PROPS on Sprouting Balance

I have spent the last few weeks focusing on my LITTLE SPROUT. She started Junior Kindergarten on September 8th and thankfully has adjusted well. This means that our family is learning new routines for both mornings and evenings. My little girl is also staying for lunch, which is an adjustment for all of us. Up until this point, her big meal of the day was at lunchtime and was often a full hot dinner. We have had to be creative since she doesn’t eat sandwiches. I will do another post on this including our love of Planetbox and our lunch ideas to this point.

Lunch Box Comparison | Wendolonia
During the summer, I did a lot of research on the best lunchbox for my little one. I came across this blog post by Wendolonia after we purchased our PlanetBox. The chart in her post is a fantastic summary of six readily available bento style boxes. Although I am listing this post under LITTLE SPROUTS these are boxes adults can use for their packed lunches too!

The Everyday Item That’s Causing You Back Pain and How to Stop It | mindbodygreen
The things we carry everyday whether we are male or female include our wallet, phone, keys and hopefully, a packed lunch for those going to work. Then there are the extras such as a water bottle, a book/reader, random paperwork, diapers, toys, and the list goes on. All these extras mean a heavy bag that our muscles have to carry. Then we have our children with their gym kits, homework, packed lunch and their miscellaneous extra items. I suggest that at a minimum, your child’s backpack is reviewed nightly and the adult bags reviewed on a weekly basis to minimize the extra weight.

Mom Strips in Public to Push Self-love Message | HLN TV
I haven’t met a person who doesn’t have (or had) issues with their self-esteem. We live in a media driven society that has engulfed us with images of the “perfect” person. This mom striped to a bikini at a public market and posted the following sign: “I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a ‘heart’ on my body”. She asked for hearts but got more – after nearly one hour she received hugs, smiles, and words of encouragement.

Looking for some ideas on recipes, organization or things to do with your Lil Sprout? Come check out my Pinterest page and the things that inspire me to become more balanced.

In the comments, please share articles that you read this week that helped you SPROUT some BALANCE! And remember to follow us and SPROUT a conversation on Twitter – @sproutbalance

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