I’m a Finalist!! {Can I Count on Your Vote?}

**Be sure to read the UPDATE below**

I was so incredibly excited yesterday to receive word that I am one of three finalists in the BornFree Time-Out in New York City Sweepstakes! Can you picture a big, pregnant me jumping up and down with excitement? You bet I am!


Just look at the fabulous prize package that I could win::

**The Ultimate Indulgence Package at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa, including:

  • Elizabeth Arden Facial
  • Desert Hot Stone Massage
  • Olive Oil Manicure
  • Olive Oil Pedicure
  • Shampoo, Blow Dry, & Finish
  • Makeup Refresher
  • Spa Lunch

**Dinner for me and a friend at The Russian Tea Room ($250) http://www.russiantearoomnyc.com

**A $1,000 NYC Shopping Spree!!

**BornFree products for Baby

Now, I know that when I ask you to do something for me I usually have something great to give you in return, but this time I’m just asking for a favor. A HUGE favor. Can I count on your vote? Pretty please?

Here’s how to vote::

“Like” the BornFree page on Facebook, then scroll down and “like” the note with my entry! (I’m Finalist #3: Christine Young)

Normally I don’t like to ask for favors of this kind, but I’m certainly not above begging for votes to win this one!! I’ll try to figure out a way to thank you all, but please know that I am beyond grateful for your vote!

**UPDATE** I was just informed that BornFree has upped the anty for the three finalists! For every 50 votes (aka “likes” on my entry) I will receive a special prize that I am choosing to pass on to YOU! Prizes may include BornFree trainer cups and bottles (to be passed out at BlogHer), Dapple Baby products, and even a $50 BornFree gift certificate, depending on the total number of votes I receive, of course. I am so excited to be able to give back to those of you who vote for me! Recipients of these special goodies will be chosen from those who have “liked” my entry.

YoungMommy was in New York City!

Thanks to those of you who asked how I am, or where I’ve been… It’s nice to know I’m missed when I go MIA for a few days! Aside from being to scared to death to change, touch, or move anything here at From Dates to Diapers new home, I was also away from my real-life home for a bit…

I was in New York City, with a bunch of my favorite gals, for THREE DAYS!! Talk about some good times! We ate, talked, walked, talked, cried, laughed, talked, shared, rarely slept, had a few drinks, cried, and talked some more. Let me tell you, you bring 12 strong, opinionated, beautiful women together and they are bound to make some noise!


Lindsay, Me, Audrey, Arrianne, Colleen, Tara, Jessica, Katja, Alyssa, Erika, Nikki, Lori

I’m glad to be home with Ray and my kiddos, but boy, do I miss you girls!


9:05pm Wednesday

Wow, what a day! Actually it’s been two days, but it has felt like one loooong day!

It all began on Monday afternoon when I responded to an email forwarded to me by one of my new blogging buddies. It was a request from The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, for a mom with a large family, who needed help with her grocery budget, to appear on the show. Even though I knew I could use help in the area of better budgeting our family’s monthly grocery bill, I honestly didn’t think much would come of responding, except for a possible connection with Fox News and The Morning Show. You know, for the future.

I didn’t hear back from anyone on Monday, and really didn’t think about it again until my phone rang just a little after 6am on Tuesday morning. I knew immediately that it had to be The Morning Show… Anyone else who has my number knows not to call me that early in the morning, unless it’s an emergency. We are not a family who rises early. Yes, I’m fortunate to have my kiddos sleep until 8:30 most mornings!

Thus began a very hectic day – Days, actually.

Phone calls back and forth from me to New York, travel arrangements made, scheduling the camera crew… I’m not quite sure if I ever actually said the words, “Yes, I want to be on the show!” It all happened so fast!

I was a frazzled wreck as I began to think of all that needed to be done, and called Mindy in a panic. Of course she came to my rescue – She dropped everything to help me prepare for the arrival of the camera crew. With all that I had to do to prepare for the shots and interview they wanted of me and my family, I also had to make arrangements for my kids, and get them ready for an overnight stay with Mimi, Poppy, and Aunt Rachel. Mindy was a lifesaver. Thanks, chica!

The camera crew arrived right on schedule – Just as I was putting away the last of the clean dishes. And they set right to work filming my family. They got some great footage, most of which was shown during one of the two segments on the show.

I will tell you all about the show and share the wonderful tips we were given to cut costs in our monthly grocery budget, but for now I am going to leave you with the link to view the segments on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Ray, Noah and I are still on our way home, stopping just for a quick layover in Salt Lake City, and we are all exhausted.

I will be glad to have this experience behind us, even though it was a wonderful one!

1:45am Thursday

We are home now, finally!

I still can’t believe that I was on The Morning Show with Mike and Janice. Check it out!

Make sure you come back to see pictures and hear all about what I learned!

Christmas in New York

The tree at Rockefeller Center at Christmas Time with lots of Christmas ornaments

I won’t actually be spending Christmas in New York, but I will be there at Christmas-time… This weekend, in fact! Let me tell you, this California girl is super excited!!

My hubby and I leave tonight, on somewhat of a spur-of-the-moment trip. One of my husband’s clients is based near New York, and asked him to come out to give some media training. Their company Christmas party happens to be tomorrow night too, so we are going for work, but ultimately for FUN!

I am so stoked to see New York City at Christmas-time! We are only taking our littlest guy, so it will be a mini vacation from the kiddos, too.