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I Want A Lunchbox…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Back To School | Posted on 30-08-2016

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With a little over a week to go before the children head back to school there is stuff everywhere. In every single shop there is some kind of back to school section overflowing with uniform, stationary, bags, lunch bags, bottles, and every manner of thing you apparently need to survive another year at school.

Now with Little Man about to make the move up into Year 1 and Little Dude about to start his time at preschool – two mornings a week to myself!!! – the list of things we actually need are pretty short. New jumpers, shirts and socks was about all Little Man needed, and Little Dude just needed a bag to take bits to preschool in. All very low maintenance, which to be honest makes a change for my two.

I’m very lucky that both the preschool and the primary school provide lunches for my boys. I hate making packed lunches. Little Man likes a very limited selection of foods that I could provide, so gets easily bored. Both of them seem happy enough when we have the occasional picnic, but if I gave them that sort of food every day they’d both be complaining in no time.

That being said, we do own a lot of lunch boxes. Little Man has a couple that he used at his original preschool, and Little Dude has one as well. In fact his new preschool “bag” is actually a cool bag but it was perfectly sized for him and has a dinosaur on so it’s a winner.  Daddy even has a lunch box that he takes to work with him. In fact the only person without a lunch box is me…

I want a lunch box! Why does everyone else get a lunch box except me?! *insert tantrum here*

Anyway…

There are SO many cute lunch boxes out there. Gone it seems are the days of plastic lunch boxes with ill fitting flasks. Nowadays its trendy looking coolbags in a vast array of shapes, designs and styles.  I’ve been resisting the urge to get myself a lunch box for ages. Until now that is.

Joules-GuineaPigBox

I mean seriously, how cute is this?

I actually have the guys at House Of Fraser to thank for this. I love Joules designs – my Little Dude’s preschool bag is actually this but in the dinosaur print – so when they asked if I’d like one I couldn’t say no. They are a great size, supremely cute and come with a handy box inside too. Now obviously I’m not heading back to school in September, but I guess I could take food to work in it maybe. Or at the very least I’m ready for my next picnic with my boys.

Good luck to everyone heading to school in September, especially those going for the first time. You’ll be great.

Lunchbox Fillers

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 02-09-2012

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As well as making sure your child has the right uniform and equipment for school, if you are providing a packed lunch, you want to make sure they have the right food to keep them going during the day. Healthy school meals is a long standing discussion, but with a packed lunch you know precisely what your child is getting. Here are a few things that I think would make a great addition.

My Pocket Buddy
Not a food or drink but an important lunch box addition all the same, the My Pocket Buddy alcohol-free hand sanitiser should find its way into every lunch box. The 8ml pen style spray makes it easy to slip into their lunch box – or pencil case or bag – to make sure their hands are clean before and after eating. The spray is made from pure and natural ingredients, so is chemical free and much kinder to skin than normal alcohol hand washes. The spray delivers just enough to wash their hands quickly and its leaves them feeling fresh and dry and ready for the rest of their day. We all know children aren’t the cleanest of creatures, so a My Pocket Buddy should be the first thing you pop in to their lunch box each day.

MU Cheddar Sticks
Made from 100% cheddar and with each stick being equivalent to a glass of milk a Mu Cheddar Stick is a handy and tasty way to get calcium into your children. Each stick is individually wrapped and suitable for vegetarians. You can also get Mu 100% Cheddar Patz which  are discs of cheese ideal for using in sandwiches or on homemade pizzas. These are a great way to get children involved in food preparation – I even managed to get Little Man to help me put a few patz on our pizza last week, and it tasted great. You can find the full Mu Cheese range on their website.

Happy Monkey Smoothies
If getting fruit into your child is becoming something of a battle smoothies might be the best option. These tasty smoothies from Happy Monkey are perfect for lunchboxes. Available in two delicious flavours – Strawberry & Banana and Orange & Mango – the smoothies contain one full portion of fruit and are made from 100% pure fruit. Best served cold straight from the fridge, they keep their cool out of the fridge for up to 12 hours making them a great addition to your child’s lunchbox. Little Man is a fruit-a-holic and getting fruit into him is never a problem, but we tried him out on these and he loved them. Anything with a straw is generally a winner with him, but he was a big fan of these and finished them in one before asking for “More?” pretty much straight away! Happy Monkey Smoothies are available from most supermarkets, and to find your nearest stockist check out their website, where you’ll also find a great range of games to keep your child entertained!