Wednesday, April 21, 2010

bento goodie GIVEAWAY!

In honor of Autism Awareness Month I am having my very first blog giveaway! I'm a little nervous because I've never done anything like this before ;-) but I am so excited to share this with all of you!

One VERY lucky winner will get this little prize package courtesy of me:
bento giveaway!!
a bento box, two silicone cups, a package of barran and a set of my favorite bento picks!
bento goodies!

bento fun for you!

I'm also including an upcycled Capri-Sun lunchbag from TerraCycle. It fits this bento box perfectly, holding the lunch upright while being carried. Somehow the pictures I took of that are not ready to be uploaded, so I'll attach those pictures later.

And that's not all. In honor of Autism Awareness month the winner, the very VERY lucky winner, will also receive.... (drum roll, please)....

their own set of Match & Munch puzzle piece sandwich cutters, courtesy of The Lunch Punch!!!
MMshapes

and THAT'S NOT ALL!

The lovely folks at The Lunch Punch are also going to give that lucky winner a set of their Critter Cutters animal shaped sandwich cutters!
CCshapes

Just color me jealous! I've been dying for the adorable elephant press for ages!
elephant
I mean, just look at it! It's adorable!

Many thanks to The Lunch Punch for participating in this giveaway! :)  They have some new designs rolling out soon that are just as cute and fun. You all really need to check them out!

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment.

That's it. Simple, right? Leave a comment on this post. That comment is your entry.
Leave a comment telling me how autism has touched your life.  Or leave a comment about which Lunch Punch set is your favorite. Or leave a comment to let me know what you are planting in your garden this summer or just leave a comment to say "hi! you have the greatest blog ever in the history of the blogoshere!!!". Go ahead, I won't stop you. ;-)  Just leave a comment, one per person. Contest winner will be chosen at random in one week and I will announce that lucky lucky winner next Thursday.

Good luck!!!
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150 comments:

Jon and Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I think you should pick me just because I'm the first one!! I have twin boys and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this giveway!! Oh and you do HAVE AN AWESOME blog!! Super cute ideas!!

StormyGirl said... [Reply to comment]

HI! I can't remember how I originally came across your blog, but I am now a faithful stalker :) Keep up the great work..I look forward to checking out what's for lunch everyday for your kiddos and look for inspiration as well.

Carolyn

Sabrina said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow! This is an awesome giveaway, count me in!!!
My brother has a friend who has pretty severe autism. He's such a sweet kid that it breaks my heart when people don't even make an attempt to understand why he is the way he is. I think focusing on autism awareness this month on your blog has been awesome. :)

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

I'm new to bento lunches and my 5 year old and 2 year old are loving it, as am I. I LOVE that elephant press! How cute! Thanks so much for all the great info on your blog! :)

Karen

Alie said... [Reply to comment]

Oh a giveaway, what fun! Lets see.. I am planning on planting (still possible freezing temperatures here) lots and lots of basil in my garden. I thought we had enough basil frozen from last years crop to last us but we ran out this winter. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

Totally love the giraffe box! And you've inspired me lately to make bentos for my kids. It's actually faster to make 4 lunches into Sassy boxes than into ziploc bags. ;)

Wendy

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely love your blog! I showed it to Annabeth and she wants to start packing bento lunches! I have told her I would get some stuff but haven't managed to do that yet

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog, let me just get that out of the way. I found it blog hopping a few weeks back and have been lurking around since then ;) I have a 1 1/2 year old girl and I am always running out of ideas for lunch (which is my least favorite meal time) You always inspire me to make something better! I had never heard of the "bento" before but I know exactly what I am going to use when my daughter becomes school aged! I am a huge fan of the puzzle lunchpunch! I did not know that April was autism awareness month, but because of you now I do. Wishing all the best!

JenC said... [Reply to comment]

I've been lurking on your blog for a while. My son is starting preschool this fall, and I've been looking for lunchbox ideas that will appeal to my picky eater (He won't eat meat of any kind, sandwiches, or pretty much anything else that convenient and easy to pack. ARGH!). I've made a few bento lunches for him, and I think the cute factor is winning out over his picky tendencies! The giveaway goodies are adorable!

~Teri in VA said... [Reply to comment]

Hello! I've been following your blog for about a month. I think I may have clicked over from a Nester link. Love your cute ideas. I'm always trying to make eating healthy fun and attractive. I'd love to see more Mama bentos.

Many thanks for the inspiration. :-)

~Teri in VA

Nancy said... [Reply to comment]

I'm an on-again-off-again bento lunch packer, very excited to see your blog. I'm always looking for good ideas to, uh, borrow!

Peggy said... [Reply to comment]

you are my lunch making inspiration. I ordered several lock and lock and sassy boxes that other day and am waiting for them to arrive.

