Hot Pockets, Drumsticks, and DiGiorno. Oh my!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 11, 2012

Being on camera is something I love to do. Feeling the lights on my face, with cameras surrounding me, makes me feel… giddy. Bring my family or a couple of my friends onto the set and I’m a happy girl. Add good food and it just makes for a really good time.

This week I had the privilege of working with Lunchbox Studios, Nestlé, and a couple of good friends to create a fun video for Nestlé’s micro site on Erika, Aracely and I found ourselves eating and gabbing all day long.

What did we eat and why? Well, we got to try over a dozen brand new items from Nestlé – pizza, casseroles, ice cream, and more. The idea was to capture our real, initial reactions to these new products. It was a long day, and none of us wanted to see another morsel of food when we were finished, but we all had a blast!

I’ll let you know when the micro site is live!


Literacy is Fun – Our Happy New School Year Party

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

Experts say that nearly 40% of 4th graders in the United States don’t achieve even the basic levels of reading proficiency. This number, of course, is higher among low-income families, certain minority groups, and English language learners.

But, something is being done.

Reading is Fundamental is an organization whose primary mission is to motivate young children to read, especially those in disadvantaged households. RIF achieves this goal by putting new books and fun literacy activities into the hands of children. Children feel empowered and renewed, by selecting the books that interest them, and they begin to see new possibilities.

Happy New School New Year Banner

Last month I had the privilege of hosting a New School Year Party to promote literacy and Nestlé Family’s partnership with RIF.

Each of our guests brought a book, or two, to donate to our local elementary school. We had a fabulous lunch, browsed through the books, and even created some fun works of art. We had quite the houseful and a good time was had by all!


The books provided by RIF were on display for all to see.
Each family added their favorites to the loot.
These books will soon be added to the library at Lincoln Elementary.


Nestlé provided their fabulous Stouffer’s lasagne (and other goodies). Mmmm!


To keep the kiddos busy, we made some fabulously creative cards. Fun!


Gina and her son, Micah, won the grand prize of the day – Lots of great goodies.
And, everyone went home with a little goody bag from Nestlé.


Mother’s Day Giveaway #6 {five great giveaways!}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 6, 2010

So as to allow more time for all to enter before Saturday night, I have decided to combine the last several items in my Mother’s Day Giveaway Extravaganza into one final post. Each item will be won by a different entrant and will be announced with all other winners on Mother’s Day. I hope you don’t mind.

Here we go…

fantasyjewelrybox is one of the leading online retailers of celebrity and designer inspired jewelry. Although celebrity inspired jewelry is their specialty, they have a pretty impressive collection of sterling silver jewelry, fabulous cubic zirconia rings and necklaces, and more!

I spent hours perusing the sparkly jewelry at before finally deciding on Krista’s Silver Hammered Metal Rose Statement Necklace. I can definitely see myself wearing this statement necklace with either a tanktop this summer, or with a dress for an evening out.

WIN IT! Enter to win a $35 Fantasy Jewelry Box gift certificate by visiting and telling me in the comments about your favorite item. I’d love to know what screams you!

nestle family gvwy
I don’t know about you, but $8,000 toward a family dream vacation, plus $2,000 for a spa day or night out on the town with my friends, sounds heavenly! If it sounds just as good to you, I’m thinking you should head over and enter the Nestle Family Mother’s Day to Remember Sweepstakes, through May 31st. You can enter daily and it’s super easy!

In the meantime, how about planning the perfect “family day out”? Whether you like to have picnics in your backyard, or spend an afternoon at your local park, Nestle wants to help. They have offered one lucky winner a package containing product and coupons for some of MY favorites. Yummyness like Nesquik, Stouffer’s, Juicy Juice, Toll House, Wonka, and more! They are also throwing in a $29.99 Shutterfly giftcard, plus a 30-day sample of Glowelle – a beauty drink dietary supplement that protects and hydrates the inner and outer layers of the skin.

WIN IT! Leave me a comment telling me about your idea of a perfect family day out.

belkin charger kit
I don’t know about you, but I often leave my house without a charged-up iPhone, since I horrible about remembering to charge it. Well, Target can come to the rescue for us with the Belkin iPod Charging Kit. This kit, however, not only comes with the DC cable, but a standard AC cable, as well, making it perfect for all your iPhone and iPod charging needs!

