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The Little Red Wagon…

Pal and Bridget

Think back to when you were a little child. Was there a toy that was very special to you? For me it was my Fisher Price Little People (back when they were made out of wood) and my stuffed animals. In fact I still have the first two stuffed animals I was ever given – Pal and Bridget. Pal is in bad condition. In fact, he doesn’t even have a piece of hair left on him. I THINK he was dog at one point because he used to have long ears.

I loved my toys. I loved them a lot. I was fortunate that my mom and dad provided me with a lot of great toys over the years.

One of my favorite outdoor toys was my my Radio Flyer tricycle. I wrote that bike all over – the front yard, the driveway and up and down our road. Once I put a great big teddy bear that I had on my Radio Flyer tricycle and took it to a hilly part of our road and let him ride down. My poor bear ended up with dirt and tar all over his feet which I was never able to clean off. None the less I had a great time doing it.

You can even make out my Radio Flyer tricycle in the background of this picture of me. I have another photo of me riding the tricycle but off hand I don’t recall where that photo is.

Tricycle

One thing I always wanted as a child, but never did get, was a Radio Flyer red wagon. I’m sure many people know exactly what wagon I am talking about. It’s the classic red wagon that is seen in many books and old photos from years go by. The wagon looked like this;

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I wanted the Radio Flyer red wagon because there was a book I loved to read called Kittens for Kim where Kim (a boy), had a wagon he used to carry around some kittens and other fun things. I also used to love to read my father’s Dick and Jane books and Dick and Jane had a little red wagon.

Books

I thought it would be fun to have a little red wagon of my own. I would use it to carry around my plush friends and take them on adventures with me. I also secretly wanted to sit in it and ride it down the hill on our road, which is probably why mom and dad never got me one. LOL.

I’m an adult now and in the back of my mind I’ve always longed for that elusive little red wagon that I always wanted as a child. I know I would be able to play with it like a child would, but I still think it would be fun to use it as a decoration. I have seen people display potted flowers on a red wagon. I love that idea, except we don’t have a yard or any place to display it.

As odd as it sounds owning a little red wagon was on my “Bucket List.” It was just something from my childhood that I always wanted and I someday wanted to finally get one.

That day is now.

Radio Flyer sent me a little red wagon, but there is a “twist” to this – it’s a miniature version of the little red wagon. It’s the very same Radio Flyer little red wagon that I always wanted, except it’s itty bitty. It’s just the right size for a toddler to pull around or to use as a decoration.

As luck would have it the little red wagon arrived the day before my husband and I went on a quest to find him a new water jug. We checked out a few stores. In one store there was a toy section. My husband and I love checking out the toys (we are big kids). As we were looking around I came across a plush tiger. Right away the tiger looked like one of my favorite comic book characters – Hobbes from the Calvin & Hobbes comic series. I love Calvin & Hobbes so much that I am planning on getting them tattooed on my ankle as soon as I have the money for it.

Incidentally Calvin and Hobbes rode around in a little red wagon. Maybe its kismet with me and the little red wagon?

I had the perfect place for my new plush friend – in my Radio Flyer little red wagon which I am now proudly displaying on my bookcase.

Radio Flyer and Hobbes

@ Bill Watterson

@ Bill Watterson

Now my childhood wish for a Radio Flyer little red wagon has come true. And on top of that I found a way to pay homage to one of my all time favorite comic book characters.

I’m a very happy person right now.

Radio Flyer wagons have come a long way since I was a child. They still carry the classic little red wagon, but in addition they carry some really cool wagons that are ideal for toting along your children whether it’s around town or on vacation.

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Check out the Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon. It’s the only folding wagon for kids to ride in. It’s big enough for two children to ride around in comfortably. It even sports 4 cup holders, seat belts (which is important) and a removable canopy to protect little ones from the elements.

My kids would have LOVED to be driven around in this wagon. I wish this was available when my kids were younger.

When my kids were younger we had to push them around in the stroller. It was not very comfortable for them, especially when they got older. Plus my kids felt confined and there were not able to move around as freely as they could in a super cool wagon like this.

