Time. I thought when the kids were both into school there would be more of it; but school lunches, laundry, and all the other tasks that go with school take TIME. So, I’m trying something new, Sunday lunch prep. I like to think of it as a two-fer. Two-fers are activities that meet two of my top priorities – in this case saving time AND getting time together as a family.
We spend about an hour of family time Sundays prepping and bagging our lunch goodies for the week. I buy veggies such as carrots, celery, snap peas, and green beans. Most just need washed and put into containers. Some like the green beans we like to put into a pickling marinade or toss with a sesame dressing. Then they all go into the “lunch drawer” in the frig.
We divide up snacks from those giant bulk bags (granola, pretzels, dried fruit) into small, individual containers and these go into the pantry box, too.
Our school day routine is that each child grabs: a fruit, a veggie, a snack item, a beverage, cheese sticks and whatever other protein we have going and puts it all in a lunch sack. So far, so good. How about you? What are you doing to save some time now that school and all its related activities are in full swing?