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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 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 […]

3 CUTE HOLIDAY TREATS WITH OREO AND NUTTERBUTTER COOKIES

3 CUTE HOLIDAY TREATS WITH OREO AND NUTTERBUTTER COOKIES

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   

  • Walmart.com/CreateShareGive
  • .  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.


    OVERVIEW OF WALMART 
    CREATE. SHARE. GIVE. 2021

    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 Walmart.com/CreateShareGive 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:


    OREO TURKEYS

    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

    Instructions:

    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?


    OREO REINDEER

    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

    Instructions:

    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!


    NUTTERBUTTER SNOWMEN

    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

    Instructions:

    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 Walmart.com/CreateShareGive

    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 […]

    Dad’s Review of the Rad Wagon 4 from Rad Power Bikes

    Dad’s Review of the Rad Wagon 4 from Rad Power Bikes

    This post is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes. They provided me with a Rad Wagon to create this content. However, all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.

    I have been riding my Rad Wagon 4 electric cargo bike for two months and have put over 50 miles on it. In this post, I will be sharing my thoughts and review of the Rad Wagon 4 from a parent’s and dad’s perspective. Note: I am not a professional biker or bike mechanic so I may not be able to speak to all the technical bike lingo but I can tell you what I love about the Rad Wagon and what makes it a great family bike. I’m just a normal dad who loves to get outside and have fun with my kids. I will talk about everything from assembly, charging, range, and more. But first, off let me just say the Rad Wagon 4 is really is RAD!

    What I LOVE about my Rad Wagon

    • I love being able to have 2 kids ride on the back safely with me(additional accessories required, see my setup section below).
    • It has motivated me to get outside more with my kids as well as get a workout.
    • 5 levels of pedal assist so I can choose get some help hauling the kids up the hill.
    • Quick acceleration to help safely cross busier roads.
    • Thick tires for extra stability and support
    • Adjustable handlebars(including tilt) and seat to help the bike fit perfectly to you.
    • Built in headlight and tailight(with brake indicator) for additonal safety and visibility
    • Amazing Range of 25 – 50 miles of range with pedal assist. Over 25 miles without pedaling(AMAZING right?)
    • Removable battery for storage and charging
    • No issue hitting 20 MPH with heavy load (Me at 225lbs, and another 50+lbs of kids on the back) Max Recommended Payload = 350lbs
    • Lots of accessory options available from Rad Power Bikes including front and rear cargo storage, child seats, rails, even accessories to transport your pets on the back.
    • Assembly was relatively easy and all tools were included. Professional assembly options also available through Rad Power bikes partners.
    • Price at $1800 is much less expensive than most of the competion
    • I feel like a RAD dad taking my kids around the neighborhood!

    What I DON’T love about my Rad Wagon

    • Lack of suspension leads to some discomfort when riding on a surface that isn’t smooth.
    • Standard bike seat is not super comfortable. (Although, is any bike seat really comfy?) You could easily buy a more cushioned bike seat or cover to replace the stock seat if it really bothers you.
    • The tech nerd side of me wishes there was some sort of bluetooth app connectivy with a mobile phone app so I could get really nerdy and track all of the data.

    As you can see from the lists above, I truly do LOVE basically everything about my Rad Wagon. Let’s dive into the details about what makes this bike great.

    Rad Wagon 4 Bike Specs

    Bike Weight: 76.7 lb (34.8 kg) *This includes the battery weighing in at 7.7lbs

    Bike Length: 78.7 in

    Adjustable Seat Height: 27″ – 37″ *Measured from bottom of the pedal stroke

    Recommended Rider Height: 5′ 1″ – 6′ 4″

    Payload Capacity: 350 lb (158 kg)

    Rear Rack Capacity: 120 lb (54 kg)

    Max Speed: 20 MPH

    Range: Up to 45+ Miles per charge

    Battery: 48V, 14 Ah (672 Wh) – Battery Weighs 7.7lbs (Battery is lockable and removable)

    Motor: 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor

    Throttle: Right Grip Twist Throttle

    Brakes: Tektro Aries 180 mm Disk Brakes

    Lights: 200-lumen front headlight & 15-lumen rear tail light with the brake indicator

