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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Star Themed Lunches

I try to make at least one star themed lunch for Nikolai towards the end of every school year. It's my way of reminding him that he's our star and we are very proud of his achievements and hard work throughout the entire school year. This year it's slightly different, I made a few star themed lunches, probably because this will be his last year in elementary school. I've combined them in one post as the last week of school will be quite hectic for us with concerts, award ceremony and all.

I'll still be packing lunches till the last day of school for sure, just the last few days will be bento snacks since they only have to attend half days.

Smiley Star bento school lunch

In this bento lunch: Main compartment contains a sandwich topped with a couple of smiley stars cut out of Gouda cheese with my small star cutter, STAR lettering and an organic granola bar. Alongside are organic baby carrots, broccoli florets, strawberries, grapes and a sting cheese. This lunch was packed in a Bentology Living Box.

You Are A Star Bento Lunch

In this bento lunch: Main compartment contains a couple of star shaped sandwiches topped with stars of cheddar and Gouda cheese, a Babybel cheese which I used my small star shape cutter for the cut-out, Trader Joe's yogurt stars and an organic granola bar. Sides are strawberries, organic baby carrots and broccoli florets. This lunch was packed in our Easylunchboxes urban.

Nikolai is quite particular with the number of cheese, crackers and meat whenever I sent lunchables. If it's 8 crackers, he prefers everything else to be 8 so he can stack them. Many times I've sent lunchables without counting and he suggested that I should, LOL. The bento below has 8 of each but one cracker is hidden behind, so you'll only see 7.

Star Themed Kids DIY Homemade Lunchables

In this lunchables: Main compartment contains whole wheat crackers, star shaped cheddar cheese and nitrate free ham roll-ups. Sides are baby carrots, seedless grapes with a star pick, mini chocolate chips, a yogurt star and cheddar popcorn. This lunch was packed in a Planetbox rover.

Kids star simple bento lunch

In this bento lunch: Cheddar cheese star topped on a yummy sandwich. Alongside are kiwi slices and strawberries with a star pick. He also had a snack box and his daily water bottle which is not pictured. This lunch was packed in a Planetbox shuttle.

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016


The Angry Birds Bento Lunch

We plan to watch The Angry Birds Movie this weekend, and this is my first ever Angry Birds themed bento lunch! Last weekend, when we went shopping, Nikolai purchased a few Angry Birds t-shirts. One of them had only the pig and he told us he likes the pig and thinks that it's very cute. Chuck (Yellow Bird) is my personal favorite and Red (Red Bird) is my hubby's favorite.

Since that's the case, I included all three characters in this lunch, and I'll admit that it took me a little longer to make than many of my other lunches. Well, it was fun and worth the time since Nikolai loved it and it has been a while since I made a character lunch for him.

The Angry Birds Bento Lunch

Chuck is a triangular sandwich with a topping of smoked Gouda and Longhorn Colby cheese. the eyebrows and top feathers are nori, the beak was carved from an organic baby carrot and for this one I used candy eyes. Pig is made from kiwi fruit with raisin bits for nostrils on the snout and nori for pupils on the Gouda cheese eyes. Red was made from a Babybel cheese with nori eyebrows and pupils and a Colby cheese beak.

These three were accompanied by some broccoli, baby carrots, strawberries and yogurt covered fruits and it was all packed in our PlanetBox Rover.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Panda and Roll-Ups Lunches

The last day of school for us is on June 10th....I have mixed feelings, on one hand I can't wait for the last day of school and for our summer holidays to begin, on the other hand, I dread it 'cause it will be his last year in elementary school. The other day I asked Nikolai, "can I shrink you to be a small boy again since you are growing up way too fast", he looked at me as if I had lost my mind and just said "No"! LOL!

I came across some organic cheddar popcorn the other day and they are delicious. Our family are not fans of popcorn, but these are irresistible and I included some in these bento lunches for Nikolai.

