May 2008

Father’s Day Gift Guide

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 31, 2008

Father’s Day is just around the corner!
Do you have the perfect gift for the special guys in your life? If not, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at the following gift ideas…
You are sure to find a wonderful and thoughtful gift, or two, for your dad, hubby, brother, and friends.

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Give Simple has some fabulous gift ideas for any guy in your life… From a leather-bound world atlas to a classy wine decanter or a stylish money clip, you’re sure to find the perfect gift.

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Skimbaco has some great gifts for Dad. Personalized caps, DeAnna Cochran tags, or messenger bags are sure to please.
Through July 1st, use coupon code DAD10 at checkout to save 10% on some fabulous Father’s Day gifts.

Enter to win a Blume Baseball Cap!

Does the daddy in your house blog? This tee from Urban Baby Runway would be perfect for him — “I blog my child’s entire life.”
Through July 1st use coupon code DATESTODIPES to save 10% on some fabulous finds.


Father’s Day Gifts from Belisi are sure to bring a smile to the face of that most special man in your life. From designer silk ties and pocket squares to tasteful dress shirts and cuff links, their collection of Father’s Day gifts will delight any Dad.

Hop over to Mommies United for a chance to win a neck tie and cuff links!

For some comfy and cozy threads for the dad who has everything, check out these pajama pants from Karen Neuburger. They also have plush robes and lounge socks, too!

A Grateful Dad Tee from ProMom Couture would be a fun gift for the dad who loves to have fun and truly appreciates his family… That’s your husband, dad, and brother, right?
Use coupon code vicki at checkout to get one free tee when you buy three!

Enter to win a Grateful Dad tee!

Wear Clean Underwear! is the perfect gift for the dad who wants to make sure he does everything right when making legal decisions for himself and his family – A must read for every dad!

Enter to win a copy of Wear Clean Underwear!


A Country Bob’s Sauce gift pack would be a great gift for the food-loving guy in your life. Choose from a variety of sauces and throw in the Country Bob’s cookbook… It’s sure to please!

Enter to win two bottles of Country Bob’s Sauce!

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This ground-breaking Dad’s bag has a generous number of internal pockets to organize all of Dad’s essentials and would make a perfect gift. It’s stylish, ergonomic and highly functional.
Buy the Marshall Bag at Baby Brown’s and get a free Little Marsh Bag!


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Treat the big kid in your life to a Nintendo DS – They’re not just for the little kids anymore!

If your dad (or your kiddos’ dad) is the photographer in the family, shop the Kodak Store. From Digital Picture Frames and accessories to Digital cameras and printers, you’re sure to find the perfect gift!

Spend $200 & Save 10%

Dads, grandpas, and uncles deserve the best this Father’s Day. At Snapfish you can turn your favorite memories into personalized photo gifts to celebrate the dads in your life.
Through June 4th, use coupon code THANKSDAD at checkout to save 20% on some fabulous Father’s Day gifts.

UPEK’s Eikon To Go is a great gift for the guy who loves security. This Digital Privacy Manager offers such a wide range of security options, to keep all information safe and only accessible by him just by the swipe of his finger.

Enter to win an Eikon To Go!


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Is there a guy in your life who needs help keeping time? How about gifting him with a Casio watch. There are several styles and eye-catching designs – You’re sure to find the perfect piece.

Enter to win a Casio Watch!


For more gift ideas, check out what our friends recommend…

MInTheGap has some great (and low cost) Father’s Day gift ideas!

The Mommy Daddy Blog has listed some great last minute gift ideas!

Father's Day Gift Guide

Shop for more unique and timeless gifts for him at Kir DeVries



by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 29, 2008

I didn’t really think it through when I agreed to let Josh buy Moon Sand with his birthday money last month. He and the rest of the kiddos love playing with the sand that never dries, but it could be quite a chore to clean up! Little did I know I was allowing them to bring the beach indoors!

