Review: PlanetBox BottleRocket™ (Water Bottle)

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My quest for the ideal water bottle for Scout has been a long and not completely satisfying one. Sigg put a sour taste in my mouth with their refusal to disclose the makeup of their resin coating, which was later found to contain BPA. Klean Kanteen offers unadulterated stainless, and I’ve been happy with the quality of the actual bottle. But the sports lids are leaky and the mouthpiece is plastic, plus I cringe when I see Scout reach from the monkey bars to pull up the spout. It’s like watching a million little infectious germs take the carpool lane straight to her mouth. And, the insulated bottle that I send in her lunch bag has a screw top lid. We’ve only had spills a handful of times since First Grade (my sincere apologies to the lunch room staff), but a spout lid would eliminate the occasional tsunami completely.

PlanetBox launched their BottleRocket last November and after perusing the specs (insulated, silicone spout, unlined high-grade stainless), I ordered one up for Scout to test out. I was pleased to see how little packaging there was, and that it was all recyclable cardboard. PlanetBox really does do a good job “walking the talk” when it comes to being eco-conscious. And, their products are thoughtfully designed. No hidden areas that make them hard to clean…no shoulders in the bottle, or impossible to reach bits of the spout. The BottleRocket fits in all of our cup holders and our lunch boxes. I’m confident that they’re good for the planet and safe for my child.

For Scout, the color (there’s five to choose from) and slim, easy-to-grip design made it an instant hit, and the BottleRocket has been in her hand each and every day since it arrived mid-November. No joke…every day. It’s dishwasher safe. But, thankfully, I hand wash a lot of our stuff, so it’s always ready to go. The price? Twenty-eight dollars may seem steep for a water bottle, when you can pick up a plastic one at the Dollar Store. But, I see the price as 23 cents a day (as of mid-March 2015) and continuing to drop…and, the investment as one in Scout’s health and future.OrganizedBites.com | Review: PlanetBox Bottle Rocket

The easy clean, silicone spout completely surrounds the underneath of the lid, so the BPA-free plastic never comes in contact with Scout’s water. The spout seal in the lid is made from the same silicone as the spout, it’s easy to remove when a thorough cleaning is needed. But, stays put otherwise. And, while we love wildlife in our garden…no chirping from the spout! It’s completely silent, a big bonus when we go to the movies. The button to pop up the cover is easy to press even in her gardening gloves, and the lock protects against accidental misfires.

The red bottle above is a review sample courtesy of PlanetBox. But, you can trust that my opinions are my own. I will not encourage you to add something to your gear, that I don’t love and use for my family. That’s not who I am.

Scout’s thrilled to have a second bottle for her lunch bag to replace the screw-lidded Klean Kanteen insulated bottle she’s carried since First Grade. The grey BottleRocket below is the one that I originally purchased, and it’s been in her book bag and on her desk in class for fourth months straight and still looks new.

OrganizedBites.com | Review: PlanetBox Bottle RocketThe ability to confidently put a water bottle in her book bag, or toss it in with our yoga gear is probably one of the biggest selling points for me. Leaky water bottles have cost us homework, a library book, and for me, a flip phone a couple of years back. (You know what I don’t love? Paying for something with damp dollar bills. Oh, the looks you get from the cashier.) Here in Vegas, we travel with water everywhere…being able to slip a bottle in my purse without the worry of ending up with a soggy bag is huge! The insulated bottle is a close second. We, Southern girls, like ice in everything.

I hope you have a chance to try out the BottleRocket in your home soon, you won’t be disappointed. It would make a stellar gift or the perfect addition to an Easter basket. Have a chat with the Easter Bunny, and let me know what you think when it arrives.

Disclosures: PlanetBox sent me a second bottle to review. But, I was so excited by the design that I purchased the first one at full price.  I have received no other compensation for this post, and the opinions expressed here are honestly my own and Scout’s. This post contains affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. It keeps Organized Bites running, and your support is greatly appreciated.

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5 Reasons I Pack My Kid’s Lunch Box Every Day

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Everything I pack in my daughter’s lunch box is a detailed, artistic homage to one of her interests, right? Nope. But, I do pack her food each morning. Every. Single. School Day. That’s 180 days a year, give or take some odd days off that get lumped in with the required one-eighty for some reason.

