Do you ever see an idea and think “Why on earth didn't I think of that???” When I saw this post from Money Saving Mom, I couldn't believe that 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???) I'm betting you could make sandwiches ahead for the entire month and freeze them, but we started out by just preparing a week's worth of lunches on Sunday afternoon . . .
Note the “C” for Caroline – she likes only peanut butter, Jackson can't survive without jelly 🙂
I wasn't 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!) But just taking the time to prepare our lunch supplies has already made such a difference in our week. Here's what our lunch stash looks like now in the fridge . . .
The drawer below this one holds the fruit stash: fresh apples and strawberries. (All purchased with my Sam's Club Gift Card, don't forget to enter to win yours!) I could however use some tips though on how to pack fruit like strawberries and grapes ahead of time so that they don't get soggy. If you have any ideas please leave a comment to share!
I also went ahead and wrapped up items for snacks – we popped popcorn and wrapped homemade brownies up for desserts, and added a few pre-packaged snacks . . .
When my kids dumped their empty lunchboxes on the counter after school yesterday, I quickly refilled them while they did their homework (which took all of a minute . . . woohoo!) My four-year old even packed her own lunch while they worked, and I seriously wondered why on earth I never thought of this before!
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???
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