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Every Moment Counts with Mrs. Fields®

Today’s post is sponsored by Mrs. Fields® as part of the #mrsfieldsmoments campaign. 

When my son was 18 months old, we flew to from Lexington, Kentucky to Bogota, Colombia to visit his father. My (now ex) spouse was stationed there with the U.S. Army. It isn’t easy to fly with an active toddler, and especially not when you have a six hour layover in Chicago. I was so thankful for access to the USO facility there. I found a comfortable and quiet place to breastfeed Gabe, and it made our trip much less stressful. We enjoyed some free snacks, including Mrs. Fields® cookies. When you are separated for months at a time by thousands of miles, every moment counts. The stress of traveling can put a damper on even the most joyous reunion.

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Gabe and I in Bogota, Colombia

If USO doesn’t sound familiar, it stands for United Service Organizations, Inc. It is a nonprofit organization that provides recreational activities and programs to boost the morale and welfare of military members and their families. USO lounges are located in airports around the United States, and they allow service members and their families to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminals. USO facilities are staffed by volunteers, and couldn’t operate without generous supporters like Mrs. Fields®. The lounges often have comfortable seating, televisions, reading materials, games and other activities, drinks, and snacks. They also have facilities near military installations in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific.

USO and Mrs. Fields

Mrs. Fields®, in partnership with the USO, created the Every Moment Counts Campaign (#mrsfieldsmoments). They want all families to recognize the importance of spending quality time together. They have also pledged to donate 35,000 cookies to be placed in USO2Go boxes which will be shipped to soldiers around the world.

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Sitting down and eating a cookie with your child can be quality family time. The Mrs. Fields® website features several neat ideas that make eating a cookie even more fun than, well…eating a cookie. Who doesn’t like cookies? The “Sunday Snacktivites” are just ideas to get you started.

Gabe and I made Mrs. Fields® ice cream sandwiches; I even found Mrs. Fields® Breyers® ice cream. He and I sat down to draw while we were eating. Gabe drew a portrait of his “Papi,” who is still an active duty soldier. I know his dad doesn’t get to see him as much as he would like to, but we routinely talk about him.

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In addition to their direct support of the USO, Mrs. Fields® is hosting a contest for everyone.

Here’s how you enter:

  • Take a selfie of your family participating in a Sunday Snacktivity.
  • Share the photo on Mrs. Fields® Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag, #mrsfieldsmoments.
  • You can share as many moments as you like until November 12 to earn more entries.

Entries are easy and they are a great way to collect a few fun family photos. One lucky family will receive airfare for four to Washington, D.C., four tickets to ride the Capitol Wheel, gift certificates for dining in National Harbor, and accommodations for 2 nights. Complete details can be found here.

You can find links to Mrs. Fields® social media channels here:

What does your family do to make every moment count?

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I am participating in this campaign as a member of  The Niche Parent Network & Conference in partnership with Mrs. Fields. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Nina Say 16/10/2014 at 7:44 pm

    Selfies of a Sunday Snacktivity sounds like a fun time! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Crystal 16/10/2014 at 11:42 pm

    It really does make me smile to know that companies and individuals are doing the right thing and supporting our troops and their families. I haven’t seen a USO lounge in an airport, but I don’t think I was looking for them either. What a great idea to make people comfortable & let them know they’re appreciated.

  • Reply Jennifer @ Mom Spotted 17/10/2014 at 12:04 am

    Your son definitely enjoyed that cookie sandwich! I wanna surprise my boys with these now! Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the contest too!

  • Reply Sarah @ Must Have Mom 17/10/2014 at 1:55 am

    That is soo neat! I had never heard of USOs before. I love that they do this!

  • Reply Lynsey Jones 17/10/2014 at 8:15 am

    I live in a huge military town – I support everything the USO does here. I was a military wife for years – they are SUCH a wonderful organization. Last year to support the USO I ran a 5k on the airport runway… it was 46 degrees and raining LOL brutal – but we did it!

  • Reply Mellisa 17/10/2014 at 9:08 am

    These are the BEST cookies EVER!

  • Reply Lara 17/10/2014 at 9:49 am

    I love the look on your son’s face while he is eating the ice cream sandwich. LOL! He is definitely a fan!

  • Reply Melinda 17/10/2014 at 10:45 am

    he’s really enjoying that snack. love the contest going on

  • Reply Mel @ Outnumbered 3 to 1 17/10/2014 at 11:01 am

    Homemade ice cream sandwiches are the best! I’ll have to try them with Mrs’ Field’s cookies next time!

  • Reply Audrey at Barking Mad! 17/10/2014 at 12:21 pm

    My oldest is in the USAF and I know just how much the efforts the USO made, while she was deployed to the middle east, meant to her. It makes me ridiculously happy to know how much Mrs. Field’s doing to support our troops!

    Your son looks like he REALLY enjoyed that ice cream sandwich!

  • Reply Elizabeth Ferree 17/10/2014 at 1:01 pm

    That cookie sandwich looked mighty tasty. I love that he was coloring a picture for them, looks like he was really concentrating on it.

  • Reply Raijean 17/10/2014 at 2:33 pm

    I’m jealous, I love me some Mrs. Fields. Those cookies look delish

  • Reply Digna D. 19/10/2014 at 5:00 pm

    Wow, I wasn’t aware Mrs Fields did this. This is awesome! Sounds like those volunteers at the USO facilities are amazing people.

  • Reply Arena 20/10/2014 at 1:28 pm

    That looks so yummy! And what a great cause to support.

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