My sister introduced me to the idea of bento many years ago when we were both happily living in sin, DINKS (double income, no kids)

I looked at a few blogs & thought it was all very clever & very neat. But seriously, would I ever do that for myself, or for any children that came along? Maybe for a special occasion like birthday parties, but for lunch *every day* – so not going to happen!

Then a few years later, happily newly wed & expecting our first baby the thought crossed my mind again about bento & how fun it would be to make cookie cutter sandwiches with a little one & see them eat everything up. Then I gave birth & oh Lordy what a trial Miss M was! The thought of food & fun were far from my mind.

After successfully starting on solids & somehow creating a fantastic eater I wasn’t sure there was need to bento anything. Then it came time to send her to daycare & I was struggling with what to pack. That’s when I started. I took a few pictures & then a friend prompted me to blog about it.

And that’s why I started Loving Lunches :-)

Posted by jackie_wenke, 24th May 2013

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  • I know what you mean. It is so hard to make kids to eat, it is very challenging sometimes. This is a good way to get their attention and make them eat.


  • I presume you are taking to your child to a family home daycare.
    Childcare Centres normally provide lunch, morning snacks and afternoon snacks. I hope your little one is happy at childcare. Some go through a stage of not wanting you to leave them, then have so much fun during the day that htey are in no hurry to go home at the end of the day. Some refuse a day sleep they would normally have when home and are grumpy. We discovered the sooner you walk out if they start crying the better. Soon after you leave they stop crying and join in with the other little ones.


  • What a fantastic thing to ‘fall’ into. Sometimes we don’t realise our passions until we experience them. Lovely to see you gave found yours


  • I like to be creative with my kids lunches to.


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