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Savvy Sunday: Christmas Tree Farms (& Dickies Review)

by Holly Duce on December 4, 2011

Continuing with the holiday traditions theme from the last couple of weeks, this week’s Savvy Sunday topic is Christmas trees. Does your family get your tree from a farm or a stand?  Do you used a live tree or an artificial tree?  No matter what type of tree you have, I’m sure you have some sort of tradition surrounding it.  We get ours from a farm.  We meet my in-laws at the farm one weekend morning in early December and set out to find the perfect tree.  Sometimes it’s raining, sometimes it’s sunny but it’s always cold!  After we’ve found the perfect tree and cut it down we warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider.

We love the smell of fresh pine with a real tree and even though I don’t enjoy dealing with the fallen pine needles all over the house and remembering to water the tree all month, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I can’t image doing it differently.  Growing up, my family never had an artificial tree and since we live in an area where tree farms are aplenty, I don’t see us changing this tradition any time soon.When we visit the tree farm, we dress for the weather as well as the task.  This year, Dickies outfitted our family (with exception of our youngest).  Dickies has a great selection of clothing perfect for the outdoors.  Traditionally known for their work wear, Dickies has fashions that great for active families.  All of the items we received were made of quality, heavy-weight fabric perfect kids who are rough on their clothes or parents who try to keep up with them:

The Hubs— Hubs is wearing a long-sleeved work shirt similar to the one my son is wearing.  Over that, a soft shell full zip jacket.  He is also wearing a pair of Relaxed Fit Jeans.  I couldn’t believe the weight of these jeans.  They are really heavy duty and perfect for kneeling down to chop down a Christmas tree!  Sale price these jeans is $19.99 — a steal!

The Mommy — I’m wearing a Basic Thermal Crew with a Sherpa Fleece Hoodie over it.  The hoodie is super soft inside and out and really warm too!  It comes in 4 different colors but I love the Teal Ice color of the one I received.  I’m also wearing Relaxed Cargo Pants.  I’m on the tall side so I was worried the pants wouldn’t be long enough but they were actually the perfect length.  These pants weren’t as heavy as my husbands jeans but still a very nice, sturdy weight.

The Kiddos — Each received a pair of pants: Girls Stretch Welt Pocket Flair Bottom Pant, Boys Double Knee Extra Pocket Pant. Both pairs of pants have elastic button tab size adjusters on the inside which I love.  My son’s were slightly too big so I was able to adjust them from the inside to make them more comfortable and keep them from falling down.  My son is also wearing the boys Short Sleeve Twill Shirt  with a thermal shirt underneath.  I think the shirt is adorable and makes him look like a little mechanic. My daughter is wearing a Dickies Short Sleeve Polo with a thermal shirt under it.

The prices at Dickies are quite reasonable, especially considering the quality.  My kids will, without a doubt, outgrow these long before they are worn out.  While the kids clothing selection is limited and geared more towards uniforms, the styles are basics and can be used for everyday wear. I especially love the Double Knee Pant.  My son has some pretty awesome Star Wars moves which always land him on his knees quickly ruining every pair of pants he owns.  I’m positive these pants will hold up a lot better than any other pair we own.

Overall, I was really impressed with Dickies.  I’d definitely recommend them, especially for families who are very active outdoors.  Check out the flannel lined jeans and a great selection of jackets and more at

A complimentary product/service was provided for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.  See Mommies With Cents disclosure policy for more details.



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Yo Gabba Gabba Live Rocked!

by Holly Duce on November 13, 2011

We had the opportunity to attend the Yo Gabba Gabba Live show last night at the Paramount Theater in Seattle.  We had never taken our kids to something like this and were a little nervous that we’d have to leave mid-show for some reason or another.  Our oldest two (4 and almost 3) were so excited to see Yo Gabba Gabba that they didn’t take their afternoon naps.  They both fell asleep in the car on the way to the show. They woke up as we were parking and seemed fine (they often wake up a bit on the grumpy side).  We got our picture taken (above) then found our seats.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  We ran into a bit of traffic and it took a few circles around the block before we found parking so we were a tad late.  The show started seconds after we found our seats.  The kids’ initial reaction was complete awe.  I was so excited for them and loved just watching them take it in.  Our youngest who just turned one wasn’t scared at all by the bright lights or loud noise.  She started clapping and bouncing to the music right away.  Our oldest two took awhile to warm up.

Our seats were awesome as we were in the confetti zone.  At the beginning of the show streamers and confetti where shot out into the crowd which was really neat.  What was even better though was that during a song about the seasons, first tissue paper leaves fell, then snow!  The kids went wild!

We had an aisle seat which was really nice, not only could the kids get out there to dance, but part of the show actually came down the aisle so the kids got to see some characters up close!  The show was really interactive and fun with lots of singing and dancing.  We loved all the guest appearances, especially Biz Markie!  He really got the party started and even taught the kids how to beat box!  It was so cute seeing all of the children repeating the sounds after him.

There was an intermission about half way through the show so that kids could get a snack or use the restroom and the show itself was just the right length.  My kids had only seen the show on TV once or twice so we weren’t super fans…yet.  This morning they asked to watch it and I’m sure it will be a regular request for awhile.  Jackson who is really into robots right now loved Plex.  McKinley couldn’t decide who she liked more, Foofa or Toodee.  We were quizzed on the way home on which color each character was.  If you have the chance to see a Yo Gabba Gabba show, I highly recommend it. They are currently on tour.

Visit for complete tour, ticket and VIP package information.  You can also “like” Yo Gabba Gabba on Facebook and follow Yo Gabba Gabba on Twitter.

A complimentary product/service was provided for this post, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.  See Mommies With Cents disclosure policy for more details. 


I know for us, as a family with three small children, it’s not really easy going anywhere.  We have to make a conscience effort to get out and experience things.  We are always glad when we do and it’s always worth it.  Even if you don’t have money in your budget for shows like Yo Gabba Gabba, there are lots of free events, especially during the summer.  Do an online search for events in your area and plan to experience them as a family.  You’ll be glad you did.

What types of things does your family do for entertainment?  I’d love to hear what other families do for fun and how they expose their children to music, culture and more.  Please leave a comment!



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Savvy Sunday: 10 Minute Challenge Holiday Edition

November 6, 2011

I’ve started giving myself 10 minute challenges. I set my timer for 10 minutes and tackle a household chore while my children are having a snack or lunch. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in only 10 minutes when you focus on the task.I encourage you to join me- it really easy amazing what you are […]

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Savvy Sunday: Family Gift Giving

October 30, 2011

Every family is different.  Some go all out for the holidays, some stick to a strict budget and other use a three gift rule in honor of the gifts the three wise men brought to baby Jesus.  Our family doesn’t stick hard and fast to any specific rules and every year seems to go a […]

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Savvy Sunday: Spending Individual Time With Your Kids (+ a Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!)

October 16, 2011

We have three kids ages 4, almost 3, and just turned one.  My husband works full time outside of the home and between all of my projects, I pretty much work full time IN the home.  It’s difficult to find quality find to spend together as a family, let alone individual one-on-one time to spend […]

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Savvy Sunday: 5 Fun Fall Projects to Do with Leaves

October 9, 2011

I love fall.  Especially the crisp and sunny days where the trees are ablaze with color.  Celebrate the season with your kids with a couple of small art projects using leaves. Take a nature walk and collect leaves of different sizes, shapes and colors. Then bring them home, have a snack of sliced apples with […]

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