Many of our friends have kids who are already back in school. Weston doesn’t go back quite yet but we are in the final stages of preparing for the start of the new year. That means that I’ve got back to school breakfast and lunches on the brain! A few weeks ago, I shared some easy back to school lunch tips on Periscope. So I wanted to share a few ways that I make breakfast a bit easier during this time of year!
Making Back to School Breakfast Easy
On the first day of school, I love making a special breakfast. I like to make whatever special request Weston has that morning. I have a feeling that he will want to go to the doughnut shop in our neighborhood this year and at least that will be easy for me! But I think it’s a fun back to school tradition to make a breakfast to enjoy together on the first day of school.
After that, I’m all about having plenty of breakfast options that work great for quick mornings. We stock up whenever we’re at Walmart to make sure we have plenty of choices to last the entire week!
Here are some of the breakfast staples we stock up on:
- Big G Cereals including: Reese’s® Peanut Butter Puffs®, Honey Nut Cheerios™, Lucky Charms™, Cheerios™, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch™
- Nature Valley™ Granola Bars
- Fiber One™ 90 Calorie Brownies (Coffee Cake)
- Fiber One™ Streusel Bars
- Yoplait® Original Fridge Packs
- Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers Biscuits
- Pillsbury™ Cinnamon Rolls
By making sure I have those items on hand for those first few weeks of school, I’m able to make sure that everyone gets breakfast while still making it out the door to school on time!
Box Tops for Education™
When I’m shopping for our school lunch basics, I like to keep my eyes open for Box Tops for Education™, especially when some of our favorite products are featuring bonus Box Tops! If you’ve never learned much about the program, here are a few quick facts:
- Box Tops are worth $0.10 for your child’s school
- Box Tops is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs.
- Over 80,000 K-8 schools participate
- Schools can use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need.
- Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996.
My favorite thing about the program is that the schools can use the money earned for anything their campus needs!
When I was teaching, I always participated in the Box Tops for Education™ program! Yes, even before I had my own kids! I would clip Box Tops and donate them in honor of my class. At the end of the year, students who had participated received a certificate from our PTO. I wanted each of my students to feel like they had given to their school and develop that sense of pride.
So I would clip the Box Tops and bring them in. My first graders would spend time counting them and sorting them into bags of 10 each to turn in. It was great counting project for the kids and also a great teamwork activity! Plus, at the end of the year, the class could celebrate as a whole.
Right before I left teaching, our PTO met the goal it had been working towards the entire time I worked on that campus — new playground equipment!
Learn more about Box Tops at Walmart and see how you can help your school! And right now you can stock up on items with special bonus Box Tops labels and earn up to five! Box Tops instead of just one!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.