FUNBITES Review and Giveaway! {Bento for the Littles}

IMG_1016We love bento-ing so we are always looking new fun ways to make creative meals! My boys are really good eaters…but….my daughter Gabbi….PICKIEST. EATER. EVER! I mentioned it before but her body was unable to form enamel on her back teeth so when her molars came in they quickly rotted…and were very painful. Because of this I’m sure you can imagine, but she hated eating anytime that she had to chew. Once she had oral surgery at age 2 she had become so picky…there were a lot of tears shed. It has been an incredibly emotional. She is now learning to like food {Praise GOD!} but it is still a very uphill battle. Gabbi and the boys love cubed cheese, fruit, and veggies! …but oh my, I sometimes think it takes longer to cut then it does for them to eat it! I cannot even express my excitement when I came across FunBites, the idea of being able to transform basic food into fun and tiny shapes…yes please!! The wonderful Bobbie {the awesome mama behind FunBites} sent me a Square FunBites {there’s also hearts and triangles…I will be getting both those asap!}
Ok guys! Seriously this thing is AWESOME!!! I love it so much! I use it multiple times a day! And its SUPER easy to use! Check it out!
IMG_1018FunBites are BPA free! They can be either handwashed or thrown in the top rack of the dishwasher! YAY! Our dishwasher broke {BOOOOO} so we have been hand washing our FunBites and I can tell you it is really easy to get clean! I would recommend rinsing it or even washing it right after using it that way it’s all ready to go for next time!
FunBites is SUPER DUPER easy to use…as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 – Place FunBites cutter on top of food.  Remove popper top and set to the side.

2 – Grab cutter handles on both sides, press down firmly and rock 5-6 times to cut through the food.

3 – Lift the cutter up, insert popper top and pop out the bite-sized pieces!

Yep its just that easy! Even my kiddos love using it and since it isn’t sharp I’m ok with that! The twins can help make lunch, dinner and snacks now YAY!

I have tried FunBites on a TON of different things…
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Melons
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Fresh Homemade Bread
  • Eggs {both hard-boiled and fried}
  • Sliced Lunch Meat {ham and turkey}
  • Banana Bread {the kids LOVE that}banana
  • Pancakes
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Nutella Sandwiches
  • PBJ Sandwiches
  • Turkey Sandwiches
  • Ham Sandwiches
  • Chicken Breast {boneless grilled and pan-fried}
  • Homemade Fried Chicken Breast
  • Turkey Breast
  • Salami
  • Grilled Steak {the kids LOVED it and it was so quick and easy!}

That’s all I can think of right now! I had zero issue with all of the above. The steak took a little extra time but thats to be expected! FunBites isn’t just for kids…you can make a yummy chicken salad in no time! I have loved it not only for the little but for my hubby and myself!

Buy It: On FunBites website and get 20% off your order when you enter the code: Bloom
Win It: One Lucky Reader Will Win A FunBites of their choice!! YAY!
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BabyLegs Giveaway will run from Sunday September, 22  2013 –  Sunday September 30, 2013.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted September 30, 2013 via email.

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Bento for the Littles {Dino Bites}

I’m still waiting on a really fun BentoUSA order…alas until it comes I must fend for myself! Ok, seriously you don’t need anything super special to create fun Bento boxes! Since I started bento-ing I found all my cookie cutter…and there are A LOT! They range from very large to thumb print size. We have tons of different themes too. Flowers, christmas {of course}, fall, Halloween, trains, cars and so on!

This Dino bento was REALLY easy! I actually FINALLY found the dinosaur cutter yesterday! I was so excited to use it! My boys loved this box…the salad made a perfect jungle and the avocado spears acted as trees 🙂 Topped off with some chips and banana! It was a hit!

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Today I am headed to a few local stores in search for some bento-y stuff! I can’t wait to see what I find!

Until then here are a few tricks of the Bento trade that I personally love and want…

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Sandwich Cutter – Man oh man the possibilities are endless! I’m waiting on this very set to arrive {hopefully this weekend or early next week} I have so many fun ideas to try!

Egg Mold – Make fun hard boiled eggs! I cannot wait to get some of these!

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Silicone Mold – perfect for cakes, chocolates and frozen yogurt! I have a fun flower one and want to get a dog or bear one next

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EasyLunchBoxes – One of my ABSOLUTE favorites! perfect three compartment box

 

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Pineapple Bento Box – I just want this!

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EasyLunchBoxes Review and Giveaway!

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

We started Bento -ing awhile ago and our family fell in love! We love bento boxes and there are so many different kinds…they are  kinda like potato chips…you can’t just have one! I’m absolutely in love with EasyLunchBoxes! We use them for all the littles meals, seriously breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! The kids love them too! After getting our first set of 4 I decided we needed more! They are so convenient and the size is perfect!

