Back To School Shopping with ® Dick’s Sporting Goods

‘Take the stress OUT of back to school shopping this year!  All it takes is one stop to buy school supplies for the classroom and one stop to ® Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Find everything you need from clothes to shoes to back packs to lunch boxes and everything in between!’

My heart hurts tremendously to see school starting again:( I may go out on a limb here and say its been one of my favorite summer’s EVER.  Not because we did anything truly amazing and exciting, but because I felt more ‘present’ than ever.  Making the decision to take it easy, have very few plans, not work, and most importantly… unplug/NOT be glued to social media was the best decision I have made for myself and my family in a very very long time!  Most years I’m excited (and ready) for the kids to get back into school all day, but not this year.  Sigh.  Goodbye Summer…

Nothing symbolizes the end of the season more than BACK TO SCHOOL shopping and as much as I wanted to NOT get it done at all, I figured two days before this one was starting would have to do!  So after a stop to Target for the classroom & homework supplies we headed on over to  ® Dick’s Sporting Goods to knock out everything else on our list!

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Up first… backpacks!  We were absolutely shocked to see the variety  ® Dick’s had!!!  Four entire bays filled with all types of backpacks.  With all of the colors, sizes, and styles available any child can easily find something they like!  Also, as it turns out… they were ALL on SALE!!!  SCORE:)

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Hawaiian print for a Hawaii lover who also happens to be named after our favorite beach on Maui!  This Roxy backpack is so so so cute (and extra roomy)!

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Lunchbox & Water bottles next on our agenda!   ®  Dick’s actually had more variety than this, but as you can see there is a size and style for everyone.  Since we never give our daughter juice or soda for lunch, a water bottle is an absolute must!

Back To School Shopping with Dick

If you ever ask me what our FAVORITE water bottles are, 100% of the time I will say its HydroFlask.  Not only are the bottle sturdy, extremely well made, and high quality… these bottles stay cold ALL day long even if they are sitting directly in the sun!  We opted for the 32 ounce in Makena’s favorite color.  This is a great size for thirsty kiddos and it will also double as her club volleyball practices/games!  Our family (now) has EVERY single size HydroFlask makes!!!

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Shoes.  Gotta have at least one pair of sneakers for school right?  In our case, we needed two!  One for PE and another for volleyball:) SO many to choose from!  Luckily they had her size in the pairs she wanted!

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Last but not least… clothes!  Lucky for us, our daughter wears a uniform to school everyday which cuts down on ‘regular’ back to school clothes shopping but now that she’s a big 6th grader… PE clothes are mandatory.  I knew we would have no problems finding sportswear at  ® Dick’s!!!  One pair of cropped pants, one pair of shorts, one tank top, and one shirt.  PE clothes checked off our list!

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Huge variety, every brand name in sportswear, and styles to fit anyones taste.  Not only that, there are SO many back to school sales going on right now!  Our favorites just happen to be 25% off this week also!!!  That won’t stop me from looking at the clearance rack though… ALWAYS good things to be found here!
Back To School Shopping with Dick

Back To School Shopping with Dick

And that was that!  A nice chunk of our back to school shopping completed!!!  But a trip to  ® Dick’s in my family is never complete without something volleyball related.  Club season is on approach which means a new ball is in order!

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And that’s that!  No stress, no running around to 10 different stores.  Get in, get out.  My kind of shopping:) ® Dick’s never lets our family down!!!

How about you?  Kids in school yet or are they starting in the next couple of weeks???  How about YOU tell ME what ya might desperately need help with buying from ® Dick’s Sporting Goods!?  The company has so graciously offered up a gift certificate for YOU to get some back to school shopping done this year!

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Rules are simple:

  • Leave me a comment on this post letting me know what your kids need the most from ® Dick’s

  • Entries must be made by September 2, 2016 (11:59pm)

  • Winner will be chose at random and contacted by September 7, 2016

DISCLAIMER: this post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and ®DICK’s Sporting Goods. All opinions expressed are my own.

Meal Prep For The 2016-17 School Year

‘Relieve some of that ‘back to school‘ stress with some easy meal prep each week!  It doesn’t take too much time or effort to prepare HEALTHY & nutritious meals for your kids.  Preparing breakfasts and lunches each week will change your life!’

The 2016-17 school year is officially in full force!  We said our final goodbyes to summer vacation last week when this one started 6th grade… boy oh boy… where did time go???

WEEK 1

Throughout the past few years in the fitness industry, you’ve heard over and over again how prepping your own meals (lunch, snacks, etc.) is a huge life saver when it comes to staying ‘on track’ right?  Time, effort, stress, money, and anxiety are usually spared when you do even the slightest bit of food prep at the beginning of each week.  Also, when you have food ready to go at a moments notice, it will usually prevent you from throwing curve balls and sabotages into your nutrition plan.  Why should it be any different for our kiddos?  Short answer to this question?

It SHOULDN’T be any different!

