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McDonald's Happy Time, Family Time Giveaway

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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

My very favorite breakfast food on this EARTH is a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin with cheese and regular bacon.

I love it.

No, I luuuuurrrrrvvvvvveeeee it.

It is a little bit of heaven, people. I compare all other breakfast foods to it and almost without exception, I find those other breakfast foods lacking.

In fact, my one and only gripe about the Egg McMuffin is that I cannot get one past 10:30:59 in the morning!

Those of you who are night owls and love McDonald’s breakfast like I do will understand this frustration. They are killer strict about it. It’s kind of like Seinfeld’s “NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!!” Soup-Nazi, only with a “Mc-something-breakfast-food” instead. Frankly, you have a better chance getting the ghost of Ed McMahon to show up on your doorstep with a check from Publisher Clearing house than getting an Egg McMuffin at 8 pm for dinner.

And thanks to BlogHer and McDonald's
, I got to travel to McDonald's Headquarters with my family to ask Jan Fields, President of McDonald's USA, just why that is, exactly.
In reality, the reasoning behind it is much less about making me weep and wail in the late mornings in the drive-thru of the golden arches as it has to do with the fact that McDonald's
has precise, exacting standards for everything from the way they operate their business to the way they produce their food.

Simply put, they don’t serve breakfast all day because they have not figured out a way to have the process and product be timely, cost effective and stand up to McDonald’s Gold Standard of service and production.

(Although making it about thwarting me would make a WAY more interesting blog post, don’t you think?)

I love McDonald's

I always have, I always will.
When I was growing up, McDonald's was usually the place that we went to when we got to eat out as a family and I am a huge fan of their food and brand. So, it was a no-brainer when BlogHer contacted me and asked if I would be interested in traveling to McDonald's Head Quarters in Oak Brook, Illinois with my family to attend their “Family Time Getaway” with 9 other wonderful bloggers and their families to learn more about the company and the way they ran things.

I was a little bit worried about how much fun we would have as a family but to be perfectly honest, we had such a wonderful, fabulous and interesting time.

I LOVED it there.

And I loved learning more about what went into making McDonald’s what it is today.
It would be hard for me to imagine someone who is a bigger fan of the Egg McMuffin (and the “omgoodness-I-want-to-build-a-house-out-of-these-and-live-in-it-they-are-so-freaking-good” French fries, for that matter) but I am pretty sure those fans are working at McDonald's.

One of the most endearing things that I saw during my visit was the sheer LOVE the employees have for their brand and company. 50 percent of corporate employees started working in McDonald’s restaurants, including CEO Jim Skinner and President Jan Fields. They take care of and support their “McFamily” and people and also give back to the community. Hamburger University provides university credits for classes in business, they spend $5 billion per year with diversity/minority suppliers, they have a company volunteer program and make sure that employees and owners are able to support things like local little league teams, local charities and grassroots projects.

They believe strongly in their system from suppliers to employees to owners and believe in operating their business ethically and honestly and to keep improving continuously.

And last but certainly not least, the customer is at the core of everything McDonald’s does. After all, they are the reason for their existence and everything that I saw there made them the bottom line of everything.

We had so many wonderful activities and information that we learned it would be impossible to share them all so I will touch on some of my favorites and things that I know many people are curious about and I everyone to discuss (Respectfully, of course.) and ask questions in the comments.

Ronald McDonald's House Charity/Family Rooms/Mobile Care Units: I am such a fan of what this charity does. Visiting a local RMH by a children’s hospital was by far the best part of the trip for me. It was informative, eye-opening and very emotional. (ie-Loralee sobbed like a baby for much of the experience.)

Ronald McDonald House Charity has been McDonald’s charity of preference for over 35 years. Their in-restaurant donation boxes collect more than $18 million in the US last year and there are three main branches of the charity.

Ronald McDonald House is a place where families of a sick, hospitalized child that meet the criteria can stay while caring for their little one. The statistics on the sheer number of people they help is humbling:

o Nearly 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries and regions worldwide
o Serves more than 7,200 families each day around the world
o More than 30,000 staff and volunteers globally save RMHC millions of dollars annually
o Families can volunteer together by serving dinner at a House or helping with yard work in the summer

I have never had to use Ronald McDonald house, but even if I could afford to stay in a hotel if my child was hospitalized I wouldn’t if the option of RMH was available to me. Money cannot buy the sense of support, love and caring that happen within those walls.