Fortunately I have a solution for making cleaning up after messy kids just a bit easier. Whether you have messy eaters, have your kiddos working on a messy craft, or they are playing with the beach indoors, just through down a splat mat. These things are great!

There are several different types of Splat Mats, but I have found only two that I really like to use:

Deluxe Splat Mat---Yellow Poppy with red gingham trimModern June has a selection of chic splat mats made of oilcloth. These mats clean up easily and will last throughout the years. There are a variety of patterns and designs from which you can choose, and they are pretty enough to leave on the table after the messy painting projects are hanging to dry.

designNeat Solutions has a Floor Topper that is convenient and easy to use. The Floor Toppers are disposable and are perfect for the times when you may just want to grab the mess and toss it. They are also sturdy enough to use over and over again, so you get more bang for your buck. I use these when the kids are playing with the Moon Sand, mainly because I really don’t have the patience to wipe the little bits of sand off of any thing!

What do you use to make cleaning up easier? I’d love to hear!

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A New Bed for Baby #6

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 28, 2008

Over seven years ago, when we welcomed our twins into our family, we were set up with the best of the best (times two) when it came to baby gear. Our family and friends gifted us with two top-of-the-line car seats, two of the best pack n’ plays, two high chairs, and a double stroller. All of these items were made by Graco – the trusted brand.

Three years ago, when Josh was a baby, I decided we needed a new stroller… A single stroller to be pushed along side of our double. I bought a stroller that was on sale, and I thought it would be just fine. It wasn’t a Graco, but it would serve it’s purpose, right? Wrong! I ended up taking it back, after trying to use it once, and I bought a Graco instead.

You may be surprised to know that my pack ‘n plays have served as a regular bed to each of my babies after Julia. We never had room for a second full-size crib, until this house and baby #6, and the pack ‘n play always worked out so well. That thing can fit in the smallest places!

Not too long ago, though, after almost eight years and six kids, I had to say goodbye to my second Graco pack ‘n play. It may have lasted several more beatings years, but my twins decided to wrestle in it and it saw it’s last day. Since it served as Noah’s bed each night, this was a very big deal! My new Twitter friend and the sweet peeps at Graco came to my rescue, after my virtual call for help, and sent Noah a new bed!


A Reading Adventure

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 27, 2008

Josh is determined to learn to read this week. He runs around trying to find all of the books that he can read on his own. So fun!

I like to have games and activities to reinforce what the kiddos are learning. Josh loves to play Mia’s Reading Adventure. Playing a Mia adventure is like being able to travel inside an animated cartoon and see the world from the perspective of a little mouse. The graphics are beautiful and Mia’s Reading Adventure is a perfect tool for reinforcing Josh’s beginning reading skills.

Mia’s Reading Adventure is even fun for the older kids. With 12 activities, and 4 different levels, they all love helping the Bugaboo Bugs! And since it’s geared for ages 5-9, I feel good about letting them all play.

Kutoka has several other games for children, including a Miss Spider Scavenger Hunt. They even have a language learning system where the older set can learn French, Spanish or English as a second language.

I guess if I have to share my computer, it’s best that it’s for something like a Kutoka adventure!


Violet Gumdrop

May 27, 2008

Darcy is mommy to little Nash. With her mom, sisters and grandmother, she creates some cute items, available at Violet Gumdrop. From personalized clothing and bibs to jewelry and accessories, Violet Gumdrop is a fun place to shop. Just about all of the designs at Violet Gumdrop can be interchanged. All of their unique items […]

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Outrageous, but not surprising…

May 26, 2008

Subway wants to hear stories from children to enter their Every Sandwich Tells A Story Contest. Well, they are refusing entries from my children. Why? Because my children are home schooled. Here are the official rules straight from the site: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest is open only to legal residents of […]

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Photography Tips

May 25, 2008

So, I was browsing around on the GoodyBlog the other day and found the post about Parents Magazine Cover Model Search. The first thing I thought was, I have the cutest kids in America… I better ask my mom to take some pictures so we can enter! Then I thought, Well, maybe I can take […]

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Happy Birthday Ray!

