How to Make a Musical Instrument School Lunch

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

How to Make a Musical Instrument School Lunch

Do your kids play a musical instrument? My daughter started out playing the flute in sixth grade, then in seventh grade, she switched to the saxophone. She has been playing it ever since and loves it. In fact, this year as a freshman in high school she started marching band. How come no one told my wife and me that this takes as much of a time commitment as being on the football team? We love watching her play though and now my son is in the sixth grade playing the trumpet. Because of this, I figured it was definitely time to make a musical instrument lunch!

How to Make a Ladybug School Lunch For Your Kids!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

 This is a sponsored post in partnership with Red Sun Farms. All opinions are my own.
How to Make a Ladybug School Lunch!

There aren't many insects as magical as ladybugs. And there isn't anything much more magical at lunchtime than when your kid eats all of the food in their lunchbox. For those of you parents who need a little more magic in your life this school year, this lunch is for you. Not only will your kids love the look and taste of the Red Sun Farms Tomato Ladybugs, but you will love that they are eating their fruits and vegetables!

How to Make a Ladybug School Lunch!

Our family is a huge fan of all of Red Sun Farms delicious tomatoes, but I personally appreciate the convenience of these organic grape tomatoes. We pick them up at our local grocery store and usually have a container open on the countertop. They make for a quick and tasty snack as I'm walking through the kitchen but are also fantastic to easily include in a school lunch like we've done here in this post. There's really no wrong way to use them. So here is how to create this food art ladybug lunch so that your kids can enjoy them at school!

Using Quaker Chewy Mini Dipps in new Birthday Blast flavor to Make Customized Trail Mix for Convenient On-the-Go Snacking!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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

Birthday Blast Chewy Mini Dipps Trail Mix for On-the-Go Snacking!

It doesn't matter whether you're enjoying time at the park in the middle of summer, or your kids are bursting through the door after school, snacks are a staple of the parent life. When you can find a snack that all of your kids love and is convenient to enjoy on the go, you treasure it. This trail mix using Quaker Chewy Mini Dipps in new Birthday Blast flavor is that snack for our family! Your kids can even help customize it to create their own unique recipe.

Roblox School Lunch Recipe Ideas!

Monday, August 30, 2021

 Roblox School Lunch Recipe Ideas!

I have a confession. I don't know much about Roblox. Most of what I know comes from what my sons tell me because they want to play it any chance that they get. Mostly they just play with their cousins. So this lunch took quite a bit of Google homework to accomplish. It actually might have taken longer to research Roblox characters and items than actually making the lunch! 

How to Make a Marvel Loki From Disney+ Lunch!

Monday, August 23, 2021

 How to Make a Marvel Loki From Disney+ Lunch!

My family has been going non-stop lately. However, one thing that we've made some time for is watching Loki on Disney+. I'm not saying that we watched it every week, we definitely fell behind, but we made sure to finish the season because it was so good! It was definitely full of twists and turns and my kids were begging for it every week. Since back-to-school time is here, I knew I had to make them a fun Loki food art lunch to celebrate our favorite series of the summer. 

Loki is probably their favorite Marvel villain. Wait, is he still a villain? I guess we will have to see in season two. You have probably noticed by now that this lunch isn't Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki. This lunch features one of our favorite variants...Alligator Loki! This Loki variant was a hilarious surprise and a character that I hope returns. But until then, you will have to make the alligator sandwich for your kids. Here is how to do it.

How to Make a Celery Space Alien School Lunch Recipe!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

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

How to Make a Celery Space Alien School Lunch Recipe!

Back-to-school time can be out of this world but so can your child's school lunch! This fun and easy space alien school lunch recipe will make them the star of their lunch table. I paired this Dandy celery alien with a planetary sandwich and green alien ooze yogurt. 

How to Make a Celery Space Alien School Lunch Recipe!

