Crocs for kids: fun and comfort all in one!


If you are looking for comfortable shoes that your child won’t mind wearing, check out Crocs!  With so many styles available now, you will find everything from sandals to athletic shoes to boots.  I received children’s Dawson Easy-On Sneakers and Crocslights Gust Boots to try out and my son hasn’t wanted to part with either, even after a long day out.

My 2 year old is learning to dress himself while my 3 1/2 year old is very independent and prefers I do not help him with anything.  The Dawson Easy-On Sneakers are absolutely perfect for both of them.  The shoes are easy to slip on, fasten, and are light weight, eliminating any chunkiness that may cause them to trip and fall.  Both boys are able to get dressed in record time (for toddlers) and feel proud that they were able to do it all by themselves.




Light up shoes will never get old.  I had some as a child and my oldest has already experienced his first pair of light up sneakers.  But the Crocslights Gust Boots are something else!  Not only are they a perfect lightweight boot for fall, but the lights are amazing!  They light up brightly and provide a fun light show if it is dim out.  While these do not come in a small enough size for my littlest, he still has fun watching his big brother run around, lighting the way.

Crocs has created so many fun and comfortable styles for kids!  You’ll also find a variety of great styles for men and women if you take a look around the Crocs website.  Keep them in mind as you complete your Christmas shopping this year!


Help your child reach developmental milestones with Vtech Toys!



As a parent, one of the most exciting things is seeing your child develop and grow, both physically and mentally.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to see that first smile, that first giggle, that first crawl, etc.  I’ve been fortunate to experience those milestones with not just one, but two children so far.

Every child is different.  My oldest is now 3 1/2 years old. He began walking at 9 months, talking full sentences at 15-18 months, and has an extensive vocabulary. According to his preschool, he is currently at the level of a 4 year old at the end of preschool.  On the other hand, my 2 year old has been a little behind on some of his developments, speech in particular.  His motor skills developed much more quickly than his big brother’s, showing just how different each child can develop.

Vtech has put together a panel of experts to develop toys for milestones ranging from newborn to nine years old.  The Expert Panel is compiled of 6 experts including Dr. Lise Eliot who has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and magazine pieces on children’s brain and mental development!

Each age range is broken down by three categories of learning:

  • Language and Cognitive
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical and Motor

Read more about the milestones here!



Here are a few examples of toys Vtech has recommended for the developmental milestones:


Lil’ Critters Play & Dream Musical Piano
Ages 0-12 months
MSRP $24.99

  • Learn and play music with animal friends! The Lil’ Critters Play & Dream Musical Piano by VTech has a variety of fun musical activities that engage your child on the floor or attached to the crib.
  • This soft piano features five animal piano keys that introduce music, instruments and animals.
  • The piano also includes a light-up sun that shines and flashes to the music to attract your baby’s attention.
  • Choose from two modes of play for fun learning and music activities.




Roll & Surprise Animal Train
Ages 6-36 months
MSRP: $15.99

  • Your little one will enjoy peek-a-boo fun and develop fine motor skills through turn, slide and press activities.
  • Animal friends introduce animal names, animal sounds and colors.
  • This educational toy also rewards curiosity and teaches cause and effect with pop-up surprises and 55 songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases.

This is a favorite of my 2 year old since he is really fascinated by trains and animal sounds right now.  The train is helping him with some of the areas we need to focus on to reach his next milestones.




Chomp & Count Dino
Ages 12-36 months
MSRP: $19.99

  • Simply place one of the eight brightly-colored play pieces in the dino’s mouth and watch as he eats and recognizes each piece.
  • Play in either food or counting mode and the dino responds with rewarding sounds and phrases all while introducing colors, numbers, shapes and more.
  • Press the question button and kids can answer the dino’s questions to show what they’ve learned.
  • Five shape buttons help kids learn shapes and numbers, while spinning the disc on the dino’s back will play sing-along songs.
  • The dino can also be pushed or pulled by a string for even more fun melodies.

Although my  3 1/2 year old son is a bit old for this toy, he certainly favorited it over the others.  It is interactive and engaging, and he loves singing along!

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Penguin Themed Fun in a Box from Surprise Ride!

Penguin themed fun from Surprise Ride - an awesome gift for kids!


Surprise Ride has created a fun subscription box for kids aged 6-11.  This box has supplies to complete a variety of projects matching the month’s theme.  This month’s theme is appropriate for the snow that just arrived here in Illinois.  The theme is Penguins!


Inside my Surprise Ride box was: 

Intro the box:

  • Instructions and info about the box
  • Penguin facts and info card 
  • March of the Penguins book

Supplies to make a fleece pillow:

  • 2 fleece panels
  • Stuffing
  • Instructions

Supplies to make a Winter Wonderland:

  • Enchanted Snow (Insta-Snow)
  • Magical Clay (Crayola Model Magic)
  • Igloo mold
  • Igloo drawing tool


  • Good luck penguins keepsake
  • Stackable penguin pencil
  • Self-inking snowflake stamp
  • Popcorn snowball snack 

While this box is for children aged 6-11, my 3 year old was intrigued by everything inside!  Immediately he wanted to play with the stamp and read the book, all while holding the little keepsake penguin.  We haven’t worked on the Winter Wonderland yet, but we will start that tomorrow evening.  Tonight we made the pillow!  While my son needs help with the activities due to his age, most children will be able to complete the activities with low supervision.


Penguin themed fun from Surprise Ride - an awesome gift for kids!


And when your child gets hungry, there’s even a snack – a popcorn ball from The Popcorn Factory!  Yum!  We can’t wait to open ours and try it!  I suspect that’ll be our snack after making the pillow tonight…can’t wait!

The box is $29.99 per month and you can cancel at any time.  Or you can purchase a longer subscription for months of fun at $24.99 per month.  You can purchase up to a year at a time which would make a great gift for grandkids!  Each box has a new theme ensuring something new every month.  One box’s theme was Chocolate…yum!


Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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