As a mother of a little one that passed away, I can absolutely attest that the environment that you are in when in a state of mass crises is hugely important to how well you and your family cope. Just by going about the day, the outside world can seem harsh and cruel to someone in the midst of grief and stress over their child. Without a DOUBT RMH softens that stress and pain for many.

I wish I had had a Ronald McDonald House to be in after Matthew died. Which is the biggest compliment I can give the people who have worked so hard to make it a place of comfort and healing.

While I have been familiar with Ronald McDonald Houses for a long time, I was unaware of the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Mobile Care Units. The family rooms are located in hospitals so that families can rest and regroup without leaving the hospital. There are 147 Family Rooms in 16 countries worldwide that welcome over 3,000 families per day.

I loved learning about and touring the Mobile Care Unit program. They are basically clinics on wheels travel around to schools and areas of need to administer basic health care/vaccinations to children who may otherwise not be able to visit a doctor. It saves US families more than $10 million in health care costs by serving an average of 150,000 children each year.

The thing I am most, most MOST excited about is that as of the end of June, McDonald’s is donating a portion of each Happy Meal to RMHC.

Commitment to children’s well-being: Marketing to children/children’s nutrition/Ronald McDonald/Happy Meals with toys and that darn caramel dipping sauce: During our time at McDonald’s campus there was much discussion regarding what McDonald’s is doing to be nutritionally responsible, with a great deal of that discussion focusing on what is being marketed to and consumed by children. They know that things like sugar and sodium consumption by our kids are things that we parents think about…and they think about them as well.

On hand to answer our questions was Dr. Cynthia Goody, Director of Nutrition for McDonald’s USA.

A lot of the information we were given surprised me. For example, Ronald McDonald never sells anything but is simply an ambassador for the brand and helps to promote things like literacy, friendship, and anti-bullying.

Many (if not all) of us were surprised at the way Happy Meals are advertised, as well. If you have ever had a Happy Meal then you know that yes, they market toys to kids with food. It’s part of the fun of it. (Also part of the fun was the actual Happy Meal BOX. It hasn’t been the same since they changed to bags. Happily we were told that they are bringing the box back! Woot!)

However, they are also very careful with their marketing to children. When you see a Happy Meal advertised to kids there is almost always one kind of food show: the Happy Meal choice with white-meat chicken nuggets, apple dippers and a low-fat milk chug. (I was happy to find out that since they re-packaged their milk into plastic chug bottles, milk sales have tripled.)

And about those apple dippers? I know the question many are thinking; why must they have the caramel sauce? Couldn’t they just leave the fruit alone, already?

Have you seen the size ratio of that apple bag to that dipping sauce?

Big ole bag of apples, tiny little packet of caramel.

As a matter of fact, that little low-fat carton of caramel dipping sauce that could possibly be the make or break for finicky kids consuming the fruit has 35 calories in it.

Let me repeat that:


McDonald's wants to up the chance that kids will actually eat a huge serving of fruit by making it fun to eat. You don’t have to order the dip. It’s not packaged together and you as a parent have the choice to have it included or not in meals for your children.

I decline all or portions of things advertised to my kids that they ask for all the time if I feel that it isn’t what I want them to have.

It’s parenting, you know?

Nutritional information/scale and responsibility/books and movies:
In my opinion, McDonald's
has done a lot to meet the nutritional concerns of their customers and the public in general. They were the first company to provide and make their nutritional information available to the public 30 years ago.

They have eliminated the 44 oz. soda cup at the McDonald’s I frequent. (I’m confessing to being torn on this. As a parent looking out for her kids this makes me happy. As a RABID Diet Coke fan (addict) this makes me utterly bitchy and pouty.


(But YAY!!)



I also love that McDonald’s strives to give the public things that it wants. That said, there are MANY things that they tested that the public said they wanted again and again. Two examples are carrot bags for kids in Happy Meals and a meatless hamburger option. But here is the interesting thing: they did market test after market test and when it came down to it, people were simply not putting their money where their mouths were.

They said one thing and did another.

If we’re not willing as consumers to buy a product, I am not willing to get huffy at McDonald's
for not having it on their menu, you know? ESPECIALLY when you consider the time and money that goes into testing these products and their marketability. We were walked through the entire process and let me tell you, it is long, detailed and expensive.

As for movies and books like
Fast Food Nation and Super-Sized Me.

I’ve read and seen them and I pretty much came to the same conclusion that many people came to: If you make poor health choices and don’t make good decisions or use care about daily caloric intake and exercise in your lifestyle then, yes, you are going to suffer ill-effects.