The heroes of this lunch are Dandy celery sticks. My kids love them with cream cheese and also without. But that is why I love packing Dandy celery sticks in their lunch, they are so refreshing and versatile. These sticks are high in crunch and low in calories to make a great addition to any school lunchbox. Keep reading to find out how to make this tasty alien that your kids will devour!

How to Make Quaker Chewy Fruity Fun Granola Bars into Animal-Shaped Snacks! 

Monday, July 26, 2021

 This is a sponsored post in partnership with Quaker. All opinions are my own.
How to Make Quaker Chewy Fruity Fun Bar Animals

With summertime fun in full swing, we are always looking for more tasty snacks. Why? Because kids ask for snacks non-stop! So I figured if we are going to be serving snacks, why not make them fruity and fun? These new Quaker Chewy Fruity Fun Granola Bars are just right to create animal-themed, under-the-sea snacks!

Delicious Chicken + Rice-A-Roni Bowl Heat & Eat Bowl Recipe

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rice-A-Roni. All opinions are my own. 
Simple Microwave Chicken Rice-A-Roni Bowl Recipe

Sometimes it seems like life never stops. There's work, kids, school, sports, and everything else that keeps you busy each day. Have you ever been so rushed trying to remember to do everything before you left the house for work that you actually forgot something simple, like eating a meal? I've been doing that often lately. I don't have a magic solution for slowing life down, but I have figured out a plan to make sure I save time with a delicious recipe at the beginning of the week that I can use to save even more time during lunch the next day! This Chicken Rice-A-Roni Heat & Eat Bowl recipe will be your go-to when you’re looking for a quick and delicious meal on those super busy days.

Simple Microwave Chicken Rice-A-Roni Bowl Recipe

The key to this meal is the new Rice-A-Roni Heat and Eat Rice. This rice can be kept in your pantry and you can pack it in your bag to take to work. They cook directly in their microwaveable pouch in 90 seconds, you can have fully-cooked rice in any of its three delicious flavors -- Garlic and Olive Oil, Herb and Butter or Spicy Spanish. While the convenience is definitely a plus, Rice-A-Roni Heat & Eat Rice have a lot of great flavor that make them a great base for this tasty bowl.

The other half of this meal consists of leftovers to enjoy for lunch the next day. Below are all the instructions you will need to save precious time and cook your lunch for the next day, all in one convenient bowl.

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Nachos on Your Grill!

Monday, June 28, 2021

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Red Sun Farms. All opinions are my own.
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Nachos on Your Grill!

Nachos are obviously a tasty addition to any meal, party, or barbecue! However, did you know that they are incredibly easy to make on your grill? You can use this backyard grilling idea when you don't want to leave the fun that is happening outside or when it is just too dang hot to cook inside. This is especially true during the summer months so today I want to give you some ideas for themed 4th of July red, white, and blue nachos. 

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Nachos on Your Grill!

This dish is actually perfect for any patriotic event that you are celebrating. Just pick up some Red Sun Farms tomatoes, peppers, and a few other ingredients and you are ready to amaze your friends and family with this recipe!

How to Make a Transformers Autobot Sandwich!

Friday, June 18, 2021

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Transformers. All opinions are my own.
How to Make a Transformers Autobot Sandwich!

When I was growing up, there wasn't a show or a toy that I enjoyed more than Transformers. The idea that a car, plane, or boombox could turn into a robot ready for battle was pretty much the coolest thing imaginable. My friends and I would play with our Transformers robots for hours on end. One of my favorite Transformers robots that I owned was the Dinobot leader Grimlock, but of course, Soundwave and his cassette tape Decepticons were hard to beat. The ultimate dream was always to collect every Destructicon to build the mighty Devastator!

How to Make a Transformers Autobot Sandwich!

While I have passed on my love of Transformers to my kids, we have never taken the opportunity to watch the animated series together until now. We have obviously taken Bumblebee into battle and had imaginary clashes over Cybertron on the living room floor. However, there is something about watching the show together that helps the story come to life. That is why I'm celebrating the new Transformers Father's Day playlist on YouTube with an Autobots sandwich recipe!