    Display: LCD Display mounted at the center of the handlebar displays: Battery Life, Odometer with Trip Mode, Wattmeter, Speedometer, Pedal Assist Level. *Display also has USB Charging port(5V 1 Amp)

    Price: $1899

    Safety

    As a dad, the most important thing every time I go riding with my kids is SAFETY! There is nothing that can prevent all accidents and injuries so make sure you and your children are wearing helmets when riding your Rad Wagon. Yes, you can still be RAD and wear a helmet! I feel completely safe while riding with my kids because the Rad Wagon has several features that contribute to the bike’s safety:

    • LED headlight – This helps me spot opstablces in the road ahead as well as alerts oncoming traffic of my presence. The headlight defaults to on which is great so you never forget to have them on.
    • Inegrated tailight with brake indicator – To alert vehicles behind me of my position as well as if I am braking to slow down.
    • Wide tires – Better center of gravity and stability while transporting both kids.
    • Disk Brakes – Provide efficient and strong braking power even in loose or wet terrain.
    • Quick acceleration – Accelerating out of situations can be just as important as braking at times when it comes to safely navigating traffic on the road. Of course you could always pedal to speed up, but it is a lot easier to just twist the throttle and quickly cross a busier road at the intersection. Getting a 76lb bike, 50lbs of kids and my heavy 200+ lb self moving from 0 takes a lot of energy. The motor on the Rad Wagon has no issue quickly and safely accelerating that load across the road.
    • Accesories – Rad Power Bikes offers several child seating and handle options for various situations that attach securely to your Rad Wagon and provide extra safety and comfort to your passengers. I share more about this on the My Rad Wagon Bike Accesories Setup section.

    It’s just like riding a bike, but way more fun

    It took almost no time to get used to the operation and riding of my Rad Wagon. It really is just like riding a bike, except it is WAY MORE FUN!!! The Rad Wagon 4 has a twist throttle on the right handlebar grip just like a motorcycle so you can accelerate quickly up to 20MPH without even pedaling. Although, it’s not a crazy fast speed the kids and I both still had a lot of fun doing our range test mentioned below without pedaling. Note: the acceleration will stop once you hit 20MPH. I noticed while going downhill 20+ MPH and trying to twist the throttle and no acceleration happened.

    Along with the twist-grip throttle, the Rad Wagon has an intelligent 5 level pedal-assist system. You can select the level of pedal-assist using the buttons mounted on the left handlebar. Level 0 means it is just like riding any normal bike so it is all you. This is the level I spend most of my rides on as I am overweight and could use all the exercise I can get. Levels 1-5(5 being the highest) give you an extra boost of energy propelling the bike forward as you pedal. This is especially useful when going up a hill. I found that most of the time I live in the ranges of 0-2 because the area we live in is mostly flat.

    Other than the twist throttle and playing around with the pedal-assist levels, riding a Rad Wagon operates just like any other bike you may have ridden before. It has front and rear brakes controlled by levers mounted to the handlebars and you steer with the handlebars. Unless you are one of those cool people that can ride a bike with no hands. I must say I am jealous as I have never been able to do that. I need to work on my balance I guess.

    Assembling the Rad Wagon

    There was some miscommunication with my order so it ended up getting shipped directly to my house. This ended up being perfect though because the bike arrived on my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

    The bike includes written assembly instructions as well as a link to an instructional video. I chose to follow along with the video and had no issues assembling the bike. The Rad Wagon comes with everything you need to assemble the bike including the tools. Assembling the bike took me about 4 hours. I am sure if you are handier and experienced with bikes you could do it even quicker.

    I plan on getting my Rad Wagon 4 serviced by a professional around the 100-mile mark as recommended by Rad Power bikes in the owner’s information.

    Battery Range on the Rad Wagon 4

    The Rad Wagon 4 can take you as far as you need to go because unlike an electric car if you run out of battery you can just use your leg power to pedal your way to your destination. In all seriousness though, let’s talk about the battery range on the Rad Wagon 4 including the tests I did. On Rad Power Bike’s website, they state that the range on the Rad Wagon 4 is Up to 45+ miles per charge. I wanted to put the range of the Rad Wagon to the test and without any unknown variables like pedaling. I decided to see how far the battery of the Rad Wagon 4 could take me on a single charge without pedaling. Below are the results:

    I started with a fully charged battery on my Rad Wagon 4!