And I think that could happen with anyone at any restaurant or grocery store or home in America, frankly. McDonald's
is so big it is a pretty easy and visible target, you know?

Are there fattening things on the menu?

Yes, there are.

But this way you can be responsible for the health of yourself and your family and make informed decisions.

You can eat well and you can eat healthfully at McDonald's at any time of the day.


There is so much more I could write about but I suppose this post has to end eventually, right?

As a wrap up, I’d like to re-iterate how much fun I had with my kids and husband and everyone we met on this trip. For one, it was so nice to be able to travel and participate AS A FAMILY. The kids had a blast doing activities, rowing on the lake on the campus, and making their own smoothies with McDonald’s chef, “Chef Dan”. (Christopher felt his life was fulfilled because he got to make an Oreo McFlurry.

Butterlump even got into the action by taking his first step in the corporate office!

Frankly, when I got the itinerary for my trip I was a little worried because really, just how much fun can one really have discussing McDonald's for 3 days straight?

I shouldn’t have worried.

I had a GREAT time.

My family had a GREAT time.

From my years as a customer and my time at McDonald’s campus, I am so impressed with this company and the people that work so hard to make it run. I learned a lot during my time there and walked away an even bigger fan than when I arrived.

I am not only proud that I participated in this experience but I'm proud to be a McDonald's fan and customer.

I’m lovin’ it.

Enter to win a "Family Time, Happy Time McDonald's Fun Pack (ARV $100)

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment and let me hear what you think about McDonald's and/or if you have any questions about my trip! 1 entry (comment) per person!
Deadline for entry: August 10th, 2010

Read the official rules for this giveaway here.

And remember! There are 9 other chances to win!

Thank you to everyone who entered. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Craig, of BBRC!

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  • At 3:48 PM , Blogger Mami2jcn said...

    My kids love McDonalds. I think every kid does!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • At 4:16 PM , Blogger Janine said...

    I love the McDonald's Snack Wraps and their mini meals... Their orange juice and sausage biscuit sandwiches are awesome as well!

    ja9elizabeth at yahoo dot com

  • At 2:44 AM , Blogger Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

    I love Egg McMuffins! I wish they were sold all day long as well. Their salads are surprisingly fresh and good too.

    ebeth at pdq dot net

  • At 4:46 AM , Blogger Syl said...

    I am currently, even in my 6th month of pregnancy, addicted to their sweet teas. I get one every mornign at 5:45 before ehading into work!

    sylvie.williams at gmail dot com

  • At 6:47 AM , Blogger KG said...

    I used to have birthday parties at McDonalds growing up - LOVED IT. I also always loved when my school would have a "McDonald's Night" (where a portion of their sales went to our PTA) because all of my friends would be there too.

    glasska at vt dot edu

  • At 6:55 AM , Blogger LibraryGirl62 said...

    Whenever anyone asks what my favorite food is, I always say "McDonald's Fries" washed down with a McDonald's Fountain Diet Coke...heavenly
    library.girl62 at gmail dot com

  • At 7:11 AM , Blogger TheAngelForever said...

    Some of my happiest memories of childhood were my McDonald Land birthday parties w/Happy Meals. Loved going there to the play area (not ball pit) and riding on the items. Now my boys love to romp there as well. Just wish there were more play areas, they all seem to be closing. Thanks for the fun and hope to see you in NYC! the_angel_forever at yahoo dot com

  • At 7:12 AM , Blogger NikiTheo said...

    I sat down once I disected what my wonderful love ate every morning for breakfast. McSkillet Burrito, hashbrown, large coffee w/ 6 creamers.
    Well, b/c McD's puts their info online, it was easy to figure out. It's just under 1000 calories! I was happy to figure that out, b.c no he knows and now he makes smarter choices. I may not go there often, but if I'm starving and it's there, I know what I can get to stay under a certain amount of calories and I'm so gload that they are as concerned about healthy options as I am (and you are!)

  • At 7:17 AM , Blogger Charmed said...

    Mmmmm, now I want a McMuffin!

  • At 7:44 AM , Blogger Ms Dreamer said...

    Mmmmm. Now I want a freakin' Big Mac...or a McSkillet burrito...or some McCracknuggets (with only sweet-n-sour sauce so I may dip my delicious fries in).

    And a large diet Coke, please :)

    What do they put in their McCracknuggets batter? Seriously, I think I could bathe in that stuff!

