It’s almost that time of year again – the time to exchange inner tubes for backpacks and coolers for lunchboxes. Whether you’re helping your kids get back to a strict schedule, or you are returning to work or school after a holiday, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. One way to efficiently save time (and grief) is to plan your meals in advance. Instead of having the daily headache of grocery shopping and dinner preparation, try these simple meal plans that will free up more time and energy in your busy life.
There’s nothing like the experience of gathering around the dinner table and building your own fajitas. It’s a fool proof way to ensure every individual in the family, dorm room, or household eats a nutritious dinner made specifically to their own tastes. The kicker? It takes almost no time to prepare – and if you make the taco beef in bulk, it can last you for days.
For university-bound students, back to school shopping can be the most appealing part of the new semester. Of course, there are the usual suspects – backpacks, pens, notebooks, and if they’re lucky, new electronics. But what about back to dorm shopping? They may not have a full apartment to deck out, but there are still some essentials for late-night study sessions – namely, in the kitchen department. We’ve gathered eight kitchen essentials for every post-secondary student. While blenders and slow-cookers are a great idea, sometimes they just need the basics.
Returning to class, whether it’s grade school, college, or university, is always part-thrilling-part-daunting. If choosing a new laptop is among your 2016 concerns, our London Drugs Experts can help.
First, consider what you need. Mainly web surfing and word processing? Keep it light and low-priced with good battery life. Running deep data analysis or, you know, video games? Step up in screen size and processing power.
That means there are two broad categories of back-to-school laptops. Let’s call them essential and advanced. Below are four recommendations for each category spread between the most popular laptop brands.
No matter what you do in 2016, London Drugs has a laptop for you. Here are some of the year’s best options.
In Canada, the shortening days are upon us. In the six months between the longest and shortest days of the year, Torontonians, Vancouverites, and Edmontonians lose six and a half, eight, and nine and a half hours of sunlight, respectively.
If you have children, you’ll know that a 9:00 p.m. bedtime, more than reasonable during the summer, means putting a kid down some five hours after the winter sun. Is he getting enough sleep? Who knows? When many Canadian parents factor in the back-to-school routines of dinner, bath, and storytime (and later, after-school activities, homework, and team sports), it’s hard to imagine getting kids to bed much before nine o’clock. READ MORE
Students of all ages are now back at school. Every day, at intervals, they dip hands into lunch boxes and paper bags, hoping to keep the hounds of hunger at bay.
And what’s inside? The sky’s the limit. Whether packed by a loved one or the student himself, the good old fashioned brown bag (or its more reusable equivalent) can contain a universe of choice–and memories.
Take the following 10 snacks, for example, which have stood the test of lunchtime, each paired with a healthful equivalent.
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YOU REMEMBER: JELL-O PREPARED PUDDING
Jell-O is a an old company with an interesting history. But is the proof of this snack’s value in the pudding? The presence of sugar, sodium, and saturated fat may disqualify Jell-O as a healthy snack for many (although it does have calcium, as noted on the box!). But then again, perhaps sometimes a treat is simply a treat.
A DELECTABLE ALTERNATIVE: YOGURT
If you like to break out the spoon at snacktime, yogurt is a clear choice. It’s a food so inclusive that it can be enjoyed both by those too young and too old for teeth. Plus yogurt comes with a suite of options: higher and lower fat content, drinkable and non, probiotic and non, flavoured and non. Steering clear of the more highly sweetened versions is the only precaution.
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Back to school means new classrooms, new school supplies—and a brand new teacher for the year. We spoke to a handful of British Columbia primary- and high-school teachers and asked them what would totally charm them for the new school year. Read ahead for the three things you need to make a great first impression on your instructor.
Help Children Craft the Story of Their Summer
It’s an oldie but a goodie, teachers say: asking students to share stories about their summer.
“It’s a great icebreaker for students if we can talk about our summers together on the first day of class,” says Mindy, who is welcoming back a class of Grade 2 students.
Not only is it a great icebreaker, she says, but the storytelling exercise can help students feel more at ease speaking in class. Many teachers plan to use a storytelling exercise in the first few days. So if your child has social anxiety in any way, or is perhaps just a wee bit shy, you can help by working with them to pick out a great story and practicing at home. A positive initial experience will help your child participate more fully in classroom discussions all year round.
Organize the Not-So-Obvious School Supplies
Many students need more than just pencils and a backpack to navigate today’s classroom. Tuck a thumb drive into their pencil case to make getting homework assignments home a snap. If your teen is smartphone obsessed, ask them if they would like to experiment with an app like Remember The Milk or Wunderlist to help them track homework assignments, university applications and chores.
“Having any usernames and passwords easily accessible also makes the first day go smoothly,” says Lynette, a high school teacher. She recommends figuring out how to get them as soon as school starts, if not in a scheduled computer class, and keeping them tucked somewhere safe until the student has them memorized.
Show Up With Enthusiasm and a Positive Attitude
“Whatever happened last year is in the past. Every one of my students starts with a clean slate,” says David, a grade nine teacher. Every teacher we spoke to reiterated the importance of being enthusiastic about the upcoming year and avoiding defeatist attitudes.
“I hate it when kids come in on the first day and say, you know, I’m no good at math,” adds David. “Everyone has subjects that they find difficult. Positive thinking helps everyone make a good start. It’s okay not to know everything on the first day – that’s why they call it learning!”
Ultimately, going back to school is a matter of preparation that extends far beyond the bookbag. And your child’s teacher is an important partner in helping your child grow into a happy, healthy adult. Charm them and you’ve got a charmed year ahead.
With the hustle and bustle of the back-to-busy routines, some may be susceptible to the stress that comes with it. To make sure that you stay healthy and stress-free this fall, here are five tips to help you master stress, and be in your best shape for the back-to-busy season.
Sleep is a huge necessity that many individuals don’t get enough of. In fact, sleep is what keeps us healthy, in shape, and feeds us enough energy to deal with our busy lives. Here are a few suggestions to make sure that you are leaving enough time in your life to get your suggested 8 hours of sleep, and are maintaining healthy sleeping habits during the night.
The Fitbit Flex is the perfect device to track your sleep quality. By simply leaving the wrist band on during the night, the Fitbit Flex will track your sleeping stats and record it back onto any smart device you sync it with. Not to mention, it has a built in alarm that will silently wake you in the morning. During the day, it will even track steps, distance, and calories burned.
Timex Tech Watch
In order to keep your day on track and ensure enough sleep, why not think about investing in a watch? The Timex Tech Watch has two alarms that can either be set to a daily or one day option – perfect for waking up in the morning or reminding you it’s time for bed. Think about utilizing the forward/bark setting for easy use as well as enjoying the comfortable resin strap to keep on during the night.
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