up just before you are ready to tuck your littles in for the night. You may be able to get that midnight kiss after all!

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team. While I have not been monetarily compensated for the creation of this post, I have received some perks, including a Netflix subscription. All opinions and thoughts are my own, as always.

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Drunk Gummy Bears

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 28, 2014

Are you looking for a tasty last-minute addition to your New Year’s Eve plans? Well, look no further, because I have the perfect thing – Drunk Gummy Bears! They are incredibly simple to make, requiring only a couple of ingredients most you will be able to gather at your local Walmart. There are just a few quick steps, but the best part is that they are ready to serve in just a few short hours.

How to make Drunk Gummies

Ingredients Needed:

  • Your favorite alcohol, whether it be red wine, Rum, or Flavored Vodka. The possibilities are endless!
  • Gummy Bears

Soak gummy bears for at least 3 hours

Directions:

  • Place desired amount of gummy bears in a glass container. Make sure there is plenty of room in said container, as the gummy bears will swell a bit.
  • Pour the alcohol over gummy bears, covering completely.
  • Let sit for at least 3 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

I made two different kinds of Drunk Gummies for our New Year celebration – Sangria Bears with red wine, and Rummy Bears with… yup, you guessed it – Coconut Rum!

Rummy Bears

Here’s to ringing in 2015!!

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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New Year’s Eve Glam {Beauty Look}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 27, 2014

I love playing with my makeup, but I don’t often wear a whole lot. Most days, if I leave the house, I wear a BB Cream, some mascara, and a bit of lip gloss. It’s on special occasions – date nights and holidays – that I play it up a bit.

For New Year’s Eve, I wanted to do something a bit more dramatic than is typical for me, so I began playing with some looks a few days before the big night. I found some great cosmetics at Walmart that are new to me – the Flower Beauty line. I picked up a foundation stick, some eyeliner, new 3 in 1 mascara, and an eyeshadow palette.

Create a Smokey Cat Eye with Flower Beauty photo SmokeyCatEye_zps017b8573.jpg

My goal was to try to perfect a smokey cat eye, without appearing to have two black eyes. Before now I haven’t been too successful, but I think I managed to do okay this time. Hopefully I can recreate this look for New Year’s Eve!

Smokey Cat Eye

First, I used the lightest eyeshadow in my palette over my whole eyelid, focusing under my eyebrow and in my inner eyelid.

Next, I used the card under the eye trick to get my cat eye angle just right, and I lined my bottom lash line, using the Eye Marker for both.

Then, I used the darkest shadow along the cat eye line, as well as a bit in the outer crease, blending towards the middle of my lid with the medium hues.

Last, I applied my mascara and touched up the inner corner with the light shadow, making my eye pop.

I completed my look with some new gloss I picked up while doing my Christmas shopping.

My New Year's Eve Look - a subtle smokey cat eye

I am very pleased with the look and hope to recreate again even beyond New Year’s Eve!

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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#StandTall with a Family Movie Night

December 26, 2014

Jim Caviezel is one of my favorite actors. He has stayed true to his personal beliefs and plays in movies that are wholesome and great for the whole family. Some of our all-time favorites are The Count of Monte Christo and Frequency, but centered around teamwork, perseverance, mentorship, sacrifice, discipline and family, When the Game Stands Tall has just been […]

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Stock Up for Baby

December 22, 2014

Start the new year off prepares by stocking up on all your favorite essentials for your babies and kiddos - like Huggies, Pull-Ups and Goodnites. Check out the Stock Up and Save event at Walmart and save BIG!! Be sure you visit Walmart.com to get the following coupons for all of your favorites: Huggies Diapers - $2.00 off any 1 pack of […]

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Getting Your Home Ready for Christmas with Total Home

December 21, 2014

There are only days left before our favorite Holiday of the year. Are your presents wrapped? Is all your baking done? What about your home – is it all decorated and clean? Total Home, a CVS/pharmacy exclusive line of home care necessities, is helping me get ready for our Christmas Day celebrations. At up to […]

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CWIST and Bless Others This Season

December 20, 2014

Back on Giving Tuesday, I told y’all about CWIST – an incentive-based digital learning platform where parents and educators can share ideas, motivate kids to learn and teach valuable life lessons – and their Kids CWIST for Kids program. Did you have a chance to check it out? I’d love to hear about your experience! […]

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The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden :: A Great Gift Idea {Review Part 2}

