5 Time-Saving Tips for Packing School Lunches

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I'm not a mom that loves the laid back, anything-goes freedom of summer vacation. I'm the mom who always greet the “Back to School” season with welcome arms! There are so many things to love about the school year: my children are back on a regular routine, early bedtimes are enforced, I'm not monitoring screen time and sibling fights all day, and I get a little time to myself while they're gone. Continue Reading

7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

How to make the most of your lunch break

It's Thursday, and you're sitting at your desk. Your stomach rumbles. You glance up at the clock. It's finally lunchtime! What do you do? The way you spend your lunch break can have a major effect on how the rest of your workday goes. If you use your break to scroll through your phone, check emails, or (worse) just skip it entirely, your energy levels will keep declining as the day goes on. It's time to reclaim your lunch breaks, people! Continue Reading

How To: Make North African Shakshuka

created at: 02/01/2013

Last night I concocted this dish, well I thought I did, till a fellow instagrammer pointed out that in the North Africa it’s affectionately known as Shakshuka and is an Israeli staple… go figure!

My own personal recipe has the addition of a bell pepper, for a true classic you can omit it and top with crumbed Feta.

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

4 large ripe tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried red chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 red or yellow bell peppers
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
4 eggs
salt
pepper
chopped fresh Italian parsley, to garnish

Step 1: Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes, peel off their skins, chop up the flesh, reserving the seeds and juices. Continue Reading

Bento Box Lunches

Angry Birds Bento Box

Have you seen the Super Mom trend du jour, Bento Boxes? Basically it’s where Lunchables meet Martha Stewart. I gotta say though, they’re pretty darn impressive. See the lengths Moms go to to get their kids to eat something besides chicken nuggets after the jump.

Just in time for Easter, this Bunny Bento extravaganza sure packs a little more nutrition than the chocolate version.

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Who says you don’t want bugs at your picnic? This little ladybug would certainly be welcome at mine. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Sandwich Station from a Recycled Drawer

created at: 06/14/2011

Let’s begin with a logic experiment:

  1. I am not a morning person.
  2. I love drawers. In fact, it’s a borderline fetish.
  3. I am a mother.

How does 2 help me with 1 even though I am 3? Easy. I made a Drawer Sandwich Station.  My DSS helps me prepare sandwiches for my kids for school in no time.  Everything I need is spread before me, ready to be used, and in less than a minute I am done.     Continue Reading

How To: Quick and Easy Homemade Ice Packs.

Your handpacked lunch. Sore joints. Picnics. Having a quick source of cold is infinitely helpful for keeping what you need chilled, and doing it well.

As it turns out, you can make your own – infinately sizeable and shapeable – but just limited how water freezes by adding something with a much lower freezing point, like alcohol….both the rubbing and the, er, vodka kind.

TipNut has assembled a few great DIY options, as well as some excellent packing and energy saving tricks. Continue Reading

How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that’s just plain fun.DSCF3311.JPG

“Whether you’re off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don’t forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po’boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant Altoids “tin” lunchbox from cardboard to fit anything you want.”

The design is a simple cardboard box covered in duct tape with a hinged lid. Continue Reading

Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag.

Like or not, it’s the end of August, and with the season comes all sorts of options for  DIY Back-To-School fantasticness.

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This Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag is a great project to do with back-to-schoolers, or just as a good luck present. It can teach them about recycling and reuse, provide a great introduction to sewing, and provides for a pop art lunch toter that beats the pants off of wasteful brown paper sacks.

Materials

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