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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 G.

    My children love our homemade peanut butter chocolate cookies so I love making them after they have gone to bed and sneaking them into their lunch boxes.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  2. Joanne Schultz

    The kids often get unexpected goodies in their lunches, to let them know that I am thinking of them!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Athena

    Our oldest starts kindergarten on Monday and I have been thinking about this for awhile. Haven’t come up with anything besides notes on his napkins. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lauren B.

    My daughter isn’t old enough yet to go to school, but I always make sure my husband has one of his favorite treats to go along with his healthy lunch!

  5. Beth

    When I pack my sons breafast/lunch to send to daycare, I leave a little preprinted sticky note in it..I have several kinds..Dr Seuss, Love notes..Just cute little notes to let him know that mommy misses him when she’s at work!

  6. Becki D

    My little one is only 19 months old, but she thinks it is so awesome when I DON’T cut her sandwich into little bites – she loves holding the whole huge thing! She also thinks its awesome when I let her use “Mommy’s” plates and forks instead of her plastic ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kerrie Mayans

    I make bento lunch boxes for the kids to take to school. I cut special shaped sandwiches like dinos for my son or butterflys for my daughter and decorate the food in such a way to make it fun to eat.

  8. Terri L

    I don’t remember my mom doing anything too special for my lunch. I think I actually really liked it when we had hot lunch and I could have that. I do remember taking spaghettios in my thermos, too. When you opened them up they smelled bad at first!!!

  9. kimbly

    My mother always put special notes and treats in my lunch – I felt very special and carried the feeling of her love throughout the day

    kimbly at g mail dot com

  10. Geoff K

    I always like to throw in some kind of surprise to the lunch bag – either a dish or item that they’ve never seen or tried before or a little note or gift to try to make their day a little brighter (like baseball cards, gift cards, and the like). Thanks!

  11. Nadine L

    Both my daughter and I are nature and animal lovers, so we love to pack a lunch and walk the nature trails

  12. Justine

    I always make sure to present the lunch in a great way so it looks appetizing ๐Ÿ˜€ I cut their sandwiches in squares and put a pickle on the side….!

  13. Betty C

    My mom didn’t put notes in my lunch. She put them in my books. I was always studying and she knew I would always find them.

  14. Michelle H.

    When I prepare lunches, I just try to make nice meals that I think they will enjoy. When we are at home, I try to engage in fun conversation with my kids.

  15. Crystal F

    My parents weren’t the type to do anything special for us so I don’t have any special memories. I do have 2 girls but don’t pack their lunches. I know, bad mommy here. We do go out to eat lunch on the weekends and take our time enjoying ourselves and talking. Our week is really rushed with school and ball so there’s not a lot of time to sit down and talk. We use the weekends to slow down and catch up. Thank you!

  16. pam

    my kids were always picky lunch eaters (no P&J for them!) so I really had to get creative. I’d throw a small cold pack in their lunch box so I could add refrig things, like yogurt. Main thing I tried to do was mix things up a bit…

  17. lilshuga2001

    I dont have any kids yet – I plan on next year – and i WIOLL be writing little notes@@ ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jay F.

    Mom used to give me bananas with stickers. I would put the stickers inside my lunchbox until I had totally covered it. One year I also covered the outside of the lunchbox with stickers.

  19. Auriette

    Maybe this is mean to say, but the most special thing my mom did for my lunch was letting me get an actual lunch box instead of just a brown sack.

  20. Jessica Kaufman

    My mom had to deal with a picky eater. When I was in Middle school I became a Vegetarian. She made my lunch special by making a tossed salad everyday for me. They were not boring bag salad but a real salad with chopped veggies or fruits and nuts. My school mates were envious of my lunches and it made me feel special my mom went out of her way to make me a nice lunch.

  21. Rosey

    I make a big deal out of the dinosaur-shaped bread cutter when I make their sandwiches, and they love that.

  22. Vicki Andrew

    back when I was in school I always got homebaked cookies so getting something like a twinkie was a real treat

  23. Breanne

    I don’t have kids and my mom never did anything special. But I like to put notes in my husband’s lunch.

  24. Julie K

    It may not be special to some but I know that packing my sons lunch in the exact order that he likes it everyday makes it better for him. thanks!

  25. Dee

    My mom used to cut all my sandwiches into a perfect star shape because she knew that was my favorite shape of all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Karen

    My mom always made sure we had milk money for lunches in school, and made sure that we ate.

    Thanks for the chance at winning.

  27. PauleyD

    My mom used to write notes for me and leave them in my lunch box. Now I do the same for my kids.

  28. Holly C.

    I was the 5th of 6 children and my mom raised us by herself for most of my life. There was no special ritual, but when my younger sister and I came home for lunch, it was always waiting on the table with a cold glass of milk. I thought that was special.

  29. Jessica

    I love leaving them little notes and packing fun surprises like stickers or gummy bears or things I know they love.

  30. Happi Shopr

    Mom sent notes in our lunches and I continued the tradition. I still send notes in hubby’s lunches.

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