Tag: school lunch help

Guilt free snack packing

I know, I know – we keep featuring reusable snack bags! What can I say, there are so many to choose from these days. Our job is just to pare down the cool ones for you, and we’ve got a couple more options for you, whatever your own personal lunch packing needs. The completely lead-free, PVC-free, and pthalate free ReSnackIt bags are my own first foray into the world of reusable snack bags and I’m pleased to say that I’m a complete convert. Even better, so are my kids. What differentiates these reusable bags from others we’ve featured, besides...

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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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Lunch punch to the school lunch rescue!

It’s only a week into school around here in the deep south, and already I hear a lot of my mom friends complaining that they’ve exhausted their lunchmaking tricks. Well, thanks to the new lunch punch styles, there’s no need to throw in the towel just yet. Whether your kiddo is just anti-crust or you’re looking for a way to spice up that same old PB ‘n J, the these cookie cutter-type punches are made just for sandwiches and we’ve loved them since we first found them last year. I’ll probably snag both of the new styles from sandwishes...

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May the Force be with you, and don’t forget your homework

As your little Padawan goes back to school, you’ve got a long list of supplies: Lightsaber, translator droid, nerf sandwich, and a schoolbus that can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Oh, I’m sorry, did you just figure out that I’m the resident CMP Star Wars geek? But you don’t have to be a Jedi to know that Star Wars can make the school year fun and is showing up in all sorts of surprising places. I’m convinced kids will jump higher than the ears on a gundark with the fantastic Star Wars sneakers from Stride...

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Catch Cool Mom Picks on NBC’s Today Show Thursday!

We’re so excited that Cool Mom Picks editor Liz Gumbinner will be joining The Today Show tomorrow to talk about some of the cool back to school picks in our Back to School Shopping Guide. The best part might be that Liz gets to share the green room with one of our favorite bloggers, Ree Drummond, a.k.a. the Pioneer Woman, who will be cooking up something fabulous in another segment. Yay for Today Show and their support of cool bloggers! So set your alarms (or your DVRs) and send us some virtual love. Or heck, show up live with...

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The 2010 Cool Mom Picks Back-To-School Guide is here!

It’s 104 degrees outside, and you know what that means: back to school and our annual Back to School Shopping Guide! We know– it doesn’t make much sense. But we also know that the next few ultra-sunny weeks will require new clothes, shoes, backpacks, and lunch gear. And let’s not forget indulgences for us moms, whether the moms in question are missing the carefree days of summer or mourning that first bus ride to Kindergarten. Sniff sniff. [Awesome giveaway after the jump!] This year’s Back to School Shopping Guide has everything you’d expect, from hip indie items to big...

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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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The British lunch bag invasion

I can’t believe I’m already looking at back to school items for my kids, but that I am. So I checked in to see if last year’s CMP find, Dabbawalla Bags, was doing anything new for 2010. And that they are. Good stuff too! I adore this Union Jack lunch bag made of a soft, sturdy neoprene that keeps those juice boxes cold or Thermoses of soup, warm. The design is a cool addition for kids that might be too old for the puppies and ladybugs. And the lightweight construction is great for younger kids. It’s also nice to...

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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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School lunch packing made easy

Back when I used to pack my own lunches for work, I can’t tell you the number of times I lost or tossed (oops!) perfectly good silverware. And now that I’m in charge of my daughter’s noontime meals, I’m afraid the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So I’m thinking about grabbing one of these urban picnic rollups from NstarStudio to help me solve my school lunch packing woes. They remind me of those cool crayon caddies we’ve featured here on the site except instead of organizing your art supplies, the picnic rollups keep your forks, knives, and...

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – Sign us up for the front lines

Well, call me a sucker for a cute dad with a British accent who knows his way around a chef’s knife, but Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has singlehandedly changed my Friday nights. And much much more. Oliver is best known for his previous TV series, The Naked Chef, where his energetic presentation and simple approach to cooking won over legions of home cooks. But now he’s parlayed his passion for food into a desire to change in the way people eat in America. If you haven’t yet caught the reality show, it chronicles the chef’s adventures in Huntington, West...

