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Friday, 6 February 2015

Stress Free Lunch Box Planning

Last week I dropped three of my four children off to start of the new school year. To say that I have to be better organised this year than I was last year is an understatement. Each one of them has sports, library, music and swimming on different days so keeping on top of their timetables is essential for a stress free morning. Now knowing who's doing what each day has helped but organising their lunches everyday is time consuming and somewhat difficult at times. My younger sister told me about a great Lunch Box Planner that she had being using and she'd found it saved her time and stress in the morning getting ready.

While she explained the concept to me I realised that she was using a 'menu plan' which is a concept the two of us have been using for years. As of yet I haven't had the time to organise myself but starting Monday I plan on having a very similar set up so that our mornings are less stressful, better organised and this should then allow me to eat my breakfast at the table instead of on the way to the car.

The first thing she did was purchase a PDF file from The Organised Housewife and she then got it printed. To save time on printing it out each week my sister put it inside a picture frame and this allows her to write on the glass using a fine non permanent white board marker, once the week is over she wipes it off with a tissue and then starts again. It's that easy and the best part is that when she bakes she know how many muffins, biscuits etc she needs to make and it saves her time as these items can be frozen to allow them to be fresh when the kids eat them.

Organisation
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Now according to my sister, her children are going to have Mini Hot Dogs and a peach for lunch tomorrow at school. The best thing about her plan is that she can make her own bread rolls the day before so that they're fresh for the children. The planner allows my sister to cater to her children's eating requirements (also great for children with allergies). If she gets sick, her husband can see what the kids are having for the day and the planner also allows her to have everything on hand when she needs it.

Stress free lunches
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The PDF file also provides other templates that you can choose from. There's one that has the fruit up before the morning tea picture and this plan would help me plan out the fruit that the kids would take to school each day. That PDF file would come in handy for me as two of my children have fruit snacks at the beginning of the day and I know that taking an apple everyday becomes boring after a while.

So this weekend I plan on sitting down and planning out what we're all eating for the week and what the children will be taking to school. I'll also know what biscuits I need to make and I can have these frozen ahead of time. The other great thing about doing this all together is if I'm doing sandwiches I'll be able to prepare them over the weekend, freeze them and pull them out on the morning they're needed.

Now I'm off to get new lunch box idea's from Pinterest, no one is going to want to have sandwiches 5 days a week like we've been doing. So do you plan what your kids are eating for the week or do you just wing it? I know that this is going to save me money when it comes to planning my grocery list for the week and it'll allow me to get into the kitchen some more instead of buying packet biscuits.

Megan

8 comments:

  1. I keep lunches really simple- 3-4 days are sandwiches and the 5th day is a shop brought cheese and bacon roll or a lunch order from the canteen.
    My eldest would rather play than eat!!

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    1. Thanks Ann, my kids love playing as much as they love eating. When my son first started school I gave him a chicken and mayo sandwich 4 times a week for months. He now hates chicken and mayo. I'm hoping this new system helps us all out.

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  2. Sounds like a great plan. Being organised in the morning really can effect the rest of the day. I have a blog post containing a few tried and true lunchbox recipes from the web on my blog, I will also be putting up a new one tomorrow. Pop over and have a look if you like.

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    1. Hi Sarah thanks for the advice I'll be popping over because my kids are already getting bored with what's in their lunch boxes :( Can't wait to see what suggestions you have.

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  3. Oh wow that is super organised!
    I have snacks provided and sandwich filings, and my kids do their own lunches. I check later to see it's fine, but that works for us.

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    1. I'm looking forward to that day Jess but with a 3, 5, 6 and nearly 10 year old I think I'll be waiting a long time. I'm hoping that my eldest will start making his lunch mid year so that should free some time up.

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  4. Wow, I think I need to get onto this system

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    1. Yes Bele it'll save you time and stress especially if you spend too much time looking inside the fridge/freezer trying to figure out what they're all going to eat. Thanks for visiting.

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