Over the past few weeks, I have been making a more conscientious effort to live a healthier and more environmentally-friendly lifestyle all with the help of Seventh Generation. Prior to participating in the Green Your Routine campaign, I wasn't aware that the average Canadian child throws away 66 pounds of lunch packaging waste each year. If all that disposable packaging was replaced with a reusable lunch carrier, you could save an average of $250 a year!
As part of the Green Your Routine campaign, Seventh Generation challenged bloggers to adopt four small and simple changes that can save money, make a lasting impact on the environment and positively affect the family's health.
Étienne, one of Canada's favourite children's artist, and how much I love using his songs to help teach key concepts in my FSL classes. His music is known for its appeal to the younger generation since it incorporates popular music styles that kids love to listen to. But even moreso, Étienne's music is simply unforgettable. Don't believe me? Check out this video of Justin Bieber in a recent interview during "Boîte à questions" where he was asked to sing a French song. Here he is singing what may very well be one of the most requested songs at Étienne's concerts: Avoir II.
Dora Digital Story Book.
The back-to-school season has always been a time to pull out last year's fall styles and school wear in order to assess what still fits and what appears to be in decent shape. With young children ages four and seven, it's almost a guarantee that most, if not all, of last year's clothing will have been outgrown. And lately, my kids have been growing like the weeds on my lawn - relentlessly. Sometimes, though, my kids will wear out their clothes before they outgrow them. Most of the time, this means tears at the knees. I had to throw out so many of my son's pants last year for that reason, but I did turn some into shorts for the summer by cutting the pant legs off. When it comes to buying children's clothing, it's nice to know that I can always find a good deal at The Children's Place. Every bit of savings helps to remain within the budget. So bring on the super sales and money-saving deals!
It is 10:00 pm on a Friday night and I am completely and utterly exhausted. It might have a little something to do with the fact that I have been up since 4:00 am. But before I lay me down to sleep, I simply had to share with you a 'light bulb moment' I'd had today at work. Now, please note that it surely wasn't of Einstein proportions but merely a 'slap-the-forward-why-didn't-I-think-of-it-sooner revelation.' And I wouldn't have thought of it if it weren't for the fact that Rogers had so graciously sent me a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE to share my experience with it. What I can tell you so far is, that, as of this week, my daily planner is now digital and, because I carry my tablet with me to every class, I can now easily record anecdotal notes without the use of paper. However, this is not the real reason why I am too excited to go to bed. Oh, no.
After seven days of being back at work and the kids back at school, I am feeling worn down already. To my defense, I was hit with a nasty cold/flu bug last week and it was so bad, I had to take a day off of work. This left me trying to recuperate over the weekend and then back at work on Monday with a sore throat and a stuffy head. Seriously uncool. It served as a reminder that back-to-school season is one of the most important times to instill a sense of routine and healthy eating habits among our children. This week, I have set out on a goal to prepare nutritious lunches the night before, and with Butterball's Turkey Chicken Trio, making sandwiches for the family just got a lot easier.
This week, my daughter returned to school and my son began junior kindergarten. It has been an exciting week but also a bit draining trying to establish a routine. While my son will still have lunch at his daycare, we still need to prepare a snack for him and a full lunch for my daughter. Truth be told, my husband usually takes care of that. And since I'm being honest here, we don't do a very good job of planning out our meals. This makes meal prep a little more stressful than it should be. While a part of me would much rather avoid planning our meals altogether, I know it would be smarter, much more efficient and less costly to prepare a shopping list and meal ideas well in advance. When it comes to making lunches, I almost always resort to making sandwiches since they are fairly easy to prepare. But there have been times when I open the fridge door and I'm all out of deli meats and there isn't a can of tuna to be found anywhere. Yikes!
Learning Magnets High Frequency Word Kit from Barker Creek Publishing Company.