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Today is Miss G’s 4th birthday.  She wanted a princess party at home tonight with a cake and a chocolate sandwich for dinner.  Not sure I’ll meet all those requests, but there will be some princess decor and a cake 🙂  Can hardly believe how the time flies.  My body and my life will never be the same!  Happy birthday, little princess.

Would also like to give a big birthday shout to my fabulous blogess friend Keeley at the Keeley McGuire Blog who is probably turning 25 today from the looks of her 😉  Happy birthday, Keeley!  Thanks for the intro to all our wonderful bento blogger moms.  I really do appreciate you!

Breakfast was homemade vegan apple cinnamon mini muffins, 4 clementine segments and a big mango 4 for Miss G.

Miss G gets a birthday cake sandwich thanks to my lazy mom’s way out (which I highly recommend!) LunchPunch cutters.  This one is from the sweet treats set of 4.  The cutter has 3 candles so I had to add one more with some Veggy brand “cheese” slices.  She wanted chocolate and peanut butter so she got a Nutella and PB on whole grain.  The pink sprinkles are stuck on with agave nectar.   She also had 4 mango crowns, 4 blackberries, 4 blueberries, 4 green grapes and 4 strawberries cut out with my FunBites Luv It! cutter and a crown pick.  At the top left is cinnamon applesauce with sprinkles in the shape of a 4.

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Still spring break here so lunches are at home every day. Miss G insisted on helping me with lunch today. I promised her that I’d let her help me more often so she chose the cutters to use and wanted to make lunch for her sister too. Here she is learning how to cut the shapes out of the bread.

She wanted the cute animal faces on her sandwiches so we stamped those on there too. She had peanut butter & agave nectar sandwiches on whole grain bread. A pick of seedless green grapes and below that watermelon squares and 2 halves of a black plum. In the middle is a strawberry. She ate the entire thing because she was SO proud that she made it.

Then next she was on to little A’s lunch. She made her a small car, a star and a shell shaped sandwich that looked more like a small tree when it was done. She also made her a bowl of grapes and car & shell shaped watermelon pieces. Even little A ate almost all her lunch today.

I was taking some pictures for a class to demonstrate how to make simple faces so I used the leftovers from last night to make Miss G’s lunch today. The hair ended up looking like a hockey helmet, but I am grateful that she’s 3 and doesn’t care!  The sandwich is on whole grain bread, crinkle cut carrot hair & mouth, Veggy “cheese eyes with cucumber pupils and a raisin nose stuck on with agave nectar.  Above the head is a pick of mini heirloom tomatoes and mini cucumber slices.  In the blue cup are dried cranberries and a strawberry on top.  Below in the red cup is a plum mouse with cucumber eyes & nose sitting on a bed of barley.  Miss G’s lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box We are still keeping with the meat and dairy free theme in our house, and the kids are adapting surprisingly well!

Little A gets a flowery lunch today.  She also has an almond butter and jam sandwich on whole grain with a cucumber slice in the middle.  She doesn’t eat cucumber, but I keep putting in new vegetables and fruits for her to try.  It can take up to 20 times for some children to decide they like and will eat a new food.  I just keep the quantities small so I’m not throwing out a lot of food.  The small green flower cup has dried cranberries in it and the large one has sliced plums and a sliced strawberry in it pack in her LunchBots Duo.  Both girls get ice water each day with their lunches.

I am hoping to make more fun lunches in the next 2 weeks.  In the meantime I have been a bit frantic trying to get things in order for Christmas.  I made these ornaments a couple of years back when my first daughter was almost 2.  I wanted my kids to have a tree (at least the bottom half) that looked cute AND that they could touch.  So I took the time and used my cookie cutters to make them.  I purchased different colors of Crayola brand Model Magic.  It’s like a non-crumbling air dry Play Doh.  It’s safe for kids of all ages, easy to decorate & lasts.  All I did was cut out the shapes, punch a hole with a straw at the top and let the kids decorate with gems, buttons, make patterns with utensils, etc.  They dry to the touch overnight and completely over 72 hours.  Then I threaded holiday ribbon through the straw hole and hung them right on the tree.  My kids love them, they don’t break easily and if they do they can be glued back together pretty easily.   I love that they’re not perfect and made by them!

Hope everyone remembers to take a deep breath & enjoy time with the ones they love!

These were the originals I made:

Here’s what Miss A (22 mo.) made today:

And Miss G’s creations (3 yrs. 10 mo):

I like them with smudges, fingerprints & misshapen from the kids poking and doing their best.  Here are the ones I helped with today:

Today was my attempt at a pilgrim.  I ended up using a gingerbread man cookie cutter rather than hand cutting as I had hoped. The letters and buckle on the hat and the mouth are apple fruit leather.  For the pilgrim’s eyes, I used small candy pieces.   The acorns are dried apricots.  I found a bag of organic orchard apples at my local grocery store which are the perfect toddler size.  The “give thanks” is on sliced green apples.  The red BabyBel cheese with maple leaf removed is below the small apple, and on the bottom right are raspberries.

Little Miss A had a simple lunch today since she is discarding most of the bread I send.  She gets turkey rolled up, mozzarella string cheese sliced, and on the right are watermelon chunks underneath dried apricot leaves.  Both girls get ice water and flavored kefir with their lunches.

I was running so late this morning that this picture was taken in my car.  Miss G got a ghost sandwich with chocolate Pocky stick tops for eyes.  He’s surrounded by marshmallow bats & a crescent moon.  On the right are decorative picks of blackberries, blueberries and ghost shaped strawberries on top.  She also had an applesauce in her lunch today.

Miss G adores Tinkerbell and anything fairy so I created my own lunch fairy today for her. I used a circle cutter for the face, the body is a leftover bagel piece cut into an upside down V for the legs.  I have a dragonfly cookie cutter that I used to cut the wings with the other leftover bagel pieces.  I coated the wings with honey and sprinkled them with green decorator sprinkles.  Her face is cur from fruit leather, ovals for the eyes, small pieces for the eyelashes and mouth and a yogurt covered raisin cut in half and stuck on the fruit leather with honey for the center of her eyes.  The hair is dried apricots cut with a small pea pod cutter for the orange waves.  She is standing on a section of plum for a surfboard and surrounded by green seedless grapes.  Also in the lunch was a pouch of apple/peach sauce and a berry flavored Lifeway Kefir.    Have a great week back to school everyone!

 


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