Kristie Clower said... [Reply to comment]

i love to see all the cutie lunches you make for your kiddos. I now have egg molds because of your fanciness. I'd love the bento box for me. cause I'm a big kid. =] oh and I'd let my daughter borrow it every now and again. So pick me! and I love those critter cutters 'cause that yin yang fishie cutter makes me happy all the way to my toes.

Betty Bundtcake said... [Reply to comment]

This is a fantastic idea! As a teacher I check your blog often to get creative ideas for my lunch. The other teachers are always jealously scoping out what I bring as they heat up their tv dinners. My lunches have been even more exciting recently as my asparagus is coming up. I plant a little bit of everything in my garden including 36 tomato plants and 24 bell peppers. I can't wait to pack more fresh veggies from my garden! Keep up the creative posts.

The Prickly Pinecone said... [Reply to comment]

I am hoping some of the veggies I am growing actually survive so I can make some bento boxes with them! My husband won't be happy when he gets to work with cute little animals!

thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail(dot)com

carO__ said... [Reply to comment]

This is the most exciting thing I've seen all day- the thought of recreating your bentos makes me giddy! If I don't win can you please post a blog about where you buy all your little gadgets!

Bar 7 Ranch said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE your Blog! I just started Bentos for my little girl (6 yrs old) and occasionally for my 1 yr old son a few months ago. They love them. This giveaway is great! Good Luck with it and I hope I win!!! ;)

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

Woo! I love lunch punches and have been dying to try one out. They are so cute!

We won't get to plant our garden until mid May after the last frost. We're planning to do some peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, zucchini, and maybe some other things if we see something that catches our eye :D

Shelby said... [Reply to comment]

What a great giveaway! I would love this for my baby once she is a bit older. Super cute!

G. said... [Reply to comment]

I've always wanted a bento! I'm so excited. I think it is great that you are raising awareness for autism. I myself have not been personally touched by autism but, I know people who have. The other day, I was putting together a puzzle with my daughter and thought about autism. Even something as small as cutting your sandwiches in puzzle pieces can make a difference. My support goes out to you! :)

ginaboston1@gmail.com

The Planet Pink said... [Reply to comment]

hi! you have the greatest blog ever in the history of the blogoshere!!!

:wub: You know I love you girlie! You totally rock my socks! Thanks for being an inspiration - and not just with your lunches. :wub:

Monica said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog! I have been trying to get more involved with making bento lunches for my little girl and I was happy to find your blog. Thanks for the motivation!

Lovee♥Megan said... [Reply to comment]

My neighbor had autism.
She goes to a special school.
I dont judge.
She's so awesome, and we have a fun time together.
I dont even realize she has autism, because we just laugh and talk about real girl things!

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Im planting sunflower seeds in my graden this year, along with onions, raddishes, and strawberries, unless the squirrels and rabbits eat them!

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My favorite lunch punch is the puzzle piece one, for autism awareness month, of course!

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I always look forward to your blog because its so simple, yet 'elegant' and sweet.
I love that yours seems 'real' not so fake and un-attainable!

-Megan♥ good luck!

Christa said... [Reply to comment]

How hasn't Autism touched my life? I have never been so afraid as when it became apparent that my oldest son had Autism. It has broken my heart, it has made me angry.

It has taught me paitence. It has made me a better parent, a better person. I celebrate each accomplishment, the tiny and the huge (although they are all HUGE)! I have an appreciation for teachers and people who work with special needs children. It's a calling. I love Elmo and Sesame Street because it delights him so.

Autism has given me a network, a community where I am lucky to meet other families who are trying to make a better world for their kids.

Tifani says... said... [Reply to comment]

You inspire me. It doesn't look like much when I type it out. Just three words are there, but they don't really explain how I feel when I see your blog and get motivated to try new things. You give me an invitation to new experiences. That is priceless. Thank you for being an inspiration in more ways that with food.

Papaya134 said... [Reply to comment]

Hey! I recently found your blog and have been stalking it ever since! I absolutely love how creative you are, you've inspired me to reacquaint my self and my love of Asian inspired things. I love the idea of a bento, and absolutely love the cookie cutter incorporation! Really hope to win this give away, my son would get a kick out of the little fork animals! =]

Cindy said... [Reply to comment]

I just love your blog and the ideas you've given me. I don't have kids right now, but lately I've been trying to pack healthy, non waste creating lunches and your blog gives great ideas.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

I came across your blog through a Birth Club BBC I belong too. I now faithfully stalk you :-) I am now a bento addict. I love all of the fun things you do for your kiddo's lunches. It inspired me to purchase some small cookie cutters to make melon shapes for treat day at my daughter's daycare. I look for ward to seeing more of your clever ideas!

Schieslers... plus one said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog! It definitely inspired me to get creative with my super picky daughter's meals! I am a BCBA and have worked with children and families dealing with autism for the last 10 years. I know how inspiring the kids are and how strong the families are! Congrats on all you do!

