Get Lunch Organized with Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids – Review & Giveaway

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*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of reviewer only.

 

And so it begins! School, that is. We went on a mini shopping trip this afternoon to pick up a few basic household items and that’s when it hit me (before ever happening) – the start of school has apparently come and gone. Wait… already? My little one hasn’t even started this school year yet but all of our local stores (even the big ones!) are getting out their fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving displays?! I’m not sure if they’ve looked at the calendar recently, but it is still only August! Sure, I know that different parts of the country start school at different times but SLOW DOWN! The majority of us parents are still trying to catch up and get back into the groove of the whole back-to-school thing. We’re early shoppers so we already have everything that we need and then some for the school year ahead but there are a few things that always wait until last minute. Lunch is one of those things. Obviously, I cannot exactly plan for school lunches months in advance… or can I?

Lunch at school when I was a kid was a choice between four things – the home packed classic PB&J, a soggy mayo and lunch-meat sandwich, a pile of slop from the school’s cafeteria, or (the one “good” choice) Friday pizza. These days, PB&J is a very serious allergy hazard even if your child is not allergic. Soggy mayonnaise sandwiches are a health concern. Cafeteria slop, well, that’s another post on its own. Pizza, while still a child’s favorite, isn’t always the best choice. Now, as my turn as the parent, I am determined to give my kids better and healthier options with more of a selection. The problem with doing so, I’ve found, is trying to pack it. You have to make sure the temperature stays correct in order to keep the food fresh and, therefore, safe for your child. You have to ensure that your packaging will not allow items to spill out. There are certain things that need to be kept separate from others. And, of course, it all needs to fit. Luckily, I think I may have finally found what we’ve all been looking for.

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Rubbermaid products have been in our own kitchen for as long as I can remember. I’ve used their items growing up and have always been a fan. Storing leftovers was (and is) a cinch with their gear and now, they have lunch covered (quite literally) as well! Recently, I had the opportunity to try out one of their hot back-to-school products and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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The Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids is THE perfect way to pack and store your child’s school lunch. With separate “blox,” or compartments, of different sizes, you can assure that your child gets a fully balanced nutritious lunch every day of the week. The modular containers, three in total (one with dividers), snap together with the added ice tray to keep your kid’s lunch organized and cool. LunchBlox Kids products are also freezer, dishwasher, and microwave safe as well as being BPA-free.

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In addition to already being an organizational life-saver for parents, the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids also helps us to provide better portion control for our little ones. Each of the “blox” are optimally sized to be able to include favorite lunch must-haves while still assuring that it’ll all fit neatly within your child’s lunch box. Speaking of lunch boxes, there are hundreds if not thousands of styles available and, to accommodate for the differences in lunch box sizes, the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids products are available in two options.

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The LunchBlox Kids for Tall Lunch Bags is, of course, great for taller lunch boxes because it allows you to stack the “blox” and place the ice tray in between.

The LunchBlox Kids for Flat Lunch Bags, the model that I received, is perfect for smaller, flatter lunch boxes. This option allows you to snap all of the different “blox” onto the bottom ice tray.

Flat

The flatter style works perfectly for the lunch bag that our little guy picked out for this school year. Before learning of this product, I was having trouble trying to figure out how I was going to pack his lunch. I was afraid that it would be squished, that the ice pack would sit at the bottom not keeping everything properly cooled, or that everything would fall out of place the second that the bag was picked up. With the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids, I no longer have to worry about any of these issues. Every single item that I pack for him will now remain in its place, properly sealed, and evenly cooled.

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My little guy has loved this set thus far and school has not even begun yet! For now, we’re storing it with tasty snacks for family outings but he likes it just the same. It’s great to see that the leak-proof lids are still a breeze for him to open and close on his own. Most leak-proof containers are often hard for children to handle without help from an adult. The Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids products have catered to and kept the children in mind with every aspect and feature. Even the color options have my little guy hooked. He loves that one set comes in multiple colors and has a blast helping me match up the food to the same colored “blox.” He gets a kick out of having his baby carrots in the orange side container!

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Now, the only thing left to worry about is what you’re going to pack in your LunchBlox Kids products. But, wait! Rubbermaid has you covered there, too! With the help of their Build a Better Lunch website, parents can find everything from tips and recipes to coupons and even special deals and new product announcements! One of my favorite tips is this one:

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Even we adults get sick of bread after a while. It’s fun to change things up a bit by using something new. A favorite change-it-up recipe of ours is one for tuna tortilla wraps. The kids love it and it’s great that it helps them stray from the possible peanut allergies that could affect others. You can even make lunch extra fun with the use of shapes and a little imagination!

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BUY
You can purchase the LunchBlox Kids products direct from the Rubbermaid website as well as many major retailers, including Target and Wal-Mart, nationwide.

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You can keep up with Rubbermaid and LunchBlox Kids via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the latest news, newest products, sales, tips, recipes, giveaways, and more!

 

Speaking of giveaways…

That’s right! We have one for you right now! Would your kids like a snazzy, new way to enjoy lunch? And you, would you find peace in knowing that your child’s lunch is safe and organized? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions then you, my friend, are in luck.

THE GIVEAWAY:
One (1) winner will receive a Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids for Flat Lunch Bags in the blue/orange/green color scheme.

Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only. Ends 9/1/13. ARV of $14.99.

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Randi is a stay-at-home mother to two wildly crazy little boys, in love with one hell of a great man, a hobbyist writer and, more or less, glued to her camera. In a world where making mud pies, searching for bugs and racing Matchbox cars have become her forte, her true passion can be found all around her (or attached to her hip) at any given moment - her family.

129 Comments

  1. I love the idea of tip #12 making fruit kabobs. It’s amazing how kids love to eat food when it’s in different shapes. I could see my kiddos gobbling this right up. And it’s healthy too!

  2. I like tip #3. Go beyond the bread. My son starts middle school this year and I’m thinking he is going to really need a lunch that goes beyond. : )

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  4. Sandwiching the Jelly…..it’s one of those “now why didn’t I think of that?” tips lol

    When making a PB & J, spread your Jif® peanut butter on the

    insides of both bread slices and then spread on the Smucker’s®

    jelly. It’ll make for a super non-soggy sandwich.

  5. My favorite aspect of the Rubbermaid LunchBlox is that it is easy to open. My kids are always asking me to open this and that and I always wonder how that works out for them at school.

  6. My youngest granddaughter would love the JIP peanut butter and jelly sushi, she actually loves real sushi and this would be cool..

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  8. Tip for a non soggy PB&J: Spread Peanut butter on the insides of both slices of bread THEN apply jelly. GENIUS!

  9. carla bonesteel on

    I like the “Sandwich the jelly” tip. My boyfriend likes PB&J, but not soggy bread. My mother actually taught me this tip a while ago, and it really works!

  10. A tip they shared that I always did with my 2 kids lunches was tucking a little note in their lunches on a little card with a cute sticker. They loved it!

  11. Victoria Carlson on

    The Jif Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut sandwich cookies look AMAZING! I want to try them asap!!!!

  12. I thought this tip was informative: spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread and put the jam in the middle when making a peanut butter jelly sandwich so he bread doesn’t get soggy.

  13. I like the tips on creating a fun lunch. SO cute and they ideas don’t look terribly complicated or time-consuming.

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  15. The JIF Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut cookies look super yummy! Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

  16. I like tip #4: Add a fruitful twist to your yogurt by stirring in Smucker’s® Strawberry Preserves. Thanks.
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