    Trip 1: 13.2 Miles

    Trip 2: 5 Miles

    Trip 3: 9 Miles

    Total Distance: 27.2 Miles

    My Rad Wagon 4 went 27.2 Miles on a single charge without pedaling. Amazing right? I was honestly in shock, towards the end I was thinking to myself, “Is this thing ever going to run out of battery?” Eventually, it did though, and the last bar on the battery started to flash. As the battery on my Rad Wagon neared the end of its charge, acceleration definitely started to slow down and the max speed started dropping.

    I also rode my Rad Wagon 11 miles to my inlaws house that is all uphill with pedal assist on mode 2-4 the entire ride and the battery didn’t even drop one bar. I am very impressed with the battery range on the Rad Wagon 4 and you could definitely get 45+ miles on a single charge if you are pedaling.

    You can buy an additional battery to have on hand and with the cargo space of the Rad Wagon, you could store your spare battery with ease.

    Charging your Rad Wagon 4

    The Rad Wagon 4 battery comes charged to about 50- 75% charge so I didn’t need to wait to test it out. However, after the first ride, Rad Power Bikes recommends that you balance the charge after each of your first 3 rides. This is super easy to do and instructions can be found here. This just helps keep the battery in great condition and perform to its full potential for as long as possible.

    Charge Times: Rad Power Bikes suggests that charging can take anywhere from 1-7 hours to fully charge your battery depending on the level of depletion. After my full range test mentioned above, I was able to confirm that it took about 7 hours to fully charge the battery from an almost completely dead battery. Honestly, not bad because 1 I will probably never need to charge from empty to full because of my short riding patterns. However, even if you did need to commute 40+ miles to work it would be able to charge while you were sleeping and while you are working in the office and be waiting for you with a full charge.

    Charging the battery is super simple:

    1. Turn off the battery using the key(Note: The battery can be charged when locked(on the bike) or unlocked(removed from the bike).
    2. Remove the rubber cover(meant to protect from dust, dirt and water) from the charging port and insert the charger into the charging port.
    3. Plug the charger into an outlet. Note: that two red lights will illuminate on the charger signaling that the bike is charging.
    4. Charge the bike until ONE(the other will remain red) of the red charging lights turns green.
    5. Unplug the charger and enjoy your next ride!

    I LOVE that you can remove the battery and take it wherever to charge. My garage only has one outlet and it is being used by a freezer and fridge we have out there. This leaves me with nowhere to plug in my bike. Luckily though it is super easy to just pop off the battery of my Rad Wagon and charge it on any of the many outlets we have inside our house. Another use case would be if you need to charge on the go, although with the long-range you may not need to. If you needed to charge between your commute to and from work, you could easily take the battery off when you arrive to work and throw it on the charger by your desk and it will be fully charged and ready for your commute home.

    Rad Power Bikes LCD display
    Rad Wagon 4 LCD Display

    Let’s Talk About the Display

    The Rad Wagon 4 has a great LCD display mounted to the center of the handlebars. I have had zero issues reading the display while riding in the bright sunlight during the day. The display also has a USB port(5V, 1Amp) to charge a smartphone or other small electronic device.

    Here are the stats you can see on the Rad Wagon 4’s LCD display:

    • Battery Life – Last bar will start flashing when battery is about to die.
    • Pedal Assist Level – The higher the number, the more the motor will boost you when you pedal.
    • Odometer: Shows the total miles traveled on the bike. Trip Mode also available. I’ve noticed this seems to reset everytime the bike is turned off.
    • Speedometer – Can be set to current speed, max speed, or average speed.
    • Wattmeter – Shows how much power the motor is outputting at any given time.

    I am a big tech nerd so I would love to have seen more tech in a display as well as maybe Bluetooth connectivity to my smartphone. However, none of that is necessary for the purpose this bike serves.

