Tag: food storage

Because no one ever compliments you on that cute Ziploc.

My job as a parent has always been playing defense, which is why I’m the one who slathers the family in SPF 50, sorts the recycling, and saves fifty cents on black beans with a coupon. My favorite strategy these days is reusing bags, and my favorite reusable bags as of now are these EcoStuffers from Sedilu Green on Etsy. The reusable snack bags are made with one layer of adorable 100% cotton and an inside layer of antimicrobial, waterproof, phthlate-free and BPA-free FDA food-safe nylon. They close securely with Velcro and are super easy to clean — you...

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These will make your lunch

Packing kid lunches is one of my least favorite things; rummaging for useable plastic food containers and matching them to lids that have migrated between several shelves (yes, plural. In my house, it’s an Issue) is a misery. And I’m about to start rinsing out baggies and taping closed scraps of wax paper. And hating it. That’s why I am completely tickled to have my hot little mitts on the latest in laptop lunch kits from Obentec. The new kits have a few changes: the insulated carrying case is smaller and does not include a bottle, but the zippy, foldable pocket is designed to...

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Some like it hot, some like it cold

We’re lunch packers around my house, but when there’s no microwave to heat up anything, it makes it challenging to pack the hot lunch my daughter would beg for. Too bad we didn’t have new Crocodile Creek insulated food jars, now at mom-run boutique Cattiwampus. Known for their friendly graphics and thoughtful designs on things like lunchboxes and placemats (you have seen them everywhere, trust me), Crocodile Creek now brings their expertise into BPA-free, phthalate-free stainless steel insulated jars meant to keep food cold for up to 4 hours and warm for up to 5 hours. It’s not exactly...

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This travel cup suits me to a tea

I’m not a coffee drinker. (I know, I know, there must be some part of the mom gene that I’m missing.) Needless to say, I kind of feel left out in the mornings when everyone else is sipping a fancy latte or iced coffee at the school drop off and I’m standing there empty-handed. Not anymore. Now that I’ve discovered the Libre Tea Glass, I’ve got a special drink of my own brewing (literally) each morning as I make the trek to school. It really is the coolest thing. I just put my favorite loose-leaf tea into the glass,...

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Snack, wash, dry, repeat

I’ll never be the eco-mama who reuses plastic wrap or gives up the soft toilet paper for the stuff that feels like newspaper. Mostly I look for small changes I can live with, and one of those has been cutting down on my reliance on disposable plastic snack bags. There are just so many good alternatives out there, like the reusable snack bags from Itzy Ritzy. I’ve learned I much prefer the zipper close here to velcro ones elsewhere, to keep those pretzels and raisins put. And the waterproof (but PVC-free) lining means you can use it for apple...

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A good reason to Dwink up

I’m still not sure why parents with white couches and white carpets put juice boxes out at their children’s parties except maybe, they like a challenge? A few years back we discovered the awesome Dwink Boxes which keep kids from squeezing the middles and forcing all that lovely purple juice up the straw and onto everything. If you need an excuse to buy one, check out the new Special Edition Dwink Box just out today. The white color is sleek, and I love those raised bubbles. But more importantly, all of the net profits are being donated to the...

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Of finger foods, flip-tops, and fingernails

You know that whole “kill three birds with one stone” thing? Well, Zo-li, the small company offering safe, green solutions to parenting problems, has conveniently solved three of my biggest problems with one Fedex shipment. First of all, we have the Case of the Constant Snacker. My kid’s a bottomless pit, but we’re always on the road. Zo-li’s eco-friendly answer is the on-the-go, a cute and convenient 4-part snacking system that’s BPA and pthalate free and comes with an easy-pour spout for formula users. Retailing at $15, it also makes a great toy and one-at-a-time cereal dispenser when you’re...

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A cooler cooler

I still use the soft cooler that I bought 10 years ago to lug around bottles and baby food for things like fruit, yogurt and juice pouches. But there is no doubt that if I were buying one now I would look no further than the Cooler Bags by SoYoung. I love the neutral linen exterior which is coated so it’s easy to wipe off. The retro designs on the front are a refreshing alternative to all the character-inspired bags I see out there, while the fully insulated interior works great, and isn’t made from the stuff that you...

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Showing the juice box who’s boss

We use juice boxes pretty sparingly around these parts but their convenience at times trumps the sticky hands and wet shirts that come when my kids squeeze the box before it hits their mouth. Or, let’s face it, the entire time they’re drinking. But now that I found No Squeeze, drinking on the go has become inordinately neater. Just insert a juice box, milk box, or even one of those juice pouches into the cup shaped holder. Then fit the top over it and your kids can sip to their hearts’ content without having to squeeze. And if you’re...

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Yubo – The BPA free lunchbox that practically packs itself

Now’s the time in the school year that moms are figuring out whether that cool lunchbox you bought for your kid actually does the trick, or whether it was more cute than functional. Luckily, I fared pretty well (thanks Cool Mom Picks – heh), but if you didn’t, then don’t suffer for the rest of the year — snatch up a Yubo and thank us later. This super smart lunchbox, created by two parents with the help of the design team behind the Adiri Nurser, practically packs the lunch for you. The Yubo comes with three mix and match...

