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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 […]

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 this post,  I will be sharing 2 Sweet Recipes you can make with the Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups. Minute Rice Cups are perfectly portioned to provide just the right amount of carbs for all-day energy, without overeating. 

Minute Coconut Cream & Mango Rice


  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  •  ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Diced Mangos
  • 1 Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cup


  • In a large bowl, mix Coconut Milk with Sugar and Salt, set aside
  • Cook Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups according to instructions on the package. 
  • Add the cooked rice to a bowl and top the rice with a coconut cream mixture(you can add as much or little as you would like)
  • Finish your bowl off with diced mangoes and enjoy

Minute Cinnamon Roll Rice


  • 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Cinnamon 
  • 1 Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups


  • Cook Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups according to instructions on the package. 
  • Add the cooked rice to a bowl and top the rice with sweetened condensed milk(you can add as much or little as you would like)
  • Sprinkle on some Cinnamon, stir, and enjoy

The Cinnamon Roll rice is really so delicious and I hope you enjoy both of these recipes. I love how quickly you can create any of these recipes with the Minute Rice Cups which are ready in 60 seconds. They are also a perfect portion to provide the right amount of carbs, without overeating. Minute Rice Cups are also BPA-free and 100% recyclable. 

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 […]

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 can feel like doing something for yourself is bad, or that you aren’t doing enough if you are taking time to relax. I’ll save the talk about the necessity for having separate “you” time for another post, but if you are someone who feels like you always need to be doing something productive, here are some ways you can enjoy your free time and feel productive while doing it. 


If your to-do list includes things you need to do around the house, throwing on your favorite TV show or musical album while you fold laundry or wash dishes can make the task seem less painful while also giving you the opportunity to do something you enjoy. If you have kids who are old enough to help, make the task fun by turning on some music and dancing around while you stay productive!

Walk Your Dog

If walking your dog is on your to-do list, or if you find yourself feeling guilty for not getting your pup out for a walk as often as you should, this is a wonderful way to accomplish more than one thing at once! Getting your dog some exercise will cross that off your to-do list, but in the process, you are also getting yourself exercise. If you prefer a higher-intensity workout, you can jog with your dog or do lunges as you walk. The time you spend walking your pet is also a wonderful time to catch up with friends and family on the phone, or even make work calls if you’re able to. Throw in your headphones and get going. You’ll start to look forward to walking your dog each day!

Hire Professional Help

Believe me – I know the feeling of wanting to do everything yourself. The reality is that we’re only human and sometimes we need help! The added benefit to this is that hiring professional help for tasks on your to-do list will give you extra time to do things you enjoy. If you’re financially able to, hiring a housekeeper to help with chores around the house can save you so much time! If you have a move coming up or have heavy items to need delivered or removed from your home, hiring a moving company can save you time (as well as potential injuries from trying to move things yourself). Looking for help in Utah? Movin’ is a Utah-based moving company that has great reviews and can help free up some time for you, with peace of mind. They do it all from residential moving to packing and they are even professional Salt Lake City UT long distance movers, too.

Enjoy Family Time

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It’s no secret that while having a family is an amazing thing, it can sometimes be a lot of work! Between entertaining kids, making sure everyone is fed, getting people places on time, maintaining relationships with family members you don’t see every day, and trying to get some sleep in between, it can be overwhelming. When you start feeling overwhelmed, remind yourself the why behind what you do. You love these people! If a shirt ends up wrinkled, or a pizza is a little burnt, try to laugh it off and turn it into a good memory instead of stressing about being perfect. This time with your family will be much more enjoyable for you, as it should be!

Accept Being Unproductive

It sounds cliche, but life doesn’t have to be productive 100% of the time. The sooner you can appreciate that you do not have to always be productive, the more you can enjoy the little things in life like spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, eating a good meal, etc. without worrying about what you could be getting done instead. You only get one life, so enjoy 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 […]

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 the series you can bet A LOT of people are going to use Squid Game as their Halloween costume theme this year and for many years to come. Although this show, definitely is NOT family-friendly, I repeat, do not watch this with your kids. Squid Game does make a great family costume. In this post, I will be showing you how to create super easy, no sewing required DIY Squid Game family costumes.

Netflix reached out to me at the beginning of October and said they needed a family to create some content for them and they needed it done in less than 2 weeks. The fact we were able to pull this off goes to show just how easy this costume is. I will include links to everything you need(note: when you purchase using these links, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you that helps us create more awesome content like this. So THANK YOU!) Let’s get started!

Squid Game Red Light Green Light Doll Costume

Red Light/Green Light Doll Costume

We will start with the easiest costume. If you have watched the first episode or even seen the trailer for Squid Game, you are probably scared of this robot character. We decided to put a cute twist on the character with this super easy costume. The best part about this costume is you literally don’t have to make anything. Just buy the clothes and get dressed. Our daughter Scarlett made a great model for this costume.

Here is what you will need for the red light green light doll costume:

Squid Game Pink Guard Costume

Pink Soldier/Guard Costume

This guard costume is a little more difficult than the red light green light doll but is still super simple. In the series, the guards are always wearing their masks but we decided to use beanies and not cover our faces to make it a little more family-friendly. We created the triangle and square shapes for the beanie using white Gorilla Tape. We really like to work with gorilla tape because it is thicker, sticks better, and holds its shape more than ordinary Duck tape. I have also noticed that you can peel it off the clothing and no noticeable residue is left behind.

Once you create the shapes on the beanies, the hardest part is done. Simply cut out a thick strip of black felt to be the belt and safety pin it in the back. And there you have it, you are now a Pink Guard. One thing to note is that there are lots of great Pink Jumpsuits that might match the color better from the show. However, the ones I used were the best deal that could arrive on time to meet the deadline.

Here is what you will need for the Squid Game Guard Costume:

Squid Game Player Costume for Kids

Squid Game Player Costume

So creating the Squid Game player costume is definitely a little more time-consuming than the previous two costumes but could still be done in less than an hour. The first step is to use white Gorilla Tape to add stripes to the arms and legs of the green clothing. Gorilla tape sticks really well to the fabric. Depending on the size of the clothing being used you may be able to use the standard width of the tape or you may need to trim the strips of tape for the stripes.

The trickiest part is cutting the numbers out of the tape. Once you get the numbers cut out you can add them to the chest of the green clothing. We chose to do numbers 001 for Oh Il-nam and 456 for Lee Jung-jae, two of the main characters and players of Squid Game.

For the green clothing, we used pieces from We love for our costumes because they have tons of basic clothing in all the colors with NO graphics, logos, text, etc. If you use code TOYSTORYDAD you can get 20% off + FREE SHIPPING on your first order from I also found out that has the Spruce color in Adult sizes if you want the adults to be the players. If you are interested here are the exact pieces we ordered for our players: clothing for Squid Game Player Costume

Here is what you will need for the Squid Game Player Costume:

I hope this quick walkthrough of how to create family costumes inspired by Netflix’s Squid Game was helpful. I can’t wait to see if people use our pictures and this article as inspiration to create a fun family costume. If you do make sure to tag @toystorydad on Instagram so I can see your awesome costumes. If there is another Family costume you would like to see done, let me know in the comments.

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 […]

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 […]