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Natural and Organic Deals: Larabar, MammaChia, Organic K-cups and More!

Check out the latest natural and organic deals…..

Deals on Amazon

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  • Clip a $4/off Amazon coupon on LaraBar to score a bar for as low as 76 cents.

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  • Clip a $5/off Amazon coupon on Mamma Chia Squeeze 24 packs to score these organic snacks that provide over 1200mg of Omega 3 fatty acids!

balance fair trade blend coffee

 

Back to School Grocery Savings | 5DollarDinners.comKellogg's Rice Krispies Gluten Free Cereal, Whole Grain Brown Rice, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)

  • This month, save 20% on Back to School Items. There are many organic and natural options included. Products include: Izze, Gluten Free Rice Krispies, Planters Natural Peanut Butter and Back to Nature Organic Mac n’ Cheese.

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Daily Deal Sites

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  • Over at Zulilysave on Lucy activeware for women. The collection includes yoga pants, headbands and activewear tops.
  • Save on Nuby Reusable Snack Bags in the Pack Your Diaper Bag collection. Each bag is only $3!

 Pricing for shipping can run high. However, if you plan on ordering more than one item, note that shipping is free on orders after you place your initial order for that day. All deals expire Thursday August 21st. 

Organic & Natural Printable Coupons Plus Store Deals

Free Printable: School Lunchbox Ideas List | 5DollarDinners.com

 

  • Speaking of Back to School, check out Erin’s School Lunchbox Ideas List for packing quick, healthy lunches. It’s FREE (and awesome!)

whole deal coupons for whole foods

  •  Whole Foods deals this week include Back to Nature Chocolate Chip Cookies for $1.50, Noosa 16 oz Yogurt for $2, Organic Happy Baby Pouches for $0.75/each and more! Trader Joe deals this week include Organic Arugla for $2.49, Organic Chicken Broth 32oz for $1.99, Organic Pinto Beans for $1.19,  Organic Granny Smith Apples for $1.25/#, Organic Potatoes for $1/#, Organic Chicken Breast and Ground Beef for $6.99/#, Almond Milk for $0.99, Country Choice Organic Mutigrain Oatmeal for $1.94 and more! Go here to check them out!

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  • Over at Coupons.com, print off these great natural and organic coupons:

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items

You can use these on the organic Grabbers!

$1.00 off any TWO Kashi GOLEAN Cereals

$5.00 off any size of insync natural probiotic

  

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31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 19

31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 19 | 5DollarDinners.com

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month.

What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?!

Disclaimer: These ideas are just a small part of the total food eaten throughout the day. Some have smaller amounts of protein and/or green veggies than others, but you can balance that out with serving more protein or green veggies at other meals/snacks. Feel free to adjust these ideas to fit your family’s needs.

thermos for lunchboxes

A lot of people have asked about how to keep food warm in their child’s lunchbox.  For my own boys, I’ll pack warm foods in a food thermos container like the ones shown above (they also come in blue!).  In this school lunchbox series, I’ve shown all the food in one container for ease of photographing.

Erin’s Favorite Lunchbox Packing Tools

When it comes to packing lunch boxes for the 3 older dudes, I need sturdy that will last ALL year and into the next! Which is why I recommend the following…

Free Lunchbox Printables

Free Printable: School Lunchbox Ideas List | 5DollarDinners.com Free Printable: Weekly Lunchbox Planner | 5DollarDinners.com

Pin all of the Lunchbox ideas to share and save for later!

Happy lunch packing y’all!!!

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Make Ahead Oatmeal – Packets & Cook Ahead Methods

Make Ahead Oatmeal Methods on 5DollarDinners.com

So…it the ‘mom’s new year’ as many people call it. August is the time when moms all over regroup from the leisurely days of sleeping in, pool fun and all other summer activities. Regrouping involves a shift in mindset back into routine and structure, but it often involves getting up earlier, having to get breakfast prepared and lunch boxes packed, in a hustle to get out the door on time.

I’ve always been a bit of an efficiency nut. I like things to run smoothly. (As much as they can when there are 4 boys who act like electrons most of the day…bouncing from here to there and everywhere.) We have a spot for shoes. Another for backpacks. We have lunchbox area. And homework folder location. And Ryan’s glasses are always in the tray on the front table. When everyone knows where everything is, it makes the morning rush bearable.

