My Go-To Fall Outfit

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 21, 2014

I am loving the bright colors that are available in fashion and apparel at Walmart this Fall! Of course, you can still find all of the goodies that make dressing for this season so great – boots, scarves, oversized sweaters, and all – but adding bright splashes of color to my outfit is easy to do with the fun items I’m seeing. And, it’s just so fun!

My Go-To Fall Look

I pretty much live in denim, and with my new fitness regimen, I am noticing that my bum and thighs are bigger (which is certainly not a bad thing), so my pants are fitting different… It was time to update my wardrobe and Walmart was the perfect place to shop for jeans. I was excited to find these super comfy No Boundaries distressed skinny jeans for only $19.88. My younger boys just don’t understand why I bought my pants with holes in them, but I love the look! There was also a pair of boot cut jeans in store for the same price that I just had to have. They fit so nicely.

Being that Texas stays pretty warm, even through the Fall, this hooded tab sleeve pullover I found in the Junior section is perfect for the season. (Walmart also has a pink one with a silver and black heart, as well as a cream one with a skull.) The colorful infinity scarf ($4.97 for two!) I paired with this outfit matches perfectly with the turquoise pull strings and does a great job of making my pink flats (only $5 in store!) pop.

My new favorite outfit for Fall is complete with some bangles, hoop earrings, and a sparkly headband – all found at Walmart. I am extremely excited to share that my complete outfit (shown here) was purchased for less than $50!

Fall Style

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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Large Families Need to be Prepared for a Disaster: National Disaster Preparedness Month

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

Disaster, whether natural or man made, can strike at any time. September is dedicated as National Disaster Preparedness Month to get people thinking about what they would do should a disaster hit.

Are you and your family prepared?

Your first thoughts in a disaster scenario is about those closest to you, your family. You wonder where they are and if they are safe. The larger your family, the more difficult it is to keep track of everyone’s well being. Family can be just those living in your house or other relatives near and far. Either way, being able to reach each other and know everyone is safe can give you peace of mind in a confusing and frightening time. Having a plan of communication in place ahead of time helps to eliminate these fears in the moment.

Meet with your family and agree together on one person to contact whether by phone or email. Preferably this should be someone who is not in the same area as your family. Plan to send a text instead of calling in order to keep the phone lines open for emergency workers.

Have a fire escape plan for your home making sure there are two exits for every room. Find a common place for everyone to meet outside of the house. Also, choose a place outside of your neighborhood should your family be in different areas and not able to get home. Practice these plans so they comes easy if you ever need to use them.

We love the Life360 app, which has a group chat that allows you to communicate with a bunch of people at one time. It also lets you share your location instantly with members in your circle. Install it on all of your phones now, so you can use it in the case of an emergency.

If a disaster happens, it’s better to be prepared, not caught unaware. Keep your family safe by making a plan now. Find more information on disaster preparedness at Ready.gov because you really can never be too prepared.

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Laniwai Spa: One of Many Reasons to Visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 16, 2014

Along the beaches of Ko Olina, nestled between mountains and ocean of Oahu, Hawaii sits the breath-taking and magical Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. There are many reasons to visit this beautiful oasis that is just outside of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy all the island has to offer. Laniwai Spa is one of these reasons.

Laniwai Spa at Aulani

Located within Aulani, Laniwai is an 18,000-square-foot full-service spa and wellness center featuring spa therapies, and a variety of fitness options for the whole family from group exercise classes to intense one-on-one training. It is home to the Kula Wai, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor hydrotherapy garden to enjoy before or after spa services that includes herbal pools, six unique “rain showers,” hot and cold whirlpools, and plenty of outdoor relaxation areas.

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa  Laniwai Spa

Aulani was voted this year’s “Top Hotel for Families in the United States” by the readers of Travel + Leisure and is one of the only true, luxury family wellness retreats that offers spa, relaxation and spectacular Hawaiian experiences for ages newborn and up. Laniwai meaning “freshwater heaven” in the beautiful Hawaiian language is a word that embraces the Hawaiian connection to nature and its waterfront location.

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A Bedtime Routine Sure to Calm and Promote Sleep Through the Entire Night

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

The end of the day is almost the most challenging, as a mom, it seems. Getting the kids ready for bed and all tucked in is sometimes the last thing I want to do when I am so tired myself. Especially when there are the after tuck in bedtime delays –
I’m hungry.
I need a drink of water.
Will you pray with me again?
Can I have another hug?

Almost every night, even now, do I have to remind myself that the bedtime routine is most important and one that should not be skipped, no matter how tired you are. This time spent with your little one just before bed will set the stage for the entire night and, in most cases, the entire next day.

When my children were babies, and even in to toddler-hood, we would have the following routine:

  • Bathtime – This was always a special time. As baby is growing and becoming more aware of what is going on around him, he will enjoy this time more and more. My kids always loved the bubbles that seemed ever-present in their baths, thanks to Johnson’s Baby products.

