Years and years ago when Miss M was just a baby, we were sitting in a McDonald’s for lunch. I couldn’t help but watch a mother and daughter as they sat down to eat. The young girl, just a toddler, wasn’t partaking in a Happy Meal but rather a salad. I thought it was incredibly cool that such a young child would opt for something healthy over a fun and tasty meal that included a toy.
As part of McDonald’s Family Arches community, I’ve had some great opportunities to speak my mind. Whenever there is a chance to voice my thoughts regarding the food at a place I regularly eat, I do. Often, they ask for feedback about upcoming promotions or changes, sometimes just the brand in general. Whenever they bring up Happy Meal toys, my thoughts wander back to that day, the little girl and the salad.
We feel that anything in moderation is okay so we would regularly let the girls order Happy Meals but that isn’t what they always like. Miss K has been eating salads since she was a toddler so if she wants one at McDonald’s, that is what she gets. Over the years, it has been awesome to see little changes to the Happy Meal – as an example, the inclusion of apples. Someday, I hope to see a salad as an option but McDonald’s has outdone themselves with their latest improvement… Go-Gurt!
If your kids are anything like mine, they ask for Go-Gurt on a regular basis. During the school year, not only do we stock it for school lunches but it also makes a great snack. Now, McDonald’s has made it an option in their Happy Meal and I’m over the moon. Miss M has a growing tween’s appetite and usually orders from the regular menu but we inquired about the Go-Gurt and discovered we could buy it directly for only 50¢ at our local McDonald’s locations. So not only do kids have the option of having it in their Happy Meal but they can also just ask for it as a snack! Breakfast on the go? Go-Gurt!
During my recent trip to San Jose, I was proud to be the McDonald’s Family Arches Correspondent. In addition to being a regular attendee, I had the privilege of sharing Happy Meal coupons to adults and kids to help promote the addition of Go-Gurt to the Happy Meal lineup. An additional purpose was to help the McDonald’s team spread the word about the BlogHer closing party. Let me tell you, it was pretty easy to be excited about it because the featured entertainment was Rev Run from Run DMC. I was spreading the word on social media well before they asked me to be their correspondent!
There was awesome music and the venue was beautifully transformed. Unlike most BlogHer parties with catered food and cans of pop, this one was completely different. A McDonald’s food trailer – a mobile kitchen – was on site doling out burgers, fries, salads, smoothies and Happy Meals, including their latest addition, Go-Gurt!
The food and music were amazing; the selfiebration stations set up around the venue and opportunities to win cool prizes were icing on the cake. I can’t tell you how many times I heard people say it was the “best BlogHer closing party… ever.” Having a few prior BlogHer conferences to compare it to, I couldn’t agree more. It was an amazing event featuring an iconic musical artist AND spotlighting food that makes us smile. The McDonald’s team deserves kudos for a job well done.
Thank you to McDonald’s for allowing me to be the Family Arches Correspondent at BlogHer.