Well, it's that time of year again. Back to school for the kids. Back to making lunches for me. It's no secret. Making school lunches is not my favorite thing to do. The hot lunch program is one of the biggest things I miss about the kids attending school in the States. However, I know they are eating much healthier because of this change. I guess that's what keeps me going.
It's probably no surprise, but I am an "extreme parent." Yes, I AM one of thoooooooose people. Maybe not in the same way as the crazy parents you see on television, but probably not too far off the mark. I am an all or none kind of person. I'm either all in, or all out. There isn't much middle ground, but I'm working on that. I enjoy reading books on how to be a better parent. Much to my kids' dismay, I also like implementing the new tips/techniques that I have learned. If I read a book or article about how much smarter my kids will be by getting more sleep, you can bet I will be all over that. Last night's bedtime was 8:30p. I've also read articles on how much easier it is to learn when eating a healthy diet. Yep, I'm all over that one too. How to limit screen time. Read it. I do try to use what works, and tweak what doesn't to work with our lifestyle/schedule. That is the middle ground. The place I prefer to be.
So I'm not sure what my "return to blogging" will morph into over time, I'm just going to "go with the flow." Right now I want to use it to make myself accountable. I want to stay on track with that middle ground area. Of late, I feel like I've been more of the "none" in the all or none philosophy. That has to change. It has to change if I want to be the best Mom I can be.
I recently learned of a Canadian based online company that sells everything you can think of to make litter-free lunches. It wasn't until I was challenged to send a litter-less lunch at R.W.B.B. Elementary School a few years go, that I realized how important that was. I rarely use ziploc baggies, unless of course it's a field trip day when the kids are supposed to bring "disposable lunches." It does make for a lot more work after school, when all of the empty containers are emptied into the sink, but I am doing my part to reduce our carbon footprint, and making the world a better place. (Yep..........read an article about that!)
We were in desperate need of some new lunch bags. I threw Gage's away soon after the last day of school this past spring. Nasty! Needless to say, I was thrilled when I learned of this Canadian-based company, fenigo.com. Perhaps the best part, if your order qualifies, you can get FREE SHIPPING! My order arrived in the mail just YESTERDAY!!!
Scott was also a lucky recipient of a new lunch kit! His previous lunch bag was falling apart, and also a little gross.
Who wouldn't be excited about this?? I love the bright colors. Lunch time is a happy time now!!
But then comes MAKING those lunches! Over the past 4 school years, my kids have gotten quite tired of the same things over and over. I'm going to try to branch out a little bit and try keeping them excited about looking inside to see what Mom prepared today!
Today's lunch consisted of cubed cheese, yellow pepper slices, chicken salad sandwiches, energy balls and cantaloupe. I sure hope they like it. It was a new recipe for chicken salad and I haven't even tried it myself yet. Thankfully there's plenty for me as well. My plan, for right now, is to use my blog as a place to post pictures/recipes and try to stay inspired. You, readers, are responsible for holding me accountable.