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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

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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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  1. 1
    Shelley says:

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

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    Beverly says:

    Family dinners are a must in our house!

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    mandy says:

    we love road trips and reading together!

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    Margaret says:

    I love traveling with my family. 🙂

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    Shelley says:

    We love camping together!

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    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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    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. 🙂

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    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.

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

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    Mami2jcn says:

    We love family vacations and eating out.

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    Lisa Fink says:

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

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    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!!

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    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!

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    Monica says:

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

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    Trayc says:

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

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    Cheryl says:

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

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    Jackie L says:

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

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    Courtney says:

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

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    rvnpoe says:

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

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    Lane says:

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

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    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!


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    Becky B says:

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

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    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!!

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    Mellisa W. says:

    We love to play games. Thanks!

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    Danyelle says:

    We like to go get ice cream.

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    Erin says:

    We love to go on day trips!

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    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 🙂

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    Alessa says:

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

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    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 🙂

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    Victoria says:

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

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    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. 🙂

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    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.

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    Tara says:

    We love to take bike rides together! FUN!

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    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.

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    Christi says:

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

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    Suzanne says:

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

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    Courtney says:

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

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    We love to go on walks to the local zoo.

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    Amy Nelson says:

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

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    Kylee says:

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

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    Melissa S says:

    We love to go to the beach!

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    Ilene says:

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

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    Holli says:

    Our family loves to go on bike rides!!!

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    Lauren G says:

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

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    Mary Jacobowitz says:

    I love going to the movies with my family.

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    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 🙂

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    Nina says:

    We like to go camping together.

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    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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    Jena says:

    we just like to hang out together. Sometimes we go out of town. We want to do a staycation, and get to know where we live better

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    Sylvie says:

    Camping or going to the beach, except I hate sand. I love the water but hate the sand!

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    Traci says:

    We spend a lot of time camping together in the spring, summer, and fall months. This is a great experience with not only our little family of four, but usually extended family members as well.

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    Niki says:

    Cooking together!

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    My favorite thing to do as a family is head to the amusement part for a fun filled day. Nothing better than being relaxed and having an extra special time.

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    beene31 says:

    Our favorite thing to do as a family is our nightly after dinner walks around the neighborhood. It’s great to get outside, but it’s also nice to spend time together without any distractions.

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    Jen says:

    We love to have “date nights”– one person gets to pick the meal and the activity for everyone. Needless to say, they range from McDonalds and swimming to fancy resurants and Broadway shows!

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    Kim T says:

    We just love to spend time together! We fight for family time – making sure that we have time to talk and relax together weekly!

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    Kim T says:

    also commented on suburban turmoil’s post about this awesome give away!

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    mel says:

    We love to pick a hotel to go to in the summer & have fun ordering room service & playing at the hotel pools.

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    Vicki says:

    i used to live in a town right next the “hamburger university”, i would have loved to have a tour like that. now i live in georgia, miles away.

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    Karen M says:

    My family and I love to go camping every summer. Our favorite spot is Jellystone in Mexico, NY. Letterboxing is also becoming a favorite past time.

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    Katie says:

    We like to go to Las Vegas and enjoy the fun activities they have for kids there.

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    Amanda says:

    Eating out on Friday nights is one of my favorites!

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    We read together. Almost every night and it brings us closer as a family and we have some awesome discussions! Great giveaway, thanks!

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    Carol Mueller says:

    We love to go swimming as everyone loves cooling off and it also wears everyone out!

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    What a great event! We love to go to the movies as a family. My little ones have finally reached the age that they love to be big girls (2 and 5) and have a movie day. Its rather simple I suppose, but we love it!

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    Tabitha says:

    We have lots of great family time activites; Do I have to choose just 1? Our favorite family time activities have to be both going to Baseball Games (we are all total Baseball Fans) and going out on the boat in the summer. Such great family time where we are all fully engaged. I also really love watching my kiddos play ball {priceless} K, narrowed it down to 3 does that work, ha! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I would have to say our family movie nights. My girls make a big deal about what movie we are going to watch and whether or not dad will fall asleep before the movie is over.

