Friday Flotsam


backyard morning

I need help!

You’re like, “how about let me wake up first.”

You know I’m a Kindergarten mom newbie. A mewbie. A mombie. Nope.

Give me some snack ideas to send with the kids to school everyday! I know you vet moms are LOCKED AND LOADED with tricks and you better spill it. They’re allowed to bring a snack from home for the afternoon since they eat lunch pretty early, so I’m wracking (racking?) my brain trying to keep it interesting for them.

So far I’ve got this:

pretzels, whole wheat gold fish, baby sharks carrots, hippie cookies for Fridays, *triscuits, *wheat thins, grapes, monkey brains and fried squirrel tail tips.

Give me some ideas that don’t need to be cooled (string cheese would get gross, right?), and easy to transport (would apples and oranges be a leftover peel and core hassle? Also should we start a band called Peel and Core Hassle? oh.)

(The monkey brains and fried squirrel tail tips were to see if you’re awake and/or still reading and/or still care.)

steps and shoes and carpet

WHILE I HAVE YOU, can you also give me some good brands on reusable baggies for the previously-discussed snacks from three seconds ago? I’ll be scouring Amazon today obviously, but if you’re my shortcut to the “click here to order” button, then hayell yeah.

I just can’t go through boxes and boxes of ziplocks when I could be SAVING THE PLANET. (my fist is in the air right now.)

And you know what, I’d even be up for something with a little fun print on them. For the kids, you know. Not me. It’s all for them. The cute print. On the baggie. The cute minimal print in a vintage muted tone. All for them. None for me.

Wait, what? Hello hi.

amazing wallpaper


*Triscuits vs. Wheat Thins: GO.

vintage drapes

Want to know what I absolutely cannot stand?

(besides nail polish on the sides of my actual nail because I’m the worst.)

Mechanical pencils. FLIMSY, STUPID (“we don’t say stupid!” – Nat) WORTHLESS MECHANICAL PENCILS.

Why not use a regular pencil? What’s wrong with the good ol’ numba two?! Because those mechanical sticks of frustration are complete pieces of dookie. You click the bottom thingy where the eraser is supposed to be, and 97% of the time, the lead doesn’t pop out because you have to refill it. But where are the backup sticks? YOU FORGOT TO BUY THEM, THAT’S WHERE. And when it does pop out, it’s too thin so what’s visible to the naked eye automatically breaks off. Why is it so thin?! Wimpiest lead ever.

I don’t use mechanical pencils. (I also call them electric pencils which makes zero sense but I’m always so emotionally thrown by the idea of them that I say the wrong word and it makes Aaron completely loco.) He uses mechanical pencils, you guys. ON PURPOSE. He decides to use them. I can’t figure out what fuse is short in his brain hole, so I just look away.

Are you a mechanical pencil user (weirdo), or an old school yellow stick-er?

I’m alone in this, aren’t I?

capp at French Market

Weekend plans?

I’m going to the movies tonight! LET’S GO TO THE MOVIIIIIIIESSSSSI’ve not been in years. Probably not years. Honestly though I can’t remember the last time I went to the actual theater. Isn’t that awful? I think it was when the first Sex and the City movie came out. Just kidding. But AM I?

Going to see Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette with my girlfriend Ash who reads all my books with me. Can’t wait! (speaking of books, about 130 pages into Mrs. Everything and wowza! Are you reading?)

Also, James wrote a list of things she’s learned in her 40 trips around the sun, and it’s so worth a read if you have a second. I completely resonate with it all, it being my 43rd next Friday (GULP). And of course at her mention of a black blazer I’m now on a vicious hunt for fall. This is my life.

