Here’s my number… My Sleep Number, that is.

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 6, 2012

The average person spends close to a third of their life sleeping. Now, of course, that’s not the case for a new parent, but that’s just a short season, really. So, if we spend so much of our lives in bed, resting our bodies and rejuvenating our brain, it would make sense that we would want a comfortable place to nestle in, right? I mean, how many times have you woken up with a sore back or a crick in your neck, only because you didn’t sleep comfortably? If you are anything like I was, it’s quite often.

Because of this, when Ray and I were recently invited to review the Sleep Number m7 Memory Foam bed, we jumped on it. (The opportunity, not the bed!) It had been over two years since we thad received our last mattress set, so we hoped this new bed would change our sleep and overall quality of life. What couple doesn’t want that?

We received the Sleep Number mattress set and, since we both like a more firm mattress, slept on it for several weeks set at 100 or Full-Fill. We didn’t realize what we were missing out on until we visited our local Sleep Number store and had a very informative (and fun) personal IndividualFit 3D Imaging experience. When we returned home from our in-store experience, I immediately headed up to my bed, set my side at my sleep number, and laid down just to try it out… Let’s just say, I woke up to find I had fallen asleep. For quite a while!

Instead of both sides of the bed being set at 100, Ray’s side is now set at 45, and mine at 40. Since discovering our individual sleep numbers, Ray and I have both enjoyed comfortable nights and pain-free mornings. I would definitely recommend this bed to anyone who has a difficult time sleeping… It will change your life for the better!

Pssst… We bought our pillows for %50 off when we went in to the Sleep Number store. (You can see the display for the pillow sale.) But, now through September 9th, you can save $400 on the m7 mattress set!

The Sleep Number m7 bed redefines memory foam by combining unique technologies, offering a bed that cools, contours and adjusts so each sleeper can realize their coziest, most-personalized sleep ever.

More about the all-new m7:

· Three (3) inches of exclusive Sleep Number CoolFit™ foam with gel technology provide a cool, soothing sleeping surface.
· CoolFit foam is naturally contouring and more breathable compared to the leading memory foam brand.
· Exclusive Sleep Number DualAir™ technology lets sleepers adjust firmness on each side of the mattress for their ideal level of comfort.

We received the Sleep Number m7 Memory Foam mattress set in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are completely ours. 


Avoid These Habits that Can Wreck the School Year

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 1, 2012

The back-to-school season may have just arrived, but it’s never too late to fine-tune the habits that will get this school year off on the right foot.

One of the best ways to get started on the right foot is by knowing which habits to avoid.  These are the most common habits that students struggle with, and by recognizing them and tweaking your family’s habits, avoiding them all together means your family will also avoid the other common side effect of these habits: poor grades.

1. Not getting enough sleep.  It doesn’t matter how old your child is, kids need a bedtime. In fact, studies show that teens need even more sleep than younger kids.  During sleep, the brain files and stores information learned throughout the day, so without adequate sleep, learning can literally go in one ear and out the other.  Not getting enough sleep can seriously disrupt a student’s ability to focus in class. To get A’s students need to get some Zzzzz’s.

2. Skipping meals.  In class, kids need the energy that healthy food gives them in order to be able to focus and learn. Without adequate food, kids will be focusing on their rumbling bellies, not on what they are learning. It’s important to—as much as possible—stick to regular meal times to keep kids brains well fueled.

3. Multitasking while doing homework.  Kids are easily distracted by TVs, computers, and cell phones.  So rather than using media devices to complete homework, they often end up being a distraction from the task at hand. Practice shutting all devices off and focus on one offline task at a time. If the Internet is needed for research, save that until all other homework questions have been completed.

4. Procrastinating. Everybody likes to relax after school (or work). But social lives, chores, sports, and extra-curricular activities, make it tempting to leave homework until the last minute. When students put schoolwork on a backburner, it can lead to last-minute scrambles and late-night cram sessions, neither of which pay-off in the classroom.

5. Not asking for help. One of the biggest mistakes that students make is waiting until the last minute to seek help. Rather than waiting for a failing grade before asking for help, students should talk to the teacher at the “I’m-not-really-understanding-this stage.”