Today, I’m sharing the first week of 2015 school lunches, along with my top 5 reasons for why I roll out a homemade lunch for Scout each and every time she heads off to school.

5. I enjoy it, and I get to say exactly how much time and angst goes into each lunch.

This may not seem like a big deal. But, it is to me. Most of my day to day activities are pretty standardized. Wash, rinse, repeat. I love taking care of my family and our home. Do I always enjoy it? Meh. But, I do take pride in doing it well. You need help with an organizing solution or getting a stain out? I count those amongst my super powers. Scout’s lunch, however, is my biggest creative outlet…or, not, depending on my muse. And, while she’s always thrilled to have me craft ruby slippers from strawberries or find a Cheshire Cat smile lovingly cut from tofu in her lunch box, she’s just as eager to dig into a 5 minute bento featuring her favorite Trader joe’s Organic Peanut Butter Crackers.

This is something I can do well in five minutes or fifty, if I want to play a bit. And, at the end, I can still count it as a job well done. There’s something reassuring about that truth that makes me more than a little bit happy. Because most things, like laundry, can’t really be rushed. I’ve worn more than enough damp clothes to tell you that for fact.

OrganizedBites.com | 01-05-2015Blood Orange wedges, black olives, organic English cucumber, organic grape tomatoes, and organic rainbow carrots sticks brighten up a serving of Trader Joe’s Organic Peanut Butter Crackers. PS, I scored this adorable, little appetizer fork off the sale shelf at Sur la Table. It fits beautifully in Scout’s LunchBots Trio bento box.

4. I know my child isn’t hungry all afternoon.

I’ve heard that a child will eat anything you put in front of them if they’re hungry enough. I don’t know who said it. But, I call tell you that person doesn’t know my daughter well.  Scout will cheerfully chow down on these plain black beans and some leftover Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend. But, the bean and cheese burrito that’s on most school lunch menus? No way. No how.

Would it kill her to go hungry for a few hours? Nope. But, it won’t help her focus and work her way through math and social studies, either.

OrganizedBites.com | 01-06-2015Trader Joe’s Organic Black Beans, Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Mix, organic English cucumbers, black olives, Mixed Medley tomato, and organic Gala apple slices in a LunchBots Quad.

3. I get to pack my kid an extra “I love you” each day.

One of my favorite lines in “The Princess Bride” is “That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.”” It’s amazing, right? All the little things we do for the people we care about. They’re not necessities, just unspoken “I love you’s”. When I come downstairs to find that my husband has put my mug out and has the coffee ready to go, that sweet, loving gesture sets the tone for my day.

Each time I prepare Scout’s lunch is an opportunity to nurture her body and soul, and reinforce the importance of fresh, healthy foods. Plus, the time I spend makes it possible for her to by-pass the five or ten minutes in line (which, sadly, is  a good chunk of her lunch period), and allows her to gain a little more peace in her mid-day meal. If I wasn’t able to send her lunch with her, would it mean that I don’t love her? Of course, not. That’s why it’s an extra love note.

I don’t forget that it’s a privilege to fill up a bento box with Scout’s favorite foods every day. I know that everyone isn’t as lucky, and I don’t take that for granted.

OrganizedBites.com | 01-07-2015Leftover Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese (LunchBots Thermal Jar and fork), an organic Gala apple, organic cucumber slices, a Mixed Medley tomato, organic grape tomatoes, black olives, and organic carrot sticks (To-Go Ware Large Sidekick Snack Container).

2. I know that what Scout is eating is in line with her needs and our values.

It gives me peace of mind to know that I’ve included organic options and have used safe, non-leaching materials to store her food wherever possible. I can also make sure that Scout’s getting all the building block she needs over the course of the day to ensure she has the fuel to be at her best. There’s only so much we can do as parents to protect our children…why not go the extra mile whenever possible.

We are blessed to only have to worry about Scout’s sensitivity to artificial food dyes and whether or not foods fit into our vegetarian lifestyle. Many of our friends deal with life-threatening allergies, and my heart goes out to them. I pack by choice partly to avoid eczema flare-ups, whereas they carry their own food to safeguard their child’s health, possibly their lives.