WIN IT! Leave me a comment telling me about the time YOU were without a charged phone. I know we all have a story or two!

wii prize pack
Are you a mom who loves to play the Wii with her kiddos? I am. In fact, our favorite game to play as a family is still Mario Kart, hands down! We now never have to worry about dead batteries in our wands, thanks to the Nyko Wii Charge Base. This Induction Charging Dock and Rechargeable Battery Pack Set for Nintendo Wii is perfect for the family who loves to enjoy continuous play.

WIN IT! Enter to win a Charge Base and two (2) Nyko wands by leaving me a comment telling me about your favorite Wii game.

kodak camera
I’ve already shared with you about how excited I am to see the film BABIES. Well, to celebrate the film, Kodak Gallery has created a BABIES slideshow, featuring photos of the babies featured in the film. I just love looking at photos of babies. {sigh}

In celebration of not only the film’s release, but also in celebration of YOU, Kodak is offering an EasyShare Digital Camera featuring the Kodak “Share” button, as well as a personalized medium hardcover photo book, for one of you to win!

WIN IT! Share the link to view the slideshow and a link to this giveaway on your blog, Facebook wall, or via Twitter – for example: Check out the Kodak BABIES slideshow and enter to win a Kodak digital camera – then leave me a comment with a link to where you told your friends about the slideshow and this giveaway.

The nitty gritty giveaway details:: You may leave up to five (5) comments on this post to be counted as entries, depending on the number of items you would like to win, as long as each comment is following the separate methods of entry as detailed above. Each comment will be counted towards each of the separate items up for giveaway. For example, your comment telling me about your favorite piece of jewelry from Fantasy Jewelry Box will only be counted as an entry to win the $35 gift certificate from, and so on.

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Nestle Holiday Gift Basket {Giveaway}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 22, 2009

My mom always set us up with fun things to do and create, especially around Christmas, but there is one incredibly easy craft that I particularly remember – We pressed cloves into the skin of an orange, rolled them in spices, and hung them as decorations. The sweet aroma filled our home, and to this day I remember that spicy scent with fondness.


As I was browsing through Nestlé, I came across a similar holiday craft and look forward to making these with my kiddos this week ::

Create a citrus candleholder

All it takes is a few minutes to transform an ordinary orange into a lovely candleholder. You’ll need an orange, a metal tea light, some cloves and a paring knife. Cut a hole in the top of the orange that’s a little bit larger than the diameter of the tea light. Create a space for the candle to sit, and place it in. Next press cloves into the orange skin. Light the candle, then sit back and enjoy the delicious spicy-citrus scent.

nestle family gvwy

Nestlé has offered a Holiday Gift Basket for one of you, for one of today’s giveaways! (Yes, there are TWO giveaways today, so be sure you enter to win an adorable item from Simply Chickie Clothing, too!)

This gift basket is worth over $40 and contains all of the following (most in the form of gift coupons) ::

· Toll House chocolate chips and cookie dough
· Carnation Evaporated Milk
· Breakfast Essentials
· Stouffer’s
· Juicy Juice
· Boost Kid Essentials
· Wonka candies
· Rasinets
· A 4×6 silver photo frame
· The Carnation holiday recipe guide

Here’s what you must do to enter:

  • Visit Nestlé and browse around a bit. Then leave me a comment, by 3:00 pm (pst) on December 23rd, telling me which craft, recipe, or new tradition you may want to try with your family this year.

For additional entries, you may:

  • Link to this giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook wall. Be sure you leave me a separate comment for each link.
  • Tweet about this giveaway and include a link, using the hashtag #D2Dgvwy, as many times as you’d like before Wednesday at 3:00pm, and leave me a separate comment for each tweet.

One winner will be selected at random, and will be emailed. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.

Nestlé is also hosting a Holiday Memories Photo Contest where you can enter to win a $500 gift card, as well as other prizes. There will be five grand prize winners who will receive a $500 gift card and then 45 $50 gift cards for all 45 finalists. So, grab your holiday memories and enter now!

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Nestle’s Happy, Healthy Gathering – Yes, I was there.

October 2, 2009

Some of you may know that I just spent two days at the headquarters of the world’s #1 food corporation – Nestle. Nestle had the fabulous idea of bringing together a group of mom and dad bloggers, all-expenses paid, as somewhat of a first step in engaging in the social media space. Due to some […]

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