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DIY Lunchbox Creation Station

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

For our Meal Planning M Challenge, we don’t want to overlook the challenge of creating school lunches day and and day out for the school year, so we’re republishing one of my favorite Organizing/DIY projects: making a “lunchbox creation station.” I love this organizing idea for two big reasons: it’s easy for the kids to find things for their lunches, putting a lot of the responsibility to them AND it’s easy for me to see what we have available and what I need to stock up on. That’s a win-win!

As our kids head back to school, I am in preparation mode to get our family organized & back on track for the new year. One area that I am always working on organizing is streamlining our lunchbox routines. I am excited to share with you my DIY lunchbox creation station that you can create in a corner of your home to streamline your lunch routines. You won’t believe how easy this is to create and you will love my idea for revamping this into something you can use in the summer months too!

For this craft you will need:

  • 3-6 Sterlite Medium Modular Drawer
  • Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint (often home improvement sections)
  • Avery Removable Wall & Window Signage Sheets (in office supplies)
  • 16 count chalk (in office supplies)
  • Large circle hole punch or a jar or glass that you can use for tracing your circles (I had this in my craft supplies at home)

We are going to start this craft by creating our cute Chalkboard labels first.  You may recall that we made these easy chalkboard labels before when making my super cute Chalkboard Conversation Bubble Cookie Jars. We are going to do the same thing that we did in that craft for this one, but we are cutting them into circles instead of the conversation bubble!

First, pull out your Avery Sheets. For this craft, we are going to use the Wall Application Side for spraying with chalkboard spray paint. This is the side that has the sticky side that is removable and adjustable… perfect for people who can never get anything on their projects perfectly straight.

In a well-ventilated area covered with newspaper or cardboard, place your Avery sheet. Shake the can vigorously for two minutes. Hold can 10-14 inches away from your project and begin spraying. Spray a thin coat in a sweeping motion beginning off the surface and continuing off the other side. Follow this pattern horizontally and then vertically. Wait fifteen minutes or so and then apply another coat.  They should be dry and ready to cut in about an hour.

Cut these out into circles. One sheet should give you six generous size labels that you can write your labels on. While those are drying, you can begin assembling your drawers.

Your needs for your lunchboxes may be different than my own. I wanted to show you what I did in my drawers, though, to inspire your own categories for your lunchbox creation station. I used six drawers because that is what would fit on my pantry floor and would cover all of our lunchbox needs. I have a drawer for snacks, fruit, drinks, chips, water, and a drawer of fun (more about that below). Think of the problem areas in your kitchen and create a drawer to accommodate!

Here is an interior view of my drawers and here are some ideas for items you could keep on hand for your kids:

Snacks- Granola bars, low-fat puddings, natural fruit leathers, nuts, goldfish crackers, rice cakes, wheat crackers, sunflower seeds, homemade cereal mix, fruit snacks.

Fruit- Natural applesauce, yogurt covered raisins, raisins, dried fruit, apples, bananas, oranges.

Drinks- Juice Boxes and organic milk boxes.

Chips- Sweet Potato Chips, Veggie Chips, Pita Chips, Pretzels (I package my chips in tiny Glad containers and have used these a few years now with great success. This drawer also contains my new favorite sandwich cubes that I found at the The Container Store).

H20- This is where I have all of our water bottles so that the kids can grab one in the morning and before extracurricular activities.

Fun- This is where I keep my cookie cutters, homemade play dough, and craft supplies for our kitchen.

Next to the drawers, I nestled a basket for extra snacks to be placed in the drawers as needed and the lunchboxes. Place your designated labels on your drawers and stand back and behold your AWESOMENESS.

With this simple system in place, the kids are now in charge of creating their own favorite lunch combination, selecting one item from each of the lunchbox drawers. My kids have already been scheming and dreaming about their daily lunches and are excited to finally be in charge of their own lunch destiny.

When the summer months roll around, I plan to erase the labels and fill them with all of our summer necessities like pool snacks, water bottles, drinks, sunblock and insect repellent, and other items that tend to accumulate on counters and on top of my fridge. I think this is a great organizing solution for all year round!

Designate one day a week (my day is on Sunday) to creating your snack packs and making items that can be tucked into lunchboxes.

Another tip to keep your lunches organized and accessible is to designate one refrigerator drawer towards lunches. Items like freshly cut fruits and veggies, sandwiches, and Asian lunchbox noodles can all be waiting for the morning in this drawer.  I even tuck commonly forgotten items in the drawer like napkins and spoons to trigger my tired brain to kick in on busy school mornings.

Don’t forget about yourself in all of the hustle bustle of school preparation! I love this DIY Salad Bar to help keep me on track with healthy eating during the school year!

What do items do you love to keep on hand for your child’s lunchbox? I would love to hear your ideas!

