Daddy Goggles Archive

A Diaper Bag That Parents Don’t Have to Carry

If your toddler is old enough to walk but still in diapers or pull ups, and you’re tired of lugging around a traditional diaper bag, then invest in a Skip Hop backpack instead. No, not the backpack diaper bag for adults. The kids backpacks. I don’t remember the exact reason why we bought one, but we ended up putting all of the usual diaper bag necessities in the Skip Hop and making someone carry her own stuff. It’s turned out to be the one of the best diaper bags we’ve bought. Now the only thing you have to hold is your kid’s hand.

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Blotting Your Food Can Save Thousands of Calories

Have you ever picked up a slice of pizza and noticed the grease puddles? If the answer is yes, did you eat it anyway or blot it with a napkin? If you ate it, you may want to consider blotting in the future. According to an article on mentalfloss.com, blotting pizza can save approximately 35 calories per slice. A study by Labdoor Magazine went even further and determined that blotting a slice of pepperoni pizza could save 4.5 grams of fat per slice, which equals 40.5 calories from fat per slice. With the average American consuming approximately 87 slices of pizza each year, blotting off the excess grease would equate to 66 slices. At 117 calories from fat per slice, blotting reduces that figure to 76.5. Over the course of a year, you would save just over 6,600 calories from fat.

I’ve blotted pizza and it’s insane how much grease and how many napkins you can use up. It’s a fun experiment, if you’re into that sort of thing. So if blotting pizza can save calories and fat consumption, then I started to wonder what else I could blot. I chose McDonald’s breakfast. Would removing excess grease and fat would make me feel better about consuming high caloric food?

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Songs I’m Not Ashamed to Like

Before my daughter was born, I mentally prepared myself for the days when I’d be driving somewhere while bumping some Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and any other popular nursery rhyme or kid song. I won’t lie. The sing along car rides can be fun and it’s great bonding time. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, my daughter has her own playlist in my Google Play Music account. Surprisingly, she chose very few children’s classics. I don’t know if that’s a win or a fail on my part. Aside from the songs that we introduced to her, she’s found some songs on her own by watching cartoons. A couple of her favorites are LEGO Friends and Strawberry Shortcake. I have to be honest though, a lot of the songs from those shows are catchy. Some by design while others have grown on me. I’m looking at you, Sofia the First.

The first time I heard one of them, I was making dinner and not really paying attention to the show. I just remember thinking to myself, “Hey this song’s pretty cool. Where’s this from?” And then I found out…

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Frozen’s Let it Go

For some reason, the song Let it Go from the Frozen soundtrack is adored by all of the little princesses out there who watched the movie. The official music video on Youtube has over 537 MILLION views, and the sing-along version has over 827 million! How crazy is that? It goes without saying that any parent with a young daughter is likely tired of hearing, listening, and singing along to that song. That definitely applies to me, but something happened during my last trip to Disneyland. I heard a different version of the song and now I can’t stop listening to it!

If you’ve watched World of Color Celebrate at Disneyland’s California Adventure, you’ve probably heard it during the show. But did you notice it? The version that’s played during World of Color has a different arrangement. The background music is played by an orchestra. If you like watching serious movies with dramatic scores and emotional music, this version of Let it Go will likely appeal to you.

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Free Unlimited Storage for All of Your Phone Pictures

When you get the low storage warning on your phone, it can be a pain trying to figure out what to delete. It’s likely that the main culprits are photos and videos. Some Android phones have the option for expandable storage so that’s one possibility. iPhone users are out of luck there. Without any options for expandable storage, you have to backup your photos in the cloud or on a computer before you can delete those files to create some additional space. Google Photos is probably the best cloud option, and it’s free.

Google Photos offers unlimited storage for all of your photos and videos on your Android and iOS devices. The only restrictions are that photos are limited to 16MP and videos are limited to 1080p HD. Saving higher quality files will result in out-of-pocket costs. The free option won’t downgrade the picture quality so your pictures will still great on your phone, tablet, or computer.

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Google Play Music – A Better Time Out

Google Play Music is a monthly music subscription service that offers some interesting benefits for parents. With your paid subscription, you get access to Google’s music library of over 35 million songs, ad-free listening, offline listening capability, YouTube Red, and the ability to upload up to 50,000 songs from your own library.

With such a large online library of songs, there are plenty of options for your little ones, like Baby Genius, nursery rhymes (Rockabye Baby FTW!), and even Disney collections. My daughter has her own playlist and I’m constantly adding new songs to it. She has songs from Frozen, LEGO Friends, Pitch Perfect, Snow White, Gummi Bears, Dora, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and of course her favorite, Taylor Swift.

The biggest Google Play Music benefit is YouTube integration. This really sets it apart from its competitors, Apple Music and Spotify. YouTube has such a huge library of children’s content, both old and new. Being a child of the 80s, I appreciate being able to find and watch clips and full episodes from that magical era of cartoons.

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