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Thursday, August 8, 2019


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

Looking for the best lunchbox or insulated container for school? I've got you covered with this *long* post. Since I have packed many lunches and like to alternate among the many lunchboxes in our ever growing collection, I'll share my impressions of some of them along with the features that we like and some things to consider. I personally enjoy the variety of lunchboxes available and have a nice collection of them, but you need only those that meet your own needs.

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

So, let's get started! This list is in no particular order.

1. Planetbox Rover

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
The Planetbox Rover has five compartments and comes with both big and little dippers. It measures 10” x 7.5” x 1.5”

2. Planetbox Shuttle

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
The PlanetBox Shuttle has two compartments and one dipper. It measures 7.75" x 5" x 2"

3. Planetbox Launch

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

The PlanetBox Launch has three compartments and one dipper. It measures 10.3" x 7.5" x 2"
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.
The price tag is on the high side but 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 provides 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.

Things to consider:
- It's a little on the heavy side compared to other lunch boxes.
- Not for use in microwave.

**You can see my gallery of lunches packed in PlanetBoxes by clicking HERE.

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
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.

Things to consider:
- Although I have never had the need or desire to microwave our Yumbox, their website claims that the Tritan tray of the newest version (after May 1, 2013), but not the outer shell, is microwavable.
- When using a dishwasher, Yumbox recommends using top rack only.

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

5. Easylunchboxes


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

The Easylunchboxes container provide three sections for food which makes packing lunches easy.

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.
- In case you are wondering whether these are similar to those disposable ones sold in stores, the answer is NO. The Easylunchboxes are much higher quality, more durable, the lids are not flimsy.
- 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 sets come in classic and brights colors. The newest are the Urban colors which we love.
- The insulated lunch bag is great and I have even used it for carrying other boxes.

Things to consider:
- The boxes are not leak proof and do function best when carried in this Easylunchboxes insulated lunch bag.

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



20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

The Bentgo kids has five compartments; largest compartment is good for sandwiches, leftovers, pasta, salad and more. The other compartments are perfect for fruits, veggies, snacks, yogurt, applesauce and dips.

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.

Things to consider:
- It's a little on the heavy side compared to other lunch boxes.

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


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags



20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
We personally own both the LunchBots Duo and Quad. LunchBots are made of stainless steel, come in various sizes and styles and with lids in cheerful colors.
We own the LunchBots duo for nine years now and it is still in perfect condition, well worth the price.

Features that we like:
- Divided compartments to keep food separate and not touching.
- The lids are easy to remove even for small hands.
- They are easy to clean, will not retain stains, odors or residues since it is stainless steel.
- Will last for a long time with proper care.
- Lead free, plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, non toxic and waste free.

Things to consider:
- The containers are not leak proof.
- Not for use in microwave.

**You can see my gallery of lunches packed in LunchBots by clicking HERE.

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

The Go Green lunch box is a generously sized five compartment food container which even comes with a bottle that will hold eight ounces of your preferred drink.

It is truly leak proof due to their innovative design. Due to it's size, it fits best with the lunch bag that comes with it. The dimensions are 13in x 8in x 3 in.

Features that we like:
- It's leak-proof. The “turn n lock” knob and soft silicone bands were designed to make it leak-proof and airtight.
- The top and bottom are tethered together so I don’t have to worry about the lid getting lost or being forgotten at lunch.
- The drink bottle fits neatly inside the box and the bottle is stainless steel.
- Easy to unfasten retention clips allow lid to be separated for cleaning.
- It is BPA-free, Lead-free, PVC-free, and Phthalate-free.

Things to consider:
- Not recommended for dishwasher.
- It's best used with their own lunch bag since it's size is larger than most standard bags.

**You can see my gallery of lunches packed in the Go Green Lunch Box by clicking HERE.

10. Ecolunchbox Blue Water Bento Splash Box

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
Ecolunchbox blue water splash box is a leak-proof lunch box. Measures 6 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches by 2 inches tall.
Silicone lid and stainless container are free of plastic, BPA, and phthalates. The Splash Box’s blue lid is embossed with an ocean-inspired wave design. It also features easy-to-grip corner tabs for opening and closing. As for clean-up, all parts are dishwasher safe. The quality of this lunch box is excellent and I am sure that it will last for many years with proper care.


