We're in the last two weeks of August, which means your kids are going back to school very soon! Are they jumping for joy? Probably not, but that's okay. I'm here to help you get your kids excited!
When they hear "school", kids think of teachers, homework and rules. We have to get them to remember that there is so much fun to be had in the next 9 months. Make a vision board with them of things they want to accomplish or experience throughout the school year. It can range from a sports team they want to try out for to a cool book that's getting released soon. It'll help them redirect their focus on the adventures to come!
If your kids bring lunch to school, have them dine in style. This Fulton Bag Co. Lunch Bag has a funky pattern and is designed to keep your meal cool all day long. To keep the lunch bag clean inside, pack food into reusable containers like these (re)zip Lunch Bags. You can even slip a note in with their lunch, especially if your kids are starting a new school. An "I love you, you got this" or a joke will do. Even if it's a corny one, it'll help ease those first day jitters.
I love prints for school accessories because they're fun and more importantly, easy to spot. This cherry printed Jansport Backpack and lightening rod S'ip Water Bottle will stand out in a sea of students and all of their gear. That means quicker pick ups at the end of the day. When your kids gravitate towards cool and wacky patterns for accessories, say yes and thank me later.
I'm sharing a recipe below for my Jarred Chicken Caesar Salad. This Mason Salad Jar is perfect to pack it in. It even has a separate compartment for salad dressing so your salad won't get soggy. It's delicious and you can make it with your kids.
CAT CORA'S JARRED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD
For The Dressing
1/3 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
1 Garlic Clove, minced
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp Worchester Sauce
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste
For The Salad
1 large head of Romaine Lettuce, chopped
1lb boneless, skinless, Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced
1 cup Croutons
1 oz Parmesan Cheese
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
For the salad, fill each jar with cooked chicken, parmesan cheese, lettuce, and croutons.
Since we're all staying at home, it's the perfect time for me to connect with y'all as much as possible. With the help of my kids and my wonderful wife, I started a new series on Instagram, called CORA-ntine Cuisine. Everyday at 5 pm PST, I'll be cooking my favorite recipes. Be sure to tune in!
When I first heard of the Coronavirus, I never thought things would get this far. I never thought it would spread worldwide or that cities would go into lockdown. I also never thought that it would be difficult to buy things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. However, the best thing that we can do right now is to stay positive, stay healthy and be kind.