What does family mean to you? For me, family can include those who are related to me, but can also incorporate individuals I have a bond with. There is not just one definition for what makes up a family, and I personally love that sentiment. As a matter of fact, in a recent survey, a large majority (92%) of Americans noted that family could include someone unconnected by blood or marriage. Clearly, the definition of family has evolved over the years. In my home, family includes those who sit around my family table and share meals together. Let’s be honest: food is important to my group! Sometimes my fellow diners happen to be my parents, Justin’s parents, and our siblings. Sometimes that family happens to be a good blogging friend who breaks bread in person at the table. I am so thankful to have a number of new friends that have been forged through a blogging connection. For example: my Sunday Supper family. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Sunday Supper group for a little over a year now, and it is definitely a family. We break bread virtually on Sundays to share recipes from our kitchens (the theme of the recipes change each week), but some of us actually have been fortunate enough to meet in person as well!
A few months ago, I was lucky enough to attend the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, where I came face to face with some of my Sunday Supper family. But come to find out: some of that group happens to live in the Tampa area as well! Now, our virtual family can physically sit down around a table and enjoy a meal in person. For me, sharing food (and wine) while engaging in conversation is wonderful family time, regardless of blood relation. The more family, the better! It just so happens the Food and Wine Conference/my Sunday Supper Family was the reason I was first introduced to the Gallo Family Vineyards. We sampled a few wines from their collection at dinner one night as they were paired with each course of our meal, and now I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of the Moscato and the Cabernet Sauvignon in my own home. Their wines are accessible and affordable in price, with fruit forward flavors. From sweet Moscato, to a refreshing Pinot Grigio, to a medium bodied Pinot Noir, to a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, there is sure to be a wine paired to the taste of each member of your particular family. Gallo Family Vineyards recently announced the launch of the Gallo Family Vineyards Crest Creator™ at www.CrestCreator.com. This site is both fun and interactive! Users can create, share, and download personalized family crests for all of their families. They can include the people you are related to or just the people you relate to in life. There are 17 different crest templates, along with 300 icons to add a personal touch. It was fun to click through, see the various options, and select those that represented my personal family group. My finished product looks like this: Of course, my family crest had to include wine, some fashion accessories (my family loves to shop), food (our grill works hard in this family unit), and other hobbies we enjoy together (the beach, anyone?). The process was enjoyable, and it made me want to create different crests to represent each different family group in my life. It was very fun! Your finished crest design can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or downloaded to your computer. Gallo has also partnered with Zazzle.com to allow your custom crest to be printed on a variety of objects. The custom crests can be printed for purchase on a variety of objects, making them an unforgettable personalized gift. Awesome, right? Please visit Crest Creator to generate your Family Crest. For more information about Gallo Family Vineyards and its family of fruit-forward and flavorful wines visit GalloFamily.com. Follow Gallo Family Vineyards on Twitter and Facebook as well.
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Family to us are the people around you who will always be there to support you, no matter what.
Family means to me is familiarity and support.
Family keeps you together, supports you when your down, celebrates your successes, and is your cheerleader throughout your life.
I tweeted this lovely offer.
My definition of family is closeness and support. People you can go to when times get tough and always have someone who will care and listen to you.
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com
tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/385109632143728640
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com
My family is those who chose to be together- like I always say, I am blessed to have sisters and sisters by choice! Also, love the Gallo Moscato!
To me, family are the people who I love and love me unconditionally.
Family are the people who love and support each other
To me, family means loyalty. It also means having a feeling of belonging.
Family is someone who always has your back no matter what.
Family means unconditional love and support… and lots of sloppy, sweet kisses from my little guy 🙂
Family is…. Loyalty. I am Italian and we are a strong family with strong values.
I also tweeted about this…. https://twitter.com/AuntNanci/status/385397197967093760
Family are the people that love you and support you unconditionally. They don’t have to be blood relatives.
Family means so much to me! It means support, loyalty, honesty, humor, and friendship. Family isn’t just the people you’re related to. I believe we can choose our family from friends as well.
Family are the people you can be 100% yourself around. 🙂
Family is anyone I can call at 2 AM for help no matter what.
family means love
tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/385438564256718849 .
To me, family is anyone who I feel totally comfortable with. They are people who accept me the way that I am, with all my strengths and flaws. I do not have to try to impress these people, nor do I have to be on my best behavior, and I am not judged for it. My family is my best friends, my husband, my immediate family, my in-laws and many of my cousins. It is a small-ish circle, but it is a circle I love dearly.
For me, family is all about love and support!!
My definition of family is people that love, cherish, care and think of each other. People that feel they belong together and want to proceed through life in each other’s presence.
family to me means anyone i can relate too. This includes all my furry children too! They rely on me and i rely on them. It also means anyone i can lean on or count on in times of need those people i know will stand by me no matter what happens! i love my family blood or not 😀
To me family means the people who are close to you, love you and support you whether they are related by blood or not.
i think family is the people who you love always – whether you want to or not.
To me family is a group of people who love and support each other.
The ultimate family for me? The one in this house- my daughter, son, and husband. 🙂
To me family are the people around you who will always be there to support you, no matter what through the good and bad times.
To me, family means people in my life who accept and love me for who I am.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com
Accepting and loving unconditionally.
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com
My parents who love me and my friends who know me and still love me
My family includes people I love and share my life with and those who share their life right back. The people you know that you can count on to be there whenever you need them — no questions asked.
Family is the unit of people you’d do anything for!
who will be caring and loving
Those that offer love and support and it is offered back. That’s family!
Family means to me always supportive, always listening, and always hearing what isn’t said
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com
my favorite people in the world!
i posted a tweet:
Family to me is my favorites in my life. The people that will be there no matter what!
family means those who are with you no matter what! family is love. scg00387 at yahoo dot com
My definition is the people in your life who you can always count on and be yourself with.
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com
To me, family would be the people who love you and accept you just the way you are…blood ties are not necessary, love is!
To me family is both my family of birth and those I choose to make my family
Family is love! And that is all! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail
My family includes my east-coast blood-related family and my west-coast dear friends, who have been there for me during the hardest and worst time of my life. Family has been there to support me through the good and bad, and has played a huge role in helping me fight a life-threatening illness. Also, distance has not affected us – no matter how far away my family members may be physically, we will always be emotionally connected for life.
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My definition of family is the group of people who I cherish and want to spend as much time with everyday.
amy [at] utry [dot] it
amy [at] utry [dot] it
Family – that bond that means unconditional love and support for each other, no matter the miles apart or the distance of time.
Some family we’re born into, some we choose. Real family is about trust, support and pleasure in each other’s company.
The people in my life who accept & love me for who I am.
Family to me is unconditional love.
Family is loyalty and kindness–people you can rely on no matter what and people that you just can not live your life without!
Family is always there no matter what the situation is.
Family are the ones who stand by you during good times and bad.
Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/395221515278368768
family are the folks you share your life with, folks you can count on in a pinch
tweet https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/395634676250841088 firstname.lastname@example.org
My definition of family is unconditional love
friends, blood family, pets, anyone who shares your life in love!
I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/395839488535982080
My definition of family is people that you love and can be yourself with.
pokergrl8 at gmail.com
My definition of family is people that are there for you no matter what.
My family is those that I love and put their happiness before my own. The ones that I would die for.