Lovely Memories

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

I noticed as I sat on my patio this afternoon that my Hibiscus Bonsai had begun to bloom… Gorgeous white flowers with dark purple centers.

Hibiscus Bonsai

Whenever I see Hibiscus flowers I am transported back to Hawaii. The colors, fragrances, sounds and tastes return to me in a flood of memories.

So, as I sat – taking a break from the chaos of life – I couldn’t help but smile.

My Hibiscus Bonsai tree was provided by for the purpose of this post. Bring the tropics to your porch with’s Bonsai Trees & Tropical Plants.


I’ve Been Spotted

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 8, 2010

This Mother’s Day, in honor of their 2nd annual Spot A Mom campaign, has scoured the blogosphere and has “spotted” several moms, the first two being women I know and love.

Well, last week I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from as well as CEO Jim McCann’s new book, Celebrating Mom. And, just today I was featured by Floral Lifestyle Expert, Julie Mulligan, on her blog. Yup, I was “spotted” as a “Do-It-All Mom”! I hope you will hop over and read about how my own Mom inspired me and the lesson I hope to pass on to my children.

Bouquet created for fellow Do-It-All Mom Louise

Bouquet created for fellow Do-It-All Mom Louise

I was very excited to be able to pay it forward and suggest a wonderful blogger friend to be ”
spotted,” but you’ll just have to watch Julie Mulligan’s blog to find out who it is!

But, I have a surprise for YOU, too! would like to give one of you a copy of Celebrating Mom along with a $75 gift certificate!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

  • Answer one, or all three, of the following questions (each as a separate comment in order for each to count as a separate entry), before 9pm (pst) on April 23rd,
  1. What is the greatest lesson your mom has taught you?
  2. What’s one lesson you hope to pass on to your children?
  3. What’s your favorite Mother’s Day memory?

Want a few bonus entries? Leave me a separate comment for each of the following:

  • Visit and then come back and tell me which arrangement is your favorite and why.
  • Follow me on Twitter – I’m YoungMommy – and tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this giveaway and the hashtag #D2Dgvwy.
    One winner will be selected at random, and will be notified by email. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.

    Benefited giveaway


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