Demystifying McDonald’s – and why I’m still loving them!

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I’ve always had such fond memories of McDonald’s. When I was little, I would sleep over at my grandma’s house,

and we’d wake up and head to McDonald’s for breakfast, where I always ordered the hotcakes. Or, if we didn’t

make it to breakfast, we’d head there for lunch and I’d get a Happy Meal, complete with those delicious Soft Baked

Chocolate Chip Cookie boxes (remember those?). I’d have an absolute blast playing in the Play Place, and never

wanted to leave.


Now that I’m older, and a parent myself, I love taking my kids there. Just like my younger self, my kids never want

to leave the Play Place, which itself has come a long way. Once outside (and still is in some older locations), the

Play Place is now inside, which is perfect on a rainy or other bad-weather day. And of course, my children love their

Happy Meals! I very much wish McDonald’s still carried those boxes of cookies, because that was one of my fave

memories, but I do understand their goal to satisfy their customers requests and add more balanced options to the


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In fact, they’ve made great strides in revamping their food options. I love it that they offer Apple Slices in their

Happy Meals and am delighted that my kids choose those over their fries! And as for their hamburgers? They

actually are made with 100% pure beef! Even their Chicken McNuggets are made with chicken breasts. I especially

love their Premium Salad options and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits! It’s nice that I can go to a fast food place and still eat

balanced options! I have absolutely no problems taking my kids to eat there every few weeks.

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of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McDonald’s.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014


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Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 15!), and if you are struggling with what to get Dad this year, be sure to check out my Father’s Day gift guide that will help you find a great gift idea this year!

Brooks Brothers Gingham Shirt

Non-iron sport shirt, made from Supima® cotton oxford. Original Polo® button-down collar. Center back pleat. Front placket. Golden Fleece® embroidery at left chest. Contrast color on inside collar and cuffs. Deep yoke. Machine wash. Imported. Also available in Slim fit. They have many different colors to choose from, though I’m very partial to this blue color. As the country’s oldest clothing retailer, Brooks Brothers is proud to uphold the same traditions and values for nearly two centuries. We believe these are the reasons why our customers consider us to be far more than a store. You can learn more about the Brooks Brother’s history and heritage HERE. Be Sure to take a look at their full Father’s Day Gift Guide! You’re gonna love what they have to offer.

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John Varvatos Washed Linen Boat Shoe

They’ve merged their signature Schooner silhouette with a classic boat shoe design for a remarkable everyday slip-on. Finished with details like a laceless closure, vintage hardware as well as hand stitching on the washed linen exterior. Size & Fit: This shoe runs small; Please order a half size up. Complimentary Shipping & Returns. John Varvatos is a brand that occupies a unique place in the landscape of American design. It unites old world craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, the brand now represents an entire lifestyle that includes belts, bags, footwear, eyewear, limited edition watches, luxury skincare and fragrances, as well as the younger, edgier John Varvatos Star USA collection and Converse by John Varvatos.

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Tessemae’s Father’s Day Grill Pack

Tessemae’s All Natural is the world’s fastest growing fresh condiment company. It started when the oldest of three brothers marched a Tupperware container filled with their mother’s homemade salad dressing recipe into the grand opening of a local grocery store back in 2009. Over the next 5 years, the brothers have achieved national distribution in Whole Foods Markets and Safeway grocery stores with a complete line of “clean” salad dressings, marinades, rubs, and sauces.

Tessemae’s has just launched their new Father’s Day Grill Pack. Complete with Ketchup, Honey Mustard, Teriyaki Sauce, Hot Sauce and brand new Slow Roasted Garlic Spread, this pack delivers the same real, simple, bold ingredients that can be expected from Tessemae’s.

The must-have culinary accessory for any dad who wants to perfect his grilling skills this summer, Tessemae’s is the perfect complement to grilled veggies, meat or protein. Using only all-natural ingredients (ones you know and can actually pronounce!) and made with no refined sugars, these paleo-friendly, dairy free, spreads and marinades can turn any BBQ into a real culinary feast. From now until June 10th, Tessemae’s is offering a special price ($25) for the entire grill pack with guaranteed Father’s Day delivery.

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Powercase & Powermat Bundle

A great gift to give that special dad or grad in your life more power and protection for his iPhone 5s or 5. The Duracell Powermat wireless charging pad and PowerCase together make powering and protecting your iPhone 5s a breeze. The PowerCase’s built-in 2000 mAh battery provides up to 100% extra battery power, while shielding your iPhone from nicks and bruises. The PowerMat lets you recharge your iPhone and PowerCase wirelessly by simply placing them on the mat—no need to plug in your iPhone. And if you’re at a different location from the PowerMat, you can also recharge your iPhone and PowerCase with a micro USB cable through the USB port on the case. You can also find these at the Apple store!

