School’s just starting for most of us, yet if you’ve had kids in school in past years, I bet you can relate! This wasn’t what I was going to share today, but waiting to get my tripod back from a friend who borrowed it so I can hopefully get some good pics for you of the other projects. 😉 I have been very busy in my free time with small projects aimed at making the back-to-school transition a smoother and more organized one (and making my house feel less messy/crazy/chaotic)! I started last Thursday by painting the front coat closet and making some small adjustments in there for a drop zone (will share asap!). It was sort-of-planned, kind of on-a-whim, and I literally painted as soon as daycare kids left and finished in an hour! My momentum has returned! I also tweaked my pegboard command station, and the project I’m going to share today was a list I created last night while watching TV.
Last year I purchased a school lunch e-coobkbook from 100 Days of Real Food last year, and it’s got some great lunch ideas for kids (and Mom!). It’s laid out by week, gives a shopping list and tells you what to make the weekend before or the night before to make everything go smoothly. Some things are used more than once within the week, and since it’s designed for just a few kids, there’s not any waste. I found that it worked great to make for Faith for school and I still had enough for the daycare kids most times.
Sometimes, though, Faith wants to eat school lunch, which throws things off a bit, and though I try not to pre-judge what she’ll eat, there are some things I just know I’m wasting my time and money on. So I decided to make a list, in addition to the e-book, of several lunch and snack ideas that I can do for Faith and the daycare kids all year long.
I usually cook meals for daycare, but over the summer we got busier and I resorted to sandwiches a lot more than normal. And it. was. nice. I decided for the most part to keep the cooking for supper and simplify meals for the kids so I don’t feel like I’m in the kitchen all the time. This list will help me continue to provide a variety of foods to the kids but still keep it healthy, and no more standing in the pantry wondering what I should fix!
I gathered breakfast, lunch and snack ideas from magazines, Pinterest, childcare resources, etc. and typed them up on this simple Word document. It’s not super exciting to look at, but feel free to print on colorful paper, jazz it up with washi tape, or add graphics to it! I wanted something that I could print and that could go inside the pantry or cupboard door for quick reference, and I wanted to fit as many ideas as I could so that it could work all year. Here’s the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7WuBX0MgLZ3QWdheGI2b25NOFk/edit?usp=sharing
Enjoy and check back the rest of the week for more tips for getting organized for school!