Kara said... [Reply to comment]

What fun stuff!
I've really appreciated your blog. Since reading it, you've inspired me to think of lunch-packing as an exercise in creativity, without getting too complex. *I wish you all the best!*

Chag said... [Reply to comment]

Pick me! These things are too cute to resist!
chag78@gmail.com

Wii Fit & A Bet said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, everything you are giving away is toooo cute! :) pick me! pick me! pick me!

Misty said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog! I always come here for inspiration.

Mahalo!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I love the dolphin one, my kids would love having dolphin sandwiches! That box is cute too. And I've always liked the puzzle pieces.

I made an attempt to bento today, using our crayola sandwich boxes. They got animal crackers, a granola bar, a nutrigrain bar, a cookie, peanut butter on crackers, and some fruit snacks. I somehow managed to fit all that into one sandwich box, and then a sandwich in another box. They seemed to enjoy it, so I might have to do it more often!

pick me! LOL.

Cathy Abrew said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiring me! You have made a fun impact on my Northern California family. Thanks!

jill said... [Reply to comment]

i always stop in to see what you are packing for lunch. it will be a while before i have to start packing lunches for my little man, but i love the combo of items and the arrangement you use. love, love, love it...well, it's food, what's not to love.

Susan B. said... [Reply to comment]

You have a great blog & great ideas! :) pick me! pick me!

we mentor a 10 yr old boy through Big Bros/Big Sisters that has aspergers (sp?) which I believe is classified with autism. we have a great time with him and have learned a lot. for me it has been eye-opening, like your post the other day about needing to not judge people at the grocery store when their kids are screaming. there is often more going on than it simply being a mis-behaved child. I have certainly become more patient toward parents. keep spreading the word. :)

Kim said... [Reply to comment]

I recently discovered your blog and I LOVE IT! Can't wait for my little one to get older so I can use all your great ideas. Thanks for a wonderful blog!

gracie said... [Reply to comment]

hi! you have the greatest blog ever in the history of the blogoshere!!!
ha-ha... :) i really do love your blog, you have great ideas! i check it everyday, then my daughter always wants the same things in her lunch. thanks so much for sharing!
grace (gmcalleja@gmail.com)

Mermaid said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! Your autism awareness is fantastic. I love your creative bentos!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

I really do love your blog! I came across it the other day and it is a life saver for lunches.
I have a two year old daughter and lunch time can get a little monotonous around here. I am always looking to try new foods with her and this website gives me the jumpstart I need!

zombiepanda said... [Reply to comment]

I love the picks and the bento. Giraffes are really cute! I would love a bento to put my lunches in to bring to work because there is not much healthy food where I work and I have no lunchbox. It would be a lot better than ziplock bags in my purse. (: I love your blog and the lunches you make, I also didn't know it was Autism Awareness Month though I have AS. But I don't tell anyone offline anyway because I don't know anyone else who is likewise. If I had a bento, I would try and make pretty lunches like yours, hehe.

~Gary said... [Reply to comment]

I actually stumbled upon this a while ago (before the autism awareness... not sure exactly when!) from Fed Up With Lunch. I've always loved bento meals, but was way too intimidated! After looking at yours, I know that when it's time for my son to go to school, I can pack his lunch too. If you can do it for four kids, surly I can do it for one!

As far as autism goes, my uncle has Asperger's, and a co-workers son has Sensory Integration Disorder. She is perhaps the most patient, amazing woman I know! Her son is a sweetheart, and listening to stories has taught me to be more patient with my "neuro-typical" kid!

Anyway, you're an amazing person and I enjoy peeking into your life every day!! Keep the beautiful bentos coming!

shelleychina said... [Reply to comment]

I just stumbled upon your blog and now I am hooked! I have 1 year old twins and I am already so excited to pack bento lunches for them. I will now be a faithful reader and can't wait to see your latest creations.

*~*~*Stephani*~*~* said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my goodness! What a great giveaway! I started looking at bento lunch blogs a few months ago in prep for my 4 y/o starting Kindergarten in the Fall. I'm so excited to start bentoing! And one of the things to get on my list are the puzzle piece cutters. :)

Pam said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE your bento blog! A friend emailed me the link. I looked into bento's when my little guy was in 1st. We got one of the laptop lunch bento boxes and some extra containers. Been using it ever since. We also found a Japanese $1 store with some nice extras and a few things at the Sanrio store. If we were in San Francisco I would be all over the Ichiban Kan store: http://www.ichibankanusa.com/bento_box.asp. Sadly, they shut down their online store... :(
I'm still trying to get my little guy to buy in on sushi, but so far, no luck. 'Sigh.' But we love using ice cream molds for the hard-boiled egg presses. FUN! And cutting the fruits into fun shapes. :)

Selena said... [Reply to comment]

AWESOME...of course I just placed an order for some supplies from Amazon after spending way too much time on your site! I'd love to have some of these things to round out my growing collection!