Another thing that really helps me in the mornings is that the older 2 boys can prepare their own breakfast. Sometimes they make eggs. And now, they can make their own oatmeal.

Depending on the week, they can reheat the oatmeal that I stash in the fridge (option #2!)…or they can make it fresh, using the packets (option #1). They know to add 2 cups of water, let it start bubbling, then dump in the bag, stir and let cook for another few minutes before turning off the heat. (Yes, we have taught the kids how to use the stovetop…they have proven over and over in a highly supervised environment that they can do it safely!)

I love this because it buys me a few extra minutes to be upstairs changing the baby, making sure that Tyler actually has on underwear (#boymomproblems), and getting my teeth brushed before we head out the door for school. (I generally wear my pj’s in the car for school dropoff. Don’t judge.)

Make Ahead Oatmeal Packets on 5DollarDinners.com

For the packets, I generally mix up a few in baggies while I have all the ingredients out when making a fresh batch on the stovetop. (Recipe below.)

For the cook ahead option, I will make 3 cups of dry quick cooking oats (plus other ingredients x3) and that will make enough portions for 2-3 breakfasts during the week…depending on who eats the oatmeal. (Often times, baby, Tyler and I eat a round-2 breakfast after school dropoff.) You can make however much you need for your family, and then divide into single serving containers and keep refrigerated. Then just reheat and add some milk or yogurt and serve with fresh fruit…yum! I recommend the Rubbermaid 50-piece food storage, as it has several of the smaller-medium size containers that are perfect portion for kids-adults.

For the packets, I use sandwich size plastic baggies and reuse them when it’s time to restock!

Oh, and use gluten free certified quick cooking oats if you are GF!

Here’s the recipe that we use…

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Make Ahead Oatmeal Packets

Yield – 1 packets that make 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes to assemble the packets, about 5 minutes to make the oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a sandwich size plastic baggie. Seal tightly and store up to 2 months in the pantry.
  • To cook: Bring 2 cups of water to bubbling, then pour in the contents of the baggie. Stir well and reduce heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Serve Oatmeal with milk or yogurt and fresh fruit.
  • Sugar-free option: Omit the brown sugar and stir in 2 Tbsp maple syrup while the oatmeal is cooking.
   

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In My Kitchen This Week ~ Pantry Challenge & Back to School Prep

Sausage-Eggwiches

Well y’all…it’s a big week in my kitchen this week! We are having a pantry and freezer challenge…in large part because we have a number of meals in the freezer still from the 20 Meals for Costco for $150 – Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Edition. And because I’m trying to use up some of the ingredients I have in the fridge and the pantry.

I’ve also got to get ahead of myself this week and will be prepping goodies for breakfast and lunch boxes too! I *may* be a little overzealous with the BTS prep list, but I’m gonna try…

What’s for Dinner!

What are you working on in the kitchen this week?! Trying to get ahead and stash things in the freezer?!

  

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31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 18

31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 18 | 5DollarDinners.com

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month.

What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?!

  • Bagel with Cream Cheese (or other favorite toppings)
  • Chunks of Peppers (throw in a dip to encourage little mouths to eat them!)
  • Raisins
  • Horizon Original Crackers

Disclaimer: These ideas are just a small part of the total food eaten throughout the day. Some have smaller amounts of protein and/or green veggies than others, but you can balance that out with serving more protein or green veggies at other meals/snacks. Feel free to adjust these ideas to fit your family’s needs.

I love these Little Dippers storage containers from EasyLunchboxes to hold messy fruit, dip, or condiments:

little dippers easy lunchboxes

Erin’s Favorite Lunchbox Packing Tools

When it comes to packing lunch boxes for the 3 older dudes, I need sturdy that will last ALL year and into the next! Which is why I recommend the following…

Free Lunchbox Printables

Free Printable: School Lunchbox Ideas List | 5DollarDinners.com Free Printable: Weekly Lunchbox Planner | 5DollarDinners.com

Pin all of the Lunchbox ideas to share and save for later!

Happy lunch packing y’all!!!

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