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As I mentioned earlier this week, my sweet boy started preschool a few weeks ago. To say the transition was rough is an understatement. And Bodhi actually handled it all pretty well, so we’re not talking about that. The hard part was for my hubby and I to get our heads in the game.

Our chill summer nights had to turn into a race to the finish line of bedtime and we had to somehow magically push bedtime back by an hour (or two). Quick eat dinner. Quick get in the bath. Quick put on PJs and the worst of all, quick read books. This used to be a slow and relaxing process. We had a general sense of a bedtime, but we weren’t specific. Now, bedtime is pretty much 8:30 p.m. and no later.

We are now adjusted and my favorite part of every day is making Bodhi’s lunch. The first week of school Bodhi would scream in the car on the way home for no real reason, melt down when we walked in the door over tiny things and worse. After three days of saying “what in the world is this?” and calling my friend for her thoughts, I realized that my little man was famished by the time he left school. He wasn’t used to playing nonstop all morning. I started packing a lunch to bring when he got picked up at noon each day. While eating in the car isn’t ideal, it’s what works best for Bodhi. He now LOVES the routine and asks what’s for lunch when I (or his grandpa) pick him up.

 Coming up with fun lunch ideas is the best! I really enjoy it. This week I got to try a recipe using Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits and their fun family recipes, ready in under 30 minutes. My dish took about 10 minutes (the directions say 20, but it’s very quick). They have delicious options and have a little twist to help parents keep dinner (or lunch) fun.

 I made the Grands! Grilled Cheese Sandwiches for both of us and maybe burnt them just a tad, but still so good. I added tomatoes to mine and I used cheddar cheese instead of american cheese slices. The biscuits made it feel really special. So buttery, flakey and delicious. Bodhi thought so too. I was very tempted by the Grands! Mini Pizzas and will probably try those this week as well. Bodhi loves to make pizza with me and would enjoy adding toppings.

The recipe is available here and you can even download the Pillsbury recipe booklet.

Tips for getting into a back-to-school routine (or in our case a school routine)

  • Start the routine at least a week before the real deal.
  • Be flexible. While it’s nice to have the same routine every single night, it may add stress to your life. If we’re really behind, we move bath time to the next morning.
  • Meal plan and have easy meals picked out for weeknights! I meal plan with Pinterest and you can bet that the Pillsbury fun family recipes will be pinned shortly. Meal planning saves the nightly “what are we going to eat?” stress and allows one of us to start dinner with or without the other.
  • Pick out outfits the night before. Bodhi loves helping.
  • Be kind to yourself. This is always my mantra. There are times things will just fall apart. It doesn’t mean you are doing a bad job. It doesn’t mean you need to “fix” what you’re doing. Some days are rough. Period.
  • Wake up at least 15 minutes before you think you need to wake up. Our guy is slow at eating breakfast and going on the potty (newish development that I’ll share soon), so we need more time than just the 20 minutes or so to brush teeth, get dressed etc… We wake up at 6:30 for a 7:45 departure.
  • Split duties with your partner. My husband drops off and I pick up. My husband generally gets breakfast and coffee for all of us while I get Bodhi up and moving.

OK, tell me which recipe are you most excited to try?

Disclaimer: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills. Compensation was provided by General Mills via Clever Girls Collective.

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