February 4, 2015

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet

A Lunchbox Digest for Healthier Eating


Hello everyone!!

On July 2014, Laura Fuentes, owner of  Momables released her first cookbook entitled, The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet - Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with Over 200 Deliciously Nutritious Lunchbox Ideas - Real Simple, Real Ingredients, Real Quick!

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Beautiful, isn't it?

The book cover isn't fancy at all, but the content is overflowing with lots of genuine information that every family must know. It surpassed my expectations. An absolute keeper.  I even bought a Kindle Edition to access the recipes whenever and wherever I want.

It is best for school lunches, picnic snacks, beach outings, amusement park trips, or even finger foods party that is geared towards healthier eating. Mostly are homemade,with lots of tips on how to maximize ingredients, pack hot lunches, and more.

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is more than just a cookbook for me.  It is packed with so much information on interesting lunch packing tips, tricks, strategies, and inspirations to get started.  The first part of the cookbook has excellent guide on stocking your fridge efficiently, and even lunchbox gears to invest on, at least for people who are new to lunch-packing, which I know in some point of our lives, we've been there too.
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The table of contents are very organized.  You don't have to rummage through the book just to find what you are looking for.  They are categorically placed under meal types, such as: breakfast, sandwiches, hot lunches, treats and desserts.

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Its fully-colored vibrant pictures next to the recipes made it even more inviting to try them out. You have a visual idea on its finish product. What's even wonderful is her presentation on lunchboxes.  It gives you a creative idea to serve foods more appealing to kids, better portion control, and type of side dish that goes well for a particular entree.  I believe that presentation is the key to lunch packing success for any types of eater, picky or not, big or small. Don't you agree?

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We are not sandwich-packers. We love varieties in our lunchboxes, which I must admit, is tough for any moms, working or SAHM.  This is why The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is a great tool for someone like me.  This cookbook is my best friend.  It accompanies me in the kitchen all the time.  Not only there, but also on doctors' appointments, airports, and even in the car while waiting for kids' dismissal.   I just can't get enough.  And that is not in any way exaggerating.

If you are new to Momables, you will find this cookbook handy.  It is allergy-friendly, homemade, and makes use of ingredients that are easy to substitute for the purposes of dietary restrictions. It makes use of simple ingredients.  Not a lot.  Just enough to make each entree delectable.  It even teaches you how to maximize the use of your ingredients.  Economical in every way.  If  you can't get enough of it, Momables actually have a monthly plan you can purchase that will plan your weekly menus.  No sweat! I have actually tried that too.  You can see my review here.


 
The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet is nothing "too good to be true".  It is very transparent. No hidden steps or tricks. She tells you all.  It has a full chapter filled with different sandwich recipes, which I thought was useless for us.  I am so ready to close the book and shelf it until I flipped through all the pages towards the end, where I found the chapter for hot lunches. Voila!! A chapter filled with so much delectable recipes that my kids actually eat when we're out.  All I need to do is get the ingredients and start making them.  In fact, I learned how to make grilled sandwich better with her technique, which does the trick to pack sandwiches for my pickiest eater. Something that push my kids to try sandwiches on some days.

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My favorite chapter
I highly  recommend The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet to people who are seeking to serve healthy homemade foods.  It's a page-turner.  Everything in it is filled with inspiration.  Thank you, Laura for a marvelous book that is truly helpful and useful.  Something that I can pass on for generations to come.

I have included an amazon link below in the event you want a copy for yourself, or for someone else. It's the best & healthiest gift you can share to your special someone.  Rest assured, it will be appreciated and treasured.


Thank you for dropping by.  I miss blogging and YOU.
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Disclaimer:  A copy of The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet was provided by the publishing company to try it out.  An honest review was voluntarily written without any form of additional compensation.  I love what I saw and it exceeded my expectations.

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If you need weekly meals straight to your inbox, try MOMables.
It's our one-stop shop when we're on a lunch rut.
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October 5, 2014

Honest Summer Refreshers

We love ice cold lemonade to help us cool down at the height of summer heat.  A blend of a flavorful fruit drink or tea, makes the experience even better.  Honest® has the perfect blend of our kind of beverage. Honest® twist with organic lemons and sweetened it with Fair Trade sugar to help our farmers invest in their communities.

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Summer of 2014, I was sent by Honest, their new line of lemonades, (2) of their 32-fl.oz. glass bottles of Lemonades to try as we enjoy summer with kids in our household, under no obligations to purchase or to review.  We had the pleasure to taste Mango Lemonade and Half & Half Lemonade Tea, which we think are 2 of their great tasting lemonades.

Reasons why we love them:
After enjoying 2 bottles of Honest Lemonades, our family has switched to Honest Summer Refreshers.  We have served them for parties, or even as beverage at home.  We have received great feedback on them, and has been our kids' favorite choice of lemonade drink so far.  It's honestly refreshing and healthier than any other lemonade we have tasted so far.  Believe it or not, but we drink them all season round, which is why we highly recommend them at any season of the year.  We love them with shaved ice on hot days, and just cold anytime of the year.

Thank you Honest Tea Company for always sending us your new products to try.  We love them!!

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All bento accessories are available through Bento USA,
the cheapest and most complete online bento products in the USA.

Other bento gears are also available thru My Amazon Affiliate Link.
Thank you for your support!