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    Alissa says:

    We love being outdoors together as a family. We love playgrounds, hiking in the woods, swimming at the local river and taking part in all the great outdoor festivals that Baltimore has.

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    Charity S. says:

    We love going to the movies. It’s a family tradition.

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    PlethoraOfPinatas says:

    The nutrition facts of chicken nuggets, are you kidding me? Who cares if they use white meat when they coat them in breading and fry them in oil? How on earth is that healthy?

    How about you take your kids to a farmer’s market or a farm and ask them how food is really grown?

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    Kara says:

    My favorite thing to do as a family is take our dogs to the bark park! Such fun. 🙂

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    Jackie says:

    Definately the family getaways, they are the only time we can all relax and have a really good time together.

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    Our favorite thing to do is go on vacation.

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    Rachel S says:

    We love to travel together and sightsee. It’s fun to share new experiences with those you love best!

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    kris sanders says:

    We love to travel with our kids. They are older and it’s even more fun!

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    Dana j says:

    We LOVE the RMD charity! We were blessed to stay at the NY RHMD several times during our daughter’s treatment. We could not have done it w/o them!
    As a family we love going blueberry picking each summer. It’s become a tradition to get up early and drive down to pick them! We pick enough to last us all year!!

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    Jasmine G. says:

    We love having our family movie night every friday! =)

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    Felicia says:

    My hubby is a chef so it’s rare that he is home in the evenings. We love having family dinners though they just don’t happen every night with dad. And some nights we will go out to his restaurant to have dinner all together.

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    Felicia says:

    I left a comment at BooMama

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    Tricia says:

    My 6 year old loves to read to me!!

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    Stephanie Brimhall says:

    We love playing outside and riding bikes! Going for Ice cream is also a family favorite!

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    Sharon says:

    I love snuggling up with my daughter and all of us watching a family movie together! Even better when it is one of our favorites from when we were kids, and getting to watch her get as much joy out of it as we did then!

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    Lisa says:

    Eating out is always a special treat. We just started doing some family vacations this summer because our daughter is now old enough to appreciate them, and they’ve been a huge success!

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    Carly says:

    grilling out! I love when the whole family gets together, cooks, and spends time outside!

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    Staci A says:

    We love going to the drive-in movies together. It’s always so fun!

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    Elisabeth says:

    We love going on walks to the park and then playing with our one-year-old on the playground and in the grass.

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    We LOVE hanging by the fire pit on a cool (not cold) night roasting marshmallows!

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    B Smith says:

    What a fun adventure! So glad your little cute guys could go along!

    Our family time….we LOVE to play board games! We love to run! We just love being “us 4”!!!

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    Jennifer G. says:

    I love to get my 20 month old in the kitchen. He likes to “Bake a Cake” as I call it…I’ll give him a bowl and a whisk and he goes to town while I cook!

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    Jennifer G. says:

    I love to get my 20 month old in the kitchen with me while I cook. I’ll ask him if he wants to “Bake a Cake” as I call it, and he’ll come running. I’ll give him a bowl and a whisk and he starts “cooking” along side of me! Love it…

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    Hillary Crump says:

    We love swimming together.

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    Kristi B says:

    I wish I had known about this tour on our trip from CA to MI. We ate at quite a few McDonalds and it would have been nice to cap it off with something like this.

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    Amanda says:

    We love geocaching as a family…spending the day outside on our own sort of “treasure hunt”. So fun!

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    Melissa says:

    What a great prize, it looks like ya’ll had so much fun!

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    suzanne says:

    We love going to the beach

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    Mandy says:

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

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    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!

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    Wehaf says:

    We love to go hiking with our dog.

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    Sara says:

    I love to travel and go to new restaraunts….

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    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,

    [email protected]

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    Christine W says:

    B) I tweeted about this giveaway

    Thank you,

    [email protected]

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    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,

    [email protected]

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    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

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    Pamela says:

    Going on family vacations are so much fun!

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    Emily N. says:

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

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    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!

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    Marla Adams says:

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

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    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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    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!

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    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.

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    SANDY says:

    playing an walking

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    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.

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    Lisa says:

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

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    Jami says:

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

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    Becca says:

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

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    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.