OrganizedBites.com | 01-08-2015Trader Joe’s Bagel with their organic peanut butter and Super Fruit Spread. Annie’s Homegrown Snack Mix, organic Gala apple slices, organic celery, black olive slices, mixed medley tomatoes, and mixed organic greens in a PlanetBox Shuttle lunch box.

 1. We don’t create waste by sending her lunch.

The older I get the more sensitive I am to the footprints I leave behind, and my brilliant little eco-ranger of a nine year old is thoroughly dedicated to taking care of our planet. Together, we help reduce the heart-wrenching amount of garbage created during the lunch hour. Knowing that those plastic baggies are going to be around long after Scout’s grandkids are packing lunches, makes using re-usable containers the only palatable choice. Reducing the possibility of including toxins with her PB&J by choosing stainless steel containers is an incredibly awesome bonus.

OrganizedBites.com | 01-09-2015Scout’s PlanetBox Shuttle lunch box is great for compact lunches like this occasional treat, organic crunchy peanut butter with a schmear of Trader Joe’s Cookie and Cream Butter on whole wheat bread. Pretzel sticks, organic carrot sticks, Persian cucumber slices, mini heirloom tomatoes, some organic mixed greens, and blood orange wedges.

Each day I include one of Scout’s cloth napkins, a peppermint EO hand sanitizer and an insulated Klean Kanteen of ice water. I use two different ice packs to keep Scout’s lunch at a safe temperature. A sheet of Cryopak Flexible Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes goes underneath her lunch, and a PlanetBox Cold Kit travels in the mesh pocket of the PlanetBox case. If I pack a different lunch bag, I reach for one of our Kids Konserve Ice Packs. And, everything…and, I mean everything, gets labeled with one of Scout’s Mabel’s Labels. Because if it gets lost, I want it back…and, these ridiculously durable labels have helped many a forgotten water bottle return home.

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A Harry Potter Halloween

Hurray for Harry Potter! I’m thrilled to be part of this Edible Geeker Blog Hop celebrating one of my favorite wizards. If you’re popping in from Chaos and Confections, welcome! Please don’t forget to tap the button at the bottom to continue on to the next blog celebrating the “Boy That Lived”.

We celebrated Halloween, Gryffindor-style in this year. Scout had her heart set on being Hermione since early spring. And, as both my hubby and I are big Potter fans, it was great fun for us, too.OrganizedBites.com | Harry Potter Halloween

Here she is ready for school, her trusty Planetbox “Rover” on her shoulder. Hermione carries a PlanetBox, naturally. She’s one smart cookie that cares about our planet. And, here’s what’s inside.

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A Trader Joe’s Salted Crunchy Peanut Butter and Trader Joe’s Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread sandwich on Alpine Valley Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread features the Gryffindor house crest.  That’s another cutter from Warpzone Prints. The sandwich sits on a few purple gem lettuce leaves from Trader Joe’s. The little Cutie Tangerine, I free-handed with the tip of my paring knife. Those are concord grapes underneath it. Yum! And, the mint leaves and stem made for handy pumpkin vines. Of course, Tony’s Fine Foods’ “Boo Chips” made an appearance. They were in her Welcome to Hogwart’s lunch last year, too. A mix of black olives and orange Trader Joe’s Mini Heirloom Tomatoes add a little seasonal flair. A Royal Icing Skull from Wilton lends a Death Eater vibe to the center spot.

We dig doing the family themed costume. When Scout wanted to be Peter Pan, her Dad was Captain Hook, and I was the crocodile…her dog, Booker, was Tink. Last year, Scout went as Little Red Riding Hood, I was the wolf, and my husband was Granny. This year, he went as Syrius Black. The best part of this costume…other than his ruggedly handsome look…is that the outfit is made from a sweatsuit and men’s shirt from Walmart. Of course, it’s heavily distressed and has about a pound and a half of acrylic paint applied to it. Huzzah for years spent working in a theatre. I “tatted” him with a Klutz Face Painting kit I bought six years ago. Seriously, money well spent. From last minute costumes to “Whoops, the face painter has to leave the party, I’ll paint you when you get home”, this kit has saved my bacon countless times.

