Easy lunches and picnic dinners for Spring

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Sometimes you just have to just choose fun and easy!

The school and work week can get so hectic. And while I try to plan ahead as much as possible with meal plans and such, sometimes, I just have to plan for easy and fun to mix things up! One way I accomplish this is by having an easy morning routine that doesn't mean I have to wake up 2 hours before the kids. 

It's easy. Take a few minutes before you go to bed to do these 3 steps.
Fruit Shoot drinks help make easy school lunches and picnic dinners. #fuelyourimagination #fruitshoot #sp
Here's how to plan for easy morning routine:

1. Have an designated area in your refrigerator and/or pantry for lunchbox items. 
Clean and small snack size fruit/veggies in a container in the refrigerator and dry snacks, raisins, Fruit Shoot drinks in a bin in the pantry.
2. Take out breakfast items and put on the table. 
Think bowls, cereal, spoons...on the table, ready to go. It's a bonus when the kids can pour the milk for themselves. Do this everyday and the kids will get into the habit and get breakfast ready on their own!
3. Layout lunchbox essentials the night before.
Open the lunchbox, set the bread, napkins, all in one spot, so you are not zigzagging all around the kitchen in the morning!

And wa-la! Set your alarm and get ready to have a smooth morning!  

I like adding in fun and unexpected items like Fruit Shoot drinks. They contain real fruit juice, no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar or natural flavors and they keep my littles hydrated while on the playground! 

My kids remembered Fruit Shoot because it is sold at the San Antonio Zoo, and were so excited to see it in the morning! They are also available at Walmart, Family Dollar and Dollar General in the refrigerated coolers, often near the checkouts. 

I hope this bit of advice helps you have a great morning. And when all else fails and you forget the lunches in the refrigerator, have a picnic in the backyard! 

Or on days where you have an extracurricular after school and work, pack a "lunch" and have dinner at the park or on the soccer field. This way you skip the fast food run after soccer practice! :)
Wishing you the best! Enjoy!

Fiesta Medal Contest with Goodwill & Pinterest!

Collecting medals during Fiesta is sort of an Olympic sport for some San Antonians!

How many do you have?
Fiesta Medal Contest with Goodwill and Pinterest

I have not been an avid collector, but I know better than to turn a medal down. So, when the Goodwill contacted me about a giveaway for their medal, I was in! One for me and two for you!

So to participate in the giveaway:
1. Upload a picture of your favorite medal on Pinterest 
2. Tag @goodwillsa and @familylovesa and at the end if Fiesta, we will choose two winners!

You can also do this on your Pinterest app, like this:

So pin away and viva fiesta!

WWE Monday Night Raw - Do you watch as a family?

So, I'd like to start off with letting you know that I was invited by the WWE to attend Monday Night RAW with my family at their San Antonio stop a couple weeks ago. 

I watched wrestling as a kid with my older brother and remember it being exciting and fun, but it was never anything that I wanted to introduce to my kids. My husband loved old school wrestling also, with the Hulk and Andre The Giant, but it wasn't a love that carried on into adulthood.

So with that being said, I was a little skeptical about going, but you know what? We'll try anything once! And the WWE has great initiatives such as the Be A Star Anti-Bullying Campaign and  WrestleMania Reading Challenge, where they partnered with one of my favorite organizations, We Give Books.

The week before we went to Monday Night RAW, I thought we should watch a show to get familiar with the wrestlers. My kids magically knew who John Cena was (I'm sure from talking with their friends at school), but after a few minutes of their first wrestling show, they were cheering for Daniel Bryan, the Uso brothers and Fandango.

Before watching, I made sure to explain to them that this was a show, sports entertainment is what it's called. We talked about the wrestlers being actors and that the wrestlers practice these moves and that the clothing they wear are costumes. We also explained that is a story, similar to a story they write in school, someone wrote this story.

So of course, I watch alongside them and there are few words and imagery that I was not too happy about. But still, we decide to take them to the live show.

And to tell you the truth, the magnitude of the WWE live show is pretty amazing. It's fun to see people from all walks of life, enjoying the same thing. My kids smiled, laughed, cheered and were pretty bummed when the wrestler they were rooting for lost a match. Overall, the memory was made and we had a great time!

And while I have my concerns about my 7-year olds watching people pretend to slam chairs on each other for entertainment, I can't help but wonder what is the difference from that and a superhero movie? That the superhero saved the world?

My twins, plus my nephew, are 7 going on 8. There are things in this world that I cannot keep them away from, nor do I want to. Wrestling, bullying, mean words, arguments...these are all teachable moments.

To me, it all goes back to the knowing that as parents, we are our children's primary influence. Not wrestling, not tv. I trust that I have instilled enough good manners, empathy and respect in my children to know that they are not going to try and body slam any playmates. I trust that they are not going to push anyone around or talk like wrestlers when they have an issue with a friend.

So, we'll watch wrestling occasionally, and I'm okay with that.

I also wanted to mention the WWE Parents page.

So what are your thoughts? Interested in a giveaway?

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