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WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Container with multiple compartments Sandwich mold Vegetable cutters Wooden skewers and toothpicks Stock your fridge and pantry with these items and you'll be able to mix and match lots of delicious lunch combinations every week. LUNCH COMBINATIONS: 1. Sandwiches don’t have to be boring! • Use shaped sandwich molds • Cut them up and put them on a skewer

• You can even roll them up! Just flatten out regular bread with a rolling pin, apply toppings, roll up, cut and serve like sushi. • Skip the bread altogether and use whole-wheat rolls instead. Serve with a salami and cheese stick or a cucumber and tomato stick. 2. One of the easiest ways to entice any kid to eat a good lunch is by using colour. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great choice but even pickles and dried fruit work!. 3. Don't forget cheese and crackers. Use veggie cutters to cut out fun shapes and throw the salami on a stick. 4. Keep dried fruit and nuts on hand. They keep for months and they're easy to grab. Try: edamame, trail mix, banana chips, prunes, raisins, plain peanuts and more.

Mini veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers) Fresh fruit (raspberries, pineapple, blueberries) Crackers and pretzels Whole-wheat rolls or pita bread Dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, raisins) Nuts (Check to see if nuts are allowed due to allergies) Pickles Two kinds of deli meat (turkey, salami or ham) Two kinds of cheese (cheddar, mozza, gouda)

QUOTES Here are three inspiring quotes to get you ready to learn, grow and change. “You’re off to a great place, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” (Dr. Seuss) “Sometimes you have to do what you don’t love, so that you can do what you love.” (Unknown) “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

FALL FACTS Fall is just around the corner! And whether you’re a sun-lovin’ summer fiend or a fan of all things ice and snow, it’s hard to argue fall leaves and pumpkins have a certain charm. Here are three facts about the time of year also referred to as autumn and – long ago – harvest. Fall is known as “harvest” because of the harvest moon. Before man-made light, the moon was integral in reaping a prosperous harvest. Pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. The colours yellow and orange always exist in leaves, but they’re overpowered by the abundance of chlorophyll that makes leaves green during spring and summer. Courtesy of

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On a scorching hot day, it may seem like air-conditioning is the only answer. Yet, our ancestors survived for thousands of years with nothing but open windows. How did they do it? Today’s standard eight or nine foot ceilings may save on construction costs, but they don’t allow heat to rise. Homes of the past often had higher or vaulted ceilings to allow the heat to move above the living space. Placement of windows and doors also played an important role in keeping homes cool. Openings located directly across from each other allowed for maximum air flow and created a cross-breeze. Furthermore, homes of the past were built according to the climate they were located in. Today, houses are often built with cost in mind or according to trends – forgoing what is best for the home’s specific location. HOW OUR ANCESTORS BEAT THE HEAT

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