Hard to believe the summer is slowly coming to a close. For some, school has already started. For others, it’s coming up in a week or so, and for most of us in New Jersey school starts in September. Since school is creeping up on us, I thought I’d take time to share some things that have helped me get lunch prep for school days easier.
One thing I have learned is that preparation is key. Nothing beats reaching into the freezer and pulling out a ready-made lunch. One of the best things I do is purchase bread and lay the slices on the counter. Half get peanut butter, the other half get jelly. Into a zip lock bag they go and get stacked in the freezer. Sure, you could buy those Crustables, but why spend the money on something you can do yourself, and you can control the health of it too (whole wheat bread, organic natural peanut butter and organic jelly).
The other thing I do is to break down a bag of snacks into individual portion sizes. I will take pretzels, organic popcorn and package it so that when I prepare lunches the night before all I have to do is grab a bag.
One of my most favorite “tools” for packing lunches are these Fit to Fresh sets (I buy mine at Home Goods). They have freezeable packs that fit into the containers. I will pack sandwiches, fruit, pepperoni and cheese, whatever needs to stay cold in these the night before. In the morning, I slip in the freezer pack and throw in the lunch bag.
Another thing I have purchased are the re-usable sandwich and snack bags. I purchased these white and purple ones at Target (similar here). You can wash the insides and even throw in the washer.
I also know, one of the hardest things is trying to come up with lunch ideas to keep things interesting. Who wants the same boring thing in their lunch? The following blogs have some great ideas:
50 Lunch Box Ideas
10 Ways to Switch Up Your Kids Lunch
I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have to make mornings easier.
Recently I saw a great conversion chart that showed you how to use Chobani greek yogurt to replace some of the fattening ingredients in recipes. I can’t wait to be able to replace things like oil, sour cream, etc. when I’m cooking.
Here’s the conversion for those wondering:
Want to print out a copy and hang on your fridge? Click HERE.
They also have some FANTASTIC recipes on the site.
I can’t wait to make these Mixed Berry FroCHO Pops. They look so cool and creamy and refreshing for the summer.
Have you experimented with greek yogurt? What recipes have you made? We’d love to hear
Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dad’s out there! If you are like me, finding a gift to say “thanks for joining me on this crazy parenting ride” isn’t always so easy.
This is where Dollar Shave Club comes in. Imagine, a great and practical gift coming to your door each month for a buck!! Or if you want to “upgrade” you can do the $6 or $9 month program. You get the free razor (ha!) and 4-5 cartridges a month depending on your plan. Imagine your husband having fresh blades each month. No more knicking and walking around with little blobs of toilet paper stuck to his face. Or even worse, running out of blades. Throw in the shave butter too. He’ll thank you (and, if you are really smart, you can borrow some for smooth soft legs).
I ordered this for my husband and he was thrilled. The first box came really fast (less than a week). (If you’re saying “hey, this is great, but I can’t get it by Sunday” they have an e-gift.) The nice thing is, if you aren’t satisfied, you can cancel. Or if your husband has a light beard, you can slow your shipments down. Super easy company to work with. And their videos aren’t half bad either.
Hope this helps you if you are in a Father’s Day gift bind. If not, keep it in mind for birthday’s, holidays, any day…
If your house is a typical house, then you have LOTS of artwork that comes home with your budding Picasso’s. After a while, you run out of space to hang it around the house (or maybe you aren’t into hanging it all over your house in the first place). I have plenty of things hanging off my fridge in addition to cotton ball sheep: my calendar…school schedule…coupons… etc. and space is a premium. When new things came in, I tried to throw old things out. Sometimes I got away with it. Mostly I got busted. Nothing screams “mom of the year” more than a tear streaked little girl standing over the trash can boo hoo’ing.
Oddly enough, while doing laundry it hit me. My washing machine and dryer are all metal (and boring looking) and would be the perfect place to hang all that extra artwork. I quickly grabbed a few pieces and some magnets and hung them right up. I have to say, it certainly brightens up my laundry room. Now, if only it could make doing laundry more exciting!
Today was a glorious New Jersey day. Temperatures in the 60s, slight breeze, bright and sunny with blue skies and puffy white clouds. We spent so much time outside soaking it in. We chalked, we pulled out the bounce house, we used the swings, and we blew the biggest bubbles ever! Such a great day with my girl.
All this sun and fun had us itching for summer. And summer means swim suits. Here are some adorable ones. We already have the Gymboree on order!
1 Ruffle Tiered Swimsuit 2 Two Piece Stars & Stripes 3 One Shoulder Stripe Tankini 4 Stripe Ruffle Flower Tankini 5 Printed One Shoulder 6 Two Piece Ruffle
Mostly because I wish these came in my size! For those who don’t know, green is my signature color. I love it. I even incorporated it into my wedding. No wonder that I’m loving these rocking green girls dresses. My daughter now is the proud owner of something from each previous post, and the tough choice of which one of these will end up in her closet has begun.
What looks are you most excited about for spring and summer? Or are you just looking forward to ditching the long sleeves, puffy coat and boots? I love being able to walk out the front door without taking 10 minutes to prep myself and mini me first. It’s been cold, and windy as all get out, here in New Jersey, but I’m sure the nice weather will be here soon. And in another few months, when it’s 60 degrees hotter outside we’ll be complaining about that!
Enjoy my green with envy choices!
1 Bow Flower Embroidered Dress 2 Neon Striped Lace Dress 3 Pleated Ruffle Jersey Dress 4 Lily Floral Sash Dress 5 Striped Seersucker Pleat Dress 6 Pleated Dot Dress
Shoes. Love them. Love them for me. Love them for mini me. Girls shoes are so sparkly (I know they make them the exact same way for adults, but I’m not sure I can pull off hot pink sequin flats as well as a 5-year-old. Darn.) playful and fun. I love shoes that are fun.
I’m not sure if it’s on purpose or just happened, that my picks are mostly in my 2 favorite colors: green and pink.
Here are some options that would make Cinderella jealous.All available at your local mall.
1 Striped Ballet Flat 2 Flower Sandal 3 Glitter Toe Ballet Flat 4 Flower Flip Flop 5 Glitter Sandals 6 Neon Gladiator