Mother’s Day is only one month away! And while 30 days might seem like an eternity, don’t kid yourself. You know how quickly time flies. So do yourself a favor and start shopping now, and then when May 11th rolls around you can avoid the panic attack and existential crisis that ensues because you forgot to buy mom a gift! Make it a gift that counts without spending an arm and a leg with a little help from the Frugal & Thriving team. See our Mother’s Day gift guide below.

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1. Is it even if a gift guide if it doesn’t include a blanket? This throw blanket is cozy and warm, just like a hug from mom.

2. Smooth skin is in! This body care set of bestsellers from Osea will have her feeling hydrated and refreshed.

3. The only recipe you need! This cute cutting board breaks down all the ingredients of a mother’s love.

4. Because cheetah print + on-the-go tumbler = the perfect gift. Is it water or is it wine?? We’ll never know.

5. And for the days of outdoor day drinking, these pretty mesh wine glass covers will keep the pests away. Well, the airborne ones at least. For the others you’ll just need another bottle of wine.

6. This super sweet personalized book will show mom just how much she means. It’s a sentimental way to let her know how grateful you are for her.

7. “Best Mama.” Pretty much sums it up. These comfy slippers will be her go-to around-the-house footwear!

8. Tea time! These adorable handwoven tea bags with decorative tags are the perfect way to bring a little glamour to her afternoon cup of tea.

9. There’s nothing quite like a handwritten letter, and this shareable letter book is one that can be passed down through the generations. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

10. What’s that smell?! Oh, that’s just mom wafting by and smelling like the absolute goddess she is. This hair and body mist is a cult favorite for a reason.

11. The tote that says it all. Great for groceries, work essentials, travel, and more, this fun tote can be stuffed with mom’s favorite goodies for an added bonus.

12. From morning to night, this coffee and wine set has got mom covered. Whether she needs caffeine or alcohol, she’s got it.

13. Darling daisy pjs for the most darling mother in the world. This soft-knit set is totally acceptable to rock all day. Loungewear for the win, right??

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Everyone knows the best parts of Easter are the candy, the egg hunts, and the cute animal-inspired celebrations (bunnies and baby chicks, don’t deny the adorableness). If you are planning on throwing a classroom party for your kiddos – or even just a fun celebration at home – you’re going to want to see these Easter treat ideas! Kristy planned some really creative festivities for her daughter’s class…see her ideas below.

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These little treat jars are an adorable way to make a tasty nest for your Peeps! Filled with edible grass and jelly beans, topped with a Peep, and finished off with a pretty sticker, these snacks are perfect for the classroom.

How fun is this green apple-flavored edible grass?? With just the lightest bit of flavor, this is a really creative way to make nests, grass-filled baskets, and more! The grass easily dissolves in your mouth which the kids will love.

If you have kids with allergies in your class, you might want to opt for the (slightly more expensive) allergen-free jelly beans and chocolate candies. If you don’t have to worry about that, M&Ms, Cadbury milk eggs, and any type of jelly bean would work! 

These carrot bags are adorable!! Stuff some bags with Cheetos and close off with a green ribbon, and you’ve got your very own Easter treat! This is probably a much-preferred version of carrots for the kids.

For some actual healthy snacks, these fruit skewers topped with Peeps are delicious and nutritious, AND they’re almost to beautiful to eat!!

Egg hunt time! Grab some plastic eggs and fill them with Easter-themed goodies like stamps and mini crayons.

And of course, don’t forget the candy! Throw in a couple chocolate rabbits and Peeps lollipop rings for a sweet surprise.

These burlap bunny bags though!! SO stinkin’ cute!

Fill your burlap bunnies with bubbles, scented dough, puzzles, erasers, scented glue sticks, scented pensscented markers, and candy lip balm!

When all is said and done, the kiddos will be heading home with tummies full of yummy treats, a basket full of fun goodies, heads full of uplifting memories, and hearts full of warm fuzzy feelings.

Everyone knows the best parts of Easter are the candy, the egg hunts, and the cute animal-inspired celebrations (bunnies and baby chicks, don’t deny the adorableness). If you are planning on throwing a classroom party for your kiddos – or even just a fun celebration at home – you’re going to want to see these Easter treat ideas! Kristy planned some really creative festivities for her daughter’s class…see her ideas below.

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These little treat jars are an adorable way to make a tasty nest for your Peeps! Filled with edible grass and jelly beans, topped with a Peep, and finished off with a pretty sticker, these snacks are perfect for the classroom.

How fun is this green apple-flavored edible grass?? With just the lightest bit of flavor, this is a really creative way to make nests, grass-filled baskets, and more! The grass easily dissolves in your mouth which the kids will love.

If you have kids with allergies in your class, you might want to opt for the (slightly more expensive) allergen-free jelly beans and chocolate candies. If you don’t have to worry about that, M&Ms, Cadbury milk eggs, and any type of jelly bean would work! 

These carrot bags are adorable!! Stuff some bags with Cheetos and close off with a green ribbon, and you’ve got your very own Easter treat! This is probably a much-preferred version of carrots for the kids.

For some actual healthy snacks, these fruit skewers topped with Peeps are delicious and nutritious, AND they’re almost to beautiful to eat!!

Egg hunt time! Grab some plastic eggs and fill them with Easter-themed goodies like stamps and mini crayons.

And of course, don’t forget the candy! Throw in a couple chocolate rabbits and Peeps lollipop rings for a sweet surprise.

These burlap bunny bags though!! SO stinkin’ cute!

Fill your burlap bunnies with bubbles, scented dough, puzzles, erasers, scented glue sticks, scented pensscented markers, and candy lip balm!

When all is said and done, the kiddos will be heading home with tummies full of yummy treats, a basket full of fun goodies, heads full of uplifting memories, and hearts full of warm fuzzy feelings.

multiracial girls on floor with plastic eggs on easter day

Everyone knows the best parts of Easter are the candy, the egg hunts, and the cute animal-inspired celebrations (bunnies and baby chicks, don’t deny the adorableness). If you are planning on throwing a classroom party for your kiddos – or even just a fun celebration at home – you’re going to want to see these Easter treat ideas! Kristy planned some really creative festivities for her daughter’s class…see her ideas below.

