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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. 51
    Erica says:

    My mom used to occasionally leave us little notes. Just saying have a good day, or good luck on a test. It was always a nice surprise.

  2. 52
    Joanne says:

    Very cute! My mom always used to put notes in my lunchbox. It definitely made my day!

  3. 53
    rachel says:

    I often put notes in DDs lunchbox. I’ll also sometimes include a special treat if she’s been extra good or needs some cheering up.

  4. 54
    Wendy Fugal says:

    I have a dinosaur shaped sandwich cutter that I can’t wait to use for my son’s lunches!

  5. 55
    Jasmine G. says:

    I put homemade cookies in my son’s lunch bag. =)

  6. 56
    Amanda says:

    I only ate in the cafeteria on fish days, because that was what I liked, ha! She made my lunch any time I wanted it, always appreciated that! Have no recollection whatsoever of what I ate, but I know I had one every day!

  7. 57
    Sarah says:

    My mom would leave little notes in our lunch with trivia questions on them. All my friends at the lunch table got involved!

  8. 58
    Mellisa W. says:

    I will sneek in his favorite candy or treat once a week just to keep him guessing.

  9. 59
    Nicole says:

    Bento boxes! We live in Michigan and aren’t generally fans of the Japanese culture (we like some, not all!) but we loved the idea of a bento box style lunch for our son! We fill the little compartments with grilled meat sticks (cut up grilled chicken, steak, ham or turkey), a couple of veggie slices, fruit slices, a cookie and some stickers. He LOVES it!

  10. 60
    Christina says:

    My mom always wrote me notes on my napkin!

  11. 61
    Jazmin says:

    My mom left cute, funny notes in all my lunches.

  12. 62
    Holly H. says:

    I raised my cousin for awhile and I loved leaving her little notes in her lunch…Just a little something to brighten someones day.

  13. 63
    Holly M says:

    My mom would pack my lunch every day and leave little notes in it.

  14. 64
    Jen says:

    I ate school lunches growing up. I definitely plan to leave cute notes in my kids lunch boxes someday when I have kids in school…

  15. 65
    Kristy Fujikawa says:

    My Mom would always get up early and pack our lunches before heading off to work. She always let us choose what kind of lunch box we got for the year and didn’t care what we choose. My favorite one was my pink Barbie one that she let me have. She would always make sure we had lots of yummy things to eat. We always had the “cool” food for lunch.

  16. 66
    Jo says:

    I love to leave the little notes in my daughters lunch. As she got older(she goes in to 7th grade this year) I thought I needed more than just a nice note from mom, so I bought a joke book so I could leave a joke for her and her friends everyday. It was fun, and she really loved it.

  17. 67
    Ashlee says:

    My mom always used to put little notes in my lunchbox. They were always on Suzy Zoo paper!(My favorite as a kid!)

  18. 68
    Carlie says:

    I love writing a little note, and putting a treat in can be fun too! also koolaid in a water bottle is a fun surprise!

  19. 69
    Tara says:

    I make hearts out of their PB&J sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches. When he gets a little older, I think I will do a note too!

  20. 70
    Dana Irvine says:

    My oldest daughter loves to have her grilled cheese cut into cool shapes -> dinosaurs are her favorite right now!!

    My mom would leave me notes and once I pack lunches for my girls I will do the same!!

  21. 71
    Jenny says:

    My baby girl is only 2 so she doesn’t go to school yet but I still try to make lunch time fun by eating her favorite foods and sitting at her little table instead of the big one.

  22. 72
    Alessa says:

    Since my kiddos are still little, the special thing I do for the kids for lunch is “make” them lunch. Milk a la mommy.

  23. 73
    Dani Johnson says:

    My husband and I like to decorate the lunchbags special for our kids. The oldest doesn’t get them decorated anymore (she is too cool!) but my 8 year old LOVES it!

  24. 74
    mrsblocko says:

    wow, you can just pop in on your kid at school for lunch? They really frown on that at my daughter’s school. They also don’t let you bring anything that is homemade to share with classmates. If you are going to do that sort of thing you have to get approvial from the teacher beforehand and everything has to be prepackaged. Where’s the fun in that?

    I do remember as a kid my mom would make special treats to bring to class and sometimes come for lunch. I thought it was cool too. Now they say it is too distracting for parents to disrupt the routine and fear that people will poison kids with cupcakes or whatnot. It’s pretty sad if you ask me.

  25. 75
    Meredith says:

    I love to write little positive notes on her napkin.

  26. 76
    Lisa says:

    If I had children, I would make the lunches special by adding a little homemade treat.

  27. 77
    SuzQ says:

    I try and send extra cookie or two to share with a friend.