May 24, 2008

To My Best Friend on His Birthday – I am so blessed to have you in my life and honored to be your wife. You amaze me more and more each day, as I see how you live for the Lord and seek to please Him in all you do. The love you have for […]

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More About Us

May 22, 2008

I am going to attempt to appease some curiosity about our family by listing here the most frequently asked questions posed to us by friends, and strangers, alike. If you have one for us, feel free to ask. We just may include our answer here! How did you and Ray meet? Ray and I met […]

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It’s a DC25!!

May 22, 2008

Congratulations to Huguette who was chosen as the random winner of my guessing game! She has won two bottles of my favorite carpet spot remover – Folex. All moms should have Folex on hand for all that spilled milk! I have to say that only mannequin was spot on — The correct answer to my […]

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Wordless Wednesday — Twice This Week

May 20, 2008

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Her new best friend…

May 18, 2008

Meet Cupcake Julia loves to make new friends, especially when the new friend listens to everything she says, plays whatever she wants, and doesn’t yell at her or hit her (yes, I agree… she needs a sister!). Enter Cupcake, a Baby Rose Rag Doll. She received Cupcake from Chic Baby Rose, an online boutique offering […]

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Fun for Feet!

May 18, 2008

Once upon a time, children’s shoes were taking themselves a bit too seriously,and feet were not having any fun.Then one day, a new brand named Polliwalks™ was created.Polliwalks™ brought fun back to children’s feet. All the children loved their Polliwalks™.They took them home, quickly became best friends, and lived happily every after.When was the last […]

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Life’s waiting. Let’s go.

May 18, 2008

20 years ago the “cool” shoes were made by Nike and Reebok. These Stride Rite shoes that my children have now are way more hip than anything I had growing up. I would certainly buy Stride Rite over Nike or Reebok any day! -Ray, father of six (and my hubby!) Ray and I are so […]

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"It’ll be a privilege!"

May 16, 2008

This device will make cleaning fun, according to my oldest son.He has tried to take it apart;he’s oh-so smart.He’s even said I would be meanif I didn’t let him use it to clean! Any guesses?If you guess correctly, before next Wednesday Thursday evening, when I reveal the answer to my little riddle, you will be […]

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Shopping with 6 kiddos

May 14, 2008

Today I ventured off to the grocery store with my six kiddos in tow. I set out with great hopes that I could make it through Safeway, gathering all of the items on my grocery list, without losing my cool, or forgetting anything. Fortunately I remembered to grab my Moby wrap on my way out […]

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Wordless Wednesday — My SpiderBaby

May 14, 2008

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Beautiful Photos

May 13, 2008

I’m sure you all saw that gorgeous picture of Julia that I posted on her birthday, right? If not, you can see it here. I wish I could say that I took the picture, but I didn’t. I don’t think my camera is capable of taking a picture of that quality. I have decided that […]

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Safe Sippers

May 13, 2008

It’s been all over the news for months – BPA found in plastic bottles and cups. But, what exactly is BPA? The Green Mommy has a great article on what BPA is, but in a nutshell it is the component found in many plastics that mimics estrogen in the body and disrupts various endocrine functions. […]

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Happy Birthday Julia!!

May 12, 2008

My baby girl is SIX today!! Happy Birthday, Princess Tulip!

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About This Mom

May 12, 2008

I was tagged with the following Meme by Cindi, over at Moomette’s Musings and thought it would be fun to post it here, instead of posting only five things about me! Tagging is a great way to network, meet new friends, and get acquainted with other bloggers! So here it goes… Here are the rules: 1. […]

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May 11, 2008

The most important job in the world doesn’t offer an hourly wage or days off or paid vacations. But it does offer real feelings, shining faces, bedtime stories, small victories, priceless memories, and many wonderful priceless moments of joy… Always remember, there’s no more important job in this world than the one you do every […]

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