Easy healthy lunch snacks for kids

I looked over the last week of school schedule the teachers sent home and laughed out loud.

“A movie day? Device day? Yearbook signing day?” I scoffed to my husband. “What’s the point of that? Should we even send them?”

“They’ve been working hard all year, they can have a few days of fun,” he said. “You were the kid who raised their hand and told the teacher they forgot to give us homework weren’t you?”

Biracial baby standing in front of the Texas state capitol building.

I laughed at his reply. But no. I was far from that kid. But I am a former homeschooling mom. Still am one at heart if you ask me. We’ve spent this spring identifying wildflowers and bugs and visiting our State Capital building and some local museums. Packing frozen yogurt snacks to cool them off on our hot Texas spring days. (Fun hack: We freeze them overnight then they’re thawed and ready to eat by lunch!).

Biracial siblings enjoying a frozen yogurt snack. Frozen Stonyfield yogurt pouches.

I also spent a good portion of last month debating whether or not I’d pull my daughter from state testing but that’s a whole other story.

So here we are, at the end of the school year. We made it! The second half a little more challenging than the first because I actually had to drive them 20 minutes to school after the move. But nicer because believe it or not we got to sleep in and wake up at what used to be our bus time before the sun was up.

Little girl waiting for the bus. Our homeschool to public school transition.

So if you can remember, at the beginning of the school year I was a mess. My daughter was struggling to read the directions on an “about me” assignment on her first day. My son seemed fine but I was all nerves about how he’d handle things after the loud popping chips bag in the lunchroom debacle.

Little boy in lunchroom wearing noise canceling headphones. Our homeschool to public school transition.

That first week was rough but things quickly smoothed out. Once it was settled that we were going to follow this through I threw myself into my work.  

I partnered with amazing brands, took thousands of pictures, made dozens of videos and wrote countless words. I launched a new video course for creators, and I’m working on one for everyday moms. And I even hired a couple of babysitters to help watch Lee Lee between her naps. When the big kids get home I’ve been shutting it all down and trying to make the most of those few hours before bedtime. Then I’m staying up late to try to finish everything else. This last week my bedtime has averaged around 3am.

I love it and hate it. Love that we have been able to save and provide so many fun things for them. I love that they are entertained and learning while I’m busy working. But I hate that I sometimes still feel like I’m missing so much of this treasured time.

Yet they had a great time in school. We had two great teachers and Lil’ J’s dyslexia class seems to have helped her gain a bit of confidence with reading.

Big T’s teacher was seriously a Godsend. He loved her, she loved him. She’s won teacher of the year at least two times including this year, but I think she’d win it every year if that was somehow fair. At first I wasn’t sure how much was his teacher and how much was him just enjoying school but whenever he’s had a sub he hasn’t had as much fun. Goes to show how a teacher can make a huge difference. And now I’m hoping I can fill her shoes this summer.  

My plan is to get back into homeschooling this summer and I’m really looking forward to it. I’d like to start some first grade math and reading with Big T, and keep up a healthy routine with Lil’ J.

I don’t plan to be quite as regimented as I was before, but I’m working on creating a meaningful summer homeschool challenge for our family. Among other things I plan on taking some field trips. Reading A LOT of books. And reviving our poetry tea parties with a side of Stonyfield Snack Packs and Yogurt Pouches that were frozen ahead of time. This time Lee Lee gets to join in on all of the fun.

Biracial baby girl playing in the grass.

But we made it! We survived our first year of public school after homeschool. As of now the plan is to keep them in public school next year–Then starting at their new school which I’ve heard nothing but great things about (but of course I’m still hesitant). But I’m going into it as I did this past year: Hopeful that it’s a good fit but ready to yank them out if need be.

If you’re considering taking your kids out of public school and giving homeschool a try I fully support you. It’s an incredible experience and can be whatever you make of it. If you’re a homeschooling family considering jumping back into public school, I fully support you. It can give you the space you need to do what you’ve gotta do, and it just may be exactly what your family needs right now.

I’ve been on both sides and I can tell you there’s guilt and worry no matter which way you slice it. But don’t let anyone else tell you what’s best for your family. That’s up for you to decide.

Little biracial girl meets BB-8 on the Star Wars Guided Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just opened at Disneyland! And if you were anything like me you were stalking various Instagram stories and social media posts to see what it’s all about. If you’re even more like me you may have also been browsing your calendar and vacation dates to see when you and your family… read the rest.

Aladdin and Jasmine in Aladdin review

If you’re a child of the 90s you get it. You’re one part thrilled and one part terrified of how Disney did with another live adaptation edition of our childhood favorites. They’re serving them up like hot cakes and I can’t eat them all fast enough. Actually we nearly missed Dumbo but we saw that… read the rest.

Little baby girl eating at table

Dear Lee Lee, Wow, I have really slacked in the monthly letter department. I hope you won’t hold it against me. You are already 9 months old! Truth is, this was a lot easier to do when I only had one kid and I wrote your sister love letters every month. Having three kids has… read the rest.

“Run run! Get ready!!” My kids screamed as the timer on the camera counted down from 10. “HURRY!” My oldest daughter screams. My son giggles alongside her as they strike up a silly face. My EOS M50 begins a rapid beeping sound and flashes a yellow light before snapping this picture: We try again. More… read the rest.

“I don’t want to wear that shirt!”my son tells me. “Why not? It’s blue!” I ask. “Because it has buttons!” Not long ago there was a time I could choose everything for my kids. From food, entertainment, and the clothes the wear. I don’t know how we got here but we seem to have reached… read the rest.

My husband doesn’t know I’m writing this. He’s actually tells me not to tell anyone about the stuff he tells me about at work. Not that it’s top secret, or confidential things he’s not supposed to say. But because he doesn’t want the attention. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my husband… read the rest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Canon USA. The opinions and text are all mine. “Stop and smell the roses.” It’s a phrase we say to remind us to press pause and enjoy the little things. But with the hustle and bustle going on in our lives, sometimes it can… read the rest.

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