Our Afternoon Routine Chart

Earlier this week I shared with you our Morning Routine Chart. Our Afternoons are just as important so we have an afternoon routine to follow as well. So without further adieu here is our Afternoon Routine

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A few notes about our afternoon routine.

We don’t have set times that each thing happens but a sequence.  For example you have to get changed before you have afternoon tea (to save uniforms).  You have to do your homework before you play.  You have to brush your teeth and go to the toilet before you go to bed.

NO SCREEN TIME.  We have no iPads, phones, computers, xbox etc during the week.   We have limited TV time (in the morning only if they are ready early) They can only watch pre recorded shows and it is generally about 15 minutes.  SCREENS are only able to be used from after school Friday until 2pm Sunday.  Sunday afternoons are our time to get organised for the week.

QUIET TIME:  This is a wind down time after bed.  You can not let your children get all hyped up and then expect them to go to Bed properly a few minutes later.  They can read, do a puzzle, play lego, draw etc.  This is also a quiet time as it’s the time I am putting the baby to bed.

SET BED TIME:  Little Miss A goes to bed at 7pm.  It may even be earlier this year as I am guessing full time school will exhaust her!  From 7pm until 7.30pm Master O reads in bed.  At 7.30 I go and say goodnight to him. 

ACTIVITIES.  I try to book activities for before school (Tennis) or on Saturday’s (Ballet).  Last year we over committed ourselves and homework during the week was becoming a chore as it was rushed.  

PLAY TIME:  In general this is outside play time.  They usually ride their bikes/scooter, jump on the trampoline, play in the cubby.  we are extremely fortunate in that both their schools value outside play time.  I have actually chosen their Prep programs based on the quality and quantity of outdoor play! If they make any mess they need to clean it up before their bath.

BATH TIME:  All children have a bath at the same time!  Including the baby!  Not all in together.  I fill the bath for Little Miss A and the baby.  Once it’s full Master O has a shower.  This is to save my sanity.  I can supervise/assist all children at once so it takes a third of the time! 

HOMEWORK BEFORE PLAY:  During Summer this is fine as it is daylight.  During Winter I will sometimes let them have a play before homework as it gets cold and dark early.  I also bear in mind that Master O has had 45 minutes to unwind after school with his friends on the bus and then a walk or scooter home.  So he has generally got his “wiggles” out.  Little Miss A has had a walk or ride to the bus stop to pick him up as well.  If your children don’t have the chance to be active between school finishing and homework, YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM!!!!  I recently listened to a lecture from an OT who stressed the importance of physical activity before we ask children to sit still and concentrate.  THE BEST FORM OF AFTER SCHOOL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS JUMPING ON A TRAMPOLINE!  It exercises core strength, cardio, balance and coordination.  Even just 5 minutes!

AFTER DINNER: Always allow enough time between dinner and bed.  This gives food a chance to settle and digest.

 

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Our charts are laminated and live on clipboards in the Launch Pad Area.

 I have created a chart for us with two sides (one for each child) As they do different things at different times  (they get home at different times.)  Each child has a peg on their side of the chart. As they complete each step they move their peg down.  This keeps them on task and accountable.   

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I would love to makes this a FREE Printable for you but would you use it?  This is OUR routine, would it work for you?  I know everyone is different! Please leave me a comment to let me know if you would like a copy! 

Of course you wanted it! HERE IT IS OUR FREE PRINTABLE Afternoon Routine 

Top Labelling Tips From The Teacher

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Organising Chaos, With Labels That Stick.

I am part of that special breed of human that is both a mother of small children and a school teacher.  Although sometimes this is a curse (oh gosh it is hard to stand back and not rush in and help), it is also a blessing as I am well equipped to handle all of those back to school preparations.  

This year I will have two children at school FULL TIME (cue the tears now). I jokingly tell everyone that’s why I had another baby, as I couldn’t handle the thought of having no children at home every day. #jokingnotjoking  This means double the everything:  book lists, uniforms and, of course, labels. Having the perfect labels that stick is the easiest way to organize the back to school chaos.

 

I think all teachers have a tendency to be OCD organisers and labellers.  I was labeling everything way before I had children! So here are my…

TOP LABELLING TIPS FROM THE TEACHER

 

TIP 1. LABEL EVERYTHING!

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An easy way to label scissors is to wrap the label on to itself, through the handle.

