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Everyday foodAs I’m reading through different bento-making blogs, I’m seeing many different ways kids have their lunches packed. I wanted to share a few things that work for us, some of which I haven’t photographed. I know I’m new to bentos, but I’ve been packing school lunches for 5 years, and we’ve found some things that work very well for us. Pictured you see G2’s lunch with the exception of her protein source: Sodastream bottle with seltzer, Squooshi monkey pouch with homemade applesauce, accordion container with chips, Laptop Lunch container with homemade fruit roll-up, and another with chocolate people parts and a Minion cupcake – all inside a Land’s End lunchbox.

All 3 of my girls prefer water with their lunches. G1 hates carbonation, so she has a glass water bottle with silicone sleeve that she keeps at school (her school has water bottle filling stations). G2 and G3 bring 1/2 liter Sodastream bottles I fill every day with water fizzified using our Sodastream plus a splash of lime juice.

All 3 girls always have a little accordion-like expandable snack container filled with chips attached to the strap of their Land’s End lunchboxes. The size and collapsibility of these containers works well for us – just the right amount of chips! I love the LE lunchboxes – they clean up well, are good sized, and come in a variety of patterns and styles to work with different ages. We’ve now used them in grades from kindergarten to 10th grade. I occasionally put in a free printable lunch joke/brain teaser. For October I’m using these Halloween Lunch Jokes.

I also want to share this great customer service story from the company that makes the reusable pouches we love – Squooshi. G2 and G3 both love applesauce. We had been using the Trader Joe’s applesauce tubes, but that got expensive and wasteful. I looked around online for reusable tubes, and we fell in love with the cute ones from Squooshi. Yes, these two children are older than the target age, but they love cute animals. Plus, G2 is obsessed with penguins, and they have a Penguin Squooshi pouch! Of course, within a week she lost the penguin. We still had 3 (walrus, monkey, panda), but she really only wanted to use the penguin. I contacted Squooshi directly and asked if it was possible to just buy a penguin – I really didn’t need 4 more pouches. Not only did they respond quickly, but they sent me two replacement penguins at no cost! What wonderful customer service! Plus, G2 was thrilled to get an applesauce tube in her snack the next day!

These things, plus the 4 bento boxes we use (Totoro, Goodbyn, Easy Lunchboxes, and Laptop Lunchboxes) work very well for us!

This post includes affiliate links, but I have received no compensation from the companies mentioned above. I just really like their products.

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