At the Movies with #FandangoFamily

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 8, 2014

There are some great movies on the big screen right now and I am excited to see a few. My older kiddos have already seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and I must say that I am insanely jealous. I devoured all three books in a matter of days and saw the first and second on their opening days. Mockingjay has been out for a while, but I have yet to get away to see it. And it’s killing me!

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Have you seen Mockinjay? What did you think?

If you are like me and haven’t seen it yet, be sure to buy tickets to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 on Fandango.com and you could win a 2015 Mazda3 4-door!

Big Hero 6 and Penguins of Madagascar are on my younger kiddos’ list of must-see movies this month, but I can’t wait to take them to see Annie. It opens next Friday and I have already bought tickets to take the whole family… Buy 4, get one free on Fandango.com!

What movie are you looking most forward to seeing?

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border Before you head off to the movies, I wanted to share that Fandango has launched a customizable Minions holiday video and digital greeting card maker! This greeting card is a perfect way to bring a smile to a loved one this holiday season. Who doesn’t love the Minions?!  These digital cards are as much fun to create and send as they are to receive. In fact, I’ve made a card just for you. Here’s a peek, but click through to see the full version. Be sure you turn your volume up!

Happy Holidays (Fandango Family Minions Card)
Disclosure: I am a part of the Fandango Family Blogger Network. I have been compensated for the creation and promotion of this post and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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How to Fight Dry Skin this Winter

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 3, 2014

With cold weather usually comes dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. But, you can battle dry skin and imperfections with just one product – Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel – and avoid trips to multiple beauty or drugstores as the weather gets colder.

How to Fight Dry Skin

First of all, it’s uber important to drink lots and lots of water. I think most of us tend to forget to do this in the cold winter months, mostly because we don’t feel parched like we do during hot summer months. Our bodies, especially our skin, need water. And lots of it. Even now.

Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel is my go-to of all of the Johnson’s products just for me. My favorite is the Shea & Cocoa Butter (shown above) and I use it all year. Here are some of the ways I use it in the winter:

  • Apply right after showering to lock in moisture and enhance your natural glow. I like to apply while my skin is still damp.
  • Massage in to hands to keep from getting dry and flaky and in to nail beds to help soften cuticles.
  • Apply on feet before putting on your socks right before bed. By morning your feet will feel hydrated, moisturized, and baby soft.
  • Dab on lips to prevent drying out and to create a smooth and glossy pout.
  • Use as a massage oil to help relieve the stress of the Holiday Season.

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Countdown to Confidence

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 26, 2014

“With Invisalign, the confidence of a great smile starts on the first day of treatment and lasts a lifetime.”

Just a heads up, friends… You can enter to win an Invisalign Treatment for you or your teen AND $1000 in the Countdown to Confidence Daily Instant Win & Sweepstakes.

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You may enter daily, now through November 13th, for a chance to win $100 instantly (there is one winner daily). Each daily entry will count towards the grand prize drawing of free Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment and $1000.

All entrants may also “Tell a Friend” after entering and gain three additional entries for each friend that enters

I’m a member of the Teen Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and both Ethan and Zach are receiving complimentary treatment.

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#Safety1st Travel Safety #Giveaway

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

It is super important to travel safely with your kiddos. With the help of Safety 1st, we have always been well prepared for a quick trip to the grocery store or a long day trip.

The Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat is one of the best on the market, in my opinion. With it’s super-extended weight range, this seat is the only one you will need for your kiddo, from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond*, making it well worth the price. With Air Protect + I know my baby is well protected.

Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of our Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection. 

With the Just-in-Case Storage Station we stay well organized while on the go. The best part is that it secures safely to the floor of the vehicle, so – in the horrible case of an accident – things stay put.

Keeping an eye on baby while driving is made possible with the Front or Back BabyView Mirror. The mirror clips to the visor for forward-facing kiddos, and attaches to the rear window for rear-facing babies.

What makes your ride with Baby safe?

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Enter our Travel Safety Reader Giveaway!

Just leave a comment below, by January 31st, telling me how you keep your baby safe on the road, and you’ll be entered to win the following items:

  • Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat

  • Just-in-Case Storage Station – Model: TS270

  • Front or Back BabyView Mirror – Model: 48919

*Rear-facing for 5-40 pounds, forward-facing for 22-80 pounds, and belt-positioning booster for 40-100 pounds

Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Safety 1st and am being compensated for my time and efforts increating several posts, video reviews, and giveaways in the next few months. All opinions expressed are mine.

