PlanetBox: Lunch Transportation for the Green Generation

I am so excited to show you guys the newest lunchbox we’ve been using for the last couple of weeks. It makes packing a fun lunch even easier! I’ll admit it’s a little pricey, but the money we saved last year on buying individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes made another investment like this worth it. There’s lots of reasons why PlanetBox will become your new BFF.

The PlanetBox is an awesome and eco-friendly way to pack your child’s lunch! I love that it keeps everything neat and separated, even after it’s been tossed around before lunchtime.

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The interior compartment is made of stainless steel and is easily thrown in the dishwasher after each use. It isn’t made to hold liquids, so you have the option of using the Big and Little Dippers (shown below). They’re perfect for holding “wet” foods like yogurt, apple sauce or dipping sauces like ketchup or ranch dressing. I also use the little one for rice pudding, etc.

The metal compartment fits perfectly inside of the carry bag (carry bags come in 6 different colors), which is 100% toxin free (no BPA, lead or PVC) and made from recycled plastic bottles. It is also super easy to clean off. It can be completely submerged in water, so spills or stains are easily removed. The inside has a large mesh pocket that is perfect for storing napkins, utensils and hot/cold packs.

The outside of the bag has 2 pockets, one for holding a drink bottle and one for anything else you want to include with their lunch. I usually use it for notes and other fun stuff.

PlanetBox also offers 7 different magnet sets to stick on top. We alternate between this fun sports theme and the ocean theme (shown in above photo). Ace likes to use a different one each week. Each set has a spot where you can write your child’s name too. Just remember to take them off before washing! I just stick them right on the fridge when I unpack it each day.

I also love that PlanetBox comes with a limited warranty for a period of 5 years and all the pieces can be ordered separately as well as in sets. So next year, if the carry bag is ruined, I can simply purchase a new one instead of having to buy another whole set.

Back-to-School and Back to Routines

Wow! It’s been a busy month!

We had an awesome Night Before 1st grade party for Ace. We made our school bus cake again (this time instead of buying pound cake, I baked one using better ingredients in 2 loaf pans) and read lots of fun back-to-school books like The Night Before First Grade, If You Take a Mouse to School, First Grade Here I Come! and a few more favorites. We went over basic rules and safety precautions, practiced the pledge of allegiance, student pledge and made sure he had his student I.D. number memorized.

He’s had a great couple of weeks so far!

Lucky and I have been busy at home playing G.I. Joe’s and working on his shapes and recognizing letters of the alphabet. We’ve been using a lot of these free printables from First School.

He’s gotten back into his routine with no problem though. He’ll still try to pull a quick one on me when it comes to doing his homework as soon as he gets home but I don’t budge. :)

Last year we printed this after school routine poster out from Living Locurto. We laminated it tacked it to the wall to remind Ace of what the first things he needs to do when he gets home. (We added “change school clothes” and “show Mom schoolwork” is now “Do Homework”)

We also use this weekly homework calendar from Family Fun. Ace’s homework is assigned on Monday’s and due on Friday’s. This calendar helps him decide what subjects he wants to do each day. He usually fits two subjects in one day so he can have a “day off”. I like it because it helps him assume responsibility for his homework. He crosses them off as he finishes them and if he asks to go play, I ask what homework he has left and he can look at the calendar and see.

What back to school routine tricks or helpful activities do you have?