Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DIY Pizzables - Fast Food!

Last week Birdie took a fun DIY pizzable lunch, which she loves. Today was her preschool's pizza day, where the school provides a delivery pizza lunch as a treat, and since she loves pizza, I thought she'd be thrilled! But, no, minutes before we had to leave, she asked, "What's my lunch?" and when I told her it was school pizza day, she was not pleased. "I want your kind of pizza lunch." Aw...  So, here is another version of the DIY pizzables lunch, the quickly throw stuff in an EasyLunchbox in less than 3 minutes version :)

She has marinara sauce in a little lidded cup (I love the way Birdie says it, mara-mara sauce), a bagel thin cut in half for her crusts, & shredded cheese to top. On short notice just cheese will have to do :) No time for cute details. Luckily I already had honeydew melon chopped for lunches (I pre-chop fruit to save time) so we made it out the door with time to pause & take a picture even.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Yumbox DIY Pizzable!

Apparently enough time has gone by since our Momables Lunchbox Wars pizza lunch makeover for Birdie to forget that she doesn't like Lunchables, since she asked for one as we passed them in the grocery the other day. Even though we taste-tested several for the Lunchbox Wars series I did for Momables, they are still inexplicably drawn to those little boxed lunches - go figure.  I reminded her that she doesn't like them and that I can make a better one. So we added the necessary ingredients to our list, and today, I did!

Birdie's fun DIY pizza lunch, or "pizzable",  is packed in a Yumbox, which keeps all the ingredients, wet & dry, perfectly separate:

Her Yumbox pizza bento contains:
  • bagel thins, cut in quarters
  • shredded cheese
  • marinara sauce
  • mini turkey pepperonis
  • & honeydew melon balls with alphabet picks

I also included a little spoon for spreading the sauce, & a Lunchbox Love note  The other side of the note has a fun fact about belly button lint, which Birdie was talking about yesterday, so she'll like that :)

Click to see another version of our pizzables & a DIY pizza muffin tin meal!
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Stuff used to make this lunch:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Bento & Balance Bar Giveaway

Happy Earth Day! I packed Bella's lunch in her PlanetBox today - it seemed fitting :) She has yogurt with blue, green, & chocolate sprinkles,  honeydew melon balls, veggies with tree & leaf picks, & a Balance energy bar:

We were recently given a box of dark chocolate crunch Balance bars to try - which Bella proclaimed "Delicious!" Rich in both chocolate flavour and nutrition, Balance bar's new dark chocolate varieties are certified gluten-free and made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa, so I can feel good about giving them to her. Especially today, on Earth Day! 

Balance is giving away a box of their Dark Chocolate Crunch bars to one lucky U.S. reader! Entering is easy via the widget below:
Balance bars follow the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a formula that provides the caloric ratio of carbohydrates, protein, & fat that your body needs for longer lasting balanced energy & hunger satisfaction. And they're delicious!

Some stuff I used to make this lunch:

Disclosure: Balance Bar provided me with a complimentary box of energy bars and pledged to provide the same to one winner in the US. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Pair of Puzzle Lunches

April is Autism Awareness Month in America. I packed puzzle themed bentos for Sprout & Pickle, the only two sproutlets who went to school today.

Sprout took her Yumbox, packed with yogurt, strawberries, grapes, graham stars, & a puzzle piece sweet I made with candy melts & my puzzle mold. Puzzle piece picks decorate the fruit, & blue blossom cupcake sprinkles top the yogurt - I think they look very puzzle-piece-ish :)

Lunch wouldn't be complete without a Lunchbox Love note! 


Pickle's puzzle lunch is packed in EasyLunchboxes. He has his usual peanut butter sandwich, cut with my Lunch Punch Match & Munch puzzle cutters, a Go-Gurt  & cookie, plus some blue gelatin in a leak-proof cup with lid, that fits perfectly in the medium section.

Each Lunchbox Love for Kids volume includes a couple of cards with one blank side so you can write your own message, like I did here.

The thing on Pickle's Go-Gurt is a Twixit bag clip. He & his little sister Birdie sometimes have a hard time tearing open their yogurt tube cleanly clean & they don't like it the feel of it when they tear it open jagged, so I have started cutting them with scissors at home then sealing them with a Twixit. The tiny 2¼" ones are the perfect size & easy for them to open!


Some of the stuff I used to make these lunches:


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monkey Yumbox

A Yumbox for my Sprout, whose daddy calls her his little monkey bean :)

Monkey Yumbox

She has yogurt with chocolate sprinkles, apple wedges, a big carrot stick, cheese with a monkey pick, a gummy worm treat, & some of the last of our snowflake Ritz crackers (*sniff* I know they are all the basically the same but love the snowflake shaped ones best!)

Monday, April 7, 2014

One Bunny Lunch

You'd think that with half the sproutlets out sick and only one lunch to pack that I could make it a fun one! Nope, with half the sproutlets out sick, I'm just too tired - I stuck a pink bunny pick in Sprout's ham and called it good :)

And I snapped the photo with my phone, at the kitchen table, didn't even bother picking out a piece of scrapbook paper for the photo background! But I think it's a decent lunch, even if there are no veggies in it (she nixed the carrots I was about to put in). She has a Goodbyn Bynto packed with ham, yogurt, grapes, a granola bar, & iced tea (with a GreenPaxx Cool Straw).

Some stuff I used to pack lunch:
I really like those silicone cups in the Goodbyn, they reach right to the top so even if it's carried sideways, nothing spills out.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day

April is National Autism Awareness Month in the USA, & April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  We're well aware of autism in our family;  our Pickle is one of the 1 in 54 American boys on the autism spectrum.

If we were home with our sandwich cutters I'd make my little man a puzzle lunch, but we're in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada, for Spring Break, so it will have to wait. I do have all month to make an Autism Awareness Lunch :) And look at all these fun puzzle piece tools I could use when I do!



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