Cruisin’ on Royal Carribean #SeasTheDay

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 21, 2014

I am blessed with some amazing blogging friends, experiences, and opportunities. A few years ago, Ray and I went to New Orleans on one of the very first Brandcations – #BOBNOLA. While I had a great time, I was 7 months pregnant and it was oh-so-hot and sticky. I am very much looking forward to my next Brandcation adventure – A cruise on Royal Carribean with 39 old and new blogging buddies!

#SeasTheDay

We set sail in a little over a week, and I have tons to do before then. In fact, I still need to make it to the passport office, do some shopping, pack my bags, and make a quick trip to Cali!

But, let’s not get distracted… On this 5 day/4 night cruise, we will be going to Cozumel, Mexico and will get to see and experience all that the Liberty of the Seas has to offer. I can’t wait to explore the ship and share with you all it has to offer, from ice skating to surfing, and more! We’ll also be getting a behind the scenes tour of the ship, so stay tuned for lots of photos and info.

Liberty of the Seas

Follow along on our adventures – on the ship and in Cozumel – with the hashtag #SeasTheDay. And be sure to keep an eye on my Facebook page and Instagram stream!

Is there anything you’d like to know about cruising on Royal Carribean, or about the Liberty of the Seas ship? MAybe I’ll get a chance to find an answer for you!

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Our Visit to Mormon Island at Folsom Lake

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 14, 2014

While in California, my family and I spent an afternoon at Folsom Lake. Or what’s left of it anyway. It is the lowest it has been in 60 years. And boy, is it sad…

Folsom Lake - then and now

-photo source

It may be a sad sight to see the lake so low, but it’s a well-visited area, even now as the boats sit in the parking lot of the marina. The draw? Under all of the water that is usually held back by Folsom Dam, lived an old mining community.

Early in March 1848, W. Sidney, S. Willis, and Wilford Hudson, members of the Mormon Battalion, set out from Sutter’s Fort to hunt deer. Stopping on the south fork of the American River, they found gold. They told their story on returning to the fort, and soon about 150 Mormons and other miners flocked to the site, which was named Mormon Island. This was the first major gold strike in California after James W. Marshall’s discovery at Coloma.  -source

As history would have it, the town was destroyed by fire in 1856 and was never rebuilt. The community completely dwindled after the California gold rush, leaving only a few families by the 1940s. In it’s finer days, however, the population of the town was more than 2,500, and had four hotels, three dry-goods stores, five general merchandise stores, an express office, and many small shops.

mormon island

When Folsom Dam was built, all but the cemetery at Mormon Island - which was moved - was all but destroyed. With the current drought in the Sacramento area, the remains of the old mining community are now explored and photographed by hundreds.

Including us…

Folsom Lake - Mormon Island

Mormon Island - Folsom Lake

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Keeping Baby Safe While Away From Home for the Holidays

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 12, 2013

We plan to be in California for the Holidays. We will be far away from home, in someone else’s home. My parents’ house is really no longer kid-friendly, and I don’t know what I’m getting our family in to wehn we stay with other family members. I plan to be prepared!

Are you and your family traveling for the Holidays? Here are some tips for keeping Baby safe while away from home –

Tips for Safeguarding When You Are Away from Home
By Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st

The holidays have arrived and whether you are celebrating in your home or as a guest with friends and family, make sure to keep a close eye on your little one.  If you are traveling this holiday season, it’s easier than you think to keep baby safe in someone else’s home.

While you are packing your suitcase, plan ahead and pack a safeguarding essentials kit. In the kit you should include: outlet covers, door knob covers, and corner cushions.  If you are driving and have room in the trunk a gate is another great essential to bring with you.

As this home may be new to baby expect that he or she will want to explore every room. Therefore while celebrating away from home making sure outlets are covered, is an easy a non- intrusive way to safeguard. It’s important to create off limit rooms, such as the bathroom or laundry room.  This is where a door knob cover can come in handy. Easy for guests to still use these room, but harder for baby to go where she shouldn’t.

As a rule someone should be watching baby at all times, but if possible put up a gate in from of all stairs. Additionally, asking your host if it’s Ok to put corner cushions on sharp tables edges will be easier than asking him or her to remove the table. Corner cushions go on and come off easy.

The holidays are supposed to be entertaining so remembering these tips can help keep the holiday safe, as well as fun.

TWITTER PARTY!!

The holidays can be a fun time but there are also many travel and home dangers that are often overlooked. Join us on December 16th at 8pm for a Twitter Party. We’ll be chatting about Hidden Holiday Hazards: Travel and Home, sharing tips on how to keep the holidays safe and happy, and there will be prizes!

 

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Plan Your Next Family Vacation on Travel Saturday

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 29, 2013

Travel Saturday is the Black Friday of travel deals – available exclusively tomorrow, November 30th. Myrtle Beach area businesses have come together to offer Travel Saturday, a day that features a selection of heavily discounted deals on accommodations, entertainment and attractions for the upcoming 2014 travel season. Deal seekers can log online on Saturday, November 30th and take advantage of a variety of travel deals from Myrtle Beach, SC.