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These little treat jars are an adorable way to make a tasty nest for your Peeps! Filled with edible grass and jelly beans, topped with a Peep, and finished off with a pretty sticker, these snacks are perfect for the classroom.

How fun is this green apple-flavored edible grass?? With just the lightest bit of flavor, this is a really creative way to make nests, grass-filled baskets, and more! The grass easily dissolves in your mouth which the kids will love.

If you have kids with allergies in your class, you might want to opt for the (slightly more expensive) allergen-free jelly beans and chocolate candies. If you don’t have to worry about that, M&Ms, Cadbury milk eggs, and any type of jelly bean would work! 

These carrot bags are adorable!! Stuff some bags with Cheetos and close off with a green ribbon, and you’ve got your very own Easter treat! This is probably a much-preferred version of carrots for the kids.

For some actual healthy snacks, these fruit skewers topped with Peeps are delicious and nutritious, AND they’re almost to beautiful to eat!!

Egg hunt time! Grab some plastic eggs and fill them with Easter-themed goodies like stamps and mini crayons.

And of course, don’t forget the candy! Throw in a couple chocolate rabbits and Peeps lollipop rings for a sweet surprise.

These burlap bunny bags though!! SO stinkin’ cute!

Fill your burlap bunnies with bubbles, scented dough, puzzles, erasers, scented glue sticks, scented pensscented markers, and candy lip balm!

When all is said and done, the kiddos will be heading home with tummies full of yummy treats, a basket full of fun goodies, heads full of uplifting memories, and hearts full of warm fuzzy feelings.

You don’t have to be Irish to get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks to our handy St. Patrick’s Day guide to fun, you can celebrate with the best of them, without spending all your gold! If you’re planning a classroom party for your kiddo, these themed party favors, craft ideas, and snack suggestions will have your little leprechauns jumping for joy at the end of the rainbow! See our St. Patrick’s Day classroom party ideas below.

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Who doesn’t love a party favor? Make classroom goody bags filled with little leprechauns, St. Patrick’s day stamps, beaded necklaces, and pots (or these) full of gold!

Don’t forget about the crafts and activities! Grab things like foam craft kits, rainbow scratch art, and themed temporary tattoos!!

A photo booth is a really fun way for the kids to make memories and have them for a lifetime! Get cute props and a St. Patrick’s Day backdrop, and see who can take the silliest photo! Let them decorate these picture frames to put their new photo in.

If you’re providing snacks or lunch, a great idea is Shamrock shakes and nuggets, with rainbow Skittles and Rolos as an after-lunch treat! Grab themed plates and napkins to make the meal even more special.

If you’re celebrating at home and want decor inspiration and fun ideas for the kiddos, see our St. Patrick’s Day roundup for a family celebration here!

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Necklaces
Stamps
Leprechauns
Goody Bags
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You don’t have to be Irish to get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks to our handy St. Patrick’s Day guide to fun, you can celebrate with the best of them, without spending all your gold! If you’re planning a classroom party for your kiddo, these themed party favors, craft ideas, and snack suggestions will have your little leprechauns jumping for joy at the end of the rainbow! See our St. Patrick’s Day classroom party ideas below.

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Who doesn’t love a party favor? Make classroom goody bags filled with little leprechauns, St. Patrick’s day stamps, beaded necklaces, and pots (or these) full of gold!

Don’t forget about the crafts and activities! Grab things like foam craft kits, rainbow scratch art, and themed temporary tattoos!!

A photo booth is a really fun way for the kids to make memories and have them for a lifetime! Get cute props and a St. Patrick’s Day backdrop, and see who can take the silliest photo! Let them decorate these picture frames to put their new photo in.

If you’re providing snacks or lunch, a great idea is Shamrock shakes and nuggets, with rainbow Skittles and Rolos as an after-lunch treat! Grab themed plates and napkins to make the meal even more special.

If you’re celebrating at home and want decor inspiration and fun ideas for the kiddos, see our St. Patrick’s Day roundup for a family celebration here!

Shop St. Patrick's Day Fun

Rolos
Skittles
Picture Frames
Photo Backdrop
Photo Props
Temporary Tattoos
Scratch Art
Craft Kit
Chocolate Coins
Candy Cauldrons
Stress Reliever Toys
Necklaces
Stamps
Leprechauns
Goody Bags

Christmas is the most magical time of the year – bring some of that enchanting spirit into your kiddo’s classroom with these fun goody bags full of seasonally inspired delights that they are sure to love! From sweets and treats to toys and games, these little gift bags will put a smile on everyone’s faces and leave them feeling merry and bright. See our holiday goody bag inspiration below.

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Gather your supplies and get to gifting! An assortment of goodies fills these bags with fun surprises for everyone.

Ummmm cuteness overload!! These snowman-wrapped chocolate bars topped with gloves are a pleasant yet practical gift that the kiddos will want to tear into right away.

Who doesn’t love a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly night?? These Grinch-themed hot cocoa kits are adorable and delicious – a double win!

Make your treat bag a trip to Whoville with these other Grinch-inspired goodies like Hershey’s Kisses, these grow-a-Grinch-heart toys, a Rubik’s cube, and Grinch-wrapped chocolate bars!

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And there you have it! A charming and easy way to spread some holiday cheer to the kiddos in their classrooms!

Christmas is the most magical time of the year – bring some of that enchanting spirit into your kiddo’s classroom with these fun goody bags full of seasonally inspired delights that they are sure to love! From sweets and treats to toys and games, these little gift bags will put a smile on everyone’s faces and leave them feeling merry and bright. See our holiday goody bag inspiration below.

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Gather your supplies and get to gifting! An assortment of goodies fills these bags with fun surprises for everyone.

Ummmm cuteness overload!! These snowman-wrapped chocolate bars topped with gloves are a pleasant yet practical gift that the kiddos will want to tear into right away.

