Spring Wardrobe Staples at Walmart

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 22, 2014

To be honest, Walmart isn’t the first place that comes to mind when planning a shopping trip to find clothing for myself. I’m one who loves to find fashionable items at small boutique shops, and I tend to look for items that are fresh and different.

BUT, when shopping for wardrobe staples, Walmart IS my first stop shop. Especially in the Spring, when I am updating my tanks, tees, and leggings. In fact, you just can’t beat the $3.96 price tag on the Faded Glory tanks, especially since they carry 27 colors and designs.

With just 3 Faded Glory Ribbed Tanks from Walmart I have created 5 fun outfits.

5 ways to wear a tank

1. A Night Out with the Girls
Black leggings, red tank, black jacket, a great necklace, and fab heels.

2. Running Errands
My favorite jeans, cream tank, mustard sweater, silver and gold necklace, and leapord print flats

3. An Afternoon at the Park
Grey leggings, blue camo tank, and my fave Texas pendant. A pair of flip flops would complete this outfit, but I end up taking my shoes off at the park. Don’t you?

4. Blog Conference Time
George pencil skirt, cream tank, thick black belt, fab necklace, and black heels. I’ll grab my black jacket, too, since it’s always cold in conference rooms.

5. Lunch with the Family
My favorite jeans (rolled a few times), red tank, the owl necklace Timmy got me for Christmas, and a great pair of black sandals.

Now, as you can see, I wear tanks with just about everything. You just can’t wrong with them, whether you want a casual or dressy look. It doesn’t matter if you are sporting jeans, skirts, or shorts. I wear them under tees, jackets, and sweaters. I have one in just about every color, more than one in black, and several in white. I even like to layer colors, add some accesories, and voila! A great outfit is born.

Walmart even has some items your guy may like. Their men’s polos (by George) are only $9.94, and come in 30 different colors.

George polos


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My Summer Essentials

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 7, 2013

I love Summertime. These hot days mean beach towels and flip-flops, sunshine and bronzed skin. Lounging by the pool and picnics at the beach are how I dream of spending the warm afternoons.

When I’m not packing for a big move, that is.

Anyway, there a few items that have become some of my must-haves for this season.

My Summer Essentials

I’m a California girl, so flip-flops are a must for me. In fact, I wear flip-flops most days, hot or cold. My new Havaianas SLIM PARADISOs (in Salmon) are my latest favorites. I can wear them with anything – pants, shorts, and skirts. Love them.

My iPhone 5 is very well protected with the Otterbox Armor case. Not only is it sandproof, but it is also waterproof and shockproof. This case is a bit bulkier than I’d like for it to be, but I know my phone is well protected while we’re trying to stay cool.

I don’t go anywhere without covering my face in Loreal’s Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Liquid Silk Lotion for Face. This light lotion gives UVA/UVB Protection with an SPF of 30. It’s also water resistant and never becomes shiny or greasy. This lotion is perfect for a makeup base on hot and sunshiny days.

Humid summer days are the worst for my frizzy, curly hair. Loreal’s Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Xtreme Straight Crème is perfect for up to 72 hours of smooth frizz control.

Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting SPF 8 Lip Balm with Passion Fruit is the only balm I put on my lips when I’m out in the sun (unless I brush on a light lipgloss). I get nasty cold sores from overexposure, so protecting my lips from the sun is uber important.

What items are on your summer essentials list?


Disclosure: All items listed above, with the exception of the lip balm, were some of those given to me on my #JerseyLove trip last month. All opinions are mine – they really have become my favorites!

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Spring Fashion at Walmart

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 19, 2013

The weather around here has been odd, to say the least. One day it’s cold and raining, and the next it’s warm and sunny. They say April showers bring May flowers, but perhaps the flowers will bloom early this year.

Today was gorgeous! The wind has finally died down and the temperatures in the mid to high 70s is just perfect. One of my favorite things about warmer weather is that I can pull out my tanks, skirts, and sandals, and put away my big, bulky sweaters and boots.

This year I have actually had to purchase quite a few new items for Spring and Summer. (I weigh a bit more these days!) I headed to Walmart because I had heard that they had some great Maxi dresses, tanks, and skirts for active moms, like us!

I was pleased with my store’s selection of styles, but they seemed to be out of my size in most of my favorites. I did manage to find a few great outfits that are so me. Each of the items will go well with some of the pieces I’ve recently added to my wardrobe, so all in all I was pretty pleased.

Ray picked up a few things for himself, and Walmart also has some great items for the kids, but I wasn’t shopping for them this time. Want to see what I got for just about $60?

Spring Fashion at Walmart

{1} Chevron Maxi Skirt (similar) $12.94 | Jersey Tank $3.88

{2} Ankle Side Zipper Colored Jeans $15.88 | Ribbed Tall and Lean Tank (similar) $3.97

{3} Hi-Low Ruffled Dress (similar) $15.44 | Cozy Sweater $11.88

I was so excited about my new outfits that I completely forgot to look for jewelry to go with them! I plan to check a couple of other stores for those cute maxis I couldn’t find in my size, so I’ll be sure to check out the accessories while I’m at it!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Earth’s Autumn

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 25, 2012

Cool, crisp breezes. Comfy, cozy sweaters. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Long pants and tall boots. Autumn is my favorite time of the year.

If only the weather would cooperate. Unfortunately, with clear skies and temps in the 90s and 100s, there is not a bit of Autumn in the air.


You can bet that, as soon as the leaves begin to change and the weather cools, I will be relishing the change of season. There is nothing about the Fall that I dislike, but my favorite (second only to the weather) is the Fall fashion. These are the clothes in which I am most comfortable and comfort is only made possible with a great fit and good shoes.

Here are some of my favorite outfit ideas for the Fall, all featuring Earth Footwear.

Fall Business Beaty
Warm and cozy
Out to dinner with the kids

The Sycamore



Win a pair of shoes from Earth Footwear!

What do you love most about the Fall season? Let me know in the comments below and you will be entered to win a pair of shoes from Earth Footwear! (Exact pair selected by the company and based on inventory levels.) Winner will be chosen next Friday (October 12th) and will be notified by email.

This post is sponsored by Earth Footwear. Be sure to check out the Fall/Winter 2012 Earth Collection – great shoes to fit the season, starting from $89 for shoes and $119 for boots!  Amazing value for shoes made from genuine leather.


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