09 October 2015

Ghost Lunches

Boo-tiful ghostly lunches 

Time for some full-blown Halloween themed bento lunches.  We are kicking off with two ghost lunches.  The first one is packed up in a new bento box, the Thinksport GO2 lunchbox - a stainless steel lunchbox with a plastic leak-proof lid.

In this bento:  PB&J ghost sandwich with candy eyes, maple yogurt with Halloween sprinkles, and pear slices.   I found the ghost cutter in the Halloween section of Walmart.  The set comes with the ghost plus smaller cutters for dressing him up - mouth, eyes, mustache, bow, etc.

In this bento:  meatballs cantaloupe balls, pumpkin cookies, big Cheez-its, and white baby carrots.  This lunch is packed in a two tier bento box that I picked up at Target a couple years ago.

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For more bento-style lunch ideas check out my book Happy Bento!

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06 October 2015

PlanetBox BottleRocket Review

I received notice today that the PlanetBox BottleRocket went on sale.  In light of this, I thought it was high time for me to get my review of the BottleRocket posted.  The awesome folks at PlanetBox sent me a BottleRocket for my kids to trial for a review.  The result is unanimous, everyone loves it.  We loved it so much that I ended up purchasing an additional BottleRocket for my daughter when PlanetBox had their 7% off anything Labor Day sale.  The current sale is $10 off any BottleRocket, good through 10/11/15.  Hurry!

On to the review!  We have been using our BottleRocket daily since the middle of summer.  It is our go to water bottle when we are on the run.   We have used it during soccer practice & games, hiking, dance class, and even at the movie theater.  It also works great as a night time water bottle.  My daughter is really particular about her water being cold when she drinks it and has gotten up in the middle of the night to refresh her drink bottle with cold water.  Now with the BottleRocket her water stays nice and cool all night long.  The BottleRocket is double walled and vacuum insulated keeping your drink cold (or warm) for hours.  The button on the front of the cap springs the top open quickly for drinking.  There is also a metal latch that can be engaged to prevent accidental cap opening while being carried in your bag.  Great feature! 

There are no straws!  Another feature that I love because my daughter has bitten through a couple of our Thermos Funtainer straws.  The BottleRocket features a free flowing spot made from silicone with a silicone stopper that adheres to the cap - this makes the bottle leak-proof.  The silicone completely covers the underside of the cap so that no liquid comes in contact with any plastic pieces.

Over the course of our trial, we did manage to have one snafu.  When we first received the BottleRocket we were strictly using it at home and for our extracurricular activities.  After a few weeks I decided I would send it off to preschool with my son.  When I picked him up the cap was cracked & broken.  Apparently, it had been pushed off the lunch table by someone else and the cap  broke from it's tumble down to the floor.  Thank goodness for PlanetBox's amazing customer service.  They quickly sent out a replacement cap to me :)  No further mishaps have occurred.

Pros -

    NO straws
    Does not sweat
    No plastic in contact with drink
    Vacuum insulated
    Easy open cap
    Dishwasher safe
    PlanetBox's awesome customer service!

Cons - 

   Shape - at first glance the rocket shape of the bottle resembles something......ahem....else. 
   Price - regular retail price of $28 a pop, these are definitely on the pricey side. 

Right now you can snag them for $18 per bottle.  If you have been wanting a BottleRocket I advise you to purchase now because it is a rarity that PlanetBox has a sale.  I am contemplating buying two more, that is how awesome they truly are.

Disclosure - PlanetBox sent me one BottleRocket to trial for the purpose of this review.  No financial compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine based on my own use of the product.


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04 October 2015

Pumpkin Patch in Yumbox

A pumpkin patch inspired bento lunch packed up in our Yumbox panino.  This one was made for my son, the sandwich lover :)

In this bento:  Ham & cheese pumpkin shaped sandwich on top of green leafy lettuce, baby rainbow carrots, ranch dressing for dipping & decorated with a pumpkin cupcake topper, peach slices, and pumpkin cookies.

I used a pumpkin cookie cutter from the Farberware cookie cutter set.

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For more bento-style lunch ideas check out my book Happy Bento!
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02 October 2015

Small Nod to Halloween

Hey, it's October now.  Time to start making some spooky lunches.  Yay!  Today we are starting out with just a little touch of Halloween in our PlanetBox shuttles.  Again, we have almost identical lunches.  Woo-hoo!

In my daughter's lunch:  cantaloupe balls decorated with a leaf pick, jack-o-lantern shaped cookies, and a breakfast sandwich - fried egg, bacon, & cheese on an English muffin.

In my son's lunch:  baby carrots, jack-o-lantern shaped cookies, ranch dressing for dipping the carrots in the yellow container, and the same breakfast sandwich as his sister.

I used our new PlanetBox pods in these lunches.  They are made to fit perfectly in the PlanetBox shuttle.  The top of the pod meets the lid when it is closed so that nothing can fall out of it.

For more bento-style lunch ideas check out my book Happy Bento!
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30 September 2015

Fall themed PlanetBoxes

We are officially one week into fall!  It's time for a fall themed lunch.  These lunches are a spin off from the fall lunch in my book Happy Bento!  Today's lunches are almost identical with just a couple of things swapped out for taste preferences.

In this bento:  Steamed broccoli, grape tomatoes, fruit salad (strawberries, green grapes, and leaf shaped cantaloupe), blueberry pancakes, cheese sauce for dipping in the small red container, & syrup for the pancakes.

As you can see, the second lunch is pretty much the same.  The differences are plain pancakes instead of blueberry pancakes and a cheese stick (cut in half) instead of cheese dipping sauce.

One day I will get both of my kids to eat the same exact lunch!!

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For more bento-style lunch ideas check out my book Happy Bento!
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27 September 2015

Under the Sea

I bought a new set of plunger cutters a few weeks ago.  They are what inspired this under the sea themed bento lunch.

In this bento:  Sea creature turkey sandwiches (seahorse, octopus, & starfish) on top of cheese crackers, black grapes decorated with a dolphin cupcake pick, yogurt covered star cookies, baby carrots, and ranch dressing for dipping in the small blue container.

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For more bento-style lunch ideas check out my book Happy Bento!

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22 September 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 starts playing in theaters this Friday!  My kids are beyond excited about seeing this movie.  We have a copy of the first Hotel Transylvania on blu-ray that we have watched numerous times.  To celebrate the new movie release a few of my bento blogger friends & I have gotten together for a Hotel Transylvania 2 blog hop.  Click on the button at the bottom to follow along to see all Hotel Transylvania themed food.

First up is a Mavis bento for my daughter.

Packed up in our owl CuteZcute bento box is black beans with a layer of rice on top.  I did tint the rice a light pink fleshy color with natural coloring but you can't really tell in the photo.  I used nori for the hair, mouth, and eyelashes.  They eyes are cheese colored with food markers and the teeth are rice grains.  The sides packed are rainbow baby carrots and green grapes adorned with a bat pick and a beware sign.

And we can't forget about the main star in Hotel Transylvania 2, Dennis!

Dennis is a turkey and cheese sandwich.  He also has cheese eyes colored with food markers, carrot eyebrows, olive smile, and bread ears.  Many carrot curls make up his curly red hair.  Underneath the curls is an orange triangle shaped cup containing baby carrots used as a support for all that hair.  Grape tomatoes, ranch dressing, a bat shaped egg, and blueberries decorated with spooky eyes complete this lunch that is packed up in our Bentgo Kids lunchbox.

Now hop on over to Green Lunches, Green Kids and see what Transylvania food Sarah has concocted. 

For more bento-style lunch ideas check out my book Happy Bento!
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