Panda on sandwich thins lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Panda shaped provolone cheese above a sandwich thin. I used our CuteZCute cutter to create the Panda.
  • Upper left - Organic baby carrots and celery sticks.
  • Lower left - Strawberries and panda pick.
  • Center - Dye free choc covered sunflower seeds.
  • Upper right - Organic popcorn.
This second one has popcorn with some roll-ups and a yogurt covered star.
Roll-Ups for school lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Organic popcorn with Disney Cars McQueen cupcake ring.
  • Upper left - Organic baby carrots.
  • Lower left - Strawberries.
  • Center - Yogurt covered star.
  • Upper right - Bread roll-ups.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Butterfly Stamped Sandwiches and Music Notes Lunch

Today Nikolai and most of the fifth grade students at his school went on a field trip to Busch Gardens. Since the departure was quite early in the morning, I had to drop him off earlier than usual and had to wake up at 5 a.m. which was unusual for me. I am sure they are having lots of fun especially with the roller coaster rides!

Here are a couple of lunches which he had enjoyed a while back. Sad to say that we are not likely to use many of our double tiered lunchboxes next year when he starts middle school, and I was thinking of packing a few more lunches in some of them before the end of this school year, but we'll have to see. This first lunch was packed in our Paris bento box which is one of my personal favorites, I may inherit this box for myself, lol.

Butterfly stamped sandwiches lunch

In this bento lunch: Top tier contains buttery stamped sandwiches. Bottom tier contains seedless red grapes with a butterfly baran sheet, a Babybel cheese with a butterfly cut-out and organic baby carrots with a butterfly cupcake ring.

The next lunch was a simple music themed lunch. He had music class on that day when I packed this lunch and that's how I came up with the idea.

Music notes on a simple sandwich bento lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in our leak-proof Bentgo lunchbox): Main compartment contains a sandwich cut into half and stacked, with music notes Mozzarella cheese and a pick. Alongside are cheddar crackers, fruit snacks, organic apple sauce and seedless grapes with a music note pick.

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016


5 Lunches Packed In 10 Minutes Or Less

The end of the school year for us is approaching soon, well, not that soon, but time seems to be flying by way too fast lately. I think I've lost my bento making mojo along the way and all I've been packing are quick and easy lunches. I've a bunch of cute lunches which I've made and I'm planning to share those some other time or maybe next school year.

I want to share with y'all what I've been packing recently. Some are the lunches shown below and some are leftovers from dinner which are not pictured here. Packed lunches don't need to be perfect, and as long as Nikolai is healthy and happy, that's all that matters! All of these lunches were packed in our Easylunchboxes container.

Roll-Ups for lunch

In this bento lunch: Main compartment contains roll-ups in a large silicone cup and organic apple slices. Top left is an organic granola bar cut into half and top right are orange slices.

Cherry bread, nitrate free salami bento lunch

In this bento lunch: We had dinner at Bob Evans restaurant the other day and purchased their cherry bread which was delicious! Included a couple of slices in the main compartment with a baran sheet, alongside are nitrate free salami slices in a silicone cup and a Babybel cheese. Top left are some organic baby carrots with a cherry baran sheet, and top right are some strawberries.

English muffin bento lunch

In this bento lunch: Main compartment contains an English muffin with eyeglasses pick and half of a raisin for mouth, alongside is a cereal bar. Top left are organic baby carrots and ranch for dip in the small container, and top right are seedless green grapes in a silicone cup.

Mini pancakes, sausages, breakfast for lunch

In this breakfast for lunch: Main compartment contains mini pancakes and sausages from our freezer stash. Top left is a cereal bar cut into half, Annie's organic crackers and pure maple syrup in our leak proof mini-dipper. This lunch was sent warm in our Warm & Tote bag. He also had some fruits on the side which is not pictured.

Butterfly cut-out simple bento lunch

In this bento lunch: Main compartment contains a sandwich which I used a small butterfly cutter for the cut out and a string cheese on the bottom. Top left are watermelon cubes and top right and seedless organic grapes with a cute leaf pick.

5 Lunches Packed In 10 Minutes Or Less.

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


Funny Face Lunches

Nikolai's tests are still going on, this week they are on Tuesday and Wednesday and next week will be the last. I wonder why the school can't have it all in one stretch? They have to break it down to consume three weeks! That means every weekend we have to consider his sleeping schedule and ask him about his preparations. Of course as always, he'll tell us that the tests are easy and he does not need any preparations. He's not into watching television but he is into computer games, mainly Minecraft. We reduced his computer time when tests are scheduled and he's not too happy about that. I told him that he's lucky compared to other kids since we have never felt the need to implement the grounding rule.

