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Get ready for a tasty new school year
Get ready for some beautiful art projects thanks to these great crayons.
As your grill is cooling down, your schedule is amping up, and the challenging task of getting the kids back into school mode has begun. There are a few things we will certainly miss about summer: the pool parties, the barbecues, and of course the freedom. But with a new school year comes a new set of challenges that don’t have to be painful. There is a great pleasure in packing the perfect un-swappable lunch, planning for the big bake sale, and getting kids ready for their first dance. And once you are through getting the uniforms hemmed and making sure they have their summer book report done, you get to take on one of the best back-to-school tasks: buying school supplies (and yes, we’re totally serious).
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There are a select group of people who get a thrill out of looking at a wall of stationery and school supplies — something about organization and color coordination calls to us this time of year. Whether you're reminiscing about the years of Lisa Frank supplies or are surrounded by the overwhelming amount of One Direction folders these days, it's fun to send your kids back to class in style and get them excited for school.
Of course, we are extremely happy to report that food-friendly themes are gracing school supply shelves with everything from notebooks to pencil cases. What could be cuter than crayons shaped like pretzels or pencil sharpeners made in the likeness of an apple? Your kids will love these supplies and they will hopefully make them excited about participating in class.
For your mini gourmand, we have compiled a list of the yummiest-looking school supplies that will get them ready to dig into their school year.
10 Food-Themed Back-to-School Supplies - Recipes
Sharks are rad. Year after year, with shark week and little boys (and girls!) everywhere wanting shark-themed everything, this party trend seems to be here for the long haul, and why not? Sharks never go out of style. They’re feared and beloved creatures of our ecosystem, that also just happen to be unapologetically badass. Here are some bite-worthy recipes, decorations and ideas to make your party extra fin-tastic.
Lightsaber mini pretzels, Star Wars marshmallow cereal mix (or any fun cereal mix) along with nuts and dried fruits, makes for a fun little snack for your party guests. Plus who doesn’t love little tiny mini lightsaber battles? Edible ones!
This simple treat will make a big impact at your Star Wars party! The question lies, which lightsaber rod will you choose? Will you take a step on the dark side and choose the red lightsaber or will you enforce peace with force with the green lightsaber?
Breakfast In a Hurry
School days demand breakfast to fuel you for the day ahead, but they’re also extra-busy, so getting it done can be difficult. Make it easier with these ideas.
Quick Instant Pot Breakfasts
No time to make pancakes, but still want to do one better than cereal? Try these Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes (if not on a weekday, they’ll still give you more time to relax on Saturday and Sunday).
Back-to-School Burrito Hacks
Burritos can work just as well for breakfast as they can for lunch—and they don’t have to be unhealthy, either (especially not compared to a Pop-Tart), but there are some key tips to success. Check out our Easy Back-to-School Burrito Ideas.
Make-Ahead Breakfasts You Can Grab and Go —coming soon!
The beauty of a make-ahead breakfast cannot be denied. That’s why we’re rounding up our best make-ahead breakfast recipe ideas to get you out the door faster check back soon for the list.
Healthy Frozen Smoothies = Popsicles for Breakfast —coming soon!
The start of school may mark the end of summer, but it’s still hot, and kids are pretty grumpy. Try giving them a healthy frozen smoothie pop for breakfast and it’ll brighten their day a bit. Check back soon for the recipes.
The Ultimate Guide to Every Kind of Yogurt Out There
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Yogurt is a timeless no-brainer breakfast option, but there are so many kinds (including newcomer oat yogurt)—this guide will break it all down and help you choose the healthiest option. See our Guide to Yogurt.
Never Buy Granola Again: Make It From Scratch In 30 Minutes
Homemade granola is seriously easy, endlessly adaptable, and much healthier than many of the store-bought options out there—not to mention way cheaper. Learn How to Make the Best Homemade Granola and sprinkle it on that yogurt (or put it in a baggie for a school snack).