    My Rad Wagon 4 Accessory Setup

    Above is a picture of how my Rad Wagon 4 is set up with accessories. Here is a list of all the accessories I have:

    • Thule Yepp Maxi Child Seat(Blue) – The ultimate child bike seat for maximum safety. It was super easy to mount and feels so secure. Designed and tested for children from 9 months to 6 years old, and up to 40lbs.($249.95)
    • Caboose – This creates a frame around both my children and gives them something to hold onto on the front and sides. ($199)
    • Hyban Helmet 2.0 – Rad Power Bikes sent me this helmet with my Rad Wagon and I honestly love it! One of the most comfortable and sturdy feeling helmets I have ever worn. It also has an LED tail light for added safety. ($79)

    My two-year-old daughter sits in the Thule Yepp Maxi

    I also have a little kids backpack I have strapped to the back where I store things like keys, cell phone, portable tire pump, and the tools that came with the bike. I would love to get a front basket or something eventually to haul water and snacks for me and the kids when we go on longer rides. Another accessory I would like to get is the deckpad which is a cushioned seat for the passenger. This would go where my 4-year-old son sits.

    The video below from Rad Power Bikes shows just a few of the possibilities when it comes to adding accessories to your Rad Wagon 4 to make it the perfect bike for your family’s needs. Whether you need to haul a bunch of kids or haul a load of groceries, Rad Power Bikes has what you need.

    This video shows really quickly a few of the available accessory options and setups with the Rad Wagon 4. Video rights belong to Rad Power Bikes

    In conclusion, I LOVE my Rad Wagon! I have always loved biking but having a Rad Power Bikes makes it even more fun! For anyone looking for a highly versatile e-bike I would highly recommend the Rad Wagon.

    Inspirational Quotes and Lessons Learned from Disney’s Cruella

    One of my favorite things about Disney movies is that they always have a great message and some lessons we can take away and apply to our own lives. Even though Disney’s Cruella is a movie about one of the greatest and some might say […]

    Am I too tall for Disneyland or Disney World?

    With our little kids, we are always measuring and checking to see if they are tall enough to ride some of the big rides like Space Mountain. If you are looking for the minimum height requirements check out these guides I made for Disneyland and […]

    Funniest Quotes from Disney’s Cruella

    Disney released Cruella to Premiere access on Disney+ and theaters on May 28, 2021, and it will be available on Digital and Blu-Ray on September 21, 2021. Disney’s Cruella is a live-action film that shares the back story of the famous villain Cruella de Vil from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. The movie is packed with action, drama, suspense, and humor and in this post, I’ll share the funniest quotes from Disney’s Cruella.

    “My feedback! You’re short, You’re fat, you smell like an anchovy, you’re color-blind, but you pretend you aren’t.” – The Baroness

    “I’m Artie or Art, as in “work of”… – Artie

    “Didn’t know you knew how to drive.” -Jasper

    “I don’t” – Cruella

    “You’re the bravest rat I’ve ever known.” -Horace

    “Wink! You ain’t barbequed! You’re getting kissed right on the mouth! I don’t care where it’s been!” -Horace

    “She used the family card.” – Jasper

    “Yeah, she did…. It’s working” – Horace

    “Horace was generally annoying. Jasper was the insightful one. Which was also annoying. And Wink was just plain friendly. Again, annoying. But they were a better option than being in jail.” – Cruella

    Disney’s Live-Action Cruella definitely wasn’t a comedy, but it did have its humorous moments to break up the drama and suspense. I hope you enjoyed these funny quotes from Cruella. Want to see how well you know the movie? Put your knowledge to the test with these trivia questions.

    30 Exciting Trivia Questions From Disney’s Cruella

    30 Exciting Trivia Questions From Disney’s Cruella

    Disney released Cruella to Premiere access on Disney+ and theaters on May 28, 2021, and it will be available on Digital and Blu-Ray on September 21, 2021. Disney’s Cruella is a live-action film that shares the back story of the famous villain Cruella de Vil […]

    3 FUNDAE Treats created with Chips Ahoy! Hershey’s flavor cookies

    Who doesn’t love cookies and ice cream, right? I know I sure do! In today’s post, we have teamed up with Chips Ahoy! to share 3 FUNDAE treats you can create using the new Chips Ahoy! Hershey’s flavor cookies and of course some ice cream. […]