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Add Some Love To The Lunchbox! #SqueezeMoreOut

This post is sponsored in partnership with KitchenPLAY on behalf of Hellmann’s

It’s the start of a new school year and I have FIVE lunches to pack. I am tempted to do those cute bento boxes, but have been opting for something that takes a little less time. This classic brown bag lunch is super easy and has a few fun personalized elements to show your kids you are thinking about them during the school day.

All you need for a yummy, healthy lunch is quality ingredients. This recipe is simple. Here I’ve got classic sandwich ingredients that you can never go wrong with: whole wheat bread, romaine, tomatoes, colby jack cheese, roast beef and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise in their new squeeze bottle.

You can always make sandwiches exciting by switching up the bread, cheeses, meats and vegetables. The combinations are endless.

3 Ways to Personalize Simple Brown Bag Lunches

  1. Leave love notes: You can write a quick note on scrap paper or purchase little lunchbox notecards with riddles and short messages. I remember my mom putting notes in my lunch in elementary school and even though I sometimes acted like I was a little embarrassed, I loved the surprise.
  2. Write on bananas! Leave a message or draw a quick picture on a banana with a toothpick. By lunchtime, the writing on the banana skin will turn darker. It takes only a few seconds to add a little love!
  3. Make sandwiches special. The newly designed Hellmann’s Squeeze Bottle offers a clean lock cap and tip, so precise that topping a sandwich with a little extra love never appeared so perfect. You can put the mayo just where you want it!


This was a simple lunchbox that I put together in 5 minutes. I have the roast beef sandwich with colby jack cheese, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and Hellman’s mayonnaise on whole wheat bread. I can’t forget those fruits and veggies so I packed sliced carrots, cucumbers and a half of a banana. I like to include a few healthier options for treats so I packed ancient grain popcorn clusters with blueberries, cranberries and raspberries as well as a few natural sour gummies.

You don't have to make time consuming bentos to add a little personalization. Here's a simple brown bag lunch.

Let me know if you have any lunch-packing tips and be sure to download a .50 off coupon for Hellmann’s new squeeze bottle!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kitchen PLAY for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Tropical Fruit Pizzas

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It has been raining a lot here in Iowa and we’ve had many baseball games and events cancelled because of it. My kids absolutely do not like rainy days spent inside but I try to find fun things for us to do indoors. Every week I have each child pick a snack or dessert to help me make for the family. This gives us something to do on those rainy days and gives them responsibility and some fun one-on-one time.

This week Priscilla chose dessert pizza. We made these semi-homemade pizzas with store-bought sugar cookies, but you could make your own as well. We made these extra tasty with a pineapple glaze and shredded coconut. We like to call them Tropical fruit pizzas! These are definitely a summer treat.

Tropical Fruit Pizzas

Luckily, the rain doesn’t last for long here and most of the summer days end up sunny so the kids can at least get outside for a little bit. As you can tell from the photos Priscilla was excited to get outside!

I love the versatility of OshKosh clothing and how it’s comfortable enough for a rainy day spent inside, a play date at the park or even dressy enough to go somewhere special, especially the tunics and leggings.

Tunic and leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh

I remember those cute baby OshKosh B’Gosh overalls I had for my son many years ago. I didn’t realize OshKosh had some fashionable looks beyond the traditional style I remember and they go up to both boys and girls up to size 12!

Tunic and Leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh #HelloSummerFun

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Tropical Fruit Pizzas
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 dozen sugar cookies (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cups assorted fruit
  • shredded coconut to taste
  • Frosting:
  • (1) 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  1. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a mixer until combined.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cornstarch into a bowl.
  3. Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat and add the water and fruit juices. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Boil for about one minute until thickened. Let the pineapple glaze cool for a few minutes in the fridge.
  4. Spread the frosting on each of the cookies, top with the sliced fruit and drizzle a little glaze on each cookie.


Tropical Fruit Pizzas. Topped with a yummy pineapple glaze and shredded coconut

Don’t know if there is an OshKosh B’Gosh store near you? Check out this store locater and be sure to print this 25% off coupon below before you head out to buy some fashionable summer outfits.

OshKosh B'Gosh Summer 2015 printable coupon

What is Pitaya?

What is Pitaya and why is it good for you?

Pitaya aka dragonfruit is a fruit of the cactus species that was discovered centuries ago in Central America. Now you can find the fruit in many countries across the world, but it is totally underused in the US! This superfruit is full of antioxidants, fiber, Magnesium and Vitamin B’s.

You may not find dragonfruit in your grocery store, so these Pitaya Plus smoothie packs make things super easy. These superfruit smoothie packs are 100% raw, usda organic, non gmo verified pitaya. No sugar is added to these packs and they are vegan, kosher, gluten and dairy free!

Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs

I was sent a few of these smoothie packs, but as soon as I heard about them I knew I wanted to post.

You guys know I’m all about social good, right?

I added Pitaya Plus to my list of 150+ social good and fair trade companies. Pitaya’s goal is to create new employment opportunities in areas where they are most needed. Pitaya Plus hires single mothers to help process the fruit, in an effort to make a positive impact in the communities in which they operate. They pay them above minimum wage, and help contribute to their social security. Pitaya Plus works directly with the farmers and producers to ensure they have proper working conditions.

Pitaya Plus is commited to bringing you products in a socially, environmentally responsible and sustainable way. I love supporting brands that commit to these causes. You can purchase Pitaya Plus here! They are also available in Sprouts stores nationwide.

Pitaya Smoothie bowl.

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
  • 2 Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 4 oz apple juice
  • Top with chia seeds, toasted coconut and fruit
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Top the smoothie bowl with chia seeds, toasted coconut and fresh fruit.