5 EASY Ways to Show Love in a School Lunch

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney. All opinions are entirely my own.

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I have just one confession to make right now.

I started to strongly dislike packing camp lunches. Oh, the drudgery! Knowing they would need a lunch to be kept cool for several hours more than a normal school day, and that they’d be dragging these lunches all over the park and to the beach and onto the camp buses. Plus, it was such a battle every morning with packing two lunches, two swimsuits, two towels, two sunscreens, two bug sprays, two pairs of sunglasses, two pairs of extra socks.. well.. you get the point. It lost its luster!

And now I’m here to get it back.

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New year – clean slate.

I feel strongly that 2018/2019 is already a wonderful school year for lunch packing. Why? Well it’s the second year with two kids in elementary school, and it’s following the first summer of two in summer camp. So now I know all the things not to do, and I’ve been slowly learning the things TO do. Mornings here are chaotic and occasionally cranky, and I don’t want those rushed mornings to be what my kids think about when they think of me during the day. I want them to open their school lunches and smile. And I know just how I’m going to do that – with these 5 easy ways to show love in a school lunch.

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5 EASY Ways to Show Love in a Back to School Lunch:

1 – Pack a wholesome, responsible choice for kids that also happens to be familiar and exciting to them! Yes, this can be done easily with Disney Frozen® String Cheese. First of all, who doesn’t love string cheese? Second of all, it’s easily found in the dairy or snacking cheese of your local store! For me, that’s Stop & Shop. This snack is made with milk, and is a good source of calcium and protein. They are the perfect on-the-go, after-school, or lunchbox snack. My kids both love it!

Whether it's the best string cheese ever or a handwritten note from you, these are 5 EASY ways to show love in a back to school lunch! #ad #CheeseAdventures

Whether it's the best string cheese ever or a handwritten note from you, these are 5 EASY ways to show love in a back to school lunch! #ad #CheeseAdventures

Whether it's the best string cheese ever or a handwritten note from you, these are 5 EASY ways to show love in a back to school lunch! #ad #CheeseAdventures

2 – Rainbow fruit and meat/tortellini kebobs or skewers! There’s no end to the fun, and they’re easy to make too. You can obviously customize these to your kid’s liking. This is just what MY kids love to eat. And on a stick too! So easy.

School lunch

School lunch

3 – Food in fun shapes. Honestly, this doesn’t take long at all and is SO MUCH FUN! My kids love heart-shaped sandwiches and also this fun tree shape. I think it reminds them of New England in general, and of the giant Christmas tree we get.

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4 – Messages! There are a lot of fun ways to send messages. Handwritten notes are top-notch. You can also write secret messages on bananas. Pretty much the best way to show love in a lunch box is with fun messages in their food!

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5 – Lunch fondue! You can make dips with peanut butter and jelly, as well as hummus or yogurt. Then pack fun things to dip them in! This is really special. Des personally likes to dip string cheese in hummus. I think that sounds quite good!

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Make every school lunch an adventure!

And those are some of the things we do to show love in back to school lunch. They’re all easy and fun things. I honestly don’t know what we’d do without Disney Frozen String Cheese. It’s such a fun and easy way to complement a lunchbox – and as part of an already wholesome meal. These quick and easy lunch and snacking solutions are perfect for busy families – totally helping your school lunch and after-school snacking game. Also, you can earn cash back with this Ibotta offer!

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Find fun kids’ activities and tips for moms here.

Whether it's the best string cheese ever or a handwritten note from you, these are 5 EASY ways to show love in a back to school lunch! #ad #CheeseAdventures

Whether it's the best string cheese ever or a handwritten note from you, these are 5 EASY ways to show love in a back to school lunch! #ad #CheeseAdventures

What’s your favorite way to show love in a school lunch?

5 School Bus Safety Tips: Cleaner Air Back to School

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of the Propane Education & Research Council.

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This year, starting just last week, I made one of the greatest transportation decisions of all time.

Yes, that’s right. The school bus! We are just over two miles from the school, and that means that the kids are eligible for the school bus. Once I got the idea into my head that this would be a wonderful decision FOR ALL OF US, there was no stopping me. I applied for the bus pass in person and made all the arrangements. The kids are so happy! Their bus driver is wonderful. She knows their schedules and is getting to know them. She always has dog treats for Astro when I bring him to the bus stop, and she’s always a friendly and welcoming face to see in the morning and in the afternoon. So much fun.

Astro waiting with me for the kids and his school bus treat:

The other good news is that the kids have a new bus this week that they didn’t have last week! That’s why I’m so excited to share about The Propane Education & Research Council. They are a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs. They also invest in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. Since it’s a new school year, they’re helping to remind parents to talk to their children about the importance of school bus safety, and I’m all for that! Unlike the older diesel buses, propane school buses are quiet and clean, which makes the ride to school safe.

5 School Bus Safety Rules:

1 – When you’re at the bus stop, ensure that loose drawstrings, chains or other dangling objects are removed from clothing, coats, and bags.

2 – Walk your young children to and from the bus, or have them walk in a group. And make sure you leave home on time to arrive at least five minutes before the bus is due. It’s dangerous to run after or in front of a school bus.

3 – Make sure to wait in a location where the driver can see you. Do not wait in a house or car. And practice good pedestrian behavior while you wait – walk and wait on the sidewalk. If there isn’t one, stay out of the street. When you’re waiting for the bus to drop your child off, wait on the side where they’ll exit the bus – and not across the street from it.

4 – Tell your children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, to never pick it up. Instead they should tell the driver and wait for their next instructions.

5 – Remind your children to look to the right before they step off the bus.

These school bus safety tips are all courtesy of The Propane Education & Research Council.

And there you have it! The school bus is the safest form of transportation to and from school. That’s why it’s important to follow safety rules. And it’s also important that the kids ride on propane school buses. For one, they’re safe. As you can imagine, safely transporting students to school, home, and extracurricular activities is a major task for the drivers! And this job requires focus. The fact that propane autogas engines are 50 percent quieter than diesel engines makes for a more pleasant ride, and a safer one too. There are standard safety features designed into propane autogas vehicle fuel systems.

This provides added peace of mind for everyone.

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For example, an automatic shut-off valve prevents the flow of fuel to the engine when it’s not running, even if the ignition switch is in the “on” position. And propane school buses are crash tested for impact in the side and rear areas, meeting rigorous U.S. FMVSS and motor vehicle standards.

Also, propane school buses are clean! The EPA and the WHO have both identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen, which can cause short and long-term health effects. Alternative fuels, like propane autogas, provide cleaner air because the days of exposing our children to a black cloud of diesel exhaust are over! Propane school buses will not expose our children to harmful particulate matter found in diesel exhaust, which is known to escalate breathing-related issues and aggravate asthma.

And propane-autogas-fueled vehicles cost less over the life of the vehicle, since propane costs less per gallon than diesel. This saves school districts significant money on fuel costs. This allows more budget to be put back into the classroom!

And that’s where it matters most.

To find out more school bus safety rules, and about propane school buses, visit this link today!

Do your children ride the school bus too?

School buses are the safest form of transportation to and from school. Read 5 school bus safety tips for your kids, and cleaner air. #ad #PERCBusSafetyTips