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two ways to say I love you today.

Happy February, friends! Today we kick off a fabulous month devoted to showing love to those around us. How awesome is that?! When I was younger I focused so much on the romantic aspect of February, but these days I see love in such a new light. It’s not just about snuggling up with the ONE you love, but showering blessings on the ONES you love. Which, for me, includes my two little munchkins.

My kids are at ages (4 and 6) where every little thing can be magical. They take lunch from home every day and they get so excited to open their boxes and see what’s inside. I love to mix things up to keep them from begging for that dreaded, disgusting school lunch. But I also don’t have a ton of time in the mornings to be as creative as some of the lunch-making superstars out there (see This Lunch Rox and Wendolonia for that). So with that in mind, here are two of my favorite ways to put a little love into the ol’ lunch box.

Go Bananas.

Did you know that if you scrape a toothpick lightly on the outside of a banana peel, it will brown in all the right places within minutes? This is one of my kiddos’ favorites. However, it doesn’t allow your child to shrug his shoulders in feigned ignorance when his teacher asks who left their banana peel on the lunch table. (Yes, my son learned that the hard way).


Tortillas: The Perfect Palette for Patient Parents

If you find yourself with 10 extra seconds in your lunch making routine, grab a tortilla and a pair of scissors. There’s no telling what you’ll come up with. Back in December I sent a snowflake. Some days when I really want to get my teach on, I cut letters. It’s painstaking but it works! The possibilities here really are endless.

Add some hummus, peanut butter, or yogurt for a dipping sauce and you’re done! (Or just toss in a pack of candy and call it good…right?)

About Erin

Erin has been a mama for six years, a blogger for five, and professional photographer for four. She hopes to be all of those things for at least another 50. She’s passionate about her family, her friends, bright colors and shooting jpeg (what?!). Erin is also the creative force behind the highly acclaimed Clean Color video editing tutorial. Those are the things that feed her soul but Erin says writing about them feels like the dessert. Erin makes her home and runs her business in Huntsville, Alabama.

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  • Mara

    great easy ideas! :)

  • marci goodwin

    Love the banana idea! I like putting notes in my son’s lunches. This would really surprise him!