May 2010

Bad Romance {If Only Julia Knew All The Words…}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 31, 2010

Would you like to see what happens when our eight-year-old gets her hands on my Flip Cam?

Ray and I could not stop laughing when we found this video! Julia was a good sport and laughed along with us before she sweetly gave me permission to share it. Scratch that – She begged me to post it!

So, here you have it – Julia’s rendition of Lady GaGa’s Bad Romance ::



by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 26, 2010

Sitting ever so still, I sense a faint tickle inside my womb.

I know it’s you I feel and I smile.

Your movement makes me think of a butterfly trying to escape my cupped hands.


I imagine you dancing, flittering, and flying – like a butterfly – as you grow, develop, and change.

Soon we will meet face to face. But, for now, I revel in the knowledge that you are all mine and you are safe.

My little butterfly.


How Can You Help Hungry Children in America?

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 21, 2010

During the school year, 19.5 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.2 million children receive meals during the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program.

Whether the gap is 17 million kids or even half of that number, too many kids struggle with hunger during the summer months. Because of this, please consider registering to host your own rally. Every dollar raised and donated online will stay in your community to help kids in need.

It’s easy!

Last month, Judy Daniell, of Dirt Road Musings, hosted a “Taste of Italy” pasta dinner to support the efforts of ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger End Here Neighborhood Rally campaign. She collected food donations and collected a fee for the dinner, resulting in quite the spread for her guests. Her rally was a huge success!

Christie Crowder, who blogs at Inside the ChatterBox, visited her daughter’s school and had the children create a large collage, showing in pictures how they could help our country’s child hunger problem. As part of the fun, she created a ConAgra Foods Pantry Contest and challenged the children to search their pantries and bring in labels from ConAgra food items to win prizes. She followed it all up with a food/donation drive during morning and afternoon carpool, showcasing the children’s collage.

There have been bake sales, lemonade stands, ice cream socials, and more. In fact, all over the blogosphere you can read about ways that families are helping to end child hunger in America, by teaming up and creating a Child Hunger Ends Here Neighborhood Rally, but children here in the United States still need your help!

How can you help?

Head over to right now, and request your Rally Toolkit to help you get started. It contains all you need to help make a difference.

Perhaps you and your boys can pull your wagon around your neighborhood, this weekend, and collect canned food items for your local food bank. Or, you can help your girls set up a lemonade stand on your front lawn and donate the proceeds. Actually, ConAgra Foods is donating one meal (up to 2.5 million meals) to Feeding America with each purchase of participating brands like Peter Pan peanut Butter and Chef Boyardee, so helping really is as easy as buying your favorite foods!

I would love to hear about what you and your family plan to do in your community to make a change, even if you just plan to purchase Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn for your family movie night.

For every comment left here, $1 will donated to Child Hunger Ends Here in the name of From Dates to Diapers.

I’m honored to be working with ConAgra Foods on the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Of course, all thoughts, opinions and testimonials are my own.


Convenient Online Shopping

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 20, 2010


I was honored to be asked to be one of the first to get an exclusive sneak peek at the new P&G eStore, the online shopping site featuring P&G brands, before it officially launched TODAY. I was given a $20 coupon code and went to town. Not literally, of course. Let me tell you, I LOVE the ease and convenience of shopping for my favorite brands from the comfort of my couch. In my jammies. While munching on my latest craving.

The eStore offers all of your favorite P&G brands – Tide, CoverGirl, Swiffer and Febreze – and more. In addition, the site offers a flat rate of $5 shipping, regardless of quantity or size. How is that for a bargain?

eStore Background
The eStore has been developed with shopper insight for shoppers to be a premier online retail site with new and better ways to shop online for household, beauty and grooming products. Prior to the national launch, the eStore enlisted 5,000 shoppers to guide the design and development of the “ideal” on-line shopping site.

Try it!

Place an order at the eStore and you can receive free shipping, for a limited time, when you spend $25 or more.

But, there’s more! I have $20 shopping coupon codes for FIVE of you to win, so you can experience this fabulous way to shop for yourself. Just leave me a comment, before 9pm on May 25th, telling me why YOU would like to shop from home at the eStore. Easy peasy.

Benefited review/giveaway


Hot Blogger? Me?