Who doesn’t love a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly night?? These Grinch-themed hot cocoa kits are adorable and delicious – a double win!

Make your treat bag a trip to Whoville with these other Grinch-inspired goodies like Hershey’s Kisses, these grow-a-Grinch-heart toys, a Rubik’s cube, and Grinch-wrapped chocolate bars!

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And there you have it! A charming and easy way to spread some holiday cheer to the kiddos in their classrooms!

It’s almost time for the most magical time of the year, especially in my house with four littles! Our resident Elf on the Shelf, Stelfy, will be making his return the day after Thanksgiving…if the kiddos are lucky that is! They look forward to his return each year and it’s a fun time in our household with all of his shenanigans and the daily search for him each morning! Whether you’re an Elf on the Shelf rookie, a seasoned Santa’s helper, or just looking for some inspo – we’ve got some ideas, tips and tricks for this year’s elf magic! See our Elf on the Shelf inspiration below.

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Stelfy knows how to make an entrance! Our elf was paired with a Rudolph reindeer candy cane, and with some twine and clear hair bands I was able to create a scene similar to one of our favorite holiday movies, Home Alone – see what I did there?!

Frozen is still rather popular in our home having three daughters, so with Olaf in mind I created a melted snowman scene on top of our fish Charlie’s tank. This was easy and I had all of the “snowman ingredients” around the house: small glass, water, two googly eyes, a baby carrot, and a small twig or apple stems – add a little note with elf handwriting and voila!

My kids thought that this was hilarious! It’s so simple and gets lots of giggles – all you need is a toilet paper roll and a Hershey kiss or mini chips!

If you happen to have a kid with a loose tooth and they lose said tooth like my kid did…oh what fun it is to become the elf and the tooth fairy all in the same night! Stelfy set up a fairy trap in attempts to catch her – all you need is a handy-dandy net and a note in elf’s handwriting to explain!

I grabbed mini bows which are perfect for his little body and created a scene of Stelfy rock climbing. My kids got a kick out of this one!

Now this was a funny one! Stelfy pranked the kids by taking some of the laundry and one of the baby’s diapers and creating a merry-go-round of underpants! Pro Tip – don’t turn on the fan!

My kids love when our elf Stelfy brings them treats or something fun, and they love to hear what he has to say, so he usually brings a note of sorts. He brought hot chocolate bombs and coloring/activity books and crayons.

star glitters with magic text

It’s almost time for the most magical time of the year, especially in my house with four littles! Our resident Elf on the Shelf, Stelfy, will be making his return the day after Thanksgiving…if the kiddos are lucky that is! They look forward to his return each year and it’s a fun time in our household with all of his shenanigans and the daily search for him each morning! Whether you’re an Elf on the Shelf rookie, a seasoned Santa’s helper, or just looking for some inspo – we’ve got some ideas, tips and tricks for this year’s elf magic! See our Elf on the Shelf inspiration below.

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Stelfy knows how to make an entrance! Our elf was paired with a Rudolph reindeer candy cane, and with some twine and clear hair bands I was able to create a scene similar to one of our favorite holiday movies, Home Alone – see what I did there?!

Frozen is still rather popular in our home having three daughters, so with Olaf in mind I created a melted snowman scene on top of our fish Charlie’s tank. This was easy and I had all of the “snowman ingredients” around the house: small glass, water, two googly eyes, a baby carrot, and a small twig or apple stems – add a little note with elf handwriting and voila!

My kids thought that this was hilarious! It’s so simple and gets lots of giggles – all you need is a toilet paper roll and a Hershey kiss or mini chips!

If you happen to have a kid with a loose tooth and they lose said tooth like my kid did…oh what fun it is to become the elf and the tooth fairy all in the same night! Stelfy set up a fairy trap in attempts to catch her – all you need is a handy-dandy net and a note in elf’s handwriting to explain!

I grabbed mini bows which are perfect for his little body and created a scene of Stelfy rock climbing. My kids got a kick out of this one!

Now this was a funny one! Stelfy pranked the kids by taking some of the laundry and one of the baby’s diapers and creating a merry-go-round of underpants! Pro Tip – don’t turn on the fan!

My kids love when our elf Stelfy brings them treats or something fun, and they love to hear what he has to say, so he usually brings a note of sorts. He brought hot chocolate bombs and coloring/activity books and crayons.

We’re breaking out all the tricks and treats this Halloween season! Whether you’re looking for inspo for classroom parties, fall birthday party snack ideas, or Halloween party additions, we’ve got a lineup of Halloween-inspired treats that is definitely spook-tacular and sure to impress your ghouls of honor! See our Halloween treat ideas below.

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Pretzel Spiderwebs – a sweet and salty festive treat! Line pretzels up in the shape of a wheel on wax paper, heat up white chocolate until melted and swirl around, take a toothpick or prongs of a fork and pull out for that web look, and then finish with Halloween sprinkles!

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies – Both savory and sweet, simple and perfect for a cookie swap!

  • Can of 100% pure pumpkin 
  • Box of spice cake mix
  • Dark chocolate chips 
  • Mix all together, form into balls, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes and enjoy!
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Individual S’mores Cups – grab any seasonal peeps and make these year ’round!

Pumpkin Popcorn Station – Personalize toppings to your liking for a spooky movie night treat or a festive and fun addition to any party! Fill a pitcher or bowl with your favorite type of popcorn and top with a scoop, assemble bowls with “options” and scoops on a tray. Serve in festive little snack trays and enjoy!

  • popcorn
  • candy corn
  • crushed pretzels
  • peanuts 
  • gummy bears 
  • marshmallows 
  • Reese’s pieces

Apple Slice Sundae Station – Customize your apples, sauces and toppings for a delectable and seasonally fun snack or dessert!

