Saying Yes to an Adventure with the Kids

Say Yes to an Adventure with the Kids

While I have tried hard to be more intentional with my parenting and tried to be a little more of a “Yes Mom” (when those yeses are to good things), I often fail at it.  I have let a lot of things, including blogging, pull me in so many directions that when I sometimes get a sweet faced, “Mom, can we (do whatever),” my answer often sounds a whole lot like “Not right now.”

When I recently partnered with BlogHer and Stouffer’s for a campaign, they hooked me up with a dinner for the night and let me know that it was, indeed, time to say yes to one of those “Mom, can we…” questions.

Okay, wait. That’s not true.  Let me be honest here.  I was planning to put in minimal effort into our outing.  In fact, I had been trying to think for days of something that would be fun, but perhaps not take a huge amount of time, since it had been a busy week.

Yes, that’s right – I was trying to cop out on being a “Yes Mom,” while still pretending that I was.  We’ve all been there, right?  Or, at least I hope we’ve all been there, because I know that I’ve been there.

When the day finally came that we were going to do our outing, Eric and I both agreed that we would take the kids out for a fun bike ride.  It’s something that we’ve enjoyed as a family in the past, but just haven’t done lately.

To actually ramp it up into something a little more exciting, there is a new road in our neighborhood that wasn’t open yet, but would be soon.  The last time that happened, we rode our bikes on the road before it opened, and the kids smiled about it for days.  It’s the little things, isn’t it?

When we got to the new road, however, we were shocked to find it had literally just been opened.  I was bummed.  Isn’t that one of the worst feelings as a Mom?  You promise your kids something that they think will be really cool, only to have to say, “I’m sorry – it doesn’t look like that will happen.”

I comforted them by pointing out that the new road also had a great bike path.  It would be fun to just ride near the new road.  We rode for just a while before one of those sweet faced “Mom, can we…” moments popped up.

The shortest family member (which makes a difference when it comes to bike riding) asked, “Do you think we could ride our bikes all the way to Walmart?”  She asked with hope in her eyes, knowing that this new bike path meant that it would be a longer ride than we normally take, but that it was actually now all connected. It involved having to cross a large road, and I knew that we would have to get home for dinner.

Knowing that I had some Stouffer’s meals to just pop in the oven negated that last one.  And, when we finally got the big road, we realized that crossing it really was doable, as long as we were careful. My kids were beaming throughout the bike ride.  I was pretty pleased too.  Not only had we been able to get out, have fun, and exercise, but I had managed to stop myself from the “not today” answer that I wanted to give.

Biking to Get Bread

Not only did we make it safely to Walmart, but we even bought a loaf of bread to have with our Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat and Sauce and Chicken Alfredo that we were going to make at home.  (For those of you with some big meat eaters in your home, you might want to try out the Stouffer’s Meat Lovers Lasagna instead.)  The kids also thought that was a hoot, especially since Jack had the loaf on the bike of his bike the whole time and we kept laughing that he looked Parisian as he pedaled his bike with his large loaf of bread behind him.

After the great bike ride (and a stop off at Grandma and Papa’s house), everyone was hungry and excited to try the Stouffer’s meals.  I loved that the size of the meals (we picked up the size that was $6.99 per package at our Kroger) made it possible to have two different meal options.  That’s especially perfect in our house where we have a whole lot of people who love lasagna coupled with someone like me who can’t really have spaghetti sauce and likes to skip out on red meat.  The kids were able to gobble up lasagna with meat sauce, I had the chicken alfredo, and Eric got to have some of both. Stouffer's Family Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce 2

While we were eating, I couldn’t help but ask the kids if they liked it as much as my lasagna.  Jack, who often has his Mama’s back, dutifully said that mine was better but that he liked it very much.  Noah, our peacemaker, stayed neutral and didn’t even answer.  Molly, however, said, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I like this better.”  That girl likes to call it like she sees it.

