|My lunch - with an extra sandwich wedge made with a sage-y bean spread, no carrot sticks (can't eat them with braces), add bell peppers|
|Miss M's lunch with tomatoes|
|Mister J's lunch with no tomatoes|
I've gone to several sites with free printables to print out lunch box messages. Sure, my kids love a few stickers and a note from mom, but the printables are quick and easy for days that I don't have time to track down the sharpies and stickers! I keep them right in the cabinet with our lunch supplies so I don't have to go very far.
Another way I've started to prepare for the year is by trying out a few new things. My kids don't mind my school-lunch experiments, but I also like to try new things when I can see their reactions.
|New pasta dish based on an idea I'd seen somewhere else. Verdict: Mister J loved it, Miss M was not a fan.|
new front-load washer, I noticed that our clothes don't take nearly the beating that they did in our old top-loader, so I thought about tossing in the kids' insulated lunch carriers. I figured that if it all went wrong, the kids could use our insulated lunch sleeves until I could order new carriers. I decided to play it as safe as possible, and I put each carrier - closed but unzipped - into a zippered lingerie bag. I put a couple of towels into the washer to cushion the bags a bit, washed them on cold, and set the spin cycle to a slower speed. I'm pleased to say that they came out looking new.
Along with the two lunches I pack each day, I also pack a snack for Mister J. Last year, I either packed a non-perishable snack (like a granola bar), or he would finish up any lunch leftovers. Finishing up the leftovers was fine, except that he had to get his whole lunch out again. I'm not sure if the teacher was a fan of that idea or not, but at least she never complained. However I struggled with that idea a bit. Lunch time is short, and snack time is even shorter so I didn't want Mister J to feel rushed. I also wanted the flexibility to pack something like fruit or veggies, but the bento was already full. As I was shopping earlier in the summer, I came across these insulated containers:
|From packaging: aladdin Chill Snack Pack - 14 oz., includes ice pod|
Do you pack lunches for your kids? Are you getting ready to send you oldest off to school and still trying to decide? Questions, comments, and suggestions welcomed - and have a happy school year!