Great Kid Finds!

This week I wanted to share a couple of exciting kid related items that I recently came across. The first one is Bento Box lunches for kids. Lately I’ve been really struggling with my daughter to get her to eat fruits and vegetables. I really have to sneak them in or even resort to bribery at times….not good! Well late one evening while enjoying one of my favorite past times…surfing Pinterest – yes I probably need a “Pintervention”. I typed in “cute healthy meals for kids” and pins and pins of Bento Boxes appeared. They really are cute and healthy and more importantly very appealing to the discriminating eye of a picky five year old eater.

Bento Boxes make kids lunch healthy, fun and colorful. I love the idea of having the meal in one container with separate compartments, rather than two or three different containers and sandwich baggies. Bento lunches are meant to be pleasing to the eye as well as delicious and there are many ways to be creative while putting together a box for your child. Some people go all out when they’re packing a bento box. They design food art in the shape of hearts, trains, caterpillars, animals and even tv characters. There are many tools to use such as colorful silicone baking cups, themed food picks, cookie cutters and the actual container itself.

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Knowing where to start can be a little overwhelming so I have attached many links that I found to be helpful and an excellent blog on the tools needed and what goes in the assembly of the box.

Start Here First – Great How-To on Bento Boxes
http://alphamom.com/family-fun/how-to-make-a-kids-bento-box

Blogs
http://www.meetthedubiens.com

http://www.bentolunch.net

Bento Inspiration
http://pinterest.com/bentousa

Recipes

http://www.aibento.net

Bento Buying Resources
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&field-keywords=bento+box

http://www.allthingsforsale.com

http://en.bentoandco.com

http://www.jlist.com/category/820
http://www.from-japan-with-love.com

 

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Next I recently came across Artkive in the App store. I am so excited about this app! I have two tubs filled with my daughter’s art work. I have never been able to throw any of it away and in kindergarten it seems all they do is make art! I have really stressed about this mounting clutter which my daughter is so very proud of. Well hooray for Artkive! This app digitally saves your children’s artwork and makes it easy to share with other family members and friends. You simply take a photo, tag it, and store your child’s artwork on the Artkive cloud. You can even create photo books from their art which is my next home project!

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I have attached this cute video from Artkive.  I must confess I did try to throw away a few things but I was caught red handed so this gave me a little laugh!

www.artkiveapp.com
The App Store – $2.99

GapKids/DVF Collaboration

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GapKids just announced their second collaboration with Diane Von Furstenberg. The collection will hit stores in April. I’m guessing there will be some adorable summer clothes and beach wear! Looking forward to picking up some pieces for my little Fashionista.

On a separate note, while researching this topic I found out Gap Inc. just purchased Intermix, a luxury boutique. Not sure what that means for either company maybe more style for Gap? And more affordable prices at Intermix? I doubt it! Hopefully some new designer collaborations at Gap… well a girl can dream!

Kathy, Fit Fashionista

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