  • apples apples – Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious (any kind will do)
  • chocolate and peanut butter sauce – (or whatever tickles your taste buds!)
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • mini M&Ms 
  • mini chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut 
  • toffee bits 
  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed pumpkin spice graham crackers (any graham cracker will do)
white and black halloween treats on round plate

We’re breaking out all the tricks and treats this Halloween season! Whether you’re looking for inspo for classroom parties, fall birthday party snack ideas, or Halloween party additions, we’ve got a lineup of Halloween-inspired treats that is definitely spook-tacular and sure to impress your ghouls of honor! See our Halloween treat ideas below.

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Pretzel Spiderwebs – a sweet and salty festive treat! Line pretzels up in the shape of a wheel on wax paper, heat up white chocolate until melted and swirl around, take a toothpick or prongs of a fork and pull out for that web look, and then finish with Halloween sprinkles!

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies – Both savory and sweet, simple and perfect for a cookie swap!

  • Can of 100% pure pumpkin 
  • Box of spice cake mix
  • Dark chocolate chips 
  • Mix all together, form into balls, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes and enjoy!
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Individual S’mores Cups – grab any seasonal peeps and make these year ’round!

Pumpkin Popcorn Station – Personalize toppings to your liking for a spooky movie night treat or a festive and fun addition to any party! Fill a pitcher or bowl with your favorite type of popcorn and top with a scoop, assemble bowls with “options” and scoops on a tray. Serve in festive little snack trays and enjoy!

  • popcorn
  • candy corn
  • crushed pretzels
  • peanuts 
  • gummy bears 
  • marshmallows 
  • Reese’s pieces

Apple Slice Sundae Station – Customize your apples, sauces and toppings for a delectable and seasonally fun snack or dessert!

  • apples apples – Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious (any kind will do)
  • chocolate and peanut butter sauce – (or whatever tickles your taste buds!)
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • mini M&Ms 
  • mini chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut 
  • toffee bits 
  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed pumpkin spice graham crackers (any graham cracker will do)

The leaves are falling, the crisp air has arrived, and the season of goodies is upon us. October through December have multiple holiday events – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more, so that means classroom parties, various events, and the creation of goody bags, baskets, and more! Since my youngest daughter’s birthday is in October, I was invited to read a themed book, bring in a snack, and hang out with the class, and I used the opportunity to create pumpkin-themed buckets for her whole class! See our Halloween goody bag inspiration below.

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My daughter turned five and is in Pre-K, so I kept it fun but still simple with a pumpkin theme: pumpkin buckets, themed cups, straws, glow sticks, and most importantly, snacks!

The snacks were fun – I found a lot of pumpkin-themed snacks like Entenmann’s pumpkin flavored muffins, gogo squeeze apple pumpkin spice applesauce pouches and decorative fun Skinny Pop popcorn bags.

I kept it pretty simple with Mott’s tots apple juice boxes, but I also ran across Swiss Miss pumpkin spice hot chocolate and just had to add it in. I read the book 10 Little Pumpkins, and the kids were super excited about their snack which was fresh fruit salad in waffle cone bowls topped with a dab of whipped cream – a healthy sundae!

Kristy is room mom for her daughter’s class this year, so of course she got right on her duties of helping to plan the first classroom party planned for October. She went straight to Target’s Hyde & EEK Bootique for plates, napkins, games and more goodies. She’s planning on serving slime punch in cauldrons and using festive food trays for snacks.

“You’ve been Boo’d” – yep that’s right, Kristy created Boo Bags for her kids’ classrooms! She took small clear gift bags and filled them with a bunch of fun little festive toys and a bunch of yummy goodies.

The options are virtually endless with what you can fill them with. Mini play-dohs, bubbles, the classic spider ring and themed pencils. I’m sure no matter what you come up with, the bags will end up being super spook-tacular! Happy Planning!

halloween cupcakes on the table

The leaves are falling, the crisp air has arrived, and the season of goodies is upon us. October through December have multiple holiday events – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more, so that means classroom parties, various events, and the creation of goody bags, baskets, and more! Since my youngest daughter’s birthday is in October, I was invited to read a themed book, bring in a snack, and hang out with the class, and I used the opportunity to create pumpkin-themed buckets for her whole class! See our Halloween goody bag inspiration below.

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My daughter turned five and is in Pre-K, so I kept it fun but still simple with a pumpkin theme: pumpkin buckets, themed cups, straws, glow sticks, and most importantly, snacks!

The snacks were fun – I found a lot of pumpkin-themed snacks like Entenmann’s pumpkin flavored muffins, gogo squeeze apple pumpkin spice applesauce pouches and decorative fun Skinny Pop popcorn bags.

I kept it pretty simple with Mott’s tots apple juice boxes, but I also ran across Swiss Miss pumpkin spice hot chocolate and just had to add it in. I read the book 10 Little Pumpkins, and the kids were super excited about their snack which was fresh fruit salad in waffle cone bowls topped with a dab of whipped cream – a healthy sundae!

Kristy is room mom for her daughter’s class this year, so of course she got right on her duties of helping to plan the first classroom party planned for October. She went straight to Target’s Hyde & EEK Bootique for plates, napkins, games and more goodies. She’s planning on serving slime punch in cauldrons and using festive food trays for snacks.

“You’ve been Boo’d” – yep that’s right, Kristy created Boo Bags for her kids’ classrooms! She took small clear gift bags and filled them with a bunch of fun little festive toys and a bunch of yummy goodies.

The options are virtually endless with what you can fill them with. Mini play-dohs, bubbles, the classic spider ring and themed pencils. I’m sure no matter what you come up with, the bags will end up being super spook-tacular! Happy Planning!

As a busy mom of four, I’ve found that with the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s so easy to grab prepackaged snacks on the fly. Depending on the day I’m packing 1-3 school lunches and throwing snacks to my two-year-old son in between meals or a hold-me-over until the next big meal or before an activity. There are all different types of prepackaged snacks, from chips and granola bars to cookies and fruit snacks. I’ve been more conscious over the years with checking out the ingredients – I especially try to avoid really any food dyes. I have a daughter that is negatively affected by Red 40, so I personally try to avoid bringing anything into our home with that ingredient. I am also conscious of the sugar content in prepared snacks. Here is a recent haul I did to stock up for packing lunches and a busy grab-n-go season of life!

