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Thursday, October 11, 2012

I Need Therapy Thursday - Lunch-Schmunch. Munch.

I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a Pinterest addict.

Gotta have me some Pinterest every few days hours or I start getting all itchy and twitchy.

Some of the things I see on there make me all swooney and teary and fill me with a false sense of confidence.

Other things leave me scratching my head and muttering "What the...?"

Case in point: school lunches.

There seems to be a new trend in getting all cutesy and creative when packing your kids' lunch for school.

Now, for someone like me that doesn't even make her kids ANY lunch, a PB-and-J would be considered cutesy and creative.













But these lunches are, well they're frightening to me, to be quite honest.

Here are a few examples...




















Because first of all, if you have that much time on your hands in the monrings when you're packing your kids off to school, you're doing something wrong. Have you never heard of the snooze button?

Secondly, do you bubble-wrap the Tuppperware and personally deliver lunch to your kid at the cafeteria? Because no way in hell will it look like that once your darling has opened the lid of his Avengers lunchbox after it's been tossed around on the bus and in the coat cubby all morning.

Thirdly, well I have no thirdly. I'm speechless.


Like I said, I don't do lunches for my kids anymore. Haven't for a few years now. They are all perfectly capable of spreading penaut butter on bread and grabbing a fruit cup from the pantry. And they're usually better than I am at finding errant water bottles to fill.

And before you go getting all judgy on me for not nurturing my kids enough, I DO make them breakfast, so there. They get a hot breakfast

and no, it does look like this...












And I get to spend more time on my laptop looking up pictures of lunches created by Moms a little too close to the edge of sanity for my comfort level.


We all win.






Images courtesy: foodimentary.com, today.msnbc.msn.comShare, followpics.com, spoonful.com

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In case you didn't know it, I'm like the queen of blog-hoppin' lately. It's kind of like square dancing but without the dated outfits, smelly gym, and elderly caller.

Here's the schedule I keep:
Monday: Homestead Revival's Barn Hop, Natural Living Mamma's Natural Living Mondays, The Chicken Chick's Clever Chicks, A Cat-Like Curiosity's Monday Mantras Link-Up, and @ Home Take 2's Mom's Monday Mingle
Tuesday: Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday,   Crafty Garden Mama's Tuesday Greens, and The Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up
Wednesday: My Life and Kids Finding the Funny, Tilly's Nest's Down Home, and Crafty Spices Wordless Wednesday
Thursday: A Rural Journal's Rural Thursday Blog Hop, and Two In Diapers' Mommy Brain Mixer
Friday: Deborah Jean's Dandelion House's Farmgirl Friday, Little Becky Homecky's Fantabulous Friday, and Oh So Amelia's Friday Chaos
Saturday: Camera Critter's Life With Dogs Pet Blogger Hop and Country Momma Cooks Saturday Link-Up.

Since today is Thursday, that means I'm linking my post "Sniffing the Vomit" with Two In Diapers' Mommy Brain Mixer, and "Chick Update" with A Rural Journal's Rural Thursday Blog Hop.

Come join the fun!

52 comments:

  1. I'm laughing! I've seen similar pictures and thought the same thing. I'd definitely be hitting that snooze button!

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    1. I think some people just need more guidance through life than others, Anne, to help them prioritize.
      Glad we're on the same wavelength!

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    1. I know, Tabetha, right? Crazy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. You made me laugh but some of them are adorable. I remember carrying a jam jar with powdered milk and the jam was on my stale bread in a bread bag:) B

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    1. Oh, Buttons, what a sad little lunch! Let me make you a sandwich shaped like a labradoodle or something. It will cheer both of us up!
      I got the school lunches, but I had to pay with the card of shame: the free lunch card!

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    2. Yes we did that for a bit too! Then things got better and my mom's idea of fancy was canned sardines in mustard sauce. You know how that might have gone over in a lunch room! I never lived it down!

      My opinion of the fancy lunchy stuff: Show Offs!

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  4. Oh heck no. I could not be friends with someone who packed a lunch like that. Fortunately, I've seen the lunches coming to school, and we're safe. Thanks for the laugh to start the day.

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    1. I just can't imagine what these lunches must look like by the time the kid opens the lid, Coop. I mean, can you picture the Moms instructing the kids on being "very careful" not to jostle the lunch box? I wonder if they hot-glue a little tiny level on top of the lunchbox...

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  5. A long time ago when I was a kid, I loved a left-over biscuit for lunch!!!

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    1. Sounds good to me! And I Bet nobody cut it into the shape of Bugs Bunny, did they, and it tasted just as good!

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  6. I have wondered the EXACT same thing. Who is making these lunches? I suppose their kids will eat that perfectly food pyramid balanced thing.

    I used to have to go HOME for lunch. We didn't have that kind of lunch there either!!

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    1. I know, Denise. Those kinds of Moms frighten me a little, they really do. I think it's time for them to find a new creative outlet!

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  7. thankfully my kiddos are so picky - I will never have to pack them a fancy lunch like this!

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    1. Thankful, thankful. Yay! Thanks for coming by!

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  8. LOL! I've thought this many times, right down to what they'd look like when they opened them up....a bunch of random shapes closely resembling a salad that I'm pretty sure my kids won't touch. Love it!

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    1. Oh my gosh, it's gotta be a big, sloppy, wet, smelly mess, right Andrea? What's the point? Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. AMEN Anne, aye-men! Fancy 4 me is heating up soup and pouring it the thermos. If she wants cracker and cheese or fruit... she has working hands and feet - she can get it herself. No one makes and packs me a cutesy lunch. They get a home-cooked dinner every day (almost) and "fancy" weekend breakfasts (means anything not cereal). And that is pushing it. I don't have that kind of time. Geesh. True on the bubble-wrap! I could just imagine the kid opening the lunch and finding the starfish and spongebob in a compromising position. Tee-hee.