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
The ECOlunchbox is a stainless steel container and we own both the Solo Cube and Solo Rectangle versions. The Solo Cube measures 5 1/4 inches square, 1 7/8 inches deep, with 600ml capacity and the Solo Rectangle measures 4 3/4 inches wide, 6 3/4 inches long, and 2 inches deep with 850ml capacity.

Features that we like:
- Easy to open and close for small hands.
- Stainless steel will not retain stains, odors or residues and will last for a long time with proper care.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Lead free, plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, non toxic and waste free.

Things to consider:
- The containers are not leak proof.
- Not for use in microwave.

**You can see my gallery of lunches packed in ECOlunchboxes by clicking HERE.


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags


15. Thermos Stainless King - 16 oz

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags


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. We have several thermos jars, the FOOGO  has 12 oz capacity while the Funtainer is 10 oz capacity. We also have the Thermos Stainless King which holds 16 oz.

16. LunchBots 16oz Thermal Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Thermos

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

The 16 oz LunchBots thermal has a bowl like shape which is both easy to fill with foods such as chili, stews, pasta, soups and also makes it easy to use when eating. I love the inside of the lid which is stainless steel and without plastic coming into contact with hot food.

17. Warm and Tote Heated Meal Totes

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

This lunchbag helps keep food warm or cold for hours with the Microcore pac. There is plenty of space in the Warm and Tote, and with two compartments separated by an effective thermal divider, you can keep the lunch warm in one while you keep fruits or a beverage cool in the other.


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
Warmables Neoprene Food Warmer Sleeves keep meals warm for hours.Their heat packs are filled with natural cherry pits, and do a truly remarkable job of retaining heat when used with the sleeve. The size of the sleeve is about 8"x 9", uses a Velcro closure, and is easily washable.

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags
The Planetbox carry bag is one of the bags that our son uses daily. It's designed to comfortably hold your PlanetBox Rover or Launch lunchbox or any other lunchbox that you have. Outside water bottle pouch holds water bottle with a 3-inch diameter or less. Outside snack pocket. Inner mesh pocket fits the ColdKit ice pack to keep your foods cold and inner elastic straps holds utensils.


20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

This premium medium capacity insulated lunch bag with shoulder strap is leak proof and thermal insulated. There are also side pouches to store your water bottle and front pocket to store extra items such as utensils and napkins. Available in many colors.

The above are just a few lunchboxes from our collection and this list does not include the many double tiered bento boxes, some of which can be seen HERE, or some really cute ones which can also be found on this blog.

Do you pack lunches for your kids or for yourself, and do you have a favorite lunch box?

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

20 Best Lunch Boxes For School + Thermos and Bags

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Review: Warmables Food Warmer Sleeve

The great people at Warmables generously offered us the opportunity to review their Food Warmer Sleeve, and I'm quite excited to share my experience with you in this post.

Warmables Food Warmer Sleeve Review

The photo below shows the beautiful pink sleeve and the two natural heat packs. The color is gorgeous!

Warmables Food Warmer Sleeve Review

The photos below show:

Photo 1 shows leftover shrimp fried rice in a 26 oz. container which easily fits into the sleeve. I heated the leftovers in a microwave safe plate before transferring them into the lunchbox.

Photo 2 shows that the sleeve opens wide for easy packing.

Photo 3 shows the container in the sleeve with the natural heat packs.

Photo 4 shows the sleeve packed, closed, and ready to go!

Warmables Food Warmer Sleeve Review

This great sleeve is perfect for keeping foods such as leftovers, meatballs, pasta, chicken nuggets, pizza, fried rice, and more warm, which kids and adults alike prefer.

The combination of their sleeve and heat packs do an excellent job of keeping foods warm until lunchtime, and you won't have to search out and wait your turn at a microwave when you should be enjoying your meal. It's a great idea for school, but also for the office, picnic or when traveling.

In the photo below you can see how nicely everything fits into our Warmables neoprene food warmer sleeve. Not only do I love how my food stayed warm till lunchtime, I also love the color of the sleeve. Y'all may already know that pink is my favorite color.

Warmables Food Warmer Sleeve Review

The sleeves from Warmables are manufactured by them in the USA using first grade insulated neoprene like that used in deep sea diving suits. Their heat packs are filled with natural cherry pits, and do a truly remarkable job of retaining heat when used with the sleeve. The size of the sleeve is about 8"x 9", uses a Velcro closure, and is easily washable.

