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Glimpse of Pairs

The last few days have spilled into the night and even into the wee morning hours. There's been thermometers and charts of medicine dosages, times, and a well documented ebb and flow of body temperature, nasal sprays, inhalers, meds twice a day, every 4-6 hours, every 6-8 hours, grab a wash cloth for it's sinus rinse time. My girl has finally learned to take pills like an adult instead of drink mass quantities of liquid medicine. It doesn't sound so bad, but it's tiring. The reality is there have been lots of spikes and anxiety and no rest. 
But tonight I had this very simple moment to relax. 
I was walking down the hall when I was drawn to the picture window. I pulled the curtains back to see if my car windows were rolled up, but the silence just drew me in. I saw two still swings highlighted by the gentlest of moonlight, one scooter dumped by the curb and a second properly stowed on the porch, a single hula hoop, two soccer balls, and one soccer goal. My cozy vantage…

Well Rounded Snack Bento

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Today for snack my Kindie got some red seedless grapes, a pack of roasted seaweed, and some cashews. This size snack seems to be just perfect for her! 


Peanut Butter + Jelly Mix up

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When I packed the peanut butter and jelly laptop lunch yesterday, it was on a day when I also pack a lunch for my youngest. I don't create identical lunches. I have many items out for snacks and lunch packing, so I switch things up. This one isn't too different, it has a pear instead of strawberries or raspberries, and no cheddar bunnies! 
Do you pack identical lunches if you are packing more than one?

Blueberries, tomatoes, peanut butter and jelly, italian cookie, pear, and frozen peas (I did heat them up)!

Yes, I Pack Peanut Butter + Jelly

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Yes, I know I pride myself on sandwich alternatives, but hey we all have those mornings! I try desperately to balance out a sandwich with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I accomplished that this morning. 

Peanut butter and jelly on multigrain bread, cheddar bunnies, tomato, frozen peas to add some green to the mix, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Italian cookie for a special treat. I don't pack a treat everyday, but on occasion I think it's just fine. When my girls start to expect a treat, I know that's a good time to take a break from it.

Shit GMO Companies Say

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Sandwich Alternatives: Frozen Burrito Bento

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I rarely purchase frozen burritos, but a great sale at the market on Evol Burritos (locally produced) caught my eye. I picked up a few as a sandwich alternative and because they are super filling! My 8 year old was so happy with this bento! 
The only downside of the frozen burrito is that we don't own a microwave. It takes a good 30 minutes to heat it up in the oven (and 1 minute in the microwave). One option I am going to try is to pull it out the night before and put it in the refrigerator, so it's not frozen solid in the morning.
This bento is new to us, it's a Zojirushi Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, which is insulated (as well as the bag that came with it) to keep the hot part hot and the cold fruit cold. Win, win, we love it! 

Grapes, yellow watermelon, organic corn chips, bean, cheese, and rice EVOL burrito.

Nut Free Snack Bento

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Prepackaged snack foods are the main go to for the majority of us in the morning lunch packing rush. I find it just as easy to pull out a few extra items and just pack a waste free bento instead. I am packing 2 snacks every day and 3 snacks twice a week. 
My girls have great appetites, so packing something like an applesauce pouch or granola bar doesn't quite cut it for them. 34 Degree Crisps (a local Boulder company), cheddar cheese, and a pear sliced made for a sophisticated, but very easy snack for my girl today! 

Panda Bento + Left Over Chicken Tenders!

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I'm a huge fan of using leftovers as part of lunch packing, especially if it's something I know the girls will be excited to have. Leftovers equals a sandwich alternative. Of course sandwiches are an obvious go to staple lunch item, but options are a plus to keep things fresh. 
My kindergartner had a leftover hand made chicken tender from her special dinner out the night before her Nana and Papa went home to New York. I heated the chicken in our toaster oven, chopped it up, and placed it in our thermal container. GL did report the chicken was still warm by the time she had lunch. Everything else was cold, so those items were packed in panda. 
This bento came home completely empty:

Chicken tender in a thermal container. Panda Bento had broccoli (also left over), peas, joyful rabbit contained honey mustard, crackers, strawberries, and grapes!

Colorado Bento is Back To School! Nana is in Town, Meatball Sandwich Bento

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While school started a few weeks ago in Colorado, lunch making duty has been in Josh's hands. Today he's off on a trip, so it was time to brush off my bento making skills and prepare two lunches this morning. Miss Sj requested a meatball sandwich in her lunch, I happily obliged. As  you will see below I put a piece of cheese in between the bread and meatball to create a barrier to prevent the bread from getting soggy. 

I loaded up her lunch with plenty of other fresh fruits and vegetables. We also are packing individual snacks for the girls this year, so I'm saving their snacks for a separate post. I'm always in search of snack ideas, so I hope to grow the snack label on Colorado Bento!


Meatball sandwich, left over meatball tucked in the same compartment, red peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries on a little pick, cheddar bunnies, Mi-Del graham crackers, and an Italian Cookie (second hint Nana is in town from NY).

the Bentos Are Back

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I've dusted off Colorado Bento, come check out what I'm packing the girls for school these days.