Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tired and Uninspired

I've been a bit uninspired when it comes to packing Little K's Lunches lately.

I still pack nearly every day - but I don't often take a picture. The last time I made a post about them was over a year ago.

I'm not quite sure why I'm losing my motivation?

Maybe it's because she's been more picky in her food likes lately?

Maybe it's because she really dislikes the school lunches - and I'm feeling the pressure to have to pack every day?

Maybe it's because I've been making them in the mornings, and I feel more rushed (instead of at night like I used to)?

Could be any - and all - of those things.

Spring Lunch

This is one of the better ones I have created lately. Back in April when we had a string of nice sunny days and I was inspired to make a Spring Themed lunch.

Chicken Nuggets

But more often they look like this. At least the added flower and cut out cucumber makes it a bit more photo worthy.

English Muffin Sandwich

Or this - down to just a flower - not even a cute cut out shape.

Fettuccine in Butter

Leftovers from the night before - and a dish of crackers. How lame is that? At least I had a homemade brownie bite to include.

Leftover KFC

The dinner leftovers in this one were not even home made - KFC chicken strips.

Mini Sausage Picks

But then I decided I need to cut myself a break!

I have to remember what my goals were when I first started packing Little K's Bento Lunches:

ONE - to do my part and reduce waste
TWO - to give my daughter healthy and nutritious lunches

While they may not always be the cutest (or photo worthy) lunches, I think I'm still accomplishing my goals.

By the way - I packed my first Laptop and Bento Lunches over 2 years ago. For those of you that know what a short attention span I have - I'm pretty proud of myself.

I don't even want to count how many bentos I've packed in that time - or how many plastic baggies I've kept out of the landfills.

While I may not post about the lunches I make - I often add them to my flickr gallery that you can see here - or over on the sidebar in "My Bento Lunch Gallery".

So what do you think - should I start taking pictures of even the not so clever or cute bentos as well? It's kind of fun to see how my style has changed since I started. Maybe some day I'll even add up how many I've made.

Anybody else tired of packing lunches yet?


  1. Hi! I am stopping by from Kerri's blog. I love your blog, your photos, everything here! I feel like my blog is similar....a little of this and a little of that. Whatever I feel like on a certain day, or whatever makes me happy!

    I think these lunches you create are beautiful. I can't imagine being able to make something so cool!

    Have a good afternoon. :)

  2. Hi!

    I just found your blog and just have to say how adorable these lunches are! Great job! Looking forward to looking through your blog some more.
    Have a great evening!


  3. the boxes you packed are lovely. guess we all have our ups and downs. Sometimes taking a break is all we need to get cracking again. Nowadays I just ask sonny what he wants and helps with me planning what to pack and that helps a lot rather than me thinking all the time what to pack.

  4. Goodness, you are hard on yourself! When I was little, my mom use to make me a pb&j and throw a fruit cup in if she was feeling fancy. I think that even your less fancy bentos are still wonderful! Your little Miss K is a very lucky girl!

  5. Your daughter is one lucky girl to have a mom packing her lunch every day. I think I need to convert to a Bento and get creative!!

  6. The first post I ever read of yours was on those beautiful lunches you make!! I knew in an instant....I wanted to follow you! These are amazing...simple beautiful.

    I have packed my son's lunches everyday this year...except once b/c he was being punished for forgetting his lunchbox (two days in a row!)
    I'm so glad it's almost summer...I'm really getting tired of packing lunches too!

  7. YES! You need to take pix even if you don't think they're photo worthy. Even your "crappy" ones are wonderful. I STRUGGLE w/what to pack for my picky eaters so I love seeing yours. I'm so impressed that K will eat all those foods.

    What are those little birdie crackers? They're adorable!

  8. Those lunches are amazing, even the ones that you say aren't so great! I definitely want more pictures, great inspiration.