Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 3}


Another week of lunches for my girls! You will see that they have almost identical lunches, because Lucy always watches me make Emma’s lunches, and then she asks for the same thing.

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Emma had a mini bagel with cream cheese in a jumbo silicone muffin cup, pretzel sticks, strawberries and vanilla wafers packed in a Good Lunch Box [you can read my full review of these boxes in last week's post].


Emma had deli pepperoni in a super jumbo silicone muffin cup [I cannot find these online anywhere], half of a mini whole wheat pita, green olives with a leaf pick in an Easy Lunchboxes mini dip container, cut up cheese stick and cantaloupe packed in another Good Lunch Box.

Lucy had rolled up ham in a jumbo silicone muffin cup, grapes, green olives with a leaf pick in an Easy Lunchboxes mini dip container, cut up mozzarella cheese with a super cute sheep food pick packed in a Good Lunch Box.


Emma had almond butter sandwiches in a bunny shape {she almost always picks her own shapes}, pretzel sticks under the sandwiches, vanilla wafers in a small silicone muffin cup and strawberries packed in an oval 2-tier box.


Emma had a mini bagel with cream cheese, mini pretzels in a jumbo silicone muffin cup, strawberries with a strawberry pick and Van’s Cinnamon Heaven cereal {gluten free if you roll that way} packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

Lucy had a mini bagel with cream cheese, mini pretzels in a silicone cup {I bought these at Target}, grapes with leaf picks and Van’s Cinnamon Heaven cereal packed in a Good Lunch Box.


I let Emma buy pizza at school today after having a great week of behavior and excellent grades.

I Heart Faces | Beautiful Eyes

All of my kids have really good eyes. I mean, really good. But one thing that they all have that I wish I had were eyelashes. I mean, I have eyelashes, but they’re blonde. Light blonde. Basically nonexistent unless I put 4 layers of mascara on.

So when I saw this picture flash on the screen when I was uploading shots of Henry, I couldn’t resist using it as my entry for I Heart Faces | Beautiful Eyes.

I present Beautiful Eye{lashes} …


Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 2}


Lucy started preschool last week, so I am making 2 lunches for her in addition to Emma’s lunches.


Labor Day


Emma had almond butter sandwiches in transportation shapes in a large silicone tray, cheezeits, honeydew and dark chocolate cheerios packed in an Easy Lunchbox.
Photo Sep 02, 7 26 16 AM

Lucy had almond butter sandwiches in car shapes, cheezeits, grape tomatoes in a silicone food cup and honeydew packed in a two-tier lunch box.
Photo Sep 02, 7 38 38 AM


Emma had pepperoni in a large silicone baking cup, pretzel sticks, dark chocolate cheerios and watermelon decorated with bunny food picks and baran in a Good Lunch Box*.
Photo Sep 03, 7 09 07 AM


Emma had a mini bagel with cream cheese, cheezeits in a jumbo muffin cup, cantaloupe with an ice cream pick and chocolate chex cereal in an Easy Lunchbox.
Photo Sep 04, 7 14 28 AM

Lucy had a mini bagel with cream cheese and pretzel sticks in this box and strawberries and grapes in this divided box.
Photo Sep 04, 12 14 25 PM


I let Emma pick everything for this lunch, and she picked deli pepperoni, strawberries, cantaloupe and a Cascadian Farms chocolate chip granola bar in this fun divided lunchbox.
Photo Sep 05, 7 25 39 AM

*My one complaint with the Good Lunch Boxes has always been that the dividers didn’t meet the lid, so small food could spill from one section to another. I forgot about it, and all of Emma’s cheerios spilled into her watermelon and got soggy. Gross. But I ordered a few more, thinking I’d just put larger items in them, and they have re-designed them so that the dividers meet the lid! I still wouldn’t put liquid items like applesauce in them, but I think cheerios are safe again. I have a very very happy little girl!! The new patterns are absolutely adorable. If I’m not mistaken, the $6.99 ones on Amazon are the old design while the $7 ones are the new design. If you prefer the $6.99 patterns, they are still good boxes — you just need to stick with large, dry food items.

I’ve also been asked which box is my favorite – Easy Lunchboxes or Good Lunch Boxes, and I can honestly say it’s a draw. The Easy Lunchboxes are shallower, so I don’t feel like there’s a lot of wasted space whereas the Good Lunch Box is deeper, and I find that Emma’s food bounces around a lot more in them. If you were really trying to make cute lunches with eyeballs and shaped foods, the Good Lunch Box would probably be too “roomy” for you. BUT the designs on the Good Lunch Box lids are super kid-friendly, and they will pick those over the solid color lids on the Easy Lunchboxes. But if you are a parent who also packs a lunch for work or errands or whatever, then an Easy Lunchbox would be ideal for you.

Lunch with Emma {week 1}


Hellooooooooo! I’ve got to get back to posting my lazy bento lunches again. I made them several times a week last year, but I was overwhelmed with new school, two 1 & 3 year olds at home with me, and just getting it all done. So I didn’t take many photos, but I’ve started up again this year to keep myself moving forward with healthy lunches. I haven’t even put money into Emma’s school lunch account, yet – holding out as long as I can! ;-)

She is now in 2nd grade, so I don’t do quite as much “cute” stuff, but Lucy starts preschool 2 days next week, so you’ll get your fill of *cute* pretty soon!

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Veggie straws in jumbo silicone muffin cup, rolled up ham with animal picks, sliced cheese, dark chocolate cheerios and pineapple in an Easy Lunchboxes box.

local peaches [can't beat SC peaches!], dark chocolate cheerios, veggie straws, cheese and rolled up ham in humongous silicone cup in another Easy Lunchboxes box.

Spiderman cheezeits, Nutella sandwich using this cutter, cheerios and grapes in yet another Easy Lunchboxes box [they are a favorite this year, especially now that they have pink and purple!]

apple cinnamon straws in a jumbo muffin cup, Trader Joe’s cheese stick, almond butter star-shaped sandwich, dark chocolate cheerios and more peaches in a … you guessed it … Easy Lunchboxes box.

Trader Joe’s cheese stick, Pirate’s Booty in that gigantic muffin cup, rolled up ham with forest animal + trees picks, grapes and Hello Panda cookies in a … well, you know.

Trader Joe’s animal cookies, raisins in a little cherry food cup, kitty-shaped almond butter sandwich, and pineapple in a 2-tier pig bento box that we loooooooove so much.

I also post daily bento pictures on Instagram if you’re not following me there – I’m @kelihoskins.

What is your kids’s favorite kind of sandwich?

How to Create a Blog Board / Collage in Lightroom

If you’ve been wondering how to make blog boards / collages in Lightroom, I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial on I Heart Faces this week. To keep the article length from being ridiculously long, I kept it to 2 simple diptychs, but I hope it gives a good foundation for you to learn from it and make bigger and better collages.


And while we’re on the subject of I Heart Faces, I will be on online [live!] answering questions and offering tips on capturing everyday life this Thursday night at 9pm EST — please join me for this chat at the I Heart Faces Photography Community!

Disclaimer: there’s a small fee to join the community, but you can get 3 months for the price of 2 Starbucks drinks … yet the advice and information and support you will get in this community is priceless.


Weekly Menu | March 24 – 30


Notes on this week’s meals …

* Tuesday’s Oh She Glows Nourish and Glow Miracle Bowl

* Thursday’s homemade pizza – I usually make two pizzas: one with homemade crushed tomatoes & roasted garlic sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella for the kids, and one with homemade pesto, italian chicken sausage and mozzarella for Ken and I. I might just use my one dairy cheat night and use real mozzarella.