Lunch Box Ideas + Back to School Giveaway

Need some tips for packing your kids’ school lunch this year? These healthy lunch ideas will keep the whole family happy all year!

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My kids headed back to school this week.

It’s always a bitter-sweet moment when our summer fun is officially over.

All you parents of school-aged children know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s an emotional roller coaster. One minute I’m ready to punt them out the door, because they’re stir-crazy and getting on each other’s nerves. The next minute I’m weepy-eyed over my sweet little bundles all grown up and moving up the elementary ladder.

I get several (quiet) hours of my life back each day, yet I miss their funny stories, giggles and constant hugs. Sob…

Parenting is for the birds. Just kidding.

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While my two cuties are enthusiastically laying out their new shoes and backpacks, I’m pondering healthy lunch ideas for school this year. Making sure their school lunch is something healthy and inviting can be a little difficult.

After all, I certainly get tired of eating the same thing over and over again, so I can’t blame them for not wanting PB&J and ham and cheese 5 days a week.

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So I’ve compiled a list of some fun and healthy lunch ideas for back to school.

And we’ve got a really fun giveaway to boot!

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Healthy Lunch Ideas

Kid-Made Lunch Ideas:

Try letting your kids make their own lunches. It’s fun for them and teaches responsibility.

Pack Bento Boxes – to encourage healthy choices and portion control

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Use Cookie Cutters – to cut sandwiches and fruit into fun shapes

Use Veggies to Make Colorful Creations

Come Up with Unique Flavor Combinations – that they’ll love because they thought of it themselves

Make-Your-Own Lunchables using healthy crackers and good quality cheese

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My Favorite PB&J Alternatives:

Meat Cheese and Veggie Roll-Ups

Pickle Roll-Ups with Lunch Meat and Fresh Basil Leaves

Crispy Chicken Tender Pops

Lettuce Wraps

Repurpose leftovers into something new (Like leftover steak into steak sandwiches or quick beef stir fry)

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Easy Make Aheads:

These are things you can make in one batch and pack in a lunch box several times throughout the week.

Chili

Soup

Pastas and Pasta Salads

Chicken Salad (or Egg Salad or Tuna Salad)

Loaded Rice Dishes

Homemade Pizza

Pulled Pork

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Easy Sides and Snacks:

Fruit Kebabs

Homemade Snack Mixes

Kale Chips

Roasted Chickpeas

Veggies and Dip

Crackers with Goat Cheese and Berries (Instead of processed cheese spreads)

Homemade seasoned popcorn

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Antipasto Skewers

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower

Creamy Avocado Salsa and Chips

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Freezer Favorites:

Items you can place in the freezer to keep your lunch cold while they thaw.

Yogurt Tubes

Mini Yogurt Smoothies

Individually Sized Guacamole Packets

Juice Boxes

Muffins

Pudding Cups

Mini Quiches

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I hope these healthy lunch ideas give you a head start this year on your quest for an intriguing (and manageable) school lunch schedule.

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You could win one today for your child (or yourself!)

These lunch bags are durable, well insulated, and each lunch tote comes with a matching reusable sandwich and snack bag, so you can be earth-friendly and stylish! Today’s Giveaway is generously donated by BigKitchen.com, a great place to shop for all things cooking.

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Disclosure: BigKitchen.com provided the lunch totes for today’s post and giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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126 Responses to “Lunch Box Ideas + Back to School Giveaway”

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — August 23, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    Cute lunch boxes and I love all the lunch box ideas. We have one week left of summer vacation.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — August 23, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    I like the owl lunch box. Thanks for the chance!

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    Christine Lombardo — August 23, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    Love these cute lunch boxes. So cute and colorful. I especially love the sandwich sack. <3

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    Belinda @zomppa — August 23, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    Will you adopt me?

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    Jeanette — August 23, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    Fun ideas Sommer – hope you had a nice summer. Back to school is bittersweet – totally agree.

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    marla — August 23, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    WOW so many great lunch ideas Sommer :)

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    Janel — August 23, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    Love the big boy skull lunch box

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    Holly — August 23, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Lots of great ideas! I would love to get the Adult floral. I take my lunch everyday and that would make me happy! :)

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    elizabeth @ chronic venture — August 23, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    always need good ideas for lunch–even for the grownups! love the floral lunchbox

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    Gerry @ foodness gracious — August 23, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    Yes!!! I can agree on all levels. Right now some days I just want to drop them off at school even though it’s still closed lol…but I know when they go in a few weeks it’ll be sad. Great giveaway and thanks!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — August 23, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Such great lunch ideas and totes! I especially love the owl!. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    Lesley Groetsch — August 23, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Hoping to win the adult flower tote. We have one built lunch tote already, but daughter #2 could use one as well. Thanks for the great lunch ideas – I’m going shopping tomorrow to pick up some of the ingredients!

