This post was sponsored by Eggo but all opinions are my own.
There was a time in my life when the thought of using an emoji to communicate with another human being was entirely unlikely. They seemed so middle school girlish and there weren’t even that many good ones to choose from.
And then, two things happened: Apple stepped up their emoji game, and my kids grew up.
I don’t know if you’re aware, but trying to have a conversation with a teen boy in life or via text can, at times, be a struggle. They’re perfecting the pretend-to-listen-but-actually-not-listen life skill that will take them into adulthood while also dealing with distractions (probably a YouTube video), disinterest (they can’t care about the chores you want them to do after school or 98% of the things you say that don’t have to do with food), and hunger (it is a common state of being for the average tween/teen dude it seems).
To engage them in conversation, I am battling with all of these things for their attention. If I get it, I often consider myself lucky, and if I get any response other than uh-huh and ok, I consider myself winning. On the days when I am blessed with a story featuring details and excitement, I like to die and go to heaven.
Texting makes all of this even more of a challenge.
Let me show you an example of a text conversation I had with my 14 year old son recently. Please note, I am using the word “conversation” here loosely…
They have become a viable way of engaging in conversation with my children that allows me to understand more accurately how they are feeling, particularly when it comes to my 11 year old who seems to loathe spelling. And typing. And reading. And lots of things, honestly.
He can send me a hearty eyed face and a thumbs up to tell me without much effort that he loves me and is having a good day.
Even with all of the emoji additions to the iOS keyboard that have come our way in recent years, there is always room for emoji expansion.
Rewind back to a few of weeks ago.
Possibly you recall seeing Dude 1 and I in California for a super secret mission we were on in San Jose?
We were hanging with the family and soaking up the sun and being super incognito about our whereabouts and goings on.
Our big adventure had to be kept under wraps until now and I am so super excited to share it with you!
We got a behind the scenes tour of the never-seen-by-the-public Eggo Waffles factory where the real Eggo waffles are created!
We got to see the actual factory floor (including the tasting area), chat with actual waffle professionals, hang with a team of waffle lovers, and learn about the over 60 year old process behind creating Americas favorite breakfast food that was developed by 3 brothers way back in the 50s.
It was all very Willy Wonka-ishly secret and amazing.
But, because I’m no Sluggworth, I’m not going to share any photos or secrets about what we saw in the actual factory making area, but I will tell you a few things: one, that place smells amazing, like from the moment you pull up outside your nose is filled with buttery waffley goodness. Two, their whole process was super intriguing to see and Dude 1 and I found it pretty cool that three brothers came up with just hanging out in their garage. Like they were all starving and trying to figure out how to eat more delicious foods or something. And three, in addition to experiencing Eggo making in the trenches, we got to get our hands dirty with a little project of our own!
We entered the Eggosphere, where we were armed with toasters, Eggo waffles, and every topping you could think of. Then, we were tasked with creating the next great thing coming to your emoji gardens: EGGOJIS!
With our own hands and lots of taste testing for quality assurance, we created Eggoji people that you actually will be able to use to express yourself.
The app, which recently launched, is available on iOS and Android and features some of our personal creations, digitized, and app-ified so that you can to take your emoji game to the next level.
Pretty cool for my emoji loving kids AND me!
Plus, every time he wants to say he’s starving or that I am awesome, he can do it with waffles and know that we helped make that!
Download the Eggoji keyboard app here and start communicating with Eggo’s you’ll actually be willing to share
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