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Tuesday, October 9, 2018


5 Ways To Make Halloween MUMMY Themed Lunches

One of our favorite months of the year is here, October, which brings us cooler weather and Halloween! It's also time that we start thinking of fun foods to create, from cookies or cupcakes to school lunches.

Here are five ways that I've created Halloween MUMMY themed lunches in the past.

5 Ways To Make Halloween MUMMY Themed Lunches

The first two are quite similar, one I used a bear shaped cookie cutter and the other a gingerbread man cookie cutter.

Mummy Halloween Lunch with bear cookie cutter

In this bento lunch 1: Bear shaped sandwich topped with mozzarella cheese bandages, candy eyes and a spider cupcake ring. Organic baby carrots with a monster hand cupcake pick, Annie's organic fruit snack, seedless black grapes, orange yogurt topped with fruit leather which I free hand cut to look like Jack-O-Lantern. I included a Lunchbox love note with this lunch which was packed in a leak-proof Bentgo box.

Mummy Halloween Lunch with Gingerbread Man cookie cutter

In this bento lunch 2: Mummy shaped sandwich. I used a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter for the sandwich, candy eyes on nori face. Stripes of Provolone cheese for Mummy's wrappings. Seedless black grapes and cantaloupe. Sliced organic carrots and sliced cucumber.

Pizza is always popular with Nikolai, he doesn't mind eating them either hot or cold. I found a great recipe for pizza mummies from Weelicoius site and I found her instructions are very easy to follow. These pizzas are made from English muffins and the result was very tasty indeed, but I've also made some out of Pillsbury biscuit dough which you can find here.

Halloween Pizza Mummy and Jack-O-Lantern Pizza lunch

In this bento lunch 3: English muffin pizzas. The one on the left is Jack -O-Lantern with mozzarella cheese cut with my Jack-O-Lantern cutter. The other is a mummy pizza for which I used strips of string cheese and a couple slices of a black olive. Above and to the left are some organic baby carrots and to the right is a container of apple sauce decorated with a mummy cupcake ring. This lunch was packed in a Bentology living lunchbox.

In the next lunch, instead of using thin strips of cheese as I did before for the bandages, I tried something a bit different this time. I used tortilla to make some roll-ups and then cut another into thin strips to make the bandages. I found that it helps to stick them in place at the ends with just a tiny dab of honey or some other sticky condiments.

Halloween Mummy Tortilla Lunch

In this bento lunch 4: A couple of Mummy tortilla roll-ups with candy eyes. Top right: Seedless black grapes with a cute Mummy cupcake ring.
Bottom right: Edamame (Eat-a-mummy?) in a spider silicone cup.
Far right: Mozzarella string cheese, I used food safe marker for the facial details.

Mummy Halloween Lunch with circle cookie cutter

In this bento lunch 5: Mummy sandwich cut with a circle cookie cutter, provolone cheese cut for wrapping strips, nori and candy eyes.
Apple sauce with a grape big spider (body is one half of a large black grape, the other cut into legs). Peach slices. Edamame with a mummy cupcake ring. I also included a Lunchbox love note from the joke edition. LOL! What did the mummy say to the detective? Answer: Let's wrap this up!! This bento is packed in our ECOLunchbox Solo Cube.

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.
Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

First Day of Fall is around the corner. It's one of my favorite season of the year where food is concerned, lol. I love all fall flavors from pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie to pumpkin soup! It's also time to create some fun fall themed lunches for Nikolai.

It was great fun looking through all of the lunches which I've posted over the years. Here are 10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

These lunches are not in any particular order. I love them all because they were packed with love, and Nikolai enjoyed them!

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Fall leaves themed lunch is easy to create, all you need are a few cookie cutters. Details can be found HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Mouth watering looking at this lunch now. Couscous and shu mai lunch of which you can find the details HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Fall acorns and leaf bento lunch. The details can be found HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Maple leaves themed lunch, the cutter/ stamp is so easy to use and I love how the sandwiches turned out. Find the details HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Here is a squirrel and acorns themed lunch. Nikolai told me that the tail looked like a skunk tail! LOL! It's sometimes fun listening to his feedback. Details for this lunch can be found HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Here is a fall leaves and acorns themed lunch for which you can find the details HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

I love how the pumpkin sandwich turned out with the pumpernickel and rye bread. Details for this lunch can be found HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

What a friendly scarecrow! I think it's cute and not a bit scary! Details can be found HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Here is a simple FALL themed lunch for which you can find the details HERE.