    Some of us spent our senior skip day playing in the playland :)

  • At 8:49 AM , Blogger Headless Mom said...

    Mmmmm, McMuffins! OOoh! And a quarter pounder with cheese. Not together, of course.

  • At 9:08 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

    I love me some Mickey D fries! Also, seriously (I would not lie to you) my maiden name. Yep.

    Would be nice if I got something back for the years I lived with that!

  • At 9:22 AM , Anonymous Kim T said...

    love their Diet Cokes - they are the best ever!
    Thank you !
    Kim T (jstkat0711@aol.com)

  • At 9:56 AM , Blogger momof2girls said...

    I love their ice cream. It is super cheap and so creamy.

  • At 10:00 AM , Blogger JoeinVegas said...

    I love MacDonalds! As a kid it was the only place my parents took us to, I still love the regular burger and Big Mac (and fries)

  • At 10:11 AM , Blogger Catherine said...

    I looove McDonald's, especially their ice cream cones - only 230 calories and 15% of your daily calcium, yum!

  • At 10:25 AM , Blogger KaseysKrazyMommy said...

    My son was just learning to talk... when we drove by a McDonald's he pointed and yelled at me "Fwench Fwies, Mommy!" Yes... my son loves McD's... and so do I.

  • At 10:49 AM , Blogger Fabs said...

    Of course my kids love McDonalds, their favorite are the cheeseburgers and the new snack McFlurries. I love the Frappachio's! Yum.

  • At 11:57 AM , Blogger Laura said...

    I absolutely love their breakfast and their sweet tea! My kids will gobble up one of their big breakfast trays and will never eat anything at home.

  • At 12:42 PM , Blogger Heather said...

    I totally love their grilled chicken ceasar salads. I don't know how they cook that chicken but it's aaaaawesome.

  • At 2:00 PM , Blogger Charity(ccboobooy) said...

    We love the food at McDonald's. I grew up eating it, and my son is an absolute fan of McDonald's.

    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

  • At 2:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love McDonalds and my son loves McDonald's. He is three and it can be healthy if you make healthy for your child and yourself.

  • At 3:56 PM , Blogger Angel Jacklyn said...


  • At 6:54 PM , Anonymous Megan said...

    My kids also love MickeyD's, but the reason I am a fan is the Ronald McDonald House. We stayed in one while my newborn son was being diagnosed with a seizure disorder immediately after birth. We were totally broke, had three other kids and no idea what we were going to do when our son was life flighted to Akron Children's Hospital (also a big fan of those guys!). We stayed at the RMH for 6 nights, for 10 bucks a night (which my dear FIL paid for us). God Bless those people and the volunteers. That whole ordeal would have been so much harder without RMH. Impossible. I will be forever grateful, and so is my family.

  • At 7:42 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

    I'm right there with you, I love the Egg McMuffin. My only catch? I don't like eggs! So, I order an Egg McMuffin with no egg. They look at me like I'm crazy, but that is okay!

  • At 7:59 PM , Blogger Suzanne said...

    I love that the McNuggets are now all white meat.

    As far as what you said about Super Size me? It's all about control. Many times, I've purchased a Happy Meal with the apple dippers as MY meal.

  • At 8:28 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

    I have a hard time eating at fast food restaurants because I have to adhere to a gluten free diet. If I do order a hamburger, I have to order it with no bun. I wish like crazy they would offer a gluten free hamburger bun. I wouldn't care if it cost $2 more, just so I could eat a burger on a bun. I miss that so much. I can eat the salads, the fries, and the patties. Give me some bread, please.

  • At 8:42 PM , Blogger Doug said...

    I'm going to be the bitter voice of dissension. McDonald's is evil for marketing to children the way that they do, and they're typical menu items are pretty low on the nutritional scale. Hook 'em young with visions of a big friendly clown and a Happy Meal toy, stuff their maws full of French fries and artery-clogging hamburgers, and wash it down with some apple slices to give the illusion of being healthy. They DO good work in some areas, indeed, I just wish they weren't so evil in others.

  • At 9:19 PM , Blogger Bobbi Janay said...

    I love there RMH, it is the reason that I keep going back.

  • At 10:53 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

    I like McDonald's for convenience on the road and McFlurries when I want a cold treat during summer. I don't think I could eat it every day though.

  • At 5:26 AM , Blogger Laanykidsmom said...

    I just had one of their mocha frappes last night - just as good as Starbucks! My kids like McD's a lot too, and I think there's nothing wrong with taking them there once in a while - as long as they eat their veggies in my home-cooked meals!
    As far as Ronald McDonald House, they are fantastic. We stayed in one during our daughter's heart surgery. Huge, huge blessing.

