can help!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 9, 2009

As we near the Holidays it seems that we grow more and more busy. Not only are we still doing our daily lessons but we also have gifts to purchase and prepare, family and friends to visit, baking to do, and travel plans to make.

Did you realize that there are less than 50 days left before Christmas?

Well, can help you stay organized and on top of things this Holiday season. As a Member of, you can have access to over 400 printable, ready-made lists – and MORE added frequently! Browse through the lists, get ideas, type or write in your own information, and print out the lists you need, over and over again!

For one day only – TODAY, November 9th, 2009 – you can get a membership to for half off the regular price, in celebration of Jennifer’s birthday! Jennifer, aka List Mama, is the creator and #1 user of Check out her birthday special.

Now, I received a membership to ListPlanIt from Jennifer, but I have yet to really use it… I’m hoping that we can get better organized this Holiday season, as we prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I guess this is as good a time as any to begin to take the time to put things on paper! ListPlanIt offers an uncluttered, organized place to do that, so it should be perfect!

Jennifer realizes that as busy moms we need all the help we can get she has also offered a membership to my friends here at From Dates to Diapers! That’s right! You can win one of TWO memberships just by leaving me a comment here, by 9pm (pst) on November 20th, telling me how you use lists – Do you make a list for everything and can’t live without them?

What are you waiting for? Start making your lists today!


Clean at last!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 5, 2009

I spent yesterday afternoon with my sister. We didn’t do anything fun, per se, but we accomplished a whole heck of a lot…

Sara – the Organizing Queen – came over to help me tackle the biggest bedroom clean up ever. I am so not exaggerating. My boys’ room was long overdue for a gutting; there were mounds of Legos, Bionicles, Tinker Toys, clothes, and books littering the floor to the point that made it impossible to walk in there without physical damage. No joke.

One full garbage can, 4 loads of laundry, three boxes for Goodwill, and 5 1/2 hours later, my boys had the cleanest and most organized room in the whole house.

For a whole 24 hours.


YoungMommy knows she’s not an “expert”

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 23, 2009

I have never been to nursing school or had any formal training as a doula or midwife. I am not a child psychologist or family counselor. I’m not an expert in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or raising kids.

I have been pregnant 5 times, birthed 6 babies, breastfed all of them, and am now raising five boys and a little princess. So, I guess I know a thing or two.

Perhaps I know a bit about transitioning from the honeymoon “it’s-all-about-us” phase to the “oh my gosh, we’re having a baby” and “surprise, there are two! now what do we do?” shock of a lifetime.

I could know a bit about very little time spent “dating” before you had virtually no together time when the babies and diapers came into the picture. Or, about how important it is to make time for each other. Now, even more than before.

Mastitis and engorgement are no strangers to this mama… I know both well, but found many ways to curb the pain and discomfort.

Oh, and I’ve weaned 6 babies, potty-trained 5 (well, Ben trained himself, but…), have worn babies in various contraptions, can stave off a kiddo’s cough, make the boo-boo all better, and know the most effective way to show love and discipline to each of my six very different mannered children.

But, I’m no expert.


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