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This post was sponsored by Kinder Joy, but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

This is the first year my son and I will be spending Easter away from home.  It’s a bitter sweet feeling, because on one hand I will be back in Oaxaca with my parents celebrating ‘Pascua’ the way we did when I was a little girl.  But on the other hand, I’m going to miss spending that weekend with my siblings here in LA.  Every year, we all get together either at my sister’s or at my house, eat, and have the kids run around the backyard Easter egg hunting.  It’s the best time.  I will have to admit that it’s going to be so great being a guest at my parents’ house, though. My mom is the best DIY crafter in the world and I know she is going to do the most.  She is also the best cook, and it’s going to be so great being taken care of for a change.

But I don’t want my travels to take away from my son’s Easter experience.  The feeling children get when they find a hidden egg is priceless.  This is also why I love Kinder Joy so much. They are really the perfect Easter treat and toy.  Aside from their egg shape, Kinder Joy is a treat like no other, with two separately sealed halves – a treat side made of two creamy layers and a second half containing an exciting mystery toy.  Also, how great are the paint brush toys in Easter-themed Kinder Joy eggs?  Your little artists are going to LOVE THEM!  Because I am going to be away for Easter weekend, this year I am making an emphasis on Easter baskets.  Before we head out to Oaxaca, I want to make sure my son and I spend some time putting a couple of baskets together for the family. It’s fun to even hide some eggs around the house pre-Easter while we’re putting the baskets together.

This year, gather a few of your girlfriends and their kids and host your own DIY Easter basket get together.  It’s a great way to connect with your girls while all of your kids hunt through the house for eggs. Have everyone bring different items, and make it an event.  Giving away an Easter basket to your kids can bring so much joy into your life.  Trust me. Oh, and don’t forget to include a few Kinder Joy eggs in there!  Also, it’s a great way to include the kiddos in the tradition. If you do decide to host your own DIY Easter basket get together, let me know!  Snap a picture and tag me, I’d love to see your creation with Kinder Joy!

Posted on March 29, 2018 .

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This post was sponsored by Kinder Joy, but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

The moment I received the email telling me Kinder Joy would now be available on shelves in the US starting this holiday season, my mind immediately took me back to my home in Oaxaca.  I was face to face with 5-year-old Bricia again.  I remembered the feeling of joy as if I were there.  The moment my mom would finally cave in and bring home that velvety beautiful Kinder egg, waiting to be opened and eaten very slowly.  Some of my fondest memories were of me trying to figure out how to assemble the surprise toys inside with my mom and uncle.  I remember I loved displaying the assembled toys in my room, showcasing something I had achieved.

For the past 50 years, the Kinder brand has been bringing parents and children together by offering them delicious and joy-filled moments to share.   I couldn’t be more excited for this collaboration.  Kinder Joy is a treat like no other; it brings a whole new level of surprise not only to kids, but to us adults as well.

Sometimes we forget that we, too, were kids once.  I sometimes think, what would life be like if we embraced the kid inside of us every day?  I look at my son and the joy he finds in the simplest of things, amazes me.  I love seeing how curious and fearless he is.  As moms, we take on so much.  We are constantly worried about the smallest of things.  Let’s not allow the everyday little things to block us off from what’s real.  Allow yourself to find those moments of joy in the simplest of things too, and also please don’t forget to treat yourself!  Treat yourself like you would have liked when you were 5.  Remind yourself of what excited you at that age; what brought you the most joy when you were 5, 7, 10 years old?   Let’s run around, let’s jump in puddles and relive those innocent and most joy-filled moments of our childhood.  A happy mom, makes for a great mom.

Thank you Kinder, for allowing me to relive my childhood once again, for bringing me back to those memories and face-to-face with 5-year-old Bricia.  Digging into those two soft creamy flavors of milk-crème and cocoa nestled into the chocolate-covered wafer bites was just what I needed.  I am very much looking forward to once again displaying those assembled toys, but now[IB2] , in my son’s room, and to creating memories for him that will hopefully stay with him like they have with me.

Also, for all my screen moms – Kinder has launched Magic Kinder App, a digital world of fun and education designed to help families play and learn together through a wide range of engaging games, videos, stories and activities. It is completely free and can be accessed through www.magic.kinder.com, the iOS and Android app stores.  You can also access it through the QR code that is printed on the information leaflet that accompanies the toys inside the Kinder Joy egg.  Please let me know on the comment below how you are liking the app, I would love to hear your thoughts!  In a world where we can’t escape technology, I admire those companies who take it upon themselves to bring us quality and educational forms of entertainment.  Another reason why I love Kinder so much!


Posted on November 29, 2017 .