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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Amy’s Notebook 03.20.13

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Source: One Charming Party

 
I adore these easy stitched Easter gift tags (@ One Charming Party)

These recycled glass jars with little bird toppers from the dollar store are an inexpensive nod to Spring (@ dollar store crafts)

I love this giant painterly birthday banner (@ Hank & Hunt)

Here are 40 non-candy ideas for filling Easter eggs (@ How Does She?)

Source: it all started with paint

 
I love these tips for making shiny metal baskets look vintage (@ it all started with paint)

How beautiful is this boho crown braid? (@ Little Miss Momma)

I want to knit this sweatshirt sweater for the Fall (@ the purl bee)

I love these tips for creating & laminating labels for organization (@ I Heart Organizing)

Source: The Pioneer Woman

 
My family would flip for these easy hot roast beef sandwiches (@ The Pioneer Woman)

I love these lemon blueberry angel food cakes in a jar (@ Hoosier Homemade)

I am drooling over this avocado feta dip (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

amys_notebook I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 03.13.13

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Source: Salsa Pie

My daughter would love to make these crowns made from cereal boxes (@ Salsa Pie)

I love this printable spring cleaning checklist (@ the happier homemaker)

These 5 ideas to encourage your kids to plant a garden will come in handy this Spring (@ How Does She?)

Source: Handle the Heat

This herb, garlic, & dijon pork tenderloin looks so delicious (@ Handle the Heat)

I want to try these chocolate almond & sea salt rice krispie treats (@ Baking Bites)

These salt dough magnets would be a fun & inexpensive craft to try with the kids (@ Gimmie Some Oven)

This broccoli pesto pasta would be a fun green dish to try for St. Paddy’s Day without the green dye (@ Annie’s Eats)

Source: Design Mom

These salt dough eggs would be a fun & inexpensive way to decorate for Easter (@ Design Mom)

I am madly in love with these crocheted scissor covers (@ one sheepish girl)

These easy Shamrock clip would be adorable for St. Patrick’s Day (@ Paging Supermom)

I love these tips for getting the perfect fit on your clothing (@ Putting Me Together)

amys_notebook I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 02.13.13

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
source: kara’s party ideas

 
This Wicked Musical inspired birthday party is unbelievably cool! (@ kara’s party ideas)

I am in love with this small kitchen redo and can’t wait to replicate the ideas in our home (@ Flower Patch Farm Girl)

This vintage-inspired baby headband is so cute! (@ u create)

source: design sponge

 
I can’t wait to try this furniture polish recipe (@ design sponge)

I am in awe of this painted backsplash (@ Sawdust & Embryos)

I want to try this homemade microwave caramel sauce (@ gimmie some oven)

I love these tips for making the perfect pancake (@ Serious Eats)

I love this adorable Valentine’s Day mantle (@ Every Day is an Occasion)

source: the kitchn

 
I love these 5 new ideas for things to do with your French Press and can’t wait to try them out (@ the kitchn)

I can’t wait to try this easy recipe for macarons (@ Bake at 350)

I love these zippered pillow covers for sprucing up an old pillow (@ Make It & Love It)

These Thai Chicken Wraps look absolutely delicious (@ The Pioneer Woman)


 

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 02.06.13

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Source: the zen of making

 
I am over the moon for this Downton Abbey embroidery project. A perfect one to tackle while watching the show this season (the zen of making )

I love this twine wrapped lampshade for an inexpensive way to dress up an old shade (@ A Night Owl)

Making these DIY window clings would be a fun winter project to tackle with the kids (@ Merry  With Children)

This outdoor Instagram wreath would be a cute way to display your photos (@ tatertots & jello)

Source: Love vs. Design

 
I love these free printables for Valentine’s to share with your sweetie for the holiday (@ Love vs. Design)

These knitted bracelets would be a great project for a beginning knitter (@ design sponge)

I adore this idea of transforming a shed into a playhouse (@ ohdeedoh)

These DIY Instagram magnets are another cute way to display your photos (@ design sponge)

Taco salad tacos? Best idea ever. (@ The Pioneer Woman)

Source: inspired by charm

 
This “everything”  flatbread looks delicious (@ inspired by charm)

This double fingerprint heart necklace is such a cute idea (@ Rae Gun Ramblings)

This brown butter orange rosemary cornbread looks sinfully delicious (@ Joy the Baker)

I love this list of 17 plants you can grow from kitchen scraps (@ Black Thumb Gardner)

I will have to add these ten Oscar winning films to our Netflix agenda (@ Apartment Therapy)

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 01.30.13

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
source: how does she?

I can’t wait to print out these family dinner questions for our Friday family nights (@ How Does She?)