When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Double check

  • Text books and dictionaries
  • Stationery (EVERY pencil, marker, crayon, sharpener, eraser, ruler)
  • Calculators
  • Uniforms
  • Hats
  • Shoes and socks
  • Library bags,
  • Drink bottles
  • Lunch boxes (container and lid)
  • Lunch bags
  • Musical instruments
  • Sports gear
  • UNDERWEAR! I have a bit of a joke each year when it comes to children going to school swimming lessons.  If I find underwear and it is labeled I can discretely return it to the owner otherwise,  I will have to hold them up in front of the class!  Oh the horror!

 

TIP 2. WHY LABEL EVERYTHING?

It gets returned.  After spending a small fortune on school gear I can guarantee that something will go missing in the first week of school.  If you haven’t labeled it, there is literally no chance it will ever be returned.  Money. Down. The. Drain. At least if it is labeled there is a chance someone honest will ensure it finds its way home.

Stop the arguments.  Imagine this.  25 Children.  All with near identical belongings.  Nothing like pack up time when a child swears the red pencil with the bite marks on the end is THEIRS! If it’s labeled, no argument!

 

Encourage Responsibility.  This also encourages your children to be responsible for their own belongings.  This is particularly important for those littlies who have come from Kindergarten with communal resources.  Having YOUR name on an item makes you responsible for it.  If it is found on the floor there is no denying who should be putting it away!

 Now here are a few hints that I have learnt with two children at school. Different items require different information on their labels. Boy, do I have some experience in helping kids find their lost belongings!  

 

TIP 3 USE PICTURES OR ICONS

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An Icon helps a child identify their belongings


Pick one picture or icon for your child and use it on all their belongings.  This is particularly helpful for non-readers or beginning readers as it helps them identify their own belongings, when they have trouble reading their name.

 

TIP 4: BE SNEAKY

Hats – These are the most frequently lost, expensive item (wait for it…Little Miss A’s hat costs $95!!!) These get labeled with her full name and my phone number.  With a couple hundred identical hats in the school a first name only is never going to help it find its way home.  I add my phone number as generally, I also label the inside and under the band (an inconspicuous spot) just incase someone else tries to claim it as their own!  Sometimes a sneaky label pays off.  This goes for school uniforms as well.

 

TIP 5: FULL NAMES

 Have you got any idea how many children in a school possibly share the same first name? Where possible use your child’s full name. If it is an item that may possibly be passed down to another family member a last name should do the trick. Also use upper and lower case letters for your beginning reader as many have difficulty identifying their name when it is all in capital letters…

 

TIP 6: CONTACT DETAILS

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Two Lines Of Text. Include your child’s full name and your contact details.

 

If it is expensive or carted to and from school, I add my contact details.  Think hats, bags and instruments. This way if it’s left on a bus, or in the pick up zone, the finder has a way of letting you know where it is!  I always make sure mine and my husband’s mobile numbers are on our children’s school bags in case of emergencies.

So how do you do all of this without breaking the bank? Simple, a label maker!

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This year I have been testing out the Brother P-touch H105 Label Maker.

 

At only $25 from Officeworks, it’s affordable, versatile and creates durable labels that will actually stick. The laminated tape withstands EVERYTHING! The most durable labels on the market, they can be used both indoors and outdoors and are sun, germ, water and temperature resistant.

 

With 178 Symbols, 7 Frames and coloured tape, it’s easy to create pretty and personalised labels. You can also create two lines of text, perfect for your child’s name on the top and phone number on the bottom. We went with pink laminated tape for Little Miss A and laminated satin gold for Master O (they came in a three pack together with white tape)

 

Another brilliant addition is the iron on tape – perfect for hats, socks and school uniforms.  You have no idea how hard it has been finding labels that stick to socks! I use my label maker a lot so being able to use it with an AC adaptor saves me a whole heap of money on batteries.

 Naturally because I love my label maker so much, I want to share the love.  

You could win your very own Brother PT-H105 Labeller!  Just use Rafflecopter below to let me know;

What would you label with the Brother PT-H105 Labeller and why?  

 

 
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Getting Organised for 2015

Can’t believe I am saying this but Christmas hasn’t even arrived yet and I am all out of Christmas cheer.  This festive season has felt different for some reason and I can only put it down to extreme lack of sleep and home sickness.  All my siblings will be together with my extended family this Christmas but I won’t be there.  Instead we are travelling South to have Christmas with my husbands side of the family.  They are amazing and we are excited to check out all of their new houses and schools and for the kids to have some great play time with their cousins.  But you know how it is, Christmas is always a little different when it’s not with your own family.  

