Captain Marvel Lunch and Snack Recipe Ideas

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Captain Marvel Lunch and Snack Recipe Ideas

My family finally went and saw Captain Marvel this weekend and were not disappointed! Two out of my three kids said it might be there favorite superhero movie ever. However, my son changed his mind about three times. Other candidates were Thor Ragnarok and Black Panther, but he finally stood with Captain Marvel. Their favorite movie might change again next week, so I had to make sure and pack my kids this lunch pretty fast!

I decided to go with a Captain Marvel Sandwich, Space Galaxy Yogurt, and Goose the Cat made from a mandarin orange. I created it all in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. Read more below to find out how I made this lunch!

Mo Willems' Because Book Musical Lunch Box Recipe Ideas!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own.
Mo Willems Because Book Musical Lunch Box Recipe Ideas!

Have you ever thought back on key moments in your life, the people involved, and the events that fell into place, which then provided an opportunity that you have now? Mo Willems' new book Because is about those times where all of these things fall into place to make something magical happen! A little girl learns to create beautiful music because of a few chance happenings, hard work, and the impact of people around her.
Mo Willems Because Book Musical Lunch Box Recipe Ideas!

Can you think of any similar times in your life? For example, because someone bought your child a basketball for Christmas when they were five, they worked hard, were supported, and became a starter on their high school basketball team? For my family I would say because I started making my daughter these fun lunches six years ago, I was able to discover a love for social media, which opened up an opportunity to change careers and get a full-time job doing social media for a company. Sometimes I still can't believe it.

Take a minute to try and remember some of these "because" moments in your life or your family's life. Go ahead, I'll wait. Pretty amazing to think back on, right? If you enjoy seeing how everything is tied together, you and your kids will love the book Because. I won't give it all away, but my favorite points of the story are seeing the roles that people play that you don't even consider important at first. Train operators, paper printers, people who clean the floors, and others help make the music happen. Everyone is important!

Mo Willems Because Book Musical Lunch Box Recipe Ideas!

5 Things I Would Tell My 21-Year-Old Self

Monday, March 18, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Disrupt Aging from AARP. All opinions are my own.
5 Things I Would Tell My 21-Year-Old Self

Do you realize that 1999 was twenty years ago? TWENTY YEARS AGO! I'm not lying, do the math. When I think of 1999, I like to tell myself it was six or seven years ago tops. in 1999 I was twenty-one-years old, dating my future wife, finishing college, and not entertaining any of the thoughts that consume my mind today. I had endless passion and energy, could function on two hours of sleep, and could eat as much spicy food as I desired with zero regrets the next morning.  However, what I lacked was the wisdom that comes with life experience.

The thing is, I don't really feel much older than I did in my twenties. Except when I sleep on the wrong pillow and wake up paralyzed and unable to look left for the first half of the day. It is then that I remember that I'm in my forties now. Besides that, there are many things that I know now that I wish my younger self was more aware of. Here are five things that I wish that I could tell my twenty-one year old self to help Disrupt Aging.

St. Patrick's Day Lunch and Recipe Ideas!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Lunch Ideas!

St. Patrick's Day has always held a special place in our hearts. I don't know whether it's the shamrocks, the leprechauns, the pots of gold, or the corned beef and cabbage, we just really enjoy this holiday! We usually cook a St. Patty's Day meal at our house, but we also do some fun school lunches on or before the green celebration. This year is no different.

Here are a few ideas that we came up and one that we borrowed from a friend. If you want to find more, Pinterest is an awesome place to search. Also just search here on my blog for past ideas or just google "St. Patrick's Day Lunchbox Dad" for a list of them as well!

Wonder Park After-School Snack Ideas!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Paramount Pictures. All opinions are my own.
Wonder Park After-School Snack Ideas!

If your family is like our family, you all love amusement parks and love movies! We go on rides and head to theaters to see the latest family film every chance we get. This is why we can't wait until Wonder Park comes out on March 15! We have watched the trailer at least a dozen times, so it is pretty much engrained in my kids' heads. Inspired by the film, I made this fun after-school snack idea. You can share this snack platter with your kids while you all watch the trailer below together!


Wonder Park is about a girl named June who imagines an amazing amusement park and magically brings it to life with some help from her new animal friends. The character that makes us laugh the most has to be Boomer the big blue bear, so this snack idea features him at the top of a roller coaster. He is just so hilarious that I'm pretty sure once we see the movie itself, he will definitely be our favorite. Meet Boomer in the video below and then keep scrolling to see how to make this fun after-school snack!

