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Disney & Pixar’s Onward Trivia Questions and Answers

Disney & Pixar’s Onward Trivia Questions and Answers

I have compiled several trivia questions and answers from Disney/Pixar’s Onward. For a printable copy of these questions click here. What is the name of the college Ian’s dad attended? Willowdale College Which birthday is Ian celebrating in this film? 16th Birthday What is the […]

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Trivia Questions and Answers

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Trivia Questions and Answers

I have compiled several trivia questions and answers from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For a printable copy of these questions click here. What color fabric does the book “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sit on at the beginning of the […]

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are REALLLLLY missing Disneyland right now so we are making all of our food Mickey shaped these days. It’s so fun and it makes everything taste better, right? For our most recent Disney food, we turned our chocolate chip cookies into Mickeys. 🙂 

Please notice the bite taken out of the ear!

I used my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe that I’ll share with you below but you can totally use whatever cookie recipe you’d like.

Making chocolate chip cookies into specific shapes can be tricky because the dough melts and doesn’t really hold a shape. I have a few tips for you to help make your cookies hold that fun mickey shape. 

To make your Mickey cookies, start by rolling some cookie dough into a ball. You can use however much you’d use to make regular cookies. This will make his head. Then roll two MUCH smaller balls to create his ears. Place the ears on either side of the larger dough ball. If you put the “ears” too close together, the cookie will melt into a big blob.

Mickey Shaped Cookie Dough

One thing I noticed while trying to get a fun Mickey shape is that if there’s a chocolate chip on the edge of one of the ear balls, it doesn’t quite melt into that nice round shape. It’s not a big deal if it doesn’t make that perfect shape but it’s just something I noticed. 

That’s pretty much it. It’s so easy but makes your cookies much more fun. If you want your cookies to look like the giant, delicious Mickey cookies you can get at Trolley Treats at California Adventure, you can also dunk the tops of your cookies into melted chocolate chips. This makes your cookie look like it’s wearing Mickey ears. Add a squiggle of melted chocolate across the main part of the cookie and it’ll look just like the cookies from Disneyland!

Chocolate Dipped Mickey Cookies

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Tag toystorydad on Instagram so we can see how yours turn out! Enjoy!                      🖤Rach

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 ¼ – 3 ½  cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Mickey Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Preheat the oven to 350°

2. Cream butter and sugar together. Make sure the butter is room temperature but not melted or the dough will be runny.

3. Add eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup.

4. Add dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If the dough seems runny, add a bit of extra flour.

5. Mix in chocolate chips.

6. Roll dough into balls (or mickeys) and place them on a GREASED cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. (I prefer my cookies “underbaked” so I never have them cook longer than 8 minutes. 

8. Press in extra chocolate chips on top of the cookies if desired. Let the cookies cool before removing them from the tray. (If the Mickeys are picked up while still hot, the ears may fall off.)

9. Optional. Melt a cup of chocolate chips and dunk the tops of the cookies in melted chocolate. Using a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the tip cut off, pipe a chocolate squiggle on the main part of the cookie.

Notes: This cookie dough is SO good when chilled! If the cookies are dipped in melted chocolate, they taste extra yummy when chilled. 

Mickey Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe with a hint of maple syrup
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 24 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 ¼ – 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Cream butter and sugar together. Make sure the butter is room temperature but not melted or the dough will be runny.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  • Add dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If the dough seems runny, add a bit of extra flour.
  • Mix in chocolate chips.
  • Roll dough into balls (or mickeys) and place them on a GREASED cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. (I prefer my cookies “underbaked” so I never have them cook longer than 8 minutes.
  • Press in extra chocolate chips on top of the cookies if desired. Let the cookies cool before removing them from the tray. (If the Mickeys are picked up while still hot, the ears may fall off.)