How to Make a Salmon Under the Sea Food Art Dinner Recipe with Your Kids!

Monday, June 7, 2021

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Near East. All opinions are my own. 
How to Make a Salmon Under the Sea Dinner With Your Kids!

Making dinner doesn't have to be a chore when you cook alongside your kids. My oldest has been learning to cook since she was little and my 11-year-old son has just taken an interest in it. Since we have been teaching him the basics in the kitchen, we thought it was time to show him how to make a special dinner complete with a little added food art flair! 

Simple and Easy 2021 Father's Day Gift Guide - A Gift For Every Dad!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

 This is a sponsored post in partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.
Simple and Easy 2021 Father's Day Gift Guide - A Gift For Every Dad!

Do you ever find that Father's Day is the hardest holiday to buy gifts for? Your dad, and those in your life who are like a father, are always saying that they have everything they need. Well, I'll let you in on a little secret. As a dad myself, I can say that they may have most everything that they need but they don't have everything that they want. Just don't freak out because I found some options that will work for any dad, and the great news is that they are all at one store.

Simple and Easy 2021 Father's Day Gift Guide - A Gift For Every Dad!



For the Dad Who Needs More Than Cargo Shorts

Simple and Easy 2021 Father's Day Gift Guide - A Gift For Every Dad!

How to Make a Super Mario Bros. Food Art Bento Lunch!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 How to Make a Super Mario Bros. Food Art Bento Lunch!

Super Mario Bros. never goes out of style, right? Super Mario Bros 3 was my favorite video game as a kid and I still believe it is the best game ever. When the Classic NES came out my youngest loved many of the games but the Mario Bros. were his go-to. Of course, Super Smash Bros. is a winner with all of my kids. Let's not even get into the 80's movie The Wizard starring Fred Savage. The Power Glove anyone? So it was time to make my kids another Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach lunch! Read below to find out how to make this school lunch for your Nintendo loving kids. 

How to Make a Super Mario Bros. Food Art Bento Lunch!

Steph Curry Golden State Warriors Food Art Basketball Lunch!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

 Steph Curry Golden State Warriors Food Art Basketball Lunch!

Anyone who knows my family knows that we are huge Golden State Warriors fans. I grew up in Northern California and we lived in the bay area for many years. My kids were all born there. We live in OKC now but we haven't given up our bay area roots when it comes to the NBA. Of course, we all love Steph Curry as well. he not only lights it up on the court but seems to be a genuinely nice guy. 

I have made Warriors food art for my kids before, but this time it's the end of the school year and it's the end of the NBA season. Maybe this can help my kids, The Warriors, and Curry to finish strong? This lunch features an Oakland Forever Warriors jersey sandwich and mandarin orange basketball. Read below to see the ingredients I used.

How to Make a Baby Yoda Grogu Sandwich for Star Wars Day May the 4th!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

How to Make a Baby Yoda Sandwich for Star Wars Day!

Star Wars Day May the 4th is almost here once again and it's not too late to celebrate! It's pretty much a holiday in my house so we, of course, have to make some food art for it. We will probably wear some Star Wars gear as well, but this year I thought I would make a lunch with some of my kids' favorite characters and things from the movies and T.V. shows like The Mandalorian. 

You can check out the directions below but this includes a Baby Yoda (Grogu) sandwich, Darth Maul chocolate strawberry, and an apple TIE-Fighter. Which characters would you need to include for your kids?

3 Ideas to Create an Unforgettable Family Movie Night

Thursday, April 29, 2021

 This is a sponsored post in partnership with Quaker Chewy Bars. All opinions are my own. 
3 Ideas to Create a Fantastic Family Movie Night

Family movie nights are a go-to staple in our house but every once in a while it's fun to take things up a notch! In order to make lasting memories, sure it sometimes it takes a little extra time, but it's always worth it. While a great film is a start, our three simple bonus ideas will create a movie experience that your kids will want to replay again and again. All you need is a little bit of time to shop for a few props plus some Quaker Chewy Bars, and you will be on your way!

