So your kids are back at school. Or maybe they’ve just started kindy. The beginning of the educational year is, mostly, exciting and definitely something we all need to adjust to after weeks of holidays and relaxed routines.
Sending your little ones off to school or kindy becomes an operation of planning, negotiating and night-before bag-packing.
If you’re seasoned at it, you’ll have it all worked out but if you’re a newbie – it can be a little daunting trying to navigate your way around all the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to do things [as judged by your offspring!]
One of the most important things that you will pack in your child’s school/kindy bag is their lunch. Oh God – the dreaded school lunch. Entire communities and blogs are founded on creating the easiest/healthiest/funniest/bestest lunches EVER for your children. It can be a world of intense judgment and expectation. It can also just be something else you have to think about in the morning. Whatever floats your boat is cool with us, but we’ve got some tools that will certainly make the task ahead easier, fresher and more colourful!
Our friends at SMASH sent us a hamper of their latest lunchbox range and we were really surprised at how broad it is. There really is something for EVERYONE. Including the grown-ups!!
Smash Nude Food Movers Enviro Box (left)
The NFM Enviro Box has flip-top lids on its compartments making it perfect to transport all manner of snacks without cross-snack-contamination! They come in a variety of colours and also have interchangeable, custom-fit insulated bags in styles that even your most discerning tween/teen will be happy with.
Available: Woolworths and Big W
The SMASHBOX Hybrid Lunchbox (right)
This is great for the older school-kid. A generous size, it comes with a detachable insulated cover, and a twin compartment lunchbox. It even comes with a leak-proof yoghurt container and sandwich seatbelt perfect for unruly lunches and runaway snacks! It’s dishwasher proof [YAY!] and comes in a variety of colours.
Available: Exclusive to Coles
SMASH Nude Food Movers [NFM]
NFM are all about the three Rs – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We love their whole range but in particular found these products the most useful for our kids:
Perfect for transporting hard to pack fruits like apples, oranges, peaches etc. For littlies that like their fruit cut up, simply pop a rubber band around the sliced fruit [to keep it from browning] and put the whole ‘ball’ into the container. Voila! We also use it to pack muffins and cupcakes on treat days.
Available: Woolworths, Coles, Officeworks, Big W
Snack and Dip
This is an all-round winner! Suitable for little kids through to grown-ups the removable separator keeps your fresh veggies or crackers away from your dip and the tight seal keeps everything fresh and crunchy. I carry one in my handbag [perfect size!] when I’m for the day and the kids have them for recess in their school bags.
The LIGHT UP Lunch Bag
Yep, you read that right. These are the first LED, light up lunch bags to hit Australia! In two colour choices – pink/purple and blue/red – these lunch bags will be the talk of the school! The LED lights activate when the insulated bag is shaken and they’re roomy enough to accommodate a generous sized lunch. You’ll have one happy kid to bring out THIS lunch bag!
Available: Exclusive to Big W
Thank you, thank you SMASH for finally coming up with a way for us to pack those pesky rice-crackers! These containers are genius aren’t they? The perfect size and shape to pack those large rice crackers in but also ideal for crumpets, pikelets and maybe even a cheeky donut for a treat!
Available: Big W
The Adult & Tween Lunch Range
So, it’s not just the kids who are eating their own packed lunch! These days more and more grown-ups are saving thousands of dollars a year by bringing their lunch from home, not to mention the health benefits of avoiding processed convenience meals while on the run. But no longer do you need to explain why your lunch bag has a faded picture of Elmo on it! This new Dining at Work range is not only stylish, it comes in just the right sizes for adult portions.
The food storage containers have the appearance and feel of ceramic serving-ware with café style and being microwave proof, are the perfect solution for taking your left-overs to work for lunch! Yum!
And if you’re blessed to have one of those hard-to-impress tweens or teens in the house [y’know, too big for lame kid’s stuff] then this range is just what you need!
Available: Woolworths and Officeworks
So there you have it! The coolest and most sensible options for your family to take their own lunch to kindy, school and work. SMASH really has thought of everything!
Now if only they could come up with an alarm to remind you to empty the lunch boxes on Friday afternoon so you’re not met with any furry, soggy or smelly lunch box friends on Monday morning, that would be great!
Thanks to our friends at Smash, we’ve got five awesome Smash Family Prizepacks up for grabs.
EACH PRIZE (RRP $135) AND INCLUDES:
- London Ladies lunch Bag – Available at Woolworths RRP $15
- Nyla Ladies Lunch Bag – Available at Woolworths RRP $12
- Drip Kit Mens Lunch Bag – Available at Woolworths RRP $15
- Café Style Bowl x2 – Available at Woolworths RRP $8
- Smashbox – Exclusive to Coles RRP $15
- Light Up Lunch Bag – Exclusive to Big W
- Smash Tritan Widemouth Drink Bottle with Ice Stick – Available at Woolworths RRP $11.99