#LeapPad3 by #LeapFrog {Review}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 18, 2014

We are a very digital family. All of my older kiddos have their own smart phones; my younger kids play on our iPads, Kindle Fire, and often my phone or Ray’s phone. But, before they even started using these more advanced devices, my little ones all had LeapFrog tablets.

LeapPad3 by LeapFrog

Our newest LeapFrog device is the LeapPad3. It came pre-loaded with 10 apps – including 10 learning songs with the Music Player, a calculator, notepad, clock, calendar and voice memo, all designed for kid-friendly exploration. In addition, we can access a library of 1,000+ games, apps, ebooks and videos. Plenty for every age and subject. There will never be a shortage of fun activities for Timmy. With it’s rough and tumble-proof design, it can withstand the jolts and drops sure to take place when in little hands. It’s perfect for my littlest guy.

Set-up was easy, right out of the box. There were just a few steps to complete to connect the wifi, set up Timmy’s profile, and register the device. Then came the fun part – downloading the apps and letting Timmy get lost in the learning games!

LeapFrog LeapPad3 Product Details

The single issue we immediately had with the new LeapPad3 was with the stylus. I’ll admit, the issue is probably more with my kids than the actual device. Because of the new capacitive touch screen, the tablet comes with a soft-tipped stylus. The soft tip didn’t last long, simply due to the fact that it was unfamiliar and my Timmy was curious. Now the struggle comes in finding a replacement stylus.

LeapFrog products have always been a favorite around here, so it’s no surprise that I would highly recommend a LeapPad3 for your little ones. The design, quality, and age-appropriate content included just can’t be beat.

I received the LeapPad3 in exchange for this post as part of a promotional program with LeapFrog.


A Great Foundation : My New Beauty Must Have

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 18, 2014

I’m always on the lookout for great beauty products. Until recently I’ve only used a BB Cream, but finding the perfect foundation has become key to my beauty routine.

In the summertime especially, I don’t like anything heavy on my face, which is why I gravitate more towards BB Creams. However, I was excited to try L’Oréal’s new Visible Lift Blur Foundation. I was pleasantly surprised that Visible Lift was light and smooth, not at all thick and goopy like other foundations I have tried.

As you can see in the before and after photos below, Visible Lift really did “blur the look of lines, wrinkles and uneven texture” on my face. I was pleased to discover that, unlike other foundations, it also helped cover up the dark circles under my eyes. Even with my BB Cream I have to use an under-eye concealer.

LOREAL Visible Lift Blur Foundation

A bit more about L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Foundation:

  • 12 Available Shades
  • Suitable for All Skin Types
  • Opti-Blur Technology
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • SPF 18

L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Foundation gave my skin a fresh, smooth youthful finish, with not a flaw in sight. It is a definite must have for my beauty routine.

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/L’Oréal. All opinions are mine.


illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask {Review}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 15, 2014

Last week I told you about my daily skin care routine and how I tried a new device that I believe caused my skin to detox, thus breaking out a bit. Well, now that my skin has cleared, I only have good things to say about the illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask.


The illuMask is available at Walmart (for only $29.97), it comes with the mask and controller and gives 30 daily treatments. The mask promises to visibly reduces signs of aging in just 15 minutes every day and after only 15 treatments, I have to say, I’m already noticing quite a bit of a difference and it’s only been 2 weeks so far.

illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask

I had quite a few wrinkles in my forehead; a couple of sun spots; and I was beginning to see a few signs of … getting older. After using the illuMask the past two weeks, I have noticed that my wrinkles are less noticeable; my skin seems smoother and tighter; and, since that initial breakout, my face is clearer and brighter.

My face was completely clean before I put the mask on each day. Some days I would lie and listen to peaceful and calming music in the evening (as pictured above), or I would lie in bed for an extra 15 minutes in the morning before starting my day. My littlest guys seem to have gotten it in their heads that the mask is giving me super-powers… I have yet to tell them otherwise. Mainly because they leave me alone and think it’s way cool!

illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy MaskHow does the illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask work?

illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask delivers phototherapy in a safe, convenient and easy mask treatment to make your skin look and feel younger and more beautiful. Red light evens skin tone and reduces roughness. Infrared light reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Phototherapy is a safe and effective skin care technology that uses good light to treat skin conditions. For decades, light treatments have been used by top dermatologists, spas and skin clinics. Now, based on similar technology, illuMask makes it possible to achieve affordable cosmetic results at home. With illuMask, you can expect: visibly brighter, clearer, smoother, more radiant skin; reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; improved skin tone and texture. illuMask is designed and recommended by doctors. No damaging UV lights–illuMask is safe for different skin tones and skin types. illuMask visibly reduces signs of aging in just 15 minutes every day.

I’m anxious to see the results after a full month of using the illuMask. I’ll be sure to update!

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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Back to School Already?

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 13, 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year. Almost gone are the late nights and sleeping in. School starts in less than two weeks. Summer is just about over and back to routine we go. It’s time to get those backpacks loaded up with school supplies, gather items for the classroom, and piece together outfits and uniforms.

We will have six kiddos in school this year, at three different campuses. Follow along over the next few days as I share with you what we are doing to prepare, where we are shopping for the best deals, and how we are psyching ourselves up for an awesome school year. You won’t want to miss our Back-to-School series!

