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10 Tips to Make a Nutritious Lunch for Kids (and Adults)

October 6, 2016

PlanetBox Healthy Kids Lunch ideas

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Sometimes it can be hard to constantly come up with a nutritious lunch for my kids (and myself) day after day.  But, if you really break it down, it doesn’t have to be difficult!  I’m super excited to be partnering with Sargento over the next several months, and today I’m thrilled to provide some ideas and tips for nutritious and fun lunches as well as snack ideas!  I hope you enjoy the video!  It was a lot of fun to come up with creative ways to fill the lunchbox!

It isn’t always easy and convenient to feed and provide our families with the best options.  But, at the end of the day, it is up to us to make those decisions, and help guide our kids to a robust lifestyle and good relationship with food.  Even as adults, it is hard to make good choices when our schedules are so busy, and we just plain don’t have a lot of time!  But, I have some tips to help make putting together lunches and snacks easier on you!

Healthy Kids Lunches with Sargento and Planetbox

10 Tips to make a Nutritious Lunch for Kids (and Adults!):

  1. Use high quality, fresh ingredients:  When it comes to our food choices, we have to consider and make good choices on what we are feeding our families.  I always try to serve my family the best quality ingredients, and make good choices on the products we eat.  My kids and I love eating Sargento Cheese in our lunches as well as for snacks!  The kids especially love when I get creative and use cookie cutters, or present their lunches and snacks in a fun way.

Kids Snack Ideas Snack Palm Tree with Sargento Cheese

Kids Snack Ideas Caterpillar Snack Snake

Kids Snack Ideas Pinwheels with Sargento Cheese

Kids Snack Ideas ABC's with Sargento Cheese

2. Pack a balanced meal: When I make lunches, I always try include: a fresh fruit and vegetable, dairy like Sargento Sliced Cheese or Cheese Snacks, some kind of meat or sandwich or salad, some kind of a snack, and usually a little treat. (Read on to see the rest of the tips!)


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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies #EPLR

September 29, 2016

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Kids Reading Nook
We were so excited around here to see that two new books in the Elephant and Piggie like Reading series came out on September 20th from the beginning reader series by Mo Willems and to partner with Disney-Hyperion this month!  My kids are huge fans of Elephant and Piggie, and couldn’t wait to read the newest books, Cookie Fiasco, and We are Growing.

As soon as our Mo Mail arrived my cute 2nd grader Norah immediately took the books over to my kindergartner Thomas, and read them to him!  They loved them, and have been reading them over and over ever since their arrival!

Kids Reading Nook

Boy Reading a Book

It has been so much fun to see my youngest Thomas really grow and excel starting Kindergarten this year!  He has started to read on his own, and comes home having learned so much each and every day! I just love seeing how much they learn and grow, and it’s almost like they grow up a bit each day in that short time they are away at school.  I’m not kidding, this week I’ve felt like he has grown up a ton!  He looks so much older! He really is growing like a weed, which is kind of killing me a little to see my youngest growing up so quickly all of the sudden!

Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie Series Books

As much as I’d like to stop time, it just isn’t an option, unless you know someone who can, I’d love to know!  Until then, I am going to cherish all the time we have together at this stage in life, and take the time to cuddle, read books, and spend the afternoon baking cookies together, exploring, and laughing.

My kids have really gotten into baking lately, and they beg and beg me to bake with them.  It’s always fun to be able to do that together in the kitchen, and Thomas and I were able to bake up a batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies together!  He always gets excited to pour each ingredient, and is a big help, especially with eating the chocolate chips, wink!

Mom and Child Reading Together

The Cookie Fiasco Elephant and Piggie like Reading Series Books

The Cookie Fiasco Elephant and Piggie like Reading Series Books

We sat down to some freshly baked cookies to do some reading together.  The Cookie Fiasco was the perfect book after just baking up some yummy treats!  It is about four friends, with only three cookies, and one problem.  The friends need to act fast before the Hippo Breaks all the cookies into crumbs!  Such a hoot!

We are Growing Elephant and Piggie Like Reading Book Series #EPLR

We also loved reading We are Growing.  With little plant friends growing up so fast, they all want to have something special of their own, and they each find it!  Such cute books that we are sure to read over and over in the time to come!

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Be sure to read more for my step by step favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe below!  I have spent years perfecting the recipe, and have been keeping it all to myself for all these years, but I am finally ready to share it to the world!


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Favorite Road Trip Essentials for Kids // Skeeter Nut Free

August 26, 2016

Travel and Road Trip Essentials for Kids

Road Trip Essentials for Family Travel

With school starting this week, we decided to head out on one last summer adventure as a family. A road trip up to Bear Lake on the border of Utah and Idaho ended up being the perfect farewell to summer! We found the most amazing Glamping Resort called Conestoga Ranch, that was just what we were looking for, and made it so easy for us to just show up and enjoy our time together.  The kids ran around the ranch and played hide n’ seek, ate s’mores and told stories by the fire, played make believe in the tent, and even got to sleep in a covered wagon one night!  They were in absolute heaven!

Travel Snacks for Kids

Nut Free Healthy Snack options for Kids

Healthy Snacks for Kids

S'more Kits for Kids

Travel Snacks for Kids

Our kids have always been great little road trippers and travelers. Ever since they were young, I have always taken the time to pack each of them a little travel pack to take with us on our travels to keep them occupied and happy. It has always worked like a charm. The key is I never tell them what I am going to put inside, and I don’t allow them to break into the pack until they really start to get antsy during the trip. 

Travel and Road Trip Essentials for Kids

Here are a few of my favorite travel pack essentials I like to pack for my kids:

    • Skeeter Nut Free: Usually it isn’t five minutes into the trip before my kids start asking for a snack. Instead of having to haul around all the snacks for everyone, I like to pack them in their travel packs so they have access to a snack when they are ready. My family loves these Skeeter Nut Free snacks. They come in several different flavors, and are the perfect little snack to pack along for a trip. These delicious cookies are also nut-free and produced in a facility without nuts, so you don’t need to worry about traveling with passengers with nut allergies. It wasn’t until recently when my kids started going to school with friends with severe nut allergies that I realized the importance of having good snack options that are both safe and inclusive for everyone. It isn’t enough for them to have snacks that do not contain nuts, but they also have to be produced in facilities that are totally nut-free. Any little speck of tree nut or peanut can send them into Anaphylaxis, and could threaten their life. I had no idea that this was an issue, and I’m so glad that there are companies like Skeeter Nut Free around to help bring awareness and provide good options for safe snacking in my kids’ nut-free classrooms. As a mom who is constantly checking labels, I appreciate that all of their snacks are made from all natural ingredients, free of high fructose corn syrup, made with whole grains, and are free of trans fats. You can find their products through the store locator online or Skeeter Nut Free is also sold at Target and on Amazon!
      Travel and Road Trip Essentials for Kids

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