Notes

Optional: Melt a cup of chocolate chips and dunk the tops of the cookies in melted chocolate. Using a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the tip cut off, pipe a chocolate squiggle on the main part of the cookie.
Important: This cookie dough is SO good when chilled! If the cookies are dipped in melted chocolate, they taste extra yummy when chilled.
Disneyland Inspired Mickey Pretzel Recipe

Disneyland Inspired Mickey Pretzel Recipe

Everything tastes better in Mickey form, right? Say hello to the yummiest, easiest Mickey pretzel recipe out there. These taste so delicious and they’ll make you feel like you’re at Disneyland sitting on Mainstreet, USA.  Ingredients To Make Mickey Shaped Pretzels 1 ½ c lukewarm […]

Spoiler-Free Review of Pixar’s Onward

Spoiler-Free Review of Pixar’s Onward

Disney and Pixar invited us to an early media screening of their new movie Onward. Onward tells the story of two teenage elf brothers who set out on a quest to discover if there is still magic left in the world. The movie will be […]

How We Budget For Disneyland Using Personal Capital

How We Budget For Disneyland Using Personal Capital

Note: This post was created as part of a paid sponsorship with PersonalCapital.com. Although this is a paid sponsorship, all opinions are my own and I have been a user of PersonalCapital for years. 

If you know our family, you know that we LOVE Disneyland and basically all things Disney. Because we live in Utah and go to Disneyland often we are often asked: “How do you afford to go to Disneyland so much?” I will answer that question in more detail throughout this post but to put it simply: We make it a priority and budget accordingly! 

What tools do we use to budget? 

In our family, I am the main financial nerd(I have a degree in Accounting) and do most of the budget and financial tracking. I seriously love numbers and finance, especially personal finance. My family knows I can spend hours and hours talking about savings, 401ks, IRAs and other nerdy financial things. Although Rachel does not share this same passion, I think it is important that we are all on the same page financially as a family which is why I found and love Personal Capital

I have been using the tools in Personal Capital for years. I love that the dashboard gives me a 360-degree view of our money. With several incomes, investments and many bank accounts, Personal Capital allows me the ability to see and easily explain our financial status to Rachel. I have tried several different tools over the years and use to use several different websites to manage my finances and budget, but Personal Capital is now my tool of choice because I can do everything in one place. The best part, Personal Capital is FREE to use! 

Getting started with Personal Capital

Click Here to create your Personal Capital account and get started today. Once you create your account I highly suggest connecting all of your accounts. Personal Capital makes it super easy and secure to connect all of your accounts. These accounts can include checking, saving, credit cards, any debt such as cars and auto loans and investment/retirement accounts as well as any other assets you have. Once you have all of your accounts linked you will be able to see your net worth which is one of my favorite tools within the Personal Capital dashboard. 

Now that everything is connected you will begin to sync up and look at where your money is going. Before we can set budgeting goals it is important to see where our money is going. Under the banking tab, there is a link to budgeting. I usually look at the last year to really get a good idea of my average spending per month. Personal Capital will automatically categorize all of your transactions but you can go in and manually change the categorization on each transaction if desired. 

How we set a monthly budget

Looking at all the transactions for the last year I can see all of my expenses. When budgeting, I always like to start with our fixed expenses. Every family will be different but for us this includes:

  • Power Bill – We pay the monthly average every month so it is the same throughout the seasons
  • Natural Gas Bill – We pay the monthly average every month so it is the same throughout the seasons
  • Cell Phone Bill including payments for our iPhones
  • Mortgage Payment
  • Tithing
  • Car Payment
  • Streaming Services
  • Car Insurance
  • Cable/Internet
  • Water
  • Garbage Collection

Now that we have a total for all of our monthly expenses we can look at some of our variable expenses. I like to get an idea of how much I am spending on each of the following somewhat essential categories each month: 

  • Auto Gasoline
  • Groceries
  • Restaurants
  • Baby supplies (Diapers are expensive)
  • Misc Supplies (Makeup, cleaning supplies, etc)
  • Clothing

I work a full-time job with a fixed salary so I budget off of that fixed income. All of our other investment/business income is extra and is usually just reinvested back into the business or other investments. We, of course, don’t want to budget off our salary, but instead our take-home pay. I max out our 401k and HSA then pay for medical/dental/vision insurance before I receive my paycheck. 

