The kids are back in school! Hooray!

And summer is over. Boooooo!

I am simultaneously happy and sad about the start of school. So many possibilities for a great year are in front of us, but I am truly sorry to say good-bye to summer and all the time we got to spend together. (OK, not the “kids bickering time”. I’m happy to see that go.)

Part of back to school is packing lunches, of course, and that’s what I’m about to share with you.

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First Day of School Lunch: Augie Edition

The first day of school calls for a special lunch so I packed this little number for Augie: pencil carrots, pickle popcorn, crackers, grapes with a crayon pick and chocolate pudding with sprinkles to help with the transition from the lazy days of summer to the more structured days of school. Seriously — pudding always helps.

First Day of School Lunch: Wyatt Edition

Wyatt had  nearly the same thing, but he asked for cheese instead of grapes which is probably more balanced, but whatever. They both vetoed the sandwiches I was going to make at the last second so I was just rolling with it.

Both lunches were packed in Bentology bento boxes.


First Omiebox Lunch for Augie

On Tuesday we used our new OmieBoxes for the first time. The OmieBox is a new lunch box that has an integrated insulated food jar (which most people refer to as a thermos).  I supported their Kickstarter campaign last year and I finally got my lunch boxes last week after a hecka long wait and a lot of anticipation. You can expect to see my full review of this lunch box in a few weeks. (I’m going to warn you right now that they are back-ordered until January 2016 though.)

Augie had asked me to pack a recipe of his own creation into the thermal jar: “Taco Mountains”. Taco mountains are basically a big pile of taco fillings. I put heated refried beans on the bottom, then added leftover turkey taco meat and a hearty sprinkle of cheese. I packed tortilla chips for dipping, along with some banana bread, sugar snap peas and nectarine chunks.

First Omiebox Lunch for Wyatt

Wyatt’s lunch was identical, except I swapped the peas out for radishes.  Mmmmm…taco mountain!


Robot Sandwich in the Omiebox

Wednesday Augie wanted the OmieBox again, but I didn’t have anything hot to put in it so I removed the insulated jar and used the big area to pack a cute robot sandwich filled with sunflower seed butter and jelly. He also had cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, Cheez-its and banana bread.

Chips and Salsa Bentology Lunch

Wyatt was in a chips and salsa mood, so I gave him a hearty serving of Trader Joes mango and pineapple salsa and some chips to eat it with. I don’t think he realized he was eating a full serving of fruit. Shhhhh! He also had deli ham and banana bread. I packed it in our Bentology bento box.


BBQ Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes in the Omiebox

Yesterday the kids were super excited to have leftovers from one of their favorite dinners in their OmieBoxes: mashed potatoes with meatballs in barbecue sauce. Wyatt had a big portion set aside so the meatballs got kind of squished into the potatoes when I put the lid on the thermos. Not terribly pretty but it tasted good at lunch time. He also had strawberries, more chips and tropical salsa and some brownie cookie thingies from Trader Joes.

The dividers that come with the OmieBox are not leak-proof (like, not at all) so I had to find a way to contain the salsa so it wouldn’t get everywhere. After trying several of our sealed containers with no success, I discovered that the small PlanetBox Dipper fit perfectly. Good to know!

This and That Omiebox Lunch for Augie

Augie also wanted dinner leftovers but he also wanted seconds after dinner and he ate some of the mashed potatoes and all of the meatballs I set aside for his lunch! He still wanted some potatoes though, so I reheated them and put them in the OmieBox’s insulated jar in the morning. He also had hummus, cucumber slices, strawberries, Cheez-its and brownie cookie thingies.


Kid-packed Snacky PlanetBox

Today the kids packed their own lunches. Wyatt wanted a snacky lunch, so he chose salami, crackers, strawberries and tiny little champagne grapes in the PlanetBox Rover. He even took the lunch photo himself!

Kid-packed Snacky Yumbox

Augie followed Wyatt’s lead and made himself a snacky lunch in the Yumbox Panino: grape tomatoes, cukes, champagne grapes, hummus, salami and Ritz crackers.

And he also packed his morning snack without being prompted! Tomatoes and a few Cheerios. His snack was packed in a Fuel Snack-n-go container that I picked up at Target over the weekend.

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Summer Bento Wrap-Up

by Wendy Copley on August 25, 2015

I have a few lunches from the end of the summer that I haven’t shared yet so I thought I’d throw together a quick post to wrap up the summer.

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Cookie Butter Bagel Lunch

First up is this lunch for Wyatt. I found some cookie butter cream cheese at Trader Joes (Yes, it is just as delicious as it sounds!) so I spread some on a couple of mini bagels for Wyatt. He also had thin-sliced rainbow carrots (for the braces) and some strawberries. This lunch was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Wyatt-made lunch for camp

Another lunch for Wyatt and this time he packed it himself. He chose one of our Bentology boxes for this one — his all-time favorite lunch box. He chose barbecue potato chips, blueberries, radishes and a sunflower and grape jelly sandwich.

Prociutto with Melon in the Yumbox

This one was one of Augies. I packed a Yumbox Panino with some of his favorite foods: letter cookies, sunflower seeds, turkey meatballs, carrot sticks, hummus and sliced cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto.

Kitty Sandwich Bento for Camp

And finally, we have a kitty lunch that I made for Augie. I packed an EasyLunchboxes bento box with a few mission figs, carrots and hummus, tomatoes, more carrots, and a sunbutter and jelly sandwich that I cut and stamped with a Cutezcute cutter.

And that’s a wrap on summer! First week of school lunches will be coming next week!

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Giveaway: Happy Bento Book

August 14, 2015

Last week I was very excited to receive a copy of a new bento book: Happy Bento! by Anna Adden. Anna writes the bento blog Becoming a Bentoholic and we have been friendly for a few years now. In fact, I can’t really pretend to be unbiased about Anna’s book because I happily wrote an […]

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Review and Giveaway: ButterStix Food-Safe Chalks

August 13, 2015

Another day, another fun back to school giveaway! Today I’m reviewing ButterStix Zero Dust Chalks. I was sent a sample of these non-toxic chalks a few months ago and the kids and I have had a great time playing with them. Because these chalks are specifically formulated to be safe to use around food, they […]

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Review and Giveaway: Bentology Lunch Box and Lunch Bag

August 12, 2015

For the past few months I’ve been playing around with the new Bentology lunch boxes. Do these boxes look familiar to you? Do they maybe look like the Laptop Lunches boxes my family has been using for years and years? There’s a good reason why — they are the same! Earlier this year, Laptop Lunches […]

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Review and Giveaway: FarmBox SF Farmer’s Market Basket

August 11, 2015

With school about to start back up, we are heading into days filled with new routines and schedules.  I usually find the first few weeks of school to be pretty rocky at first. Getting into the routine of packing lunches and fitting in dinners around the kids’ activities can be an adjustment. One thing that […]

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