  • At 10:18 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

    I love McDonald's! McDonald's is my fist choice.They have good healthy options for kids.Subway also have good choices.

  • At 10:56 AM , Blogger Ber said...

    i LOVE McDonald's new fruit smoothies! The mixed berry one is so yummy and perfect for that 'middle of the afternoon I already ate lunch and a snack but it's too early for dinner' problem I so often face..and knowing it's made with real fruit makes me even happier!! Go Mickey D's!!

  • At 11:15 AM , Blogger knoxvillepixie said...

    There are few things in life as full of deliciousness as an order of McDonald's french fries. I adore them

    knoxvillepixie at hotmail dot com

  • At 3:30 PM , Blogger Mel said...

    My family has utilized the Ronald McDonald house on 2 different occasions now. It is a wonderful place!

  • At 4:24 PM , Blogger Sharon said...

    McDonald's fries are so addictive! I try to stay away, but it's so hard! :) And right now they have Littlest Pet Shop toys in the Happy Meal....cheaper than buying one in the store!

  • At 4:46 PM , Blogger JoeyfromSC said...

    very interesting story!! I too think the caramel to apple ratio is way off balance haha

    I do like that McDonald's is offering much healthier options for kids and adults as well!

    I love the Big Mac but haven't had one in over a year!! I'm trying to eat healthier but I need to splurge on one lol

    thanks for the chance to win!


  • At 6:20 PM , Blogger Ash said...

    I love McDonald's cuz my kids love mcDonalds. Right now they're having awesome toys in the kids happy meals, and its so much fun to see my kids enjoy their happy meal and their new toy.


  • At 8:11 PM , Blogger Craig said...

    Although it was much derided, I was a fan of the Arch Deluxe.

  • At 7:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    McDonald's has always had awesome coffee - now they prove that you don't have to pay five or six bucks to get a fun coffee drink!
    Hint - if you just want an espresso, which apparently isn't an entry by itself on their cash register/computer, ask the cashier to ring up a water with an extra espresso shot. Works like a charm.

    Grr.. for some reason it's not letting me post as me, so I have to go "anonymous." But... I am at
    nashvegas37211 at yahoo dot com

  • At 9:34 AM , Blogger Karneisha said...

    We LOVE McDonald's, especially the Chicken McNuggets with sweet and sour sauce. Delish! My hubby and sister get the salads which are healthy, fresh and easy going on our collective wallets.

  • At 1:36 PM , Blogger Amy J said...

    I like getting a cheeseburger and small fry with a sweet tea, YUM.

  • At 1:52 PM , Blogger Just call me b said...

    I love your recap...and I must confess...I love the apple dippers!!!

  • At 7:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love the apple dippers!

  • At 8:24 PM , Blogger jillyrh said...

    I love their breakfast burrito

  • At 2:43 AM , Blogger ossmcalc said...

    I am in love with the baked pies that are 2/$1 at McDonald's. I also have to admit that I like the Happy Meals as they are they right size for me. I collect the McDonald's toys as many times, I can use them in the classroom. I do wish that McDonald's would have some educational toys every once in awhile. I kept hoping that McDonald's would have the Toy Story 3 characters in the Happy Meals. Last of all, how can we be invited to McDonald University? It would be something that I would very much like to do.

    Thank you,


  • At 2:47 AM , Anonymous just mom said...

    Oh, the memories I have of Mickey D's! When I was growing up, the whole family would go there ever Sunday right after church for lunch. Great food, great family time. . . couldn't get any better!

    My other fave memory is from my high school years and being involved in extracurricular activities. When we had to travel to some type of competition or function and leave early in the morning, the bus driver would stop at McD's so we could get breakfast. Boy, did I always look forward to a couple hash browns and some oj! Mmmmmmm!

    mail 2 binky b at g mail

  • At 7:10 AM , Blogger Kim said...

    This is our go to place when we need a quick bite. We joke that our 9 year old will own a franchise when she gets older. This is the only place she ever wants to go to.

    frugalmdmom at comcast dot net

  • At 4:29 PM , Anonymous Robin said...

    Love McD's sweet tea!

    Love McD's egg and cheese bagels!!!

    Totally and completely APPRECIATE every single person who does work, or has worked, at a McDonald's! I worked at McDonald's on Kirby Drive in Houston, TX one summer during college and it was the hardest job I have ever had in my life! So, be kind and patient folks for all of the tough and hard-working folks at McDonald's.

