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Spring is finally here, and if you’re anything like me you’re probably in need of some new inspo for healthy and fun lunch box ideas. I stock up in the fall, but by March my kid’s lunches always wind up becoming pretty routine.
With these amazing spring days filling the kids with renewed energy at school, I am ready to up my lunchbox creativity, and I am super excited to share some of our fun spring ideas with you – including some printable lunch box notes that will give your kiddos a mid-day giggle, healthy and delicious lunch ideas, and some huge news from Nestlé® Pure Life® about our favorite Box Tops program!
Nestlé® Pure Life® is joining the ranks of our fave brands with serious commitment to supporting local schools by partnering with Box Tops for Education. That means packing a healthy lunch and supporting your school just got a whole lot easier! Bottled water is a must-have in our lunchbox because busy kids need to stay hydrated through out the day.
Now you can now find Nestlé® Pure Life® 8oz. bottles with SpongeBob packaging and Nestlé® Pure Life® 32 pack .5L bottles with Box Tops for Education packaging right at your nearest Walmart store. During our latest trip we found Nestlé® Pure Life® 32 pack .5L bottles with Box Tops for Education packaging right in the bottled water aisle. My 1st grader was so excited, because he loves bringing Box Tops into school!
Nestle Purlife water is also available to purchase online, or pickup in your favorite Walmart store – because Nestle and Walmart know how important it is for busy families to keep it moving! Hover over the image above to shop the Walmart website!
Why Should You Love Box Tops?
As an active PTA member and former school PTA Box Tops Coordinator I know first hand how important the Box Tops program is to our school. The Box Tops program help schools support after school programs, student enrichment programs and educational activities in our classrooms.
Everything from ice cream parties to hands-on live animal classroom experiences and even much needed classroom supplies have been purchased with funds raised through the Box Tops program in our school. As a Box Tops Coordinator I collected Box Tops from classroom teachers and mailed them in to the program. It was a simple way to get involved and help our school. And it is so rewarding to see the kids benefit from the money our Box Tops collection helped to raise!
And because I am a time-budgeted parent of four, my absolute favorite thing about the Box Tops program is how easy it is for a busy family to raise money for our school. There’s no door to door fundraising, items to sell or work to do. We simply shop our favorite brands and clip Box Tops off of the packaging. We store our Box Tops in a jar on the countertop, and at the end of the month the kids bring an envelope full of Box Tops into school.
Nestlé® Pure Life® joining the Box Tops ranks is seriously great news for us and our school. Bottled water is a school essential in our home and a definite part of our healthy lunches. Nestlé® Pure Life® 32 pack .5L bottles with Box Tops for Education packaging really make it easy to pack a lunch I know will make my kids smile.
Nestlé® Pure Life® is the #1 bottled water globally for good reason – Nestle sources all their water from wells & municipal sources before putting it through a 12-step quality process and enhancing the water with a light blend of minerals that gives Nestlé® Pure Life® that distinctive, refreshing taste in every single bottle. Knowing that Nestlé® Pure Life® meets strict standards for bottled water helps to make me feel good about what I’m packing in our lunchboxes each day!
Tips For Packing Fun Into Every School Lunch!
Mornings are hectic here, so being able to pack lunches quickly is an important step in starting our day right. We keep a few essentials on hand and pair them with a favorite sandwich for a great lunch every day! Some of our favorites:
- Nestlé® Pure Life® 32 pack .5L bottles with Box Tops for Education packaging
- String Cheese
- Grape Tomatoes
- Fruit Filled Muffins
- Animal Crackers
- Granola Bars
- Homemade Trail Mix
- Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
And of course, you have to make lunch extra special by tucking in a fun note. Since I can never find both a pen and a piece of paper during the morning rush, I love keeping a stack of printable lunch box notes in the kitchen! These sea life jokes are perfect to get the kids smiling at lunch. My boys love sharing them with friends!
I love using these lunch box notes in the spring because they remind the kids of fun summer days at the beach or splash pad.
What if my school doesn’t participate in Box Tops?
Reach out to the PTA, PTO or the school administration! Let them know you’d love to help the school benefit from The Box Tops Program and offer to be the school’s coordinator. You can visit the Box Tops Website for instructions, plus tons of fun ideas for getting students and parents excited about participating!
Ask parents to look for Box Tops packaging on amazing participating brands like Nestlé® Pure Life® every time they shop and start a monthly collection drive! Before you know it you’ll be a fundraising rock star and every child will benefit from the money you’ve raised!
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a veteran Box Tops collector share a pic with me on instagram of your Box Tops collection! Tag @BearHugsAndBlanketForts to be featured in the community!
Want to hear more from Nestlé® about their Box Tops participating? Follow them on Facebook or Instagram and don’t forget to check your nearest Walmart for Nestlé® Pure Life® 32 pack .5L bottles with Box Tops for Education packaging!