Selena

Melanie said... [Reply to comment]

i've already mentioned to you how inspiring you are - i want to make lunches like you when i grow up and these goodies could definitely help. i would've never known about all the possibilities if it weren't for your blog. :)

Sherry Saville said... [Reply to comment]

I've been following your blog for a while. Love the ideas and have incorporated some into my kiddos lunches (well, I don't have those cute picks, but have been sending toothpicks to make it more fun). LOVE the sandwich presses~we've been doing the circle sandwich press of Pampered Chef~but how fabulous are those animals and puzzles?! What a great giveaway.

heyjenrenee said... [Reply to comment]

awesome awesome giveaway! and awesome awesome blog ... i love seeing your lunches here and that elephant press is RAD!!! thanks so much.

A Psych Mommy said... [Reply to comment]

I just discovered your blog and love it! My very first job was working as an aide for a child with autism in her classroom and that inspired me to switch my major from business to psychology and now I'm a school psychologist because of her! Anyhow, love your blog!

susanne13 said... [Reply to comment]

You are inspiring! Thanks for a great blog!

Whitney said... [Reply to comment]

I have been following your blog for awhile and really enjoy it. I have just starting with the bentos and an amazed how you have time for it. I am struggling with 2 kids. You also sold me on the easy lunchbox systems. Hope I can add to my bento collection (which is very limited at this point) by just saying "hi"

The Queen of Neptune said... [Reply to comment]

I happened upon your blog one day by pure chance. And let me just say that I am so glad I did. You have inspired me to completely re-invent the way I pack my lunches. I know that you pack your bentos for your children who are much younger than I am, but as a high school student, I find your bentos absolutely adorable. When I started packing my bento lunch (last Monday, actually) every single person at lunch (which happens to take place in the art room) was fascinated. I mention this because my lunch table consists of four girls and Tyler. Tyler has autism, and is quite possibly the sweetest guy in the entire school. When the semester first started, he didn't talk much, but by February, it was almost like he was a different person. He is kind, extremely funny, and his painting skills put all of us females to shame. He has taught me not to judge and not to make assumptions. Some people may think it's slightly strange that I choose to spend my lunches in the art room with Tyler instead of in the cafeteria with everyone else. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thank you so much for a wonderful blog!

Leslie said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog! and.. how cute are those elephant sandwich presses!

CupcakeLove said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog! I'm graduating from college in may and wished that i had the lunches you make everyday. I love it! It makes me so happy to see so much love going into making a beautiful lunch

cori said... [Reply to comment]

My first job was working at an autistic summer camp. The kids were filled with so much love and wonder that it made my job a breeze. I will be going to work there again this summer for the 9th in a row.

Ilubmyfisherman said... [Reply to comment]

I luv ur blog. U give me good ideas for my picky eater. Thank u!

Steffie Lou said... [Reply to comment]

I really enjoy reading your blog. I am a teacher and have a mixed class, including children on the autistic spectrum.
And I am just starting my container garden for the summer. So far I have rosemary, thyme and strawberries going! =+)

Inkspot Workshop said... [Reply to comment]

Just found your blog from one of your childhood friends I follow on FB! Love it! This giveaway has just about the cutest things ever and my 4 year old son would love having his sandwiches cut into these fun shapes for sure.

Thanks to the wonderful people out there that are brining Autism Awareness to the public, I feel I make the BEST choice for my son 4 years ago when he was born. That choice was NOT to vaccinate him, according to the CDC guidelines.

You see, I am in the medical industry and have become so jaded and am fully aware it's all about $$. There is DEFINITELY a link between vaccines and autism, regardless of how much $ the drug companies spend trying to convince you otherwise.

I am not against vaccines, just know there are way too many injections being given at one time, per the current schedule. My personal choice is that my son never receives more than 1 shot, per office visit. I've also been lucky that the pediatricians have fully understood my stance and support my decision as a parent.

Thank you!!

Erin said... [Reply to comment]

Those goodies look awesome! What a cute idea for a giveaway! I would looooove to win those!

Familyoftwo said... [Reply to comment]

HOW COOL ARE THOSE!

My nephew has Aspbergers syndrome. While he is the most loving little boy, he is also very trying when he gets on his one track mind set. It makes you hyper aware that the child screaming at the grocery store or the diner isn't ALWAYS a "problem child" but just may not be able to control himself.

ShortcakeScraps said... [Reply to comment]

Hi there! I just found your blog and it's so cute! I have a nephew who has autism. The whole experience that my sister and brother-in-law have gone through has taught us (our family) so much about autism.

Michelene said... [Reply to comment]

I try to make thoughtful decisions about what my kids eat all the time. This makes some of those boring meals FUN and they are eco friendly. I look forward to roaming around for inspiration. Count me in for the give away.

