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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:

a)      Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b)      Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c)      Blog about this promotion and leave  the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d)     Follow one of the links at and provide your email address and your response to the sweepstakes prompt

See Official Sweepstakes Rules HERE

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Please leave any questions you might have about the trip or McDonald’s here as well.  Thanks!!

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  1. 101
    suzanne says:

    We love going to the beach

  2. 102
    Mandy says:

    We love going on road trips as a family. Affordable and fun!

  3. 103
    Erin says:

    Our favorite thing to do as a family is take long walks. Our triplets are still tiny so we are able to go for long walks together a lot!

  4. 104
    Wehaf says:

    We love to go hiking with our dog.

  5. 105
    Sara says:

    I love to travel and go to new restaraunts….

  6. 106
    Christine W says:

    Our family loves to have game night complete with popcorn. It is just nice to have a time when we can have conversation as a family and enjoy each other’s company. I never did play games when I was growing up, and so I am making up for lost time.

    Thank you,


  7. 107
    Christine W says:

    B) I tweeted about this giveaway

    Thank you,


  8. 108
    Christine W says:

    I followed the Bonggamom link and answered her question about a memory that I had involving McDonald’s. For my daughter’s third birthday, she wanted us to buy her her own McDonald’s. Debbie always did dream big.

    thank you,


  9. 109

    Our favorite family activity is going camping once a year. It helps us get back to nature and to just enjoy the beauty of the earth. this year we couldn’t go because of a much needed new pellet stove, so we could have heat, but we have already picked out our destination (Beth Page in VA) for next summer.

    frugalmdmom at comcast dot net

  10. 110
    Pamela says:

    Going on family vacations are so much fun!

  11. 111
    Emily N. says:

    We love taking vacations. Even short overnight getaways are a fun way to spend time together!

  12. 112
    Steph says:

    traveling! and cooking dinner.

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    Shannon says:

    Looks like a great trip and so nice to know all that McDonald’s does too! Great prize pack!

    We love going camping together!

  15. 115
    Marla Adams says:

    Our family loves to have Family Game Night. Card games, board games, snacks, and lots of laughs!

  16. 116
    Jessie C. says:

    We love cook together

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    Katherine C. says:

    We love to go swimming together.

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    jules says:

    I love family vacations-whether small scale (beach) or large scale (Disneyland)-but mostly, i just love hanging out with my fam-BBQs, etc.

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    sarah oswald says:


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    Lindsay says:

    Summer means family time. Some parents groan at the thought of the kids home all day, but I love family time. My family tries to take a walk around the neighborhood every single night of the week. It is great bonding time and we get to talk about each of our day’s while getting excercise so we can eat McDonalds and not feel bad!

  24. 124
    Alice Gaffey says:

    We like to sit out in the yard at night and star gaze. It is magical.
    It is especially marvelous during a meteor shower.

  25. 125
    SANDY says:

    playing an walking

  26. 126
    Laura Owens says:

    Reading to my kids was always one of my favorite things to do…now I am reading to my grandkids. And I am lovin’ it!

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    Michelle Stice says:

    Favorite family activity is outdoor time. Whether it’s camping, fishing, or just playing in the yard. We love the outdoors.

  29. 129
    Lisa says:

    Our favorite thing to do as a family is sit around, talk, and laugh.

  30. 130
    Jami says:

    We love to read and have family movie or game nights.

  31. 131
    Becca says:

    It sounds/looks like you guys had a fabulous time! We love going to the lake for family time!

  32. 132
    Elaine Sweet says:

    Nothing beats a family vacation. We enjoy getting out in the great outdoors and enjoying as many different experiences together that we can.

  33. 133
    sandra says:

    we love to ride our bikes

  34. 134
    Joely says:

    We try to play outside as much as possible during the summer!

  35. 135

    We love to travel to interesting places to see the World’s Largest EVERYTHING!

    Lana @ ilovemy5kids

  36. 136
    Tomi says:

    We hit the BMX track near our home. Usually, I’m the only mom on the track but I don’t mind. It’s good, quality family time and my kids enjoy it.

  37. 137
    Becca Q. says:

    We love hanging out at home..whether it is playing in the yard or wrestling on the living room floor.

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    liz barton says:

    I was a single mom of 2. We lived the lives of baseball and softball and the games were always at night and no time for dinner. So fast food for us was a life saver, and the lower prices saved us from the poor house. And I always made a game of “who’s turn to pick where we ate”. It was a special time just the 3 of us that I will always treasure.

  39. 139
    Katie Green says:

    My family likes watching movies together and playing outside.

  40. 140
    Lisa V says:

    I love to go to the beach and enjoy the rays (sun) with my family.

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    Christina says:

    What a fun trip.

  42. 142
    Becca says:

    we like to do family activies together, like visiting a zoo or going to an aquarium

  43. 143
    Lorie says:

    What a fun experience!

  44. 144
    Albina Ferreyra says:

    My husband and I love to read books to our daughter while she takes her bath.

  45. 145
    Cathie Husen says:

    As a family in these very trying financial times, we love to swim and eat out in our own backyard!

  46. 146
    Lori A. says:

    Our favorite is family game nights. We have so much fun talking and playing.

  47. 147
    Lori A. says:

    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  48. 148
    Lori A. says:

    I entered the sweepstakes prompt that popped up
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  49. 149
    Lori A. says:

    I followed the link to Bonggamom and answered my memory about the playground at McDonald’s when I was kid – Grimace, Mayor McCheese, etc.
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  50. 150
    Amanda A says:

    We love having dinner and a movie as a family – we eat picnic style on the living room floor while we watch a movie we can all enjoy!

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