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I was Madam Hooch, the Quidditch Coach. My only regret is that I didn’t think of dressing our Chihuahua mix, Booker, as Dobby, the House Elf until the day after. That might happen yet. He’s got the ears for it.

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Not pictured is Scout’s cloth napkin, peppermint EO hand sanitizer and an insulated Klean Kanteen of ice water. I use two different ice packs to keep Scout’s lunch at a safe temperature. A sheet of Cryopak Flexible Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes goes underneath her lunch, and a PlanetBox Cold Kit travels in the mesh pocket of the case. And, everything…and, I mean everything, gets labeled with one of Scout’s Mabel’s Labels.

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Día de Muertos

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Scout’s PlanetBox “Shuttle” holds a peanut butter sandwich cut and stamped with a Sweet Spirits (Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead) Cookie Cutter/Stamp. The organic carrot and watermelon radish accents were cut with a tiny heart cutter and the large end of an icing tube. The circles and heart are “glued” on the sandwich with dabs of peanut butter. The groovy blooms are included in the Ateco Flower Cutters, and the hearts are from Wilton’s Mini Romantic Cookie Cutter set. The Shuttle is meant for smaller appetites and snacks. But, I find that layering chips or, in this case, Trader Joe’s Pretzel Thins and organic dried rose petals from Herbs by Diane underneath the sandwich allows me to pack a full meal for Scout in a more compact package. I know rose petals seem a little crazy for a fourth graders lunch. But, since finding a local, trustworthy source, they’ve become my go to for adding a shot of dye-free, colorful, fun.

Día de Muertos has always held a sweet fascination for me. Having lost four dearly loved, older family members in quick succession when I was barely in double digits, the idea of a holiday based solely on remembrance has always struck a tender note in my heart. I’ve been able to save my memories of my grandfather, great aunts, and father by holding them close and revisiting moments with them often over the years.

Two weeks ago, I lost my oldest brother to cancer. I was blessed to be able to be back home in Raleigh and spend precious time with him just before he passed. Thomas lived with passion and grace until the end, and kept his appetite and humor. That wicked sense of humor had me and my other two brothers in tears as we egged each other on weaving tales of family hijinks and dusting off long forgotten memories. And, I was struck by how often food played a key role in the stories…Mom’s banana pudding, stops at Wilbur’s on the way to the coast, Mama Wa making homemade mints, family dinners at the Ranch Motel. The days went by in a blur and with a succession of dishes dropped off by friends, supplemented with take-out from Thomas’ favorite joints.

Food and life and love and loss are so beautifully woven together. I can’t look at a Hershey’s with Almonds without catching a faint whiff of my Papa’s Old Spice. And, though we know it’s technically a flaw, no one in my family would dream of making a meringue pie that didn’t weep like Aunt Tene’s used to. I’ll never make pimento cheese without thinking of Thomas. I guess this is a big part of why I love to cook. It connects me to the people I came from, and let’s me share a part of them with Scout. It keeps me wired to the ones I love.

I’d enjoy hearing some of your food memories…feel free to share them in the comments. And, please click the button at the bottom to head over to Zoe’s Lunch Box to see what spooky delights she has in store. It’s bound to be a treat! But, come back tomorrow for a special post and details on how to score a discount from PlanetBox.

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Not pictured is Scout’s cloth napkin, peppermint EO hand sanitizer and an insulated Klean Kanteen of ice water. I use two different ice packs to keep Scout’s lunch at a safe temperature. A sheet of Cryopak Flexible Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes goes underneath her lunch, and a PlanetBox Cold Kit travels in the mesh pocket of the case. And, everything…and, I mean everything, gets labeled with one of Scout’s Mabel’s Labels.

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A Boy Named Sue

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I’ve lost a good chunk of my sense of humor since becoming a Mother.

When the opportunity to participate in this Shel Silverstein hop popped up, I was thrilled. I love children’s books, and wasn’t about to pass up celebrating the author of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “The Giving Tree”…then, a bit of trivia stretched and yawned in my noggin. Shel Silverstein was a songwriter, too. And, he had written a song that was wrapped up all warm and snug in my memory, Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue”.