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Classic food storage containers, hold the classic BPA

A handful of readers have written to us asking for BPA-free food storage options, and I think it’s so great that there’s such heightened awareness of safety issues surrounding some plastics that manufacturers are responding. Case in point: The new BPA-free food storage containers from Pyrex. I’ve always had a thing for US-made Pyrex ever since my culinarily-obsessed dad lectured me about its virtues back in college, and I’m glad to see they’re keeping what works, and evolving what doesn’t. When you look at the lines, the shapes of these oven-safe glass storage containers are actually really clean and...

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Shinzi Katoh bento boxes get me more excited to pack my kids’ lunches. And that’s saying something.

I know every week lately, one of us shows up here saying OMG I found the cutest lunchbox EVER, but I think I may have just topped them all with the Shinzi Katoh Japanese bento boxes for kids. Spotted at the adorable e-boutique My Sweet Muffin, each bento box features absolutely charming designs from the popular Japanese artist, featuring birds, bunnies, or his interpretation of characters like Pinnochio or “Princess Mermaid.” Guaranteed, they will make you happy. The small, snack-size single box with two small compartments side by side is a snap for even my preschooler to open and...

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Packing school lunches gets more fun. And more eco-friendly.

I pack school lunches for my kids every day. I don’t mind actually making the lunches; it’s the packaging that gets me, all those little plastic bags bound for the trash, stored in a garish character tie-in lunchbox. That part is depressing. CMP has brought you plenty of alternatives lately and now here’s one more: Citizenpip’s Soup to Nuts Kit brings cool design and eco-friendly storage together — for lunch. Each stylish, insulated lunch box holds a thermos, water bottle, four airtight reusable food containers that can be opened by little hands, a fork and spoon, and five washable,...

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The waste-free lunch kit with something for everyone

The day I realized how many plastic baggies I was using in my kids’ lunches each week was the day I began trying every sort of reusable container and wrap out there. Nowadays the kids take a cobbled-together assortment of reusables in their lunch bags, but the Kids Konserve kit appeals to me for three reasons. First, it’s everything you could possibly need for a single gone-green lunch, with a combination of reusable lunch sack, reusable sandwich bag, stainless steel bottle, cloth napkin, and safe food storage, all perfectly coordinated. There’s “fun” butterfly and caterpillar designs for the little...

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Safe glass dishes for kids. Finally. Finally!

Since all the issues with BPA surfaced, I, like many of you, have been on the search for safe glass kids dishes. But the combination of glass and two rambunctious kiddos means that they’d need to include some Xanax in the package. I am beyond excited to have discovered Zoeborganics’ new Kidishes, a set of kid-friendly tempered glass dishes that are both dishwasher safe and microwave friendly. That means no heating things up in a ceramic or glass and then transferring to BPA-free plastic. Plus, I like the idea of my kids, especially my five-year old, eating off “real”...

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Oh swanky lunch tote, where have you been all my life?

The PVC-free “stoh” lunch totes from Milkdot just may be the answer to my–and your–lunch-packing wishes and hopes and dreams. They are absolutely practical for kids heading off to camp or their first full day at school in the fall (sniff, whimper) but truth be told, the design is so stylish I’d be thrilled to bring them to work myself and save a little cash on take-out lunches. Thoughtfully designed by Janet Cho, the perfectly sized interior is insulated and wipeable (and lead-free, yay) and mesh pockets help wrangle utensils, string cheese or crazy straws. But what’s really cool...

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Mama, I need a Dabbawalla

With summer vacation less than a month away (seriously, it is!), my daughter is begging me to send her to camp, which just so happens to be a full day and requires some semblance of lunch packing on my part. I suppose it’s good preparation for when she starts kindergarten in the Fall. Hold me. But that also means she needs a lunch bag, lunch box, or whatever they’re carrying these days, and at the top of my list is new find Dabbawalla Lunch Bags. These bright, adorable soft lunch bags that look like watermelons or penguins or stop...

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Still Tasty – Answering the age old question, Does this mayo smell okay to you?

I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and say that nothing strikes fear into my husband’s heart quite the same was as those three little words: Honey, smell this. Try as I might to keep track of what’s in our fridge and use it up in a timely manner, sometimes things get shoved to the back, or sometimes I buy unfamiliar produce and simply don’t know how long it’s supposed to last. Or sometimes I strongly suspect that jar of sauce has been in there for months, but it smells okay, and I just don’t know if...

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LunchBots – Eco friendly food storage with a heart of steel

As my daughter’s preschool starts preparing us for next year’s (eep!) full day schedule, I’m suddenly faced with the reality that we’re going to have to send her to school with lunch. Every day. I haven’t yet figured out how I’m going to get her to expand her palate beyond peanut butter sandwiches, but I do know what it will be served in — new LunchBots. These natural stainless steel food storage containers really are a terrific product. LunchBots are reusable, making them eco-friendly, and they offer up a smart alternative for moms freaked out by plastic these days....

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