the lazy bento’er :: week 3

I took pictures of Emma’s two school lunches last week and posted on Friday morning since she didn’t have school on Friday, but then as I was fixing the girls’ lunches later that day, I realized that I kind of do this whole food separation / bento thing a LOT.

So I thought I’d show you their Friday lunches for fun.

And let me just say that this was hurried photo-taking since Miss Lucy had much wailing and gnashing of teeth waiting for her plaaaaaate MOOOOOOM!!


Lucy got pretzel sticks, pickle, green olives, deli ham and a piece of bread cut into a squirrel shape


Emma got much of the same – pretzel sticks, pickle, olives and ham and mustard sandwich in shape of butterfly

Did you notice that my 4 1/2-year old and my 1-year old eat basically the same amount?? Yeah. Also, I don’t usually cut Emma’s food into small bites, but when I start cutting Lucy’s stuff, I tend to just keep going with Emma’s. Sometimes, I send her to school with her grapes cut in half … her teacher probably thinks I’m crazy.

They both got a small bowl of grapes with their lunch, as well – I just hadn’t had a chance to wash and get those prepared when I was taking pictures. And then *I* had to eat so we could run out the door to our play date.

We met a couple of Emma’s class mates at Barnes and Noble for an afternoon play date, and since their café doesn’t have much in the way of dairy-egg-peanut free snacks, I packed a box for Lucy to take with us.


This is a typical snack box for her when we go out, because I never know where we’re going to end up, and I never know if they will have allergy-free snacks. Pretzel sticks [I think we are finally nearing the end of this bag, thank goodness!], the rest of the squirrel-shaped bread and grapes.

And just in case you were wondering, all of our bread is the Publix premium dairy-free wheat bread.

No school on Monday



strawberries + blueberries, marbled cheese cubes, pickle, rolled up ham slices in boxes from All Things for Sale [cat box / squirrel box]


I am struggling with lighting for my pictures lately – might have to enlist some help from Emma with a deflector. Oy.


We had to take one of Emma’s classmates to school with us this morning, so this was a rush deal. And then he looked at me like I had three heads when I went to take a picture of it.


This week’s letter was “S”, so I sent squirrel-shaped strawberry cream cheese sandwiches, marbled cheese cubes, a pickle, and strawberries in an Easy Lunchbox.


One thing I’ve noticed from making and photographing these lunches is that I don’t mix it up enough. Poor Emma gets the same things over and over and over. We are going to try to branch out a little more over the next few weeks.

cat bento box squirrel bento box

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18 Comment

  1. Love the new header! Wow, Em’s getting so tall! She’s just sprouting right up, isn’t she!

    1. keli says:

      she is! she’s a beanpole, lol.

  2. That looks SO good! : )
    I wanted to pin your header but I couldn’t. Can you pin it and then tell me so I can repin it? Thanks a million ba jillion. XO

    1. keli says:

      yeah, I have it set so that weirdos can’t save it as their own header [it has happened!] but I’ll pin it and let you know. :) xo

    2. keli says:

      okay, i feel WEIRD pinning my own stuff, but just for you … ;)

  3. Sarah says:

    Every time I see your Lazy Bento-er posts it makes me think, “When will my bento supplies arrive?!!!” I can’t wait to Bento the heck out of my work lunches. :) Says me. Now. Ask me. Later. ;)

    1. keli says:

      I hope you get them soon!!!

  4. Christine says:

    I thought of you the other day when I saw a photo of a woman who had made Hello Kitty out of veggies for her child’s lunch! Talk about an over-achiever! Since you’ve started these posts have began to make “shaped” sandwhiches every day (rather than the occasional holiday) and my 9 year old is now eating ham slices rolled around a stick of cheese on a skewer. Both of my school-age kiddos are eating better with these simple changes, so thank you! Also, congrats on having a boy. I felt kind of intimidated at first trying to raise boys, but they are so much fun, and they think Mom is the best (just like girls tend to think Dad’s the best!)!

    1. keli says:

      I’m glad it’s working well for you! I am still amazed at how much better she eats when her lunches are packed this way. I can’t get her to eat fruit at home without negotiations that would impress the United Nations, but I send it to school and she comes home with almost-empty boxes. Go figure!

  5. Courtney says:

    These are just so darn great! I ordered all some of those cute little boxes and I actually love making her lunches right now. You have totally inspired me!

    1. keli says:

      yay!! it is pretty fun, huh? :)

  6. Apple says:

    I love the idea of bento boxes for lunches. I have a question though: I see that you use cookie cutters to cut the girls’ sandwiches. What do you do with the rest of it? Do you just throw the crust and other parts away? I would like to do this, but hate to waste.

    1. keli says:

      hi!! great question!

      there is usually one of three things that happen here – I will eat the leftover bread as I’m preparing her lunches. I am 5 months pregnant, after all. ;) OR Lucy eats them as she is usually eating b’fast as I fix Emma’s lunches, and the crust is her favorite part of the bread. OR we have two dogs who will gladly gobble them up.

      I do try to use as much of the bread as I can – so for the squirrel sandwiches, I squeeeezed two sandwiches out of two pieces of bread so that there was barely any crust left.

      hope that helps! :)

      1. Apple says:

        Yes thank you! :)

  7. Kristen says:

    Tons of cute bento stuff on this blog. I found in on pinterest. I love the little cups of yogurt with different sprinkles on top to make it fun. :-) Personally I think sprinkles make everything taste better.

  8. Lydia says:

    I can’t stop giggling about the friend watching you take a picture of your daughters lunch. Heheheh. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Lisa says:

    I love the lazy mom bentos!! Good food done simple. Nothing easier than a cookie cutter sandwich and it makes them happy. <3

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