Secret Santa’s Gift

It’s my first Secret Santa here in Canada! I was actually hesitant at first to join since I don’t know most of the member of the group where I belong, but they were just so warm and welcoming and I thought, why not, that would make me happy and someone happy in a way. So I joined… I sent my gift but I am still waiting for any news from the recipient. But I’ve already got my Secret Santa gift! Wohoo! Here it is:

Cookie cutters… and more cookie cutters!

I’ve always love cookie cutters, even if I don’t bake and make a lot of cookies most of the time because of my part time work, but if I have the time, I bake cookies as I’ve got three voracious cookie monsters here in the house. So my Secret Santa just knew what I wanted (we were asked what we wanted to receive, hehehe). I can also use these cookie cutters to cut shapes on sandwiches for my son’s lunchbox! I miss doing creative lunches already as I have run out of ideas and my son has become the pickiest eater of all the picky eaters out there… uuuggghhh!

So anyway, I love love love my gift, it’s a tub full of cookie cutters and a nice little cupcake ornament! Thank you very much Secret Santa Jody Arsenault (not a secret anymore) for this!:-)May you have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas!

Safe Cycle Shelters

Hubby does not want to lose his bike, even though it is not the most expensive one, but still he has saved some of his hard-earned money just to be able to buy one for himself. He would not want that even a non-expensive bike be stolen like his co-worker who once owned a bicycle worth $2000 only to be stolen at the train station.

The story: hubby’s co-worker always rides his bike to the train and bus station. The buses here have bike racks and can carry only two bikes at a time. One night on his way to work, the bus that he takes had a packed bike rack already so he decided to leave his bike at the bike shelters near the bus station. So he took the bus off to work but when he came back in the morning, his two-grand bicycle was already gone. The chain lock was still attached to the station’s bike rack but it was already broken. He was very confident that nothing would happen because it was in the town’s bus and train station (along with other bikes). He asked the police’s help but they could not trace his expensive bike.

This is not what hubby would want to happen to his bike. It is parked at the ground floor of our apartment building, exposed to the elements of nature, that is rain, snow, frost, dust, wind, heat of the sun, and a very good sight for people with bad intentions. He has it padlocked but he is still not very sure and confident that it will still be there one day.

cycle shelters

Hubby’s bike is in the middle, exposed to the elements of nature.

We are now concerned of the safety of our possession, our investment of some sort. We need to have safe cycle shelters. The ground floor of our apartment building is considered a public place as residents and visitors go day in and day out. Train and bus stations with bike racks are also public places where we feel confident of leaving our bikes and cars there. But of course it is also our responsibility to keep our bikes safe in these public places. When we are placing them there, we are also taking the risk of our bikes getting stolen. But with bike shelters like these below, we would feel a little more secure that our bikes would still be there.

cycle shelters

A cycle compound for sure will keep bikes safe.

cycle shelters

A cycle shelter like this would be perfect for the apartment building.

We just hope that our building management will do something about making sure our bikes are safe, even protected from nature and human intervention. It will take time too to employ security measures at the public places but it would really be a great help for all bike users, knowing that they will still find their bikes after parking them there. Even if it meant a little extra pay, it will go a long way, for us to be able to use our bikes for years to come.

Laptop Lunches Bento Lunchbox Review

I have been practicing my bento-making adventures these past couple of months and so far, I’ve collected a handful of bento supplies and accessories and have made several bento lunches for my school boy. I am a newbie to this kind of hobby and even though I always ran out of ideas and SPACE in my son’s not-so-big lunchbox, I am always inspired by the many moms (and their blogs) who make creative lunches (and healthy ones) for their children.

When I got hold of the Laptop Lunches Bento-Ware Bento Lunchbox, I was so happy because I finally now have a lot of SPACE for my son’s lunches and by the way, my son chose this color!

laptop lunches bento lunchbox

Laptop Lunches Bento Lunchbox is perfectly sized for my school boy, although I find it a little big for his lunch bag, but its size if big enough to hold serving portions fit for a first-grader. Inside the box are four containers or compartments with various sizes that sits just right. Two big and small containers and a tiny one have lids which are water-tight (leak-proof), while the two others don’t have. It also has a section where I can place my son’s spoon and fork and a napkin.

laptop lunches bento lunchbox

I asked my son (after showing him how to, he’s only six years old) to open the lunchbox himself and surprisingly, he found it very easy to open, with hands and fingers half my size and whose fine motor skills are continually developing, the lunchbox did not give him hard time. Laptop Lunches containers are dishwasher and microwave safe (not the lids), it is BPA, PVC and Lead-free so it’s very safe to use. It’s also very easy to clean and allows me to interchange the containers for fun! Laptop lunches lunchbox is also eco-friendly, that means they are recycled, recyclable, and eliminates the use of plastic zippy bags, foil or cling wrap and ever since I’ve hooked to bento and making fun lunches for my school, I have not used a lot of zippy baggies anymore. Another feature of this lunchbox is that every compartment has a name label space at the bottom, so you can stick a name label on it and don’t worry of losing it. Laptop Lunches though sell extras and replacement. Most of all it is cost-effective, packing own lunches just lets me SAVE a lot than buying those prepared lunches.

I’ve packed a couple of lunches using the Laptop Lunches Bento Lunchbox that we got and here they are:

laptop lunches bento lunchbox review

Lunch #1 includes creamy bacon carbonara (my son’s favourite), some carrot sticks with spinach dip, strawberries and banana fritters. I also sent him a Lunchbox Love card to simply remind him that he makes me sooo happy!

laptop lunches bento lunchbox review

Lunch #2: We had some leftover chicken nuggets and rice, some popcorn, apple slices, animal crackers, and a car-shaped boiled egg.

laptop lunches bento lunchbox review

Lunch #3: He had what I call hotdog people on top of rice, pretzels, with WOWButter dip on the small container, baked & dried mango chips, grapes, extra hotdog people on a train food pick, and a granola bar.

So far, all his lunches came back with very few leftovers (mostly the rice and some pretzels and mango chips) and being a picky eater that he is, packing these food in a colourful lunchbox has greatly helped. It keeps his dry and wet food separated (much to my delight) thus letting him eat them in their original state. No soggy and yucky (wet) crackers or sandwich anymore! 🙂

Overall, Laptop Lunches Bento Lunchbox is approved by my picky eater school boy and by mum! We both love it and he wants to use it everyday even though it does not fit in his lunch bag, which will probably lead me soon to purchase a lunch bag from Laptop Lunches!

If you are looking for inspiration on making fun, creative and healthy lunches, head over to the Laptop Lunches website for menu ideas, recipes, and you’ll soon find yourself listing down and bookmarking the pages (like I did)! You can also check them out on Facebook, see what they’ve been pinning on Pinterest and follow them on Twitter as well!

*Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this review. Laptop Lunches did however let me purchase this lunchbox at a special discounted price. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and may differ from others.