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Packing Hot Lunches for Cool Weather

September 15, 2017 By · No Comments

Packing Hot Lunches For The First Cool Fall Days

 

After a long, hot summer, we all look forward to those first crisp fall days. And with it our menus change. Why not change the lunch you pack for your kids as well. Salads, wraps, and cold sandwiches are great late summer options, but when the temperatures start to drop, your little ones will appreciate a hot dish in their lunch box.

Soup And A Hot Sandwich

One of my favorite school lunches as a kid was tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwiches. Who doesn’t love soup and a hot sandwich for lunch on a cool, crisp, fall day? If you thought those were outside your packed lunch capabilities, think again. All it takes is a small thermos, some aluminum foil and ideally an insulated lunch box.

Make the soup the day before from scratch, or heat up some canned soup in the morning, right before school. Get it piping hot, and if possible, run some hot or even boiling water in the thermos first to get everything as warm as possible. Pour the soup into the thermos and sit it in the insulated lunch box. Don’t forget to pack a spoon. Lastly, make the hot sandwich. Grilled cheese or grilled ham and cheese are always a favorite around here, as are any type of Panini. Fix the sandwich as usual and then wrap it in several layers of aluminum foil. If you’re worried about the bread getting soggy, wrap it in a paper towel first, then the foil. Keep the sandwich in the insulated lunch box and everything should be staying toasty warm for hours. Mix and match the soup and sandwich combos for endless portable lunch possibilities.

Chili and Stew

You’re not limited to only soup. A nice hardy stew or a bowl of chili with some corn chips or a side of fresh cornbread make a nice addition to any lunch box. Make a batch of your favorite chili or stew and put it in your kids’ lunch boxes for the following days.

Another great option is to freeze it in smaller portions and take them out as needed to add to lunch boxes. This is also a great time for you to take lunch to work or keep a bowl at home to reheat at lunchtime. As with the soup, we talked about earlier, you can get a short thermos, run hot water in it, and then fill it with the piping hot chili or stew. That will keep the lunch warm until well past lunch time.

Leftovers Galore

Last but not least, don’t forget about leftovers. They make for great lunchbox additions. There are wide mouthed thermos out there that can hold a variety of leftover food from pasta dishes to things like fried rice, or anything you can think of that would work well put in a bowl.

If your child has access to a microwave, you can pack just about any leftover that can then be heated at school. Find a few microwave-safe plastic containers that work well and fit your child’s lunch box and you’re good to go.

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3 Tips to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

September 1, 2017 By · No Comments

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School is in session! Is your child not wanting to pick up a book and read? As a mom to five, I’ve had a little experience in this area, at least when it came to my boys. There’s hope out there and right at your fingertips.

1. Early Bedtime/Reading– Now this isn’t one you MUST do, that is as long as your child suddenly gets the “energy” to read his/her book. Typically no child wants to go to bed early unless they are REALLY tried. Have a normal bedtime routine in place on days they do NOT want to read have an early to bed rule and after you tuck them in ask them “Would you like lights out or would you like to stay up and read for a bit?”

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Using Time Wisely to Spend More Time with Family

August 22, 2017 By · No Comments

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As a full-time working mama and also with a freelance resume business (MKS Resume Services), I try to take advantage of pockets of time that I have away from my family so when I am home I can be fully present. Below are my tips that work for me and my family:

Master your To-Do list: Every day I layout my todo list on a (very high-tech) yellow sticky note and work through each item, feeling satisfied as I cross each item off and keeps me focused on one day at a time. I keep paper lists at home for the house to organize running groceries, pharmacy, and errands.

Getting Organized:  My personal business meetings and my work appointments are combined on my phone’s calendar so I can keep track of the dual roles all of us mamas have! We also put our family plans in our shared calendars so we are never double booked.

It takes a Village- a 2017 Village: At home, I try to outsource almost everything! I order groceries online and have them delivered, Amazon – Prime Pantry helps us eliminate running errands and allows me to spend more quality time together on the weekends when no one is at work or at daycare (Thank God for Amazon Prime and their speedy shipping). I subscribe to stitch fix so I don’t even have to surf the web online to buy clothes, I send the family dry cleaning out via delivery also, they pick it up and drop it off at my front porch- no time for ironing in this house!  I also find that doing a light cleaning on Wednesdays after work helps the cleaning workload by the time the weekend comes. My next step is to hire a cleaning person to help us out.

Take your commute to the next level: I use my 45-minute commute each way on the train to respond to work emails, schedule meetings and promote on my resume business from my phone and laptop. That way when I get to the office, I can begin on projects right away.

Working it 9-5: I bring my lunch from home everyday, so I don’t have to waste time out of the office searching for food and work straight through my lunch so I can leave work on time to be home for bedtime.  I try to avoid 4:30 meetings the best I can so I don’t get stuck in the office after hours.

