Kid Friendly: Back to School Lunchbox Station

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I’m sharing how I made a back to school lunchbox station with Jif™ Bars as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TeamJif


Now that we are back to school, our mornings are a bit more hectic. How I manage to get all of us out of the house semi on time, clothed and fed, amazes me. I’ve been thinking of ways to make our mornings less chaotic and how to give Logan, my 5 year old, more responsibility (which means less things for mom to do). I recently created a lunchbox station, filled with my son’s favorite lunchbox items (like Jif™Bars Crunchy Peanut Butter Flavor), and it has been a huge sanity saver! 

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For our lunchbox station, I used a basket I already had on hand and placed tin buckets inside. Inside each tin, I placed ready to go snacks so Logan can easily pack his own lunch. Everything in the tin is portioned out into snack sized bags or prepackaged and ready to stick inside a lunchbox. I keep the basket in our pantry on the bottom shelf so it’s easily accessible, but still out of the way. 

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The refrigerated portion of Logan’s lunches typically get made the night before. In the morning, Logan only needs to grab 2-3 items from the lunchbox station to add to his lunchbox and he’s good to go! Jif™Bars Crunchy Peanut Butter Flavor, made with Jif peanut butter, make a regular appearance in Logan’s lunches.

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Another huge plus of a lunchbox station is that my picky kiddo actually eats what he puts in his lunchbox. Logan loves having more responsibility and being able to decide what goes in his lunchbox. I can’t believe we didn’t do this sooner! Aside from lunches, I’ve found that our lunchbox station also makes for a handy snack station for after school. The kids are able to easily get their own snacks and I simply restock the basket every week.

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 What are some of your child’s favorite lunchbox foods?


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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.