The croissant in the lunch below looked like a face when I placed it in a lunch box (or was it my imagination? lol), I mean I could see the cheese and it looked like a mouth to me! I decided to add a couple of raisins for eyes to complete the look. He also had dye free choc sunflower seeds, organic orange slices and organic seedless grapes. This lunch was packed in our leak-proof Yumbox panino.

Croissant bento lunch

I've not used our mustache cupcake ring which I acquired a few years ago until now, using it in the below lunch. I used a circle cutter for the Mozzarella cheese eyes, used a paper hole puncher for the nori pupils and a raisin for nose. Alongside are yogurt covered fruit snacks, organic apple pieces, organic baby carrots and sugar snap peas. This lunch was packed in a leak-proof Yumbox.

Funny face sandwich lunch with a mustache cupcake ring

This last lunch was put together so quickly. I used a circle cutter for the 'O' mouth (more like I'm yawning mouth) and raisin eyes (I cut a raisin into half for the wink eye). Alongside is a cereal bar, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and orange slices. This lunch was packed in our Planetbox launch.

Funny face bento lunch

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Hot Dog Bun Bento

We went out of town and came home quite late last Sunday. We made a stop at our favorite Chinese bakery and purchased a huge collection of buns, cakes, egg tarts, etc to bring home. We saved some for ourselves and shared some with close friends. There are no Asian bakeries where we live and the closest to us is around 2.5 hours drive from our home, one way.

The hot dog bun below was from the Chinese bakery, I was in a hurry on Monday morning and Nikolai requested the bun for his lunch. Easy, just placed it into his lunchbox and I added a couple of candy eyes, raisin nose and fruit leather tongue to make it look like a dog. I was not greatly impressed by the final result and I don't think it looked like what I had imagined. Alongside are some organic grapes on a silicone cup with a cute dog pick. He also had a container of yogurt and snacks which are not pictured. This lunch was packed in his blue water leak-proof Ecolunchbox.

Hot Dog Bun Bento

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

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016


3 Lunches in Planetbox Rover

How's your week going? Nikolai is having his state assessment tests this week and while he is self motivated, self directed and very responsible with his studies, I suppose it's always the case that parents worry in the back of their minds that there should be something more that they could do.

I found these lunch photos in my archives and I'll combine them here into one post since I am unable to come up with titles. These are examples of lunches that I quickly put together and thought of not posting since they are so simple. On the other hand, I thought it's nice to share what simple lunches that Nikolai enjoyed at times when we were in a rush and had almost no time to pack lunches perhaps because we woke up late. That's life, right?

I have a few lunchboxes which I go to whenever I am in a hurry and one of them is our Planetbox! The main reason is: I LOVE the divided compartments! I'm able to add a little bit of this and a little bit of that knowing that Nikolai will have enough to eat at lunch time.

Tortilla pinwheels in Planetbox rover

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Tortilla pinwheels and hummus in the small dipper.
  • Upper left - Pear pieces.
  • Lower left - Clif Bar.
  • Center - Babybel cheese.
  • Upper right - Organic baby carrots and celery sticks.
Polar bear theme school lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - A polar bear cupcake ring on a sandwich for added cuteness.
  • Upper left - Cheddar crackers.
  • Lower left - Organic baby carrots.
  • Center - A bear cut out on a Babybel cheese.
  • Upper right - Seedless organic grapes.
Mini pancakes, sausages, breakfast for lunch

In this breakfast for lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Mini pancakes with a baran sheet.
  • Upper left - Sausages.
  • Lower left - Seedless organic grapes, organic pure maple syrup in the small dipper.
  • Center - Babybel cheese.
  • Upper right -Annie's homegrown organic crackers.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Spring Flowers Bento

It's spring time and also time for us to plant some new flowers and vegetables in our garden, as well as try to spruce up our yard a little. It's always fun to do some gardening with my family this time of year when the weather is perfect! You'll not find me in the garden often during summer time when it's really hot though.

Nikolai and my hubby don't mind the hot weather and I'm only there to supervise them doing the gardening, lol. I am sure they are grateful they only have to do some planting and the removal of weeds from flower pots and they are not the ones mowing and cleaning the lawn, we have groundskeepers to do those tasks.

