7 Things We’re Trying For the New School Year



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Every new school year is one of change, but this one feels.. even more revolutionary to me!

Sure, last year had Des starting kindergarten and Scarlet in one of the “big kid grades” in 3rd grade. This year I raise you a big kid withOUT homework, a little kid WITH homework, and two kids rocking the new school year on the school bus. Oh yeah, things are changing! Last year, I couldn’t even drop my kids off at the school without parking and hand-walking each of them to their school lines. And of course, talking to other parents and watching my kids’ social skills like a hawk.

Whew, it’s nice to be on the other side of things – embracing all the newness!

the new school year

the new school year

7 Things We’re Trying For the New School Year:

1 – We’re trying the school bus, of course. Not only is this better for the environment and for my kids’ independence, but it gives me more time to work! Plus, the bus driver is epic and plays music for them and gives our dogs treats.

2 – We’re trying new activities. Oh yeah, this is big. Scarlet is trying gymnastics and voice lessons, on top of piano lessons. As for Des, he’s been doing so much! Mad Science, theater, cooking, and you name it. I love watching them grow!

3 – We’re trying new life skills. This also seems monumental to me. Scarlet now packs her own school lunches and snacks, and Des has been brushing his teeth alone. Trust me – for him, that’s big. I’ve also been trusting them to walk the puppy and feed him, and they have been doing age-appropriate chores like laundry folding, dusting, and straightening up.

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4 – We’re trying new scheduling. Oh yes. With the school bus option here, and with the lines of communication open for co-parenting support, I actually feel really good about the division of labor and our more cohesive team-parenting.

5 – We’re getting more fresh air. Maybe it’s because of the limited time together, and wanting it to be memorable. Or maybe it’s because with one school year of two grade-school kids under our belt, we know how fast it goes. And even with that, we know how long winter is! So lately it’s all about that fresh fall air and how we can stay outside together longer.

6 – We’re taking more risks. Well we won’t grow if we stand in one place, and keep walking in our own footprints. Nothing risky; just more brave and more grownup and more about trying things that we’ve never tried before. I really like that.

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7 – We’re upgrading our snacks! I am LOVING Kraft Snackfulls. They are so awesome. They’re a good source of protein, and are a perfect snack mix because they give a blend of energy with a kick of indulgence. Also, there’s 50% more food than the leading competitor! We love these wholesome, quality products – and with their great flavors!

Kraft Snackfulls come in four perfect snack mixes, and each one blends energy with a kick of indulgence – like dark chocolate chunks or cinnamon apples. Like my kids, I love them during that after school hour when snacktime hunger hits. They’re perfect on the go, as a mid-morning snack, post workout, or after dinner when you need a good snack before bed.

It’s also awesome to eat them just sitting together and talking about life itself!

I love that they keep you full! You can satisfy both sweet and salty cravings in one convenient package. You really can’t beat that! The thing about them is that they’re made for the whole family. Snackfulls are bigger than ever, and they’re a good source of protein. When you’re ready for something next level for the whole family? This is it. With our new changes, we needed this as well.

So if you’re looking for a perfect snack mix for the whole family – and something that will help you through the day to say shuffles and sprints, then this is it! Snackfulls are a good source of protein, a kick of indulgence, and they satisfy!

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5 Ways to Have the Best After School Time With Your Kids



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I can’t believe we’re already several weeks into the school year!

I will admit that we’re still finding our way with the time we have. Now that the kids take the school bus, we have nearly an hour less time together in the morning, and about a half hour less time together in the afternoon. And that’s without after school activities. I realize every day how precious this time is right now. And I realize we’re always told to enjoy the kids while they’re young, but that doesn’t mean that quality time doesn’t get lost in the day-to-day shuffle and sprint. It’s important to remain present whenever possible. I have to remind myself that a lot. That’s why after school time is crucial.

For conversation. For love. And of course, for snack time too!

best after school time

5 Ways to Have the Best After School Time With Your Kids:

1 – Tackle work/practice together. We have a bit of an odd situation in that 4th grade doesn’t give homework, except for reading. And Des is in first grade and DOES have homework. This makes for perfect after-snack time. I set a timer for Scarlet to practice piano, and having me involved gives her more of a spark to do it, and enjoy it. Then she can help me to help Des with his homework, should he need help. And then we all read together! Since they both have to read for school, and I love reading more than anything, this works for all of us. We’re being productive together, and having fun doing so. I know I am!

2 – Get exercise together. If Scarlet has track, Des and I arrive to pickup early so we can run around as well. We’ll also throw a frisbee. If they both come home on the bus, well that’s easy. Our walk back to the house is really long since we live in a wooded clearing – pretty far from the road. I always bring the dog as well so we can all burn off energy.

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3 – Play games together. It always surprises me how much my kids love games, and it should stop surprising me by now! They love games. That’s wonderful. It’s a way to teach sportsmanship, communication, and following instructions. I’m not going to say that there’s no bickering, but maybe that’s all part of the process of problem-solving and growing together!

4 – Have dinner together. And I’m talking no screens or books, although I’m the biggest book offender. This is the time for conversation! This is the time to relax and laugh and tell stories about the day. I always ask my kids their highs and lows – and that’s the best and worst parts of their days. I also ask who they sat with at lunch, who they played with at recess, and if they learned any new jokes that day. Hey, whatever works!

5 – Have snack together. This is probably the most important one, which is why I saved it for last. The thing is, after school snack is the FIRST thing you’ll do together after school, so make it count. We do that with Kraft SnackFUNS.

We have such busy lives, as parents and as families. There’s school, working more than one job, after school sports, weekends, parties, family events, and after school practices and lessons. Having these delicious grab-and-go snacks is a MUST! Sometimes that magical after school half hour or so is at home, but sometimes it’s not. Wherever you are, this after school snack time matters. That’s why we kick it up a notch with these inventive flavors. And I eat them too.

They’re awesome!

With flavors like Cookies & Crackers, Strawberry Waffles and S’mores, there’s a lot to love with Kraft SnackFUNS. Also they are a good source of protein. They’re the perfect snack for adults and kids alike! And this is why. Parents want wholesome snacks. Kids want fun snacks. Kraft SnackFUNS are both, so it’s a win-win situation.

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They are playful, kid-friendly snack mixes, and I love that they’re inspired by family favorite treats and feature unique ingredients. Each flavor includes real, creamy Kraft Natural Cheese for that wholesome snack anchor, and then sweet, indulgent treats to spark excitement. And I’m talking dried strawberries and waffle crisps (Scarlet’s favorite), graham crackers and mini marshmallows, and bite-sized cookie treats (Des’ favorite). These are real ingredients and good sources of protein.

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Want to read more about these wholesome, quality snacks? Check them out here.

What Kraft SnackFUNS flavor looks best to you?

Here are 5 Ways to Have the Best After School Time With Your Kids. This is a special time for us and we want to make it as fun as we can! #ad #FamilyGreatly