I get it. School lunches. I’m buggin’ about them, too. I’m asked a lot about what I’m putting in my kids’ lunches and have even once been called “the snack queen” which I think (?) is a compliment, so I decided to write up my tips & tricks. Basically, here’s everything you need to know:

 

My overall goal in our home is to create an easy system for myself and every other member of the family. Bags have designated wall hooks, toys have labeled bins, shoes go in the basket by the door etc, so that I don’t need to direct every move and we can have a clutter-free home. Lunch systems should be no different— it’s something you’ll be needing to do daily and during the morning scramble, one of the most hectic times of the day. We can’t get around doing it, so we may as well make it as fun and as easy as possible for ourselves, amirite?

The Goods:

OmieBox, an all-in-one bento style lunchbox that you can carry on its own by the handle or fold the handle down and put it inside a bag or lunchbox.

Lunch Blox slim, stackable, pop-top boxes; easy-to-clean with divider compartments

A leak proof water bottle for water, organic juice, milk, soy milk, goat’s milk, hemp milk, breastmilk, whatever your 5-year old is drinking these days, and one that isn’t too hard to open or close. Bonus if it has a carrying handle. We chose this Takeya brand bottle and Jude picked out the navy color. We have also used this flip top, unleakable straw lid, cup and have been pleased with it.

Keep hot or cold thermos

Silicone cups to use as dividers

Little cutesy food picks

Keep these items located together or near each other in the kitchen so you aren’t needing to go in approx. one million different places.

The Foods:

Main courses

Sandwiches/Wraps:

We use Dave’s Killer Bread or any wrap – all of these can be made into either a sandwich OR a wrap.

Organic turkey + cheese

Peanut/almond/sun butter and jelly

Hummus and thinly sliced cucumber

Shredded rotisserie chicken + mayo

Hot Foods:

Mac + Cheese (home made or store bought)

Sliced pepperoni rolls (preheat and stick in the thermos)

Chicken nuggest (preheat + stick in the thermos)

Soups – tomato, chicken noodle, butternut squash

Rice + Shredded Rotisserie chicken (or any type of chicken – use any leftovers!)

Pasta noodles + Sauce

 

Snacks + Sides

Yogurt – in a tube, small cup or in a divider – can top with honey, berries, chia seeds, coconut flakes etc.

Carrot + celery sticks (can add a scoop of hummus)

Sliced cucumbers

Sliced bell peppers

Sliced grapes

Berry medley (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)

Cubed cheese

Crackers (ritz, cheese-its, goldfish etc)

Pretzels

Larabar Kids or RXBar Kids

Nuts (if allowed – our school allows them in the cafeteria only) – cashews, almonds, pistachios

Popped popcorn

Tortilla Chips

 

Tips + Tricks

Prep the food after you get home from the grocery store so that your veggies are washed and sliced and fruit/berries are clean. I know, I know— it’s so annoying to stop and do it, but trust me— you can do it once for the whole week and then spend the rest of the week actually living your life. It makes things a breeze for packing lunches and snacking, and it reduces food waste because you’re more likely to eat sliced/prepped produce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep clear containers in your pantry so you can easily spot what you need, and the bonus— foods won’t go stale.

It’s simple to make food fun – provide an assortment in a well displayed, divided container and it will be a hit.

 

I do plan to update this post with more pics/ideas as the school year progresses!

 

 

August 20, 2018 0 comment
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We are usually ones to roll our eyes to even a mere thought of Christmas before Thanksgiving, but this year, we are more excited than ever to kick off the holiday season. One tradition that we (like most others, I’m sure!) look forward to is baking with the tinies. I’m pulling recipes – some old and some new – to get us started, along with some necessary items that we will need.

November 19, 2017 0 comment
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father’s day fun

Our boys sure love their dad. He truly is the real deal when it comes to being a wonderful father. Raising two littles so close in age is no easy feat and he handles parenthood with ease. We started the day as we normally do— church, then brunch.

The day took a sudden turn when Jude got stung by a yellow jacket and had a major swelling reaction, so off to Urgent Care we went (and he was fine— though it did take a lollipop to get Jude on the exam table). After that, we ventured out for sandwiches and playgrounds until bedtime.

Happy Father’s Day, Eric!
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June 22, 2015 0 comment
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Malachi is just a dream boat. He is a happy guy with a zest for life. He’s on the move – scooting on his belly, flipping, turning in circles, and inching up. He’s on the verge of popping a few chompers. He’s always giggling, except when tired or hungry when he screams for his mama. He’s easy to read and easy to love, and we all love him so.


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FOUR MONTH STATS

Weight: 17.5 lbs

Height: 26.5″

Clothing Size: some 12, mostly 18mo

Loves: music, singing, watching Jude, nursing, napping while being held

Dislikes: staying in one place, 

Eating: mama’s milk

Saying: coos, ahhs, oohs, laughing

Doing: rolling front to back, rolling back to front, inching on the floor, biting hands and toes, belly laughing

Gear we’re loving: We’ve been taking lots of family hikes with our new double jogging stroller, the Double Bob Revolution Flex. It’s been a game-changer in our mobility in the great outdoors. The Uppababy Vista is technically an all-terrain stroller, but the BOB is unparalleled for trails and rides so smooth. Mama has started running again, so both boys are along for the ride ;). We are also loving our Bumbo seat, which wasn’t used too often with Jude. Chi loves to sit up and see everything that’s going on. We’ve still been using our Boppy pillow for nursing, and have recently starting putting Chi on/over it during tummy time so he is a bit elevated.

 

 

April 28, 2015 0 comment
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