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Who doesn’t love ice cream?  I do…until it makes me sick, or…well, now I just eat coconut milk ice cream sparingly.  I thought it would be fun to make colorful ice cream scoops for lunch and pretend like we’re having it as a special treat.
Bentoriffic- Ice cream cone bento

Miss A (3 years old)  has an Easy LunchBoxes container with tiny ice cream cone sandwiches on Rudi’s brand Cracked Wheat bread.  I used a small pastry plunger cutter to make them.  I do press the bread a bit before cutting, cut the shape and then press the plunger VERY firmly to get the fancy imprints in the bread.  Then fill them as desired.  Above  the sandwiches in the pink cup is jasmine rice with balsamic glazed chickpeas. Next to that are some orange “scoops” of cantaloupe and some dried apricots.  In the top left compartment are honeydew melon balls and in the top right are more “scoops” of watermelon.

Bentoriffic- Flower power and apple bentoMiss G has been asking some days to help make her lunches.  Sometimes it’s in the mad rush of the morning, but she loves to cook and help so I try to accommodate whenever I can since I know she’s more likely to eat it if she makes it.  She chose flowers for the above lunch in her Easy LunchBoxes container.  She wanted chocolate almond butter, but we settled on regular almond butter and blackberry jam on Rudi’s Cracked Wheat bread.  She also wanted to poke holes in them so she chose a tiny clover shaped cutter for the middle.  Above the sandwiches are flower cups of dried cranberries and cashews.  In the top left are grape tomatoes which she eats by the container and in the top right is an apple shaped apple which I made for her.  I soaked it in the juice of half and orange for about 10 minutes before packing to prevent browning.

Bentoriffic- flower snack bento

For snack time today, Miss G packed herself some sliced cucumbers, flower cut watermelon shapes, an apple cinnamon flower muffin and raspberries in lettuce silicone cups packed in her LunchBots Uno.

Please click on each photo to see where I purchased the tools I used to make this lunch:

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It’s my first review and giveaway!  FunBites was generous enough to offer me the opportunity to try one of their FunBites cutters.  I chose the Luv It heart shaped cutter to review, and they also will be giving one away to one of my lucky readers!  Details below for this giveaway and a few others too!

A few of the first things I noticed when it arrived was that it was made in the USA. Who doesn’t love supporting a business that keeps their money and employees right here at home?  The next was that it’s a fun bright color which my kids were instantly attracted to, wanted to play with and wanted to try out.  The most important thing as a mom is that the product is sturdy.  I let the 2 and 3 year old have a go at it, and I honestly don’t think they could scratch or break it if they tried.  It’s a very well-made product and washes very easily.  As a bento-making mom I also want something functional that give me options.   It also has a “popper” to pop your food out without having to poke at it and ruin the shape.   I like the fun heart shape that it makes, and I wanted to try to find other things to make from it.

For little Miss G I chose to separate the large heart, turn it upside down and make some sailboats out of it.  The boats were cut out of two pieces of whole grain bread & filling was done after the cutting with almond butter & jam.  I cut a piece of Veggy  brand “cheese” to make the sun and fish.  The “water” is barley colored with India Tree natural food coloring.  I also used the FunBites cutter for the mango pieces in the green cup and the strawberries in the blue cup below.  Her lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

For Little Miss A I chose an ice cream cone theme.  Again, the FunBites cutter washed off quickly with little scrubbing for reuse.  Her bread was also cut from 2 pieces of whole grain bread and filled with almond butter & jam after cutting.  I used the cutter with a sweet & sara brand vegan marshmallow cut in half for the “ice cream”  and shook on some fun sprinkles. Both are topped with a fruit leather heart shaped “cherry”.  Inbetween the cones are dried apricots cut from the very same cutter.  The pink heart container has raisins in it.  At the top right is a clementine with a fruit leather heart and below are all watermelon pieces and a pineapple chunk all cut with the FunBites Luv It.  Her lunch is also packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Now to WIN one of your own!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

You will receive one entry for each of the following things you do:

1. “LIKE” Bentoriffic‘s Facebook page.  If you’ve already done so, just leave me a comment that you’ve done so.

2. “LIKE” FunBites Facebook page

3. Follow my blog on WordPress by adding your email to the list,

and leave me a comment that you’ve done it.

4. Share my Bentoriffic post from today on your Facebook wall.

A winner will be chosen at random this on March 11th at 11:59pm EST, and the winner will be announced Monday, March 12th

for 1 Luv It! cutter of your own.

Winner will be responsible for contacting me within 24 hours (Tuesday, March 13th), or I will redraw for another winner.

Please check out the links below for my other blogger friends below for more giveaways!

Bobbi’s Bentos has a chance to win another Luv It! cutter

Lunches with Love has a third chance to win a Luv It! cutter.

Bent On Better Lunches has a chance to win Healthy Habits plates from Super Healthy Kids

Family Fresh Meals has a chance to win a 3 month free subscription to MOMables.

Bento School Lunches has a chance to win a Coach purse!

Veggie-Bento has a chance to win a FunBits Luv It! cutter.

Good luck, everyone!

The girls are off to play this morning so mommy can get a few things accomplished this morning.  I decided last minute to have them stay through lunch.  Miss G gets a flower LunchPunch cut sandwich with almond butter & jam.  She has red grapefuit in the purple cup and a peeled & sliced kiwi in the pink cup.  The flower cutout has agave nectar in it and inside the heart container are Craisins all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A has a smaller version.  Her is an almond butter & jam in whole grain bread made from the new LunchPunch set.  She got a little ice cream cone, agave nectar to stick sprinkles and fruit leather for the cone details which are SURE to fall off from all the shaking she does.  She insists on wearing her “pack pack” and RUNS with it on so I’m sure it doesn’t look cute by the time she eats hers. On the right are dried apricots, sliced strawberries and Craisins in the heart container packed in her LunchBots stainess Duo.  Both girls have ice water in kids CamelBak bottles with their lunch.

I had a great plan for lunch which I’ll have to attempt on another day.  It was a massive fail that ended in torn bread blobs.  Thank goodness for my LunchPunches which knock out a cute lunch in seconds flat.  These ice cream cones are part of the new Sweet collection available through Amazon.  They come in sets of 4 different punches, and they’re great for quick cute lunches.

Miss G requested an almond butter and chocolate (nutella) today so I obliged. It’s on whole grain bread and the dinosaur colored sprinkles are stuck on with agave nectar.  We’re slowly transitioning off animal products, but I do have a ton of stuff left so I’m trying not to waste it.  She has a BabyBel cheese with hearts cut out of it.  I used the wax leftover to place on the sandwich just for fun.  She has carrot sticks, a mini apple (with bow pick) and a flamingo pick with blueberries on it.  Not pictured is her ice water.

Miss A gets a smaller version since she doesn’t like and can’t eat some of the same foods.  She’s still choking on apple pieces and carrots so I omit them. She has a plain sandwich on whole grain with Smart Deli “meat” veggie turkey slices, a BabyBel cheese with the same hearts cutout and blueberries.

In a separate container is leftover Annie’s organic macaroni spirals and edamame on top.  She also has ice water with her lunch today.


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