5 Easy Tips for Making School Lunches More Fun

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways
 

I’m not gonna lie you guys. I hate making school lunches. It is probably my least favorite part of the kids going back to school. They’re still too young to make their own, and they’re not a fan of the school hot lunches, so here we are. 

Despite my own general disdain for lunch making, I still want to make lunches fun for them. And while I’m admittedly haphazardly throwing whatever we have in their lunch boxes by year’s end, I do like to start out with a little effort. I’ll never be a fancy bento box parent, but hey, I’m sort of try, and that counts. Here are some ideas to start off the school year with lunches your little ones will love.

1. Create fun shapes.
My little ones are still young, but even if your kids are on the older side, a cookie cutter can be there friend. I bought several different shapes to use on sandwiches, cheese slices, and meats. I’m not sure what sort of witchcraft happens with shaped sandwiches, but 10 out of 10 times, my kids will eat the same kinds of sandwiches if they’re shapes that they won’t touch when they’re regular pieces of bread. 

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways

2. Kabob it.
Just like the star shaped sandwiches and cheese slices, if I give my daughter pieces of fruit on skewers rather than in a regular cup or bag, they’re devoured. And kabobs can be made from endless types of food. They’re actually kind of  fun to put together too..

3. Make food smile.
Making a simple face on a piece of food is like sprinkling magical edible glitter on it when it comes to my kids. Two raisins for eyes and a clementine orange slice mouth make a boring sandwich come to life. I also draw a happy face on a banana or orange with a marker and I’m telling you, it makes my kids so much more enthusiastic about eating their fruits and veggies.

4. Let the kids help.
I have found that when my kids help make their lunches, they’re more likely to actually eat them at school the next day. I let them help me decide what to put in their boxes, and they also love cutting the sandwich shapes with me. 

Plant-Based Lunch-Kabobs, 2 Ways


5. Switch it up.

I know what my kids like, and I know what foods are easiest for my to prepare, which makes it easy to fall into a school lunch rut. I try to change things up everyday in a given week. This makes the lunches more exciting for the little ones, and also encourages them to try new things. 
Happy back to school season, fellow parents. 

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Autumn Home Refresh

12 items to refresh your home for fall
1. Candle 2-Pack, $ 5.99   |   2. Small Braided Basket, $ 12.99   |   3. Tall Black Candlestick, $ 12.99  |  4.  Dark Camel Cotton Throw, $ 49.99  |   5. Olive + Sage Scented Candle, $ 5.99   |  6. Stoneware Pot Candle, $ 12.99   |  7. Large Stoneware Vase, $ 34.99   |   8. Jute Oval Doormat, $ 29.99   |   9. Velvet Cushion Cover, $ 9.99   |   10. Glass Tea Light Holder, $ 29.99   |   11. Olive Cushion Cover, $ 3.99   |  12. Round Placements, $ 5.99

I wait until exactly the first official day of fall each year before I will give up summer, and here we are my friends. I’m going to be adding a few fall touches to our house this weekend (I told the kids we had to wait for the Halloween decorations until October 1st though; I’m a mean mom), and wanted to share a few fun finds. I’m all about the subtle seasonal changes when it comes to decor, so I mainly look for deeper colors and more autumn-like texture when switching things out.

All of these items are under $ 50 too, which is a bonus. Happy fall!

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Old Yeller Day

Perhaps no other fictional tale has taught generations of children more about the loyal heart of  a dog, and the pain of losing a four-legged friend, than Old Yeller. Decades after the…

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Fun Owl Toast for Kids

Owl Avocado Toast

I know I’ve shared this before, but we made these again the other day and my kids loved them so much that I had to share again. I really like making these with my little ones, and the bonus is that they’re good for them too!
Owl Avocado Toast
Owl Avocado Toast
Serves 2
INGREDIENTS
2 slices whole grain (or gluten free) bread
1 avocado, ripe
1 hardboiled egg
1-2 strawberries
1 baby carrot  
uncooked macaroni (optional*)
Toast bread. While bread is toasting, mash avocado. Slice hardboiled for the eyes and wings. Slice strawberries for ears. Slice a sliver of carrot for the beak. 
*Macaroni is just for decoration. Don’t eat uncooked macaroni unless you want a broken tooth. 
Owl Avocado Toast
My 5 year old, who is the pickiest eater and normally won’t touch hard boiled eggs, loves these. Sometimes you just have to make food fun for kids to try new things. (If only I had the energy to actually go that on the daily.)
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Low Carb Everything Bagel Wraps

