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Dad’s Review Of The Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playhouse

We were sent the Bluey Ultimate Lights & Sounds Playho]use to review. My 3 year old daughter and I LOVED playing with this toy. Bluey is such a great show for the whole family to enjoy and it was fun to bring the story to […]

Tips for Taking Your Tiny Baby or Toddler to Disneyland

Tips for Taking Your Tiny Baby or Toddler to Disneyland

The most common question/request we get is asking for tips for taking tiny babies or toddlers to Disneyland. Hamm’s first trip to Disneyland was in October 2017 when he was a little less than 2 months old. Although he will never remember it, we took […]

How To Set Up and Play 4 Square Pickleball

If you went to a public elementary school there is a good chance you grew up playing the classic playground game 4 Square. I know I absolutely loved the game as a kid. That is why I decided to try making a four-square version of Pickleball, which is my favorite sport/game now that I am a grown adult. In this post, I will go over everything you need, how to set up the court, and of course, the unofficial rules to get you started.

What You Need To Build A 4 Square Pickleball Court

*Budget Tip: If you purchase the half-size pickleball nets linked above from Franklin, each half-court net comes with two paddles and 2 balls so you won’t need to purchase any separate paddles or balls.

How To Set Up A 4 Square Pickleball Court

  1. The first step to setting up a 4 square pickleball court is choosing a location to play. We set our court up at the local elementary school. Just find a big open flat surface that you can draw on with chalk.
  2. Begin by first setting up the full-size pickleball net.
  3. Once the full-size net is assembled and placed where you want it, set up a half-size net on each side of the full-size net down the center. Once done it should look like a + sign.
  4. Now you can draw the lines by simply drawing straight lines out from each side of each net post. When all the chalk lines are drawn you should essentially have a bib box around the + sign.
  5. Now you are ready to play.

How To Play 4 Square Pickleball

The rules of 4 square pickleball are not official so you can tweak these however you would like. We played very similarly to how you would play normal 4 square except instead of using your hands and a big playground ball you use paddles and a pickleball.

  • One square becomes the “King” square and this is the square you want to get to and stay in to be the “winner”.
  • The person in king square serves the ball to any of the of the other squares. Once the ball is in play the players must let it bounce once and only once before hitting it into another players square over the net.
  • If the ball bounces more than once before you are able to successfully hit it into another player’s square you are out and must get in line or move to the lowest square.
  • When a player gets out the other players rotate clockwise to fill in the open spaces. (See graphic below)
  • Have fun
4 Square Pickleball Rotation Graphic

I hope you have fun playing 4 square pickleball.

Dad’s Review of The Magical Portal House

Disclaimer: We received a free stay at the Magical Portal House in exchange for social media and content creation. However, all opinions in this review are my own. We stayed at the Magical Portal House for 3 nights in February 2023 and we ABSOLUTELY LOVED […]

Sweet & Easy Recipes with Minute Rice Cups

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Minute Rice however all opinions are my own. Minute Rice has two new flavors to its line of perfectly portioned single-serving BPA-free microwavable rice cups: Minute Jalapeño Rice Cups & Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups. In […]

The Hottest Toys You Need For Your Kid’s Easter Basket This Year(2023)

*Disclaimer: This blog post is part of a paid partnership with Moose Toys but all opinions expressed are my own. 

Are you wondering what toys to get your kids in their Easter baskets? In this post, I will be sharing 5 of the hottest toys of 2023. Your kids are sure to love playing with any of these fun options. 

  1. Shopkins Real Littles – Snack Time

These snacks are so cute and fun. I love that they have not only the packaging but also the little toy food inside. I know my kids will have a blast playing with these Shopkins in their play kitchen. This new Range of Snacks has over 55 new Real Little figures to collect including desserts, candy, savory snacks, frozen foods, drinks and Slushies. 

  1. Treasure X Dino Gold Armored Egg

My boy had an absolute blast with this dino egg. I mean how could he not with dinosaurs, slime and buried treasure. We broke open the egg to discover a silicone shell filled with dinosaur parts and accessories covered in ooze. We had a blast playing in the slime and loved the dinosaur action figure we put together. The egg also includes a special tool to smash through the fossil(also included in the egg). Inside of the fossil covered in dino dust we found our gold dipped treasure. 

  1. Real Little Micro Crafts

These Micro Crafts from Real Little are so fun. We made a little glitter globe that really works. Everything you need to complete the crafts are included in the kits. There are 6 different DIY micro crafts to create and collect. 

  1. Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Glow Shifters

These glow shifters are so fun to squeeze and streeeetch. That is not all though they are filled with a core that when crushed activates their GLOW TRANSFORMATION.

For best results, you definitely want to charge the glow shifter in direct light before turning off the lights. We had a blast playing with the Glow Shifter with and without the lights on. 

  1. Little Live Pet’s Surprise Chick

We both guessed which color would hatch out of the egg and we were both wrong as it was the green egg that waddled out. This is such a fun toy as you get the simulation of a chick hatching from the egg, which by the way you can hatch your egg again and again. The chick’s texture feels realistic and it reacts to your touch. The more you pet your chick the happier it will be as it chirps and sings. 

As a dad, I really enjoyed all of these toys just as much as my kid did so I would highly recommend them. Which one do you think would be your favorite? You can shop for all these toys here.

We Stayed At The Magical Escape Vacation Home Near Walt Disney World

We Stayed At The Magical Escape Vacation Home Near Walt Disney World

We were invited by TheEnchantedVilla to be the first people to stay and experience their new vacation home called “The Magical Escape”. It was such an AMAZING experience and the home is seriously incredible. In this post, I will be sharing my full review with […]

How To Make Free Time Productive and Enjoyable

How To Make Free Time Productive and Enjoyable

Free time. Something that not many of us have an abundance of, particularly in recent times. Whether it’s work, parenting, household chores, or just trying to keep up with friends and family, I don’t think it’s any surprise that we are all busy. Sometimes it […]



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by NABISCO, but all opinions are my own.

