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Secret Valentine

I played not-so-secret admirer today of the kiddo, so that she could have a fun Valentine’s Day lunch. This year our school has Friday off, so no Valentine’s Day lunch for her 😛 Boo! Hearts and love earlier in the week instead!

In this lunch:

Main PB&J on whole wheat “conversation” heart
Sides Cherry tomato hearts and strawberries. Also, secret message banana. I recently got a cookie cutter set with the ability to set custom letters and I used them to write her a message in her banana. By the time it gets to lunch, the message will be much darker. So fun! So this was my big debut with the cookie cutters.
Also included but not pictured Yogurt

Today I used:

Today we are a part of a Valentine’s day hop with the Bento Bloggers and Friends! Hop on over to the next blog for more Valentine’s Day goodness!


Peace & Love Bento


Today’s theme is peace and love. I’m not sure if it’s our culture that is so pervasive in peace symbol imagery in young girls’ clothing or that little girls just naturally are drawn to such a simple symbol (most likely the former) but my daughter LOVES peace signs. Has-them-on-shirts-pants-underwear type of love. So today’s zen moment is attributed to the theme of peace and love. I wish I had a peace sign cookie cutter so it would’ve come out perfectly, but instead I drew the pattern on the inside of the bread and cut the bread with the wrong side of the knife for some clean cuts. It’s not a perfect peace sign, but made all the better because it has sprinkles inside (what I’ve heard referred to as a “fairy” sandwich, but eh, I just call them sprinkle sandwiches).

Main PB&Jam on whole grain white, covered in rainbow non-pareils
Sides Blueberries and green grapes
Additional sides (not pictured) yogurt and an orange

Today I used:

A Kiss-and-Make-Up Bento


I must admit, yesterday was a sort of tense day in the house. I had to work in my office and my husband was taking care of our kiddos. The Preschool Kiddo was just coming off of being sick and was extra super clingy. The Baby Kiddo is, well, a baby — although he will sit by himself pretty relaxed, he still needs to be held and tended sometimes, which is difficult when the other one is stuck to you like glue. My sweet husband did tend to them both though (plus got a couple of important house tasks done) and was doing a pretty good job. This situation wears down even the most patient of parents, though; and add a third child — well, soon you have a screaming baby, a tantrumy Preschooler and a Kindergarten Kiddo with hurt feelings. I wish I could say that when I got off work I was patient and helpful, but honestly, I was just thinking I needed to finish some paperwork to finish my job and then log onto work again to answer some questions. And by the time I got off work it was dinner time, Kiddos were hungry, tired, and crazy — I was grumpy I couldn’t get my work done, they were wound-up, husband was tired… well, short tempers all around. I won’t lie. There was yelling. There were frustrated “ARGHs.” There were unkind words from all parties involved, to all parties involved.

In the end, it was one of those days.

At bed time, Kindergarten Kiddo confided in her dad that she felt we were all being mean to her last night. And when he told me, I felt rotten. I didn’t want to be mean. I didn’t want her to feel that people were being mean to her in her own home. I wanted to say I was sorry but when he told me, we were two hours past bedtime.

I felt I needed to make amends. Right that minute.

So I made a Kiss-and-Make-Up Bento — very late at night, since I couldn’t sleep. It looks like a Valentine’s Day bento with all the hearts and love, but really that’s all I wanted to give her. Hearts and love. We did make up this morning with hugs, and I showed her the bento I made last night. And today there were soft whispers (so as to not wake the baby!) There were walk by kisses. There were gentle words.

And a happy kiddo and a slightly sleep-deprived but happier mom.

Sandwich PB&J stamped with a *heart* you sandwich stamp I got from Target’s Dollar Spot
Sides Strawberry cut into a heart; apples cut into hearts; craisins skewered on heart food picks.

Today I used:

Angry Birds Pigs in Love. Pigs and heart are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; on top of the heart (and the girl pig’s bow) are red food leather; propping them up are raisins and in the background, green grapes. 

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