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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Things I Love, Part 2

 The Things I Love post today features things that make my life easier.

Pic taken from Easy Lunchboxes Products page

I found these through Pinterest. And I love them.

They are dishwasher safe and microwave safe, although I never put them in the dishwasher. Any sort of plastic containers that I have ever had get wonky after too many trips through the dishwasher. Usually, the lids end up shrinking slightly and it's a pain to get the lids to fit after awhile. I cannot bring myself to try it with these because I love them.

I originally bought these for the kids lunches during the summer at day camp. But I quickly realized that we could really use these on road trips. I would save us from having to stop at fast food places to get food and be a lot quicker than sit-down restaurants. Not to mention, a lot cheaper.

In the beginning, there were 4 lid colors (red, orange, green, and blue). Now they have added bright colors (pink, purple, yellow, and teal).

We did buy each kid a little cooler bag and they work wonderfully. There is enough room in the bags to put an Easy Lunchbox, their water bottles, napkins, and any utensil they might need with room to spare. On days they need them, we also add a little ice pack from Target to keep the food cold. (You could easily use a cooler you already have or get one from Walmart or Target.)

And the best thing, to me, is the site has a Yummy Lunch Ideas page that has tons of photos of what sorts of lunches you could pack in these containers. (The list is growing the more people buy them and upload their own photos.) And if that's not enough, search Pinterest. You'll find plenty of ideas.
And it's not just kids lunches being featured. A lot of adults are taking these to work.

I only took a few pics of lunches that I made for the kids this past summer. And they eat at school during the year so I have not been able to get really creative yet.

1st pic: Classic turkey and cheese on half a hoagie roll, grapes, raspberries, and a pickle.
2nd pic: Cheese sandwich on 100% whole wheat bread cut into a star (use a cookie cutter), grapes, celery with reduced-fat cream cheese, pretzel sticks, and a little sweet treat.
3rd pic: Whole grain pita filled with shredded chicken, grapes, strawberries, celery with peanut butter and yogurt covered raisins, and a box of raisins.

I made a sandwich one day and used a big cookie cutter to make the sandwich flower shaped. Sadly, I didn't think to take a photo of it before sending it off to camp.

I usually make the lunches at night so it's less work in the mornings when we might be hurried.

With the little compartments, there is no need for plastic baggies and anything slightly wet doesn't get to the food that are dry. One idea that I haven't been able to try yet is using those silicon muffin cups to make more divided spaces. Those would be great for lunches without sandwiches, like crackers and cheeses.


I woke up Tuesday morning with an irritated throat and my left nostril plugged up. Yay. My colds always start with the throat and progress from there.

I am mad that I got a cold in the first place. I am usually so careful with germs and washing my hands, especially when I go out in public.

This is the first time I've had a cold in about a year. (I say 'about' due to not being able to remember when I last had one. I know I didn't get one this past fall or summer and I don't recall being sick all last winter.

At the first sign of a cold, my husband and I BOTH start the Zicam and Airborne regimens. Some people say that Zicam doesn't work. Maybe not for them, but it works wonders for me.

For those of you that haven't heard of this, I'll explain briefly. It can shorten a cold if taken at the first sign of a cold and then every 3 hours until symptoms disappear.

I prefer the chewable Zicam:

To me, they are least icky tasting.

I tried the nose swabs and really didn't like the feeling.
I tried the oral mist and it didn't appeal to me at all.

Then I tried the melts:

The one pictured above is the best tasting, at least to me.
I first tried the cherry flavored but I just can't eat cherry flavored chalk.
(You cannot drink anything for 15 minutes after taking Zicam. So tasting chalk with a cherry twist for more than a minute is just excruciating.)

I know that they work for me. When I get a cold, I usually hang onto it for almost 2 weeks. One summer, I had a cold for 3 weeks straight and I wanted to die. I think I went through 5 big boxes of tissue. It was a nightmare. Plus, being sick in the summer is 10 times worse than being sick in the winter.

Since I started using Zicam when I do get a cold, mine are usually gone within 5 days. And that's the whole cold... even the last little bit of it when you are feeling better but still snotty.

I started taking Zicam this time 2 minutes after my feet hit the floor. My throat is already feeling better and the massive amounts of mucus are already coming out. I coughed a few times this morning upon waking and I swear, it felt like the last few days of a cold, not the 3rd.

Alas, no matter how well the Zicam works, my nose is still going to look like it got a chemical peel for a few days thanks to the constant nose blowing. I don't care if that tissue is dripping with lotion... it will still be a sight. (Yes, I try putting Vaseline on my nose in between but when you are using a tissue every minute or 2, that Vaseline stands no chance.)

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