Friday, November 4, 2016

Fun School Lunch Ideas

I love packing school lunches.  It's one of my favorite school centered things to do other than activities.  I compiled a small sample of a few lunches that we've made this year and some past favorites.  I also have this very wild obsession with lunch containers!  I kind of have a collection of them of several different brands!  So here's some sample lunches to make lunch more interesting, colorful and fun to eat!

Lunch containers: lunchbots

Thermos - from Target
We like to put chicken nuggets, strips, mini corn dogs, meatballs and spaghetti in them.  My two smaller kids were not allowed to use the microwave in elementary school so we used the thermos sometimes when they didn't want school lunch.

I picked this lunch container up from TJ Max.  It's called a lock and lock.  I love to make a themed lunches.  I've always been creative and trying to do themes just brings a bit of a challenge and fun.

This is a kid's bentgo- leak proof

This container is a goodbyn.  They come in different styles and colors.

The red one is a goodbyn and the clear one is easylunchboxes.

This smaller blue container was bought from
Tip:  Cake decorating markers make things interesting and educational.  Here Mr. Caleb has site words written on his marshmallows. 

DIY lunchable

The dressing does stay put and does not spill over the lunch in this kids bentgo.

This lunch was made for Miss Caitlyn as we went to pick her up from summer camp.

Fish themed lunch

Frozen themed lunch - It was a challenge, but I had to try for my Elsa fanatic.

Red was the color of the week in this lunch made for Caleb.

Because AJ played afterschool sports, I always packed extra snacks in his lunch so he'd have something to eat before practice.

Hope you enjoyed these lunches and hope you try some.....if you have the patience.  I know the lunch thing is not everybody's thing, but it's one that I love!

Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Teething Pains and Amber Teething Necklaces

For as long as the twins have been teething, we have tried to find a solution to help ease the pain of it.  Teething is already sometimes a rough period, but two teething babies can be a nightmare.  Cameron was also more irritated from the teething than Cason was.  He also got his bottom pegs before Cason and his top two are already coming down now.  To ease the teething pains, we tried regular teething rings from the store and chilled them, but they didn't care for those.  They would occasionally suck on a chilled baby washcloth though.

Then, I heard about these amber teething necklaces.  Amber supposedly contains a "natural analgesic" ( succinic acid) that is absorbed through the skin to relieve pain.  These are not the teething necklaces that are chewable as I initially thought they were.  They are only to be worn and they should be short enough that the baby cannot pull on.  Now, I admit that I am also a bit skeptical of anything claiming to do anything.  I never just accept the idea regardless of who it comes from although I do take into consideration other people's opinions when trying to form my own. So, I decided to test them out.  Mostly, because Cameron seemed to be having the most pain from the teething.  So I looked on Amazon and ordered two.  They were about $15 each.

Now one thing is for sure.  They look absolutely adorable with the little necklaces on. Mr. Cameron has backed himself under the ottoman here.

About three days after I ordered them and the twins were wearing them, I was asked if they work.  Well, in my opinion three days wasn't enough time to make that kind of assessment especially when we were constantly on the go and I wasn't truly paying enough attention.  We have had the necklaces now for about 3 weeks and I can say that I have noticed some differences in behavior from Cameron.

Cason (left)  Cameron (right)

Cameron used to scream a LOT when his teeth were bothering him.  You would see him frantically trying to shove something in his mouth to bite on while crying.  What I noticed was he's still shoving things in his mouth to chew on, but he is no longer screaming and crying when he does (for the most part). I did notice him crying a little a few days ago as he was showing a bib in his mouth.  One of his top two is just breaking the gums.  He also used to cry and pull on his ear and dig in it.  He is no longer crying during that either and he doesn't bother his ear as much, but he still bothers it occasionally.  When he does, he kind of seems indifferent to it.

Now being that Cason is 100% on the move all the time, I doubt if he has really has time to even notice his teething pain and/or the necklace is helping with what little pain he does have.  As for Cameron, I would definitely say the amber necklace helps and has made him less irritable.  I keep the necklaces on them all the time even during the bath.  At night, I will take them off, or I will wrap it around their ankle, but it has come off a few times.  I didn't like that because I didn't want them to find them in the bed and eat them.   So I don't put them on their ankles anymore.  I was afraid that they might notice each other's necklace too and pull on it.  However, I 've only had to stop them about 2-3 times.  For the most part, they just don't bother them because there's so much other stuff to destroy in the house.
So I'd say the amber necklaces do help with teething pain.  However, it also could depend on your baby and their level of pain and pain tolerance.