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IT'S A CAKETASTROPHE! 🍰

Kathy Thornburg

Making my kids’ birthday cakes has always been important to me and always memorable- even if they don’t go exactly as I had in mind. Now that my kids are old enough to want to have input on the details of their cake, it is even trickier! My biggest piece of advice…beware of letting your kid scroll through Pinterest to look for cakes they like. THEY WILL CHOOSE THE MOST DIFFICULT CAKE ON THE INTERNET! 😆

Milo's 7th birthday party did NOT go as planned. 🤪 Watch the video to find out what went wrong this year with the birthday cake plus a look back through cakes over the years. 🎂

Now, I’ve made many cakes over the years and have acquired many gadgets and supplies in that time. Here are some of my all time favorites and essentials for getting started.

My Favorite Cake Supplies:
Americolor Food Coloring
Revolving Cake Stand
Cake Leveler
Decorating Tips
Decorating Bags
Offset Spatula
Square Pan Set
Round Pan Set

My absolute favorite decorating tip is a 1M found HERE. Mine met its match in the garbage disposal. 😥 It’s definitely on my list of things to buy!

 
 Every year is special, but I was especially fond of Milo’s pirate birthday cake.

Every year is special, but I was especially fond of Milo’s pirate birthday cake.

 This Nerdy Nummies cake took our whole family 3 days to put together!

This Nerdy Nummies cake took our whole family 3 days to put together!

*Not a sponsored video. Affiliate links included.*

Ready to Pack Lunches Again?

Kathy Thornburg

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Attention: This post contains affiliate links.

Packing lunches is a lot of fun and seeing them come home empty is even better! In my experiences over the years working in childcare settings (daycares, preschools, etc.) I have been shocked by the large number of children who come to school with a soft shell lunchbox filled with throw away plastic bags filled with squished sandwiches and broken chips. There's such a better way to provide a lunch that survives the trip to school, cuts down on the cost of throw away packing items, and is better for the environment. The answer is to invest in reusable lunch packing products like hard shell washable containers and fabric velcro washable bags.

The truth is...my husband generally packs the lunches around here. He often forgets to send a fork or spoon, but other than that, he's pretty good at it. I've been watching EasyLunchboxes on Instagram like a true stalker for quite some time now, but never took the plunge in purchasing some for myself. To me, they appeared to be just like the containers you can buy in bulk at the grocery store, and I couldn't see what make them special or set them apart. However, their huge number of dedicated fans and their amazing sales on Amazon.com has always made me curious as to what I was missing out on in the lunch packing world.

In preparing for an upcoming event (Lunchbox Makeover! Check it out HERE on Facebook!) EasyLunchboxes decided to donate SO MANY of their products! I was floored and so excited to share their containers with other families. Plus, they were sending some for me to try out as well. Double win!

I will say...now that I have my hands on them, they are very different than ones I've seen in stores. Here are a few things I'm really liking so far...

  • Lid color choices
  • Very sturdy (slightly more rigid than others)
  • Lids are secure
  • Easy for children to open
  • Dip containers available for sauces, dressings, etc.
  • Stackable in the fridge without falling over

Have EasyLunchboxes (or waiting for your order to arrive?) and need some ideas of what to pack? Check out my YouTube video (above) with 5 meal ideas for your family, and let me know in the comments below what you love to pack for lunch. Happy lunch packing to you!

Find EasyLunchboxes HERE ON AMAZON. (affiliate link)

Descriptions of lunches displayed in the video...

Lunch #1

  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Black beans
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green apple
  • Seed mix
  • Enjoy Life bar

Lunch #2

  • Ham & swiss roll up
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Yogurt
  • Snapea Crisps
  • Surf Sweets gummies

Lunch #3

  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded cheese
  • Black beans
  • Seasoned meat
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Sweet peppers
  • Sour cream
  • Taco sauce

Lunch #4

  • Homemade chips
  • Carrots
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Blueberries
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes

Lunch #5

  • Pizza cresent rolls
  • Grapes
  • Mini banana
  • Dick & Jane cookies
  • Pizza sauce

Disclaimer: We were provided with EasyLunchboxes to try so we could give our honest opinion to our readers. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Our First Mommy / Boy Bento

Kathy Thornburg

After days of making lunches solo (usually while the kids eat breakfast), today it finally happened. A sweet 3-year-old looked up at me and said, “I want to make my bento today.” Uh oh. I knew it was just lunch, but the thought of him “helping” me was a little scary. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but decided I was up for the challenge. So we pulled up the big bench to the counter, got out all of our supplies, picked up our book for the day, and started making a plan. We talked about all that we liked in the book and what things we wanted to include in the lunch. I let him have a say in what foods we picked and let him do the scooping and cutting (butter knife only). Any sharp cutting was of course handled by me while he had a kid friendly task to work on. 

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