Tag: school lunch help

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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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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Dr. Seuss recipes are a delicious way to celebrate his birthday

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! To mark what would have been Theodore Geisel’s 110th birthday, we’ve pulled together 8 simple, quick, and delicious Dr. Seuss recipes to enjoy while we read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. We promise, these are easy, whether you whip them up today, tomorrow, or save them for a Seuss themed birthday party. Because really, shouldn’t we be eating Dr. Seuss inspired treats as often as possible?   Start the day off with this idea for The Cat in the Hat pancakes by Blue Skies Ahead. Use a squeeze bottle to make the hat-shaped...

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Awesome food storage labels that won’t come off in the dishwasher

I have become a label whore. Nope, not designer jeans. I’m talking about the sticky variety. I’m using a different sticky name label for virtually every sippy cup, water bottle, food container and lunchbox for my two kids, and the bane of my existence has become scraping the yucky remnants off said items after putting them in the dishwasher. Luckily, the label gods have heard my cry and answered with these new dishwasher-safe labels from past CMP pick, Emily Press.   Besides the fact that the Write Your Own waterproof labels don’t wash off and are super easy to apply, I love...

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Web Coolness: Halloween links galore, a must-see ad campaign, and the worst Pinterest inspirational quote

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Fun Halloween lunch ideas to surprise your kids with. Zombie vs Baby. A helpful comparison in honor of Halloween. Especially if your kids don’t have food allergies, read these important tips for keeping kids with peanut and tree nut allergies safe on Halloween. Found the motherlode of Halloween tips for parents at Parenthacks. Cute apple recipes and crafts for kids.   Today’s the last day to save 30% off the scarves at fashionABLE. Every woman in your life will love one–we can attest to that. Another sale: Use code “happyfall”...

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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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Love yogurt to go? Two perfectly portable all-natural options we love

We’re big fans of yogurt here at Cool Mom Picks and with good reason. It’s an easy go-to that kids love because it’s delicious and we moms love because it’s (mostly) healthy. Unfortunately, some of the most packable yogurts are also the most sugary. Ick! Enter two new options, both of which come in easy-to-tote packaging and have something new–and better–to offer yogurt fans like us. –Stacie   If you’ve ever tried skyr, traditional Icelandic yogurt, you’ve probably tried a cup of siggi’s (above), the most popular brand of Icelandic-style yogurt here in the States. Now, siggi’s offers squeezable yogurt...

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The coolest printable lunchbox notes: The sweetest thing in their lunch box won’t be cookies

I still remember opening up my lunch each school day and looking for something sweet from my mom. While nothing could beat a handful of chocolate kisses or a few homemade cookies, a “sweet” note tucked in between the sandwich and apple often did the trick. That’s why I’ve rounded up a bunch of cool printable lunchbox notes–and okay, a couple that you can purchase but they were too great not to share. They’re so easy to include on those days when you think your kids could use a little treat, minus the sugar   Great for hanging off...

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6 helpful school lunch resources and inspiration for parents

The tips, ideas and best products for back-to-school have been flowing in from every direction all month long. But soon we’ll be back in the swing of things and the back-to-school chatter will die down, but there’s one thing you can’t do at the beginning of the school season and have it over with: School lunch. This is one back-to-school topic that isn’t just for back-to-school time, which is why we’ve rounded up 5 awesome, helpful resources that will help keep you–and your school lunches–inspired all year long. I can’t talk about school lunch resources that will serve you...

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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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9 simple school lunch ideas that have nothing to do with making (yet another) sandwich

At some point this school year–sooner than you think–both you and your child will grow weary of the humble school lunch sandwich. It’s a known quantity, which is comforting some days, but not every day, right? So here are 9 easy school lunch recipes–most of which require zero planning, the rest of which can be made ahead and stored in the freezer–that will inspire you to throw caution to the wind and ditch that sandwich bread. –Stacie Threading yummy ingredients onto skewers is maybe my favorite way to change up school lunch, especially when the results are as cute...

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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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Web Coolness: Sharks, back to school fun, and safe tech talk for tweens

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Shark! We adore Japanese photographer Toyokazu Nagano’s entire photo series starring his very animated four-year-old daughter. The featured shot seems especially apropos for Shark Week. So important for new parents to read: Katherine Stone shares A Mother’s Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights. How Kristen realized she suffered from postpartum depression, and didn’t even know it.   This not-too-difficult Back-to-School Bento Lunch gets an A+ from us! A great new tradition! Interview your kids with the All About Me worksheets at the start of each new school year and get...

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Best Lunchbox Snacks: Back to School Guide 2013

Many of my Cool Mom Picks comrades swear they prefer backpack shopping to planning school lunches, but I admit it: I enjoy the challenge of getting creative with packed lunches. Sure, I get in a rut sometimes, but a pantry full of go-to school lunch snacks helps keep things interesting when the main lunch course is yet another PB&J. (Sorry, kids.) So check out my favorite healthier, store-bought snacks for kids, many of which you might not know. They’re all free of icky ingredients that lots of packaged snacks have, and still full of flavor. –Stacie Recently I offered up...

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Think (and eat) out of the box with a monthly snack subscription

So here’s a chore I haven’t been missing this summer: packing endless school lunches. Argh! Trying to come up with variety and good nutrition for my kids drives me nuts. I’m already looking for new ideas for the coming school year, and I think I’ve found a pretty clever source. Boxtera is a monthly subscription service that delivers a big ol’ box of healthful snacks to your doorstep. Because of its focus on nutrition and overall health, Boxtera’s items are made from natural ingredients and minimally processed. They’re mostly organic and gluten-free (and sometimes vegan, too). In each monthly...

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3 healthier drink boxes for kids: half the sugar, none of the guilt

I admit it, I’m a bit of a loudmouth about the benefits of skipping juice for kids. Most options are packed with sugar–like 20 grams per single-serving box, nearly the same amount of sugar in a full-sized Hershey’s bar. Whoa! I know, I know. An occasional sugary drink never hurt anyone (hello, homemade lemonade!). Thanks to these 3 new delicious juice boxes, though, I can get down off my sugar soapbox. Fewer than 10 grams of sugar each, and the kids love the taste. Score. –Stacie   We’ve always been fans of Honest Kids by HonestTea (above), but when the...

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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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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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One way to get kids to eat their fruit. If you don’t steal it first.

My kids, as with all kids, are obsessed with gummies. But I find that fruit chews give them the same satisfaction with a little less guilt. On my part. Hooray for a new brand that avoids the guilt entirely, and just in time for me to seek out new lunchbox snacks for camp.   Stretch Island, the company I love for their 100% natural fruit strips, is now making Stretch Island Fruit Chews, which are also made from real fruit puree with no additional sugar added. Just what’s naturally in the fruit. They are nut-free, gluten-free, and come in...

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Superfood alert: Snack like an Aztec warrior with these 5 chia seed snacks (and yes, they’re good)

Want to get in on the superfood fun, but have no clue what to do with a bag of chia seeds? (Other than turn them into a grassy novelty pet?) I’ve got five delicious ways to enjoy these wonder seeds, which were once the go-to survival food of Aztec warriors. Almost as cool as astronaut ice cream, right? –Stacie   So rumor has it that one tablespoon of chia seeds could sustain your average buff Aztec warrior for 24 hours. Not sure how many chia seeds it takes to sustain a busy mom on the go, but get this:...

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