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13 practical + adorable lunchboxes for kids of all ages 😍

Whether they're going back to in-person learning or virtual classes, we've got you, mama.

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Aside from finding your kids the perfect backpack, lunchboxes are the next essential for the back-to-school season. We know this year feels a bit different, but even if your little one is leaning at home, keep a routine by packing them a lunch.

There are so many options on the market that it can be difficult to narrow down, but consider what will help to simplify those hectic mornings when you're getting everything together. A few key tips to keep in mind: Insulation must be good to keep food cold, it should be practical and easily hook onto the backpack (or in it) so your little one doesn't lose it, and durable enough to last the entire school year—or longer!

Here are our favorite options:

Ekobo insulated lunch bag

ekobo lunch box

We love this for both big and little lunch packers. It has a modern shape, but doesn't skimp on functionality—plenty of pocket space for endless snacks and even includes loops for cutlery. Plus, it's made from recycled bottles. We might get one for ourselves, too.

$29

Bamboo square bento box

ekobo bamboo bento box

Opting for homeschool or virtual sessions this year? No worries, mama. Keep all of the snacks ready to go with the removable containers. Swap out one to add a sandwich or keep them both out for easy mealtime. Picky palates, meet your match.

$22

Bamboo rectangular bento box

ekobo bamboo bento box

Whether they're heading back to in-person school or taking virtual lessons, your little's food will be ready-to-eat with this larger style bento box. Perfect for those picky eaters who don't want foods touching or grazers who prefer to pick through different options at lunchtime. The best part? The top doubles as a plate when it's time to eat to help you cut back on dishes.

$23

Funkins insulated kids tote bag

funkins lunch box

Not only does Funkins have adorable designs your kid will adore, but they're a mom-owned company so they're exactly what kids need for school. They're insulated, machine-washable, expandable to fit various containers, and include an interior pocket to hold notes or utensils. Plus, they're stain, tear and water-resistant and fold flat for storage.

$19.95

Love Mae betno box

love mae bento box

These bento-style lunchboxes don't sacrifice on style or practicality. They're dishwasher friendly, 100% recyclable, and toxic free. The leak-proof set includes two mini containers to use for dippings or smaller snacks. They also offer insulated cooler bags.

$39

Pottery Barn Kids customized tote

pottery barn kids lunch box

Ultra-durable, these bags are made to last for years. They're weather-resistant, have an exterior mesh pocket for water bottles, and sit upright so food or drinks won't topple over. We love that it can piggyback on other PBK backpacks for easy transportation. Oh, and we highly recommend getting your child's name monogrammed for the ultimate personalization.

$18

PackIt freezable lunch tote

packit freezeable lunch tote

PackIt lunch bags fold up up flat and has cooling technology built in so it's a freezer bag on its own—no need to remember to pack ice packs, mama! Simply place it in the freezer each night and it'll be ready to go for your kids' lunch. The buckle handle clips onto backpacks and it features a zip top to keep everything inside fresh.

$21.99

Skip Hop Kids lunchbox

skip hop kids lunch box

For the younger kids, the Skip Hop Zoo collection features adorable animal designs. We love the unicorn one. 🦄They're roomy, insulated and easy to clean for those inevitable messes. It has an interior mesh pocket inside, great for storing utensils, notes from mama and dad, or napkins.

$8.39

Boon lunchbox

boon lunch box

Boon Bento is perfect for preschoolers for its size and easy-to-use clasp for small hands. The exterior design is silicone that stretches for storage, whether that be a fork or spoon, or a sweet note. The inside is built like a bento box, where you can separate foods with removable compartments. It includes a freezer pack to keep everything cool and the textured surface is perfect for writing your little's name.

$11.19

Pottery Barn Kids retro lunch bag

pottery barn kids lunch box

The retro lunch bags are smaller and more compact than most lunchboxes, making them easier to tote around for smaller hands. But, it's still spacious enough to fit multiple small storage containers and a small bottle. The clasp at the top easily hooks on to backpacks.

$17

L.L. Bean softpack cooler

ll bean softpack cooler

For your little who needs to squeeze a lunchbox into any and every bag, the softpack cooler is ideal. It folds down so you can store it away in the pantry, while still being durable for rough hands. The top handle is easy to grip and the bag is lightweight enough for the smallest of kiddos.

$19.99

Garnet Hill eco lunch box

garnet hill lunch box

These lunch packs are sturdy, beautifully designed and has a spot for everything your child might need. If they need to store lunch money, there's a back Velcro pocket and there's enough space for a 20 oz. water bottle. Each pack recycles 4.5 water bottles. We love these reusable snack and sandwich bags, too.

$9.95

PlanetBox stainless steal lunchbox

This stainless steal beauty has multiple compartments for those kiddos who love variety. It also comes with two leak-proof containers for any liquid or wet food (ketchup! yogurt!) you may want to include. The best part is that the design is fully customizable with magnets you put right on the box. Makes it so easy to swap when your kid is done with dinosaurs and wants to move onto emojis. 😝

$39.95

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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

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It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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