Where did that six weeks of summer holidays go? Why so fast? Where did I put all the school stuff?
As I draw near to the return of the realistic life, I am left in a complete mind blank. Actually it's more in the routine of moving from meal and movie to the next. I have no idea how to get us back into a routine let alone get out of our pj's before 9am. I sit down to write a list of 'things to do' and end up on Instagram to see how everyone else's holidays are shaping up. Back to the list but first will quickly check Facebook and re look at everyone's Instagram pics they have uploaded to their Facebook accounts with the added Garcinia Cambogia advertisement. What are you trying to say Facebook? Now that I have just been reminded that I still have weight to lose I decide to flip through some Pinterest house renovation photos and pin ideas to a board I will never look at again and which wouldn't fit or match my house anyway. Still I pin a two way marble staircase up to the bedrooms and a walk in wardrobe with remote control cupboards. You never know, I may one day have enough clothes to need one and decide we just want to squeeze a bed in the corner of our room to allow this dream to happen. OK dream over concentrate and organise yourself Kell.
Task One: School Lunches. I discovered a packing lunches Facebook group (yes can you believe there is one?) and spent a few minutes scrolling through that. It's amazing and my hat goes off to the super mum that not only posts them but actually sticks at it for the year. Generally my kid's lunches start off preservative free (I think) minimum packaging and lots of things cut up. Even the sandwiches get a creative animal or shape cut out. A few weeks in and the motivation begins to take a nose dive.... well not this year! To be a good mum role model to all of you, I promise to keep at it for the year and make a serious effort to create a weekly lunch plan. Now every child over 6 months eats food so I challenge you all to start now. Your kids don't have to be in school to have a healthy lunch box made up for them. In fact Franklin will be my greatest lunch packing challenge! Some days we don't make it home and I realise I have either forgotten to feed him lunch completely or he's eaten the four muesli bars in the bottom of my bag (don't judge, I know I'm not alone and I'm doing something about it now. Plus have you seen him, he's not exactly going to fade away any time soon). So here is what I have created for an all age lunch box which includes morning tea/recess and lunch. My kids generally eat the same thing most days and I usually change up the flavours or type of what they have so get your creative on and go to places like Facebook groups and Pinterest for ideas.
Morning Tea: One piece of fruit and a yoghurt or muesli bar (you can make or buy healthy ones)
Lunch: Sandwich, cut up vegetable or cheese and something home made
Task Two: School Uniform. I admit to being the mum who went one size bigger when Jack was in Kindy and smile now as I don't have to do any lining up at the school's uniform shop this term. However new shoes were definitely an unavoidable task. I am a lover of researching reviews so I feel satisfied that I have come away with the best and can brag about it later. This year I came across a new type of Clark's shoe and couldn't resist walking away from a shoe with such an attractive name... 'Scuff Resistant'. Um seriously? I looked at my son and suddenly have a vision of him running with his friends and they all fell over putting holes in their shoes except Jack. He gets up and his shoes have halo circles around the top and still in pristine condition. Sold! These shoes have only been released this year so as you have guessed there isn't a single review on them and I decided to put my hand up for the job. I introduced myself to the lovely Myer shoe fitter, gave her my blog details and promised to review these shoes with photos at the end of each term also contacting Clarks themselves. With 25% off and a $20 voucher thanks to my Myer one card these shoes went from $124.95 to $73.75 thank you very much! Stay posted or try them out for your kids. You can also buy them from Kids Shoes and Sox with 20% off.
Task Three: Stay tuned. I'm still desperately holding on to the last of the summer holidays and have absolutely no idea what I need to organise next!
Happy Australia Day!