Kinder is Hopping this Easter. #KinderMom

My six-year-old’ s eyes are open as wide as can be and her jaw drops to the floor in awe, as my four-year-old makes a b-line toward me. My daughters just heard me open a huge box in the next room. In the package is a basket filled with Kinder chocolate Easter goodies. Their hands smothered it so fast before I could even unwrap the cellophane.

That is the magic of Kinder chocolates in our house. They arrive for special occasions and the just-because-days. This Easter we do not have any plans, no gatherings to attend. We sometimes travel to a friends or close families. Lately, we just go with the flow of where our spirits take us.
One tradition that we have carried on with our children is a household egg hunt. My husband’s memories at Easter were filled with searching for eggs loaded with clues written by the Easter Bunny. He and his sibs would race around the house and backyard looking for the next clue. Even though our kids our young, the ‘Easter Bunny’ always puts on a great hunt. And yes, we have chocolate for breakfast.
If you like chocolate as much as we do, be sure to like Kinder Canada on Facebook. For the month of March, for every Like they are donating one dollar to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Here are the details:
http://www.facebook.com/KinderCanada

Support to Children’s Miracle Network: Sharing is caring. This is what the celebration is all about for KINDER® Canada, who will be donating $1 to Children’s Miracle Network of Canada for every new friend of their Facebook Page from March 1st to 31st, up to $25,000. Yet another reason to root for a great cause by bringing joy to children across Canada!

Easter Bunny is coming near you!
Keep your eyes tuned to the Kinder Facebook page for Harry Bunny Tour dates near you. The Bunny will be giving FREE samples of Kinder Mini Eggs.

New Kinder® Easter Gallery: You’ll be delighted to discover Kinder goodness you’ve never seen before such as the Kinder® Surprise® Egg Painting Kit or the Kinder® Mini Eggs in 35g format with their brand-new ‘Easter’ Gallery on Facebook. So many treats to discover! Our Toy Gallery will also show off our (10 BIGGER!) ‘Easter’ toys found in their Kinder Surprise Maxi 150g and Kinder Surprise 100g!).

Please note: Unlike Kinder Surprises, the Kinder Mini Eggs are not nut-free as they contain a milky hazelnut centre.

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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A New Kinder Year, a New Contest!

Barbie and  Hotwheel Kinder

I am watching my 4 & 6 year-old daughters race away in the delight of their new Kinder Eggs. In one hand is the Pink Barbie Egg and in the other is a Hot Wheel Egg. They eat the delicious chocolate egg shell and hand over the surprise inside for us to discover the toy. The looks on their faces remind me of my own childhood excitement to open the Egg.

I think back to being a kid and recall that girls were told that Barbie’s and Easy Bake Ovens were the must-have toys. Boys were encouraged to race their Hot Wheels and play trains. As the decades melded into forward thinking, I love being a mom now. My girls can choose their own way of playing and with what they play with. If they want to play Barbie, great! If they want to race a Hot Wheel car to win a Race Cup, super!  Girls can play with both ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ toys. The choice is theirs.

I have loved being a part of the Kinder Canada campaign over the past year.  Play time, sharing and empowering kids is the core of creative thinking.  Also, I love having fun along with them.  I know my children are crafting the memories they will hold close through their adulthood.

To kick off this amazing launch, our friends at KINDER® Canada will be giving away 40 KINDER® Barbie™ Hot Wheels™ Prize Packs which is only exclusive to Facebook. Prizes include Barbie™ and Hot Wheels™ toys as well as a pack of 24 KINDER® SURPRISE® eggs. Starting on January 10th, for four weeks, you will be able to participate in our KINDER® Barbie™ Hot Wheels™ contest simply by becoming a fan of Kinder Canada and by following the instructions on Facebook.

Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Random Acts of Kindness – How We Share and Give Back

The holiday season approaches and may encourage some households to make their annual donations to their respective charities. It may include cash, food or items they no longer need. We used to just think about giving back and sharing before becoming parents. Then, it became more about teaching our children to give year round. We have giving and sharing traditions all through the year with Random Acts of Kindness.

Purging the House

In April, August and November of every year we purge our house of what we do not use. The kids love going through toys to share with another child. The reason why we pick those dates are because April is post winter, August is before our kids’ fall birthdays and November as it is before Christmas.

Mom’s Job Perks

One of the gifts of being a freelance blogger is the products that are sent to me from clients. From books, to Kinder Eggs to gift cards we discuss as a family who to share the perks with at the time. Our sweet youngest girl, who has autism, loved sharing a box of Kinder Eggs with her class in pre-school on her birthday. Weeks later, her classmates have included her in playtime.

Daily Kindness

Frequently, my kids delight me in how they share and give to others. My oldest needs no reminder from me to open a door for a senior citizen or mom with a stroller. She is known to offer a kind word if she sees another kid sad on the playground. My youngest gives her headlight bright smile to anyone who needs it. She may not have a verbal word to give but has a gentle spirit.

Through our parenting our children, my husband and I show our gratitude of our life. Collectively as a family we have had our challenges as have those kids in the support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

I am very excited to tell you all about KINDER®’s ‘A Joy To Share’ program. KINDER® Canada is very proud to support the Children’s Miracle Network, who has been helping to save and improve the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals since 1983.

To kick off the sharing, our friends at KINDER® Canada will be giving away 7,500 coupons to enjoy their delicious Kinder® Mini Eggs, for free on Facebook! This giveaway will begin today,November 26th, and will last for 10 weekdays, giving out 750 coupons each day at 12pm ET. Like them on Facebook now as it is exclusive to their community.

