A New Day! A New Year! A New Lunch (not, Lynch) Box!

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on August 25, 2011

in Blogging,Family,Farts and Other Stuff,Kiddos,Shopping

I rarely blog about typical “mommyblogger” stuffs. You know, the posts about coupons, giveaways, Super Crafters, and How-To Guides on getting your toddler to quit using the houseplants as toilets. Notthatthere’sanythingwrongwiththat, it’s just not me.

Because I’m a mom and I blog, I fall into the non-mommyblogger’s category of being a mommyblogger. So why not own up to it? I’m not good at a lot of mothering sorts of things unless you count telling the girls to leave my living room to spend their afternoon in their rooms because I’m tired of seeing them argue as “good mothering.” Or maybe pictures of how we leave the sink full of dirty dishes can count as mommyblogging? I’m good at that.

Earlier this week, both girls started school at the same school on the same schedule for the same low, low price of free. I’ve been on a week-long bender of what I like to call, “Getting Shit Done.” It’s nice around here during the day. Sure, I miss the girls when I think about them. But, mama’s got her TV back and with it, her sanity. That, my friends, is good mothering.

Every morning, I do my dutiful mothering task of packing a healthy lunch for both girls. I never have to ask Anna, the OCD/anxiety child, what she wants for lunch; it’s the same thing every single day of every single year. Nutella and peanut butter sandwich cut Uncrustables-like with my broken Pampered Chef circle-sandwich cutter, apple Juicy Juice, now-HFCS-free Gogurt, Goldfish, and a Publix-brand blueberry breakfast bar for snack. Every. Day. The. Same. I love her for her sameness in the mornings.

Claire, being the contrarian that she is, changes up her choice of lunch every day. Sometimes it’s buy school lunch, sometimes it’s peanut butter crackers, and sometimes it’s a plain ham sandwich. We’re on day 4 of school, and today is the first time she’s repeated a lunch. The rest of her lunch must have a change-up as well. “I don’t want Goldfish today. I want…,” and we wait until she decides what it is she wants.

Shockingly, Anna asked for what Claire was having in her lunch today (save for the sandwich): PopCorners and 1/2 of a Clementine. I don’t blame her. Those Kettle PopCorners are calling my name right now. Anna even pointed out that she was “having something different!” I like a girl who recognizes her OCD tendencies.

This year, I vowed to be more Earth-conscious in packing lunches. No more plastic bags! We’re going to go Bento-box style and use reusable containers! Except, have you seen how much real Japanese Bento boxes cost? I can’t spend $30 on an oh-so-cute panda Bento box just to have it not be dishwasher safe and accidentally end up at the bottom of the school trash cans. I’ve tried the Rubbermaid containers, but the lids are too tough for the girls to remove by themselves.

A few weeks ago, the great and powerful Karen Sugartitties wrote about the Planetbox lunch kit she bought this year for her boys school lunches. My friend and übermom, Maria, also packs her girls’ lunches in fancy Bento boxes, and she even goes a step further by showing off decorating her kids’ foods.  As adorable as the lunch kits look, we already had the girls’ LLBean lunch boxes purchased and the headache of returning them, buying the (expensive to me) Planetboxes, and then having to hand wash every day wasn’t plausible. I went out on a hunt for the perfect Bento-ish-style reusable lunch containers.

HALLELUJAH, Baby Jeebus and Oprah did not smite me that day!

I found the perfect-for-us lunch containers that just so happened to fit perfectly into the girls’ already-purchased lunchboxes: EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers

If I was going to spend the equivalent of a restaurant lunch on containers, they better last these grubby chillrens all year. I watched the product description video on the Easy Lunchboxes website to make sure what I was getting was of a higher quality, was dishwasher safe, and was easy for the grubby chillrens to open themselves.

Again, HALLELUJAH, Baby Jeebus and Oprah did not smite me!

The first things I did when I got the containers was 1) fit them to the lunchboxes (they fit!), 2) make the grubby chillrens remove the lid themselves, and 3) pray to the almighty Baby Jeebus and Oprah.

  

Friends, it’s a whole new lunch-packing year for me. I feel like a proper mommyblogger!

*NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post, though the link to Amazon is an affiliate. Click the damn link and go to Amazon, dammit. Mama needs new shoes.

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1 Hockeymandad August 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for posting the menu so I know what to make in case you are out of town or something. As though Anna’s will ever change more than it did today. I also hope you have another bag of pop corners hidden somewhere.
An Awesome post on Hockeymandad´s blog … hockeymandad: @alotofnothing @kristenhowerton yes, she made it viewable but I have since moved on. The DJ is huge and could whoop my butt easily!

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2 Talina August 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Those are pretty spiffy! I don;t make no school lunches yet but packing toddler snacks and foods is kind of the same. Clicking your damn amazon link now :P
An Awesome post on Talina´s blog … Expectations are a bitch at 40 weeks pregnant.

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3 Jennifer August 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Those are some kind of awesome. I need to remember to come back and look at this after I get home so I can measure Baby Girl’s lunch box.
An Awesome post on Jennifer´s blog … A mom fail… or is it?

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4 erin@mommyonthespot August 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I am going to have to check those out. I got the lunch bag my daughter wanted (Pack It), but have neglected the rest. I am kind of in denial that she is starting Kindergarten. But on the other hand, I can’t wait. Hearing that you have your TV and your sanity back gives me great hope. Thanks!

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5 Nanette August 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

CUTE!

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

Like your face!

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7 Angela August 26, 2011 at 4:22 am

Its totally new…. I love the box. Color full .
An Awesome post on Angela´s blog … how to grow muscle fast

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8 KellyC August 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

These are really cute and will work for my husband and I to pack our lunches…but won’t work for the kids. These containers aren’t leakproof and have to be carried right side up. NEVER gonna happen with my kids. LOL But thanks for the link because I’m still going to get them for us adults!

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9 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

I don’t give my girls anything for lunch that would leak, so it’s not an issue for us. The part that gets me is the dishwasher-safeness. LOVE it.

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10 Kelly Lester August 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Love love love this post Angie! Thank you so much for showcasing my EasyLunchbox containers. Love that they could fit in the cooler bags you already had purchased! As long as you don’t put wet/runny food in the compartments (since the containers aren’t leakproof) the girls should be fine with carrying them sideways. And hey – no guilt for enjoy those blissful school hours – you earned them! ;) – Kelly Lester, mom and CEO, EasyLunchboxes.com

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11 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

We love them! It’s really a great product and I’m happy to share good stuff.

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12 Maria August 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

DID YOU JUST CALL ME A SHOW OFF YOU WHORE?!
and our panda boxes are on sale on amazon for like 11$ right now so *blows raspberries*
An Awesome post on Maria´s blog … eclecticism: At least Bojangles is open.

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13 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

Yes. I am calling you a whore.

Are those panda boxes dishwasher safe?

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14 Maria August 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Can’t figure out out how to reply on the mobile theme, but yes, the panda boxes are – so are the other Kotobuki boxes we own. Just checked. As far as I understand, all Kotobuki boxes are microwave and dishwasher safe.
An Awesome post on Maria´s blog … eclecticism: @alotofnothing 43% and falling; I’m gonna put it down now, lol.

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15 Loukia August 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Awesome. This is the first year I have to pack a lunch for my son who is starting grade one soon. SOB SOB SOB SOB! I’m sad that he will be in school ALL DAY LONG. I mean, I work ALL DAY anyway but still. It’s the beginning of forever having to make lunches every day for the rest of my life! Actually I’m okay with that. I just need to not forget to do it! Just kidding. I am always thinking about food. OMG, I’m rambling. Anyway! I’m excited for back to school and lunch preparation! I just hope he eats everythign everyday. Will he remember to eat? And pee? And play nicely with his friends? OMG… the stress!

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16 Erin February 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Sorry I am so late to the party!

We have been using the EasyLunchBoxes too – but my boys’ Lands End lunch boxes that house them have finally bit the biscuit :(

Are the LLBean ‘cases’ (if you will) these ones:

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/70705?feat=lunchbox-SR0&page=lunch-box

(item number TA271893)

I ask because I want to order some but the dimensions say they are only 9″ long and the easylunchbox containers are 9.38″ and am assuming you just MAKE them fit but …?!

Thanks for any input!

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