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… 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!!!!


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  (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”


It’s worth waiting if you’re meeting royalty

“How did this happen?” I asked myself more than once a hundred times as we waited in long line-up after longer line-up at Disneyland. It was Spring break. How did we end up at Disneyland during Spring break when our little one was only two? Bad planning, that’s what. Being a Brit out of water I was under the misconception that US and Canadian school holidays were like the British ones that I was used to – basically everyone has them at the same time, give or take a day here or there. So when I’d Googled ‘Sping Break dates’ and booked our holiday NOT to coincide with them, I didn’t realise that Spring Break varied from state to state and in fact our visit to Disneyland coincided with what seemed like the holidays of most of North America. The place was heaving.

I’ve been to Disneyland a few times as a teenager and adult, but this was my first trip with my own child and I was so excited to be there with her. Pickle was 2 ¾ and, like most little girls her age, a huge princess fan. I just knew she was going to love it! Yet I couldn’t believe Disneyland was the busiest I had ever seen it. I was astounded that we needed to queue for 30-45 minutes for the classic kiddie rides in Fantasyland. We bit the bullet and got into our first line-up waiting over 30 minutes for the Mad Tea Party after which our little Pickle turned round and asked “Can we go home now?” My face fell, my shoulders slumped, my heart dropped. This was Disneyland and she wasn’t enjoying herself – she wanted to go home!!! After that my hubby embarked on military operation ‘She WILL enjoy Disneyland’. We scampered round the park making full use of the FASTPASS system; while one parent took her on one ride the other parent would be in the line-up for the next one and we’d pass Pickle over the fence. It was exhausting, but worth it to see her delighted little face as she experienced the rides without experiencing the waits.

DSC_0057Towards the end of the day we still had the Princesses to visit, but the queue was over an hour’s wait. By this time Pickle was having a blissful nap in her stroller so I paced up and down to keep the nap-inducing-stroller-motion going and Hubs got in the queue and dutifully waited…and waited. By the time we got to the official red roped off entrance it was nearly 5pm and the royal ladies were about to go off and attend to their princess duties for the evening. We were among the last royal visitors of the day. We gently woke Pickle up and told her she was about to meet the princesses. I will never forget her face of wide-eyed wonderment as she stood waiting her turn and the look of pure joy as she raced into the arms of Belle. It was well worth the wait. When I look at the photos of my joyous toddler that day I’m reminded of the fabulous time she had on her first Disney experience, not the hours we spent in line ups (much).

4-princessI know my little Pickle would have been delighted to find the new surprises hiding in pink Kinder Eggs this month are Disney Princess collectibles! In fact, both your Princess and Superhero fans will be happy with the new specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® packages because in two out of the three eggs they’ll find a limited edition Princess or Marvel Super Hero toy. Take a peek at the new toy collections on Kinder’s facebook page.

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.