Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What I Need for Back to School

A few weeks ago we had our first night back on the football field.  My son had his three day mini camp, and started his practices soon after.  This time of year signals the back to school prep, and I start to think about what we need for classes and lunches.  I try to clean and organize the house, and I take the kids for new socks, sneakers and other basic necessities.

I also silently grieve as I accept the fact that my alarm will soon be going off five mornings a week.  I will also have homework and conferences.  My days of nothing-ness are coming to a close.  Some parents look forward to that yellow school bus.  I must admit I prefer the summer thing much more.  
With all of the lunches and coolers I pack for school and football games, I need to keep the kitchen stocked with quick snacks for my kids.  Eating "on the go" can  get unhealthy, and I do my best to keep yogurts, fruits and vegetables in my fridge.  I also stock plenty of Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage because they are a great-tasting, low calorie drink option.  It's also super easy to toss juice pouches into a cooler or my purse when I'm running out the door.
Trust me, if I take my kids anywhere there are guaranteed to complain they are thirsty and that they need to pee.  I never leave the house without beverages and my toddler potty in the trunk of the car. Motherhood is all about keeping sane. 
I like to pack a cooler for just about any outing, not just football games and other sporting events.  Not only is food from home healthier than snack bar or fast food options, it's also cheaper.  My kids bring lunch to school and we bring food to games, practices and outings.  Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage is my favorite.  They are sturdy and won't explode all over my purse if I toss them in when I grab my keys  The bottom of the pouch is clear, which makes me feel good because I can see that they contain no artificial colors.  They are the perfect choice for a mom of four busy kids.

My must have list for lunches:

1. Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage
2. Yogurt for kids (Greek is preferred, we buy whatever is healthy and on sale)
3. Apples
4. Whole wheat bread for sandwiches
5. Cold cuts
6. Peanut butter and jelly
7. Protein bars for my athletes
8. Small treats such as cookies or fruit snacks
9. Grapes (cut in half)
10. Granola bars

What do you pack in lunches? I'd love to hear from other moms!

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