“Momma, when does school start? I can’t wait to use pencils again!”
Is that crazy pants or what?
I’ve never seen two kids so excited to get back to school. I told them to savor summer, rest, have fun, but all they wanted to talk about was buying new outfits for the first day (well, that was just Kate, Jack could wear the same clothes everyday and not care), finding out when the school kits with supplies arrive, and wondering if the bus schedule was posted online yet.
They love to admire all the supplies in their school kits and stash all the goodies in their back packs for the first day.
Crayons have the nice sharp points. Notebooks are organized. All is brand, shiny new…never used.
(Um, like, wow, I guess I can relate. I get a sort of tingling inside when I buy a new planner or a wall calendar…ready to be played with).
It’s something about this time of year that get’s you motivated, and I think my kids can even feel it.
Fall is actually, in my opinion, a better time of year to make those New Year’s Resolutions.
September is the NEW New Year,” states Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project.
I’m filled with inspiration to act upon my goals and ideas. I’m ready to follow through and make things happen so that I’m not bummed on Dec. 31st realizing that I let the year slip by.
How about you? Feeling the same way?
One thing I’m working on in my personal life is making sure I eat lunch. I can get in the habit of pounding away at the computer and before I know it, it’s 3 pm and time to get the kids off the bus. My intention is to make a well-balanced, fueling lunch each day during the week so I can concentrate (my mind turns to mush when I’m hungry) and keep my energy up.
So when I pack the lunches for the kids, I follow the same guideline for myself:
Each meal should have a healthy fat (ex. extra virgin olive oil, avocado), protein (ex. quinoa, beans), and carb (veggie and fruit) combination with a little somethin’ somethin’ (ex. coconut flakes, cacao nibs, even chocolate chips-vegan of course!)
Example: I made this today with ingredients from my pantry. It was quick and easy.
Quinoa with chopped cucumbers and carrots and dressing (red vinaigrette and extra virgin olive oil) with a fruit salad (strawberries and blueberries topped with raw almond slices and coconut flakes).
Protein: Quinoa, nuts
Carb: fruit and veggies
Fat: nuts and extra virgin olive oil
Somethin’ Somethin’: coconut flakes
*I meant to add avocado slices for extra fat and but I didn’t have any on hand but I highly suggest you do this. I’m an avocado freak!