Tag: school lunch help

Easy recipes your family will love? This Instagram account can help!

We know people love Instagram for pretty photos and funny memes, but now you can get delicious, easy recipes thanks to the Cool Mom Eats Instagram account. Our food editor and mom-of-2 Stacie Billis shares everything from last-minute dinner ideas to a tasty Super Bowl party food to tons of school lunch inspiration, all right there in our Instagram feed. Yep, no clicking to somewhere else! Just make sure you’re following (and if you feel so inclined, turn notifications on for our posts), so you never miss a recipe.   And be sure to check out our Instagram Story...

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The cutest lunch box notes, whether your kids love Star Wars, Pokémon GO, or Dr. Seuss

Way back when my mom packed lunch for me, the brown paper bag always came adorned with a smiley face, a heart, or on days she was feeling really ambitious, a rough portrait of our dog, Maggie. And as a kid, it made such a difference, especially in the early days when the cafeteria felt like a wild new frontier. How lucky to be a kid today with all these ready-made funny, smart lunch box notes in cool designs and favorite characters. Plus, parents everywhere are rejoicing they don’t have to attempt a Pikachu sketch while trying to assemble a meal not based...

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It’s a lunch bag! It’s a place mat! It’s the answer to every germaphobe parent’s prayers.

While there are all kinds of kids lunch bags and boxes that I find are really durable and effective, I’ve long been a fan of the lunch bags from Built NY — in no small part because the size and styling means I can borrow them from my kids. And now they’re out with and extremely smart, innovative lunch bag that I think parents will be happy about. Especially if you’re grossed out by the tables and surfaces your kids may be eating off of when you’re not around. Related: 34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags | Back to School Guide...

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What the hell is a backpack fairy? The back to school episode. | Spawned episode 47

This week on Spawned with Kristen + Liz we’re talking back to school! It’s awesome! And yet…it’s exhausting! Take a listen as we commiserate, laugh, offer helpful tips, and gawk at the most insane first day of school traditions that we found on Pinterest. (The backpack fairy? Seriously?) Listen here right now, and be sure to subscribe to Spawned through iTunes so you never miss an episode!     Some of the topics we talk about in episode 47 Cool back to school goodies in our 2016 back to school shopping guide. Free printables for back to school including the weekly calendar Liz discussed. Printable...

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The coolest back to school printables: Lunch notes, planners, labels and more | Back to School Guide 2016

Back to school time isn’t just about shopping! (Not that there’s anything wrong with shopping, of course.) One of our favorite annual traditions is sharing our favorite back to school printables that help make the school year easier, more organized, and just more fun. This year, we’re sharing 22 favorites, most of them free! And we’re so pleased that this year’s Back to School Guide is made possible by our terrific partner BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting through their Fight for Your Write campaign. (And you all know how much we value handwriting, parents.) Visit the site, sign the pledge to encourage handwriting at home like we do, and they’ll...

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7 tricks to help kids pack their own school lunches. As in, them, not you!

We’re all for making those crazy school mornings as un-crazy as possible, which is why we’re big fans of having our kids pack their own lunches the night before. Yes, even our little ones! It can be done, promise. Not only does having kids pack their own lunches give you one less thing to do yourself (whoo!), but it’s a smart way to ensure they’ll actually eat what’s in their lunch box. And if they don’t, well, there’s no blaming you for that too-ripe banana or the strawberry yogurt they devoured yesterday, but claim they don’t like today.   We’re thrilled to get to bring you our top...

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34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags | Back to School Guide 2016

While we admit we don’t always love packing lunches every morning, we do love picking out cool new lunch boxes for our kids each year in time for back to school. And so, our Cool Mom Picks 2016 Back to School Guide continues with tons of our favorite finds this year! From colorful and happy lunch boxes, to adorable animals, kids’ favorite characters, hip designs for tweens and teens, and everything in between, hopefully there’s the perfect one for your kid. (We sure know our kids are having trouble picking a favorite.) And we’re so pleased that our guide is brought to you by our...

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Support the National Parks Foundation with these cool Camelbak water bottles

A new water bottle is one of our back to school staples, and we’ve always been big Camelbak fans in my house. So how cool that they’ve teamed up with the National Parks for this new collection of water bottles that actually give back when you buy them. Related: The Bottlerocket water bottle from PlanetBox. Is it worth the price?  Each of these BPA-free water bottles feature a National Park, including big names like Yellowstone and Yosemite, and perhaps not as well-known parks like Arches and Olympic (at least, not as known to me). There are also a couple of...

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The lunch box napkins that can help kids make new friends

I’m not even ready to think about back-to-school season yet, but it’s coming — and sooner than later for parents like me in the south! While I’ve never been the type of parent who attempts to learn Bento arts or make a panda bear rice ball for my kids’ lunch boxes, I do like the idea of sneaking a little something fun into their lunches. One easy — and still really practical — solution are the Napkids lunch box napkins that I just discovered. Related: The coolest lunch box accessories, water bottles, and other goodies to make school lunch more fun Each napkin is printed on...

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5 of the cutest backpacks and lunch boxes to give you a head start on back to school

With lots of kids heading back to school in early August, and September really not that far behind, it’s not too soon to start thinking about back to school. Especially when they’re some of the most adorable backpacks and lunch boxes you’ll see, and at an extra special discount too. We’ve been longtime fans of mom-run business Apple Park and their eco-friendly gifts and gear for babies kids, featuring them on our site almost exactly six years ago (wow!), and now we’re so thrilled to welcome them as a sponsor. Their ridiculously cute back to school goodies, including backpacks, lunchpacks,...

