Target: Back to School Lunch Gear

Selena from How About Cookie here!  I’m back to share some of my favorite back-to-school lunch gear from Target.  I know; packing lunches may not be the first thing on your mind as you’re lounging on the beach with your kids, but as those Target aisles will tell you, school is just around the corner.  Feel free to keep up with my blog for meal ideas and bento-packing tips, but first things first: let’s talk lunchboxes.

You’ll need these essentials to make lunch-packing a success:

  • a sturdy food container
  • an insulated thermos for hot food
  • insulated lunchbox
  • ice pack
  • water bottle

The back-to-school section has been up for a while, so here are some of my recommendations:

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Goodbyn containers and Lunchskins sandwich bags. These are in both the back-to-school section and the regular lunch section, so make sure to check both. Goodbyns at Target come in three sizes: the full-size Bynto (top) with three sections, the square-shaped salad or sandwich container (bottom), and the small snack container (not pictured, but see them here) with two sections. Super durable, easy to clean, and easy for kids to open and close. The Lunchskins come in a two-pack (sandwich sized and snack size) and are a fun, washable alternative to plastic baggies. I own both brands and love them.

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Blue Avocado pouches and character pouches. These were in the food container section (Rubbermaid aisle) at my store, but are perfect for the lunchbox. The all-clear ones have a zip lock, the ones with a colored piping with a top zipper. Both come in a two-pack and are great for dry food and snacks, crayons, a change of clothes, you name it. I don’t know what brand those Ninja Turtle ones are but your TMNT fan will love those.

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Dollar Spot bento containers.  These were a pleasant surprise! They look similar to Sistema Klip-It lunch cubes with space for a sandwich and two sides, all for just $3.

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Character lunch bags will get your reluctant kids excited for school, and most fit the Goodbyn Bynto, albeit with room for little else.  Tip: choose a lunchbox with a bottle holder on the outside to save interior space for your containers.

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Thermos FUNtainer bottles: Kids will need water throughout the day, and I’ve heard of many moms who pack smoothies or milk in these.
Thermos FUNtainer food jars: These are a must for cooler months to pack soups, stews, pasta, even quesadillas, chicken nuggets, or mac and cheese.
Ice packs: Character ice packs are mixed in to this section (the Hello Kitty), but more choices are in the regular lunchbox aisle.

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Embark lunch bags. These bigger lunchboxes have more room for bigger appetites, and some have hard sides for more durability.

Easylunchboxes and Goodbyn in character lunch bags

Size comparison: The top row shows an Easylunchbox (not sold at Target, but one of my favorites) and a Goodbyn Bynto in the same small Circo bag. The bottom row shows the Easylunchbox in a deep character bag (this was a Barbie one that lights up) and a Goodbyn in an Embark bag.

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Camelbak water bottles and matching Circo lunch bags. How cute are these sets? The designs coordinate so you can get your little one a matching set. This water bottle is the 12-oz size.

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target camelbak big kids 20 oz

More Camelbak water bottle options. More Camelbak designs are available in the 12-oz size. For bigger kids, opt for the 20-oz size. (The biggest bottles sold at Target are 24-25 oz.)

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Labels.  Finally, label all your finds so they don’t end up in the lost and found bin.  These are a great affordable alternative to higher-priced designer labels. The ones on the left are microwave and dishwasher safe, ideal for your containers and water bottles.  The ones on the right are for fabric and also machine washable. I’ll need to pick those up and test-drive them on our lunch bags!

Selena Kohng is a mom of three by day and freelance writer and blogger by night. She started making fun food for her kids to encourage them to eat healthier, and it’s her most addicting hobby. Clearance shopping at Target is a close second.   Follow her bento lunches and food art on her personal blog, How About Cookie, on Instagram, and on her Facebook fan page.

Target and Magnum want you to indulge with new low pricing on participating products + Giveaway

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Indulgences never felt or tasted so good.   You love enjoying your sweets, especially when you look so good eating them!   Magnum is the most premium, sophisticated and indulgent chocolate and ice cream experience imaginable, made with Belgian Chocolate.    Head into Target and grab a participating box of Magnum or Fruttare for only $3.00.   The price cut on these treats is valid through 7/5/14.

I love all things chocolate, but my all time favorite flavor of the Magnum Ice Cream bars is the Magnum Gold!   It has vanilla bean ice cream with a sea salt caramel swirl, then it’s dipped in a golden chocolatey coating.   YUM!   I can’t get enough of anything with sea salt caramel, add some chocolate to the mix and I am in heaven!!

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Want to win a coupon for a FREE box of Magnum Ice Cream Bars?    Just head on over to Target.com to check out all the great Magnum Ice Cream  flavors and comment which flavor is your favorite on any of your social media networks.  Link to your post in the comments below for a chance to win a FREE box of Magnum at Target (up to $6.99 in value).    There will be 10 winners!!   Giveaway will close on Tuesday July 1 at 9 am PST.

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

P&Geveryday Makes Life Easier with Recipes, Tips, Activities & More

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The P&Geveryday website is a great reference for all things that have to do with home and family life.  The site features content and resources on beauty, family, food, health, home and more – all alongside great offers from the innovative and trusted brands you love.   I love that the website is bright, easy to navigate and full of useful information.   You will find articles and recipes that cover the following topics:

  • Family Life
  • Food
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Home & Garden
  • Beauty

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I love to check out the Recipes tab because I can always use new ideas for dinner, breakfast, entertaining and more.    The type of food I like to eat shifts with each season and with summer here i thought this recipe for Cool Watermelon Salsa sounds perfectly cool and refreshing for a hot summer day.    I like the idea of the cool watermelon with the heat of the peppers.   I’ll definitely be giving this one a try!