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  • Brainiac Brain Squeezers Applesauce was created by two dads plus a team of neurologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians. They are unsweetened with Omega-3 DHA/EPA and Choline and only have 2 grams of sugar.
  • GoGo SqueeZ Fruit & VeggieZ Applesauce Pouches with Pedal Pedal Peach, which is a nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes; and Speedy Strawberry, which is made from apples, strawberries and zucchini.
  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks are the only fruit snacks I have found that do not have Red 40 – I am conscious of certain ingredients as I have a kid who is negatively affected by them. Plus I generally try to stay away from products that have any kind of dyes.
  • Dot’s pretzels in my family’s opinion are the best brand of pretzels. My kids always ask for the “red bag” of pretzel snacks, but I am a fan of most of the other varieties that they offer.
  • Simply Chex is what I call a “fun snack” – it’s a less healthy option, but still not as bad as other snacks imo.
  • Goldfish – Original is another “fun snack,” but out of all the flavors, the original is the best option if you’re like me and try to stay away from artificial flavorings.
  • Sun-maid raisins with yogurt is a snack most of my kids like, and they’ll eat them plain, but I do like to switch out with the fun flavors like strawberry and vanilla.
  • Made Good granola bars offer the nutrients of a whole serving of veggies and are pretty tasty with their fun flavorings.
  • That’s It mini fruit bars are very simple, with just two ingredients and no added sugar. It’s an easy yes for me and kids love it because it’s simply fruit.
  • Bear fruit rolls are a great substitution for fruit roll ups…there is no added sugar and my kids love the collectible cards that come in each pack.
  • Airly crackers are not only made with whole grain oats and taste yummy, but they are also good for the environment too.
  • Junkless granola bars are so tasty, I’m not sure who likes them more – me or the kiddos. Plus they have a full serving of vegetables so that’s a win for sure.
  • Bobo’s are an interesting combination of a cookie and a granola bar. They are gluten- and dairy-free as well as organic and vegan too.
  • Mr. Beast Feastable cookies are low in sugar content, plant-based and GF; for me a better option over Keebler and Chips A-hoy brands.
  • Sunbelt Bakery granola bars have no preservatives in them and are made from whole grains.
  • Kodiak chewy bars and bites are very filling with the amount of protein, and the bites are a nice replacement for the popular Teddy Graham cookies.
children eating on a table

As a busy mom of four, I’ve found that with the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s so easy to grab prepackaged snacks on the fly. Depending on the day I’m packing 1-3 school lunches and throwing snacks to my two-year-old son in between meals or a hold-me-over until the next big meal or before an activity. There are all different types of prepackaged snacks, from chips and granola bars to cookies and fruit snacks. I’ve been more conscious over the years with checking out the ingredients – I especially try to avoid really any food dyes. I have a daughter that is negatively affected by Red 40, so I personally try to avoid bringing anything into our home with that ingredient. I am also conscious of the sugar content in prepared snacks. Here is a recent haul I did to stock up for packing lunches and a busy grab-n-go season of life!

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  • Brainiac Brain Squeezers Applesauce was created by two dads plus a team of neurologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians. They are unsweetened with Omega-3 DHA/EPA and Choline and only have 2 grams of sugar.
  • GoGo SqueeZ Fruit & VeggieZ Applesauce Pouches with Pedal Pedal Peach, which is a nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes; and Speedy Strawberry, which is made from apples, strawberries and zucchini.
  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks are the only fruit snacks I have found that do not have Red 40 – I am conscious of certain ingredients as I have a kid who is negatively affected by them. Plus I generally try to stay away from products that have any kind of dyes.
  • Dot’s pretzels in my family’s opinion are the best brand of pretzels. My kids always ask for the “red bag” of pretzel snacks, but I am a fan of most of the other varieties that they offer.
  • Simply Chex is what I call a “fun snack” – it’s a less healthy option, but still not as bad as other snacks imo.
  • Goldfish – Original is another “fun snack,” but out of all the flavors, the original is the best option if you’re like me and try to stay away from artificial flavorings.
  • Sun-maid raisins with yogurt is a snack most of my kids like, and they’ll eat them plain, but I do like to switch out with the fun flavors like strawberry and vanilla.
  • Made Good granola bars offer the nutrients of a whole serving of veggies and are pretty tasty with their fun flavorings.
  • That’s It mini fruit bars are very simple, with just two ingredients and no added sugar. It’s an easy yes for me and kids love it because it’s simply fruit.
  • Bear fruit rolls are a great substitution for fruit roll ups…there is no added sugar and my kids love the collectible cards that come in each pack.
  • Airly crackers are not only made with whole grain oats and taste yummy, but they are also good for the environment too.
  • Junkless granola bars are so tasty, I’m not sure who likes them more – me or the kiddos. Plus they have a full serving of vegetables so that’s a win for sure.
  • Bobo’s are an interesting combination of a cookie and a granola bar. They are gluten- and dairy-free as well as organic and vegan too.
  • Mr. Beast Feastable cookies are low in sugar content, plant-based and GF; for me a better option over Keebler and Chips A-hoy brands.
  • Sunbelt Bakery granola bars have no preservatives in them and are made from whole grains.
  • Kodiak chewy bars and bites are very filling with the amount of protein, and the bites are a nice replacement for the popular Teddy Graham cookies.

If we can find a reason to throw a party, you bet we’re taking it. And a theme party?? Watch. Us. Thrive. Kristy is the queen of party planning, especially when it comes to doing so on a budget, and the results are always FABULOUS! Her daughter just turned 7 and her only request this year – a Squishmallows birthday party. You would think with the popularity of these sweet stuffed characters, putting together a party would be a breeze. But as Kristy started planning, she realized it was little more difficult than she anticipated. As usual, she worked her magic and threw a Squishmallows party to remember. See the highlights below!

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A Squishmallows party wouldn’t be a Squishmallows party without all our Squishmallows friends! Obviously the “Happy Birthday” cupcake is essential, and the pizza, sandwich, chips, and ice cream ones are perfect for setting up around certain food stations!

