I don’t know about you, but i struggle to come up with lunches for my kids. Lunch is seriously the meal i dread most to come up with. If you are anything like me, then you are in luck, cause today i’m sharing some fun easy lunches i’ve created to help you out.
Pizza Lunchable – Ritz crackers, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni’s, olives, and sliced fresh nectarines and yogurt covered pretzels for dessert.
2.Summertime/Beach themed lunch – croissant turkey and cheese sandwich, graham crackers with blue frosting topped with s’mores goldfish, and blue punch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
3.Halloween/Orange themed lunch – Sandwich cut into a pumpkin shape, mandarin oranges, carrots w/ ranch, goldfish, orange Jell-O, Oreo, and pretzel covered in orange candy melts top with green m&m.
4.Rainbow themed lunch – PB&J sandwich w/ heart shaped filled with sprinkles, skittles, color goldfish, strawberries, oranges, pineapples, grapes, and blueberries.
5. Pesto Pasta – Pasta with pesto sauce, diced tomatoes, black olives, and parmesan cheese. Raspberries, pretzels, and Nutella.
6. Orange themed lunch – Macaroni and cheese, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Orange, and orange jelly beans.
7. Green/St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch – Sandwich w/ heart shaped filled with sprinkles, guacamole flavored chips, Skittles, mini marshmallows, lucky charms, sour cream and onion Pringles, and a sugar cookie.
As most of you probably know (if you follow me on Instagram), we are a camping family. Even before we had kids my husband and i would go tent camping every chance we got.
After we started having kids we still went tent camping, just not as frequent as it is harder to tent camp with babies and toddlers.
We got our first RV over six years ago, it was an old 1970’s fixer upper. It had water damage, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and in the floor was a giant hole. We basically just fixed the cosmetic stuff (paint, bedding, replaced couch, flooring, etc.) and left the electrical and plumbing issues alone.
After having our 5th baby and adding dogs to our family, we quickly realized that old ’70’s RV wasn’t working for our family anymore. We decided it was time for an upgrade. So last year we purchased a new (2017) RV, one that sleeps 9 for our growing family.
We are the boondocking or dry camping type of campers. Isn’t the whole reason to go camping, is to get away from the hustle and bustle of people?! That is why we don’t use campgrounds. Boondocking has definitely been an experience. We fill up our water tank, and make sure of other tanks (gray & black) are empty before we go camping. We have a generator that we bring along, to be able to have power. For our family size, we have found that we can’t go camping for more than 3 days because our tanks fill up and our water run out.
If you are camping with kids, here are a few of my tips to make it go smoother.
Bring extra clothes – I usually double the amount of clothes needed (i.e. if we are going camping for 2 days, i bring enough clothes for 4 days.).
Bring their pillow and/or blanket from home – They will sleep so much better if they have that same familiar pillow/blanket.
Pack extra snacks/food – There is something about camping that makes everyone extra hungry.
Pack at least 2 pairs of shoes – Everything is going to get dirty or wet while camping, shoes are no exception so bring back up.
Bring toys/books/games/coloring books/etc. – With camping most of your time is spent outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc.) but an unexpected thunderstorm could come along (happened to us last time we went camping) and you find yourself stuck inside it’s nice to have something to keep the kids entertained (and their minds off the storm).
One thing i just found that was super helpful was to buy a big exterior mat (i got mine on sale, 40% off, at Hobby Lobby) and place it on the ground right in front of your door. It really helped to lessen the amount of dirt that got inside the RV.
If you are new to camping, or are thinking about purchasing an RV, and you have some questions feel free to leave me a comment and i will try my best to answer your questions.
When we first started homeschooling, i had thought about joining a co-op, but at the time it didn’t make sense as we were pretty unstable (moving state to state, pregnancies, etc.). Come January 2019, 6 years into homeschooling, we finally joined a co-op for the first time.
Towards the middle of January, i had heard about a new co-op starting the first week of February. I had been praying so hard in the months leading up to that, that something might come along for our children, as i was just feeling like they were needing something more. Some other people to connect with, who live similar lives.
I went to the information meeting the week before the first classes were to start. I was honestly pretty nervous (being that i’m a really shy introvert) and was continually trying to talk myself out of going to that meeting all day long. But i’m glad i forced myself to go and even more pleased that we joined this co-op.
Most of my kids were on board for joining a co-op, a few were hesitant, but after our first day all of my kids loved it and couldn’t wait for the next week.
Now, because we have never been a part of a co-op before, i have nothing to compare it to. I do know, that since this was this co-op’s first year, things were pretty much trail and error. And i believe next semester will run even more smoothly.
If you have been wanting to give a co-op a try, but have been on the fence about it, I say go for it, the worst that could happen is you absolutely hate it, and if that happens you can always drop out. You won’t know until you try, right?