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I've been wanting to make this lunch for awhile. Ever since the first Ant-Man came out, he has been one of my son's favorite superheroes. That movie was pretty hilarious and I can't wait to see the Ant-Man and The Wasp, it looks just as good. So even though it's summertime I thought it would be fun to make this lunch.

This Ant-Man lunch includes some fruit, a treat (his mask), a sandwich with a Wasp on top, and a big ant. Read below for how I made it, but one other thing that I'm excited about is that Loot Crate is featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp in their subscription box this month. Not only that but the superheroes are teaming up with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bill and Ted. I have been a fan of Loot Crate for awhile and can't wait to see this box especially because it includes two collectible t-shirts. If you know me, you know I love my graphic tees. So you can head to their website and subscribe by July 19th to get our own box! Click on the link here. You can even get 10% off by using code LUNCHBOXDAD.


Ingredients: Red Delicious apple, lemon, raspberries, black and gray fondant, white cheese, whole wheat bread, roasted seaweed, your favorite sandwich filling, yogurt covered raisins.

Directions:
1. Cut apple in half. Rub lemon on the apple to prevent browning. Create Ant-Man mask using fondant as shown. Place in lunchbox and surround with raspberries.

2. Cut whole wheat bread slice into pieces and fill with whatever you want. Cut cheese into wasp wings and roasted seaweed into the shape of The Wasp as shown. Place on top of sandwich and put it in the side compartment.

3. Fill second side compartment with raisins. Decorate with an ant if you want. In fact, that makes the lunch even more fun!


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I have loved the 4th of July ever since I was a kid. It was great having a day of celebration but my favorite part of Independence Day was always the food...well and the fireworks. I'll be honest, now that I'm older, and we live in an area where awesome fireworks are legal, they are what I look forward to the most. However a close second is still the food! I thought I would make a recipe that is not only festive, but is great for parties. Check out my recipe video below for 4th of July Fruit Kabobs and Yogurt Dip to find out how to make this edible American flag for your next neighborhood get together!



Ingredients: Plain greek yogurt, 1/4 cup honey, yogurt covered raisins, blue food coloring, bananas, strawberries, kabob sticks.

Directions:
1. In small bowl mix together yogurt, honey, and blue food coloring. Top with yogurt covered raisins.
2. Slice strawberries and bananas and slide them onto kabob sticks, alternating which ones you put on.
3. Arrange on platter as shown in the video.

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Since it's summertime, and school's out, I thought it would be the perfect season to try to make some fun smoothie bowls. I've seen smoothie bowls all over Instagram but I have never made one. Of course we've made healthy smoothies before but they are pretty standard. I figured it was about time to up my game. Mike Wazowski and Sully from Monster's Inc. have been on my mind lately so I decided to make them my test subjects.

These definitely weren't as easy as I thought they would be but they also weren't super difficult either. The hard part is making the faces quickly before the smoothie melts. So I recommend making the two smoothies first and then putting them in the freezer to stay thick and icy. Still interested? Here is how you make them.


Ingredients: Yogurt, banana, ice, green matcha, blue matcha (thanks to match.blue for sending me some to try out), apples, chia seeds, dried cherries, cream cheese.

Directions:
1. Blend ice, yogurt, peeled apple (or any other white fruit), and banana. The amount you put in really depends on how thick you want your smoothie so I would start out with a conservative amount and go from there. After it's blended, drop in some matcha. You will want to start with a little and then add more to get the desired color.

2. For Sully's eyebrows and nose, and Mike's eye, you will want to separate a small amount of smoothie and add more blue matcha to create a deeper color blue. Then, put some small globs on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and stick in the freezer. This will help you create the facial features. Once the globs are frozen, proceed to the next step.

3. Pour smoothies into each bowl. Cut out Sully's frozen features and place them on his face. Sprinkle chia seeds on top for his mouth and horns. His teeth and white's of his eyes are apple. Finish Sully by placing a dried cherry on for each eye. Cut a few tiny cherry pieces out for his nostrils and put them in place.

4. To finish Mike, sprinkle chia seeds on top for his mouth and chin. The white of his eye and horns are made from apple. Place the frozen blue smoothie circle that you made earlier on top of the apple and then top with a dried cherry after that. Finish with a little drop of cream cheese on top of the cherry.

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Swiffer. All opinions are my own.
As parents, we know that our car can quickly become a science experiment. Whether it's carpooling to and from school, the fun drive on a holiday weekend, or the week long summer road trip, our family cars can get disgusting. If you are like me, I don't even want to look at what the backseat looks like, much less clean it up.

This is where these cleaning tips come in. They don't take long to do and and your kids can even help out. As you can see from the video below, even my four-year-old loves using the Swiffer Duster! Speaking of which, you won't need many supplies or complicated steps to accomplish these. Just a few minutes and probably tools that you have laying around the house anyway. So watch our short video below and let me know what your favorite tips are!

