November #DinnerEffect

At Dream Dinners, our mission is to grow great kids by promoting the family dinner. We are working continuously to strengthen American families by bringing the homemade meal back to the dinner table. For more than a decade, we have work to change the lives of our guests with our Homemade, Made Easy offerings.

Throughout the years we have heard many stories of sadness and hardship, but we continue to hear stories of joy, triumph and reasons to be thankful.

Maia C. — Austin, TX (November Contest Winner)
When Inovember Winner Maia Clausssen became a mother of two (a baby and a toddler,) I completely underestimated my abilities to continue to provide my family with home cooked meals. A friend suggested Dream Dinners, and I am so glad she did! The time that was freed up that was previously used for meal preparation was crucial in getting other areas of our life aligned. It was a true lifesaver in that we were able to focus on getting our daily rhythm back! As our transition period (to two kids) turned successful, we continued with Dream Dinners simply in order to be able to have more quality time. I felt spoiled by the service, but continued with it even though I found the time to cook again . . . because our family loved the food! It then became a lifesaver again when our youngest had a bout of febrile seizures at 10 months old. Knowing that dinner was taken care of allowed us to be able to get through follow up appointments (and some really tough emotional times) with less stress, and a little bit of grace. I don’t think we will ever give up Dream Dinners now that I know how valuable it is in keeping everything under control when life happens…especially when we have been through something so completely unexpected. If that weren’t enough, we recently discovered how easy Dream Dinners can be for family travel! With a young family, we tend to stay in accommodations with a full kitchen. We recently took a road trip, and it was so nice to not go through the norm of meal planning and grocery shopping upon arrival . . .we just threw a few Dream Dinners from the freezer into a cooler to defrost during our drive! No take out, no shopping, no prep…just more time to truly enjoy our family vacation. It has been a game changer in our daily life (we were struggling, but are now ROCKING life). I am so thankful to have found Dream Dinners and sing its praises to whoever will listen.

Mika D.— Tustin, CA
Cooking has never come easy for me. I don’t know how to plan meals, I never have the right ingredients, fresh vegetables languished in the frig and went unused. Recently I had a health scare which made me reassess how I eat… I worked hard and lost 30 lbs. I knew I was going to have to get serious about making healthy dinners. Dream Dinners is the answer for me and my family. The portions are spot on, I am able to use the nutrition information sheet to count calories easily. The biggest change for me is that I don’t feel like a failure in the kitchen anymore. I am excited to make dinner. Before when my husband would come home from a long day at work he would say what is for dinner. I felt bad, but after working from home as a graphic designer I didn’t have the time or desire to grocery shop so often times we would order pizza or go out. Now when my husband asks what’s for dinner I actually have an answer! I went from a zero to a hero in the kitchen. It seriously has made a difference in my feelings about myself as a wife and mom. Thank you Dream Dinners.

Mindy C. — Overland Park, KS
I started using Dream Dinners a few years ago and it’s been “dinner” life changing. I no longer feel the dinner anxiety that comes every evening just before the kids get off the bus and my husband walks through the door. I now have my meals defrosted and ready. We no longer have a “rotation” of meals, it’s always something new and different. Dream Dinners helps us to try a variety of foods and recipes that I wouldn’t normally make. We are a super busy family of five and I typically have a tight time frame to get dinner on the table and eat before we need to get to our planned activity, dream dinners have made this so less stressful. Thank you for offering nutritious, affordable and yummy dinners for my family!

Julie M. — Blue Ash, OH
My husband works construction and is not exactly “go-gettem-charlie’ when he gets home from work at night! Normally, I get home later than he does, but, arriving after a long day at work followed by errand-running, it was always frustrating to rush into the house, past him sitting on the couch and then have to scramble to get some dinner for the two of us! He feels so comfortable with Dream Dinners and so happy with the results, that he has taken complete ownership of preparing our dinner! I promise not to grouse about clean-up and gracefully field ‘which pot is a saute pan’ type questions and wow! What a big difference at home! I can breathe and regroup, while dinner is in progress! Thank you Dream Dinners!

These four families are just a few of the many submission we received for our October #DinnerEffect contest — thank you for taking the time to submit your experience with Dream Dinners.

Enter for your chance to win a $75 Dream Dinners gift card by sharing your story. For more information please visit our #DinnerEffect contest page. (Currently accepting for December.)