  28. 78
    Ilene says:

    My mom would always write a note to me, too! 🙂

  29. 79
    Shannon says:

    Every day my mom would put a clue in my lunch box that would lead to a surprise or treat at the end of the week. A week long scavenger hunt! Sometimes it would lead to Grandma’s house, other times it was a treat in the cabinet. Regardless, big or small, it was always fun. 🙂

  30. 80
    Kelley says:

    I don’t have any kids, but I’m lucky enough to have a house-husband who makes my lunch for me every day. He bought these special (adorable) little containers to put all my lunch (and breakfast!) items in. And just to remind me that my sandwich was made by him, with love, he takes the first bite every time! lol… 🙂

  31. 81
    Christina says:

    When my husband makes my lunch he will cut my sandwich into hearts or into little puzzles. It is funny and always makes me laugh. He will write I love you with the mustard or do silly stuff like that all the time. I will be doing things for my children once they actually start school to make it special and of course I will be stopping by to eat with them every now and again and bring yummy treats for all their friends!

  32. 82
    Codee Jones says:

    My oldest is starting kindergarten next month, I’m so excited to leave her little notes and special treats 🙂

  33. 83
    Becky B says:

    I love to put notes and special “treats” in my kids lunches. My daughter especially loves it.

  34. 84
    marissa says:

    peanut butter and banana sandwiches and “ants on a log” for lunch! ha, my mom used to be “room mom” when I was in kinder and 1st grade adn I still remember the snack of choice that my mom would bring all of my classmates. I hope to have that opportunity when my sons get in school and we can share those same memories 🙂

  35. 85
    Mandie says:

    My mom always took me grocery shopping with her, so I was allowed to pick a treat that could into my lunch box. And she always put a little note in there, or a sticker. I think the best thing she did was pack a thermos of my favorite soup on winter days. I never knew when she’d do it, so it was always a surprise, and it was the BEST. Warm soup for lunch, oh man.

  36. 86
    Carleen says:

    I cut out there sandwiches into shapes and usually leave a Kiss candy in the lunch bag.

  37. 87
    Niki says:

    She always took the crust off my pb&j sandwiches so i didn’t have to!

  38. 88
    sara says:

    I try to add special touches to my kid’s lunches by cutting their food into different shapes…they usually have a lot more fun with eating their food that way 🙂

  39. 89
    Bekah says:

    My kids are 2 & 4, so not school-aged yet. But, EVERY day we eat lunch together. They help me make our meal, then we all sit together and talk about what our favorite part of the day has been so far. It’s a fun little tradition that we never miss!

  40. 90
    Stacie says:

    I always mushy notes on an extra napkin and put it in their lunches.

  41. 91
    Katharine says:

    Well, my mom never made my lunches, but when my dad did, he would put the famous first lines of a novel in my lunch bag. He hoped that it would inspire me to start something great.

  42. 92
    May Bowser says:

    my daddy used to draw funny faces on my lunch sack daily….My son gets sweet notes

  43. 93
    Katie says:

    I saw a student that had this when I was substitute teaching several years ago…Her mom (or dad) had used a knife to carve I <3 you in the peel of her banana. By the time lunch came around, the part that had been written on had turned brown so the special message was boldly displayed. I LOVE this idea because it is really exciting to get love notes in your lunch box AND bananas are a healthy addition to lunch! So cute!

    I will do that for my kids when I have them…I think my husband might get embarrassed if I did it for him. hehe!


  44. 94

    I don’t have children, but I have made lunches for my husband 🙂 My favorite is to be creative with the notes and hide them either in the baggie of chips, or write the note on the baggie itself or anything else creative I can come up with!

  45. 95
    Christy says:

    She made it for me! Which was special because she hated to be in the kitchen.

  46. 96
    Lane says:

    My mom would put notes in my lunchbox and I can’t wait to do the same when my son is old enough!

  47. 97
    sarakata says:

    Hm, I don’t have kids (yet) and my mom was busy when we were kids, so we ate lunch at school. So I’ll go with the what I’d do for my kids, whenever they happen to come into the world: A note (even though it’s so corny!) and randomly putting extra dessert in there. Not all the time, but maybe around once a month! 🙂

  48. 98

    Oh how I love Smuckers!

    When I was growing up, my DAD packed my lunch every single day. I always got a PB&J – with Smuckers Red Raspberry (with the seeds!) on wheat bread. I knew it would be special and my friends and I always looked forward to peeking inside my lunchbag. My dad would always leave a note on the napkin, or sneak in a piece of candy, or the very thing – he would cut my sandwich in funny shapes. Sometimes it was triangle slices like pizza, sometimes a zig zag down the middle or the side. Sometimes he’d cut one long swirl so I could unwrap my sandwich like a cinnamon roll.

    I still buy Smuckers Red Raspberry for myself and my family. I keep a jar at work for making my own sandwiches and when my littles start going to school, they will get that too! I can’t wait to find fun ways to make their lunches special just like my dad did for me.

  49. 99
    Becca says:

    My kids aren’t in school yet, but one thing we do to make lunch exciting here at home is to serve it up occasionally in muffin tins. A quarter of a sandwich here, a couple of carrot sticks there. It’s easy to fill 12 cups with small, healthy foods, and my kids love eating it that way!

  50. 100
    Bernard says:

    My mom used to stop by our school and bring us something homemade. My class loved it when she’d stop by, because she always brought some cookies, and sometimes even rolls that she made earlier than morning. It was awesome.

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