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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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Greek yogurt that’s made for kids, but will most likely be devoured by parents

I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt, and apparently I’m not alone. It has a creamier texture and the perfect hint of tang, and it also happens to have a ton of calcium and protein making it a staple in my fridge for a healthy meal on the go. And who’s on the go more than kids? Must be why Chobani (an awesome line of yummy Greek yogurts) is coming out with Chobani Champions, made especially for kids. And it’s made with hormone-free, low fat milk with no artificial flavors, and packed with probiotics, just like the grown up...

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Fruit on hand that makes it into their mouths

I once packed the same apple in my son’s lunch for an entire week. Every afternoon it was still there, and he’d promise to eat it the next day, and then he’d bring it home again. And it’s not even that he doesn’t like apples, but as he says, it’s “complicated” to eat a whole apple in a 20-minute lunch period. But when I pack Funky Monkey dehydrated fruit snacks, (warning: site has sound) which are basically three full servings of deyhdrated fruit and some spices, they always get eaten. There’s no added sugar (I know you were wondering!),...

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Time for Lunch to slow down and get real

Next month Congress is going to be revisiting school meal program guidelines, and the more parents and kids they hear from before they do so, the greater the chance that our schools will have real food (what a concept) to offer our children. That includes my own district, which has such frightening food options I don’t let my kids buy school lunches. Slow Food USA, an org we all completely adore, is behind the Time for Lunch Campaign, and you can get involved–write your Congresspeople, sign the online petition, or help organize an action like an eat-in. (Now there’s...

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Editors Best of 2009: The kids snacks, lunchboxes, cookbooks, and grownup food

The older our kids get, the more we’re focused on the what, why, when and how of feeding them. It’s been exciting discovering the growing number of products and resources to help steer our kids away from the McWhatever and onto food that qualifies as healthy and yummy. Kristen: All of my kids love to snack on the organic baby food from Ella’s Kitchen (at top). Just don’t tell them that there happens to be broccoli mixed in with their pears. Liz: I have become completely addicted to the organic maple-almond butter from Justin’s. I mean, uh my kids have. And those little snacks-sized squeeze...

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Lunch totes so cool you’ll keep them for your very own

There are all sorts of good reasons to pack a lunch instead of grabbing one on the go. The downside, of course, is the packaging; paper bags are wasteful but most reusable lunch bags are, well, ugly. Or designed for third graders. Or both. Spring Los Angeles has the solution: their chic cotton canvas lunch totes are perfect for moms and kids. Each tote has inner pockets for organization, is fully insulated and the lining wipes clean easily. The wide, square bottom will accommodate a sturdy plastic container — so you can have more than just a sandwich for...

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The no-think, no-clean, yes-delicious toddler snack.

I may be little late on the drinkable/pureed/food in a pouch thing, but I think I am like most moms in that I’m left scratching my head and staring at the pantry when trying to think of what to give my toddler as a healthy, delicious snack. And frankly, I’m usually looking for something that means that I don’t have to chop, spread, or clean a bowl afterward. Which is why I am happy to have found Plum Organics Mish Mash organic fruit puree snacks. They have no added sugar, colors, or flavors, and are super yummy. The strawberry...

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Crust haters of the world, your day has come!

Before I had kids, I vowed that I would force them to eat the crusts on their sandwiches.. And then I had children who hated crusts. Now I’m eating their crusts and my words. With the Lunch Punch, you kill two birds with one stone — cutting off the crusts while making a sandwich in a cute shape your kids will eat. These sandwich cutters are actually taller than cookie cutters so they cut through both pieces of bread without flattening your sandwich. And since they’re shaped like puzzle pieces or animals, think about how cool you’ll look when...

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