November 2008

You’re Invited to a Virtual Holiday Party!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 30, 2008

December 1st, also known as Cyber Monday ALL DAY!

Wherever you are!

Because we have some fantastic Holday Gift Guides to share with you and some fabulous Giveaways to tell you about!

Hosted by Katja Presnal, of, and yours truly! Link up your giveaways and gift guides and let us help spread the word!

To end the party properly, Katja and myself, along with our fabulous co-hosts, will be party-ing it up on Twitter at 7pm – 9pm EST. Please join us for Christmas talk, money saving tips, decorating ideas, and GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

Make sure you use the hashtag #gifts for all your holiday related tweets tomorrow night, and follow @KatjaPresnal, @ClassyMommy, @DealSeekingMom and @YoungMommy (that’s me!) to join in on the fun.

Grab the button below if you would like to help spread the word.

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Rachel says "thank you!"

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

Yesterday was the first day Rachel was able to get herself ready since her accident, and she looked great! She did fairly well with a full house and lots of noisy kiddos, but was still in a lot of pain. She wanted to express her gratitude to all of you who showed her such kindness…

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

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I truly have so much for which to be thankful.

I am thankful for my God and the blessings He has given me in my wonderful and hard working husband, my spunky and energetic kiddos, my wonderful family, my fun and and caring friends… YOU!

I am thankful that I am free to worship, free to speak, free to live and sing and dance!

I am thankful for the rain, the cool breeze, and the roof over our heads, comfy clothes to keep us warm, and good food.

I am thankful for laughter, for joy, for innocence and good times.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Day!!

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Secret to Great Hair Revealed

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 23, 2008

Do you want in on the secret?

As one of Walmart’s ElevenMoms, I get special privileges… One being that I get to tell you what the Secret to Great Hair products are, even before Stacy London gets to reveal the secret!

Before I let you in on the secret, would you like to see what I thought of the hair care products?

That was in Bentonville, when the ElevenMoms visited Walmart. We were all sent samples of this hair care line after returning home, but what we didn’t know, at the time, was that we got to find out the “secret” before Stacy London reveals it to all….

On Monday I received a lock box. I did not receive the key to this box, nor the code to open it, until Thursday. Torture!

I finally received my login info and a special site address, later in the week, where I punched in my info to receive my code to unlock my box. Inside the box was the secret revealed, along with a note that said:


Thanks for being a part of our secret hair care program!
As a way of showing our appreciation, we’ve included a Pantene Pro-V system designed specifically for your hair needs. The back of this card includes a guide to using your Pantene Pro-V system.

Enjoy the journey to healthier hair.


Jody Johnson and Lindsay Briggs

And the Secret to great hair is….. Ready?

Pantene Pro-V!!!


Rachel’s Story

November 17, 2008

Rachel was discharged from the hospital this evening, and as I type this, is at home relaxing on her couch, snug as a bug! We thank you for joining us all in prayer, and are grateful to the Lord for her speedy recovery. She is by no means completely healed, but has been given medication […]

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Update on Rachel

November 16, 2008

Rachel and our Mama photo taken Nov. 9th You can check out yesterday’s post, if you would like to read about what happened late Friday night. I left the hospital last night, just after Rachel received clearance to remove the neck brace and begin a clear liquid diet. She was sitting up and quite cheery, […]

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Meet Rachel…

November 15, 2008

My beautiful baby sister. photo taken Nov. 9th Last night, she and our brothers were out with friends. They were walking home from a night on the town, and Rachel tripped over a curb and fell on the right side of her head. She began to bleed from her ear and immediately went unconscious. She […]

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Meet A Cowboy’s Wife

November 12, 2008

There are some bloggers out there who are just so darn cool that you can’t help but love them. Lori, also known as A Cowboys Wife, is one such blogger. In addition to A Cowboy’s Wife, Lori also blogs at My Wooden Spoon, the must-see blog for foodies, and Cowgirl Critiques, where she reviews every […]

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Make Money with Holiday Gift Guides

November 11, 2008

**UPDATED – SEE REGISTRATION INFO BELOW!** **REGISTER NOW** I am so excited to announce that I will be teaming up with the talented and beautiful Social Media guru, Katja Presnal, to bring you a fun and useful tele class on how to make successful holiday gift guides for your blog (that can potentially make you […]

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Christmas Traditions Enhance the Season

November 11, 2008

I asked Ray if he would be willing to share with you a bit about holiday traditions in general, and ours in particular. The following is the result. (If you’re kiddos believe Santa is real, you may not want them to read this… You’ve been warned!) What’s more appropriate at the celebration of the Savior’s […]

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Send out those Christmas cards, but don’t forget the Thank You’s!

