How Do You Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 21, 2015

Father’s Day. A day to honor all the dads in our lives. The Great Grandfathers, the Grandfathers, and all those whom we, and those before us, call Daddy.

This year I recognize many of the great fathers in my life:

My Great Grandpa Les, who has gone home to be with the Lord. He was fun, goofy, loving, generous, and kind. I learned so much from him. I miss him every day and wish my children had been given the privilege to know him.

My Great Grandpa Joe, aka Poppy Joe. In spite of his grumpy looks and always calling us all by the wrong names (on  purpose!), we love his kind heart and gruff ways.

The one who gave my husband life – my father-in-law, Paul. Thank you for raising my babies’ daddy to be such a god-fearing man. You are loved.

My Dad. I used to call him Pa. My children call him Poppy. The one who has loved me for as long as I can remember, let me hop on him, taught me how to ride a bike and swim, pulled out my loose teeth (with pliers!), acted as the “tooth angel,” provided for me, protected me, and so much more. I love you, Dad!

And, last but not least, my husband - the father of our seven beautiful children. Thank you for loving our kids so fiercely, for leading us, for providing for us all without complaint, for finding new and adventurous ways to have fun with us, and for always doing all you do in such a big way. I am so grateful that God brought us together to do this parenting thing side by side. You make me a better mom and our kids are so very blessed. We love you!!

Fathers Day

To honor my kiddos’ dad this year, we treated him to lunch out, enjoyed an afternoon of Monopoly and soccer with him, and then he decided he wanted to grill some tri-tip for us all for dinner. It was a great day for all of us!

How about you? What did you do to honor the dads in your life today?

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Oral-B to bring you this post.

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Control Your Frizz With Schwarzkopf {Review}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 25, 2015

My hair is a big frizz-ball of a mess most days. I find myself pulling it all back, either in a messy bun or a ponytail, quite often. I had been using coconut oil to help tame my tresses, after washing and drying, but I have been on the lookout for a good shampoo and conditioner that will lock in the moisture and provide some control. I think I may have found what my dry, brittle hair needs!

As part of the Walmart Moms program I was given the chance to try the Henkel Beauty Care line of hair products. Among the first I tried is the Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner.

essence ULTIME

In the beginning, I used quite a bit of both products, as I am used to a big lather and silky (almost slimy) wet hair. I discovered after several washes, however, that the shampoo provides such a gentle cleanse and doesn’t lather as much. And the conditioner provides just as much benefit when I use less than half of my normal amount. All this meaning I won’t go through these products as quickly, saving me money. Not that it’s all that expensive in the first place, compared to high-end hair care products, coming in at less than $7 per bottle.

I am pleasantly surprised by the results of using essence ULTIME for just a little over a week now. My hair is silky, soft, and more manageable than ever before. I also found that straightening and curling my hair was easier and quicker, locking in moisture and preventing frizz.

Silky Smooth Locks

An added bonus to using this new to me line, is that frizzy flyaways are almost nonexistent. However when they do occur – I wasn’t expecting this line to be magic, after all – a small dab of the conditioner will make them completely disappear.

Tame That Frizz

I do feel like the ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect shampoo and conditioner will cause a heavy build up on my hair over time, but I’m willing to plan a deep cleanse every month or so for frizz-free locks!

About Schwarzkopf

Schwarzkopf has stood as the expert in hair globally since 1898. Schwarzkopf is one of the world’s most innovative hair companies with its retail brands such as got2b, ULTIME and Keratin Color. The Schwarzkopf brand portfolio also includes professional salon products. Schwarzkopf is dedicated to the development of innovative product technologies.Henkel Beauty Care stands for brand-name products in the fields of hair colorants, hair styling, hair care, body care, skin care, and oral care. Schwarzkopf Professional is among the world’s three leading suppliers of hair salon products.

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.

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Update Your Wardrobe for Summer

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 24, 2015

Here in Texas, summer seems to come pretty early. I’ve been wearing my beloved tanks for a while now, but just headed to Walmart to find some summer attire that included some shorts, since the temperatures promised to be in the upper 80s and low 90s this weekend.

I was not disappointed… I found a couple of great pairs of shorts, both in denim and a cool cotton fabric. Of course, I added a couple of tank tops to my ever growing collection, but I also found a sheer flowery top to wear over a cami, that came with a belt. A perfect way to complete a summer outfit that is not too casual, but can be dressed up to be worn throughout the summer for just about any occasion.

The demin shorts I added to my wardrobe for summer are mid-thigh. I did choose the distressed look, just because I am still young at heart and feel like I can pull off the look. I paired these with the flowery top  (link to similar style online) I found and a pair of brown flats.

denim mid-thigh shorts
Summer fashion - dress up those shorts

The second pair of shorts I picked up are No Boundaries Soft Challis (in mutli Aztec stripes). These are super comfy and I will most likely wear them with a tank top, but can dress them up with a black belt if the occasion so calls for a more chic look.

Summer Style

All in all, I found just what I was looking for at Walmart, but will say that there were many summery dresses that I will most likely add to my wardrobe in the coming weeks.

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.

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The Holidays Have Come and Gone

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 6, 2015

If you are anything like me, you hate to see the holidays go. After all of the planning, prep, fun, and excitement, the regular everyday busyness of life takes over again and the holidays become just a memory.

3 wise men

This year, mainly because of our pending move, but also maybe because we bought a dead live tree, I put away most of our Christmas decorations just two days after Christmas. Wreaths and candles, stockings and tree decorations, all got boxed up, leaving behind an incredible mess. Pine needles were everywhere, and dust lined the shelves and the mantle around where our decorations sat.