Their kit is very easy to use. Simply fill a container which fits into the sleeve with your chosen hot food, then as the instructions describe, heat the cherry pit bags for 30 to 90 seconds (depending on microwave) removing them at 30 second intervals to test for temperature after a gentle shaking to even the heat. Then put the container along with the cherry pit bags into the pouch. At lunchtime you or your child will be able to enjoy a warm and tasty lunch just like you desired!

Currently Warmables has a special offer at their website. They have a coupon for 10% off orders over $50 when you use the coupon code 'warm' at checkout. I think you will really enjoy shopping at their site which has lots of fun and clever ideas. Shipping is free on their website.

Disclosure: Warmables generously provided me with the products for review without cost to me. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019


Review: Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase

The wonderful people at Sailor Bags have sent us a couple of high quality items from their newest collection. We have had, used, and loved their bags for years, and I believe they are as fine as any bags you could ever hope to find.

Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase Review

They truly make beautiful bags. The fabrics are very tough, colors are great, and the styles are classic yet with all the latest features. Inside you'll find lots of pockets for all your things, those with zipper closures work very smoothly.

Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase Review

You'll notice, from the photo, that the strap on their Imperial small backpack has one of those zippers that converts easily and quickly between a single shoulder strap for a quick dash for the bus or train, and a double strap for school, a hike or the lake. Inside there are two main compartments with double zippers and waterproof linings with plenty of smaller pockets both inside and out to keep things organized. It is 12 inches high, 9.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. Nikolai has taken this bag all over the country and we have found it to hold up to its name and exceed our high expectations, from the New York City subway to the peaks of the Smoky Mountains.

Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase Review

It has a simple, yet elegant appearance on the outside, and they pay very close attention to useful details inside. Some of these include the zipper enclosures and pockets, as mentioned previously.

Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase Review

Their Imperial briefcase is soft sided but very rugged. It has a padded section perfect for your laptop, a full length zipper, plenty of pockets inside and outside for accessories or other things and those adorable zipper pulls. It has outside dimensions of 12 inches high, 15 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. 

Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase Review
As you can see from the photos below of Nikolai taken during a recent trip, Sailor Bags have an enduring classic style that compliments rather than clashes with your personal fashion or favorite colors.

Sailor Bags Imperial Backpack and Briefcase Review

As great as they look, and you should really have a look at their entire selection of sizes, shapes and colors, these are seriously useful bags, which are thoughtfully designed and constructed of the best materials and hardware. With Sailor Bags you are always ready to pack and go whether around town or around the world. We really love ours, and I believe you will love yours too!

Disclosure: Sailor Bags generously provided me with the items for review without cost to me. Other than receiving the items, I have not received any compensation to write this review. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019


Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do

Greetings, and welcome to a new feature for this blog we'll call 'Travel'. As many of you already know, bentos are not only for school. The same concept and techniques used for preparing a healthy and enjoyable lunch for school days can also be used when preparing for work or other activities. One of our favorite other activities is traveling. We've had the joy of traveling to many wonderful places, some close enough to reach in an hour or two, some half way around the world. This new feature will be where we will share some of our favorite destinations as well as tips and tricks that might help you maximize the joy from your travels. 

Let's begin with one of the classic favorite destinations....
 
Summer is finally here in Florida, and to celebrate the start of this splendid season, we took a weekend trip down to Miami Beach for Memorial Day weekend. It's hard to believe that we live so close to Miami, yet we don't visit as often as many would think we do when we mention that we are from Florida. However, each time we visit, we always find something new to do!

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The Hyatt Centric, seen from a parking garage.

During our weekend trip, we set up our "base camp" at the Hyatt Centric in South Beach. The hotel had a great view and was close to everything, including the beach and some great food.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The Las Olas Cafe, where we had breakfast.

We had breakfast at the Las Olas Cafe, a local favorite. I highly recommend the Cuban sandwich, as it is one of the best in Miami, and probably high-ranking in the state. Another favorite among us was the cafe con leech, which translates directly to coffee with milk. It kept us going to our next stop, the beach.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The Avalon and Beacon hotels on South Beach.

Some walking and Art Deco observing later, we finally reached the beach, where the Memorial Day air show was going on. 

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
A plane flies over the ocean during the Memorial Day air show.

