The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden :: A Great Gift Idea {Review Part 2}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 19, 2014

Do you need another gift idea? It’s not too late to pick up an AeroGarden. It truly is the perfect gift for any one who, like me, have not a green thumb!

I first told you about the AeroGarden when I set it up in my kitchen. If you remember, I told you all about how fun it was to set up and how much I was looking forward to not killing what we “planted”. If you don’t remember, go check it out. I’ll wait…

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Well, I am very proud to tell you that I am growing herbs!!

Our beautiful Basil showed itself first. We were pretty surprised at how quickly we saw the first little sprout. After 3 weeks, our little plant is still not big enough to clip any leaves off, but at this rate it will be soon!

Genovese Basil grown in AeroGarden

The Dill sprouted next. Unfortunately, the first little sprout was plucked out of the pod, but several more showed themselves soon after.

Dill grown in AeroGarden

As for the Parsley, I was a bit concerned, as it wasn’t sprouting as quickly as the others. The pod specifies that it could take 7-21 days, so I tried to be patient. Of course, just yesterday, it popped up!

 photo Curly Parsley grown in AeroGarden

The AeroGarden 3SL is “Only at Walmart” this holiday season and I would definitely recommend it as a gift for any one on your list – grandmother, friend, teacher, or neighbor. It would also make a great gift for the young adult fresh out on his own! The AeroGarden is available in 1,880 Walmart stores and at Priced at $49.97, the AeroGarden is also pretty affordable.

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.


10 Last Minute Gift Ideas

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 18, 2014

If you are anything like me, there are a few last minutes items that you need to pick up to complete your Christmas list. Please tell me I am not alone! Thank goodness for Walmart – they makes it super simple.

My go-to last minute gifts for any adult is a good jar candle, or a pillar candle and holder. I just love all of the holiday scents, especially those made by Better Homes and Gardens, and they make for perfect hostess gifts. In fact, I was picking up some last minute gifts at my local Walmart (of course!) and saw some great reindeer candle holders for our friends who are hosting a holiday party. They will love them!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Here are 10 additional gift ideas for your last minute shopping:

  1. Google Chromecast, $29.99
  2. Nestle Cocoa Gift Sets, in stores
  3. Life Saver’s Candy Book, in stores
  4. Taylor Swift Fragrance Gift Sets, starting at $10.97
  5. Maguire’s Car Care Bucket, $23.97
  6. HBA-Soaps/Lotion/Chapticks, in stores
  7. Small Toys or Games
  8. Fleece Blankets, Faded Glory Hoodies, or $5 Hats and Gloves
  9. Gift Cards
  10. Small Electronics

Go! Now. And pick some up. You know you need to…

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.


Check out the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center at

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 17, 2014

Holiday shopping is tough and knowing what to buy for all the people on your list can be complicated. To help simplify the process (while you save big!) visit the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center at to unlock a $4 coupon by taking a fun quiz.

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Then, head to your nearest Walmart store and start shopping! They have exclusive Holiday Fragrance gift sets from the top fragrances you love and won’t find anywhere else. You will find celebrity fragrances from Beyonce, Faith Hill, Katy Perry and more – just what you need for any man or woman on your shopping list. And, you can’t beat the prices, with sets starting at $8.98!

Walmart Holiday Fragrance Center

Walmart sent me a fragrance give set, so that I could check it out. They sent me Closer by Halle Berry. It is a 2 piece set, including parfum deodorant and lotion. At this great price point, it would be a great last-minute gift idea.

Closer by Halle Berry

The Halle Berry Closer Gift Set features an intriguing scent that is a rare blend of the traditional masculine fougere accord with a luscious feminine blend of violet flowers and mimosa, one of Halle’s favorite flowers.

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.


The Air Storm Firetek Bow is Great for Kids of All Ages!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 15, 2014

When Timmy saw the Air Storm iretek Bow on shelves at Walmart, he immediately lit up! Then, he saw the bow and arrows light up and he told me that he just had to have it. Being that I am a big fan of bows and arrows myself, I decided to pick it up for him and his brothers.

I am so glad I did, because it is a great toy for all of my boys, from Timmy all the way on up to my 14 year old twins. They are all fans and we can sure see why it was one of a handful of toys on the Top 100 Gift list at Walmart that were Chosen by Kids.

AirStorm Firetek Bow

Unfortunately we lost an arrow down the outdoor drain within the first few minutes of having it home, but we’ve managed to hang on to the two left! I still have yet to research replacement arrows, but I’m sure to find some somewhere, right?

Here’s what my oldest and youngest boys have to say about the Fireteck Bow –

Zach, 14 years old:
“That thing is awesome! The arrows are really easy to pull back in the bow and they go super far. It’s cool that you can shoot it in the dark and see where the arrow goes. Makes it easy to find, too!”

Timmy, 4 years old:
“It’s a little bit hard for me to shoot (added by mom-he has difficulty hooking the arrow in place), but I like shooting it a lot!”

Firetek Bow

There were a few other toys on the Chosen By Kids list that I purchased as gifts for Christmas. All of my younger boys wanted Zoomer, the interactive dino, but only one of them will be unwrapping him next week. I know he’ll share him! And, Beados, a bead design making kit, will be the perfect gift for some of my boys little girl friends.

Check out the rest of the Chosen by Kids toys and grab something at your local Walmart that you know those kiddos on your list will love!

Chosen by Kids

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.


