McDonald’s Happy Meals: Calcium, Fruit, and Literacy? (Giveaway)

National Family Literacy Day is Nov. 1 and McDonald’s is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of a new Happy Meal Books promotion. From Nov. 1 – Nov. 14, McDonald’s will offer books in print for Happy Meal customers, providing more than 20 million books to families across the U.S. Throughout the two-week Happy Meal Books offer, families will be able to enjoy four original books featuring McDonald’s Happy Meal characters.

Here is a video the kiddos and I did expressing how we make reading an important part of our family (you totally have my permission to laugh…between the distinct root line of my hair and the kiddos comments this is rather amusing)

Also, as part of the launch of Happy Meal Books, McDonald’s is collaborating with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the U.S., to help more children and their families discover the joy of reading. RIF will distribute 100,000 Happy Meal Books to children who do not have easy access to books.

“Books are essential for inspiring children to explore, dream, and achieve, yet far too many children do not have this basic resource,” said Reading is Fundamental CEO Carol Hampton Rasco. “To change this unfortunate reality, RIF is uniting with McDonald’s, a company that embraces the transformative power of books and is committed to helping families and communities thrive. Together, McDonald’s and RIF can truly help enrich kids’ lives through access to books and by putting the fun back into reading.”

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The new books follow a number of enhancements McDonald’s has made to the Happy Meal over in recent years including:

•McDonald’s 2011 “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices,” to ensure 100% of McDonald’s national kids’ communications include a nutrition or active lifestyle message.

•Since 2013, the automatic inclusion of apple slices, a smaller kids-sized fry and the choice of a low-fat dairy option like 1% low-fat white milk or fat-free chocolate milk.

•Since 2010, a portion of proceeds from each Happy Meal sold goes to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

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The four limited-edition books include:

•“The Goat Who Ate Everything” – Tells a story of a goat who has a big appetite and struggles to eat right. But when he does, he feels great and becomes the playful ‘kid’ everyone loves.

•“Deana’s Big Dreams” – Shares how Deana, the world’s smallest dinosaur, grew tall by eating right.

•“Ant, Can’t” – Features Ant, a bite-sized bodybuilder who’s big on encouraging physical fitness through exercise and eating right.

•“Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando” – Follows happy-go-lucky bird Doddi who travels the world. She eats right because this dodo is always on the go-go.

 

 

Clearly Happy Meals are not what they used. These are not your mommas Happy Meals, haha! Kudos goes out to McDonald’s for listening to the customers’ needs and for teaming up for such a great initiative, thank you!

Giveaway:

3 lucky winners will be awarded 2 Happy Meal coupons!!

To enter…..

  1. Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Facebook page
  2. Follow McDonald’s on Twitter https://twitter.com/mcdonalds_NWOH
  3. Follow @mamaof3onthego on twitter
  4. Once you have completed 1-3 comment to this post stating how you make reading an important part of your family or share your family’s favorite storybook.

Winner to be randomly selected Nov. 5th @ 11:59pm

(Winner’s name will be posted on this blog post, Facebook, and twitter.  Winner will be asked to email their address to mommyblissmarks@gmail.com.  Thank you)

Disclosure: I was given McDonald’s Happy Meal coupons, no other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

McDonald’s Mighty Wings Review & Giveaway!!

Fall to me means, sweaters, lattes, crockpot recipes, pumpkin pie, carving jack-o-lanterns, leaves changing colors, jumping in leaves, and FOOTABLL!!

Whether the NFL or college, football is a time for friends, family, and fans to come together.  To gather and cheer, to show their team spirit, and at times even argue over whose team is better. But there is one neutral ground, where Browns and Steeler fans and Ohio State and Michigan fans can come together as one, the food table!!

The food table, where all fans can get their grub on. The dishes on the food table have been passed down from one generation to the nest and over the years only the real tried and true dishes have established a permanent residence there.  The chip and practically any dip, chili, chili dog, anything with the word chili in it, also anything with cheese in it or that is considered a finger food are big winners at the food table. But the NFL of the food table is the chicken wings!

