What to feed the kids…and how!

Not a very exciting title, I know, but its practical!

Today started like this:

Quick cook organic oats with a spponful of Teddy’s Natural Unsalted Smooth PB and a banana.  And my coffee.  Dont forget the coffee.  Check out the size of this mug I got with Jason in VT…

I should probably eat the oatmeal out of the mug, and drink my java out of the bowl…

This is what it looked like outside…

And this is what it looked like around me inside…

   

It was all around quiet and gloomy. Until I checked Facebook! A friend had commented on the link to yesterday’s post with questions! And that, my friends, is how the Perfectionista wishes every day here at Perfectionistamamma.com would go!!! Yes, that is an open invitation to comment, share, and ask away here on the blog! After all, if my adventures can’t be useful…well, then, I’m just rambling!

SO…the topic of the day is what healthy (easy) things can we make for our kids and how we can get them to eat it at school.

Let’s start with the latter…my girls are like me. Its all about the vehicle in which the food comes. If it looks good and has options…and is environmentally friendly, they like it. And if its pink or purple, even better! I found these great containers at the geeky organizer’s dream emporium, aka The Container Store.

    

The first 3 are the Slimline Quaddie by sistema, and the second 2 are of the klip it lunch cube, also by sistema. Which one you use really depends on how much and what your kids will eat, what you’re making, and what they’re putting it in to get it to the cafeteria. The first takes up an entire traditional lunch box, where the cube still lets you put other things in there!

Now, the important part…what to fill it with. Here is a list of some things I have either put in there the past 2 days, or plan on filling it with in the days and weeks to come!

  • Corn, tomato & black bean salad
  • Turkey, cheese and avocado on a mini pita (half)
  • PB&J Sushi Roll Up (just roll the wrap, and cut like a sushi roll!)
  • Chobani plain 0% greek yogurt with blueberries and homemade granola (separate the granola to keep it crunchy!)
  • Annie’s bunnies – either the crackers or the cookies
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce (cinnamon works better when you go for the unsweetened)
  • Clif Z Bars
  • Salad with dried cranberries, fresh nectarine, and goat cheese
  • Low fat string cheese, whole wheat bread stick (crostini) or asparagus wrapped in turkey
  • Hummus or black bean dip and veggies or healthier tortilla or pita chips
  • And a sweet treat now and then!
I hope this helps in making lunch fun and healthy for all the kiddos out there! When you get out of the sandwich and a snack rut and start thinking things up, its actually a lot of fun to pack lunch!
What are your favorite things to pack for school or work lunches?
*this post was not influenced or sponsored by anyone or anything, i just really like to write about the things i love!

Is this the Beginning or the End?

Its both. And actually, I think it might be easier to deal with them simultaneously…

Yes, I have come to accept that it is the end of summer. I’m sad, but it went so darn fast this year, that I’m not sure we even really had it…except for the slight good-enough-for-a-half-Irish-girl tan that I got!

However, its also the beginning of the school year…

…the return to chaos, dance, gymnastics, soccer, CCD, Daddy and his busy work schedule, me and my crazy fall work season…a schedule. Ah, yes. A routine. God’s gift to busy families is the routine. Kids seem to fall into them after about 2 weeks, and I can mentally pretend to be in one so that its not such a tough adjustment. Once you’re in one for a bit, you occasionally hit a very smooth patch where everyone seems to work seamlessly together, like in the BSO or something. Usually, just in time to switch it up with the seasons.

But for now, I’m going to focus on the positive. On the good things that going back to school means for my kids and our family. You know, tired little ones in the early evening. The “not until your homework is done” mantra that buys me some time to blog when there doesn’t seem to be a spare minute. Making happy healthy lunches for the girls and getting back to planning ahead for our  meals. A routine I can (hopefully) really sink my teeth into.

  

Here’s to sinking…

For the Love of Humanity…

Jason and I are so proud of our girls. This year, after a answering some tough questions about why and how not everyone who works hard has a house, the girls decided to make their birthday party a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of MetroWest/Greater Worcester. They were bummed they weren’t old enough to actually help build, but wanted to help anyway. I couldn’t have been more proud, and quickly went to work putting the pieces together.

We decided that this was the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, although not really because that wouldn’t be very humane, but we could manage to plan our End of Summer Kegger to immediately follow the kids’ birthday party, right? Ahhh, yes. Party perfection! Although, every time the girls said “we’re helping humanity” I had to giggle.  Such big girls…yet so little 🙂

So invites went out to everyone – kids, adults, friends, neighbors, etc.  We asked that instead of presents they bring donations to Habitat, and as a thank you, we gave them cute little inflatable hammers!

We grilled, and by we I mean Jason, and everyone brought something delicious.  Of course, I had to have veggie burgers, wheat buns, and nitrate free hot dogs in addition to the “normal” cookout foods. Yes, I’m that lady. And proud of it, dammit. However, the favorite burger of the day – Amy’s Hamburger Cookies. How genius!!!! Look at these adorable and super tasty treats!

We had facepainting and sand art for the kids thanks to Julia and Kayla – our awesome helpers, and thank heavens we invested in that play/swing set. Instant kid party entertainment!

  

The cake was delish and we’ll be trying to give it all away for the next few days. (note: I succeeded! Repurposed sheet cake = cupcakes! Just wait and see…)

And the biggest hit of the day may have been the lawn games (thanks to Sean and the Seymours) that lasted well into the night. I actually researched getting our own Cornhole set, and in the process, learned that there is actually an American Cornhole Association. I’m going to have to save up for a regulation board. Really?

  

While the day flew by and was crazy busy for hours, its was perfect to end our summer with friends and family – some we hadn’t seen in AGES! And so what if the keg didn’t get kicked.  Next time, we don’t put good beer in the keg. Instead of Wachusett Country, we go Bud Light next time – although I think that’s against every fiber of my husband’s being. Then, we should kick it. I guess we’re not as young as we’d like to think…