Thursday, July 24, 2014

Koala bento and the new CuteZCute Cuddle Palz Kit

Hello everyone! It will soon be back to school time for us. With only a few weeks before school starts, we are trying to squeeze into our schedules as many fun activities, quality time together and as much travel as possible. I have not made as many bentos or shared items from my back logged ones as I'd planned, but as soon as I received the super adorable CuteZCute Cuddle Palz several weeks ago, I wanted to use the set to make a bento for Nikolai.

If you wish to get only one set of cutters for making your back to school lunches, this should be it!! 1 kit, using mix and match could crate over 40 main cute combinations, how nice is that.
I really like the food pick which can be used to help remove small cut outs from the cutters and also as a cute decorative food pick for the lunch.

The CuteZCute Cuddle Palz set is affordable, versatile, and super cute! You can find more information about this set HERE. I made this Koala bear enjoying it's ice cream cone on a hot day.:) I'll need to start packing now for our trip tomorrow.
Have a nice weekend!

 In this bento lunch:
  • Koala bear sandwich with organic blueberry jam filling and an ice cream cone pick on a bed of salad. A bear shaped egg which I made with the CuteZCute Animal Palz in a silicone cup.
  • Top right: Cherries with Koala food pick.
  • Bottom right: Salad with shredded cheese and a Koala bear pick from the set.
  • This lunch is packed in a Goodbyn Hero lunch box.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack this lunch.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Goodbyn Hero Set Review and Giveaway

The nice people over at Goodbyn kindly offered me one of their new Goodbyn Hero Sets and several other Goodbyn products that nicely complement it, for me to review.

Goodbyn is generously offering an identical Goodbyn Hero set which will include the Blue Goodbyn Hero, Dipper set in blue, Bottle in blue, Embroidered Patch- robot, Insulated lunch sleeve in blue, the Ice pack, and The Original dishwasher safe sticker set to one of my readers! All these items come to a total value of around $50.

Now, let's start with the review of these awesome products. The Hero has three separated compartments, which can be used with or without the dippers, it is top rack dishwasher safe, BPA and phthalate free. The lunch box with its lid provides for ample space. It is quite deep, deep enough for a couple of sandwiches to be stacked together, leftovers from dinner, salad, or other tasty treats, and that is just the main section. The other sections are a great size for veggies, fruits or a satisfying snack. The Dipper set, which is included, is wonderful for separating the sauces, toppings, yogurt, apple sauce or extras. Our son is kind of fussy about things getting all mixed together and these dippers solve this problem nicely, though they claim they are not leak-proof.

The drink bottle will hold 8oz. of a favorite beverage, is easy to clean, reusable and even 100% recyclable. The set of dishwasher safe stickers with which you can decorate both the hero and the bottle are a really fun way to customize your set.  Also, there is the beautifully embroidered patch which has a sticky backing and you can sew it on to permanently affix it to the insulated sleeve. The sleeve is light, bright, and comes with a little adjustable loop so that it can be piggy-backed to something else like a backpack. I only wished that it had one of those stretchy net things to handle the bottle.  It is big enough to easily hold the hero and the ice pack which is quite nice for keeping things fresh.

Here are the items which we received.

Below is a simple and cute lunch which I packed for Nikolai. The main compartment contains a couple of puzzle shaped sandwiches stacked, a mini Babybel cheese, pretzels and raisins in one of the the dippers. The sides are Rainier cherries and cucumber slices.

Goodbyn is generously offering an identical set of all the above items to one of my readers.

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Disclosure: Goodbyn generously provided me with the items for review without cost to me. Other than receiving the item, I have not received any compensation to write this review. This giveaway is sponsored by Goodbyn.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Laptop Lunches Dual Tote and under the sea bento

Laptop Lunches recently launched some new items and I am so happy to be given the opportunity to review their new Laptop Lunches Dual tote. I have received many inquires about how I transport the lunches I prepared to have an expectation that it will arrive without the food re-arranging itself into a mess by lunchtime. I have always recommended packing the lunch box tightly with food and into a lunch bag that will hold the lunch box flat while being carried.

With this dual compartment tote you will be able to send  more than just  the Laptop Lunches bento box. With the large compartment on top there is quite a lot of room for an additional snack box, water bottle or more with the bottom compartment nicely holding your bento. I was quite pleased to discover that it could hold many of my other lunchboxes. Often there are days which include after school activities like field trips or sporting events for which an extra snack would be desired, and this lunch bag would be the perfect solution.

Here is the picture of the super cute shark frenzy dual tote which Nikolai selected.

We love the color of the dual tote, it goes perfectly with his blue Laptop Lunches bento box. The quality is superb with zippers well made, as are the sturdy, well anchored carry handle on top and it even has a sling strap for when you have both hands full! 

As you can see from the picture above, there is plenty of room in the upper compartment, and also that it is fully insulated and easy to clean. Below is a picture of the lower compartment which has the same great features.

Among its features you will find that its dual-compartment style is fully insulated, versatile, and food safe (contains no lead, BPA, phthalates, or PVC). It measures 9.5 x 7.25 x 7.25 inches and wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Here is the 'Under the Sea' bento which was a lot of fun to make.
  • Crab made from mini croissant with legs and claws made from organic baby carrots and fruit leather smile between candy eyes.
  • Lower left is a fruit leather octopus with carrot accents on applesauce. 
  • Upper left is Persian cucumber slices with a lobster pick.
  • Upper right is fish shaped hard boiled egg in silicone cup and seedless red grapes with starfish pick. Far right is a spoon wrapped in cloth napkin.
The picture below shows the Laptop Lunches bento box fitting snugly into the Laptop Lunches dual tote lower compartment.

Overall, we love this well made, user friendly and versatile tote! I am sure I'll be using it very often for Nikolai's school lunches and snacks.

Here are the supplies that I used to pack this lunch.


Disclosure: Laptop Lunches generously provided me with the item  for review without cost to me. Other than receiving the item, I have not received any compensation to write this review.

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