Clearly your kids nutritional goals will be different than your own, but the basic principles still stand.  Striving for overall health, balance of macronutrients, and a steady stream of energy is what we should ALL strive for, children included.  Sadly, a HUGE number of kids will either go to school hungry because parents leave breakfast up to their kids to handle and/or they will start their day with food that:

#1 contains little to no nutritional value

OR

#2 provides a big burst of sugar ‘energy’, but will cause your kids to crash by the time the bell rings

Now I know, I know.  Busy parents have ALL been there at some point.  The alarm goes off on a Monday morning and after a couple of snooze hits you roll out of bed to get the day going.  You are already running late, kids get to the kitchen and nothing is prepared yet, they yell out to you asking “What’s for breakfast?”, and you snap back with “Grab yourself a bowl of cereal!”.  Now while I am a huge fan of cereal (I eat at least one big bowl a day), most breakfast cereals are high in carbs (great for energy to start off the day), BUT are very low in healthy fats and protein.  Not the most balanced of meals & macronutrients, but it sure is handy and quick… especially in the morning when you are still half asleep.  Why not change the typical morning routine and get your kids off to school with a full nutritious belly?

Last school year I decided enough was enough with scrambling each morning and from the very first week I started prepping my kids breakfasts my life was forever changed!  Not only was I able to sleep in a bit longer during the week, but there was no stress or anxiety or complaining when it came to breakfast.  I’ve already shared quite a few breakfasts ideas here on my blog, but this year I’m taking things a bit further and *hopefully* sharing our ENTIRE school years worth of breakfasts (and lunches)!!!

First you will need to invest in some handy food containers.  These are wonderful to have on hand for the entire family!  Great for meal prep and eating on the go.  I like having some variety with sizes and these are my favorite from Amazon:

3- Compartment

Food Prep Containers

2- Compartment

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Single Compartment

Food Prep Containers

So for our first week back at school, my daughter narrowed it down to breakfast tacos!!!  God, I love her.  This is perhaps one of the EASIEST meals preps ever… I think these FIVE days worth of breakfasts too me under 10 minutes from start to finish!

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  • Mix 1 cup plain/organic MuscleEgg egg whites, 2 whole eggs, and a splash of milk in a blender
  • Cook scrambled eggs on low heat for 3-5 minutes (add salt/pepper to taste)
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese
  • Divide eggs into containers
  • Add pre-cooked turkey sausages (I use Jimmy Dean from Costco)
  • Add small corn tortillas
  • Let cool, cover, and stack in the fridge

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Each morning if I wasn’t already downstairs all my daughter had to do was go to the fridge, remove the tortillas, microwave the eggs & sausages 30-40 seconds, and throw in the tortillas for the last 10 seconds.  Healthful, filling, and balanced breakfast eaten BEFORE I even make it downstairs!  Yeah, pretty awesome huh?  I’m telling you… ONE time prepping your kids weekday breakfasts and you too will be HOOKED!!!

And…. I have even better news for you my friend!  How about in addition to my breakfast shares, I throw in her SCHOOL lunches as well???  Again, I’ve shared pics of my daughters lunches on Instagram many times before, but for years now I’ve been wanting to have them all in one place.  Not only will it help me track what she’s had, liked, and disliked, but it will also hopefully take some guesswork and stress off YOUR plate!  Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks do NOT need to be extravagant to be balanced, fun, and delicious, but us mommy’s need all the help we can get… takes a village right?  Let me help & inspire you a bit if you need it!

Let’s talk lunch containers!  For 5 years, my daughter was using a Planet Box which we absolutely ADORED!  It’s pricier than other bento style boxes, BUT this one will last you FOREVER!  It’s so sturdy, extremely well made, won’t stain, has enough compartments for a balanced & varied meal, and is the perfect size for little fingers.

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However, this year I needed to try something different because her new backpack & lunch box wouldn’t accommodate the Planet Box anymore.  Sniff sniff:( I didn’t have a ton of time to look for a replacement, but stumbled on an option at Vons/Safeway the day BEFORE she started school!  It was inexpensive (only $10 in store), the right size for her lunch box, and the compartments were big enough for larger main portions she now eats.

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And here is WEEK 1 of school lunches… play close attention to the main dish in each:

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** Pineapple, blueberries, Trader Joes cinnamon apple sticks, rice crackers, and a taco salad (leftover meat from Sunday night’s taco dinner, romaine, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, salsa, avocado, and lime juice). **

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** 1/2 avocado with fresh lime, cherry tomatoes, grapes, Annie’s honey graham crackers AND BBQ chicken, peas, sweet potato fries, and cornbread (ALL leftovers from Monday nights dinner) **

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** grapes, strawberries, cheddar cheese, rice crackers, dried apples, pretzel chips, cucumber, and a whole grain turkey wrap (leftover from Tuesday nights dinner) **

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** mandarin orange, 1/2 granola bar, 2 chocolate coconut cashews, and teriyaki chicken, rice, and broccoli (leftovers from wednesday nights dinner) **

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** Trader Joes cinnamon apple sticks, carrots, grapes, 1 Belvita cookie, and a ground turkey quesadilla (last of the prepped meat from Sunday and cheese on a freshly cooked flour tortilla) **

Notice the trend in the main dishes for her lunches?  Yup, ALL leftovers from the previous nights dinner!  How’s that for stress free prep, time saving, and healthy?!  As soon as dinner was done each night I would reserve her lunch portion and freeze the center snack compartment.  Then each morning I would slightly reheat the main dish (to luke warm), add snacks, and fill her water bottle!  Healthy lunch made in less than 2 minutes!

