Spreading Christmas Cheer

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 24, 2010

All week the kids and I have been baking up a storm. Cookies, cupcakes and candy have been tempting us with their yummy goodness.







Today we’ve delivered some of these sweet treats, but tomorrow morning will find us playing a bit of ding dong ditch on unsuspecting (and often grumpy) neighbors!

Spreading Christmas cheer is so much fun!

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The Perfect Stocking(s) for Under $25!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 20, 2010

Walmart is dedicated to helping families save money so we can bring home more for less this Christmas. To prove this, they sent me out with another challenge this week. My mission was to put together the perfect stocking with just $25. So, off I went with a gift card in hand to see what I could find.

I’ll admit that I was surprised to find that Walmart truly does offer all of the ingredients any family needs for fab filled stockings this holiday– from $1 candies and holiday activities to $5 DVDs.

Believe it or not, I put together a stocking for all six of my older kiddos for just under $25, TOTAL (pre-tax)! With all of the multi-pack items I was able to purchase this was quite easy to do, actually.

If you have yet to purchase your stocking “stuffing,” I invite you to take “The Perfect Stocking for Under $25”
challenge on your own and share with me how you created your stockings for your loved ones. I’m sure you’ll find that it’s certainly doable for anyone on your list!

Other great ideas for stocking stuffers::

Baby Bottle Pops and Juicy Drop Pops are a favorite treat around here! I think it’s kinda funny, really… even the twins can be seen sucking on that little bottle pop every now and again. They have no shame when it comes to their favorite candy!

Animal Planet Activity Kits are great for the kiddos whose mom isn’t exactly the best at organizing and creating fun activities. Ahem.

The 3D puzzle that is the Rubik’s Cube is a classic game that any one can enjoy. Okay, maybe not anyone… these little cubes frustrate me to no end. BUT, my kiddos love them!

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Toy Haul For Our Adopted Family

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 15, 2010

Being a Walmart Mom has it’s perks, but I have to say that I am most excited by opportunities that help us give to those in need. This month, each of the Walmart Moms were given a $100 gift card to purchase some of this year’s top toys from Walmart for a charity of our choice. I actually chose to use the gift card to help shop for a specific family – a family of soon to be TEN, no less! Follow along as we choose items for this family of mostly girls… something certainly outside of our comfort zone. While we did go over $100 just a bit, I think we did pretty well.

I have been compensated for my time and efforts to create this post and video.

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Walmart’s Top Toys :: Our Favorites

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 10, 2010

Are you looking for the perfect gift for some of those kiddos in your life? Well, I have some great ideas! Whether you need to find that one item for your nieces, nephews or your own little one still left on your shopping list, check out some of our favorites.

Paper Jamz have been a big hit here in the Young house. These paper-thin instruments are available in the form of guitars, drums and amplifiers and are easy enough for even my littlest guys to rock out!

The Leapster Explorer is, by far, our favorite LeapFrog product, thus far. With endless ways to play, the Explorer offers games and activities, as well as the option to download apps, videos and ebooks. I’m looking forward to adding the camera accessory so my kiddos can use the Explorer to capture pictures and video without stealing my phone or Flip!

Loopz is a fabulously fun memory game that challenges the reflexes of every member of the family. With seven ways to play, Loopz provides hours of entertainment.

Although I would highly recommend each of the items in this post, I have been compensated for my time and efforts to tell you about some of hottest toys this Christmas. Be sure you check out the rest of Walmart’s Top Toys!

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Decorating for the Holidays

December 9, 2010

Preparing to decorate for Christmas always brings me such mixed feelings. It is so much work to pull out the boxes of decorations we have collected over the years, but I do love going through them year after year. Sifting through each box of homemade ornaments, white lights and colored lights, little nativity scenes, and […]

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Build-a-Box with Operation Christmas Child

November 28, 2010

Did you and your kiddos pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child? Well, Collection Week was last week and if you’re as distracted as I am these days, you probably missed the deadline, even though you knew it was coming. (Don’t judge!) There is good news for you and me! We can virtually pack boxes through Operation […]

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Fill Those Shoeboxes! {BIG Giveaway}

November 4, 2010

I’d like to say that only the little ones struggle with the “gi’mees” and “I wants” at this time of the year, but it’s so easy to be distracted by material things, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong. I love to bless others with little gifts, any time of the year. Seeing the joy on […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

Many blessings to your family on this holy day!

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“No, we don’t believe in Santa…”

December 24, 2009

Some people think we’re depriving our children of “the magic of Christmas.” Some people think we’re crazy for not encouraging our children to believe in miracles. But, what can be more “magical” than an immaculate conception and a Savior born for us? Sounds like a miracle to me! Okay, so my kids know about St. […]

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