Game over. Lunch theme sorted and set. “A Boy Named Sue” it is. That song put me sitting in my grandfather’s lap as Johnny Cash performed on the black and white television set (complete with tinfoil wrapped antennae). My Papa’s Old Spice mingled with the house’s scent, a delicious blend of old books and Johnson’s Paste Wax. He rocked and chuckled as Cash played. Such a lovely memory. I haven’t heard the song in years.

Yesterday morning I whipped out this bento with pepper rings, lettuce, watermelon letters, and rainbow carrot slices (that look disturbingly like bacon to me), all in our Planetbox Shuttle. Scout came down for breakfast, and I googled boy + named + sue for a video to show her what her lunch was all about. While I tidied up, I listened.

The song played and the warm, fuzzy memories blew away. I had already realized my mistake before I spun around and saw Scout’s confused look. “Pretty weird, huh?”, I asked. “I don’t really get it”, she said, “it’s just a name”. “Yep, Scout, just like pink’s just a color…if a boy likes it, then it’s a boy color.” A girl’s name is just as good as a boy’s name. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Bam.

I told you my sense of humor had taken a hit. When I look at my daughter, my bright, mechanically minded, math loving, sewing, cooking, Batman obsessed daughter…I want the world for her. The whole world.  And, it’s going to take a massive perception shift to get that to happen for our kids. That includes all those innocuous little things that are so wrapped up in tradition and “well, that’s just how it’s done” that we don’t even recognize how “not funny” they are until you hear them sung to the rapt attention of your child that you’ve spent nine years guiding. Nine years of “girls are GREAT at math” and you’re free to love whatever color you want and play with whatever toys appeal to you. People are people whoever they are.

So while Scout ate, and I flew around signing her agenda and filling water bottles, we talked about how silly it is that the most embarrassing thing the dad in the song could think to do was to give his son a girl’s name. How wrong it was that a part of the son’s identity got him teased to the point that he became hard and combative. And, my heart ached for all the kids that get bullied because what they like doesn’t fall within certain perimeters, and for the kids too afraid to live the lives they want for fear of ridicule.

Honestly, I only started out to make lunch. I didn’t intend to take a stand and shake my tiny little fists. But, I’ve come to realize that if you don’t speak to your kids about your disapproval of something…you might’ve well of endorsed it. Sometimes, I think they learn more during our silent moments than they do from our speeches. And, it’s probably not what we want them to absorb.

Climbing down off my lunch box now to say, “Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein! I absolutely love most everything you’ve written.”

Here’s hoping that you’ll hop on over to Robot Squirrel and the Monkeys. As, she’s bound to have something fun and fabulous to celebrate Shel Silverstein. Click the button below or the link above…but, don’t miss her post!

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Not pictured is Scout’s cloth napkin, peppermint EO hand sanitizer and an insulated Klean Kanteen of ice water. I use two different ice packs to keep Scout’s lunch at a safe temperature. A sheet of Cryopak Flexible Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes went underneath her lunch, and a PlanetBox Cold Kit travels in the mesh pocket of the case. And, everything…and, I mean everything, gets labeled with one of Scout’s Mabel’s Labels.

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Deep Breath…We Have a New Doctor

Doctor Who, that is. Thirty odd years ago,  I first watched Jon Pertwee regenerate into Tom Baker on Public Television…my first taste of this odd rebirth of the titular character. Half a lifetime later, I’m clear across the country eagerly awaiting Twelve’s arrival with my daughter and a gaggle of Whovians. Heck, I’m blogging about it on the interwebs. Who’d have thunk it?

Scout and I have tickets to see the new Doctor’s first episode, “Deep Breath” at the local movie theater on Monday night. But, I’m kicking off the weekend with a “Lunch for Twelve” Blog Hop with some of my favorite geektastic bloggers, Edible Geekery.

If you’ve just materialized from Beneficial Bento, “Welcome!”. Please hit the hop button at the end of this post to continue on to see what wonders await at What’s in Our Lunch Bags, and hop around until you’re back with me. You’re not going to want to miss a single site. Trust me, he’s the Doctor.

