For the last few weeks, I’ve seen waaaay too many back-to-school pictures. Very mixed emotions. I’m ready/not ready all at the same time. Part of me loves the carefree days of summer, with no schedules or routine. We go to the beach and pool, play outside, and have had a lot of quality family time. At the same time, I am beginning to miss the structure and routine that school days bring.
I am more productive when I have set routines. I had big plans to get a lot accomplished this summer, and very few of those things were checked off the ol’ list. I have a lot of baking to do, and it’s been too hot to turn on the oven. (We don’t have a/c.) I’m fine with it, while I didn’t conquer the world, I spent a lot of time with my children and that is all that really matters after all.
Now I am starting to plan weeknight dinners and organizing the kid’s lunch box stuff. I saw mums and Halloween magazines in the grocery store this weekend. #falliscoming
I’m not a big sandwich fan, and neither are two of my children. They prefer what I like to call “tasting plates” in their lunch box. Basically, a bunch of snacks. I’m always on the lookout for things to put in their lunch boxes that are portable and they will actually eat. When I found Le Petite Fromage from Alouette, I felt like I hit the jackpot. Mine and Clay’s favorite snack is crackers with Garlic & Herbs Alouettte. I love the perfectly portioned little packages and that they are easy for him to open. I don’t want him to have to rely on a teacher helper to open his lunch. The flavors are great, and the Cucumber & Dill is a surprise favorite.
To round it out, I usually just shop my fridge and pantry. I try to have more than one source of protein and some whole grains with fruit or cut up veggies. I try to make everything bite size and easy to eat. Having been a teacher, I know how frustrating it can be when kids can’t open their own lunches. I’m very conscious of packaging and how much time something will take to eat (lunches these days are pretty short).
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What other things do you add to the lunch box that aren’t sandwiches? Let me know in the comments below.
This post was brought to you by Le Petite Fromage by Alouette Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own. (I am a big fan of Alouette and have some in my fridge at all times.)