There were so many times a wagon like this would have come in handy like parades, strolls around the lake, the county fair and even just taking a walk around town.

It looks like it might be hard to fold up but you can fold it up with just one hand.

Wagon

I haven’t seen this wagon in person but it looks like folded up it should easily slip into a standard size truck for easy transportation.

If you have ever traveled with a toddler you know how easily they tire out. Having a wagon like this is not only fun for the children, but it is also less stressful for the parents. Parents won’t have to listen to little one whine and complain about being tired or their feet hurting, and they won’t have to carry their child around on their person.

Check out this brief video about the Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon.

 

The Radio Flyer EZ Fold Wagon is for children ages 1 1/2 and up. It retails for $199. That might seem a bit pricey but this is a product you will find many uses for (you can even us it to haul other things aside from little ones) so it’s more of an investment rather than an expense.

If I was little I think I might have wanted to have this wagon in addition to my little red wagon.

If you would like more information about the Radio Flyer EZ Folder Wagon or other Radio Flyer products please visit www.RadioFlyer.com. The brand is also found on the social media sites. All the links are found at the top left of their home page.

Do you currently own, or have you ever owned, a Radio Flyer product? Do you have a favorite product? Do you have any fond memories involved Radio Flyer products? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a mini little red wagon in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

 

Hershey's Easter Basket

I can’t believe in just a few short weeks it will be Easter. It seems like just yesterday we were putting decorations on the Christmas tree.

Christmas and Halloween are popular holidays, and rightfully so. It’s fun to decorate for those holidays, not to mention all the candy and holiday treats. Personally I find that Easter is also a wonderful holiday. It might not be known for it’s decorations, but it’s certainly a fun time to be with family and friends.

When I look back on my childhood the one thing that stands out the most to me about Easter was the time that the Easter Bunny brought me an Easter basket made out of solid chocolate. Both the basket and the handle were made out of solid chocolate. If that wasn’t sweet enough, there was plenty of chocolate and other goodies inside the basket.

I was in such awe of the basket. I was just a little girl at the time and I couldn’t believe that the Easter Bunny brought me such a spectacular basket.

The Easter Bunny left the basket at the front door. I wanted to move it to the playroom (family room) which was downstairs. As I was walking down the stairs I tripped. The basket flew out of my hand and landed on the floor which was made out of tile. It shattered and there was chocolate EVERYWHERE. So much for my amazing chocolate Easter basket.

Easter Basket

As a parent I have always looked forward to the holidays, especially Easter morning when my children first laid eyes on the goodies that that Easter Bunny brought them.

One year for Easter I wanted to surprise my kids with a 5 foot blow up Easter Bunny. It was not one of those lawn decorations. It was a decoration you used inside. We didn’t have a bike pump so I had to blow it up with my mouth. It took HOURS to blow it up. Then after I blew it up I discovered that is had a leak in it. Ugh! I was so disappointed. At least my kids had the opportunity to see it before it lost all of it’s air.

I know that Easter is all about the candy for children, but my husband and I try to limit the candy and give them other items as well. Not only that, their grandparents would give them Easter baskets overflowing with candy. My husband and I would give the kids a book or two, coloring books, new crayons and a small toy. As they got older we swapped out the coloring books, crayons and a toy for a DVD.

Don’t get me wrong, their baskets also had plenty of chocolate bunnies, Hershey’s kisses, jelly beans and a Cadbury egg. 🙂

Easter Egg Hunt

One fun thing we love to do on Easter is visit Grandpa and Grandma and have an Easter egg hunt. My kids are teenagers now so it’s not so much of a thrill as it was when they were younger. When they were little they couldn’t wait to visit Grandpa and Grandma so they could hunt for eggs.

The eggs always contain some candy, and occasionally some change (quarters, nickles, dimes). One year my mom put the eggs out the day before which happened to be a hot day. By the time the kids did the egg hunt the next day all the Hershey miniatures and Kisses had melted. Worse yet, some of the chocolates melted around  the money that was in the egg with them. We had to wash all the money off in the sink to get the chocolate off of it.

