Saturday, July 31, 2010

bento lunch: Christmas in July

Ho Ho Ho-ly Cow has it been a hot summer! And last week when I was rearranging the pantry and came across a stray bag of unopened Christmas M&M's I was really longing for some winter weather!

Christmas M&M's. Mmmmmm. I don't know about you, but for ME nothing says "it's Christmas time! The most magical time of the year!" more than seeing those first bags of Christmas M&M's hit the store shelves. My heart rate quickens when I spy my first bag of mint M&M's. Mint M&M's are only available at Christmas time and they are my favorite and my best. Mint M&M's sing to me like Sirens.

My minty chocolatey discovery inspired me to make this Christmas in July themed bento. :)
Christmas in July

Packed in a bento box as rosy as Santa's cheeks is a green dish of strawberries and grapes, a Christmas tree sandwich (decorated with cheese star and sprinkles), some SunChips, the tiny green cup in the corner holds sunflower kernels and the pièce de résistance: heart-shaped mini cup lovingly cradling the beloved Christmas colored mint M&M's.

The inner green dish/container is an insert from a Laptop Lunches system. (pssst! You can save 10% on your purchase at LaptopLunches.com by using the coupon code "anotherlunch". !!!)

I hope these last weeks of summer (we go back to school in two weeks!) are leaving you feeling merry and bright. :)

*** Folks today is the last day to get in your votes for Alex and to enter the bento goodie giveaway! I'll be closing comments tonight!
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

tools of the trade, part 3: lunchboxes & lunchbags

So you have your bento box all dressed up with somewhere to go. How are you going to get it there? Most likely in a lunchbox or some type of lunchbag or cooler.

For the 3rd chapter of my "Tools of the Trade" series we will be talking about lunchboxes and cooler bags. :)

There are soooooo many, oh SO many choices in this area. Unlike a lot of other bento-y items, lunchbags are a component you can find locally and pretty easily. And not just find them, but have a huge variety to pick from.

I get asked often about what type of lunchbox I use for my kids to carry their bento boxes in. This post is your answer. ;-)

Whenever someone asks me to recommend a lunchbox my first recommendation and #1 tip is to choose a lunchbox or lunchbag that will hold the lunch upright, and not tip it on the side when carried by the handle.

This is an example of what I don't recommend for bento box toting.
lunchbag not bento friendly

It pains me to say this, because I really, really, REALLY liked these lunchboxes. They are from Costco. They are very well insulated, have a removable liner for cleaning, come with a ice pack AND a stainless water bottle.

Inside view:
lunchbag not bento friendly inside

They feel really well made, zip nicely, the handle has a cool rubber grip. There is a mesh pocket on the side (presumably to hold the stainless water bottle) and a pocket on the front that would work well to hold a snack. The size is great. I really, really, REALLY liked these lunchboxes (did I say that already?). I bought one for both of my boys. So what's the problem? The problem is the way it is carried. It would tilt the lunch on the side, making it not an ideal choice for bento. I might keep one of these for my anti-bento Owen boy, but I just don't see it being a good choice for my bento-carrying Ethan.

Now for some examples of what I *do* recommend. :)

This is the lunchbox my little girl used last year for preschool.
lunchbag piggie
I bought this on Amazon. It's adorable. It held her Sassy box lunches perfectly. This lunchbox did not have any insulation in it whatsoever, however. It was the layer of pink plastic on the outside and white plastic lining and nothing in between them. This worked okay for her school days because her lunch only sat for a couple of hours and was stored in a cool classroom (and with an icepack). This lunchbox wouldn't have cut it under other circumstances. I never used this lunchbox if we were going to the zoo for the day, for instance, where the food had to sit longer in a warmer environment.

Another lunchbox that had similar functionality to the piggie lunchbox is this one:
lunchbag caprisun
Now I love this lunchbag because it is made from re-purposed materials that would otherwise sit in a landfill for the next millenia. But like the piggie lunchbag, there is no insulation (though this one is better in that department than the piggie one). This lunchbag is pretty narrow. I can squeeze a Sassy Box in there, but the best bento box for this lunchbag are the narrow two-tiered type bento boxes.

