WIN: SunRice’s ultimate back to school ‘kitted-out’ lunch box pack! {Congratulations Jac and Cate}

January 25, 2016 · 55 comments

You’re probably all aware that school goes back this week.  The six weeks of summer holidays has evaporated away leaving only days of freedom before the uniform washing and lunch box making starts again for another year.  Why does January ALWAYS go so fast?  

It’s generally about now that I start to have a mild anxiety attack thinking about school lunches.  I want to be  one of those mums who pack healthy, sugar free, GMO free, wrapper free, glutten free (and maybe taste free) nude food lunches.  You know the ones, people put them on Facebook and Pinterest to shame us mere mortal mums into doing all that extra work.  But let’s be honest here, as good as my intention may be, within weeks of school starting the pre-packaged biscuits and muesli bars start creeping their way back into this family’s lunch boxes. 

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So when the  peeps from SunRice contacted me recently to ask if I’d be interested in giving away two of their ‘kitted out’ lunch box packs it seemed to me that the goodies in the pack, and the Mini Bites themselves, might be something some of my fellow “mortal mums” might be interested in.   So today I’m happy to tell you it’s giveaway time. 

SunRice tell me that their products are healthy, bite-sized brown rice cakes made using the goodness of Australian, locally-grown brown rice.   A tasty, fun, portion-controlled snack that has less fat than regular potato chips: easy for mum and dad and healthy for kids!  Sounds okay hey.  As you would imagine as a mum of three growing primary school aged girls  I am always looking for cost effective, easy and nutritious lunchbox fodder. 

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The SunRice’s ultimate back to school ‘kitted-out’ lunch box pack giveaway

If you would like to win one of the two SunRice Mini Bites Back To School packs, valued at $170 each, simpy tell me your best ‘Back To School’ tip in the comments below.  The giveaway is open until 12.00pm (midnight) on Tuesday the 2nd of February and the two best answers will be chosen as winners.    You can see all of my giveaway Terms and Conditions here if you feel the need to read them.   (ps: products may vary slightly from those pictured. )

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Good luck. My fingers are crossed for you. Both for smooth sailing as the kids head back to school for 2016 and the giveaway. 

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2 Maverick July 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm

This is a most useful corouibntitn to the debate

3 jodi February 1, 2016 at 11:51 am

With only three days experience as a school mum, i am learning to prepare myself and have a plan. Getting ready the night before with uniforms and lunchboxes, and then going through each with my girl so she learns what to haveand what’s in her bag. Getting up half an hour earlier so we’re on time (trying to be disciplned) and not leaving things to the last minute…has worked so far…..

4 Jessica Brewer January 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm

With our 1st of 3 off to prep this year I’m a newby to back to school so my best advice is to play it calm and take each day as it comes, no point stressing them out!

5 Megan Sully January 31, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Buy in bulk and prepare in bulk then use the savings to buy yourself something nice when you are feeling stressed out with all the homework, running around and meetings.

6 Kimberley Belford January 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm

I get the kids to help with everything possible for back to school , they cover their own books with slip on bookcovers and write their own names on everything. They make their lunches and put in the fridge ,pack their bags and get out clothes and shoes the night before.
It helps me but also teaches them life lessons :). Best of both worlds !!!

7 Carolyn January 31, 2016 at 6:42 pm

Get the kids excited!! When they are excited about going to school there is no nagging! They gobble their breakfast, get ready and dressed and everyone is happy and things run smoothly. I’m a very organised person to start with which helps obviously but I believe having the kids positive about school is half the battle in the morning.

8 Deaane January 31, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Definitely plan ahead! The freezer is your friend. On weekends i bake and freeze so the night before i can grab what I need so we can make a quick getaway in the morning

9 Sandra Sanden January 31, 2016 at 5:04 am

Hi there. I don’t have kids of my own I look after my step kids (boy 9, girl 5) that I love like they are mine which makes things a bit harder as comparisons with their mum are hard when it comes to: “my mum sent me this on the lunch box”…etc. however I find very useful to make them help me prepare the lunchboxes with what I want to send them (everything i cook is homemade no frozen stuff). And don’t know if someone tried it before but it feels good when they get home and when is time to clean the lunchboxes I found that they eat all I sent (fruits, veggies, eggs, etc.)

10 Malinda January 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Be prepared with some homemade cooking to last few weeks for both lunch boxes and the all important after school snacks. I like to make afternoon tea something exciting so that we can sit down and debrief on what happened at school.