After-hours: Like all mamas, I wait for after the youngest one’s bedtime for catching up on work, my business and binge-watching Netflix. Maybe even have a conversation with my husband?

Working on my fitness: I try (keyword try) to run in the mornings with my dog before the family is up for the day. I also leave light hand weights in my bathroom to do a quick 10-minute full-body workout while the shower heats up before and after work. Multitasking to the fullest!

I am no means an expert, nor have I been doing this parenting thing for very long- my daughter is 14 months old, but I am always searching for quick tips so hopefully someone can get one idea that might help their busy family.

For mamas reentering the workforce or looking to make a career change, I can help. MKS Resume Services offers customized cover letters, resumes, and interview prep. Check us out: www.mksresumeservices.com

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3 Tips for Finding a Second Car

July 30, 2017 By · No Comments

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Kids are all back in school and husband is working his job during the day. What does that mean for me and my little one? Simple, we are stuck home. Last year this wasn’t an issue at all, we had a second vehicle which meant when we got bored we went and did something. Being stuck home during the end of summer heat means we are literally not leaving the house. It’s time to start looking for a second vehicle. Thankfully we’ve been down this road before and we know what to do.

Tip 1:  Know What You Want

Think about what it is you want or need. Sure everyone wants that dream car but that isn’t always ideal for that second vehicle you are needing? For me, no matter what it must have 5 seats, 4 for the kids and one for myself. For say my husband who would just need one to get to work he could have a 2 seat pick up truck. Technically, I could get a normal family car. If I would like something a little bigger so the whole family can go I do have to get a mini van or something along those lines if I don’t want to do the drive two cars to one location.

Checklist: 

  • What will it be used for? (hauling items, commute back and forth to work, chauffeuring children from one activity to another, grocery shopping, long road trips, camping, etc)
  • How much do you have to spend on one? (Willing to pay monthly payments? Or do you want a vehicle that you bought right off the bat?)
  • How much are you willing to put into a used vehicle to fix it up? (Oil leaks, new tires, breaks, etc)
  • How are you willing to drive to purchase a vehicle? (This will help in your search range)
  • What type of gas mileage are you looking at? (economy, van/suburban)
  • Will this be used for traveling long distances? (If you plan on traveling you might not want a car that has 100,000 miles on it)
  • What features do you want it to have?

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School Lunch Ideas Without the Sandwich

July 20, 2017 By · No Comments

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Beyond The Sandwich – Mix It Up With Different Lunch Foods

School Lunches

 

When you think about packed school lunches, PB&J or ham and cheese sandwiches come to mind. While sandwiches certainly make for a nice school lunch, they are not your only option. Many times this because the boring lunch your child hates to see in their lunchbox. Mix it up by fixing something different for your kids this school year.

Make It A Wrap

A quick and easy alternative to a sandwich is a wrap. Grab some tortillas and fix your child’s favorite sandwich as a wrap. Wraps are also great for adding lots of lettuce and extra veggies. My younger daughter likes baked chicken cut up and tossed inside. I can’t say that I blame her I like them too. Hummus and cucumbers make a delicious vegetarian lunch option.

When you’re done adding your toppings, roll it up like a burrito and if desired, cut it in half. The wrap is good as is, or you can pack a small serving of salad dressing to dip. Ranch is always a favorite around here. Just make sure you pack it in a small, airtight container so your child doesn’t end up with ranch all over her lunch box (ask me how I know).

Who Doesn’t Love Snack Food And Lunchables?

I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love Lunchables. But have you looked at the price of those found at the grocery store lately? Plus I’m not the biggest fan of the food options. Why not make your own version instead with fresh ingredients and food you know your child will eat. Start with some sandwich meat and cheese cut into bite-sized pieces, after all, isn’t that what they are. Add some fresh raw veggies like sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots. Throw in some fresh or dried fruit and you have a delicious, healthy, homemade version.

Of course, you can turn any of your child’s favorite snack foods including popcorn, trail mix, crackers, cheese, fruits and veggies and the likes into lunch. Grab a container with lots of little dividers (bento boxes are perfect) and fill them up with kid-friendly favorites.

Healthy Salads For Lunch

Salads are another great lunch option, particularly for older children. Get a container with a tight fitting lid and add all your child’s favorite salad ingredients minus the dressing in there.

Start with a bed of lettuce greens, add raw veggies, croutons, bacon bits, nuts and seeds and the likes. Top it with a source of protein like cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham or turkey, or even some grilled chicken.

Pack dressing in a separate container along with a fork and napkin and lunch is done. You can assemble the salad the night before and store it in the fridge. The key is to make sure all your ingredients are very dry. If you’re washing your lettuce, use a salad spinner, or dry it on some paper towels before starting to pack it. Cutting everything into small bite-sized pieces will ensure that the lunch time salad is easy to eat.

 

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