Looking at the money coming in every month vs the money going out to these expenses will help us set budgeting goals. Obviously, if we are spending more every month than my take-home pay the first goal should be getting that spending under control so that we can not take on any more debt. Look for categories where you might be spending an unnecessary amount. One area that we are wanting to improve this year is less eating out. Eating out for us costs an average of $20-$30 every time we do. If we ate out one less time per week that could save us $100/week or over $1000 every year. 

Setting Budgeting Goals

Do you have financial goals or dreams? Maybe you want to buy a house, a boat or a new car, but for us, our goals usually involve around travel. I work A LOT between my day job and other business ventures. Travel is our escape and time where we focus on being together as a family. Our favorite place to travel is Disneyland. We can usually plan a Disneyland trip for our family for under $1000. For more on how to save money when planning your trip read our Planning Your Disneyland Vacation post.

If our average Disneyland trip is $1000, then if we can hit our goal of eating out just one less time per week, we will save that $1000 we can put towards our Disneyland vacation. It just comes down to setting goals and making priorities. It is YOUR money so at the end of the day YOU can do what YOU want with it. At the end of the day though, money doesn’t grow on trees so you will have to sacrifice spending in some areas to have money saved to use in other areas.

As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” Set your dreams and then take the actions to achieve those dreams. 

DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Disclosure: This tutorial was sponsored by Primary.com and they provided clothing to create this costume. This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links we receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like […]

Team Rocket Pokemon Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Team Rocket Pokemon Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Disclosure: This tutorial was sponsored by Primary.com and they provided clothing to create this costume. This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links I receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like […]

23 Pop Culture Villain Costume Ideas for Toddlers, Babies, or Young Children

23 Pop Culture Villain Costume Ideas for Toddlers, Babies, or Young Children

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Primary.com and they provided the clothing to create all of the awesome costumes. Use code TOYSTORYDAD for 20% off + FREE shipping on your first order at Primary.com. This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links I receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like this.

In 2018 we started a new tradition called Hamm’s Happy Haunts. We dressed our son Beckham aka Hamm as 31 Disney Villains. A new handmade costume every day in October. This year we decided to continue the tradition but expand to pop culture villains in general.

For this year, 2019, we only did a new costume every weekday. However, with our new daughter Scarlett joining in on the fun, there were still a lot of costumes to make. All costumes were made by my amazingly talented wife Rachel. Make sure to check out @toystorydad on Instagram to see all of the fun costumes we create.

We are also excited to announce that this year Hamm’s Happy Haunts was sponsored by Primary.com. They provided all of the clothing for the base of these costumes. Primary.com is our go-to place for costumes because all of their clothing is free of logos, graphics, and phrases. They also have any color you would ever need. If you use the code TOYSTORYDAD at Primary.com you will get 20% off + FREE shipping on your first order.

This post contains pictures and or videos of the costumes as well as the materials we used to create each costume. (Note: We will be adding to this post throughout the month as we post the pictures on Instagram. We don’t want to ruin the surprise.) We hope these pop-culture villain costume ideas inspire you to create something similar.

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter

We created this Draco Malfoy costume by cutting open the front of the dress to make it into a robe. The tie is made out of felt and we printed a Slytherin logo and taped it on. The materials you will need for this Harry Potter inspired costume are:

Team Rocket – Pokemon

We actually created a full tutorial for the Team Rocket costume on YouTube.

Plankton – SpongeBob SquarePants

Plankton Costume - SpongeBob SquarePants

This Plankton costume is really simple. The headpiece is made completely out of felt and then we just paired it with green pajamas and of course a Krabby Patty. The materials you will need for this SpongeBob Squarepants inspired costume are:

Phineas Hitchhiking Ghost – The Haunted Mansion

HitchHiking Ghost Costume - The Haunted Mansion

To create this Hitchhiking Ghost costume we made the hat out of thin cardboard, as you would find in a cereal box. We then wrapped the hat in the mint blue felt and added white yarn for the hair. We added a bowtie made out of felt. You can watch this video for instructions on how to make a simple bowtie out of felt. The materials you will need for this Haunted Mansion inspired costume are:

