From September this year, Kinder Chocolate will be calling on Aussie and Kiwi families to share one of their kids' cutest moments as the world famous Face of Kinder competition makes its debut, giving four children in Australia and two children in New Zealand the opportunity to appear on their iconic packaging.
The nationwide competition, launching September 5, celebrates the special and unique moments families share everyday with their children. To enter, parents and guardians of children between the ages of 3 and 10 should submit the cutest story of their young ones, along with a photo of the child. Grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends of the children are then encouraged to vote for the child's entry for their chance to win.
The new Kinder Chocolate packaging will go on shelves in July 2018.
With the help of celebrity judge Jules Sebastian, six winners will be chosen from the top 100 entries, shortlisted by the Australian and New Zealand public during the voting period. The winners will embody the traits that give kids their cute and carefree nature; innocence, playfulness and a no--‐holds barred attitude to life that's free of inhibitions.
Jules Sebastian, a busy mother, wife and stylist, said it's important to capture precious moments with your children.
'As a mum it can be really tough, and it's important between the tantrums and tiredness to take a second to appreciate the cute moments we share with our children"
'Face of Kinder allows Aussie and Kiwi families to acknowledge these special moments and as a judge I'm thrilled that I will also be able to share these"
The final six children of the Face of Kinder competition will be selected in December this year and will see their faces appear on packs when product goes on shelves in July 2017, across Australia and New Zealand.
Entries are open from September 5 to November 7 2016 and the Australian and New Zealand public will be able to vote for their favourite entries during the voting period from September 5 to November 14 2016.
Question: What is the Face of Kinder competition?
Jules Sebastian: The Face of Kinder competition celebrates the special and unique moments families share everyday with their children. Six winners will be chosen from the top 100 entries, shortlisted by the Australian and New Zealand public during the voting period. The winning stories chosen by judges will embody the traits that give kids their cute and carefree nature; innocence, playfulness and fun.
Question: How does it feel to be a judge for the Face of Kinder competition?
Jules Sebastian: I feel very excited to be a judge for the Face of Kinder competition and, like most parents, I appreciate how important those cute moments with children are and how essential it is to cherish those special memories. I'm thrilled that I will be able to share these cute and funny stories with everyone.
Question: What are you looking for from entrants of the Face of Kinder competition?
Jules Sebastian: We are on the lookout for stories that make us smile and tales that embody the cute and carefree nature of kids. We all love hearing stories about kids' innocence and playfulness and the Face of Kinder judging panel will be searching for the stories that make us laugh in recognition.
Question: Can you share with us some of the wonderful things your boys have said or done?
Jules Sebastian: As you can imagine, I've heard a lot of hilarious and gorgeous things over the years, but a memorable one for me was when Hudson was younger. I was putting him to bed and as I leaned in to give him a kiss, he reached out to touch my face, really looked into my eyes and said -you're beautiful mum'. It absolutely melted my heart.
Question: How do you celebrates and these cute moments?
Jules Sebastian: Everyone has their own way of celebrating the cute moments they experience with their kids, but if you've seen my Facebook or Instagram page, you'll know I'm guilty of sharing photos of Hudson and Archer! I love to celebrate the adorable things they say and do everyday.
Question: What's a typical day like, for you?
Jules Sebastian: I'm up at 5.30am with the kids to get them and everything else organised for the day. I then leave for work, which often involves me running around visiting showrooms and picking up garments for clients. Following lunch, upcoming events or dress fittings will occupy most of my time. Then come 4pm I'm back with the kids for the entire night.
Question: Can you provide some of your organisation tips for being a busy working mother?
Jules Sebastian: I'm still finessing the busy mum schedule and I don't think there's a perfect recipe, but if there's one thing I've learnt, it's sticking to a routine. I'm a stickler for routine. I like to know what's coming in the day, so when the boys were babies it was like clockwork. Lunch for example was the same time every day at 12pm. It didn't matter where we were in the world, at that time of the day, that's what was happening. Still 4.5 years in I'm still the same.
Question: Do you have any Spring Carnival dress advice?
Jules Sebastian: There are some rules to follow when it comes to the races, so make sure you look up the rules for each race day. They are all slightly different to each other, so make sure you get it right for the day! Pop some fold up shoes in your handbag because it is a guarantee that your feet will be on fire by the end of the day and no one wants to be the girl who leaves carrying her shoes! Most of all, have fun, and try to choose something you know you can wear all day!
Question: What's next, for you?
Jules Sebastian: The Face of Kinder competition judging day is coming up on 18 November, but I've also been really busy working on different styling projects with some fun clients. I'm currently rounding up Tea with Jules for the year with some special guests expected on the show and gearing up for Myer Carols in the City for The Sebastian Foundation. Then I'll be on a holiday!
Interview by Brooke Hunter