Choco Treasure, chocolate with a surprise inside {GIVEAWAY}


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Spring is here, so Easter is just around the corner. With Easter comes family time, yummy treats and egg hunts. The history of Easter eggs, begins with the egg. The egg symbolizes the beginning of life and since early times, Easter eggs were decorated as a form of respect for new life. Of course, candy and sweets were always a part of any Holiday, and the first chocolate Easter egg appeared in the early 1800s.

So this year why not make your egg hunt game extra special with Choco Treasure, chocolate eggs with a toy surprise already inside. Plus they are the only legal chocolate egg with a toy surprise inside available in the US. Just in time for Easter, Choco Treasure came out with an expanded collection to include a limited edition Hello Kitty and Penguins of Madagascar series, along with their Sports Balls and Original Eggs.

Choco Treasure

My son enjoyed the taste of the premium Swiss milk chocolate outer eggs shell, and the surprise toy inside made it a two-in-one special fun, treat activity for him. Because of the hard to open egg, and internal toy packaging, Choco Treasure is safe for kids of all ages. Choco Treasure is great for more than just Easter, and can be a fun reward chart item or birthday party favor, personalized to kids’ individual interests.

Choco Treasure toy suprise

All of the Choco Treasure themed collections are comprised of 15 to 18 different toy surprises such as 3-D puzzles, water squirters, figurines, full decks of mini playing cards, stickers and spinning tops! H thought his suffer dude figurine was nice and he can’t wait until easter to find out what other toys he might receive in his next Choco Treasure eggs.

Hello Kitty Choco Treasure

Choco Treasure is available at retailers nationwide including Dylan’s Candy Bar, Target, World Market, Dollar Tree, Albertson’s for $1 – $1.49 per egg, or in a box of 12 at Buy them for yourself, give them as gifts and even party favors.

Chocolate and Toy Suprise

The best part is Choco Treasure is teaming up with My Strange Family to provide a variety of 5 cases of Choco Treasures, a value of over $60 to one luck reader!

(5) Variety cases of Choco Treasures

To enter please leave a blog post comment- Go to and let me know what is your favorite Choco Treasure toy surprise?

For additional entries, please leave separate comments for each!

  1. Like My Strange Family on Facebook
  2. Like Choco Treasure on Facebook
  3. Share post on Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway. Sample tweet:

“Enter to win FIVE variety cases of Choco Treasures for Easter. #ChocoTreasure via @mystrangefam”

Giveaway starts today through Monday March 30th 12pm EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only and Choco Treasure is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck!

A morning at the Maui Ocean Center


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When you are in Maui, and need a few hours out of the sun or rain, the Maui Ocean Center, also known as The Hawaiian Aquarium, is a cute little place to check out. All of the animals and sea life here are from Hawaii. The marine park is designed to help visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii’s marine environment. I think the price is a bit high for what the Maui Ocean Center has on offer, and the location is kinda within a strip mall, but the kids had a blast and were ready to go once we made our way through. A morning well spent to tire the kids out when on vacation.

The top five highlights of the Maui Ocean Center

  1. Living Reef
  2. Turtle Lagoon
  3. Tide Pool
  4. Sea Jelly Gallery
  5. Open Ocean

Maui Ocean Center MapThe Maui Ocean Center was not crowded on the day we went, so the kids were able to get right up close to the tanks and get unobstructed views of all the animals. The Living Reef is beautiful and full of colorful fish and coral, all from Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Aquarium Living ReefThe Sea Jelly Gallery was like looking at a dream.

Maui Aquarium Sea Jelly GalleryThe tunnel on the Open Ocean section is filled with sharks and rays swimming all around you. Just like being undersea without having to get wet.

Maui Ocean center Open Ocean Tunnel

The Maui Ocean Center is Open daily from 9am to 5pm, located at 192 Ma’alaea Rd in Wailuku, about 20 minutes from the airport, so perfect if you have an elementary school aged kid and need a place to hang after hotel checkout before your flight out. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Gazebo Restaurant in Napili, Maui


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The Gazebo restaurant in Napili Maui, is a small, thirty table, hidden restaurant, within the Napili Shores condos not far from Kaanapali. The view at the Gazebo is picture perfect, and it is right on the ocean front adjacent to Napili Bay. If you are lucky enough, like we were today you might even spot a whale or two off of the coast. Napili Bay Maui Gazebo opens at 7:30 am and closes at 2 pm, expect a 20 to 45 minute wait no matter when you go. They do provide coffee while you wait, and the kids had fun running around on the hill in the condos. We got there at 7:15 am and were easily seated by 8 am, so the table turnaround time is fast. Napili Shores condos MauiThe Gazebo has the same menu through all of the hours they are open, serving only breakfast and lunch. The portions are huge, so I would recommend ordering a few different things and sharing. The kids got their own white chocolate Mickey Mouse pancakes, and my husband and I shared the Macadamia nut pancakes and fried rice with grilled pineapple, and an egg on top. We were stuffed with tons of food leftover. Gazebo Restaurant Maui So if you are in Maui the Gazebo is a great little breakfast spot right on the coast, just be prepared for a wait. To learn more about this restaurant, check out their web page here.

