Baskin-Robbins Valentine’s Day Cakes

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 13, 2011

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family? Well, how about celebrating this day enjoying a  yummy ice cream cake with the ones you love? That’s exactly what I plan to do with my family, and perhaps we will even make it a new family tradition!

Baskin-Robbins has amazing cakes – we have enjoyed many! But for this holiday, they have introduced three new delicious cakes to celebrate:

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Ice Cream Cake - Made with layers of Very Berry Strawberry and Chocolate ice cream, the 6-inch fully decorated round is frosted with rich chocolate-flavored whipped topping, topped with a strawberry glaze and features a customized love note.  Serves up to 8; $19.99.

Sweetheart Ice Cream Cake – A sweet and simple way to say “I love you,” the Sweetheart cake is ¼-round and dotted with adorable mini red icing hearts, a red chocolate heart and a single red rose. Serves up to 8, $12.99.

Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake – Perfect for chocolate lovers – a  fully decorated 9-inch round cake, featuring Chocolate Chip ice cream over Devil’s Food cake, frosted with chocolate flavored whipped topping and borders, and finished with a rich chocolate ganache glaze. Serves up to 16; $29.99.

YUM!!

Baskin-Robbins sent me gift certificates to purchase a cake to enjoy with my family for Valentine’s Day, in exchange for this post.

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The Five Languages of Love

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

When Ray and I were newlyweds, we studied a book called The Five Love Languages. In this book, Gary Chapman explains the different ways in which people react to others, based on actions and words, thus resulting in changes in our “love tanks.”

Chapman spent an entire chapter in his book explaining how the love languages can be applied to children. He also wrote a book called The Five Love Languages of Children. Now, I haven’t read his book geared towards children, and we didn’t have children when we went through the first one, but the same lessons Ray and I learned so long ago can be applied to our children, as well. Our children need to have love tanks that are full, as well.

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According to Chapman, there are five ways in which each of us express and receive love:

  1. Quality Time
  2. Words of Affirmation
  3. Gifts
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Physical Touch

Each are pretty self-explanatory and I’m sure you could recognize which most speaks to you or your spouse just by glancing at the list, but what about your children? Which one would best describe each of their love languages?

Knowing how to identify each of the languages of love in Ray has helped me grasp how to identify them in my children. Ethan and Josh both begin to glow when Dad or I spend quality time with either of them. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but even just a quick conversation or little bit of undivided attention goes a long way in filling their love tanks. Zach, on the other hand, thrives on words of affirmation and encouragement. Gifts is my love language, so it’s easily recognizable in Julia as she is always making and giving gifts. And, physical touch is big for both my Ben and Noah – Both are generally always in need of a hug and Noah falls asleep with one hand on my face!

We naturally pour on all five languages when our children are young. We must spend time with them, serve them, and hug and cuddle, so as to sustain their life. We shower them with praises as they smile for the first time, burp after a feeding, and later as they begin to crawl and then walk.

As our children mature and develop personalities, however, their language of love can be a bit harder to identify. Here are a few ways to best determine which one each of our children most appreciates:

  • Observe their reaction to the different ways in which you express your love for them
  • Observe how they show their love to others
  • Listen to their requests
  • Give them options

I would love to hear which language you speak. What about your spouse and children?

It’s important to remember that if you express love in a way that is not understood, your child or spouse may not realize you’ve expressed your love at all. Chapman stresses the importance of understanding your loved ones’ language in order to keep their love tanks full.

Is your love tank full?

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Photo Gifts for Your Valentine

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 30, 2010

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I was given a gift certificate from Snapfish to check out their Valentine gifts. I ordered the keepsake box, with our family photo on the front, and thought it would make a great gift for my mom. I can’t wait to give it to her!

Snapfish_BoxersFor a gift that will be cherished – or a gift that will bring a chuckle – consider giving a personalized photo gift from Snapfish. There are many items from which to choose… from keychains and boxers to bracelets and necklaces. I am sure you will find the perfect one for your honey!

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You could win a $35 Snapfish gift certificate right here!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:
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  • Go, take a look at the Valentine’s Day gifts that Snapfish has to offer. Let me know, in the comments before February 3rd at 9pm (pst), what item you would choose from Snapfish for a special someone.

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

  • Tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this giveaway and the hashtag #D2Dgvwy.
    One winner will be selected at random, and will be emailed. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.

    Ooh, and keep in mind that Snapfish is offering free shipping on all Valentine’s day gift orders over $20 when ordered by February 6th, so get your orders in soon!

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Valentine’s Day with the Kiddos

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 3, 2009

Today on my BlogTalkRadio show, Monica and I talked about fun things to do with your kiddos for Valentine’s Day. You can listen to the episode to hear the secret word so you may enter my iPod Touch giveaway, or to discover what we are planning to do this Valentine’s Day.

Are you looking for more ways to involve your kiddos this Valentine’s Day? Here are some great resources for you as you prepare for this sweet day.

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  • The History of Valentine’s Day
  • Valentine’s Crafts
  • Valentine’s Party Games
  • Valentine’s Day Unit Study with coloring pages and craft templates
  • Heart Facts
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    Oooh, and check out the fab cookies (pictured above) that I’ll be making for an afternoon snack!

    What are you doing with your kiddos this Valentine’s Day?


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    Win an Apple 8GB iPod Touch + $10 Walmart gift card

    February 3, 2009

    With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Walmart and Nestle have given us some pretty sweet ideas for making this Valentine’s Day special, even if you are on a tight budget. . Make a playlist – What are your top 10 romantic songs? Click on each chocolate in the heart-shaped box to see what the ElevenMoms chose [...]

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