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Pack School Lunches Your Kids Will LOVE to Eat!

July 17, 2017 By · No Comments

Learn How To Pack School Lunches That Your Kids Will Actually Eat– and Won’t Trade for.


Summer is sadly coming to an end and school is about to start.  Yes, some of you will be shouting “Hurray.” while others will be sad to see the time end. Kids I’m sure will be counting down until they can see some of the friends they haven’t seen all year. But this also means it is time to start planning those lunches out and getting all the school supplies on that list.  Basically, it’s time to get back into a school year routine. Part of that routine in many households is packing school lunches. Yes, that sometimes dreadful task. Packed lunches are a great option when your child isn’t too fond of what the school has to offer or you want a little more control over what your child is eating.

This is good especially if your child has dietary restrictions or food allergies, packing lunches is a must. Surprisingly and thankfully because of this very reason I found out my son was actually allergic to peanut butter. Now he isn’t deathly allergic like some are but he does break out from head to toe. The other bonus to packing a lunch is that you get to pick what your kid eats, your lunch can be even healthier than the schools paid lunches for half the price. (of course, you have to follow school policy as well)

* Yes, they can become allergic to something overnight. The year before he was able to eat it and then suddenly he was allergic to it. We ruled it out after a week of him breaking out every day. 

Make it Fun!

Tossing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a swiss roll and a banana is boring. No kid wants to eat the exact same thing every day, plus it isn’t all that healthy.  Find out what your kid likes, yes that means actually sitting down with them and asking them or having them to make a list of what they’d like. Have them jot down things they see other friends have, ask which fruits or vegetables they enjoy eating. If they’d like to see it packed a certain way, etc.  Packing a lunch every day doesn’t do any good if your child doesn’t eat it or ends up trading most of it away for junk food.

Get Your Child Involved with the Process

The best place to start is to get your child involved. Depending on the age of your kids, you could even put them in charge of making their own lunches. Not only do you know that they’ll pack something they will eat, being in charge of packing lunch will teach them responsibility.

Start by talking to your kids about what they want in their lunch box. Make a list of options and then head to the store so you have everything you need for the first week of school. Make sure they know they must eat at least one vegetable and fruit if that is something you want them to get on board with. Find out which ones they will eat and how they’d eat it. (Some kids like vegetables raw with dressing, others like them steamed) Getting the kids as involved as possible will make sure that they end up with lunches they will eat. For older kids that may mean making their own lunches (under your supervision of course) let them know that you will check.

Younger children can help. Even your kindergartener can wash grapes and put them into a container, or pick a snack for his lunch box. Get in the habit of making lunches together the night before. Over time you can give the kids more and more responsibility for their lunches. This alone will help make sure they eat what they’ve packed. After all, it’s the lunch they made. Along the way you’re teaching them independence and important life skills.

Of course you want to encourage your kids to pack and eat healthy foods. Insisting on all healthy, organic food options all the time may not be your best strategy though. Strike a balance and make compromises. If your kids pack and eat a healthy wrap or salad for example, let them have some cookies for dessert. Teach them to make good choices, but don’t freak out if they decide to pack some Cheetos or a pack of Oreo cookies. Your goal is to get them to eat fairly healthy and make smart food choices, not restrict all access to junk food, causing them to trade with friends for forbidden Twinkies.

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Back To School with One Step Ahead Giveaway

August 3, 2016 By · No Comments

Back To School With One Step Ahead Giveaway

Welcome to the Back To School With One Step Ahead Giveaway! I know everyone right now is either scrambling to get all those school supplies or just beginning their summer vacation. For myself, my kids started last week. Talk about a fast turn around. No I do not have all the items they need yet. Back-to-School giveaways like these would definitely help, which is why I wanted to post this. Good luck!

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Back-to-School Safety Travel

August 1, 2013 By · No Comments

(Guest post)

Whether They’re Walking, Cycling, Or Carpooling, Get Your Kids To School Safe And Sound

Summer is just ending and bustling back-to-school season will be here before we all know it. BubbleBum founder, Safe Kids USA certified CPST, and Travel Expert Grainne Kelly knows the best way to keep kids safe en route to school:

Walking to School:

  • Talk to other parents in your area about how their children get to and from school. Create a “Buddy System” by getting a group of kids to walk to and from school together, and plan the route. This can even be chaperoned by an adult, where parents take turns walking with the kids.
  • Walk the route with your children so they know the way to and from school, in case they ever get separated or lost from friends. This will help the kiddos feel more comfortable and confident about the route.
  • Coming into the winter months and darker mornings and evenings, make sure your children wear high visibility clothing that other road users can easily see.
  • Teach the kids how to be safe and obey all road signs, signals, and traffic officers when walking. Remind them to always look left, right, and left again before crossing any street.
  • If your children listen to headphones or use a cell phone when walking, remind them to pay extra attention and remove these devices before crossing the street.
  • Teach the kids to never talk and walk with strangers, or walk through parks, vacant spaces, and fields where there are no other people around.
  • Make sure your kids know their home address and telephone number, in case there is an emergency or they get lost.

