Practicing Lunch

 

My son is going to be starting his first year of all day school within the next month. With being at school for a full day I realized he would be eating lunch there, too, which makes me a little nervous. My mom gave me the great idea to “practice lunch” here at home where I can monitor and prep him on the do’s and don’ts for lunch at school. So, I went to the store and picked up both kiddos a lunch box (little sister has to have one too if we are going to practice) and found out from my nephews what the setup is for lunch at school and how long they have. The goal is to pack our lunches in the morning and keep them in the fridge for lunch time. I can watch and make sure he knows how to open everything, eats everything within the allotted “lunch eating time”, eats his own food only(my big worry) and then make sure he knows how to clean up his lunch, too.

Back to school prep ideas

 

Just the few times we have “practiced” has taught me a few things about what to put in and not put in his sack and makes me feel sooooo much better about him eating on his own. Plus, he thinks this is the coolest activity, so I get Mom Bonus Points for doing something we have to do anyways…eat!

How to prep for going back to school

Lesson’s learned from Practice Day 1:

  • This practicing is going to help him get over the excitement of carrying a lunch to school.
    • He had his sack for 3 minutes prior to eating and was so excited he kept tossing and catching it. Just doing that he cracked the lid of his sandwich container and sprung a leak in his drink pouch slowly soaking his entire sack!
  • Go for box drinks and not pouches when starting out. The box drinks will be a little more sturdy and less likely to leak
  • Plastic bags for sandwiches may be the way to go for the first little bit. =-)
  • He does not do well when others have different foods than him.
    • We need to practice with sister having different food than him.
  • He almost can get the straw in his own drink.
  • And he needs to practice more on cleaning up after his lunch.

ENJOY!!!

This post was originally posted July 19, 2011

What are your favorites for sack lunches?

(please share!)

 

 

Family History for Kids {YesVideo review}

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo. I received the
featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are100% mine.

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My kids are at the age that they are always asking questions about what it was like when I was a kid and what it was like when their grandparents were kids so I thought it would be fun for them to learn about some family history and how they can be involved. I have come up with five ways they can get involved in their own family history!!

 

5 Fun Ways for Kids to Get Involved in Family History

 

Scrapbook

For Christmas last year I gave my kids scrapbooks with paper, stickers, glue sticks, and pictures. They have had a great time putting their memories in their scrapbooks and have loved sharing them. It is interesting to me that the stuff they want to put in their books is totally different than what I would put in a family book so this is a fabulous way to preserve those memories to pass down to future generations!

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Journal

My daughter who is 11 is an avid journal writer. She writes everyday and really wishes I had kept one as a kid. To get my kids excited about journaling we had a party with friends and they all made their own. The kids had a blast creating them and had a really fun time writing in them when we were done!

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Family Interview

Getting the kids to interview a grandparent or great grandparent is a great way for them to learn about them first hand. The interviews can be recorded and later written down. The recordings are great to have to hear their voices too!!

 

Family Traditions

Create fun family traditions that can be passed down for many generations. For example every Christmas we use an activity advent and do lots of activities like go see the snow, go out for ice cream, make gingerbread houses etc. My kids talk about this all year long and love it. You can check out how I made ours here and lots of ideas for the traditions here!

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Videos

This is my kids favorite one by far! Dust off all of those old family movies on VHS and watch them. Now if you are anything like me you haven’t had a VHS player in years but thanks to YesVideo that is no longer a problem! I mailed my family videos to Yes Video and they made them in to DVD’s for us all to enjoy. The Yes Video DVD’s come with pictures on the cover so you know what is on it! Super cute and functional too!

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The kids have had a blast looking at the old videos. Their favorite is the one that we made for our wedding of baby pictures of my husband and I. They love looking at the pictures and comparing who looks like who.

How do you get your kids involved in family history?

I would love to hear your ideas!!

 

 

Do You Believe You Can Get Your Best Body? Exclusive Opportunity

I made an announcement over the weekend stating I had something BIG to share. Well, here we go! Thanks to Kristi from ShiftMyBody.com I jumped into a weight loss adventure at the beginning of the summer and I am so glad I didn’t wait the 2 months until school began to start. I have officially lost over 20 lbs! 22 lbs to be exact and only after 8 weeks!  AND I didn’t take any pills, do any extreme diets, or starve myself to get here.  Want to find out how? Read on! And make sure to scroll down to the bottom for a BIG Gift from Kristi!

Do You Believe?

