New Beginnings

First, I feel so horrible for not posting this past year and a half. As many know, life takes you different directions. I still have not lost my love of meal planning and packing lunches. Honestly, there hasn’t been time. If you follow me over on Instagram you will see today a special announcement was made. I am getting re-married to the most amazing man. Life has kept us busy as combined in our soon to be blended family we have 7 children. When you add us, 7 kids, their activities, and so forth… the days, weeks, months and so forth get away from you.

 

I have spent my time lately learning a new way of life. It takes planning, cooking for a soon to be family of 9 has taken some re-wiring of my brain especially with growing teenagers. It has been a life I loved immediately. I will be changing how I run the blog a little. You may have seen my changes on Pinterest as I have added some new boards and have been pinning some fun finds to help me in the new life.

 

I will still be learning on co-parenting a blended family, managing chores, cooking, cleaning, and all that goes into managing a household of 9 50% of the time. I hope you will stay and enjoy this fun journey with me. Plus, you get to see a wedding happen… who doesn’t love a wedding.

10 Easy Chores for Kids 10 and Under — Decorator’s Voice

Just because your child is small in size does not mean your child can not help out with the household chores. Giving your child simple chores will help teach your child life skills and responsibility. Even the smallest task can give your child a sense of accomplishment. Although, the end result may not be perfect,…

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL

It’s that time of the year again. Wake up super early as the days get shorter and hopefully soon in my neck of the woods COLDER. If you haven’t started school yet enjoy the last few days of late mornings.

Things around here are running the same🙂 Lunches as normal and getting creative on a budget. Follow me on Instagram lunchesbymeg for some fun ideas.

Summer Break

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know there were some changes for my family in the past 9 months. I want to continue this journey as much as I can. I have loved making lunches for my son and we had a blast shopping this weekend for some new staples to add to the “lunch shelf” in our little apartment pantry. I will be adjusting this year and as I head back to work I will be making my own lunches as well.

Slowly I will blog about the changes we are making and hopefully sharing menu plans for kids and as well as parents. I hope you can all bear with this new experience and change. We are so excited and I hope you will be too… it’s exciting to embrace the changes in life rather than fear them. Stay Tuned!

Meal Plan Monday – Week Ending 12/04/2014

Meal Plan for week ending 112/04/2014

Monday

Breakfast: S’more Panini (used Momables homemade marshmallow fluff recipe here) and a banana

Lunch: Pb & J, grapes, broccoli, and a slice of pumpkin pie

Tuesday

Breakfast: Blueberry Biscuit, apples, and cheese

Lunch: Weelicious Cheesey Turkey Meatballs (recipe here), broccoli, apple slices, and Bitsy’s Brainfood Cookies (find more about them here)

Wednesday – Another sick day (that time of year)

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Lunch:

Thursday Another Sick Day again😦

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Lunch:

Friday

Breakfast: Stoneyfield Yokids Squeeze, blueberries, and Naturebox Blueberry Almond Bites

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Pancakes, Cantaloupe, almonds, cheese, and Trader Joe’s Short-Cake Syrup

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***

Toddler Lunches – Make it fun using simple methods

I am sure if you follow me on Instagram you see a huge amount of lunches for my son who is almost 10. I often pack meals for my daughter on the go and forget to post them.  I am sure some of my readers have toddlers and are often lost what to pack for them outside of their favs. I feel kind of lucky, my daughter pretty much eat anything, its rare to fight her on things. Literally, she could eat an entire box of Annie’s Homegrown Mac and Cheese by herself. Her love of the Macaroni and Cheese is something that can not be measured. This love doesn’t sway mom to pack make it and allow her to eat it in the car or 24/7 for that matter.

I have touched in the past on my love for Laptop Lunches and their Extra-Large Lidded containers to pack my daughter’s lunch in. You can pack A LOT into them to take on the go. Plus it stacks nicely on my Bento Box with an icepack in between. I again love the container, because you truly can fit a WHOLE MEAL into these containers. Below are some of the meals I have packed her recently (sorry about the lack of posting them in Instagram, I get in the rush and forget sometimes)

Snowflake Grilled cheese, broccoli, candy cane apple slices, and dye free candies

Snowflake Grilled cheese, broccoli, candy cane apple slices, and dye free candies. 

I do like to make her lunches a little fun, this was a holiday themed lunch I did. I cooked a grilled cheese and allowed it to cool slightly and used a snowflake cookie cutter to make it fun. The apples are a candy cane theme and I just made small slices into the skin to create the stripes. If you pack apples, soak them in some juice to prevent browning. I like to use a juice that is low in sugar content. Honest or Apple and Eve are my favorite brands.

Turkey Pot Pie (Thanksgiving leftovers), sweet potato pudding, pomegranate seeds, a juice box, and a spoon.

Turkey Pot Pie (Thanksgiving leftovers), sweet potato pudding, pomegranate seeds, a juice box, and a spoon.

Children are all about the leftovers too. I use leftovers from any bird I cook to make handheld pies for the kids. These pies had peas, gravy, carrots, and turkey in them. I will be posting a how to on this soon to keep them in your freezer to have on hand. The Sweet Potato Pudding is a recipe from Weelicious and you can find it here

breakfast

Mini Waffles, syrup, apples slices, and white cheddar cheese

Toddlers will love having a packed lunch just like their older brother and sisters. You can use silicone muffin containers to create sections with out using a sectioned container. Again, I love versatility, and being able to pack what I want in a container is important. The silicone containers can also be lifted out and microwaved to warm up the food that is in the cup, which is an added benefit. Laptop Lunches does offer the silicone containers and they are available here.

With anything you pack your toddler, follow the rules you would for an older child. Pack what they love! No experimenting! (See my tab Lunch Packing 101 for advice in introducing new foods). The best part is, starting early will help them develop the healthy eating habits you want them to learn and keep.

Croissant, juice box, apple slices, and cheese

Croissant, juice box, apple slices, and cheese

To be fun and creative it doesn’t take much and for kids especially the younger ones. A few cookie cutters and fun colored containers can offer a fun meal away from home. I am sure you have some in a drawer you use once a year to make cookies… get them out and pack a fun lunch to take to play group tomorrow! Your toddler will be delighted and the mom’s will soon follow suit with your little trick.

Meal Plan Monday for week ending 11-28

Meal Plan for week ending 11/28/2014

Monday

Breakfast: Mini Cinnamon Rolls (Freezer Friendly recipe coming soon), White Cheddar Cheese, and Grapes

Lunch: Annie’s Home Grown Pizza rolls, baby pear, Whole Foods 365 fruit bar, and snap peas

Tuesday

Breakfast: Ate breakfast at home

Lunch: Turkey Pot Pies (Freezer friendly recipe coming soon), baby carrots, grapes, and Nature Box’s Blueberry Almond Bites

Wednesday

No School Holiday Break

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Lunch:

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!

Breakfast: Blueberry muffin and a banana

Lunch: Wheat Crackers, nitrate free pepperoni, cheddar cheese, grapes, and baby carrots

Friday

No school for Holiday Break

Breakfast:

Lunch:

***I used a Laptop Lunch’s Large Lidded Container for breakfast and a Bento Box for Lunch. To see pictures please feel free to follow me on Instagram @Lunchesby1HappyMommaof2 (Link is in the top right corner under my picture)***