Friday, October 17, 2014

Yumbox Lunches for the week of 10/13 - 10/17




We have a new YUMBOX and my little girl is so in love with her new purple lunchbox ( a former review with tips and tricks is coming soon!). I collected all the lunches we packed this week - plus a bonus lunch from last week!!


Our first Yumbox lunch contains:
  • an organic yogurt tube
  • orange slices
  • an egg
  • 5 mini sandwiches 
  • carrots with purple carrot hearts and
  • a few gummy bears

This Yumbox is packed with:
  • A Chobani Greek yogurt tube
  • orange slices
  • mini sandwiches
  • cheddar crackers
  • broccoli and carrots
  • and a few gummy bears

The chocolate Greek yogurt was so good we packed it again in this Yumbox with:
  • apple "salad"
  • cheese crackers
  • stamped flower sandwiches
  • carrots and grape tomatos and
  • a few chocolate chips

It was "PINK" day at school this week and we packed our Yumbox with lots of pink:

  • a Z bar with the letters P I N K
  • kiwi with a pink Hellp Kitty pick
  • mini sandwiches with a pink bunny pick
  • pink Goldfish crackers
  • and apple "salad" with a pink dolphin pink


My daughter picked Winnie the Pooh and Piglet bento picks for this lunch:
  • another Greek yogurt tube
  • kiwi "salad" with Winnie the Pooh
  • cheddar crackers
  • left over rice with Piglet
  • baby carrots and 
  • chocolate chips

Can you tell I adore my mini sandwich maker? This Yumbox is packed with:
  • a mint Z bar
  • vanilla yogurt with sprinkles
  • mini sandwiches
  • Baby Goldfish crackers
  • cucumber spears
  • and a few peanut M&Ms
If you are ready to pack your own Yumbox lunches, you can see what I used here (contains affiliate links):





Please also check BENTO USA for bento picks. They often have sales and sell the picks at a better price :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Library Book for Bear - 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! 


Can you ever have enough books? Not in my opinion but Bear from A LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR is not so sure. This sweet book written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton tells the story of Mouse and Bear going to the library. Bear is quite sure he only needs the 7 books he already has while Mouse is trying to show him all the library has to offer. Will Bear check out another book? Find our in A LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR!


We packed a lunch today that is perfect for a walk to the library:
  • a chocolate spread bear sandwich,
  • an apple slice with the words READ,
  • a small basket with snacks for bear and mouse: pretzel FISH and CHEESE,
  • also packed are some library books made out of a cereal bar and fruit leather






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Wish, I Wish for Fish - Wished Lunches on Wednesday


My kids generally take lunch without requesting something special. Today everyone was tired and hard to motivate but when I offered them to help packing lunches they all wanted a say and to help. It was a lot of fun and hopefully this means the lunches all come home eaten!

Yumbox School Lunch - mamabelly.com

My Kindergartner's Yumbox is packed with:
  • a Z bar
  • vanilla yogurt with sprinkles
  • 5 mini chocolate spread sandwiches
  • cucumber spears and
  • 3 peanut M&Ms

Pancake Sandwiches in Easylunchboxes for School - mamabelly.com

My 3rd Grader is not a big sandwich fan and requested a no-sandwich sandwich. I packed his Easylunchboxes with:
  • cucumber spears
  • Baby Goldfish
  • 4 chocolate spread mini pancake sandwiches and
  • a bag of Somersault snacks

Turkey and Cheese Wrap in Easylunchboxes for School - mamabelly.com

My middle schooler grabbed his Easylunchboxes with:
  • Baby Goldfish
  • Applesauce
  • a Z bar
  • and a Turkey, Swiss cheese and lettuce wrap

How did your morning go?

To see what lunchboxes I used, you can go here (contains affiliate links):



Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Halloween is Near" Easylunchboxes


Halloween is only 22 days away and I decided it's time to break out the Halloween decorations. Mornings have been hectic and time is not always on my side, so these are all "5 minutes or less" lunch ideas. Adding a few cupcake rings or fun wooden spoons can dress up any regular lunch and make it spooky, fun or festive.

Halloween School Lunch Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

My son thought a Hulk sandwich would be perfect for a Halloween themed lunch and we packed his Easylunchboxes with:
  • a delicious chocolate spread Hulk sandwich
  • Annie's Cheddar Bunnies
  • an apple sauce
  • and a few of our Halloween lunch decoration.


