i should be mopping the floor: All-Natural School Lunch Box Ideas and Giveaway

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

All-Natural School Lunch Box Ideas and Giveaway

I'm super excited to partner up with Pacific Foods, USA Pears, Eco Lunch Box, Justin's and Franz to bring you not only all-natural school lunch box ideas but also a FANTASTIC giveaway with lots of goodies to get your lunch packing started right this school year!

The school year starts in just a little over two weeks for us. And my lunch box goodies are ready to go! We're going all-natural, healthy and YUMMY this year. And you can, too! Enter below to win a BIG pack of lunch box goodies for yourself.

Can you imagine how excited I was when four boxes full of all this awesomeness showed up on my door step? I was in lunch-making bliss. You can win a set of this awesomeness for yourself below as well. But first...here's a few of my newest creations:


Some of my favorite items were the pears {holy yum}, the Maple Almond Butter {ay-yi-yummy}, the organic buttermilk bread {perfection}, and the all-natural convenience foods {a mom's bff}.


And the new, round Eco Lunch Box I received is now on the front of the top shelf of my Bento supplies. I big puffy heart this thing! Three compartments that separate easily into perfect lunch spaces.


One of my kiddos always requires a snack every day {he won't make it to lunch until almost 1 pm...and he'll eat breakfast at 6 am}. With the large sizes of this Eco Lunch Box, I can devote one entire compartment to a granola snack that my kiddo can mix up himself. This makes him feel like it's a super special snack, since he's playing a big role in "preparing" it by mixing it up himself. And for his lunch, he'll have the mac and cheese {he's not a big sandwich eater, so this is perfect} and sliced pears along with the maple almond butter to schmear on them. I've also included an all-natural, non-dairy hazelnut beverage from Pacific Foods.  


This lunch has an Italian flare to it. I used the all-natural Pasta-Os and a piece of the organic bread with butter and garlic. I also included two halved plums for something sweet. The Pacific Hemp Drink in vanilla was my kids' fave! This entire lunch will fit into the Eco-Lunch Box bag pictured here.

We've got a star-shaped theme going on with this one! I created a window sandwich {instructions below} using the bread, maple butter and some sprinkles. I've got it surrounded by dried cranberries in its compartment. I've also included star-cut cheese, grape tomatoes and sliced pears. This drink is the Pacific Foods Almond Chocolate non-dairy drink...and mom loves this one, too! ;) 

I love to include lunch notes in the kids' lunches, too. Drop by tomorrow to download a free printable set for your kids' lunches, too! 


The window sandwich was fun and easy to make. It adds a nice element of surprise to lunch! You'll need to have two cookie cutters of different sizes but the same shape. Cut both pieces of bread with the large cutter. On one piece of bread, cut out the center with the smaller cutter. Spread your nut butter onto the bread without a cutout and sprinkle with sprinkles. Top with the other piece of bread.

I really enjoyed all of the fun foods we were able to sample...and the lunch gear, too! Now, you can win a set similar to mine below>>>



To win the above pack for yourself {or one super similar set, please enter below}>>>

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70 comments:

  1. This would be a perfect fit for my girls. We start school in about 2 weeks, too!

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  3. i would pack the night before especially if i had time and i thought the food would hold up to not getting soggy, etc. but sometimes i will pack the morning of too, it just depends on the food. (alisa)

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  4. I'm lovin' the window sandwiches! I'll be doing this, and really like all the great ideas. Just in time for back-to-school prep,too

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  5. This would make packing lunches so much easier!

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  6. ring of because my daughter loves hot lunch.

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  7. the morning of
    anne hill
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  8. The night before - mornings are always too crazy to get out the door on time.

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  9. Looking for quick -- but good! -- lunch fixings so that my kiddos can fix their own. This would be GREAT!

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  10. The morning of since I always seem to run out of time the night before!

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  11. This looks yummy and convenient for a single mother this would help me out immensely

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  12. I usually start preparing lunches the night before and then assemble anything that might get mushy in the morning

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  13. Beginning of the school year...the night before. The end of the school year...well, we grab whatever we can find that morning. These yummy goodies would really help!

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  14. I try to pack lunches the night before, but I often end up doing it the morning of!

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  15. Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks for sharing all these great lunch ideas! Lunches are always super hard for me. I really get stuck in a rut!

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  16. definitely the night before and if I can, I do two days at a time!

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  17. I try to do it the night before but have been known to run around the kitchen going crazy in the mornings too!

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  18. Prepare lunches in the morning. I just allow extra time to do it!

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  19. the night before, always the night before

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  20. My son is very picky, we definetly prepare the morning of. The fresher the better.

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  21. i try the night before, but way too often, it's the morning of

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  22. We try to start the night before, but usally finish in the morning.

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  23. This will be my first year packing school lunches! I imagine I will pack them the night before.

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  24. I make lunches in the morning!

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  25. Definitely the night before as the morning is too rushed.

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  26. Definitely the night before....I wouldn't have time in the morning. Maybe a few things the morning of.

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  27. The night before because the mornings are too crazy.

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  28. We homeschool, so my son makes his lunch at lunchtime:)

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  29. I prepare my fiances meals for work & school the night before. No kids, yet! :)
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  30. I pack lunches the morning of so they are nice and fresh.

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  31. I used to prepare lunches in the morning, but it got way too hectic and stressful. Now I make sure to pack them the night before, even if I'm dead tired, I know it'll be worth it.

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  32. The morning of! SOmetimes the night before if I'm feeling extra productive in the evening.

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  33. Definitely the night before for me so it's all ready to go on those early mornings!

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  34. Kristi you are absolutely the school lunch QUEEN. Every single lunch looks amazing - thanks for all of the ideas. I must get that lunchbox!! As for the awesome giveaway, we try to make lunches the night before. Pinned!

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  35. In the morning!I like to have as fresh as possible! Here you can see some of my son's lunch boxes: http://bylorena.vsco.co/

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  36. In the morning - - I'm not organized enough for night before!

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  37. I try to pack the night before. Great planning makes smooth mornings.

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  38. I pack most of it the night before. Then the morning of I make the sandwich or wrap so it doesn't get soggy.

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  39. I do everything the night before for my three kids, except the fruit, which I cut up in the morning. I couldn't tell if this giveaway is international, so I am entering just in case it is.

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  40. Would love the night before but I like the freshness of the morning!

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  41. We're trying to eat healthier, but we're on a tight budget so this would help a lot!

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  42. What a great post and giveaway! Can't wait to make the window sandwich for my daughter!

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  43. Looks like an awesome giveaway! My son started school last week. I love packing his lunch for him in the mornings before school. Thanks for the tips! :)

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  44. I try to always prepare lunch the night before so that I don't have to wake up even earlier to have time to get lunch together in the morning.

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  45. I just stumbled across your blog from a pinterest post and this a really neat idea for back to school.

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  46. I always SAY I'm going to pack lunches the night before, but I never seem to actually do it. :)

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  47. I prefer to pack lunches in the morning so they are fresh and it is a nice relaxing morning ritual. This is a great giveaway with wonderful lunch ideas.

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  48. Lunches are made in the morning at our house.

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  49. I have a question. :) I have a very picky 3 year old. I would love for him to eat good food like this, but he won't even try it. Any suggestions to help ?

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    1. My kids are a bit older {7 and 9}, but when they were younger they were similar. At that age, I would just do smaller portions with lots of variety. Like maybe five options...all of them being small. That way, they can taste everything and decide what they like and that sort of thing.

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  50. Usually the night before - When I can!

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