Back To School, Making It Fun!

Here it is…the end of summer (sniff, sniff). Of course it is suppose to be a beautiful summer week, hot temps, lots of sun. Who wants to see it go? It is a harsh reality that all good things come to an end. But, just think of all the fun fall activities that New England has to offer. It is a exciting season coming up! With the end of summer comes the beginning of school. The start of school is a new beginning, a time to start fresh. So many new friends, new teachers, new challenges.  As adults we can be excited, but it may take a little more convincing for the younger ones. Here are some tips to make the transition a smooth one.

yogurt parfaitStart the day off right. An awesome breakfast will make the day a bit more thrilling! Some of the most fun breakfast ideas are from Martha Stewart (don’t worry, they are not super fancy, they are kid friendly!). Who doesn’t like a layered breakfast parfait (sounds difficult, but it is so easy!)? You can even just layer yogurt with cereal and fruit. Very nutritional while also being fun to eat. If you have a bit more time to spend on making breakfast, you can use cookie cutters to shape pancakes or fried eggs. Other great ideas can be found here.

After a fantastic breakfast, start a first day of school tradition. One of our favorite traditions is to have your child hold up last year’s first day of school picture while taking this year’s first day of school picture. You can see how much your kids grow and change in just one year. Another creative idea we found on Pinterest is to buy a t-shirt in the size you think your child will be as a Senior in High School and have them wear it every year for a first day of school picture (then they can change back to regular clothes). So fun to see how they get closer and closer to fitting in it. If your child is excited about growing up, have them hold up a sign that says their grade and year with what they want to be when they grow up. It could stay an astronaut for 5 years, but that’s ok!

8-25-14-2-martha-239x300When they get to school there should be something special to look forward to at lunch. Once again cookie cutters will make everything a bit more interesting. Cut cucumber, zuccinni, bread, and fruit in all different shapes. Then have a dip like humus in a small container. They get fruit, veggies and grains all in one lunch! Cut up some leftover chicken for some added protein. Roll-ups are another kid favorite, with or without bread. Roll lunch meat with cheese and have crackers on the side. Or do the roll-up with flat bread. Martha Steward has more fantastic school lunch ideas.

Start off the school year on the right foot and the kids will be as excited as you are that they are going back to school ; )

Favorite Movies About Insurance

At Mancuso-Nowak we love insurance. We think all the facets of insurance are so interesting…doesn’t everyone? Surprisingly most people are not as intrigued about this fascinating industry. However, we did dig up a few movie producers that thought insurance was a great topic for their movies or at least good careers for their characters. Most of these movies poke fun at insurance, but we can take it and laugh.

‘Cedar Rapids’ with Ed Helms (of ‘The Hangover’) is a movie about an insurance agent Tim Lippe (Helms) that is sent to an insurance conference in, you guessed it, Cedar Rapids. He is suppose to win the Two Diamond award, which his predecessor has won. Lippe stays honest, unlike most of the characters, and is able to come out on top. We love this film as it depicts the honesty that is the foundation of insurance.

groundhog‘Groundhog Day’ is a classic. Its not about insurance, but one of the characters Ned (Bing!) Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) is the insurance agent that pesters Phil Connors (Bill Murray) on his reoccurring day of February 2nd, Groundhog Day. Ryerson plays the stereotypical annoying insurance agent. Trust us this stereotype, like most, does not hold up! We are just here to help with your insurance needs and have not and will not pester anyone. But the stereotype does play out well and the movie is funny!

‘The Incredibles’ is a Disney Pixar movie that can be watched by both young and old. The young kids like it because of the superpowers that Mr. Incredible and his wife Elastigirl have. The adults like it because we find the humor in the jokes and conversations between the characters. After the super-hero crime fighters are banned from using their powers, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl move to the suburbs and have a family. Mr. Incredible now works for a big insurance company. He helps an old lady find a loophole in the coverage and gets her claim covered. We are not praising Mr. Incredible’s deception, but he is trying to help people like he used to as a super-hero. Insurance is about honesty, that what we aim to uphold.

Our favorite is ‘Along Came Polly’. Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is great as an insurance risk assessment expert. Feffer is the most risk averse person known to man. He ends up meeting and dating Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) who celebrates life and loves to take risks. The balance between risk aversion and risk seeking is funny. That’s what insurance is, finding the balance of risk.

What is your favorite insurance movie? Share any other movies that depict insurance.