Tub Time with Timmy

  • Massage - Baby massage has been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years, and research shows many benefits. The bond that is created during massage is only intensified by responding to your baby’s body language to make him feel safe and secure. Most often massages turned to snuggles, cuddles, and baby kisses. It was just unavoidable. And lovely. 
    Johnson’s Baby gives you step-by-step instructions on infant and baby massage
  •  Prayer and Quiet Time - I pray over and bless my children just before I say good night and leave them in a quiet and peaceful environment.

3-Step Bedtime Routine

The 3 easy steps of Bath, Massage and Quiet Time before bedtime can help your baby fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep for longer. Try it for 7 nights and see what a difference it could make to you and your baby. You’ll be amazed!

Johnson's Baby Bedtime Products

Now, even though Timmy is almost 4, we still have a bedtime routine and we use the Johnson’s Baby Bedtime products (available at Walmart) as part of this routine. We both love the scent as the Bedtime Shampoo, Bedtime Moisture Wash, and Bedtime Lotion all release a natural calm essence that promotes relaxation. It’s been proven to help baby wind down and sleep better. And it helps me relax, too. I’d say that’s a win-win!

Johnson's Baby Bedtime App

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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Empowering Millions, One Woman at a Time #5by20

September 4, 2014

I have the great honor of being one of 8 professional bloggers to have been chosen by Coca-Cola to witness first-hand how they are investing in the lives of women in India through their 5by20 initiative. We leave this weekend on a whirlwind tour of communities in New Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Dasna and Bangalore, where […]

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September is Self-Improvement Month

September 4, 2014

We all like to make resolutions at the beginning of the New Year. Commitments to improve something about ourselves; perhaps to diet, work out, stop drinking, and the like. If you’re anything like me, you also make resolutions to improve your family relationships that may include not yelling at your kids, spending more quality time […]

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Miracle Gel {Review}

August 29, 2014

Y’all already know of my love for nail color, so telling you about a new line from Sally Hansen should come as no surprise… Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a patented and exclusive gel color system. No base coat or UV/LED light is required, and with just two coats of Miracle Gel color and a […]

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Fifteen

August 28, 2014

It was fifteen years ago today. The hottest day of the year. I was to vow to love, honor, and cherish my best friend all the days of my life, and I was a bundle of nerves. As I walked down the aisle, on my father’s arm, I saw my best friend waiting for me […]

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First Day

August 26, 2014

Sending the kiddos off to school after what seems like a long summer is always bittersweet for me. This year, however, it was especially so. While they were all most certainly ready for the routine that the new school year brought with it, I was a bit nervous to drop them off today and yesterday […]

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Get The Amazing Spiderman 2 at Walmart and Enter the #BeAHeroContest

August 23, 2014

Some of my older kiddos saw The Amazing Spiderman 2 when it was playing in theaters. I, on the other hand, couldn’t get past the fact that someone other than Toby McGuire was playing Peter Parker. In fact, I don’t think I even saw the first of the new series. But, I have to say, […]

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AT&T GoPhone {Review}

August 22, 2014

Have I mentioned that I have three kiddos going in to middle school, 1 in to intermediate (I guess that’s a thing in large districts?), and 2 in to elementary this year? Yes, that’s six kiddos in three different schools. That’s a whole lot of kids in too many places at once for this mama’s […]

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{Back to School in Style} Spoof Up Your Binders & Notebooks

August 21, 2014

So, I’ve talked a lot this week about getting ready  for school to begin. Uniforms, backpacks, other school supplies…. So much to purchase. Why ot have a little fun and personalize these items to match your personality? I gave Julia a small budget and creative license, and asked her to decorate her 3-ring binder and […]

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{Back to School} Supplies

August 20, 2014

I’ve been talking a lot about back to school supplies this week, and for a good reason – school starts soon! Are you ready? I have quite the list of items to purchase this year. I am shopping for two in 8th grade, one in 7th, one in 5th, and two in 2nd grade. Shopping […]

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{Back to School In Style} Backpacks and Lunchbags

August 19, 2014

As you can imagine, buying as many school supplies as I have to, we are on the look-out for great deals. We didn’t have to look far for good value and great prices on backpacks for my little guys. Since we aren’t sure if we will be purchasing school lunches through the lunch program, we […]

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#LeapPad3 by #LeapFrog {Review}

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. Our newest LeapFrog device is the LeapPad3. It […]

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{Back to School in Style} Uniforms

August 18, 2014

My oldest three kiddos are attending a charter school this year. One with a very strict uniform policy. They must wear brown khakis, white or blue polos, and very “formal” attire – complete with a tie for the boys – on Wednesdays. The polos do have to be special polos – ones with the school […]

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A Great Foundation : My New Beauty Must Have

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 […]

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illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask {Review}

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 […]

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Back to School Already?

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 […]

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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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