We dare you to ask us if every one of our 180 school lunches (per kid!) is inspired. — because, duh. No way. But we know someone whose lunches ARE always inspired. And she’s not a new mom either. In this episode, we tap school lunch packing master Gillian Fein of LaLa Lunchbox for all the tips on staying creative. Because she’s managed it for 10 years with 3 kids, so yea, we’ll take whatever she’s got.Read More
If you’re anything like us, restricted spending is the first thing that comes to mind when budgeting. Not fun. Also not the full picture. This week, we speak with Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal for her fresh take on how to pack school lunches on a budget. From how she employs her kids to Mother Nature (you read right) in the process of staying on budget, Amiyrah shares the low down on keeping school lunch frugal and fun.Read More
Tweens are much like toddlers in many ways that mirror general child development— including picky eating tendencies.
The combination of pickiness and growing autonomy can be disastrous for a parent who cares if their rapidly growing tween, gets food that actually nourishes them. School lunch is the hardest meal of the day, since it's so thoroughly out of our hands. This week we share the trials, tribulations and tips for making sure your tween eats a healthy lunch all school year long.Read More
We’re kicking off our back-to-school series with this energy: There is no time, we feel side swiped by back-to-school preparations (even though we’ve known for months that it was coming), and OMG why are there still 10 million more things to do?!
So, yea, in this episode we’re taking a moment to stop, breathe, accept the madness for the inevitable reality that it is, and taking stock of what still works — and doesn’t work — for the year of packing school lunches ahead.Read More
In the last episode of our three-part series on school lunch, Stacie and Meghan explore the lunch box from three wildly different lenses.
We ask an elementary school teacher to dish on what really happens in the lunchroom. Laura Fuentes of Momables talks us through packing allergy-friendly school lunches — even if your kid isn’t the one with food allergies. And artist/chef Jenny Dorsey talks about her IG series Privilege, which explores eating a lunch box packed with Chinese food in a cafeteria full of corn dogs and frozen pizza.Read More
It’s easy to think about packing school lunch as just another task to check off your list. You look for tips on how to do it more efficiently. You seek out ways to urge, or maybe even incentivize, your kids to get with the program (and eat their damn lunch). And do this on repeat 180 times during the school year. It’s not much fun, but as long as you get through, it’s good enough.
This week, Stacie and Meghan speak to Catherine McCord of Weelicious who inspires them to think about school lunch as so much more. Not more work, but more freedom for parents and more opportunity for kids. Her tips are more than practical — they actually inspire you to shift your perspective.Read More
Every year, back-to-school season has families buzzing with excitement. New sneakers, new outfits, fun school supplies — even as a busy parent, it’s hard not to get wrapped up. That is, until you remember that back-to-school also means packing school lunches. 180 times. For each child.
Finding school lunch inspiration after, oh, the first week, can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled out the big guns. Check out our first episode in a three-part series on surviving a year of packing school lunches. In this one, we share our foolproof tips and tricks for keeping it healthy, fun, and most of all, easy. Which, yes, includes getting the kids involved too. Here’s how.Read More