Cycling to School:

  • Analyze your child’s cycling skills before allowing him or her to cycle to school. Make sure your child is stable, has the ability to ride in a straight line, and knows how to signal.
  • Make sure your children wear a helmet that meets safety standards.
  • Carry out regular safety and maintenance checks on the bicycle to ensure that everything is in working order. Check the brakes, tires, and lights to make sure everything works correctly.
  • Make sure your kids wear appropriate clothing: sensible and sturdy shoes, clothing and shoes that won’t get caught in bicycle wheels and gears, and waterproofs, depending on the weather.

Taking the Bus:

  • Teach your kids to arrive at the bus stop early, so they are not late and rushing to catch their bus.
  • Teach your children to stay out of the street and the bus driver’s blind spots when waiting on the bus. Also remind them to wait until the bus fully stops before attempting to board.
  • Remind your kids that they must stay seated at all times while on the bus, keeping their heads and arms inside! Make sure they know how to install their booster seat (we like the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat) and fasten their seatbelts for the journey.


  • Make sure kids know how to be courteous to other passengers and not distract the driver.
  • Ensure your children have their BubbleBum car booster seats on hand and know how to install them properly.
  • Remind your children to wait at the pick-up location and not move until someone they know comes to collect them.

Please use the below credit:
Grainne Kelly is a USA certified CPST and  the founder of BubbleBum, the first-ever inflatable booster seat that weighs in at less than one pound and can deflate in minutes.  This revolutionary car booster seat is perfect for road trips, fly ins with car rentals, cab rides, and everyday carpooling. Available at http://www.bubblebum.us

Disclosure: This is a guest post, there was no compensation of any form for this post. 
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Wordless Wednesday: Back to School Edition

August 15, 2012 By · 4 Comments

Well it is that time of year again. Last week I went to open house to see the younger two’s new school. This week they started school. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been a piece of cake for mom. But look at these two….aren’t they cute? Yes I am a proud mommy, but we all are.  Happy Wordless Wednesday! Don’t forget to leave a comment and your link.


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I Had the 1st Day of School Blues, Not My Kids

August 13, 2012 By · No Comments

The kids were anxious, everyone had their clothes for school the night before. The only thing left to do was put their clothes on, brush hair/teeth, eat and make lunch. Of course being as excited as they were the night before they ended up waking around 6 am which meant no matter what mom must stay up. She quickly made sure all backpacks had everything.  Little A’s lunchbox was ready and all the clothes were still laid out.

Tip: Always have the clothes laid out before bed. Makes it less of a hassle to find everything in the morning.

1st Day Photos

With the cartoons on, everyone slowly came down, talking about what they might see and what teacher they had. BalletGirl was hoping she and her friends would have the same classes.  BabyGirl couldn’t wait to get to school and make some friends.  SoccerBoy just wanted to go to see his girlfriend and Little A was just excited. Mom of course, had butterflies in her tummy, this would be her last baby, the one she wanted to stay small. But not only was this changing for her, later this week she would be entering the work world outside the home. Knots came and went throughout the morning, she decided a walk to the school would serve to ease her mind. Not the case.

If your child is nervous, ask them why. See if there is something you can do to comfort them.

As she said goodbye for the millionth time she could see he was excited about the day.  It was only she that was a nervous wreck.  It wasn’t like this was her first child getting off to school. She’d been there, done that.  This was the first time she’d ever had the feeling, hopefully things would go smoothly. Once at home, the house as quiet as anything besides the meow of the two kittens at her feet. She quickly walked to the tv and left it on the channel it had been before she left….cartoons. Cartoons the one thing she refused to watch when the kids were home. Now it seemed like something she had to have, she turned up the cartoons and walked upstairs to clean the bedrooms.

Yes, moms will fill the void with what normally happens. 

The house was almost all pretty, yet all she can do is count down until they will all be home and mess it up again. Isn’t it ironic?

Tip: For those moms hitting this time, you will get through it. Start making plans for things you can get done during that time period. Shopping, errands, cutting the grass, join a club, etc.

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