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I found these super cute Lunchbox kits on Amazon ~ I'm thinking they'd be perfect for our sandwiches that are pre-wrapped each day!
I have a confession to make. I have been horrible this year at keeping up with my kids lunches, and every morning live in chaos before racing my kids to the bus because I just don't have it together! Soooo. . . I thought I'd remind you all (and myself!) of how to get ahead on lunchbox duty. (I'm determined to get my fridge back in lunchbox shape over the weekend!)
When I saw this post last year from Money Saving Mom, I couldn't believe I hadn't thought to make at least a week's worth of PB&J's instead of pulling out all the lunch supplies each day. (Duh???) You might even try making sandwiches ahead for the entire month and freezing them, but we start by preparing a week's worth of lunches each Sunday afternoon . . .
Note the “C” for Caroline – she likes only peanut butter, Jackson can't survive without jelly 🙂
I'm not quite up for those homemade Uncrustables (thankfully my kiddos enjoy their crust . . . however I do applaud you mommas who de-crust your children's sandwiches!) Just taking a few minutes though to prepare our lunch supplies makes such a difference in our mornings, so I'm determined to get my act together again. When I'm completely on top of things, here's what our lunch stash looks like in the fridge . . .
The drawer below this one holds the fruit stash: fresh apples and strawberries. I could definitely use some tips though on how to pack fruit like strawberries or grapes ahead of time so that they don't get soggy, because I have a very picky eater who keeps complaining about soggy grapes. If you have any ideas on keeping fruit fresh for lunches, I'd love to hear them!
I also try to keep items wrapped up for snacks – popped popcorn and wrapped homemade brownies make great inexpensive treats, as well as a few pre-packaged items found on sale . . .
My goal is to pack their lunches as soon as those lunch boxes are unpacked after school each day, which only takes a minutes when I have my supplies in order. My kids can even pack their own lunches when I take the time to catch up, so this one is definitely on my to-do list for the weekend. . . I'm so ready for more peaceful mornings around here!
Do you have any great tips on handling lunch box duty (and suggestions besides PB&J for your children's lunch box meal?) I'd love to hear them, so take a minute and leave a comment to share!
Looking for some super cute lunch box ideas? Check these out . . .
These are all way fancier than I'm up for . . . we're just sticking with the basics here. But aren't they so stinkin' cute???