One of the reasons why this post has taken me so long to get posted is because I kept finding new lunchbags to add to the post! Like these ones for instance, found recently at Target.
lunchbag animals
There were other animals available too. Each one comes with a tiny matching icepack (really little, not sure how helpful it would be to keep a lunch cool, honestly.)
Sideview:
lunchbag animals side
This particular lunchbag shape really resembles a purse. I tried out a few of our boxes and I found the Sassy boxes and our narrow two-tier type bento boxes fit perfectly in here.
They are made of neoprene. I haven't used neoprene bags before, so I don't know how well they insulate or hold up. I actually ended up returning these... though Ethan insisted he'd like to use the elephant for school, I wasn't so sure. He'll be in third grade and I worry that he'll be teased. sigh.

A new lunchbag I really love is this one by Paperchase.
lunchbag Paperchase girls
It seems to be made very well. Very nicely insulated. This is the only design it seems to come in. Such a pity, because it really seems to be practically perfect in every way. It's a keeper.

lunchbag Ca Innovations
These lunchboxes were also bought at Costco, but they were purchased about 11 years ago! (Wow!!!). My husband and I used them to carry our lunches to work. They have obviously held up really well! So well in fact that this red one is actually the lunchbox Ethan used all last year for 2nd grade! I'd pack his morning snack in the top section and the bottom held his bento lunch nice and flat. There was enough room for an icepack and depending on which drink container I used, it would fit to the side, otherwise I'd put it in the top with his snack. All of our bento boxes fit in this. I didn't get EasyLunchboxes until the school year was almost over, but those fit snugly in there too.
lunchbag Ca Inn inside
I don't see this style of lunchbox often, but I do see them around occasionally. Pottery Barn Kids has a style that is the same as this (though narrower and a little smaller, EasyLunchboxes wouldn't fit in them but other smaller boxes should).

Speaking of EasyLunchboxes, their line of lunchbags is another good option for bento.
lunchbag EasyLunchboxes bags
Ethan will be using this lunchbag this year. He's picked the red one. It's easily large enough for his bento lunch, a nice snack, ice pack(s) and drink.

If you have trouble finding at bento-friendly lunchbox is the back-to-school section of lunchboxes, try checking out the area where year-round lunchboxes are kept. Target has a lot of good options in theirs.
lunchbag at Tarjay
While these types of boxes may not have as much kid-appeal, I feel confident in saying that these ones will hold up much better than 90% of the kiddie-geared ones. We usually end up wearing out those kiddie lunchboxes by mid-year. Ethan went through two different kiddie lunchboxes his 1st grade year, just totally wore them out to where lining was ripping out and seams were coming undone. That's part of the reason he carried my old lunchbox for 2nd grade. ;-)

I think if you are lucky enough to be able to shop for lunchboxes in person, and you are planning to pack bentos, a really smart move would me to take your preferred bento box(es), ice pack and drink containers with you to see how they will fit. It's a little bit of a hassle, but a well-functioning lunch system goes a long way in easing some of the frustrations that can come along with packing lunches.

Top Tips:
1. lunchbox/lunchbag that will carry contents upright.
2. well insulated (if necessary for your needs)
3. will easily fit all contents (without straining zipper or seams)
4. label your bag clearly with child's name in case it goes missing!


For more "Tools of the Trade" lunch supply topics check out:
"tools of the trade, part 1: picks"
"tools of the trade, part 2: boxes"


Mabel's Labels - Labels for the stuff kids lose!
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

bento belly flop

Another Lunch Fun Fact:
I make a lot more bentos than you ever see on the blog. Most of the really lousy ones I just don't bother posting. I DO take pictures of them most of the time though, regardless. I would usually put this one in my bentos-best-be-forgotten folder, but as a special treat I'm going to show the latest one to you. Feel free to laugh at my expense. ;-)
I should be ashamed of myself

On the right is a mini silicone cup of mango, a few frosty blackberries and another pastry treat from Whole Foods, this one a cannoli.
On the left side is some easy peasy pasta salad. I shared before how I keep pasta in the fridge to throw together quick meals...this one was tossed in a little Italian dressing and dressed with peas and grated cheese.

*** This is your friendly reminder that there are a few more days left for the the last bento goodie giveaway to benefit the Kallas family. Thanks, guys! Your support has really lifted their spirits, and that means so, so, so much. :)
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head
Down came the Good Fairy and she said...


"Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don't want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head.
I'll give you three chances,
And if you don't behave
I'll turn you into a goon!"


(repeat, day 2)
(repeat, day 3)


 That Little Bunny Foo Foo just did not take the Good Fairy seriously!!


Do we all remember what happened next? Naughty Bunny Foo Foo was turned into a GOON!
Moral of the story? Hare today, goon tomorrow.

Muffin Tin Monday - Little Bunny Foo Foo, fairy sandwich, strawberry mice, kiwi goon, bunny egg

I've used this Lunch Punch fairy princess sandwich press once before and said it reminded me of this nursery rhyme. And I just couldn't get it out of my head. So I had to do a full blown theme with it. :)

Top row:
  • the forest (steamed broccoli & cheese flowers)
  • fairy floss (otherwise known as cotton candy)
  • the GOON! (peeled kiwi fruit, sugar icing eyes, pretzel sticks, fruit leather tongue)
Bottom row:
  • field mice (strawberries, mini-choc chips, sprinkles, Cheerio ears, fruit leather tails)
  • the Good Fairy (Lunch Punch from the new Sand*wishes set)
  • the very naughty Bunny Foo Foo (hard boiled, shaped egg with sprinkles)
The highlights...
MTM - the goon!

The Goon was the hardest for me to imagine up. But once kiwi was settled on he came together so easily and he was so fun! Love this guy.

MTM - blue fairy

The Good Fairy (whom I also found referred to as "The Blue Fairy") is actually "fairy bread"!! A very common treat in Australia, fairy bread is simply buttered bread encrusted in "hundreds and thousands" (otherwise known as "sprinkles!"). So not healthy, but oh so whimsical and fun! Unfortunately, my daughter was just confused. She told me "mama, you forgot to put the stuffs inside!". Such a critic. ;-)

The low-lights...
MTM - forest and field mice

The mice were inspired by Family Fun. Let me tell you, these stinkin' mice were so NOT fun to make! Oh my goodness. I never expected they'd be so tricky. But the strawberries began to ooze as soon as the surface was pierced, so the rodents looked to be bleeding about the ears. The chocolate chips were melting and popping out. The tails kept falling off. I wanted to bash the field mice over the head myself.

I'm not going to lie, this was the most time consuming muffin tin meal I've ever done, by a long shot. Total labor of love, this one was! I'm so happy with how it turned out though. :) And maybe now I can get that darn nursery rhyme out of my head! ;-)

As usual, if you'd like to see other muffin tin meals by other lunchy mama's, just click on over to the home of the Muffin Tin Mom to check them out. :)

Supplies used to make this muffin tin lunch:


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lunchbots bento

I got this Lunchbots box quite a while ago, but this is my first time using it. This was for my little girl's bento snack-on-the-run.

Lunchbots bento snack

Pretty simple here - on the left are a few butterfly crackers and a silicone cup of homemade pickles (got to do something with all our cucumbers coming from the garden!). On the right are a few cheddar cheese flowers, a turkey roll with kitty pick, and a berry fruit tart my husband picked up at Whole Foods (he's a total glutton for pastries!).

Lunchbots are made of stainless steel, making it a good option for people leery of plastic. :) They make a few different containers. Two small sized, one with a divider (Pico - with yellow lid), one without (Uno - with blue lid) and two bigger sized, one with a divider (Duo - orange lid), one without (Eco - green lid). This one is the Lunchbots Duo.

Just a reminder that the last bento goodie giveaway to benefit the Kallas family is still going on. They need a LOT of votes to get to #1. I'm not giving up hope of them getting there. Please vote, please, please (yes, I'm begging you!). :) I've decided that if the Kallas family gets to #1 and wins the contest I'll buy a second prize and draw TWO names for TWO winners. The second winner will have their choice between a Goodbyn, a Lunchbots box, a Laptop Lunches box, an EasyLunchboxes set, or a Lunch Punch set. WINNER'S CHOICE! On me! So get your vote on people! :)

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

bento goodie GIVEAWAY #3 {to benefit the Kallas family!}

Howdy everyone! Are you ready for the third bento goodie giveaway? Want to see the goodies?

Let's just dive right in here...

First, like last time, you get to pick a box.
pick a box, robots or Cars?

