It is 6:23 am and the alarm clock is going off again. You hit that snooze button for the 3rd time. Every extra 10 minutes of sleep feels like heaven in the morning, but is it the best use of time? Are we really getting more rest in those few extra minutes?
Instead of hitting the snooze button, there are many things we can accomplish to get a better start to our day. Here is a list of just 10 things that we could do if we didn’t squeeze in those extra minutes.
- Make your bed
- Enjoy your morning shower
- Eat a full healthy breakfast
- Answer important emails
- Check the weather
- Pack a tasty and nutritious lunch
- Double check you have everything and are not forgetting essential items
- Take your time and enjoy your cup of coffee or tea, or treat yourself to a cup from your favorite coffee shop
- Get to work on time
- Enjoy not being stressed and rushed
Start your day off right and don’t hit that snooze button. Have the peace of mind that you have everything accomplished in the morning so you can focus on the tasks of the day.
Now that the kids in back and school, the routines can begin again. In my house we prepare for school the night before by making sure the homework is checked, clothes are picked out, and lunch is packed. Often times, I find that we get stuck in food ruts and pack the usual sandwich and carrot sticks. To battle the food rut I look to the internet to search for new and healthy ideas, and I get overloaded with options.
Here are a few new favorite foods that are loved in our house so far:
Whole-wheat “Pita Pizza” (toasted in the toaster oven and then served cold)Organic Ham and Cheese Rolls
Whole-wheat waffle sandwich stuffed with fresh fruit or jelly
Plain yogurt with a variety of delicious add ins
- Peanut or Almond Butter
- Fresh Fruit
- Vanilla Extract and Coconut Flakes
- Vanilla Extract and Mini Chocolate Chips
Apple with Peanut Butter
Whole-wheat carrot applesauce muffins
Grilled Cheese with Pesto on Whole-wheat (served cold)
Whole-wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Organic Cream Cheese
BLT on Whole-wheat
An other great choice that allows your child to have fun is packing lunches themselves. Here are two really terrific and yummy packed lunches from the Blog 100 Days of Real Food:
Build a Taco Lunch
- Corn Tortilla
- Shredded Pork Taco Meat with Bell Peppers
- and other desired sidesConstruct a Pizza
- Whole-wheat Pita
- Organic Tomato Sauce
- Shredded Cheese
- Additional Desired Toppings such as Vegetables and Pepperoni, etc.
Don’t get stuck in a rut because there are a lot of great sources that help you to expand the food options you can pack in the lunches. Whatever you choose to pack, make sure it is delicious and nutritious!
Summer is coming to a close. That means it is time to prep for the new school year. which means back to school shopping for supplies, backpacks, lunch pails, clothes, and the list can go on and on. Before you head out to the store to purchase everything, here are some great tips to keep those back-to-school purchases as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.
- Take Inventory
Clean out those desk drawers, dressers, and closets and you may find hiding treasures like packs of pencils, notebooks, or clothes you bought on sale that haven’t even been worn yet. Now that you have gone through all that you have, you can make a list of what items are needed. The list will guide you. When you hit the stores, so you won’t buy duplicate items or spur or the moment purchases.
- Reuse What You Can
Look through what you have to see if any items can be reused. Often there are many items that are still in good condition and can be used for another year. The backpack from last year may be in great shape and just need a quick cleaning to be school-worthy.
- Healthy Lunch Options!
A bento box makes a great reusable and waste free lunchbox option- no plastic baggies required! Many bento boxes have multiple dividers or containers that allow you to pack a healthy and fresh lunch. If a bento box doesn’t suit your needs, there are many other great reusable containers that allow you to pack delicious and nutritious options.
- Reusable Bottles
Rather than packing bottles of water or juice boxes daily, send your child to school with the healthy drink of choice in a reusable bottle. There are many great designs; no need for juice boxes!
There are many great options when it comes to reusable containers, bbut be sure to check that they are made with recycled material and are BPA-free.
- Buy Recycled or Sustainable When Possible
Make your list so you know the school supplies you need, now it is time to buy. Most retailers now offer many options of recycled and sustainable materials, such as pencils made from certified sustainable-harvest wood or pens, paper and notebooks. made from recycled materials. Every little bit helps eliminate waste!
- Eliminate Paper Waste
Rather than having many pieces of paper float around ask to be emailed important notices from the school. Every bit helps and this will save many sheets of paper that get lost in the bottom of backpacks. This also allows you to put important dates in your digital calendars rather than keeping stacks of paper around the house.
Here’s to another great school year!