Tag: school lunch help

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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The Bentgo lunch box for kids: Could this be a better bento?

My kids tend to like a lunch made up of several snack-sized options, which can be such a pain to pack. And certainly no fun when they get home with a bunch of little containers for me to clean out. And while their bigger-kid appetites might be too large to be contained in the clever Bentgo Kids portable lunch box, those of you with younger grazers will appreciate this smart, easy-to-pack, dishwasher-safe container. Bentgo Kids makes the compartmentalization that we love about bento lunch box systems a little more kid-friendly. The one-piece molded tray is just perfect for half a sandwich or a small salad, plus three other...

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Sponsored Message: Healthy school lunch inspiration that’s easy, too.

This is a sponsored message on behalf of Rock the Lunchbox It’s halfway through the school year and plenty of parents are finding themselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head, or just want to make your kids’ lunchbox a little healthier, you’ll want to check out Rock the Lunchbox, a new resource for parents that provides lots of healthy school lunch inspiration you can put into action right now. Brought to you by four brands beloved by parents–Annie’s, Applegate, Honest Kids, and Rudi’s Organic Bakery–Rock the Lunchbox features more than 300 simple ideas, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There are also video tips,...

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Organic Slammers are a slam dunk. Yeah, I went there. (Sorry.)

Let me start by saying that I have to make four school lunches every night of the week, so if there’s anything to make the whole lunch packing process easier–and of course, healthier–I am willing to try it. That is how I ended up with a new BFF (best food friend) Organic Slammers. We’re already big squeezy fans in my house, as we call them, and GoGo SqueeZ applesauce and squeezable yogurt tubes are regular fixtures in my kids’ lunchboxes. So it wasn’t a huge stretch for us to try Organic Slammers. They combine a lot of our favorites only with more nutrients, because they include fruit and...

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The new queen of nut free snacks comes bearing Chocolate No-Nut Butter.

What’s a chocolate-nut spread without the nuts? Chocolate No-Nut Butter is what. It’s real and according to reviews it’s delicious, too. The catch is that this spread made by Missy Chase Lapine, better known as The Sneaky Chef (and by me as the queen of nut free snacks), is not widely available yet. Missy’s Kickstarter campaign to launch her Chocolate No-Nut Butter spread just got funded with 42 hours to go–fantastic news, because we’re already dying to see it on shelves. It’s been a couple of years since The Sneaky Chef released a cookbook and now we know why. Missy has launched a...

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Web Coolness: An amazing shopping deal, the coolest kids’ tees of the year, and John Malkovich doing what?

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Have you shopped our favorite indie fashion + accessories lately? Do it now while global shipping is free! How parent entrepreneurs are revolutionizing school lunches. There are a lot of amazing women out there. A lot. Interesting take on why the Ice Bucket Challenge was so successful. In honor of Banned Books Week – How many subversive books do your kids own? Fantastic post. The coolest STEM tees for kids. Because kids who love STEM are cool anyway. Our friends at MOUTH.com add Food & Wine selects....

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ToGoKins: Little cloth napkins with a big impact

My kids’ backpacks are filled to bursting every morning as they leave for school, with books, lunch, snacks, and whatever else they can find to cram in there, it seems. Adding something else to that haul might seem ludicrous, but I love the environmental aspect of sending them off with cloth napkins like ToGoKins. Those of you who are crafty might be able to make them yourself,  but for me, it would be June before I pull out my sewing machine and actually do it. So this little Etsy shop is a great resource. Their adorable little cloth napkins are just that. Little. (And...

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Web Coolness: Big Apple news, DIY popsicle stick dolls, and how to start the school year off strong

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   What moms need to know about the new iPhone 6 (and the 6 plus. Yes, there are two). Smart advice for starting the school year off strong, especially if you have older kids. Ever wonder the best way to remove temporary tattoos? This adorable video from our friends at tatt.ly is perfect. Sometimes, just PB&J is good enough for the kids (or sun butter, if you’ve got nut allergies!). DIY popsicle stick dolls, perfect for little hands (at top) Powerful short documentary on the Great Boatlift Rescue on 9/11....

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The insulated water bottle that makes my heart S’well

When I asked my friend at the park about her water bottle and she told me it was, and I quote, the best water bottle in the world, obviously I had to know more. She introduced me to S’well, a line of insulated water bottles that keep drinks cold without leaking or getting any condensation on the side. And it turns out I may be the last to know about them, since they were featured in our back to school guide this year as one of the coolest lunchbox accessories. The first thing you’ll notice is that S’well bottles are absolutely...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these from our sites and around the web   1. Terrific printable lunchbox notes we’ve downloaded for our own kids. 2.  Ooh, hot boots for fall. And you can actually walk in them. 3. School lunch ideas beyond sandwiches. 4.  A beautiful new app for kids that’s stunning–and soothing. 5. The t-shirt every parent needs. And probably one for the kids,...

