I Took the Pledge – Disconnect to Reconnect + Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
May 20, 2014
109 Comments
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Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to serve as a Power of Family Meals Blog Ambassador for an awesome campaign called “Disconnect to Reconnect” with the J.M. Smucker Company.  With a career in social media, I am constantly online working.  My work ranges from writing and responding to emails, posting photos on Instagram, checking in on Foursquare, tweeting on Twitter, writing blog posts and more.  If I am away from my computer, I have my phone in my hand.  

When I took the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge, I was nervous in the beginning.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it.  But let me tell you.  I am so glad I did do it!  I felt like without technology at the table, I was 100% there in our family’s conversations and I’ve found my relationship with our kids growing (even over the past few months).  I am getting more hugs and more “I love you’s” than before.  I am so glad I made the pledge and have made a difference in our family’s life.

Let me tell you about the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge.  We all know that family dinners are more than just eating – it’s time when we can connect with our family.  However, this time can be easily hindered by technology.  That’s why Power of Family Meals is proposing that families Disconnect to Reconnect.  

Disconnect to Reconnect is a movement to get families to unplug at the table.  Power of Family Meals is encouraging families to gather around the table for meals each Sunday without screens (phones, TV, iPad, hand-held devices).  As technology becomes more predominant in our lives with busy lifestyles often forcing in a variety of directions, meals around the table begin to offer that precious time for families to reconnect.  It will continue to become more important to set boundaries for digital detoxing, so why not start now?  Family meals are definitely a tradition worth maintaining.

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge, we are giving away a fabulous prize pack on The Mommy-Files.  The Breakfast for Dinner Prize Pack includes the following items: 

- a Presto Jumbo Cool Touch electric griddle
– a 7-piece kitchen utensil set with stand
– Family Talk conversation game
– Smucker’s Strawberry Natural Squeeze jam
– JIF Creamy Peanut Putter
– JIF Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
– Folger’s Classic Roast
– Hungry Jack Breakfast Syrup
– 2 packs Hungry Jack Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix
– 2 packs Martha White Banana Nut Muffin Mix
– Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray
– Martha White All-Purpose Flour

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

About Has 668 Posts

Shannon Gosney is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her fiancé, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

109 Responses to “I Took the Pledge – Disconnect to Reconnect + Giveaway”

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    Yes, I took the pledge

  2. Julie Wood says:

    Today I took the pledge to Disconnect to Reconnect. It is important for the family to eat dinner together and to connect and turn off all devices!

  3. steven weber says:

    I took the pledge as well!

  4. carol clark says:

    yes mam took the pledge

  5. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I took the pledge

  6. We don’t have kids and have always sat and talked during meals, so I don’t really have to take this pledge, but I do wish my sister and brothers and their families would, so I’ll pass this on to them.

  7. sandra says:

    haven’t taken the pledge yet, but thinking about it

  8. Carol Yemola says:

    I took the pledge!

  9. Rust says:

    I took the pledge.

  10. Kim Henrichs says:

    I have taken the pledge! It’s definitely something we take to heart at home.

  11. Nancy says:

    I’m considering taking the pledge.

  12. Trisha Burgess says:

    Our family has taken the pledge!!

  13. Janice F. says:

    It is amazing how so many of us get caught up in using technology during dinner time. I am taking the pledge to disconnect to reconnect. I think it is a great idea! Thanks for the info.

  14. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    Yes, I have taken the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge.

  15. Jessie C. says:

    I took the pledge

  16. Ellie W says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  17. Chrisitna says:

    What a fun little giveaway! I love the idea behind this! I find it hard as a freelance to be done…if I worked 8-5 I would be done at 5…but being in charge of my own schedule makes it hard to stop sometimes.

  18. Rachel C says:

    Sure – we already eat dinner every night together!

  19. janetfaye says:

    I did not take Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge yet.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Virginia Rowell says:

    Yes, I have taken the pledge.

  21. Jamie Brigham says:

    We’ve always lived by this rule and I also took the pledge.

  22. rachel says:

    We sure have!!

  23. Melissa says:

    yep, took the pledge!

  24. Miranda Ward says:

    Yes we took the Pledge!~

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

  25. DEBIJOT says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  26. Carla S says:

    I took the pledge :)

  27. shelly peterson says:

    Yes I have taken the pledge.

  28. Patti Hess says:

    I took the pledge

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  29. Kelly D says:

    Yes, I took the pledge.

  30. Betty B. says:

    I’ve taken the pledge!

  31. Katherine says:

    I have taken the pledge

  32. Jenn says:

    Happy to take the pledge!

  33. David Fultner says:

    No phones etc. in the dinning room at my house.

  34. David Fultner says:

    You have a great looking and happy family.

  35. Devon F says:

    Yes we took the pledge!

