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Back to School!

Back to School!

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Alright moms and dads, the kids are starting school again. We all have experienced – or will soon experience for the first time – a day in the life of a busy parent getting the kids back to school. There are so many things to worry about and supplies to hunt down, school fees, new clothes, backpacks, and the ever-rising cost of school lunches.

One way our family keeps the cost down is by sending lunch from home with the kids. This is especially great for us, because in addition to the cost, our kids are picky eaters. The school lunches in our town have changed; don’t get me wrong, they’re great, but my children simply won’t eat lettuce or sliced zucchini, or even pizza for that matter. Why pay so much for a lunch my kids won’t even eat, just to leave them hungry at the end of the day?

Letting the kids help shop is a great way to get them interested in healthier snacks!

To make sure the kids eat their lunches, we let them be a part of the process, even picking out the groceries! We grab our favorite Nature’s Harvest® Bread, some crunchy peanut butter, and let the boys pick out a jelly or fruit to slice and put on top. Once they have the sandwich ready to go, they choose what shape they want to have it cut into. We keep a collection of cookie cutters on hand so they can cut their own sandwiches and get even more excited about their food!

After preparing the sandwiches, we move on to the sides. At the beginning of each month, we take the boys on a shopping trip and pick out a collection of quick and easy, healthy sides to choose from all month. We separate them into categories, like fruit or veggies, filling snacks like Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks, and desserts like a jello or pudding cups, and let them pick one from each category.

I got these for the kids but I couldn't help but take some to work for myself...yum!

It seems like a small thing, but letting the kids build their own lunch and choose what they want (even if we choose the available options) gives them a sense of independence, and they come home proudly with empty lunch boxes more than ever before! Do you have a back to school routine to make life easier, healthier, or more fun for your family? I’d love to hear all about it!

In the mean time, head over to our Kid-Friendly Recipes Pinterest board for more lunch ideas to keep your kids happy all year long.

And parents, remember to head over and enter to win the $10,000 “Life of the Lunchbox” Savings Bond sweepstakes!

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Maintain your mom-sanity with wholesome snacks and fun lunches!

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As the kids head to school this year, Entemann's Little Bites snacks are a must for our grocery list!

 

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.

 

It's Back to School time!  Are you prepared for the endless nights of packing lunches for the next day?  Have no fear mommas!

 

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.

 

Remember to include wholesome snacks in your child's lunch box!

 

Head over to our Kid-Friendly Recipes Pinterest board for more lunch ideas to keep your kids happy all year long and let us know your favorite way to keep the kids’ lunch fun all year long.

And parents, remember to head over and enter to win the $10,000 “Life of the Lunchbox” Savings Bond sweepstakes!

You could win $10,000 in the Life of the Lunchbox Savings Bond sweepstakes!

Make moving easier (when you have kids) – because it’s hard enough as it is!

Tips for moving when you have kids - we sure need this with our upcoming move!

 

Moving can be scary and an unknown territory for kids. My family is currently in the process of moving and I want to share with you some tips that have been working for us!

 

1) Get the kids involved.
Don’t just send them away to their room or a friend’s house as you pack. Let them help! Turn some tunes on and have some fun. The kids can decorate boxes or pack some of their things (that you will undoubtedly have to re-pack at night, but hey, the kids are keeping happy and busy so it’s a win to me!)

 

2) Take lots of breaks.
The kids don’t understand why you have to pack, pack, pack, instead of play, play, play. Make sure to dedicate 15 minutes of every hour to the kids, even if they are “helping.”

 

3) Let the kids “clean” while you pack.
This is definitely a win-win. The kids are happy and busy and they might actually save you a little time. Or maybe not, but it will help them feel needed and it will improve everyone’s attitude. Tip: Have the kids use baby wipes rather than Lysol or Clorox wipes.

 

4) Get out occasionally.
Everyone needs to re-set. Seeing boxes all day long is exhausting. Get out, go for a walk, go get ice cream cones, or whatever your thing is. Just make sure it’s away from the house!

 

5) Pick a special surprise for when the move is complete.
Make sure the kids open the surprise gift at the new house. It will serve as a reward for putting up with such a difficult transition.

 

6) Involve the kids in activities near the new home to give it a positive, exciting vibe.
If the kids are able to make new friends or have any positive feelings towards the new neighborhood or town, it will greatly help with their adjustment.  Join a local club or even visit the local parks to get comfortable with the new neighborhood or town.

 

How to make moving easier when you have kids - a definite must-pin for when that time comes!

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