Travel Saturday

Myrtle Beach is beautiful and the perfect destination for family vacations, with beautiful ocean front hotels and breathtaking views. There is so much to do and see and explore. A definite must add to the list of places to go! Myrtle Beach offers an abundance of accommodations and activities, along with 60 miles of pristine coastline.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect present for that special someone or a family gift the kids won’t forget, consider giving the gift of travel to America’s favorite family beach this holiday season.

To take advantage of these Travel Saturday deals that will bring you closer to paradise in Myrtle Beach, visit www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/travelsaturday.

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My Afternoon With Garth Brooks Rocked! #BlameItAllOnMyRoots

November 28, 2013

I want to tell you all about Garth Brooks’ newest boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, due to release tomorrow, but will you bare with me as I gush about my afternoon with him first? When I started blogging, what seems like ages ago, I had not a clue that so many great [...]

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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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The Ultimate Road Trip

August 5, 2013

It will be two weeks tomorrow since we pulled into our new driveway. While we sorely miss our friends and family back in Cali, we are well on our way to feeling at home in our new place. But, to get here we had to take the mother of all road trips… Ray, two of [...]

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Social Media for Social Good on the Jersey Shore #JerseyLove

July 2, 2013

Not a day has gone by in the last several weeks that I haven’t thought of my trip to New Jersey. If you recall, I went with 39 fabulous social media moms in hopes to bring some social media love to a place that had been devastated by hurricane Sandy. But, what I experienced was a bit [...]

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Tweet With Us for a Chance to Win a #D6SurfSkimmer

May 31, 2013

I shared with y’all a while back that I was joining an incredible group of women to help bring a bit of social good to the Jersey shore. Well, we’re packing our bags and getting more excited every day, as we prepare for a fabulous few days. In the midst of all of our excitement, [...]

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More Disney Magic

May 21, 2013

There are some big things happening at the Disneyland Resort! Will you join me (here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as I attend Disney’s media event this week? Here’s a preview of what we will be checking out – Fantasy Faire – an enchanting, immersive storybook world that extends Fantasyland. Disney Princesses await Disneyland park [...]

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A Magical Day with Janice (@5minutesformom) and Julia (@JulzBGiggles)

May 11, 2013
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Merida’s Induction Into the Disney Princess Royal Court at DisneyWorld {Video}

May 11, 2013

Merida was welcomed on stage by the entire Disney Princess court and was crowned by her mother, Queen Elinor, in a touching moment of love and respect that highlighted the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter. And we were there! That was just the beginnging of another magical day here in Florida… Check out our [...]

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Fun with Julia at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

May 10, 2013

Do you sometimes wonder what to do with all of those photos and videos on your iPhone? Well, wonder no more. Disney has just launched a brand new app that will compose your memories in to a beautiful story. Disney’s Story app is free! I’m already addicted!! Full disclosure: I was not compensated in any [...]

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A Moment Of My Day {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 9, 2013

Julia and I are playing in Florida this weekend. Thanks to the wonderful Janice, who has adopted us as her family members for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! It’s a hard life! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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Finding Balance on Vacation with #TMOM

May 3, 2013

There is so much to think about when planning a vacation. All of the many things I think about here at home, I have to keep in mind on the road, too. As the mom of a large family, it’s vital to find accomodations that are comfortable enough for all of us. Is there a place [...]

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Best Hotel Amenities When Traveling with Kids {Guest Post}

April 10, 2013

With so many hotels around the world, sure, there are lots of choices to decide on. From the simplest hotel to the most luxurious and – the weirdest accommodation, travelers will never find it hard looking for a place to stay. For those who are on a tight budget, smaller hotels are suitable options. Meanwhile, [...]

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Social Media Moms And NJ Digital Moms Join Forces To Give #JerseyLove

March 30, 2013

What do you get when you bring 40 powerful women together for good? This — A few of our group members are Jersey residents and saw firsthand the devastation that Sandy created. We felt their fear as the storm thrashed their home towns. We heard the stories of the community pulling together to rebuild after [...]

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Silly :: Julia’s Middle Name

February 6, 2013

Just before Christmas, while in New York, we visited America’s First Pizzeria and this is what Julia does… Classic! Link up!

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Heading Out On The Open Road? Not Without These Road Trip Games

August 8, 2012

For most families, summer is synonymous with road trips in the car.  But, those many hours spent cooped up can lead to boredom—and after a while, even iPads, MP3s, and video games can get dull. Why not use this opportunity to introduce the kids to these classic car games? Not only are they fun for the [...]

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Traveling and Exploring Made Easy

July 24, 2012

Ray and I have done quite a bit of traveling this summer – much to my kids’ dismay – mostly for work, with a few romantic getaways thrown in the mix. In fact, as you read this I am heading to Chicago to learn more about the Kolcraft brands. (More on that later!) I knew [...]

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Ride the Ducks in San Francisco

July 8, 2012

You can pretty much guarantee that a hot day here in the Sacramento area will mean a cool one in the Bay. Yesterday was no exception – it was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. It is a special treat to be able to escape from the heat so easily. We headed in to the [...]

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See Mater and the Gang at #CarsLand in Disney’s California Adventure

June 15, 2012
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