November 11, 2008

Paper Shouts is run by mommy-preneur, Shannon Malliet, and is a great place to find unique posh notes for life’s big moments, including the holidays! At Paper Shouts you can find custom holiday cards and invitations, perfect for those Christmas cards and holiday party invites. In addition, Paper Shouts creates personalized note cards and thank […]

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Start a collection of Keepsake Ornaments for each of your Kiddos

November 11, 2008

For as long as I can remember, I have received (or even made or bought myself) a new tree ornament every year. The first year Ray and I were married, I purchased one with our names and the year etched on it. Each year my kiddos have each received a special ornament that revealed their […]

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What are the holidays with out a whole lot of baking?

November 11, 2008

Holiday baking has always been a huge part of the Christmas season. My mom, sisters and I get together once or twice before Thanksgiving, and again just before Christmas, throw on some aprons, and spend the entire day baking away! Of course, we must try everything as it comes out of the oven! So, we […]

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Pondering the Miracle (while snug in your PJs) on Christmas Eve

November 11, 2008

Growing up, Christmas Eve was never really celebrated like Christmas Day… We would visit Grandparents and head home to go to bed early, thinking Christmas morning would come faster if we were sleeping. The on Christmas morning we would take time to remember what Christmas is all about. As Ray mentioned, I was a bit […]

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Eggs – Are they all they’re cracked up to be?

November 8, 2008

Over the last 30 days, as I’ve partnered with the American Egg Board, you have heard me talk a whole lot about eggs. I have shared some scrumptious recipes, all including eggs. I’ve kept track of the results from eating eggs every morning (in various forms). I’ve talked about buying eggs, storing eggs, preparing eggs, […]

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Take-A-Break Bars

November 8, 2008

Not only are these bars a healthy snack, but they are easy to make and a big hit with the kiddos, too! here’s what you need: • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional • 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed dried fruit • […]

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Breakfast is important!

November 7, 2008

My 30 days experiment is coming to an end. I am not, however, going to give up eating a protein-rich breakfast. I cannot tell you how much better I feel, how much more energetic I am throughout the day, and how my mood has been changed for the better, just because I made sure to […]

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German Pancakes, Dutch Babies, or Pannkaka

November 6, 2008

We made German Pancakes for the first time the other day. I really wish I had come across this recipe before now… Katja has informed me that these are called pannkaka in Sweden, and pannukakku in Finland. La Mama Naturale says they are best with lemon and powdered sugar. And, Melanie calls them Dutch Babies! […]

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

November 5, 2008

I got this recipe from a Nestle cookbook, years ago, and it has always been a favorite. Try them for a sweet, scrumptious snack…. They’re sure to become your favorite, too! here’s what you need: 1 1/4 c. softened butter, or margarine 2 c. sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2 c. flour 3/4 c. […]

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Grocery Shopping on a Budget

November 4, 2008

I just recently shared with you some tips for making shopping with the kiddos a bit easier, but do you have a hard time staying within your food budget when you head to the store? As I shop for my family of eight, I certainly find myself struggling to not overspend. But sticking to a […]

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Take-Along Breakfast Special

November 3, 2008

Breakfast doesn’t have to be . . . well, breakfast! I made these Take-Alongs for a quick and easy lunch today, on english muffins. These make for a great on-the-go meal! here’s what you need: 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 1/4 cup (1 oz.) shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 2 1/2 tablespoons bacon-and-tomato-flavored French dressing 4 toasted […]

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Salon Secret Shampoo, first tested by the Walmart ElevenMoms

November 1, 2008

While I was in Bentonville, with the rest of the ElevenMoms, we were treated to a fabulous hair makeover. When we arrived at the salon, we were a bit surprised by the camera crew and list of questions, as we didn’t know we would be filmed or interviewed. But, we were the first to use […]

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