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So when McDonald’s contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing McDonald’s Mighty Wings at our next football gathering I said heck yes! Then I got a little nervous. As stated, the chicken wings are like the NFL of the food table and what if the Might Wings failed? That would reflect badly on me, and I have a title to upholds as “awesome food wife”. Lol!

What are McDonald’s Mighty Wings?

Mighty Wings are tender, meaty, bone-in chicken wings that deliver a bold taste. They are breaded and seasoned with cayenne and chili pepper served in three sizes – 3 pieces, 5 pieces or 10 pieces. Plus, you can for choose from nine sauces to accompany them.

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Game day arrived and while the guys were worried about their teams winning I was more concerned with whether or not the wings would qualify for the food table NFL status.

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Everyone grabbed a wing, and then silence….followed by many comments.

“These are from McDonald’s!?”

“They got a kick to ‘em”.

“I like the variety of sauces…I can get three wings with different sauces instead of the messy Buffalo wings with one.”

“These are great!”

“Breading is good, like the crispiness.”

Well there you have it! I’d say that they qualified.  (Side note: isn’t it funny how guys sum up their experience in four words while women tend to take like 4 sentences…and men do not like to be photographed while women can’t seem to get enough, lol!)

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My thoughts….

They are definitely bold.  They were a little spicy for my liking. But they are perfect for who they were intended for, guys!! And they are beyond perfect for football gatherings. Wives if you are hosting or need to bring something to the next game day gathering or tailgating I highly recommend swinging by McDonalds for some Might Wings! It will save you the time and energy of having to make something, ha-ha! And while you’re there get yourself a coffee drink…girl, you deserve it! Even better, what if you won a McDonald’s gift card and could use that for the wings and coffee?

Giveaway….

One lucky reader will win a $10 McDonald’s gift card!

To enter…..

  1. Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Facebook page
  2. Follow McDonald’s on Twitter https://twitter.com/mcdonalds_NWOH
  3. Follow @mamaof3onthego on twitter
  4. Once you have completed 1-3 comment to this post stating you have done so (please indicate your fb and twitter names/handle) and share what team you root for, NFL or college.

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Winner to be randomly selected Oct 18th @ 11:59pm

(Winner’s name will be posted on this blog post, Facebook, and twitter.  Winner will be asked to email their address to mommyblissmarks@gmail.com.  Thank you)

Disclosure: I was given the McDonald’s Prize pack and coupons, no other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

McDonald’s Egg White Delight McMuffin a.k.a. Mommy Guilt-Free Morning

Ever have one of those mornings? The type where everything that could possibly go wrong does? And all you really want to do is throw a full-blown mommy tantrum but you can’t because…well…you’re mommy and what kind of example would that be setting for the children?

So you woke up late, the dog left “little gifts” throughout the house for you to clean up before you even take your first sip of coffee, you have a flat tire, an unexpected road block during school drop off, you handle each challenge with dignity and manage to restrain the mommy tantrum brewing from within. But there is a breaking point…a small little something that really make that mommy tantrum tea-pot whistle…that no mom can escape…MOMMY GUILT!

Webster defines Guilt as….

1: the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law and involving a penalty; broadly: guilty conduct

2a : the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously 

Thus when I allow my kiddos too much screen time, fail to make a hot healthy breakfast in the morning, or take time out for me, I am committing an offense!??  Well that’s the way it feels at times, right!?? But who can blame us, society has sent subliminal messages that the modern mom should be a pleasant combination of Mrs. Clever (in our culinary and household responsibilities), Mrs. Huxtable, Mrs. Keaton, Mrs. Seaver, or insert practically any 80’s mom character (with regard to balancing family and career), and a size zero (insert essentially every mother on a sitcom these days!!! Come on!). But guess what?

McDonald has somehow found a way to tame all these pseudo-mommy expectations within us…at least when it comes to breakfast. You can kiss that morning mommy guilt goodbye!

McDonald’s is now offering customers in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan an Egg White Delight McMuffin!  It is prepared with freshly grilled 100% egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon, and white cheddar served on a muffin that delivers 8 grams of whole grains.

I took footage of me and the kiddos trying them for the first time…..