The Shea Moisture Baby Collection Helps Keep Skin Healthy

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 30, 2015

As some of you may know, I have been trying to replace all of our bath and shower products with those that are full of stuff that is actually good for you, as opposed to those that are full of toxins. Well, thanks to the Walmart Moms program, I was able to try a great line of products called the Shea Moisture Baby Collection. These fabulous products contain certified organic ingredients, including shea butter, argan oil, frankincense, myrrh, and chamomile essential oils.

Shea Moisture Baby

Eczema often rears its itchy head as temperatures change. Your family’s skin may need some extra TLC during this time of year. Not only will the upcoming heat of summer cause problems, but we are currently in the middle of allergy season. Take the time to understand this skin condition, simplify your family’s skincare regimen, and follow these tips to keep skin healthy and free of irritation:

Find out what’s causing the itchy
Although eczema can be inherited, it may also be triggered by external irritants such as detergent, fragrance and food. Symptoms may be caused by eggs, wheat, milk, fish and nuts. So, do some mom sleuthing and notice exactly when symptoms flare.

Eliminate the scratchy trigger
If you’re able to locate what may be irritating your baby or children’s skin, eliminate it from your environment, whenever possible. Whip out your chic reading glasses when you’re shopping, and become a label reader for everything you buy for your household.

It worked at Woodstock
Think old-school, and use cloth wipes with water, as many commercial wet wipes contain synthetic ingredients (such as artificial fragrance) that may trigger your child’s eczema. When you need to use a wet wipe, rinse it with water before wiping your baby.

Rub-a-dub au naturel
Sulfates are detergent-grade surfactants that make body washes, soaps and shampoos lather. They can be drying and may worsen symptoms of eczema. Opt for a sulfate-free soap or wash, such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Wash & Shampoo, and use with a bamboo or 100% cotton wash cloth. Bathe the kids in cooler water, instead of hot, which can also dry out skin and cause eczema symptoms to flare.

Oil it up, baby
Add a couple of drops of chamomile oil to your children’s bath water, which helps to soften and soothe skin irritation. Then lock in moisture with SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Head-to-Toe Baby Lotion. It doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or other synthetic ingredients, so it’s gentle and hydrating for delicate skin.

Dress the little ones in layers
When your child is too warm, they may be more prone to flare-ups due to sweating. Dress the kiddos in light, breathable layers in cotton and bamboo. Oh, so fashionable, comfy and eco-friendly.

Love the aloe
Aloe Vera is a great secret superfood for keeping skin and body in tip top shape. Add it to smoothies for your family in the morning. The kids are none the wiser, and it’s your secret that they receive extra nutrients, while helping to nourish their skin from the inside.

Bust out the first aid for flare-ups
Go old school with chamomile tea as a compress on inflamed areas, which aids in soothing irritation and calming skin. Follow with a light layer of lotion to provide a moisture barrier, while still allowing skin to breathe so it can heal.

Founded in 1992 , Sundial Brands is committed to making the highest quality natural skin care products possible, engaging in eco-friendly and cruelty-free business practices. The Shea Moisture Baby Collection keeps your baby comfortable all day long by moisturizing and soothing itchy, irritated skin and does so by using organic shea butter, chamomile and argan oil. Why? Because every body deserves to be healthy and comfortable.

The Shea Moisture Baby Collection is available at Walmart, in-store and online. Get the Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo for $7.97 and the Baby Healing Body Lotion for just $7.94

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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Beauty Spotlight :: Spring Eye and Brow

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 28, 2015

I am always so excited about a new season for many reasons, but with the new season always comes new looks. There are new clothing styles, new hair colors and styles, old styles may even come back, but we all know that the right make-up can really complete the look.

This is what I have done to complete my new summer look:

Keep your skin protected
Apply that sunscreen! I want to stick with all-natural products, and if you do, as well, you may want to consider coconut oil. Coconut oil allows the beneficial rays to get through, while protecting your skin from harmless UV rays. Carrot Seed oil is another great option, with an SPF of over 30. Combine the two for optimal results!

Less is more
I am a huge fan of minimal makeup. Apply a light foundation, BB, or CC cream, some lipgloss and a light coat of some great mascara. Use Infallible Smokissime Eyeliner and Loreal’s Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara to create a smokey look for a night out.

smokey eyes

Go nude
I use Nudes Eye Shadow Pallette (just $6.76 at Walmart) is a great option for keeping the natural look.

Tame those brows
Use a good brow pencil to fill in and shape your brows. Doing this creates a polished look, regardless of how much makeup you plan to wear.

Summer Beauty Look

How do you plan to update your summer look?

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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Control Your Frizz With Schwarzkopf {Review}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 25, 2015

My hair is a big frizz-ball of a mess most days. I find myself pulling it all back, either in a messy bun or a ponytail, quite often. I had been using coconut oil to help tame my tresses, after washing and drying, but I have been on the lookout for a good shampoo and conditioner that will lock in the moisture and provide some control. I think I may have found what my dry, brittle hair needs!

As part of the Walmart Moms program I was given the chance to try the Henkel Beauty Care line of hair products. Among the first I tried is the Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner.

essence ULTIME

In the beginning, I used quite a bit of both products, as I am used to a big lather and silky (almost slimy) wet hair. I discovered after several washes, however, that the shampoo provides such a gentle cleanse and doesn’t lather as much. And the conditioner provides just as much benefit when I use less than half of my normal amount. All this meaning I won’t go through these products as quickly, saving me money. Not that it’s all that expensive in the first place, compared to high-end hair care products, coming in at less than $7 per bottle.

I am pleasantly surprised by the results of using essence ULTIME for just a little over a week now. My hair is silky, soft, and more manageable than ever before. I also found that straightening and curling my hair was easier and quicker, locking in moisture and preventing frizz.

