21
Aug

Make Your Own Bento Picks

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It’s day FOUR of bento week at Meet the Dubiens. Today we are going to mix bento with being crafty – two of my most favourite things! Sometimes I find that I am looking for a particular style of bento pick – say for a holiday or something else – and just can’t find what I want. The easiest way to solve this dilemma is to make your own. That’s right. You can make your own bento picks.

You only need 2 things to get started…

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I picked up a container of plastic party forks for under $1.00 and found some super adorable puffy stickers. Puffy stickers work better because they won’t get ruined if they get a little wet.

Here’s how I made them…

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1. Grab some plastic party forks.

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2. Grab 2 stickers that will be mirror images of themselves. That means that when they are stuck to the party fork on both the front and the back, they fit perfectly together with no leftover sticky part showing.

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3. Stick the stickers on the front and back of the top of the party fork pressing together firmly. You can alternatively use some glue too if you want a little extra adhesive.

Aren’t they adorable?!

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Here’s a yumbox lunchbox (which I will be showcasing tomorrow!) bento lunch with my adorable new handmade picks…

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Have fun making your own!

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20
Aug

CuteZCute Cuddle Palz Sandwich Cutter

Today is day 3 of Bento Week here at Meet the Dubiens! Today I am going to show you guys a brand new product made by CuteZCute. They are the same company who makes the awesome Cutezcute Animal Friends Deco Cutter Set and the CuteZcute Animal Palz Mini Cutter Set and now they have made this awesome CutezCute Cuddle Palz Deco Cutter Set.

This new sandwich cutting set does not disappoint! You can even use it with the original Cutezcute Animal Friends Food Deco Cutter Set for even more possibilities!

This is what it looks like:

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These how-to instructions, taken from their website, show you how to use them:

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And would you look at all the cute combinations you can make!!

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What kid wouldn’t love any of these cute sandwiches in their lunchbox! And don’t stop at just sandwiches. You can make cookies, stamp fruits, cut cheese and more – although the sandwiches are definitely my fave! These are BPA free and top-rack dishwasher safe.

Here’s a couple fun plates that I made with this cutter set. It literally took seconds and gives the cutest results!!

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This nutella sandwich was cut into a koala bear with the koala cutter. I used the crust of the bread for the tree trunk, sliced cucumbers for the tree top and a sliced naval orange and carrots for the sun.

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This tiger sandwich was made using the tiger cutter and marble cheese. I used cucumber slices for grass and naval orange and carrots for the sun.

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your kids fun food and healthy lunches!

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19
Aug

Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Kit Review

It’s day 2 of my bento week here at Meet the Dubiens. Today I wanted to do a little review of a bento box that I recently bought this Summer and I love. No, I wasn’t given these for free, nor am I being paid for this review. I bought these boxes with my own hard-earned money, loved them, and wanted to share them with you guys.

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I bought these Rubbermaid LunchBlox kits this Summer from Amazon and have been using them all Summer for the kiddos. I thought I would try them out because they are bright and colourful (which I love), looked like they hold a decent amount of food, and I loved the flat ice pack which clicked right into the lunch containers.

I wasn’t disappointed when I received them! I bought 2 sets of the pink/green/purple, and 2 sets of the blue/green/orange. I like having 2 sets for each kid so that 1 set can be in the dishwasher and I still have an extra to pack. This way I’m not washing their lunch containers as soon as they get home so that I can use them again. I also bought some smaller containers that are in the LunchBlox line and also clip into these containers. You can find the smaller containers HERE

These containers are BPA free, dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe. Sweet.

Each set comes with a larger container that holds a full sandwich – or salad or whatever and 2 small containers which are great for fruit, veggies, crackers and cheese, yogurt, you name it. If you buy the even smaller snack containers you can use 1 rectangle container and 2 small square containers. They all snap into an ice pack which sits in the middle between the boxes to keep everything cool.

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The containers are leakproof (although I probably wouldn’t put liquid in them, they transport yogurt and such just fine!), easy to pack and easy for the kids to open and close. They fit in tall lunch bags, standing upright.

Here are a few of the smaller containers filled with snacks for the day!

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The possibilities are endless, the colours are interchangeable and I can tell that this will be my go-to bento box this year. They hold enough food to last my kids throughout their lunch and snack breaks, and with the snap-on ice pack, I can ensure their lunch will stay fresh all day long.

LOVE IT! If you try them, I hope you like them as much as I do!

Here are the supplies I used to make these lunches:

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18
Aug

These are a few of my favorite things

It’s the beginning of bento week here at Meet the Dubiens and I love starting the week by sharing some of my favourite bento supplies. I did a HUGE post last year about all my favourite bento goodies, so this year all I wanted to do was add some of my favourite things that I bought this past year. I’ll also share last year’s post for those needing more inspiration. You certainly don’t need everything here to make a bento box lunch for your kiddos! I actually have a serious problem, lol. Is there a bento supplies anonymous group that I can join?? I need some help. No, but seriously, I broke down my favourite supplies by category and hopefully it will help you make some bento supply decisions. As always, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment!

