Christmas Gift Ideas for the Hubby

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 15, 2013

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the special man in your life? Look no further. How about the fixings for the perfect Date Night In?

Portable Turntable from Red Envelope

portable turntable

Love Potion from Young Living

love potion

Wine of the Month Club

wine of the month club

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Entertainment Coupon Book 2014 :: Great Gift Idea

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on 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 was more than worth the cost of the book.

I was super excited when I was offered us their 52nd annual Entertainment Coupon Book to try out here in the Austin area. We’re still trying to find our favorite places to eat, and there are tons from which to choose! The Entertainment book will make it easier for us, that’s for sure. In fact, along with the physical coupon book, we also get access to online and mobile savings through the Entertainment website and mobile app, allowing us to save even more!

Entertainment Book 2014

Are you looking for a gift idea for the person who has everything? Perhaps consider an Entertainment Coupon Book for their hometown!

About the Entertainment Coupon Book ::

The 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book is now available, offering consumers the opportunity to stretch their hard earned money even farther. Featuring more than 250,000 locations to save across the United States and Canada, the 2014 edition of the iconic ENTERTAINMENT book includes hundreds of 50% off and two-for-one discounts. Members have access to thousands of dollars of savings from local, regional and national brands all while supporting local schools and fundraising efforts. Savings are available for restaurants, groceries, shopping, services, movie tickets, travel, car care, local sports attractions and much more.

Disclosure: I received an Austin Entertainment Coupon Book in exchange for this review.

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“what’s YOUR deal?”

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on 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 –

CVS/PHARMACY WHAT'S YOUR DEAL

Oh, boy… how I can relate to the defeated look on Danielle’s face! While my kids have never used the entire wall as the canvas of masterpieces, the headaches they have given me sure do compare. The above ad met me where I am as a worn-out, hard-working mom.

And, that? Was just plain funny!

A sneak peak at the clever advertising above was only just a teeny fraction of the surprises that awaited us at CVS HQ last month. Before our trip, they sent each of us brand new iPads to check out the new way to see a personalized version of their weekly ad, based on our past CVS purchase history. ExtraCare offers are highlighted, and any items you’ve previously purchased are bumped to the very top of the list to make your shopping plans easy and convenient.

Here is myWeekly Ad for this week –

CVS/pharmacy myWeekly AdIn addition to learning more about CVS and this new tool, a peek at wonderful gifts fit for giving from CVS this Holiday season was a fun surprise – Christmas is October! We got to play with decorating and entertaining items, stocking stuffers and more. Quite honestly I was surprised at the variety and value. Especially when looking at the gift ideas under $25! I mean, I have shopped at CVS for snack items, beauty  and personal products, and medication, but never before for gifts.

I must confess, however, that the absolute BEST part of the trip was seeing, touching, feeling, and trying a wide variety of beauty products. In the midst of everything from perfumes and colognes to skin care items and makeup, I had a blast!

In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favorite products from CVS, so stay tuned!

Disclosure:  All expenses to Rhode Island were paid for by CVS , as well as product (including the iPad mini), to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 16, 2013

little passports sam and sofia

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 explorer kitLittle Passports sent us the Explorer Kit to check out. A suitcase arrived, containing everything we needed to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. My kids were beyond thrilled! Since we love to travel, we were obssessed with the map and photos, and they begged me to “get more”.

There are two subscriptions from which to choose::

little passports usa edition

Every month, Sam and Sofia visit two new states and send your child an exciting package in the mail including an activity-packed travel journal, stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to more information and games/activities online. Including our first month starter Discovery Kit, a total of 26 monthly packages available for all 50 states.

little passports world edition

Every month, our globetrotting characters Sam and Sofia visit a new country and send your child an exciting package in the mail including a letter, fun and unique souvenirs, stickers, photos, access to online games/activities in our Boarding Zone and more! A total of 24 different adventures available.

Make travel possible
without ever having to leave the house
with Little Passports.

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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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Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts at Overstock.com {and a giveaway!}

June 16, 2011

There is good news for all of us procrastinators. It’s not too late to order Dad (or your kiddos’ dad) a gift for Father’s Day with Next Day delivery from Overstock.com! They have a wide variety of items perfect for your favorite guy, from items relating to his favorite hobbies to great items for his [...]

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Father’s Day Gifts at Red Envelope

June 13, 2011

With all the ick floating around in our family, Father’s Day seemed to creep up on me incredibly fast. If you’ve had a crazy few weeks, like we have, and were not able to find a gift for the special men in your life, there is no need to worry… RedEnvelope has some of the [...]

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A Gift For Everyone on Your List

December 16, 2010

If you are anything like me, you still have some shopping to do to complete your list, so I thought you could use some great ideas for those last minute gifts you have yet to purchase. Now, I really don’t want to hear that you’re finished shopping and all ready for Christmas, so humor me, [...]

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Homemade Treats Make Great Gifts

November 12, 2010

My family and I make lots of goodies during the Holiday season – Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Pumpkin Cake and Fudge are just a few of our favorites. Baked goodies are not only extremely yummy, but they also make great inexpensive gifts for neighbors, family members and friends, especially when packaged up nice and [...]

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 8, 2010

The Yantra Mat is a European acupressure mat (“spike mat”) featuring 8800 acupressure points that help to alleviate back pain, stress, and other issues like insomnia and fatigue, and also aids circulation, blood pressure and promotes meditation. I have always wanted to try acupuncture, so I was excited to try The Yantra Mat. Yesterday was [...]

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Unique Gift Ideas: Mom-Invented Gear

February 23, 2010

This morning I had the privilege of showing some fabulous mom-invented items to all of the Sacramento area, via FOX 40′s morning show. Take a look:: I’ve listed each of the featured items below, with prices and the place where you can find them. Check them out – It’s always fun to see what moms [...]

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Treat Yourself to Something Special {giveaway}

December 3, 2009

Gift cards are expected to top wish lists this Christmas season, and for good reason – the recipient can purchase whatever they desire. No more gifts that will sit in the closet, or end up re-gifted. American Express Gift Cards – one of the only universal gift card available with no fees after purchase – [...]

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Astro Boy :: in theaters this Friday!

October 20, 2009

As you may already know, my entire family was invited to Southern California, a couple of weekends ago, for a special viewing of the much anticipated movie, Astro Boy, at the Dick Clark Screening Room. Let me tell you, this movie was a hit with all our whole family! Even Noah snuggled quite content with [...]

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More Great Gifts for Dad

May 31, 2009

I was very excited to try out a portable hammock from Kelsyus… I figured it would be a relaxing gift for any Dad, but I wanted to give it a go and see how it really stacked up before I recommended it as a great gift idea. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the [...]

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