We’ve been trying out a variety of new foods for the twins, since they’re now 14 months and open to eating just about anything. But it’s a whole new world for them…and for me! I try to keep things well-rounded, healthy, and tasty. All of that without unknowingly inciting a 1-year-old temper tantrum! HA!
It got me thinking: I wonder if it gets easier or harder to feed kids as they get older? I mean if your kids are in school, and you’re running low on ideas for how to pack healthy school lunch box foods they actually love, what do you do? And if your kids are picky eaters, you can understand why packing a school lunch is becoming cumbersome. You’re at that point where you’re looking for some fun, new ideas, right?
Consider the following five healthy school lunch foods your kids will love!
Creatively Cut Foods
You don’t have to be super creative to have fun with food. A cookie cutter in the shape of your child’s favorite cartoon character or animal will do the trick. Some star shapes or hearts can help accent your masterpiece, and your child’s lunch sandwiches or snacks will be far from boring.
Well, life’s been feeling a bit SERIOUS lately – would you agree? I feel like, at least over here, we move from putting out one fire to another, and there’s not a whole lot of FUN these days! So…for no other reason that to have a little bit of FUN…how about a little label giveaway?!
When I get on a baking kick (which still DOES happen, believe it or not!) and I’ve baked too much for our family and I’m giving items away to friends and neighbors, I like to make things pretty! For instance, this pumpkin bread I shared on the blog previously:
Kinda cute, eh?
I’m the type of gal who loves to host events “from scratch”.
Know what I mean? If it’s a birthday party, I like to make the cake, snacks and drinks from scratch. I like to craft all the decor. I like to think up and put all the favors together myself. I’m that kind of “from scratch”.
Buuuuut…I have twin 1-year-old girls. ‘Nuff said, right?! Sometimes “from scratch” is simply not possible! And, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that time is FLYING. And it’s really hard to enjoy yourself at an event that you really want to enjoy yourself at if you’re worried about the things that you still need to finish crafting.
So, sometimes I have to make events easier.
A couple of weeks back, we celebrated the birthdays of our twin girls. Y’all, I CANNOT BELIEVE they are already an entire year old!
(Clearly they can’t believe it, either! HA!)
So, for their first birthday party, I kicked in three simplicity factors:
Most anyone reading this knows that we recently became parents. Well, I guess we’re still considered recent, right? The girls are almost a year old – does that count us as “new” parents still? Golly, it sure does feel like it some days!
As sweet and cute and wonderful as our 11-month-old twin girls are – I mean, seriously – aren’t they the cutest?!
(Let me explain the expressions here: Bug (left) was OVER the photo shoot. She was tired of being made to jump through hoops. That’s about it. Boo (right) was hot. And a little tired. But mostly just hot. Lots of sighing coming from her. Don’t worry. This was the last picture we took before I took off their headbands and popped them into their shady stroller with bottles of water. They lived to laugh at this photo. As they laugh at all photos of themselves.)
Anyhow…slight rabbit trail…
As sweet and cute and wonderful as they are, I’m still constantly looking for answers about them. Answers about what makes them tick. Answers about what foods are best for them right now. Answers about their behavior. Answers about their milestones.
And I happen to be pretty picky as to who I take my advice from. I’m just sayin’! There are a LOT of answers out there, but are they the RIGHT answers?!
In the end, there’s one thing I already know.
I’m not sure where you live, but it’s definitely SUMMER where we are! Temps are in the 90’s each day, and each day I try to decide whether it’s too hot to walk the girls down to the mailbox in their stroller or not. (It’s about half a mile down to our mailbox). That is, of course, if it isn’t pouring buckets of rain already. Yes, it’s definitely summer here in Central Florida!
With the temps alone it stands to reason that July is actually National Ice Cream Month! While our family would celebrate this event EVERY month with no problem, Graeter’s is having an especially big celebration, because they’ve now been in the ice cream business for 147 years! So Happy Birthday, Graeter’s! We think you’re something pretty great to celebrate!
Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand (Named Top 5 in the Country by the Food Network!) that was founded almost 150 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips.