Chicago: Day Five {BlogHer Highlights}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 26, 2009

As I finished packing up to go home today, I couldn’t help but realize how much swag I was given throughout the course of my time here in Chicago. While all of it was amazing, not even the video camera that I received can truly compare to the memories I made when I saw a good friend in person for the first time, when I met up with tried and true blogger buddies, or when my favorite PR gal and I squealed when we saw each other.

Oh, and the hugs are always one of the best parts for me… Hugs from old friends, new friends, and even some celebrities!

Even though most of these moments weren’t captured on film, they are memories that will last forever.

Mamas of many
Tara Kuczykowki, Julie Cole of Mabel’s Labels, and me ::
We have seventeen (yes, you read that right… 17!) children between the three of us!

Tim Gunn and girls
Tim Gunn and some of my bestest blogging buddies ~ Erika, Lori, Arianne, Audrey and Tara

Having a ball at BowlHer with Kristin, Tara, and Tonya

Brooke White, Me, and Chris Mann
Two of the most amazing and down to earth artists out there, Brooke White and Chris Mann.


Chicago: Day Four {BlogHer Interrupted}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 25, 2009

I woke up with a migraine. The day so many of my friends were in one place, all of whom I was dying to see. The day I was to be photographed and recorded for a huge project that will soon be revealed. The day I was to take as many steps as I could in an effort to win a large sum of money for my favorite charity.

After a long, hot shower I made it to my shoot, but forced myself to skip out early for a much-needed massage (many thanks to my good friend, Audrey, for scheduling it for me). This, of course, was just what I needed to help insure that I made it through the day. And then another long, hot shower.

All day I pushed myself to enjoy the precious little time that I had to spend with wonderful people, in spite of how I felt. And all day I was truly grateful for good friends who helped me through my day with words of encouragement, bits of wisdom, and powerful prayers.

Although I missed the company of many great people today, I was truly blessed.

Perhaps this wouldn’t have happened so profoundly if BlogHer had not been interrupted.


Chicago: Day Three {BlogHer Begins}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 24, 2009

Today was officially day one of BlogHer ’09 and my Overstep Your Bounds Challenge. While it seemed I walked all day long, I only clocked 6,332 steps, allowing my competition to get ahead.

The day began with a fun breakfast with the Walmart team and Food Networks’ Dave Lieberman. I didn’t know much about Dave, but discovered that his passion is showing others how easy it is to “eat, live and entertain like royalty, even on a commoner’s budget”. Dave also told us that he has a blog called Dave Cooks, where he writes about food and travel, and posts some amazing pictures.


The real steps occured after breakfast, when Tara and I roamed around the conference hotel, meeting up with people I was dying to see again, talking to people who stopped us to try to find out who we were and if they knew us, and wandering around the exhibit/sponsor booths.

I have to confess that I couldn’t help but be drawn towards all of the beautiful babies I saw as I walked around. Babies being held close in wraps and slings, as they slept. Babies being cuddled. Tiny babies being pushed along in strollers, oblivious to the world around them. Ah, babies. It was a welcomed distraction and I ate up every moment.

Colin Judah
Teagan Ivy

And, then more parties. Energizer, e.l.f. and Nikon all sponsored wonderful parties, with great food and FAB hostesses.

I missed most of the sessions (ok, I missed all of the sessions), but today was full of life. And a lot of steps.


Omron Overstep Your Bounds Challenge

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 24, 2009

If you are here at BlogHer and happen to see me, don’t stop me… walk with me!
Here’s why ::

I’m on a mission. A mission to clock more steps than some of my fellow mom bloggers. Why? Well, if I do, in fact, take more steps than the others, I get to decide which charity should be given $5,000! Cool, huh?

Let me tell you a bit about my competition ::

*Briana blogs at, where she can teach you to save money while you shop.
*Shannon of, is a fellow homeschooling mama.
*Liz is blogger extraordinaire at
*Sweet Tanya is the author of, and is also a fab photographer.
*And, Elizabeth of is a mom of three. I actually feel like it’s a bit unfair that I’m competing against her, with her knee injury and all. Well, maybe not so much.

Now, these ladies are all amazing, but not one of them runs after six kiddos all day long, so they really don’t know who they’re up against!

omron overstep your bounds blogher challenge I bet you are wondering how we are going to keep track of our steps, huh?
Here’s how ::

We were each given an Omron pocket pedometer; the HJ-720ITC, to be exact. From 12am TODAY thru 11:59pm on Saturday, our wonderful little gadgets will be keeping track of every. single. step. You can bet that I’m even grabbing it if I need to make a trip to the ladies room tonight… every. single. step. counts!

We will know, on Sunday, who clocked the most steps and their favorite charity will be given $5,000!! I’ll be sure to share the news!

For now, wish me luck… I have a feeling my feet will be sore come Saturday night!

Omron Overstep Your Bounds Challenge

In exchange for accepting this challenge, Omron sponsored (in part) my trip to BlogHer.


Chicago: Day Two

July 23, 2009

The ElevenMoms had a great meeting with the Walmart team. Lots of changes and amazing things are sure to happen. The parties started today, with a bang! Got some great swag and a tattoo(!) from the SocialLuxe Lounge. Met up with Stacey and my fantastic J&J friends, at the MomCentral cocktail party. Had dinner, twice […]

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Chicago: Day One

July 22, 2009

I said goodbye to my family today, but hello to old and new friends. I spent only minutes in airports, but hours in an airplane. I walked what seemed like hours, looking for a place to eat, but had a fabulous meal with fun people. I was oh-so tired, but played a mean game o’ […]

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BlogHer: Sponsors, Swag, Fashion & Parties

July 17, 2009

Blogher, the largest conference for women who blog, is just around the corner. While most attendees have already packed, or at least blogged about stressing out over what they are going to wear, I have just now had time to think about all of this. Okay, well, that’s not entirely true since I have been […]

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Enter to win one of 20 FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to BlogHer ’09!!

June 29, 2009

Are you going to BlogHer ’09? If you said yes then you already have your ticket and no doubt have paid for it, your airfare and your hotel out of your own pocket. Well, how would you like an opportunity to be sponsored by an amazing company? No joke, you may be able to recoup […]

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