Kids Lunch Menu

It's the second week of school. Remember all those amazing ideas you had for Pinterest worthy lunches for your sweeties? too:) Insert eye roll here.

Ideas that are worthy of our efforts are ones that work with real life. And this kids menu planner might just be the solution you've been looking for! It gives you control over the choices offered to your kids but gives them the final say in what goes into their lunchbox. You can plan a menu based on things you already have, things you want to have, or use your menu to create your weekly grocery list! And if your kids are older, transition to using it as a tool to help kids pack their own lunches! (FYI, if your kids pack their own lunches, I will trade you kids.)

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Here is the menu we used for our first week of school. I asked my kids to choose their meals the night before and was able to pack them after the kids went to bed so they were ready to grab in the morning rush. No morning lunchbox effort makes this mama a happy lady. If you are in need of some inspiration, here is a quick list of some ideas for each category. Obviously, each family has their own likes and dislikes but here are some favorites in our house!

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Download your own blank menu, inspiration sheet, and order sheet below. Write in a few options for each category and let your kids choose their own lunch! Try it this week and let us know how it goes:) Did it make your mornings easier?



Watermelon Slushies

It's the end of January, and it is insanely depressing to think that we are only about half way through this thing we call winter. Sure, mother nature throws in a random 50 degree day here and there to mess with us, and even though we know better we fall for it every time. It's 50 degree in January!?! Spring is close, I can smell it! Where did I put those flip flops? But just like always, we are brought back to reality with more snow, more ice, and temperatures that have you sometimes questioning your sanity for living here. Sigh......

There are times when it's overwhelming, and your every waking dream consists of warmer weather. Today was one of those days at our house. We had a warm week and I swear I saw a blade of grass......and then bam! Got me again! Shoveling the driveway every 2 hours is now today's workout. 

Warming up by the fire after my second shoveling workout this morning, I decided we were going to have a "vacation" day! Done. And what goes hand in hand with vacation? A tropical drink. I started digging around and found a watermelon, some oranges, and a lime. Watermelon and citrus are friends, right? 

I cut up half of a small personal watermelon which I eyeballed to be around 3 cups. Threw it in my Vitamix (thanks mom, best Christmas gift EVER!), added an equal amount of ice, squeezed the juice from half an orange and the juice from an entire lime over the top and gave it a whirl! 


These really did turn out great! My 3 year old agrees, and got her watermelon quota today. Even though we can only dream of warmer weather right now, you can bet we'll be breaking these out again when summer actually arrives. Only one million days to go......:)



kidsWATER Kids - Fall Leaf Creatures

If my three year old sees a beautiful fall leaf, she must have it.  

But it must stay outside.

Okay, you can bring it in the car but it's not coming into the house.

Fine, you can bring it into the house but it has to stay at the table.

You can't bring it into the playroom. No. Okay, you can bring it into the playroom, but don't make a mess.

Can you guess the ending to this story? And can you guess how many beautiful fall leaves we have found this year?  That's a lot of vacuuming ( but I sure appreciate the motivation to clean the house, so thanks for that:)

Needless to say, this fall craft was right up our ally. Fast, easy, and blowing through a whole 1% of our plethora of leaf bouquets. 

We opted for the chicks (because chicks rule), but take a look at some of these amazing creations kokokoKIDS (some other people who are much more creative than me) have put together. If you have the right shape of leaves, you can really make some amazing creatures.

kidsWATER thinks that crafts and other creative activities are essential to a kid's overall well-being, and that exercising our brains is just as important as exercising our bodies.

You want the best for your kids, our mission is to Make It Simple.

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Even though we are "officially" a company, we are a small company made up of two real people. And we would like to say hi! We are Lisa and Laurie. Just two moms who live in MN, just two moms who are sometimes overwhelmed with life and are trying to raise our kids right, just two moms who have little kids turning into not-so-little kids, just two moms whose lives are getting busier and busier as our kids grow, and just two moms who are taking a huge leap of faith as we put our hearts into a brand new product that we think is desperately needed. 

Our company is named Make It Simple for a reason. These three little words are our guiding principle, our mission, and the statement that we refer to every time we make a decision.

Our kids deserve the best. Our mission is to Make It Simple.

This statement encompasses so many ideas, and we can't wait to share them all with you. Believe me, our brains are rapid firing with ideas faster than my kid can say she doesn't like what I'm making for dinner. There are so many ways to help our kids lead healthier, more active, and happier lives. But, because we are a teeny tiny itty bitty two-mom company, we have to resort to starting out with one amazing product as our introduction to the world! And that product is kidsWATER.

Creative name, eh? 

kidsWATER is exactly what you think it is, hence the genius of the name! We took pure filtered water, added all-natural fruit essence, stuck it in a drink box (not a pouch - you're welcome!), and it all adds up to a healthy and convenient drink option for your littles. But, the best part tastes so good. Really. No, I'm serious. For real, it's amazing.  No sugars, no sweeteners, no preservatives, no dyes, nothing! Just water and all-natural fruit flavoring. Genius, right? AND your kids will be drinking water? Yes!


Although we will be talking about our products and outreach into the community, this blog is also a way for us to share ideas that we think contribute positively to our kids' lives and help them become the best they can be.  That could be a recipe that reduces sugar in their favorite dessert, a fun activity that gets their little hearts pumping but doesn't feel like exercise, a crazy craft that stimulates their creativity, and lots of other things we haven't thought of yet! 

If there is a subject you would like to see us cover, please give us a shout! Really, you'll have to shout if you want me to hear you over this heated game of "I can scream louder and higher pitched than you can."  I have lots of ideas floating around in my mind....somewhere.....but would love to know what you want to hear about! And while you're at it, we'd love for you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too!

Please join us on this journey to give our kids their best life! We are all in this together. 

Just Two Moms (aka Lisa and Laurie)