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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. Leave a comment here on Picky Palate telling us….What is something special you do for your kids lunch or what is something special your mom did for your school lunch? See Official Rule Page HERE.

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525 Responses
  1. Lisa Woods

    My kids eat lunch at school but sometimes I like to send an extra .25 to school with them so they can have a popsicle with their lunch.

  2. MamaKat

    I had to make my own lunch growing up, as do my kids. Once in a while DH will make them sandwiches and write them notes on the foil.

  3. rebecca

    Even when my granddaughter was a toddler, she liked to have her lunch made and put in a lunch box. She requested her sandwich being cut into four pieces when she was real hungry. Funny how the four pieces filled her up more than two.

  4. Pam

    My kids love eating outside so even when we would go get fast food, we would go and make a picnic out of it at a park where we could play after lunch.

  5. Laura Benjamin

    My grandmother always cut my sandwiches into four pieces and would draw a little picture in the middle of them. She would also add a piece of homemade pie or homemade chocolate chip cookies. Everytime I saw the lunch I could picture her baking with a smile. The lunch just always made me feel so loved.

  6. Barbara

    My mom tried sending ice cream in a thermos for my lunch once. It really didn’t work very well, but I still drank my ice cream.

  7. Paula Hafner

    My Mom would put notes or stickers in my lunch box. She would also surprise me sometime with chocolate milk in my thermos or a Little Debbie.

  8. Laura

    My mom always packed little notes or special snacks in our school lunches, and now I do the same for my kids

  9. Janice Crespo

    The only one that takes lunch is my oldest – she is attending nursing school. I can sneak in a treat now and then and get a text message when she sees it – but if I do it more than once a week, she tells me I am corny – LOL

  10. Kelly

    My mom used to give me extra potato chips with my bologna sandwich so I had chips to put on the sandwich. To this day, I still add chips to my bologna sandwiches! 🙂

  11. Tesa S.

    I send his favorite sandwiches; either PB&J with lots of Smucker’s jelly, or bologna with the red plastic around the edges. I also trim off the crusts for him.
    tesashel225 (@) aol (dotcom)

  12. Jaque

    I do leave notes in my children’s lunch boxes, not everyday, it would not be a surprise if I did that. When I know they will have a particularly stressful day, test, hump day, Fridays, etc. I also glue a Hershey’s kiss to the note, a kiss from mom. 🙂 Thank you.

  13. Emily H

    I make my son peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with NO CRUST. I swore I would never be “that” mom, but I am. He also loves to get special napkins in his lunch with his favorite cartoon or action figure characters on them. It is always a surprise to him what napkin he will get and be able to show to all his friends!

  14. Jennifer Branch

    I always send little note in my sons lunch box, I hope it makes his day everytime he opens it!

  15. Melissa B

    My mom loved her garden and loved her veggies from the garden. She would make cute little shapes out of veggies for me so I would eat them. LOL

  16. K Spencer

    Sometimes at home we would take our lunch and eat outside. Everything tastes better outside.

  17. April

    Lunch is always more special when they get to help make it. Do you want juice or milk? Do you want pb&j or baloney. Take time out on the weekend and prepare the whole week’s lunches at once with the kids helping. You can sneak in the extras later (notes, comic strips).

  18. Kirsten

    I used to love making special treats for my daughter’s lunch. Now she is 15 and eats at school. So now my granddaughter, 3, and I have living room picnics and bake treats!

  19. Pauline M

    My kids get school lunch so I don’t usually pack a lunch for them. However, once in awhile, they would ask for a cold lunch so it’s always some PB&J, chips, frozen yogurt and a smiley face cookie!

  20. Jill Myrick

    Every since my daughter was two she wouldn’t eat a sandwich unless it had no crust and was cut in half so that she could eat it from the inside out.
    At five I still cut the crust off of her sandwich and make sure that it is cut in half before placing it in her school container.


  21. Stephanie Hodges

    I always give my daughter a choice of what we can have for lunch. One hand be one thing and in another hand, be something else. Gives her some choices, independance, lets me know what her preferences are and allows her to interact in the making process. She is only 1 years old, so she isn’t quit ready to help mommy and daddy on preparing lunch. But she sure is good at eating what is infront of her lol. Never knew such a tiny body can eat eat and eat when she wants to. We don’t allow any distractions (cells, tv etc) and make sure we have conversations to make meal time fun.

    clc_little_britches @ yahoo dot com

  22. Dana

    My mom didn’t leave any notes-just gave me the same lunch from 1st grade to senior year of high school.

  23. Kathy Scott

    My son has nut allergies and has to sit at a special table in the cafeteria. I send him notes in his lunch box telling him that he is special.

  24. Debbie

    Notes on the napkin usually. Sometimes a fun treat…my first just started 1st grade and insists on packing a lunch. I’m just looking for fun and creative things to make his lunches special!

  25. momznite

    My thoughtful mom always included fruit in my lunch box. I often traded it for a friend’s graham cracker iced with pink frosting.

  26. dddiva

    I still leave notes for my youngest (she’s 17!) and since they are older text or send ecards with them all the time. Even when we’re in the same room.

  27. Tonya

    I make my girls special bento boxes most every day…I like doing little hello kitty rice cakes….hot dog octopuses….fun shaped little jello molds (I have tiny molds that make little animal shapes) and of course a little note for each lunch! I know the girls love it and I love taking the time to make them and knowing how much they appreciate them!

  28. Sarah L

    Sometimes when I was growing up my dad would be home at lunch time. He’d make great grilled cheese sandwiches with a dill pickle on the side. Thanks for the contest.

  29. Chrysa

    For two years my mom worked about four blocks away from school. Some days she would pick me up for lunch and we would spend that time “just the two of us”. I loved it!

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