Week 1 of school for us was a complete success in every way possible!  We were able to sleep in longer, my daughter got a healthy start each day, and there was absolutely ZERO stress in the mornings.  Not once did she come home famished because her snacks and lunch were balanced & full of all things good for her.  Easy, simple, and one of the BEST routines that has become habit for us!  Meal & food prep for the kiddos… LOVE!!!

Stay tuned for the rest of our school year!  If you have any ideas, suggestions, or tips that have been useful to you, PLEASE don’t hesitate to comment & share!  I would love to add them into our routine!  If you are on Pinterest, be sure to follow my new “Meal & Food Prep For Kids” board… never miss an idea!

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Maria Winter - August 24, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Do you have a bento style box for adults that you would recommend?

corina - August 24, 2016 - 4:14 pm

I think the 3 compartment containers I show in my post are great for adults!!! Then if you need additional small snacks/treats, you can use zip lock bags!

Easy ‘Super Food’ Crackers and Red Pepper Hummus

“Healthy, home made, SUPER FOOD crackers are less than 1/2 an hour away!  Simple ingredients, use your favorite spices & herbs, and this quick recipe will have you making these crackers on a regular basis.  These pair great with Bush’s Beans new Hummus Made Easy flavor packs!”

Current obsession = HUMMUS

With veggies, slathered on a sandwich, scooped with a pita chip or cracker, on a salad… it honestly doesn’t even matter.  I’ve been a long time hummus lover, but lately it’s been freshly made & stored in my fridge every single week for the past two months.  It’s such a simple and easy and HEALTHY alternative to traditional dips that are typically very high in fat and low in other things like fiber and protein.

What’s even more exciting for me is fresh, homemade hummus just got even easier to make!  Granted, it doesn’t take much effort making it traditionally with garbanzo beans, tahini, and your desired flavors…. but if there is a short cut to be had on occasion, I’m going to take it (especially if its equally DELICIOUS)!

Introducing Bush’s Beans newest product release:

Super Food Crackers & Hummus

No need to gather a bunch of different ingredients, spices, and flavorings!  Bush’s Beans just made life & that shopping a bit easier!  Initially I was worried about these flavor packs because I thought it would have a bunch of ‘unnecessary’ additives, but much to my surprise and satisfaction they don’t!  Just everything that’s supposed to be in fresh, homemade hummus!  I love having the satisfaction of making something from ‘scratch’, but cheating a bit haha!  So simple.

After the first batch I made (and disappeared within 2 days) I was ready to whip up another, but this time I’d extend the homemade sentiments and make my own SUPER FOOD crackers as well!  Pretty adventurous on my part because crackers are not something I have ever attempted.  Boy oh boy am I glad I did though!!!  I had no idea how they would turn out, but much to my surprise the ‘super food’ crackers were a cinch to make and DELICIOUS!  The dough literally took 5 minutes to whip up, rolling and cutting took another few minutes, and the batch was cooked in 15 minutes!

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Pretty aren’t they?  I opted for a neutral (yet flavorful) cracker and topped them simply with chia seeds, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano because I knew they would pair well with a fresh batch of Bush’s Beans ‘Roasted Red Pepper‘ hummus.  I definitely wanted to taste the cracker in all it’s super food goodness, BUT it was more important for the hummus to be the hero here!  The only change I would make on my next batch (because there WILL be plenty more batches of these crackers) would be to roll them even thinner.  I wasn’t sure what they would do once baked: would they spread and thin, would they puff up, etc. but now I see I could make them even thinner!  These are more like Ritz crackers, but I actually prefer EXTRA crunchy and thinner ones.  Next time…. for now, I’m enjoying and eating my way through first attempt!

OK, so with the crackers made and cooling, it was time to take 3 whole minutes to make my fresh hummus!

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Yup, it’s THAT easy!  1 can of garbanzo beans + 1 ‘Hummus Made Easy‘ packs= fastest batch EVER!  The addition of the (jarred) roasted red peppers added that finishing homemade touch! Time to devour & enjoy thoroughly:)

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Super Food Crackers

Serves 45-50
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Kodiak 'Super Food' Mix
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 450 ° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a split.
2
In the bowl of a stand mixer, slowly stir together Kodiak mix, coconut sugar, 1 tsp of salt, and melted coconut oil. Slowly add water a little at a time until dough comes together into a ball.
3
Dust counter or board with some extra Kodiak mix and turn out dough. Knead for 15-30 seconds. Using a roll pin, flatten dough to 1/8" or desired thickness for crackers. Cut into 2" pieces or use a small biscuit cutter. Place each crackers onto prepared baking sheet.
4
Sprinkle evenly with spices and bake for 15 minutes until your edges are golden brown. (time will vary depending on how thick your crackers are).

Note

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (makes 45-50 crackers): calories-19, fat- 1 gram, carbs- 2 grams, protein- 1 gram PER cracker