This list and printable for one month of packed lunch ideas is part of a #backtoschool #shop hosted by Collective Bias. All the opinions in it are my own. Packed lunches are a funny one. I always start each term with the idea that I am going to be the perfect mum with loads of cool bento stuff packed full of nutritional value that my kids will happily wolf down. About three days into each term though reality bites, I realise I haven’t ordered any bread and I’m running around looking for PE kits and library books and the pretty stuff just isn’t happening. Over time I’ve learnt that the best thing for me is to plan my kids lunches out, that way I’m making sure they don’t have a cheese sandwich and an apple every day and I’m not quite so panicked. As it’s something that helps me I thought it might help other people too so today I’m sharing a free printable with a whole month of lunch box ideas.

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This weekend we made the most of the good weather and managed to sort out a last minute camping trip to The Land in Perranporth. I love camping; being outside, getting to explore a new area, the kids having fun, but I can also find it pretty exhausting. My kids aren’t great sleepers and as much as I want to spend time having fun with them I do struggle sometimes just because I’m so tired, I get moany, short tempered (oops) or I depend on sugar to get through the day. This time though I took some Berocca with me so that I could really make the most of our break and have fun with the kids and explore Perranporth.

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We had such a blast with this fun challenge from Petplan and I’m so excited to be able to share the results with you today, I’m sure you’ll agree the results are pretty amazing! My son has been on about wanting a pet for ages, depending on the day that’s been dogs, chickens, snakes and dinosaurs. I had a dog when I was a kid and I think that pets can be a good way to encourage responsibility in children. Petplan asked my son to design his dream pet and he set to work on the challenge.

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We’ve started to do a few autumn crafts over the last week and this sweet fine motor skills craft was a quick idea after my kids asked for one more thing to make. At six my son is good with his letters but he’s enjoying helping my daughter (3) learn her alphabet. Her interest in letters has come as a total surprise to me but I’m happy to go with it! This autumn letter craft is super quick to set up and can be easily adapted as you’ll see below.

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One of the joys of having children is watching them grow up and develop their own personalities. Most parents encourage their children to be themselves from an early age. They let their children dress differently and take up different hobbies from their siblings even when doing so creates extra work and expense.

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