The time has arrived. In a few short weeks, all three of my kids will be in school. I will have 6 hours to myself during the week!?!?! While I have been anxiously awaiting this (I haven’t been alone in over 5 years) and plan to start making lists of what I will accomplish, the thought of it also makes me want to throw up.  The thought of driving home in a car by myself: will I cry? will I cheer? I think it will be a small transition period for me, but then I will love the time! I have had my hand in so many things that I can barely fit in the time to do – writing running articles, my photography business and tutoring.  I become so stressed trying to keep it all together! I’m hoping this time will really help!

At the same time, my oldest will be going to Kindergarten, AND staying for lunch everyday.  I was so torn on this decision to lose lunches with him everyday. He will be going to school everyday for the next 18 years 🙁 but the program was so good that it was the best option educationally. Someone wrote a quote that I came across something like “Don’t worry about how clean your house is, keep the dishes in the sink and play with your kids. Spend time with your kids. You’ll blink and they will be starting kindergarten.” GULP.  How did those last 5 1/2 years go by so quickly? The first one really hurts! And what’s worse is that #2 is just one year behind – it sneaks up on me!  

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Time really flies. And I hope that I spent it well in their eyes.  I honestly wish phones and computers did not exist.  The end of this summer has been getting me and I’m trying to keep it together to end on a good note!
Computers/phones are such time sucks, but where most of my business responsibilities are too! If only I lived in the 50s…

“Your kids may not remember what you said or did, but how you made them feel.”

Inspirational quotes always help me to center myself, be present and take a step back and try to enjoy the moment.

Here is one that had my tearing up the other day from Little Family Fun:

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Goodness! I definitely wish I could stay centered and happy with this in mind all the time! 

Well, with September around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about school lunches. Day…after day…after day. Yikes! Here are some of my favorite websites, items and recipes for school lunches.

100 days of real food. Great ideas for variety and real food.  (picture credit from 100 days website)

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Weelicious banana chocolate chip muffins – and the website in general. Great ideas for snacks & meals

Granola bars – a staple recipe  – you can easily sub butter for the PB for allergies

Alternate to this – Clif Z bars!

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Whole Foods bread! – tastes like it came from a bakery. I load up on this and freeze it!

Sunflower seed butter (allergy free!)   – I add more and more coconut oil to this in order to get it to the best consistency! Love this stuff.  Add jelly for sandwich of choice or serve alone!

Easy Lunchboxes. Tried and true. I’ve been using these for three years!

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Easy Lunchboxes dipping container – for smaller snacks or lots of pieces

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Cupcake liners – for small snacks like craisins, or a muffin

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Sandwich cutters

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More ideas – check out my pinterest board.  

Your turn – what are your favorite foods to include in packed lunches? Favorite items, favorite recipes? Favorite lunchbox?
I realize I’m going to have to get more creative this year!


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  1. I saw Martha Stewart roll up some bread , spread cream cheese added carrots and celery and wrapped it up. Then sliced it into little sushi rolls. Ashlyn is hard to pack for but chase is pretty much standard. Sandwhich, carrots, treat and chips/pretzel. Good luck!!

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  2. I’m a fan of the old fashion PB&J. Sometimes you just need a good throwback sandwich.

  3. I love trail mix…it’s fast and easy and the varieties are endless!

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  5. One reason I love your blog is because of your honesty and your ‘voice’ in words always feels like we are just sitting at a table talking. Thanks for the quotes and reminders… I do often wish we didn’t have much of technology too!

    Anyway– favorite lunch for kids are hummus and veggies to dip. I’m not too creative but do try to mix it up so he looks forward to lunch even without having ‘cool stuff’ or junk like the other kids! I also always draw something on his napkin (he’s only 4 and can’t read notes yet) as something to look forward to and know I love him!

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