Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom partnered with McDonald’s to sample and promote its #AllDayBreakfast menu. Although some form of compensation has been received, all opinions remain my own. 

Dear Diary,

I must confess–sometimes my daughter and I eat dessert before dinner. My mother and grandmothers would be shocked and appalled if I shared this secret with them. But as a working, single mom, I don’t stick to hard and fast rules. Heck, who am I kidding? If I was married and stayed at home, I probably would still serve cookies before the main course from time to time. We don’t always eat sweets first. Just on occasion. Only when the mood strikes. We like to shake things up, and go with the flow. Similar to when we crave breakfast items for dinner.

So when we received an invitation to attend McDonald’s All Day Breakfast event, they had us at Egg McMuffin®.

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Along with other popular Pittsburgh bloggers, I got a behind-the-scenes look at highly-anticipated launch of All Day Breakfast. I learned that each Egg McMuffin® sandwich is made with a USDA Grade A egg freshly cracked and cooked in an ‘egg ring’–always wondered why the eggs are round! They also use real butter. Over the next ten years, McDonald’s will serve 100 percent eggs from cage-free hens.


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In Pittsburgh, families can order off of the McMuffin Menu, which includes the following:

  • Sausage & Egg McMuffin
  • Sausage McMuffin
  • Egg McMuffin
  • Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
  • Sausage Burrito
  • Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
  • Hotcakes
  • Hotcakes & Sausage
  • Hash Brown

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It’s always Whenever O’clock, so if my little princess craves pancakes, her wish is my command! And McDonald’s answers my wishes to get a night off from cooking in the kitchen. Here’s why we order breakfast after 10:30 a.m.

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We Don’t Feel Guilty

McDonald’s fruit is sourced from trusted growers, many of which are found in local grocery stores, and its Fruit & Maple Oatmeal delivers 32 grams of whole grain. Plus, the 1% low fat milk is bought from dairies such as Dean Foods, and the yogurt is made with Grade A low fat milk and contains live and active cultures.

We Can Throw a Pajama Party

My best friend once gave me great advice. When I complained about exhaustion and a hectic bedtime routine, she suggested moving up bath time. If I’m tired, I’ll get my little one bathed and in her pajamas early in the evening. We can snuggle in front of the TV , watch cartoons and read stories while eating breakfast in bed–for dinner!

We Can Mix Things Up

My daughter has an interesting palate. Her favorite foods include Brussels Sprouts and mussels. We can mix up the menu at McDonald’s and order Egg McMuffin sandwiches with a side of fries instead of hash browns.

Hey DFTM Fam–Have you served breakfast for dinner? What’s your favorite All Day Breakfast menu items?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. Elle

    I love seeing that McDonalds is taking a healthier stand for their costumers. As a vegetarian, breakfast options are much more plentiful for me. In fact, this post is just in time because I recently downloaded their app for extra deals, so I’ll have to stop by for their egg McMuffin. Your daughter looked like she enjoyed.


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