P&Geveryday™ is your online platform created by Procter & Gamble, a company that has been establishing brands for the past 175 years, helping people around the world have extraordinary days. Every day.

  • Delicious recipes, beauty trends, and smart tips
  • New products to try out for yourself, family and home
  • Product ratings and reviews
  • Fresh ideas and inspiration
  • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
  • And much more!

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I also like the fact that at P&Geveryday there is a great sense of community, you can like and comment on each post.   P&Geveryday™ is about listening to what you truly need and sharing resourceful ideas, advice and products to make it easy for you to enjoy life … every day

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Oral-B at Target Power Dad’s Smile Everyday Sweepstakes & A Personal Memory

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Do you have memories of your Dad that bring a smile to your face?   One of my fondest memories as a child had to do with the “Today is Christine’s Birthday” sign my Dad created for me.  Each year on my birthday, the sign would go in our front yard and I would have my picture taken by my sign. It made me feel special.

When I  became a teenager, I became a little less enthusiastic about my birthday sign, but even those years created important memories that I look back on with fondness.   I remember the year I turned 16 the thought of the  “Today is Christine’s Birthday”sign placed in our yard made me feel embarrassed, so I decided I would hide the sign before my 16th birthday so it couldn’t be displayed in the yard to announce to the whole neighborhood that it was my birthday.   I can still recall feeling a little guilty watching my dad looking everywhere for that sign.

As it turns out, I didn’t hide it well enough, because he eventually found it.  I pleaded with him, “Please Dad! Don’t put it out in the front yard”.  In what I momentarily thought was a very tender gesture, my dad agreed that he wouldn’t put the birthday sign in the yard… instead he marched up and down the street holding the sign and shouting “Today is Christine’s Birthday”!

As mortified as I was as a teenager, I am so glad my Dad took the time to make that sign and share with everyone that it was his daughter’s birthday. As I reflect on those birthdays today, I recognize, even more than I did back then, how much my dad loved me and how much he wanted to show the world that he was proud to have me as his daughter.

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My hope is that my own children have fond memories of their dad and the love he has for them.    He has definitely brought smiles to their faces with his fun carefree attitude.

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Has your Dad made you smile?   How about a contest to make his smile.  Oral-B at Target is hosting the Power Dad’s Smile Everyday Sweepstakes with over $1,000 in prizes.   To enter, just share a photo of you and your Dad on Twitter or Instagram using #oralbsweeps before June 15.   You could win the Father’s Day Power Bundle which includes the Oral-B Black ProfessionalCare 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush, the Braun Series 7 760 shaver and a $250 Target GiftCard!   Best gift EVER!!

Here is more information on the Oral-B and Braun products if you are looking for a great gift for Father’s Day.

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Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000

  • Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide
  • The Oral-B Black ProfessionalCare 1000 removes up to 5X more plaque along the gumline vs. a regular manual toothbrush
  • The Oral-B Black ProfessionalCare 1000 Limited Edition Available at Target includes a travel case and a Bonus Deep Sweep brush head

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Braun Series 3 390

  • Tough on hair-smooth on skin
  • Features improved Triple Action FreeFoil™ to deliver a great shave
  • Combines great Braun design with high Braun quality

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Braun Series 7 760

  • Includes the most innovative features for Braun’s most advanced shave
  • Features contour adaptability for improved skin contact
  • Shaving technology for a close and comfortable shave
  • Cleansing technology for a hygienic and fresh shave every day

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Recycle Ziploc® Bags at Target (and other locations too)

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I love that recycling has become more convenient and accessible at our homes, schools, restaurants and stores. Have you noticed the recycling bins at your local Target store?   Target has made it easy for everyone to recycle by placing these bins at the front of their stores.  You can use these bins to recycle glass, plastic, aluminum and plastic bags (even Ziploc® brand bags).

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The process of recycling uses far less energy than manufacturing items with brand new raw materials.   Recycling helps with the following:

  • Conserves energy and natural resources
  • Reduces pollution
  • Helps prevent landfills from filling up

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Not only can you recycle the plastic bags that you get while you are shopping at Target, you can also recycle any plastic Ziploc® bags, they just need to be clean and dry. I thought it was interesting to find out that the majority of recycled plastic bags become composite lumber, which is used for fences, benches, decks, door and window frames, and even playground equipment.    Many of these items are things that you would use regular lumber for, so when we recycle we are helping to save our natural resources for our children and grandchildren.

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My son’s school always has “Waste-Free Wednesday” where everything they bring in their lunch should be reusable or recyclable. I can now send my son’s sandwich in a Ziploc® bag with zero guilt because I know I can recycle it.    My son simply puts the Ziploc® bags back in his lunch box.   Once I have gotten all the use out of the bags that I can, I can clean and dry them)and drop them off at my local Target store.   I head to Target at least once a week (I know many of you do too), so recycling at Target is super easy and convenient.

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Right now is a great time to pick up Ziploc® bags at Target, you can stack the following Target and manufacturer coupons to get the following deals:

Ziploc® brand Sandwich Bags (50 ct) $2.29 ~ Buy 2
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Final Price = $1.29 each

Ziploc® Snack Bags (100 ct) $3.19 ~ Buy 2
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Final Price = $2.19 each

Ziploc® Storage Bags (20 ct) $3.49 ~ Buy 2
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Final Price = $2.49 each

You can learn even more about recycling Ziploc® bags on the Ziploc® Sustainability webpage.   Make sure you also check out Ziploc® on Facebook and their Pinterest page for lots of inspirational ideas.

This post was sponsored by Ziploc®, all thoughts and opinions are my own.