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My favorite of the year is on it’s way and I am so excited!  In celebration, we will be putting together a holiday gift guide to show you some of our favorite products, newly released products, and other gift ideas!

Readers: Stay tuned for our gift guide!  We’ve already started trying out new products to see whether they are worthy of a spot.  Feel free to comment with your recommendations!

PR/Brands: Do you have products that would make great Christmas presents or stocking stuffers this year?  I would love to collaborate with you and find out just what you have in mind!  Please email us at FamilyCentsability@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Types of gifts we would like to include:

  • Toys, kid’s apparel, accessories, etc (any age accepted, however we are most able to try and photograph those for boys aged 3-5) – superheroes are a plus!
  • Electronics, accessories (i.e. new releases of Xbox One games for teens/dads, games for the family and kids, etc)
  • Gift baskets
  • Home decor
  • Gifts for moms and dads, grandparents
  • Unique gifts (handmade, personalized, etc)
  • Stocking stuffers


Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm – fun for siblings!

This post was sponsored by VTech®, however all opinions are honest and our own.  Prior to this product, we have purchased several VTech toys without sponsored influence and have always been satisfied with the quality and entertainment provided.  


My kids love the SmartPoint sets by VTech - especially the new Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm!


Two years ago my little boys and I were introduced to the Go! Go! Smart Wheels toys by VTech…and they have loved them ever since!  We started out with one set from grandma and added to it on special occasions.  VTech has expanded the Go! Go! Smart toys to include Animals and Friends.  Much to my approval, they can all be connected to create a big fun world of fun!


My kids still love playing with their VTech toys a couple years after getting them at Christmas.  I definitely recommend them!


One of the newest sets, the Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm is educational, interactive, and a must for your little ones this holiday season.  The recommended age for this set is 1-5 years.  My boys are almost 3 and 4 1/2 and on the upper end of the age range, but they still enjoy playing with the set, a little more than they like to admit. :)

As a parent, one of my pet peeves of a toy is hearing the same sound over and over.  When the kids roll the SmartPoint animals down the tracks, the SmartPoint locations trigger these sounds, which of course they love to do over and over.  This particular set has 7 SmartPoint locations so VTech was able to incorporate over 100 songs, melodies, and phrases in the Grow & Learn Farm.  Your ears will never grow too tired of the same sound.  Thank you VTech!

My littlest was able to figure out how to put the roads together on our original set when he was about a year old.  The pieces fit together easily to create whatever arrangement you want (especially if you have other sets to combine roads!)  The pieces are bright and colorful and the whole set is very interactive.  As you roll the SmartPoint rooster around the farm, he will play a variety of sounds, music, and phrases.  Through these, your child will be encouraged to grow mentally and reach important developmental milestones.


VTech really outdid themselves with the variety of sounds, songs, and phrases by the "Go! Go! Smart" line of toys. My kids love them!


My oldest really liked the growing carrots and the slide while my littlest had the most fun playing with the rooster adding in our old set.  I have to say that it is always great to find a toy that they can enjoy at both their ages and I highly recommend adding this to your gift shopping list for Christmas!


The Smart Point toys are a perfect addition to your child's Christmas wishlist as they are educational and provide hours of fun!


The only thing you may be discouraged by at first is the price of the additional SmartPoint animals, vehicles, and people.  But when you compare them to action figures and dolls, the price really isn’t that bad.  These contain so much interaction, hours of fun, and can be manipulated and played with differently every time.  There’s not much more you can ask for in a toy!  Plus you can use additional animals, friends, and vehicles as rewards for good behavior, milestones, and more.  What fun!



Having a hard time sticking to your no-soda resolution? #DASANIDROPS to the rescue!

This post was sponsored by DASANI® and we were compensated and/or provided complimentary products for this post.  As always all opinions are honest and those of our own.  

Dasani Drops have zero calories, are flavorful, and small enough to take everywhere!


Have you dropped soda from your daily beverages as a New Years resolution or healthy diet change?  Has it been hard to keep up just drinking water?  I stopped drinking soda a few months ago and I have to admit it was harder than I expected.  Water just gets so boring sometimes!  I just want to walk over to that convenient soda machine and grab a convenient, tasty drink.  But I don’t need the extra calories, the caffeine, or to spend that much on one drink.  Fortunately, DASANI has the perfect solution to make hydration easy, fun, and tasty – DASANI DROPS!

DASANI DROPS are natural flavor enhancing drops for your water that add absolutely NO calories!  You can find DASANI products at many well-known stores across the nation such as Walmart, Walgreens, Schnucks, and Kmart.