I loved that we were able to have a nice meal, made with fresh ingredients, as well as having options for everyone.  Although we got the meals free (along with other compensation for our time), I liked that they were very affordable as far as a full frozen meal option.  My kids, who are often picky, all gave their food a thumbs up.  Eric and I also really liked the meals and decided that we would definitely love to have them again as a good option for dinner on a crazy day.

Thanks so much to BlogHer and Stouffer’s for that little push to saying yes to an adventure.  It made for a very special family time together.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love those meals! In our family it also usually takes two, one for those of us who really like meat and one for those of us who could give or take meat. I love the fact that you were able to bike up to the store with the children. We used to walk to our local Walmart which was about five miles from our home, back then the youngest was still in her stroller for those long walks. Now I live about 20 miles from the nearest Walmart so the walk really isn’t do-able … but perhaps the two eldest children and myself could bike there and back in a day without killing ourselves lol.

  2. Leah Williams says

    I normally don’t get to say yes too often, but I think I’d be able to if I had some Stouffer’s in my freezer. We are a larger family and we are hearty eaters, so I may need to get two of them ;-)

  3. tammy cordery says

    I say yes to my kids with the help of Stouffers by using their mac n cheese when we need a quick side dish with chicken or beef.

  4. D Schmidt says

    I say yes by having more time to play with them before dinner! I am always so stressed at meal times so it would be lovely to have time to be relaxed.

  5. Mami2jcn says

    Stouffers frees me up to more outside playtime with the kids. I love the Stouffers meatloaf. I need to try their lasagnas.

  6. Elena says

    Stouffer’s saves me time and I can do more fun things with my family like biking, playing etc

  7. Nicole Dz says

    With the quick ease of these meals I’m able to say yes and have a fun day out for a while, weather if it is going to the park, roller blading with them, or just sharing some giggles, I can be interactive with them.

  8. Natalie says

    If my kids want to help prepare dinner, I say yes but give them easy tasks to do.

  9. Danielle Jones says

    I love Stouffer’s meals because they are easy to pop into the oven. The time that I would have spent cooking can be spent with my kids. These meals are particularly nice now that I’m in my 3rd trimester of my 3rd pregnancy since I don’t have to spend long on my feet cooking dinner. I would spend that extra time reading books with my 3 year old and 18 month old.

  10. Ellie W says

    A Stouffer’s lasagne allows me time to say yes to story time, game time, and all around family time.

  11. Emily B says

    Stouffers helps me to say yes to spending time in the kitchen with my daughter, without the worry of a huge mess. She gets to “help” me and for once I don’t mind!

  12. Lisa Brown says

    I say “yes” by serving them the Family Size Five Cheese Lasagna; we love it :)

  13. steven weber says

    I would say yes but allowing them to help me cook and setting the table.

  14. Julie Wood says

    Stouffers frees me up to more time being with my son and daughter! I love the Stouffers lasagna and have had it many times. I say yes to my children when they want to go to the movies.

  15. heather says

    I say yes to the kids by making Stouffer’s Lasagna for dinner once a month we all love it and it is so fast and easy just add a salad and some garlic bread.

  16. sharonjo says

    It sounds like you had a fun family outing! My kids are grown now, but having a quick dinner ready to pop in the oven or microwave is a great way to free up time to spend with the little ones and make them a top priority without giving up a nice hot meal for the family. Thank you!

    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  17. says

    I think the five cheese lasagna sounds tasty! I say yes to them by playing when I’d rather rest.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Susan Smith says

    Stouffers frees me up to more outside playtime with the kids. We had the Stouffers Meat Lasagna last week and it was delicious.

  19. Jessica B. says

    We actually had a Stouffer’s night this week already. The ease of making dinner allows me to do more outside with the kids rather than spending all evening in the kitchen. This week we went on a walk to their favorite pond.

