Bake Like A Cake Boss This Holiday Season #cakebosscakes

As you all may know, I love to bake, but this is especially true around the holidays. There is just something about the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate and brown sugar, a toasty warm house, and fresh out of the oven goodness.

I also love watching baking shows – Ace of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, and my favorite of all time – Cake Boss. In fact, meeting Buddy Valastro is on my Life List. No joke. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I wanted to try his new line of cakeware, cake mixes and frostings!

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I want to arm home bakers and baking novices alike with the supplies to produce a mouthwatering cake, and my new mixes and frostings provide that bakery quality taste. -Buddy

Follow and watch our From Dates to Diapers Facebook page for a flash giveaway next week –
You could win the very same Cake Boss products they sent me to try!

Celebrating Baby’s 1st Christmas {Babies “R” Us $50 Giveaway}

Baby’s First Christmas is a special time in a family’s life filled with memories, traditions, and photos. I remember our first Christmas as new parents… Ethan had just been released from the hospital and we were so happy to have our tiny babies home for this special Holiday!

Baby's 1st Christmas

On December 7th – thats TOMORROW – Babies “R” Us is hosting a fun in-store event. They are inviting fans to shop at their stores across the U.S. for gift ideas, holiday shopping tips, deals, giveaways and much more to help families with kids of all ages, especially those with newborns, get ready for the holidays. Parents can come and enjoy holiday festivities, giveaways & prizes, including a $10 Babies “R” Us gift card just for joining the fun! You don’t want to miss it!!

Maybe your family’s first Christmases were years ago, or perhaps this year will mark your baby’s first – either way, we want to hear about you and your family’s traditions and favorite memories of your kids’ first holiday! To help add to the fun, Babies “R” Us is offering one lucky reader a $50 Babies “R” Us gift card to help out with gift-giving this season.

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WIN: Keurig Brewer & Lipton K-cups {+ 25 More Giveaways!}

I am super jazzed to be teaming up with 25 beautiful social media influencers to bring you one heck of a giveaway hop! We have some pretty amazing sponsors who have offered up some fantastic prizes, just for you!!


Now, for the giveaway here at From Dates to Diapers, Lipton is offering a pretty sweet bundle!

Let me tell you why —

America’s favorite tea brand – Lipton, of course! (in collaboration with Green Mountain Coffee Roaster) – has just released its first-ever hot and cold iced tea varieties for Keurig K-Cup single cup brewing systems.

Check ’em out –

  • Lipton REFRESH: This crisp and refreshing iced sweet tea is made of fresh-pressed tea leaves and sweetened with cane sugar. This new variety joins GMCR’s current Brew Over Ice collection for Keurig K-Cup® brewers, an innovative line of beverages that are specifically crafted to brew directly over ice – great for an easy and refreshing mid-day uplift.
  • Lipton INDULGE: Tea drinkers can savor the taste of rich black tea from fresh-pressed tea leaves, blended with delicious natural flavors for an indulgent aroma and taste.
  • Lipton SOOTHE: This smooth green tea is made from tender green tea leaves, herbs, and blended with natural flavors. The delicate taste of green tea is an invitation to relax.

Enter below to win a box of each K-cup flavor offerings (REFRESH, INDULGE, SOOTHE), in addition to a Keurig Machine to help you brew the perfect cup! (Retail value: $205)

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Now, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other 25 fabulous prizes!

Smile it Forward this Holiday Season {Enter to win $500 for you, AND $500 for a friend!}


There was a time, not too long ago, when my teenage twins didn’t want to smile. They confess now that it’s because they thought their teeth were “ugly.” But that’s all changing with their Invisalign treatment. It’s still work to get them to smile for the camera, but I’ve noticed they are grinning a lot more often these days.

don't hide that smile, pass it on

The twins and I have been given the opportunity from Invisalign to smile-it-forward this Holiday season, in an effort to help spread some Holiday cheer. Ethan and Zach have kept their ears and eyes open around school for someone who may be in need. And, I think we may have found the perfect family to gift with $500…

More to come about that soon. But, in the meantime, you have a chance to Smile It Forward, too! (Enter via Rafflecopter at the end of this post.)

smile it forward

Giving has always been very important to me. Some would even say that gifts and giving is one of my love languages. I try to model the gift of giving to my children, and the idea that giving to others brings a smile to everyone’s face, especially the giver. After all, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Invisalign’s Smile It Forward Sweepstakes

I’m a member of the Teen Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and both Ethan and Zach are receiving complimentary treatment.

For the High-Tech Kiddo – VTech InnoTab 3S {Giveaway}

This high tech family has always been fans of VTech. From their phones to their Switch & Go Dinos and learning toys, we’re very familiar with the quality and performance of the brand. So, when we were asked to check out the InnoTab 3S I was totally game!

What is the InnoTab 3S?

The InnoTab 3S is Vtech’s newest learning tablet, enabled with WiFi. This tablet offers a wealth of fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids, plus new ways to play and learn. Kiddos can even browse kid-safe (and parent approved) websites to find even more learning fun right from the InnoTab 3S.

What’s so great about the InnoTab 3S?

My favorite thing about the InnoTab 3S, and what sets it apart from other kid-friendly tablets, is that kids and parents can exchange and share their text messages, photos, and more, over a kid-safe Wi-Fi connection using VTech Kid Connect1.

No matter where your kiddo is, VTech Kid Connect is a fast and easy way to help stay connected – anytime, anywhere. Kiddos as young as three years old can emulate their parents and older siblings, allowing them to feel like they are part of the messaging trend but from a kid-safe, kid-friendly tablet. With the InnoTab 3S kids can send text messages and animated stickers to parents’ smartphones. In return, parents can send text messages and stickers to their child’s InnoTab 3S, making him feel like a big kid!

message from the Vtech InnoTab 3s

Where can I find the InnoTab 3S?

You can purchase the InnoTab 3S at your favorite retailer, or on Amazon. It is available for only $79.99 ($79.93 on Amazon!) this holiday season. That’s a $20 savings!!

Where can I learn more?

You can find more information about the InnoTab 3s at, on Twitter, or on Facebook, and take a look at the video below —

Would you like to enter to win one?

It’s easy! Just leave me a comment below, telling me what you find most appealling about the InnoTab 3S. Leave separate comments to let me know if you plan to add the InnoTab 3s to your shopping list, follow Vtech on Twitter, “like” them on Facebook (see links above), and/or pin the image below to Pinterest. That gives you up to FIVE chances to win! Do all this before 9pm (est) on December 1st, when I will randomly choose one winner and notify said winner by email.

Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a Vtech InnoTab 3s and a Premium Kid Connect subscription in order to facilitate this review and giveaway.