Easy Kid Lunches

If I could change one thing about Paisley and Carson’s preschool it would be to have them provide lunch for the kids. Along with the struggle of “What’s for dinner?” I have to combat the “What are you making me for lunch tomorrow?” struggle too. Paisley is adamant on asking every day what I am making her, and if it will contain any “surprises” – aka candy. ha

The biggest obstacle I have is avoiding any peanut butter (for Paisley and Carson’s class) and egg products (Carson’s class). If I could use peanut butter, it would make packing a lunch way easier! But alas, kids have allergies and I do not want to be the parent to put another child in danger.

I have made up a few of my kids favorite options for lunches and am sharing the wealth! I pin a TON of lunch options, and am working on which ones my kids like the best. I love the Bento Boxes I bought the kids. They keep everything sectioned out for my semi-ocd kids and they do not spill! Plus they come with a cute spork and a flexible lid for the circular/dressing spot. The one down side is there is no room for their drink, it isn’t a problem for now with my kids but next year I am going to get Paisley a Bento Box lunch bag so it acts as a one stop shop for her lunch box and drink.

Here are a few that are sure winners in Paisley and Carson’s book!

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  • Pretzels
  • Snap Peas
  • Hummus
  • Clementine
  • Cucumber
  • Pasta Salad – Chopped ham, peas, cheese cubed, macaroni noodles, italian dressing

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  • Turkey and Cheese Roll Up – Cut up for Carson
  • Snap Peas
  • Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips

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  • Turkey and Cheese Roll Up – Cut in half for Paisley
  • Snap Peas
  • Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Chocolate Chips

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  • Turkey and Cheese Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Snap Peas and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hummus to dip

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  • Ritz Crackers
  • Turkey sliced
  • Colby Jack Cheese sliced
  • Celery and Cauliflower
  • Boiled Egg (already peeled)
  • Fruit Snack for “surprise”

I finally found some Silicone Cupcake Liners at Ikea which are the cheapest option, but they only come in pink. I found some multi-colored ones for my Amazon Prime peeps here, and for my Target lovers click here to find yours!

I would love to have more ideas to try! If you have any kid lunch ideas shoot them my way! Good luck pleasing those kiddos and have fun with it!

~xo~

Santa Visit and Christmas Party

Our neighborhood put on the most fun Christmas party this past weekend. My favorite part was seeing the kids reactions to Santa Claus! haha

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Carson was terrified at first, but eventually warmed up – he even gave him a high five before we left!

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Elizabeth never warmed up! As soon as she sat in his lap, the tears started…and didn’t stop until I snagged her back up.

Paisley loved every minute of it and asked him for real makeup! And a microphone…at least one is on her list!

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There were a ton of activities for the kids – face painting, balloon artist, glitter tattoos, coloring, ornament making – the list goes on! It kept our kiddos entertained throughout the entirety of our time there.

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We ended our time with a little dance party with Santa’s elves. Paisley of course loved it and Carson sat on the sidelines and watched – his go to.

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It is only the start of our Christmas season celebration and I am excited to continue to create memories with our kids. Next up, hot chocolate and touring the city Christmas lights!

~xo~

Mommy Life-Savers

It is safe to say that Carson is far ahead of the game when it comes to body size and anything that has to do with food. The kid is gigantic and loves him some real people food. He prefers pieces of a peanut butter and jelly or waffles over pureed sweet potatoes and spoon-fed applesauce.

Feeding him was so frustrating! The kid popped his first teeth at about 4 months and I swear a few weeks later 4 more buggers came poking through! He has had 8 teeth since about 6 months old…which was as bad as it sounds. The poor buddy. With these new, sharp daggers came the new-found love for truly solid foods, which also meant a decrease in mommy spoon-feeding ease. I stopped counting the times he swatted the spoon out of my hand and just found myself wiping down my walls instead. Seriously though, you could eat off those things! But I had enough. It was time to figure out how to use up all the nutritious, hand-made foods I poured my blood, sweat and tears over (not really, but it makes it sound better, right?). I needed my freezer back!

A day in the life of feeding my Stinky Pete (eyebrows on fleek thanks to alfredo sauce):

I figured since he is learning from Paisley and she absolutely loves squeezy pouches, I would snag him a few fruit and veggie mix from the store and try them out. At least those wouldn’t leave splatter all over (which they still can, just don’t let the babes hold them…learned that the hard way. Cue appropriate developmental expectations!) But it worked! He loved them. He was finally letting me assist feeding him without FREAKING out.

A few problems though:
-They are hecka expensive
-They hold enough food for a bird (I mentioned he’s gigantic right?)

Then the idea came…there has got to be someone smarter than me who has already solved this issue. To AMAZON we went. And I’m glad we did! There was that brilliant person who is making mega bucks selling REUSABLE food pouches. After reviewing multiple brands and styles, reading numerous reviews we decided to try out WeeSprout Reusable Pouches. They are AMAZING!

I just fill them with anything and when he is finished they rinse easily and I wash them in the dishwasher. We have had them for a few months now and no problems to report (except I’m now down to 5 instead of 6, Brian claims he has no idea what happened to the 6th, but a little birdie told me that it may have ended up in the trash can at church. Ha.) I just plop my frozen pureed cubes in the packets and put it in the fridge. In the morning it is thawed out enough to use. These work great with yogurt and applesauce, too. We usually just throw a few spoonfuls in a pouch and put it in our bag. I have even put in some protein shake, which he LOVES. And the best part is Paisley loves them too. I can throw in some veggie mix and she doesn’t know the difference. Items like this make parenting that much easier, and isn’t that whatΒ it’s all about? Making the tedious routines easier so we can spend more time doing the fun things?!? I’ll take all the help I can get, and if spending $16 makes feeding my kiddo that much easier I am definitely up for trying it.

What are your favorite time savers or parent finds? I’d love to hear about what you use to save a little time and frustration, which allows you to spend more time with the kiddos!

~Happy Saturday~