  20. Jessie C. says

    I get to say yes to kids for more biking fun with the help of Stouffer’s.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  21. says

    Since we don’t have kids, I’ll comment about my mom. :-) I loved when my mom made Stouffer’s lasagna. With a family of 6, she was definitely able to say “yes” to spending more time in the evenings with us vs. being in the kitchen.

  22. kjasus says

    my son is always begging me to play xbox with him. having a stouffers in the oven means i have time to play with him!

  23. Kristen says

    As you said, sometimes is just the littlest things that they really want to do and that they remember, so sometimes even a trip to the hardware store or a family walk with the dog can be a little adventure :)

  24. Laurie says

    Stoffers allowed me to say yes to multiple people recently and it was wonderful. I have been overbooked and saying a lot of “not now” to everyone in my life. We invited another family over for dinner and I was worried about fitting in the time to cook. My husband suggested we serve the Stoffers lasagna with meat. My daughter asked if we could have the cheese only Stoffers lasagna and I said yes! So we had both. I was able to say yes to an enjoyable evening with family and friends with no fuss in the kitchen.

  25. Lauren E. says

    Lasagna is something we always want to make, but never have the time. So we love Stouffers meat loves lasagna. It allows us to have MORE special time with the daughter out in the yard vs cooking. neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. LAMusing says

    I don’t have kids. I do love their Meat and Sauce lasagna – I usually have one in the freezer ready to go :)

  27. Norma says

    My daughter and I both like Stouffers lasagna. We have it with a side salad for a perfect meal.

  28. Rebecca Graham says

    Stouffers is so easy and time saving that I can say Yes to a fun things like going outside to play.

  29. Kelly D says

    I would say yes to going outside and playing with my kids before dinner since it wouldn’t take long to make with Stouffers.

  30. Gina M says

    I say yes to more time for playing, and less time in the kitchen with easy weeknight meals like Stouffers lasagna!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  31. Janice Cooper says

    This would definitely make time much easier for dinner by being a fast meal which would allow us to have more time together in the evening.

  32. Barbara Montag says

    I can say yes to the kids because having Stouffer’s will give me more patience and time.
    thank you

  33. says

    I’m a food blogger and even though I make most meals homemade, it’s nice after a long day to have a yummy lasagna already made, no fuss no muss! Nettie

  34. Debbie B says

    i don’t have any kids but I know that Stouffer’s is a real time saver for fixing a meal!

  35. janetfaye says

    I say kids with the help of Stouffer’s by serving one of their delicious family meals like Lasagna. It is quick and easy to make and this gives us more time to do other things together.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. Neiddy says

    My kids love eating Lasagna with the help of Stouffer’s I can say yes to them every time they ask me for their favorite meal.

  37. Kerry says

    I would say yes by going outside and playing basketball with them instead of making dinner.

  38. ellen beck says

    Stouffers lets me say yes to staying outside and playing on summer days longer because I dont have to worry about dinner. I know that the prep is all done and done right and the only thing to do is pop it in!

  39. Jammie says

    I would be able to say Yes, to longer times at the park. Always been a family who loved stouffers products. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  40. Melissa M says

    I love how I can pop them in the oven and spend more time outside with my kids playing.

  41. Nancy says

    I say yes to the grandkids with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese…..and they love it!

  42. Sarah L says

    I took the Stouffers – Party Size Five Cheese Lasagna to a pot luck and it was a big hit.

    Thanks for the contest.

  43. Sonya Morris says

    I would say yes to a quick walk to the park to feed the ducks with the help of Stouffer’s!

  44. says

    My family often asks for Stouffer’s lasagnas. It’s so easy to say YES because it makes dinner preparation SOO EASY for me!

  45. Tabathia B says

    By getting their favorite which is the chicken lasagna and pairing with a salad for a quick meal which allows them time to watch television

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  46. janetfaye says

    I would say yes to extra play time at the park, knowing that dinner will be a Stouffers meal, like Lasagna or Macaroni and Cheese.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. Thomas Murphy says

    My kids love Stouffer’s Meat Lovers Lasagna so I make them that when they ask.