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Brainy Apples: July 2015
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Back to School Tips, Freebie, and Giveaway!


All of us over at Upper Elementary Snapshots thought it would be fun to have a whole week of giveaways right before the new school year! That's right...a whole week!! To start off our week, we are going to be linking up all of our blogs just for you, and giving some great "Back-to-School" tips and freebies to help you start your year off right!

I don't know about you, but I tend to get pretty lazy about meal planning during the summer. I can go to the store whenever I want, and I am not on a time crunch to rush home after school, get my kiddos changed into their soccer/baseball gear and fed, and then rush them to practice or voice lessons. I can make breakfast at a leisurely pace when I wake up. And then BAM! Back to school! Preparation is key, folks!
My Back To School Tip...
Even if you aren't a meal planner, make a conscience effort to plan out your first week's breakfast and dinner menus…even if you don't have kids. It's awfully easy to hit the drive-thru on the way to/from school, or eat a bowl of cereal for dinner (no judgement from me, I have been known to enjoy a bowl of Lucky Charms for my main course). However, that first week back is a real energy drain! You have to be eating a healthy breakfast to ensure your body has the energy it needs to make it through the school day without hitting a wall, and you have to eat a healthy dinner so you can recover from being on your feet all day!

There are SO many quick breakfast recipes you can use that don't require ANY morning prep, and they are healthy and delicious! Here are two of my favorite recipes (and my kids love them, too!) This one is a crock pot oatmeal recipe (sure you can throw instant oatmeal in the microwave, but this tastes SO much better!) You set it the night before and it's ready when you get up. Best part is I triple it because I am feeding a small army and the leftovers are yummy heated up.

This is another breakfast fav: overnight cold oats. I will admit, it sounds really gross (truth), but it actually tastes really good! You can make a few of these in advance because they keep well.

For dinner, I am a crock pot lover. I NEVER thought I would say that, growing up on less than superb crock pot dinners, but there are some really yummy recipes out there! I love coming home and dinner is ready with little prep. And when we have 30 minutes from walking in the door to leaving, there is just no other way to get a healthy dinner cooked. Chef in Training has some fab crock pot recipes like this one. (**BONUS- my hubby and I take the leftovers for lunch the next day) I have two Pinterest boards where I pin most of the recipes I <attempt> to cook, so if you want additional ideas, take a peek at my Yummy Yums board and my Healthy Yummy Yums (this is the one I try to use the most often).  I have had some friends swear by electric pressure cookers, too, but I don't own one. I am thinking about buying one, though, so I can expand our dinner options.

Before you head over to grab your next BTS tip, please download this FREEBIE for determining cause and effect. You can use it with any book, even that first day read aloud!

For more tips and FREEBIES, make sure you visit all 12 of our blogs! You can use the links below to help you get there faster.

Also, don't forget to enter for a chance to WIN one of our AWESOME prizes in our "Back to School" Giveaway!

That's not all!!!  Watch out this whole week for ways to collect even more goodies from all of us at Upper Elementary Snapshots!  We are going to be doing some special promotions through Facebook and Instagram too!  Make sure you follow us to hear all about it!!

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**Please excuse any typos as I don't have the super power of being perfect :)

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