What's in the Lunchbox?

School is back in session for most of Oklahoma now. I'm back to teaching for the first time in 8 years. I've taught kindergarten and first grades, but now find myself teaching PreK for Owasso Public Schools. Let me just say, friends, it's rocking my spoiled little world! Don't get me wrong, I'm very thankful for the opportunity and it's making me bring things out from the very old toolbox... my mind! Eight years at home raising kids and then back to the classroom, is not the easiest transition. I'm slowly getting the hang of it. All the little songs and nursery rhymes are coming back. My kiddos are giving me lots of hugs- I'll call that successful so far. 

With us back to school, I find it difficult to come up with lunchbox ideas for my girls and me. My high school daughter is gluten-free and manages her lunches very well. She makes lots of chicken salad with Greek yogurt, pineapple, grapes and nuts. She always has Greek yogurt, gluten-free crackers, and other fruits. She's such a healthy eater. 

My first grader eats pretty much the same thing every day. Blah. Turkey and mustard sandwich, Cheetos and a Roll-up. Whoop-ti-do! 

Sadly, my lunch everyday has been just like my first grader's, minus the Roll-up. I usually add in some fruit or yogurt. 

Our lunches need a little help. My high school daughter loves her Bento Box. She is so creative with her food in her box. I thought it might be helpful to you if I gave you some resources for some Bento Box ideas and other lunch choices. 

Lisa Storms - Lunches with Personality 

The Kitchn - Sandwich Art: A Mom's Awesome School Lunch Project

No one to give credit for this one, but I LOVE it!!! 

 She has an awesome idea list for free download that gives suggestions for proteins, fruits, veggies, tummy-fillers, etc. 

Again, no one to give credit to for these darling lunchbox ideas. How cute are these?! 

What do you pack in your kids' lunchboxes? Are they picky eaters? I have a hard time with my youngest daughter. She is a picky eater. Blah.  My teen has come up with some creative Bento Box ideas to make for her little sister. I can't wait to see them. I'll be sure to take pictures. 

If you haven't started school yet (or, even if you have) I hope you and your kiddos have a terrific new school year! 

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~Mrs. Albright
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