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I packed Scout’s Planetbox “Rover” full of references from the Series 8 trailer. I was thrilled to see Madame Vastra of the Paternoster Gang, and can only imagine that Jenny and Strax aren’t far behind. I love that little potato headed fellow, Strax. He and the TARDIS are represented above as a couple of Trader Joe’s Salted Crunchy Peanut Butter sandwichs on Alpine Valley Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread. The TARDIS cutter is part of a set from the Doctor Who merchandise over at Lakeland in the UK. Strax and the Dalek came from Warpzone Prints. (Though, ThinkGeek now has a similar set, and the shipping won’t give you a coronary.) I slid a layer of Trader Joe’s Cheddar Rockets under Strax to support the upper sandwich…and, to add a little crunch with lunch.

The organic cantaloupe Dalek is hiding amongst champagne grapes and organic raspberries, poised to exterminate. I couldn’t resist the berries. I’m utterly smitten with the dead sexy, red silk lining of the new Doctor’s coat, and had to include a splash of red in this lunch to echo that.

A honeydew T-Rex is perched atop a stack of organic Rainbow carrot planks. Rex’s tail was a bit to large for the space, so I bobbed it and flipped it around to look like he was swishing it on his rampage through London. At least, I think it’s London in the trailer…I’ve been arduously avoiding spoilers other than the official trailer, which I’ve embedded at the bottom of this post for you.

Stars cut from thin slices of the white carrots shine from a dark field of black olives. I swear, Scout could eat her weight in olives…fortunately, I’m happy to supply them. A couple of Trader Joe’s Schoolhouse Cookies and a dye-free red gummy star from the bulk bin at Whole Foods are today’s sweet finish.

Now, don’t forget to click the “Lunch for Twelve” button immediately below to travel through space and time to What’s in Our Lunch Bags. Karen is so ridiculously talented, I know she has something fabulous in store.

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Back to Basics Blog Hop: BellaJackson Studios Utensils

If you’re looking for a little something special (and beautifully eco-friendly) to add to your bento stash for Back to School, look no further than BellaJackson Studios. Cyndi takes vintage flatware and gives it a creative twist by adding a stamped name or cute phrase. I chose the custom design option for Scout last year, adding a mantra to focus on what I hoped she’d work on that year…”Choose to Shine”. The gentle reminder helped her to remember to raise her hand, take a few chances, and dare to excel. Her Bella Jackson spoon is now her favorite piece of flatware.

There are so many cute stock phrases in stock, I find it hard to believe you can find one that speaks to you or your child. My BellaJackson spoon proclaims, “I like pretty things and clever words.” And, I do, don’t you know?

When you start your bento stash with solid, well made pieces like the ones from PlanetBox and Lunchbots, you don’t have to recreate the wheel each Fall. You have the major components of your lunch kits in hand and in good condition, allowing you to add a fun little accessory if you’re so inclined and the budget’s willing.

Go ahead and order now to be sure and have it when school starts. While you’re there, make a list of ones that jump out as the perfect gift for someone you know…Christmas will be here before we know it. (Sorry. But, it’s true. I can’t believe we’ve nearly put 2014 to bed already.)

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When I was Scout’s age, breakfast for lunch was one of my favorite packed lunch treats. She loves it, too. And, it’s a nice rabbit to pull out of the hat when you’re out of time…or, desperately need to make a run for provisions. Dry cereal goes in the Lunchbots 16 oz. Thermal Jar, while the milk stays cold in the insulated Klean Kanteen. A dipper from To-Go Ware holds fresh fruit and a silicone heart filled with cashews and almonds for crunch, color, and variety.

It’s all about the testing these days! Whip out your #2 yellow pencil, and click through all the posts in the hop, noting the letter and number on each post’s green tile. Once you’ve arrived back at the first post you read, arrange the letters in numerical order to break the code and pass the test. Check out the Rafflecopter giveaway (at the bottom of this post) to find the query just aching for the answer you find, and enter to win one of the fab prizes!BTS Hop 2015 Button #15

 The bell’s ringing for the next class!

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Not pictured is Scout’s cloth napkin, peppermint EO hand sanitizer and an insulated Klean Kanteen of ice water. I use two different ice packs to keep Scout’s lunch at a safe temperature. A sheet of Cryopak Flexible Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes went underneath her lunch, and a PlanetBox Cold Kit travels in the mesh pocket of the case. And, everything…and, I mean everything, gets labeled with one of Scout’s Mabel’s Labels.

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