Family Time. Happy Time. Giveaway.


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

I just wrote a whole post about how we spend quality time together as a family, going into detail about our activities, then my husband came home with some shocking news. His coworker had just lost her 11 year old daughter. The little girl had a fever that lasted more than 24 hours and continued to get worse. The mother procrastinated on taking her to the ER. However, after almost 2 days, her daughter had gotten so sick, she took her to the ER as a last resort. A few hours later, the daughter had passed. An autopsy has to be preformed, but encephalitis is suspected.

My husband and I have both been very fortunate to have good health. Many times, when we see other sick kids, even when we were at the Ronald McDonald House®, we think, that’ll never happen to us.

The death of this extraordinarily healthy little girl made me realize death may be a mosquito bite away. It’s terrifying, we get several bites everyday. It’s nearly impossible to avoid those pesky mosquitoes here in Florida. Especially since foreclosures have left abandoned pools as breeding grounds for the critters. Budget cuts have nearly eliminated mosquito control. And the worse thing is that poor horse owners can’t afford to vaccinate their horses, which could lead to an outbreak of Encephalitis or West Nile.

When the death of a child touches close to home, the importance of quality family time is reinforced. Every moment counts with our children. We could lose them in a blink of an eye. It could be a mosquito bite, a snake, a car could hit them, lightening could strike, a creepy drifter might snatch them, you just never know.

Ok, enough giving you nightmares, let’s focus on the positive. Let’s try to make every moment count, and spend some quality family time together. I’ll touch a little on the previous post I had written.

Our attempts to make moments count are first and foremost having dinners together every night. After dinner, we usually make some popcorn together, or some other snack. Tonight, for instance, we’re making s’mores.

During the day, I take him to the pool alot. We like to go to a local water park on the weekends together, and he does pretty well, till he wants to go on the big slide and cries uncontrollably, “Baby’s a big baby, I go on big slide!” Yes, he refers to himself as “Baby,” and I can’t seem to break him from it, oh well. I guess I liked that dinosaur show too much back in the day. You know the one where the baby dinosaur, named “Baby” keeps hitting the Daddy on the head with the frying pan and saying “Not the mama!”

We also go to the kiddie park and doggie park during the day. We’ll color, read, talk, cuddle and watch T.V., and cook. Most of the time it’s hard to keep his attention at these activities. However, he has no problem demanding every bit of my attention in the bathroom or shower. Toddlers. We take what we can get. We are fortunate enough to live minutes from the Disney and Sea World. We go when we can, those parks are so amazing. We also like to go to state parks to enjoy the nature, and to the beach to relax.

In the essence of appreciating every quality family moment, McDonald’s has developed a great way for us to easily donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® that won’t cost you a cent, and only requires your time. As part of the “Family Time. Happy Time.” campaign, McDonald’s® and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) have developed the “Make Family Time Happy Time” online widget application. The “Make Family Time Happy Time” widget encourages moms to join other moms in the Family Time conversation and share “happy” tips for quality family time.

Through the widget you can pledge minutes or hours of activities with your family in celebration of what matters most – spending time together. We also invite you to join the conversation and share your favorite family activities with other families through the widget. You can then share the widget with your friends and family through Twitter, Facebook, and email. In addition, as part of this campaign, McDonald’s will donate 1 penny to RMHC® for every minute of time you pledge to spend with your family up to 1,000,000 minutes. Minutes and pennies are tiny amounts that, when added up over time, can make a big impact, so start pledging your family time!

As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to bring families together, McDonald’s launched a new national fundraiser in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). For each Happy Meal® and Mighty Kids Meal® sold in the U.S., a portion of the sales will be donated to RMHC – McDonald’s “Charity of Choice” for more than 35 years. As part of the campaign, you can get involved by pledging time with your family through the “Make Family Time Happy Time” online application. For each minute pledged, McDonald’s will donate one penny to the Charity, with the goal of reaching 1 million minutes and a $10,000 donation to RMHC. You can learn more here.

And now time for the giveaway. This giveaway package includes a McDOnald’s smile tote bag, a set of current Happy Meal Toys, a $25 McDonald’s Arch Card, a McDonald’s Characters Vintage T-Shirt, a Pen Buddy Notebook, EOS Organic Lip Balm Multi-Pack, a 16 oz Stainless McDonald’s Tumbler, and a Just Give Gift Card for any charity of reader’s choice. Please visit McDonald’s Facebook or the widget below to pledge time with your family and leave a comment below to let us know what you’re doing to help families in need at RMHC. And, if you have a favorite family memory tied to McDonald’s, I’d love to hear about it!” or … “Have a favorite family memory tied to McDonald’s? Tell us about it!”