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Lunch box snacks the kids will go nuts over

Finding nutritious lunch box snacks that my kids won’t toss when I’m out of eyesight can be a challenge, so I get excited when I find something our whole family likes. Our latest favorite crunchy treats are the single-serve packs of 180 Snacks’ Nut Crunch Variety Pack that fill us up with ingredients–think oven-baked nuts and cranberry– that I can feel good about feeding to my kids. The Blueberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Pomegranate, and Cashew Crunch flavors are all delicious, and also 100% vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and Kosher, so they can be safely enjoyed by kids and adults with varied dietary...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 cool Pinterest pins plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. 6 school lunch ideas beyond sandwiches. It’s that time, parents. 2. A sweet DIY family necklace craft to help make the first day of preschool easier on kids. 3. Hitting the road this weekend? Load up the iPad with these cool math apps for kids. Bonus: They’re fun. 4. Our pick for the hottest studs for fall. (And no, we’re not talking about Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Sorry!)....

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NOURI bars: Healthy snack bars from a small company on a big mission to help end hunger.

It’s a good thing when a new snack bar helps you feed your own children healthfully, but it’s even better when it also helps you feed a hungry child. NOURI is a new snack bar company with a big social mission to help end hunger. For every bar that you buy, the good folks at NOURI donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners actively working to get meals into the hands of children in need. NOURI healthy snack bars are pretty tasty, but contributing to this effort makes them even sweeter. NOURI healthy snack bars come...

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Superfruits: How to pack 5 favorites as part of a super-boosted, healthy school lunch.

Though there isn’t substantive research behind claims that Superfruits Save The Day by helping you live longer (seriously, be wary of such grandiose claims on food packing), some fruits are just plain better for you than others. In fact, there are a handful of fruits that nutritionists consider “super” thanks to high concentrations of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and eating one to two cups of these Superfruits a day can help keep your family in tip-top shape. These are five of our favorite so-called Superfruits, along with some of my favorite Superfruit recipes and the products that help make packing...

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5 of the best websites for school lunch recipes that are easy, healthy, and realistic. In other words, no wacky food art allowed.

If you need back to school lunch recipes and inspiration, you are not alone. Which is why we have lots of it–websites and other online resources that are jam-packed with awesome school lunch recipes that are easy to make, healthy and even creative. Not like, make-a-sculpture-out-of-cheese-and-toothpicks creative, but healthy-and-the-kids-might-actually-eat-it creative. And that’s something we can all use a dose of in our school lunches.   ONE HUNGRY MAMA For years on my own site, I’ve put together so many great school lunch recipes that I think you’ll find helpful. Think easy rice and grain bowls that come together as quickly as you can throw four or five...

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15 of the coolest back to school printables: Back to School Guide 2014

As parents, one of our favorite things about the web is the ability to find so many cool–often free–printables for kids of all kinds that make us all look like crafty geniuses. They’re especially abundant this time of year, as back to school printables help make back to school time easier, more organized, and sometimes just more fun. So in this installment of our Back to School Guide, we share some of our very fave back to school printables, with gratitude to the awesome designers who put their talents to work for all of our benefits. Of course one thing you...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – from the big screen to your kid’s lunchbox

If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the hit at the box office that it was on TV back in the 80’s I suspect a whole lot of kids will be flipping for this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bento box lunch found at Alpha Mom. I am so not the Pinterest-approved, bento-making mom; if I pull out a lunch punch and go to town on my kids’ sun butter sandwiches, they think I got all creative on them. But this? I could actually pull off with a little effort. Especially since it’s made with food my kids will actually eat–right down to the goldfish and...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 cool Pinterest pins plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. The hot bag for fall our editors are fighting over. (Okay, not really, but we might!). Plus, it supports a great cause. 2. A simply brilliant way to pack fruit in school lunches. Easy, too. 3. We bet these tips for making the fluffiest pancakes will make everyone at your house very happy. 4. One of the coolest birthday gifts for toddlers we’ve seen. 5. Three words: Hello Kitty backpack....

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High protein snacks: A healthy snack trend parents can get down with. (Just in time for back to school!)

As much as it drives you bananas, it’s true: there’s no way to control what or how much your kids eat at lunch. (Say it with me: I’ll pack healthy food, the rest is up to them, everything will be fine.) The biggest worry for many parents is that their kids aren’t getting enough protein, which is where these high protein snacks come in. I’ve tracked down some super snacks help alleviate parental-protein-anxiety—yes, that’s an official diagnosis, according to me—by packing at least four grams of protein into every serving. And they are snacks, as in kids will actually eat...

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