May 19, 2010

2 calendars. 24 coveted spots. 12 featuring this year’s “hottest” female bloggers and 12 featuring this year’s “hottest” male bloggers. I was nominated by my wonderful husband, who is quite biased I do admit, to win a trip to New York city to pose for the 2011 calendar for May. Pregnant me. How cool would […]

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Nature’s Cupcake

May 19, 2010

When on a nature walk, in practically our own backyard, Ethan brought a smile to our faces when he shouted out that he found a “cupcake” just off the trail. Can you see it in tucked in the grass? Later we found spiders {shudder}, beautiful flowers, tadpoles and more. We had a fun afternoon at […]

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Disney to the Rescue

May 18, 2010

I’ll be the first to admit that my kiddos are watching way too much TV these days. Full House reruns seem to be a favorite among the older ones, but when they finally sit down with their books or lesson sheets, the younger boys get to pick a DVD to pop in. Here are a […]

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Hanging in there

May 17, 2010

I would love to be able to tell you that the last several days have been full of busyness, and that I have tons of pictures to show and stories to tell, but really? I’m just not myself these days. This pregnancy has been hard, and days with my kiddos long. There are lessons to […]

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! {Quite literally! heehee}

May 13, 2010

Last week, I told you about Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips. What? You don’t remember? Well, hop on over and check out what I had to say… I’ll wait. ………. ………. Okay, what do you think? Would you like to try Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken? Well, you’re in luck, because I just so […]

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Happy Birthday to Our Julz-Bee!

May 12, 2010

"Julia Grace" Create a free slideshow with Picnik! Today you turn eight. {Our baby girl is EIGHT!} I remember the day you were born, like it was yesterday. The first thing I made sure of, seconds after I heard your first cry, was that you weren’t ugly. {giggle} Everyone present said you were beautiful. And, […]

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Baby Belly Pictures

May 11, 2010

With this being my sixth pregnancy, I am sad to say that only once have I had professional photos taken of my baby belly. I was pregnant with Julia and I remember it being very cold outside. Getting the perfect shot was a bit uncomfortable, but we got it! I would very much like to […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway Extravaganza Winners

May 10, 2010

I know I promised to announce the winners of all of the fabulous Mother’s Day giveaways yesterday, but instead I had a very relaxing day with my family. I hope you can forgive my tardiness. And now, without further ado, I give you our winners:: Jawbone ICON :: Cassie $50 Chili’s Gift Card :: mickeyfan […]

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The Importance of Family Vacations

May 9, 2010

We try to take a family vacation at least once a year. Whether we’re spending a day exploring Lake Tahoe, or a week in Hawaii, many of our most treasured memories have been created on a family vacation. I suppose you could say that Ray and I started this tradition, if you will, when we […]

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 8, 2010

The Yantra Mat is a European acupressure mat (“spike mat”) featuring 8800 acupressure points that help to alleviate back pain, stress, and other issues like insomnia and fatigue, and also aids circulation, blood pressure and promotes meditation. I have always wanted to try acupuncture, so I was excited to try The Yantra Mat. Yesterday was […]

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Chicken ~ It’s What’s For Dinner

May 7, 2010

As most of you know, I’m very particular about what I eat these days. On most nights my family holds their breath as they ask what’s for dinner because, quite honestly, most often it’s pretty much up to them {“them” meaning Daddy}. Except for when I have a hankering for something specific. Well, lately I’ve […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway #6 {five great giveaways!}

May 6, 2010

So as to allow more time for all to enter before Saturday night, I have decided to combine the last several items in my Mother’s Day Giveaway Extravaganza into one final post. Each item will be won by a different entrant and will be announced with all other winners on Mother’s Day. I hope you […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway #5 {Johnson’s BABIES}

May 5, 2010

I’ve seen six children of my own grow through the early stages of life and beyond. Well, BABIES captures on film the first moments of four babies from around the world. The film is in theaters tomorrow and I am excited to see it! Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by […]

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Moody Mamas Maternity {Giveaway!}

May 4, 2010

For the Mama-to-Be This month, Moody Mamas Maternity has debuted their spring capsule collection especially for Target! This collection ranges from sweet maxi dresses to adorable chiffon trim dresses. Affordably priced {from $39.99-$44.99} each item is beautiful, comfortable, and also fits nicely within your budget! There is a V-Neck Maxi Dress that is available at […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway #3 {PictureMate Show}

May 3, 2010

For the Picture-Loving Mom Just the other day, I was lamenting over the fact that I have over 7 years worth of digital photos that have never been printed. Digital memories of every special occasion, milestone, and even the daily “mundane” are stored forever on flash drives and CDs, waiting to be printed. Well, I’m […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway #2 {$50 Chili’s Gift Card}

May 2, 2010

For The Busy Mom I have not had the energy to do much of anything lately, let alone cook dinner at the end of a busy day. Take out is a very welcome treat, especially when it is from one of our favorite restaurants. Chili’s Bar & Grill happens to be one of our favorites, […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway #1 {Jawbone ICON}

May 1, 2010

For The Multi-Tasking Mom Sometimes I feel like life would be easier if I had a couple of extra hands. Instead, I’ve had to perfect the art of multi-tasking, whether it be at home or on the road. After all, there are chores to be done, deadlines to meet, lessons to plan, practices and games […]

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