Stef was the winner of the last giveaway and she chose the pink box. So just in case the NEW winner really has his or her heart set on a cherry pink box, this one is also available for the picking:
pink 2 tier bento box with belt
It's a very sweet two-tier pink bento box and will come with a bento belt to keep it all securely together. :)

In addition to your choice of bento box you will also get....

cute cups and more cute cups (with lids!)
Super cute animal-shaped food cups and lidded sauce cups!

And...
animal picks and bottles!
These adorable animal picks and matching mini animal sauce bottles!

And the winner will also get...
cutest cutters ever and mini silicone cups!
A set of insanely cute mini cutters (perfect for cutting fruit leather, cheese, teeny sandwiches...) and a set of 12 mini silicone cups (awesome for making mini granola bites or little stuffed biscuits!!)

Speaking of stuffed biscuits, the lucky ducky winner of this fun bento goodie giveaway will ALSO get...
cute cookbook! cute cups! cute cutters!
Susan Yuen's fantastic bento cookbook! This book is FULL of not just neat recipes, but TONS of ideas for making the cutest lunches. There are easy to follow step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) to show you how just average and simple cutter shapes can be used to make all sorts of new creations. It's an awesome resource for making lunches cute!

So what do you think? Is the loot worth voting for? I hope so.

And if you need a little more motivation, do it for this sweet boy who is fighting the fight for life, for his family that needs a break.
Dr.Alex

How to enter this spectacular bento giveaway:

Same drill as before!

1. go to the Pigeon Forge Taking Vacations Back contest page.

2. click the "votes" option and then the "sort" button. This should sort the nominees so that the ones with the most votes are at the top. If this doesn't work (sometimes it doesn't work when I do it on my iPhone), if you click the spot at the very top of the page where it says "vote for a family" and then do the sort by votes it should work then -- sometimes it's tricky. I'm sorry for that.

3. Find "Andrea K. - Spring Hill, Tn (6/1/2010)". This is the Kallas family, they are solidly in the 2nd place spot at this time. They can get to #1! They can! We can help them!!! Next click where it says "vote" right to the left of Andrea's name. That's it! You've voted!

4. Come back to THIS POST and leave a comment saying that you have voted. You can leave a comment for each vote you cast for the Kallas family. Vote there, leave a comment here. Vote there again, leave another comment here.

5. Come back and do it all over again every day. You can vote from your computer and your phone. You can vote from work. You can vote from the library. Hop on your neighbors unsecured wireless internet and vote again. ;-) Do what you gotta do, but please vote.
Leave another comment on my giveaway post for every vote you cast. More votes = more comments = more entries to the giveaway = more chances for you to win!

If you are new here or for some reason have no idea who Alex is or why I'm asking you to vote for the Kallas family, you can read the back story here.

This bento goodie giveaway (#3!!!) will run for nine days. The Pigeon Forge contest the Kallas family is in ends on July 31, and my contest will run until then too. I will close comments on Saturday, July 31, between 10-11pm CST. One winner will be chosen by random.org.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU and please, keep the votes coming! :)


*** NOTE ADDED JULY 31, 2010 @ 11:33pm - this contest is now closed. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Thank you everyone! :)
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winner of the bento goodie giveaway #2 ....

497 comments in and the winner is....

contest winner for giveaway #2

Comment #25 - Congrats, Stef!! You win!!! :)

Steph, I can't access your email address, so please email me at anotherlunch(at)gmail(dot)com.

Everyone who voted -- THANK YOU!!!!

The Pigeon Forge contest the Kallas family is in continues through the end of July, so I'll be putting up another giveaway to see it to the end! I'm not sure if I'll get the next one up today, I might not be able to get back to it until tomorrow morning. PLEASE vote! Any votes you make in the meantime can be added to the giveaway when it gets posted!
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

bento snack: lions and a biscuit

Tuesday tidings, everyone! :)

On-the-go snack bento for my preschooler:
lion biscuit snack

This snack bento contains a big strawberry, mini silicone cup of raisins and a lion animal cookie on top help keeps them contained. Also a stuffed biscuit, Babybell cheese and mini ketchup bottle (for the biscuit).
I kept fussing around with the arrangement of this bento and was never happy with how it looked. I finally gave up, stuck that lion pick in the biscuit and called it fine. Oh, and there is a little sesame crisp tucked in back. I had bought a tiny pack of those crisps ahead of time to use in the "seeds, plants, & flowers" MTM assignment a couple months ago and they got lost in the pantry. I totally forgot I had them!