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1. One of my most favourite new bento boxes this year is the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kit – the kits come in Purple/Pink/Green and Blue/Orange/Green I’ll have a whole post about them this week and I can already tell they will be my go-to bento box this year!! I love them.

2. Another favourite of mine, Yumbox, has come out with new colours for their previous style lunch box and a new design which will now hold a full sandwich! I’ve already used mine a few times this summer and it’s awesome! These 2 hold full sandwiches – Yumbox Anguria Pink and Yumbox Pomodoro Red

3. One of my all-time favourite set of bento sandwich cutters are made by cutezcute – see them below. Cutezcute has now come out with a new set of sandwich cutters called Cuddle Palz. I love how adorable the designs are and how easy they are to use. You can take a simple sandwich and turn it into a piece of art in seconds. I’ll have a full post about them this week too! – CutezCute Sandwich Cutter Kit

4. I’ve recently begun using special carving tools to make my bento boxes and they make things SOOO much easier. This particular set is the best I have found. These bento carving tools help you make precise cuts, circles, balls are more. I love them. Bento Carving Tools

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5. New and large silicone cups. I love silicone cups in my bento boxes, but I find that most are usually very tiny and hold very little food. These new silicone cups are large and wonderful. I absolutely love them! The come in hearts, flowers and clovers – Bento Silicone Cups

6. More colourful silicone cups. I had bought these silicone cups at a Canadian grocery store and all my followers were always asking where they could get them! Well they are in luck! Amazon now carries them. They are large, colourful and add a great element to bento boxes! – Freshware 12-Pack Flower Silicone Reusable Baking Cup, Six Vibrant Colors

7. Eye picks! Are these not the cutest bento picks you have ever seen?! I adore them, and that is not an understatement. They add instant cuteness to a bento box! – Eye Bento Picks

8. Reusable silicone baran. Sometimes you need to use baran in a bento box to help separate dry foods from the wetter foods. I love these baran because they are thick silicone, bright and colourful and last forever. Did I mention that I love the bright designs?! -Bento Silicone Baran

9. And finally, new thermos water bottles. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of thermos funtainer bottles. My kids bring water to school every single day and their water is still cold when they come home from school after a long 8 hour day. These bottles are amazing. My kids are getting bigger though, and needed bigger bottles. I found them and they are marvelous!! – I got Purple for Kirsten and Charcoal for Camden.

So, there you have it! 9 new bento supplies that I absolutely love and you will be seeing a lot of this year.

Are you looking for more bento buying inspiration?! Here is a re-cap of last year’s post……………..

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Now that my kids are getting a bit older/bigger, I’m really loving the larger style bento boxes. They can hold an entire meal for my kids and there are some really cool designs and layouts out there. I usually use these boxes for my kids afternoon nutrition break, which is like a lunch for them.

#1 – Easylunchboxes – EasyLunchboxes Classics and EasyLunchboxes Brights
#2 – YUBO – there are lots of different colours and dozens and dozens of different designed face plates – here’s a link to a blue pirate one – Yubo Blue
#3 – Yumbox – Green Yumbox and Pink Yumbox
#4 – Goodbyn Bynto – come in several different colours – Green, Pink, Red
#5 – Sugarbooger Good Lunch box – owls, bugs, and robots

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My kids have a morning nutrition break at school as well as an afternoon nutrition break. For their morning nutrition break, I usually like to pack a smaller bento box that is more snack-like. These smaller bento boxes are also great for bringing out to sporting events, running errands, appointments, etc. These are my current faves.

#1 – Steeltainer snack container – White and Blue
#2 – Lunchbots – Orange Duo
#3 – Trudeau Fuel Everest sandwich box – Assorted Colours
#4 – Lock and Lock 4-square – Lock and Lock
#5 – Colourful two-tier bento boxes – Blue, Pink, Green and Orange

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And then there are novelty bento boxes – super fun and super cute! These are the boxes that are both functional, and favourites with the kids. There are so many cool designs out there, it’s easy to find a favourite for your kiddo. Here are my tried and true favourites.

#1 – LEGO lunch box – Assorted Colours
#2 – Hello Kitty bento box – the one I have is currently out of stock, but here is a similar cute one – Hello Kitty Bento Box
#3 – Fruity bento boxes – Pear, Pineapple and apple
#4 – Froggy bento box – Froggy
#5 – Assorted 1-tier designed bento boxes – Hello Kitty, Bear, Panda, and Round Polka-dot

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Then we have picks. I adore picks – they are probably my most favourite bento supply. There are SO MANY fun and cute designs out there and they are one of those things that add instant cuteness to any food without really any effort at all. Gotta love that! Here are my favourites.

