And I apologize for offending those that buy them.
I *do* cave once in awhile, and as The Ex said last week, “You used to buy them all the time when Nick was Madeline’s age.”
Yes. That was before I knew better.
How about a DIY Lunchable that you can feel better about giving your kids?
I have a collection of bento boxes, small containers, separators, and the like. All designed to make lunch fun. And mostly guilt-free.
You call the shots, and your kids get the fun of a lunchable.
I introduced my friend, Patrizia, to the world of bento boxes, and this past Saturday, to the wonderful world of Mitsuwa (a Japanese grocery store about thirty minutes from us).
Hello bento box loveliness! They have a reasonably decent selection of bento boxes, and across the street, at another Japanese novelty-type store, you can find all sorts of picks, elastic bands, molds, separators (the picture above is from the place across the street); basically way more fun than the average person should have on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Or a lazy Saturday that includes juggling soccer commitments times two that all happen to occur at the same exact time, of course.
After filling out the ridiculous amount of paperwork that came home from the kids’ schools, and writing ten different (!!) checks for assorted school things (lunch, fundraisers, and more), I decided that Nick will take lunch from home twice a week (the other days will be supplemented by hot lunches that are offered, some of which are done as fundraisers that I want to support), and Madeline will bring lunch from home four days a week. So last night, after I gave the kids their dinner, I got to work on making their school lunches.
Soppresatta. Cheddar cheese. Wheat crackers. Grapes. Two Oreos. And yogurt (packed separately).
Nick came over to check out what I was doing as I was cutting up the Cheddar and the salami.
“Are these for me and Maddie?”
“Wow, thanks for making me such a cool lunch.”
It’s always so nice when these small efforts get appreciated.
If you don’t have bento boxes, you can certainly still make your own DIY lunchable, using what you do have on hand (and hey! bento box lunches aren’t just for kids; you can totally take your brown-bagging days to a whole new level!). For Nick’s, I used a bento container, but silicone cupcake liners to keep everything separate. Madeline’s container has the compartments already included in it (although I did use one silicone cupcake liner). Four of those silicone cupcake liners also happen to fit perfectly in Tupperware’s sandwich containers, if you happen to have those, and a variety of other containers as well.
I know how easy it is to hit a wall when it comes to packing your kids’ lunches, especially since there are about 180 days that they need lunch for, and times that by two (in my case, at least). So as the new school year gets underway and we all get settled into new routines, I’ll be trying to share some of what we’ve been doing.
You know, for inspiration.
You can also check out this post from last week, with tons of good ideas and more awesome links to visit.
Happy lunch packing!
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PS A look waaay back … I think the last time I mentioned Mitsuwa was the first time I went, back in 2007, a month after I first started this web site. My, how blogging (particularly mine!) has changed since then!Pin Itbento box, packing, packing kids lunch, school lunch