How Lucky Are You?

When it comes to luck…..I have only won one thing in my life.  When I was in elementary school I put my name in a contest to win a 100 pound chocolate egg from a local chocolate store.  It was a big Easter promotion for the chocolate shop in order to entice young kids into their store after seeing the 100 pound chocolate egg sitting in their store window.  I went to the store every day and entered my name into the contest (all the while purchasing other chocolate treats for myself of course).  I was distraught when I found out that I was going to be out of town with my family on the day of the draw.  One of the contest stipulations was that you HAD to be present during the draw…..at the time I thought it was a silly rule…..but now, after putting on my marketing hat, I totally understand why the store had that stipulation 🙂

I am sure you can expect where I am headed with this…..I DID win the contest but I wasn’t there to claim the prize.  I was devastated to hear the news upon returning from my family vacation.  BUT, now that I am older and wiser I am so happy  that I in fact didn’t win the 100 pound chocolate egg….imagine the sugar rush I would have had…..all the pimples I probably would have gotten….and I probably would have gained about 100 pounds from eating all that chocolate.

From this experience I learned two things…..first off, persistence pays off and secondly NO child needs a 100 pound chocolate egg!!!!

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We are excited to tell you about the Kinder® Surprise 2014 promotion of Kinder® Crack’n Win®.  This is a fun promotion designed to celebrate the launch of their new toy collections.  There are over $2.4 million in instant prizes to be won and entering couldn’t be easier! Keep an eye out for specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® Classic and Pink products in stores.

Inside each specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® egg, you will find a PIN embossed on the toy and/or toy leaflet within the capsule.

Once you’ve found your code, entering the contest is super-duper easy.  Simply visit the Kinder® Canada Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/KinderCanada/app_758013124212966  (and “Like” the page, if you haven’t already ) , enter your PIN code (along with some additional information as required) and click “Check Your PIN”.

What is up for grabs, you ask? Well, one lucky Kinder® fan could drive away in a Fiat 500 POP!  As well, 2 lucky Kinder® fans could win a family trip to Orlando!  Ahhhhh….sweet sunshine and warmth, how I’m missing you.  But, that’s not all!  Over 27,000 Kinder® fans could win a family night out to the movies, and 201,000 fans could win a free Kinder® treat!  Who could ask for more? 🙂   This is definitely better than willing a 100 pound chocolate egg, that’s for sure!!!

“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”

What an Egg’ Citing Month Ahead!

Langley 2-20130313-01211Hey Parents, just in case you haven’t had a moment to get your chicks……I mean ducks in a row, Easter is coming early this year!  That’s right, it lands on March 31st instead of the first weekend in April.

Each year we always take a family trip to Papa and Grammas’ house to celebrate Easter with the Aunties and Cousins.  It’s a big family affair and Papa always puts on a big Easter Egg hunt that keeps the kids occupied for hours. Somehow the Easter Bunny always knows to go to Papa’s house instead of our house. This might have something to do with the kids writing said bunny of Easter a lengthy and pointed letter each year to remind him of our Spring vacation plans and the change of venue.  Adding to the excitement are special touches like Mr. Bunny leaving a foot print trail around the house so the kids absolutely know that he’s been there. You try crinkling up your foot into the shape of a bunny paw…sheesh, the things we do to keep traditions alive. I am a bit concerned that my husband seems to be as shocked as the kids on the paw print trail and I may have to have a heart to heart discussion with him over the viability of human sized magical rabbits.

Seriously though…embrace Easter and make it fun fun fun. It’s a great time to celebrate Spring and all the wonderful renewal the mother earth goes through at this time of year.  Plants, flowers and baby animals are part of the season. One great tradition for us is the morning wake up to little hollow plastic eggs with secret notes inside scattered around the homestead. Open the egg and read a rhyme that tells the kids where to look for some seasonal presents.  The presents can be hidden anywhere from inside the dryer to outside in the backseat of the car. The adventure is more in the finding than the little trinkets that make up the booty.  A pack of Easter stickers or a bag of Kinder Mini Eggs is always a favorite.

To cap the day, decorating eggs at is always a fun activity for the whole family.  Kinder Surprise has come out with a fun Egg Decorating Kit that is handy and easy to use and works well for all ages.  My daughter loves to make tie-die eggs and then sprinkle glitter on them….the glitzier the better! From her perspective. If your short on ideas you can always visit the Kinder Easter Gallery and discover Kinder goodness to help provide you with thoughts on how to make your children’s Easter special.

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Kinder Surprise is always putting on a fun “Shake and Win” contest on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/KinderCanada starting March 4th with 1,000 free Kinder® Mini Eggs coupons and 1,000 free Kinder® Surprise® 100g Egg coupons up for grabs over five straight weekdays!.

Also, if you visit the Kinder Surprise Facebook page 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.

Have a great Easter from us at Survival4Moms!

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.”

A Joy to Share

My cousin is celebrating a big birthday this Easter. Her 50th lands on Easter Sunday and it gives our family the perfect excuse for a get together and celebration. Eighteen of us from three generations will gather for a slap up Easter lunch at the local farm restaurant.

Being so far away from my family for 10 years I missed a lot of family occasions (some joyful: my Dad’s 70th and my parents’ Ruby wedding anniversary, some not so: the funerals of my Nan and my uncle). I missed my cousins’ children growing up and my extended family also missed the birth of my babies and only saw them a handful of times so this will mean a lot to me.

This holiday our family is lucky enough to be together, but other families are less fortunate and not just because they’ve decided to live 5000 miles away from their loved ones. When you learn about moms like Dominique who’s baby Liam was in NICU for 92 days you realise just how fortunate you are:

“He was on oxygen, he was tube fed, and he spent his early days in an incubator to keep him in an environment that was dark and warm. It’s important that babies born as early as Liam are handled as little as possible, so it was 3 weeks before we were able to hold him for the first time – and what an amazing moment that was!”

This Easter KINDER® is partnering with Children’s Miracle Network to encourage us to value the time and experiences shared between mother and child – not just around the holidays but all year long.

On the KINDER® Canada Facebook page moms like Dominique who have been affected by and benefited from the work of the Children’s Miracle Network will be sharing their heartfelt stories and experiences. Visit; read the stories; share your own. It’s a chance to reflect and teach your loved ones about what it means to help others and support those less fortunate this joyful season.

The Kinder ‘A Joy to Share’ campaign is supporting Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals, and you can too, by purchasing KINDER® Seasonal Easter Products like the KINDER® Easter Egg Hunt Kit and the new KINDER MIX, which comes with an adorable plush toy.

We’ve decided that it would be ‘A Joy to Share’ some more KINDER® SURPRISE® eggs with our blog readers. For a chance to win a 24 pack of KINDER® SURPRISE® eggs, leave a comment below telling us how you plan to celebrate Easter with your loved ones.

For bonus entries:

Be sure to leave a separate comment below for each of your bonus entries. (Please include links to Tweets and Pins)

  • Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only
  • Winner will be drawn at random
  • Giveaway closes April 2nd, 2012 (please note prize will not be delivered in time for Easter weekend)

“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.”