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Bake Like A Cake Boss This Holiday Season #cakebosscakes

December 14, 2013

As you all may know, I love to bake, but this is especially true around the holidays. There is just something about the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate and brown sugar, a toasty warm house, and fresh out of the oven goodness. I also love watching baking shows – Ace of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, […]

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Celebrating Baby’s 1st Christmas {Babies “R” Us $50 Giveaway}

December 6, 2013

Baby’s First Christmas is a special time in a family’s life filled with memories, traditions, and photos. I remember our first Christmas as new parents… Ethan had just been released from the hospital and we were so happy to have our tiny babies home for this special Holiday! On December 7th – thats TOMORROW – […]

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WIN: Keurig Brewer & Lipton K-cups {+ 25 More Giveaways!}

December 5, 2013

I am super jazzed to be teaming up with 25 beautiful social media influencers to bring you one heck of a giveaway hop! We have some pretty amazing sponsors who have offered up some fantastic prizes, just for you!! Now, for the giveaway here at From Dates to Diapers, Lipton is offering a pretty sweet […]

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Smile it Forward this Holiday Season {Enter to win $500 for you, AND $500 for a friend!}

November 23, 2013

There was a time, not too long ago, when my teenage twins didn’t want to smile. They confess now that it’s because they thought their teeth were “ugly.” But that’s all changing with their Invisalign treatment. It’s still work to get them to smile for the camera, but I’ve noticed they are grinning a lot […]

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For the High-Tech Kiddo – VTech InnoTab 3S {Giveaway}

November 17, 2013

This high tech family has always been fans of VTech. From their phones to their Switch & Go Dinos and learning toys, we’re very familiar with the quality and performance of the brand. So, when we were asked to check out the InnoTab 3S I was totally game! What is the InnoTab 3S? The InnoTab 3S is […]

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Money Saving Makeup Tips

October 29, 2013

As busy we’re moms we’re always on the lookout for quick and easy ways to make everyday products work for us. If you are anything like me, you have loads of Johnson’s Baby products in your cupboards and drawers… Use them as part of your beauty regimen! Enjoy these money saving makeup tips from Johnson’s […]

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A Day Made Better

October 8, 2013

Last week OfficeMax surprised 1,000 teachers across the country with a total of $1 million in classroom supplies, thanking them for their hard work and dedication in the classroom. To the average American teacher, “back to school” means spending approximately $1,000 out of their own pocket for essential classroom supplies.OfficeMax founded A Day Made Better […]

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Shaken Not Stirred

September 26, 2013

Contigo has some brand new Shake & Go tumblers and we all love them! So easy for the kids, they can make their own chocolate milk without any help and without making a mess. Pull the straw out of the lid and it takes just a few shakes for a super-easy one-handed drinking solution. Make it and […]

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It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

September 15, 2013

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week {Sept 15-21, 2013}, so Safety 1st and I wanted to offer another great giveaway! Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old.? Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, almost an average of 2 children (age 12 and younger in a […]

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Home Safety Tips for Baby Safety Month

September 11, 2013

It’s Baby Safety Month and I’ve teamed  up with Safety 1st, as a compensated Ambassador, to bring you some tips on safe guarding your home accompanied. I also get to give away a fab prize package to help make your home more safe for baby. Home Safety Tips From Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Give […]

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Disney Family Movies

August 14, 2013

Disney Family Movies is a subscription video on demand service for one very low monthly price! Gain access to great feature movies, shorts, featurettes and bonus materials, all at your fingertips. Get more information about Disney Family Movies and find it in your area. What is Disney Family Movies? The only video on demand subscription […]

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#Sacramento Made The Top 10 2013 Eye Healthy Regions

June 10, 2013

I was able to hang out a bit with the lovely reps for VSP at BlissDom in Dallas this year, and I am excited to partner with them. Not too long ago, I published a few tips from a local VSP provider to improve your eyes’ health during allergy season. I am now excited to […]

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The Bible Series {DVD and CD giveaway}

April 8, 2013

THE BIBLE, a series shown on HISTORY over four Sundays, culminating on Easter, was created and executive produced by Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (star of Touched by an Angel). A landmark television event, THE BIBLE combines one of the greatest collections of stories ever assembled with live action and state-of-the-art CGI. […]

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ImPress Your Friends This Holiday Season {A Giveaway!}

November 28, 2012

In all of the past 12 Christmases together, I don’t think Ray and I have ever sent Christmas cards personalized with family photos. Is it bad that I don’t really remember? Well, either way, this year Ray will help me address 200 envelopes to carry Christmas greetings, with our photo, to 200 of our closest friends […]

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Earth’s Autumn

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. Yet. You can bet that, as […]

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Getting Fit And Staying Healthy With Nutrition Possible

August 20, 2012

Just the other day I asked how you, as a busy parent, stay fit and healthy. Some of you emailed me to tell me that you, like me, put yourself last. Others have a very unique diet and workout regimin, while some of you rely on evening jogs and morning walks with your kids to […]

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Keeping Kids Hydrated on Hot Summer Days With Contigo {Giveaway}

July 23, 2012

I don’t know about you, but we have been constantly on the go this summer. We’ve been on road trips, had park days, spent afternoons swimming at the lake, and hours visiting with friends and family. It’s hard to keep my kiddos hydrated with so much fun activity, especially in this heat. Having lots of […]

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

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 […]

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