11 Bec January 30, 2016 at 1:50 pm

I suck at mornings, seriously. I would rather forego breakfast and have an extra five minutes sleep. So I plan, plan, plan. I’m a night owl so it’s all done the night before.
Lunch, recess, crunch & sip all done and popped in the fridge ready to go in the morning (I put my sunnies in there too so I don’t forget to take the lunch).
I pre make smoothie packs and pop them in the freezer so I have something to ‘eat’ on the way to school.
Uniforms are all hung in order of the days they’re needed – full dress (Monday), sports (Tuesday) etc
School bag station is set up so its all in one place, including a place for notes and homework.

All great in theory and it doesn’t always to go plan but so long as Miss is fed and clothed we’re winning 🙂

12 Amelia January 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Be prepared have a visual
Countdown calendar as to when school goes back do uniform the night before as well as lunchboxes! Make sure to wear the new school shoes a bit before school goes back to get them comfy and to stop the dramas on the day!

13 Belle January 30, 2016 at 8:19 am

Well I was going to say being prepared and organised by having lunches made the night before, and ordering your school books early and having them covered & labeled before the day before school goes back!! However after THE worst school holidays ever (husband had open heart surgery and I have had to work 7 days a week 10-13 hours a day, taking on our new business all by myself – this was not the plan!!- for the last 2 months and the kids didn’t take all of this very well whatsoever).. I’ve now discovered that the most important thing about going back to school is MY attitude.. all of that preparation stuff really doesn’t matter at all (I am not prepared whatsoever!) but if my attitude about going back to school isn’t great, it totally rubs off on the kids!! So we are not prepared, lunch will be something I can throw together the night before and my sons pencil cases and other gear is still all at school as we had to take him out unexpectedly at the end of the year last year, and so far the front office doesn’t know where his stuff is.. But my attitude is what has got the kids not stressing about the first day of school! (& they have a lot to stress about this year)
Keep it cool, keep it light & have a laugh!

14 Caz Filmer February 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Hi Belle, as the second winner of the amazing back to school giveaway pack from SunRice didn’t respond I’d love to make you the other winner 🙂 Congratulations. If you could email me back asap with your details I’ll forward them onto the PR company so they can send the pack out to you. Hope you love it. Cheers Caz Filmer
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15 Caz Filmer February 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Opps. You can email me at thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com or message me via the facebook page. Cheers Caz.
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16 Tabitha Rickard January 30, 2016 at 8:09 am

Over the summer holidays I prepaird about 40 cards ( my daughter is just starting one day a week this year at kindy) but 40 cards with a special message of how much I love her , or how proud I am of her ect… So I can place it in her lunch box for when she goes to kindy.
By making them in advance , some cards I kept blank so I can write somthing during the year , but it made sure I have one for each week as a little random act of kindness and love from me to her. as we get so busy and fixated on preparing books, bags , uniforms , what to put in the lunch box … My tip is to take some time to think how you can inject a little love and sparkle into their school day each day or each week. For me it a Little letter or drawing hidden inside her lunch box!

17 Rach B January 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm

I no longer stress about their total food intake at school – they always come home hungry.

So now I pack healthy food they will eat making sure it has plenty of good carbs to keep their brains functioning. I know that some days it will come home and other days every skerrick will be eaten.

18 sapna January 29, 2016 at 10:14 pm

We have created a school station for kids using our old bookcase with shelves and drawers. It hangs their uniforms, there is space for the bags on the shelves and name labelled drawers for their socks,shoes stationary, library bag and hat . Their weekly timetables are there on one shelf , each day they can see what they have on at school and can dress and pack their bag accordingly. It’s a great way to organise things & it really works for our family. The kids love being independent (without mum shouting at them ) and enjoy getting ready which makes morning time chaos free.

19 Robyn January 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Organise uniform/shoes before bed. Pack essentials into backpack. Make lunches before bed and put in fridge ready for the morning. Saves us a half hour every morning to spend together before school 😃

20 Kara Devine January 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Preparing as much as you can in advance helps so much. We had a baking day on the last weekend of the school holidays and made a heap of freazeable lunch box foods and we layout her uniform, pack her school bag and make her lunch the night before.

21 Caralyn January 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm

My tip: Take a sharpie with you to school on day one – there is always something you or your child has forgotten to write their name on!

22 Ang K January 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm

I pre plan breakfast and lunch the night before – if breakfast is all laid out ready with table set it makes it much quicker and we are less likely to skip it then. Making lunches the night before is a MUST or we will always be late for school!

23 KC January 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

Great prize pack and some great tips here.
A tip for the kids starting school for the first time: be careful how you talk about what will happen at school, some kids expect they will learn to read on the first day and come home disappointed!

24 Karlene January 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

Last year I spent an hour in a queue at the uniform shop on the last Friday of the school holidays. It made sense to wait until January to buy new uniforms incase there was a growth spurt over the holidays but it seems 80 other families had the same thought. But this year I was smarter and I ordered them online using Flexischools and they were delivered to the classroom on the first day back! (yesterday). Best. Tip. Ever. LOL

25 Melissa January 27, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Prepare your child for the day with a big healthy breakfast. It will help them to concentrate and hey the most out of their first (and every) day.
A lunchbox filled with healthy snacks, like these from sunrice, will also help them perform at their best all day.