10 Fall School Lunchbox Ideas

Squirrels, acorns and leaves, all in this cute fall themed lunch. The details can be found HERE.

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin. 
Happy Autumn, y'all!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018


25+ Lunches In Leak-Proof Bentgo Kids & Features That We Like

It's been two weeks since back to school for us, and we made it smoothly. I'm so glad that next week is Labor Day and we have a long weekend to take a short trip. Travel is a shared hobby or interest for our family and we seldom miss an opportunity for any kind of adventure. Nikolai once claimed that he learned to read from road signs and billboards besides books...could even be true! LOL!

Bentgo Kids is another leak-proof lunchbox that we have. Since the tray is removable, I believe you can use it as soon as a child is able to eat solid foods on a high chair. It has five compartments which are great for a variety of foods. The largest compartment is good for sandwiches, leftovers, pasta, salad and more. The other compartments are perfect for fruits, veggies, snacks, yogurt, applesauce and dips.

25+ Lunches In Leak-Proof Bentgo Kids & Features That We Like

Features that we like:

- It's leakproof! It seals very well to prevent wet foods from leaking onto other foods.
- Drop-proof, rubber-coated edges and sturdy design.
- The removable tray is divided into sensible sized sections.
- It is dishwasher safe.
- All materials are BPA-free and phthalates-free.

You can view my gallery of lunches packed in Bentgo Kids by clicking HERE.

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018


10 First Day Back To School Lunches

It's the time of the year when we transition from sleeping late to adjusting back our alarm clocks to school days wake up time. It always feels that summer passes by quicker each year....I guess time flies when you are having so much fun.

Our school here in FL starts this coming Friday, and since it's TGIF, I'll be packing Nikolai a simple first day of school lunch, maybe recreate something from a previous year, I'm not sure for now. It's always nice to make a fun and special lunch for the first day of school, it's just one more way of letting Nikolai know that I'm thinking of him.

Here are 10 first day back to school lunchbox ideas. You can view the description of each HERE.

10 First Day Back To School Lunches

I hope y'all had a great summer, wish all of you a great start to another school year and your children great success with their studies!!

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018


200+ Lunches In Easylunchboxes & Features That We Like

Easylunchboxes, the name says it all! Their user friendly design makes them a family favorite lunchbox. It's one that you will be happy to have when it is time to grab, pack and go.

The Easylunchboxes containers provide three sections for food which makes packing lunches easy. The proportions of these sections is well thought out and, as you can see from the lunches I've packed in them, they seem perfect for a wide variety with enough capacity for a great meal. We own all three sets; the classic, brights and urban colors. In case you are wondering whether these are similar to those disposable ones sold in stores or imitations sold online, the answer is NO. The Easylunchboxes sets are much higher quality, more durable and the lids are not flimsy.

200+ Lunches In Easylunchboxes & Features That We Like

These are features that we like:

- The containers are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and they are made from BPA free, FDA approved, food-safe polypropylene plastic.
- The lids come in fun colors.
- Easy to open and close for small hands.
- They are quite economical, a set of four for around $14.
- The insulated lunch bag is great and I have even used it for carrying other boxes.

You can view my gallery of lunches packed in Easylunchboxes by clicking HERE.

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018


150+ Lunches In Planetbox & Features That We Like

Planetbox may be Nikolai's favorite lunchbox! Frankly, I'm sure we have packed more lunches into them than this post title. I still have a backlog of lunches which I need to post.

We own all three of the Planetboxes ( Rover, Shuttle and Launch). The one we have used most is the Planetbox Rover, then the Shuttle and after that the Launch. If you need a larger capacity box, then I would suggest the Planetbox Launch. Nikolai is a small eater and prefers variety, thus, the Planetbox Rover with its many sections is perfect for us. Of course, if you have all three sizes you will find the perfect time or circumstance for each.