Foodstirs an afternoon of tasty fun


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Snow day, spring break, nap-time for the baby, upcoming holiday? Whatever your reason, it is always a great and tasty afternoon of fun if you have Foodstirs. We tested out the Brownie Popsicle Kit and they were so delicious and very easy for my 4 year old and myself to make together. He loves making things from scratch and helping me in the kitchen, but so many times we don’t have all of the ingredients or tools to make what he is dreaming.

What is Foodstirs?

Foodstirs are food crafting kits that help children get comfortable and creative in the kitchen while teaching them basic cooking skills. The kits are themed to provide your kid with an experience not just a product. In one afternoon my son explored, worked on counting and measuring, and fine motor skills. Our Brownie Popsicle kit was delivered directly to our home, and H could not wait to start cooking.

Foodstirs kids cooking kit

Everything you need to stir up an edible masterpiece

  • dry ingredients for the sweet project
  • colorful and easy step-by-step sweet recipe for the food craft and a bonus healthy
  • dinner recipe (All recipes are less than 8 steps!)
  • skill sheet
  • specialty cooking tools and craft supplies

My Strange Family BakingMy son did the pouring, cracking the eggs (do you know the trick to cracking eggs? bang two eggs together and only one will crack. Works every time and perfect for kids to participate.) and mixing. I think he thought it was done at this point and was a bit sad when I had to explain the mixture now needed to bake and cool, before we could decorate and eat.

Brownie Popsicle FoodsitrsI used PaperChef Parchment Paper to line the pan, so the brownie would come out of the pan easily. Once the brownie was cooked and cooled he used the provided heart shaped cookie cutter to make a few hearts and then I cut up the rest to make rectangles. We also stuck the brownies with popsicle sticks for fun eating. The Foodstirs kit also provided the indigents to make a sweet frosting and sprinkles to go on top of the brownie popsicles.

Brownie Kit FoodStirs

Do you think he loved it?

I sure did and so did my husband, all of the brownie popsicles were eaten within the week of making them. The Foodstir kits had more than enough ingredients to probably even make another half portion of brownie popsicles. For more information or info on how to order your own Foodstirs kit click here.

Top 25 words of a 20 month old


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My daughter talks, and talks a lot, but most of the time I have no clue what she is babbling about. She speaks in full sentences, but I can only pick out a few words here and there. Enough that I can understand her needs and wants though. She has mastered the 25 most common words for a toddler, and uses them in the correct context, so I am not worried about her speech at all. I decided to make a cute archival video of her saying her top words and phrases, used over and over all day long.

Words of a 20 month old

Here are lilStrange’s Top 25 words of a 20 month old, how many can you figure out?

Listed in order are my 20 months old, Top 25 words:

  1. Her name
  2. Mommy
  3. I love you
  4. Mema
  5. Papa
  6. Hello
  7. Open it
  8. Please
  9. Yummy
  10. Good night
  11. Dada
  12. Her brothers name
  13. Poo poo diaper
  14. Apple Seeds
  15. Banana
  16. Water
  17. Bottle
  18. What?
  19. Baby
  20. Mickey Mouse
  21. Elmo
  22. Choo Choo
  23. Happy Birthday to you
  24. E I E I O
  25. Cheese

Cute, right? Have a nice Wednesday.

Saturday in the city


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The best part of living in NYC is we are never short of things to do on the weekend. However, this past Saturday, the amount of things we did went above and beyond a normal Saturday in New York City. So, to keep it all straight I decided to put a timeline post together of our Saturday, accompanied with photos.

  • 7am The kids wake-up
  • 9:30am We leave the apartment (picked up lattes on our walk)
  • 10am bowling at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, for Time Out Kids birthday bash. This whole Bowlmor location has been completely renovated with laser tag, a ropes course, updated arcade, perfect for a NYC kid birthday party. #BowlmorKids

BowlmorKids NYC

  • 11am Soccer class

Soccer Chelsea Piers

  • Walk a few block in the cold and check out the ice on the frozen Hudson river.
  • 12am Learned all about the new YouTube Kids app that makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. Plus hang with Sesame Street puppeteers and characters. #YouTubeKids

YouTube Kids

Sesame Street YouTube Kids Elmo and My Strange Family

  • N A P T I M E / L U N C H T I M E

  • 5pm Checked out the new show The Light Princess, at the New Victory Theater. This show had acting, singing, great costumes and kept my sons attention for the whole 70 minutes. Playing now through March 8th 2015 in NYC, perfect for kids 5 and up. #LightPrincess

The Light Princess

The Light Princess Ashley Monet

  • B A B Y S I T T E R / D A T E N I G H T

  • 7:30PM Watched Every Brilliant Thing, a one man show staring Jonny Donahoe at the Barrow Street Theater. This show has tons of audience participation, and is about depression (but so not depressing to watch) and the lengths we go to for those we love.

Every Brilliant Thing Barrow Street Theater

  • 9pm Have one drink at Sushi Samba 7
  • 9:30pm Seven year wedding anniversary dinner at Sushi Nakazawa, this twenty-course omakase sushi meal is the best we have ever had in NYC and highly compares to other sushi places that we have been to in Japan.

Sushi Nakazawa NYC Nakazawa Sushi

    • G O O D N I G H T

Lets just say we did not do as much on Sunday. How Was your Saturday?