The little biscuit is stuffed with ham and cheese - such a fun little lunch idea I found on Susan Yeun's bento blog. Hers look much nicer, mine were left in the oven a minute or two too long and were over-browned!
This is an idea I'm going to be playing around with. I'd like to try making the biscuit portion from scratch. While the canned dough is sooooooo easy and fast to work with, there were some items in the ingredient list I wasn't happy to see. They started with the words "partially hydrogenated". Blech.
I'll let you know how my experiments go. I'm concerned from-scratch dough is going to puff up too much....

The bento goodie giveaway to help the Kallas family is still going on! Get your votes in for the Kallas family and leave your comment on the giveaway post for your chance to win! I'll be closing the giveaway tomorrow evening and round #3 will begin the next day. The bento goodie giveaway for round #3 is not to be missed! I'm very super excited about it and I think you will be too! :)
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - planes, trains, & automobiles

Zoom! Chugga chugga chugga chugga, choo choo! Beeeeep!

It's Muffin Tin Monday again and this time we went with a "things that go" theme! It was an easy choice since I've been dying to play with the new VrrrM transportation set Lunch Punches some more!

zoom, chug, beep!

Top row: clementine orange slices with an airplane shaped fruit leather, Trader Joe's "pirate booty", a hard boiled egg (decorated with food safe markers and olives for tires!).
Bottom row: blueberry cargo, a train shaped sandwich (fruit leather wheels and cheese panels (wasn't real sure how to accent the train!)), strawberries.

Details... Let's see. The airplane fruit leather was cut out using the center section of the airplane Lunch Punch (same one I used for last week's Muffin Tin Monday!). I put the pirate booty in that specific muffin cup spot because it reminded me of smoke coming out of the stack on the train :). The car shaped (honk! honk!) hard boiled egg was made using an egg mold, of course. If you'd like more details on how that's done, I have a tutorial on it you can check out here.

As I said about the Lunch Punches before, this Vrrrm set of transportation shapes isn't available just yet, but will be sooooon! You can preorder a set now and they'll ship mid-August, in time for back-to-school! :)

I just love putting together themes. :)

Want to see what other muffin tin mamas were cooking up this week? You can check them out over at the home of Muffin Tin Monday.

*** A couple more days remain on my bento goodie giveaway! Please keep the votes coming for the Kallas family. :) More votes you cast = more chances for you to win!
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

frogtastic bento lunch *ribbit!*

"Froggie, what big eyes you have", said Fly.
"The better to see you with", said Froggie.
"Froggie, what a long tongue you have", said Fly.
"The better to eat you with!", said Froggie.

froggie wants a snack!

Tee hee! This was a fun lunch to make. :)
I've been completely and totally inspired by Susan Yuen's bento blog lately. She has a knack for making the most darling creatures come to life with these cute sugar icing eyes!

Froggie here is cheddar cheese and he's detailed with sugar icing eyes and fruit leather tongue. He's about to snack on a fly made out of a raisin with cheese wings. :) Froggie and Fly are chillin' on top of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Reusable silicone barran separates the fly assassination scene from some SunChips in the back.

ribbit! yum

The other sections of the EasyLunchboxes container hold cucumber & a carrot with hummus, and orange slices & blackberries.

The sandwich was sealed using my sandwich press from JList.


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

bento lunch, all lunch on deck

One of the things I enjoy about summer is being able to feed the kids outside. They sit on the deck to eat and I don't have to sweep up any of the crumbs. Yessss! ;-) Though, let me assure you, there is still no shortage of sweeping and vacuuming happening here. (sigh!)

My big boy's snack/lunch yesterday:
summer snack bento

In the top section Ethan had orange slices, strawberries, raspberries, and a lone blackberry (he's not a big fan of them) with one cute little heart-shaped piece of pomegranate fruit leather. The smaller dishes on the end had cucumber slices and baby carrots, SunChips and bear shaped cheddar cheese.