150+ Lunches In Planetbox & Features That We Like

The Planetbox Rover has five compartments and two dippers. The PlanetBox Shuttle has two compartments and one dipper. Each come with a colorful magnet set, perfect for personalizing. The lid is the hinged type and is secured with a metal snap-type latch, so it all remains together.
If you’re looking for a box that will last for years to come and that is completely plastic free, high quality and durable, this is the one for you! While the price is a bit more than some alternatives, the value more than justifies it when its quality and all of its many features are considered.

Features that we like:

- Made of stainless steel and there’s no worry about BPA.
- Dishwasher safe, eco-friendly and should last indefinitely.
- Compartments which provide variety and versatility.
- Cute magnet designs to choose from.
- The dippers are great containers to hold sauces, dips, yogurt etc that fit perfectly inside the Planetbox.
- The insulated bag is both sleek and functional. On the outside there's a place for a water bottle and a pocket for a napkin or a small snack box. On the inside is a mesh pocket for a PlanetBox cold kit or similar ice pack, and a couple little straps that secure utensils or a cute note from home.

You can view my gallery of lunches packed in PlanetBox by clicking HERE.

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.

150+ Lunches In Planetbox & Features That We Like

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018


40+ Lunches In Leak-Proof Yumbox & Features That We Like

How is everyone doing? I hope y'all are doing great! We have been traveling a lot this summer, more than we'd planned as we kept extending our trips. School is going to resume in about three weeks for us in FL. While I dread thinking about it we have to accept the fact. With that approaching, we are trying to soak as much fun as possible with last minute travel plans before that school bell rings.

For when that day arrives we have a couple of leak-proof lunchboxes that we love and I'm going to share the Yumbox Panino in this post.

40+ Lunches In Leak-Proof Yumbox & Features That We Like
The Yumbox Panino has a four compartment removable food tray which you can choose either with illustration or without illustrations. It is truly leak proof and I've sent yogurt, applesauce and dips without any problems.The main section is large enough to fit a sandwich or two cups of pasta, brown rice, salad or more. Two more half cup sections are ready to hold your sides and then there is a one ounce circular shaped section for any topping, dip, or treat. The removable tray is also ideal for meals or snacks at home. The box measures approx. 8.5 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches so it fits nicely in a standard size lunch tote.

Features that we like:

- It's leakproof! It seals very well to prevent wet foods from leaking onto other foods.
- It has an overall size which is convenient for backpacks or lunch totes.
- The removable tray is divided into sensible sized sections.
- It is dishwasher safe.
- All materials are BPA-free and phthalates-free.

You can view my gallery of lunches packed in Yumbox Panino by clicking HERE.

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


On The Go Snacks For Summer In Sandwich Containers: Road Trips, Park, Beach

It's almost summer break for us, yay! As always, I think I'm more excited than Nikolai.
We enjoy traveling a lot during summer break especially road trips, and when we are not on the go, we are usually at local parks, museums or enjoying our beautiful beaches.

Often I pack a snack for Nikolai, and at times also for my hubby and myself. You may already know that I love to collect bento boxes/ food containers and therefore we have many sizes and brands available.

For on the go snacks, I love to use our smaller containers especially those square sandwich containers which are often the perfect size. I've collected cute ones since Nikolai started Kindergarten and I'm still hoarding them, lol. These containers are also great for play-dates or a light lunch. I fondly remember packing Nikolai's snacks in his Elmo box when he was a toddler for his play-dates since he was quite picky with his food.

Now that school is out for the summer, it is time to turn those plastic sandwich containers into the perfect on the go containers for snacks. They are great for outings to the park, the beach, car rides and more!

On The Go Snacks For Summer In Sandwich Containers: Road Trips, Park, Beach

Keep reading for the description of each snack box.

On The Go Snacks For Summer In Sandwich Containers: Road Trips, Park, Beach

Snack 1: Sandwich cut into half and topped with a rainbow baran, crackers, The Laughing Cow cheese and seedless grapes in our favorite square silicone cups. This snack is packed in a Fit & Fresh sandwich box.