I've made flower themed lunches in the past and thought I'll make a couple this year. You can find my previous lunches HERE.

Flowers bento lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - I used a small flower cutter for the cut-out and added a cheese center which I cut with a circle cutter. The lettering was made from fruit leather using my alphabet cutter set.
  • Upper left - Alphabet wheat cookies from Ikea.
  • Lower left - Organic apple slices.
  • Center - Flower cut-out on a Babybel cheese for which I used the same small cookie cutter.
  • Upper right - Flower shaped cucumber slices with baby carrot slices for the center.
Flower stamped sandwiches bento school lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Yumbox Panino)
  • Main compartment contains stamped flower shaped sandwiches, a couple of marshmallows and a Babybel cheese with flower cut-out.
  • In the center are fruit snacks, top right are some organic baby carrots and bottom right are flower shaped watermelon slices.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016


Bear Bagel Bento

Lately I've been enjoying the creating of fun features on bagels and have created a cat, dog and now here is a bear. In fact, I made this before the rest but decided to post it only now since I was posting too many bear themed lunches last month. You just need a small circle cookie cutter to create the snout, use the same cutter for the ears, only cut it into half. The remainder are raisins. That is, I think a lot of cuteness for very little effort!

Bear bagel bento

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Bear themed bagel with cheddar cheese ears, cheddar cheese and raisin snout and raisin eyes.
  • Upper left - Banana bread.
  • Lower left - Organic apple slices.
  • Center - Dye free choc covered sunflower seeds.
  • Upper right - Organic baby carrots and Annie's organic crackers.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack this lunch.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Pinwheels and Bagel Lunches

We are back from our spring break. Besides all of the fun, we did some spring cleaning and this time I donated more than half of my clothing from my closet which is quite drastic I guess, lol. I decided to change my style and get all new clothing and shoes.
Do you like Hello Kitty? It has been one of my favorite characters since childhood and I'm still collecting any cute Hello Kitty items. I've made Hello Kitty lunches for Nikolai previously and wanted to create a bagel to look like Hello Kitty but Nikolai told me "Mom, just to make a cat will do fine."

I totally understand that he's older now and his preferences have changed. I am also afraid that the days of me making cute lunches are numbered, hopefully not too soon though!

Bento lunch 1: Cat themed bagel. As always, honey works best for me as food glue. A dab on the cheeks and it glued the nori whiskers into place. Raisin eyes and cheddar cheese ears completed the face. His sides were celery sticks which he is not keen on, He came home with only a bite on one stick! Ranch for dip in the small container, Annie's organic crackers, blueberries, grapes and a cheese stick.

Cat themed bagel for school lunch

Bento lunch 2: Pinwheels, or what some call roll-ups, for lunch. His sides were Cascadian farm organic granola bar cut into half, seedless grapes, strawberries, and Chobani Greek yogurt with a spoon wrapped in napkin. I love our bentology living box which has inner leak-proof containers with lids.

Pinwheels for lunch

Bento lunch 3: Easy dinosaur bagel lunch. A couple of dino picks, dino fruit snack and dino napkin gave this lunch a title. He also had organic apple sauce with extra cinnamon (his favorite) and organic baby carrots.

Bagel for lunch with dinosaur cupcake rings

These lunches were packed in our bentology bento box.

Here are the supplies that I used to create these lunches.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016


Easter Bunny Bento

I'm quite pleased that I at least managed to make a couple of Easter themed lunches for Nikolai this year. This Easter bunny lunch was fun to make and also gave me a chance to practice my apple carving. Just so that you know, I am not really good at all with carving, I have to try many times, often without success. I can visualize what needs to be done, but it only rarely ends up that way! Is it patience or practice or both?
I am so happy that we will be on Spring Break after Easter and we will be back early next month. Happy Easter and have a wonderful weekend!

Easter Bunny Bento

In this bento lunch: I used a circle cutter for the bunnies face, eyes are Gouda cheese and pupils are nori for which I cut with a paper hole puncher. The whiskers are thin carrot strips with a raisin nose and below are a couple of mini marshmallow teeth. The apple ears were the carving project. (Whew!)

Alongside are organic baby carrots with dip in the small container, organic grapes and strawberries with a pink bunny pick. Far to the right is a string cheese.

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

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