So instead my thoughts turn to January and getting organised for the year ahead.  I LOVE Januray!!!!  Back to school shopping, new planners, fresh calendars and school holidays! 

This January I will be;

  • Creating a Home Command Centre.
  • Creating an a3 Clanedar for the year ahead
  • Moving in to my 2015 planner
  • Refining and creating new routines and systems for school Mornings and afternoons.

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2015 I will have two children at school full time!!!! How did the last 5 years go so fast? Master O and Little Miss A go to different schools so we will have double the paperwork, double the dates, double the first days of school, double the routines and double the travel arrangements. We are going to need one MASSIVE calendar and super organised planner. To help ease into it all, I have taken extended maternity leave for 2015 but will do some casual relief work during the year. Our chunky Hunky wont be going to daycare just yet so we will juggle childcare arrangements between the two of us for as long as we can.

  • Adding some finishing touches to our School Stations
  • Getting a homework area set up
  • Doing the Back to school shopping 
  • Organising Uniforms and shoes

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A Thoughtful Place School Organising

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Homework Station from Mom 4 Real

Little Miss A will be starting Prep and with that comes uniforms, homework, sight words and readers. Just when Master O has finished all of those things, another child begins! Master O will be going into Grade 3 and I can only imagine how much homework and the many projects that will be on the agenda.

Is it crazy that I am super excited about all of that? 

  • Sort out my study and paperwork pile!

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LOVE these Study Colours! 

Just to mix it up a bit I am doing two uni subjects in Semester 1.  As daunting as it was going back to uni I thoroughly enjoyed my first Semester (semester 2 this year) I am studying a Masters of Educational Leadership all online and am slowly adapting to how much uni has changed since I first went more than 15 years ago! Now that I have had a bit of a practice run I have a bettr of idea of what kind of study system and organisation I need.  The biggest change to my study habits since my undergraduate degrees is with 3 children I can no longer leave anything to the last minute!!!! 

 

So that’s where we are at.  

Anybody else crazy excited about 2015?

Tell me I am not alone in my love of back to school shopping? 

 

My Planner- Pages – DIY FISH Inserts

My Planner With DIY FIsh

My search for a new planner was prompted by my need to better manage my time. For the last 3 years I had been using the week on 2 pages format of the Erin Condren Life Planner. It worked well to keep track of appointments, but I needed a more indepth system that could not only track multiple areas of my life but where I could manage my time on a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily basis.

The beauty of customising your own planner, is that there are a smorgasbord of planner pages available. You can buy pre printed inserts for discbound planners but I was more interested in creating my own “hybrid” planner at home, using downloadable pages and my home printer. Etsy and Pinterest have a massive assortment of planner pages and templates for everything from meal planning to cleaning schedules. Most are dirt cheap and sometimes even free! Using this method, you can create your own personalised planner, customised to meet your family’s and your lifes needs.

Whilst on the hunt, I stumbled upon the brand DIY Fish. DIY Fish is a store on Etsy that offers a new planner page system, unlike anything I have seen before. THe “Packs” Consist of Monthly, Weekly and Daily pages. The range is MASSIVE and you will literally get lost in her store trying to work out which pack you like the best. I strongly suggest you go in with a clear idea in mind of what you need in a planner page.

What I need/want in a planner page

A Monthly Calendar

An overview calendar of the month ahead to record birthdays, swimming/ballet/soccer/tennis lessons, kindy days etc.

A Weekly Overview (peek at my week)

This is what my Erin Condren offered me I wanted something similar but in a different format. It has to have space for me to plan out blog posts, meals, Tot school, study and of course appointments.

A Daily Page (or two!)

This was afterall the whole reason I was looking for a new planner. I wanted somewhere to schedule my day, write out to do lists, plan in more detail the days activities, write reminders and basically brain dump (more on that later!)

With all this in mind I settled on

Version 2.1 – With a Day On 2 Pages (DO2P) and also bought a 3 Year Chart (for my yearly planning)

The system an be bought in 3 month packs (which is what I did) so after the 3 months if it’s not for you, your not stuck with a whole years worth of planner pages.

Words simply can’t describe how this system works so beautifully, so I have taken you for a walk through my planner in this YouTube clip.

Just after this video I bought the next 3 month pack (Jul-Sept) I bought the same version that has a new slightly different name

Version 2.2 Day on 2 Pages

It has very minimal changes. Here is a quick closer look at the pages.

