Meet the Sullivans: Back-to-School - New Routines and New Goals

September 8, 2016

Back-to-School - New Routines and New Goals

School is back in session! Owen started Pre-K yesterday, which means our slow mornings at home in pj's are no longer a thing. Four mornings a week the boys and I are out the door at 8:15am. We're excited for our new weekday routine, for Owen to be in Pre-K (he loves school!) and for a little "free-time" for Luke and I.

Ideally, I drop Owen off at school at 8:45am, head to the gym with Luke, run an errand and then pick Owen up again at noon. From there we do something fun like meet up with friends, or run more errands. No matter what we do I have to make sure that each morning before we head out I pack lunch and lots of snacks for my gang, and myself!

Over the last few months I have managed to lose almost all of the baby weight I gained with Luke and Owen (only a few pounds left!), and I'm not about to let our new routine throw me off the progress and good habits I worked so hard for. My greatest down fall is letting myself get too hungry while we're out and about, and falling into the trap of eating out a few days a week with the kids.

A slice of banana bread here, a few fries there and a deli sandwich really add up if you make them a normal part of your routine. 

So, in an effort to make packing healthy snacks and lunches for myself foolproof I have been picking up Ready Pac Foods salads and snacks that I can easily throw in my diaper bag or gym bag before we head out the door.

Honestly, packing food for the boys is easy. Luke is into finger foods these days and still loves breast milk and baby food. Owen is a pretty healthy eater and is more than happy with something easy like turkey roll-ups, cheese, applesauce and nuts. It's packing something for myself on top of all of that that is a challenge. Skipping the guess work about what I'm going to pack for myself is what really helps me stay on track. 

What I love about the Ready Pac Foods brands are that you can take them and enjoy them anywhere! I usually bring one of the Ready Snax to have after my workout, and a Bistro Bowl or ElevAte Superfood Salad to have for lunch...and on the rare occasion that I drop my kids off in the gym childcare and take advantage of the free wireless internet! 

Don't worry, Ready Pac Foods has your back too! They have SO many varieties to choose from. I'm sure you can find lots of things to love! AND They are awarding exciting prize packs to 11 lucky winners to ensure a smooth (or, at the very least, less chaotic) return to school or work! 

Three Grand Prize Winners will each receive a $3,000 prize pack including:

- $2,500 Amazon gift card
  - $250 Herschel Supply Company gift card
  - $250 Grocery gift cards

Eight Runner-Up Winners will each receive a $1,000 prize pack including:
  - $800 Amazon gift card
  - $100 Herschel Supply Company gift card
  - $100 Grocery gift cards

Simply fill out this form for your chance to win BIG! 

But that's not all! After you've entered the Ready Pac Foods sweepstakes (mandatory) you can also enter to win a $150 Visa Gift Card! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:

The $150 Visa Gift Card giveaway ends on September 22nd! The winner will be notified by email. 

Even Owen is a fan of the Ready Snax packs! His personal favorite is the one with grapes, cheese, carrots and pretzels! Have you tried Ready Pac Foods? If so, what have been your favorites?

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