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Our kids just wrapped up their first quarter of the school year. We’ve been going, going, going since school started and this week is no different. They have more homework this year and have more extracurricular activities. Before things get crazy, I wanted to celebrate a milestone for them: promoting to a yellow belt in their karate classes.
Though they received their yellow belt a while back, we never really celebrated. Both kids worked incredibly hard to earn their belt so I wanted to celebrate with a mini-party. We used yellow for the kids’ yellow belt, but you can substitute it for your child’s belt color.
To go with our yellow belt theme, I required our juice boxes to wear a gi–the martial arts uniform. These were super easy to make. Cut letter sized paper in half lengthwise and wrap it around a juice box. Using a marker and ruler, draw lines to create the gi’s neckline. Then tie a ribbon “belt” around the juice box.
In addition to the juice boxes, I set up a DIY trail mix bar for our guests. My kids picked out the items we put in our trail mix bar. You can customize yours anyway you like. Dry ingredients are best as they will keep longer. Here are the items we added to our make-your-own trail mix bar:
- coconut chips
- white and dark chocolate chips
- roasted cashews
- dried cranberries
- roasted almonds
- pretzel fish
I bought snack sized reusable plastic containers so that our guests could assemble their own mix.
How to Make a Busy Parent’s Go Kit
In addition to the trail mix, I made a Busy Parent’s Go Kit for the parents at our celebration. Parents are always on the go and sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Some days we’re playing chauffeur all day, driving kids from activity to activity. That’s why you need a Go Kit for your car.
Our Go Kit has been a lifesaver for the mornings we’re running late. I always make sure the kids eat and are ready for school, but sometimes I don’t get around to doing things for me. I’m glad I have a stash of Emergen-C and vitamins for those busy mornings!
I put two types of items in the Go Kit: things to keep us healthy and things to keep the kids entertained. The second part is equally important because sometimes you just get stuck in traffic driving from school pick up to karate lessons.
Items to keep us healthy:
Stock these items to proactively guard against illness and discomfort during your commute between school and extracurricular activities. I found all of these items in the pharmacy area of my local Walmart.
- Emergen-C Super Fruit drink mix. We always have bottled water handy so it’s easy to make this drink. “Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, electrolytes, more vitamin C than 10 oranges^ and other antioxidants†. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.*” (^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange. †Zinc and Manganese*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)
- Centrum MultiGummies Adult Vitamins. I’m really good about reminding my kids to take their vitamins, but always forget myself. So I have a stash in the box for days I forget to take it at home. “New Centrum® MultiGummies® for Men and Women. So advanced, they have more Vitamin D3 than any other men’s or women’s gummy^” (^Among leading men’s and women’s gummy multivitamins.)
- Advil tablets will come in handy for those aches and pains. “Nothing’s faster on tough pain*” (*Among OTC pain relievers. *Use as directed.)
- Robitussin cough syrup: Winter is coming, which means coughs and colds. Soothe them with the syrup because “Your cough doesn’t stand a chance” (*Use as directed.)
- Chapstick: Did you know it comes in so many new flavors now? My kids’ lips are always dry in the winter and they seem to lose every Chapstick I give them. So I keep extra in the kit because it’s “Skincare for lips™”
Items to keep us sane:
- Trail mix: that’s where the DIY trail mix bar comes in! Make several of these for a quick, high energy snack
- Slime: I know some of you wrinkle your nose at slime, but my kids love playing with it. I found these in the party favor section of Walmart. Slime keeps them occuppied for way longer than I think it will. Which makes it perfect to keep them entertained in the car when we’re stuck in traffic.
- Card game: You can’t go wrong with a deck of cards or Go Fish cards.
Other things you can add: disposable toothbrushes, travel size deodorant, granola bars, juice boxes, and breath mints.
After we celebrated my kids’ yellow belt promotion with cupcakes and trail mix, I sent each parent home with their own Busy Parent’s Go Kit.
Do you have a similar kit in your car? What do you put in it?
Pick up all the items for your Busy Parent’s Go Kit at Walmart.