Everything You Need to Know About Having a Healthy Breakfast
It can be a struggle to eat a healthy breakfast every day (even most days), but here’s a guide to getting it done. See our tips, tricks, guidelines, and recipes for pulling off a Healthy Breakfast Every Day.
10 Back-to-School Organization Tips for Parents
by Blog Editor August 15, 2014 No Comments Organization Tips, School Age, Seasonal Activities
With school starting back up over the course of the next few weeks, there are several things parents can do ahead of time to reduce the stress that is sure to bubble up as the family gets closer to the first day of school. Here are a few back-to-school organization tips that have worked for my family.
10 Back-to-School Organization Tips for Parents
1. Take a Picture of the School Supply List. If your child’s school gives you a list of school supplies you need to buy, as soon as you receive it, pull out your smart phone and take a picture. The next time you’re shopping, you’ll have the list with you so you can start buying the supplies at a time that is convenient for you rather than making a special trip.
2. Mark Down Critical Dates.Whether you use a Microsoft Outlook calendar, a paper calendar or an app, sync the school calendar with your personal calendar. The school year calendar is typically available on the website for your town’s schools. Enter all the school closings and half days on your calendar now that way you won’t miss a break in the routine (and can even plan ahead for care if needed). If you already know Parent Nights or Picture Day, put those in the calendar now too.
3. Replenish or Create a Homework Caddy.Gather supplies typically needed for homework and put them into a container that can easily be grabbed for homework. A typical homework caddy may include pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener, markers, paper, scissors, glue, a ruler, hole punch, blank paper or any other supplies your child typically needs for homework. You could also set up a specific homework space in the house for your child.
4. Put Money in the Lunch Money Account. If your child buys lunch and pays for lunch through an electronic lunch account, put some money in it now. This will help you avoid the scramble the night before school starts when you can’t locate your username and password!
5. Clean Out Drawers/Closets.If it no longer fits or if your child never wore an article of clothing, pull it out of the dresser or closet and set aside to donate or sell. Doing this now will make it easier to put clothes, shoes and jackets away.
6. Make a List of Clothing Needs.After figuring out what still fits, write a list of what you need to buy and start shopping!! The closer we are to the first day of school, the more items that will be out of stock or back ordered. Take advantage of back-to-school sales now too and any sales tax breaks your state may offer.
7. Make & Freeze Meals.Now is the time to stock the freezer with a few easy to serve meals that you can grab during the craziness of back to school month. It’s probably not exactly the time of year you want to be creating heat in the kitchen, but what you do now will save you from unnecessary stress later. If you want to take it one step further, my friend suggested freezing sandwiches ahead of time. She says she’s successfully frozen everything from peanut butter and jelly to cold cut sandwiches. She use a special sandwich cutter that seals the edges before freezing and her kids have never complained.
8. Arrange for a Classmate Meet Up.You may have to do a little bit of digging but try to email the parents of classmates and arrange a meet-up with classmates at a local playground. The last few years, I’ve found it helpful to host the same gender children as my child for a pizza dinner. It’s given my husband and I a chance to meet the other parents and kids, many of whom will likely become friends with my child.
9. Finalize After-school Care.If you plan to use a sitter, hopefully you’ve already started interviewing or if you are lucky, you’ve already secured your sitter. Start thinking of any rules you may need to establish with your new employee (perhaps no social cell phone use while caring for your child). If you’re using an after-school program, make sure you’ve paid all necessary deposits, arranged transportation if applicable and know the process for the first day of after-school care. It’s also important to know the program policies on early release days, snow days, school closings.
10. Evaluate How Last Year Went and Make Changes If Needed.Think back to last year. Did anything not work so great? Maybe your carpool didn’t work out quite like you expected or maybe, like in our household, homework was a constant battle. What can you do differently this year to make things go smoother. Or what might you need to do differently because something has changed in the routine. Perhaps you are like me where this year marks the year my kids are both in public schools. And also on totally different bus schedules!
