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National Reading Month – It’s a Tiger

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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Today’s lunch is based upon a book that my 4 year old son Trevor has asked me to read to him each night for the past couple of weeks! It is packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box 2.0 and the photo will be highlighted as part of a Laptop Lunches weekly feature during National Reading Month.


“It’s a Tiger”
by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

I entered the bookstore purposefully looking for a “read aloud” book for my 4 year old Trevor. I wanted a book that would allow us to interact when we read it together. After browsing the “read aloud” section, I picked this very book. I don’t regret it! It has quickly become Trevor’s favorite bedtime story. The first page invites him in from the get go. The opening line asks, “are you ready for a story”? Some nights Trevor shouts yes and some nights he likes to make me wait until “he’s ready”! We then continue through the story journeying with a young boy running from the tiger! “It’s a tiger, run”! The book gives plenty of opportunity for the reader to play act the story with voice and for the listener to respond in kind. It is a delightful, fun, read and just the right length for a 4 year old’s attention span! The illustrations are colorful, eye catching and support the story on each page very well. Trevor always giggles and I’m quite sure he will request the book again on this very night!

Of course when I mentioned making a lunch based on a book for National Reading Month, all in the family agreed I HAD to do this one!

This lunch contains:

  • Cucumber leaves (leaf detail on the top 2 pieces only made by cutting portions of the skin away with a knife)
  • “Jungle” fruit salad (kiwi, watermelon and mango flowers cut with a mini veggie cutter)
  • Pretzel thins
  • 1/2 ham sandwich with swiss and cheddar cheese on the outside (all cheese details are “adhered” with mayo)

I used a CutezCute (link below) cutter upside down for my tiger shape cutting the intended “ears” off and using them as “paws”. The nose was also cut using the panda face cutter from the CutezCute set. All remaining details were done with a sharp knife and a straw (eyes). Although perhaps looking complex, the whole lunch really was simple and took me about 15 minutes to make!


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Simple Make & Take Lunch – Eat right!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

make and take lunch

Sometimes things take a little effort but it doesn’t mean that it is hard or that it takes too much time! Let’s face it, a little effort is worth it sometimes, isn’t it?

With the holiday season now in full swing it gets harder and harder to control eating habits. Time is a commodity  and right now it is often used to check items off of the holiday to do list. Eating right becomes a secondary thought until New Year’s rolls around. Instead it becomes easy to fall prey to fast food, holiday treats and non-stop feasting! However, with a little effort we can all try to avoid , WELL OK at least try to minimize this pitfall! For instance, bringing my lunch insures that I will eat healthy AND have plenty of time to run my holiday errands on my lunch hour! The amount of effort I took to make this lunch ahead of time was well worth it!

My make and take lunch was packed in a Laptop Lunches container and includes:

  • Sliced mango
  • Pretzel thins
  • Salad with a rolled chicken “rose” in the middle (dressing in the small blue container)
  • Yogurt parfait  (this blue container has a lid to hold in messy food)

The yogurt parfait is layered with sliced bananas, vanilla greek yogurt and topped with cherry berry granola from Naturebox.

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Tell me, what are you doing to eat right during the holidays?


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Scary Spider Healthy Lunch

Monday, October 28th, 2013

scary healthy lunch


Honestly I had no real theme in mind for today’s lunch so I just put in some fun and “scary” details for my own amusement! Halloween is not over yet after all!  The jack-o-lanterns may not be that scary but they are fun and were cut using a vintage style cookie cutter. I tucked in leaf picks for that pumpkin look. The spiders on the log were made with black olives and the eyeballs in the upper right are also black olives (filled with cream cheese and a tomato dot added as the pupil).

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch menu contains:

  • 2 jack-o-lantern PB&Js (however do sub out for the sandwich filling of your choice).
  • Plums and mangos with black olive eyeballs (secured with a spider food pick)
  • White cheddar popcorn
  • Cucumbers and celery topped with cream cheese and black olive spiders (you could sub out your favorite veggie dip in place of the cream cheese).



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