Simple City Life

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Make a splash with @ECOlunchbox! #review

In one weeks time, my kids will be off to school. Summer once again flew by way too fast. I love summer and I will miss my kids so so much next week. But I am not going to lie, I miss the routine and the ability to focus on things around the house. I actually love packing lunches every morning for the kids. It's a bit of a production here. Chopping vegetable and fruit, sorting out portions and cutting, but I love knowing what they are ingesting every day. I love getting their boxes home at the end of the day and seeing how well they did. 90% of the time the boxes are completely empty. 

This year we have added a few new pieces to our lunch stash that I am very excited about. We have done a few practice rounds this summer for picnics and so far so good. Now, that I have a older student, the lunches are also getting bigger. I need to pack bigger sandwiches or salads for her. She still loves the variety I incorporate into their lunches, just slightly bigger portions.   I have been able to fit a nicely portioned lunch in the Blue Water Bento this summer. A nice crisp salad with a side dried fruits was a hit last week. This box is deeper then outECOlunchbox Three-in-One, so I am getting used to allowing for taller items. Adding a few silicone cupcake liners help you section off small portions as well as the ECOlunchpod. 
My favorite part of the Blue Water Bento is the food grade silicone lid. This allows for a leak free lunch system. Honestly, I have never had a issue with the three in one system leaking, but I know Elliott at times has had a harder time opening it. The Splash Box is a perfect solution. The lid is easy to remove and there is no worries for any leaks post salad dressing. 

Blue Water Bento - Ocean-friendly bento lunch boxes by ECOlunchbox

Purchase your Splash Box Kit by ECOlunchbox for $32.00
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~Courtney

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Reduce Waste and Save Money This School Year.

When things cost a few pennies at a time, we seem to ignore it. When you start to add those pennies up, you can really start to see the savings. Since using a waste free lunch system, we never have to purchase throwaway items. However we did have to by some large gallon toss bags for freezer meals and the cost killed me! With us being on such a tight budget, I am so glad I have that extra money to put towards field trips and family fun!



If that chart motivates to you change up your back to school lunches- checkout these great options from ECOlunchboxes. We have been using the Three In One for the last year and LOVE it! It looks brand new still. We have added the Blue Water Bento this year. I am excited to use it and so far love the size. 





Eco Chic Furoshiki Bento Box Kit 
The original eco lunchbag from Japan sewn from colorful fair trade textiles hand-printed by artisans using wooden blocks and wax batik techniques. Includes 2 solo bento.
$69.99
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 Oval + Cup
This super-classy 2-piece lunch set includes a large oval container plus a smaller cup that's ideal for sauces, dips or other wet foods.
$25.99
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Three-In-One
With three nesting containers, this lunchbox is ideal for school lunches. Most kids pack a sandwich and two side dishes, this ensures their food won't get mixed up!
$27.99
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Solo Cube
This is a classic reusable sandwich box, durable and light-weight, but without the plastic!
$40.00/ 2pk
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~Courtney

Blue Water Bento Lunch Kit
This is a fantastic leak-proof lunchbox without plastic! The silicone lid and the quirky screen-printed lunch bag are a crowd favorite.
$36.00
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Drawstring Studio, handmade pillows for your home. #supporthandmade

I have been blessed to know so any great artist here in Milwaukee! Today I am so excited see my friend Danielle of  Drawstring Studio on Zulily today. Danielle is friend and neighbor double bonus! She makes most adorable home decor for you childs bedroom. Check her out today on Zulily as well as her regular shop, Drawstring Studio
Way to Go, Danielle, I wish you tons of sales friend! 
~Courtney