I adore this bunting made from an old dictionary (@ Brooklyn Limestone)

I love this simple yoga mat bag for a beginner sewing project (@ design sponge)

These peanut butter & jelly bars look like a great after school snack (@ Eat At Home)

I love this old sweater turned into a lampshade (@ Unskinny Boppy)

This creamy polenta with roasted mushrooms looks like the perfect lunch for me (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

source: u-create

I love this thrifty project for turning tights into leggings (@ u-create)

I can’t wait to try one of these ten microwave in a mug desserts (@ Love Stitched)

My kids would flip for this octopus pizza pie (@ instructables)

I love this tutorial for how to make oat milk (@ Oh She Glows)

These homemade black bean burgers look divine (@ Smells Like Home)

source: design sponge

I am dying to knit this adorable chunky cowl (@ design sponge)

I love these stylish ways to display black-and-white photos (@ Centsational Girl)

I love these tips for how to tie the perfect bow (@ my own ideas)

My family would love these whole wheat honey waffles (@ Cooking With My Kid)

I want to try this recipe for two ingredient pancakes (@ Recipe Girl)

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 11.28.12

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Source: The Idea Room

This DIY vintage Christmas crate is absolutely stunning (@ The Idea Room)

I love these adorable DIY sleigh bells to decorate a door handle (@ The Centsational Girl)

This good morning cowl is simply stunning (@ Pickles)

Source: tatertots and jello

I love this painted glass ornament advent calendar (@ tatertots and jello)

This pumpkin spice playdough looks like a fun recipe to create (@ Small & Friendly)

I adore this wooden LOVE sign (@ make it & love it)

I am bookmarking this basic hat pattern for every member in the family (@ the purl bee)

These Sharpie mugs would make fast, easy, and low cost gifts to give (@ infarrantly creative)

I am madly in love with these DIY instacards (@ say yes to hoboken)

These crumb topped cranberry eggnog muffins look absolutely divine (@ inspired by charm)

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 10.31.12

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Source: Love Stitched

These s’more brownies look sinfully delicious (@ Love Stitched)

I love these adorable pumpkins made from book pages and twine for Fall decorations (@ Holy Craft)

I can’t wait to try a few of these dishes from this list of  fifteen pumpkin recipe ideas (@ the kitchn)

These barbecue meatball sliders look like an easy & kid-friendly weeknight meal (@ $5 Dinners)

I love these tips for capturing spooky Halloween photos (@ Simple As That)

 

Source: ellinee

I am going to have to download & print this beautiful Christmas gift giving planner (@ ellinee)

This kale and feta quiche looks like a fun dish to try for an easy brunch (@ The Perfect Pantry)

These cheddar rosemary cornbread muffins look like the perfect accompaniment to our soup or chili suppers (@ Two Peas & Their Pod)

I am going to have to try a few of these pumpkin beer recommendations (@ Serious Eats)

I am bookmarking this Disney World Binder Builder idea for our next Disney vacation (@ WDW Prep School)

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Amy’s Notebook 10.24.12

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Source: No Biggie

 

I love this easy party tassel garland made from plastic tablecloths (@ no biggie)

These pumpkin spice latte scones sound like the perfect Fall treat (@ Inside BruCrew)

I love these tips for making your home work for you (@ Centsational Girl)

I want to try this recipe for cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins (@ Smells Like Home)

Source: U Create

 

I am madly in love with this fabric thankful tree canvas (@ U Create)

I am in love with this little no-sew baby owl costume (@ Girl Loves Glam)

This bow topped sweater is so feminine and pretty (@ Love Stitched)

This ruched apron is beautiful for holiday entertaining (@ The 36th Avenue)

I want to try this hummus crusted chicken (@ gimmie some oven)

These gluten-free pumpkin donuts sound amazing (@ Gluten Free Goddess)

Source: Design Mom

These yarn pom pom bookmarks would be a great yarn stash buster (@ Design Mom)

I am so inspired to paint some curtains for a room in our house (@ infarrantly creative)

This Killer Bloody Mary recipe would make a fun Halloween cocktail drink (@ Mighty Girl)

These chai spiced cinnamon rolls sound divine (@ Joy the Baker)

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 10.17.12

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Source: Half Baked

 

My kids would flip for this chocolate chip cookie cake (@ Half Baked)

I love this idea for creating a ghostly potato soup bar for a pre-Halloween meal (@ One Charming Party)

These are great vacation tips for traveling to Disney World (@ Home Stores A to Z)

I want to try this recipe for foolproof slow cooker Greek yogurt (@ One Good Thing by Jillee)

Source: the decorated cookie

I adore these monster cookie sticks (@ the decorated cookie)

I am in love with this homework tri-fold station for keeping schoolwork organized (@ Ucreate)

I am bookmarking these tips for how to soothe a canker sore (@ How Does She?)

 

Source: infarrantly creative

 

I am so inspired to make this chalkboard door in our garage entry (@ infarrantly creative)

I can’t wait to try a few of these twenty soup recipes for these chilly nights (@ the kitchn)

Source: Skinny Taste

 

I can’t wait to try this pumpkin spiced oatmeal for a warm breakfast (@ skinny taste)

This skillet eggplant lasagna looks so yummy (@ smells like home)

I love this tip for a DIY programmable slow cooker (@ Eat at Home)

I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!