As I mentioned before, I did not believe either. I did not believe that I could feel like I could be in a lifestyle and not in diet prison. I am currently on this journey and I want to share it with each of you because it has not only empowered me in my life but my marriage and in my family life. One thing that I have really learned is that I CANNOT be a better wife, mom, friend and person in general, if I am not taking care of myself first. When I am taking care of me, everything falls into place. AND sometimes it is slow at first!, but it is such a beautiful and AHHH-mazing thing to see!

 

Case Studies

Here is me when I was in diet mode. It was a lifstyle but only a lifestyle for so long. This was when I lost my baby weight after baby #2, who was almost 4 when I got back to pre-baby weight. You can see more of my first weight loss journey here.

My Weight loss Journey

 

Here’s me when I did boot camp. I worked my behind off and I actually gained a few pounds. LOVED it, but my body was just not responding right after 6 weeks. You would think when you are over 40 lbs over weight some weight would have fallen off working so hard.

No weightloss without proper meals and guidance

 

Here’s me now! I am in the middle of my journey. I have lost significant weight but I feel like a whole new person inside AND I am still growing! I am recognizing that growth is a daily practice as well as self belief.  I believe that we deserve to look at our life differently and the same scenario and turn it into something beautiful. That is what SHIFT is all about! It’s about having a journey (l.o.v.e. that!) vs just looking at the pounds on the scale or something to check off…both of which lack emotion, vitality, hope and in the end will leave you falling back into old patterns when you are done with your weight loss.

My experience with Shiftmybody.com

This time around, I am losing my baby weight from baby #3 and should be back to pre-baby weight before she turns 2. Woohoo!!!

 

Are You Ready To Get Your Best Body and Keep It?

I would not have been able to accomplish what I have these past 8 weeks without the help of Kristi from ShiftMyBody.com. Last week Kristi opened up her Body Shift Academy for 50 women who are ready to get their best body and learn how to keep it. She closed the enrollment last Friday BUT has opened it up exclusively for Fun On a Dime until this coming Friday, July 25th.

I am joining Body Shift Academy and now you can too!

Body Shift Exclusive for Fun On a DimeShift My Body

Whether fit, pregnant, overweight, think you are too old or too young, stressed out, overwhelmed…whatever your state of fitness level is, this is for you! You have nothing to lose by checking out the Body Shift Academy and see what it is all about. Let Kristi help give you the freedom you have always wanted. I will admit that I am dying to get my hands on the recipe box that comes with the Academy that includes over 800 combinations of meal plans and workout plans that I can use to create on your own. Meal plan/Diet freedom in a box. Sweet!

And because I love to do a ton of research before I jump into anything, here are a few more resources for you to see more of Kristi and what she is all about…Free Video Reveals “The 5 Step Formula To Creating The Perfect Meal & Workout Plan and hop on over to Saturday’s pre-announcement post to get access to her 3 FREE Tele-Classes where you can learn tips and tricks on how to set yourself up to win in your body, how to be a nutrition and workout plan rockstar and how to speed up your results even faster.

 

3 Reasons To Shop at Walgreens

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

 

Get a Shot, Give A Shot

I thought we were done with shots after the age of 5 until my oldest was 15, but I guess I was wrong. He has a few more shots he is going to need soon. The great news is not only can we stop by Walgreens for easy back-to-school immunizations, like whooping cough and meningitis, but at the same time we can help out someone else.

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Thanks to the Walgreens #GiveaShot program, this year when a child gets their back-to-school immunization at Walgreens, they will provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in in a developing country through the UN Foundations’s Shot@Life campaign. Pretty neat!

 

Quick Stops Made Easy

Going into a grocery store with 3 children is hard, especially when the only thing you need to get is milk and it is all the way in the back…you know, where you have to pass everything in the store first! Walgreens is a great quick stop for when you need just a few essentials and do not want to waste time getting distracted.

 

Save Time and Money

My daughter loves shopping with me, but takes forever to make choices. So knowing, that Walgreens has a little of everything and how we can in and out quickly, my daughter and I had a fun Mommy/Daughter date picking out new journals and some fun coloring/writing accessories.

Walgreens quick shopping for when you don't have a lot of time and don't want to get distracted

 

There were just the right amount of cute options to choose from making my daughter feel like she got a good selection.

Walgreens quick shopping for a Mommy Daughter Date

 

Our goal is to write more this year and we are going to have fun doing it because a girl can never use too many colors, right? Walgreens helped me save time, money (and sanity)!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Fun Ways to Motivate Your Kids {Review Juicy Fruit}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% my own!!

