Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Same Lunch - 3 Ways

Packing lunches does not have to take long or be stressful - even if you pack multiple lunches in the morning! The end of the school year is in sight and I know a lot of us are loosing our lunch packing mojo. Me included! After several weeks of pizza wheels and homemade lunchables, lunches were coming home uneaten and I had lost my patience with lunch packing.

So, I decided to go back to the basics. We all sat down and decided on a few thing everyone wanted in their lunchbox. Tastes differ and not every kid likes everything, but we could agree on the basics.

Here are today's lunches. Same ingredients - almost - and ranging from first to eighth grade!

First Grade Lunch

My daughter does not eat much for lunch, so I choose our Lock&Lock box today. She has:
  • mini cucumber slices
  • a raspberry greek yogurt muffin
  • a ham, cheese and spinach mini roll
  • grapes
  • and a Superwoman Chobani tube yogurt 

Fourth Grade

This lunch is packed in our Arctic Zone lunchbox and contains the exact same ingredients as above - just more of it! My son has:
  • mini cucumber slices 
  • a raspberry greek yogurt muffin
  • three ham mini rolls
  • grapes
  • and a Batman Chobani tube yogurt 

Eighth Grade

My middle schooler needs more food than his siblings, so we packed his lunch in Easylunchboxes and added a cereal bar. However, still the same ingredients:
  • mini cucumber slices
  • raspberry greek yogurt muffin instead he had:
  • a peanut butter mini cereal bar instead of the muffin
  • four chicken, cheese and spinach mini rolls
  • grapes
  • a Flash Chobani tube yogurt 
Planning with your kids makes packing lunches so much easier! If the basics are the same, you can pack lunches so much faster! Swapping an ingredient is not a big deal and everyone is happy in the end.

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

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Peddles - 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!

My kids love author Elizabeth Rose Stanton! Do you remember HENNY? The adorable chicken with arms? Well, Elizabeth Rose Stanton's new book PEDDLES is just as adorable! My kids could not wait to read the book when it arrived at our house and immediately wondered if Henny and Peddles live on the same farm!

Peddles is tired of being the same old pig—he wants to be different.
He wants to stop doing the usual pig things like oinking and sleeping. He’d much rather stand, climb, and dance! And Peddles finally gets his chance when he bumps into a pile of shoes and finds a pair of red boots that fits just right!

We packed a pig-tastic lunch you can eat while dancing:
  • watermelon fresh from the farm
  • mini carrots
  • a treat in a cute pig box and 
  • a Peddles ham sandwich with ham and ketchup decorations

If you loved this book review and lunch, check out our previous feature of HENNY by clicking on the picture below:

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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Boulder Organic Soups Review {with Giveaway}

I love food! And food loves me (a little too much!). So, what do I eat that is delicious, healthy and won't change my jeans size? Soup! Soup has more fiber, more flavor, less sugar and helps me stay satisfied longer than for example a juice.

Boulder Organic offers organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO soups and what could be any better than that!

The Chicken Vegetable Chili was hands down my favorite. I love thick soups and I found this one to be my go to lunch staple last week! It is chock full of chicken, tomato, carrots, corn, zucchini and three kinds of beans. 

But there are so many varieties to choose from that everyone will find a soup they love:
  •  Butternut Squash with Sage
  •  Roasted Tomato Basil
  •  Red Lentil Dahl
  •  Garden Minestrone
  •  Cuban Black Bean
  •  Green Chile Corn Chowder
  •  Potato Leek
  •  Golden Quinoa and Kale
  •  Chicken Quinoa & Kale
  •  Chicken Vegetable Chili
Which one would you love to try? 

I still have my eye out for the Potato Leek and the Carrot Ginger Soup with Coconut. One reminds me of home and the other of summer. Cannot wait to try them all!

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Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for this post. I was sent two coupons to try the soup. The opinions in this post are my own.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Salad Pie - a Literary Lunch

There is nothing better than finding the playground empty and having it all to yourself. Maggie is overjoyed. Everything is perfect for making Salad Pie. That is until Herbert arrives. Herbert wants to help make Salad Pie. But can Maggie make room for him in her game?

Salad Pie Literary Lunch - mamabelly.com

I love SALAD PIE written by Wendy BooydeGraaff and illustrated by Bryan Langdo because I can remember making mud pies and salad pies when I was little. My daughter likes making salad soups in the backyard and the concept of this book is just a reminder of growing up. But besides salad pie this book is also about friendship. Maggie is not thrilled at first when Herbert wants to join. But little by little she realizes that two cooks make a fantastic Salad Pie.

Salad Pie Literary Lunch - mamabelly.com

We made our own Salad Pie in our Three-in-One ECOlunchbox:
  • about 19 spinach leaves
  • 6 snow peas
  • 2 "crab apple" radishes
  • 2 radish halves
  • 11 blueberries
  • 9 roasted chick peas and
  • 3 cracker "sticks"
What I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Batman vs. Superman - Breakfast Cereals

We love breakfast at our house - especially cereal. And we LOVE Super Heros. Especially Superman and Batman! We are so excited for the release of the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25th! General Mills has released to new cereals to get you excited about the new movie:
Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry and Superman™ Caramel Crunch!
Scroll to the end of my post to grab a $1 coupon for each of the new cereals!

Both cereals are free of:
• Artificial colors
• Artificial flavors
• High fructose corn syrup

They do have:
• Only 9 grams of sugar per serving
• A good source of Calcium and Vitamin D
• 12g of whole grain per serving
• Glossy, embossed emblem - which is really cool!

Both cereals have passed our taste test and I may just be eating some out of the box while the kids are in school! They are so good! I prefer the warm caramel taste of the Superman™ Caramel Crunch cereal while my kids prefer the fruitiness of the Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry.

Who are you routing for? Batman or Superman?

Specially marked General Mills Cereals will feature 1 out of 4 collectible, custom comic books in celebration of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The comic books are not available in the new Superman™ Caramel Crunch or Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry cereals.

Want to try the cereals for yourself? Click here for your coupon or go to: dcsuperheroescereal.tumblr.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Punk Skunks - 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!

Punk Skunks Literary Lunch - mamabelly.com

Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever.

Every day they rock out together. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get into a HUGE fight!

They try to hum, drum, and strum on their own, but it's all wrong.

Punk Skunks Literary Lunch - mamabelly.com

Is their friendship strong enough to survive this fight? Find out in this new beautiful illustrated kids book PUNK SKUNKS written by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan.

Punk Skunks Literary Lunch - mamabelly.com

We made this rockin' friendship lunch:
  • Buzz sandwich made with cheese, spinach and a red candy
  • Kit sandwich made with cheese and red pepper and a red candy
  • Punk Skunk title written on the plate with WineGlasswriters

Here are a few things I used to make this lunch (contains affiliate links):

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):


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