  • At 5:44 PM , Blogger Emily N. said...

    As a kid I loved McDonald's Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuits and Vanilla Soft Serve Cones, but now I don't usually eat at any fast food restaurants.

  • At 9:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I like McDonalds, especially their fries and softserve! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • At 12:31 AM , Blogger JC said...

    I love their fries, kids love fruit parfait!

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • At 9:03 AM , Blogger sistahfriend said...

    We love McD's. Or E I E I Oooooooo's as my 3 year old calls it. And I don't correct her. It's my kids fave..and who doesn't love the filet o fish?

  • At 10:05 AM , Blogger Jules said...

    Mmmm .. .the fries-they are my weakness! My daughter loves them too . . .

    And (don't hurt me)-i don't care for the McMuffin-but those McGriddles (sausage, no egg)-man are those good. Then again, I'm a pancakes and sausage or bacon girl.


  • At 5:03 PM , Blogger sally0630 said...


  • At 7:04 PM , Blogger Alissa said...

    Ooh, McDonald's has the best Diet Coke mix. Just the right amount of syrup and carbonation. Yum!!

  • At 7:41 PM , Blogger MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

    my kiddos love mcds too mrs.mommyyatgmail

  • At 11:14 PM , Anonymous agirlandaboy said...

    My comment? That the filet o' fish is a thing of divine beauty and that McDonald's fries are and ever will be the golden (arches) standard in potato products.

  • At 12:31 AM , Blogger Sticemichelle said...

    Everything is good in moderation, including McDonalds.

  • At 9:51 AM , Blogger Robin said...

    I really like their sausage biscuits (with grape jelly) and their coke. Their coke mix is perfect and I really like that I can get it with crushed ice.

  • At 10:27 AM , Blogger Dawn said...

    Well, honestly, I'm not sure I agree with her answer - some of the McD's are quite effecient and some need to close down. But, how does she explain the fact that Jack-In-The Box and What-A-Burger offer breakfast 24/7 along with everything else on their menu and do it quite well. Hmmmmm, not a good explanation as far as I'm concerned.

  • At 11:28 AM , Blogger wigget said...

    i have always loved mcdonald's over other fast food places

  • At 8:54 AM , Anonymous Sarahviz said...

    My fam loves McDonalds - and I'm fine with it as long as I ignore (*lalala I can't hear youuuuu*) the caloric content of my faves (Big Mac or Filet o'Fish)

  • At 9:18 AM , Blogger Karen said...

    I am addicted to the happe frappe LOL! It's so good! My kids really like the egg mcmuffins (and I do too).

  • At 6:04 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

    there is nothing like a fresh hot quarter pounder with cheese!!

  • At 6:30 AM , Blogger LV said...

    I think McDonald's by-and-far has the best fast-food fries out there!

  • At 6:33 AM , Blogger LV said...

    I tweeted! http://twitter.com/LisaSVance/status/20300779507

  • At 10:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As a kid, every Friday night, after grocery shopping, my dad would take us to McDonald's. We would bring it home for dinner. Discovered early on that we needed at least one order of fries for the ride home. Those were fun, affordable dinners that I will never forget.


  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger kimberlyWI said...

    Sunday mornings going to the drive thru to get a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits and a large vanilla iced coffees in pajamas...oh yea Im lovin'it

  • At 5:37 PM , Blogger Amy said...

    I love their apple dippers and their french fries are the best around!


  • At 7:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Every day before work I would get a $1 sweet tea (it lasted me all day) and a $1 sausage mcmuffin. Love It!

  • At 11:04 PM , Blogger Gracie said...

    Love me some McDonalds! Especially the apple dippers! MMMmmmm :)

  • At 11:20 AM , Anonymous Ann C said...

    McDonald's is like a treasured memory for my family. We used to travel with many adults and children by car, and it was a HUGE treat to eat at McD's. Love it to this day!

  • At 11:43 AM , Anonymous Joy said...

    Their Sweet tea lasts me all day & reminds me of that good ol southern tea from back home (in Mississippi). & their fries are hands down the best! LOVE McDs!

  • At 8:00 PM , Blogger Lori A. said...

