My daughter has just started her first year of school (sob) and my son is in nursery. After the first two weeks of doing the school and nursery runs, I realise I’m not the perfect, organised mum that I thought I would be!
- Have school uniform washed and ironed before bed – Fail! I’m up late at night ironing.
- Get to school on time – Fail! We were 10 minuteswq late on the first day.
- Make mum friends in the playground – Fail! I’ve come to terms that I will forever be socially awkward.
- Make everyone presentable in the morning – Fail/success! The kids look clean and well dressed. I however, look like one of The Twits… No wonder no one wants to be my friend…!
- Lunches – Success! It’s no secret that I like making packed lunches but I thought I would struggle now they both have them.
Hartley’s kindly sent us some of their no added sugar jelly pots to review which was perfect because both my kids love jelly (what kid doesn’t?!). They are great for packed lunches as they are an ideal size for their lunch boxes, they have no added sugar and no artificial colours and flavours. I’m guessing by the empty jelly pots that came back in the lunch boxes that they were a big hit!
If you need some fun and easy back to school lunch box ideas, here are a couple I made for my 2 year old son.
- Ham sandwich rolls – cut crusts off bread, roll bread flat, butter, add filing, tightly roll up and cut into four.
- Mini cheese biscuits.
- Carrot sticks.
- Cheese chunks.
- Hartley’s strawberry jelly pots.
- Cheese and ham sandwich kebab.
- Crispbread with soft cheese.
- Carrot stars.
- Hartley’s strawberry jelly.
To brighten up their lunch, I like to use things like bento food picks, stickers, cookie cutters, small food pots and I try making their sandwiches different every day. It only takes a little bit of planning and these two lunch took about 5 minutes to make. Both my children love their lunches and both come home with empty lunch boxes every day which is a great achievement seen as they are both very fussy eaters!