Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Snappsy the Alligator (did not ask to be in this book!) - 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!


What would you do if on a very normal, ordinary day a pesky narrator appeared. Trying to make everything you do sound mysterious? Would you change your plans? You know, throw a party?


Find out in SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK!) written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller. A fun story about storytelling, friendship and irreverent differences.


We made a party lunch (and we are hoping to be invited to Snappsy's party...) filled with:
  • fried rice (every lunch needs a back story)
  • grape tomato party ballons (hint, hint)
  • and a cheese, tomato and cucumber Snappsy part host

To see what happens when the narrator shows up at the party and if Snappsy ever liked being in the book, buy the book or get it at your local library! It is one of our favorites!

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





Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ella and Penguin - 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!


All you need sometimes is a friend that makes you feel strong and brave. Ella has a surprise for Penguin: glow-in-the-dark stickers. But to see the stickers glow, the friends must go where it is dark. And dark can be... really dark. They try everything to see the stickers glow in the light but nothing works. Will they find a way to stick together and face the dark to see something beautiful?


Find out in Ella and Penguin: Stick Together written by Megan Maynor and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. A beautiful and sweet book about friendship with gorgeous illustrations. My kids adore this book and I luckily had some glow-in-the-dark stars left over to hand out after reading the book! 


We made a snack for everyone who braves the dark to see beauty glow:
  • an Ella sandwich with chocolate and jelly decorations,
  • a penguin sandwich with chocolate and jelly decorations and a yellow pepper beak,
  • and the most important: cheese glow-in-the-dark stickers.
What I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow - 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!


Have you ever dreamed of living in a haunted house? This is what just became reality for eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow. Not only is she moving thousands of miles away from the life she knew, she is moving into the infamous Begonia House with a mysterious past. 
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson will keep you at the edge of your seats until the very end. Strange music coming from behind a padlocked door, a secret room, an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a strange picture of a red-haired lady are the first in a series of clues that take Fairday and her friends - the DMS (Detective Mystery Squad) - on a mysterious adventure.


We packed a Mysterious Lady lunch in our Easylunchboxes to help you find all the clues:
  • ancient mirror pretzels
  • brass key mini peppers
  • and a strange picture of a red-haired lady sandwich
What I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jack N' Jill Toothbrush and Toothpaste REVIEW




My kids LOVE brushing their teeth. Well, almost all of them. So, when a package from Jack N' Jill arrived filled with Buzzy Brush Electrical Musical Toothbrushes and Jack N' Jill toothpaste, they were eager to immediately try them out. (And the reluctant brusher in the family was the first one to decorate and try his out!)


Jack N' Jill sent us one of each of their toothpastes and we love them all. My kids really love the mild taste and the fact that the tooth paste is clear! Plus, where else can you find Blackcurrant flavored toothpaste!

I love that they are:
  • rich in Xylitol, 
  • contain Organic Calendula to soothe gums, 
  • only contain natural flavor,
  • are Fluoride Free, 
  • Sugar Free, 
  • Color Free, 
  • SLS Free, 
  • contain no Preservatives, 
  • and are Gluten Free and
  • BPA Free.



The Buzzy Brush comes with a set of stickers that can be used to decorate the toothbrush. I really liked the added stickers since it helps distinguish which Buzzy Brush belongs to whom. The stickers are bubble stickers and lots of fun to decorate with! I also appreciated the beautiful packaging made with recycled materials and the fact that the toothbrush head is replaceable for continuous use! This brush is great for any child or adult 3+. It has a super gentle rotation action, soft bristles, and is free standing for hygiene! No more sticky toothbrushes in the sink!



A word about the musical part of the toothbrush:

I know many of you shy away from a musical toothbrushes because - let's face it - the kids will play the song over and over and over again. BUT, this toothbrush has 3 settings:
  1. the song 
  2. spoken instructions 
  3. and silence 
And, I like the song! It is actually fun to listen to and if you'd like to know how it sounds, click HERE and you can read more about Buzzy Brush and hear the song.



I really love how well thought out the Jack N' Jill products are! Jack N' Jill toothpaste has an "opener" in the tooth paste lid! No more trying to peel that tiny piece of aluminum off! Just poke and you are ready to go!


