Sunday, May 19, 2019

S'mores Oreo Taste Test

According to reports, this summer Oreo is releasing 4 new flavors. Oreo has separate releases for each of them versus releasing them all at once. The first of which is S'mores Oreo! Later flavors will include a Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip, Maple Creme, and an Oreo Thin Latte Creme.

Rater than wait until August to try them all at once, we're tackling them one at a time.

I like the packaging for this one with the camping tent. And I like how Oreo did the layers of the creme. There are two separate horizontal layers of creme. One marshmallow and another chocolate, and they both have different textures. That marshmallow texture is really gooey and sticky like a marshmallow.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola and an Orange Cream Soda Taste Test

After 12 years, Coca-Cola recently announced a brand new flavor. Orange Vanilla Coke!
It wasn't a question of whether we would be trying it. It was a question of what we would be trying it with. A friend suggested pitting it against other Orange Cream sodas and I thought that was an excellent idea.

I was able to find 4 other kinds of Orange Cream sodas, plus I couldn't help but get the original Creamsicle bars that these are trying to imitate. Let's get tasting!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Spring Break - Disney Day - Alli's First Haircut, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom 2019/04/04

It's a special day today at Disney's Magic Kingdom. Today is the day Alli gets her very first haircut ever!
Ever since Ian got his first haircut here 2 years ago, I knew that I wanted to get Alli's first haircut here too. I made sure to call ahead and make reservations weeks in advance.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Revenge of the 5th

You can't celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th, without also celebrating Revenge of the 5th. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

May the 4th Be With You

May the 4th Be With You today!
It's Star Wars Day and we've got to celebrate!
Our hats of course are all Star Wars themed. Theresa and I have a Wampa hat and a Yoda hat from Disneyland. Ian and Alli are wearing really cool hats from Tokyo Disneyland. Ian's got a Rebel Pilot plush hat and Alli is wearing a plush Darth Vader hat. When I set the hats out for everyone to pick, she was quick to grab Darth Vader. Why did you pick that hat Alli?
Alli - I like Darth Vader. He fights bad guys.
Um, Alli. Darth Vader is a bad guy.
Alli (shocked) - What?!?

Spring Break - Disney Day - Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot 2019/04/02

It's a long blog entry today because it was a long day at the parks!
Today we're on a mission to visit a whole bunch of Disney parks. Why? Well it's our goal to visit all 12 Disney parks in the whole world in a 12 month span. We cranked out the 4 Asian parks back in October. The two back home in Anaheim are a given. This trip we'll be getting all 4 parks here in Orlando. And later this summer we hope to cross the two off Disneyland Paris too!

Friday, May 3, 2019

A Spring Break Trip to Florida - Disney Springs 2019/04/01

Continuing our Spring Break visit to Florida, next we went to Disney Springs! I have to say, I do like the parking garages here now. The flat parking lot didn't have near enough spaces to park.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

An Ohana day plus the first ever TikiLandDay at the Disneyland Resort

Happy Sunday! It's going to be a fun time at Disneyland today.
First, we're in an Ohana kind of mood this week. More on that after the jump.
Plus it's the first ever TikiLandDay at Disneyland. Read on!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Spring Break Trip to Florida - Days at the House 2019/03/29

It's Spring Break so we're headed to Florida! And we're meeting all of our Michigan family there!
We spent a fantastic 8 days there, and you'd think we'd be at Walt Disney World a lot, but actually we spent more time at the rental house having fun with each other. Of the 8 days, only 2 were at WDW. Let's go!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Pop-Tarts Cereal and Pop-Tarts Bites

Never one to pass up a new taste test, I saw these on the shelves of the grocery store and picked them up.
For me, Pop-Tarts are never something you have when you're eating breakfast at home. They're always something that's an out the door afterthought and usually raw. Now there's two new offerings. A Pop-Tarts cereal and new Pop-Tarts Bites. Both came in Frosted Strawberry and Brown Sugar Cinnamon, so of course we've got to get those regular Pop-Tarts to taste along with them.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt

It's been a very busy day hunting Easter Eggs already, but we're not quite done yet.
The kids spent the morning combing the Disneyland Resort, finding eggs at Downtown Disney, DCA, and Disneyland. Now it's time to find them at home.

2019 Disney Eggstravaganza - Disneyland

It's the last of our 2019 Disney Eggstravaganza Egg Hunts. We've been to the Disney Store in our local mall, Downtown Disney, California Adventure, and now we're wrapping everything up with the hunt at Disneyland.

2019 Disney Eggstravaganza - Disney California Adventure Park

It's time for the second of the three Disney Egg Hunts we're doing today. The first was in Downtown Disney. Now we're in Disney California Adventure Park.
All over the park there's lots of these photo ops, but this is the only place we saw 4 eggs all together. A family photo is a must.

2019 Disney Eggstravaganza - Downtown Disney District

Happy Easter, or rather Hoppy Easter, from Disneyland! Today is the day of our big Disneyland Easter Egg Hunt!
Earlier we'd done the Disney Store Magical Egg Hunt Adventure in our local mall and now it's time to head to the Disneyland Resort and take care of all the rest!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Meeting the Easter Bunny at Disneyland and getting interrupted by Cruella de Ville

The kids adore the Easter Bunny and Disneyland gives them to perfect opportunity to see him. And you never know what kind of surprises await you.