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Cleaning tools needed:
Swiffer Duster
Tape
Silicone Muffin Cups
Your Kids' Slime
Reusable Plastic Cereal Container

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It's the last week of school so I had to do something really special for my daughter's lunch. She has loved Snow White ever since she was a few years old but I have never done a Snow White lunch for her. I've made Rapunzel, Elsa, and Belle, but not this original Disney Princess. I still remember when, during our first trip to Disneyland, my daughter dressed up like Snow White and then met her. My daughter was stunned and couldn't take her eyes off of her. It was the kind of moment that as a parent you remember forever!

I based the sandwich and poison apple on Disney's Snow White. However, the gemstones were inspired by riding the Seven Dwarf's Mine Train at The Magic Kingdom in Disney World. I made her hair out of black olives because my daughter loves black olives. Like she could eat a can at every meal type love. I made the whole lunch in an Easy Lunch Boxes container.


Ingredients: Flour tortillas, sliced cheese, sliced meat, black olives, strawberry, sliced provolone cheese, red apple, cream cheese, raisins, fruit snacks shaped like gemstones, fondant (brown, white, black, and red).

Directions:
1. Cut tortillas into a head shape. Stuff with cheese and meat and place in main compartment. Arrange olives, cheese, and strawberries as shown in photo.
2. For facial features form black, white, and brown fondant into eye and eyelash shape. Form red fondant into lips. Place eyes, mouth, and tortilla nose where shown in photo.
3. Cover red apple with desired amount of cream cheese. Use fingers to form cream cheese into skull shape on the apple. Place poison apple in side compartment.
4. In second side compartment drop raisins and fruit snacks.

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the photo above? I can tell you for me it's the loving way that my son looks at our dog. After all, we've had Shasta longer than my son has been alive. In fact, we adopted our dog so long ago that even my oldest child wasn't around yet. We figured our new puppy would be fun, loving, and good with kids. What we never thought about was how much he would shed. Call us naive, but it never really crossed our minds. Looking back, when you have a dog that has pretty much half his body weight in fur, then you should probably know that some of that will end up on the floor...and the carpet...and the furniture...and your clothes.

The thing about that is having everything covered in fur doesn't have to become the way that you live. We have tried many things over the years, but these are our best tips for picking up that dog fur. Because this is a blog based around parenting, and #ShedHappens on a daily basis, we also wanted to make sure to give you tips that your kids can also do to help around the house.

Not only that, but I want to save you money as well by giving you a coupon code from Target for Swiffer to help you pick up that dog hair while staying within your budget. You can also use it within the cartwheel app. Just CLICK HERE to save $2 on a Swiffer starter kit and keep reading for the tips!


1. Use a rubber squeegee to easily collect dog fur from your carpets.
This is definitely one of those tips that you kick yourself for not trying sooner. Just have your kids run a regular rubber tipped window squeegee across your carpets and the dog fur will collect on the end!



2. Never underestimate the magic of a Swiffer Sweeper to collect dog fur from those hard to reach places!
Sometimes we feel like fur is easily frightened and likes to hang out under furniture and places where it is least likely to ever be found. Luckily my kids love using the Swiffer Sweeper to clean under and around those places where fur likes to hide. The Swiffer dry cloth has deep ridges that trap the dirt and fur, plus it is completely safe for pets!



3. Rubber gloves aren't just for washing dishes anymore.
The fantastic thing about rubber gloves is that your kids can throw them on and use them to clean by rubbing them on couches, chairs, and any other upholstery that you have. It's not only helpful because you don't have to do it, but they have fun with it as well!

As you can see the threat of shedding doesn't have to keep you from enjoying a dog. We have had Shasta for thirteen years now and even though that white fur will be waiting for us, we love him because he is part of our family. Plus, we know that with these three tips above, cleaning up that fur will only take a little bit of time, even with my kids helping with it. So use those tips and don't forget to save some money on Swiffer products in the Cartwheel app!
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It's my son's eighth birthday this week, and if there's one thing he can't get enough of, it's super heroes. He is dying to see the rest of the Marvel movies, but we are moving a little slower than some. We just watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and he thought it was hilarious. So I thought a Star-Lord (also known as Peter) lunch was in order. We've already done a Groot lunch so this was next in line. I've never done a birthday/character crossover lunch, so this is a first!

I went with Star-Lord's mask, cassette tape with a birthday mix instead of awesome mix, and a cupcake with a candle. It was all made in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. It has a few more treats than normal, but since it's his birthday I think it's okay this time. I hope it makes his birthday a little happier and I hope you enjoy it as well.
Ingredients:
Star-Lord Mask Sandwich: Corn tortillas, cheddar cheese slices, sliced meat, grape tomatoes, raisins, blackberries, fruit leather, gray fondant.

