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My job duties at work have expanded – dramatically. My son Kannonball recently entered Kindergarten. Moving up from Pre-K 4 means a boat-load of activities under his belt that I have to plan. His current schedule looks like this: karate, acting, coloring and of course making a mess of our home. You name it, my son is partially involved in it. Oh, did I mention I am the Vice President of the PTA at his school as well. In a nutshell my friends – I am tired. VERY.

Truth be told, I know I’m not the busiest woman in the world, but it feels like it. So when it comes to cooking – guess who in the group would rather have a tasty meal ready to go for my mini-family? With all the things on my plate, I can’t always be bothered with the stove – so I let my friends over at Boston Market handle how my family dines – most of the time.

Last week, my very same friends at Boston Market sent me a few gift cards so my family and I could sample their new Parmesan Tuscan Chicken. Let’s rewind for a second – I just said creamy garlic Parmesan sauce draped over roasted chicken with Italian herbs and spices so rich and tasty, that eating a whole chicken with 2 delicious sides in one setting alone doesn’t sound quite greedy.

Actually, I’m telling a small tale, my meals are shared with my family! Below, Kannon and I decided to dine out this week (well a few days in a row)! On the menu – Boston Market’s Parmesan Tuscan Chicken with my favorite sides: green beans, sweet corn, sweet potato casserole, mac & cheese and creamed spinach (let’s not forget the cornbread)! Kannon was ecstatic. He had a hard time choosing between all of the options! Eat up!

What I loved about our meal was that the Parmesan Tuscan Chicken was free of added hormones and steroids, which is important to my family and I!

As I mentioned before – because of my hectic schedule at times, I’ve found that my sanity comes from eating together with my child. I get to ask him about his school day and really bond. Also, I get to study his eating style. I learn about the food selections that he loves (such as the cookie tucked) and I learn about the foods that he dislikes. Most importantly, eating together teaches him family values – such as the importance of gathering together after a long day. Kannon also learns what an ideal and balanced meal should look like. He gets his healthy bit of protein with the juicy Parmesan Tuscan Chicken, but he gets his veggies and grains as well.

Moms, did you know that Boston Market are big supporters of dining together? They recently launched their #Logoutlookup campaign which encourages moms such as ourselves to put our phones down and enjoy quality time with our families without the text messages and emails buzzing around.

I am so happy that former WNBA athlete and entrepreneur Lisa Leslie is part of the initiative as well.

FYI, our children benefit from family dinners in many ways! Take a peek at the infographic and learn how:

Want some tips on how to get the conversation going with your family over dinner? Well, the Family Dinner Project has some wonderful ideas:

One of my favorite games to play with Kannon is Guess That Emotion

Instead of drawing, I make a variety of faces for my son to figure out. That allows both of us to understand various gestures that help with our non-verbal communication. You should try it as well…

Although I am all about family dining, sometimes I just want to enjoy a tasty meal from Boston Market alone – at home:)

Don’t forget to head out to Boston Market and try their Parmesan Tuscan Chicken which has returned for a limited time! Yes, until November 2, 2015.

o   Parmesan Tuscan Chicken has returned to the Boston Market menu for a limited time. Through November 2, guests can enjoy the delicious dish made with a rich creamy garlic parmesan sauce and Italian herbs and spices. Parmesan Tuscan Chicken is part of the Boston Market ‘All Good’ promise to only bring good things to the table – including rotisserie chicken presented in a variety of delicious favors that are all natural, fresh never frozen and served with home style sides like fresh cut steamed vegetables and cornbread.

o   To celebrate the return of Parmesan Tuscan Chicken, Boston Market has also teamed up with Gold Peak Tea to offer guests a chance to win a “Taste of Tuscany” sweepstakes, complete with an Italian-style getaway to The Venetian Las Vegas. The Grand Prize includes a trip for two to The Venetian Las Vegas. One first prize winner will take home a set of Italian cookbooks valued at $200, and additionally everyone who enters gets a chance to instantly win a $20 Boston Market gift card.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal U.S. residents 21 years of age or older. Ends 11/2/2015. For Official Rules, visit www.tasteoftuscanysweeps.com.

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