Find Gifts for all the Gamers on your list at Game Stop

December 12, 2014

It’s an exciting time for shoppers at GameStop with lots of deals and new releases to keep gift-ers and gift-ees alike happy. The GameStop Holiday Hub is your source for all things holiday. It’s the perfect place to find the hottest deals, newest releases, greatest gift ideas and so much more! Whether you’re shopping for others or shopping for yourself, we have everything you […]

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Holiday Bling

December 10, 2014

I have always loved to accessorize, but I’m not one for holiday-inspired baubles. I prefer soft and delicate touches, year round. So, of course, when I got a sneak peak at all of the beautiful new accessories available at Walmart this Holiday season, I gravitated towards rose colored watches and beautiful statement necklaces. First let’s […]

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The Whole Family Can Relax in Style This Holiday Season

December 8, 2014

We have many family traditions for the Christmas season. One of them is opening a gift on Christmas Eve. A few years ago I began giving each of my kiddos a robe or pair of pajamas, and a pair of slippers or fuzzy socks. Cozy sleepwear makes a wonderful gift, especially when they are cute […]

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Give the Gift of Airwick this Holiday Season

December 6, 2014

As we get closer to Christmas, I am on the lookout for easy ways to give beautiful and thoughtful gifts. The AirWick “Good To Be Home” collection is an exclusive line of candles at Walmart and would be perfect in the center of any gift basket or box for any candle-lover. Here’s what you’ll need to create […]

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Give the Gift of an Indoor Garden {AeroGarden Review Part 1}

December 1, 2014

My parents have a beautiful garden, full of everything from fruit trees to cherry tomatoes and pickling cucumbers. I, however, did not inherit their green thumbs. I have tried to keep flowers and plants alive, and even planted an herb garden, but I have no luck with any thing that grows in dirt. Fortunately our […]

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A Few of our Favorite Things – A Holiday Gift Guide

November 30, 2014

1. Monkey Pod Games starting at $3 Monkey Pod has created a huge variety of wooden brainteasers, puzzles, and family games. All  beautiful hand made puzzles and games are both fun and educational! These games can be used for a great family night, some of which build mathematical awareness as well as social and analytical […]

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Entertainment Coupon Book 2014 :: Great Gift Idea

December 8, 2013

As you may have gathered, Ray and I love food. We love to try new places, visit our favorites, and we often will eat out on our date nights. We saved so much money using the Entertainment Coupon Book in California, and we would even purchase one every time we visited San Diego – it […]

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“what’s YOUR deal?”

November 5, 2013

CVS/pharmacy recently gave some of my fellow bloggers and me an early look at their new ad campaign – what’s your deal? Not only did I think it was hilarious, but it’s genius, really. Take a look – Oh, boy… how I can relate to the defeated look on Danielle’s face! While my kids have […]

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Travel With Little Passports {without ever having to leave your home!}

August 16, 2013

Have you met Sam and Sofia? These two travel the world and send your kiddos goodies from a new place every month. With Little Passports you can inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a geography, history, culture, and language in a fun and memorable way. Little Passports sent […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Whole Family {New items added daily!}

December 16, 2012

Be sure to click on the images below to find a description of each item. You may even find a promo code, or two! Some items included in this guide have been sent to us for our review. Watch for our more detailed opinions on these products after the Holidays.

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Red Envelope Gifts for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2012
love pillow

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and, while I would agree that we don’t need a specific day marked on the calendar to tell our loved ones how much we care, it’s nice to do a little special something for your special someone. Ray and I generally exchange a little gift on Valentine’s Day every year, […]

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Thirty One Gifts {A Giveaway}

January 28, 2012
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Thirty One Gifts is the leading provider of fun, stylish and functional products for women, their families and the home. From signature purses and totes, to storage solutions that help organize your life, there’s something to fit every personality and situation. The name Thirty-One comes from the verses of Proverbs 31 in the Bible that […]

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Great Gifts From The California Wine Club

December 17, 2011

Do you like to sample new and interesting wines from around California? Or, perhaps you know someone who has everything, but enjoys good wine… What a great gift a shipment (or even an entire club membership) from The California Wine Club would be! We hadn’t ever heard of the Tulip Hill Winery until The California Wine […]

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Deliciously Elegant

December 14, 2011

One of the best parts about this time of year for me is all of the goodies that we get to enjoy. Gingerbread lattes, warm cookies, sweet and salty bites of goodness, and baskets full of yummy treats. Usually the kiddos and I are the ones baking, assembling and delivering said baskets full of homemade […]

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Gift giving can be as easy as a single click!

December 3, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  It’s also the most anxiety-inducing time of the year, as the inevitable holiday gift-buying frenzy approaches.  Everyone wants to give wonderful gifts, but with a lack of time and with friends and family living distances away, buying gifts can prove a stressful task, made even worse with […]

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California Wine {A Giveaway}

November 10, 2011

Last month Ray and I told you about the California Wine Club. Did you have a chance to hear how much we enjoyed our first shipment? Well, to recap – we loved the wine and the ease in which we came by it. As in, it was literally delivered to our doorstep, making it a […]

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The California Wine Club

October 25, 2011

Ray and I were invited to experience The California Wine Club as typical gift recipients and then blog about our experience. We were gifted a 3-month Premier Club gift membership and received our first shipment of wine – two bottles we may never have chosen to try otherwise – just after we returned from Hawaii. […]

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For The Classy Businessman

June 18, 2011

Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t publish a post with a picture of Ray’s Father’s Day gift, except that he picked this duo out, with just a bit of help from moi. Also? We were both pretty impressed that we found something so classy at Walmart. (No offense to anyone! Heck, I’m a Walmart Mom… What […]

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