Circus Vargas – The Circus With a Touch of Broadway – Comes to Roseville

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 9, 2012

We were just invited to join in the thrilling world of Circus Vargas. We are looking forward to taking a look beyond the sawdust and spangles, and peeking past the wonder and the mystique and discover why Circus Vargas is America’s Favorite Big Top Circus!

Unveiling its greatest collaboration to date, Tabares Entertainment joins forces with famed singing Ringmaster Kevin Venardos for a production of musical magnitude in its most exciting, innovative edition ever! Acting as host and master of ceremonies, Venardos skillfully melds melody with movement, adds a bit of Broadway and a splash of razzle-dazzle for an unbelievably entertaining extravaganza!

We plan to arrive thirty minutes early for the interactive pre-show where we will all get a chance to be the stars in center ring. I hear we’ll even be guided through a crash course in circus skills with host and the “Iron Chin” Jon Weiss and his lovely wife Laura. Fun times!

IT’S MUSICAL, IT’S MEMORABLE … IT’S CIRCUS VARGAS — It’s family entertainment at its finest, and it’s coming our way. The blue and gold big top will be in Roseville at the Westfield Galleria August 9 through 13 and in Sacramento at the California State Fairgrounds August 16 through 20.


For more information about Circus Vargas and to purchase tickets visit, by phone at 877-468-3861, or at the circus box office which opens one day prior to the first show.


Enter to win tickets for your family to see Circus Vargas at either the Roseville or the Sacramento location (four tickets total). Just leave me a comment with your favorite circus memory – when you were a kid or with your own kids, what you think of when you hear there is a circus in town, and/or what you look forward to most when the Big Top is in town. You may enter once a day through July 31st.

We were given tickets to experience Circus Vargas in exchange for this giveaway.


Disney On Ice “Let’s Celebrate!” {Discount Code}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 17, 2011

We had the extreme privilege of being special guests at the Disney on Ice “Let’s Celebrate!” show. Boy, did we have fun!

It was one colossal party on ice, with all of our favorite Disney friends! We saw Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrated a Very Merry Unbirthday Party, with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Noah laughed and laughed as he saw the Mad Hatter’s hat being passed around and around!

The kids, all over the stadium, went wild when it was time for Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear to grace the stage! But, my favorite was the Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch. While I have never seen Lilo and Stitch, there is just something that draws me to this extremely fun celebration.

Seeing all of these fabulous celebrations and festivals from around the globe was entertaining for both the kiddos and us adults, alike. The twins even had a good time… they were our live running commentary on the show!

Be sure you join the party when this spectacular ice show visits your hometown!

In fact, don’t miss it here in Sacramento – the show will be here through Monday. Ticket prices are $14, $17, $23, $40 (VIP), $65 (Front Row). You can find them at, ARCO Arena Box Office or call 800-745-3000.

A special discount is available for all From Dates to Diapers’ friends! Save $7 on tickets when you use code MICKEY upon checkout.

We received tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine.


Capture Life

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

Do y’all remember when I decided to buy a digital SLR camera and learn how to take “beautiful photos”? Well, it was then that I knew I wanted to capture life – my children’s lives.

Well, I bought my camera – a Canon Rebel XSi – and have been taking pictures, but I don’t really know how to use it. Sure, I’ve been snapping some pretty good shots, if I do say so myself, but I have never ventured beyond the auto settings. Sad, huh?

So, how excited do you think I was when I discovered that Jen – of Jen Stewart Photography – and her husband, Chris, were going to be teaching a photography workshop? It gets even better. This workshop is especially for moms, to teach us how to capture the lives of our kids in photos!

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We want to empower you to take the best photos you can of your families, and to have confidence that you can record those spontaneous memories beautifully!

You can find all of the details about this fantastic workshop, taking place in Sacramento on January 23rd, HERE. Do you want to hear something exciting? You can save $100 off the price of your ticket if you register before January 11th!

Let me know if you plan to join me, my local friends, so I can look forward to seeing you there! (I have been given a ticket to attend in exchange for creating some buzz, but even if I wasn’t I’d so be there!)

What are some of YOUR best tips for capturing your kiddos in photos?


Moxie Mona Visits Sacramento!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 21, 2009

Moxie Mona is an everyday superhero who is swooping in to see all of her friends in the blogosphere this week. Among others, she visited us here in California, and then was off to see the rest of her pals…

Will she be in a city near you?

Moxie Mona was waiting for us, bright and early, at the Sacramento Train Station. She looked a little haggard, like she’d had a long journey. We felt sorry for her and offered her warm hospitality at our home. Granted, we have six kids and you can’t get much in the way of peace and quiet, but we do have lots of love to give.



Mona couldn’t wait to see the twins and Julia play soccer… She had a great time cheering the kids; her way to give back all the love they’d given her in her time of need, I suppose.


After the games, we figured a tour of Sacramento would help keep her mind off her troubles. So, we visited Sutter’s Fort, the original European outpost in the interior of Northern California. Dating from 1839, the fort built by Swiss immigrant John Sutter – who worked the land around the fork of the American and Sacramento Rivers and even owned the land where gold was discovered a few miles from here in 1848, the one that led to the Gold Rush of 1849 – has stood the test of time.



Shortly after intimidating the fort’s period costumed staff (who’d never met anyone who displayed such moxie), we took Mona to see the state capitol building, where the state capital was moved from Vallejo to Sacramento after California became a state in 1850. Mona liked the building’s architecture, and especially enjoyed the beautiful rose garden out front.


Leaving the Governator behind, we went to the western most outpost of the Pony Express. Running from St. Josephs, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, the last stop is right here in Old Sacramento. Mona was surprised to find out that the service was only operational for a little more than a year from 1860-61. Those brave young riders and their fast ponies were put out of business, not by hostile Indians as one would imagine, but by a modern technology called the telegraph.


And right across the street, is one of the original Wells Fargo buildings where their famed stagecoaches would bring deposits, visitors, and fortune seekers from the East.

Mona was thrilled to see all that Old Sacramento has to offer as she strolled down cobblestone streets and wooden sidewalks that abut restaurants and candy stores. We couldn’t hardly keep her out of them. Funny thing about superheroes, they have very little restraint when it comes to sugary snacks.



Once she and the kids had their sugar high, we decided to let them work it off along West Sacramento’s River Walk. For several miles opposite Old Sacramento, you can walk and enjoy the river, ending up at the iconic Sacramento Bridge that leads to Raley Field where the AAA team for the Oakland A’s – The Rivercats – plays.



I do have to mention that Mona’s favorite building was the Pyramid Building that used to house the now defunct Money Store. Back in the day, the Money Store helped normalize securitized mortgages that led to the mortgage and financial crises that we’re now experiencing. How cool is that? Mona didn’t think it was, so I let it drop.


Mona wanted to see Arco Arena, where the Sacramento Kings play, but she didn’t have time – the busy little superhero that she is. So, we put her on the first train out of Sacramento, on her way to another part of the blogosphere.


Thanks for visiting us, Mona!


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