This is a sponsored post by Nature’s Harvest®. All opinions are my own.
School is back in session! Whoo! Who else is excited? I just really like it when we all have a normal(ish) schedule. Don’t get me wrong, summer lazy days are great, but I thrive on routine, so back to school is my jam! My youngest, Owen started preschool today, so for 3 days a week, 3 hours each day, I’m kid free. COMPLETELY KID FREE! I know! It’s exciting, huh?! But, our mornings can get pretty busy, so in order to make our mornings go a bit smoother, I prepare the night before.
The night before:
I have the kids pick out outfits. They shower before bed so that that’s not a hassle in the morning. They know to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast sometimes (school offers free breakfast too so they alternate eating at home or at school), and then just hang out until it’s bus time. Morning cartoon time totally depends on how quickly they get ready for the day. Totally up to them. That works perfectly for me because they always want to squeeze in some cartoon time, so they’ll get ready & eat in a timely manner.
On Preschool days, we try to stick to the same routine, but wake Owen up and he eats breakfast at home. Rushing him out the door is more of a struggle than getting my older two out the door so it’s very important that we choose his outfit the night before.
I also pack lunches the night before. It makes it so much easier to get through that morning rush if lunches are already packed!
The kids really love it when I make sushi rollups for em. I alternate between PB&J and these, S’mores sushis. (Flatten your bread, spread marshmallow flush and Nutella across it, roll it up, chop). I use Nature’s Harvest® Breads. I keep a drawer in the fridge full of Mom approved snacks for the kids to toss in their lunches while I’m making their main dish. I also keep a bucket in the cabinet full of lunchbox approved snacks. They grab one of each to pair with whatever I’m making and then I toss in some Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks and done. Easy, peasy.
Next up, have you ever made a grilled cheese on a George Forman grill? So easy. Spray the grill with cooking spray (I use the butter kind), layer bread, cheese, bread. Close the grill.
You can also use this to make like hot ham and cheese sandwiches, pizza grilled cheeses, wraps, etc etc. I paired this with a homemade trail mix, some fruit, and some Little Bites™ Snacks. I always let the kids pick something from the fridge drawer and something from the cabinet bucket to toss in their lunches. That way, I know what’s going in em, and they’re feeling a little bit independent. Total win all around.
If you have a little one at home still, I have the perfect lunch for you as well. Remember a few weeks back, I posted about making lunch fun again and I shared a cute little sandwich platter with you?! (Here) Lunches like that are my preschooler’s favorite!
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