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Packing Healthy Lunches for Back to School

Packing Healthy Lunches for Back to School

Brooke started back at school a few weeks ago and Blake just started preschool this week and we are LOVING life! To say I love having a schedule would be an understatement. My kids and I love predictability, so having things stay the same day in and day out keeps our home running smoothly.

Part of that predictability is what can be expected for lunch. I pack Brooke’s lunch everyday and she knows exactly what she’ll be getting on the daily. Blake gets a very similar version at home before he heads off to afternoon preschool.

Here is what I pack:


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Have any of you seen the trailer for The Thinning? It’s on Youtube Red, so that means if you watch anything on Youtube than you’ve probably seen the ad pop up here and there before the videos you REALLY want to see.

Anyways, here I was watching Jimmy Fallon hashtag videos (because I’m obsessed with that man) and the ad for this movie pops up.

I literally watched 10 seconds of the trailer and nearly peed my pants. If I could have the option to not watch and of the scary movie ads, I’d do that. I don’t mind ads, but the scary movie ads before the hilarious Jimmy Fallon clips? HEART FAILURE.

Have I mentioned my pure hatred of scary movies…ever? Have I never mentioned this before in the last 7 years I’ve had my blog? That’s can’t be possible….right?

Well, I hate scary movies. They make me pee my pants and give me nightmares.

I had a nightmare last night because of that damn 10 second clip before I could click the “Skip Ad” button.

Wish I was kidding and wish I knew how to counteract the way my brain reacts to horror in general.

When I was 17, I watched Children of the Corn…out in a corn field in the middle of the night with a group of my friends. I should have know better. Right at the end of the movie when the credits were just about to roll, one of these friends popped out of the corn field with a ski mask on and a very loud chain saw. That may have something to do with the complex I now have.


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This week was a pretty good one! Here’s what’s been going on at our place 🙂

This week:

We have been slowly packing things up and getting rid of things in preparation for our move in June. Gordon leaves in just a few hours for training for his new job (I just cannot escape the training curse!!) and the next time I see him, we will be moving into our new home on the East Coast! 87 days away….not that I’m counting or anything.

It feels a little unreal, but putting our house on the market tomorrow will probably make it all way more real! Ha! It’s a big and beautiful dream house we live in that we feel blessed to afford BUT we will be giving it up for something waaaaaaay smaller in a much busier city. We’re just setting our sights on a different dream.

Our children continue to thrive, mostly. Eddie has stopped grabbing at his ears and has started becoming a little more content (still hard to please…what else is new) but way better than before. So that’s great news.

Brooke on the other hand has been fading fast and continues to be quite the sick little girl. Wednesday afternoon, she started feeling tired with a very bad sore throat. Thursday morning, she woke up with a fever of 103! Over the last few days, it’s progressed into a bad cough and a consistently stuffy nose. On top of that, she’s pretty devastated that her Dad is leaving for 3 months. I’m right there with ya, Brooke!! I’m not sure she will be going to school very much this week.

Blake continues to bounce around and be his regular old silly self. We were going through all our toys in the playroom, packing some, getting rid of others. I made him a pile of all his toys and I told him to go through everything and pick out what he’d like to keep. He hardly kept anything!! I tried to persuade him to keep the small Batman figurine that goes with the Batmobile, but he refused. All that really will be coming with us are his hot wheels cars and large variety of construction vehicles that I don’t know the ‘proper’ names of.


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I’ve got another cream-cheese-filled dinner for ya today! Remember this Italian Crockpot Recipe? Well, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from that, so I decided to throw cream cheese into this southwest-inspired chicken dinner! (Except, I’m actually throwing cream cheese into everything, so you had it coming?) Every so often, I can’t stop cooking dinner in my crockpot and these past few weeks have kicked my slow-cooking addiction back into gear!

Not only is this a relatively healthy dinner, but I’ve forgotten how much I love egg noodles! They are light and wonderful and work really well with the creamy sauce. And did I mention that you throw everything into a crockpot, then set it and forget it? Crockpot meals are where it’s AT!

Here’s how to make it:


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