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Easy Back To School Lunch Ideas

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It’s Back To School time again, are you ready? I know I’m not!

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I can’t believe it’s already time to send my Alice back to school!! When did she get so big and where did our summer go?  My sweet baby girl is in 1st grade now!  Wow, the time really does fly by!  I’m incredibly blessed to be a preschool teacher at the very same Christian private school my baby girl attends. I can peak in on her from time to time.  I can only image how hard it is for all the parents out there that have to wait till the end of the school or work day to see their kids again.

I know we sometimes count down the days till school is back in session and we can have a moment of piece and quiet in the house! Then suddenly the first day of school is tomorrow and you’re not ready for them to go!!

THEN….there are the supplies, clothes, shoes, food for lunches! I have everything ready for Alice and I’ve got to let you know about the yummy Fruit Burst® Squeezers from Del Monte® I found while shopping at Walmart recently. Alice LOVES them and I love that she’s getting a serving and a half of fruits and veggies without knowing she’s eating her veggies!! BRILLIANT!! I’ve always bought her the Del Monte ® fruit cups and she loves those as well.

Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids

I have a super easy and super fun lunch idea that pairs great with the Del Monte® Fruit Burst® Squeezers and the Del Monte® Fruit Cups……Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi!

Lunch Idea Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi

First, cut off the crust. Then cut into 4 long strips. Spread jelly first and then peanut butter. After you’re done roll of the pieces and….VOILA you have cute yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi!!! The kids love it and love to show it off at school. It’s fun and easy enough the kids can make it themselves!


Right now, you can receive a FREE back to school photo from the Walmart Print Shop  from August 1 – September 13 while supplies last. Just bring in a photo or have one uploaded from your mobile device, SD card or online and they will print out the photo with a back to school border. It’s perfect for those first day of school pics we all take! Make sure it’s your own picture, no copyrighted photos or professional photos will be allowed. This offer is running at SELECT Walmart Super Stores. If you participate in the free back to school photo offer you will receive $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or (2)Fruit Burst Squeezers (offer available from 8/1 to 9/13 while supplies last).


So, are you ready to send your kids back to school? What fun easy and quick ideas do you have for back to school lunches?

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DIY Summertime Popsicle Drip Catchers

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I sure hope all my readers are having a wonderful summer. This is my FIRST summer off as a Teacher! I gotta say, it’s pretty awesome. Being a teacher is the most wonderful job I have ever had. It is also one of the most stressful, tiring and time consuming job I have ever had! So, Summer’s off are GREAT!!! Now I can enjoy days in the summer with my family, picnic, trips to the beach, pool or spending the day at the park.

It’s hot….really hot! We have discovered the Fruttare Fruit Bars are a delicious way to cool off. They are wonderfully flavorful, a healthy dessert option and come in TEN flavors! Flavors like Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Banana & Milk, Black Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, Mango, and more! I found mine at Kroger! Starting July 1st Fruttare packages will all contain a $4 Music Reward Code. Once you’ve purchase your Fruttare click HERE to redeem your $4 Music Reward.  Reward is valid from July 1st through July 31st.

While having fun in the backyard one day, I brought out some Fruttare Fruit Bars for my daughter and her cousins to enjoy and cool off. It was HOT and the girls really enjoyed the pops but unfortunately they all became a sticky yummy mess! I thought up a quick, easy and fun way to stay mess free while enjoying pops in the hot summer sun.

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I call them the DIY Summertime Popsicle Drip Catchers! They are made from colorful fun cardstock. You can incorporate them into any themed party!! How fun, right?

They were SO EASY to make. I’ll show you how.

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You will need…..Fruttare Fruit Bars, colorful fun cardstock, a pencil, scissors, ruler and hot glue.

I cut my cardstock into squares that measured 3 3/4 inches.

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Then, using my ruler to score the paper I folded opposite ends at 1 inch. Then, folded the other ends at 1/2 an inch each.  Keeping the 1/2 inch folds in place, I then folded up the 1 inch sides. Now, the 1/2 inch ends you have to work just a little bit, much like wrapping a gift to get the folds just right. The ends should meet like shown above and on the inside you will have a little triangle. Hot glue that triangle up to the inside of the paper where the two ends and the triangle meet.  Then I snipped a tiny hole in the middle of the bottom where the popsicle stick will go. Once the hold was snipped I placed the scissors through to make a slit for the popsicle stick.

It’s really just like wrapping a boxed present, or a half boxed present. Once your done you will have a cute little popsicle drip catcher!

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Now all you need is a backyard party, pool party, trip to the park or any fun activity that gets you outside. That is just what we did! We enjoyed the hot summer sun and cooled off with a delicious Fruttare Fruit Bar!

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Now, get outside and ENJOY!!

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Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge

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Purina One Smartblend 28 day challenge

Hush is what we think to be a Maltese-mix. He showed up in our yard during a storm and flood last September. Over the following weeks, we posted signs and walked him all over the neighborhood in search of his owner. After zero responses, Hush became ours. Alice, my five year old daughter, named him Hush because he likes to “YAP”!

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Now, I am not a dog person. I was the owner of a cat that I loved and cared for from the time he was 6 weeks old until he passed away a just few months after Hush became a part of our family. Our cat Gizmo was nearly 20. You can imagine how devastating this was to me and our family, but Hush was a sweet comfort to all of us and continues to be so.

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As a new dog person, I’m still learning what dog are like and how they eat. It still feels weird to pour out the drained tuna water instead of giving it to my Giz. Hush is a VERY finicky eater. He mostly likes scraps and moist dog food.   I’m pretty excited about taking this 28 day challenge with Hush for one because he actually LIKES this food. He eats it!!  Until now, he would be quick to snub dry kibble type food.

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For the 28 day challenge we are hoping to see an increase in energy, a shiny nice coat and better dental health. Day 1 was a hit, he ate the food, which I said before he NEVER does.

Hush 28 day Purina One challenge

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Colorful Fun Summer Party Decor That Wont Empty Your Wallet

I am so excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!!

The NEW Dollar Tree Summer Fun is a super fun collection of colorful flip-flops, summer tableware, party supplies, toys, and more created perfectly for your fun-filled summer. Of course all the Summer Fun products cost $1 each, and select items may vary by store.

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Dollar Tree’s NEW Summer Fun collection includes: colorful and bright decorative plastic glasses and cups, color coordinating food tents, hula skirts, decorative flower leis, tiki torches, super cute colorful battery-operated LED paper lanterns, decorative lawn signs, color coordinating paper napkins, plastic bowls, and more. Party supplies and decorations are available in a variety of fun colors perfect for summer, including: blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, and yellow. Printed tableware and decorations are available in these patterns: hula girls, flamingos, tiki torches, and parrots. Be sure to get there soon, supplies are limited!

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I think my Alice and her cousins are in need of a super fun summer HULA GIRLS PARTY!! Dollar Tree has everything I need to throw them an awesome party!

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