Showing posts with label back to school. Show all posts
Showing posts with label back to school. Show all posts

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two weeks worth of bento box lunch ideas

If you need easy gluten-free bento box lunch ideas for school, work or picnics in the park, I've got you!

UPDATE: The FTC requires I tell you when content is sponsored. Wallaby told me via their agent that they would pay me to create this kick-ass gluten free bento box post featuring their products -- as such, they are prominently featured throughout this post.

But Wallaby has since refused to pay me. Uh, awkward.

In the meantime, I definitely do NOT recommend you purchase their products. Who wants to give their business to shady companies who promise to pay people and then don't come through after hours and hours of work was put in to the job? Not me!
Stonyfield and Organic Valley are two organic yogurt companies who've never done me wrong and make great products. I reccommend you support one of those businesses instead.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

recycled craft using galaxy painting technique
Hi everyone, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun recycled craft with you. I love everything galaxy so of course I am obsessed with the galaxy painting trend. It is so relaxing and therapeutic to paint a galaxy, there is no wrong way to do it. Vincent Van Gogh said "The sight of stars makes me dream".  So let's get dreaming with this fun recycled craft inspired by Disney's A Wrinkle in Time!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

non toxic lunch boxes and stainless steel water bottles

Just this week, a member of our Creative Green Living Community Group sent me a personal message asking about healthy lunchbox supplies that don't have sketchy chemicals like lead (yes, really!), phthalates, PVC, etc. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

If you have any friends who are teachers you probably know: they have no shortage of mugs. With the popularity of reusable plastic straw cups, most of them have started growing quite a collection of those as well. So what's an appreciative family to do? Most of us agree that we want to give our teachers something they will both like and actually use. Here are 10 ideas for DIY teacher gifts that they are sure to love - no mugs allowed! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This post brought to you by National Peanut Board. All opinions are 100% mine.

If your family is like mine, your mornings can get hectic - especially on days when people need to get out the door in order to be on time for work, school or church! I have definitely been guilty of feeding my family something low in nutrition for breakfast just because it was quick and easy and we needed to leave about five minutes ago. Sound familiar?

To help combat the quick vs. nutritious battle raged in home nearly every morning, September has been declared Better Breakfast Month. So if you need help with better breakfasts, I'd like to present you with my new kid friendly recipe: The Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancake Stack.

At the beginning of the week (or over the weekend), whip up a big batch of my super delicious protein pancakes (they happen to be gluten free, too!). Save them in the fridge and grab them to make this kid friendly breakfast packed with plant based protein as well as 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients - and that's just from the peanut butter! All together this recipe has 22 grams of protein and 32% of your recommended daily iron intake. Not a bad way to start your day!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's time to send our kids back to school - and of course that means we need to figure out what to feed them for lunch. If you're focusing on making non-toxic choices for your family, you also want to think about how you send the food to school. Many common lunch packing items contain questionable chemicals like BPA, PVC, phthalates and lead. LEAD! Did you know that lead is a common ingredient in many lunch bags? Yuck! 

So what's a parent to do? Pick up a non-toxic lunch kit to send your little one back to school. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

This post brought to you by the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

Do you struggle to keep your smaller humans motivated to finish schoolwork? Whether you're a school teacher, a homeschooling parent or a mom who needs to motivate her kids to hit behavioral milestones, I have a great project for you! Create a "Motivation Station" in a corner of your home or classroom to reward kids for hitting learning or behavior targets.

I found this project on the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club website - they have so many great ideas this month for fun back to school projects so definitely check them out. They share new projects, recipes, and tips each month – plus membership is free!


  • Large empty glass jar
  • Chalkboard stickers
  • Letter stickers
  • Crinkle paper
  • Treats to fill jar


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Do you get overwhelmed just thinking about packing lunch? I know I'm not the only parent who puts off lunch packing for the last minute and then ends up sending my kid off with a PB&J, an apple and some baby carrots. While there isn't anything wrong with having that for lunch, if I'm not prepared, I run the risk of doing it everyday.

I don't just want my kid to have any lunch, I want it to be healthy, too! When I say "healthy," I mean low-toxin, high nutrition food. To do this, we need to pack food with as few processed ingredients (like corn syrup) as possible and use non toxic food packaging as well. 

Here are my favorite lunch packing tips and tricks, recipes and products you can use to pack healthy, low toxin lunches for your kiddos.

Tip #1: Make Food Ahead
Making your lunches ahead of time will save you from the early AM, gotta-get-the-kids-out-the-door-5-minutes-ago scramble. The further ahead you make your lunches the less you have to stress. How this works for every family will be different but making lunch ahead could look like making an extra big dinner the night before and packing the leftovers into bento boxes. It could mean making sandwiches for the week on Sunday night or the really adventurous might even try doing more than a week worth of lunches! 

Need a primer? Check this out:
How to freeze and defrost recipes for school lunches from 100 Days of Real Food

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