Negan – The Walking Dead

This Negan costume is very simple because all you really need is clothing. We added some craft wire to a baseball bat to create Lucille. We also added some gray eye shadow to Beckham’s face to give the look of facial hair. The materials you will need for this Walking Dead inspired costume are:

Lord Farquaad – Shrek

For this Lord Farquaad costume, the hat is made out of thin cardboard as you would find in a cereal box. It is then covered with red felt. The cape is made out of red fabric. The belt and wrist cuffs are made out of felt. Details were added with gold fabric and gold puff paint. The wig tops it off to make the perfect Lord Farquaad. The materials you will need for this Shrek inspired costume are:

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man – Ghostbusters

We actually created a full tutorial for the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume on YouTube.

Dracula

This Dracula costume was made with a black long sleeve polo cut open and sewed to look like a suit coat. The cape is made out of red fabric and we used felt to create the collar so that it was stiff enough to stick up. Dracula’s necklace was made out of red felt and gold fabric. Vampire’s fangs are of course the finishing touch. The materials you will need for this Dracula inspired costume are:

Demogorgon(Dart) and Dustin – Stranger Things

The Demogorgon costume was actually just purchased from Amazon. To make Dustin’s costume we painted the logo on a green t-shirt. The hat and wig are awesome finishing touches. We ended up using curlers and steam to make the wig curly like Dustin’s hair. The materials you will need for this Stranger Things inspired costume are:

Dwight Schrute – The Office

This costume was super easy because it’s just a matter of finding all of the right pieces. We found the perfect suit and used the yellow dress shirt from Primary.com. Just for fun, we attempted to put a stapler in jello just like Jim did in the first episode of The Office. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out super well but it was still adorable. The materials you will need for this Dwight Schrute inspired costume are:

The Hissing Monkey – Toy Story 3

To make the monkey’s costume from Toy Story 3 we added red “buttons” made out of felt to a yellow tank top. We used white puff paint to add stripes to the red pants. The hat is made completely out of felt and we used brown pajamas to create the monkey color underneath the clothing. The materials you will need for this Toy Story inspired costume are:

Bowser – Mario Universe

This Bowser costume definitely took a lot of work. The shell was made out of a styrofoam dome and ring covered in felt. The spikes were made out of felt cones. To create the tail, we used yellow fabric and stuffed it. Felt was also used to create the headpiece and spikes on the neck and arms. The materials you will need for this Bowser inspired costume are:

Thanos – Marvel Universe

To create this Thanos costume we added Gold fabric accents to a blue muscle shirt. The hat was made out of paper mache then painted gold. We, of course, added a toy Gauntlet for an obvious detail. The materials you will need for this Thanos inspired costume are:

Billy Hargrove(Lifeguard) – Stranger Things

To create this Billy Hargrove as the Lifeguard costume, we ironed on the Hawkins Pool logo to a white tanktop. We then added red paint to the edges of the white polo. The curly mullet and red whistle were much needed finishing touches. One thing we forgot to do but would make it even better is a little bit of a mustache. The materials you will need for this Stranger Things inspired costume are:

Piranha Plant – Mario Universe

To create this Piranha Plant costume, we created the headpiece and leaves out of felt. We then spray painted a clay planting pot green to finish off the look. The materials you will need for this Mario inspired costume are:

Charles F. Muntz – Disney/Pixar’s Up

To create this Charles F. Muntz costume, we actually didn’t need to do any DIY or crafting. We simply just needed to buy all of the pieces of clothing and add them together. The materials you will need for this Disney/Pixar’s Up inspired costume are:

Pac-Man Ghosts

To create these Pac-Man Ghost costumes, we cut and sewed felt into the ghost shapes. We put black pajamas from Primary.com underneath the costumes to keep the kiddos warm. The Pac-Man for the cat is also made out of felt. The materials you will need for this Pac-Man inspired costume are:

  • Black Pajamas
  • Light Blue Felt
  • Navy Blue Felt
  • White Felt
  • Yellow Felt (If creating Pac-Man)

Evil Purple Minion – Despicable Me 2

To create this Evil Purple Minion Costume, we added a felt macho logo to grey overalls. We used a purple long sleeve shirt underneath from Primary.com. The glasses were made out of cardboard and grey and black felt. We then added the purple wig to give the crazy hair look. The materials you will need for this Despicable Me inspired costume are:

Heffalump and Woozle – Winnie the Pooh

To create these Heffalump and Woozle costumes, we started with pajamas from Primary.com as the base. For the Woozele we painted on red polka dots to the white pajamas. The hat with ears was made out felt. The tail was just white fabric stuffed and then painted with red paint to add the polka dots.