One year it was pouring rain on Easter. My father didn’t want to disappoint the kids so he hid the eggs in the basement. Needless to say that was a bit of an odd Easter egg hunt. All the kids were afraid to stick their hands into the little nooks where the eggs were hiding because they were afraid of spiders or other creepy crawlies. LOL!

As a mom I always looked forward to dressing my kids up for Easter. One year a friend of mine made my daughter a dress. It was a bit big on her but she still looked adorable.

Easter Dress

Aside from the Easter egg hunt at Grandpa and Grandma’s house we have other traditions too. We always color Easter eggs. Even though my kids are teenagers now they still have fun coloring eggs. I hope that is something we can do together until they are grown and on their own.

Another tradition that I have been doing since I was a little girl is making the Easter Bunny Cake. The cake is so simple to make – and that is coming from someone who is not much of a baker.

The only hard part is cutting the wedge to make the head and tail. Other than that the cake is super simple to make.

Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

Ingredients:

  • Cake Mix (pre-made/boxed is fine)
  • White Frosting (pre-made or you can make your own)
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Candy (for decoration)
  • Bunny Ears (make them out of paper).

Directions:

1. Bake the cake according to directions in a round cake pan. Once baked let it cool.

2. Once cool cut the cake in half. Try and make it as close to being half as possible otherwise you’ll have a lopsided bunny.

Easter Bunny Cake Half

3. Frost the top of each piece, then put them together to form an upright half circle.

4. This part is tricky – about 1/3rd in on the cake cut a wedge (triangle shape). This will create the head as well as the tail.

5. Take the small piece of cake that you cut off and place it on the opposite side of the cake to form the tail. You can use both pieces or just half of it. I usually use half.

The tail fell off just as I snapped the picture. It was attached.

The tail fell off just as I snapped the picture. It was attached.

6. Carefully frost the entire cake, including the area that you cut open. Make sure to frost the tail piece and adhere it to the cake. Sometimes it sticks on it’s own. Other times you might need a toothpick.

7. Once frosted cover the entire cake in shredded coconut. This gives the bunny the appearance of “fur”.

8. Cut out bunny ears from paper and place them on the top of the head. Next, using candies, create a face for your bunny.

9. In a small bowl place some shredded coconut and a few drops of green food coloring. Mix well then spread the green coconut around your bunny to make it look like he’s lying in the grass. This part is optional. You can also add more candy around the grass for more decoration too.

Easter Bunny Cake 2

Easter Bunny Cake 3

Easter Bunny Cake Face

The face on our Easter Bunny Cake always turns out different. This year my kids thought it would be fun to use real baby carrots. My son shoved one into the cake to make it look like he was eating it.

Other fun treats you can make are decorating cupcakes to look like mini bird nests (after all, Easter is in Spring) or decorating cupcakes to look like mini Easter Baskets.

My kids made mini Easter Baskets using licorice as the handles (you can cut put paper handle too). Then they used frosting to make the side of the basket and stuffed the basket with various candies.

Easter Basket Cupcake

You can also decorate cupcakes to look like bird nests with shredded coconut. One way is to tint the coconut with green food coloring. Another way is to put some shredded coconut into a frying pan and CAREFULLY cook it (moving it around constantly) until the coconut turns brown (toasted). This method gives the nests a more realistic appearance.

I like to use Cadbury Mini Eggs to decorate the nests.

Bird's Nest Cupcake with Toasted Coconut

These are so cute and SO EASY to make. I think the bird’s nest cupcakes would be nice to serve at parties including Baby Showers (use pink, blue and yellow eggs).

Baby Shower Cupcake

Easter is a wonderful time to create special family memories. It’s something that we look forward to every year. Even as my kids get older it doesn’t mean that the holiday has lost it’s magic. It will always have a special place in all our hearts and I know my kids will carry the memories of decorating eggs and Easter egg hunts with them for the rest of their lives. One day I hope to share the magic of Easter with my own grandchildren.

Do YOU have any special memories about Easter? Do you have any traditions that you do every year to celebrate the holiday? Is there a special recipe that you enjoy making to celebrate the season? I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post and share your Easter memories with me.

 PAAS Eggs

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.