Jaymie*Nachole said... [Reply to comment]

I have 2 boys and just started packing their lunches for daycare and I get most of my ideas from your blog. Thank you so much for all the good ideas!

Stargirl said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE your blog!!! I had never heard of Bento until I clicked over from the Fed Up With School Lunch site, but you totally have me hooked!

I know a few families of kids with Autism, and it's really hard to see when people just pass judgement on these families because the kid has an "odd" behavior. I think all the families that live with Autism are so brave!

Thanks for offering an AWESOME giveaway!

arkonite_babe said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing giveaway for a fabulous cause, well done!

auenviro said... [Reply to comment]

I discovered your blog a few weeks ago. Love it! My oldest will start kindergarten in the fall, so I'm storing all kinds of ideas to use for his lunches then. I've already bought a sassy box for each of my kids (2 yr DD and 5 yr DS). I've been practicing with their lunches at home. We'd love to win the giveaway!

amy said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog and look forward to checking it often for lunch ideas for my kids! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

Cara said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for your blog. I had gotten in a total rut with making my 5 year old lunch every day (translated- I loathed doing it) and your blog helps me to be more creative with it and look forward to it! Thank you. :o) Would be awesome to win the contest and surprise my son with new lunch stuff!

Jennifer Turner said... [Reply to comment]

Melissa! Look at how many comments you've already received? I want to be as popular as you. :) It's fun doing a giveaway so have fun.

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

I would kill for this set! I love the picks, my son is sitting on my lap DROOLING over the giraffe box, and I can't wait to make puzzle-shaped things for my little puzzle lovers! I hope I win!!!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Ok, I'm in (guiltily so because I so rarely pack lunches), but my daughter loooves giraffes, so the box and picks would thrill her on those days I do make her lunch. :)

UberMom2 said... [Reply to comment]

I've been passing your blog's link along to my FB friends. They love it! Thanks for sharing about your life and lunches.

Autism effects my life everyday since my six year old son happens to be autistic. Our lives revolve around diet, behavioral interventions and meltdown prevention (if there is such a thing). My son brings so much joy that far outweighs the stress autism brings into our lives. My hope and prayer is that we can do everything that he needs to live a long, healthy and successful life. However that looks for him is a present that we will open each and every day.

Oh, and I love the set posted. :) I am just starting to research bento as I am trying to make C's lunches more exciting.

Gipson said... [Reply to comment]

Bet you didn't know how many followers you had, huh? Facebook is a beautiful thing.

I've been making bento-ish lunches for my husband! Who says that grown-ups don't want fun food? This would make me very happy to have some of the "official" fun stuff.

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

I have never used the lunch punch stuff, but am excited to check it all out. Today was my first day to use an egg mold (a cute Hello Kitty one from Japan!). You and my friend, Tifani Keith Jeffries, inspired me with your blogs to get started with a few fun things for my three girls' lunches!

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog. My parents were awesome parents, but they did not pack me a lunch, like ever. I ate school lunch K-12 (And cafeteria food in college too). But I think I had it pretty good and today's kids aren't so lucky. School lunch is not what it use to be. You are inspiring me to find new and creative ways to make preparing lunch as interesting for me as it will be for my kids to eat. I really love your blog because it's so real and it's just your life, no gimmicks.

Keep up the good work!

Cowboy Ninjas said... [Reply to comment]

Your blog is such an inspiration! My 3yo is VERY picky, mostly about texture, presentation, everything in order and just so. I have borrowed some of your lunch ideas and with the fancy picks and Sassy bento he has become a little less resistant to meal time - so THANKS! Wish my little man had been eating solid foods when we were living in Tokyo - I could have gone bananas shopping! Now I wish I had - although it is so expensive there! Anyhooooo - thanks again! :)

Cranky Apple said... [Reply to comment]

Those Lunch Punches are awesome!

briannechase said... [Reply to comment]

I pack my fiance's lunch for him each day in a reusable to-go container and always mention your site ... he seems quite jealous of your children and their exciting Bento's. He deserves a little fun in his life too :)

Baba HooHoo said... [Reply to comment]

You have the best looking lunches...on the blogosphere! Thanks for your fun website which I have shared with my 2 daughters. I would love to win this for my grandkids.

Ines said... [Reply to comment]

Found your blog when I was looking for some lunchbox inspiration. I love seeing what you pack for your kids everyday. Thanks for inspiring me.

Rachel Paulin said... [Reply to comment]

I discovered your blog a couple of months ago through our mutual friend Amy. I really enjoy reading it - you pack the most creative, attractive lunches I've ever seen! I would love to win this for my daughters.

Kerry said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! What a great giveaway. I love your site and your awesome photos of creative lunches. I just bought the Goodbyn lunch boxes and I started using them this week.

