Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 6}

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Another week of lunches for my sweet girls … I didn’t grocery shop much this week, because I was trying to use up what was in our pantry and fridge, so these lunches aren’t very exciting. And some are pretty carb-heavy. {Whoops}

Monday

Emma had pepperoni in a jumbo silicone cup, veggie straws, an apple {we hit 2 apple farms in a week, so you will see a LOT of apples this week}, and Back to Nature chocolate granola packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Tuesday

Emma had a mini bagel with cream cheese, pretzels in a heart silicone cup, raisins in a little dippers cup, a clementine and Back to Nature chocolate granola packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Lucy had turkey rollups with animal picks, pickle with a hippo pick, dried berry mix and goldfish in a shallow 4-section box {I love this box for little lunches!}
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Wednesday

Emma had a mini bagel with cream cheese, a bunny-shaped hard-boiled egg in a silicone cup, celery with almond butter in a panda sauce cup, Van’s Cinnamon Heaven cereal and an apple packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Thursday

Emma had turkey rollups with a dolphin pick in a jumbo silicone cup, veggie straws, multigrain cheerios, flower-shaped honeydew and granola in silicone cups packed in the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox.
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Lucy had turkey rollups with a bunny pick in a jumbo silicone muffin cup, flower-shaped cheese, veggie straws and an apple packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Friday

Emma bought pizza at school.

Have a great weekend!! xoxo Keli


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Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 5}

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Henry is feeling better and FINALLY sleeping, so I had better luck with this week’s lunches. I also printed off lunch idea lists from two of my favorite bento’ers – Meet the Dubiens and Wendolonia – and then I asked Emma to circle the items she would like to take for lunch. I learned quite a bit! And this is also a good way to mix things up when you get bored.


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Monday

Emma had celery and almond butter in a cute little bunny cup, a mandarin orange, marshmallows in another cute bunny cup, ham in a jumbo silicone muffin cup and veggie straws packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Tuesday

Emma had ham in a silicone cup {with leftover cuts skewered on a long pick}, an apple burrito {sliced apples in a flour tortilla with cream cheese and a sprinkle of cinnamon + sugar} with a dolphin pick, goldfish crackers and edamame packed in an Easy Lunchbox.
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Lucy had ham in a jumbo silicone muffin cup, an apple burrito with a penguin pick, cheerios, lettuce and grape tomatoes with ranch dressing in a cute panda cup with a seal pick packed in an Easy Lunchbox. She came home with the apple burrito, but ate every last piece of her mini-salad. That girl has the funniest palate!
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Wednesday

Emma had an adorable teddy bear peanut butter sandwich, goldfish crackers, a mandarin orange, celery with peanut butter in a bunny cup, and popcorn packed in our new Rubbermaid Lunch Blox. Love these boxes!
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— I decided that my phone pictures were really not working for the blog, so I decided to put forth the effort of taking pictures with my actual camera starting with Thursday’s lunch. I’ll try to keep phone pics to a minimum this year. —

Thursday

Emma had little almond butter sandwiches in fun flower and heart shapes, goldfish crackers, a mandarin orange, granola with chocolate chips and raisins in rectangle silicone cups packed in our 2-tier froggy box.
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Lucy had a field trip to the apple farm, so we had cheese toast and fresh apples for lunch.

Friday

Emma bought lunch at school. If she has a good week at school, it’s her one day to go crazy with cheese pizza and ice cream!!

Have a great weekend …

xo Keli

Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 4}

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I had a rough week with Henry being sick all week and not sleeping, so these lunches were miracles. Seriously.

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Monday

I let Emma buy lunch at school, and she got yogurt, graham crackers, cheese stick and grapes. And now I remember why I don’t let her buy lunch very often – she always picks the vegetarian option! I could fix that lunch for way less than it costs there. ;)

Tuesday

Emma had bagel with cream cheese in a jumbo silicone muffin cup, pretzels in a rectangular silicone cup, yogurt covered raisins in an Easy Lunchboxes mini dipper, hello panda cookies and honeydew packed in a Good Lunch Box. This lunch was a little sweeter than I planned, but it was a crazy morning.
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Lucy had blueberries, yogurt covered raisins in a mini dipper, strawberries in a silicone muffin cup, pretzels and nutella panda sandwich in a jumbo silicone muffin cup packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Wednesday

Emma had Hello Kitty almond butter sandwiches, pretzels in a silicone cup, cheese stick, Berry Berry Kix, and strawberries packed in an Easy Lunchbox.
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Thursday

Emma had an adorable koala almond butter sandwich, berry berry kix, cantaloupe and honeydew skewers, yogurt covered raisins in a mini dipper and green olives with eyes packed in a Good Lunch Box.
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Lucy had a hamster {or mouse} homemade blueberry jam sandwich, berry berry kix, blueberries and grape tomatoes with eyes in small silicone cups packed in a frog box.
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Friday

Emma got school pizza.

Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 3}

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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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Monday

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].
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Tuesday

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.
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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.
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Wednesday

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.
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Thursday

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.
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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.
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Friday

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} …

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Lunch with Emma and Lucy {week 2}

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

Monday

Labor Day

Tuesday

Emma had almond butter sandwiches in transportation shapes in a large silicone tray, cheezeits, honeydew and dark chocolate cheerios packed in an Easy Lunchbox.
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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.
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Wednesday

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*.
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Thursday

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.
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Lucy had a mini bagel with cream cheese and pretzel sticks in this box and strawberries and grapes in this divided box.
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Friday

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.
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*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}

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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.

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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.

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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!]

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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.

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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.

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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?