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Contest is now over. Congratulations to Shelley Mitchel entry #334 who was chosen by  I have the best memories of bringing my lunch to school because my mom would go out of her way to put special touches inside.  Whether it was a sweet note on my napkin or my favorite treat tucked inside, I will always have fond memories of sitting down to eat my lunch at school.

Now that my boys are in school I try to make their lunches special too.  We make a special trip to the grocery store each week to pick out their favorite healthy treats to put inside their lunch boxes.  There is nothing like being excited to pop open those lunch boxes when the bell rings.  Both of my boys love to draw and create artwork so I will sometimes draw silly pictures to tuck inside their lunches so they can laugh at what a horrible artist Mom is!  On special occasions, I LOVE popping in during lunch to eat with the boys and their friends.  They know when I come eat lunch with them that I usually bring some homemade cookies with me to share 🙂  I hope that these little things will create memories for my boys just like my mom did for me 🙂

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  1. 1
    Chelsea says:

    I don’t have kids yet. My first is due in 6 weeks. But I definitely plan to leave him little notes in his lunchbox!

  2. 2
    Shelley says:

    I love making them picnics! It is their favorite way to eat lunch.

  3. 3
    Sarah S says:

    I was actually just thinking of this memory as I made myself a pb&j last night! When I was a kid, my mom would draw a heart in the peanut butter of my pb&j’s. I had to lift the bread to see it, so it was like a little secret from her to me at lunchtime 🙂

  4. 4
    Sarah G says:

    My mom always put a note in my lunch, sometimes it had a little word puzzle in it, or just a picture, and it was usually closed with a sticker. I used to put notes in my husband’s lunch and I plan on putting notes in my kids’ lunches too. 🙂

  5. 5
    Stacey says:

    When my husband makes my lunch, he always writes encouraging notes for me!

  6. 6

    i don’t have kiddos yet, but my mom used to always write me a little note about how much she loves me on the napkin she put in my lunch. she would pick something different every day, and it helped me know that i was/am cherished! 🙂

  7. 7
    Mary Beth says:

    I have very vivid memories growing up and my mom would always leave notes on my napkins that she placed within my lunch box! Also, every Friday I knew to expect a special “Friday Only” treat. She was and still is the BEST mom a girl could ask for!

  8. 8
    Beverly says:

    I was just telling my boys (too old now to take sack lunches to school) that I have found memories of PB&J sandwiches after half day kindergarten.

  9. 9
    Sunshine Mom says:

    My mom always put little notes in my lunches and I do the same for my kids. My mom still laughs about the time she got a note back from me in elementary school. It read, “please do not put peanut butter on my graham crackers.” 🙂

  10. 10
    Rebekah says:

    i leave little notes in their lunchboxes. my mom used to do the same thing for me and when i got older my dad would drive by and leave notes on my windshield during lunch. so now i’m starting it with my kids. lunch box notes never get old!! 🙂

  11. 11
    Ashley says:

    My mom used to put little notes in my lunch.

  12. 12
    Stacy says:

    My mom always put notes in my lunchbox! And I loved them! It was such a nice little surprise! I’ll probably do the same for my kids. Now though, all I have is a furbaby but I do spoil her with special treats!

  13. 13
    Mami2jcn says:

    I like to leave a special note on their napkin telling them I love them.

  14. 14
    Margaret says:

    I love leaving notes in the lunches for my husband.

  15. 15
    Ashley says:

    My mom always made my lunch, all the way through high school, which was especially memorably because I played a lot of sports and often had to eat lunch quickly in the locker room or study hall. Just her making my lunch was special, although my lunch was always way better than the other kids. 🙂

  16. 16
    Jessica Beaumont says:

    my mom used to write little love messages on our napkins!

  17. 17
    Amanda says:

    Just making my lunch was a special gift from my mom:). I also think she used to cut off the crust.

  18. 18

    I always write a note on their napkins. They like that. I also try to make things I know they’ll like and enjoy, even though that’s never the “typical” kid lunch.

  19. 19
    Cat says:

    My daughter is still a toddler but for lunch, we make sandwhiches together. I let her choose her toppings and cookie cutter to cut out her sandwhich. Sure she makes a mess, but the delight in her eyes makes it all worth it 🙂

  20. 20
    Tara says:

    My mom used to write little notes on our napkins. For my daughter, she always liked it when I bought cookie cutters & cut her sandwiches in all different shapes 🙂

  21. 21
    Lissa says:

    It only happened a couple times, but my mom would come and take us out to lunch from school. So fun! As soon as my boys are old enough to sit still, I want to do picnics for no reason.

  22. 22
    Debbie Wyler says:

    we always had the best picnics while i was growing up. i’m trying to continue that tradition with my own kids. mine aren’t in school yet, but when they do go to school i will leave little notes in their lunchboxes. i also plan to surprise them often by meeting them at school to each lunch with them.

  23. 23
    Diane Jarvis says:

    My mom would sometimes come eat lunch with me at school. I loved when she would show up. I thought it was so fun to see my mom at school and to get to eat lunch with her there.