26 glenda davies January 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm

stay calm and expect the unexpected

27 Juanita January 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

I’d be preparing from a week earlier….getting the kids off to sleep at a decent time and up at the right time – practice for school …I would buy everything they needed during January (stationary, books, glue, uniforms, bags, lunch boxes, hair ties, contact) so I didn’t have to think about that part at all. Then do the food shop the day before, so fresh food is still fresh. And talk school up! Make it sound like so much fun that they will be dying to get there again and not be thinking too much about the holidays being over.

28 Jane Gardam January 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Organise, Organise, Organise…….be prepared which in our house seems to be a gradual preparation towards the end of the holidays to the very last night before school starts. We always seem to manage okay and everybody gets out the door fully dressed and food in their lunch box.

29 Jenai January 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

To ensure your organisation is done;
Do a ‘Going to School’ trial run!
Look (and smell) inside the school bag from last year;
2015’s lunch box still being there is my biggest fear!
Do you have functional tubs for your kids’ lunch;
And healthy snack ideas that at recess they can munch?
Your kids need to try their uniform in complete;
From the hat on their head to the shoes on their feet!
Does everything fit, do they have all the pieces;
Do you need to iron and remove all the creases?
Are the pencil cases full of requisite stationery;
Do they have a bag to borrow books at the library?
I recommend a tour of the school if you’re just starting there;
Doing these things will ensure Back To School is an easy affair!

30 Nicole January 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

Get the kids up for the three days before school starts earlier and have them go to bed earlier. Their little bodies need adjusting time to the school routine. Plus always get them to wear in new school shoes a few hours a day 🙂

31 Kylie D January 27, 2016 at 4:13 am

Always pack lunches the night before, an oldie but a goodie.

Every second of time in the morning is precious. A bit of work the night before while cleaning up after dinner makes the world of difference, both to my mood and the quality of the lunches produced!

32 Talina January 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Such great advice here – and a fab giveaway Caz!
My tip: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Try and stay calm and zen (rather than the mad rush to get out the door that then leaves everyone grumpy, frazzled and disconnected – which is how we often end up!) So this advice is really for ME – but am sure it will help others too :o)

33 Michelle V January 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

What I hate, because they aren’t very nice
Is the fact of the kids getting head lice
We’ve already experienced one infestation
Oh, the nuisance, and sheer devastation!
I try to maintain a positive perspective
But even the treatments are mostly ineffective
Not to mention the time and the cost
All that combing guarantees patience will be lost!
So my back to school tip would have to be
Tie all hair back, and use a spray with tea tree
Hope and pray that’ll be enough to prevent the nits
Because they really do give you the sh…sads!!! 😉

34 Mary Preston January 26, 2016 at 9:11 pm

My best tip is to do trial runs – dressing and undressing re school clothes, trying out all the features on school bags & lunch boxes, trying on the shoes & wearing them around and about a bit. Even a walk or drive to the school can be invaluable.

You don’t want to be doing any of this the first morning back & finding you have hit a snag or two.

35 Corrin Fleming-Morris January 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

This is my first year as a ‘school mum’ so my tips are not tested out fully yet, but i have been trying to get our household into a routine of getting up at the same time each morning and bedtime at a reasonable hour. Plus i have been baking and freezing lunchbox items so i have healthy food ready to go. I am sure there are much better tips i will find out ready to put into place for next year lol!

36 Carly W January 26, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Preparation … My daughter is going into Grade 1 and is anxious … we have been having picnic breakfasts and lunches at the school. Ask them to lay their clothes out for the morning, they can pack their lunchbox … I have a ‘menu’ of main, snack, and fruit… so ‘choices’ can be made 😉

37 Kristie January 26, 2016 at 4:44 pm

My back to school tip is to utilise a calendar! Plan meals, activities, appointments, school meetings, return notes – EVERYTHING! Having never been a planner in my life, this is the only way to survive back to school!

38 Cate January 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Whenever I have a little one starting prep, I pack recess & lunch in separate, clearly marked lunch boxes for the first couple of weeks. This helps them to learn to eat enough and not too much at each break.

