If your family has a mix of school-aged kids and toddlers (or other kids at home, say, home schoolers) this hack might save you some time and cleanup.
When packing my 5 year-old's school lunchbox I also "pack" a lunch for my two year-old. I just make two sandwiches, cut up two apples, etc., and then stick one of the lunches in the refrigerator for later. That way, when it's time for the toddler to eat, I simply unwrap the plate, and VOILA, there's lunch. No taking out all the ingredients again, no dirtying extra cutting boards, and when we make an impromptu trip to the park, I just grab his premade lunch and stick it in a lunchbox.
*forehead smack* OF COURSE! So smart, Sarah!
This works for parents too…because, if you're like me, you get everyone's lunch ready but your own. Also good for prepping after-school snacks, and possibly even a little dinner prep.
Editorial aside: This hack originally had a typo which I almost left alone, because I want to start exclaiming VIOLA! each time I accomplish something. (Forgive me, Sarah, that was just too good to keep to myself.)
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