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5 Simple Lunch Box Hacks For Busy Moms

This post is sponsored by our friends at Brother. All opinions are my own.

Our mornings are often quite busy and between three girls who all live with a small space it’s important that we stay organized. Having three girls with their own likes and dislikes means that I also have three different lunches to make for my kids each morning. We live in California and have to deal with the heat, so we always have to make sure that we have three lunches properly labeled as well as three water bottles. I do actually take the time to personalize their lunches by prepping their favorite fruits and veggies ahead of time.Simple Lunch Box Hacks For Moms

5 Simple Lunch Box Hacks For Busy Moms

    1. Plan Ahead – I know I’m not good about packing lunches the night before so I try to actually prep fruits and vegetables ahead of time. Having strawberries that are already washed and prepped also make for easy after-school snacking.
    2. Only Use One Kind Of Lunch Box Container – My girls all like the bento style boxes. To keep storage easy I only use one kind that easily stack together for simple storage.
    3. Use Cookie Cutters For Fun Shapes – My girls love this and it makes an ordinary turkey and cheese sandwich extraordinary!
    4. Freeze The Juice Box – I always choose a low sugar juice box or use a small water bottle. Our kids here in California often have lunches that can become hot. So to avoid the hot lunch I freeze small juice boxes and water bottles. They help act as an ice pack.
    5. Get Organized – My kids are bad about losing things. I love using my P-touch Cube to easily create labels right from my kitchen counter as I make lunches.

Simple Lunch Box Hacks For MomsJust this week I used my P-touch Cube with the P-touch Design&Print App via my phone. I can easily design and print my very own labels with different fonts and borders. I used mine to quickly make a label for my daughters’ lunch box and water bottle. What I like about the TZe tapes is just how durable they are. They easily stick to surfaces like lunch boxes and water bottles and stay on even through dishwasher uses. 

Our kids have to have their lunches labeled with their names and classroom with room numbers. So in under a minute I was able to create the label and add it to her lunch box. 
It’s really all about using things that make my life easier. While I’m not the most organized mom in the world I’m finding that my P-touch Cube is really useful. I’m finding so many ways to fit it into my life so it stays right on our counter. I can’t wait to use some of the other TZe tapes, like the berry pink and white text on clear for my next projects.

Kids are always fans of simple things. Even just cutting a sandwich into a special shape makes lunch time so much more fun for them. Simple Lunch Box Hacks For Moms

You can find  P-touch Cube in stores and online.

Do you have any lunch hacks for busy moms like me? 


  1. Amy on March 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I have a Brother Label Maker and love it. It really comes in handy for my 3 kids’ school things!

    • Kristin on June 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      I use it more than I thought I would. Now with all kids reading, so useful!

  2. Kiwi on March 9, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Im such a label girl. I wouldnt use this for lunches but for my apothecary containers that hold my herbs and botanical.

    • Kristin on June 3, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      So easy to stop tge guessing game. My husband uses it in the garage for storage of all kinds of things.

  3. Toni | Boulder Locavore on March 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    These are really great ideas and awesome tips! I am sure kids will love this!

  4. valmg @ Mom Knows It All on March 8, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I rarely pack lunch but when I do I find it helpful to pack it the night before. I have a friend really wanting one of these P-Touch machines, she has a crafting area she wants to organize.

  5. brianne on March 8, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Planning ahead is so key. I love this post because I feel like I’m in the lunchbox slump these days!

  6. Danielle Smith on March 8, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Sandwich shapes are awesome! I agree with the one box container. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, and less waste in the garbage can!

  7. Stacie on March 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Freezing the juice boxes is a fantastic idea! The kids get cold juice, and if lunch is timed right, they even get a bit of a slushie.

  8. Melissa Chapman on March 8, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Lunches and dinners are what i spend half my time on during the week between shopping and cooking/preparing. I am lucky I only have two kids to cook for and make lunches for but I love that label maker idea because kids are always losing things even lunch and drinks.

  9. Audrey on March 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Ah, the ol’ dreaded lunch packing dilemma. I really like your lunch ideas. I am fortunate that most of the time my kids are ok with what goes in their lunches.

  10. Cheryl on March 7, 2018 at 11:54 am

    All great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kristin on June 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, and your welcome!

  11. shelly peterson on March 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

    These are great lunch ideas. I like the fun shaped sandwiches.