For the Heffalump, we painted blue stripes on pink pajamas using puffy paint. The hat with hears was made out of felt. We added a trunk which is simply fabric sewn and stuffed. For an extra touch make sure to add a pink tutu to the Heffalump. The materials you will need for these Winnie the Pooh inspired costumes are:

  • White Pajamas
  • Pink Pajamas
  • White Fabric
  • White Felt
  • Dark Pink Felt
  • Light Pink Felt
  • Red Paint
  • Blue Puffy Paint
  • Dark Pink Fabric
  • Pink Tutu

Kronk and Yzma – The Emperor’s New Groove

To create these Kronk and Yzma costumes, we started with clothing from Primary.com as the base. For Kronk, We used a blue tank top and a purple skirt. We added a hat made out of yellow felt. We also added wrist cuffs, ankle cuffs, and a chest plate out yellow felt. We added a belt out of light blue felt.

For Yzma’s costume, we started with a black dress as the base. We added a hat made out of black felt. The earings were just blue felt added to the hat. We then added a big purple feather coming out of the top of the hat. The final touch was a purple feather boa around her neck. The materials you will need for these Emperor’s New Groove inspired costumes are:

Lady Tremaine & Lucifer – Cinderella

To create these Lady Tremaine and Lucifer costumes, we started with clothing from Primary.com as the base. For Lady Tremaine’s Costume, we used a red dress as the base. We made a broach and hairpiece out of felt.

For Lucifer’s costume, we used black pajamas as the base of the costume. We made a headpiece out of felt and created a tail out of fabric and stuffed it for the 3D effect. The materials you will need for these Cinderella-inspired costumes are:

  • Black Pajamas
  • Red Dress
  • Grey Felt
  • Light Grey Felt
  • Green Felt
  • Yellow Felt
  • Pink Felt
  • White Pipe Cleaner
  • Black Fabric
  • Grey Fabric

Ursula & Flotsam/Jetsam – The Little Mermaid

To create these Ursula and Flotsam/Jetsam costumes, we started with clothing from Primary.com as the base. For Flotsam’s costume, we simply used teal pajamas for the body and created a headpiece out of felt.

For Ursula’s costume, we used a white onesie and dyed it quickly to make it a lighter purple. For the tentacles, we used a black dress and sewed tentacle shapes by cutting the dress bottom and sewing purple felt to the other side. We then stuffed each tentacle to give it the 3D effect. We added a shell necklace out of yellow felt. The hairpiece was made out of white yarn. The materials you will need for these Little Mermaid inspired costumes are:

Winifred Sanderson and her Spell Book – Hocus Pocus

To create these Winifred Sanderson and her spellbook costumes, we started with clothing from Primary.com as the base. For Winifred Sanderson’s costume, we used a purple and green dress. The green dress was placed on top and cut open. We added details to the green dress with gold ribbon, beads and glitter paint. For her hair, we used pumpkin spice felt.

For the spell book’s costume, we used brown pajamas underneath the costume. The book was made out of cardboard and we covered it in brown suede fabric. To create the bulges we used hot glue underneath the fabric. The stitches are just little pieces of twine glued on to the “seams”. The silver accents are made out of hot glue and silver paint. The eye was made out of a foam ball and felt. We added shoulder straps for the book out of brown felt.

The materials you will need for these Hocus Pocus inspired costumes are:

We really hope you enjoyed these pop-culture villain’s costumes. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Subscribe on YouTube for more fun content like this.

Slinky Dog Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Slinky Dog Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Disclosure: This tutorial was sponsored by Primary.com and they provided clothing to create this costume.  This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links I receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like […]