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A Little Lunch | PlanetBox

Whew. The debates are over and I am ready for election day to be over too. I have been following politics closer than ever recently, trying to best educate myself so I can make the right decision for my family when I go vote. I feel like it’s been so heavy, all these critical topics and the world of social media has done nothing but further ignite the war between the two parties, which really makes me sad. We are one nation, and we all have different opinions. That does not make any of us bad people, and I love nothing more than trying to genuinely understand why others feel the way they do. I love a hearty, educated conversation on politics. I just haven’t found many people to have it with.

On a lighter note, did you see Parks & Rec last week where Tom was court ordered to have a week of “no screen” time? I was laughing through the whole thing. But what I really appreciated was the summation–that we turn to technology when things in our real life seem lackluster. I could not agree more. Since substantially cutting out facebook, my life has become the opposite of lackluster. I’ll pop online to catch up here & there, but It’s not the habit it used to be. Most of the time I don’t even turn on my computer (the only place I let myself log into facebook) until after my babies are asleep. It’s freeing. It really is. & leaves me time to do the things I enjoy, like getting creative with my hands. Example: lunches! Somehow, my dreaded task of lunch making is a little less terrible now that I have a new approach with PlanetBox. SO, as promised, here are another couple week’s worth of lunches to inspire you! Read these clockwise, and the lunch contents start with the long horizontal space in each tray.

  1.  strawberries + turkey/mustard/cheese slider + granola + grapes + fruit leather + a pumpkin donut for dessert
  2. celery/pb/raisins + hummus & crackers + swiss & crackers + trail mix + oatmeal cookie for dessert
  3. clementines + ham/mustard/havarti sandwich + carrots & ranch + trail mix + a pumpkin donut for dessert
  4. strawberries + greek yogurt + granola (for on yogurt) + pumpkin cake for dessert + ham & cream cheese rollups + chocolate chips (requested)

  1. apples + chicken quesadilla + trail mix + dried mango + grapes + clif organic fruit rope for dessert
  2. ham/mustard/havarti mini sandwiches + greek yogurt + granola + clementines + clif organic fruit rope for dessert
  3. apples + ham/mustard/havarti sandwich + grape & watermelon kebobs + swiss & Mary’s crackers + chocolate chips
  4. turkey & ranch cream cheese rollups + hummus & crackers + string cheese + trail mix + grapes + peppermint dipped pretzel for dessert

  1. clementines + turkey/mustard/havarti sandwich + babybel cheese & crackers + apples + clif organic fruit rope for dessert
  2. clementines + mini turkey sandwiches + babybel cheese + trail mix + apples + clif organic fruit rope for dessert
  3. clementines + pizza ball leftovers + hummus & crackers + trail mix + chocolate chip muffin for dessert
  4. clementines (clearly I have a plethora right now!) + greek yogurt + pumpkin granola (for on yogurt) + pb & jam pancake sandwiches + chocolate chips for dessert

Whew! There you have it! This is three weeks worth of lunches (since my girl only goes to school part time) and yes, she does eat everything on the tray. She doesn’t always finish during the allotted time (she eats the rest on the way home so she can have her dessert–which she always saves!) but it is finished each day! She’s such a good eater!

Favorite things to pack in lunches? Blog links for inspiration? Please share! I am always looking for new ideas. :)

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  • Esther - Love this! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Just a question – do you find that crackers, etc. get soggy because they’re all packed in together with things that have a higher moisture content?ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Love the cute little lunches. Gracie goes to preschool part time too, just twice a week, but comes home in time for lunch. This is good motivation for where when does go to school longer – or for picnics at fun places like Landa Library – now that the weather is nicer!ReplyCancel

  • Krysta -

    That woman is amazing! I LOVE her lunches, and she also has links to other women who make lunches like these. She also uses PlanetBox sometimes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Krysta -

    I love this woman’s lunches! She has 5 kids and always comes up with some really creative things. She posts links to her friends who make lunches like these, and she also uses PlanetBox for some of her lunches. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Stoy - Today I was at the store and I had to pull up your instagram for some lunch ideas for the 2 year old :) We are not allowed to send them any peanut products to school, and I always find it limiting, even thought it isn’t really. And PS – He would NEVER eat Ants On A Log until I cut it into pieces like you did!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - I like the number 3 pack lunch…Its very unique and cute the way you prepare this food..I love it..ReplyCancel

  • Shannel - Do you have a button (I don’t know if those have a technical name)for your blog? Like one of those I can drop into the sidebar of mine?ReplyCancel

  • Gabi - When did your little girl start eating sandwiches. Finn will eat quesadillas but not sandwiches and sandwich like things. I LOVE sandwiches so I feel very limited in my lunch making…he isn’t a fan of crackers either…he’s a protein kind of guy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - I am coming out the shadows to comment on this – not the lunchboxes, though they are sa-weet, but the idea of cutting back on the Internet. At some point it has become almost an addiction – this “being connected.” Ugh. No more! I want the luster back in my life too! I have to identify the details on how and when, but I just wanted to say that this blog post hit on a subject that has been in my head quite a bit lately.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - Do you still love the Planetbox? Would you do it again if you had to do it over? My daughter is starting school next month and we are thinking of one for her. ThanksReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I do still like it a lot! I have been able to make the ziplocs work (see my fab%) just as well–and they are kind of nice because they are lighter. I like them both equally!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy :: - Sooo cute! Love this! :)ReplyCancel

  • Andy - Shawna, thats a great idea! I always recommend my clients to pre-pack lunches like this. It helps keep them organized and eating healthy!ReplyCancel

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