Dyeing Eggs for Easter

It's almost Easter! Time to dye Easter Eggs!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Peeps Cereal

As we were wandering the grocery section of Target, I saw these staring at me. Peeps is making a cereal! Peeps is making a cereal!
I love Peeps. Soft marshmallow covered in granulated sugar. What's not to like about that?

Pink chicks, check. Blue bunnies, check. Let's eat!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Spring Oreos and Easter Oreos

More Oreos? Yes please.
Just in time for Spring, Oreo has released two new styles. While the filling is dyed different colors, they're the standard vanilla creme.

Spring Oreo have yellow filling along with 3 new cookie designs.
The Easter Egg Oreos are shaped like eggs, which is pretty fun, and have 4 unique designs.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 Spring Dapper Day

Twice a year at Disneyland, the unofficial Dapper Day has everyone dressing in their finest. It's an opportunity to enjoy Disneyland the way you imagine it was years ago, when people treated it as something special.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Dumbo and Donuts

It's the weekend! That means fun times! Today we're headed to the movies, but first we've got to eat breakfast.

Deep Fried Twinkies

We just tried Hostess Honey Bun cereal and donettes cereal. Maybe we're on a Hostess kick right now.
This one has to be good right? Deep Fried Twinkies! And a regular Twinkie to compare it to.

They come frozen, but after 8 minutes in the toaster oven they smelled amazing.
Just missing that powdered sugar dusting like it shows on the box.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Tour of Europe - Disneyland Paris 2007/08/18

It's our very first foreign Disney Park ever! We split with the rest of our tour group, and after just a short 55 minute train ride, we were at the gates to Disneyland Paris!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tour of Europe - France 2007/08/17

After a morning of traveling, we made it from Switzerland over to France.
Our first stop as a group was the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

M&M Vote for your favorite 2019, Mexican Jalapeño, Thai Coconut, English Toffee, plus Hazelnut and Marshmallow

Once again M&M has asked us the public to vote for our favorite M&M flavor, with the winner earning a place on store shelfs permanently.
Back in 2016, we tasted Chili Nut, Honey Nut, and Coffee Nut, with Coffee Nut being the ultimate winner. Then in 2018, it was Crunchy Mint, Crunch Raspberry, and Crunchy Espresso, where Crunchy Mint topped them all.
So, who will be victorious this year? Will it be Mexican Jalapeño, Thai Coconut, or English Toffee?

And it's certainly not like the time we tried 17 different M&M flavors, but I did find a couple more that we haven't tasted before.
Hazelnut M&Ms were announced on March 26th, just days before we'd planned this taste test, so I was very excited when I found them in the store.
And those Marshmallow M&Ms are a special easter exclusive at Target.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tour of Europe - Switzerland 2007/08/15

Switzerland was beautiful. On our bus ride in, we were surrounded by mountains and cascading waterfalls. Two of Theresa's favorite things.

Tour of Europe - Siena, Florence, and Pisa 2007/08/15

Over the next few days, we continued our travels through Italy.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Hostess Cereal Taste Test - Honey Bun cereal and Donettes cereal

Taste tests are always fun and today we've got a good one.
Grandpa loves just about everything Hostess makes, but his favorite has to be the Honey Bun. So I was especially excited to see two new cereals from Post celebrating Hostess Donettes and Hostess Honey Bun. 

And when you're testing the cereals, you've got to try what they're based on too.

Tour of Europe - Rome 2007/08/13

When in Rome.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019 Disney Store Magical Egg Hunt Adventure

Taking a break from the old blog posts, it's time for something new!
For years now at Disneyland we've been participating in the Eggstravaganza, finding hidden eggs in Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney.
This year they're adding something new! Now the egg hunt has come to your local Disney Store in the mall. I was a little curious how they were going to pull it off in each location.

Tour of Europe - Venice 2007/08/11

Ah, Venice.

Tour of Europe - Germany and Austria 2007/08/09

Our tour continued into Germany and Austria.
Part of the fun was getting to know other young couples from all around the world. Hearing how some couples were on "holiday" for 4 weeks was eye opening. We were certainly jealous.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tour of Europe - Holland 2007/08/07

After our time in England, our tour brought us across the English Channel and into Holland.

Tour of Europe - England 2007/08/05

All the way back in 2007, Theresa and I were just getting started on our international travels.
In order to get a taste of lots of different places, and letting someone else do all the work, we booked a 15 day European Tour.
First stop, England!
Kings Cross station and Platform 9 3/4 (from the Harry Potter series) was definitely on the list of places to visit.

Friday, April 5, 2019

2009 The First Flowers Disneyland Scavenger Hunt 2009/05/17

A long long time ago, before Theresa and I even knew about Minnie's Moonlit Madness, the Gumball Rally, or MouseAdventure, we decided to create our very own scavenger hunt around Disneyland.

We sent out the invitation and got 5 groups of friends to spend the day at the park running around in the quest for glory. It's a beautiful day for a scavenger hunt.

Here's the questions each team received.
2009 Disneyland Scavenger Hunt Questions.pdf

2007 Walt Disney World Marathon - 2007/01/07

Photos from the 2007 Walt Disney World Marathon

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2008 Walt Disney World Half Marathon - 2008/01/12

Photos from our time running the 2008 Walt Disney World Half Marathon.

Getty Center - 2010-06-13

Visiting the Getty Center after Theresa's FEMBA graduation.