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5 Jan


Hi guys!

Long time no see huh?

Yeah, about that….

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Daily Bento

25 Aug


For lunch today, Camryn has cheese pizza rolls, a little salad leftover from yesterday, a mandarin, and an apple.

I love making pizza rolls for the kids because they come together so quickly and easily. I actually make them while I’m cooking dinner, set them aside to cool while we eat, and package them up while I’m cleaning up after dinner.

Lunch is in our new Yumbox Panino.


Daily Bento

24 Aug


It’s the first day of school!

For her first lunch as a fourth grader, Camryn has a hearty salad that contains romaine, spring greens, chicken, pasta, bell pepper, corn, tomatoes, and orange slices on the side.

For dessert, she has a ridiculous brownie with fudge on top and a few pieces of her favorite candy pressed in for good measure.

I normally wouldn’t send candy to school for lunch but first days can be tough so… over-the-top fudgy candy brownie it is.

I hate to admit it but it took me forever to figure out what I was going to do for today’s lunch. I finally settled on some scrapbooking stickers that I bought with a 40% off coupon yesterday at the craft store.

I stuck them onto the inside lid of her bento box so they’ll be a cute surprise when she opens it up.

How cute is that pencil pouch sticker!?

10 Mar

infused water for kids

My husband brought home a water infuser tumbler from work not too long ago and my daughter and I spent the next few days putting every fruit/herb combo we could come up with in it.

How I have lived all these years without one of these things is beyond me.

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Daily Bento

10 Feb

Today’s lunch might seem odd… especially for a six-year-old.

What you see pictured above in Cam’s thermos are the reheated leftovers from last night’s dinner: Pumpkin polenta with roasted brussels sprouts.

I also roasted some cremini mushrooms along with the sprouts but Cam isn’t a fan of mushrooms so those didn’t go into today’s lunch.

I had a spur of the moment dinner idea last night and ran with it. Luckily it worked out and everyone loved it, especially Camryn.

She specifically requested that I send it for lunch today.

What kid asks for brussels sprouts for lunch?

She’s awesome.

In addition to her polenta and sprouts, I filled her Lunchbots Trio with fresh strawberries and tomatoes, sliced sweet peppers, a Babybel, and some cheese crackers.






Daily Bento

3 Dec

Lunch today is in one of our ELB Brights and consists of a chicken sandwich, strawberries, one single solitary grape, sweet pepper rings, and some veggie straws.

I smooshed a My Little Pony ring into the sandwich to cutify it a bit. I think that’s Pinkie Pie but I’m not totally sure.

Daily Bento & Snack

18 Nov

bento & snack



How have you been?

What have you been up to?

You’re probably wondering where I’ve been.

No posts in over two weeks. What’s that about?

I’d love to tell you that I was on vacation or doing something so interesting and wonderful that keeping the blog current just slipped my mind but that’s not the case.

Unfortunately we’ve been dealing with strep for the last three weeks.

Three weeks people.

I swear my youngest is a magnet for whatever bacterial or viral scourge is going around. If it’s out there, she’ll pick it up and bring it home with her.

I learned recently that nothing will jerk you out of REM sleep faster than a little one screaming for you to come get them and carry them to the bathroom because they “can’t see out of their eyes” and they’re too dizzy to walk.

Needless to say that warranted a trip to the pediatrician which resulted in a throat swab and a prescription for antibiotics.

But not 24 hours after finishing her ten-day course of antibiotics, the strep came back. With a vengeance.

She’s now on her second ten-day course of a much stronger antibiotic and seems to be doing much better.

So… that’s what I’ve been up to.

Now that we’re caught up, let’s talk lunch!

Today is Monday which means that Cam needs snack. So I packed her a homemade organic blueberry and white chocolate chip muffin, some fresh pineapple, and a mix of pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds in the little rainbow box.

For lunch, she has four little sandwiches, Cheez-Its, a chocolate drizzled honeycomb flapjack from our Graze box, a fruit rope that I cut in half to fit in the box, some yellow tomatoes, and a few carrot coins.


30 Sep

Let’s talk juice.

Not store-bought, bottled juice that’s probably loaded with sugar, corn syrup and other artificial colors and flavors that we don’t need.

Actual juice from fruits and veggies. Nothing else added except for a few ice cubes and some filtered water.

Don’t have a juicer? Neither do I.

But if you have a good blender, you can make juice.

Just throw any combo of fruits and veggies that you like into your blender along with a few ice cubes and enough filtered water to get things moving and you’re good to go!

You can use pretty much any combination of fruits and vegetables. Here’s the concoction that I came up with this past weekend, just based on what I had in the crisper:

1 cup of kale leaves

1 carrot – peeled and chopped

2 apples – cored and chopped

1/2 cup of pineapple (I used crushed because that’s what I had in the fridge)

3-4 ice cubes or a handful of crushed ice

1/2-1 cup of filtered water


Put everything into a blender and let it whirl around for a couple of minutes at least so that everything can get incorporated really well.

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer lined with a couple of paper towels or cheese cloth. Or if you had to throw your fine mesh strainer away because your kids kept swatting each other with it or trying to make a helmet for your cat out of it, than just line a regular strainer (with smaller holes, preferably) with a couple of paper towels and strain.

I don’t like pulp in my juice so I had to strain 2-3 times to get things nice and clear but if you don’t mind a few little kale bits, than once should be just fine.

Yes, that juice is the color of dirty ditch water but I promise, it doesn’t taste like dirty ditch water. Not that I can say from experience what dirty ditch water tastes like but I’m pretty sure this tastes better.

If the color makes your kids turn their noses up, pour it into a thermos and serve it to them that way. You can add more pineapple if you think it needs more sweetness.

Remember, you can use any combination of fruits and veggies that you like so if you just can’t get over the color of my glass of juice, you could always make a more visually appealing juice out of any combination of pineapple, watermelon, berries, citrus, apples, carrots, plums, apricots, and beets.

Whatever you decide to use will be much healthier than anything you can buy in a bottle.

* With Halloween coming up, I can’t help but think that this juice would make a great party drink for kids. Just pour some into clear glasses and call it “Swamp Muck” or “Cauldron Juice” or “Wicked Witch Sweat” or “Hazardous Waste” you get the idea. 😉

Daily Bento

17 Sep

It was really cloudy this morning. I’m sure you can tell from that picture.

We had a veggie salad for dinner last night. I just tossed some of our favorite vegetables (fresh corn, kale, shredded carrot, tomatoes, and red pepper) with some green goddess dressing. Each of us had a big bowl of veggie salad with a piece of crusty bread on the side for dinner last night.

Some of the leftovers of last night’s dinner made their way into Cam’s Yumbox today along with half of a Honeycrisp apple, cheese flowers, pomegranate and pepper chips, and a Biscoff sandwich cut with our Funbites cutter. She also has a fruit rope cut into thirds in the little treat/dip cup.

Daily Bento

11 Sep

I told Camryn last night that I would be making muffins for breakfast this morning and she immediately asked if I’d put some in her lunch today.

So in her Easy Lunchbox, she has two blueberry muffins, a flapjack from our Graze box, a few yellow pepper rings in the cute little kitty box, some pineapple, and sliced celery.

This is actually quite a bit of food for her so whatever she doesn’t finish, she’ll have for snack after school.