Packing Lunches – Been There Done That

This month, our BTDT Squad answers the following question:

What do you prepare for lunch for the kids?

***Think picky-eaters, slow eaters, what are some quick and easy ideas for school lunches? Do you prepare everything the night before, or the morning of?

Suvannah (Mom of 2 girls ages 5 and 2)

Maybe I have it easier for lunches since I am homeschooling. We have adapted the whole snack bin idea (from pinterest, Im sure you’ve seen it.) But the basic idea is to pre-make snacks/lunches ahead of time so its easy to grab. Ours includes pre-made baggies of, carrot sticks (or other veggie), cheese, meat (sliced turkey, or sausages), sliced peaches or apples, berries or grapes, crackers, or pop corn, and yogurt. (I *try* to buy low sodium and low sugar items) We switch out the snacks weekly for variety, and we allow the kids to pick their own lunches from the bin so they have some control of what they are eating. I try to ask the kids to grab something from each food group. An easy and fun way to ensure they are picking a good variety is to ask them to pick as many different coloured items as possible. Since we are home and have the option to have hot lunches, we often have soups or left overs from the night before for a quick easy lunch. Another fun thing for us since we are homeschooling is to have the kids pick something from our garden to snack on during the day. Its fresh, healthy, and fun since they get to harvest their own food!

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Kamloops Farmers Market Scarecrow Contest

Practically anything could be used to make a scarecrow. It doesn’t even have to look like a person. Is yours going to be funny, scary or in between?
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straw hatPhoto: Practically anything could be used to make a scarecrow. It doesn't even have to look like a person.  Is yours going to be funny, scary or in between?overallsstraw hatfluttering dresscolourful plastic bagshang from a poleold tennis racketsvisit local thrift storesit on a chair or bike, in a wagonpotatoe sackhockey sticknylonscorn stocksThere is NO entry fee.  Entries sought for our Scarecrow Making Contest., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013.  The Scarecrow Making Contest is open to any school, youth organization/facility, neighbourhood group, family or Individual, business, office group, in short, everyone!  Put a challenge out there to someone you know.  Share onto your FB page and help us spread the word.Get your group together to pre-make and deliver your scarecrow on October 2nd to the Farmers Market, 400 Block of Victoria Street between 8–9:30am, be sure to include contact information.For more information e-mail wednesdaymanager@kamloopsfarmersmarket.com PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR WINNING SUBMISSIONSBRING YOUR CAMERA!
fluttering dress
colourful plastic bags
hang from a pole
old tennis rackets
visit local thrift store
sit on a chair or bike, in a wagon
potatoe sack
hockey stick
nylons
corn stocks

There is NO entry fee. Entries sought for our Scarecrow Making Contest., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013.

The Scarecrow Making Contest is open to any school, youth organization/facility, neighbourhood group, family or Individual, business, office group, in short, everyone! Put a challenge out there to someone you know. Share onto your FB page and help us spread the word.

Get your group together to pre-make and deliver your scarecrow on October 2nd to the Farm

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Review of Sacramento Sectional Sofas

Looking for new living room furniture suitable to your needs that would look great while still within your budget? Wholesale Furniture Brokers has a spacious sectional sofa perfect for your growing family.

The Sacramento Sectional Sofa (available in black, cream and espresso) is made with bonded leather and comes with a sofa, a chaise, a storage ottoman and two throw pillows. The bonded leather is soft to the touch and is considered to be environmentally friendly (as it is fabricated using recycled scrap leather that would otherwise go to waste!) I think this sofa would be just perfect for new families with young ones, as the bonded leather is highly durable and also easy to maintain.

Have last minute visitors? No worries, quickly shove the toys in the huge storage ottoman. This sectional sofa also quickly wipes clean, great for families and all the spills they make!

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Grape Juice!

1) Pick your grapes.  We used our fingers and gardening shears.  We may have wound up in the ER but everything worked out okay and I have a brave and happy little man.

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2) Wash the grapes and pick them off the bunches.

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Mabel’s Labels

With the school/sports/dance/skating/gymnastics/karate/playdate season firmly entrenched, it starts….

By “it” I mean keeping track of all your child(ren)’s clothing.  Coats, boots, indoor shoes, mitts, toques, dance shoes, specific sportswear, you name it!  It all looks the same and it’s all roughly the same size.  It’s so NOT easy to do, right?  Or am I alone on this one?

Last year I had two kids in school and we lost two pairs of snowpants before I discovered Mabel’s Labels.

Now this regular pink jacket has my child’s name on it, in an easy to see, washable, dryable, does-not-come-off label!

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