Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Yumbox Design Review!

Lets talk about the Yumbox for a bit. When I started packing bento lunches a couple of years ago I came across the Yumbox. I didn't purchase them then because I was just starting out and needed basically everything. These lunchboxes have been on my wish list forever. When the new boxes came out, I knew it was finally time to get one so I contacted Yumbox for a review. They sent me the new Ananas Yellow six compartment box. It is in the new line and has been redesigned to make the six compartment box more roomy. There was some wasted space in the earlier version. While I impatiently waited for my new Yumbox to arrive, I decided to go ahead and order two of the older versions. Well that lead to another. Which lead to the panino versions. I had to have those too so I ordered one and then another. I now have six of them and I am truly in love with the Yumbox- the older versions as well as the new. My kids love them. I even make lunch for myself in them. They are one of my favorite lunchboxes. I don't know how I lived without them for so long. lol

Yumbox Facts: It's leak proof! Yes. It's really leak proof. This is a feature that I love in a lunchbox!

All materials are food-safe, BPA-Free, Phthalates-free and are CPSIA and FDA compliant! Wow! They had me at BPA-Free!

The Yumbox is  approximately 8.5 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches and weighs 1 lbs 1.5 oz.

You can get two versions of the Yumbox. The Panino is big enough to hold a full sized sandwich or a salad. It also has  two smaller 1/2 cup sides plus a 1 oz dip/treat well. The six compartment box has five 1/2 cup portions of the five main food groups plus one dip/treat well. Both are great for all ages.

These are just a few facts about the Yumbox. You can find out more about the Yumbox by clicking this link. Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a lunch in the new Ananas Yellow six compartment lunchbox.

Isn't it cute? This is a lunch for my youngest. She has a cute panda ham sandwich, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, grapes, an orange, pretzels and sunflower seeds. She also has a Babybell cheese.

It is quite roomy now. Here's a couple of lunches in the older box styles so you can get an idea of the change.

This is lunch for my middle girl. She has a little lamb ham sandwich, carrots, cucumbers, grapes, an orange and pretzels. See that ranch in the little well. That dip stays right where I put it. No leeks at all.

If you have been a reader of mine for awhile then you know this is lunch for the picky boy. He has pretzels, ham, an orange, grapes, apples, peanuts and animal crackers.                                              
I love the new box. Heck I love the older version. I just love the Yumbox in any way I can get it. These boxes are sturdy and make lunch packing so easy. I highly recommend the Yumbox. You will love it. Be sure to check them out here. Yumbox Home Page  
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Quick Lunches For Three!

I made three really quick lunches for today. DIY Pizza Lunchables, a Tardis ham sandwich and a regular DIY Lunchable for the boy. I also made a pretty salad for myself.

This lunch is for the youngest girl. She has flour tortillas shaped like the Tardis from Doctor Who, peppers, pepperoni, mozzarella, broccoli, cucumbers, grapes and apples.

This is lunch for the middle school girl. She has a Tardis ham sandwich, cucumbers, apples, grapes, pretzel rounds and animal crackers.

This is lunch for the boy. He has ham, pretzel rounds, an orange, grapes, apple slices and animal crackers.

This is my lunch. I have a salad with broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, cheese and grapes.

Here is what I used to pack lunch in.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Everyday Bento Review!

I love cookbooks! I have an addiction to them really. I have to really hold back when I see them in the stores. I sometimes completely avoid the cookbooks all together. That way I won't pine for the latest one. When I am looking for a great cookbook I search for the ones that have awesome pictures, clear and simple instructions, readily available ingredients and recipes that I can adapt to my families taste. These are very important things in a great cookbook. I have been trying to purchase Everyday Bento for months. Every time I went to get it, Amazon was sold out! What that tells me is that this is going to be a great cookbook. About a month ago my friend Wendy asked if I would like one to review on my blog! YES!!!! I jumped at the chance to finally own Everyday Bento. I was so excited to get this particular book. She even autographed it!

My kids were equally excited. They wanted to pick a lunch. So they picked and I made my own version of Wendy's awesome bentos. The best thing about Everyday Bento is it meets every one of my qualifications for a GREAT cookbook. Yes. This book is great. It provides you with a jumping off point into the world of bento meals.  She keeps the ingredients simple. They are all readily available anywhere and all the lunches are all just plain adorable. She also makes it easy for you to make cute lunches for your kids without needing a hundred different tools to do it with. She even helps give you ideas for lunches for mom and dad. Here are two of the lunches the kids picked.

This is a Build It Yourself Pizza lunch. You can do so much with this lunch. Add all you kids favorite pizza toppings to the box and they have a perfect lunch!

This lunch is for the youngest girl. She has a flour tortilla cut into cute mini rounds. Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni pieces, peppers, sauce, cucumbers and grapes.

This is lunch for my middle girl. Artful Leftovers lets you take dinner leftovers and make a whole new meal out of them for lunch. You can do a lot with leftovers. This would be a great lunch for yourself or the hubby!

I used the Yumbox for this lunch. She has flour tortillas, Applegate ham, lemon pepper chicken breast, shredded lettuce, grapes, carrots, grapes and ranch dressing. The Yumbox is leak-proof so that ranch will stay right where I put it.

These are the snacks that my daughter and I took with us on an outing today. I used my favorite snack containers for the snacks. Sistema makes containers in all shapes and sizes. We have some gluten free pretzels, a GoGo Squeez applesauce, clementine oranges, peanut butter and sunflower seeds.
I really love this cookbook. Wendy gives some awesome tips for making healthy lunches. Go ahead and grab this one. It is well worth it. Don't forget to check out Wendolonia. She has an awesome blog too! This girl really knows her lunch.                                                                                                      
*I was sent this book for review. I was not paid in any way for this review. All thoughts are my own. This post contains affiliate links.      
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bagel Sandwich!

Today the kids took a really simple lunch. I used the new Bentology Raspberry/Blue Bento box. I was sent the new box to try out. I also used the original Laptop Lunches box today. Both of these boxes are awesome. My kids really like the design of these bento boxes. I really like how easy lunch is to pack lunch when I use them. I also purchased the companion boxes to go with the new Bentology box. I used them today.(links will follow) I like both styles of boxes. Actually I love all of Laptop Lunches products both old and new. They are made very well and hold up nicely. That's important when you have four kids who can be kind of rough on their lunch boxes.

This is what comes with the new Bentology Raspberry/Blue bento box. Isn't it a cool lunchbox?

Here is the new Bentology box with the bigger main box. It is perfect for a large sandwich!

This is lunch for my middle girl. She has a pretzel bagel from Trader Joe's with Applegate ham, carrots, cucumbers, grapes and an orange.

This is the original Laptop Lunches box!

This is lunch for my youngest girl. She has the same lunch as her sister. She also has a Babybell cheese.

The lunchboxes are really the same in my opinion. By that I mean they are made the same. I do really like the clear boxes that come with the new box. The kids also really like the clear boxes. They like to see what is in them. That way they don't have to ask me what is for lunch. I also think the new boxes are perfect for all ages. These new boxes are great for your older kids or even for yourself. I also think they are quite trendy. I also love that the inner boxes are interchangeable between all the lunch sets. That means you can make them your own. I would recommend these boxes. They are a great addition to your lunch packing gear. They are also the perfect box for those of you who are new to packing lunch.

*I was sent the Bentology box to try out. I was not paid for this review, All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.