Christmas Tablescape on a Budget

December 10, 2013

As you all probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of Walmart. With a busy family and budget, what’s not to love? So it should come as no surprise that when it came time to spruce up my table for company, I turned to my favorite one stop shop. I didn’t want to spend […]

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#SiennaDiaries Entry #2: Lots of Room to Spare

December 9, 2013

A trip to Coscto typically means driving two vehicles, just so we have plenty of room for all of us AND all of the food we need to purchase for our large family. But, on this last trip we loaded up in the Toyota Sienna, confident that we would be able to fit everyone AND […]

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Smiling it Forward with Alyson Hannigan

December 9, 2013

Like most of us moms, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan, loves sharing photos of her young daughters with friends, family and fans online. Y’all know how often I do the same! For this very reason, I have teamed up with Alyson , SheSpeaks, and Tylenol as a “Smile Squad” blogger to help spread […]

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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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Find the Perfect Gift with Catalog Spree

December 8, 2013

Are you still shopping for Christmas gifts, like I am? Did you know you can do so from the comfort of your couch in your jammies, with your iPod and Catalog Spree? What’s Catalog Spree? Catalog Spree is the #1 catalog shopping app with more than 350 full-page digital catalogs all in one place! Catalogs from […]

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Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Three}

December 7, 2013

{{Read Part One}} {{Read Part Two}} According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40% of women reported having emotional and physical symptoms of stress. These symptoms are very similar to those of anxiety, depression, and even fibromyalgia.At last I had an official diagnosis. Three, in fact. I knew I wasn’t crazy. I was no longer […]

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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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Easy Brie & Fig Appetizer

December 6, 2013

Entertaining and the Holiday’s just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? Nothing quite gets me into the spirit like filling my home with good friends and family, and great food! Whether you are hosting an elegant Christmas party, or you are just looking for a delicious and easy appetizer to wow the neighbors […]

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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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Battling Winter Cold and Flu Season with Essential Oils

December 4, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when my Facebook stream is flooded with pictures of friends doing fun things with their kiddos for the holidays, Christmas decorations, stories of finding the perfect tree, and… posts about being sick. Seems that just about everyone is either under the weather or coming down with something yucky […]

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Keeping Those Tootsies Toasty

December 4, 2013

A couple of years ago we bought all of my kiddos warm, fuzzy robes for Christmas. One year we bought them all pj’s, and another their very own fluffy blanket.This year, I bought all of my kiddos (and myself) a new pair of slippers from Walmart (of course!). We have hardwood flooring throughout most of […]

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Lancôme DreamTone :: My #BareSelfie

December 2, 2013

I am a sucker for beauty products. Show me any new face cream or serum, especially one that boasts skin tone correction, and I’ll try it! Lancôme DreamTone is just one product that I had the opportunity to try through SheSpeaks. This serum was specially formulated to reduce the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin […]

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Nintendo Gifts for the Holidays {2DS, Wii U, and more!}

November 30, 2013

Last month, while we were at Walmart HQ, my fellow Walmart Moms and I had a bit of fun with Nintendo. Not only did we get to play with the 3DS, DSXL, Wii U, and Wii Fit U, but we also got to experience all of the fun that the 2DS holds before it was […]

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Keeping the Spark Alive in your Marriage

November 30, 2013

Long-term relationships and marriages take work. There’s no easy way to gain a strong relationship, however there are small things to try every day to keep things going well. Here are just a few. Spend time together Spending quality time together is very important. Even though you might think you spend lots of time […]

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Plan Your Next Family Vacation on Travel Saturday

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 […]

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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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Avoiding Holiday Kitchen Hazards {Home Safety Giveaway}

November 26, 2013

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen this week. Have you? Do you have a little one who may not be aware of the hidden dangers? I’ve teamed up with Safety 1st again this month to bring you some safety tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert. Check ‘em out… […]

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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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Christmas Ad Match at Walmart

November 22, 2013

I’m not sure that I’ll be joining the thousands of shoppers this Black Friday, but I’m not worried about getting the best deal on a single day. I can shop any time at Walmart (and on and if I find an advertised price on the item that is lower than what I paid, Walmart […]

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Our #SiennaDiaries Begin

November 21, 2013

About a month ago, we received a fun delivery – a brand new 2014 Toyota Sienna to test drive for a few months. Isn’t she beautiful?   She’s comfy and keeps us warm on those early morning drives to school. Even when it’s cold outside. I have full control, without even taking my eyes off […]

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{Better Than Your Grandma’s} Stuffing Recipe

November 20, 2013

Whether it comes from a box or it’s Grandma’s special recipe, the stuffing is an essential part of every Thanksgiving feast. I must admit, I often default to (and really like) the stuffing that comes from a box. I always thought homemade stuffing seemed like quite the chore to prepare, but I was determined to […]

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Our Basket of Thankfulness

November 18, 2013

I remember, as a little girl on Thanksgiving, sitting at a very long table with aunts, uncles, cousins, and my own siblings and parents, for Thanksgiving dinner. We would give thanks to the Lord for His blessings as we went around the table mentioning things for which we were most thankful… Recently I received a […]

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