28 July 2013

We are in the middle of monsoon season here in the high country of Arizona.  My daughter has become quite fascinated with the thunder and lightning.  She is still scared of it but just about every evening all three of us (daughter, son, & myself) are watching the storm pass through while peering out of my son's bedroom window. Therefore, a thunderstorm lunch was in order.

This lunch is packed in my Ugly Children's Clothing milk lunch box which all of you will have a chance to win down at the bottom of this post!

Left compartment:  Ham, salami, and tortilla thunder cloud sandwiches decorated with an American cheese lightning bolt.

Right side:  Green and black olives, red cherries, and goldfish.

The Review

The awesome team at Ugly Children's Clothing kindly sent me a couple of their lunch boxes to test out and review.  Not only do they have cool lunch boxes they also sell  kids clothing (just in case you could not figure that out from their name ;-).  A huge bonus is that they offer FREE international shipping all day, every day on any order.  How awesome is that?!

Here is what is in the box:

The lunch box has three components:  the outer shell, inner container, and plastic dividers.  The outer metal box is made of tin with a printed floral design. This lunch box's design pattern is from the old milk cartons that they used in the 70's in Norway.  The inside container is made from BPA free plastic and there are two adjustable and removable dividers.  The inner plastic container is dishwasher safe, but the outer shell must be hand washed.

The lunch box is a good size.  It measures 7 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in.  I took a few photos of the lunch box with my Easy Lunchbox for a visual comparison.

Overall, we love this box.  It is versatile and can be use by kids and adults alike.  The lunch box can be easily opened by my four year old.  An awesome bonus that the inside container is dishwasher safe. Things to consider:  if the box gets dropped on the ground the paint may chip or scratch and hand washing is recommend on the outer tin box.  We are happily enjoying our Ugly Children's clothing lunch boxes :-)

The Giveaway

Up for grabs is an Ugly Children's clothing milk lunchbox with matching drink bottle.  The winner gets to pick the color.  This giveaway is open internationally and anyone can enter!  This giveaway ends 8/4/13.   If you are not the lucky winner don't worry!  The awesome team at Ugly Children's Clothing is not only sponsoring this giveaway they are sponsoring two more.  That's right!  Everyone has three chances to win!!  Each week there will be a slightly different prize, so if you don't win this week come on back next week and re-enter :-D

*Please be aware that you must be doing or have done what the giveaway entry states at the time of the drawing.  Example:  If I pick a winning entry for a comment and you have not commented you will be disqualified or if the winning entry is for liking my FB page and you have unliked it you will be disqualified (this applies for twitter as well), etc.  Also, if you are leaving a comment as "anonymous"  please leave your name in that comment so I can match that comment with your giveaway entry.  Thanks!*

*Disclaimer -  All product opinions are my own and are based on my own use of the product.   I received two Ugly Children's lunch boxes to trial  for the purpose of this review.
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25 July 2013

An Elmo Lunch

We are smack dab in the middle of swimming lessons.  Time is a little short in the evening.  I made my daughter an on the go dinner to eat pool side :-)  Special thanks to my sis-in-law for sending the Elmo sandwich cutter to me last week!

In this lunch:  Elmo sandwich made with ham, Italian bread, an American cheese nose, and black olive eyes. There are goldfish inside the Elmo treat container.  Finishing off the lunch are:  sunburst tomatoes, baby carrots, black olives, and mango chunks.

What I used to make this lunch:

Clic-tite lunchbox.  Marshalls

Elmo sandwich cutter.  Gift

Elmo treat container.  Target

Lettuce silicone cup.  Bento USA

Motrin syringe with tip cut off.

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21 July 2013

Christmas in July

I thought this would be the perfect time to share one of my non-posted Christmas lunches. A little snowman themed lunch to celebrate Christmas in July!

Top row:  Applesauce sprinkled with nonpareils, sunburst tomatoes, cucumber slices, black olive, clementine wedges, and carrots.

Bottom row:  Banana slice sprinkled with nonpareils, ham & cheese snowmen.

This lunch is packed in the spencer bento box from pottery barn kids.

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19 July 2013

A Leftovers Lunch Failure

As days come and go not all lunches are awesome.  This particular morning, I was very sick and quickly threw this lunch together.  In addition I did not feel like taking the lunch outside to photo as I normally do. Instead, I placed the lunch in the window sill and snapped a few shots.  Direct sunlight is not great for photographing lunches!!!  To top things off, when I picked my daughter up from preschool I was informed that no one was able to open the thermal container and my daughter was unable to eat the main course! Lesson learned here, never put the lid on the thermal container when the food is still steaming!  I was able to finally get the lid off after I warmed the container up in the microwave.  Don't worry my daughter did not starve that day, she was able to pick and choose some things to eat from the snack table.

Left Box:  Goldfish, yellow sunburst tomatoes, and a carrot.

Right Box:  Leftover spaghetti.

Items used in this lunch:


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15 July 2013

A Bear-y Good Lunch

This lunch is an older lunch that I ran across today while looking through my lunch photos.  A little bear themed  preschool lunch.

In this lunch:  Goldfish, baby carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, two tortilla and pastrami sandwiches (one is a flour tortilla and one is blue corn tortilla), and blackberries.

   What I used to make this bento.

EcoLunchbox oval.  Ecolunchboxes.com

Bear cutter and pick.  Bento USA

Bear cup.  Ebay

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10 July 2013

Ice Cream Social Day

This lunch was made for ice cream social day at preschool.  This was the last day of preschool before the summer break.  They had a picnic and then ice cream and they go to choose all of the different toppings that they wanted on it.  Needless to say, this lunch came back home mostly uneaten due to the real ice cream.

Top Left:   Blueberries and chocolate covered edamame in the cupcake treat container (found at Easter time).
Top Right:  Snow peas, cucumbers, and baby corn.
Bottom:  Ice cream cone shaped ham sandwiches and roasted plantain chips.
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07 July 2013

Seahorse & Dolphins

Left box:  Watermelon seahorse, blackberries, and yellow sunburst tomatoes.

Right box:  Baby carrots, goldfish, and ham dolphin sandwiches.

What I used to make this bento.

Bento box.  China town - Las Vegas

Dolphin sandwich cutter.  Walmart

FooDoodler markers.  Sur La Table

Seahorse cookie cutter.  Sur La Table

Fish picks.  Oriental Trading Co.

Heart shaped silicone cup.  Daiso Japan

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04 July 2013


Happy 4th of July!!  Hope everyone is having an awesome holiday!

In this lunch:  Red, white, & blue is represented with raspberries, banana slices, and blueberries.  There is nothing more all American than a cheeseburger on the BBQ for Independence Day.  The bun is decorated with fireworks (although it does look like a giant red spider).  The fireworks were drawn on with my Foodoodler markers

This lunch is packed in a PlanetBox shuttle.

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