Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's For Dinner? Ragu Mom's the Word on Dinner can help! {$20 Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

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Of all of the bothersome things that might happen in my day - raining when we want to play outside, telemarketers (or worse: solicitors) trying to sell me something, a pesky fly that somehow makes it inside during the three seconds that the door is open, etc - knowing that dinnertime is coming and I have nothing planned ranks right up there amongst the most annoying.

However, one thing that always helps? Knowing that I'm not the only one experiencing the challenges that arrive around 5 or 6 p.m... which is exactly where Ragu and Mom's the Word on Dinner arrives to ease the stress for all of us.

Moms the Word on DinnerAn online community from Ragu where moms go to laugh, learn, share ideas and talk about what truly happens at dinnertime, Mom's the Word on Dinner has something for everyone. Whether you need some advice on getting a picky eater to finish their vegetables, just want to vent about last night's dinner disaster or are looking for tips that have been tried and proven, this is the place to visit.

Not only is it easy to join in on the fun conversations (surrounding topics like dinner inspiration, table manners, special memories and more), but the Mom's the Word on Dinner community has featured various videos, photos, polls and recipes since its inception.

One especially great one? The video conversation on "When dinner gets tough..." and the compromises that we all make when our table contains diners of different ages, different needs, different energy levels and more. One great tip included is from parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba, who says, "Give a little leeway. You can use compromise as a tactic to your favor, e.g.: 'Do you want to eat your spaghetti or salad first?' 'Do you want your vegetables cooked or raw?' Just offer choices that you feel comfortable with."

It's definitely a conversation that is not to be missed!


What do you think? Do you have tips and tricks up your sleeve to pull out when dinner gets tough? Make sure to head over to Mom's the Word on Dinner and join in and share them (and pick up some new ones)!

As well as hosting a fun and engaging community, Ragu also wants to help one lucky person have dinner on them, because...

One lucky person will win a $20 Visa card from Ragu!

Visa gift cardTo enter to win: Tell me what aspect of dinnertime you could use advice on OR tell me your tip for what to do when dinner gets tough.

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A big thank you to Ragu for providing a jar of Ragu pasta sauce and a gift card through MomSelect as well as a gift card for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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suburban prep said...

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I always have something on hand that can be whipped up in a hurry in case things get tough at dinner time (and Ragu has come to the rescue MANY a time!)We are into eating slow food at home, so there is usually a lot of planning and prep involved, but sometimes...you know...it just doesn't work that way.
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The worst part of dinner is getting something made that is good warmed up since everyone is not home to eat at the same time. I keep making the same things over and over.

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I'd like to know if there is a fool proof way to re-vamp leftovers so it's like you're eating a whole new meal every time...might be too broad of a question. I know you can bake spaghetti...and do stir fry type things...

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this was the best tip i have ever gotten, i started a weekly menu plan, i started using ezmeals, they have a plan that fits with weight watchers points, so we do that one. it prints a list of what you need for the whole week, 7 dinners, one shopping trip, you have everything u need for each meal, no wondering what to cook because its all on paper! life saver!!! steph at steffiessweetsinsations@gmail.com

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