With this giveaway, you can have a total of 2 entries, one comment and one where you tweet about this giveaway, or blog about it. Please leave a comment below for each entry, and don’t forget to pledge time in the widget anytime.

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  59 Responses to “Family Time. Happy Time. Giveaway.”

  1. Michelle — August 11, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    What a sad story. You’re right that it’s so important to savor the time we have with those we love.

    We don’t visit McD’s often, but it’s a habit of ours to empty purses and pockets to add money to the RMH canisters. We have friends who were blessed to have RMH when they most needed it.

    Thanks for sharing all the info. Going to check it out now and add to the pledges.

  2. Jenny Flake — August 11, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    Unbelievable story. What a nightmare. Makes me so grateful for good health. Prayers going to that poor family, can not imagine. Thanks for sharing, am going to go hug my little guys! It was such a pleasure meeting you at the McDonald’s event. Hope to meet up again soon 🙂 You going to BlogHer Food in October?

    Hope you have a great day Angie.

  3. 5 Star Foodie — August 11, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    What a sad, touching story 🙁 I feel terrible for this little girl’s parents. Such a tragedy!

  4. Monet — August 11, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    My heart goes out to the family of this little girl. We should always treasure those that are in our lives and each day that we’ve been given. Life is so precious.

  5. MaryMoh — August 11, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    That’s such a very sad story. But why didn’t the parents bring the girl to see the Dr earlier. I’m sure many would be asking this question. Such a dear life gone just like that! I’m really glad to know you are taking time to spend with your family. All of us should. We really should be very thankful that we have happy, healthy family. There are so many who are not as fortunate. It’s great that McD is taking effort to build family time together. We go to McD quite often…..not so much to eat, though we do, but to sit, relax and chat with each other. I cherish all those time. Have fun with your family, especially with your son 😀

    • Angie — August 11, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

      I don’t know, the lady was a CNA, and I can make the conclusion she thought she could “nurse” her by herself. But what I don’t understand about the situation is that the family was from Haiti, and while I’ve never been there, I can’t imagine the climate is much different than here. So I would draw the assumption they have the same illnesses spread through mosquitoes, but worse, who knows. It is very very sad though.

  6. Angelia McGowan — August 11, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Family Time. Happy Time. Giveaway.: I just wrote a whole post about how we spend quality time together as a family…

  7. Mami2jcn — August 11, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    I used the widget to pledge 90 minutes for a movie night with my family.

    My McDonalds memory was having a birthday party there when I was a little girl.

  8. redkathy — August 11, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    You know, my kids were sick and had fevers but not too often. The youngest had always been susceptible to fever, as I am too. I don’t find any fault with this mom unless that fever rose beyond 103. I have had fevers above 103 but never for more than an hour or so. A second spike above 103 would be cause for alarm and perhaps immediate attention. This is such a sad situation, can you imagine how mom must feel? I can’t even think of it! McDonalds does a fabulous service with RMHC. My sister in law used their services when my niece was born. Thank you for sharing the widget Angie and promoting this most generous fund raising event! Families do need to spend as much time together as possible. We never know what tomorrow may bring. Blessings to you and yours. Will be praying for this family.

    • Angie — August 12, 2010 @ 7:25 am

      thanks Kathy, again, I don’t know the details of this situation, just that it is very very sad.

  9. Jenny B — August 12, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    I always want my family to know how loved they are and never take a single day for granted! Family is so important!

  10. Sandra — August 13, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    We love working together to pack boxes of food for the needy.

  11. Judith — August 14, 2010 @ 12:12 am

    Your said it well Make every moment count because in a flash it can be gone.

  12. shelly aka allysmama — August 14, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    Such a sad story. A friend of mine stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill, NC several years ago while her son was in the hospital at UNC. They are an awesome group of people!

  13. shelly aka allysmama — August 14, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
  14. Shelly Leatham — August 14, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

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  15. Amanda Harris — August 14, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

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  16. marybeth i — August 14, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

    I volunteered at the ronald mcdonald house locally. It was a great experience.

  17. Foodierama — August 15, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Family Time. Happy Time. Giveaway. #foodie

  18. I8LA — August 15, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
  19. Kelsey Kim — August 16, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    What a terrible thing to happen! My heart and prayers go out to that little girl’s family. I just couldn’t imagine. It makes you remember to NEVER take the health of your child(or your own health) for granted. It’s a blessing to have health. Thanks for the reminder!