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    Emily K — August 23, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    The adult floral. They are all so cute. Great ideas for lunches. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kristina — August 23, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Love the lunchmeat-wrapped pickle idea! All these sound yummy!

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    Cindy — August 23, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Love your ideas and the fonts I am typing with :) Thanks for encouraging moms to help their kids make healthy choices … they will last a lifetime! <3

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    Tracy — August 23, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Great ideas! I love them all, but since i don’t have kids, I’ll go with the adult floral lunch sack.

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    Laura rahn — August 23, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Love the little girl owl

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — August 23, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    I think what I’ve learned most from this post is that lunch boxes are a million times more fancy now than when I was a kid.

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    Virginia — August 23, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    These are so great! I have 5 kids so this set is the perfect size for our family.

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    Katie — August 23, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Love the big kid girl! And great inspiration for lunches, thanks!!

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    Tracie — August 23, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Love the pickle roll up idea!

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    LeslieBee — August 23, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I don’t even have kids of school age anymore, but I love your lunch ideas and will be using them to make my own lunches, more tasty, fun and healthy. It would be a treat to carry it to work in the Adult Floral Tote

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    vaishali — August 23, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Love the big kid girl!

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    Nikki — August 23, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    I like the adult floral

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 23, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Such fun ideas, I want those fruit kebabs for my snack! ;)

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    Barb — August 23, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    I like the adult floral

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    Maria Malaveci — August 23, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    I like the Big Kid Boy and Girl.

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    Khanh — August 23, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    The Little Kid Owl tote is adorable!!! Thanks for the chance!

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    Claire — August 23, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Love these bags with the matching little bags for snacks inside.

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    Maggie — August 23, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    So cute! I love the owl one.

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    Kristin — August 23, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Love the flower tote and the square bento boxes! Which brand are the square ones?

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    Kathy — August 23, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    As a teacher who has to bring her own lunch to work, I’d love one of those sets!!

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    Samantha — August 23, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I love the big kid girl set. I’m always looking for new lunch ideas- this post is great!

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    Elissa — August 23, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    I like the little owl lunch box!

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    Jessica @Bkeepsushonest — August 23, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    Little Kid Dog

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    toni — August 23, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    green skulls

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    Yuki — August 23, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    They look adorable! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Leslie — August 23, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    I love the owl one! Very cute and good lunch ideas for adults as well :)

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    Shelly Potter — August 23, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    NY Big Apples Buddies Astro Owl

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    beth jillette — August 23, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    Love the adult flower!

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    Trisha — August 23, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    the adult floral – what great ideas for lunch (kids or adults!)

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    stacey m. — August 23, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    So cute! Love the owl and the doggie!

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    Candice — August 23, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    I would love the adult floral.

    I do have a question regarding the pasta salads, won’t it spoil since schools don’t have refrigerators where kids can put their lunch? Great lunch ideas! I could use some of these myself. =)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Angel — August 23, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    They are all so adorable, I love the floral and the owl

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    Sarah — August 23, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Would love to win the adult flower bag.

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    Jennifer — August 23, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    They’re all great, but the floral ones are my faves. Love the lunch ideas… and that square bento box rocks!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Maria — August 23, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    This post makes me want to go back to school:)

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    Jeffrey — August 23, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    I’d have to go with the Big Kid Boy with the Skulls!

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    Flora Carswell — August 23, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    These are so creative. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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    CarolynH — August 23, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    I’d prefer the adult floral.

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    Shelly — August 23, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    I love the Adult Floral one!

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    Virginia Rapavi — August 23, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    the adult flower is so cute. but i have to admit the owl would be cool too

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    Jenne — August 23, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    Little kid owl!

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    Jeanna — August 23, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    I like the Big Kid Boy (Green Skulls)!

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    Chris — August 23, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Although the Adult Floral is …for adults… and I love it, in second and third come Girls Floral and I would also consider the cute Little Kid Owl. What a great idea, and so wonderful to encourage healthy lunches!!

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    Melissa — August 23, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    My son would love the Liitle Kid Dog!!

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    ashley — August 23, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    the dog is cute

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    Carole Resnick — August 23, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    adult floral, please.

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    Kelly D — August 23, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    I like the Big Kid Girl style.

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    Nina — August 23, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    The adult floral would be wonderful. Would be so stylish during lunch hour.

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    Stephanie O — August 23, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    I love the adult foral and the kids dog.

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    heather — August 23, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    the adult foral

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    Susan — August 23, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I like the adult floral.

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    Roxanne @The ROXX Box — August 23, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    I would love the owl. Too cute and what a great GIVEAWAY!!

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    barbara n — August 23, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    I would love to win the adult floral

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    Candy — August 23, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    It’s a toss up between the little owl & dog ones. My boys would love either! So cute!

