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Yumbox Review & Menu Ideas!

So it was my little spawns first day of Kindergarten on Thursday and although I had been dreaming of this day for months, I was completely gobsmacked at how difficult it was for me.  I cried the whole walk home, a few hours when I got home, and then spontaneously throughout the day if I found  a dirty sock or something of hers.

It was hard to relinquish control and trust that the teachers were going to see to her needs and the other kids would be kind to her.  It was even more difficult the second day when she told me, through tear filled eyes, that she is too shy to make any friends and wanted to stay home with me.

Seeing as the only thing that she actually looked forward to was her lunch I made promises that if she went back I’d make sure that I’d pack a special surprise for her.  Which brings me to her YUMBOX.  We were struggling trying to find a suitable lunch option for a child who grazes all day long when I thought of a bento style lunchbox, after a few Google searches I came across the Yumbox.

Yumbox is a bento stlye lunchbox that has 5 1/2 cup spaces for your child’s lunch.  The spaces are labeled with the kinds of things you’d find on the food guide, for example; dairy, grains, fruits, veggies, and protein, with one tiny spot saved for sauce or a treat!

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The great thing about Yumbox is that it is completely leak proof!  Yes, you read that right!  The lid has silicone departments that keep the food from mixing or leaking out of the box.  For this reason alone I was sold on Yumbox!  It comes in 2 colors, green as seen above, and framboise (pink).  I liked that it had one lid, only one thing she had to open and easily see and access what was packed for her, no struggling to open multiple containers or zip bags.

After I got confirmation from Peyton that she liked it and thought she would use it, only in pink of course, I tried to order it but hit a snag, you can’t order Yumbox in Canada but with a little further research I found you could get it from a store in Windsor called Fenigo for $32.97, it is slightly more expensive but I find the money was well spent.

Another cool option with Yumbox or any bento for that matter is the multitude of fun things you can do with them!  Just Google “bento kids lunch” and you will find all kinds of ideas from sandwich pockets to heart shaped egg molds to dinosaur cheese!  Fenigo has a wide range of bento accessories to shop from but I also found another good site is All Things For Sale, don’t let the ‘Bento USA’ fool you, they do deliver to Canada.

Ok, enough raving, lets move onto my little menu idea portion of this post.  Peyton has only been in school for 2 days so I don’t have much to offer and I haven’t ordered any accessories so it’s not as dressed up or fun as some you can find online like Pinterest.  However I’m a proud mama and want to show off a tad.

Day One

Day one consisted of chicken fingers, yogurt with raisins, an orange, tomato, and tortellini.  The treat was some more raisins, and disposable spoon and fork ($1- Dollar Tree) so she wouldn’t have to bring home sticky utensils.

Day Two

Day two was octopus hot dogs (carved out space and inserted raisins for eyes), pork and molasses beans, some noodles, applesauce, and watermelon jello in a heart shaped silicone cup (my dash of finesse I guess), and again raisins for a treat (she really likes raisins, I swear).  
So nothing too fancy for us for now, the first day she came home with a lot of food left over and told me I had packed too much, so for day two I only filled the compartments half way with food and she brought it home empty!
I hope you have enjoyed my YUMBOX review!

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4 Comments

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    Anonymous
    January 9, 2014 at 7:11 am

    That's a really neat idea! I wish we had that when we were kids!

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    Allison Caron
    January 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    First, thank you for reading, second, it has been a life saver, it is so easy to just throw dinner left overs in and it always comes home empty! We even use it when we go out for the day, picnic style!

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    Anonymous
    January 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Yeah, that is a great idea. You could use it for almost anything. And the work you put into creating special snacks and such for your daughter makes it even more special and neat. Way to go.

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    Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is AWESOME! Oh my gosh, I've never heard of that!

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