Low Carb Everything Bagel Wraps

I shared this on my Instagram last month, but wanted to share here in case you missed it. It’s just that good! For several months now, my husband and I have been consistently eating low carb in an effort to be healthier. This doesn’t mean I don’t crave carbs on the regular though. Bagel sammies slathered in cream cheese and topped with veggies are my jam, so I decided to experience with a low carb version. I discovered everything bagel eggwhite wraps from a company called egglife (each wrap has 1g carbs, less than 35 calories, has at least 5 g protein), and they worked perfectly. The end result might even be better than the real thing…
Low Carb Everything Bagel Wraps
Low Carb Everything Bagel Wrap
serves 1
INGREDIENTS
1 egglife everything bagel egg white wrap 
2 tablespoons cream cheese 
 1/4 cup romaine lettuce or salad greens 
 1/2 tomato, sliced 
 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced 
1 carrot, cut into sticks 
Spread cream cheese on egglife everything bagel wrap. Layer lettuce and veggies. Roll into a wrap, and eat! You can really use any veggies you want for this.
These are great for on-the-go too. If you have any favorite low carb recipes, I’d love to hear them!
 
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Fall Giveaway: Win $200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions

Fall Giveaway: Win a $  200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions
Anyone who has been reading this blog long enough knows that I’m not that stereotypical blogger who drinks pumpkin spice lattes in a sweater surrounded by pumpkin scented candles on August 15th. Summer is my favorite season, and it usually takes me until October to accept that fall is happening. This year however, I’m going to try a little harder to embrace fall. And I’ll tell you what – all of the gorgeous fall pieces available at Gaia Conceptions make that a lot easier! 
Now that it’s officially September, we decided to team up with our friends and long time Bubby and Bean partner Gaia Conceptions to give one lucky Bubby and Bean reader a $ 200 gift card to spend in Gaia’s online shop! (Scroll down to enter!)
Gaia Conceptions offers a huge variety of truly beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessory items made by hand in the USA. Each of their pieces is custom created to your color choice, fabric selection, and size. They truly epitomize what it means to respect and honor the planet, and I am thrilled to offer this special Earth Day Giveaway with them.
Fall Giveaway: Win a $  200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions
Gaia Conceptions $  200 Giveaway
Fall Giveaway: Win a $  200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions


Use the form below, and/or do the easy entry on on Instagram right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through the end of this week, Saturday September 1, 2021. It is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here early in the week of September 5, 2021.

Big thanks to our friends over at Gaia Conceptions for giving the Bubby and Bean family another chance to own some of their beautiful sustainable apparel. 

UPDATE: Congrats to randomly chosen winner Dani Schmidt!

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Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Every year, as soon as September hits, my kids ask when we’re going apple picking. I mean, let’s be honest, I start the countdown once September hits too. We go at the end of the month annually, and it’s so much fun. The best part, of course, is that we come home with an admittedly excessive amount of delicious, fresh apples.

Having dozens of apples on hand is great and all, but after a while eating them plain or making them into pies or apple sauces gets a little old. So I like to experiment with different ways to eat them, which is what ultimately led to these apple and spinach grilled cheese sandwiches I first made a couple of years ago. They’re easy to make, and you can play around with different cheese (or even plant-based cheeses, which is what you see in these photos.) 

Apple and Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients
2 slices of cheddar cheese (also great with swiss, or plant-based cheddar as seen here!)

1 organic apple (We like Honeycrisp or Fuji))
handful of organic baby spinach
2 slices rye bread
coconut oil or butter

Cut apple into thin slices. Spread coconut oil or melted butter on one side of each slice of bread, and place buttered side down onto a preheated medium skillet. Top with two slices of cheese, followed by a few apple slices, followed by a few pieces of spinach. Place the other piece of bread (butter/coconut oil side up) on top. Cook in a skillet over low to medium heat, turning occasionally, until the cheese is melted.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you make either of these grilled cheese recipes! Between you and me, the apple is my favorite, but they’re both ridiculously good.


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Friday Funny: Parade Shenanigans

I hope your weekend makes you as proud as this pupper. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Frozen Watermelon Dog Treats

Planning to enjoy the end of summer with a dog-friendly picnic and some cool treats? Nothing says summer like watermelon–and it’s also a dog favorite! Frozen watermelon dog treats and…

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Good Thoughts for My Buddy Wrangler

From my Facebook (and real life!) friend Angie, who fosters and adopts rescued Bulldogs: Feel better soon, Wrangler! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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