Nikolai enjoyed the sunny weather and watching the planes fly by, but we left after about an hour so we could get to the Lincoln Road Mall, a mile-long pedestrian road lined with shops ranging from Anthropologie to Zara.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
My Vineyard Vines hat and a Starbucks Pink Drink.
It got quite hot on the walk from the beach to Lincoln Road, so we stopped into Starbucks, where I had a trenta sized pink drink (Walking around 3 miles off of a cup of coffee makes you pretty thirsty haha). You may already know how much I love pink.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The National Geographic Fine Art Gallery on Lincoln Road.
One of our favorite stops along Lincoln Road was the National Geographic Fine Art Gallery, a place everyone, especially photographers, should visit to cool down or just to enjoy the wonderful photography displayed here. Another great place to stop in is Books and Books, a local bookstore with multiple locations around the Miami area. 

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
Ladurée on Lincoln Road.
Before we headed back to the hotel, we stopped at Ladurée and got a few macarons, which we couldn't find back home due to there being not many store locations in the country. The macarons were one of the best my son has ever had, according to him, and we couldn't agree any less.

These are some of the activities we enjoyed during our weekend in Miami, however there is so much out there to discover. If you plan on visiting, remember to bring sunscreen. However, if needed, there are sunscreen dispensers around the beach.

And there you have it, our vacation highlights during our trip to Miami. Do you have any favorite activities to do in Miami? Let us know via social media or in the comments below!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019


10 Non-Sandwich School Lunch Ideas In Easylunchboxes

Well, hello there! I hope everyone is doing well. We are in fantastic good cheer, though it has been just a little hectic like everyone else, especially during the holidays. Now we are planning a fun trip to Disney; it's high time that we use the free tickets which we received from them last year.

I'm still been packing lunches daily, with Nikolai packing his own at times, though often I don't bother to snap photos of them. To be sure, not ALL of them are wildly photogenic if you know what I mean!
I have combined several of Nikolai's lunches which were packed in his Easylunchboxes in this one post. They are non-sandwich lunches which he had enjoyed a while back. You can see that Easylunchboxes is one of the lunchboxes that we used quite often and it's one of our favorites. It's easy to pack, easy to wash and they are still in great condition after all these years.

10 Non-Sandwich School Lunch Ideas In Easylunchboxes

I'll try to describe what we included in each of these lunches.

Bagel face lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 1: Main compartment contains a cream cheese bagel which I added a couple of eye picks to look like a face and a cheese stick.  Sides are cucumber slices and orange slices.

French toast freezer stash lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 2: French toast from our freezer stash (Eggo brand) with a dragonfly pick and a spoon for his applesauce. Yes, there are hectic days or low on grocery days and we pack what we can find on hand. Sides are Babybel cheese on cheddar crackers and organic apple sauce in our leak-proof mini dipper.

Mickey and Friends roll-ups for lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 3: Mickey and Friends kebabs, crackers and organic granola bar in the main compartment. Sides are cucumber and apple slices.

Ham roll-ups for lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 4: Main compartment contains ham roll ups topped with a baran sheet, cheese stick and crackers. Sides are seedless grapes and organic baby carrots.

Pancake muffin, ham roll-ups lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 5: Homemade choc chip pancake muffin, baby carrots and I forgot what is in the small container (raisins maybe?). Sides are ham roll ups and watermelon chunks with a cute pick.

Easy cream cheese bagel for lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 6: Main section contains a cream cheese bagel, cheddar crackers and a granola bar. Sides are grapes and baby carrots.

DIY homemade lunchables in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 7: DIY homemade lunchables. I've been packing similar ones lately. Main compartment contains cheese slices and crackers in my favorite square silicone cups, nitrate free pepperoni slices and granola bar cut into half. Sides are blueberries and grapes.

Pita lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 8: Pita (stacked) with a cute panda baran sheet, granola bar and cheese crackers in the main compartment. Sides are applesauce and grapes.

Mini waffles breakfast for lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 9: Breakfast for lunch - Mini waffles, a cheese stick and a couple of eye picks...does this look like a butterfly? Sides are cheese crackers and grapes.

Crescent for lunch in Easylunchboxes

Bento lunch 10: A large crescent with eye picks and a granola bar in the main section. Sides are some crackers and apple slices.

These lunches are also quick and easy to pack!

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


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