Pastel balloons sprinkled with clear, funfetti-filled ones make for a gorgeous arched centerpiece! This is great for a photo op area or around the gift table. Confetti garland, a “happy birthday” banner, a Squishmallows backdrop, and holographic fringe complete the look!

Colorful candy, snow cones, and macarons are the perfect sweet treats for a Squishmallows party. Stick your lollipops in this wooden lollipop stand and stack your macarons on this tiered stand. The candy station sign is from Decocrated, and yes, Kristy drew that Squishmallow (angry unicorn, according to her husband) all by herself. She might have missed her calling as an artist.

Smarties, marshmallows, and lollipops, oh my! This super cute candy cart is stocked up on all the best treats for your sweet tooth. Add gummy bears and cotton candy for a pastel-filled palette of deliciousness, and if you need a little salty with all that sweet, grab these popcorn boxes to filled with buttery, fresh-popped goodness. If you want to make your own popcorn, we love these popcorn maker essentials.

Is there anything as delicious as a classic snow cone? Grab your snow cone machine and your flavored syrups (these tops make for easy pouring), and these chilled treats will make for one cool dessert. Serve them up in these fun flower cups and top them off with a snow cone straw/spoon.

No real party is complete without a piñata. How cute is this unicorn cupcake?! It’s almost too cute to swing a stick at but…candy!! Stuff it with these party favors and candy varieties and hang it up with this heavy-duty deck hook.

And of course, we can’t forget the birthday cake!! The cake was made by Courtney from Courtney’s Kitchen – if you’re in the South Jersey area, be sure to check her out and give her some love! This cake is incredible!!

Keep the theme going even into your seating setup. Tie-dye tablecloths with pop-up Squishmallows centerpieces make for great table decor!

Gotta send the kiddos home with goodies! Kristy filled these boxes with the cutest Squishmallows-inspired items – mini mystery bags, mini erasers, lip balm, stickers, and more! She also did a scavenger hunt in the backyard and each kid got to bring home two items, including Squooshems, trading cards, and mystery mini Squishmallows!

If we can find a reason to throw a party, you bet we’re taking it. And a theme party?? Watch. Us. Thrive. Kristy is the queen of party planning, especially when it comes to doing so on a budget, and the results are always FABULOUS! Her daughter just turned 7 and her only request this year – a Squishmallows birthday party. You would think with the popularity of these sweet stuffed characters, putting together a party would be a breeze. But as Kristy started planning, she realized it was little more difficult than she anticipated. As usual, she worked her magic and threw a Squishmallows party to remember. See the highlights below!

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this group. See full disclosure here.

A Squishmallows party wouldn’t be a Squishmallows party without all our Squishmallows friends! Obviously the “Happy Birthday” cupcake is essential, and the pizza, sandwich, chips, and ice cream ones are perfect for setting up around certain food stations!

Pastel balloons sprinkled with clear, funfetti-filled ones make for a gorgeous arched centerpiece! This is great for a photo op area or around the gift table. Confetti garland, a “happy birthday” banner, a Squishmallows backdrop, and holographic fringe complete the look!

Colorful candy, snow cones, and macarons are the perfect sweet treats for a Squishmallows party. Stick your lollipops in this wooden lollipop stand and stack your macarons on this tiered stand. The candy station sign is from Decocrated, and yes, Kristy drew that Squishmallow (angry unicorn, according to her husband) all by herself. She might have missed her calling as an artist.

Smarties, marshmallows, and lollipops, oh my! This super cute candy cart is stocked up on all the best treats for your sweet tooth. Add gummy bears and cotton candy for a pastel-filled palette of deliciousness, and if you need a little salty with all that sweet, grab these popcorn boxes to filled with buttery, fresh-popped goodness. If you want to make your own popcorn, we love these popcorn maker essentials.

Is there anything as delicious as a classic snow cone? Grab your snow cone machine and your flavored syrups (these tops make for easy pouring), and these chilled treats will make for one cool dessert. Serve them up in these fun flower cups and top them off with a snow cone straw/spoon.

No real party is complete without a piñata. How cute is this unicorn cupcake?! It’s almost too cute to swing a stick at but…candy!! Stuff it with these party favors and candy varieties and hang it up with this heavy-duty deck hook.

And of course, we can’t forget the birthday cake!! The cake was made by Courtney from Courtney’s Kitchen – if you’re in the South Jersey area, be sure to check her out and give her some love! This cake is incredible!!

Keep the theme going even into your seating setup. Tie-dye tablecloths with pop-up Squishmallows centerpieces make for great table decor!

Gotta send the kiddos home with goodies! Kristy filled these boxes with the cutest Squishmallows-inspired items – mini mystery bags, mini erasers, lip balm, stickers, and more! She also did a scavenger hunt in the backyard and each kid got to bring home two items, including Squooshems, trading cards, and mystery mini Squishmallows!

It’s that time of year again…the leaves are starting to fall, the scent of pumpkin spice everything and the Spirit Halloween stores start popping up all over, and the Halloween shopping craze begins! 2/4 of my kiddos already had their costumes locked in and were ready to shop, and my other two were very much undecided. My 20% off coupon was expiring so we did some family shopping over the weekend! Check out some of the great kids’ Halloween apparel I found!

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My youngest daughter was already locked in on being her favorite Disney princess Ariel, so she was the easiest purchase of the day. The outfit is adorable, and of course we had to get the signature locks to go with it!

My middle daughter chose this shimmer fox costume, no real rhyme or reason for it, but it is super cute and very minimal make-up application needed from me, so it’s a win-win all around.

I thought for sure my eldest would go for the Wednesday Addams or Barbie look this year, but nope, she went from the Shimmer Fox, to Descendants characters, to Rena Rouge and finally landed on Buttercup from the Power Puff Girls…a show that she’s never even seen an episode of before. Her reasoning was because of the similar hair length…uhm okay…the logic of a seven-year-old, I guess.

