This is a partnered post on behalf of Summer Citrus from South Africa. #SweetSweeps
After a crazy fun and crazy busy summer, school is finally back in session. This means it's time to get back into the habit of following a routine and schedule that we haven't really done for most of the summer.
There are early wake ups of overtired children, walks to the bus stop, nighttime showers, early bedtimes, homework, and school lunches and snacks. As much as a I like having a schedule and rhythm for my day, it's been a bit of an adjustment from our freestyle summer days. Especially since Colby doesn't start pre-k until next week. Right now it kind of feels like a warm up to the real schedule.
PJ days are long gone. For the girls…and me. Right now is pretty easy in comparison to what it will be. Starting next week, I'll be not only getting up earlier than everyone else in the house, I'll also have to spend an hour of my day driving back and forth to pick up/drop off for pre-k.
And where we live, you don't just show up to school sans makeup in pj bottoms. You either have on your workout clothes because you're dropping off on the way to the gym (whether this is actually true or not no one knows), or you're a lady of leisure and rocking sky high heels on your way to work/the mall/brunch.
At any rate, one of the most stressful parts of my day is trying to plan and pack lunches and snacks for two girls. Two girls with very different appetites and tastes. Peanut butter and jelly in one sandwich, Nutella on the other (don't judge). Pepperoni and cheese for one, pepperoni only for the other. Circle crackers for one, square for the other. Strawberry yogurt for one, blueberry frozen yogurt for the other. A child that will only drink water and one that will drink anything but plain water.
Nothing is ever easy. And I only have two kids. I can only imagine life for the mamas with more than this. Oy!
So to better prepare myself for the chaos that I knew would be coming, I made up a chart of each girls' favorite protein and/or dairy, fruit and veggie before school started.
Brady didn't eat meat until she found a love for bacon at 3. Before that she was, what I jokingly referred to as a fruitarian. And while Colby has never met a piece of bacon she didn't like, her first love is all things fruit. Seriously, it's torture for her in the produce aisle having to wait 'til we get home to eat fruit.
One thing that both girls can agree on is fruit. They both love ready to eat fruit like Easy Peelers but unfortunately these haven't been readily available year round. When you think of Easy Peelers you think winter fruit.
Even my girlfriend, that came over for a playdate today, was in shock and awe that we had found some. She's been hunting for Easy Peelers for her two littles all summer without luck. Her little one was so excited to have a snack of Easy Peelers she sat down right where she was and chowed down…with a little peeling help from Colby!
The search is over! You can now get the fresh flavors of citrus year round thanks to Summer Citrus from South Africa since you can get summer citrus from mid-April through early October! But Summer Citrus from South Africa isn't just Easy Peelers, you can also find oranges and grapefruit as well!
My kids love it because they can exercise their independence by peeling the fruit and love the sweet flavor and I love it because it makes meal planning easier not to mention supplying them with Vitamins A, B-complex, C, potassium, calcium, and fiber. Win, win!