Alisha said... [Reply to comment]

First, I love your Blog, so I'd love to win just for that. But more importantly, Autism has touched our lives in some wonderfully special ways. We are fortunate to have our children attend a school with a mainstreamed Autism program and our girls are blessed at their young age to have friends with Autism and to have learned at a much younger age than us adults, that being a little different is simply that, and nothing more. What a beautiful thing it is to watch children on the playground quietly move forward during an impromptu kickball game because they know their classmate might need a little "extra help" to play with them, as they cheer them on!

CCSS Math said... [Reply to comment]

I just found your blog and I think it is very cool. Thanks for all the cool tips onmaking lunch time fun.

Erin said... [Reply to comment]

I had to buy 5 Sassy boxes after discovering your blog (one for each day of the week!) for my one-year-old daughter . My husband thinks I'm nuts, but I know she has the best lunches at her daycare. I can't wait until next year when she is big enough to appreciate it and all the cutesy stuff I can add to her lunches.

Julie Anne said... [Reply to comment]

found your site while looking for lunch ideas and LOVE it... you are helping me come up with something other than PB/J for my little boy.
This giveaway package looks awesome!!

Shannah said... [Reply to comment]

How awesome are you! I've been following your blog for a few months now and I am just in LOVE with the products you use here. I keep telling myself I want to buy a bento box for my 3 year old daughter BUT every payday it seems that I am paying so many bills I have to keep pushing it till I have a little to splurge. I just know she would love this.

God Bless.

Shelley Anne said... [Reply to comment]

hello! you have totally inspired me to make creative, fun lunches for my 2 girls. i only have the sassy snack set so far but i have been checking your site for inspiration every night before i do the packing! thanks for a great blog!

Aseel said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, I can't believe I've only just found your blog! What great lunch ideas, and so cute, too. I love the puzzle cutters!

Samantha said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a student at Tufts University and I intern as a 5th grade teacher at an elementary school in Boston. I really wish my students are healthy and creative lunches like the ones that you pack for your children.

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog. Just planted some herbs and some arugula on my patio this afternoon.

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

It's funny because I don't even pack lunches for my kids yet, but I love this blog!! I think it's so creative and give me new ideas for making lunch for my kiddos!! Thanks!!

MsCinderella said... [Reply to comment]

I love, love, love this very generous giveaway! My 3 yo has been enjoying his "lunchbox" since I've followed your suggestions. Thank you for this blog and thank you to our mutual friend Amy MJ for referring me here.

Nicole and Robert said... [Reply to comment]

I love this blog! It has inspired me to create healthy lunches for my toddler and we eat together at her daycare, which is right down the hall from my work. It has really been fun for us to eat together.

Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

me me me me! Pick me! i LOVE your blog and think you're genius. You're inspirational, clever and fun to read. If I had a kid and made them lunch I'd make bentos. I'm a convert :) Everyday (with the exception of the few days I forget) I zoom on over to anotherlunch wondering about what the kiddos ate today and the shape the food was in. Keep it coming!

listeningmoth said... [Reply to comment]

I'm also straight from Amy MJ's facebook status, and I don't even know if I have an account anywhere to make a comment work, but I'm trying.

I have packed my son's lunch every day, and he's 12 now. My daughter starts school this fall, and I've been looking into bento things, since she needs way more psychological prompting to eat.

Natalie said... [Reply to comment]

Yours is absolutely my favorite blog! It is so inspiring. My kids are so picky but I want them to eat healthy. This is perfect for them b/c they see fun where I see healthy foods. Thank you!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Seriously, this is the greatest thing ever! I can't wait until my daughter needs to start packing a lunch for school!!! I LOVE the LunchPunch Elouise & Tootie critter cutter - too cute!

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

I found your blog through Mrs. Q and I love seeing all the lunches you put together! I have used some of your ideas for my second grader and my preschooler. It is getting harder and harder to find ways to keep lunch from getting boring for them. This would be the perfect way to make it fun for them again! And the fact that it relates to Autism Awareness is fantastic! My best friend is a Spec-Ed teacher in a public school and she is always telling me stories about the trouble her students have. I love the idea!!!!!

mrs. fuzz said... [Reply to comment]

This is an adorable giveaway! I've been loving the autism awareness posts you've been doing this month and just love the puzzle piece lunch punch.

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful blog - it gives me lots of inspiration for my kids lunches!

Staci said... [Reply to comment]

I love the puzzle lunch punch! I'm sure my son would love having his lunch box spruced up a little bit. He's always excited to see what's inside his lunch box every day.

I love seeing your lunches! It seems that our little ones eat quite similarly. Thanks for continuing to share your ideas!

Libby said... [Reply to comment]

My son just turned one and I'm already so excited to pack cute little lunches for him. My mom shared your blog with me and I'm so impressed by all your lunchtime creativity! Anything to make healthy food look as delicious as it tastes :)

Hope I win!

