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Welcome to Wednesday.  I’m on day 2 of a diet cleanse and exactly 2 days that I’ve had a headache.  I cut out a number of things.  By far the hardest are soy and caffeine.   It’s a great way to find out how addicted to caffeine I am.  My answer was VERY addicted.  We’ll see how I do at the end of two weeks.  Just hoping the headaches don’t last that long!

Miss G is off to school with a flowery sandwich made with a Lunch Punch Sandwich cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Click on the photo below to find more fun sandwich cutters.  The flower in the middle is made with the heel of the bread loaf.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are kiwi and blueberries and in the top right are grape tomatoes.

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Snack time for my 4 year old is in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento with raspberries, mini carrots and dried cherries.

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My two year old has a LunchBots Quad with mini chickpea burger halves in the top left and bottom right compartments with mini carrots and at the opposite corners are kiwi slices and pineapple chunks.

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The girls were off to play while I went to the dentist so they got to do lunch on the go.  I made some little pigs for Miss A.  Her sandwich is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and a raisin eye.  Above in the white pig are dried cranberries and the pink pig container has organic raspberries.  At the top left are watermelon strips with a pig pick and at the top right are red seedless grapes with a little pig baran peeking out.

Miss G chose the elephant Lunch Punch for her sandwich.  Both mom & baby have raisin eyes on their Rudi’s whole grain bread.  At the top left are red seedless grapes and at top right are elephant shaped watermelon pieces.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

I also packed a salad for my husband to go with his lunch.  Baby greens of swiss chard, spinach and arugula are topped with a half of an heirloom tomato surrounded by grape tomatoes and cucumbers.  At top left are pineapple chunks and red seedless grapes at the top right packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Tools I used for this lunch:

My lovely blogger ladies decided that it would be fun to give dads and/or little ones a chance to pitch in for lunch and give us a hand for a day!  What a great idea!  So please make sure to push the button at the end of each post to see what everyone’s families did to help mom out for Mother’s Day!

My little Miss G is 4.  She ALWAYS wants to help.  I do love for her to help me, but most of the time the help she wants to give is in the morning rush to finish breakfast, making lunches & run out to school.  This morning I started her early so she could choose all the things for her own lunch.  She chose the ice cream cone shaped LunchPunch for her favorite sandwich shape out of the hundreds of cutters that we have.  She also said she wanted LOTS of pink since it is her favorite color.

She filled her smaller compartments in her Easy Lunch Box with 2 pink silicone cups , cut her sandwich shapes out of the loaf of Rudi’s Whole Grain organic bread and asked for her favorite standard, Justin’s Almond Butter & raspberry jam.  She was surprised that it was tough to spread the almond butter without ripping the bread.

I let her choose which fruits & vegetables she wanted.  She chose the picks and put it all together by herself.  She said she wanted a lot of pink sprinkles, and I told her she could just for today.  She even knew that she needed honey (agave nectar) to make them stick.  I had to laugh.  I think I’m so special at this, but she has been watching me so intently that the lunch looked an awful lot like something I would have done myself (minus the loads of sprinkles and too much food) and just a tad bit messier than me.

Finishing up:

She wanted to choose the background paper herself for the official picture, and insisted that she also take the photo of her lunch too.  She included watermelon, honeydew melon, mini carrots and threw in cashews and dried cherries in the green cup at the end. She also chose a Hello Kitty pick and a pink racoon pick to add in the end.

Here is her photo which I only cropped:

And here’s the photo I took of her.  I’m not including her beautiful, proud face, but know that she has a HUGE smile from doing this all by her 4 year old self!

Please hop over to Ludicrous Mama’s page called Biting The Hand That Feeds You to see what her munchkin did for her lunch!

Day 2 of the transportation theme, and Miss G wanted a train today.   She had Rudi’s Oat & Nut bread with soy butter and strawberry jam.  On top of the train I used some funky carrots that I found at the local farmer’s market.  They were orange, yellow and a dark red so I thought they would make great wheels.  I stuck them on with the soy butter.  I also wanted to make steam coming out of the top, but I think it looks more like clouds which is fine too. I stuck a blue elephant pick in the sandwich so the train would have a driver.  At the top right are honeydew, cantaloupe and a watermelon heart.  Below that is a small rail car with the same carrot wheels carrying a load of green grapes all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A was still sniffly so she was at home with me again this morning.  Big daddy however needed lunch today.  I made him an almond butter sandwich with jam on the same Rudi’s Oat & Nut bread.  He got a big dollar sign made of Veggy Cheese on top.  He also had some left over hoppin’ john salad made of black eyed peas, collard greens, celery, green peppers, onions, and some spices. And at the top left is the same melon hearts that Miss G had in hers packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

And he also had a salad from a salad bowl I’ve been growing in the back yard.  I used the rest of the multi-colored carrots in his lunch, an orange heirloom tomato and walnuts on top packed in his Lunchbots Uno.

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!


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.

That’s kind of how I feel this morning.  We’re headed to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa today for a fun day.  I decided to pack a quick bento for the girls to share.  Packed in their LunchBots stainless bento box are sliced cucumbers, mini carrots, ranch dip packed in cute containers, Applegate uncured turkey dogs made into penguins, strawberries and watermelon stars.  I used a giraffe and zebra picks from some cupcake kits that I had for decoration.

 

I also made them a peanut butter & jelly on wheat cut out with my Lunch Punch and a candy eye wrapped in a Kids Konserve reusable sandwich wrap.  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


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