Have you watched the Martin Family story on our Facebook page? Please “share” it with your friends and family to help encourage donations to the Children’s Miracle Network. For every share of the video, Kinder will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network, up to $5,000. Tell us if you know of other inspiring CMN stories like Leah’s.

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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A Kinder Birthday


Armed with a big box of Kinder Eggs, I walk with my almost four-year-old into her pre-school class. She has had a hard time transitioning into letting me leave her at pre-school. With her sensory issues we are grateful she has a support worker to help. It is challenging for her to make friends in general.
So when the box showed up this morning, I thought what a great idea to celebrate her birthday by sharing them with her classmates. The kids are wonderful with her. Her teachers have been very supportive on what she needs in class. It’s time to thank them.
I snuck them into the teacher’s special hiding spot. They will give them out at snack time. As I leave the building, my daughter kisses me goodbye. I can’t wait to hear how the eggs went over.
Two hours later I arrive to pick her up. As I slip into the room, I hear the kids singing Happy Birthday to her. I had to bite my lip from letting a few tears slip. We pack up to leave. As we zip her jacket, all of her fellow students came over to thank her for the eggs. As she looks up to a few of them to make eye contact, my heart stops. Amongst her challenges is that she is socially delayed. For her to make eye contact to acknowledge the kids is awesome to say the least.
Thank you Kinder Canada for making my bonus daughter’s birthday special.

Sharing is one of our favorite ways to play.

What are some of your favorite ways to play?

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Find them on Twitter @KinderCanada
Disclosure: I am participating in the Kinder Mom campaign with Mom Central Canada and Kinder Canada. I have been compensated for this post. However opinions on this blog are of my own.

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Sweet March Break

My favorite day of March Break is the first morning you wake up without the alarm. There is no scramble to clothe, clean and feed the kids to race out the door on time. Part of the morning madness is my three-year-old who doesn’t like early rise. Many mornings I get her dressed to wake her up. Her older sister will be by the front door ready to go to kindergarten.

Pouring a hot cup of coffee and sitting down on the couch to watch a PBS show is a treat. TV is on rarely in the mornings, but when you are on vacation the rules are broken. We take our time. In the past we would stay in our pajamas for as long as we could. Before we knew it was mid-morning.

I used to think that it will be tough to fill the ten days of Spring Break. Then, we fly through it. The reason being is I do not plan a thing. We make up the day as we live it. We do not have the funds to spend a lot, but our girls do not care. I have many ideas in the morning on what to do each day. Such as:

  1. If the weather is horrible, we may have a movie marathon in our pjs. We will picnic for lunch while watching a family flick.
  2. If the weather is beautiful, we get outside as fast as we can. Often we go to two local parks in one day. When the kids are hungry, we picnic for snack time so they can go back to playing right away. Lunch at home and then quiet time filled with books or art time. Then, back outside to play in the backyard or the park again.
  3. Quite often the local library will have programs on for preschoolers through grade school aged kids. They are a great mix of story time and dancing for free.
  4. Play dates are a beautiful thing. We utilize the week by calling friends we haven’t seen in a while. I get precious adult time while the kids play.
  5. When their daddy is off from work we spend quality family time together by taking day trips. Another favorite is to have ‘dates’ with our girls separately. Spending one on one time with each girl is very precious and allows us to really hear one another. I treasure those dates.

I relish the time I can slow down with my daughters to enjoy their moments. Sometimes include the eating of chocolate and build the toys in Kinder eggs.

I have the distinct honor to be partnered again with Kinder Canada. We have enjoyed our eggs and the time stands still while we play with the toy inside.

Take a sneak peek at the latest 2012 toys by liking Kinder Canada on Facebook. Through February upload a picture using Kinder Moments application and you will be entered to win $500 to your next staycation.

Disclosure: I am part of the Kinder Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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My Kinder Moments

Just in time for school, Halloween and every occasion, Kinder comes out with a wonderful new Facebook application called Kinder Moments. If you have a holiday pic or a just-cause pic, you can upload your picture to Kinder Moments to frame it online.

When this announcement came I began looking through my Facebook album pictures for a moment I wanted to share. I came across the one below and was taken back in time. The cold January day had us a little stir crazy at home. When the sun came out I bundled my two- and-a-half year old and ten-month old daughters out for a walk to the store for some groceries.

On the way back, my oldest begged to stop at the park. I was already cold and had a million things to do at home before dinner. I relented when I had seen her keen face. My youngest was barely crawling at that point. So, I nudged her in the toddler swing. It was a little hard to do considering her snow pants and winter jacket.

Just then, my oldest ran across the park screaming “I want to push my sister!!” I was hesitant because I was concerned she wouldn’t do it slow. I stood by, ready to jump. She faced her sister and started to push her sister nice and slow. The squeals coming from my youngest jolted me to get my camera. When I hit click I realized I captured a pure sister moment. I almost felt like I was intruding. The swing lasted for a few moments. Then, in true toddler fashion, they were done.

It is a few years later from that precious day as I play around with the application of My Kinder Moments. My view is, I would have preferred an easier landscape vs. portrait option smoother. I did love how fast and easy it was to navigate and post to Facebook to share with my friends and family.

Thank you to Kinder for making this Moment perfect.

Have you liked Kinder on Facebook? Look on the left side of the page is a tab labeled My Kinder Moments; this is where you can frame your Kinder Moments. And this month there is a prize!!

Every time you load a picture this month, you will be entered to win $500 gift card to treat yourself to a new Fall Wardrobe. I can’t win as I am a #kindermom but would love for my friends to win.

Disclosure: I am part of the Kinder Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.