For me, back-to-school is the most bittersweet time of the year. And this year marks the first time two out of three of my kiddos will be in school – making it extra tough on the heartstrings.
I’m lucky to be able to stay home full time, but probably not so shocking to other moms out there – I don’t actually have an abundance of extra time on my hands. Mornings are insanely hectic because I never seem to be able to get things ready the night before. Getting everyone up, dressed, fed, and out the door is stressful enough. Lunch prep should be the easy part.
Except it’s not.
During Oliver’s first year of school he attended every second day, which meant half the week he was eating a healthy lunch at home. But, on school days he was not “into” the lunches I packed. Or maybe he was just too distracted by friends and conversations going on around him to eat his food.
Year two, I attacked lunches from a different angle. I made Oliver the best lunches full of awesome things he could eat and talk about like….cheese string decorated to look like cars and veggies cute into fun shapes. By the end of the second month, Oliver’s teacher told me his friends were always looking forward to seeing what was in his bag. The best part of this – almost every day his lunch was eaten.
A big part of being able to make fun, interactive and creative lunches is being able to buy some items pre-made from a brand you can trust to be healthy, without breaking the bank. Being a SAHM means we live off one income, so my weekly grocery budget needs to stretch long and far….