Dr. Seuss Lunch and Recipe Ideas!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dr. Seuss Lunch and Recipe Ideas for National Read Across America Day

Dr. Seuss is definitely one of our family's favorite authors, big surprise right? This is one of the reasons why we love National Read Across America Day, which happens to be Dr. Seuss' birthday. It's this week so we thought we would celebrate by making my kids a school lunch that includes a nod to a few of their favorite Seuss books! While you're making this one, check out some more Dr. Seuss recipe ideas from my blog.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Lunch Surprise!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Universal Pictures. All opinions are my own.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Lunch Surprise!

I swear that every time my family has gone to the movies lately we have seen a trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. And every time the preview is over my kids make me promise that we can go see it. Just between you and me I have to admit something. I might be just as excited as they are to experience it. I can't wait for this movie to release in theaters on February 22nd!

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Lunch Surprise!

We have been How to Train Your Dragon fans since the movies first came out. In fact, my middle child actually wore a viking hat to the theater when we went to watch the second movie! My kids love Toothless the dragon of course, but my favorite part is how creative and unique each dragon is. The storyline that we are most looking forward to in this new movie is that of the brand new Light Fury. If you aren't familiar with the series, Toothless is a rare Night Fury dragon. They are black, extremely fast, and instead of normal flames, can shoot purple fire (or plasma) blasts from their mouths. Find out more about The Hidden World by watching the trailer below!


In this installment of How to Train Your Dragon, we meet the white colored Light Fury. This is where our fun lunch surprise comes in. I wanted to tap into my kids excitement for the movie, while helping them feel special at school. Make it yourself by following my directions below!

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Lunch Surprise!

Ingredients: Flour tortilla, cheddar cheese, assorted small fruits and vegetables, blue and black fondant, black food coloring, yogurt covered raisins, red wax cheese round, nori (dried seaweed), purple yogurt, purple cereal.

Directions:
1. Fill main compartment of lunchbox with assorted small fruits and vegetables that your kids will enjoy. I used grapes, blackberries, and grape tomatoes.

2. Cut flour tortilla and cheddar cheese into the dragon pieces below. It is way easier than it sounds and it doesn't have to be exact!

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Lunch Surprise!

3. Assemble the Light Fury on top of the fruits and veggies in the main compartment. Shape the fondant into the eyes and place on top of face. Use black food coloring and toothpick to make the nostrils and nails.

4. Cut nori into Toothless dragon silhouette shape. To make it easier, I cut it into three sections for the head, wing, and tail and arranged them on top of the red wax cheese round. I then moistened it with water to stick it to the top. Place cheese on top of yogurt covered raisins in side compartment.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Lunch Surprise!

5. Drop purple yogurt into second side compartment. If you want, you can actually freeze it overnight and then put the rest of the food in the other compartments the next morning. That way the yogurt stays really cold. I topped it with purple cereal for the purple fireballs that Toothless and the Light Fury shoot out of their mouths!


The last step is to surprise your kids of course. A fun idea would be to give this to them for lunch and then after school head straight to the theatre to watch the movie together. However, no matter when you watch it, just be prepared to enjoy this movie as much as your kids will! To find out even more information, just head to the How to Train Your Dragon website. Don't forget to go see How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters February 22!

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The LEGO Movie 2 Kids Lunch Ideas

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fun The LEGO Movie 2 kids lunch ideas!

If you are looking for a family who loves LEGO and is super excited for The LEGO Movie 2, then you've come to the right place! If you're looking for LEGO kids lunch recipe ideas, then you've also come to the right place! Since the movie was just released, I of course had to make an Emmet lunch for my kids to take to school.

The great thing about LEGO lunches is that they are actually pretty easy to create LEGO minifigure heads are basic shapes and the facial features are simple as well. I think anyone can copy these ideas for your own kid's lunch! Keep reading to find out how I made it.

3 Simple Ways to Change Your Family's Daily Eating Habits for the Better!

Friday, February 8, 2019

This is a sponsored post in partnership with FAGE. All opinions are my own.
Fage yogurt

As a busy family, we are always looking for ideas to make our lives easier, less complicated, and more efficient. During the day each hour is seemingly filled to the brim with practices, homework, and dishes. I don't think I've ever met a parent who has told me, "wow I have just been so bored with nothing to day this entire week!"