How to Make a Despicable Me Banana Minions Lunch Recipe!

Monday, April 26, 2021

 How to Make a Despicable Me Banana Minions Lunch Recipe!

What kid doesn't like Minions? I feel like these characters from Despicable Me have morphed from cute sidekicks to timeless characters that will be loved by generations. This is why my youngest to my oldest all love these creatures. Not to mention that Gru wouldn't be able to do half the stuff he does without them! This is why I had to make them into a lunch again. 

Bananas are of course the perfect base for this lunch since Minions are obsessed with them anyway. I paired this with a teddy bear sandwich shaped like the Minions' favorite stuffed animal and also a blue and yellow treat. It's also fun to include some random stickers to complete the look. Fortunately, Minions are into pretty much everything so many stickers will work, Keep reading to find out how to make the actual food!

How to Make a Marvel Falcon and The Winter Soldier Food Art Lunch!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How to Make a Marvel Falcon and The Winter Soldier Food Art Lunch!

My family has been loving Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+! Of course, we have been loving these Avengers superheroes all along in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The problem with Wandavision ending was that we were going to be without our beloved Marvel superhero shows. Then this show came along to fill our time and we aren't complaining. The only problem is that we are a little behind but don't tell anyone, we will catch up soon!

Until then I had to celebrate this amazing season one with Sam and Bucky and make my kids a Falcon and The Winter Soldier food art lunch! It is complete with a Captain America shield sandwich and Falcon uniform dessert. I guess this will have to tide us over until Loki finally debuts! Keep reading for how to make it.

A Beverley Cleary The Mouse and The Motorcycle Food Art Lunch Recipe

Monday, March 29, 2021

A Beverley Cleary The Mouse and The Motorcycle Food Art Lunch Recipe

 If you talk to my family about children's books for any length of time, you won't get too far into the conversation without bringing up multiple Beverley Cleary books. She impacted my wife and me, as well as our kids, with her timeless characters such as Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus, and more. My personal favorite story of hers was The Mouse and The Motorcycle. I read it to my kids as soon as they were old enough. 

I still remember sitting in my classroom in elementary school and reading this book for the first time. I was so engrossed in the story that I tuned out everything else around me and thirty minutes later was startled back to reality by a noise. I wanted to be like Keith and have my own mouse named Ralph who could drive toy motorcycles around. What kid wouldn't dream of this? 

My family was saddened by her passing but in honor of Beverley Cleary's life, I made my son a Ralph S. Mouse The Mouse and The Motorcycle lunch. Can you spot the references to the book in this lunchbox? 

How to Make an Easter Bunny Lunch for Your Kids!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

 How to Make an Easter Bunny Lunch

I'm always looking for new Easter food art ideas when it occurred to me. Why can't I turn the famous bunny pancake food art idea into a sandwich for Easter? So that is exactly what I did. It was pretty easy with a few tortillas and some circle cutters. You can make it for your kids as well and I'm going to show you how!

Easter Cadbury Creme Eggs and Reese's Peanut Butter Creme Egg Croissant Bombs Recipe

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Easter Cadbury Creme Eggs and Reese's Peanut Butter Creme Egg Croissant Bombs Recipe

If you're looking for an easy Easter dessert recipe that your family will ask for over and over, look no further. I created these Cadbury Egg and Reese's Egg Bombs this year and they might be the tastiest Easter treat I've ever made. All you need are three ingredients and your family will ask you to make these year after year. Thankfully for my waistline, the chocolate eggs are hard to find except around Easter. 

