Monday, December 1, 2014

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was a mix of family, fun and filled with firsts.. baby's first Thanksgiving, first time in the high chair, first 'real' food (grandma's sweet potatoes).. and sadly, baby's first tooth. I can't tell you why exactly I stuck my finger in baby's mouth last night, but I did. And what I felt was not expected AT ALL. A little tooth has broken through. What?! She just turned 6 months like 2 days ago.. how is this possible? Things are moving too quickly for mama... slow down little one. Slow down! Love these girls.. so much to be thankful for, for sure!

Zoe's Lunchbox Zoe's Lunchbox Thanksgiving lunchbots
Lunch before the holiday break - Turkey pepperoni, provolone cheese, cucumbers, bell peppers, ranch dip in container, mini cream puff, and veggie straws.

And in other news... Ruby the Elf has arrived. She must have had a long night since she just tucked herself right in bed with the kiddo. We also set up a 3rd advent calendar (we also have a magnet board and the traditional one with chocolates behind the little doors) this year based on one we saw on Teach Mama. Ours has a little treat in each Kcup.. candy, barrettes, erasers, stickers.. a variety of little goodies. I just used a bit of white glue to attach the tissue, which seemed way easier than hot glue. It turned out pretty cute, so hopefully it functions well too.
advent craft

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Wrapping Up Halloween

This lunch was from Halloween day, and when I asked what the kiddo wanted.. hands down, 'mummy dog'. These are so easy to make and just as good cold as hot, so they work out well packed in the lunchbox. Yum.
Lunchbots Halloween bento
Mozzarella cheese, pickles, orange bell pepper, crescent wrapped 'mummy' dog and mustard/ketchup in container.

One more Halloween lunch. I use the silicone ice molds for yogurt all the time, but applesauce works great too in them. By lunchtime, they are still icy, but not solid, and so yummy.
Halloween Bento
Frozen applesauce with cinnamon, cheese quesadilla, mini candy bar, and salsa/sour cream in container.
Kindergarten Snack Box
PM Snack - Mini pretzel crisps and celery with peanut butter.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A WyldStyle Halloween - Throwback Thursday

Yup, totally forgot to post this.. no excuses. Instead, I'm buying into this 'Throwback Thursday' thing, and although I'm only throwing back to last week, I say it still counts.

WyldStyle Costume
So, as previously mentioned, the kiddo's costume of choice this year is WyldStyle from The Lego Movie. I would say that the idea, and even execution, for this costume is a relatively simple one, but it does require 4 major components.
1. A black pant and jacket ensemble.
2. Fabric paint.
3. A child that likes her hair to be messed with. And..let me clarify...
4. A child that tolerates her hair to be messed with.

I have numbers 1 and 2, but I do not have the child described in numbers 3 and 5. Not in the slightest. Hey, I was that kid too. I remember screaming at my mom when she so much as looked at a comb. My daughter? Pretty much the same way. You'd think I'd sympathize, and believe me I do, but not with the kid.. with my mom! Good grief! You'd think that brushing hair was the worst form of torture. And, when you have to make odd parts and clip in extensions, and use bobby pins (the shame, the horror), it actually could be classified that way... for both of us.

However, if you can get through the hair bit, the costume is a lot of fun, and while I saw the imperfections, the kiddo loved it, so I'm happy. To make the costume, I just free-handed the design the best I could on the front, sleeve, and hood of the jacket, as well as on the pant leg. I also ripped out the grey liner in the hoodie and sewed in a pink one instead. That was about all there was to it, though I'll tell you that adding a layer of white paint under the color made things go much smoother.. lesson learned a bit too late for me, but definitely worth sharing! Then it was the easy, peasy task of just clipping in some color hair pieces (pfft.. see above), putting in a crazy pony, and adding some freckles and eyelashes, which are optional, of course. And there you have WyldStyle!

In my haste, I also managed to forget to post half of the Halloween lunches I had made, so you may get a couple of those thrown back at you down the road, including this one.
Easylunchboxes Halloween Bento
Trader Joe's freeze dried bananas, candy corn, jello w/ whipped cream, 'cauldron' quesadilla with tomatoes and black olives.
Kindergarten Snack Box
PM Snack - Croissant with Trader Joe's cookie butter

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hoppy Halloween 2014!

Yes, the title rhymes! I'm that special! Speaking of 'special', know what the kiddo chose for her costume this year? WyldStyle from The Lego Movie! That meant mama was making a costume again this year (instructions will be up tomorrow). So, you'd think a fun lunch with the character as the theme, right? You'd be wrong. I'll leave that one to the professionals (in this case, Lunchbox Dad). Instead, I went with a dinosaur for today. Yup, you heard me right. A dinosaur.. the kiddo's favorite I'll have you know. And now that this year's costume is finally done, all she cares to prance around in is last year's dino I made for her. So, I thought along with lots of other Halloween themed lunches, today's would be dedicated to the dino, but not just any dino. This one's a witch. May she now peacefully become extinct!

Oh, and did I mention the Bento Bloggers & Friends are hopping again? Be sure to check out all the other amazing creations, the next of which is from Loving Lunches, by clicking here or on the graphic below. Happy Halloween!
Halloween Easylunchboxes
Cheese quesadilla, romaine lettuce, celery 'broom', cauldron with candy corn and cashews, salsa and sour cream, oranges, and gummy eyeball.
Kindergarten snack box
PM Snack - Carrot shavings and cheddar owl crackers.

Dinosaurs not your idea of the traditional Halloween fare? How about something a little more traditional? Here's another fun Halloween lunch that is super simple, quick, and delicious!
Halloween Bento
Peanut butter, jelly, and pumpkin butter sandwich, cheddar owl crackers, candy corn, and strawberry Greek yogurt.
Kindergarten Snack Boxes
PM snack - pretzels and carrots with chive cream cheese. After school program snack - Swiss cheese, turkey pepperoni, and yogurt raisins in the container.

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