Tag: school lunch help

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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Web Coolness: helping Oklahoma, summer learning tips for kids, and parenting hilarity

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.     Our thoughts are still with Oklahoma, and if you’d like to help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite charities, as well as ways technology can come to the aid of those affected. Do your kids now have a ton of questions about tornadoes? This Parents magazine article has some good answers. Such important food for thought in Kristen’s post, Embrace Your Physical Flaws Now — Before It’s Too Late. Need a laugh this week? Brooklyn Parents will especially appreciate the...

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