I always forget about Target for their kids’ costume selection. These seem to be the most popular of the selections this year, with Disney Villains like Ursula, Maleficent and Cruella over the princesses, along with Harry & Hermione from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michelangela and Leonardo – following the release of their live action movie earlier this year.

How cool are these zip-up and pullover hoodies…the one with the skeleton skull hood is my favorite! The pajama sets are adorable too – I grabbed the dinosaur skeleton set for my son.

Per usual, Target always has more for the girls. I have three girls ranging from ages four to seven and I was able to find an outfit for each of them. This Nightmare Before Christmas dress is super cute for my girlie girl that love tutus. My seven-year-old isn’t so much into the “kiddie” Halloween graphics, so the Cat & Jack hearts zip-up hoodie with matching leggings is perfect for her because it’s still festive and “cool”. For my six-year-old, I grabbed a pair of sparkly black leggings and paired them with a long-sleeved graphic t-shirt.

My kids have a Halloween parade at school, along with a class party and Spirit Week, which includes pajama day and mix-match sock day, so these themed matching pajamas and festive socks are a fun way to send the kiddos in to participate. Plus…they glow in the dark – how fun for the whole family! Be sure to check out the whole Hyde & EEK! Boutique Collection for all of the Halloween apparel and more!

It’s that time of year again…the leaves are starting to fall, the scent of pumpkin spice everything and the Spirit Halloween stores start popping up all over, and the Halloween shopping craze begins! 2/4 of my kiddos already had their costumes locked in and were ready to shop, and my other two were very much undecided. My 20% off coupon was expiring so we did some family shopping over the weekend! Check out some of the great kids’ Halloween apparel I found!

Frugal and Thriving may earn small commission from affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

My youngest daughter was already locked in on being her favorite Disney princess Ariel, so she was the easiest purchase of the day. The outfit is adorable, and of course we had to get the signature locks to go with it!

My middle daughter chose this shimmer fox costume, no real rhyme or reason for it, but it is super cute and very minimal make-up application needed from me, so it’s a win-win all around.

I thought for sure my eldest would go for the Wednesday Addams or Barbie look this year, but nope, she went from the Shimmer Fox, to Descendants characters, to Rena Rouge and finally landed on Buttercup from the Power Puff Girls…a show that she’s never even seen an episode of before. Her reasoning was because of the similar hair length…uhm okay…the logic of a seven-year-old, I guess.

I always forget about Target for their kids’ costume selection. These seem to be the most popular of the selections this year, with Disney Villains like Ursula, Maleficent and Cruella over the princesses, along with Harry & Hermione from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michelangela and Leonardo – following the release of their live action movie earlier this year.

How cool are these zip-up and pullover hoodies…the one with the skeleton skull hood is my favorite! The pajama sets are adorable too – I grabbed the dinosaur skeleton set for my son.

Per usual, Target always has more for the girls. I have three girls ranging from ages four to seven and I was able to find an outfit for each of them. This Nightmare Before Christmas dress is super cute for my girlie girl that love tutus. My seven-year-old isn’t so much into the “kiddie” Halloween graphics, so the Cat & Jack hearts zip-up hoodie with matching leggings is perfect for her because it’s still festive and “cool”. For my six-year-old, I grabbed a pair of sparkly black leggings and paired them with a long-sleeved graphic t-shirt.

My kids have a Halloween parade at school, along with a class party and Spirit Week, which includes pajama day and mix-match sock day, so these themed matching pajamas and festive socks are a fun way to send the kiddos in to participate. Plus…they glow in the dark – how fun for the whole family! Be sure to check out the whole Hyde & EEK! Boutique Collection for all of the Halloween apparel and more!

Back to school means back to making school lunches for the crew. Last September is when I really started preparing lunches at home for the kids to take to school. Depending on the school lunch menu, I was making 2/3 kids’ lunches at least three days out of the week. My youngest is very picky and didn’t want school lunch unless it was breakfast for lunch (i.e.: French toast sticks, etc.). For anyone planning on packing lunches, whether it’s your first time or if you need some fresh ideas or inspo, we’ve got the 4-1-1 for a successful school year!

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Let’s start with containers! Kristy’s son is a picky eater, so these Bentgo boxes are perfect when putting together a lunch that kids can graze on with a variety of items that hopefully they are interested in that day because, well, kids…one day they love one thing and the next day they won’t touch it! Bentgo is leak-proof and some of the Bentgo boxes have ice packs – they’re called Bentgo Chill Boxes.

I have an Omie box for my youngest daughter. She isn’t a big eater and prefers turkey and cheese with mustard as her entree, or if we have left over spaghetti or mac ‘n’ cheese, I’ll fill up her thermos bowl with boiling water and let it sit while I heat up her leftovers, dump the water and replace with the meal – it keeps it at the perfect temperature until her lunch time. Add a couple of snacks and she’s good to go!

Anyone else wonder why most kids lunch boxes are so small?! It’s often hard to find items that are able to fit. Kristy found these sandwich containers for her daughter’s lunch bag. These are reusable, easy to open and close, and are safe for the freezer too.

I came across these snap-lock lunch box containers last year and they also fit well in my kids’ lunch boxes…we have ones from Pottery Barn Kids. They are slightly bento-inspired with a couple different compartments. They are not leak-proof, but they get the job done.

I use Ello containers to make fresh fruit cups and SnapLock dip cups for ranch dressing or other condiments so that there are no spills or leaks. I like to use silicone muffin cups as a space-saver to place snacks like pretzels, goldfish, cookies and more for easy access. My favorite score last year was these Ello on the go cutlery sets. I love using them over plastic utensils.

Kristy gets creative with her son’s lunches since he is the pickiest eater! She uses fun cookie cutters to make different shapes for his sandwiches – and she says that they have actually helped! The smaller shapes can be used for fruits like melons and apples. Don’t forget about the cutters to make homemade uncrustables

Does anyone else find that there’s never enough room for ice packs?! When you’re packing lunch meat and/or cheese sandwiches and items like yogurt and cheese sticks, you need it! Kristy found these fun character thin ice packs that fit perfectly.