No doubt it’s hard to start thinking about the details now. Who wants the summer to end any sooner than necessary? However, any planning you do ahead of time will only make the transition smoother come the first day back at school.
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Back to School Craft
Now it’s time to assemble the back to school pencil craft! Children will glue the brown triangle onto one end of the glued craft sticks. They will then glue the black triangle onto the brown triangle for the pencil lead. Next, the children will glue the pink rectangle onto the other end of the glued craft sticks for the pencil eraser. To complete the pencil crafts for preschoolers, they will glue the aluminum foil rectangle onto the pink rectangle.
As an option, children can attach a magnet to the back of their Pencil Crafts for kids and use it to hang their school papers on the refrigerator.
10 Food-Themed Back-to-School Supplies - Recipes
I’m Cat. I’m a Christian, wife, and mama to two little blue-eyed boys. I love to share crafts, recipes, and a little bit about my life in Ohio.
I enjoy making things with my hands. There is something there in that process that makes my heart sing. And I love to share that with you so that you can have ideas and tutorials and inspiration to get in on the fun of making things.
Nothing that I make or do is perfect. I am working on learning, and growing in all of these areas but even in the imperfections there is such a joy in the creating and so I want to keep on doing that here and I hope that you do too.
My hope is that you find this blog to be a place of inspiration and encouragement. I want nothing more that to help you in some way, shape, or form. So pick up that glue gun or sewing needle or whisk and join me in having some fun creating!
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National Food Days
National Food Weeks
National Food Months
- Back to School Month
- Catfish Month
- Family Meals Month
- Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
- Peach Month
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Watermelon Day (August 3)
Watermelon is fat free and low in calories -- 2 cups of diced pieces (1/8 of a medium melon) provides only 80 calories.
Review the Watermelon Buying Guide from UNL's Nebraska Nutrition Education Program to help you select, store, and prepare a watermelon.
Check the National Watermelon Promotion Board Web site www.watermelon.org for recipes using watermelon and tips on choosing and storing watermelons.
Have you only ate watermelon slices or cubes? Mix it up and try one of the Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon from Fruits & Veggies-- More Matters® website.
IMPORTANT: Wash the outside of the melon under clean running water before cutting into it, use a clean knife on a clean cutting surface and wash your own hands with soap and water before cutting the melon. Once melon is cut, it should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Don't leave cut melon at room temperature longer than 2 hours TOTAL time.
Trail Mix Day (August 31)
Making your own t rail mix is a quick and healthy on-the-go snack since it contains a variety of nutrients from multiple food groups and does not require refrigeration. Check out the following trail mix recipes:
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Farmers Market Week (1st full week in August) *
Back to School Month
- (Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) (Source: USDA) (Source: IANR News) (Source: Healthy Bites Newsletter) (Source: Cook it Quick!) (Source: Food.unl.edu)
Including fish in meals twice a week is a recommendation of many health organizations. Check the Website of the National Fisheries Institute http://www.aboutseafood.com to help you prepare safe, delicious and nutritious meals with catfish and other types of fish and shellfish.
Family Meals Month
- Newsletter (Source: Healthy Bites Newsletter) (Source: Food.unl.edu) (Source: Nebraska's Nutrition Education Program) (Source: Nebraska's Nutrition Education Program)
Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month
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Kids Eat Right Month
Kids Eat Right Month helps improve the nutrition and health of children everywhere. It is a nutrition education, information sharing and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families, featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists.
- (Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) (Source: Healthy Bites Newsletter) (Source: UNL Extension) (Source: UNL Extension)
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps prevent many diet-related diseases and tastes good, too! Learn how to freeze extra peaches from the National Center for Home Food Preservation
Practice Fractions With Food-Themed Word Problems
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Turn summery vegetables into a kid-pleasing pasta dish.
Print this list out before you hit the supermarket so you'll always have these foods on hand.
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Fun for the Whole Family!
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