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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2015 Beauty Trend: Coconut Oil

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

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 nutty.

8 Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Daily Beauty Routine

For skin:

Remove your makeup – From waterproof eye makeup to your foundation, remove all of it with some creamy coconut oil.

Reduce fine lines and dark circles – Whip up some coconut oil with a few drops of Frankincense essential oil and apply to face after cleansing. Watch fine lines and dark circles all but disappear.

Moisturize your skin – Apply coconut oil to your damp skin right after showering. I love adding some Ylang Ylang essential oil to create a sweet perfume that lingers all day.

Massage away your stress – Coconut oil makes for a wonderful massage oil. It’s not at all greasy and is the perfect way to relax away your stress and worries.

For hair:

Hydrate your hair and bring back the shine – Apply a generous amount of solid coconut oil to your wet hair, from the roots to the tips, after shampooing. Let sit in hair for 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Manage frizz – I have very frizzy hair. I like to take just a few small drops of coconut oil and get rid of frizzy flyaways but rubbing gently over styled hair.

For nails:

Soften your cuticles and strengthen your nails - Apply to the base of your nails to soften your cuticles, get rid of hang nails, and strengthen your nails.

Beauty from the inside out:

Detoxify and boost your immune system – Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish in your mouth for 20 minutes each day. You will notice an increase in energy, fresher breath, and overall better health. (Read more about oil pulling.)

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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.

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What’s in Your Closet? #WearWalmart

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 26, 2015

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 a few items, mostly to add some colors that pop.

Of course when I add a piece or two, I feel like my entire wardrobe has had a major face lift. That skirt that I bought last season, paired with a new tank or tee, makes the skirt feel brand new. A few light weighted long-sleeve tees brings new life to those worn-in jeans.

Top 4 Wardrobe Staples #WearWalmart

Here are some of my closet must-haves:

Tank Tops in a rainbow of colors - I seriously LIVE in tanks all year long, either layered or alone. They are just super comfy and paired with a cardigan or jacket can be worn for any and every occasion.

Striped and solid Maxi Skirts - SO GREAT for running errands, working at home, and even date nights. Worn with my favorite tanks is a double YES!

Graphic Tees and long sleeve Hooded Tees for those cool Spring nights – I’m not a huge t-shirt gal, but a few fun graphic tees coupled with some trendy bling and I’m right on point.

Jeans and Jeggings - Not much compares to your favorite pair of jeans, especially with those comfy tanks.

From basics to essentials find what you need to build your wardrobe at Walmart.

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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Laundry Made Simple

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 23, 2015

We have long been fans of Tide. I just don’t trust any other brand to do the job needed to clean the clothes, sports equipment, and linens for six rough and tumble boys. With Tide Pods, laundry is made simple with the lack of measuring or scooping. But, what’s more is that each pod contains everything needed to clean, remove odors, and fight stains.

Each and every one of our 2 loads of laundry EACH DAY comes out completely clean, bright, and smelling as fresh as an ocean wave. The ocean mist detergent in the Tide Pod dissolves quickly in hot or cold water. It is the all-in-one laundry detergent that works to fully clean whites or colors. Tide Pods Detergent simplifies my laundry routine — and, since laundry takes up a good chunk of time, my life!

Laundry Made Easy

Why I love Tide Pods capsules with Febreeze:

  • They work in both standard and HE machines
  • They dissolve quickly in hot or cold water
  • 1 pod is all that is needed for each load
  • They work as detergent, stain remover, and brightener
  • They are great for for colors or whites
  • They are available at Walmart – our one stop shop. 

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

February 11, 2015

I have a confession to make. I read the 50 Shades of Grey books. All 3 of them. In spite of the horrible writing, and the fact that I skimmed through at least 1/3 of the contents, I devoured the books. Now, several years later, I am reading all of these articles that are vehemently against […]

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Orange Chocolate Bath Soak

February 10, 2015

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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

January 26, 2015

I used to make scrapbooks. In fact, I have one for each of my twins’ first year. I may even have one for Julia’s… It’s been so long, I honestly don’t remember. My goal was to create a book for each year, even if it was a family album. I would spend hours and hours cutting, […]

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Top 5 Shows for Preschoolers #StreamTeam

January 25, 2015

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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Stay Fit and Feel Better

January 23, 2015

I always feel best when I am most active. Unfortunately, with the holidays and such, I wasn’t able to work out at the gym as regularly as I’d like. I was, however, able to do some simple stretches and exercises at home just to stay fit, so I would feel my best. Simple Stretches: Neck Roll Shoulder […]

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The Holidays Have Come and Gone

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. This year, mainly because of our pending move, but also maybe because we bought a dead live tree, […]

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Ring in the New Year with King Julien #StreamTeam

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 […]

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Drunk Gummy Bears

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 […]

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New Year’s Eve Glam {Beauty Look}

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, […]

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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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