Back to school was a really big deal for our family this year. Not only do I now have an upper grader, which brings all kinds of new school activities, but I also have a first grader. My baby isn’t a baby anymore which means he is now in a full day of school. No more half-day kinder. Big time, big kid stuff. Do you know what else that means?? I have 6 hours to myself everyday… Hooray for back to school!
Did your house get cray cray over summer? Ours did. We were in and out with vacations and day trips and we really just let the house be a mess. But as we started all the back to school prep, I realized that something had to change! My mind was feeling just as chaotic as the house. Not only did I need to take a little time to organize but I needed to get the kids involved as well. The plus side is with the chores getting done faster (and by more of us) we have more time for play!
Amen. The kids are back in school! So grab your mom friends and share some watermelon mimosas in celebration! And in preparation of my youngest finally being in school for a full day, I’ve prepared a list of the Netflix movies and TV shows I plan on watching. Because I can.
*This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian. All opinions are my own. And I heart King’s Hawaiian.
You guys, I literally made the coolest sandwiches. They even said so themselves…My kids have been back in school for two weeks now. Which means two weeks of packing lunches. And while most days it is just plain old sandwiches, baby carrots, etc. I plan on throwing in some surprises this year.
My oldest is allergic to peanut butter so we don’t keep it in the house. We use Sunbutter as our nut-free alternative (I think I actually like this better than peanut butter…). This sandwich recipe is not earth shattering. Anyone can make a Sunbutter sandwich but I guarantee your kids will like these so much better than their usual.
Spread on your “butter” of choice. Top with sliced bananas and sprinkle on a few mini chocolate chips. (These allergen friendly ones are a really great size and I always have these on hand at home). Easy as that. And you know how delicious King’s Hawaiian is plain. Just imagine its sweet goodness creamy Sunbutter and chocolate chips! And the banana totally counts as a fruit serving, right?
But then, using just a simple cookie cutter, you can make that sandwich different and surprise your kids at lunch time. No need to oil the cutter, it will cut right through the soft King’s Hawaiian bread and Sunbutter perfectly.
You can stop there and just serve a round sandwich. Even this simple change will have the kids at the lunch tables talking. Or you can really blow minds with a super fun shaped cookie cutter.
Or you can make a few more letters and tell your kid what you think of them. I think mine are pretty cool. You only need to make sure that the cookie cutter you choose is completely open and doesn’t have any connectors on the top of it. The sandwich needs to be able to come out the top.
Based on the size of my cutters, it took about 3 sandwiches to make these 4 letters. And there is some waste (which you can totally keep in a plastic bag and serve as an after school snack). This is a once in a while type lunch. But your kids will LOVE it! You can let your kids figure out what the word is or you can pack them in numbered plastic bags to help them. These sandwiches could have also been “loco” funny, right?!
I do not often send my kid’s sandwiches with chocolate chips in them. I sent one with my older son the first week of school and that was the first thing I heard about when he got home. So that was really fun. I loved knowing that he probably had a big smile when he took his first bite of sandwich.
There are tons of ways you can make your child’s lunchbox more fun. You can check out King’s Hawaiian Lunchbox Fun Pinterest board for more fun food ideas, printables and more!
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Ah! My baby is totally growing up! He’s my first-born. He’s who I figured everything out with. He’s who made me a mother and who delights me every day. It has been amazing to watch him grow and to figure out his own style. I was pretty apprehensive about back to school shopping with him this year. I can’t pick anything out for him anymore. Everything requires his approval or he flat-out won’t wear it. I am ok with him defining his style, but he’s a fan of licensed character shirts and I am just not. I was worried about how we would compromise and if I could take a step back and let him create his look. We took a trip to JC Penney to pick out some back to school clothes. It went far better than expected, especially because JC Penney carries some of our favorite brands like DC Shoes, Nike, and Vans. We were excited to get to share his personal style with JC Penney for back to school shopping. This kid is a true individual and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are a few things that make him special: His blue blanket still comforts him greatly. But we are starting to try out being without it. (Trust me, it’s not going far. My husband and I sleep with our own afghan every night). He’s a pretty brave little boy. And has the sweetest heart. When we started working on going without a pacifier, we told him it was time to pass it down to his baby brother. He didn’t even flinch but wrapped it up in a cute little package for his brother and never looked back. He had a very brief stint as a child model with a large display in our local department store. But he never turned in to a diva. I think it helps that he doesn’t even remember this… He has always had a love a music and never hesitates to share his passion with us. He’s really not in to being a front man, though (this photo was taken in the privacy of our back yard for my eyes only). He’d prefer to make the music and work alongside a band. He ain’t afraid of no ghosts. He is an absolute trooper with his asthma and food allergies. From time to time he will voice his displeasure but for the most part he just handles it. This kid is so dang cool. He’s the best older brother. Style wise he keeps his hair long. And it is his decision. He tells us it is his trademark and he wants to keep it that way. I totally stand behind his decision to wear it long. He understands that not everyone will like it and is gracious when people mistakenly call him a girl. He is my little Cub Scout and enjoys being part of the pack and earning badges. He’s a good friend and a great example of acceptable behavior (most of the time). He will almost always indulge me in a selfie. He has definite opinions about how he wants to dress. And lately he has been “dressing up” a bit. When he wants to look nice he will go and pick out a woven button up shirt. And I couldn’t say no when he picked out a clip on tie from JC Penney. I mean what kid in elementary school doesn’t need a tie? He also asked for a suit but I had to draw the line somewhere. Like me, this kid does not shy away from color and enjoys the neon. He picked out some great pieces from our shopping day at JC Penney. These plain t-shirts were on sale for $6. They will go with everything. And he is great at posing for pictures. Please note that he is giving himself “rabbit ears.” It is the newest form of photo bomb. We were able to agree up on a few character t-shirts. I told him that he could pick out 2 character t’s and we ended up with only 1. YES! We had only one minor stand off when he tried to pick out rolled up jean shorts. NO. Just no. But these camo shorts are totally his style. We ended up with a bunch of fantastic items from JC Penney, that he and I both agreed on, and still showcases his personal style. I can’t wait to see how he handles this next grade and all that comes with it! I am so looking forward to see how he handles all the things that maturing brings. I have no doubts that he will handle it all with class, style and maybe a few fart jokes.
JC Penney had everything we needed to head back to school in style. From skate brands to cool basics, we had plenty of choices to foster his individual style. And I love that JC Penney wants to celebrate kid’s individuality and self-expression through fashion. And you can celebrate your own child’s super star qualities. Use the hashtag #ThatsMyKid on your photos and they might be shared on the JC Penney Facebook page. Find out all the info here.
When It Fits, You Feel It. http://www.jcpenney.com/backtoschool
*Disclosure: Compensation was provided by JC Penney via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not indicative of the opinions or positions of JC Penney.