I baked this recipe in an air fryer but you can probably make them in an oven as well. The secret to these chocolate Easter egg croissant bombs is to make sure that whatever egg you use is completely frozen. I put mine in overnight but they might be frozen enough in a few hours. If you don't freeze them, they will melt and ooze out all over. Now to show you how to easily make these.

How to Make a Celery Recipe Board for National Celery Month!

Monday, March 15, 2021

 This is a sponsored post in partnership with Dandy Celery. All opinions are my own.
How to Make a Celery Recipe Board for National Celery Month!

You don't normally see celery dominate a food board, but these celery ideas will please even the pickiest eater! March is National Celery Month and my family is celebrating by using Dandy Celery Sticks in five delicious celery recipes that will keep you wanting to make them all year round. You don't have to create all of these at once to fit on your food board, but I highly recommend that you do try all of them to discover a new favorite way to enjoy celery.

How to Make a Celery Recipe Board for National Celery Month!

Celery is packed with flavor and low in calories so it is perfect for snacking on and cooking with. Dandy Celery Sticks are fresh cut and prewashed so they are ready to eat, crispy, crunchy, and all-natural which makes them great for stuffing and dipping. So start making these five celery recipe ideas now so you can start eating them sooner! Make sure to let Dandy and me know which ones are your favorites by commenting or tagging us on social media.

How to Make a Shamrock Quesadilla and Rainbow Sushi St. Patrick's Day Lunch Recipe

Monday, March 8, 2021

 How to Make a Shamrock Quesadilla and Rainbow Sushi St. Patrick's Day Lunch Recipe

If you're mixing cuisines in your kid's lunch, why not do it on St. Patrick's Day? I decided to make a Shamrock quesadilla using heart cookie cutters but I also wanted to try to make sushi. So it made perfect sense to make Mexican food and Japanese food for a lunch on an Irish holiday, right?! Here is how I made these food art recipes for my kids.

Side note, I'm terrible at rolling sushi. I'm sure many of you out there can do a much better job than I did here. I tried to make a rainbow-themed roll which was tasty but I guess I need more practice. Maybe I should watch more YouTube videos on the topic as well. I also used to be really bad at cutting out hearts but then I just bought heart cookie cutters to make my life easier!

Lucky the Leprechaun St. Patrick's Day Food Art Lunch Recipe

Monday, March 1, 2021

 Lucky the Leprechaun St. Patrick's Day Food Art Lunch Recipe

There's something about St. Patrick's Day that is just magical for me and my family. I love the shamrocks, the pots of gold, the leprechauns, and the food! Call me crazy but I love corned beef and cabbage too. In fact, that is a St. Patrick's Day non-negotiable dinner tradition for my family. But I also always have fun making food art lunches that celebrate this time of year.

How to Make a LEGO Brick and Minifigure Food Art Lunch!

Monday, February 22, 2021

 How to Make a LEGO Brick and Minifigure Food Art Lunch!

If your kids are addicted to LEGO like mine are, then you will want to make them this easy and fun LEGO lunch featuring bricks and minifigures! I seriously find LEGOs all around the house at pretty much all times. Yes, I've even damaged my foot for life by stepping on one brick before. Ok, maybe that is a bit dramatic but if you know you know.

Every year I try and make a LEGO lunch for my kids that has a twist on it. I've done frozen yogurt bricks, a few LEGO Movie lunches with Wyldstyle and Emmett, and a few others. This year I went with more of a generic minifig theme but tried something new with the dessert twist. Keep reading to find out how I made it! 

How to Make a Valentine's Tic-Tac-Toe Set

Thursday, February 11, 2021

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Home Depot. All opinions are my own. 
How to Make a Valentine's Tic-Tac-Toe Set

Look no further for that super fun craft that is great for Valentine's Day and all month long! My daughter and I have partnered with The Home Depot to show you how fun and easy these Kids Workshops are that you can order and make at home. Each month there is a different theme with easy to follow instructions and supplies that your kids can use to build the project. This month you can make and play a Valentine's Tic-Tac-Toe game set.

