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Contest is now over. Congratulations to Shelley Mitchel entry #334 who was chosen by random.org. 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. JessiMac

    I always put notes in my daughter’s lunches. On the rare occasion I forgot I heard about it! Sometimes I draw a picture or write a joke or riddle.

  2. simone

    My son is only 2, but he will be starting mother’s day out this year. I am at a loss actually as to whether to include anything. Can’t do writing. I was thinking of stickers, but not enough to share with other kids. I think I am just going to include little 2×2 letters – one day will be ‘G’ the next ‘X’ etc. He is loving letters right now, so I think he will enjoy this, plus shouldn’t cause jealousy among other kids. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Jenn Ciniello

    I always try to put something in my daughter’s snack or lunch to let her know I’m thinking of her. Sometimes it’s a little note, or a small piece of candy of a sticker. And the thing I remember most about my Mom’s lunches were the days when I didn’t feel great and she would send me to school with chicken noodle soup in my thermos and a ginerale. It was made the day more tolerable.

  4. Vicki Malave

    My kids are older. We meet occasionally for lunch at a restaurant. It’s nice to sit down and talk for a bit and they appreciate the free lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jeanette H.

    I like to pack my kids 1 hershey kiss, a kiss from mom every day and nobody needs to know the meaning behind it…=D

  6. Lynn

    My mom would sneak candy with a note into my lunch. It was always fun trying to find where she hid it in my bag!

  7. Christine

    My mom never, never bought cookies or those kinds of snacks. Our lunches always included goodies she baked for us herself.

  8. Sharie Thompson

    I use a cookie cutter and imprint the shape into the bread. OR, at breakfast, you can do this then toast the bread for it to really show up.

  9. Lewis F

    My mom always would add a piece of fresh fruit to my school lunches, so she made sure I had a healthy sweet.

  10. Cathy

    I used to watch my nieces and when I made their lunches I liked to put in a little surprise, whether it was a special treat, stickers or just a note. One day I’d like to do the same for my kids once I have them ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Shawna OBrien

    Something special I do for my kids lunch is that I make sure that I pack their lunches with their favorite foods. I also like to pop in their schools once in a while and have lunch with them.

  12. Janssen

    I make my husband a PB&J almost every day. I just love those, even after years of eating it almost daily.

  13. dana b

    My mom made me a unique sandwich which we dubbed the “finger sandwich”. It was a couple of hot dogs cut in half on bread. I don’t know why I liked it but I did and I liked that my Mom knew I liked it.

  14. Lori

    Wow, something I have done for our kids lunches is randomly put in cute little notes of encouragement or something funny and add a treat to it, and they still even in high school as me to do it. My mom used to make me (some my think this sounds awful) a doughnut sandwich, using a plain cake doughnut, sliced in the middle and she would either use peanut butter and jelly or bologna w/ mustard and mayo. I still like them and I sure remember them from when I was little. Fun memories!

  15. Tami Vollenweider

    I know it sounds different,but my mom would mix syrup and peanut butter together and make me an sandwich!It was good!

  16. Bev Harrison

    When I was in 5th grade my favorite lunch was tomato soup and a cold hamburger sandwich. My mom would fry me a hambuger every morning while I was eating breakfast and fill a thermos with hot tomato soup. Fortunately for me, my kids favorite lunches were peanut butter and honey sandwiches, alot easir to prepare!

  17. thepricklypinecone

    My mom would make lunches special by hiding a chocolate in my lunch once a week or so!

  18. shel

    My mom always did note-on-a-napkin and I did the same for my own children. My sons are a lot older than my daughter and sometimes they pack the lunch now at night…I’ve caught them writing notes on a napkin to their younger sister when packing her lunch!

  19. Cynthia C

    I served lunches on the deck in the summer months for my kids and their neighborhood friends.

  20. Amber

    Your boys are too cute! Love the ties, lol. Adorable. My mom always used to write notes in my lunchbox sometimes ON the lunchbag…lol. I like to write notes too, sometimes I’ll surprise them with homemade cookies that they didn’t know I had baked, or I’ll include a pink or blue colored Rice Krispie treat, etc. Thanks!!

  21. Lisa

    My mom would make our lunches everyday to our requests. It was always a big treat when we received leftovers from last night’s dinner in little tupperware containers…my favorites were lasagna and matzo ball soup.

  22. Tracey

    I was lucky when I was in grammar school we got to go home for lunch. As we got older my mother would make each of us what we wanted for lunch at times making four (I have 3 sisters) different meals.

  23. Sheila Hickmon

    My mom would put a new pencil in my lunch box every Monday, I collected those silly things like crazy, and so she surprised me once a week!

  24. Maggie @ Tethered Mommy

    My mom used to leave us notes in our lunches.

    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

  25. Amanda Bagley

    It started out with a “pumpkin” sandwich. I cut her sandwiches into pumpkin shape because she was my “little pumpkin” but now we have branched out to the hearts, dinosaurs, and dolphins that cut the crust off only, and she seems to like it just as much but asks sometimes for that special pumpkin sandwich ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Kelsey Kim

    I let my kids make there own sandwiches on occasion, that is something they love! But every day we sit down andeat together for every meal, and lunch is always nice because it’s relaxed.

  27. Michelle

    I don’t have kids yet, but my mom made my school lunches special by always including a special homemade treat. I still use her chocolate chip cookie recipe when I’m in the mood for a taste of my childhood.

  28. Traci Severson

    I always decorate my kids’ lunch bags by stamping their names or other fun little things or by drawing on the bags. I hope it is something fun they will remember. We also shop together for what they would like packed in their bags so that is special time we spend together as well.

  29. Sarah Hirsch

    my mom always packed me the same thing – peanut butter and jely sandwiches, because it was all I would ask for. she would also put in a piece of fruit and a treat like a cookie.
    I try to make healthy lunches for my kids with things they like and will eat at school.

  30. Ellie W

    I take my little grandsons to the park to feed the ducks and we have a picnic for us. They love it.

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