Walmart Create. Share. Give. 2021 Disclosure: No Purchase Necessary. Open to residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18 and older. Submit a recipe (and optional photo) by 11:59 p.m. ET on 11/29/21. Void where prohibited. For full details, see the Official Rules at   

  • .  Between 11/30/21-12/4/21, residents of the 50 U.S./D.C. who are 18+ can vote for your favorite recipes (up to 5 each calendar day). Mondelēz will donate $1 per vote up to $50,000 to Feeding America®.  Each donation funds approx. 10 meals at local Feeding America® food banks.  

    My favorite part of the holiday season is being with friends, family, and loved ones and enjoying delicious food. I also love all of the opportunities I have to give and serve. As fun as it is to receive gifts around the holidays, I think the best part is giving gifts to others. NABISCO is giving all of us a chance to enjoy sweets and giving with their Create Share Give Program. In this post, I will give you a quick overview of the Walmart Create. Share. Give. 2021 campaign and then share a few of our favorite holiday recipes using NABISCO products.


    NABISCO is donating $1,000,000 to Feeding America and donating an additional $1 up to $50,000 every time you vote for your favorite recipe between 11/30 and 12/4. Here is how you can participate:

    • Submit your recipe to between 11/1-11/29
    • Vote for your favorite recipes from 11/30 – 12/4. Remember you can vote up to 5 times per day.
    • The top voted recipe will be made into a Tasty Buzzfeed Video!

    To help inspire you I am sharing 3 of my own recipes below:


    Thanksgiving is always a day full of food, but it wouldn’t be complete without a cute turkey-themed dessert. These OREO turkeys are a must for us every Thanksgiving. The great news is that they are quick and easy to make.

    Ingredients Needed:

    • OREO Cookies
    • Chocolate dipped pretzels
    • Peanut butter or butterscotch chips
    • Red candy melts
    • Candy eyes
    • Chocolate melts/dipping chocolate


    Place 3 chocolate-dipped pretzels together with one at the top facing up and the others facing opposites sides. Make sure that all 3 pretzels are touching.

    Melt dipping chocolate. Completely submerge the OREO cookie in the dipping chocolate and tap off the excess chocolate.

    Place the chocolate-dipped OREO cookie on top of all 3 pretzels towards the bottom so that you can see all 3 pretzels acting as the feathers of the turkey.

    Place 2 candy eyes and the peanut butter or butterscotch chip for the beak while the dipping chocolate is still wet. The eyes and beak will adhere to the cookie as the chocolate hardens.

    Melt red candy melts. Use a piping tool or toothpick to draw on the snood of the turkey’s face.

    Let the chocolate set and then enjoy!

    Our kids love to help set up the pretzels and place the eyes and beaks on the OREO cookies. This is a great recipe to get the whole family involved because that is what holidays are for right?


    These OREO reindeer are a very similar concept to the turkeys. Super cute and super easy to make for the holiday season.

    Ingredients Needed:

    • OREO Cookies
    • Mini pretzels
    • Chocolate melts/dipping chocolate
    • Candy Eyes
    • Red candy melts
    • Wax Paper


    Begin by breaking/cutting mini pretzels in “half” so they create the antlers for the reindeer. Be prepared to eat A LOT of broken pretzels because they hardly ever break right on the first try.

    Melt your dipping chocolate. Completely submerge your OREO cookie in the dipping chocolate and set on wax paper.

    Press two pretzel antlers in between the two cookies of the OREO while the dipping chocolate is still wet. You can face the pretzel antlers so they are curling in or out from each other.

    Place the candy eyes on the OREO cookie while the melting chocolate is still wet.

    Melt red candy melts. Using either a toothpick or a piping bag, draw a red circle for the nose.

    Let the chocolate set. Serve and enjoy!


    If you are a fan of peanut butter, you will love these NutterButter Snowmen cookies.

    Ingredients Needed:

    • NutterButter 
    • Almond Bark
    • Chocolate melts/dipping chocolate
    • Fruit Leather
    • Orange Candy Melts


    Melt orange candy melts. Using a piping bag (a sandwich bag also works), pipe minicircles, let harden and repeat piping circles until your nose is the desired height. (If you don’t want a 3D nose you can also just draw the noses on after the almond bark dries.)

    Cut out hats and scarves from the fruit leather.

    Melt your almond bark. Dip one side of the NutterButter in the almond bark.

    Place hats and scarves on NutterButter while almond bark is wet.

    Melt chocolate and use a piping bag to draw eyes, mouth, and buttons on the NutterButter.

    Place on the nose you created earlier or if not now is your chance to pipe one on.

    I hope you have fun making these holiday recipes with OREO cookies and NutterButter. Don’t forget to submit your recipes and vote for your favorites at

    15 Costume Ideas from Disney’s Tangled

    15 Costume Ideas from Disney’s Tangled

    isney’s Tangled. We have created all of these costumes so I can share pictures as well as a brief description of how we created each costume. Some of them are pretty obvious but we also got creative to share some costume ideas you may not have thought of.

    DIY Squid Game Family Costumes

    DIY Squid Game Family Costumes

    If you haven’t seen the hit Netflix series Squid Game, I’m sure you have at least heard about it. Netflix released the Squid Game series on September 17, 2021, and it immediately became a viral sensation becoming Netflix’s most-streamed show, EVER!!! With the success of […]