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“Family Time, Happy Time”

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This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and McDonald’s.

Contest is now over.  Congrats to entry # 77, Angel Jacklyn who was chosen by as the winner. Thanks to all who participated!

I loved taking a sneak peek inside the McDonald’s Brand and company during the McDonald’s Family Time Getaway in Oak Brook, IL.  The McDonald’s representatives could not have been more accommodating and genuine. McDonald’s invited our entire family on this event, what a treat!

We started our McDonald’s experience with lunch at a local McDonald’s Restaurant then spoke to the company’s top executives.  This was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  The women of McDonald’s were beautiful, smart and completely down to earth.  They told us their history with McDonald’s and the things they love about their job.  It was really priceless to hear from these women.

Another highlight of this trip was a tour of the Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House.  What an amazing organization.  The House is beautiful and helps so many people in need.  I think the whole room was brought to tears listening to the presentation.  I feel lucky to have been a part of it all.

One of my kids’ favorite activities was the “Taste and Tour Quality at McDonald’s:  A Family Sensory Experience and Look Behind the Counter.”  We talked with the quality control team and tasted some yummy breakfast items such as the Egg McMuffin, Apple Dippers and the McGriddle.  My kids were in hog heaven as the servers brought out all of these different items from the McDonald’s Breakfast Menu.

Another discussion that I enjoyed was, “Your Food:  From Farm to Restaurant.  This discussion was about how we as parents can feel good about the food our family eats at McDonald’s.  We talked to the Chicken Doctor who explained that McDonald’s uses only the white meat of quality chicken and also to the McDonald’s Nutritionist who showed us how we can mix and match menu items to equal 600 calories or less.  This was a great discussion.

McDonald’s Executive Chef Dan led a discussion about how McDonald’s menu items go from concept to restaurant.  It was amazing to learn how long the process is to actually get a new recipe on the menu.  There are extensive tests that are done throughout the country.  I loved getting a first taste of the fruit smoothies that are coming out soon and their newest menu item in testing…Fruit and Maple Oatmeal.  It was INCREDIBLE.  I would order it any day of the week!

The kids had a ball cooking with McDonald’s Chef Dan.  They got their very own Chef Hat, apron and had a chance to roll up their sleeves and make their own fruit kebabs and fruit smoothies.  This was a real treat.  Chef Dan and the other Chefs could not have been more kind.

McDonald’s truly went above and beyond for this event. The entire family loved it.  I feel lucky to have been a part to learn more about this incredible brand.


Be sure to enter the Family Time Happy Time Sweepstake for some fun prizes valued at $100.

One Winner will Win:

  • A Smile Tote Bag
  • $25 AMC Gift Card
  • $20 McDonald’s Gift Card
  • Fleece Blanket
  • McDonald’s Frisbee
  • McDonald’s French Fry Playing Cards
  • Monopoly Junior Board Game
  • Organic Lip Balm
  • McDonald’s Vintage Character T-Shirt
  • McDonald’s Stainless Tumbler
  • McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Set

To enter, leave a comment here on Picky Palate telling us… What is your favorite thing to do as a family?  Vacation, sports, reading books, cooking…anything, we want to hear it.

Eligible entrants can do up to two of the following options:

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  1. 1
    Shelley says:

    I love family dinners….one of the few moments we are all together!

  2. 2
    Beverly says:

    Family dinners are a must in our house!

  3. 3
    mandy says:

    we love road trips and reading together!

  4. 4
    Margaret says:

    I love traveling with my family. 🙂

  5. 5
    Shelley says:

    We love camping together!

  6. 6
    Adrienne Larkin says:

    Family Time is a must if that means family dinners, game night, traveling or camping together, it is a time that is treasured by all (especially me!).

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    Rachelle says:

    Well both our girls (ages 13 & 7) race mini dwarf & a Jr. Sprint cars so we get to go to the race track a couple times a month plus any public outings/races (such as the San Diego Fair). It’s fun & we all enjoy it.

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  9. 9
    Jamie says:

    Right now our favorite thing to do as a family is read or color. As my son gets older I think we will definitely enjoy going camping or going on vacations more. 🙂

  10. 10
    Kayce says:

    We love to go on long walks as a family- I think it helps that our little guy is still in a stroller.

  11. 11

    We love to walk to the park! We also love Sea World!

  12. 12
    Mami2jcn says:

    We love family vacations and eating out.

  13. 13
    Lisa Fink says:

    Our favorites things to do as a family all involve water – swimming, boating, fishing. We love summer!

