Make it a Wine Night with Mad Housewife

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 30, 2014

Most often these days I am pitched toys, games, or some other item for the whole family. Which is way cool, but every now and then an offer will show up in my email inbox that is something just for me. An offer that I have to accept, simply because I don’t have to share with my kids. Something that gives me a moment away from the madness and chaos of motherhood. (No, I’m not usually this dramatic.)

This week that moment away came in the form of wine. Two bottles of red wine – a bottle of Cabernet and a bottle of Merlot – from Mad Housewife Cellars.

Now, Cabernet and Merlot are two of my favorite types of wine to drink for no reason other than to just drink. (Okay, that sounds bad. Let me try again…) Neither bottle that I recieved did I open to drink with food, but rather after the kids were all tucked in bed and I could actually savor it. (Sound better?)

Mad Housewife

Mad Housewife wine is just fun to drink! And, wouldn’t you know that’s actually built in to the Mad Housewife philosophy…

Wine should be fun, relaxing, and something you can afford to look forward to at the end of each and every day. Wine should never intimidate, make you think too hard, or create a new line item in your budget. This is your time. Time to enjoy a moment to yourself. A moment without the madness.

There are a total of six award-winning Mad Housewife wines – Three blends and a Chardonney, in addition to the Cab and Merlot. (Which reminds me… I need to go place an order.)

The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink

Disclosure: I received two bottles of wine from Mad Housewife Cellars in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are mine, of course.


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by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 21, 2013

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Time to Declutter and Organize

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

For quite some time now I have wanted to purge, declutter, and organize just about every area of my life, especially my house. There seems to be less and less room for us to live and enjoy life, due to the stuff that keeps piling up around us. Stuff ends up in corners, in half destroyed boxes, or just out of place. I am just tired of the stuff.

I know the problem lies with me. I have always put off organizing and can safely say it’s simply been because of lack of time and energy. Being pregnant or nursing for almost eleven years solid, and having lots of little ones has always taken a lot out of me. It was easier to drop something in a box or tuck it in a cupboard.

My babies are no longer so little. Books aren’t pulled off the shelves so much any more. It’s all the hidden places that need help.

With little bursts of energy I have began plowing through my house. My master bath and closet were among the first to declutter. It seemed to take more and more time each day to find clothes (that actually fit me), and hair products (that really worked on my hair), and I knew I needed a major purge. FOUR garbage bags full of clothes, handbags, and shoes dropped off at Goodwill and my closet is now manageable. I’m embarressed to admit to how many boxes of toiletries were either thrown away or given away, but there were several boxes of stuff I didn’t need or couldn’t use!

my organized closet

My kitchen cupboards were next. Too many chipped and cracked plates, bowls, and mugs were tucked behind those we could actually use. Out went all of the glass dinnerware and in came the more durable, non-breakable pieces.

With Zach, Julia, and Josh’s help, I tackled our shoe and coat closet today. Not only had all of our Christmas decorations just been thrown (literally!) in to the closet, every single day my children are heard complaining of not being able to find their shoes or jacket, no matter where they remember placing them the night before.

messy closet 2

We first removed every single item from the closet. Because the space is bigger than the nursery we created for baby Joshua years ago, we found Christmas decor, snow play gear, shoes, bags, and even some missing socks! Nothing was to go back in to the closet that didn’t belong.

I found some great organizational pieces at Walmart for our shoes – a fabulous shoe rack, a beautiful basket, and a table. I planned to repack all of the Christmas decor in the plastic storage containers I already had.


{1} Better Homes and Gardens 16-Pair Shoe Organizer

{2} Honey Can Do Urban Table With Storage Basket

{3} Willow Basket

Once we bagged up the shoes that no longer fit or wanted by any of the nine of us, we were left with a basket full of flip-flops and sandals, a couple of pairs of boots, and a shoe rack full of shoes! We can actually walk in to the closet now, and even have a place for the vacuum cleaner.

organized shoe and coat and storage closet. 2.jpg

As I continue to purge, declutter, and organize other areas of my life, I’ll press on in my home – cupboard by cupboard, closet by closet; a little at a time.

What areas of your life – hidden and visible – need to be purged, decluttered and organized?

Disclosure: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart lit the fire under me to get my multi-purpose closet a much-needed makeover and has provided me with compensation for the time and effort spent creating this post. 

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Baby’s Teething :: How to Soothe Sore Gums

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 2, 2012

My last little baby is cutting teeth – his last set of molars. He won’t eat, he is cranky and clingy. He is miserable and constantly has his fingers in his mouth. I should have expected this. After all, he is baby number seven who I’ve seen through this stage!

  • Baby will put anything and everything in his mouth through his teething years. As he is teething, chewing on just about anything brings relief. Always keep small objects away from Baby, as everything becomes a choking hazard.
  • Eating is one of the last things Baby wants to do when he is teething, but make sure he is taking in fluids. Don’t stress too much, but listen to your mommy instincts and call your pediatrician if you’re concerned.
  • Anything cool is soothing and brings comfort. Give Baby teethers with a cooling water-filled element – the MAM Cooler is easy to hold and completely safe to chew on. The different surfaces are fun to experiment with. In addition, the shape is such that the cooling element can comfortably reach even the molars, which makes it perfect for Timmy right now.
  • Low grade fevers are often linked with teething. Keep an eye on Baby and call his pediatrician if his fever lasts more than three days or if his fever runs higher than 101° F.
  • We not only use the MAM Massaging Brush for the first few years of Baby’s life to clean his teeth, but we have been giving it to Timmy for him to use to massage his molar gums, which helps combat itching and tingling. The shape and brush head make it possible to reach all parts of his mouth and the right spots accurately. 
  • Baby will drool. It is bound to happen while he is teething. Heck, Ray still drools while he sleeps. There really is no way to prevent the drooling, but keep rashes at bay by wiping drool off of Baby’s face quickly. (That’s what I still have to do with Ray.)
  • Teething tablets have always helped my babies during this painful time, especially at night when nothing else works. (Hyland’s Teething Tablet’s have always been our favorite.)
  • Above all, you need patience to make it through these bouts of teething during the first couple of years of Baby’s life. Patience and a good sense of humor!
How do you soothe Baby while he’s teething?

This post has been sponsored by MAM. MAM designers have been working in conjunction with child development specialists to create an innovative range of teethers. The smart MAM teethers ease teething troubles as well as fostering your baby’s active perception skills by training the senses. MAM has the just the right teething product for every age which help to promote your baby’s development!


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I am very seldom afforded the luxury of running errands alone. If I don’t have all seven kiddos tagging along for the ride, I will at least have a couple. While an afternoon of running around would be most pleasant spent alone, I’m certainly not complaining about having my young’ens in tow more often than […]

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