How has life at home been over the past two months? Today, I’m sharing the newest in my tips and tricks for survival at home series: have a snack meal. These tips are especially useful if you live in a small space and have children, but really, anyone can apply them anywhere.
There have been many days where I’ve felt like I didn’t leave the kitchen, between feeding 6 people, cleaning up the dishes, and homeschooling at the kitchen table. Even though much of our pre-pandemic lives revolved around the kitchen, it suddenly felt more burdensome. I didn’t want to feel this way or like that feeling, so I accidentally decided to switch things up and start a new “fun” routine.
One day the kids woke up late and breakfast was served late. Our whole schedule was off, lunch was late, and we spent most of the afternoon and evening outside together as a family. When we finally came inside and realized we hadn’t eaten dinner, it was nearly 8 PM, and I had no plan. So, a snack dinner it was. Popcorn, apples & peanut butter, carrot sticks. That was it! We ate it on the living room floor and even brought in a few taper candles. It was so memorable for everyone. We were out of the kitchen. We were together. There was virtually no prep or cleanup. And now we do this several times per week, sometimes every day. The kids love helping to set things up and make it extra special and intentional in the living room. It gives us more time to slow down and connect with the kids, and the change of scenery is so nice.
So, want to bring some sanity and foster togetherness? Have a snack meal every day. An almost-no-prep-meal. A popcorn and carrots meal. A cereal-for-dinner meal. A homemade bread and butter and block of cheese meal. A clean-out-the-fridge cheeseboard dinner. Light some candles. Relocate the meal to the living room floor. Serve water in a pretty vessel and use special glasses. It’s a guaranteed success!
Share any tips and tricks for survival at home that you’ve learned over the past two months! Here are other tips and tricks I’ve shared.
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Snack dinner- cheese, charcuterie, nuts, fruit, hummus, vegetables for dipping. This could also be a lunch (a lovely one out on the porch..). Also, it could be a wonderful”happy hour” for mom and dad while it is actual dinner for the kids. Mom and dad can have a date night dinner later after the kids are settled ❤️