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A Special Libby’s Lunch and Prize Package Giveaway

There’s an opportunity for you to learn all about a great giveaway from Libby’s at the end of this post!

When I was growing up, I clearly remember sitting around the dinner table eating dinner as a family pretty much every night. We ate family style, passing around the dishes of delicious food my mom had made for the meal and being there was not an option. I remember falling over in peals of laughter at things my sister would say. Or fighting fiercely with my sister over things she would say. Either way, our table was never a quiet place. It was a place where we shared delicious food and conversation.

I had a very special opportunity to spend an afternoon at the Farmhouse restaurant with a group of Kansas City bloggers and some folks from Libby’s as part of Libby’s campaign to feed the hungry and get families back to the dinner table. When asked to participate in this effort, I was thrilled as making family mealtime a priority has always been a passion of mine. Whether you have pizza from your local shop or you enjoy a home cooked meal, it is so important to connect as a family at the end of the day around the dinner table.

As a part of our afternoon together, the Kansas City bloggers along with author and mom of 7, Hannah Keeley, spent some time putting together “Back to the Table” bags for a local transitional shelter called Hillcrest. Of course, Libby’s provided several cans of their products for the bags, but on top of that, we each got to choose one thing to bring to include in each bag. The ladies of Kansas City were quite creative, and came up with some really neat things to include.

I am so excited for the families at Hillcrest to have the opportunity to get back on their feet and get a boost in the right direction when it comes to family mealtime. Imagine how these simple bags are going to enhance their lives. That makes me smile!

The lovely folks have Libby’s and super funny and talented Hannah Keeley have given me the opportunity to share a prize package of great goodies with you. To enter, all you have to do is share your favorite tip for making family mealtime a priority. The prize package includes:

  • A Libby’s reusable shopping tote bag full of Libby’s products, a state-of-the-art can opener and a copy of Hannah Keeley’s book,  Total Mom Makeover

Entries will be taken up until Midnight CST on Sunday, October 10th. The person with the best “get back to the table” tip will be announced the winner!

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  1. Every once in a while we play the ABC game… going through the alphabet around the table and come up w/ things we’re thankful for that begin w/ each letter. I love it because it inevitably sparks conversation about things that we choose to share.

  2. With 2 kids in sports, a husband who is a coach, and me working two jobs, when we have a night where we are all home, we make sure it’s special!

  3. We make it a priority by doing most of the prep work – together – the night before. When we get home from work, everyone is hungry and there isn’t much time to do any “together” time prep. We do it the night before, aren’t as stressed, and end up doing the work together and making healthier meals!

  4. Most week nights our family has an informal dinner time that is short and to the point. However, Sunday Dinner (capitalized to show the importance) is a mandatory attendance for our family. It is when we serve “slow foods” cooked with love and feed our bodies and souls. We spend up to two hours laughing and chatting. In fact, Sunday Dinner is what inspired me to blog. Many of my friends and co-workers were astonished and a bit envious of our Sunday dinner spreads.

  5. It is just the two of us, but we both look forward to meal time. We love cooking, dining, and cleaning up together. It makes meal time an event and a time to visit, laugh, share, and enjoy tasty food.

  6. It’s just the two of us as well, but when we can we make mealtime a together time (doesn’t that just sound corny?) We like to read books together, so often my husband will read out loud to me while I cook, then we’ll eat together, and then I’ll read out loud to him as he cleans up. It sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s a fun way to spend time together and enjoy sometimes not so fun tasks.

  7. We always have dinner together. Once we had kids, we decided no more eating in front of the TV. We want it to be family time!

  8. We always make sure we eat dinner together as a family and I try to incorporate ways for my 3 year old to help with dinner – from prep work to setting the table.

  9. Well, while we enjoy dinner together most nights, we are usually “stranded on the island”… Just last week I enforced our “last supper” spent crowded uncomfortably around the island and now have the kitchen table (just steps away mind you) set and ready for family dinners to be enjoyed!

  10. this is fantastic, Kristen! What a mitzvah you are doing! It starts here…and it will grow from here! I am so excited to meet you!

  11. My family and I ate meals together every night growing up and I believe so forcefully that it was the reason why i did so well in school and feel so close to them today. I think the only tip I can give is to start young and not back down when kids get older or it gets harder.

  12. Everyone has to share at least one good thing that happened to them during the day! It’s a great way to recap our day and get everyone involved.

  13. We try to schedule mealtime around the kids’ activities and make quick, easy meals. That way the kids still have the opportunity to do things, but we still stay connected as a family.

  14. Meal time together with my husband and 2 daughters has always been a part of our routine. It’s a given, no question that will have dinner together as a family. My daughters look forward to it. They help me in the kitchen and set the table. My husband grills when we do grilled food and we all help clean up. It’s truly a family affair but one we enjoy. It’s our time to reconnect from the day, talk about anything (and I mean anything), laugh and tell stories.

  15. Hi Kristen!

    Did you take these pics? They’re great!!!

    Having a little one, I make sure to plan in advance. That way we can all eat together at a family :)

    By the way… Happy Birthday!

  16. Eating meals together is mandatory in my family ever since I was a kid back home in India since we talk, share and discuss many issues that happen throughout the day and my husband and I still follow the tradition of eating atleast dinner together everyday here to keep the culture going…..moreover we look forward to spend that quality time daily..thanks for this giveaway…

  17. Well, having a house full of teenagers can be a little difficult to get everyone around the table, and to be honest, it doesn’t happen every night. But to make our time special, we usually cook together also. Having a helping hand in the kitchen is not only helpful, but also fun.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like you had a GREAT time!
    ~Liz

  18. Dani Ellie says:

    Have the kids learn to cook by trying out at least one new recipe per week and make it a family affair. My family always likes to discuss what made the new dish/recipe really good, what worked, what didn’t and what could be done to enhance it or make it even better. It gets the family to participate together, to learn together and most of all to have fun.

  19. Kristen, this is such a wonderful opportunity you gals had to help others. Daily as moms we not only take care of ourselves, but our children too. It is nice to reach outside of our own families to comfort others too.
    We love the dinners when there are no tantrums! Most of our meals are at home and one of the big deals is that mommy tries too cook mostly everything from scratch – with great help from my little recipe testers.

  20. A set time for dinner every night…then everyone knows when dinner will be so schedules can be made around it!

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