Going Back to School with Fresh Prep (+Giveaway)

Back to School with Fresh Prep Beef Pad Thai

What are your tricks to get ready for back to school? This is our first year of school- hello kindergarten!- and I’ve been trying to think of ways to make getting into our new routine as smooth as possible. At the top of the list: meal planning. My goal is to plan for the week ahead on a Sunday and prep meals/ snacks the night before, to take some of the pressure off in the morning.

Over the Summer I tried to make a habit of meal planning on Sundays and testing out recipes (thanks Pinterest!). I have been inconsistent with this in the past, but what I like about meal planning is that it helps get the week ahead organized. Added bonuses: everyone can make requests, we can mix in favourites with new recipes to try, and it reduces our grocery bill and food waste. While I’m feeling more settled with meal planning, I’ve called in back up just in case there are some bumps in the road as we settle into the new school routine: a few meals a week from Fresh Prep (see some of the ones we’re trying below).

Back to School Fresh Prep delivery schedule

We have enjoyed Fresh Prep before and love their variety, quality ingredients, and how quick and simple the meals are. With just a few clicks you can organize some (or all!) of your meals for the week and have them delivered right to your door. If you want to get meal time organized for back to school and everything that comes with this time of year- after-school activities, practices, appointments, etc- Fresh Prep may be your friend this Fall.

Thanks to Fresh Prep, I’ve got some of the meals for the month already figured out and I’m giving away a $75 shopping credit to help make September and back to school a little smoother for another family!

The meals take 15- 30 minutes to cook, and ingredients come prepped for use, along with easy-to-follow instructions. For busy evenings when you need a little help with dinner, Fresh Prep is a great option. See below to enter!

Other reasons to love Fresh Prep:

  • pick from familiar dishes or get adventurous and try something new
  • menus personalized to your taste preferences
  • skip a week if you want- pause or cancel delivery anytime 
  • speaking of delivery… it’s free!
  • meals feature:
    • quality, fresh ingredients including lots of organic & local ingredients
    • meats raised without hormones or antibiotics
    • certified Ocean Wise seafood (wild caught or sustainably sourced)

Use code INFOHP18 to receive $33 off your first order!

Find Fresh Prep online: Website | Instagram | Facebook

We’re big fans of Fresh Prep at our house- check out this post and this post to learn about our previous experiences.

*Please note that winner must live within Fresh Prep’s delivery boundaries. Click here to view.

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Disclosure: Our family received meals from Fresh Prep in return for sharing honestly about our experience with them. All opinions are our own.

Local Brand Back to School Giveaway

Here’s a fun way to celebrate the start of the school year: a GIVEAWAY! Is your little one returning to school or going for the first time? Either way, deck them out in cute style for the school year with some help from these local Mama owned shops! Enter on the blog’s Contests page to win an outfit worth $100 made up of these items:

T- shirt from King and Sage 
Pair of leggings or harem pants from The Little Moore Shop
Infinity scarf from Lille Mus
Geo necklace from Glitter and Spice

Best of all, the winner gets to pick the colour/ print of their choice from each brand for a custom outfit! 

About Why You’ll Love these Brands:

King and Sage
– created & designed in Vancouver by 2 local Moms
– designs inspired by their active kids
– hand- printed on ethically- made, sweat- shop free t- shirts
– unisex styles perfect for little dudes & ladies to pair easily to create cute outfits
Find them on Facebook | Instagram

The Little Moore Shop
– handmade items by local Mom, Jamie
– started her business so she could stay home with her kids
– offers a variety of items, including harem pants & leggings, moccs, bibdanas, & more
Find them on Facebook | Instagram

Lille Mus
– designed & handmade by Mom, Merete
– specializes in eco- friendly accessories for kids
– items made from organic cotton & designed to be comfortable & durable
Find them on Facebook | Instagram

Glitter & Spice
– handcrafted in Vancouver by Mom, Lorene
– jewellery made for teething, but stylish for older kids too
– stylish & chic designs for Moms to wear
– made from 100% food grade silicone & organic untreated wood; BPA, phthalates, lead, and PVC free
Find them on Facebook | Instagram

For more fun style ideas for your kids from some great local & Canadian brands, check out this post from a few weeks back. 

B2S: A Fun Guide for All Ages

I used to love Back to School shopping. New clothes, binders, pencils, pens… and with each step up in school came new items I’d never bought before (what the heck is a protractor???)
In honour of going back to school I thought I’d put together some fun & unique finds for this Fall. For a fresh take on B2S, check out some of my favourite picks for kids of all ages- from their first day of kindergarten to their first day of college! 

Elementary School

Carry those Caryolas in style!
Mini Crayon Wallet $7.87 paperfromheaven on Etsy
Whether passing notes or taking them, a cool notebook is a must!
Notebook: $3.99 Hilroy, available at Target Canada
How about a modern alternative to the boxy option?
Chevron Pencil Case $20 paperfromheaven on Etsy
For the girls: Carry those books in style!
Backpack $24.99 Target Canada
For the guys: Make school fun with a cool backpack
Backpack $10 Target Canada

High School & College

Keeping organized never looked so good!
Agendas: $30 each Kate Spade
Technology can be in style too! 
iPhone 5 Case $18 
Make a statement with your book bag
Vintage Military Satchel Messenger Bag $26 USD The Fox Cartel on Etsy 
Combine style & comfort for late- night homework sessions
Unisex Tank $26.26 The Hive Printing Co

Dorm Life
Never be late for class again!
Clock: $50 Kate Spade
Start your day off right!
Coffee Cup $16 BlushFace Papergoods on Etsy
Make lectures comfy & stylish
Lotus Capri $76.95 My Inner Fire
 don’t let exams stress you out- don’t worry, be comfy!
Be a Warrior Sweatshirt $54.95 My Inner Fire
Have a great start to the school year!
<3 TPB
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