Lunch is Not a Democracy!

Ready for a little parental guidance that will help you stay sane while serving time in the lunch box trenches? Remember this: Lunch isn’t a democracy. At best it is a benevolent dictatorship. Face it, lunch packing is a pain in the butt. Between the shopping and the prepping and the packing, there is little […]



Gearing up for School Lunch Duty (Part 2)

Back-to-school season is barreling down upon us. And for kids who bring their lunches, shopping for supplies includes stocking up on the gear needed to pack safe and delicious lunches. Last week, I covered the basics of getting the goods you’ll need. You can find the full details here, but the short version is: lunch […]


School is coming… Time to Gear Up! (Part 1)

Back-to-school sales have been going on since… something like May. But the sad truth is, it’s time to start paying attention to them. And for families whose kids brown bag it, gearing up for another year in the classroom also means getting the goods needed to serve another 180 days in the lunch box trenches. […]


Lunch Packing Made Easy, One Grain of Rice at a Time

I’m a big believer in cooking once, eating twice. Or more. Planned leftovers really are what keep me sane while serving time in the lunch box trenches. As much as possible, I turn the remnants of last night’s dinner into the building blocks of today’s lunch. And while most dinners can be repurposed somehow, someway, […]


Strategic leftovers? 8 Ways to Stay Sane While Packing Lunch

America has its strategic oil reserve. Canada has it’s strategic maple syrup reserve. And smart parents keep their wits about them by maintaining strategic reserves of dinner leftovers. Because let’s be honest… Packing lunches — whether for your kids or yourself — can be a soul-sapping day-after-day drudgery. And there aren’t a whole lot of […]


Drink up! 9 healthy choices (other than water)

The truth is, we all know our kids don’t need anything in their lunch box drink bottles other than water. But we also all know that just as the same day-after-day PB&J can get pretty dull, so to can yet another bottle of plain, room temperature water. What’s the alternative? Our kids would love to […]