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    1. Oh boy, Danielle, "finding the starfish and spongebob in a compromising position" BWAHAHA! You are TOO funny! Love it...

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  10. Hi Anne! Thanks for visiting! OMG. My little man would go nuts over the Angry Birds one! He is totally obsessed with them. I agree though...I don't know how they would survive a trip to school and look the same by lunch time. So cute though!

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    1. You sound tempted, Smart Savvy. Don't even think about it, or I shall have to disown you!

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  11. Thanks for visiting! (My middle name is "Anne"!) Glad you enjoyed my signs...and I enjoy your blog!

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    1. Thanks Evelyn - I mean "Anne with an E"!

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  12. Hi Anne! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment.

    I have to tell you, this blog post had me CRACKING up. You are hilarious!!!
    I completely agree! There's NO way those lunches are staying that way after all the running kids do and throwing their lunch pails in the cubbies. On top of that, I'd have to be up at like 3 am to make that freakin Angry Birds lunch. NO THANKS.

    HILARIOUS.

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    1. Sounds like we're on the same wave length, Pamela! Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad I could make you laugh!

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  13. Wow! Those are some amazing lunches. But your right they would never survive the bus. I know I'm a bus driver.

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    1. Yes, you would know, wouldn't you, Gina? My hat is off to you!

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  14. Hahahahaha!!! I was just thinking halfway through the post, how those mamas have waaaay too much time on their hands. I think it is a cute idea and all, but seriously no way it stays like that. In my head if they have that much time to create those lunches they probably do hand deliver them.

    Thanks for popping by my blog and for the encouraging comment!

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    1. You're probably right, Alexis!
      It was a pleasure visiting your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine!

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  15. My Daughter is also adicted to Pinterest. I am on it but never use it. Thost lunches are so cute. I see Lisa's Snoopy is there.

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  16. haha I think once my daughter goes to school I might do something cute for her every wednesday or something to give her something to look forward to, but she's a toddler right now and I know that if I do something like this once, she'll stop eating until each and every one of her meals looks like this lol

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    1. Be cautioned, Grace! Dangerous path to go down! Thanks for stopping by...

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  17. Thanks for stopping by. I love meeting new bloggers. I also love pinterest. My kids at age 10 started making they own lunches. For two reasons,one they got to pack what they wanted ( with in reason ) .Two I had to work so between getting them ready for school and my self ready for work. The morning were more of getting out of the house on time.'then being cutesy.

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    1. Yes, Michelle, function before cutesy! I think my kids were probably about that age, too, when they started making their own. I have a friend that still packs lunches for her teenagers. Yikes...

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  18. Ha! This was so funny! My kids fend for themselves for lunch too. And breakfast - they make some mean pancakes! Though really, that Snoopy lunch is too cute. Maybe I can talk them into making it for me tomorrow. ;)

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    1. That's the right idea, Jan. Get them to make it for you! I love it...

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  19. Visiting from TALU. I love the Snoopy one! How clever!

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  20. I usually get a kick out of seeing those bento luchboxes, but you're sooooooooo right. I never even thought about that before. Never mind that they'll be bouncing around on a bus and possibly hanging sideways in a locker, etc. With all those small cut pieces, half the stuff that gets packed in those is probably browned and wilted by the time lunch rolls around. :(

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    1. Chris, I bet they're a bigm hot, sloppy mess, is what they are. And smelly. No thank you.

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  21. Wow :-O. On Monday I'm trying to throw a lunch together and my son pulls out a stack of papers that he should have showed me on Friday or over the weekend. I had 10 minutes to spare (before the bus) to make a sandwich, not wash the grapes and sign something I didn't fully read. I WISH I WOULD....never mind ;-)

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  22. I am lucky to pack my daughter's lunch AT ALL! But, wow these are fancy!

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    @Kenya: Oh, haha, I have btdt! Best laid plans! So glad to have you stop by.

    @Emily: Fancy schmancy. I think their priorities are a bit skewed. Thanks for coming by!

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  24. So funny and so true!! I've seen these on Pinterest also and my more creative friends on Facebook post theirs almost daily!! Seriously - do the kids really care? They're just going to eat it anyway.

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  25. It is amazing what people can come up with when they have time on their hands, isn't it???? See what happens when type A people stay home with their kids instead of going to work???

    I remember when Jello Jigglers were called Knox Blox (they didn't know you can just use Jello with less water for the same result yet) and my mother would use cookie cutters to cut out shapes Whoa baby. In the 80s, that was about as fancy as a lunch could get. And that was a rare treat. I make lunch for k-ster and myself every day and I HATE making lunch. No way would I take the time to make it cutesy. And he'd be laughed at at work anyway.

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    1. Our lunch "treat" back in the days when my Mom would pack our lunches, was a face drawn on fhe shell of a hard-boilef egg. I think my kids would DIE if I made them a "creative" lunch!

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  26. Nooooooo! Please say it isn't so. Where do these people come up with stuff like this? And yes, if I tried this, by the time my kids got to school it would all be in a pile inside the lunchbox because- news flash - we have gravity on this planet. (TALU)

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    1. Omg, Debbie, "we have gravity on this planet"! You are too funny!

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  27. Newest follower here! I found you through the Monday Mingle! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more!
    -meandmr.com

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  28. Thanks, Meandmr.com! I always love mew followers!

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