Halloween School Lunch Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

This is as simple as it gets. The same lunch as above with a cute ghost and glow-in-the-dark spider cupcake ring. 

Halloween School Lunch Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

My youngest son wanted an orange lunch in his orange Easylunchboxes and we packed:
  • Annie's Ceddar Bunnies
  • applesauce
  • mini sandwiches
  • and an organic Z bar with Halloween wrapper
If you want to spruce up your lunches with a few fun decorations, you can find what I used above here (contains affiliate links):

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

German Brotzeit Lunch


German Brotzeit Lunch in Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

As many of you know, I am from originally from Bavaria, Germany. We have a second breakfast before noon that we call "Brotzeit" or literally translated "bread time." Traditionally, pretzels, pretzel buns, pretzel sticks or a hearty bread are served (or packed to go) with lunch meat, fruit, cheese, vegetables and more. I grew up loving Brotzeit and I thought the kids would enjoy a Brotzeit lunch since a few of my kids eat on the early side at school.

German Brotzeit School Lunch in Easylunchboxes - mamabelly.com

I was able to find pretzel sticks at Wegmans a few towns over and packed our Easylunchboxes with:
  • a few veggie chips
  • carrot sticks
  • A pretzel stick with butter, Salami and lettuce shreds
The kids are excited for lunch and I hope to pack more Brotzeit lunches in the future.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up - 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! And if you want to find out more about Leroy or are curious what he would pack if he was stranded on a desert island, head over to his special interview!

This post contains affiliate links.

Meet Leroy, the dreamer who wanted to be a cowboy, from LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP written by Newbery Medal winning author Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.


Leroy is the lovable protagonist in this story, dreaming of being a cowboy just like the movie stars in the drive-thru movie theater he works at. But a cowboy is not a cowboy without a horse. Leroy sets out to buy a mighty horse but falls in love with Maybelline, an old four-toothed mare. When Maybelline disappears because of his negligence he must rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good. This heartfelt and hilarious book is a must-read for all ages!


We packed packed a lunch perfect for rescuing the horse of your dreams in our Easylunchboxes:
  • carrots for Maybelline, the horse
  • popcorn from the Bijou Drive-in Theatre concession stand Leroy works at
  • and a Leroy Ninker Salami Sandwich

And if you want to make your own LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP LUNCH you can check out here what I used to pack lunch (contains affiliate links):



Monday, September 22, 2014

Applegate HALF TIME Review {with Giveaway}



I am passionate about packing healthy, well balanced lunches for my kids. But there are those mornings when I wish there was a quick solution to lunch packing that was healthy and delicious. Because we all wake up with a head cold sometimes  have bad mornings sometimes and having a healthy lunch solution at hand can be a huge time saver!

This is why I am so excited that my favorite companies (Applegate, Annie's Homegrown and Stonyfield Organics) have teamed up to bring you HALF TIME - a lunch you can feel good about!


HALF TIME is available in 3 varieties:
  • Turkey & Cheese
  • Ham & Cheese, and 
  • Bologna & Cheese

So we put HALF TIME to the test (actually the hungry Tween test. One hungry 12 year old vs HALF TIME Ham and American Cheese):


I have to admit that I was not sure if this would be enough food to feed my 12 year old son for lunch. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised when he finished and told me that he loved it AND that it was enough for lunch! He loved making cracker stackers and with the yogurt and cookies he felt full but not weighed down. SUCCESS!


What we loved:
  • made with organic and natural ingredients
  • free of preservatives, artificial flavors or colors
  • all animals are raised humanely and without antibiotics
  • the combination of yogurt, fruit snack and crackers with meat and cheese
  • includes familiar brands we already buy
  • enough for a tween for lunch
What to keep in mind:
  • it does not include a drink (this was NOT an issue for me since my kids carry a water bottle to school every day) but it might make a difference to you.
  • the current price is about $5 at our local Target, so a little on the pricey side. I still think it is worth the extra money to have a healthy lunch in the fridge for a busy morning or a better to-go food for car trips, after school activities, field trips, museum outings or ball park visits.

Would you like to try HALF TIME? Win an awesome prize pack!

Included in your prize package is everything pictured above:
  • All three varieties of HALF TIME: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese
  • A draw-your-own lunch bag
  • A set of permanent markers
  • Coupons
  • Activity book
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to US addresses only. Winner will be notified via email and has 24 h to claim their prize before a new winner is drawn. Good luck!

Disclaimer: Applegate provided me with a free HALF TIME snack kit. All opinions are my own.
 

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