Last fall I was dreaming through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and came upon an awesome lunch box (Planet Box) that contains a metal insert that has multiple compartments and small lidded containers. It would eliminate the need for baggies and washing multiple glass containers every day. However, with a $70.00 (yes, I typed that correctly) price tag, I decided I could handle washing a few containers. Well, last night we were at the mall, and I decided to stop in PBK (I had a $50 gift card) and wouldn't you know, there were a few Planet Boxes left that had been marked down to $48. I know, not really a bargain, but when I think about the money I will save over the years on baggies, time saved on dishes (the insert is dishwasher safe) and benefits to the environment, I think they will be worth it. So, got two of them. I also found these "lunch skins"--dishwasher safe, reusable snack bags. Olivia is quite excited to start Kindergarten so she can use her new lunch bag. I'll let you all know how it works out.
Today I went to Whole Foods again, yes, I know....but I wanted to get everything I would need snack-wise to take on vacation with us. The girls picked out all sorts of nuts, seeds and dried fruits for trail mix and other healthy snack items to take along. I managed to stay under $200.00, and I shouldn't have to go to the grocery again for the rest of the month. I also managed to make my weekly loaf of bread and another batch of pitas yesterday. I can't believe I ever thought I wouldn't have time for bread making...it's so simple and so much healthier. Anyone tried it yet??