  14. 14
    Dana Irvine says:

    I would have to say family dinners are really high on my list!! I also really enjoy just playing in the backyard with the whole family!!

  15. 15
    Anita says:

    Good family sun is an old fashioned wiener roast outdoors complete with wiener roasting sticks made out of wire coat hangers and of course Smores. Very simple but it is the good life for sure!

  16. 16
    Monica says:

    I love to play outside as a family. With two little guys, it’s always a special time.

  17. 17
    Trayc says:

    We like to go swimming in one of the community pools!

  18. 18
    Cheryl says:

    We love spending our time on a family vacation at the pool or the beach usually!

  19. 19
    Jackie L says:

    Our favorite thing to do as a family this summer is bike riding !! It’s fun and a good workout!!!

  20. 20
    Courtney says:

    My favorite thing to do as a family is eat dinner together.

  21. 21
    rvnpoe says:

    I love just talking with my children in bed! Great time to get to know them more!!

  22. 22
    Lane says:

    We love to go on vacations together…the beach, the mountains..anywhere! 🙂

  23. 23
    Mishelle says:

    My kids and I go to out neighors pool so that I can throw them through the air into the pool – no seriously, that is my job. I hear “Throw me Mommy, Throw MEEEEE!!!” the whole time. Even the neighbors children say it too! Lots of laughs and a good workout too!


  24. 24
    Becky B says:

    Our favorite family thing is to go to the movies. We are absolutely obsessed with seeing movies on the big screen.

  25. 25
    Stacy says:

    Everything..meals, playing outside, reading together the bible and other books everyday. We love the beach but have only been a few times in the last 15 years. We like to do our grocery shopping together and then stop in at McD’s!!

  26. 26
    Mellisa W. says:

    We love to play games. Thanks!

  27. 27
    Danyelle says:

    We like to go get ice cream.

  28. 28
    Erin says:

    We love to go on day trips!

  29. 29
    Janssen says:

    My baby is only four days old, but so far we really love sitting around staring at her and telling each other how DARLING she is 🙂

  30. 30
    Alessa says:

    I love talking walks before sunset almost every day with my little ones. It helps set my mind in a good mood.

  31. 31
    Marcie Lamb says:

    We love to play games together. We try and find things all my kids can do. We have such a great time! Lots of good memories 🙂

  32. 32
    Victoria says:

    Doing anything together is great to me, but I love being on the boat 🙂

  33. 33
    Cynthia says:

    My favorite thing to do as a family is just to go out to a new restaurant and eat … there’s just something really special about it. 🙂

  34. 34

    Since my family is still very small (but we’ve got a little one on the way!) My husband and I love going hiking together or on little adventure trips outdoors. We hope this continues with kids, though we know it will be different.

  35. 35
    Tara says:

    We love to take bike rides together! FUN!

  36. 36
    Kathy Apple says:

    I would have to say swimming or waterpark fun. This year, we haven’t been able to go on a vacation – but, in the past this is what we have loved to do.

  37. 37
    Christi says:

    We love to sit down and watch movies with a bowl of popcorn!!

  38. 38
    Suzanne says:

    My favorite family time is when we are at home, just hanging out and goofing off. Usually very spontaneous and fun.

  39. 39
    Courtney says:

    We love to go swimming at Grandma’s as a family.

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    Wendy Fugal says:

    We love to go on walks to the local zoo.

  41. 41
    Amy Nelson says:

    Movie Nights are a big thing for our family! We also LOVE to go camping and ride the 4 wheelers!

  42. 42
    Kylee says:

    We love to go camping. No distractions like cell phones, tvs, PSPs, or computers – just us, and the open air.

  43. 43
    Melissa S says:

    We love to go to the beach!

  44. 44
    Ilene says:

    I love going on family vacations – it’s a great way for us to just unwind and enjoy each others’ company!

  45. 45
    Holli says:

    Our family loves to go on bike rides!!!

  46. 46
    Lauren G says:

    As a family (meaning, my husband and I) cook, bake, and walk together. Snuggling is pretty up there too.

  47. 47
    Mary Jacobowitz says:

    I love going to the movies with my family.

  48. 48
    marissa says:

    We love going to the park, spending the day watching the boys play and even packing a lunch! Simple days can be the most fun 🙂

  49. 49
    Nina says:

    We like to go camping together.

  50. 50
    Teddi says:

    Our favorite is Sunday nights…we call it “Popcorn Night” – we watch a family movie together and eat air-popped popcorn. The best!

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