Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day school lunches

Happy hearts day, everyone!

I was completely exhausted this morning and went pretty simple on the lunches today. And I will admit I am glad the valentiney lunches are done with for a year. I've got new supplies I'm dying to play with. :)

Okay, Paige's lunch today:

PlanetBox Valentines Day lunch

Packed in our PlanetBox:
- organic strawberry yogurt with sprinkles, packed in the leakproof PlanetBox Big Dipper 
- three mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cut with a mini heart shaped cookie cutter
- strawberries
- row of pretzels
- conversation hearts

Have you noticed how ridiculous the sentiments on conversation hearts are these days? I remember them saying things like "xoxo", "cutie pie", "luv you", things like that. I was aghast to read "text me" and "tweet me" on these candies. TWEET ME? Seriously? Where's the humanity?!  #oldfogey 

Ethan's lunch for today:

Lock and Lock box bento Valentines Day

Packed in a 4 square Lock & Lock box:
- kiwi fruit
- strawberries
- cereal bar and granola bar, cut to fit in that section, with more ridiculous conversation hearts
- pretzels

These Lock & Lock boxes with the 4 sections are back in stock at Amazon! After mysteriously disappearing for months and months! So glad. They are too good to be retired. I've resisted using them lately because every time I do I am asked "where can I get one?" and to have to answer "sorry, they aren't selling them anymore!" was kind of sucky. Oh happy day.

Supplies used to pack these lunches:
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Arts said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Melissa

I came across your blog while looking for reviews for planet box. Thank you for that, I've been thinking of buying one for my daughter, but wanted to make sure it would be worth the investment.
I really enjoyed reading your creative lunch ideas.
I have a question though, do you plan your lunch in advance - Is that for a week or just the night before?

Will pick some great ideas from your blog


Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Arts!
I *try* to have a plan in mind the night before. And if I can muster up the energy to prep some stuff the night before, like washing the fruit, putting crackers/cookie cutters/etc. out on the counter with whatever container I'm planning to use -- just that little bit of forethought makes packing lunch in the morning infinitely quicker and easier. It doesn't often happen though!

Melanie said... [Reply to comment]

hey, melissa!

just a heads up that the boxes you linked to at amazon are NOT the four square divided ones.

i actually ordered the four square divided ones in january and went to order another one last week and got that one with the funky tray. not sure why it's different or switched out, but it is. i haven't been able to find it anywhere else. :(

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

These lunches are amazing (and make this mama look like a total slacker). I really do have to get it together and start making fun, healthy, beautiful lunches for my little girls. Thanks for the inspiration!

I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Really Melanie? When I pull up that page it even gives the note across the top saying "Instant Order Update for Melissa Sharp. You purchased this item on September 28, 2010". What is funky about the tray in this one?

Lauren, don't feel like a slacker! My kids passed out store bought valentines, if that makes you feel any better! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog.! Just got in our planet box and hoping to get some ideas. Do you buy all organic or mix? And what's your favorite bread? I love making bread but my kids prefer store bought..:( so I try to buy as least ingredient bread as possible... Thanks!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hey #6!
We do a mix of organic and non-organic. Fruit and veggies are nearly always organic. Certainly the things on the list of worst conventional produce I buy organic, like apples and berries.
For crunchy-type snack foods (crackers and whatnot), those are not usually organic, though there are some things that are. Dairy is usually non-organic because organic cheese and whatnot is so cost-prohibitive.
I have been making bread a lot lately because my oldest is really enjoying eating fresh bread. After years of him not wanting anything to do with bread, it's a welcome change. :)
Enjoy that PlanetBox! It's a great lunchbox. :)

Melanie said... [Reply to comment]

hey, melissa - couldn't reply to your comment directly for some reason...

but yes, i get that instant order update as well but it's NOT the box with the four dividers that i ordered in january. instead, it's the square box with a slotted tray at the bottom. i guess to keep whatever it is you're storing non-soggy? regardless, it's not the same thing. they've changed the name and the photos accordingly but for some reason it says it's a past order.

i contact amazon about it when my second order came a few weeks ago and they refunded me b/c it was the wrong item.

whew! sorry for the book!

Paige said... [Reply to comment]

Bummer about the Lock & Locks! I found the four squares at a local Asian market and bought one the other day. If they aren't being made/sold anymore I might have to go stock up!

Paige said... [Reply to comment]

Bummer about the Lock & Locks! I found the four squares at a local Asian market and bought one the other day. If they aren't being made/sold anymore I might have to go stock up!

Pint Sized Baker said... [Reply to comment]

I love bentos, I just don't have the time to make them. My question is, how do they stay so neat in the boxes? I think my kid drop kicks her lunch box at school. LOL! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker! Hope to see you there again on Monday night!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Pint Sized Baker! A lot of times my bentos are not elaborate and really don't take any extra time to put together. It can be faster to put food in compartments than wrestle into baggies and seal up! When a box has individual compartments, as these ones do, the food can only shift around within that one spot, so even drop-kicking the lunch box can't do too much harm! LOL!

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