Great Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Whole Family

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 28, 2014

Valentine Ideas for the Whole Family

Valentine’s Day can be a day to celebrate your love for each other as an entire family. There are so many great activities and goodies that everyone can enjoy together. Here are some great ideas. (Most of them incredibly easy for this craft-challenged mama!)

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Ray and I have never really gone out and made a big deal of Valentine’s Day. It really is just another day for us to show our love and appreciation for each other, as we try to do every day. Actually, just a couple of days later is a big anniversary for us. This year, on February 16th, Ray and I will have been an official couple for 17 years! SEVENTEEN YEARS!!!

So, on Valentine’s Day this year, like most, we will be staying in. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special or still have a romantic evening of our own. I’ve gathered just a few ideas on Pinterest to inspire the same for you.

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What do you and your family do for Valentine’s Day? Any special traditions?

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Mimi and the Rocket

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 11, 2013

We had the great privilege of being blessed with my mom’s company for the better part of this last week. It was the first time she had seen our new home, so we were excited to explore our new city with her and just hang out. (Well, Mom couldn’t help herself and she did a bit of organizing and lots of cleaning, too - Thanks, Mom!!) But, for the most part we all had lots of fun!

The highlight of our adventures together, however, was today. We played with the Smithsonian Rocket Science kit I recently got from the Walmart Moms Holiday Trip.

We got all of the supplies together, measured out the baking soda and vinegar, and headed outside.

Oh, my goodness… the hilarity that ensued!

Try #1 flopped

So, we added more soda and vinegar and we were on to Try #2

Try #3

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Try #4 (with a little lesson about Thomas Edison)

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Try #5

Try #6

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And, then… finally!!

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Bwahahahaha!!!

As y’all know, I am part of the Walmart Moms Program. I did receive the Smithsonian Science kit, but did not receive any other compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post… I just thought it was a fun story! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Circus Vargas – The Circus With a Touch of Broadway – Comes to Roseville

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 9, 2012

We were just invited to join in the thrilling world of Circus Vargas. We are looking forward to taking a look beyond the sawdust and spangles, and peeking past the wonder and the mystique and discover why Circus Vargas is America’s Favorite Big Top Circus!

Unveiling its greatest collaboration to date, Tabares Entertainment joins forces with famed singing Ringmaster Kevin Venardos for a production of musical magnitude in its most exciting, innovative edition ever! Acting as host and master of ceremonies, Venardos skillfully melds melody with movement, adds a bit of Broadway and a splash of razzle-dazzle for an unbelievably entertaining extravaganza!

We plan to arrive thirty minutes early for the interactive pre-show where we will all get a chance to be the stars in center ring. I hear we’ll even be guided through a crash course in circus skills with host and the “Iron Chin” Jon Weiss and his lovely wife Laura. Fun times!

IT’S MUSICAL, IT’S MEMORABLE … IT’S CIRCUS VARGAS — It’s family entertainment at its finest, and it’s coming our way. The blue and gold big top will be in Roseville at the Westfield Galleria August 9 through 13 and in Sacramento at the California State Fairgrounds August 16 through 20.

BUY TICKETS!

For more information about Circus Vargas and to purchase tickets visit www.circusvargas.com, by phone at 877-468-3861, or at the circus box office which opens one day prior to the first show.

WIN TICKETS!

Enter to win tickets for your family to see Circus Vargas at either the Roseville or the Sacramento location (four tickets total). Just leave me a comment with your favorite circus memory – when you were a kid or with your own kids, what you think of when you hear there is a circus in town, and/or what you look forward to most when the Big Top is in town. You may enter once a day through July 31st.

We were given tickets to experience Circus Vargas in exchange for this giveaway.

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Easy-to-Make Memory Cards and a MOO.com Discount Code

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 29, 2012

School’s out for summer! And thanks to MOO, the leading online print service and gifting resource, parents at their wit’s end won’t need to fret about how to entertain their kids.

Here are a couple of great ideas to keep your young kiddo’s sharp through the entire summer:

Flashy fun with memory cards - Flash cards are a very simple concept – all you need is some memorable photos of family members, and some MOO Postcards. You can put different images on the front of every card, so you can use a whole range of familiar pictures from your child’s life, from their school teacher to their favorite toy to the playground near their home.

Learning game- Try and make your own version of the “Alphabet Game” by asking your kids to find items beginning with letters of the alphabet and photograph them holding up their items. You can make your own Alphabet Cards (with a little help from MOO) and turn learning the ABC’s into a fun, family game.

Alphabet Cards made with MOO Postcards

We’re also in the middle of Blog Conference Season. With EVO days away (EEK!!), and BlogHer in just a few short weeks, you need to make sure you have plenty of business cards with all of your contact info. I would highly recommend including a photo of yourself on your cards… It’s a great way to be sure that all of the new friends you make remember you long after the conference is over!

At MOO there are lots of different styles and sizes from which to choose, so you can have cards made that reflect who you are and what you do.

MOO MiniCards

My friends at MOO have given me a discount code to share with you! You can save 15% on your product total (excluding shipping) when you use F9XJBX. (Offer expires August 31, 2012)

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tweet, tweet

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Fresh Strawberries Are Best!

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We love anything strawberry around here – strawberry jam, strawberry smoothies, strawberry cake. But, there is nothing quite like the juicy, fresh-out-of-the-garden strawberries. Just ask Josh. Over the weekend he was super excited to pick them straight from Mimi and Poppy’s garden. He was the only one who seemed so interested in seeking them out, [...]

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Homemade Play-Doh

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Have you ever made Kooky Dough? This stuff will keep your kiddos occupied for quite some time on a cold winter’s day! It’s super easy to make, using only three ingredients: * 1 cup flour * 1/4 cup salt * 1/2 cup water My kiddos are able to mix it all on their own, and [...]

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