Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Soccer School Round Up

How are your school holidays going? Miss M went to 'Soccer School' last week while I worked and she thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the opportunity to try out Juice in the Box in an un-refrigerated environment and put the Ice on the Box through its paces.

The first day I froze Miss M's Juice in the Box as well as her yoghurt pouch before putting her whole lunch in a cooler bag. She told me they were both still frozen at lunchtime!
Day two and we opted for black currant and cranberry juice for something different and some sandwich balls along with a large serve of fruit salad.
 These would have to be the worst soccer-sandwich-balls I've ever seen! At least Miss M knew what they were supposed to be o.O
I was chuffed to find some sports print fruit leathers but that afternoon Miss M told be she didn't like them. *sigh*
 Crunchy snacks to go with the yoghurt pouch and fruit salad today. And back to our favourite fruit juice in her Juice in the Box.
 Simple FooDoodler drawing on her sandwich too.
 There was only a small serve of fruit salad left but this time of the week so I ended up sending some pepperoni decorated with FooDoodlers along with rice crackers as a second snack. Again her favourite juice in her Juice in the Box.
Miss M and her coach were very proud of her efforts in executing a Ronaldo Chop so I decided that would be the theme for her last Soccer School lunch even though I had no idea how to make that happen. Until I remembered the Samurai swords I received in a Bento Bloggers & Friends car package! And a funny idea came to mind. And this is why I normally use the cheat cheese art method - my free hand drawing is certainly an area I can improve on!



With a frozen yoghurt pouch and a frozen Ice on the Box in a cooler bag Miss M reported her lunch was the perfect temperature in our mild winter weather (up to 27 C)

Would you like to WIN a Juice in the Box kit including not only the Juice in the Box  but also the Ice on the Box and a replacement parts kit? You can! All the details are in this previous post!



Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Monday, 6 July 2015

School Excursion Lunch

This was our first major test run of our new Juice in the Box and I was rather excited to see how the Ice on the Box would work, especially here in central Queensland. I must say I was impressed! Although it was a milk winters day (it only reached 26c o.O) the milk which was fridge cold when we left home at 8am was still cold enough to drink safely at midday when we got home. It was suited in the Ice on the Box and stayed with the pram and Honey for Miss M's excursion. Can you guess where we went?

Miss M had an EasyLunchbox marking all the stops on her walking tour of the town centre. The Library, Police Station, and Ambulance Station.

Cheese sandwich 'books'
Fruit 'stop lights'
Vegemite sandwich 'Ambulance'

And of course she had her Juice in the Box  I also packed a yoghurt pouch for her brain break.

Honey's nibble tray consisted of breakfast biscuits, fruit, and a butter sandwich. Yes, she loves a butter sandwich! As well as her Juice in the Box.

Have you entered to WIN a Juice in the Box starter bundle yet? You can read all about it in this previous post!









Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Juice in the Box Review and Giveaway!

If you've been following on Instagram and reading the blog this week you may have noticed these clever little drink boxes popping up. 

Boardwalk Imports was kind enough to send me two Juice in the Box containers, two Ice on the Box cooler sleeves and one spare parts set for Juice in the Box to review. Read through to the end of this post for details of how you could win a single Juice in the Box starter pack for yourself!

I took a video of the unpacking, but my microphone wasn't working very well :-(
What do you think? Pretty nifty right?

We've been using them to take all sort of drinks to school and daycare. Some of the things we've packed so far include iced tea, juice, homemade smoothies, homemade lemon cordial and milk. I love that we get to choose what goes in to the box and how much!


Well, up to the 240mL fill line anyway. Mind you, I don't think we've actually filled it to capacity any day. Depending on what's being packed I don't mind skimping a bit on the serving. Something more than water is a welcome relief come lunchtime in Queensland, even in the middle of winter! (Where is still gets to 26 degrees o.O)

Now, doing some quick Mummy-math, bear with me here. . . 
Juice poppers (250mLx8pk = 2L juice) usually go on special for $3, thereabouts, right?
And the 1L tetra usually goes on special for $1
So right there you're saving 50c/L (or 12.5c/popper)! Without even considering changing the volume served, that saving's going to start stacking up after 40 weeks of 5 days at school!

Now let's try with milk. . .
I like to send the longlife plain milk poppers generally speaking, and they're about $3.50 for a 6 pack of 200mL (1.2L total = $2.91/L)
At home we have the $1/L full cream milk - check out that saving! Almost a third of the price! So if I were to send 200mL of our regular house milk in place of the poppers it would only take about 43 serves to save the cost of a Juice in the Box (RRP $17.95) Considering there are 50 days in a school term that's pretty good going I think! Not to mention the environmental impact or the health impact either!

