I don’t know about you, but in my neck of the woods, fall is insane time for our family.
School is back in session, work is crazy (including family photos because everyone wants them done), The Dudes are playing four separate sports –there is just so much going on.
Which means things like family weeknight dinners sort of have a tendency to get truncated, or just trashed when I drive through some fast food joint and throw unhealthy food into the backseat for my children to devour.
It’s redundant. And exhausting. And terrible. And insane.
My mom guilt, my budget, and my mother beat me up weekly over it.
But, because I am a slow learner, I face this situation every fall. I then proceed to act surprised, have a come to Jesus moment of some sort where I vow to fix my life, and then wind up going on a healthy binge that tortures my family for a few short months until I am embroiled in bake-all-of-the-cookies/eat-all-of-the-food holiday season.
It is a vicious cycle that I am over living.
So, this fall, I put on my proactive mom pants and decided to skip all of the break downs and do a little preemptive planning of our weeknight dinners.
While I can’t commit to home cooked meals daily (listen, I can not, and also, I don’t want to), I do want to do a better job of selecting on the go options for us.
The Dudes need to eat a major meal after school (this one I cook, daily), before heading to sports. Then, following all of their sports pickup times, they need to eat again.
Often, because we don’t get home until after 8:30pm, I want to get something they can eat on the way. It shortens our transition to bed so that it involves only showers and backpack prep, instead of showers, and backpack prep, and dinner. And fighting over dinner. And why they have to eat quickly. And why they have to sit at the table. And why someone is touching them. And looking at them. And breathing.
Small shortcuts, you guys, help keep me sane.
So, when the people at Sheetz (yep, gas station Sheetz) reached out and told us about their menu and exciting ways that on-the-go families like mine can enjoy great food options at their locations, I was intrigued.
Skeptical. Because, um, gas station food?!
We decided to add them to our evening rotation and here’s what happened.
Hint: I won dinner.
Sheetz Eats: On-the-Go Food for Busy Weeknight Dinners
Dude 3 Learned Something New
He really had no idea that people could go inside of a gas station. He thought that you could only pay for your gas at the pump, and inside was just where workers turned the gas on. Surprise!
Everyone Found Something to Eat –No Drama
I’m not gonna lie, I got the curly fries. Because curly fries are basically everything and I do what I want. But there were plenty of less guilty options as well as some treats they were excited to discover. And, best of all, there was something for everyone in the family. Like a happy buffet of Dude approved food all ready and available at the same location.
Ordering Was Simple (and Fun)
The Dudes are suckers for touch screens so of course they thought this system was amazing. And everyone had to take a turn inputting their own choices.
It Was Quick
We ordered, went to the bathroom (yes, my children have to pee everywhere we go), paid for our food and our gas, and our meal was ready to go. I don’t have time to waste in the evenings and multitasking is appreciated.
They Begged for Donuts
And I bought them. But I made them save them for breakfast in the morning. Because taking care of two meals at once is sort of amazing.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Sheetz brand. All opinions, fun smiles, and great ideas are my own.