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I’ve Lost My Bloggy Groove, But I Want It Back

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 1, 2011

*Long post ahead. Please bear with me and stick it out until the end… I have a couple of questions for you.**

I’ve been keeping a web log – aka blogging – for almost six years. I began writing online mainly as a way to stay in touch with one lovely friend who moved far, far away. This friend begged and pleaded with me and, after nearly succumbing to the excuse that I had not the time, I logged on to and chose the username and blog ID YoungMommy.

Occasionally I would talk about products and services that I loved, but I wrote mostly about what was going on in our family, life with four kiddos (all under the age of four), my pregnancy with baby #5, our homeschooling and travel adventures, and anything else that struck my fancy. Poems, short quotes, personal stories and pictures graced the virtual pages of Organized Chaos.

Never did I imagine that, after only a few short months, not only did my beautiful friend check in often, but I had many consistent readers and would eventually be sought out by companies to help create buzz around their products. I snagged the handle YoungMommy on Twitter and thus began my venture in to product reviews and the new world (for me, anyway) of social media.

After much thought, and a few reviews on Organized Chaos, I made the decision to begin From Dates to Diapers – A blog that would house my product reviews, details about contests that I found around the blogosphere, and perhaps even host a contest or two of my own. After all, I didn’t want to inundate my Organized Chaos readers with “a bunch of commercials,” since they were, in fact, reading to hear about the next brilliant thing one of my kiddos said and not to hear about the diaper ointment I was using.

A couple of months went by. Many blog posts were written on both Organized Chaos and From Dates to Diapers. More than a few diapers were changed and a only few dates were enjoyed. I realized that keeping up with two sites was near impossible with my commitment to quality and dedication to my family. So I made the decision to merge the two blogs. And, now we have From Dates to Diapers as you know it.

You’ve seen me through two more pregnancies, rejoiced with me over the birth of Noah and the birth of Timothy, heard about birthday parties, vacations, bad days and good. I’ve shared our school schedules and lamented with you over the fact that I am so not crafty and hate to cook. You’ve seen bits of blog trips, squeed with me over meeting celebrities and faithfully watched my appearances on news programs.

I’ve blogged because I love to write, I love to talk about my family, and I love the connection I have with other women on and offline. It’s been fun these last five-and-a-half years and I have met some amazing people… people who have become some of my best friends. I am indebted to you for making From Dates to Diapers what it is today!

My love for blogging hasn’t changed, necessarily, but now I feel stuck. These last four months have been spent enjoying my new little baby and watching him grow and interact with his siblings. My older kiddos and I have had long days of school and spent lots of time just being together. Even though most of my writing took place after my kiddos were in bed before, I guess you could say that I got out of the habit of spending time virtually composing my thoughts mainly because I needed every bit of sleep that Timothy would allow me.

But, while I was spending almost all of my “free” time catching up on sleep, I fear many of you gave up on me. I know I could publish a post about what we did on any particular day, I would still like to write out Timothy’s birth story for posterity, and I have a plethora of products I need to write about, but I’d love to hear what you want to see and read here on From Dates to Diapers in the next few weeks. Do you have any pressing questions for me? Something you’d like for me to talk about?

It’s time for me to find my bloggy groove again.


Sideways. Together.

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

None of my kids like to sleep by themselves. I don’t blame them. I don’t either.

Several of them snuggle in the same bed most nights. As long as they’re tired it’s not a big deal.

Except for when they don’t actually snuggle. On these nights they end up on top of each other.

Dead to the world.



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Sealy Posturepedic Mattress {giveaway}

January 11, 2010

Just before Christmas, Ray and I received a special delivery – a Posturepedic innerspring mattress. This mattress from the Sealy Signature 11 Series was sent to us to review {with something special in the deal for YOU}. And boy, has it been quite the treat. We were able to choose our comfort level – Extra […]

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December 18, 2009

Last night, upon returning home from our date, Ray found Ben asleep in his dresser drawer. He had made himself a bed, and snuggled in, just after the babysitter tucked him in. Further proof that little guys can sleep anywhere!

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