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.YumBox review.

Ugh…school lunches! I don’t know about you, but packing school lunches is not one of my favourite “Mum-jobs”. My kids have such different likes/dislikes, it takes a lot of early-morning brain energy to remember what they will and won’t eat! Plus, I’m usually tired when I’m packing school lunches and stare blankly at the fridge/pantry looking for inspiration!! 

Just before school went back this term I received two VERY COOL YumBoxes from YumBox Australia in the mail for a blog review. They couldn’t have arrived at a better time – at the start of a new school term I was ready to put some effort into the lunches again!

YumBox is the bento of all bento boxes. It has a unique one-lid closure that is leak-proof and ensures that all of the food in each compartment stays separate. I get so sick of chasing after containers and lids in the kids lunchboxes, and don’t have to worry about that anymore! YumBox’s illustrated food tray is divided into five 1/2 cup portions of the key food groups: fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy – reminding you to pack a variety of different foods. As well as a small treat or dip well too. I don’t always stick to the five suggested food groups, but it is handy to have a quick reminder anyway.
My kids have always loved to eat picnic-style – in fact, our favourite weekend dinner is a “picnic” with cut-up bits and pieces of anything I can find! I can cut up a salad and they will hardly touch it, but if I cut the vegetables up like a picnic, with everything separate they will eat so much more! I knew that YumBox would be a hit with them for this very reason. They get so sick of sandwiches and the same things for lunch every day, I find that when I’m using the YumBoxes it is easy to fill it with little bits and pieces that I usually wouldn’t bother with because I would end up with too many plastic containers or bags. Here are photos of some of the kids YumBox lunches…some days their lunch might include a sandwich or bread roll or something else on the side – the cool thing about YumBoxes is that they fit snugly into most lunch bags so if I needed to include a fork or spoon or something else to eat, I could sit it on top of the box and zip up the bag keeping everything in the one place.

{pasta, apples, rice crackers, mini muffin, pretzels, mini marshmallows}


{greek yoghurt, grapes, dried apricots, baby carrot, shapes, chocolate biscuit, mini marshmallows}
{cheese, grapes, cabana, crackers, biscuit, marshmallow}
{cheese stick, grapes, celery, cereal, biscuit, marshmallow}
{cheese, grapes & kiwi, cherry tomatoes, cereal, mini marshmallows}
{lamington, grapes & kiwi, vegemite sandwich rolls, cereal, mini marshmallows}
{cheese, cherry tomatoes, salami, crackers, jelly}

For my children, the best way to keep school lunches exciting is not to do the same thing every day, it is so much easier to include different foods when there are compartments to fill. Using a YumBox really eliminates the temptation to include too many pre-packaged lunch treats and it’s such a good feeling to get rid of plastic bags and countless little containers to wash up each night – that’s if they even make it home!

If school lunches are a drag, then I highly recommend investing in a YumBox for your children (or yourself!) they are so easy to pack and clean and have really made my mornings so much easier.

YumBoxes can be purchased from YumBox Australia.
You can read more about YumBox here.
And visit YumBox Australia’s Facebook page for great inspirational photos of kid’s lunches!

Kids Stuff

.Morning Routine Charts.

Our Morning Routine Charts are a lifesaver on school mornings. We have been using them for a whole school term now and have really turned into a part of our everyday routine. I love that I don’t have to ask or remind the kids to get ready and organised in the morning over and over again. The know that as soon as they get up in the morning they have to go to their chart and start ticking everything off. Once they have got all of their ticks for the morning, they are allowed to watch a little bit of TV, but it has to be turned off at 8am so there is even more incentive for them to get ready quickly!

Letting them watch a little bit of TV in the morning is working for now, later on I might mix it up a bit and let them have a lunch order at the end of the week if they get all of their ticks or take them for a milkshake after school on Friday or something like that.

After the initial posting of our Morning Routine Charts I had lots of requests for people to be able to download these for themselves. We have just finished school holidays, and none of us were looking forward to getting up and organised early this morning (although, the pay off for a quiet, clean house right now is feeling kind of worth it!) however, the kids jumped straight back into their charts this morning and it was nice not to have to remind them to do simple things like brushing their teeth or having breakfast!

So, if you want to instill a bit of calm into the busy school mornings, I suggest you choose a chart or two (I’ve given you six to choose from so that everyone can have their own colour), print it off and get ticking! I laminated ours and have stuck them to the pantry door. We keep a jar of whiteboard markers on the bench nearby that are used for the ticking and simply wipe them clean at the end of each week!

Here’s to happy, organised homes!
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