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    Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books — August 23, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    I love the Adult Floral one!

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    Hannah — August 23, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    Little boy dog.

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    Gaby — August 23, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Brilliant ideas! :)

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    Brandy Ragan — August 23, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    The adult floral would be perfect! I’m going back to finish mt degree and I will need to pack lunch 4 days a week.

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    Heather B — August 24, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    I love the little dog one.

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    Meridith — August 24, 2013 @ 2:50 am

    Cute bags! Great ideas. Adult floral is a perfect partner to my girl’s navy chevron backpack.

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    Elba — August 24, 2013 @ 3:40 am

    Love the Adult Floral!

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    Gail Annacarto — August 24, 2013 @ 4:11 am

    Adult floral so cute

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    gina @ skinnytaste — August 24, 2013 @ 5:09 am

    These are great, my toddler will have to bring lunch for the first time to Pre-K next month, and since she doesn’t east sandwiches I may buy a bento box. Cute ideas!

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    Ann Best — August 24, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Definitely Adult Floral!

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    Jan R — August 24, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Love the adult floral…PLEASE!

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    Angel — August 24, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    My son would love the skulls!

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    Barbara McCrary — August 24, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Adult floral please!

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    nicole lillie — August 24, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    I like the big boy kid, or adult floral.

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    Erin Elizabeth — August 24, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    Love these lunch ideas. Great post! I love them all, but my son loves the puppy dog one.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 24, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Great lunch ideas! My boys love taking their lunch and I will sure be using some of these ideas!

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    Meshel Lewinski — August 24, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    I love the green skulls!

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    jeannine s — August 25, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    I love the little kids owl bag

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    Rose — August 25, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    My little boy starts 6th grade tomorrow and. I am sure he woild liker the big kid green skulls lunch bag. Love your blog ang great food ideas.

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    Michelle — August 25, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    The big kid floral!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — August 25, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Those lunch cases are beautiful and the pasta is something my boys would love. I completely hear ya, my boys start to school tomorrow and I will try not to get too emotional the first day.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — August 25, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Love the adult floral!

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    Joanne BH — August 25, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    All of the bags are great! The owl and puppy are especially cute! Your lunch ideas are also great. I too prefer to pack lunches that are outta of the sandwich bag!

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    La Cuisine d'Helene — August 25, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    This is such a great giveaway, I love all the bags. I prefer the Adult Floral :)

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    Natasha — August 25, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I love little kid dog!

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    Randi — August 25, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

    Love it, little kid dog bag

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    tania — August 25, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    big kid boy!

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    Teresa C. — August 25, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    so cute!

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    audreylee — August 25, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Love the big kid girl lunch bag! I also love your idea for pasta salads. So many different combinations of veggies to add to all kinds of fun pasta shapes.

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    Sarah L — August 25, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    I like the adult floral set, but they’re all cute!

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    Carolyn — August 26, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    My kids head back next week, and it’s going to be so strange! Adorable lunch box sets!

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    kate — August 26, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Adult floral. So cute, and so much better than the lame grocery bag I use now!

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    Yashica — August 26, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    I like the adult floral one

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    Alexandra — August 26, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    I love the adult floral, I have a similar one from built and I am in love with it!!!

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    Mercedes — August 26, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Adult floral

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    Kim — August 26, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Little kid Dog!

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    Angie — August 27, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    The big kid girl

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    Sarah — August 27, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Little kid owl of course!!! ;-)

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    Terry — August 27, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Love the Owl kit but would have to go with the geometric or floral for the teen.

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    Mary Adams — August 27, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Love the owl and geometric!

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    TC — August 27, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Big Kid Boy – I think it’s hilarious.

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    Sarah J — August 27, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    The adult floral. Love this giveaway

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    cw — August 27, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    The adult floral

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    Colette (Coco in the Kitchen) — August 27, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Great ideas! I really love the old fashioned aluminum stackable lunch containers, too.

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    Carmen — August 27, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Adult Floral

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    Julie — August 27, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    The Skull set is super cute!!! Love the lunch ideas! I have just sent my first off to kindergarten and this is SO helpful :)

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    Laura Armeni — August 27, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    Adult floral!

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    Nikki — August 28, 2013 @ 5:16 am

    i like doggie-bag for little boy.. but i kind-of like owl too. i think i need one regardless if i win too..

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    Brenda N — August 28, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Little boy dog…but really I’ll take any of them:)

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    Cinella — August 28, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    The big kid girl!

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    Justine McD. — August 28, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    My son would love the Big Kid Boy bag

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    Kim McCallie — August 29, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    I like Adult Floral.

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    Juls — August 29, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Adult Floral suits me well. No kiddos in school!

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    Kali — August 29, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Love the Owl bag.

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