December 19, 2014

Do you need another gift idea? It’s not too late to pick up an AeroGarden. It truly is the perfect gift for any one who, like me, have not a green thumb! I first told you about the AeroGarden when I set it up in my kitchen. If you remember, I told you all about how fun […]

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10 Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 18, 2014

If you are anything like me, there are a few last minutes items that you need to pick up to complete your Christmas list. Please tell me I am not alone! Thank goodness for Walmart – they makes it super simple. My go-to last minute gifts for any adult is a good jar candle, or a pillar […]

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Check out the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center at Walmart.com

December 17, 2014

Holiday shopping is tough and knowing what to buy for all the people on your list can be complicated. To help simplify the process (while you save big!) visit the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center at Walmart.com to unlock a $4 coupon by taking a fun quiz. Then, head to your nearest Walmart store and start shopping! They […]

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Siblings are a Gift

December 16, 2014

My kids are partners in crime and buddies for life. If there’s mischief to be had, there will be at least a few siblings in the middle of it. You don’t come in between them, either. For as much as they might squabble and annoy each other, that’s a sibling’s right and privilege that no […]

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Make Your Own Snowflake Candles {DIY Tutorial}

December 16, 2014

This Snowflake Candle Centerpiece is an incredibly simple wintery DIY project. It is classy and elegant, but won’t take more than an hour to complete using our three easy steps, and only requires a few supplies. Start by gathering the following items: Battery Operated Candles Pearly Push Pins Wire Cutters Sticks Epsom Salts Craft Glue […]

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The Air Storm Firetek Bow is Great for Kids of All Ages!

December 15, 2014

When Timmy saw the Air Storm iretek Bow on shelves at Walmart, he immediately lit up! Then, he saw the bow and arrows light up and he told me that he just had to have it. Being that I am a big fan of bows and arrows myself, I decided to pick it up for […]

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Great Gift Idea – Incredibly Easy Peppermint Bark

December 14, 2014

Growing up, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my Mom would set aside several days amongst the hustle and bustle to bake with my sisters and me. Later, we would get together for a big baking day. We would make pies and cookies, and other sweet treats. I have carried on this tradition with my own children. Cranberry Chocolate Chunk […]

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Holiday Entertaining with Gold Emblem

December 13, 2014

Unfortunately, this year we aren’t doing much entertaining, what with our upcoming move and all. However, we still plan to have a few neighbors over for some holiday cheer. And, what better to serve our guests than some delicious goodies? Gold Emblem – a premier food, beverage and snack line, available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy – […]

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Our Afternoon at Ripley’s San Antonio

December 13, 2014

We have been to San Antonio several times. The Alamo and River Walk are among our favorite places to visit. We had always walked by Ripley’s and I thought it would be a fun place to take the kids, but we never had a chance to stop in and visit. Until last Saturday. We kind of got […]

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Find Gifts for all the Gamers on your list at Game Stop

December 12, 2014

It’s an exciting time for shoppers at GameStop with lots of deals and new releases to keep gift-ers and gift-ees alike happy. The GameStop Holiday Hub is your source for all things holiday. It’s the perfect place to find the hottest deals, newest releases, greatest gift ideas and so much more! Whether you’re shopping for others or shopping for yourself, we have everything you […]

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Luxury and Affordability {Chrysler 200s Review}

December 11, 2014

The 2015 velvet red Chrysler 200s – “our cool new car” as Timmy called it – was delivered smack in the middle of our driveway one afternoon not long ago. I was asked to rate it on a scale from 1 to 10 before driving it, based solely on appearance. I had to give it […]

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Holiday Bling

December 10, 2014

I have always loved to accessorize, but I’m not one for holiday-inspired baubles. I prefer soft and delicate touches, year round. So, of course, when I got a sneak peak at all of the beautiful new accessories available at Walmart this Holiday season, I gravitated towards rose colored watches and beautiful statement necklaces. First let’s […]

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Zach’s Smile Just Got Brighter

December 9, 2014

I shared with y’all when Ethan finished his Invisalign treatment, but I am so happy to report that Zach is finally done with his Invisalign treatment, as well! What a difference, right? (Hop over real quick and see Ethan’s transformation. I’ll wait.) While he is done with his treatment, he still has to wear a […]

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The Whole Family Can Relax in Style This Holiday Season

December 8, 2014

We have many family traditions for the Christmas season. One of them is opening a gift on Christmas Eve. A few years ago I began giving each of my kiddos a robe or pair of pajamas, and a pair of slippers or fuzzy socks. Cozy sleepwear makes a wonderful gift, especially when they are cute […]

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