39 Caz Filmer February 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

So simple and so clever. Great idea. Can you send me your postal address to thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com as I’d love to select you as one of the winners. Thanks for entering Cate.
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40 Caz Filmer February 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

Hi again Cate, I would love to be able to send your prize to you but I need to have your details by tonight so I can ge them to the PR company. I am really sorry but I’ll need to choose another winner over the weekend if I don’t hear from you. Fingers crossed you’ll be in touch today 🙂 Caz
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41 Caz Filmer February 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm

I a so sorry Cate, but as I haven’t heard anything from you I will now have to redraw the giveaway. Appreciate you entering. Caz Filmer.
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42 Amanda January 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Positivity, a can-do attitude, and the beginning of a successful school day starts with the first thing they put on………A SMILE! Ensure no-one leaves home without one!

43 Simone January 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

This year I will have three kids in school and one child doing early entry for kindy, in one word CHAOS. I have already discovered the mornings are madness and I can’t be everywhere and help everyone at the same time, so we work with a colour/task system.

On the fridge I have created a picture chart eg. Toothbrushing, uniform on, socks on, toilet, lunch in backpack etc. and each child has a dedicated colour magnet that they can stick on once the task is completed. Not only does it teach them independence and responsibility, it also saves me time. The kids always used to ask me: What do I do next? Instead of going over everything I can just look at the fridge and see what’s left to do. Took me just 15 minutes to make and works a treat!

44 Julie January 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

We do everything the night before uniforms, lunch, shower, pre do breakfast. Its so easy in morning. Love the lunch pack.

45 Cathi January 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

my tip: Don’t stress! (Everything is much easier when there’s no stress). And pre-planning and organisation certainly helps me de-stress! The freezer is my best friend, pre-cooked and parceled up portions are fabulous. Uniforms are all laid out the night before, right down to the right hair-ties, and the kids all have their jobs to do, a recipe for my well-oiled machine in the morning 🙂 . Gorgeous Sunrice goodies by the way 😉

46 Wendy S January 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

Make up sandwiches on Sunday and freeze them. When I had 4 at school I always did this. I have lost count of the amount of sandwiches I’ve made in the last 23 years! I’m starting all over again with one in Kindy this year! I’ve been making snacks and freezing them to try to avoid buying too many packaged additive snacks! I’m keeping it simple and hoping I can stick to it!

47 Alison Wilson January 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

Be prepared with a special area for ‘school stuff’ at home. School things can easily take over your whole house, and you’ll be running around looking for a shoe or a permission slip! I have a wall near the front door with hooks for their school bags, a basket for shoes, and magnetic whiteboard for each child. Get them into a routine of coming home, unpacking their bags, hanging them up, and giving mum any notes – that way you know where everything is!

48 Jac January 26, 2016 at 9:20 am

Oh my, my eldest daughter is obsessed with foxes and would love this pack to kick off a new school year!
I have so many tips about this subject but here are the main ones:
* Get the kids involved in creating a morning and afternoon routine.
* Practice the routine in the day’s leading up to school starting.
* To save time on lunch prep, pre-make sandwiches and baked snacks and freeze them.
* Have uniforms out and ready the night before.
* Pack school bags the night before.
* Play ‘beat the buzzer’ in the mornings to keep them focused and on task.
* Avoid technology & tv of a morning.
* When all else fails, motivate (bribe 😉 ) them with a reward for desired behaviour and completed tasks until the ‘Back to School’ routine becomes the norm again!
* What works for one family doesn’t always for another so be open, try new things and ways and find what works best for your own little people! Don’t give up!

49 Caz Filmer February 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Hi Jac, what an action packed awesome filled answer!! If you can send me your address to thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com I would love to select you as a winner. 🙂 Congratulations.
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50 cleo sids January 26, 2016 at 2:25 am

Make mornings organised starting the day happy , prepared and ready to leave the house with a smile.

51 Kathryn C January 25, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Wow! Such a wonderful prize ☺️ I would have to say being organised and prepared helps out so much with getting back to school. Pre label everything, make sure the uniforms and shoes all fit, and I always make lunches the night before. That way I know the morning will run smoothly and I even get to have my tea before drop off. I also make sure my kiddies are back into sleep routine the last week of holidays to ensure they don’t sleep in 😴 ☺️📒📚✏️

52 Alison Humble January 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Honestly….preparation is the key

53 Rose of Sharon January 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm

Wow. That’s a lovely prize pack. My first babe starts school this year but I do remember from kinder and day care that it is a must to label everything. Get a good permanent marker and make sure everything is named. Good luck everyone.

54 Chrissy M January 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

My tip is be prepared. I’ve started making school snacks and freezing them. I have a little upright freezer and I plan to have it full of snacks and lunch items (homemade pinwheels, sausage rolls, muffins, cake….) I always prepare my boys lunch boxes as much as I can the night before. Frozen items can be added to the lunch box and then left in the fridge until morning. The items will have thawed out before they eat them at school. It makes School mornings just a bit less stressful. I also make sure I have their school uniforms out and ready the night before.

55 Caz Filmer January 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Great tips Chrissy. Thanks 🙂
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