In My Arms

Why We Chose to Homeschool

It’s such a strange thing to type, “we chose to homeschool.” Have you ever stumbled into a life you’d never choose for yourself but know beyond the shadow of a doubt it’s what’s right for you, right now? That’s where I find myself. I still wouldn’t be able to say I “chose” to homeschool, but I can say this with full confidence: I have been called to homeschool this year and I’m going to offer my desires, ideals and fears up every day to see what the Lord has in store through this year with my guy.

Back to School Series: Lunch

I’ve yet to have to pack a consistent lunch for my kiddos, but we do have a couple days a week that’ll require a packed lunch. Choosing my backpack and my trapper (does anyone remember trappers?!) was always the highlight of August as a kid, but choosing my lunch box was a very close second. If you, like me, are still holding the reins a bit when it comes to the lunch box (read: not Frozen or Paw Patrol) then this is for you. Here are the lunchboxes I get so excited about as a mom and all the goodies to keep inside with the most important factor: every food container is BPA, PVC and phthalate free. 

Here are my stand outs for the lunch game:

Those Hydroflasks are our favorite water bottle, hands down. If you’ve been following for any length of time, you know we all have one and use it on the regular because it keeps water ice cold for 12 hours. It’s crazy. Here in Texas where fall means temps dip to a crisp 98 degrees, ice water is key. Squeezing a little bit of lemon in there makes my kids think they’re sipping the nectar of the gods and they chug it at three times the speed. Give it a try!

The Mira Thermos is amazing because it will keep hot things (soups, hot chocolate, pasta…) hot for 5 hours and will keep cold things cold (cheese, yogurt…) for 10 hours. This is a game changer for sure.

The Bunny Snackers are first and foremost precious, but also make kids really excited to eat what’s inside. This is where i’ll store things like berries and veggies that might not be as appealing as the glitzy, glamorous sandwich.

Again, if you’re a gold & graphite reader then you’ve seen a Bento box or two. I’m a huge fan! Maybe it’s because I can’t stand my food touching and am projecting onto my kids, but I also love that food stays fresher and nothing gets squished. That’s the top priority for me- no squishing!

We’ve yet to move away from ziplock bags (I know, I know) but I’m doing my best to limit the toxins in our house and plastic bags will be the next to go. From a money saving standpoint and a health standpoint, the reusable sandwich bag and the reusable snack bags are a favorite. We have a couple snack stacker and it’s the perfect thing to pop in a backpack for sports practices or even road trips and flights. Berries on top, glutino pretzels on bottom is a repeat arrangement for us. (Also, white is my favorite, of course, but the color selection is so impressive.)

These freezer packs aren’t pictured, but they’re awesome and thin enough to stick a couple in a lunch box or bag no matter how small it is.

And lastly, my friend swears by these labels for her boys and they are so wonderful. They’re perfect for lunch bags/boxes, bento boxes, water bottles, tupperware and everything in-between!

Stay tuned for my favorite lunch recipes, but in the meantime check out this post to see what my plant-based and gluten-free toddlers eat in a day!

Our Trip to Lake Travis

Every summer growing up, my family and our dearest friends would head up north to Green Lake, Wisconsin. It was the highlight of our summer year after year and is one of the strongest, most vivid memories I have of my childhood. The night before the trip, our house would be bustling with guests-the kids giddy with excitement and far too excited to sleep. The adults would be in the kitchen, laughing and reminiscing while packing up cooler after cooler with more sandwiches than you could ever imagine. The next morning we’d all circle up in the driveway to pray for our travels and for the week at the lake, and off we went.