Let McDonald's help Flip Your Morning

I am a stay at home mom, so I am responsible for every meal that my kids eat. It's not an easy task to feed two very different toddlers, with different tastes and appetites. When my first daughter started eating solids, it was only brown rice cereal and all organic home made baby food. Then a year and a half later my crazy second daughter was born and when it was time for her to eat solids, she wanted no part of my home made organic deliciousness and unfortunately my strict healthy meal planning got lost in the chaos. 

When I was growing up, my dad was very adamant about having a protein (chicken, steak,or pork), starch (rice or potatoes), and vegetable (corn, broccoli, canned green beans) for dinner, with a side of milk. To this day, we still mostly do the same. 

Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a blogger breakfast at McDonald's, and I am so glad that I did. I learned so much that day, not just about McDonald's and their new food options, but about a better way to feed my family. Monica Montes RD talked about the proper portions for each food group, and how McDonald's has made it easier for us to eat healthier, if we choose.  When I was growing up, we didn't eat fast food more than once a week, and the rule still applies for my children. Now, having learned the calorie count and food group portions that are present in the happy meal, I feel very comfortable feeding my children McDonald's (which they will be happy about).

McDonald's has introduced a change to the routine with the Egg White Delight McMuffin. At only 250 calories, freshly-cracked egg whites, white cheddar, lean Canadian bacon, and a whole grain muffin, it feels good to eat something that I don't feel guilty about and it's so good! (Add a hashbrown and a small OJ and you are still under 600 cal!) One inspiring idea that I took away from Monica Montes RD was when she said, "It's not where you eat, It's what you eat when you get there." What a great point! Personally, I don't eat out very often, so when I do, I am going for the Big Mac, but for the families that eat out often, just make smart decisions for yourself and your children. 

The New Happy Meal includes 4 piece Chicken McNuggets (Protein 190 cal.), Apple Slices (Fruit 15 cal.), Kids Fries (100 cal.), and Low-Fat Milk (Calcium 100 cal.) for a total of 405 calories. 

We were invited to take a peek at behind the scenes. I had never worked at a fast food restaurant and had my own misconceptions about how it was going to look. To my pleasant surprise, the food was fresh, the people were efficient and of course really busy.  

I also got to try their new Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie. It was really good and just enough sweet and really filling for only 220 calories. 

Now hopefully I made your mouth water a bit, because McDonald's provided me with some coupons to try the Egg White Delight for Free! 
I am giving away 3 on my blog, just leave a comment with your favorite item from the McDOnald's menu and your email address.
I am also giving away 3 to anyone who tweets about the giveaway and on my Facebook. (All winners will be announced on Friday 6/7/13 at 12 p.m.)  Thanks for reading, and go #FlipYourMorning!  

*Disclosure: I was invited to try the new Egg White Delight and am not being paid for this post. I was provided with coupons for this giveaway, however, all opinions about how tasty the food was, are my own. 

Craft of Blogging Workshop

This weekend I attended my very first blogging workshop, well my very first blogging anything really. When I began this blog about a year and a half ago, I didn't really realize what it was that I was getting myself into, or where it would lead me. But, thanks to some amazing ladies I met this weekend, I think I have more of an idea as to what it is I am doing! 
I started this blog as a way to journal and showcase some of the "things" that I make for my kids, like their Halloween costumes and their parties that I go crazy with. Things slowly started evolving once I found Pinterest, I started pinning away and had so many new ideas! Then I  thought, I should start pinning my items back onto Pinterest, and before you know it, my traffic started increasing. Slowly, but surely. And up until recently I was at a stand still. What do I do with my blog? Where do I want to go? I found a lot of these answers at The Craft of Blogging workshop. 

The workshop was put to life by three amazing mom's who blog. Xenia of Raised by CultureRuby of Growing Up Blackxican (writer for Babble) and Denise of Pear Mama (writer for Baby Center). I heard about this workshop about a month ago, and was reluctant to join because I didn't really know what I wanted from blogging. Thankfully I got the push and support from my husband to go and see what it was all about. I am so glad I did. First of all, the place that hosted the workshop is called The Makery in Anaheim and it was such a cute place where crafters can go and be surrounded by fellow crafters, or rent the space and host a crafting shindig of your own. 
After arriving and enjoying a light lunch of delicious sandwiches, salad and Jarrito's soda, we got down to business and started talking about blogging. This workshop was also for beginning bloggers, so there was a lot of information on how to start a blog and the terminology that goes along with that. Although I have had my blog for over a year, I didn't know a lot of the terminology, so I was so glad for that type of review. 
I really wanted to share with you, my readers, what I took most from the workshop. From the blogging basics portion, I learned that I need to find my inspiration and my voice and figure out what I want to do with it. I learned what should be included in a Media Kit, which is something I have been going crazy trying to figure out how to do. And lastly, I learned how to connect with brands and how to pitch yourself to them, which is something I will be working on soon! 
We had refreshments supplied by Jarritos soda, and I have to say, it really took me back to my childhood. When I was little, my mom would take me to the carniceria and our treat would be an orange Jarritos soda. 

The swag bag was amazing and filled with so many goodies and coupons by such awesome companies. Thank you to McDonalds, Crav on Fries, Neutrogena, Crafty Chica, SkinnedKnees.net and Pampers, just to name a few!
My head has been spinning since I left the Craft of Blogging workshop, I have so much information and advice that I have been trying to figure out how to implement. So, a big thank you to the women who have inspired me and to my readers, wish me luck! I will try my best to entertain, inspire or at least make you smile, even a little.