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5 Reasons to Love the New Lunchbots Cinco

Friday, April 4th, 2014

 work lunch in lunchbots cinch


I am a definite fan of Lunchbots containers. As a matter of fact, I own 4 of these containers in various configurations. It would be 5 but unfortunately one of my sons lost a lunch one day and along with it my container. So when I discovered that Lunchbots recently released several new containers I thought, now is the time to make it 5 again. It is only fitting that it would be the Cinco, right? You bet I hopped online and ordered one!

Late last week I discovered the package by my garage door. I knew instantly what it was and could not wait to check it out! You see, I was just going crazy with curiosity to see the new larger containers! Now that I have had a chance to use it I am happy to report the 5 reasons I love the Lunchbots Cinco!


1. It is 60% bigger!
It is large, 60% larger than the previous Lunchbots containers! This lunchbox holds a lot! So whether you have a hearty appetite or are packing to sustain you throughout the day, this lunchbox will have you covered.

2. More compartments, more variety!
Five whole compartments! Your head will spin with all the thoughts of what you could pack! If you are or have a picky eater then the Cinco will do the job keeping everything separate! OR there are so many other things that extra compartment can be used for! Need an extra compartment to hold your dip or sauce container? Yep! Want to pack a cloth napkin? Yep! Want to pack a small treat? Yep! Condiment packages? Yep! Lunch box note? Yep!

3. It is still dishwasher safe!
The fully stainless steel container and lid can both go through the dishwasher cycle with no problem. This is awesome because none of us need another hand wash only item, right?

4. It is still made of durable, re-usable Stainless Steel!
You will be able to use this container endlessly! I can attest to the durability of the Lunchbots based upon my use of their other containers! The stainless steel also assures us that we need not be concerned about BPA or phthalates leaching into our food.

5. So stylish!
So grown-up but it works for kids too! For work, play or anywhere in between the Cinco is the perfect food companion. I think you could put just about anything in the shiny stainless steel compartments and it will look good!


NOTE: The Cinco is not watertight and is best used with dry foods unless you can assure the container stays upright!


What’s for lunch? The lunch pictured in this post contains:

  • Caprese salad with just a splash of olive oil and balsamic
  • Boneless BBQ Chicken on spinach (yes, we eat it cold)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Minneola Orange wedges
  • Pecan and dried fruit mix

Finally do note that although I have been fortunate to work with Lunchbots in past times, I purchased this container at the full retail of $27.99. I know it will be worth every penny! All opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated in any way for this post!


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Healthy Snacks Deliver {a Boxtera Review}

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


Back in early February I stumbled across a breadcrumb trail leading me to enter a blogger contest hosted by Boxtera. The contest asked that in 100 words or less I explain why I should be given a March Boxtera subscription box for review. I tried to distinctly put into those very few words why I felt I was the right choice and I must have been persuasive because I was selected as one of the winners. Yay me! Every lunch blogger I know would love to receive a free box of healthy snacks!

Now I admit I am a lover of subscription snack box services! The concept of a variety of healthy snacks being selected, put into a box and delivered straight to my door is a dream come true when you are a busy working mother of 4! Most days I am lucky to find time to breath (and blog ;) ) never mind go browse stores for new and tasty healthy snack options! If someone is willing to do that for me at a very reasonable cost then I say THANK YOU!

February rambled on in chaos for my family with 2 of my children having serious health issues but we survived and at last a beautifully packaged Boxtera subscription box arrived! In a way it is like receiving a gift. A beautiful package arrives at your door, you get to open it and discover the surprises within! Well OK you do pay for it so not truly a gift, in this case you are looking at prices starting at $30 a month for a 12 month commitment which includes shipping. Smaller commitments available for a higher price.

So what do you get for your money? The March box included (see photo above):

  • Kale Krunch (2.2 oz) by alive & radiant Foods – GLUTEN-FREE
  • Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar Puffs (1 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE
  • Surf Sweets Sour Berry Bears (2.75 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE
  • Good Life Granola (4 oz)
  • Organic Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (2 oz) by Kopali Organics – VEGAN
  • Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips (1.5 oz) by Food Should Taste Good Brand- GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • Funny Monkey Purple Crunch (1 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE
  • Late July Organic Cheddar Cheese Crackers (1 oz)
  • The Simply Bar’s Lemon Coconut Protein Bar (1.4 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • Clif Crunch Chocolate Chip Granola Bar (1.5 oz)
  • Seasoned Sprouted Lentils by The Perfect Snaque (1 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • Organic Chocolate Dream Greens Bar by Just Great Stuff (1.5 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • Stonewall’s Jerquee (1.5 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • 1 container of skinnybits “tabs” (30 tabs) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • Berry Antioxidant Nut Butter by Artisana (.5 oz) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN
  • Kelapo Virgin Coconut Oil (2 – .5 oz packets) – GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN

If you were keeping track that is 16 unique products in all to try out, in just one month’s box. All of the products are organic, the majority are gluten-free and many are also vegan. I can say this box will appeal to many people for many reasons. Do note that the box is not customizable for specific allergies at this time. I will say I am pleased however at the amount of products that are gluten-free, I have a GF child and this is a big plus for me. Products will vary every month but Boxtera strives to have at least 25 “individual servings” in each box. I can vouch that you will certainly receive an interesting array of foods to try and enough to last you throughout the month (until your next box arrives of course)! This particular box was also a very good mix of products to try for both adults and children! LOVE that!

