Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lunch Box Tools

I've been meaning to do a post on my "lunch box tools".  I don't have many.  Sadly, Tyson is completely UNFAZED by my efforts to make his lunch fun, funny, and exciting to open.  Even more sadly, it hasn't stopped me from continuing to "impress" him.  I enjoy going a little more in-depth than most, but I don't think that makes me an extra special or a better mom.  Most people don't value it as creative, but rather annoying, over-the-top, or I've even had the comment said, "How do you find the time to...". I think that comment equates to "She has too much time on her hands."  NO!  No, I don't.  I just prefer to spend my time differently than some moms. I don't watch tv.  I get up EXTRA early in the morning (4:30 am) and God has gifted me with the desire to be creative.  Everyone is different.  So please, stop thinking I have too much time on my hands.  OR better yet, come live in my shoes for a week and then you will wonder how everything actually gets done the way it does :)  OR HOW ABOUT being complimentary and uplifting someone instead of tearing them down.  YIKES!  I think I just used this blog post as a form therapy.  Sorry.  YES... bitterness can sometimes seep out. Now that I just lashed out, ahhhh, I feel better.  I ask for your forgiveness AND...

Back to my post, LOL!

I came across a blog that I absolutely love.  It's  This woman is an amazing mom, who ALSO, chooses to spend her time differently, allowing her the ability to make her children's lunches interesting and fun. She ALSO has been rudely persecuted with the comment "She has too much time on her hands."  She has personally told me that she is actually a very hard-working mother.  VERY busy.  Her children go to a nut and egg free school, so she decided to make her children's lunches creative.  It's taken her pretty far. She's been featured on many blogs.  Food companies ask her to use their foods to create unique lunches.  She's been in parenting magazines, and if I am NOT mistaken has either created a food book or is about to.  Cheerios has been the most recent company who has contacted her.  She has an INSANE amount of lunch box "tools". I believe she must also be an artist.  I could NEVER even come close to making my lunches as creative as hers, but she has inspired me to at least TRY.

Here's what I've got....

 Edible Food Markers  
I have used these to draw on a banana peel.
I have also used these to write on sandwiches.  

Lunch Box Notes, Encouragements and Facts
 Left: Godly Words of Encouragement
 Right: Lunch Box Love
It's a "box" set that includes enduring love notes and facts.
 Sandwich Cutters
 Hearts, Butterflies, Dinosaurs, and Batman
I have more, but these are the ones that I chose to take pictures of.

Pampered Chef Cutters
These cutters are miniature.  The size of a half dollar.
I use them for cheese and fruit from time to time.

Again, nothing compares to the lunches that Jill makes for her children.  Here is a recent picture of the sandwich she made for her children.  Jill... do your children appreciate it?
Jill you ROCK and so does ANY MOM, food art or NOT, that takes the time to do anything extra special for her children.  God has created everyone unique and different.  Be who you are and stop comparing yourself to others.  Your talents are your own.  Surprise your children.   Better yet, surprise yourself.  I think you will be stunned at how much fun and therapeutic it can actually be.