What to put in your lunchbox for the perfect lunch…

What to put in your lunchbox for the perfect lunch…

With Alice starting school in September there is a lot of talk about it in our house and of course we have been buying everything ready for her to start. I can’t believe how much they need!

Alice will have a school meal most of the time, but there will be occasions when she needs a packed lunch and we brought her a lunchbox all ready.

So, when we were set the lunchbox challenge by Hartley’s Jelly I thought actually it is Holly that will be needing the packed lunch soon, as she will be starting preschool and taking one with her.

For me there are a few things that are important when I think about making the perfect packed lunch…

1 – A drink that will fit inside the box and won’t leak all over the food.

2 – The variety. We all know that children like to graze and I find that putting small quantities of several items means they don’t get bored before they have finished and move onto the next thing to eat.

3 – Make it fun and appealing. Draw a smiley face on the banana or cut the sandwiches into shapes using cutters.

4 – Try and offer something different each day. Wraps, Pitta Bread and Thins are great alternatives to sandwiches.

5 – Add a little treat like a yoghurt or my girls love the Annabel Karmel Disney Fruity Bars. They call them cake and I am happy to go with that while I can get away with it (naughty mummy)!!

And of course don’t forget that Hartley’s Jelly pots are the perfect size to fit in a lunch box. Just don’t forget the spoon!


Hartley’s Jelly are giving you the chance to get your hands on this brilliant lunchbox and sticker set.


All you have to do is look out for their jelly pots with a special edition green lid, like the one pictured below.


Collect 12 of these ‘Collect Me’ lids and then pop over to Hartley’s website to claim your lunchbox and sticker set.

When our lunchbox arrived Holly had chicken pox and it really cheered her up. Plus she was super excited that she could put stickers on it, with a little help from mummy…



Enjoy eating lots of jelly to collect your twelve lids…

Laura x

Disclosure: This post is an entry for BritMums #HartleysYourLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Hartley’s Jelly. All views, opinions and tips are my own.


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  1. 12/08/2016 / 07:15

    Look at her! She seems well excited about this box! I love the stickers on it. You covered it all! It feels like being back to school! LOL #PicknMix

  2. 12/08/2016 / 07:57

    Aww Holly looks so happy! Thank for rips, my boy will be doing lunch club at play school as of September so I need all the ideas I can get on what to pack for him xx #picknmix

  3. 12/08/2016 / 08:07

    Holly looks so pleased with her lunchbox. Im looking forward to doing something fun with Erin’s

  4. Mud cakes and wine
    12/08/2016 / 09:18

    What a happy looking girl. The joys of the school lunch box trying to keep them happy and keep it healthy is always a juggle. Those Kelly’s are lovely my boys like them as a little snack as a treat #picknmix

  5. 12/08/2016 / 10:06

    Good tip on remembering the spoon! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  6. Dean of Little Steps
    12/08/2016 / 11:59

    Perfect for those packed lunches! Looks like you guys are ready for school 🙂

  7. Definetly think that variety & making it fun are essential in packed lunch boxes. Your little one looks so excited and happy with the box!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  8. 12/08/2016 / 22:28

    Munch loves her school dinners, but she really looks forward to Wednesdays as Wednesdays are Packed Lunch Day. We decide on a Tuesday what she would like in her lunch, something we always do together. She’s a fussy eater, so I like to know that I’m including a nice variety of food that she will definitely eat. This is a lovely post, and everything you have listed is pretty much her ‘favourites’ list!

  9. 12/08/2016 / 23:26

    Packed lunches are so hard to do, especially when you want to make sure they eat enough to keep going for the rest of the day. Good tip about small quantities of everything. #PicknMix

  10. 13/08/2016 / 19:21

    My boys will gladly eat jelly to collect for this lunchbox. Looks a great size and I love the stickers to personalise the lunchbox. xx

  11. 14/08/2016 / 12:37

    Love the idea of being able to stick stickers on the box. She looks like she’s very happy with it x

  12. 14/08/2016 / 15:40

    I do like the lunchbox! I love the fact that the jelly doesn’t have added sugar, so much healthier for children. And I agree with you about variety in the lunchbox, I used to get so fed up of sandwiches!

  13. 14/08/2016 / 20:02

    My boys both love jelly! I love that they do a sugar free version, so Fin can have the pots as a snack treat without needing to take any insulin for it 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix hon

    Stevie xx

  14. 16/08/2016 / 12:33

    Definitely looks like a perfect lunch

  15. 16/08/2016 / 12:42

    This was a really handy post as my little boy starts school next year and I have started thinking about what to put in his luch box as he can he quite fussy. Great idea mixing it up rather than sandwiches everyday! Thanks

  16. 18/08/2016 / 21:35

    We’ve got one of these but I haven’t shown it to BB yet – I think she’s going to love it! #picknmix

  17. 19/09/2016 / 08:23

    Number 1 I find the hardest when we go on days out, I always end up with the drink spilt everywhere!! Soggy sandwiches are never good!! We are big Hartley’s fans this end too 🙂 x