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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Holly August 16, 2019 at 7:34 am #
    My kids love mini cheddar rice cakes, popcorn, trail mix, dried fruit! Let us know how the movie is compared to the book!
  2. Danielle August 16, 2019 at 8:18 am #
    I second the popcorn. We also do individual applesauces, mandarin oranges in little cups, Larabars on occasion, Bitsy crackers, mini cheese & crackers... My 12-year old is fascinated with mechanical pencils. I grabbed for a pencil and got one of those and the lead broke in 2.5 seconds. I guess I just strong arm my pencils or something. I'm with ya!
    • Kristin W August 16, 2019 at 9:03 am #
      Snacks: jerky, dried fruit, fresh fruit, apple sauce, crackers (for my kids it is a hands down Wheat Thin over Triscuit. For the adults we like both equally). Pencils- I prefer mechanical but totally agree with you about it always breaking. It’s maddening! Now that we got an electric pencil sharpener I’m wondering if my preference will change.
  3. Jackie August 16, 2019 at 8:52 am # Link to school lunch/snack holding supplies. She also is a wealth of ideas for lunches/snacks.
  4. Angelina August 16, 2019 at 8:58 am #
    We buy stasher bags and I LOVE them. They don't have cute prints but they have fun new jewel toned colors (and muted for yourself). Plus you can literally throw them in the dishwasher, freeze them, microwave things in them, etc. Worth the small investment. That reminds me, I need more....
    • Caitlin August 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm #
      I second Stasher Bags!
      • Nicole August 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm #
        Third for stasher!
  5. Chase August 16, 2019 at 9:00 am #
    You have maybe already seen this list but there are some super good looking recipes on here! Homemade fruit roll-ups, spicy roasted chick peas, and homemade veggie chips would be hits with the kiddos! Mechanical pencils are great if you get the higher quality ones (read: more pricy, and not great for kids who are prone to losing things). But every kid should have the traditional experience of using a wooden pencil, because.. I don’t know... it’s just what’s right!
  6. Kate Conklin August 16, 2019 at 9:00 am #
    I have these: and we are trying frozen yogurt tubes this year. We'll see what the mess is like...
  7. Nancy August 16, 2019 at 9:02 am #
    Triscuits ALL the way! I, too, hate mechanical pencils! They are flimsy and irritating. I commend you on using reusable baggies but don't spend a lot on them because if your kids are anything like mine was at 5, they will get lost before the end of the week. Actually, my son is now 23 and still loses stuff all the time. Just sayin......if you were feeling industrious, you could sew some up but you'd have to put a zipper in :( just buy the dang things!
  8. Amanda August 16, 2019 at 9:19 am #
    I use both kinds of pencils, but my favorite mechanicals are the Papermate 1.3mm. That thick lead is LIFE.
  9. Kelly August 16, 2019 at 9:34 am #
    the olive oil & black pepper triscuits are my jam!
    • jilla August 16, 2019 at 11:04 am #
      Mmmmm....olive oil and black pepper triscuits WITH jam!
  10. Christy August 16, 2019 at 10:13 am #
    Life is large and eat both the Triscuits and the Wheat Thins. As a former teacher, I would suggest making it simple! A lot of times, the kids don't care if they have the same thing every day. Stay away from anything that requires a utensil. Annie's Cheddar Bunnies are yummy, Clif Zbars are good, popcorn, carrots, apple slices, strawberries, etc., etc. Let them pack their own snack, then they can't complain about it. As far as pencils are concerned, it's a Black Warrior for me! Mechanical pencils are the devil! ;)
  11. Rebekah S August 16, 2019 at 10:31 am #
    We’ve used the Lunchskin baggies for years and they are still going strong. Easy to clean, too. #2 ONLY. ALWAYS. Mechanical pencils are stupid. Triscuits have better ingredients. Snack ideas: Popcorn, easy fruit like grapes and oranges, trail mix, Applesauce pouches, baby carrots, crackers, Justin almond butter pouches...
  12. Stephanie August 16, 2019 at 10:53 am #
    mechanical pencil for LIFE! My kid is going to grow up and hate granola bars and goldfish because that's all I ever send him with (gold star mom, right here). Following for suggestions.
  13. Sue August 16, 2019 at 11:59 am #
    Hi Bev, I like this thing for my work snacks: You can fill it with crackers, cheese (those babybels are fine for a hours in my opinion), nuts/trail mix, berries, cut up fruit, cereal, etc. It's like a vertical bento box. Also Team Triscuit. But I buy the beet crackers at TJ's the most. And they are round so fit into the above stacker perfectly. Okay, byeeeee! :)
  14. Bryn August 16, 2019 at 2:27 pm #
    Whatever reusable/non reusable baggie you use, please make sure to pack it into a hard sided snack container. I’ve seen far too many tears when excitement turns to disappointment over crushed crackers. Backpacks are no joke and the bus ride is no joke and joke. Protect your carbs! Oranges and apples do leave a mess but I’ve sent peeled oranges many times. Raisins and cereal make an easy combo.
  15. Laura Lee August 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm #
    Dixon Ticonderoga #2 soft all the way!! Interestingly, our school district mandates we buy those pencils, obviously because they're the best, but they say to provide your child with 4 dozen of them!! That's 8 dozen pencils for my twins =?. I refuse. Think of all the sharpening! Bumkins bags are good for snacks or snack size sistema containers.
  16. Kaye Lyssy August 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm #
    Stasher bags all the way. They are pricey...but worth it! Sistema containers get a vote from me too! Wheat thins all the way!
  17. Becky E August 17, 2019 at 11:20 am #
    I love Itzy Ritzy snack bags! Food does get stale in them after a day since they're not an air-tight seal (it's a zipper top), but patterns are cute and they're great for snacks/sandwiches! We sell them at my store and they're a top seller for sure (
  18. amy w August 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm #
    ok, so my kids now have little ones of their own but a favorite was ants on a log... celery stalk with peanut better and raisins on top. Those are the ants. if your school is nut free, cream cheese could be substituted . it might stay cool wrapped in foil until lunch time. since I saw your daughters bugs that she collected for your cheese board , it thought it would be appropriate lol. enjoy!
  19. Jeanette August 18, 2019 at 12:53 pm #
    Wheat Thins and Number 2's! I love going to the movies and would go at least weekly if I could.
  20. Becky K. August 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm #
    Puh-lease do a school snack post. As a kinder mom myself I'm already getting into a snack rut 3 weeks into the school year. My kid eats his snack in the morning because his lunch is at 12 freaking 50. Why the school thinks its a good idea to make 5 year olds wait until basically 1:00 to eat lunch is beyond me. Those poor teachers. Share your finds, please!
  21. Susan September 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm #
    A friend of mine loves the re-usable snack bags sold on Etsy by brookiellendesigns .
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