The School Lunch Box {Sponsored}

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When I began this blog, as a private space, I had a 7 month old baby and a little girl in nursery school.  I’ve been a bit nostalgic lately as subtle childhood changes accumulate into things that feel really big.  My babies have grown into vibrant little people, and I am now sending two kids off to school – nursery and first grade!  I still can’t believe it, but I’m happy that my children are learning a bit more about themselves without mama bird by their sides.

Two kiddos in school also means packing two lunch boxes and two snack packs every day.  Getting the kids to school on time without losing my cool can be a challenge, and  I’m trying to implement a plan to make mornings smoother. Preparing in the evenings and having simple on-the-go snacks is essential to maintaining peaceful mornings.

When my children open their Lunch boxes, I want them to feel a piece of comfort from home.   I also want them to eat the contents that I send them off with!  I understand the challenge of trying to prepare healthy and balanced varieties that my kids will actually want to consume.  As a busy mom, I need to have healthy options that are quick and easy to prepare.  Here’s a look inside our first week of lunch boxes:

lunch boxes for school

lunch box creative ideas

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I’ve learned that my kids enjoy Bento style lunch boxes with an assortment of things to choose from.  The key is packing things tight – so there is no wiggle room. Baking cups work well as dividers, and fun cookie cutters and birthday party napkins add excitement.  I was recently introduced to Mott’s®. Snack & Go Applesauce pouches.  Lucia and Adrian love the taste and I appreciate the convenience of easily adding them to a lunch box.  My children like the natural and strawberry flavors and I’m OK with only 8 grams of sugar (and no added sugar) per pouch.  Lucia also LOVES juice, and I’ve learned that I need to negotiate with my big first grader.  An occasional juice box for veggies is a great negotiation.  Lucia was thrilled to see Mott’s®. 100% Apple Juice tucked into her lunch box – and I feel good knowing that she is getting an excellent source of vitamin C. 

Packed with a big bottle of water and a homemade love note so far so good!  What are some of your favorite lunchbox ideas?

Thank you Mott’s® and Technorati for being sponsors of this article. All opinions expressed here are my own.



  1. I always need new lunch box ideas. Yours are excellent! What kind of containers are those? It is hard to find good ones that hold up in the dishwasher. I didn’t know that Motts made pouches. I also look for things with no added sugar.

  2. I love these! My son is always snacking in the car on the way to school and he loves fruit in the morning. This would be great for me to throw in my bag and just open it once we get in the car! I’m always trying to figure out a neat snack that won’t get him dirty in the car. These are great! He loves applesauce and can hold this on his own so I’m going to try these!

  3. I’m sooo tired of packing school lunch and school just started!!! We love bento boxes too since my daughter likes to pick. Fruits, veggies, cheese, mini pitas, veggie sticks, yogurt, crackers, ravioli, edamame and some soup now and then. And I do write a little note but you’ve inspired me to kick it up with some cute drawings : )

  4. Loving this post! I absolutely love packing school lunches and these are awesome ideas!!! Where did you buy those beet crisps? Love it! Thanks for sharing! xx

  5. Love this… My son eats lunch at school but I try to put pride in the girls’ lunch boxes… but truth is sometimes they are just thrown together. ha!

  6. I love having grab-and-go snacks available, because I’m always on the run.

  7. What a cute spread in your bento! I just started packing lunches and need major inspiration. We really like Motts

  8. These lunch boxes are always so cute. All of my kids eat lunch from the school so I don’t get to be creative.

  9. What healthy, wholesome lunches! I have a bento box, and will have to use it for my 6 year old!

  10. Those are definitely some creative lunch ideas. I think bento box lunches are the best and my kids will eat them too!

  11. I love Bentos Boxes! I’ll have to try the baking cup idea!

  12. There are some great ideas here. My son loves Motts fruit pouches and has them in his lunches quite ofter. I really like some of your ideas for getting more vegetables into their lunch.

  13. Those are awesome ideas for healthy kid lunches!

  14. I love Motts and it is the only apple juice I buy. I think these little pouches are great and I can see many uses for them even though I don’t have any little ones at home anymore. I see them as a great picnic food or for a car trip.

  15. Your lunches look delicious!! Can you pack mine? 🙂

  16. My kiddos love the Mott’s Apple sauce.

  17. What fun lunches for the littles!

  18. We are all over the map when it comes to lunch boxes.
    Sometimes the kids get soup and grill cheese sandwiches.
    Sometimes its spaghetti and meatballs.
    I found that they get bored of sandwiches {and I am bored to death of making them} so it’s nice to spice it up!
    Great post!

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