Build A Better Lunch

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Rubbermaid, Jif, and Smucker’s, but all my opinions are my own. #aBetterLunch #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Last week the kids and I decided to fit in another adventure before the summer ended, so we packed a lunch and headed off the the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Right after we walked in to pay for our tickets I decided it was another place we NEEDED to be members. It’s less than an hour from the house, all inside (winter is coming!), and totally kid-friendly. Absolutely worth the price of a year’s membership, especially because they offer a military discount. Besides, we brought our own packed lunch so once we were in the rest of our day was free. Free is my favorite.

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I’m kind of a packed lunch expert. I brought a packed lunch every single day I went to school. All of them. No exceptions. I think I stood in a lunch line one time ever, to get a cookie. Full disclosure: my mom packed all those lunches for me, even when I was plenty old enough to make my own sandwiches (thanks Mom!) but being a lunch-eater is excellent experience for making your own. We were also the family who brought a cooler on road trips instead of stopping for fast food and carried water bottles into the water park instead of buying soda at the snack bar, so I come by my lunch-packing skills honestly. I can definitely Build A Better Lunch.

So before we piled in the car to learn about outer space, dinosaurs, erosion, kinetic energy, wind power and solar flares, the kids and I made lunch.

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build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

We own a lot of sandwich cutters

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build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

I picked up this Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids kit at Target earlier in the week when I was grabbing more peanut butter and jelly for last-week-of-summer-school lunches. We are a PB&J family and especially loyal to Jif & Smucker’s, thanks to my dad. He went to college with a guy whose mom was a Smucker (true story, they’re a real family in Ohio) and swears the only possible peanut butter choice to go with the jelly is Jif. Extra crunchy Jif, to be exact.

How excited am I that now there’s a natural version? Pretty excited. Lick the knife excited for sure.

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And here is what we all chose to pack:

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Evan: Crackers, funny Japanese cookies from the $1 section of Target, peanut butter sandwich, grapes

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Caroline: Strawberries & blueberries, almonds and raisins, jelly & cream cheese sandwich, cheese

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Me: Peanut butter & jelly roll-ups, watermelon, apple peanut butter & raisin sandwiches, yogurt pretzels

I threw our Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids kit into an insulated bag with some drinks and boom! Easy, healthy lunches for us to enjoy during our field trip to the Science Center.

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 And then it was time for our awesome lunch. I was super excited that the Science Center had a place specifically for us lunch-packers.

build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

build a better lunch rubbermaid jif smuckers

The view up the elevators while we ate lunch. The kids waved at every singer person who went up or down.

Our Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids kit was a big hit. Nothing leaked, everything stayed fresh and cold, and the kids got a huge kick out of the different containers. I love that they are reusable so there are no wasted sandwich bags. The lids are even easy-open, so little hands can do it without a grown up to help. I also love being able to control what goes into our lunch completely – I can balance fruit and whole wheat bread with a few cookies and treats instead of hoping the cafe has something besides french fries and burgers. Plus I KNOW they’re going to eat peanut butter and jelly, so there’s no chance we’ll have to go home early because they’re starving and whining like crazy.

You can get coupons for the Rubbermaid LunchBlox here, and they don’t expire until December 31st, 2013 so you have plenty of time to use them. They make different sizes and versions for grown ups too, including a cute on specifically for salads. They’re great for back to school, work, and family picnics. And they’re ginger approved!

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3 Responses to “Build A Better Lunch”

  1. Brigid Keely says:

    The lunch blox things are AMAZING. We have 3 sets and I want to get more. We have two of the regular square ones (a sandwich box, a long box, and two square boxes) that I use for my husband’s lunches. I make a lunch the night before and put it in the fridge, he grabs it in the morning and goes. He gets home and tosses the empties in the dish washer, and I still have a clean one to pack for the next day. We also have the larger blue one with the compartments for when we go on road trips or trips to the park.

    The cold packs work REALLY well for jaunts to the park or the museum. For my husband’s lunches, which sit in an insulated bag in a truck all day, he tosses in an additional cold pack from the freezer and sometimes a bottle of frozen water too, just to be on the safe side.

    I absolutely love these. They are super sturdy and useful and dishwasher safe. They save us SO much money because Nesko isn’t stopping for fast food lunches/snacks, and we can go to pricey special places (museums, Day Out With Thomas) and bring our own food safely & easily. Awesome!

  2. Leah says:

    I just bought one of these for Calder in case he needs to bring food to school and was think I should get one too. Now I think I shall.

  3. Jen F says:

    Hey thanks – think I will get the lunch box.

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