Stacy said... [Reply to comment]

I have found myself checking your site everyday to see what you have made your children for lunch. How funny is that? I love this blog.

I have gotten so many good ideas and am feeling better these days about the lunches I am putting together.

Thanks!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

I have a very picky eater and I think this would encourage him to eat more/better.

Thanks for the chance to win!

sherimiya said... [Reply to comment]

From one bento fan to another, thanks for such an inspiring giveaway! Just found your blog via twitter. How exciting!

Rebecca said... [Reply to comment]

Just found your blog and love all the lunch ideas! And the bento boxes. :D

Bridget said... [Reply to comment]

Excellent giveaway! I had an autistic uncle, so it's a topic that's close to my heart.

LADYLEDA said... [Reply to comment]

Well I have to say my friend sent me a link to your blog and this is my first ever blog comment because I'd be ever so excited to win anything ever and this is one of the rare things in life I'd LOVE to win... I'm an avid bento lunch creator and in the middle of nowhere with no access to fun supplies so I have to be creative... thanks for your inspirational ideas and photos regardless of the contest motivating me to write!

Angie said... [Reply to comment]

I am brand new to this site but as a mother of 3 (2 who take their lunch to school), this is a great resource! And that set would be a great way to start!!

AMY said... [Reply to comment]

WOW YOU HAVE THE COOLEST LUNCH IDEAS. I CANT WAIT TO START COPYING YOU:) MY KIDS ARE SO PICKY LATELY THEY WONT EAT ANYTHING THEY DO NOT FIND VISUALLY APPEALING!

LADYLEDA said... [Reply to comment]

This is the first time I'm posting a comment to a blog but not just for the prize (which would be supercool because I never win anything and I'm a bento freak with no access to supplies) but my friend sent a link and I have to say - great site and thanks!

angelk33 said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog! Love the different types of bentos you use. I want to branch out from Laptop and I love getting the solid advice you give. I am still looking for a local (Austin) store that sells the picks and barren, etc that you show on your site. I know you have links but like to buy local. Thanks for sharing!

Hilary said... [Reply to comment]

Great products!
I am a special needs preschool teacher. I have taught young children on all ends of the spectrum. They are absolutely amazing!

KV said... [Reply to comment]

your boxes are such a great way to pack a healthy lunch for kids!

Sandra said... [Reply to comment]

I do, I do. I do think you have the greatest blog on the planet. I don't know how I have survived these last 5 years of elementary school and not had the inspiration of your lovely lunches. Luckily, my girl is very sentimental and still wants me to "pack it with love" and send her a note everyday. I hope that lasts because I plan on getting a little more creative with her lunches now. With your inspiration.

Suzy Smith said... [Reply to comment]

My 17 year old nephew has autism. I have known him since he was a little boy and watch how he has grown with a lot of hard work from his grandparents and him.

Abby said... [Reply to comment]

Several years ago I worked at camp for Jewish teens with Autism within a neurotypical Jewish teen camp. I think it was pretty beneficial to both sets of campers. Definitely a boost in awareness for the nt campers, and the campers with autism got to experience a Jewish camp setting. Some of my fond memories of that time involve simple things: blowing bubbles, and doing Jewish songs with hand motions.

Debby said... [Reply to comment]

I just started reading your blog and I think it's wonderful! I am a speech pathologist and I thoroughly enjoy working with children with autism, they are a special challenge, but so worth while!

jessica said... [Reply to comment]

Hello,
I was sent to your site by a friend of yours who I had been talking about lunches for my almost-two year old.
So thank you for creating the site and for the cool ideas.
How has Autism touched me?
Well, I can't really pinpoint one incident...I worked at The Little Light House, here in Tulsa, for a little over 4 years.
There are too many to pick from, so let's just say that my life is more fulfilling for having known each and every child that was placed in my care, the ones with Autism, the ones with Down Syndrome or Dwarfism, or Spina Bifida, Visually Impaired, Prader Willie Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, it really doesn't matter.
Your life is forever changed, you are forever better for just having known them, been loved by them, shared laughs with them, or just letting them know you are there while they quietly sit and line up toys.

Tommy's Mommy said... [Reply to comment]

First off, wahoo, a giveaway! I love all your ideas and am just getting started with Bentos... this would help me so much!

Second, sadly we have been impacted by Autism, both my uncle and my cousin are Autistic. Sadly, our uncle passed a few years back, but he taught us so much. Our family is so impressed by the myriad of services now available... thanks to all those who keep the cause near and dear to their hearts.

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

I left my comment about how your blog inspired me on a different post but here is my contest entry. OH I hope I win!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

You have totally inspired me to start making these for my lil one...I have always wanted to but thought they were way too hard...until I found you blog. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.

Jessica
alysmom09@yahoo.com

Kalinda said... [Reply to comment]

So delicious! I'm an occasional bento packer for my two boys because of you and other internet bento mamas. How awesome that you have made lunch fun! Thank you also for raising awareness about autism. We can all use a little education on that.

