school lunches

The first day of school is in just a few days, which means earlier mornings, the school bus and packing lunches.

I don’t know what it is, but by week two, I run out of creative ideas for the lunchbox. #1 ate pb&j, baby carrots, apple slices and a fruit leather pretty much every single day last year and I refuse to do that to him again.

I did a little searching for some good alternatives to the default lunch and I hit the jackpot.



Laptop Lunches is a company that sells bento boxes {I should probably order a few for my kids}, but the best part is the menu tab with 365 lunch ideas. Here are just a few:imageimageimageimageimageimage

Don’t those look yummy? And pretty easy to make too. You can see all of the ideas here. I should just print these pictures and tape them to my pantry door.

One thing I do like about packing lunches is being able to slip in a note to my little darlings.


I created an assortment of lunch box note cards a few years ago which work great for a quick lunch box note.

cupcake lunch box note card

lunch box note card


In honor of back to school, I am offering these note cards as a free download.

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61 Responses to school lunches

  1. Denise September 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    this is fantastic!!! I loved the little preview of lunch ideas. I am sitting here with my 10yr old figuring out some yummy choices for the grocery list. Only one problem….this site seems to be down or unaccessible right now. :( I’ll try again later, and hopefully we have a few ideas to hold us over for when it’s viewable again.
    The notecards are adorable. thank you!

  2. Pamela Prussel September 7, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Thank you so much for the free printables! I am sure you have gone over this before but what round labels do you use and how do you format them for Illustrator? It seems all the Avery label templates only work in Word. Just wondering…

  3. Kindrel September 7, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    This is so wonderful. I am so excited to have a family and to add special little touches to everyday things and this is one that I will be filing away for sure!
    Thank you Emily for your thoughtfulness, you are a blessing to many!

  4. Emily September 12, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    You are so very creative! I love the cute note cards, but I wasn’t able to download them. Do you think you could send me email me the file? Thanks!

  5. Lila October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Love these- they’re so thoughtful!! Love it.

  6. Bernadette September 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Thank you very much!

  7. Rachel August 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Link isn’t working for me to download these. Any chance these will be made available again? So cute!

    • emily September 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      The files are now available in The Archive!


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