Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back To School Ready In The Kitchen #B2S

Are you ready for back to school yet? Mentally, I am still trying to wrap my head around it and prepare myself emotionally (although I will admit that this summer, for the first time, I had days where I thought B2S couldn't come fast enough). In terms of having everything physically ready, we are prepared.

Shoe shopping has occurred and they each have new indoor and outdoor shoes; backpacks (their old ones are still in great shape) have been filled and ready for the first day - our school doesn't require much, indoor shoes and tennis balls for chair legs. Most teachers ask for a box of kleenex from each student, so I have a box in each of the boys bag. In kindergarten, they are always in need of play doh making supplies, so Mr. K's bag also includes some salt and cream of tar tar.

My pantry is stocked with quick snacks for the boys to add to their lunches for those rushed mornings, and my freezer is stocked with large bags FULL of muffins, granola bars and meatballs.

The last few weeks of summer I try and prep some easy, quick and somewhat healthy items for the boys lunchbags. I spend time making banana muffins, pumpkin muffins, zucchini muffins, oatmeal muffins, home made granola bars and some mini meatballs.

This means that my freezer is stocked and all they need to do is take an item (and there is lots of flavours to choose from to keep them from getting tired of them quickly) and put it into a re-usable container. Then they can pop them in their lunch kit and off they go. It cuts lunch making time down quite a bit in the mornings.  Having the meatballs made ahead of time, I can take a few (3 is a good serving for their lunch) out the night before and then heat them up and add them to a prepped thermos in the morning - and it's a quick, easy, healthy, warm meal for lunchtime.

Since our school requests that kids have litter-less lunches, I try and use reusable snack bags and containers as much as possible.  This does make a little extra work for me, since they need to be washed every night - but it's better than adding countless plastic bags to our garbage every week.

I am honestly one of the least organized people you will ever meet, but by taking the time now to get some of this done, it helps me out tremendously once school starts.

What are some things that you do to help stay organized and ahead of the game for school days?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Today, He Is Five

It's almost too hard for me to believe that my "baby" was born 5 years ago.  Hubby and I spent the morning watching movies and waiting for the call from the OB to come in for an induction.  I had a head cold and felt like crap.  We finally got the call and went to pick up my mom; once at the hospital things got moving pretty quickly and he was born after 3 hours and 44 minutes of labour.

The doctor commented immediately on the size of his feet and said he was going to be a big boy, just like his dad.  That has held true today, and most people think he is 6 or 7 years old - based off of size alone.

I call him my little hurricane - he just doesn't seem to ever run out of energy, and the aftermath of Mr. K can be quite catastrophic.

He is such a sweet, lovable little boy though and I absolutely cannot even imagine what my life would be like without him being a part of it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shopping Made Easy With MyBraOutlet.Com

I have to say that shopping is one of my least favourite tasks.  I LOVED it in high school, and would often be found at a local mall checking out all that was offered.  That changed at some point though, and now I much prefer to be at home, away from the crowds.

Thankfully, my mother works at a clothing store and often picks me up clothes (she knows my taste and my size well) and hubby is also great at buying me items for my birthday and Christmas.  There are times where I decide to shop for myself and that is when I am grateful for the internet - online shopping makes it SO easy! is a website that caters to womens lingerie and swimsuits. They have bras, panties, shape-wear and swimsuits at AMAZING prices. They carry a wide range of sizes, and also have a size chart that tells you how to measure yourself.  I received a few items and I am happy with them. The items are great quality, very comfortable and fit as they should. I was also surprised at the quick shipping time, seeing that they are coming from Estonia.

If you are on the lookout for new lingerie, I would suggest checking out the site.  They have some beautiful items.

Tales of Mommyhood received items in exchange for this review; all opinions are honest and belong to Tales of Mommyhood. Your opinion/experience may vary

WW: Froggy Came To Visit

a little froggy came to visit last week...the kids liked checking it out

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lunchtime Fun With Thermos Brand FUNtainers

It's that time of year again, Back To School shopping has begun.  Most parents are breathing a sigh of relief, however I always have mixed emotions about school starting up.

One of the big things with back to school is lunches. Unless your school offers a hot lunch program, you need to pack daily lunches and snacks.  Why not make it fun for the kids with Thermos Brand FUNtainers?  They have products geared at different ages and you can find some of your favourite characters now on the FUNtainers!

Our school likes to have litter-less lunches sent in with the kids, and we need a gazillion containers to make this happen.  It's nice to have an assortment to choose from, and really nice to know that when the kids take dinner leftovers for lunch, that their food will still be warm (and safe to eat) by the time lunch comes around with FUNtainers food jars.

Before placing in hot food, you do need to prep the jar a bit.  Run the tap water on hot and fill the jar, place the lid back on for 1-2 minutes and then empty out the water and replace it with your heated up food.  Secure the lid again and then you are good to go for a few hours (5 hours for hot food - you can do the same for cold food, just use cold water and food should be good for 7 hours) until lunch time!

The school is also a plastic water bottle free zone, meaning that they need to have a reusable, leak proof bottle to drink from.  The FUNtainers bottles will keep your drinks cold for 12 hours!

My kids are super excited to head back to school with the Minion and Batman FUNtainers that we were sent to try out. There are other great character options, and also fun coloured options if you want something a little more versatile!

Tales of Mommyhood received 2 sets of FUNtainers in exchange for this review.  All opinions are honest and belong to Tales of Mommyhood.  Your opinion/experience may vary.