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Web Coolness pop culture edition: Sesame Street, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Star Wars, Spinal Tap and more.

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic article about Sesame Street’s Move to HBO…and why some parent will be bummed. 5 things that happened to one mom when she cut the cable cord. (That mom also happens to be Kristen.) We love this letter from Alan Rickman to JK Rowling. 16 things kids can learn from David Bowie. How to introduce your kids to the Beatles. We tracked down 19 Rey toys and gifts for little Star Wars fans since we couldn’t find too many in stores. Turns out that...

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16 adorable free printable lunchbox notes for kids: From Minecraft, to Star Wars, to fill-in-the-blank with your own words of love.

I am never going to be the mom who makes that impressive bento lunch for my kids, featuring a Chewbacca made out of sesame noodles. But I am in fact that mom who stashes a bunch of free printable lunchbox notes in the drawer under the kitchen counter, and when I remember to tuck one in, I  know it always makes them smile. Not because I’m the kind of mom who does this thing all the time, but probably because I’m the mom who doesn’t. In other words, if I can do it…why not give it a shot? To...

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The coolest lunch box accessories, water bottles, and other goodies to make school lunch more fun | Back to school guide 2015

When it comes to our back to school guide, we always love tracking down those cool lunch box accessories, water bottles, bentos, and other fun goodies that help make opening that same old lunch box every day a little more special. Some of our picks are little affordable treats, some are slightly more expensive products that we adore and stand by. The way we see it, we’d rather buy one great water bottle that lasts a lot of years, than a cheap new one every year. But hey, there’s so many cool things to choose from these days! From fun ice...

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The coolest lunch boxes and bags for kids of all ages | Back to school guide 2015

Our longtime readers may know that we always get excited for the back to school season, mainly because of back to school shopping. Okay, also because we have an excuse to get the kids to bed a little earlier. But mainly it’s the shopping. There’s just something about our kids’ excitement for a new lunch box that makes us nearly as excited to start packing those lunches. Well, at least for the first week. Related: Click here for our 2016 back to school guide: 34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags Check out some of our very favorites, for big...

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How to keep your kids from forgetting their lunch boxes. Maybe? Hopefully?

When I saw the brand new Skip Hop Forget Me Not backpack and lunch bag sets earlier this year at Toy Fair, it was like an instant, I HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. And now, at long last, they’re available for purchase from their site, our affiliate Amazon, or indie kids’ boutiques everywhere. The idea is so clever: Backpacks in little kid sizes that is smartly designed with a matching lunch pack that actually fits right into a zippered flap on the outside of the bag with a see-through window. If that window isn’t showing the lunch box pattern on...

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The new Bottlerocket Water Bottle from PlanetBox: Is it worth the price?

When PlanetBox, the makers of those uber popular stainless-steel lunch boxes, asked if I’d like to check out their new Bottlerocket water bottle, I didn’t even blink before saying yes. I recently ditched juice boxes from my kids’ lunches to save a little money and cut down on their sugar intake, which means they now fill and pack their own water bottle every day. So I’m always looking for the exact perfect one. However at $28, this is probably one of the priciest water bottles I’ve seen for kids — a good $10 more than the popular Klean Kanteen bottle. So I...

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7 easy school lunch ideas for St. Patrick’s Day from rainbow fruit to leprechaun sandwiches. (Contains no actual leprechauns.)

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday this year which means it’s time to get festive with your kid’s bento box. (How’s that for a super specific column for you? St. Patrick’s Day Bento Lunches.) Don’t worry: You don’t need a PhD in crafts—or even the luck of the Irish—to take on these school lunch ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. Each is simple to make, even after a couple of pints of Guinness. Kidding. Kind of. Related: 5 copycat Shamrock Shake recipes. You can even pack them in a Thermos.    Don’t fret if you don’t have a set of...

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday this week by taking him to lunch

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Over the years, we have celebrated the many magical Dr. Seuss books you’ve given us and our children with delicious and easy treats to eat, great Seuss-related gifts, and even ways to carry around a little Seuss to all the places we go with the coolest phone cases. But today, we’re sharing something totally free: A cute set of 6 free printable Dr. Seuss lunch box notes  that will allow you to tuck a little Seussian wisdom into your kids’ lunchboxes the rest of this week. Related: Free printable lunch box nots that let you be That Mom....

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Klean Kanteen, now insulated for keeping that extra-hot macchiato extra-hot on the go

Along with so many other parents, we’re longtime fans of the cult favorite, eco-friendly, stainless steel water bottles from Klean Kanteen. They give us confidence in the “not killing our kids” department, and do a great job of making our water tasting like water, even when the bottle held a strawberry smoothie the day before. And now that we’ve spent a few weeks crunching through icy snow every day, I’m pretty excited to get my hands on their new double-walled, Kleen Kanteen vacuum insulated water bottles, designed to keep drinks steaming hot for up to 6 hours. This is big news! And a definite improvement to the cold coffee I’ve been...

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Free printable lunch box notes that let you be That Mom. Yes, you!

I always envisioned being That Mom who sends my kids off to school with cute little lunch box notes each day scribbled with heartfelt words of encouragement and love. Ha! Alas, I am the mom who is usually scrambling just to remember to pack a spoon to go with the yogurt. But recently, I started keeping a set of printable lunchbox notes in a drawer in the kitchen (wisely next to the spoons), and every so often, for no reason at all, I pop one in to surprise the kids. They love it, and it takes no time at all. Related: 8 of...

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