Dasani Drops come in a variety of flavors to keep your "no soda" rule easy to stick to!


They come in a variety of yummy flavors:

  • Cherry Pomegranate
  • Grape
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Pineapple Coconut
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Mixed Berry


Dasani Drops help me stay hydrated all day long...they go with me everywhere!


So, what is so great about DASANI DROPS?  They fit in my purse, my diaper bag, my lunchbox, glove box of the car..just about anywhere!  Since I was little, I have had problems with becoming dehydrated easily. I have developed a habit of taking a bottle of water just about everywhere I go.  When that water gets warm, it becomes much less pleasant to drink.  But DASANI DROPS are small and convenient.  They are right there to stop me from giving in and getting a soda machine.  And even better – each little bottle contains 32 servings.  That is enough to last several days.

With 6 flavors, you will never get tired of DASANI DROPS.  Need a break from water?  Add your favorite flavor to sparkling water, to a smoothie that needs a boost of flavor, or check out the recipe I found on the DASANI Facebook page for Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade – yum!


What are your tips for staying hydrated while avoiding sugary, calorie-filled drinks?


Maintaining hydration is very important:

  • Better concentration
  • Healthier skin
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • Healthy digestive system (metabolizing fat)
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Less chance of developing diseases


Did you know?

When you are thirsty, your brain sometimes misunderstands the signal and interprets it as hunger.   Not only does this lead to more unnecessary caloric intake, but it also leads you to remain dehydrated.

When you feel thirsty, you are likely already dehydrated.  To eliminate this, drink at regular intervals whether you feel thirsty or not.

Caffeine is a diuretic.  When consuming caffeine, increase your intake of water.

Evidence has shown that drinking cold water burns calories.  That’s pretty awesome!  Who knew burning calories could be that easy?


So while you head out and pick up your favorite flavor of DASANI DROPS, I am going to sit on the porch with a nice glass of Pink Lemonade, close my eyes and pretend I am laying in a hammock on the beach.  Sounds perfect to me!  How about you?


Teaching Music from Home: A Challenging Yet Rewarding Path

Teaching Music from Home: A Challenging but Rewarding Path


As a stay at home mom, I’m always looking for sources of supplementary income.  For some it is a necessity, for others it is simply to afford the “extras” in life.  But what are the best ways to work from home?  It really depends on your skills.  Today, we’re talking about musicians!

It’s no secret: Earning an income as a professional musician is no easy task. Your dream of filling concert halls or stadiums may keep your passion alive, but it is still important to keep the lights on and food in the fridge.

Many talented musicians – even well-established ones – turn to teaching as a means of paying the bills, or just to acquire supplemental income. In addition to the financial benefits, teaching music is a rewarding opportunity to help students improve their skills. Watching your pupils progress and make breakthroughs in their studies is a real joy, but this requires a great deal of patience and hard work on the part of both the student and teacher.

Are you a musician who needs extra income? Teaching may be a smart option, but before you start handing out flyers and posting ads on Craigslist, you should investigate the options for teaching online classes. This way, you can reach a broad audience of music enthusiasts from the convenience of your own home.


Where Do I Find Students Online?
There are a number of referral services on the Internet that match students and teachers. Many are based in a specific location or region, and you will want to search for such services in your area. Those associated with colleges generally only list alumni of that school, and if you attended college, you should check to see if your institution has an alumni listing.

There are also several nationwide listing services. One of the better-known and recognized music teaching platforms is LessonRating.com.

LessonRating has been praised in a number of blog reviews, including this editorial entitled “Learning an Instrument: Yes You Can” at WeAllWantSomeone.org. With LessonRating, you can get your name out there and set the foundation for long-term success as a music teacher.


How Do Online Music Teaching Platforms Work?
This varies from site to site. For example, in the case of LessonRating, you simply go to the website at LessonRating.com.

There are varying tiers that you may sign up for, and some of them have a fee attached. Fees range from free to about $100.

You can conduct lessons in your home, the student’s home or via Skype. Be aware, though, that there is an art to working from home successfully. Here is a great resource on this topic: How to Find Your Work at Home Groove.

Once you’ve been listed and have managed to attract some students, they have the opportunity to rate your abilities as a teacher. Building a good reputation on these sites can help you attract more business and may allow you to charge extra for your services.

How Much Will I Make?

This varies from service to service, and it largely depends on your abilities and qualifications. But you should be able to bring in a minimum of $20 per hour – sometimes significantly more.

If you feel that teaching music is a good way to earn a living, get your name out there and give yourself a little time to build a clientele. This can be an immensely rewarding opportunity both for yourself and for those whom you will teach.


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