    I love McDonald's...but don't tell my kids that. LOL Their fries are pretty much the best. I also like the little chicken snack wrap.
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  • At 12:35 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

    I'm so glad you asked about the breakfast, because that is the question I would have asked! I know they *could* serve breakfast all day because another ff restaurant (which shall remain nameless here!!) does it and it tastes good. The only problem is that place doesn't serve Egg McMuffins!!! :)

    couponboss at gmail dot com

  • At 1:33 PM , Blogger amandawk said...

    I love McDonald's. Thanks for the giveaway!
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  • At 5:47 PM , Blogger Shelly said...

    I just love their breakfasts!

  • At 8:32 PM , Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

    I do like McDonald's. I loved it more when I was little, but I try not to go as often now to be healthy. they do have great chicken nuggets though.

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  • At 8:54 AM , Blogger lmurley2000 said...

    we love mcdonalds their a clean restaurant and they have a wide variety of foods to choose from, but for me i like my big mac and fries and strawberry shake


  • At 1:29 PM , Blogger ginnn7 said...

    i love mcdonalds love the yogurt and fruit.


  • At 4:08 PM , Blogger jakiesmom said...

    we too love mcdonalds and wish they served mc muffins all day. i also wish they would bring back caramel sundaes
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  • At 4:14 PM , Blogger Wander said...

    That is so cool! Seriously!
    I'm jealous!

    My people {family} are addicted to McD's!
    We love eating there and love all the wonderful things they do for sick kids and their families!

    My favorite:
    Chicken biscuit & Mocha Frappe!
    Yum, delish!

  • At 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My daughter loves McDonald's. Just about everything on the menu we order. My daugher especially love their fries and nuggets. We 'discovered' McDonald's ice cream sundae with toppings this summer and love them!

  • At 8:42 PM , Blogger Annette D said...

    I have loved McDonalds since I was a child and my kids love it too! Our favorite is their breakfast items! Yummy!

  • At 6:52 AM , Anonymous Carrie Coty said...

    McDonald's means comfort to me. My earliest memories are of yellow wrapped cheeseburgers. Today my favorites are ice cream sundaes and chicken nuggets.

  • At 9:54 AM , Blogger degood said...

    I love mcdonalds and so do my kids. I am glad they are trying to add healthier things to their menus.


  • At 11:02 AM , Blogger Steph said...

    I like McDonald's. They are a family friendly place that is aware of the changing healthier eating habits of the world and adjusting to them. They have great food at good prices.

  • At 12:35 PM , Blogger livingoutloud said...

    I love McDonald's! A bag of "Dollar Menu" double cheeseburgers makes meal time while riding along with my Trucker hubby a snap!

    LivingOutLoud3 at gmail dot com

  • At 2:14 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

    I've always loved McDonald's and at times wonder about the food and health of it all but I think they do what they can to educate and to give us healthy options too. It is hard at times to resist the temptation but I think that McDonald's do a lot of great work for the community and families. I'll always love McDonald's!


  • At 5:08 PM , Blogger manthas24 said...

    I love McDonald's and more importantly, my CHILDREN love McDonald's. I think we eat lunch there 3-4 times a week during the summer. Absolutely my favorite grab and go place to eat.

  • At 2:06 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

    I REALLY want McDonald's to bring back McDonaldland Cookies!!! Loved them as a kid and as an adult. They still have them in Canada and I get them whenever I'm there. Can we have them again in the US???

  • At 2:11 PM , Blogger Kylee said...

    I too LOVE breakfast there, and like you can never make it! LOL I prefer a sausage mcmuffin with no egg :)

  • At 2:15 PM , Blogger AmazingGreis said...

    I love McDonald's French Fries, even though they are a no no now, after surgery. I miss them!

  • At 2:19 PM , Blogger lovemyabbie@gmail.com said...

    I never thought about a mcmuffin with real bacon. That would make it even better!

  • At 2:30 PM , Anonymous Adrienne said...

    mmmmmmmmm sausage mcgriddle mmmmmmmmm

  • At 2:44 PM , Blogger Suzanne said...

    I'm happy that McDonald's added alternatives to sodas. I am a Vitamin Water addict and it's great to roll through the drive through and grab a cold XXX!

  • At 3:23 PM , Blogger Taylor said...

    I just love McDonals. Thanks for the article. I was trying excited to hear it!

  • At 3:40 PM , Blogger Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

    I love how McDonalds is a consistent part of my memories as an American. I know that is kinda cheesy, but McDonalds and its corporate way is just a perfect reflection about how to succeed in America.

    I remember going to McDonalds as a small child, as a teen, as a young adult, and now as taking my own children there. I love it and when we go, we make healthy choices about the foods they offer. It's awesome that you got to be a part of all that. Congrats to you & your family!