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Gum, Gum, Gum! As a kid I have fond memories of the 25 cent packs of Juicy Fruit chewing gum we use to get when we were really good at the grocery store with my mom. I was excited to find some new varieties of Juicy Fruit at my local Walmart that I could use to start fun new memories with my kids! #CollectiveBias Juicy Fruit will be having some neat demos at local Walmart locations July 25-27 from 11-4 and also August 1-3 from 11-4 (Friday and Saturday) and 1-6 (Sunday)! You have to check out their new fun yummy products for yourself!

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My kids love chewing gum but don’t get it very often. I have found that gum can be a fabulous motivator for my kids! Here are some great ways to use it in your families #JuicyFruitFunSide:

5 Fun Ways to Motivate Your Kids with GUM

 

Bed Fairy: When I was growing up we had a bed fairy that would randomly stop by our house when we were off at school or out and about. He would check to see if we had made our bed and if we had a shiny quarter was left on our pillow. Now a quarter wouldn’t excite my kids all that much but a big piece of gum left on their pillow definitely would! I have to say the first time we did this there were a few tears from the unmade beds but now they are much more conscious of making their beds with out being told!! Win one for mom:)Bed Fairy

 

Reading Chart: I am fortunate to have kids that like to read but they don’t always read the books I want them too. So I have made a list of 12 books that I want them to read this year (classics and books with good messages). When they complete the list they earn an entire container of gum. A whole container of 72 pieces all to themselves is the end all be all of prizes!!!juic5 fun ways to motivate your kids

They can work on the list however fast they want. They can read one book a month off my list or hurry through and read all 12 at the beginning of the year but whenever it is complete the gum is theirs!!! You could adapt this to whatever fits your child. Maybe you just want them to read 12 books the end result is the same.

5 fun ways to motivate your kids

 

Grocery Store: Most of you know I have 6 kids and going to the grocery store can be a pain with all of them in tow but I have come up with a fool proof plan to make it go more smoothly!!! The most annoying thing to me is when my kids ask “Can we get that?” or “I want that?” multiply that times 6 and ANNOYING!! To combat against this I give my kids a big bubble blowing piece of gum before we go into the store and they are so busy and distracted chewing and blowing bubbles they don’t ask for anything! Woohoo another score for Mom!

 

3 Year Olds: Whoever named terrible 2′s definitely had never had a 3 year old!! I would say 3 year olds are by far the hardest age. They are stubborn, vocal and just don’t care what anyone thinks. On the other hand I have never found a 3 year old that wouldn’t do just about anything for a piece of gum! My particular 3 year old can be bribed oops I meant rewarded with a piece of gum for just about anything that stubborn little stinker doesn’t want to do. I say more power to anything that helps get 3 year olds to do what they need to do without total meltdown from mom and child!!!

5 fun ways to motivate your kids

 

School/Homework Helper: I homeschool and every kid has that subject that is not there favorite. For some its math or spelling or homework for kids that are in school all day long. I have found that if a child can get through their assignment without complaining, whining, or tears than a piece of gum is the perfect reward. Putting it on the table in front of them as a visual reminder helps too.

5 fun ways to motivate your kids

I would love to hear fun ways you motivate your kids! Please share:)

Are You Ready To Get Your Best Body, Your Best You and Keep it? BIG NEWS!!!

I am super excited! I have an AWESOME announcement to share with you in the next few days! So keep on the look out. I promise, you will love it! If you are drawn towards things like the Slim Down For Summer  Fitness Challenges, hate dieting, are frustrated with your health, or feel like life is too overwhelming to focus on your body or workout then YOU will WANT to make sure to check back next week!

If you leave a comment below, I will make sure to email you when the announcement is up!

 

What? You want some hints? I hate anticipation too, so I’ll give you a few!…

 

Do You Believe?

I did not believe either. I did not believe that I could feel like I could be in a lifestyle and not in diet prison. I am currently on this journey and I want to share it with each of you because it has not only empowered me in my life but my marriage and in my family life.

 

Hint #1:

Can you guess how much I am down? This is just after 7 weeks!

My Weigthloss Journey after 7 weeks

 

Hint #2:

This is how I got here…with Shift and the wonderful Kristi!

Easy workouts and easy eating plans that work

Hint #3:

Listen to these 3 FREE Tele-Classes where you can learn tips and tricks on how to set yourself up to win in your body, how to be a nutrition and workout plan rockstar and how to speed up your results even faster.

Kristi held these classes last week and left these open to the public.  You can down load them to listen on the go or listen to them directly from the site

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What To Know More?

Stay tuned! I am going to share more details of my journey next week!

 

 

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