Cleaning Up! {Week Three Messy Photo Contest Winner}

Based on some of your Photo Contest entries, I am certain that most of you moms out there have had to scrub and scrub your babies (and big guys) clean more than once. Am I right?

I wasn’t joking when I said that I keep wipes everywhere. They are handy for any one of my kids to grab, at any time, to get themselves cleaned up. Johnson’s Hand & Face Wipes smell good and feel good, no matter how hard you have to scrub. And, boy… do my kids have to scrub!

In fact, just the other day, Josh came to me with his hands and face covered in an inky mess. Not only did he get himself clean with our Hand & Face Wipes, but he only used one wipe. Just one. These little boogers (the wipes, not my kids) are effective and affordable!

Before I announce this week’s winner, I want to remind you of your last chance to enter Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest. As long as you haven’t won during any previous week, you can enter this week by sending me a picture of your child/ren in a messy situation.   You get an extra day this week, but don’t delay… Be sure you get your messy photo entries in to me before 11pm (pst) on Sunday, March 7th. Not only will the winning photo this week earn the entrant a spot as a finalist, but this fabulous prize package becomes theirs!

(See additional information and complete rules HERE.)

And, now I’d like to show you top three messiest photos this last week ::

But, what you all are waiting for ::

The winning photo for Week Three, and the third finalist in Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest:

Check out all of our entries these last three weeks ::

Johnson’s Knows Messy! {Week Two Messy Photo Contest Winner}

I can not tell you how much fun I am having looking over all of your fabulous entries for Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest as they come in! Y’all have some messy kiddos!!

Sometimes a bath is all that will rid my kids of their mess. But, I know that if I gave my kids a bath every single time they got all messy, they would be in the tub all the time! So, what do you do when the mess just doesn’t warrant a bath? Or, when you’re out and about?

I always have wet wipes handy. I keep them in every room of my house and even in my car. They’re packed in the diaper bag, and yes – even in my purse. Johnson’s Hand & Face Wipes are perfect for… well, tiny hands and faces, of course!

These handy little wipes were designed to gently and effectively wipe away over 95% of dirt & germs… anywhere, anytime. Made with Johnson’s No More Tears Formula, these wipes are as gentle to baby’s eyes as pure water. They smell good, too!

Now, I thought you’d like to see some of the messy kids who have been bringing smiles to my face these past few weeks…

And, of course, I couldn’t announce the winner this week without first showing you my Top Three Picks:

And, without further ado…

The winning photo for Week Two, and the second finalist in Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest:

Be sure you get your entries in for Week Three!
You wouldn’t want to miss out on this prize pack, now would you?

See additional information and complete rules HERE.

Kids are Messy! {Week One Messy Photo Contest Winner}

My kiddos have gotten themselves in some pretty messy situations. Take, for example, Ethan. Just the other day he pulled a carton of Mango Tango smoothie out of the fridge and shook it all in one feel swoop. Well, that proved to be a very bad decision, because juice spewed from the container all over him AND the fridge! I thought it was funny and grabbed my camera. I was so glad that he thought it was funny, too!

Based on some of the entries you’ve sent me for Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest, your kiddos are messy, too! Take a look…

As promised a winning photo for this last week has been chosen at random from all eligible entries. But, first, here are the top three messiest  photos.

Now, without further ado…

The winning photo for Week One, and the very first finalist in Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest:

Be sure you get your entries in for Week Two! See additional information and complete rules HERE.

Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest {Enter to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of $1,000}

Mud, paint, ice cream, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of other gooey items have found their way on to my kiddos’ hands, faces and other places on their little bodies. If your kiddos are anything like mine – and I’m sure they are – you have lots of stories to tell about them getting themselves, and each other, in to a big mess.

And, I’m sure you have the pictures to prove it!

Well, I am very excited to announce that I have partnered with Johnson’s Baby to bring you Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest where you can submit photos of your children’s “germiest” moments for a chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of $1,000 plus a Johnson’s gift bag with Hand & Face Wipes!

Here’s how it will work::

Each week, for four full weeks, you can email me one picture of any or all of your kiddos in a messy situation. Each eligible photo will be uploaded to the Messy Photo Flickr Stream, and at the end of each week I will randomly select one winner, from all eligible entries received, and display the winning picture here on From Dates to Diapers.

Weekly winners will receive a Johnson’s Hand & Face Wipes package, consisting of a Timi & Leslie Diaper (a leather diaper bag valued at $500), as well as Hand and Face Wipes.

See additional information and complete rules HERE.

There’s more!

In addition to entering the photo contest, you can help me spread the word for a chance to win a $25 gift card and Hand and Face Wipes! All you have to do is write a post, add the contest button to your page, leave a Facebook update with a link to the contest, OR send out a tweet (see below). Let me know, here in the comments, that you’ve helped spread the word (be sure to include a link) and I will randomly choose a winner each week.

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Sample Facebook status update: Do you have a photo of your kiddo in a messy situation? Well, enter it into Johnson’s Messy Photo Contest at From Dates to Diapers for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000!

Sample Tweet: Kids are messy! Enter a picture of your messy kiddos in the Messy Photo Contest for a chance to win $1,000!

The Five Languages of Love

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.


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?