Thursday, 12 September 2013

Fun Lunch Series Sponsors - ya yah design

During the Fun Lunch Series we have had businesses donate product for giveaways.  I thought it was time to share with you all a little bit about the people behind the businesses and also why they are passionate about fun lunches!

Helen lives and works on the shaky Port Hills of Christchurch NZ with her Very Supportive Partner, Beautiful Teenage Daughter, Cheeky Preschooler and a Mad Little dog called Zoe.
Helen started making Ya Yah Giraffes to sell, about 2 and a Half Years ago and in the last six months started making  re-useable Sandwich and Snack Bags mostly because Preschool banned Glad wrap and Helen just couldn't fit all the little plastic boxes in her daughters lunch box.  Helen decided there had to be a better way and started experimenting with different types of bags. 

Most of the ones she tried her daughter was unable to open on her own or too complicated to redo if putting stuff back in. So Helen made a reusable version of what she had growing up - the plastic sandwich envelope.
It worked well  so she made some for friends and tested them out. Helen made a few small changes along the way and now there are a great range of designs to choose from!  Check more out here at yayahdesign.

Sandwich and Snack bags are:
  • Great for kids lunch boxes or putting food in your bag.
  • Can be used to carry all sort of things from biscuits to baby pacifiers, popcorn to spare cloths.
  • 100 % cotton exterior and sewn in nylon lining so you can trust they are food-safe for your kids.
  • Just shake out the crumbs or chuck it in the wash.
  • Funky design kids love.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Fun Lunch Series : Part 3 - Putting it all together

In Part 1 and Part 2 we looked at Hamming up Sandwiches and Fun with Fruit.  In Part 3 we are going to look at Putting it all together to make an all round Fun Lunch.
There are a variety of ways to do this - start by hamming up a sandwich, making some fun fruit and then adding a few other things to make it an all round Fun Lunch.  These 'few other' things can be crackers, biscuits or fruit gummies themed to your kids fave character.  Egg molds are another way to get some wow factor into your kids lunchboxes.

These  Bento boxes, Muffin Tin Meals, Food face plates and Making a scene ideas  will inspire you and the kids to have fun.  It doesn't have to happen everyday, these ideas are a great go to guide when you need a little inspiration!

What is “bento”? I hear you ask.  A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box.  In Japanese, “bento” or “obento” refers to the packed meal, and “bento-bako” refers to the bento box itself. See the Wikipedia entry on bento for more details.

Muffin Tin meals are another great way to mix it up for kids.  It’s something a little different, breaking up the usual meal-making routine. It encourages the meal-maker (that’s you!) to offer a variety of foods, in small portions, which is a technique that generally appeals to children.  You can tailor your Muffin Tin Meal to a theme, fave story or different types of muffin tins.  

Or if a muffin tin is too big how about an ice cube tray??

Making faces with food is an oldie but a goody and with the addition of the food face plate the creative process becomes even more fun with Mr and Ms Food Face.

However if you want the kids imagination to run crazy wild here is some inspiration on other types of food faces from pizza to pancake faces.

Making a scene with food is another creative way for kids to make lunches their own and we all know when you make something yourself you have to eat it - right?

Thanks to Not Socks Gifts I have a Ms Food Face plate and from Remember When I Used To Be A Rascal I have a Car Egg mold to give away!  

Giveaway Details :
- to enter, leave a comment about your favourite fun lunch idea from the Putting Fun Lunches Together Pinterest board.  You can leave your comment either here or on the Facebook page.  My fave is the April Showers Bring May Flowers Muffin Tin Meal - see if you can find it. 
- one comment per person
- you must live in New Zealand
- giveaway closes on Friday 13th September. 

Good to know:

- if you like our Fun Lunch sponsors on Facebook you can stay up-to-date on all their goings-on and know about any deals or promotions that pop up, including giveaways. Check them out up there on the sidebar- 
- if you like justalittlebitcute and our sponsors on Facebook you will be the coolest kid in town. Or something like that. 
- these things will not earn you a second entry, but it will make me and my sponsors appreciate the love
- you can get discount at Yayah Design on Sandwich bags using the coupon code "FunLunch" during the Fun Lunch Series
-you can also get discount from bubbalooz (discount is 15% off on purchases over $25) during the Fun Lunch series.

- make sure there is some way for me to contact you! Leave an email, or have your name clickable to a profile or something.  If there is no way for me to reach you then I'll have to draw another entry!! This has happened previously, so I wouldn't like to do this and disappoint someone!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Finding Nemo Birthday Party Inspiration

So Lily is turning 2 this weekend and its party time.  Seeing as she is a fan (bordering on obsessed) of Finding Nemo I decided to go with an underwater theme.  So Pinterest has come in handy once again to inspire and start the party planning process.

A few decorations to set the mood............

Some food to whet the appetite.......

Some cake............

And some more cake...........

Check out more ideas and sources for the above on my  Pinterest board - Birthday Party Inspiration

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Market Mashup - Elements Market

I thought I would share with you some of my faves from my fellow stallholders from the recent Elements Market.  I will share some of my own market cuties next so keep an eye out for those.......

Little Red Riding Red from Baby Bird, Little Red Riding Set from Buttoflies, Goodies from Whimsy-oh!, Lou Lou Dress from Michael and Maisie, Shoe & Hat Set from Green Jean

Kid in a Bearsuit from BerriSwitchBlade, Reloved Chevron Table from Hibiscus, Reunion Bunting fabric from Fabric Fixation, Hearts from R.L.S Arthouse, Recycled Rimu Frames from Silvan Gallery

Next Market in Christchurch is the Vintage Encraftment Market.............

and Dunkleys Craft Show is also on the same weekend.........

And always remember...........