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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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    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.”

  4. 154
    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

  6. 156

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

  7. 157
    I love supporting anything having to do with the Ronald McDonald Houses!

  8. 158
    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

  10. 160
    krista says:

    we love going to the beach and park together

  11. 161
    LizinSTL says:

    Family game nights.

  12. 162
    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.

  13. 163
    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

  15. 165
    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! 🙂

  16. 166
    Brooke says:

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

  17. 167
    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!

  19. 169
    Kerrie Mayans says:

    We like to go to the beach as a family.

  20. 170
    Steph says:

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

  21. 171
    Samantha Hill says:

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

  22. 172
    Yikes says:

    This passes for writing?

  23. 173
    TRACY HEYER says:

    We love to go to the park and go camping.

  24. 174

    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!

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    Angie LeCroy says:

    Would love to win yhis for my family.

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  27. 177
    Sunny says:

    We love going to movies and to the park.

  28. 178
    Karina says:

    My family love lasagna and garlic bread for family dinner

  29. 179
    Darcy Gray says:

    My family loves to go boating and hiking together.

  30. 180
    Erica Best says:

    we love to cooking as a family.

  31. 181
    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

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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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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