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Cabelas Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite Window Smoker

This smoker is literally SMOKING and amazing! The smoker comes in 30″ (4 racks) and 40″ (6 racks). The smoker comes with Window and Stainless Steel Door — See how your smoked meats, cheeses or vegetables are coming along through the integrated window. Built-in meat probe displays the food temperature. Digital temperature and time controls. Thermostatic-controlled temperature. Built-in internal cabinet light. Four racks provide 730 sq. in. of cooking space. Can hold six racks for a total of 1,095 sq. in. of cooking area. 25-lb. capacity. What Father wouldn’t want one of these?

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Ray-Ban REMIX Sunglasses

Ray-Ban is giving YOU the power to custimze your own mix of sunglasses! You get to choose your style frame, lenses, and more. Ray-Ban has been producing timeless classics in eyewear for over 60 years. From their Aviator Classics, to their ever-popular Wayfarer Sunglasses, Ray-Ban has been at the forefront of Eyewear style. Now with Ray-Ban Remix, you can fully customize the look of your Ray-Ban sunglasses. Choose your model, the frame color, lens colors and more. You can even get a pair engraved just for your Dad.

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Harry’s Father & Son Shave Set

This is definitely one of my favorite gift guide ideas! What a better way to bring Father & Son together to create bonding moments while shaving? I’m a huge fan of this! Plus, you can even get the razor handles monogrammed! Like most of the men in your life, they’ve long had to choose between over-priced, over-marketed razors that disrespect your intelligence, and low quality, cheap razors that disrespect your face. They knew there had to be a better way, so they created Harry’s as a return to the essential: a great shave at a fair price.

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Nike+ Fuel Band

The Nike+ FuelBand SE Silver features polished stainless steel clasp, bezel and screws. It has handworked, mirror polished surfaces to highlight craftsmanship and detail. This is the perfect gift for the active Dad or even one who might need a little encouragement to get moving more. Nike’s Nike+ platform makes it easy to start tracking your progress and work towards higher goals.

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Omaha Steaks For Dad – The Dad Pack!

It’s time to treat dad this Father’s Day with custom-built combos guaranteed to thrill! We’ve assembled our customer favorites perfect for gifting and grilling and when you select the Father’s Day Deal, Father’s Day Favorites, Father’s Day Griller Package, or The Dad Pack, we’ll ship your entire order FREE and include 6 FREE Omaha Steaks Burgers to each address in your order! There’s never been a better time to spoil dad, and at these prices, you might as well treat yourself too!

Impress Dad this year and still get a Deal from your friends at Omaha Steaks. Succulent and tender – Dad’s sure to love our Filet Mignons. Bold, beefy and naturally lean, Top Sirloins will take Dad’s grilling to new heights. Add genuine Omaha Steaks Burgers, ground from our own lean beef, and Boneless Pork Chops and you’ve got something to impress every pop! Order now – Father’s Day will be here before you know it!

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Celebrate your Dad this Father’s Day with some great wine! Whether you buy a few bottles for dinner, or sign him up for a monthly wine club membership, has the best selection of wines online. Check out their selection of 90+ point wines for under $20! With their convenient services, huge selection of wines, and easy delivery…I’m sure you will find some great bottles for him to enjoy!

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My favorite in this list is the Nike+ Fuelband. Perfect for hubby during PT and even PT tests! Love it :)

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Walmart Makes $2 Million Donation to Fisher House and Operation Homefront #GivingTuesday

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Holidays are both a stressful yet joyous time of year for most, but can be especially difficult when you have a loved deployed. Holidays just aren’t the same while you’re apart, especially if you just PCS’d and don’t have any family nearby! That’s why Walmart has parented with Operation Homefront and Fisher House to help support military families nationwide. Walmart’s “Holiday Salute to Military Families” initiative aims to honor and support our service members and veterans who keep our country safe, as well as the military families who act as our heroes at home, especially during the holidays!

Walmart is giving $2 million in support to Operation Homefront and Fisher House to help spread holiday joy to our nation’s heroes and their families. Walmart will fund Operation Homefront’s plan to provide toys and meals to military families nationwide who are in need of support this holiday season. The gift also will support Operation Homefront’s “Home for the Holidays” program, reuniting heroes with their families. And, Walmart’s gift will pay half the cost to make Fisher Houses completely free for all families in 2014.

And, we want to know who your hero is, this holiday season and every day! Leave a comment on here or Facebook and use #GivingTuesday and tag your loved one, sharing with everyone how grateful you are for them! Plus, if you are looking for ways to help military families, you can join in the Salute! Help Sponsor A Family in a Fisher House today –  click on Join in our Holiday Salute to Military Families !

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