Packing Lunch the Easy Way – And a Giveaway!

When this school year started, we didn’t have a need for lunch packing. We homeschool, so lunch usually means pulling leftovers from the fridge. In years past, we’ve had various classes around town that would make packing lunch a necessity. But that wasn’t the plan for this year.

Until a couple of weeks ago, that is. Things don’t always go the way we plan them, do they? After a lot of planning, detouring, praying and plotting I finally stumbled on a program that works great for my kids.

We’re still homeschooling, but we’re doing it with the addition of some classes that they attend two days a week. However, they don’t go on the same days. Isaac is out of the house on Mondays and Wednesdays and Mia goes Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Did I mention that it takes about 45 minutes to drive over to the classes? Yep. My own personal seat is becoming shaped like the car seat. But it’s all worth it!

This change also means that at least one lunch is getting packed each day. So when Applegate HALF TIME™ asked me if I wanted to try their new Applegate Organics’ HALF TIME™ Lunch Kits I jumped at the chance.

Each lunch kit is made up of the trusted Organic and Natural brands (Applegate, Stonyfield & Annie’s). The kids like these brands, so lunch is a treat for them. (And no bringing home half eaten sandwiches complaining of soggy bread. Do your kids do this?)

Applegate HALF TIME™ lunches come in three varieties – Turkey and Cheese, Ham and Cheese and Bologna and Cheese. The meats are all humanely raised with no preservatives, nitrites or nitrates. You can find HALF TIME™ lunches at Target, BJ’s, and Safeway. A product locator can be found here.


One winner will receive an assortment of Applegate HALF TIME™ products, including:

· All three varieties of HALF TIME™: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese

· A draw-your-own lunch bag

· A set of permanent markers

· Coupons

· Activity book

To enter: Leave a comment letting me know which variety you think your kids would like best.

You can find Applegate on Facebook and Instagram.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Applegate via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

5 Easy Lunch Box Meals

If you’ve got lunches to pack everyday, you know it can be a job.  Especially, if you have a child who likes a lot of variety.  It can be hard to think of new things to pack.

On the other hand, if you’re blessed with a kid who will gladly eat the same thing day in and day out, I say count your lucky stars!  You can make that same lunch everyday in your sleep, you’ll do it so often.  If your child likes variety, keep reading!

Today, I’ve got 5 quick lunches for you.  These can all be packed up ahead of time (with the exception of Friday’s).  About 30 minutes on Sunday night can get the job done for the week.  Wash all the fruit and veggies you’ll need.  Go ahead and cut carrots, celery, red pepper strips and any other veggie you’ll need.  All of these store in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.

5 Easy Lunch Box Meals

Post your lunch menu somewhere handy, so you’ll remember what to grab for the lunch box each day.  Or better yet, have the kids do the packing for themselves.

For Friday’s, you’ll use re-purposed leftovers.  Make a big pasta salad for dinner with grilled chicken and cheddar muffins.  Use the leftovers for lunch.  It’s one of our favorite dinners to have and it makes a fantastic lunch too.  Plus, it serves double duty.  I love cooking once and eating twice!

 To satisfy your sweet tooth, here’s a link to a coupon  to save $1 on 3 Snack Pack Pudding Snack Pack Puddings. Redeemable at Walmart.

Monday – Egg Salad, Tuna or Chicken Salad

This can be served on bread for a sandwich or with crackers.  My youngest even likes to use tortilla chips to dip hers.  Add carrot and celery sticks.  For dessert, send a piece of fruit or Snack Pack Pudding.

Tuesday – Hummus, Cheese, Crackers

This is a quick lunch to pack.  Just put the hummus in a small container with a tight fitting lid.  Send it with string cheese or Babybel  cheese and crackers to go along with it.  Red bell pepper strips or carrot sticks are also good to dip in hummus.  Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding and sliced peaches make a great dessert.

Wednesday – Bagel and Cream Cheese, Yogurt

Pack a whole grain bagel that you’ve spread with cream cheese.  Send it with a favorite flavor of yogurt and some granola to stir into it.  Don’t forget a piece of fruit.  Try grapes, apples, bananas or a nectarine.

Thursday – Sunshine Peanut Butter (or Sunbutter) Sandwiches

Grate a carrot and stir it into peanut butter or Sunbutter.  Add a little honey and spread on whole wheat bread.  Pack a juicy piece of fruit or two, such as grapes, apples or peaches.  Add a sweet/salty ending with pretzels and Chocolate Snack Pack Pudding to dip them in.

Friday – Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken – re-purposed leftovers

Make a big pasta salad for dinner and serve it with grilled chicken.  This makes a fantastic lunch for the next day.  Just slice the leftover chicken into the pasta salad.  You can find our favorite pasta salad recipe here.  Pack this with Cheddar Muffins or a roll.  Add fruit and a Snack Pack Pudding to celebrate that the weekend is almost here!

Snack Pack also has these Printable Lunchbox Notes.   You can download these free lunchbox note printables to sneak in your child’s lunchbox.


Join Andrea from Savings Lifestyle and Briana from Bargain Briana on Twitter as they share tips for making lunch boxes better this school year. We’ll be giving away some lunch money to help make packing those lunches even easier.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Veggie Chowder – Dinner into Lunch (plus a Slow Cooker Giveaway!)

Veggie Chowder Dinner into Lunch


I’m going to be talking about 3 of my favorite things in this post.  Soup.  Sweet potatoes.  And slow cookers.

Make that 4 of my favorite things – how could I forget easy dinners!  When Libby’s asked me to create an easy dinner recipe that cold be repurposed into lunch, I was in.  Our lunches almost always consist of leftovers.  Why cook twice, when you can do it once and have a second meal out of the deal?

This Veggie Chowder comes together really quick.  The other thing I like about it, is that it’s a pantry meal.  You can keep all of these things on hand, so you have the fixings for a fast dinner any time.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

5 Minute Lunch – BLT Salad

Some days at home you just need a quick lunch. My favorite one to make is a BLT salad. And the secret is in the dressing. My grandma taught me to make this dressing. Not only is it easy but it’s also delicious. This salad is a weekly go-to because I typically have these leftovers in the fridge by the end of the week. It’s just enough for one. Or you could double or triple to make for more people.

Here’s what you need:  [Read more…]

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