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It’s Your Birthday

August 12, 2014

Hey Noah, I’m not sure how it happened, but you are now SEVEN years old, and today we celebrate YOU! It seems like yesterday Dad was rushing me to the hospital to deliver you. Just like so many times throughout your life, you were eager to show face. In fact, I almost delivered you in […]

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My Essential Oils Skin Care Regimen

August 11, 2014

I was talking with some of my friends not too long ago about how I use Young Living Essential Oils. They were blown away by how many I use and for what purposes. Among many other, I shared with them how I use the oils to keep my anxiety and depression at bay, how I […]

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Herdez Cocina Mexicana Bowls :: A great after school snack for growing boys!

August 8, 2014

I have lots of boys. Six, in fact. Big boys and little boys, but all are growing at an alarming rate. Because of this growth, my boys are always hungry. I don’t just mean they need snacks often; I mean that my boys can eat 3 or 4 full meals between breakfast and dinner. I’m […]

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Do You Believe Heaven is for Real? #HeavenIsForRealMovie

July 31, 2014

We like to have movie nights here in the Young house; they are always quite the treat. Pizza, popcorn, and sweet treats are always part of the plan, and we’ll cozy up on the couch with blankets no matter how hot it is outside! All of my kids were excited to see the movie Heaven is for Real, and […]

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Back to School Events You Don’t Want to Miss

July 30, 2014

I just got off the phone with the head honchos at Walmart – John Forrest, Phillip Oaks (who leads back-to-college for Walmart.com), and Stephanie Reibling (she’s the vice president, merchandising for home management at Walmart U.S.) They had some great news about how Walmart is bringing us some great savings this Back to School season. As Stephanie said, just moments ago, “Walmart […]

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Save More with Savings Catcher

July 30, 2014

I’ve been shopping at Walmart and telling y’all all about it for quite some time. Not much has excited me more than the latest news – You can now be certain you are spending as little as possible with as little work as possible! No more scouring circulars from each store in town to compare […]

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Staying Active & Feeling Good

July 23, 2014

Exercise has never been a priority for me. I’ve never played any sports, and I most certainly wouldn’t call myself active. Unless you call running after seven kiddos all day active. For a bit, several years ago, I did try to establish a regular exercise routine, with the help of the WiiFit. I ran in […]

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Create your own Farmer’s Market for a #brightfuture with #ProjectSunlight

July 21, 2014

Last month I told y’all about Unilver’s Project Sunlight and promised that I would share which of the Sunlight Summer Activities I chose. Timmy and I proud to present you with our very own Farmer’s Market! Not only did we reduce our carbon footprint by growing our own herbs, but we made a positive impact […]

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Summer Nails with Sally Hansen Triple Shine

July 18, 2014

I love having pretty nails. So does Julia. In fact, we have quite the colorful rainbow collection of nail polish. We were both excited to try the new Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color from Walmart. Of the 29 available colors, we were sent seven to try, plus a bottle of clear Top Coat to lock […]

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Invisalign Straight Talk

July 7, 2014

As you may know, we were given the opportunity to take part in a campaign that would allow both of my twins to receive Invisalign treatment. They both had a mouth full of over-crowded teeth and, because of it, they rarely smiled. It was estimated that both boys would need to wear the invisible aligners for […]

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Mini Patriotic Luminaries

July 3, 2014

I’ll fully admit that I am a procrastinator. So, the fact that I was making some festive patriotic decorations the day before the 4th of July should not be surprising. Honestly, I wish I had made these little gems much earlier, so I could display them longer. Oh, who am I kidding? I live in America and […]

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Fresh Stone Fruit from Walmart makes great Summer Treats

July 2, 2014

My kids and I love fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums; the juicy stone fruit doesn’t last long around here. So, when Walmart asked me to highlight their stone fruit and the 100% freshness guarantee, I jumped on the opportunity. I think my kids were just as excited as I was. In fact, I had to […]

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

June 26, 2014

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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Archery: My New Favorite Pastime

June 22, 2014

I’ve shot guns since I was young. In fact, I bought my very first gun – a .22 rifle – when I was a teenager. My siblings and I would practice target shooting with my parents when we would hike through our property. But, I never imagined I’d take up archery. I certainly was never opposed […]

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projectSunlight :: The Way Kids See It #brightfuture

June 19, 2014

How are you and your kids making a difference in our world? In your community? For your future? It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. Unilever has recognized that we can make a big difference in our world by coming together to do small actions every day that make a real difference. We […]

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Large Families :: Caregiving

June 13, 2014

Please welcome my good friend, Elizabeth Norton. She has some great tips to share with you today… Until I met Christine, I would have figured I came from a big family. In reality, I am only the oldest of 4. I am not in the season of my parents needing my help, but I know […]

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Keeping the Kids Busy this Summer with Homemade {Play}Dough

June 10, 2014

Summertime can be a challenging season in which to keep the kiddos busy. It gets quite toasty here in Texas and there is only so much sun and swimming a mama can handle, so when the kiddos come in hot and tired it’s difficult to keep the TV and other electronics to a minimum. Reading […]

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Summer Beauty Essentials

June 8, 2014

This time of year means many outdoor activities for a busy mom like me. Swimming, camping, hiking, afternoons at the water park, and picnics at the lake. No matter what we have planned, we know that it will involve lots of sun exposure. Lots of sun exposure means less makeup and more sunscreen. But, that certainly doesn’t mean you […]

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