Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HOW TO PACK A BENTO BOX {with picture tutorial}



I have gotten lots of questions on HOW TO PACK A BENTO BOX so everything actually looks as cute as it was when you packed it. So I decided to show you how I packed my Moose bento box from the previous Literary Lunch post: Duck, Duck, Moose! Instructions on how to make the Moose sandwich can be found in that post as well!

1.) Get all your bento box ingredients ready.


  • the sandwich (how-to instructions HERE
  • fruit or vegetables, washed and ready to use
  • crackers, nuts or any other smaller foods that can fill the empty spaces of the bento
2.) Place the sandwich first.


Since the sandwich was the biggest part of this lunch I placed the sandwich carefully first (the blueberries are glued on with peanut butter and the nose and nostrils are "glued' with peanut butter as well so I know those parts won't move (more DETAILS here).

3.) Place the rest of the lunch items to fill the spaces around the sandwich.


I started with the crackers on one side...


...and added the fruit to the other side to separate the two foods and prevent the crackers from getting soggy.


Then I filled the spaces between the antlers with almonds.


Lastly, I added a sprinkle smile to the sandwich and used honey to make them stick to the sandwich.


All you need now is a lid and a hungry child :)



Monday, July 21, 2014

Cuddle Palz on Vacation


We have not been packing many lunches since we have been on vacation but once my new Cuddle Palz cutter from CuteZCute arrived I could not resist packing a quick vacation themed lunch for the kids!

CuteZCute Cuddle Palz in Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

How cute is this little sightseeing tiger? Adorable right? I found this idea on the CuteZCute page and could not resist. 

CuteZCute Cuddle Palz in Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

We packed our Easylunchboxes with a simple lunch of:

What I used to make this lunch:


Monday, June 23, 2014

A Lunch for Peanut Butter Lovers


Do you love Peanut Butter or nut butter? Then this lunch box idea is for you!

Easylunchboxes for Peanut Butter Lovers - mamabelly.com

Our Easylunchbox is chock full of:
  • carrots
  • apple slices
  • celery 
  • peanut butter for dipping
  • and a peanut butter tortilla


Easylunchboxes for Peanut Butter Lovers - mamabelly.com

This is a great power lunch for camp, the pool, a museum outing or work.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Arnie, the Doughnut - a Literary Lunch


This lunch is also posted over at The Little Crooked Cottage as a Literary Lunch. Head over to the fabulous blog of four children's book authors and check out the wonderful Literary Interviews with Mr. Pig himself!

Arnie, the Doughnut by Laurie Keller is a deliciously imaginative story about friendship. This laugh out loud book follows Arnie from the Bakery to Mr. Bing who to Arnie's surprise wants to EAT him. After lengthy negotiations a friendship - you don't want to miss - ensues!


We packed a lunch-to-go in our Planetbox Shuttle you could make friends with:
  • cool and fun cucumber slices
  • sweet and friendly grapes
  • and a happy and loyal cream cheese bagel with chocolate, pretzel and sprinkle designs.

May lunch always be your friend!


Things I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Easy Lunches


I kept lunches simple today and even got some unexpected help this morning!

Easy School Lunch with PB&J Sushi in a Goodbyn Bynto - mamabelly.com

My 2nd Grader grabbed his Goodbyn Bynto this morning and we filled it with:
  • Pirate Booty Snack
  • a kiwi
  • a cereal bar
  • a sweet treat for a rainy day (chocolate covered nuts) and 
  • peanut butter and jelly sushi


Easylunchboxes School Lunch - mamabelly.com

My middle schooler beat me to packing his lunch in an Easylunchboxes container! He packed:
  • a peanutbutter tortilla
  • trail mix
  • cut up pineapple and
  • some Pirate Booty Snack

What I used to make these lunches (contains affiliate links):

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maggi and Milo - a Literary Lunch


This lunch is also posted over at The Little Crooked Cottage as a Literary Lunch. Head over to the fabulous blog of four children's book authors and check out the wonderful Literary Interviews with Mr. Pig himself!

Maggi and Milo Literary Lunch - mamabelly.com

MAGGI AND MILO is the adorable new book written by Juli Brenning and illustrated by Priscilla Burris. Maggi is an excellent adventurer and Milo's best friend. Milo is a Border Collie and very smart. When Maggi's Grandmother sends a package with all the necessities for a frog hunt Maggi and Milo head out almost immediately to find frogs. To find out if they are successful grab a copy of the book from your local library or book store!

Maggi and Milo Literary Lunch in Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

A fun lunch for hungry frog hunters is packed in our Easylunchboxes:
  • a little frog hiding in pineapple leaves and pineapple chunks
  • strawberry yogurt with blue glitter swirls and polka dots (just like Maggi's new boots)
  • a bucket (for the frog) filled with green frog bait (my kids thought green mint M&Ms would work)
  • and of course Maggi and Milo peanut butter sandwiches decorated with dark chocolate.
Maggi and Milo Literary Lunch in Easylunchboxes- mamabelly.com

My preschooler loved this book. It has adorable illustrations and the story is just simply fun and sweet. Who would not want to go frog hunting with their best friend?

Maggi and Milo Literary Lunch in Easylunchboxes- mamabelly.com

I would recommend this book for any age to read out loud! My daughter loved Maggi and both of them share a love for dogs and rain boots! We especially enjoyed finding all the little frog details in the book and in between highlighted words made reading this book aloud fun for everyone!

What I used for this lunch (contains affiliate links):

  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Healthy Leftover Lunches


Getting back into a routine after a long weekend can be hard so I kept lunch packing simple today and packed left overs from last night's dinner.

Grab & Snack Easylunchbox for School - mamabelly.com

My second Grader has his Easylunchbox packed with a "grab and snack" box since I know at lunch he will be busy catching up with his friends. This way he can just reach and grab and hopefully he can get a good lunch while chatting! His box is packed with:
  • a protein cereal bar
  • cheese crackers
  • cherry tomatoes
  • left over pepperoni pizza
  • cucumber spears and
  • three round peanut butter and jelly mini sandwiches 


Healthy Easylunchbox for work - mamabelly.com

I packed lunch for myself as well. After a weekend of BBQs and yummy foods I am trying to get back on track with a healthy Easylunchbox for Mom. I packed myself:
  • left over fruit salad with yogurt and a few mint leaves
  • bagel chips and
  • an arugula and romaine salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, parsley, cilantro and mint. I packed a simple olive oil, salt & pepper and lemon juice vinagrette to go with the salad.
Things I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):



 

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