November 2008

Holiday Gift Guides Galore

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

Do you know what items are hot this Holiday season? Did you post tips on where to find the best gifts for the people on your Christmas list? Did you put together a Gift Guide for easy reference?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, we want to hear from you! Please sign the Mr. Linky below, with a direct link to your gift guide related post/s.

If you are hosting a giveaway in conjunction with your gift guide be sure to visit SkimbacoLifestyle.com to sign the Mr. Linky there.

Be sure to join the Virtual Holiday Gift Guide Party on Twitter, Cyber Monday from 7-9pm EST, so Katja and I can pimp YOUR gift guide and giveaway!


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You’re Invited to a Virtual Holiday Party!

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

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

Where?
Wherever you are!

Why?
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 SkimbacoLifestyle.com, 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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Mom-powered Alternatives to Big Retailers

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

I stayed away from the crowds and madness this morning, but in honor of Black Friday, I have posted a widget below, created by Megan Calhoun of TwitterMoms fame, that includes 250+ mom-powered alternatives to big box retailers. You’ll find literally hundreds of places to shop (and great gift ideas) here, all of which are listed in the TwitterMoms Holiday Catalog.

Shopping is easy — just click any link to visit the site directly.

A great alternative to fighting the crazies!




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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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Thankful

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 […]

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Win $500 in the Nickelodeon Holiday Money Saving Tips Contest!

November 26, 2008

Share your Holiday Money Saving Tips and you can win BIG! Nickelodeon and the ElevenMoms want to know how you save money during the holiday season. To urge you to share your BEST holiday money saving tips, Nickelodeon has given all of the ElevenMoms a $500 Walmart gift card to give to our readers! You […]

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Give the Gift of Music

November 24, 2008

Whether you are looking for games, CDs, or DVDs that tap in to your music loving senses, you are sure to find something that hits the spot with my suggestions below! Wii Music has us all moving our bodies and making music. Up to four of us jam together using the Wii Remote and Balance […]

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Win a Linda Eder Prize Pack

November 24, 2008

Win it! Enter to win Linda Eder’s The Other Side of Me autographed CD, and autographed T-shirt or hat Here’s how to enter: Leave me a comment, by 9pm on December 12th, telling me about your favorite recording artist of all time. Be sure you visit this post, to grab my Gift Guide button, for […]

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Win Seal’s Newest CD, Soul

November 24, 2008

Win it! Enter to win a copy of Seal’s newest CD, Soul, as well as an ipod Lego mini speaker… Great combo! Here’s how to enter: Leave me a comment, by 9pm on December 12th, telling me about your favorite Seal song, and why it’s your favorite. Feel free to listen to a few of […]

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Win an Il Divo prize pack

November 24, 2008

Win it! Enter to win Il Divo’s The Promise CD/DVD and The Christmas Collection CD Here’s how to enter: Leave me a comment, by 9pm on December 12th, telling me which Il Divo song on either album you are most looking forward to enjoying. Be sure you visit this post, to grab my Gift Guide […]

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Secret to Great Hair Revealed

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 […]

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Win big on my 1000th post! Mutsy Spider Giveaway

November 22, 2008

My newest favorite on-the-go toy is my 4Rider, featuring Mutsy’s signature modern profile with edgy, single-spoke wheels.The Mutsy collection is expertly designed to meet parents’ every need with a unique travel system that is extremely flexible – perfect for the mom on the go. The basis of the Mutsy range is three frames, each with […]

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Macy’s is giving this year… Will you?

November 21, 2008

I remember watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade every year on TV, always wishing I could be there in person to see it. I know, I would be freezing, but it would be soooo much fun. I have to say that I am a bit envious of Katja… She’s planning to take her kiddos this […]

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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 Mamaphoto 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, with […]

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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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Stocking Stuffers

November 13, 2008

Now it’s time to pull out those stockings, the wrapping paper, and gift baskets, and put together all of those gifts! Whether you are looking for gifts to fill the stockings, or one to compliment a larger gift, I’m sure you will find some ideas here. Give a special someone a sweet treat with chicBuds […]

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Win a Groovy Ruby CD

November 13, 2008

Are you looking for some groovin’ music for your kiddos? Check out Groovy Ruby, an all original rock band, led by five tween girls. Their sound: The Beatles and Beach Boys collide with the Go-GO’s….in middle school. You will love these girls and their positive messages! Win it! You can win Groovy Ruby’s sophomore hit […]

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Entertaining and Hostess Gifts

November 13, 2008

Whether you are the one hosting the parties and the overnight guests, or the one being served, you will need plenty of ideas to make it through the holidays. Are you looking for the perfect gift to give your husband’s boss, or the hostess of your holiday neighborhood get-together? Look no further. I have some […]

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Win a $50 Walmart gift card

November 13, 2008

We can all use a little help this holiday season. Thanks to the fine folks at Walmart, who want to help you save money and live better, one of you will be set for all of your holiday entertaining needs! Win it! You can win a $50 gift certificate to purchase any of Walmart’s fine […]

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Win a "Savoring the Moment" gift bag

November 13, 2008

Holiday parties are just around the corner… Discover the best wine and food pairs, and prepare your pallet for some savory nibbling! Win it! You can win a Savoring the Moment gift bag, which includes a free coupon for Pillsbury Flaky Pastry Bites, a wine bottle topper, wine glass charms, a bottle opener, a wine […]

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Win a Momma’s Tantrum Apron

November 13, 2008

Whether you are looking for the best hostess gift or preparing your holiday meals, you will need a fun and classy apron and some good recipes! Win it! You can win a Momma’s Tantrum Fall Leaves apron and a Campbell’s tin Recipe Card Collection, just in time for our holiday entertaining!Here’s how to enter: Leave […]

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