Tag: lunch boxes

Back to school stress-buster: 5 tips to get kids out the door in time for school

It’s back to school time and we would love to go on and on about how structured and peaceful the morning routine is in our homes, what with getting the kids ready, making a healthy breakfast, packing the perfect lunches, signing permission slips days in advance, creating exquisite french braids “just like Elsa,” and walking the dog–maybe twice. You know, just like you do, right? We admit it: Mornings are crazy, and a little help can go a long way. That’s where the kids earn their keep. Having your kids shoulder some of that school morning burden can really...

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If you can’t run away to the circus, run away to camp with the circus in your lunch bag.

As I start to evaluate my kids’ lunchboxes and decide which will actually hold up through summer camp, and which require a loving send-off, I come across these wonderful new lunch bags for kids and coordinating accessories from our friends at ISAK. There’s a wonderful, quirky collection filled with Scandinavian style and color that includes a lunch bag, bento boxes, a plastic water bottle and a vacuum-packed flask for hot and cold drink.  And if circus isn’t your theme, I also love the playful purple set with their signature happy girls across the lids.         They’re adorably colorful...

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Easy chalkboard paint DIY projects you can do this spring. Then erase, and do again.

Chalkboard paint is a big trend that we’re seeing everywhere lately. We love that it help you customize all kinds of things with a fun vintage flair. So I’ve been searching for the coolest easy chalkboard paint craft projects that I can DIY with my kids and came across some pretty great ones you could tackle this spring. Stock up on some chalk. You’re going to need it! Buntings fun for parties, and Delia Creates has this brilliant DIY tutorial for a chalkboard fabric bunting (at top) that can be reused for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Flag Day, or . ....

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Earth Day pick: Your PlanetBox lunch box gets even cooler with the help of Jack Johnson

PlanetBox eco-friendly stainless steel lunch boxes are a favorite for my kids and me. Now, through an Earth Day partnership with kid-friendly folk musician Jack Johnson, they’re making school environmental education better too, and I love that so much. PlanetBox’s bento-like boxes are pricy, so let me start there and explain why I’ve found they’re totally worth the investment. They are free of lead, phthalates, BPAs, and any other new, bad chemicals we don’t know about yet–and they’re designed to last forever. Hopefully not “landfill forever” but forever as in, we’ve had ours for years and they still pop out...

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Web Coolness: Children as women through history, the history of pink, and the case for not “leaning in.”

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we all have.   This fun photo series models children as great female role models through history. [h/t buzzfeed] Speaking of which, Happy 80th birthay to Jane Goodall! Did we get you with this April Fool’s joke on Cool Mom Tech? (Sorry!) Why people associate pink with girls. (For the record, we’ve always thought boys look great in pink.) A case for not leaning in and more sanity in our lives. Top children’s book authors and illustrate protest excessive school testing, including...

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Surprise your kids with 6 spooktacular Halloween lunch box ideas

I love beautiful bento lunch boxes, but some of them make you feel like you need an MFA in order to make your kid’s lunch. Especially holiday-themed lunch boxes! For Halloween I decided to come up with a few easy, festive lunch ideas. I found tons of excellently adorable inspiration from around the web. I’ve rounded up 6 of my favorite ideas to help you make a spooktacular bento lunch box, no artistic talent required. I recently shared my Halloween lunch box ideas with the the lovely HGTV star Genevieve Gorder. As a designer, Genevieve likes things to look...

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Best lunch containers for kids (and other goodies that make lunch boxes more fun): Back to School Guide 2013

There’s no shortage of cool lunch containers, bento boxes, water bottles and other fun accessories to help make your kid’s lunch a little more appealing than our own brown-bag days of yore. Here, we’ve pared them down to a few of the very coolest for our 2013 back to school shopping guide. Bonus: So many of them are reusable and eco-friendly, saving you plenty of money in the not-so long run. We like that. Ninja Reusable Napkins A warning to those who might try to steal your kid’s sandwich. ($10, Funkins) Space Robot Lunch Containers Love these adorable, practical...

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The best lunchboxes and lunch bags: Back to School Guide 2013

Finding the best new lunchboxes and lunch bags for kids is one of our favorite back to school rituals. It’s even more fun that we get to pick more than one, since we’re shopping for you all! This year for our back to school shopping guide, we’ve pared it down to 14 options from adorable to funky to almost too cool for school. Even some lunchboxes that you might not mind borrowing yourself. Striped Milkdot Lunch Totes We’re longtime fans of these sturdy, insulated lunch totes and the new colors and patterns only seal the deal. ($27, Milkdot)  ...

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Some of our favorite lunch bags for kids get even cuter

My kids have loved Milkdot lunch bags since we first found them. And Milkdot’s brand new styles give us one more reason. Or, three.   Milkdot reusable lunch totes are the right size to shove in multiple bentos and a small water bottle or juice box, complete with a little net pouch on the side for a piece of fruit or a note from you (awwww). The handle makes them easy to carry around. and I really like that the bags are structured, but still soft so I can cram them into a backpack if need be. I love...

