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I want to thank each one of you personally who voted for me in the Circle of Moms contest. It ended last night, and I’m # 7 in their Top 25 contest again this year thanks to you. I am overjoyed! I don’t win any money, but I do gain a great group of new people who look at my blog because of the list. I also have made new blogging friends from last year when I was in the Top 25 for Foodie Moms. Thank you again for your continued support. I encourage you all to peek at the lists that Circle of Moms provides. There are some amazing moms out there blogging from home & creating masterpieces to share in the hopes that we’ll help you find healthier meal solutions. We can’t do it without you so THANKS!
Miss G (my 4 year old) asked for stars in her Planetbox lunchbox today. From the top left are cucumbers, cashews, grape tomatoes, and pistachios. In the bottom right compartment are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels. Miss G is crazy about peace signs so she requests them every week. An organic plum is in the bottom corner and the green square silicone cup has chickpea hummus with a cucumber star on top. Organic kiwi and carambola (star fruit) are in the bottom left and above are blueberries and an apple star cutout. In the center is a Hail Merry brand raw macaroon. Miss G loves the small portions and lots of variety. Her lunchbox rarely comes home with food in it!
She stays a bit longer in school some days so I send snacks with her. In her LunchBots Duo. On the left are local Minneola tangelos sliced and in the I Love U container are currants (small raisins). In the right compartment is a pink heart full of cashews and half and apple with a star cutout.
The end of dental week is today at Miss A’s (my 3 year old) school. I wanted to fit in a set of choppers with a toothbrush. When I got done with this lunch it was NOT what it looked like in my head. I wanted something cuter. Instead it reminds me of Dr. Teeth or Janice from the Muppets in the 70s. It’s still fun, and she giggled when she saw the crazy face so I guess it serves the purpose. I used heart shaped silicone cups to fill for the eyes. Inside are plum sections topped with more cucumber stars. The nose is made of a few dried apricots and the mouth is her sandwich on Rudi’s Organic Whole Wheat bread. I used a lips cookie cutter and sliced the mouth in half. The teeth are peeled apples cut into sections and soaked in citrus water and then towel dried and placed in the mouth. I also hand cut an apple to make the toothbrush and then with a paring knife, sliced the skin off to make it look like white bristles. The apple pieces also soaked in citrus water for 5-10 minutes.
My husband took some leftovers not worth photographing so I made him a salad to go along with his lunch. Baby spinach leaves are at the bottom of his Easy Lunchboxes container topped off with the cucumber cutouts from Miss G & Miss A’s lunches, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery pieces down the middle. In the top compartments are carambola (star fruit) and blueberries. Everyone in our house takes a reusable bottle of ice water to go for the day. Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!
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I ordered a new Planetbox lunchbox for Miss G. She is over the moon about her new box and owl carrying bag, and she’s anxious to pack her lunch in it again all by herself. Today’s lunches are vegan, gluten free and soy free (except the pretzels which contain wheat).
I packed the first lunch for her in it. Clockwise from the top are slices of blood orange, Go Raw Pizza flax snacks, cashews, dried aprictos and dried cranberries. In the round stainless container is gluten free, vegan pesto macaroni in it with black olives and heirloom tomato slices. The bottom left compartment has sliced kiwi and in the middle is a coconut covered date and raisin “snow ball”.
For her preschool snack today, Miss G has two small bento boxes. The top contains mini cucumbers from a local farm, and Trader Joe’s brand marcona almonds with rosemary. The bottom container has a Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack pack of guac with peace pretzel chips for dipping. At the bottom are dried mango slices.
For Miss A’s toddler lunch, she has a LunchBots Quad stainless container. From the top left are dried cherries, rosemary roasted marcona almonds, kiwi and watermelon slices, quinoa topped with black beans, peas, carrots and shallots, and in the bottom left are carambola (star fruit) and sugar snap peas.
Happy Lunch Packing!
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Miss G went off to school today with a peace dove for lunch. Surrounding the sandwich are grape tomatoes and sugar snap peas halved on holiday lunch picks. In the top right are organic raspberries and in the top right are pineapple pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.
For her snack today, she has a LunchBotsDuo packed with yellow grape tomatoes, dried apricots and carambola (star fruit) slices on the left and a dove cut out of her green apple on the right with a peeled clementine.
And my 2 year old has her LunchBots Quad today packed with pineapple pieces, pears, carambola (star fruit) and small peace dove sandwiches. Both girls have ice waters not shown. TGIF!
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Mom’s had her hands in the Play Doh collection again. I found a mini Cinderella crown cutter in the Play Doh stash so I’ve scoured it off and I’m using it for lunches now. Miss G has a princess sandwich today cut with a LunchPunch sandwich cutter. She has yellow and red grape tomatoes surrounding the sandwich. At the top left are crown shaped cantaloupe pieces with a princess wand pick and at the top right are kiwi slices with a tiara on top packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.
For her snack today, my 4 year old has a Happy Tiffin stainless bento filled with sliced mangos, a peeled clementine, 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and whole cashews.
My 2 year old had leftovers from last night. She had plums, carambola (star fruit) spaghetti squash with marinara sauce topped with dairy free parmesan and pineapple chunks packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless lunch container.
Happy lunch packing!
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The girls don’t go to school on Fridays. This morning we went to a local market that grows their own fruits & veggies. They also have cattle, a burro and sheep there that they let us feed. That was the highlight of the day so far.
I made them lunch on these awesome plates our friend Pinky sent for Christmas. Thanks, Pinky! The girls love them. They both had hummus, healthy pretzel sticks, and star fruit/carambola which are in season here in Florida. Miss G had an almond butter & jam on whole grain bread. I made the fish the princess’ hat. Little A had a strawberry with her lunch. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Miss G requested the dog in the doghouse for her sandwich today. This is another cutter made by LunchPunch. I purchased mine on Amazon. Today it’s just a PB & J on whole grain bread. The red thing is a Babybel cheese with a small bone cut out of it. I used the wax bow for the puppy collar and a black sesame seed for the puppy’s eye.
To go along with Miss G’s sandwich, I gave her a giant piece of watermelon shaped like a bone, raspberries and star fruit or carambola which she loves.
Little A got a mixture of leftovers for her entree today. On the left side buried is spaghetti squash with grated parmesan and cheese pizza and meatballs shaped like flowers on top. On the right side is the fruit. She got dates underneath her slice of starfruit. She doesn’t like the starfruit, but the experts say it takes an average of 19 times of a child trying something new before they will acquire a taste for it so the starfruit is my A for effort. She also has a couple of raspberries and flower shaped watermelon pieces.
Lastly, Miss A got more Annie’s leftover macaroni spirals which she loves and whole wheat cous cous with a fun panda food separator. I’m out of kefir so both kids got a frozen squeezable yogurt tube today in their lunches.