If you need weekly meals straight to your inbox, try MOMables.
It's our one-stop shop when we're on a lunch rut.
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December 31, 2013

HESH Heart 13

A Year End Review

Year 2013 has been truly an amazing and productive year for us, as a family. A budding year that sparked a promising and a stable career for me. A career that gave me the flexibility to work and care for my kids full-time.  The career that gave us the capability to purchase our very own home after 11 years of married life. It is also the magic year that dismissed our son from ASD after careful re-assessment.  A fulfilling year that put me into the PTA board member, and my son into Student Council Alternative President.  A threatening but miraculous year, when dad had a stroke, but had overcome it without any nerve, organ, or vessel damage. A forgiving year that rescued my marriage and my family from breaking apart. Truly, God is wonderful and great. I thank him for everything.

I am also thankful for being a part of the Bento Bloggers and Friends for the much needed inspiration and support in almost everything, may it be bento-related or not.  I have continued to pack lunches to school and work despite of my hectic schedules and busted camera.  But of course, with my new DSLR, I think I'd be able to go back blogging my lunches in 2014. Hooray for that!

We, the Bento Bloggers and Friends, have agreed to put up our favorite thirteens. I would not consider it my top 13, but my favorites. How did I choose my favorites?  Here are the criteria that influenced my choice.
  1. Pageviews
  2. Most Requested Meals
  3. Ease of Preparation
  4. Blog Hops
  5. Recipe
Hover on the images below and click the individual images to direct you to its corresponding blog post. Enjoy the following posts and hope that this will bring inspiration to your 2014 lunch packing madness.

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Thank you!!
Have a healthy and blessed 2014!!

Please push the button below to see more 13 Favorites from the rest of the Bento Bloggers and Friends.

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All bento accessories are available through Bento USA,
the cheapest and most complete online bento products in the USA.

Other bento gears are also available thru My Amazon Affiliate Link.
Thank you for your support!


If you need weekly meals straight to your inbox, try MOMables.
It's our one-stop shop when we're on a lunch rut.
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December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

A Holiday Bento Inspiration


It's Christmas and I'm so proud to present to you a Holiday video that Easylunchboxes have produced and collaborated.  It contains all the beautiful festive lunches that my Bento Bloggers and Friends have done to inspire all bento-enthusiasts and aspiring bento-makers.



This is the best gift anyone could ever have.  Healthy foods.  Made out of love and ingenuity.  Packed in the #1 and best-selling containers....The EasyLunchboxes

Here's wishing everyone a very happy Christmas!

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All bento accessories are available through Bento USA,
the cheapest and most complete online bento products in the USA.

Other bento gears are also available thru My Amazon Affiliate Link.
Thank you for your support!



If you need weekly meals straight to your inbox, try MOMables.
It's our one-stop shop when we're on a lunch rut.
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October 30, 2013

Rent A Book, Give A Smile

A Mission for a Cause Beyond Healthy Eating


I was recently contacted by Campus Book Rentals to write up a post regarding their partnership with Operation Smile. A partnership to help bring back more smiles from our children with congenital facial deformities.  I have joined the cause to help spread the mission worldwide.


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It is a textbook rental company that helps you save money in college in the most efficient way.  They have the largest selections of textbooks in the nation, and provide free shipping both ways, which I love the most. I must admit I'm a sucker of freebies and low price tags. So forgive me for that. But this program appeals to me and my family that's why I agreed to join the cause and blog about it to share to my followers. Not only that, but also, they have the most flexible rental periods. They allow you to loan books by quarter, by term or by semester.  Still doesn't work?  How would you want if they let you choose your own return date? You got it! For as long as you return the books you borrowed.  There's even more to that. You are also given a 15-day grace period in case you forgot to return on due date. What's even better is that you have the freedom to highlight, mark, or write on the book you loaned. Visit their website now and start saving 40-90% off the bookstore prices.

But, if you're more comfortable to get your own book, that works too.  You can make use of their other program, Rent Back Textbooks, to make money out of your precious investments over and over.  Don't sell your textbooks. Campus Book Rentals will rent your book to another student.  And each time it gets rented, you get paid. Visit their website to learn more information and start earning.


It is an international medical charity for children that brings back the beautiful smiles of our children, that will dramatically change their life forever.  Operation Smile is a mobilized force of medical professionals with a very huge heart, who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery, and related medical care for children with congenital facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Great news for affected parents and family members!  There's hope for your children or siblings who were born with facial deformities. Contact them thru this link, and you will receive instructions on how to receive their medical services.

Statistic shows that one in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life.

I agree that every child deserves a future filled with hope.  That every child should have access to safe and quality surgical care.

What is the mission?

Over the last 3 years, Campus Book Rental have partnered with Operation Smiles by donating life-saving cleft lip surgeries for children in need. This year they intend to continue the support, and have found a way for students to donate as well. For every book they rent, a proceed goes to the cause.  What's even greater, is when students rent back their textbooks to other students through Rent Back Textbooks, they have the options to donate a portion of their earnings, or all of it. I know God created us equally.  We may be short with one thing, but abundant in others.  This is what I call human dissimilarity, which we need in order to appreciate our blessings and learn to help people cope up with their needs.

I am calling out to all families, friends and followers. Please support the cause by tweeting, sharing on Facebook or other social medias to reach families who may need the services of  Campus Book Rentals or Rent Back Textbooks, and you may indirectly help change children's smiles and lives forever.


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