Watch “Confessions of an International Smuggler”

A few weeks ago, I received a message from Angela Barrus.  She asked for information about our Free The Egg campaign for an upcoming speech.  We decided to that a phone call would the most efficient way to share information.  And what a phone call it was!  Angela is a gifted speaker, a fantastic conversationalist, and fun…so fun.  My husband now calls her my sister in Washington.  We spoke for a long time and could have spoken for hours more.  It’s not just the chocolate egg, people, this is a kindred spirit!  A Kindered spirit?  😀

So – the speech.  There is an event in Seattle called “Ignite Seattle”.  I love their tag line, “Enlighten us, but make it quick.”  From their site:

Ignite Seattle, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses the power of short-form storytelling to grow a thriving community centered on the exchange of diverse stories and challenging ideas. We are almost entirely volunteers and the majority of proceeds from tickets sales and sponsorships go directly into our events and related programming.

Our mission:

Provide a fun and supportive forum for sharing diverse ideas, hearing challenging stories, and building a community of curious and open minded people.

Use the power of storytelling as a tool for entertainment, education and to bring people together.

Teach our speakers and our audience the skills of storytelling and public speaking. All our speakers are offered professional speaker coaching and we teach public workshops open to all.

We are the 2nd largest open submission public speaking event in the Pacific Northwest, and 3 times a year we gather in the Great Hall at Town Hall Seattle, forming one of the livliest and most supportive audiences in the world to hear interesting people tell interesting stories.

The Ignite format: each speaker gets 20 slides, for 15 seconds each (for a total of 5 minutes), to share a story, teach a lesson or share a passion. It’s an evening of curated discovery and our format helps speakers to be concise, focused and engaged.

It’s not easy to make it onto the Ignite stage, but our Angela did it!  She did an excellent job sharing her hilarious story of when she almost smuggled Kinder Eggs into the USA.  Of course she didn’t know it was illegal because any sane person would find banning chocolate eggs to be stupid, insane, and ridiculous.

But don’t take my word for it.  Watch Angela yourself!  And, don’t forget, sign the petition to help #FreeTheEgg!

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Confessions of an International Smuggler

Mark your calendar!  Thursday, October 3rd, gather the family around the ol’ computer and watch as my new found kindred (or is it Kinder?) sister, Angela Barrus, shares her incredible – and hilarious! – experience smuggling Kinder Eggs into the US.  She’s such a criminal…

Angela’s 5 minute talk will be a part of “Ignite Seattle” (Ignite Seattle, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses the power of short-form storytelling to grow a thriving community centered on the exchange of diverse stories and challenging ideas. We are almost entirely volunteers and the majority of proceeds from tickets sales and sponsorships go directly into our events and related programming.).  

Click on this link to watch!  The talks begin at 7:30.  They saved the absolute best (Angela, of course!) for last!

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Kinder Eggs ARE Still Illegal

We are still hearing from excited US consumers that Kinder Eggs are now legal in the United States.  Please, share this post on your social media!  Kinder Eggs are still illegal!  The product sold in the Unite States is Kinder Joy.  It was not made as a replacement for Kinder Surprise Eggs.  It is a different product that has been available in other countries for over a decade.  The Joy is legal because the toy (and they are the same ultra-cool toys as Kinder Eggs) is not “hidden” inside the confectionery.  It’s a scoopable chocolate.  I personally love them, but they ARE NOT Kinder Eggs.  If you have someone who thinks you’re a wackadoodle who is ignorant of what’s real news, share the article below with them.  It is taken directly from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.  Look at “Tip 7″. ” Kinder Chocolate Eggs remain prohibited as they are not compliant with FDA regulations.”   Illegal, illegal, illegal.  (And ridiculous!)  If they still don’t believe:  take them over the border, have them buy an Egg, and then nark on them when you get to the US border.   (Just kidding – Kinder Egg fans don’t let friends get arrested.  Be nice.  Eat an Egg with them and then go back home.)   #FreeTheEgg

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/cbp-offers-tips-expedite-cross-border-travel-vermont-during-busy-easter

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I <3 my Kinder Egg pusher.

Broke the law today and bought some Kinder Eggs.  None of us choked.  #itsamiracle

 

 

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Over halfway!

We are over the halfway mark on the petition! If you haven’t begged and harassed your friends, family, coworkers, and complete strangers to sign the petition yet, please do! Everyone needs The Egg. #FreeTheEgg https://www.change.org/p/cpsc-remove-the-ban-on-the-ferrero-kinder-surprise-egg

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Stayin’ Alive

Sorry for not posting lately! My mom sent me this video and I cannot stop laughing! This guy’s laugh is hilarious!

Share the petition! ❤️

https://www.change.org/p/cpsc-remove-the-ban-on-the-ferrero-kinder-surprise-egg

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Yep, these are safer. ?

Sorry it’s been crickets here. Not much to report. The Egg is still illegal. 😉

So today I’m out shopping with the family for school shoes. (Don’t get me started on shoe shopping. I have three daughters and a husband who runs marathons. The man goes through running shoes quicker than a toddler goes through training pants. And THREE girls with THREE different shoe sizes and THREE different styles. Shoe shopping is torture.)

As we were (hallelujah) leaving, I see this:

Someone explain to me, please, how a hard-shelled, cavity starting, teeth breaking, jaw dislocating, bigger than a child’s fist piece of gum is safer than a Kinder Egg? There’s no warning label for age or mouth size or anything. The only thing between a knuckle-headed kid and these dentist calling cards is a quarter. I can’t even look at the picture without my jaw throbbing.

I want my chocolatey Egg.

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