In conclusion, we love Jack N' Jill products and had a great time testing the Buzzy Brush and the different toothpaste flavors. Everyone, from my tooth brushing lover to my reluctant brusher got excited about brushing teeth and it solved our "Before School" brushing dilemma. I had to remind endlessly before we used to leave the house. Now, everyone just goes off and starts the day with freshly brushed teeth and a fun song!

GIVEAWAY:

TWO winners will each receive:
1 Buzzy Brush and
1 toothpaste of their choice



US Residents only. The winners will be notified via email and have 24 h to claim their prize before a new winner is selected.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Lunch


One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is Apple Pie. I just cannot resist a warm slice of apple pie with freshly whipped cream - no matter how much other food I already had :) 


And since my kids share my love of pie, today's lunch features:
  • an apple and peanut butter "Apple Pie" sandwich
  • a "pumpkin" tangerine and
  • a fall themed side of celery, carrots, mini pepper and raspberries stuffed with roasted almonds


This Literary Lunch is featured as the Special Holiday Edition of Literary Lunches over at The Little Crooked Cottage today. It was inspired by Linda Ashman's new picture book, Over the River and Through the Wood. A more formal Literary Lunch and book review will be published soon as well.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

MySuperFoods REVIEW {and GIVEAWAY!}



MySuperFoodsCompany Review - mamabelly.com

We love healthy snacks - really who doesn't? - and my kids were thrilled to try both the MySuperFoods cookies and snacks after MySuperFoods sent us a fun review package. Scroll to the end of the post to win some snacks and cookies as well!

MySuperFoodsCompany Review - mamabelly.com

I love that MySuperfoods snacks are soft and yummy yet GMO free, made in a nut-free facility, has no additives, no preservatives and contains 10g of whole grains. Win for Mom and win for the kids!
For this lunch I served yogurt with a cinnamon apple stencil, apple raisin MySuperSnacks granola bites and three mini nut butter and jelly sandwiches.



I also used the Honey Heroes cookies in our recent Literary Lunch. They made fabulous spectators for my LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD lunch (click the picture to find out more).


MySuperFoodsCompany Review - mamabelly.com

I already had to re-buy the Honey Heroes because my kids love them for school snack as well. Here I packed some MySuperCookies with a few grapes.

MySuperFoodsCompany Review - mamabelly.com

I am always looking for healthy options for snack since all of my four children need snack and it gets boring fast because I tend to always pack the same few things. My kids were big fans of the Chocolate Chip Granola Bites and I will be buying more of these as well.

MySuperFoodsCompany Review - mamabelly.com

Here is a summary of what we thought:

Pros:
  • GMO free
  • nut free
  • artificial anything free
  • full of whole grain
  • yummy (your kids will love these)
Things to consider:
  • Even though the cookies are available in a bigger package, the MySuperSnacks Granola bites are only available as individual packs. Since I try to avoid unnecessary packaging I wish you could buy them with less packaging BUT they are great for on the go and for brown bag lunches!
MySuperFoods has agreed to send one of you a variety pack of their snacks and cookies!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Giveaway is open to US Residents only. Winner will be notified via email and has 24h to claim their prize.

MySuperFoods cookies and snacks are available at your local store and on Amazon.

MySuperFoodsCompany Review - mamabelly.com

Here are links to MySuperFoods on Amazon (contains affiliate links):





Disclaimer: MySuperFoods sent me a few snacks to review. The opinions in this post are solely mine!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

This week in pictures: Nov 1 - Nov 6 2015



If you missed the lunchbox ideas I shared on social media this week, you cancatch up here on the blog. I shared some new and some old lunches and if you want to read more, simply click the picture to see the whole post.



A trip to Trader Joe's and a fun IKEA cookie cutter transformed this lunch into a fun treat.


My daughter loves Pandas and requested a Panda themed lunch. So cute, right?


Love peanut butter (or really any nut butter?) - then this lunch is for you!


We were stuck in a lunch rut, so I used some refridgerated pretzel dough to make lunch fun again.


My daughter made this snack herself in our nw divided plates. I helped with the tangerine ;)


Even though I seem to have given away almost all my cookie cutters, I found this one hiding in the utensil drawer and used it to make this apple themed snack plate.


Things I used to make the snacks and lunches above (contains affiliate links):

 

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