#1 – Assorted cute and colourful animals – 8 animals
#2 – bee, ladybug, flower, clover – 4 assorted
#3 – music notes – music notes
#4 – leaves – Leaf picks
#5 – alphabet – letters
#6 – panda bear – pandas

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I also really love small bento cutters. I use them to make fun design elements in the bento box, and to cut veggies and fruits into fun shapes. There are a lot of fun designs out there and these are some of my favourites.

#1 – animal cutters with faces – Animal Faces
#2 – cute small cutters with faces – 14-piece set
#3 – stainless steel veggie/fruit cutters – Large and Small
#4 – wilton alphabet cutters – Alphabet
#5 – assorted packs of small bento cutters – Set 1, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4 and Set 5

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And then there’s large cutters. I mainly use the larger cutters for making shapes out of my kids sandwiches. These shapes are some of my favourites, and some of these even make sealed sandwiches which the kids think are very cool!

#1 – Cutezcute – Sandwich Cutter
#2 – Lunch Punch sets – Animals, Transportation, Puzzle, Sweets and Whimsical
#3 – Wilton comfort grip cookie cutters – Flower, Butterfly, Heart, Daisy, Round
#4 – Kotobuki sandwich sealers – Assorted Shapes

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These are some of my favourite sauce cups and small silicone cups. These are great for holding small bits of condiments, or small snacks or treats. They have some adorable designs out there and the kids really enjoy these.

#1 – Monbento sauce cup – Pinks, Blues, Green/Gray, Black/White
#2 – Animal sauce cups – 4 Animals
#3 – Panda/bunny sauce cups – Panda/Bunny
#4 – Fruity/veggie silicone cups – Assorted
#5 – Animal/flower silicone cups – Assorted
#6 – Fun animal silicone cups – Assorted
#7 – bunny silicone cups – currently out of stock, will update when available

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And then there are LOTS of fun bento extras. There are super fun egg molds, colourful silicone cups, decorative sandwich cutters and stampers, silicone elastic bento bands for keeping bento boxes closed and baran. Baran is an awesome tool to add instant cuteness to a bento box. I use it a lot. Here are some of my favourites.

#1 – egg molds – Car/Fish, Monbento, and Bunny/Bear
#2 – silicone bento bands – Assorted
#3 – silicone cups – 2 piece
#4 – baran – Assorted, Silicone Leaves, Colourful Silicone Flowers and Pink Colourful Flowers
#5 – assorted sandwich cutters and stamps – Bunny/Bear/Frog, Bear/Bunny/Flower, Transportation and Hello Kitty

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I use bento décor items a lot. These tools can really take bento and cute food to the next level. They are easy to use and I really love them. Here are my favourites.

#1 – food safe markers – Assorted Colours
#2 – sprinkles – these are some of my favourites – Chocolate Jimmies, Rainbow Nonpareils, Jumbo Confetti
#3 – icing eyes – Candy Eyeballs
#4 – crinkle veggie cutter – Crinkle Cutter Knife
#5 – carrot curler – Carrot Curler

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And finally – those items that complete the bento experience. You’ll need good drink bottles, utensils, ice packs, and of course good lunch bags. I use the skip hop animal bags for my kids smaller bento boxes, and the other 2 for their larger boxes. I’ve also been using Thermos Funtainer drink bottles for them lately and I’ve been loving them. They keep drinks cold all day and the kids love them. Here are my favourites.

#1 – Thermos Funtainer Drink Bottles – Assorted Popular Designs
#2 – Ice packs – 4 pack
#3 – Utensil sets – Monbento, Blue Rabbit, and Pink Bear
#4 – Lunch bags – Skip Hop Assorted Fun Animals, EasyLunchboxes Assorted Colours and Wildkin Olive Kids Assorted Designs

Happy bento shopping!

Looking for more? I highly recommend the bento supplies at All Things for Sale/Bento USA. They have awesome service, great shipping worldwide, and a HUGE selection of bento items. Check it out! There are hundreds and hundreds of items.

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17
Aug

Bento Week on Meet the Dubiens

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Tomorrow starts “Bento Week” on Meet the Dubiens. Every day next week I will be doing a bento-related post that hopefully will offer help, advice and inspiration to those who are looking to begin bento-making, or those who have already discovered how fun bento-making can be. I promise it will be a great week. Back to school is right around the corner and school lunches are going to have to be made. I’m ready and full of new ideas and new equipment for another exciting bento-filled school year. Here are just a sampling of some of my favourite bento boxes I made last year…

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See you tomorrow for my first post!

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