Rollin’ in My Bento – Snack Edition

This past couple of weeks (I know I’ve been slacking on updating my Bento ideas), I did something a little different for Bae’s lunches. I made him a sandwich (which won’t be pictured) but his bento had plenty of snacks. Let’s check out what I came up with!

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Above: a sliced granola bar, strawberry slices, and yellow bell pepper strips.  Right: blackberries, sharp cheddar cheese bites, and hard-boiled egg.

The goal is to always create a colorful palate for him. The more colors, the better. While it can be a challenge to find different colors for every day, it’s also made us both healthier in the long run. Bae has already lost a few inches!

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Turkey bites, cheese bites, and hummus. Pretzels bites, blackberries, and hard-boiled egg.

This one isn’t so colorful, but it has plenty of protein! I also included a small sandwich for him.

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Please excuse the messy stove, lol.

Cheese bites, nuts and fruit bites, ham sandwich. Tortilla chips, strawberries slices, and a hardboiled egg. I also packed a small container of salsa as well.

I have to mention the food I never show and that is a banana, sometimes an applesauce pack, and other random things. Sometimes, I use the bento as strictly his lunch box and sometimes I use it as a snack box and pack something a bit heavier for him. The goal is to always make it healthy and fun!

How do you pack your bento?

 

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Rollin’ in My Bento – Week 2

Here the meals I prepped for Bae for his Bento boxes this past week. There are only four pictures because he accidentally left his Bento at work.

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I made honey-soy baked salmon with roasted potatoes and squash.

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The salad was leftover chicken Caesar from Panera (and it’s hella good!). I also made a ham and cheese sandwich. The dark chocolate and nuts are from Trader Joe’s.

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The hummus and pretzels actually came from Sabra. I broke open the package and spread it in the Bento to eliminate waste. This was more of a snack Bento box as Maks had a full-sized salad with him (not pictured).

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Again, this is also another snack Bento as Maks took another prepackaged salad with him.

The goal for his Bentos is to make sure there’s a different color represented. Sometimes I knock it out of the park and sometimes I have to repeat a color. I figured the more colorful his box, the healthier it is! And it’s already made a difference in his energy level and he’s already lost a couple of pounds!

How do you Bento?

Why is Preparing for Preschool So Damn Expensive?

I think this is the part where having kids starts to get expensive.

You see, it’s not that expensive in the first couple of years of life, IMO. Diapers and clothing, you can find on sale. Same goes with toys and honestly, babies and toddlers don’t need that much. Shoes, that’s where they get you because kids are constantly growing and at a rapid rate.

When they start school, however…that’s when that money gets tight.

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Major Key. 

I already spoke about updating Bear’s attire (click here for a refresher), so let’s talk about his school supplies.

So, we finally purchased Bear his bento box and backpack. We also purchased diaper supplies for school and new shoes.

Grand total so far: $150 and some change.

Let’s take a closer look at where our new car fund money has gone:

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I decided on this bento box because I felt it had the best compartments for a toddler. Something big enough for a sandwich, something small enough for cheese, crackers, and maybe a small sweet treat. To purchase, click here.

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The bento box was a bit bigger than I thought it would be so I needed a lunchbox that would accommodate that, a juice box, and possibly a water bottle. Bear loves all things fire engine, trains, and planes, so we both felt this was perfect for him. To purchase, click here.

 

Payless Shoe Source had an amazing sale this weekend. We’ve meant to get Bear some Thomas the Train shoes for a while so when we found these, we picked up a pair. On sale for $17.99.

It’s still pretty hot in L.A. so Bear needed some sandals. On sale for $14.99.

Speaking of Bear’s school, look what we had to fill out for his registration:

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Yeah. All of that. For preschool. It didn’t take long to fill out but wow, it was a lot of paperwork.

So, we’re a little over 24 hours away from seeing Bear off to preschool. I’ll update with first day of school pics and reaction.