Want to see how the size of the Juice in the Box stacks up against the poppers in my pantry? Check out this little YouTube video I made to help illustrate.


As you can see the Juice in the Box is a bit taller than your regular popper. If you're using a cooler bag this probably won't impact you much at all. If, however you tend to pack your juice box *inside* your lunchbox then you may run into some difficulties. As you know I have quite the selection of lunch boxes so I tried quite a few combinations trying to find the perfect fit. While it does squeeze into some boxes, there was only one that was a comfortable fit - the Nude Food Movers Lunch Pack. And it just so happens that Miss M asked for that box *every day* for the last week of school. Here's what she took those days:




And how it all packs into the box



Want to see how the Juice in the Box fits into your lunchbox? I may have a version amongst the collection I tested. 


But what about those days when you're not accessing a fridge like my girls? Well, Miss M has had holiday school this past week while I've been working and she was more than happy to test run the Ice on the Box for me! For her first day I actually froze the Juice in the Box as well as the Ice on the Box, and sent her lunch with a frozen yoghurt pouch as well in a cooler bag. The yoghurt and juice were still mostly frozen at lunch time! Oops! Since then I've sent the frozen Ice on the Box and frozen yoghurt pouch with refrigerate juice and other lunch contents in an insulated bag. This seems to be the perfect combination for her.

So, time for the nitty gritty of the review!

Loving:
  • Easy clean (dishwasher safe, although I don't own one to test that - hint hint Santa!) A bottle brush works well
  • Easy click open - even Honey (not quite 2) can open by herself
  • Versatile when it comes to what and how much you choose to pack
  • Leakproof (with the lid closed, although Honey did make off with her full JIB one day and I found it laying on it's side, lid open, half empty - and not leaking!) 
  • Translucent body so you can see what's left inside (including any nasties)
  • Made from Tritan with a stainless steel hinge for extra sturdiness. Don't believe me? Check out this guy running it over with a bus!! 
  • BPA & Phthalate free
  • Hard box means no more accidental squirting!
  • Super handy fill line

Loving a little less, but liveable:
  • Too tall for my most commonly used boxes. This isn't generally an issue when using cooler bags or lunch bags
  • The price can feel a bit expensive at first, but in the long run it is certainly justifiable.
  • Now everyone wants one!!
Overall:
I have always sent a drink along with water with my girls every day and it's something I intend to continue with. I can definitely see our Juice in the Box getting quite the work out! I would like to see a shorter version that will fit into my lunch boxes, but it won't be long and we will be out of the classrooms with fridge access so will be using cooler bags anyway. I love Love LOVE being able to  choose what and how much to pack into these drink boxes. It means healthier choices and less waste, which means a happier Mummy!

Now for the fun part! You can win a Juice in the Box starter bundle for yourself! Boardwalk Imports is kindly giving away 4 - yes FOUR Juice in the Box starter kits, which include a Juice in the Box  Ice on the Box, and a Replacement parts pack. Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below and make sure you complete all the mandatory criteria for your entry to be valid! The 'bonus' entries don't actually count as this is a game of skill, however I've included them as an easy option for following :-)
  • As per Terms & Conditions you must complete all three mandatory entries to be eligible to win. It is highly recommended that you enter the giveaway with the same email address/ID you follow with, otherwise your entry can be difficult to verify.
  • Open to Australian residents aged 18 & over
  • Full Terms & Conditions can be found here

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Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and no monetary compensation was provided nor offered. This post was written for Loving Lunches and Boardwalk Imports who generously supplied me with a sample to review and the prize/s for this giveaway.  All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Fast Fun Flower

Another quickie from last week. Flowers! Lunch punch sandwich and I did start to carve roses from eh strawberries but then got distracted and never finished. A few picks turn them into buds anyway ;-)
Yogurt in a Sinchies pouch and pepperoni/cheese/cracker snack.

And it all fits into Miss M's Nude Food Movers Lunch Pack.

Do you like the look of those Juice in the Box drink containers? Stay tuned for more details including a review and giveaway launching this weekend!

Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Fairy Fun

 The last week of school for the term and I was a little tanked so easy does it was the theme all week! Thank you Lunch Punch for making fun easy!
 Along with her fairy sandwich Miss M had a strawberry and kiwi fruit salad, Gogo Juice smoothie in her Juice in the Box  pepperoni/cheese/crackers snack, and yoghurt in a Sinchies pouch.
 All in her giant Nude Food Movers Lunch pack.
This is how it all fits.

Do you like the look of those Juice in the Box drink containers? Stay tuned for more details including a review and giveaway launching this weekend!

Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.
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