Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back to School Bento Blog Hop

It's back to school time again so I am going to share with you some of my favorite tools for packing bento lunches and then you will get the chance to win some of them in the bento bloggers and friend back to school giveaway hop.

One of the easiest ways to start packing bentos is to buy a divided box. There are many different ones to choose from. Some of my favorites are PlanetBox, lunchbots, laptop lunches, Yubo and EasyLunchboxes which I used in my lunch below.

Then get a cute cutter. Cookie cutters work great or something like the multifunctional CuteZCute cutter. The cutter can be used on sandwiches, tortillas, fruit etc

Picks are a great way to add some fun quickly my favorite are theses alphabet picks. Put them all together and you have a quick and fun lunch for back to school.

Back to school CuteZCute tiger lunch

Here is a Tiger lunch a salad with cheese, tortilla, and strawberries.

Now chance to win some great prizes visit all the blogs on the hop and collect the letters to the secret phrase, put them in order by number and enter you answer along with the required entries into the rafflecopter.
Open worldwide, collect the pieces and answer the 2 mandatory questions. Like our sponsors to unlock more entry options

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Collect this piece

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


By:  Sandra Ann  Harris  Founder, ECOlunchbox  July 2014

As summertime begins and families head to the beach, the park, the mountains and other favorite spots in the great outdoors, it’s a good time to remember there are easy ways to celebrate our love of Mother Nature by throwing a green party.

Step 1: Location, Location, Location
Pick a picnic spot you can walk, bike or boat to or arrive by public transit. If that's not possible, carpool with friends.

Step 2: Choose an Eco-friendly Invitations
Whether throwing a baby shower, a beach partybirthday picnic or backyard BBQ, you’ve got to let your guests know about the green fun you're planning in eco-friendly style! If it's a neighborhood party, print invites on recycled paper and personally hand them to guests. Or use electronic invitations, which are convenient and don't waste paper.

Step 3: Green Menu Planning
Great produce makes the chef's job super easy. Think simple. Finger foods like cut fruit, nuts, local honey and peanut butter sandwiches are simple and nourishing for all ages. Also, some cheeses, like brie and camembert, are lovely softened in the sun over fresh-baked bread.
Farmer's markets have the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables available from the area. Organic products are hormone and pesticide-free, making them safe to eat.
Make your own beverage and serve it in a plastic-free pitcher. That way you don't have to deal with all the cans and bottles.

Step 4: Waste-Free Dinnerware
Say goodbye to throw-aways and plastics. Ask picnickers to BYO dishes, water bottles, utensils, etc. This can be done tastefully if you explain you're hosting a zero-waste party and need some help to accomplish this.
If that’s not your style, pack a sturdy cardboard box with reusable items to share with your invitees, such as non breakable stainless steel picnic plates, reusable bamboo utensils, reusable straws, washable cotton napkins and sturdy mason jars for use as cups.
Sure you may have to do some washing, but much of this stuff will naturally decompose. Plus, you're saving money by going waste free.

Step 5: Showcase Mother Nature
Nature’s beauty is inspiring when it comes to setting the table in eco-style. Leaves, flowers, pinecones, twigs, seashells and other natural treasures can be showcased on your eco-friendly BBQ or green a beach party blanket.

Step 6: Clean up!
Clearly mark bins for recycling, compost and waste for your guests. Since most public parks don't separate waste and your efforts will end up in the trash, toss your separated bags into the trunk to put out with your trash pickup at home.

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