Final iPackLunch breakdown:


  • Delivered to your door!
  • All are organic, some gluten-free, & some vegan products available in every box!
  • GMO Free
  • Great variety to appeal to both adults and children!
  • New & unique products that you might not see in your local stores!
  • Pretty package is reusable and recyclable!

Things to consider:

  • Price point is somewhat high unless you make a longer commitment (although pricing is typical for whole organic foods).
  • Not customizable for allergies (not advertised as such, although many gluten-free products are included).
  • Lots of packaging waste so do remember to recycle when possible.

All in all I found the box to be delightful! Still have questions? Connect with Boxtera on Facebook, Twitter or on their Blog!



Lunch made with products received in my Boxtera subscription box are served in a Leaflet Tight container for my preschooler Trevor:

  • Berry Antioxidant Nut Butter by Artisana inside the bunny sandwich
  • Organic Chocolate Dream Greens Bar by Just Great Stuff in the lower right cup
  • Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips by Food Should Taste Good Brand under the bunny sandwich

Gluten-Free Friday 12/14/12 and Tasterie Giveaway!!

Friday, December 14th, 2012


I am so excited this week to launch something special for my gluten-free friends! A Giveaway opportunity just for you! As many of you know my family is not gluten-free but we have many friends who are! For them and for YOU I attempt each Friday to come up with lunch ideas that are free from gluten.

This week instead of lunch we are going to discuss Tasterie! What is Tasterie you may ask? Well it is a monthly subscription food delivery service. You see I receive a number of these types of subscriptions but NONE of them are gluten-free. I was really disappointed that I could not recommend them to any of my gluten-free friends who asked about my deliveries. Determined to find one that I could recommend I set out on a search. I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to find Tasterie and even more thrilled that it is headquartered a mere hour or so from where I live! So I contacted them about doing a giveaway and they graciously agreed! Yay! Thank you Tasterie!


What is included in a TasterieBox?

  • SignatureBox - You will receive 8-10 healthy and safe foods. The selections might include delightful ideas for Sunday morning breakfast, a quick lunch at work or a relaxed meal at the end of the day. You will also find some great recipe ideas and something to satisfy that sweet tooth! This option is $20 per month with shipping included!
  • SnackBox – You will receive 6-8 yummy goodies just for you! You will always have a healthy safe snack nearby to keep you energized and satisfied! This option is $15 per month with shipping included!

The box arrives in beautiful, brightly colored packaging. It is like receiving a wonderful gift of surprises each month!

How does this work?

  • First you go to the Tasterie website.
  • You select which box you would like to subscribe to, the SignatureBox or the SnackBox (both boxes described above).
  • You will also select your “type” of box. This box will be customized to your specific needs. Choices are: (Top 8 allergy), (dairy allergy), (dairy & egg allergy), (dairy & soy allergy), (gluten & wheat allergy), (gluten, wheat & dairy), (gluten & wheat allergy vegan), (healthy & nutritious), (nut allergy), (soy allergy) or (vegan).
  • You will checkout completing your shipping and payment information.
  • You are now subscribed to the Tasterie delivery service. Each month you will be billed for the box level you selected and then receive your choice. You can discontinue anytime by contacting Tasterie.


How do I know it’s safe?

Tasterie follows a rigorous multistep verification process to verify each product and vendor that includes, but is not limited to, vetting of manufacturers to check for allergen free raw materials, manufacturing processes, facility overlaps, supplier analysis, & allergen testing protocols. Our Nut Allergy and Top 8 Allergy TasterieBoxes only use products reported by the manufacturer to be made in nut-free facilities, but these facilities may also process coconut. None of our Nut Allergy and Top 8 Allergy TasterieBoxes contain coconut as a listed ingredient. Tasterie wants you to feel safe and comfortable, while enjoying delicious new tastes in the comfort of your home, office or on the road.

Tasterie searches the globe to find the most amazing foods and snacks that fit your food allergy and dietary needs. Lama Rimawi, Tasterie’s owner, is a food allergy mom herself. She places safety as a top priority. Tasterie has a rigorous selection process developed by physicians and industry experts. This quality controlled, multistep process has been peer reviewed to make sure that it is as thorough as possible. The Tasterie team and Lama are out there doing their best to bring you and your little ones safe ,tasty foods. Did I mention Lama is a board certified pediatrician?

For more information please refer to:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Finally I will say that my experience with Tasterie was very pleasant and enjoyable. Lama was a joy to deal with and I can tell that their customer service is wonderful! I look forward to further exploring my box!

I know I have carried on in my excitement so now to get to the best part – the giveaway! For a chance to win a one month SignatureBox of your very own, please follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. You will receive some of the items shown in this post.

Terms & conditions do apply!

  • Tasterie will only ship to addresses within the US. Winner must be complying with the entry terms of the contest below at the time of the prize drawing or forfeit. Winner will be contacted via email and has 24 hours to respond (we want to get that box right out) or a new winner will be drawn. This prize is for a gluten-free SignatureBox and cannot be substituted for another prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own done through my research. Tasterie did provide complimentary product so that I may give an honest assessment and take photographs for this review. Tasterie has generously agreed to sponsor this giveaway. This blog is not an affiliate for Tasterie and earns no commission on any sales resulting from this promotion.


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