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We’re packing up for a beach playdate today.  I slacked on the rainbow theme this week so I decided to do a few last themed lunches for today.  It’s already in the mid-80s here so the kids need to stay well hydrated & snacked while we’re outside.

Miss G and Miss A both get rainbow and whale sandwiches today with the same bread from earlier this week.  It was made by Astrid at Lunch Fit For A Kid and her incredible baking skills.  Click on any of her links on this page to find out how she made this beautiful Rainbow Pan de Mie.  At the top left is a slice strawberry with peach slices below it.  On the bottom left is a cup of pineapple chunks, edamame and a flamingo pick with blueberries on it.  The sandwiches are both peanut butter with blackberry jam.  The candy eye is stuck on with peanut butter so it won’t move.

Miss A had the same exact sandwiches with the Rainbow Pan de Mie bread.  At the top left, she also had a sliced strawberry, peach slices, bottom left with pineapple chunks, and honeydew melon.  Next to her sandwiches are blueberries on a flamingo pick.

I also packed rainbow assorted fruit snacks and veggies for the girls to eat & share with our friends.  Clockwise from the top left are strawberries and a mandarin orange, honeydew melon, dried apricots and dried cranberries, mini carrots, blueberries, and pineapple chunks.  All 3 rainbow lunches were packed in our Easy Lunch Boxes

For more incredible rainbow ideas, please visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

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Pinterest is great for so many things.  I am not very organized so I find it fabulous for filing away creative ideas.  I have made a few recipes from the foods I’ve pinned.  Many were good and some were terrible.  I wanted to pass on this one that’s a tried & true keeper.  I like it because I don’t have to turn on the oven, the kids can actually help with them and despite their sweet taste, you sneak in a 1/2 cup of ground flax seed for fiber, vitamins, protein and omega-3s.  Make sure to buy ground  flax seed or grind yourself at home for the full benefits and store in the refrigerator to keep it from going rancid.

Be careful not to eat too many!  They are SO yummy and also pack a lot of fats into one bite so limit how many you eat.   I substituted for vegan chocolate chips and agave nectar.  Peanut allergic houses can revise and add SunButter or another nut butter to make them safe.

Here’s what the pin looks like:

And the recipe as written from Pinterest:

1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter), 1/3 cup honey 1 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1 tsp vanilla Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

At home with just dry ingredients:

I recommend adding more agave nectar or honey than the recipe says.  The first time I made them they didn’t stick together well.  This time I added approximately 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of agave, and they stuck together much better.  Again, it depends on how you like them.  You can always add more and re-refrigerate before making them if you decide they’re not sticking together well.

Here’s my end result.  Yum!

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.

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’ve fallen off the posting wagon again.  We left town for over a week for Thanksgiving, and I didn’t make a single thing that was impressive last week.  Today is lunch at home.  Miss G requested a PB & honey on wheat so I made Rudolph with a Christmas cutter.  I used a Christmas sprinkle for his nose and a candy eye.  Served with a side of leftover Annie’s macaroni & cheese, snowflake shaped pears, blueberries and raspberries.  Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving!

Thursday I was in a rush so both girls had a hodge podge of things in their lunches.  The main theme was elephants.  I just got a new Lunch Punch that I used for Miss G’s bigger sandwich that has a mother & baby huddling underneath.  I included a BabyBel cheese with a heart cut out.

The heart bento has peaches on the right side and on the left are dried cherries and Funky Monkey brand dried crunchy pineapple pieces.  She also had an applesauce pouch and an Orange Lifeway Kefir pouch.

Little Miss A is still very excited about school, and it’s a bit new for her so finding what she will eat is a bit tricky.  She hasn’t been much into the sandwiches, but I included 2 very small elephants PB & Js for her on whole grain.

The heart bento for Miss An included Annie’s Organic macaroni shells on the right with colby jack butterflies on top.  The left side had halved grapes on the bottom, dried cherries mixed in with watermelon butterflies.  She also had an Orange Lifeaway Kefir and an ice water.


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