Yearly

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Monthly

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Weekly

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Daily – Day On 2 Pages

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It also comes with “Charts” to help track other areas of your life. On this Monthly Chart (the Monthly Calendar is on the back) I am tracking my household cleaning zones. It also comes with weekly charts as well.

Monthly Chart

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You simply purchase the planner on Etsy, it is emailed to you within 48 hours (as a downloadable file) and you print, cut and punch at home. If the whole print, cut, punch bit is overwhelming for you, I know a few kind people who will do it for you for a small fee!

Over the next few weeks I will show you a closer look at each section of my planner (starting with the Daily Pages) and how I am using it!

So what do you think, would this work for you?

My Planner – The Discbound System

So let’s start at the very beginning, because like Maria Von Trapp sung, it’s a very good place to start!

To create an organised life, it’s not just about organising your house.  You need to start by organising yourself. You need to create a routine and manage your time so you have the time and energy to clean and organise!

The best way to start is with a planner.

My name is Larissa, and I am a Planner Addict.  Not sure how it all began but becoming a teacher sure did nothing to quash my addiction to making lists, plans and timetables.  I live for lists.  I make them in my sleep I am sure.  I have plans for the day, for the week, for the month, for the year  and for the next ten years!

Over the years I have “played” with many planners.  Some were opened and used with such enthusiasm I thought they were best thing since sliced bread.  A month later they sat lifeless and I had returned to making lists and recording important dates on random scrawled sticky notes.  Some like my Erin Condren Life Planner went the distance.  I have used it for the last three years and it has literally only been in the last few months that we have parted ways.

But since our third baby entered our family,  life has been way too busy for the open format of the Life Planner.  Its beauty in its coloured fonts and gorgeous covers was great to look at but was not helping me manage my time or my life effectively as it could.  It was time to try something new.

So being a list maker I made a list of what I needed in a planner.

5 THINGS I NEED IN A PLANNER

  1. FLEXIBILITY.  There are two kinds of planners.  The ready made and the DIY.  They each have their benefits.  I have always been a ready made kind of girl as I like to be able to buy a planner and start using it straight away.  Ready Made planners are cheap, .  The problem being that it is hard to “add” to a ready made planner.  You need to adjust your needs to suit the format of the planner pages and not the other way around.  The Erin COndren planner has days divided into Morning, Day, Evening.  But I need to do lists, blog notes, tot school ideas, I need my planner to keep track of multiple areas of my life.  Although the Life PLanner was great for keeping track of general appointments it was more a diary than a planner.  I want to be able to add personlaised content and sections to keep track of all areas of my life, in one space.
  2. SPACE.  I need a daily page.  I need space to WRITE! One column is not enough for me.  I want space for a specific time schedule and space for appointments and even a space to jot down notes throughout the day.
  3. MORE THAN A DIARY.  I want my planner to hold my cleaning schedule, blog ideas, meal plans, tot school plans, goals, to do lists, shopping tracker….EVERYTHING!  I need to be able to add things and remove things as I please!
  4. PRETTY.  Of course practical is just not enough, I want it to be pretty too!  I can do without the coloured pages (I cna decorate those myself) but I want the cover at least to be appealing.
  5. SMALL.  I need my planner to be usable but compact.  I want it to be light enough to take in my handbag. My EC was one of the smaller planners I have had but it was still too bulky.  A5 is my perfect size.

After a bit of research I found the perfect system.

THE  DISCBOUND SYSTEM

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The “Arc Discbound System”

The Discbound System revolves around planners and pages that are bound together by discs.  The beauty of these discs is, unlike ready made planners that are bound, with a discbound you can remove and add pages as you like.

See those nifty little holes the punch makes?  Thats what makes the pages removable!

See those nifty little holes the punch makes? Thats what makes the pages removable!

Using the discbound punch, you simply punch holes in any paper, card, laminate and add it to your planner!  Tuckshop lists, rosters, excursion notes, dividers, plastic pockets, lists, anything can be added to your planner simply by using the discbound punch.  Once an item is in you can also remove it and relocate it to another space in your planner!  This is tricky to describe so this YouTube clip, demonstrates for you. Be kind it’s my first attempt at YouTube!

Now this is just a SYSTEM. It is not a specific planner.

That comes next. To start creating your own discbound planner you will need;

  • the punch and
  • a discbound notebook (I bought a Martha Stewart Discbound notebook a year or so ago, but highly recommend the Arc notebooks).

