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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


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!


Muck Boots Wellie & Hale Styles: Must-Haves for Midwesterners

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As much as us midwesterners love to deny it every year, it’s time to face the facts.  It is getting cold outside whether we like it or not.  So the time to put away the flip flops and hoodies and start wearing boots and coats has arrived!

But the problem with living in Illinois; we can experience temperatures in the mid 50s one day and in the teens the next.  The weather just isn’t consistent from one day to the next.  That’s why Muck Boot’s Hale and Wellie styles are perfect for my family!


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My husband has been working on renovating our home all year long.  Most days he is on his feet for hours, occasionally out in the rain or snow, and just doesn’t stop to take a break.  His feet get hot (or cold in the winter) and achey.  The Wellie Work boots are made with Crazy Horse full grain leather, Gel-Core sub-sole to cushion while standing, a breathable Hydroguard and Airmesh lining to keep feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter, durable super grip rubber outsole, tempered steel shank, and are 100% waterproof.  While we haven’t had his Wellie Boots for long, Daniel has already noticed that they are comfortable, easy to slide off when he comes in the house (phew, no more dirt inside!) and have kept his feet warm with the cold temperatures we’ve had the past couple of weeks.

My 3 1/2 year old is going through that stage where he wants to do everything mommy and daddy do.  So what is more fun than having a matching pair of boots like mommy’s?  Normally he matches daddy because, well that’s just easier most times.  But Muck Boots created a style of boots that comes in several colors for boys and girls, as well as women!


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The Hale style is a multi-season, all-weather style of boot.  Really, it is!  Alex has already worn his boots in 20 degree weather with snow, 50 degree sunny weather, and inside preschool where it is in the upper 60s or lower 70s inside.  The boots are light weight which is perfect for a growing preschooler, and are easy for him to slip on.

With a variety of colors available, you will be sure to find something your child will like.  Alex was so thrilled to see his two favorite colors together on a boot since I chose to surprise him with the blue/green combination.  His little brother favors blue so he will be excited to wear them when Alex has outgrown them.  The boots are durable and well made so I know they’ll hold up even with all of Alex’s constant running and playing.


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And what about mom’s matching pair?  Well I may not have the same color but I’ve definitely got the same style!  I chose a black/jade pair since they would most compliment my outerwear.  The boots are comfortable, tall enough to keep my feet dry if I have to run through rain, and warm enough for midwest winter weather.  I’ve always had an issue with my feet feeling too warm in boots once I’m inside but with these, I have not.

So even with our crazy weather here in Illinois, I know that my family’s feet are comfortable no matter the temperature and what we are doing.  If you are from another region, make sure you check out their other styles of boots.  There is everything from warm snow boots to keep your toes warm in -40 degrees to comfy ballet flats to keep your feet cool and dry in the summer!


And here’s a fun note about the Hale boots:

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s daughters have even been spotted wearing the Hale style!  (See photos here!)

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.


Yochi Yochi Shoes: Fun toddler shoes that squeak!


A year and a half ago, my family and I spent my son’s first birthday at the St. Louis Zoo.  If you have ever been there, you know how huge the zoo is.  I mean, we can make a full day of walking around and exploring without getting bored!  My then 1 year old, was interested in running everywhere rather than sitting in the stroller.  If you know my husband and I, you would know that we keep a good eye on our kids when we are out.  We are not careless.  But, if you know us, you also know our kids…and how fast they are!  Fortunately we have not had any accidents where we could not find our children, however we did see another couple that could not find their toddler who was the same age as my own and I could not imagine how scared they must be.  Continue Reading…

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