our {top ten} lunch packing essentials:: tried and {recommended} + a giveaway

by Tina on August 12, 2013

in family, Food

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August is here and for many families that also means back to school.  Making lunches can be a boring and monotonous chore, so I decided to try to make it fun by adding a little humor.  I’ve got a few tools to share with you that will help you keep your kids’ lunches cute and healthy plus not too time consuming for you!

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Last year I ordered my first bento style boxes and I absolutely love them.  The ones that come with compartments or inserts are helpful because they keep food separated.  I also like to write a note to each child so they will know that I am thinking about them even while they are at school. My mom used to do that for me when I was little and I absolutely loved it!  She always wrote on my napkin, which is fine, but these little notes are extra fun, too.  (I draw pictures for the littlest who doesn’t read yet.)

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I also try to throw in a few unexpected surprises, like black carrots, just to stretch my picky eater’s minds.  (My boys thought they were SO cool!)  Sometimes if I am in a bind I will throw in some potato chips but my kids won’t eat most of them, so sticking with fresh fruits and vegetables is the quickest way to ensure happy eaters.  My littlest is taking his lunch to school for the first time and begged to eat his lunch as soon as he saw it.  There is something about a sandwich with a smiley face! Yum!

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Here are ten of our favorite lunch packing essentials that we have tried, loved, and used almost daily.

The folks at Funkins are giving away two sets of three Funkins napkins, which are such a great eco-friendly option and they can double as a place mat!  Just visit the Funkins site and leave a comment below telling me which pattern is your favorite!  I will draw a random winner on Friday!

1. Mini Lunch Notes 2. Hard Boiled Egg Molds 3. Yum Yum Bento Box (Inspiration and Recipe Book!) 4. SugarBooger Lunch Box with dividers 5. Easy Lunchboxes 6. Vegetable Cutters (I use mine for cheese and loads of other things!) 7. Lunch Lines 8. Wilton Silicone Dividers and Baking Cups 9. Funkins Napkins 10. Kuhn Paring Knife

 We have our winners!  Anya and Niamh expect an e-mail from Funkins shortly!  

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Jenni (Museum Diary) August 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

We are huge bento fans and have several boxes full of supplies. One thing we are still missing though are reusable napkins. They are brilliant! My son says he likes the Ready, Set, Go pattern best – his favourite being the cars, of course :)

Catherine McDaid August 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Oh là là… I adore the Oui Oui Mon Amie pattern!
Going to check out these cute lunch box ideas as well!

Maja August 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Looks nice, but how do these funny faces stay like this when the bentobox is in the backpack? :)

Annalouisecohen@gmail.com August 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Oh I HATE packing lunches!!! I try to be creative but it gets so monotonous after awhile! I personally love the whales – animal crackers napkins!

Sarah Barrett August 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Love the bento style lunches.. The whale design is awesome.

anyajensen August 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

OMgosh you are soo cool. My kids lunch looks like lunch :-0 Poor kids – I’m sure they’d rather eat yours. Now I have a few healthy ideas. Our fave funkin is the *my BFFs like pink*. Fingers XX and now I need to go get some bento boxes.
Axx

Niamh McCarthy August 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

My little (big) boy has just started school so love the idea of bento boxes! The Underwater print at Funkins is … fun! ;)

Szkent August 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

Love the Oui Oui Mon Amie and the Mermaid prints. The Sushi print is super cute too.

Isabel Z August 13, 2013 at 3:51 am

It’s hard to choose one because they are so CUTE!!! I do love the Wagging Tales one b/c dogs are lovable.

Darlene August 13, 2013 at 4:02 am

Jasper would love the pirates life for me!

Jodi M August 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

I like the poochie pals design!

Christina August 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

My little guys loves everything trains, so “ready, set, go – Trains” would be a huge hit!

BlueOrchys August 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I love the designs ! The mini lunch notes are so cute !! xx

Margaret August 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

my lil’ bug would squeal with delight to find one of the backyard buddies in her lunch box. Wish bento boxes were around when I was a wee one. My mom just popped by lunch (usually a fried egg sandwich)into a plastic peanut butter pail.

Kym August 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

What a great idea. My daughter would love the “I am Ninja” in black. Thank you for the opportunity.

Lisa C August 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

The mermaid prints! Adorable!

Hannah August 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I love all the designs. Maybe the owl one comes tops though.

sunducky August 15, 2013 at 2:23 am

I love bento lunches. The Pet Park funkins are super cute.

Jill August 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

WOW! You are seriously the coolest Mom ever Tina! Love the lunches and all the special touches you add. I would totally use the Funkins. Since there is no shark pattern, I’ll pick Friendly Seas :)

Melissa August 16, 2013 at 7:56 am

I love the Oodles of Zoodles, especially the monkeys. So cute!

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