 As mentioned in the YouTube clip both the Arc Punch and Notebooks can be found at Staples Online and delivery is quick and generally free.  You could even just buy the punch and create your own planner using a laminated piece of cardstock as the cover.  The punch is also available through Amazon as a “travel” punch that is a much cheaper and lighter version of the punch I bought, you just have to find a kind friend overseas to purchase it for you (get your act together AMAZON! Australia needs shipping too!)

You now have the foundations of a completely customisable system.  This system can be used year after year.  As one year ends you don’t need to buy a whole new planner, just update your inserts!

I only wish I had of found this system a long time ago, especially whilst I was working.  I could have easily added all those newsletters, staff meeting notes, rosters into my own planner without stapling plastic pockets into my store bought planner.

So that’s the beginning. But I am afraid it is a long way from finding “Planner Peace” for  now you need some planner pages!

The options for Planner pages are endless but tomorrow I will share with you my choice and in my opinion, THE MOST AMAZING planner pages I have ever come across.

For a sneak peek I have already uploaded a look inside my planner onto my brand spanking new YouTube Channel –

You can check it out and SUBSCRIBE HERE

My Planner – The Daily Pages

I am a thinker.  A middle of the night list maker.  A mind full of chaos and that stops me from sleeping.  A goal setting, idea dreaming, busy bee.

But I am afraid I am also a procrastinator. A starter but not a finisher. An over analyser, that is so busy thinking that she often forgets to DO.

 I want to be a doer.  An accomplisher. So I searched for change and discovered this…..

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and even better this

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oh and of course this

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Sound familiar.  This is me.  My brain is so busy storing every “to do” list that it has no space for anything else, including sleep.

This is the “Getting Things Done” theory by David Allen.  This theory deserves its own blog post (or three!) and I will write more about it in detail. Lets just say its so freaking amazing, I instantly decided to put his ideas into action.

To do this I needed a planner.  Somewhere to brain dump. To write out all of my actionable thoughts, goals and dreams.  Somewhere to create order out of my chaotic mind.  My current planner wasn’t cutting it.  So I took the leap to the self made planner system and the DIY Fish inserts and Discbound System.

But the most appealing and effective part of the planner for me is the DAILY PAGES.  This is something I have never done before.  Used a 2 page spread specifically for that day.  I had always been kind of a weekly overview gal.  But I needed more detail!

So here is a look at what I did!  A peek inside how I use my Daily Pages.

The Daily Pages

 There is just so much to write about this system and about 100 more blog posts in the making, but this is a start.  I was so desperate to share this  video that I want to DO IT NOW so you can get started too!

I will be back to share some pics and more detail of my daily pages and how I use them, so stay tuned and check back soon!

Meat and Meal Planning!

Yesterday I shared our adventures to a new “Butcher Wholesaler”  Local Mum’s have been raving about the new venture with rock bottom prices for great quality meat.  Like any wholesaler the best savings were to be had in bulk buys, but I wasn’t ready to commit to many bulk purchases until I sample the quality myself!  

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Ready to divide and conquer! I used it as a little learning lesson for Miss A who helped me weigh each bag so it was divided evenly!

 

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$55 included $4 worth of Ham for lunch! I used snap lock bags and then large plastic storage containers to keep the process organised!

So what will we do with all this meat?  Well of course I went in with a little list of possibilities in hand.  I made a list of our Family Friendly go to meals that we seem to have on constant rotation. So we bought

3 x Sausages 

  • Hot Dog Bar (Suasages in rolls with a variety of help your slef toppings, grey for a lazy weekend dinner)
  • Sausages in Onion Gravy with Vegie Mash and Greens 
  • Sausage Pasta Bake.  

2 x Pork Mince 

  • Lasagne
  • Spaghetti Bolognese

1 x Beef Mince

  • Tacos

1 x Chicken Thigh Fillets

  • Chicken Burritos

1 X Chicken Breast Fillets

  • Honey Mustard Chicken with Rice, Corn and Zucchini

2 x Chicken Drumsticks

(I always buy drumsticks as these are the pieces everyone fights over in our house!

  • Lemon Crumbed Chicken with Crunchy Noodle Salad
  • Roast Chicken with Roast Veggies and Caesar Salad

1 x Marinated Chicken Pieces

  • Honey Soy Chicken with Rice and Stir Fry Vegies

2 x Beef Rump Steak

  • BBQ steak with Double Potato bake and Green Salad
  • Beef Stroganoff with Rice and Greens

1 x Crumbed Steak

  • Crumbed Steak with Herbed Potato Mash and Steamed Greens

So if you are counting that is 14 meals worth of meat! Last night the first cab of the rank was the crumbed steak and the verdict?………AMAZING!  It was devoured by one and all, our one regret we didn’t buy more as there was nothing leftover.