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The cutest backpacks and bags for little kids just got cuter

Back to school shopping season gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? I have to say, there’s something about a shiny new backpack ready for new learning and new adventures that makes the season more fun. I mean, for the kids. Of course. We’ve loved, owned, and cherished Beatrix NY kids’ backpacks, wheelie bags and lunchbags since the day they launched. And while the adorable owl and the dinosaur are old friends, I’m happy to see some new designs added to the menagerie. The new little kids’ backpacks add some slightly more feminine options, like Katarina the Frog (Katarina was...

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Space boy to the rescue! Or…to the lunchroom!

As I start to take inventory of our end-of-school-year bento boxes and food storage options, I ask myself, where did all the freaking lids go? Then I quit complaining and start looking for replacements. {Don’t miss a great limited time offer after the jump!} I cannot hold back my love for this spaceboy lunch bento box. It’s not cheap, but it is on sale for a limited time, and it is adorable. And hopefully the lid makes it back home this time. Made from BPA-free plastic with EU standards (always reassuring) the design isn’t only cool, the 6″x5.5″ size...

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Adorable new lunchboxes for kids that are recycled. But you’d never know it.

I take lunchbox shopping verrrrry seriously. I need a durable, reusable lunch pack for the kids that is insulated, looks great, is eco-friendly, and stays closed (so the leftover crumbs don’t take up residence in my car). Take it from a woman who just took on a thousand goldfish crackers wreaking havoc in the trunk: we’ve found a fabulous new option. Cool Mom Picks fave Apple Park has got just the lunch bag, and just in time for summer camp, too.Their reusable kids’ lunchpacks cover all of the bases that get us interested; they’re made from kid-safe, eco-friendly materials without compromising fun...

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The only Back to School Shopping Guide you’ll need: ours!

The summer is almost officially over and that means one thing: The launch of our sixth annual Back to School Shopping Guide, featuring close to 150 goodies that will help make your little and big kids’ school year the coolest one yet. You’ll find everything from cool preschool backpacks and lunch boxes, to hip back-to-school clothes for kids and tweens, parents’ lifesavers, free printables, plus exclusive discount codes galore, all in one handy place. This year, we’ve also added an entire back-to-school craft section courtesy of our fabulous guide sponsor Scotch Colors + Patterns Duct Tape, which has just launched than...

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How five kids built a better lunchbox

Between summer camp and school, tossing an ice pack in with a sandwich, apple and yogurt is pretty much a no-brainer at this point. But when you consider that not all lunch boxes and ice packs are made for each other, there are plenty of times when I hesitate to pack a yogurt or a container of sliced fruit. Challenged with that scenario, a group of five smart kids came up with a lunchbox design that ensures cold food stays safely cold. And their design is so smart, one of the biggest retailers has snatched it up and made...

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A bento box you will fight your child for

My kids and I are suckers for cool lunch boxes and bento boxes.  We are constantly stealing each others–they take my “sophisticated” boxes and sometimes I borrow Hello Kitty. And now here’s another amazing bento box that anyone of any age will love. When I first saw the Takenaka Bento Box, I was floored! The design is sleek and sophisticated enough for me to take to work, while the multiple color choices keep them fun for the kiddos.  Each box comes with a removable divider, making it a breeze to keep the carrot sticks away from the apple slices....

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Web Coolness – Mother’s Day help, super finger puppets, and getting boys to read

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Superhero Finger Puppet!  (via Laughing Squid) Mother’s Day will be here in just over a week, so check out Kristen’s 3 cool DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas, as well as our Mother’s Day Collections page. Plus you still have time to order from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide and make use of some of those great discount codes. Is reading a “girl thing”? Such an interesting and important post about boys and books. Lunchbox Awesome...

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LunchBots goes bento

For those of you with kids (like my son) who would rather eat just a little bit of everything instead of a big Dagwood sandwich, CMP favorite LunchBots is going to make your day. (If not your kids’ lunch.) The brand new LunchBots Quad is a new box, or bot, divided into four quadrants. I can’t wait to fill up this modern looking bento box with pretzels, apples slices, cut-up cheese and ripped up turkey breast for my son at preschool. It’s also great for snackers on the go, since it seals shut easily and stays that way. Besides looking cool, I love that...

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Make lunch less of a chore with the world’s cutest personalized lunchboxes

School’s back in session, and I’m back into my daily routine of packing lunches for my sons. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make this less of a chore, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found the answer. {don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Each of these uber-cute retro preppy personalized lunchboxes from Pencil Shavings Paper is made of lead-free tin and covered in a printed, laminated high-tack adhesive. You can choose from gingham (my fave), chevrons, polka dots or stripes, and each box can be personalized with your child’s name or just an initial. But...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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