Getting Lunch Time #SchoolYearReady

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I love the excitement that comes along with the new school year. I am so hopeful for the year ahead, it's like starting fresh. The kids get new clothes, notebooks, backpacks and lunch bags. As for me, I get new office supplies, calendars, note cards, Post-it® and all that fun stuff. I can spend all day in the Back-to-School section of

Walmart

. This school year has new possibilities because I picked up the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator, so basically I'm laminating everything in sight. 

While scouring the back-to-school section in

Walmart

, I naturally picked up a pack of assorted Post-it® because, you can never have enough of those. Then I spotted the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator and immediately the wheels start turning. I already love packing fun lunches for the kids and now they have started to expect a note in their lunch. The note is the first thing my daughter mentions when I ask her about her day. 

To add fun notes to your kids lunches, all you need is:

Post-it® Products (in assorted colors and sizes)

Scotch™ Thermal Laminator

Scotch™ Thermal Pouches Letter size 20 or 50 pack

and a Pen or Marker

Write something, anything really. My little one can't read yet, so I try to make them simple for her. If your little ones are too little to read you could always draw pictures or add stickers. My oldest daughter can read so I thought this would be the perfect time opportunity to put some fun quotes. I used one of the large lined Post-it® notes and wrote down one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes: 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

-The Lorax,

The first step is to write down your favorite quotes or doodles. 

Next, get one of the Scotch™ Thermal Pouches, open it up and place your Post-it® so that as many can fit, with at least 1/8 in border around. 

The Scotch™ Thermal Laminator is really easy to use. After plugging it in, turning it on and waiting for it to heat up all you have to do is feed the pouch through the back of the Laminator and in less than a minute the Post-it® notes will be laminated and ready to be put in to your child's lunch. 

The best part of Laminating the lunch notes, is that it keeps them from getting damaged. If you maintain the notes, then you can switch them around every few days and stick them in different places as time goes on. Oh yeah, I can't wait to sneak one of these notes into the backpack of my future teenager. 

I love packing lunches for my girls. Even though I'm exhausted after dinner, bath time and all of the end of the day stuff I have a good time packing their lunches and trying to make them fun and different each day. I have different snack options in a container and I pick some out and split them between my two girls. Even though I know it would be easy to just throw it all in a bag, I like to chop their apples for them and cut their sandwiches in fun shapes. It's like sending them to school with a little bit of home. 

Do you pack your kids lunches? What are your favorite tips and tricks to make each day a little bit different? Which quote would you like to send to school with your little one? 

You can find some ideas

here

, but I'd love to hear some of your ideas too.