Back to school is an exciting time for families. The kids get to meet new friends and a new teacher, PTA starts up again and there are school activities to plan. And the play date calendar is in full swing. While we usually focus on the snacks for the kids, I just found the perfect playdate snacks for the moms too!
*This post is sponsored by Alouette Cheese. Craveable. Indulgent. Real. And available at grocery stores nationwide! I know, I know, these are wine glasses. But I’m totally not THAT mom who takes wine to the park for playdates. Wine glasses just look prettier. They make some really nice acrylic ones for outdoor use so why not elevate the park picnic a little? Play dates are hard for me. Although I love my mom friends, and getting to know mom’s of classmates better, my brain doesn’t like to shut off just because I’m supposed to be enjoying myself. When we are out of the house or I’m sitting still for too long, I start to think about all the things that are not getting done with me being away from home. Like laundry. Cooking dinner. Working on tomorrow’s post. You get the picture. But this year, I am giving myself permission to enjoy getting out in to fresh air and enjoy the company of whoever I’m with. And I’m also going to make sure there is a little bit more focus on mom’s snacks too. Cheese is a comfort food. And sometimes it gets a bad wrap in terms of healthy eating but these Le Petite Fromage cheeses are the perfect picnic/playdate/anytime snack. I’m so thankful that they package them in individual servings. I have a tendency to go at a cheese spread hard if given the whole package. These keep me in check. Your kids may or may not try to eat these also. And I’m ok with that. I bring enough to make sure that everyone can have cheese (don’t hoard the cheese, people) and if they don’t eat it, you can take it home for another time. Cheese and crackers is a classic snack, but this is a delicious spin. There are 4 flavors: Garlic and Herb, Garden Salsa, Parmesan and Basil, and Cucumber Dill. So you can choose whatever suits your mood. And the Le Petite Fromage are completely unprocessed and totally preservative free. And this is going to show a little of my crazy, but the packages open so cute! You just pull a little flap and it opens the top of the cheese! It’s the little things, you guys! I’ve learned over time that if I set out fresh fruits and veggies, my kids graze on it. And guess what? So do I! So along with the soul satisfying cheese spreads, I like to bring various fresh foods to pair with them. Cheese spreads don’t just have to go on bread or crackers! (But look how stinking cute those mini baguettes (er, swords, to my kids) are! We might just be at a local playground, but these playdate snacks make you feel like you are somewhere a little more indulgent. And of course, these cheese spreads shouldn’t just be relegated to play dates. They would work perfectly at a cocktail party, baby shower, PTA meeting, etc. They come 8 to a pack and are easy to keep on hand in the fridge.It’s super easy to grab a bottle of water before heading out to the park, but here is another opportunity to do something different. Which means, fruit water. I know for some, water is super boring, but I love it. And adding fruit is a small way to make it different from what you probably drink at home. And fruit water out of a wine glass? Well that is just down right exciting. If you are like me, you probably lug a bunch of stuff with you to the park anyway, so why not make it a little special and bring this nice spread with you. They make tons of cute utility baskets that you can easily tote these supplies in. Of course, you can always serve straight from plastic storage bags if you don’t want to take the time to display it the way I did.
I encourage you to take a little time for yourself this school year. I’m going to really make the effort to turn my brain off and enjoy each playdate. And I KNOW I’m going to enjoy the snacks.
*Thank you for supporting brands, like Alouette Cheese, who SEND ME CHEESE IN THE MAIL (is there a company that does this regularly? There certainly should be!) and let me reflect on life and how to find a little more “me” time.