All up, meat for 14 meals, cost us $51.  

This could have been even less If I had of swapped pork mince for more beef mince or Chicken thighs for more breasts (the chicken breast was $5.99kg!!!)  but I wanted to buy a variety of products to try this time around.

The shop VERDICT.  We will be back for sure!  If you have the freezer space it is most definitely worth trying out a wholesale butcher.  It was a little more inconvenient as it is completely separate to a supermarket and a bit out of our way but the cost saving totally worth it.  It also takes more time once you get home to divide up the meat into individual serves, label and freeze.  It took me about half an hour.  But we will most definitely be shopping this way again! 

If you are in Brisbane this particular butcher is part of the Hans Continental Factory in McRoyle St, Wacol. 

This is not a sponsored post.  I just love sharing a great deal with other families! 

 

100 Kids Healthy Lunch Ideas

Ever feel like after a few weeks into the school year, suddenly your enthusiasm for making lunches wanes?  I start off, full of good intentions and enthusiasm and after a week or two I am back to vegemite sandwiches and a yoghurt.  With two lunches to make this year, and a picky eater, I decided to make a list of ideas for their bento style lunch boxes, to offer variety, inspire me and to hopefully introduce some new items into their food repotoire!

I have written before about how I plan the kids lunches.  Using our lunchbox planner, I I make sure they have a variety of Protein, Calcium, Grains and Fruit and Veg.  I have used this same format to record my ideas in a table.  

Every school has it’s own food requirements and restrictions especially when it comes to nuts, eggs and dairy so check your schools handbook before packing lunch. 

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 I am printing this out, laminating it and attaching it to the inside of my pantry.

You could even use a whiteboard marker to cross of foods they have had that week or to highlight some form each list that you know will be a winner! 

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Feel free to share the lunchbox love with your friends! 

Planning School Lunches

 

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Bento Lunch from Meet The Dubiens

When Master O started Kindy, we became all kinds of desperate to develop a plan of attack for lunch boxes.  I suddenly felt overwhelmed by the restrictions of what he was allowed to take, what he would actually eat and providing variety. After some trial and error we developed a printable plan to ensure variety, organisation and that he was getting a great combination of proteins, calcium, grains, fruit and veggies.

So just like we plan meals in this house we also plan what is going into the lunch box each day for the week ahead.

I have shared our planning template before but here is another sneak peek.

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FREE LUNCH BOX PLANNER DOWNLOAD

 

 

At the bottom of this plan is also a few lines to add your shopping list too.  I print this out in A5 size so I can fit two plans to an A4 sheet of paper.

On the Lunch Box plan this week:

Grains;

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Nutri Grain (dry in a small container)

Tuesday, Thursday – Meusli Bar

Plus the grains found in wraps and bread rolls 

Proteins;

Monday, Wednesday – Ham (with Salad in a wrap)

Tuesday – Chicken (Chicken Parma bread roll) I buy those little bread rolls from woolworths, they are a little bigger than a dinner roll.  I keep them in the freezer and heat for about 6 minutes before making them.

Thursday – Boiled Egg (as a snack)

Friday – Pork (Home made hot dog with sausage leftover)

Calcium

Monday,  Wednesday – Squeezie yoghurt

Tuesday – Diced Cheese

Thursday and Friday – Tzatziki Dip (With Carrot, Celery and Bread sticks)

Fruit and Vegies

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Strawberries and Diced Apples

Thursday – Vegie Sticks (as above with dip!)

Tuesday – Cherry tomatoes (with the diced cheese on toothpicks)

The Ham and Salad Wraps also have Lettuce/Carrot /Tomato/Cucumber on them!

Left Overs For Lunch

Where possible I tie this plan in with our Weekly Meal Plan.  For example, Monday night we are having Chicken Parmiagina so the left overs will go on a bread roll the next day.  Wednesday night the menu consists of Lamb Souvlaki, the left over tzatziki is a great as a veggie dipper in the next days lunch box! Thursday night we are having a bbq so a left over sausage becomes Friday’s Hotdog. 

Hidden Heros

Adding a simple salad on to the ham wrap means my reluctant regular salad eater devours carrot and cucumber! By getting creative with the cherry tomatoes and cheese cubes on a toothpick skewer, he is getting antioxidants, calcium and protein!

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Happy Lunching!