Sunday, September 12, 2010

Back to School with Bento ~ And our first giveaway

I have a new grand baby arriving any day now so I was inspired to browse through Pottery Barn Kids last week. This adorable little lunch box also caught my eye because I've got Brandi's Tweedle Dee Designs Neapolitan Collection with it's delicious chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry colors on my mind. It was so cute and I thought that Brandi and I could coordinate a cute little giveaway for one of her delightful readers. I ran it by her and she agreed to sponsor it...Thanks sweetie!
Pottery Barn for Kids Lunch Bag
Wow! It has been awhile, close to two decades since I had the pleasure of packing a lunch for Brandi to take to school. Creating a fun, interesting and healthy variety of foods was always fun. And I loved hearing about how she enjoyed eating her lunch. Nowadays with all the advertising for quick meals, our children are being programmed into thinking that processed, pre-packaged foods are the fun and healthy choices. Most of us are also over scheduled and don't think we have time to prepare fun and healthy foods. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As I've done my research on healthy food choices for kids, I discovered Bento, the Japanese art of preparing and packaging lunch boxes. Many of you, or perhaps most of you have heard of these precious art, I, however, had not and I am thrilled to see it come to the United States. Of course, while the Japanese use their own choices of foods, Americans can embrace the concept of honoring their children's good health and eating habits and adapt the art to fit their children's own unique tastes. Just look at how beautiful some of these meals are. I am giddy thinking about how much the children enjoy them. I can imagine their little fingers grasping a puppy dog sandwich or a flower carrot.

Photos courtesy of O Bento for Lunch
This is my first giveaway, so let me know what you think. I am passionate about family health and I love to do things that support mom's efforts to take care of herself and her family. I hope you enjoy my little blog. It is a work in progress and may go through a few evolutions before the dust finally settles and it feels more cohesive. Please feel free to let me know which posts you enjoy by leaving comments. Your feedback is important to me and I love getting to know new friends. Have a great day!


  1. What an adorable blog. I love your ideas for special lunches. My sister is always having a time getting her daughter to eat her lunch. This is the perfect way to get her to enjoy it.

  2. What a great idea for teaching children that eating healthy is fun! Genius!

  3. What a cute blog, and wonderful giveaway.