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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

This is not your mother's Happy Meal. #giveaway

When I was a kid, going to McDonald's was a special treat, not a regular occurrence. On the rare occasions that we did go to the Golden Arches, we were never allowed to order a Happy Meal.

"It's cheaper to just get a hamburger and fries," my mom would say. "You don't need a crappy toy and we have pop at home."

Let me tell you, friends, today's Happy Meals are NOT your mother's (or your childhood's) kids meals. (Can you say kid-size fries and apple slices?) In fact, right now McDonald's Happy Meals will not come with a crappy toy. Instead, children will receive one of four different original books featuring characters from McD's latest advertising campaigns that encourage kids to eat right and exercise.

(Have you seen the commercial with the goat? I'm lovin' it!)

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The 4 books that are offered as part of the series are:
  • "The Goat Who Ate Everything"
  • "Deana's Big Dreams"
  • "Ant, Can't"
  • "Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando"
In conjunction with what I'll refer to as the Happy McBooks offer, McDonald's of Central Indiana is leading a "Give a Book, Get a Book" campaign. When you donate a new or gently used children's book at one of these locations, you will get a "Be Our Guest" card for a free Happy Meal. The donated books will be distributed to the Ronald McDonald House at Riley Children's Hospital, Indy Reads bookstore, School on Wheels and other organizations in need of children's books.

And now, for the McGiveaway!

Because I agreed to work with Indy With Kids and McDonald's of Central Indiana, I have the opportunity to host (again, my words) a Happy McBooks McGiveaway.

One lucky winner will receive a week of 5 happy meal coupons (good at Central Indiana McD's), a $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of a Happy Meal Book. If you don't live in Central Indiana, go ahead and enter. It's worth it for the Amazon gift card alone.

To enter:

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For my participation in this campaign, Indy with Kids and McDonald's of Central Indiana have given me Happy Meal coupons and a Target gift card. Opinions about crappy toys and awesome goat commercials are all mine.

19 comments:

Alina Hahn said...

My favorite happy meal toys would have to be either the smurfs or the happy feet toys. Anything penguin related or something from when I was growing up is always great.

Pug Posse said...

I really don't remember getting happy meals wgen I was a kid. I was never a big fan of the food (other than the fries). But I think the books are a fantastic prize! It's really nice that they are offering healthier food options and now books! Bravo, McD's, bravo.

Josh, Amy, Olivia, Josiah, Girum, Tarikwa, and Taye said...

I love this! And five coupons fits my family like a glove! Thanks, Amy!!!!

Karen Waterman said...

I was just over the Happy Meal age when they came out so I missed the fun. They are a regular for my kids, though! I love the book idea!

Kathryn Kutan said...

My kids favorite Happy Meal toy was the Toy Story figures. I think the books are an excellent idea! No child can have to many books

stefanie gladden said...

i like the plush toys that come in the happy meals!

stephanie ann

Cherie said...

I always loved the glasses (not always with Happy Meals but sold at McDs) with characters on them.

traveler said...

I never did go to Macdonalds but a plush toy is great, but the best are the books. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley Rexrode said...

I loved the disney toys and the shrek toys.

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rachel said...

How about Sophie the Giraffe for young ones?

QuatroMama said...

I really valued your input last night. Smart stuff. Wish we could have chatted more...

Crystal said...

We are loving the addition of books!

caralyn said...

I remember Kids Meals being a "Vacation-Only" treat! NEVER a go to meal (as they sometimes are with my three kiddos, on the nights where we have choir and violin lessons, and art club all at once in a row)...

I remember those little PVC Smurfs...and still HAVE a set of four California Raisins Figurines! haha. Those were great.

Unknown said...

I used to love the barbies kids meal toys.

Angie said...

We went to McDonalds A LOT when they had the Minions in the Happy Meals!

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

My favorite Happy Meal Toy(s) are from years ago -- the Beanie Babie craze!
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Wendy Rozema said...

my daughter always likes when they have barbies in the happy meals

SolDucky said...

I think it would be neat if they had little books in the meals!

Jessica Grove said...

I'm a huge fan of books in kids' meals. Wendy's has offered books for "under 3's" for some time.