I can’t even believe summer break is over. I’m sure I share the same sentiments as every other parent in the world! Turner started first grade a week ago and Gracie started preschool this week. The second I realized school was starting, I panicked that we didn’t do enough fun stuff! Anyone else get that way?
But, alas, here we are a week into school and getting into full-on routine mode! Early to bed, early to rise, no more sleepovers, packing school lunches, completing reading lists, the list goes on. But, don’t let me fool you, I love a good routine, and so do my kids! I just wish I could pause time when it feels fleeting!
Speaking of routine, part of my school-year-ritual is making a whole week’s worth of school lunches on Sunday! I know it sounds insane, and it may actually be, but it is a LIFE SAVER for me. I work full-time, so coming home at 5 just to make dinner and school lunches just doesn’t cut it for me. So let me walk through what I do!
- First, I choose a menu for the week. It goes something like this:
- plain yogurt w/cinnamon, carrots & dip, crackers & guac, cherries, PB&J, pretzels, apples, berries, raisins, cheese.
- I lay out all of my lunchbox containers, ziplock bags, & bento boxes (these are incredible).
- I take out all of the foods/ingredients I need.
- Then, I get busy assembling!
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I make a WEEEEEEK of PB&J Sandwiches and freeze them! I’m talking TEN (5 per kid) sandwiches! You know those Smuckers Uncrustables? Well, my cheap a$$ makes them myself. Here’s what you do….
- Get yourself some FREEZER SAFE (very important) bags, a loaf of bread, a tub of peanut butter & jelly, and start making those sandwiches.
- Put them in the bags and pop in the freezer.
- In the morning, pop a sandwich in the kids’ lunchboxes and by the time they eat, they’re perrrrfectly defrosted. Plus, just look how much fun I’m having!
There you have it! Week nights made easy. You have to tell me what you think! Are you gonna try it? Or do you think I’m nuts? I’d love to hear some of your hacks to making school nights easier!