Silky Smooth Locks

An added bonus to using this new to me line, is that frizzy flyaways are almost nonexistent. However when they do occur – I wasn’t expecting this line to be magic, after all – a small dab of the conditioner will make them completely disappear.

Tame That Frizz

I do feel like the ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect shampoo and conditioner will cause a heavy build up on my hair over time, but I’m willing to plan a deep cleanse every month or so for frizz-free locks!

About Schwarzkopf

Schwarzkopf has stood as the expert in hair globally since 1898. Schwarzkopf is one of the world’s most innovative hair companies with its retail brands such as got2b, ULTIME and Keratin Color. The Schwarzkopf brand portfolio also includes professional salon products. Schwarzkopf is dedicated to the development of innovative product technologies.Henkel Beauty Care stands for brand-name products in the fields of hair colorants, hair styling, hair care, body care, skin care, and oral care. Schwarzkopf Professional is among the world’s three leading suppliers of hair salon products.

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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Update Your Wardrobe for Summer

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 24, 2015

Here in Texas, summer seems to come pretty early. I’ve been wearing my beloved tanks for a while now, but just headed to Walmart to find some summer attire that included some shorts, since the temperatures promised to be in the upper 80s and low 90s this weekend.

I was not disappointed… I found a couple of great pairs of shorts, both in denim and a cool cotton fabric. Of course, I added a couple of tank tops to my ever growing collection, but I also found a sheer flowery top to wear over a cami, that came with a belt. A perfect way to complete a summer outfit that is not too casual, but can be dressed up to be worn throughout the summer for just about any occasion.

The demin shorts I added to my wardrobe for summer are mid-thigh. I did choose the distressed look, just because I am still young at heart and feel like I can pull off the look. I paired these with the flowery top  (link to similar style online) I found and a pair of brown flats.

denim mid-thigh shorts
Summer fashion - dress up those shorts

The second pair of shorts I picked up are No Boundaries Soft Challis (in mutli Aztec stripes). These are super comfy and I will most likely wear them with a tank top, but can dress them up with a black belt if the occasion so calls for a more chic look.

Summer Style

All in all, I found just what I was looking for at Walmart, but will say that there were many summery dresses that I will most likely add to my wardrobe in the coming weeks.

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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Building a Marriage that Lasts a Lifetime (from a not-so-perfect wife)

April 13, 2015

I remember my Grandmother telling me before my wedding, and just after she and my Grandfather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, that I did not yet know true love. She explained that making it through hard times together would intensify my love for Ray, but ultimately loving him would be a daily choice. I couldn’t imagine then that […]

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Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken {Recipe}

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As you may know, Ray loves to cook. He finds being in the kitchen very therapeutic and makes quite the production out of making us all a meal, be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. I, on the other hand, am always looking for ways to cut my time in the kitchen short… unless I […]

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6 Ways to Rediscover That Lovin’ Feeling

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I’ve always loved Ray with a very sincere and passionate love, but it felt for a bit as though we had “lost that lovin’ feeling.” I suppose it could have been the fact that I was either pregnant or nursing for the majority of the first eight years of our mariage. Or, perhaps, it was stress […]

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Spring Refresh #WearWalmart

March 31, 2015

It’s been quite some time since I’ve worn a dress. I mean, I love to wear skirts, but my typical busy mom attire in the Spring is jeans or capris and a tank. So, I was excited to find some cute and flattering dresses on Walmart.com. So, I did what I needed to do and […]

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Easter Goodies at Walmart

March 27, 2015

My kids and I just had a fun little tasting… We are trying to guess the Mystery Flavored Peeps. Have you tried them? What did you think? Personally I thought they tasted like a tangy kiwi-strawberry. Yum! My kiddos were way in to this taste-testing session. There were many giggles, let me tell ya! They […]

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Family Movie Night :: Annie

March 17, 2015

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LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers {Review}

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Easter Candy Baskets {DIY}

March 15, 2015

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 […]

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Easy Easter Pudding Cups

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5 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

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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 […]

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2015 Beauty Trend: Coconut Oil

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Did you know that coconut oil has some pretty amazing uses? Not only is is great for cooking, but it is wonderful for skin, hair, and nails. I prefer to use unrefined, cold-pressed, organic, virgin coconut oil and Walmart carries one of my favorite brands – Nature’s Way. It’s nice and creamy and doesn’t taste too […]

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What’s in Your Closet? #WearWalmart

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My wardrobe consists of a few basics that change as the seasons change. As we near Spring and warmer weather, I pull out my tank tops, basic tees, and maxi skirts. In addition to my favorite jeans that I wear all year ’round, I am set, but every now and then I like to add […]

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Laundry Made Simple

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Five of Christian Grey’s 50 Shades We Should Be Discussing (Instead of Sex and Bondage)

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Orange Chocolate Bath Soak

February 10, 2015

What better way to gift someone special than with spa-like goodies that calms, relaxes, and soothes? Homemade bath salts and soaks make a great gift for teachers, friends, and loved ones this Valentine’s Day. The best part is that they are super easy and, with only 2-3 ingredients, relatively inexpensive to make. So, instead of buying a […]

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My Invisalign Experience

February 9, 2015

A guest post by Ethan Young When my mom told me that I would possibly be getting Invisalign to correct my crowded teeth, I was a bit worried. I was afraid it would hurt, kids at school would make fun of me, the aligners would be irritating when I eat and frustrating to clean. But, […]

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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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Timothy is the only kiddo home with me during the day, while all of his siblings are at school. Often he gets quite bored with me and Bella, and I resort to putting on a Netflix show or two for him in the afternoon. Of course, he has his favorites, but fortunately his favorites are mostly entertaining […]

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