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    sandra says:

    we love to ride our bikes

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    Joely says:

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

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

    Lana @ ilovemy5kids

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    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.

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    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.

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    Katie Green says:

    My family likes watching movies together and playing outside.

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    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.

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    Becca says:

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

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    Lorie says:

    What a fun experience!

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    Albina Ferreyra says:

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

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    Cathie Husen says:

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

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    Lori A. says:

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

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    Lori A. says:

    ljatwood at gmail dot com

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    Lori A. says:

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

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    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

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    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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    Kristen says:

    We love to go camping. Everything’s more fun when you’re out in nature. All the electronic devices are off and we get to really talk and share experiences of what we’re seeing together.

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    Amanda W says:

    I like to eat dinner as a family.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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    Kimberlie says:

    We just implemented Friday Family Game Night and we love it. My kids (ages 9, 6.5, and 5) are finally at the age where they love card and board games. It’s a great way for us to have fun and bond as a family. We actually do our weekly tidying up around the house, then we eat pizza, laugh, and enjoy each others’ company. It’s a nice way to kick off our weekend and no more spending Saturday mornings doing “chores.”

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    Amy says:

    Our favorite thing to do as a family is hang out by the pool!

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    phxbne says:

    love family vacations

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    i love going out to eat. we’re all in one spot, chilling and talking.

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    I love supporting anything having to do with the Ronald McDonald Houses!

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    Sue says:

    Our favorite time of the day is haveing dinner together. Another is when we do road trips and adventure out into the world.

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    laurie says:

    we love goin anywheres together we are a close net family and we also love mcdonalds

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    krista says:

    we love going to the beach and park together

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    LizinSTL says:

    Family game nights.

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    Steffanie A. says:

    We love to just be home and be together as a family. With everyone’s busy schedule if we are all home it’s a rarity.

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    Darcy says:

    Family movie nights in the winter, Sunday Sundaes in the summer, and family dinners – All musts in our house!

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    nan lara says:

    we have a lil guy who loves to burn energy so we enjoy the backyard and parks together
    nannypanpan at

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    wanda says:

    We have teenagers now so the stuff we do is a little reminder that we don’t have much time left with them.
    We love shopping together & going to the movies!
    Most of our free time is spent together as a family.
    We’ve learned to cherish time off from activities/work/school!

    We also LOVE McDonald’s with a passion!
    We’re eating dinner there tonight! 🙂

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    Brooke says:

    My Kids are really into games right now. It is great way to spend time as a family!

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    Amy W. says:

    Our favorite family time activity is board game night. :0) We each take turns picking a game to play.

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    Annette D says:

    My kids love music, so our favorite thing to do is go to concerts together!

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    Kerrie Mayans says:

    We like to go to the beach as a family.

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    Steph says:

    Our favorite things to do as a family are playing out in the backyard, watching movies and playing games.

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    Samantha Hill says:

    ANYTHING we can do together is special for our family. <3

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    Yikes says:

    This passes for writing?

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    TRACY HEYER says:

    We love to go to the park and go camping.

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    My favorite family time is when me and the girls go on a cruise! Of course it’s already happened and I’d love for it to happen again as it was great bonding experience! [email protected]

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    Angie LeCroy says:

    Would love to win yhis for my family.

    angieplays4fun at

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    Sunny says:

    We love going to movies and to the park.

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    Karina says:

    My family love lasagna and garlic bread for family dinner

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    Darcy Gray says:

    My family loves to go boating and hiking together.

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    Erica Best says:

    we love to cooking as a family.

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    Sarah L says:

    A weekly trip to the library and then ice cream at home. Thanks for the contest.

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    Eve says:

    We love to play flag football and sports in the backyard

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    Cassie says:

    I would have to say family dinners are always the best day-to-day family time…but the most memoriable are the family vacations. So much bonding time- you lear so much about each other…whether you want to or not!

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Welcome to Picky Palate, my online kitchen! You'll usually find me with a cookie in one hand and a salad in the other. It's all about the balance :) The recipes you'll see are my creations. The Picky Palate Cookbook is now available. Enjoy!