I received the lovely bright set of four with a purple insulated lunch bag {if you know me personally, you know that the purple was not by accident nor are you surprised!} from the Lovely Kelly Lester {the smarty pants mama behind EasyLunchBoxes} From the moment I opened the package I was in love! When it comes to kids and lunch boxes/bento boxes…well…this isn’t my first rodeo! I defiantly knew what I wanted…IMG_3793

  • STURDY STURDY STURDY
  • Tight Fitting Lid
  • Stackable
  • Easy Clean up
  • A Container with a bag it actually fit in {for when where are out and about or on Homelink days}

EasyLunchBoxes EXCEEDED my expectations! First of all they are 100% stackable the containers and the lids all fit together making one perfect little package! That “perfect little package”

fits, well…perfectly in the insulated lunch bag thus making storage super easy! The actual container its self is really sturdy! These are not like those flimsy plastic containers deli meat comes in….these are the real deal!

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Same thing goes for the lids…sturdy! Three of the filled containers with the lids fit in the insulated lunch bag, which is totally ideal for us! {psst, between you and me…I’m going to be placing an order for a set in the “classic” colors, one set of the mini dippers and another insulated lunch bag…my oldest has requested orange!}

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EasyLunchBoxes are hands down my go to! They are the perfect size for breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks! They container in broken into three compartments the first one is roughly sandwich sized, the second one is perfect for chips, fries, fruits, veggies…just pick your favorite side and go, the third is the smallest of the three and perfect for jello, pudding, applesauce and dips! EasyLunchBoxes are the PERFECT accompaniment to all our Bento gear! Are you a fellow Bento – er  you NEED EasyLunchBoxes! Please note that although EasyLunchBoxes do seal and keep your food safe they are not leak proof…so be sure if you are packing dips or sauces grab yourself some little dippers! IMG_0908

And I’m not the only one who loves EasyLunchboxes! They are the #1 best-selling lunch boxes on Amazon!

EasyLunchboxes are perfect for every appetite! I have one child that loves to eat, one that hates to eat, and one that in right in the middle…However they all LOVE eating when it is served in their EasyLunchBoxes!

If you are not the proud owner of EasyLunchBoxes then I can only imagine that to a ready to get some of your very own!! Don’t worry Kelly at EasyLunchBoxes has given me the awesome opportunity to give one of YOU a set of 4 boxes and a cooler bag! You get to choose from the Classic lid colors or the new Brights {that’s what I have} and you get to choose your cooler bag color! YAY!

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EasyLunchBoxes Giveaway will run from Thursday September, 5  2013 –  Saturday September 14, 2013.

One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted September 15, 2013 via email.

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And keep an eye out for my brand new series coming this week…

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Bento for the Littles

I’m so excited to introduce you to my brand new series #bentoforthelittles A few months ago I started creating bento meals for my littles…and pretty much fell in love and so did they!

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Ok, first of all you are probably wondering…What is Bento?

The term Bento actually comes from a derivative of “convenient” or “convenience”.  It’s one box {container} filled with food…thus making a well balance meal in one dish!  With origins from Japan, which I love because I have an amazing friend who was born and raised in Japan! Bento is more than just a bunch of food smashed together in one box…some of these boxes are AMAZING…I’m still learning 🙂  IMG_0908These wonderful Japanese wives and mamas spend time lovingly creating beautiful healthy meals for the loved ones! You can check out my Bento Pinterest board and see what I mean! For kids bento is FUN! For adults, bento boxes can be a great way to use portion control!

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For us Bento Lunches are more than just presentation {although the littles love that} Since 18 months old we have struggled with a daughter who has serious vitamin deficiencies, that lead to serious dental issues that have caused a serious aversion to most food…for about 9 months is was a horrible ripple effect! It has been very emotionally draining and very hard. We REALLY wanted to find something that break this horrible cycle. During our search we found that presentation really matters, not only with little miss, but with our boys who enjoy eating! WIN WIN!!  Creating fun bento meals…breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks is a fantastic way to get your little excited about not only food…but healthy food!

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What you need to start Bento-ing?

Seriously all you need is a dish either with or without compartments {like EasyLunchBoxes…that I just happen to be giving away right now! Enter HERE} and some cookie cutters! And a well balanced meal plan! Bento can grow from there…and I mean GROW!!!! One of my favorite places to find Bento gear is Bento USA. You will not believe how much super fun stuff they have!

What’s Bento for the Littles going to consist of?

I will be sharing favorite stores, shops and items {aka my growing stash and wish list!}, plus fun bento things I find at our local asian market and all my creations! AND I want you to do the same! Every time you share a Bento be sure to hashtag #bentoforthelittles & #thelifeinbloom I’m so excited Bento for the Littles…and I even have quite a few fun bento giveaways coming up {and the EasyLunchBoxes going on now!}

Find Bento for the Littles on

Pinterest

Instagram {the is brand spankin new just for Bento!}

Facebook  {this page is brand new too and will be dedicated to all things Bento}

Twitter

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