On-the-Go Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix

We run from school to practice and lessons 4 out of 5 days a week. Our only break between school and activities some days is the drive in the car. This can make it difficult to make sure the kids can do their homework and get their snack in before an activity. This has made me the queen of on-the-go snacking recently. I try to make sure that I find recipes that pack a lot of protein and are easily eaten without a huge risk of choking, making a mess, or needing utensils.

One of our favorite on-the-go snacks is trail mix because the kids can eat it while we travel, it isn’t too messy (depending on the kid) and it can be customized to each kid’s likes with very little effort. Store bought mixes tend to be on the sugary side and do not always contain the best protein options. We like to make our own because it allows us to make them a little bit healthier and we can add our favorites to them.

This mix from The Recipe Revival is a great start. This recipe calls for a specific cereal. I like to add some almonds, and cashews, and cut the cereal portion in half. That way they get the nutrition they need to go off and play and still get a little sweetness to their snack. I usually do 1 1/2 cups nuts (half almonds and half cashews) then 1 1/2 cups cereal. The recipe is so easy you can add or subtract according to your wishes.

Be sure to check out The Recipe Revival’s full recipe, and check out the other great recipes while you are there!

Athletic and Sports Wear: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that we have active wear and athletic wear available at The Boy’s Store? While some boys may be very active and need active wear for sports some boys prefer that for their everyday style. No matter why you are looking for active wear be sure you check with us. The brands we carry allow for style, comfort, and long lasting wear.


Boys Athletic Pants by Noruk : These black athletic pants feature contrasting edging and
touches for safety. Noruk runs small so size up!


Boys Athletic Shorts by Noruk : These shorts feature reflective touches for safety and match well with the Noruk line of pants, shirts, and sweatshirts.


Boys’ Athletic Shirt by Noruk : The shirt is reflective and comfortable for wearing during practice or hanging out with friends.


Boy’s Athletic Hoodie by Noruk : provides adequate warmth for practice on cold nights but has an ease of wear for continued play and movement.


Easy Meals: Sausage, Pepper, and Rice Skillet

My kids go back to school today which means that I will be busy. Back to school means back to practice. We will have to rush home from school to do snack, homework, and then rush off to practice and come home late in the dark and the cold. We will need to have something simple for dinner in order to get everyone showered and ready for bed to do it all over again tomorrow.

I don’t know about your family, but after long breaks from school my kids have a hard to readjusting to their routine. So I know this week will be hard. Which is why I have made sure to plan our meals for the week. Tonight we will be making this delicious and simple meal from Life Made Simple Bakes. This skillet meal will make sure we we eat well without taking forever to cook.

I love the recipe because it is simple, but also because I can alter it to fit my needs. Since we will be arriving home late I do not want to cook rice. Instead I will substitute instant rice, my kids love wild rice and I find it is best to use meals they love when reintroducing them to a rough schedule. So I will sub wild rice to make it not only faster to cook but also more enticing to my kids who will already be tired, cold, and grumpy after an hour long practice in near freezing temperatures.

This meal will make it much easier for me to get everyone ready and fed with minimal fighting. Hey, life isn’t perfect and readjusting to a new schedule is hard on everyone. So thank you
Life Made Simple Bakes for giving me a meal that will make at least one thing a little easier!

Be sure to head on over to see the full recipe!