On The Go Snacks For Summer In Sandwich Containers: Road Trips, Park, Beach

Snack 2: King's Hawaiian buns with a couple of cute picks, Babybel cheese, organic baby carrots and seedless grapes in our square silicone cups. This snack is also packed in a Fit & Fresh sandwich box.

On The Go Snacks For Summer In Sandwich Containers: Road Trips, Park, Beach


Snack 3: Sandwich cut in half. Small circle pieces cut with small circle cutter and held in place with honey to resemble a Lego block.
Cucumber slices and strawberry cut into heart shapes. This snack is packed in our Lego themed box which I purchased from one of my favorite bento supplies stores, BentoUSA.

On The Go Snacks For Summer In Sandwich Containers: Road Trips, Park, Beach

Snack 4: Fish nuggets, Colby Jack fish shaped cheese, seedless grapes, cheddar goldfish crackers, homemade blueberry muffin with a cute pick, veggie straws and Panda cookies. These boxes were purchased years ago from the Dollar section at Target. Also, this is actually a light lunch and snack packed for Nikolai when he was in Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Perhaps these four examples might suggest some of the possibilities that you also might enjoy during summer break. We find often that these simple snacks add a little something special to a day away from home. 
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018


10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

I hope everyone is doing great. We are doing fantastic although life is a little hectic with many after school practices. Have I mentioned that Nikolai has ventured into acting, which is yet another activity. The current play which they are rehearsing is Beauty and The Beast in which he will be playing Maurice, Belle's dad, and we can't wait to watch! I personally LOVE Beauty and The Beast  in movies and songs, and I hope that I'll be able to pull myself together during the end of the show, lol! I'm still packing lunches every single day, though they are just very simple ones.

The other day, I was listening to my favorite pastor speak on Sirius XM while driving. He said that some moms may be packing a simple lunch and feel it's just simple, nothing special, BUT, we may be packing for someone special in the future, our kid could be the next doctor, the next President, the next Bill Gates, etc. That message really inspired me to share these lunches which I initially thought of not posting! All of these lunches were packed in our Easylunchboxes.

These lunches were packed in a flash, less than 5 minutes or so, because some days that has to be enough! I suspect others find themselves in a similar circumstance.

Last year I've shared a post  of easy lunches packed in 10 minutes or less which can be found HERE.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Keep reading for the description of each lunch.

Bread roll-ups.10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 1: Main compartment contains bread roll-ups, sweet red and yellow pepper slices and a babybel cheese in my favorite square silicone cups. Sides are seedless green grapes and organic granola bar.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 2: Sandwich cut into half and stacked with a pick, crackers, with laughing cow cheese and a granola bar in the main compartment. The sides are apple sauce and strawberries with cute eye picks.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 3: Sandwich made with Pumpernickel bread and a cute ladybug baran sheet, laughing cow cheese and crackers. Sides are seedless grapes with a ladybug pick and granola bar cut into half.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 4: Main compartment contains sandwich with rye bread cut into half and apple sauce. Sides are organic baby carrots, cheese crackers and granola bar. Of course I had to add the little penguin pick!

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 5: Pumpernickel bread with a star cut-out for the sandwich with an organic granola bar make up the main section. Sides are Babybel cheese, Annie's organic crackers and peach slices in a silicone cup.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 6: Sandwich cut into half with a string cheese divider. Organic apple slices and seedless grapes populate the smaller sections.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 7: Need to go grocery shopping day! Sandwich, string cheese, apple sauce and seedless grapes.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 8: Sandwich topped with a cute baran sheet, and string cheese in the main section, orange and apple slices are in the others.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 9: Sandwich cut into half (stacked) with a cute hat pick, cheese crackers, cucumber slices share the main part, seedless grapes and apple sauce occupy the others.

10 Easy Sandwich Lunches Packed In 5 Minutes Or Less

Bento lunch 10: The main section has cheese cut into tea-pots, shaped with my mini cutter,  topping the stacks of quartered sandwich sharing space with sugar snap peas and baby carrots in my favorite square silicone cups. The other sections have grapes and a fiber one lemon bar.