  • At 3:53 PM , Blogger monstergirlee said...

    My favorite food at McDonalds is the breakfast, so sad its only until 9:00 or so.

    But one thing I can vouch for, is McD's food tastes exactly the same in Venice Italy as it does in Kelso, WA. Nicely done.

    monstergirlee at gmail dot com

  • At 4:46 PM , Blogger LibraryGirl62 said...

    (I can't rememeber if I entered or not-so ...)
    McD's French Fries and Diet Coke are the stuff of dreams-I can't figure out how a fountain Diet Coke from McDonald's is better than any other one anywhere-including straight for the bottle!

  • At 5:17 PM , Blogger Brooke said...

    I could eat double cheeseburgers all day long. Ooh, but their hot fudge sundae's are to die for.

  • At 5:24 PM , Blogger Kristine said...

    There is nothing that compares to McDonald's breakfast...yum.

  • At 5:35 PM , Anonymous singlemormonchick said...

    i wish they would bring back that burger that came with the burger on one side on the bottom of the bun and then the lettuce and tomato on the top half of the bun. the deluxe? i dont remember,but i loved it. the mcflurry is the best thing ever! who doesnt have old school family memories of the golden arches? not me!

  • At 5:50 PM , Blogger Angela said...

    A Ronald McDonald House is being built less than 10 miles from my house, and that makes me so happy.

  • At 6:28 PM , Blogger Beth said...

    My little boy loves McDonalds - the apple dippers with caramel always get eaten before the nuggets!

  • At 6:39 PM , Anonymous Amanda (Harper's Mom) said...

    all i really want is an egg mcmuffin for dinner. i heart the golden arches!

  • At 6:48 PM , Blogger kwr221 said...

    I remember as a kid on road trips with my family - asking my Dad for a QUARTER for a 2nd cheesebuger!

  • At 7:16 PM , Blogger St said...

    McDonald's is my guilty passion. I love every processed bit of everything they have. Would I be happier if they used grass-fed beef and free range eggs? Hells ya, but their food is good and I don't see a mega-corp trying to take over the world. Which is good.

  • At 7:53 PM , Blogger Tracysweetangl said...

    I love Mcdonald's and always will and the kids do too. Gotta love those fries.


  • At 7:57 PM , Blogger Tracey said...

    All things in moderation. We love a Big Mac and fries now and then and we always start a family road trip at the McDonald's drive thru for breakfast!

  • At 8:44 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

    The kids and I love McDonalds and it is a favorite escape of ours in the winter when it's way too cold to play outside! The kids can run around in the playland for hours and burn off some energy while I can sit and talk with friends and enjoy myself.
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

  • At 8:52 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

    I love mcdonalds diet coke... sausage biscuits for breakfast (no egg!) and their fries. yum!
    I'm glad that I can get hot fudge sundae's there for fairly cheap to cure my desire to have ice cream without buying way too much ice cream!

  • At 9:10 PM , Blogger Alecia said...

    I couldn't agree with you more about McDonalds being a scapegoat. It's all about choices.

    As for the contest, I LOVE McDonalds' new smoothies. YUM!

  • At 9:21 PM , Blogger *~(boom)~* said...

    I used to work for McDonalds and had some seriously fun times. :)

    My favorite thing on the menu is the bacon and egg bagel with extra hollandaise, but I take the bacon off and add sausage. ;)

    I wish they would bring the Big Xtra back (or in the US, I believe it was the Big and Tasty...LOL...)

  • At 12:41 AM , Blogger lynsey said...

    i love the snack wraps and yogurt parfaits!

    ben.strader at gmail dot com

    thanks for the chance!

  • At 8:36 AM , Blogger Azul said...

    Chicken Nuggets are one of the seven things my autistic son will eat.

    For that reason alone, I love McD's.

  • At 8:58 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

    Egg McMuffins! Wooo! I must win!


  • At 10:01 AM , Blogger Karina said...

    I love McDonal's french fries


  • At 10:18 AM , Blogger Ruralmomsrock said...

    We love McDonalds we treat them to a happy meal here and there and of course I have to get a smoothie!

  • At 1:00 PM , Blogger purplelover04 said...

    i love love McDonald.

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  • At 5:26 PM , Blogger slehan said...

    Looks like you had a good time & learned a lot. Thanks for the contest.

  • At 10:27 PM , Blogger Cecilia said...

    The pancakes and iced coffee are calling my name!


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