Mom Hacks to making this school year stress-free… Break out of the boring lunch routine with these back to school lunch hacks and snack ideas! This post is written in partnership with Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ , all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer seemed to fly right by and now September is here and the super busy mom season has begun. Getting ready for a new school year can be stressful if you don't have a plan. Between the shopping, the school schedules and all the social activities, you're left with hardly any time to yourself.
But I've learned that with a little planning and preparation you can breeze through your back to school to-do list without losing your sanity. For me, it's all about getting organized and preparing for the week ahead. Sunday is my day to work out what our week ahead looks like and what we need to make it run smoothly.
Did you catch my earlier post about lunchbox and snack hacks? Making a meal plan and pulling together everyone's lunch the night before has been a huge time saver for us. Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ snacks have teamed up themselves to help you prep lunchboxes for your kids that you can feel good about and they will love! Nature's Harvest bread baked with whole grain nutrition and Little Bites Snacks add fun to the lunchbox! Together, Nature’s Harvest Bread and Little Bites snacks are the “Life of the Lunchbox”!
Back to School Hacks to Make this School Year AWESOME!
Here are a few tips for managing your time and starting this year off successfully.
- Shop online. Skip the hassle of searching for your child's list of school supplies, going store to store and battling the crowds. You can find everything imaginable online, and most places offer free shipping.
- Keep a calendar. Post a calendar on the fridge and mark down all your child's important school days for the year. Now also add them to your phone or set-up an online calender with alerts. Set your alerts to pop up or message you atleast two days prior to each event. This way you will never miss another important date, and you'll also have day to prepare.
- Make a meal plan. Work out a meal plan for lunches and dinners. Come up with a list of ten meals that your family enjoys and build a shopping list off that list. Print out your meal list and your shopping list and post up in the kitchen. This way you'll avoid the scramble to pull together lunch or make a quick dinner.
- Plan ahead. If you can never get out the door on time and your mornings are always hectic and stressful, rework your routine. Trying to pick out an outfit or pack a lunch in the morning while your brain is still foggy isn't the best way to start the day. Instead make these tasks part of your nighttime routine so you'll be prepared.
- Schedule some time for yourself. Taking care of everyone and everything on your list is important, but you can't neglect your own needs. As moms we want to do-it-all, but it's just as important to do something for yourself that will help you relax and recharge.
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