  20. BrendaLea — August 16, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    I am so terribly sorry for the little girls family. I made my pledge above.

  21. Carolyn G — August 16, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

    So sad. I give money to the Ronald McDonald house. they do great work

  22. Matt — August 17, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    My family saves pop tabs for RHMC. We’ve known several people in our lives who have needed RHMC and this is a way we can give back.

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

  23. Nancy — August 17, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    I pledged 120 minutes at the widget to collect clothing for charity.

    Our purchase of meals at McDonalds helps support RMHC.

    A McD memory is watching our children play on their playground after a lunch at McDonalds!



  25. Angel Jacklyn — August 18, 2010 @ 9:06 pm


  26. nan lara — August 19, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    i pledged to collect clothes/items for donation
    i try to give to the ronald mcdonald house because i know it really helps those already facing great pressures
    nannypanpan at

  27. Melinda — August 20, 2010 @ 11:34 am


  28. Joy — August 20, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    My fav McDonalds recipe is when we would go visit my dad, we’d stop at Mcdonalds and get french fries and an apple fritter, that was dinner haha

  29. Blue Girl — August 20, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    I pledged to spent 30 minutes donating my unused clothing to charity

  30. Shopping Chick — August 20, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    My family prepares meals for families in need! I pledge to do this more!

    [email protected]

  31. Sean — August 20, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    I pledge to donate money to help families in need

    [email protected]

  32. Jessie C. — August 20, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    I helped families in need by pledging 90 mins to take photos of nature w/ my family.

    I loved my first McDonald birthday party in Aisa with all friends.

  33. BlogHer Promotions — August 20, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

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  34. JessieKatie — August 20, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

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  35. Eve — August 20, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    I will do 40 minutes of fort building with my family!

    [email protected]

  36. Dee — August 22, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    I pledge 120 minutes for a trip to the museum with my family – should be fun and we plan on getting in some education and lunch at the museum cafe 🙂

  37. Dee — August 22, 2010 @ 12:40 am
  38. Peter Denis — August 22, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    RT @BlogHerDeals: Make a pledge with Eclectic Recipes to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity and get a chance to win! -Christine

  39. Tonya — August 23, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    I pledged to spend 90 minutes taking my kids to the library to read to the smaller children….my girls love to read and they especially love to read out loud! And one of the best birthday memories I have for the girls was their 5th birthday party where it was a disaster of epic proportions…everything seemed to go wrong and all their b-day plans fell thru and we all ended up at McD’s and it turned out to be one of the happiest, most easygoing b-day’s they have every had!!

  40. Amy V — August 23, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    I always put my change in the can for RMHC when at McDonalds. I pledged 2 hours to clean up trash in our park.

  41. Debra F — August 24, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    Very sad story. As a teacher, I unfortunately have seen many children take ill over the years, and on numerous occasions RMHC has been a lifeline for the families – especially when they need to go to a specialized hospital out of town. We have done a number of fundraisers for them in the past years.

  42. Debra F — August 24, 2010 @ 8:11 pm
  43. Mary Jacobowitz — August 24, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

    I pledge to read 20 minutes daily with my family.


  44. Jamie B. — August 25, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    This is so touching! I have five kids of my own, and could never imagine losing even one of them. I pledge to take a nature walk with my children, blow bubbles outside, and make some arts and crafts. These are THEIR FAVORITE things to do, not mine 🙂 But I will gladly do it to share and make memories with them that we will never forget. Because, after all, you never know…

  45. Jamie B. — August 25, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    I tweeted this! Thnx!

    McDonalds Family time.Happy time. Giveaway…
    less than 5 seconds ago via web

  46. Melinda D — August 25, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    I just pledge 60 minutes to take my kids to the park and play with them =0)

  47. georgia stewart — August 26, 2010 @ 2:16 am

    i did it ,tweet ,facebook and will retweet n blog about it

  48. Georgia — August 26, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    [email protected] Family Time. Happy Time. Giveaway.

  49. Jenni Carlisle — August 27, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    I pledged two hours to make dinner with my kiddos and watch a movie. This is a really awesome giveaway…it’s a win win scenario!

    Jenni Carlisle
    [email protected]

  50. Georgia — August 29, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    Best Memories of McDonald’s was watching my kids open their Happy Meals and how their faces lighted up!
    I pledged 15 minutes of hiking a walking trail with my family!

  51. Georgia — August 29, 2010 @ 8:22 am
  52. Joretta Foster — August 29, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    not to work so much
    [email protected]

  53. Cowin Myundies — November 4, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    [email protected] Family Time. Happy Time. Giveaway.

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