Just as I thought we were running out of ‘firsts’ for my boys, we are about to celebrate more exciting milestones! This year Alex will be attending full-day kindergarten and Evan will be attending half-day preschool. We will also be moving in a few months to a new city, so we have a lot on our plate! Regardless of all the nervousness and excitement of our upcoming events, I know I have to hold it together to make sure our family stays healthy and has time for fun!
To stay on top of things, I always keep a planner or calendar around. While I love having the convenience of my phone calendar, I also love having a calendar in our kitchen to glance at. I keep all appointments, early dismissals, special dates, etc on this calendar. I also try to keep up on a daily grocery list with the Our Groceries app on our phones. This allows my husband and me to access the grocery list from anywhere, without worry of forgetting the list at home.
Sundays are often our grocery shopping day where we make sure we have plenty of bread (our favorite is Nature’s Harvest® Bread Honey 7 Grain) and snacks on hand for the upcoming week. The boys recently discovered and love Entemann’s® Little Bites™ snacks at Walmart, and as a mom, I approve. They’re a good source of vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and they contain 5g of whole grains per serving! There are several flavors and we love adding them to our lunchboxes or saving them as an after school snack.
Since Back to School often means day after day of boring lunches for the kids, I try to make it fun and bring some variety into it while still holding onto nutritional value. We prepare our lunches the night before, even though Evan and I will eat at home while Alex is at school. Evan enjoys fetching all of the supplies, while Alex helps make sandwiches. After the sandwiches are ready, we cut them into fun shapes or add special toppings. Their favorite, of course, is sprinkles or candies, but we try to limit those and stick to healthier options such as slices of banana or low fat chips for some crunch. I let the kids put their toppings in a baggie or portion of their Bentgo bento boxes to add to their sandwiches at lunchtime.
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