Thoughts on Back-to-School and My Lunch Packing Routine

how-to-pack-a-good-school-lunchit’s a very bittersweet time of year for me. the end of summer, and time for back-to-school. i love, love, love having my kids home during the summer. it is so much fun taking them on outings and having lazy mornings. but about this time of year, i can tell they need to get back to their school routine. their little minds need to be stimulated with all the cool things they learn at school.

getting back to the school year routine means packing lunches…which is not my most favorite chore. so guess what…i give the job to my husband! he doesn’t mind, and has a routine of helping the boys pack their lunches after dinner every night before school. the only job in the lunch packing i have is purchasing the food to go in the lunches. this entails me asking the boys what they will eat and then stocking the fridge and cupboards for the week.

packing a lunch with a good balance of healthy foods the boys will eat is sometimes hard to do. what they like one week, is not always the same the next. but some of the healthy food staples that are pretty consistent in our lunches are sandwiches, carrots, strawberries, prepackaged fruits like Del Monte Fruit Cups or Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers that i get for a great deal at Walmart. for snack, i allow some chips or crackers, and for lunch, some sort of dessert (only one sweet treat allowed).del-monte-fruit-bursts

my middle son Kyle, especially loves the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers because they come in great flavors like strawberry and mango. i like that they are a healthy choice to include in his lunch.del-monte-fruit-cupsmy biggest goal in sending my boys back-to-school, is to send them with the tools to succeed and thrive in their schooling. not only do they need nutrition to keep their mind and bodies working, but also the confidence to participate in the classroom and the support of their teachers. having a great relationship with their teachers is very important to me. i really feel that when the teacher feels you (the parent) care…they care more about your child. i always send a goodie with the boys for their teacher on the first day with a little note letting their new teacher know i am there to help if they need it. so far, every year has been wonderful, and we are looking forward to many more wonderful school years to come.

thoughts-on-back-to-schoolbut wait! there’s a coupon and a fun Back-to-School offer at Walmart….

$1.00 off coupon for Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or Fruit Burst Squeezers
Get your in-store coupon from August 1 – September 13, 2014, at select Walmart Super Store Print Shops. here they will offer coupons for $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or (2)Fruit Burst Squeezers (while supplies last), by participating in the free back to school photo offer. receive a free 5 x 7″ back-to-school photo print with a school themed border by bringing in your favorite photo file. you will then also receive the $1.00 off coupon.


Here is a short video of our nightly routine of our family packing lunches for school the next day. this is dad’s job, and the boys help make sure he packs what they want.

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