This is packed in one of those neat robot/monster boxes, just like the one you can win by participating in the bento goodie giveaway #2, going on now! :)

I saw some comments on the giveaway post asking where the stuff came from, here's the rundown:
* Robot bento box: bought at Borders. It's made by a stationary company called Paperchase. You might be able to still find this box at a Borders near you...maybe. Their stocking procedures are sketchy at best and Borders just sold Paperchase, so who knows what will happen with the relationship in the future.

* Lightening McQueen bento box: bought at The Disney Store. I bought this one (and several just like it) a couple years ago. All of the Disney Stores in my neck of the woods closed shop over a year ago, so I don't know if these are still being sold there or not.

* Polka dot box, animal picks, animal silicone , fork set and sauce cups were also purchased at bento stores in California, by a friend of mine who lives in the bay area.

* multicolored cocktail forks were found at Dollar Tree.

Please keep voting for Alex! You guys, the Kallas family moved into 2nd place last night!!!! I logged in late to cast a vote from my husbands computer and saw that #2 and #3 were both tied at 8439 votes. I cast vote #8440 and when I saw the page reload with Andrea in second place I was whooping and hollering! THANK YOU for voting! Thank you, thank you!! :)

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

bento goodie GIVEAWAY {to benefit Alex} #2!

The voting for the Kallas family is going great, guys! As of this morning there were less than 400 votes separating them from the #2 spot in the contest! :) Please keep the votes coming! As a little incentive I dug up some stuff to giveaway...

First off, you get to choose a box. I have three for the winner to choose from:

You can choose this cool robot box. This is a great box! I have two of them myself, and picked up a 3rd to offer here. :)
robot box

Or you can choose this cute Lightening McQueen from Cars bento box. It comes with two inner removable dishes, too!
Cars box

The third option is this sweet girly box. It says "cherry pink" on it and has the cutest little polka dots. I just love polka dots. :)
pink box

Along with your box choice you will get this bento stuff....

A fork, spoon, and knife set featuring some cute words of wisdom (LOL)-
fork, knife, spoon set!

A set of animal picks (15 pieces) and a box of cocktail forks (75 pieces!)-
picks and more picks!

A set of 4 cute little sauce cups and two silicone cups with little animals peeking over the rim! -
sauce cups and silicone cups!

Quick recap! You get your choice of box:
pick a box, any box!

Plus all this:
bento goodies!


How to enter this rad bento giveaway:

Same drill as before!

1. go to the Pigeon Forge Taking Vacations Back contest page.

2. click the "votes" option and then the "sort" button. This should sort the nominees so that the ones with the most votes are at the top. If this doesn't work (sometimes it doesn't work when I do it on my iPhone), if you click the spot at the very top of the page where it says "vote for a family" and then do the sort by votes it should work then -- sometimes it's tricky. I'm sorry for that.

3. Find "Andrea K. - Spring Hill, Tn (6/1/2010)". This is the Kallas family, they've been hanging out in the 3rd place spot, but are gaining on #2!! Next click where it says "vote" right to the left of Andrea's name. That's it! You've voted!

4. Come back to THIS POST and leave a comment saying that you have voted. You can leave a comment for each vote you cast for the Kallas family. Vote there, leave a comment here. Vote there again, leave another comment here.

5. Come back and do it all over again every day. You can vote from your computer and your phone. You can vote from work. You can vote from the library. Hop on your neighbors unsecured wireless internet and vote again. ;-) Do what you gotta do, but please vote.
Leave another comment on my giveaway post for every vote you cast. More votes = more comments = more entries to the giveaway = more chances for you to win!

If you are new here or for some reason have no idea who Alex is or why I'm asking you to vote for the Kallas family, you can read the back story here.

This bento goodie giveaway (#2!) will run for one week. I will close comments on Wednesday, July 21, between 10-11pm CST. One winner will be chosen by random.org.

It has come to my attention that on the Pigeon Forge contest page that it says the person who nominates a family to the contest wins a vacation too and I have been asked if I am the person who nominated the family. No, I did not nominate the Kallas family. I will not win a vacation if they win this contest. I'm just trying to help them out the best way I am able - through this blog, by reaching out to all of you.

Thank you, and please, keep the votes coming! :)

Note posted Wednesday, July 21 @ 11:12pm - Comments are now closed, thanks for your votes!!! Love you guys! :)
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