But guess what? My daughter and I also created a set that you can make using items from around your house or picking up at The Home Depot! You and your kids will love either set. Just don't get to frustrated when they show you who is boss at tic-tac-toe!

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How to Make a Tic-Tac-Toe I Love You Valentine's Day Lunch Recipe

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

 How to Make a Tic-Tac-Toe I Love You Valentine's Day Lunch Recipe

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and there is no better time to send your kids a love note in their lunch. Better yet, why not make your kid's lunch into a love note? The hearts in each compartment can be a fun touch to add to any lunch recipe. Don't feel like you need to do it all, just focus on one part of this Valentine's Day food art recipe and have fun with it! Easy instructions are below.

How to Make Heart-Shaped Caprese Salad Skewers

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

 This is a sponsored post in partnership with Red Sun Farms. All opinions are my own.

How to Make Heart-Shaped Caprese Salad Skewers

Why just say "I love you" when you can show your love by making these heart shaped caprese salad skewers? These are perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, birthdays, or just when you want to impress your family! The secret is is getting high quality tomatoes, like our favorites from Red Sun Farms

How to Make Heart-Shaped Caprese Salad Skewers

With just a few twists on this classic recipe, your family will each get their own plate to devour as an appetizer or a snack. My teenage daughter was hungrily eyeing these and begging to have one before I was done making them. I made her hold off, but I might have packed some extra tomatoes in her lunch for the next day. 

How to Make Rice-A-Roni Savory Mini Waffles

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rice-A-Roni. All opinions are my own.  
How to Make Rice-A-Roni Savory Mini Waffles

If you think Rice-A-Roni is amazing, wait until you see what you can do with the leftovers! Our family loves all Rice-A-Roni varieties, which is why we always have it on hand. It is so convenient to store in the cupboard and break out for an easy mealtime solution. But do you know what is also an easy mealtime idea? Leftover Rice-A-Roni! 

How to Make Rice-A-Roni Savory Mini Waffles

We recently discovered this idea when we had leftovers and asked, "Will Rice-A-Roni waffle?" The answer is not only "yes it can" but "yes you should!" These mini waffles are great for kids and adults alike because they are so simple to make. Even your kids can help by stirring up this mixture, giving you a good excuse to spend time together in the kitchen. So, gather your kids, a few ingredients, and your waffle iron to make these delicious savory mini waffles!

How to Make Marvel WandaVision Food Art School Lunches!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

How to Make Marvel WandaVision Food Art School Lunches!

My older kids and I are loving WandaVision on Disney+ so I made each of them a lunch to celebrate our latest obsession. At the time of writing this there are only three episodes but we can't wait to see more. It is so fun to watch Wanda (Scarlett Witch) and Vision move through the decades in TV show form.

The sets are perfect and the acting by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are spot on. It reminds me of being a kid and watching shows at my grandparents house such as Dick Van Dyke and The Brady Bunch. Of course WandaVision also includes a superhero twist and mysterious happenings in the neighborhood. Marsha Brady never had to deal with that. Regardless, I wanted to make a Wanda lunch for my daughter and Vision lunch for my oldest son. 

How to Make a Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Food Art Bento Lunches For Your Kids!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

 How to Make a Disney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Food Art Bento Lunch

If your family is like mine, then you are missing Disneyland and Disney World like crazy! We are huge Disney lovers so my kids requested a Disney lunch as they went back to school after the break. I've made Mickey and Minnie Mouse lunches before, but I wanted to make these a little different. With everything going on in our world, I thought I would give these lunches a 2021 tweak.

My kids wear masks at school so why not include those and make it a little more fun? They are part of our everyday lives now so I decided to build them in. To be honest, they were actually easier to make than creating the bottom part of the faces so it even saved me time. I also like to think that Mickey and Minnie are smiling under those masks!

 
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