Patricia said... [Reply to comment]

Hi!!! I love lunch punch kits!!! Specially the critters cutters set!! And I love more and more the Bento Goodies oh my! No picky eater would resist eating with the bento stuff and the punched sandwiches!
Thanks for this opportunity and congrats on your spiring blog!!

Nancy n Paul said... [Reply to comment]

A friend has directed me to your site. You are so creative, I love it. My son is 11 months old and I make my own baby food. He is now starting to eat some "people" food and I'm looking forward to the time when I can use my craft skills and make such beautiful lunches for him! Thanks!

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

I just love your blog! You're inspiring me to make more creative and healthy lunches for my 3 toddlers. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Luv_Bug said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Melissa,
I just wanted to tell you that since I have been reading your blog, I have stopped letting my kids buy lunches from school. Your ideas and the way you are able to make lunch fun have totally inspired me! My girls (4 & 6) pick their lunches from your blog every night, you can imagine how they went goo goo, gah gah over the cute little set you are offering as a giveaway. Thanks for your inspiration! Kiyoko

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

Great giveaway, love those lunch punches! Thanks for continuing to inspire my lunches!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

First, you do have the greatest blog in the blogosphere. :) You've inspired me to make bentos for my husband and myself. No kiddies, unfortunately. The dog does enjoy some shaped food though!

Autism Awareness is a pretty amazing thing. Just being empathetic to what others may be going through helps you look at people differently, out in public. Always a good thing. :)

Ruth said... [Reply to comment]

I am so glad I found your site, everything is so cute! I love the cutters.

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

This would make lunches so much more fun!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

How fun!! I wish I was a creative as you!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

Sure! I don't have a Lunch Punch and think we might need one now! It's amazing all the things I didn't know I needed till I see them on other blogs. ~S

Love said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog--thank you for the inspiration! I don't have children yet, but have started practicing (very basic) bentos on my husband. He just loves them, and it makes me feel good to make his day brighter! How fun.

David, Ingrid & Cait said... [Reply to comment]

I'm beginning the Bento system for my 3 year old DD. I would love this set to get me started :). I am finding that the smaller portions and the creative packaging result in DD trying new foods she has, in the past, turned her nose up at. I love your blog. It's given me all sorts of great ideas! Thanks!

leaner said... [Reply to comment]

I have a LapTop Lunchbox and constantly feel overwhelmed by it! But your blog has totally made me want to start using it again for my kiddo.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Comments are now CLOSED! I will post a winner shortly. First I need to figure out how that random number generator thing works. :)

Thanks everyone!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

I just found your blog over the weekend. I LOVE it!!!! I am so excited to get started making my girls cute and healthy lunches. I went thru your entire blog and am ready to buy all the cute things you use. But maybe I will wait and see if I win the giveaway :)

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

My boys would love those cutters! We just started making bentos!

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I love these cutters too! My kids don't like school lunches so I make every lunch for all three of ours! My kids are not autistic but, we have several friends with children that have been diagnosed. I am happy that you are finding support on the web.

Christopher said... [Reply to comment]

So so so cute cutters! My son has an imaginary baby elephant....so the elephant cutter is one my list!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

I love these cutters too! My daughter doesn't start preschool until the Fall, but I'm having fun practicing making Bento lunches this Summer for her!

Dori said... [Reply to comment]

I love your funky lunches. You have inspired me to get creative with mine. We planted our first organic garden this spring & also brought 2 beautiful chickens to our yard. Although, the garden didn't flourish with bountiful fruit, the few items we picked were treasured and we savored every bite! We just planted a pumpkin patch for the fall and plan to replant our garden in the fall. We have a new appreciation for our food, farming & recycling. One of the most important things I am teaching my children is sustainability & respect for all life. Thanks you uplifting, inspiring blog.

mysillymonkeyandme said... [Reply to comment]

Love, love, love your site! I have a little one starting preschool and your site has given me so many great ideas :) She is a picky eater and this will definately make mealtime more fun. Thanks so much I can't wait to make my first bento for her!!!

bigdisneyfan said... [Reply to comment]

I would love to win a set of Match & Munch puzzle piece sandwich cutters for my son. He is 6 and starting grade 1 this fall. This is the first time I will have to pack a lunch for him every day. Sandwiches are going to get very boring for him. This tool would be a great addition to my lunch packing for him.

sousasax said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! LOVE your blog. It has motivated me to do much better with my son's lunches this school year. I'm ready to go!

lhcount said... [Reply to comment]

I have never tried packing a bento box lunch for my daughter, but am now so inspired by your Wonderful blog! My daughter is starting sixth grade tomorrow at a new school and I think if she brought something as cute as your bento boxes she would quickly make new friends. I look forward to trying many of your ideas!! Thank you!