I hurriedly stacked the boxes full of memories with most of the other packed boxes in our house, so we could ready our half-packed house for guests to help us ring in the New Year. Those dusty shelves were wiped down and a few of our new Christmas gifts – decor that matched perfectly with our personalities – were placed on them, avoiding a box for a bit. Our house was made ready for yet another celebration.

Happy New Year

Just like after any good party, there was quite a mess to clean up afterwards… noise makers left on the floor, along with cookie crumbs and popcorn kernels; wine glasses on coffee tables, some still half full; and confetti everywhere. A messy house evident of a good time had by all.

Once recovered from these joyful celebrations with family and friends, out came the cleaning supplies and to work I went. Now, cleaning house is not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I decided to tackle one room at a time before taking a break. After all, it was still winter break for my kids, so I took advantage of some down time, too.

With the help of CVS Total Home products, I was able to do everything from wiping down our dusty mantle and shelves to cleaning our toilets – all four of them. I’m a fan of using paper towels when cleaning (no judging!), so stocking up before a big clean is a must, but I was able to find just about everything I needed at CVS.

The first of the year is also a good time to check home air filters, replace lightbulbs, and change the batteries in smoke detectors. Look for all you need at your local CVS!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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Our Afternoon at Ripley’s San Antonio

December 13, 2014

We have been to San Antonio several times. The Alamo and River Walk are among our favorite places to visit. We had always walked by Ripley’s and I thought it would be a fun place to take the kids, but we never had a chance to stop in and visit. Until last Saturday. We kind of got […]

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Save up to 50% at Tiny Prints TODAY ONLY!!

December 4, 2014

Hey early birds…you’re about to get a great deal on holiday cards. From 7:00am to 11:00am (eastern time) TODAY ONLY, Tiny Prints is making their already awesome Cyber Week deal even more awesome. Through the end of today, you can get 40% off all holiday cards using the code CYBER40. If your order is more than […]

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Give Thanks and Give Back. Learning to Give in the Midst of Abundance.

November 25, 2014

Just a couple days ago, one of my boys came to me complaining about how bored he was during this week-long break from school, and how he had nothing fun to do. Mind you, we have a house full of toys, gadgets, and books. It’s beautiful outside and he and his brothers have bikes, scooters, […]

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VeggieTales In The House {New to Netflix}

November 23, 2014

Bob and Larry were always favorites in our house, especially with my twins. I can’t even tell you how many times my little guys watched them and the rest of the VeggieTales cast on Lord of the Beans, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, or just about any other VeggieTales movie. Larry’s Silly Songs often played while we were […]

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It’s Time for the Holidays! Shop Smart at Walmart and Save

November 2, 2014

It’s time to switch out your wreath, friends! With Halloween behind us, and the Holidays approaching quickly, Walmart is there to make your shopping and planning easier and more affordable.   Holiday Savings and Easy Shopping Start Now Walmart has over 7 million items – one million more than last holiday season – ready for you online. Deals […]

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My Go-To Fall Outfit

September 21, 2014

I am loving the bright colors that are available in fashion and apparel at Walmart this Fall! Of course, you can still find all of the goodies that make dressing for this season so great – boots, scarves, oversized sweaters, and all – but adding bright splashes of color to my outfit is easy to do […]

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Fifteen

August 28, 2014

It was fifteen years ago today. The hottest day of the year. I was to vow to love, honor, and cherish my best friend all the days of my life, and I was a bundle of nerves. As I walked down the aisle, on my father’s arm, I saw my best friend waiting for me […]

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First Day

August 26, 2014

Sending the kiddos off to school after what seems like a long summer is always bittersweet for me. This year, however, it was especially so. While they were all most certainly ready for the routine that the new school year brought with it, I was a bit nervous to drop them off today and yesterday […]

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{Back to School} Supplies

August 20, 2014

I’ve been talking a lot about back to school supplies this week, and for a good reason – school starts soon! Are you ready? I have quite the list of items to purchase this year. I am shopping for two in 8th grade, one in 7th, one in 5th, and two in 2nd grade. Shopping […]

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It’s Your Birthday

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 […]

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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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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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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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Entertaining with Aladdin

April 14, 2014

I love a good party, and everyone who knows me knows this is true. Lately, however, the pressure of achieving entertaining perfection makes cuddling up with my kiddos and hubby to watch a good movie sound like the better choice! This is where the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection comes in incredibly handy for at least […]

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#Disconnect2Reconnect :: Unplugging at the Table

March 27, 2014

Do you ever feel like technology and online social networks are taking over, robbing you of precious time with your spouse and kids? Even though being online is our livlihood, it also tends to suck the very life out of our family, on occasion. But it doesn’t have to be that way, which is why […]

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Letting Go

February 25, 2014

It’s incredible, this parenting gig, right from the start. Flitters of movement, seeing my precious babies for the first time, giggling and cooing, cuddling and snuggling, silly faces and goofy grins. Having heart to heart conversations late at night, hearing “mama” from my three year old right on up to my 13 year old, being a […]

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Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

February 23, 2014

Dr. Seuss books are some of my all-time favorites. In fact, if I remember correctly, Hop on Pop and Green Eggs and Ham were among the very first books I ever read all by myself. When Ray graduated from UCLA, his aunt gave him Oh, the Places You’ll Go! with a beautiful sentiment written inside. […]

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A Real Look at an Afternoon Outing

February 10, 2014

Yesterday was one of those days in the Texas hill country that made me think that Spring was on it’s way. With temperatures in the low 70s, it was a perfect day for soaking in some sunshine. So, after church we drove down to Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. It’s looks like we had […]

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