  24. 24
    Tabitha says:

    Awesome! I always put little nots, surprises in their lunches too! I sometimes surprise them with a heart shaped sanwich or a sandwich “kabob” A few years ago one of the teaches aides for my daighter pulled me aside one day to tell me how neat it was I left my kids notes. She had never seen that before 🙁 Sad, I assumed man Mom’s did it. Mine did! I love surprising them with lunch in too! They LOVE it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. 25
    Tabitha says:

    OH my gosh, I should’ve proof read that! Eeeks on those typos! 🙂

  26. 26

    My kids love it when I write notes on their napkins.

  27. 27
    Francheska says:

    Love notes! And I try to give him a special “treat” each day.

  28. 28
    Lisa Fink says:

    My friend’s mom always wrote him a note in his lunch every day and now I do that with my girls 🙂

  29. 29
    Carli says:

    When I have kids I’m going to write them notes on their napkins!

  30. 30
    Lorie says:

    I love cutting their PB&J Sandwiches out with a cookie cutter. My grandmother did it for me when she would pack my school lunches and I love to do it for my kids.

    I also found another cute idea that I am going to try this year. You put the sandwich in a ziplock bag and then use sharpies to decorate the bag (drawing silly faces or writing a note).

  31. 31
    Adrienne says:

    Every week I try to do something fun for their lunches. Sometimes it is leaving them a note, other times it is putting an oreo cookie or a small muffin in there. Other times it is cutting their sandwiches in funny shapes.

  32. 32
    Cara says:

    I would love it when my mom would put something special in our boxes a note or some extra change to get ice cream!

  33. 33

    My mom used to leave notes in our lunch boxes. 🙂

  34. 34
    Mary says:

    My mom was pretty talented, and she would often draw awesome pictures on our lunch bags. It was so much better than a boring lunchbox!

  35. 35
    meeyeehere says:

    I was a super shy kid and I hated school. I had no friends and I was always afraid to talk to anyone.I had the worst self esteem. My mom would pack my lunch because I had food allergies and could not eat certain things.My mom always put a note or card in my New Kids on The Block lunch box,every day. The notes always said something encouraging and some advice on being myself and also being friendly.The notes always said she loved me at the end. It made school more tolerable for me all those years.

  36. 36
    Elisabeth says:

    My mom used to put all sorts of fun surprises in our lunch. Sometimes it would be “no-heat s’mores” (graham crackers, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows), sometimes it would be sandwiches cut into fun shapes, and sometimes it would be a note. It was pretty fun!

  37. 37
    Sheri says:

    My Mom used to put little notes in my lunch, I thought it was so sweet.

    I homeschool so we do things like build pizza ovens or make fun lunches…and funnily enough, their favorite thing is when I put their lunches in brown bags!

  38. 38
    Jessica says:

    I love to surprise my kids at lunchtime. I sneak a little toy or treat into their lunchbags and they can’t wait to tell me about it after school!

  39. 39
    Jamie says:

    My son isn’t in school yet, but every Monday we do lunch in a muffin tin and it’s usually themed. It’s a lot of fun. 🙂

  40. 40
    Nive says:

    My mom used to bring lunch to me everyday at school till my 5th grade back home in India just to make sure I was eating good and the food will be warm and fresh too…That was very kind of her to do that!!!

  41. 41

    I don’t have kids of my own. In fact, I still live at home with my parents while I’m finishing college. My mom couldn’t be a stay-at-home mom so she was always running around trying to get everyone ready for school and work. But it meant a lot when she could take the time to pack me a lunch. Usually she had to do it the night before but that’s ok. No notes… just the fact that she would pack my lunch is good enough for me 🙂

  42. 42
    Brynn says:

    To this day PB&J reminds me of school lunches as a kid. I still eat them all the time! My mom used to put little notes in my lunch from time to time and it was always a special treat!

  43. 43
    Catherine says:

    I don’t have any kids yet but I remember the little notes my mom used to put on my napkins, always accompanied by her signature goofy smiley-face drawing.

  44. 44
    Jenna Nelson says:

    My mom used to draw hearts in the peanut butter of our sandwiches.

  45. 45
    meghan says:

    I include surprises in my guys lunch.
    Notes, small toys, treats.
    Anything to make their day.

  46. 46

    My mom didn’t make our lunches, but she would randomly come get one of us and take us out to lunch on our lunch break. I don’t have kids in school yet, but look forward to making their lunches

  47. 47
    Cindy says:

    I love surprising my daughter! Sometimes I make her sandwich in fun shapes, sometimes if I know I will be home late, I write her a note and seal it with a kiss…other times, I just put in silly rhymes. Her friends get a kick out of it just as much as she does. This year, I plan on doing a survey–she can read better and can understand more things, so I plan on doing a survey on her lunch, her school day, etc. and hope that will create some chatter at the dinner table when we talk about our days!

  48. 48
    Tina says:

    My mom would put notes in my lunch bag. Totally embarrassing then, but now I think it’s awesome.

  49. 49
    Jeni says:

    My mom always wrote us little notes on napkins. I loved it. It was the first thing I dug out of my lunch box. I do the same for my girls now. I love doing it. I think they love their little love notes from mom as much as I did.

  50. 50
    Cari says:

    My mom use to cut out Family Circus comics and slip them into our lunch bags. She would name the characters after us to personalize them.

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