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October 2014

October 2014
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From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz
Happy Fall,

Hard to believe that the autumn equinox has come and gone and the nights will now be longer than the days. I look forward to the coziness, cooking and slowing down that the long nights bring.

We have begun working on Back-to-School 2015 and would really love to hear from you on what you would like to see more of, what you would like to change, what needs you have that aren’t currently being met, or anything you want to share! Please email me directly at [email protected].

I hope you can take the time to watch this month’s featured video. If Ms. Beautyphile looks a little familiar to you, that’s because she is my cousin! We both share the same passion in passing on smart content to help people make healthier choices….knowledge is power!

Wishing you a ghoulishly happy Halloween!
From Our Desk To Yours
Although Fall officially started in September, it really doesn't start to feel like Fall in Santa Cruz until October. That's when the pumpkins are in the front of grocery stores, the smell of spiced lattes fill the air, and costumes are on display in store windows. Halloween is such a fun time of year - it's a good excuse to enjoy treats, it provides an opportunity to dress up as someone (or something!) else, and is a GREAT reason to make themed bento lunches! Join us in the fun, and be sure to share your treats, costumes or themed lunches with us on our FaceBook page!


With the arrival of fall comes colder weather. Cuddling up, drinking tea, and eating warm food is the answer to breezy days and chilly nights. If you're looking to take your comfort on the go, our bento jars are perfect for packing anything from hot tea, to a grilled cheese sandwich. Pick one up today and enjoy hot foods wherever your day takes you!

Many cities around the world, host some form of "bike-to-work" day or week, and this week, Santa Cruz is taking part in the event. On October 2, Santa Cruzians will be biking to work all across the city. Their reward? Besides a free breakfast (provided by Ecology Action), they will be lowering their carbon footprint, saving $$ on gas & parking, and will be getting their hearts pumping! Read some of the benefits of commuting by bike, and join your community on your town's next bike-to-work event!


Ever wonder what the ingredients on your face wash mean, or where they come from? Ms. Beautyphile has the answers! Check out her website to get savvy about the science of your beauty products and find out how to get better results! Join her each week as she demystifies creams, contraptions, cleansers and lotions.


From Your Kitchen To Ours
  • Halloween Pasta topped with butter, peas & Parmesan cheese
  • Clementine Jack-o-Lantern & raisins
  • Baby spinach salad with bell pepper slices & vinaigrette
  • Homemade salted cashew-cranberry granola chunk
"I love how simple Laptop Lunches Bento boxes make packing lunch. The individual containers make packing a healthy, balanced, and fun lunch so efficient and simple."

--Catherine Moss

Catherine is the author and mom behind Evolving Motherhood where she shares recipes, children's activities, real life stories of motherhood evolution, and more.

Worth Sharing
Looking for ways to "spook" up your bento lunch, but want to keep it healthy? As always, Pinterest is our favorite go-to for inspiration. We tried out a few of the recipes and were just thrilled with how they came out! Check out this board we found and give your lunches a ghoulish makeover! And, as always, share your creations with us on FaceBook!

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October 24, 2014 is National Food Day! Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Learn how to get involved and read more about why Food Day is so important!


Curious about why Vitamin D helps your skin? Want to know how to get your recommended amount of it? Check out Ms. Beautyphile's video - she'll answer all your questions!

Lunch Menus


Sweet Potato Salad
Sauteed Spinach
Mutli-Grain Chips
Fresh Strawberries
Herbed Marcona Almonds


Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
Root Vegetable Chips
Bento Buzz
"The mists of time obscure the year I bought the first Laptop Lunchbox kit for our older son, but he was the first of (eventually) quite a few children in his elementary school to carry the clever kit. His brother followed, toting the bento to pre-school and all the way through middle school. The older boy is now a freshman in college and the younger is in high school... and our family is still using original Bento Ware sets. Thanks for quality products."

-- Rachel D., Houston, TX

"I love that everything stays put, and there is no waste from bags or other one time use packaging. My son says,"It's pretty cool!"

-- Penita, Boise, ID

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