Saturday, August 21, 2010

a blog-header-inspired bento & a special sursprise for YOU! :)

This bento idea has been rolling around in my noggin for a very long time. Ever since Mariah DeMarco showed me the first rough drafts of my blog design she was whipping up I've been thinking about making a bento of it. This whole bento box is inspired by my new header/title/logo!

blog header bento

We have the fruit leather star, smiling fishies, smiling orange, checkered apple, kiwi flower, cheddar and summer sausage cubes on a giraffe pick, swiss cheese and peas!

Let me just say here that I think this was the hardest bento I've ever put together. I never expected it to be. I had assumed it would be easy peasy since all the foods were already chosen for me - I just had to pop them into place. Not so! I had the hardest time getting everything to fit. The first box I tried was too small. As was the second and third box too! I finally ended up in this Sassy box, but it was a little too big (see all the gaps?!). It took me so much longer than I had expected that I had my kids all arriving home from school just as I was finishing up and there was just no more time left to mess with it anymore. Pictures were snapped and then my little girl descended upon the bento and devoured it quickly.

I think this bento will be revisited and redone at some point. I can't rest until I have my header-inspired bento done right! ;-)

And now for YOUR special surprise! Just take a look at these precious Another Lunch lunchbox notes my friend Mariah made for you! :)


This is available as a FREE printable download. Sweet little love notes to tuck into your sweet little one's lunchbox. :) I hope you enjoy them! It would be so nice of you to pop over to Mariah's blog and give her a little love by saying "thanks!". It would totally make her day. :)
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Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely adorable. The header, the bento and the notes!! Three cheers for you! :)

Michelene said... [Reply to comment]

Love it all!!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

That is sooo cute!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

adorable, all of it! I love it!

The Planet Pink said... [Reply to comment]

Adorable! And that was WAY too sweet of Mariah!! Wow!

Kathryn Crafts said... [Reply to comment]

So cute!!

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said... [Reply to comment]

Crazy fantastic. Love this Melissa. And I'm printing out Mariah's love notes. So sweet!!!

Emily - said... [Reply to comment]

That is so cute, great job on the bento!

Kandi said... [Reply to comment]

aw, yay for lunch notes! and such a cute bento! today i bought bamboo forks & heart-shaped silicone cupcake thingies from target to go in my daughter's new bento.. if it will ever arrive in our mailbox!! :) :)

azbaby24 said... [Reply to comment]

What fruit leather do you use???

Dunn Family said... [Reply to comment]

Love it!!! Everything looks so cute and yummy :)

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

This came out fantastic I think!! Kudos on all the hard work! Thanks for the awesome printable for us. I'm going to be leaving a little note in my kindergartner's lunch every day now!

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

PS The giraffe is my favorite! It looks exactly like the header graphic!! So kawaii!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Ashley, the giraffe pick is my favorite too! I haven't dared use it before because I was so afraid it would be lost before I could do this bento. It has been tucked away in a "safe spot" (my jewelry box - LOL!) for months just waiting this this moment. ;-)

azbaby24 - the fruit leater I buy these days is the Archer Farms (Target brand) kind. It's only $3 for a box of 10 strips (often on sale for only $2 a box), comes in many different flavors, and is organic!

Sweet Savings said... [Reply to comment]

This lunch could not be any cuter - I LOVE it!

Where do you get all the cute picks, face punches and so on?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is perfect!! I just attempted the checkered apple 3 minutes after seeing this and for the first time my son who has autism ate the entire thing, in fact he kept snatching it down while I was trying to plate dinner. <3

Laura Alison said... [Reply to comment]

This is such a cute bento - everything matches perfectly!

I'll have to look for the fruit leather at Target next time I'm there, thanks for the info!

Stacy of KSW said... [Reply to comment]

I think it is PERFECT just the way it is! Your new look is AMAZINg and these lunch notes are too stinking cute, thanks for sharing them with us

mochadoo said... [Reply to comment]

adorable! thank you so much!!

Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

soooo cute!!! i can't wait to put the notes in mya lunch box....she keeps "reminding me" not to forget about her when she starts kindergarden <3

Karla T said... [Reply to comment]

Great job! Thanks for sharing it : )

Cameron said... [Reply to comment]

This is so awesome!! I just love all the new pics for your blog!!

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) said... [Reply to comment]

Love this bento and your blog's new look! I know when I had mine redesigned last year I couldn't stop pulling it up and looking at it. How fun that your's has a matching bento lunch to go with it! :-)

Big Momma said... [Reply to comment]

i love it! i have been so inspired by your blog for the last few months that i went and bought my first bento today to start packing lunches for my husband! he'll need lunches every day now that he's student teaching this semester. all of this cute bento stuff is so addicting though. i seriously cannot stop looking at things and putting things on my list to buy. : )


Kristie Clower said... [Reply to comment]

Very cute! I love love love your new header and this bento inspired by it is also so stinking cute.
and I am heading over to Mariah's blog to tell her how awesome she is.

The Carey Family said... [Reply to comment]

Sooo cute!

To The Moon and Back said... [Reply to comment]

too cute! thank you for sharing the cutest lunchbox notes I've seen;)

Sherry Saville said... [Reply to comment]

Super cute! Thanks for sharing your ideas and some great giveaways!

Tracey said... [Reply to comment]

This is so adorable & the lunch notes are awesome :-) I need to print some out.

Mom_Of_Three said... [Reply to comment]

I have been using the notes and my kids LOVE them...even the 12yo boy :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, that's great! :)

Leilani said... [Reply to comment]

Hello!! I discovered your blog last week....and I have to say...I have been obsessed with Bento boxes since. My little one just started the 1st Grade and I think she'll love the little surprises she'll find in her lunch bag. I just have to tell you....since I found your wonderful blog I've gone to Daiso, purchased some cute picks and Barrans. Purchased a Lunchbot and have been surfing tooooo many hours on eBay for some more cute picks and forks. I never thought I'd be sooo excited about making lunch for my daughter. Also, I just printed out the sweetest lunch notes from you. Thank you so much for all the lunch-time inspiration!!!

Heather Smith said... [Reply to comment]

sooooo CUTE

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