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The Clueless Chick: Back to school tips

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Back to school ideas and tips from Jennifer Durbin. Back to school ideas and tips from Jennifer Durbin.
RALEIGH, N.C. - This is the first week of school for traditional calendar students. That means it's time to readjust your schedule to accommodate extra time to pack lunches every day.  Our expert party planner, Jennifer Durbin, shares some of her secrets to make packing school lunches a little easier.

Snack Prep

Plan Ahead and Save Yourself Time:  Save yourself some craziness in the mornings by organizing school lunches ahead of time.  An easy way to organize a full week of lunches on Sunday is to put all of your individual snacks into a small box or basket so that in the evening you can simply grab what you need and toss it into your lunch box(es).  A plastic shoe box makes the perfect bin for dry goods like pretzels, raisins, granola bars and applesauce.  It is also perfect for keeping yogurt, cheese sticks, fruit and veggies organized in the refrigerator.  TIP:  This also makes the perfect snack station for after school.

Frozen Yogurt: If your kids love yogurt, chances are you have discovered squeezable yogurt.  These individual servings are perfect for little ones and great on the go, but you may be worried about the yogurt getting too warm in a lunch box on a hot day.  That problem is easily solved by simply freezing them!  Pop your squeezable yogurt into the freezer, throw one in the lunch box with your regular ice pack in the morning and by lunch time it will be thawed enough to eat and perfectly cold. 

Lunch Just for You

Personalized Sandwich Box: Adding a personal touch to your little one's lunch box is easier than you might think.  All you need is a plastic sandwich box (or any food container), paint pen, painter's tape and a printer.  Print your little one's name on regular printer paper, tape the name to the inside of the sandwich box lid and use a paint pen to trace each letter.  TIP:  If you hand wash your sandwich box the writing will last for years!

Eco Friendly Sandwich Bags

Spbang Bags: Packing a school lunch every day used to mean wasting tons of zip top bags, but not anymore!  You can now find plenty of alternatives to a plastic bag, like these cute bags from spbang which are super easy to open and close.  The major bonus is that they are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

For all of Jennifer's tips pick up your own copy of her Tips for the Clueless Chick books and follow the Clueless Chick on Facebook and Twitter.  Tune in to #TipsonTues next week to find out National Baby Safety Month.

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