Birthday Cassette Tape: Whole wheat bread slices, flour tortilla, raisins, red food color marker.

Birthday Cupcake: Homemade blueberry muffin, strawberry cream cheese, pretzel stick, yellow and orange fondant for flame.

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Is there any cuter Disney character than Pluto? I mean, he's always ready to play, is continually happy, and seems to constantly be up for an adventure. Sure he gets himself in the occasional jam but Mickey Mouse can't stay mad at him. It's just impossible not to love this dog. It's for these reasons that I thought my kids would love to get a Pluto lunch for school.

This Pluto sandwich lunch is basically just a few cuts of cheese, similar to my Donald Duck lunch. I also like that I was able to include a good amount of fruit and vegetables. I created it in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. See below for all the ingredients and directions!


Ingredients: Cheddar cheese slice, Provolone cheese slice, black olives, bacon, whole wheat bread slices, avocado, blueberries, green apple slice, grape tomatoes, Babybel cheese, nori, baby carrots.

Directions:
1. Cut two ovals out of bread. Put choice of filling between the slices. Cut one oval from cheddar cheese. Then cut two boomerang shaped slices and one half circle slice. Put together as shown in photos to create Pluto's mouth. Place small piece of bacon on top for tongue.

2. For eyes, cut half circle out of provolone cheese. Cut out two eyebrows from cheddar cheese scraps. Arrange as shown on face. Slice black olive into narrow pieces and set on top of white cheese for the eyes. Use a whole olive for the nose and stick on with toothpick. From white cheese, cut out two small circles and one small oval and place on nose and eyes.

3. Cut out two more small squares of bread and one small square of cheddar cheese. Place under face to make the neck. Put apple slice under neck for collar. Place a slice of avocado (skin on) on each side of head for ears. Surround with blueberries to complete main compartment.

4. In one side compartment fill with baby carrots. Cut three baby carrots into bone shape and put on top.

5. In second side compartment place Babybel cheese and surround with grape tomatoes. Cut paw print shapes out of nori and stick on the outside of cheese wax.


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Icon. Legend. Hero. Cranky duck. If you don't love Donald Duck how can you even call yourself a human being? I think he sometimes gets forgotten in, or at least ranked lower in, Disney lore. Don't make that mistake. If you have ever been to Toontown in Disneyland you know he has the coolest house by far. How can you beat living on a ship? Sure he has a temper (what duck doesn't), but I thought it was about time that I recognize the genius that is Donald Duck.

From his dapper way of dressing, to his intellectual vocabulary, I had so many options to highlight. I ended up landing on a simple footprint and his uniform, and put it all in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. I hope my kids enjoy it and I hope you will as well. It is pretty easy to make once you see what I used in each container. To see the ingredients, scroll down to read the recipe below!


Ingredients: 
Donald Duck Face Sandwich: Whole wheat bread, flour tortilla, salami and pepperoni (for the tongue and inside of the sandwich), white cheese, cheddar cheese, black olives, grapes, blueberries, nori (roasted seaweed) for his hat.

Donald's Shirt: Yogurt with blue food coloring, two strawberries cut into the shape of a bowtie, white round sprinkles.

Footprint: Grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese cut into the shape of Donald's foot.

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Chewbacca has always been one of my family's favorite Star Wars characters. This was also the first Star Wars school lunch that I ever made my daughter, and it happens to be one of the most popular on my blog. After making it the first time, and making it again for Steve Harvey when I appeared on his show, I finally decided to recreate it for you with a video tutorial. Hopefully this can show you that it is actually really easy to make and perfect for a school lunch, or even for May the 4th Star Wars Day! I hope you watch the video below and have fun with it. Be sure to share with your Star Wars loving friends!


Ingredients: 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 serving low-fat creamy peanut butter, 1 serving Nutella hazelnut spread, 1 handful of blackberries, black and white fondant, 1 banana.

Directions:
1. Cut a simple half “head” shape out of 2 slices of whole wheat bread as shown in video. Spread Nutella around the edges of his face on one slice to make the darker fur. Use peanut butter to create the lighter fur. Use Nutella to make the darker “mustache” area above the mouth. Place this slice on top of the blank slice.

2. Take a toothpick and blend the edges of light and dark together while also making lines to create a look of fur as shown in the video. This doesn’t have to be exact, because his fur is messy anyway!

3. Use black and white fondant to create the eyes, nose, and mouth as shown in the video.
4. Cut 3 slices from the banana. Trim the round slices into the shape of a Tie-Fighter as shown in the video. Arrange the blackberries and banana Tie-Fighters around Chewbacca’s head until you are satisfied with the placement. You might have to trim the blackberries to fit in the space provided.

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