Cheesy Quesadilla I Love You Lunch

Monday, February 13, 2017


Sometimes it is okay to be a little cheesy with your kids. A lunch that says I love you is one of those times. I have done heart themed lunches in the past for Valentines Day, but I wanted this one to be a bit different. My goal was to make this one be half build your own, and the other half designed in a fun way. So this is actually a cheesy quesadilla and beans lunch. It will be interesting to see how my kids will react to this theme because, although they enjoy this type of food, my son usually doesn't go for the "mushy" themed lunches. He loves Star Wars, Super Heroes, and sports lunches but I think it is important to show some affection towards your kids. Normally this is done in a lunch note that I write, but I think he will appreciate this, even if he won't admit it.

I made this in an Easy Lunch Boxes container and I cut grape tomatoes in 45 degree sections, then put the sections together to form hearts! See how I easily made the rest below.

Golden State Warriors Steph Curry Sandwich Lunch

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dub Nation

About a year ago my family moved out to Oklahoma City after spending years in the San Francisco Bay Area. While we love where we live now, you can't take our love of Bay Area sports teams out of us! As far as NBA basketball, we are Golden State Warriors fans through and through. At my office I am known as the lone Warriors fan and my kids proudly represent the Dubs while at school.

If you ask my kids who their favorite Warrior's player is they will tell you it is two-time MVP Steph Curry. Kevin Durant is second but my two older kids love Steph. The Warriors are coming to town this week to play the Oklahoma City Thunder, but unfortunately we can't get our hands on these sold-out tickets. I would love to take my two older kids, but my wife doesn't really like the idea of taking out a second mortgage on the house to do it. So because we still want to support the Warriors this week, I made my kids this Steph Curry sandwich lunch. The sandwich is based on Steph Curry's jersey. Hopefully this lunch will bring the Dubs some luck and if anyone out there knows Steph (or any of the other Warriors) tell them there will be at least one family rooting for them in front of the TV in OKC this weekend!
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If you want to make your own Warriors lunch (for your kids of course) check out my recipe below. I made this lunch in Easy Lunch Boxes container.

I Love You With All My Heart Lunch

Monday, February 6, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Crispy Green and the Produce for Kids' Power Your Lunchbox program. All opinions are my own.
Power your lunchbox pledge

Around four years and a half years ago, I was looking for a way to connect with my daughter. She is my oldest and was about to start Kindergarten. I wanted her to remember that whatever came her way, her daddy was thinking about her. I saw some moms making fun bento lunches online and I thought, "Hey, I'm a dad, why can't I do that?" So on Monday every week I have made sure that she knows that I love her with all my heart. This is why when I make lunches like this, it is more than a box filled with fun shapes, it represents why I started doing this in the first place.

Because these lunches are fun and meaningful, I always want to include food that is both healthy and tasty. In fact, we are consistently trying to introduce new and healthy food to our kids. Lunchtime is a great way to do that. We have been trying out some snacks from Crispy Green, called Crispy Fruit, and my family loves them. They are freeze dried and 100% pure fruit--no added sugar or preservatives! For this lunch I thought the apple colors matched the theme of the lunch really well.

Crispy Fruit

Crispy Green is also one of the sponsors for Power Your Lunchbox Pledge. In August 21,674 families and classrooms pledged to eat a healthier lunchbox, helping to provide 238,414 meals for families in need through Feeding America. This pledge program empowers families with tips, ideas, and recipes to make healthy lunchboxes. When you take the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to eat a healthier lunch, you can get money saving coupons and money will be donated to Feeding America to provide meals to families in need. To take the pledge and help feed families, go visit the Power Your Lunchbox website now!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Rollup Valentine's Day Lunch

Monday, January 30, 2017

valentines day

It's almost Valentine's Day so I decided to get a head start on putting a little extra love in my kids' lunches. We also spent part of the weekend experimenting with some recipes so I thought I would add one of our experiments into the lunch. It's the Twisted Peanut Butter and Jelly Snacks that you see. The recipe video is coming soon. I'll include it in this post when it is done. Until then, hopefully this lunch can inspire you with a few ideas for your own kids' lunches!

7 Ways Kids Can Take Care of the Family Dog

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Swiffer. All opinions are my own.

Every parent has heard that one line. You know the one, "I promise I will take care of it." But we know better. It doesn't matter with it's a dog, cat, bird, guinea pig, or alligator. Those words that our kids utter trying to get parents to say "yes" to a family pet are famous, or maybe infamous is a better word, because they are usually forgotten a week or two later. Thankfully, with a little gentle prodding (or threatening to shut off the wifi), there are a number of ways that kid can easily take care of a family pet.

In our house the family pet is a dog named Shasta. He's a twelve-year-old American Eskimo dog who likes to shed like it's going out of style. His white fur is magically magnetic to black clothes, but he is part of the family. Once our kids reached a certain age we decided that enlisting them to help take care of the dog would not only help out the family, but it would help teach them some responsibility. So we came up with some tasks that were age appropriate, and let's be honest, tasks that my wife and I would rather not do. Shhh don't tell my kids that though. Hopefully these ideas help you as well!

1. Feeding time, because animals need to eat for some reason.
If you've ever had a dog, and are late feeding it that day, you know the look it gives you. The dog sets it's chin on your leg and gives you that wide eye and droopy face, trying to make you feel as though you are the worst person in the world. If you look close enough, you might see a small tear roll down it's little doggy cheek. As a parent, you don't need that kind of guilt in your life. Pass this on to the kids who are six and older! If they can't fill up a bowl with water, and dump nuggets into a dish, then well, you might have bigger parenting problems.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Lunch

Monday, January 23, 2017


Ever since Netflix released the new Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events series, my kids have been obsessed with the story. My daughter even checked the books out of the school library. I didn't know much about the series, but after watching the first few episodes I am pretty impressed with the series. The way it was shot is dark, and the story really draws you in. The humor is subtle but entertaining. However, if you are looking for a feel-good show, this probably isn't it. After all, it is called "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
I've come to learn that in this series, food is pretty much a supporting actor. Since it is so prominent, I thought I would make my kids a lunch based on the food from the first few epsiodes. I'm sure as we move along, there will be more lunches from this story, but almost everything in this lunch is symbolic of something from the series.

How to Make a Day at the Beach Lunch!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Crispy Green and the Produce for Kids' Power Your Lunchbox program. All opinions are my own.
crispy green

Currently it's winter time, with ice storms possible, and my family lives in Oklahoma. Let's just say that right now we are dreaming of a day at the beach. The last time we visited California we were able to spend some time there and it's one of my kids' favorite places. Because my kids needed a little break from winter, I made my children a day at the beach lunch! See how I did it below.

We also recently discovered some really great healthy snacks that I was able to incorporate into the lunch. The snacks are from Crispy Green and they are called Crispy Fruit which are freeze dried and 100% pure fruit--no added sugar or preservatives! My son (the picky eater) tried the tangerine sailboat and he described them as, "Sour at first but then they taste like sweet sugar!" Needless to say he ate the rest. I also found out that Crispy Green is one of the sponsors for Power Your Lunchbox Pledge. This program empowers families with tips, ideas, and recipes to make healthy lunchboxes. When you take the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to eat a healthier lunch, you can get money saving coupons and money will be donated to Feeding America to provide meals to families in need. In August 21,674 families and classrooms pledged to eat a healthier lunchbox, helping to provide 238,414 meals for families in need through Feeding America. To take the pledge and help feed families, spend a minute or two and go to the Power Your Lunchbox website now!

crispy fruit

 
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