Thanks to FAGE Total Split Cups yogurt, our family has been able to find little ways to change our eating habits to fit our busy lifestyle, so I thought that we would share these tips with you. You can find FAGE at your local store, just use the handy locator HERE. Now if only FAGE could find a way to do laundry, our life would be set!

Fage yogurt

1. Busy Breakfasts On-the-Go
Every parent knows that mornings are one of the most stressful parts of the day. There never seems to be enough time to get the kids dressed, fed, and out of the house in time for school. We won't even talk about us as parents not having more than thirty seconds to put ourselves together before we load everyone into the minivan.

This is why FAGE Total Split Cups have saved mornings for us! We just grab some out of the fridge and let our kids use the convenient fruit compartment to choose how much they want to mix in with the yogurt. However, the best part is FAGE Total Split Cups now have 30% less sugar! Less sugar and less time on breakfast is definitely a win-win.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Gwen Lunch

Sunday, February 3, 2019

How to make a Spider-Gwen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse lunch for your kids!

For the third lunch in my Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse series, I had to make Spider-Gwen for my daughter. Gwen was her favorite and definitely an awesome part of the movie. Gwen Stacy died in the original Spider-Man universe but became Spider-Gwen in another dimension. She was saving the world over there until the events of Into the Spider-Verse happened.

I won't give away any more, because you really should see the movie, but just know that she is an amazing part of it. I made the lunch in an Easy Lunch Boxes container and tried to keep to the pink, white, and black color scheme of her costume. I'll just include the ingredients because you can just look at the photo make it. Her hood was the trickiest part but that is just mainly tortilla and strawberry cream cheese. You can check out her movie trailer below to find out more info!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peter Porker Lunch

Thursday, January 31, 2019

How to make a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Ham Peter Porker lunch!

Welcome to the second lunch in my Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse series! My family loves this movie so I had to make my kids a series of lunches based on it. Spider-Ham (Peter Porker) was my youngest's favorite Spider-Man in the movie, so this lunch was for him. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Miles Morales Lunch

Monday, January 28, 2019

Spider-Man

If your kids are into superhero movies, then you MUST see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It doesn't matter if you are into comic books, know all the backstories, or are just a casual fan (like my family is), you will enjoy this movie. It is only rated PG and, although intense at times, is great for a wide age range of kids and adults!

The movie follows the story of the Spider-Man you know and love, along with Miles Morales, as well as other Spider-Man characters from alternate universes. Even if you have never heard of the other "Spider-People" before, you will grow to love them. I won't give away any more of the plot, but I will give you the secrets to making my Spider-Man Miles Morales lunch!

Make sure to check out the trailer for the movie below and you can see why I made this lunch the way that I did. Also don't forget to check out my other Into the Spider-Verse lunch recipes this week right here on my blog!

Fortnite School Lunch Idea

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fortnite Battle Royale

If you're a parent of a kid who's into video games then you've definitely had a conversation with them about Fortnite. You've probably experienced the game firsthand. On second thought, you're probably extremely tired of hearing about it. I know I am.

We haven't even let my eight-year-old play it but it is still all he can talk about. He pulled one of those, "everyone in my class has Fortnite." Of course my wife and I laughed when said it. However, his teacher said that is actually probably true. Anyway, he still doesn't have the game but I thought it would be fun to make him a Fortnite lunch. I'm going to be honest here, I have no idea about the skins, or characters, or pretty much anything else. But Google is my friend so I found these things in the game to put in the lunch. So if you want to make your own, the ingredients are below!

Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Lunch

Monday, January 7, 2019

How to make a Nintendo Super Mario Bros. Ultimate lunch for your kids!

Well, it's January, my kids went back to school, and I was out of ideas for special lunches. For the past month it's been all about Christmas so it was hard to wrap my head around what else to make them. Then it came to me. They were so excited to get Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the mail from Nintendo, so I thought I would make them lunches based on the game.

I realized that I haven't made them very many lunches based on video games, but the amount of characters in Super Smash Bros. makes it a great candidate because the possibilities are endless! I wanted to include so many more of their favorites such as Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Link from The Legend of Zelda. But sadly I ran out of time, energy, and space in the lunchbox. I settled for Super Mario, Kirby, Yoshi's egg, and a Pokeball from Pokemon. I guess I might have to do a sequel lunch sometime down the road. Until then, here are the ingredients I used for each character or the character's item!

 
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