PRO TIP: If you have a gogurt kid, freeze the gogurts and use them as ice packs! They keep your items cool, and it thaws out just in time for lunch!

For thermoses, we’ve been through the wringer with trying to find ones that are great at keeping their drinks cold and NOT leaking everywhere! These are my go-tos! 

  • Simple Modern – they come in two sizes and some fun patterns
  • Hydroflask – these are great for sports and with having to personalize everything, there’s a nice sleeve you can add your kiddo’s name to
  • Thermoflask – keeps beverages ice-cold for 24 hrs, and hot for up to 12 hrs with double-wall and vacuum insulation
  • MIIR – MiiR is a family-owned company based in Seattle, Washington, and their products are insulated and leak-proof
  • Thermos – if your kids have sensitivities and prefer a softer straw, these are great, and of course they come in fun designs

Liquid IV recently came out with kids’ hydration multiplier packs, so Kristy grabbed all of the flavors and will include them in her kids’ lunch routines, putting them in their thermoses because they drink way more water with them!

Frito-Lay has an ultimate snack package which offers 40 assorted varieties of chips, cookies, crackers and more! Perfect for lunches, on-the-go students or teachers – if you’d like to gift a snack!

If your child happens to be in a class with a gluten and/or nut allergy, fortunately Walmart has a great selection for school-friendly snacks!

Grab and go variety snacks from Amazon are perfect not only for lunches, but also for those afterschool activities like softball, CCD, tumbling, soccer, karate, or gymnastics. It’s also a great grab for a teacher/class donation!

There’s nothing like a handwritten note from a loved one, but this year the trend is adorable little note/joke cards to put in their lunch box each day! They have riddles, fun facts, brain teasers and some giggles and laughs! There are also holiday specific ones too!

Back to school means back to making school lunches for the crew. Last September is when I really started preparing lunches at home for the kids to take to school. Depending on the school lunch menu, I was making 2/3 kids’ lunches at least three days out of the week. My youngest is very picky and didn’t want school lunch unless it was breakfast for lunch (i.e.: French toast sticks, etc.). For anyone planning on packing lunches, whether it’s your first time or if you need some fresh ideas or inspo, we’ve got the 4-1-1 for a successful school year!

Frugal and Thriving may earn commission via affiliate links in this post, see full disclosure here.

Let’s start with containers! Kristy’s son is a picky eater, so these Bentgo boxes are perfect when putting together a lunch that kids can graze on with a variety of items that hopefully they are interested in that day because, well, kids…one day they love one thing and the next day they won’t touch it! Bentgo is leak-proof and some of the Bentgo boxes have ice packs – they’re called Bentgo Chill Boxes.

I have an Omie box for my youngest daughter. She isn’t a big eater and prefers turkey and cheese with mustard as her entree, or if we have left over spaghetti or mac ‘n’ cheese, I’ll fill up her thermos bowl with boiling water and let it sit while I heat up her leftovers, dump the water and replace with the meal – it keeps it at the perfect temperature until her lunch time. Add a couple of snacks and she’s good to go!

Anyone else wonder why most kids lunch boxes are so small?! It’s often hard to find items that are able to fit. Kristy found these sandwich containers for her daughter’s lunch bag. These are reusable, easy to open and close, and are safe for the freezer too.

I came across these snap-lock lunch box containers last year and they also fit well in my kids’ lunch boxes…we have ones from Pottery Barn Kids. They are slightly bento-inspired with a couple different compartments. They are not leak-proof, but they get the job done.

I use Ello containers to make fresh fruit cups and SnapLock dip cups for ranch dressing or other condiments so that there are no spills or leaks. I like to use silicone muffin cups as a space-saver to place snacks like pretzels, goldfish, cookies and more for easy access. My favorite score last year was these Ello on the go cutlery sets. I love using them over plastic utensils.

Kristy gets creative with her son’s lunches since he is the pickiest eater! She uses fun cookie cutters to make different shapes for his sandwiches – and she says that they have actually helped! The smaller shapes can be used for fruits like melons and apples. Don’t forget about the cutters to make homemade uncrustables

Does anyone else find that there’s never enough room for ice packs?! When you’re packing lunch meat and/or cheese sandwiches and items like yogurt and cheese sticks, you need it! Kristy found these fun character thin ice packs that fit perfectly.

PRO TIP: If you have a gogurt kid, freeze the gogurts and use them as ice packs! They keep your items cool, and it thaws out just in time for lunch!

For thermoses, we’ve been through the wringer with trying to find ones that are great at keeping their drinks cold and NOT leaking everywhere! These are my go-tos! 

  • Simple Modern – they come in two sizes and some fun patterns
  • Hydroflask – these are great for sports and with having to personalize everything, there’s a nice sleeve you can add your kiddo’s name to
  • Thermoflask – keeps beverages ice-cold for 24 hrs, and hot for up to 12 hrs with double-wall and vacuum insulation
  • MIIR – MiiR is a family-owned company based in Seattle, Washington, and their products are insulated and leak-proof
  • Thermos – if your kids have sensitivities and prefer a softer straw, these are great, and of course they come in fun designs

Liquid IV recently came out with kids’ hydration multiplier packs, so Kristy grabbed all of the flavors and will include them in her kids’ lunch routines, putting them in their thermoses because they drink way more water with them!

Frito-Lay has an ultimate snack package which offers 40 assorted varieties of chips, cookies, crackers and more! Perfect for lunches, on-the-go students or teachers – if you’d like to gift a snack!

If your child happens to be in a class with a gluten and/or nut allergy, fortunately Walmart has a great selection for school-friendly snacks!

Grab and go variety snacks from Amazon are perfect not only for lunches, but also for those afterschool activities like softball, CCD, tumbling, soccer, karate, or gymnastics. It’s also a great grab for a teacher/class donation!

There’s nothing like a handwritten note from a loved one, but this year the trend is adorable little note/joke cards to put in their lunch box each day! They have riddles, fun facts, brain teasers and some giggles and laughs! There are also holiday specific ones too!