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.


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

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on 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 the front seat of our car!

You have brought happiness, laughter, and many moments of heart-swelling love to our family, Noah. Always the center of attention, eager to please, and often a little trouble-maker, you never cease to bring smiles to our faces and  joy to our hearts.

Happy birthday, Noah!

Dad and I cherish every day with you and look forward to watching you grow and mature. We know you were born to do amazing and wonderful things and can’t wait to see what is in store for you!

Happy birthday, little man!!

Lots of love,



My Essential Oils Skin Care Regimen

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on 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 have balanced my hormones for a much lighter monthly cycle, how I use the oils for my allergies, and what I use on my face to keep my skin clear and acne-free.

They seemed most interested in hearing about my skin care regimen, so I thought I’d share that with y’all today.

My Essential Oils Skin Routine

Lemon oil is known to be a wonderful cleansing agent for the skin. But, it also reduces wrinkles and combats acne. On many occasion, after cleaning off my makeup, I have used Lemon oil as a sort of additional cleanser for my face. On most other nights, I place a few drops of Coconut oil in the palm of my hand and mix in 2 drops of Lemon oil. I only ever use it at night, because it is an oil that is known to be photosensitive, meaning it makes the skin more sensitive to UV light.

In the morning, before applying my makeup, I will create a similar mixture for my face, using Egyptian Magic Cream (a little goes a LONG way) and  2 drops of Frankincense oil. Frankincense is known to be anti-aging, helping to decrease sun and age spots, as well as wrinkles.

Melrose Essential Oil for bad acne

I used Melrose (neat, meaning without a carrier oil) on several cyst-like pimples on my face over the weekend. After just two day, the pimples are all but gone! Now, you may be wondering why I have these pimples in the first place, right? I mean, didn’t I just tell you that my skin has been clear since using essential oils? Yes. Yes, I did. Let me explain – I started using a device every day that claims to make your skin look and feel younger and more beautiful (more on that later). I believe that this little device has caused my skin to detox, which is good. Thus the pimples.

I hear great results for acne when using Purification, as well. You’ll just need to find what works best for you.

For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, including where to find them and how to purchase them at wholesale, please take a look at my Young Living Page.

Disclaimer: Please remember I am not a doctor. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but are simply suggestions for managing good health. The suggestions given apply only to the use of therapuetic-grade Young Living Essential Oils.


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, 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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Strong and Courageous

May 20, 2014

My good friend Marti articulated wonderfully some of our feelings through our recent trials. I couldn’t have expressed any of this better myself, and I’m so happy she agreed to let me share these thoughts with y’all. In church on Sunday, I had a lot of thoughts coming to me based on the message through scripture. Through all of […]

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We want you to know…

May 9, 2014

First of all, I have had to close comments on all posts regarding the girls’ harassment, due to some very ugly people. Understand that we appreciate the support, but we’ve endured enough negativity and hatred to last several lifetimes. Now, please know that it has never been our intention to “bully” Jaide by sharing our […]

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