  36. Margaret Smith says:

    Yes, my family and I took the pledge

  37. Vickie Couturier says:

    yes I have taken the pledge

  38. Candace B says:

    I have not taken the pledge yet, but this is something i agree should be done at my house as well. I have noticed the times we eat out or are at a family member’s house who does not allow technology when eating dinner, in the attention paid to others and the stories that can be passed around.

  39. Mya Murphy says:

    We already do this.

  40. Brynn says:

    I pledged!! :)

  41. Tari Lawson says:

    I have not taken the pledge.

  42. carolyn g says:

    I took the pledge

  43. McKim says:

    I’ve taken the pledge.

  44. nickie says:

    Yes, I took the pledge

  45. Mary Somerville says:

    I took the pledge.

  46. Marci says:

    We eat every dinner together and the TV is off and no electronics are on or at the table!

  47. julie murphy says:

    yes I have

  48. Daniel M says:

    Yes, I took the pledge

  49. nannypanpan says:

    I took the pledge

  50. christine jessamine says:

    I have taken the pledge!

  51. Angela says:

    I took the pledge.

  52. marian boll says:

    I too just took the pledge

  53. Cindy Merrill says:

    Yes I took the pledge!

  54. Noreen says:

    Yes, I took the pledge

  55. Kristi C says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  56. Becca says:

    I just took the pledge :)

  57. mrsshukra says:

    I plan to take the pledge!

  58. Robin wilson says:

    I took the pledge

  59. Annmarie W. says:

    I took the pledge, and quite frankly that’s always been the rule in our house! There are NO electronics at our table EVER…not even for my hubby’s work!

  60. PW says:

    Today I took the pledge

  61. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I took the pledge!

  62. Marcia Goss says:

    Yes, I took the pledge.

  63. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I have taken the pledge!

  64. kyl neusch says:

    I took the pledge

  65. Rebecca Orr says:

    I did. We eat all meals with no electronic gadgets. We occasionally have a movie night while eating dinner though,

  66. Susan Chester says:

    I happily took the pledge!

  67. Robin says:

    Yes, I took the pledge.

  68. Danielle says:

    I have taken the pledge

  69. Nicole C. says:

    Yes, I have taken the disconnect to reconnect pledge!

  70. Brittney House says:

    I took the pledge.

  71. Birdiebee says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  72. Kristy Thiel says:

    We have not taken the pledge but will start today!

  73. joe gersch says:

    I have taken the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge.

  74. Christie Kammerer says:

    We have one day a week.

  75. Michelle says:

    I took the pledge

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  77. vera says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  78. Jill Myrick says:

    Yes, I took the pledge as Jill Myrick.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  79. Carmen N says:

    I have taken the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge.

  80. Kate B says:

    I haven’t yet, but I will! What a great pledge.

  81. debbie ritenour says:

    I took the pledge!

  82. Karen Drake says:

    I took the pledge.

  83. amanda whiltey says:

    i did take the pledge under the name amanda whitley

  84. Samantha Daleo says:

    Yes, I have taken the pledge.

  85. Lauren E. says:

    yeah, we turn off everything at dinner

  86. LynneMarie says:

    No because I’m single so no need to disconnect. I would though if I had a family, mine always talked at dinner and I would not allow phones at the dinner table.

  87. Cindy T. says:

    I do not have any children. But I am an Auntie to a wonderful niece & 2 nephews. :) I will pass this along to my sister. Thank u for the chance to win. :)

  88. Lily Kwan says:

    yes

  89. Jennifer Reed says:

    I have not taken the pledge yet but think the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge is a noble idea.

  90. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Yes we all have here in this household and in the car as passengers also.

  91. susan smoaks says:

    yes i took the pledge

  92. Jessica Ruggiero says:

    I havent taken the pledge yet but am going to.

  93. Laurie Emerson says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  94. Angela Ash says:

    I took the pledge – love the idea!

  95. Nicole Millheim says:

    yes I took the pledge

  96. Rebecca Lock says:

    yes, I have taken the pledge

  97. Sweeps101010 says:

    Took the pledge

  98. Hesper Fry says:

    I just took the pledge!

  99. Ashley C says:

    I have taken the disconnect to reconnect pledge. I think its so important

  100. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I took the pledge. Thanks.

  101. Vikki Billings says:

    Yes, I have taken the pledge.

  102. Sarah L says:

    Long time believer in no electronics at meals.
    Thanks for the contest.

  103. April Brenay says:

    we do our best, my husband is the manager of 5 hospital clinics so its hard for him to put his electronics away but we do our best :)

  104. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I have taken the pledge.

  105. Yes, I have taken the pledge.

  106. Brian E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… we have taken the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge.

  107. Roxann says:

    I have taken the pledge.

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