Besides me, is anyone else losing their lunch packing mojo, and thinking of summer break?

Below is a collage that I made for those who might like to pin.

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Monday, February 12, 2018


Bee Mine Valentine's Day Bento Lunch

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and love is in the air!💕 Hubby and I will also be celebrating our 18 amazing, wonderful, fantastic years together. I guess that time flies when you are having fun!

This will be my first and only Valentine's Day themed lunch for this year, you can find my previous ones HERE.

Bee Mine Valentine's Day Bento Lunch

In this bento lunch: I used a large circle cookie cutter to cut the body of the Bee, with the end of the loaf as an extra layer for the sandwich which created the bumble bee stripped effect when sliced and the pieces alternated. I used a heart shaped cutter to shape the tiny wings from Colby-Jack cheese. I used a candy eye while the mouth was made from a slice of raisin and the antennae are picks. Also included are some flatbread crackers, an apple which was decorated using two heart shaped picks and removing the outer layer carefully with a knife, and a Babybel cheese which was cut using the same cutter. This lunch is packed in our Easylunchboxes container.

Do you have any plans for this Valentine's Day?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


How To Pack Hot Lunches For School

Happy New Year 2018! For us it has been a week of back to school since the holidays.

If the new year for you is starting with requests for hot lunches, this post might stir your imagination.
Nikolai was always a sandwich loving kid and now he tells me that he only wants hot lunches from now on!
His latest favorites are jambalaya, red beans or black beans and rice, gumbo and chicken curry.

Here is how I prep in the mornings when I need to send him a hot meal:
  • First I fill his thermos with boiling water, close the lid, place it on the counter with the lid on and let it sit for 5 minutes or more while I'm assembling his side dishes such as fruits, veggies and a little snack. 
  • Then I pour out the hot water and fill the thermos with the hot food. 
  • Secure lid tight and it's ready to go. 
  • Don't forget to add a fork or spoon into your kids lunchbag.
Insulated containers are great for leftovers which are mainly dinner foods! We do soup, tortellini, pasta, gyoza, chicken nuggets, chili, meatballs, fried rice, fried noodles, mac & cheese, pizza (cut to fit), Jambalaya and more. I'll also have to try breakfast for lunch such as pancakes and sausages soon.

We have several insulated jars which we love, and rotate their use quite often. They are our Lunchbots Thermal, Thermos stainless steel insulated jar and U Konserve insulated food jar. We also still have our Thermos Foogo and Thermos Funtainer which Nikolai used quite often when he was younger, and we still used them occasionally. These insulated containers are perfect for such a mission.

How To Pack Hot Lunches For School

Here are just a few hot lunches of which I managed to take pictures. I always include sides which are fruits, veggies and snacks in another container as shown in the first picture. Actually, the foods looked better than in these photos since I had to quickly snap the photos. The whole idea is for the foods to be hot, and every moment I spend taking the photo is a moment the food is cooling.

How To Pack Hot Lunches For School - Jambalaya

Leftover jambalaya is in the insulated container. I heated the Jambalaya in a microwave safe plate and transferred it to his preheated insulated container. Sides are cucumber slices, orange slices, strawberries and Annie's organic crackers in our Lunchbots quad.

How To Pack Hot Lunches For School - Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets from the freezer, heated them in a microwave safe dish and transferred them to his preheated insulated container for lunch.

How To Pack Hot Lunches For School - Mac & Cheese with Ham

Macaroni and cheese are a favorite of many. We sometimes use alternate varieties of cheese such as Gouda or Asiago if we make it from scratch. I made Annie's Mac & Cheese in the morning, chopped up some leftover ham, tossed it in the pot and when it was hot I quickly transferred it to the preheated container.

How To Pack Hot Lunches For School - Steak & Broccoli Cheese Rice

The evening before I sent this lunch we had some steak and broccoli cheese rice which he liked so much that he requested it for lunch the following day.

These are just a few examples of the possibilities for getting the new year warmed up. I'm sure you all have some tasty ideas for some nice hot lunches for your family. Remember, the same idea can work for your own lunch especially if you don't have convenient access to a microwave at lunchtime.

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