Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – Bento Lunches

With school starting for most of you guys soon, or may have already started, (not us, for several years) I have been seeing different school related things floating around the information superhighway.

The most interesting being Bento Lunches.

“Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or “character bento”. Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”, which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.”  — Bento,

The character bentos are my favorite! They remind me of how my mom would decorate our brown paper lunch bags with her cute designs…or leave a note to bring a smile. All of my classmates enjoyed my lunches just as much as I did!

Making cute lunches for your kiddos might take a few more minutes of your time each morning…but I am sure that those few extra moments will make lasting memories and bring a smile to their faces. And who knows, a child might be more inclined to eat a lion faced sandwich over a boring square one.  🙂

I sure hope that I take the time to go this extra step with Easton when he starts school… who knows…we may just start them before school age!

If you are interested in more information on basic bento boxes, check out I found her site very informative and it definitely became a favorite right away!

For cute kyaraben (Character) ideas, check out my Bento Lunches Board on Pinterest!

P.S. Happy 2nd Anniversary to my Loving Husband!



Fantastic Foto Fridays 8.10.12

Art Appreciation – – Street Painting/Chalk Art

These things are amazing…


 I have yet to see one in real life, maybe one day I can go to Larimer Square in Denver and see several artists all in one weekend! Definately adding that trip to the bucket list!

Want to see more like this one, visit my Chalk It Up Pinterest Board!

You can also check out some interesting history and facts about street painting here.

What kind of ‘art’ fascinates you?

New life to your old digs…

I am a news and current events addict…  I love watching my Good Morning America. And now, we have the pleasure of seeing some of the cast twice a day, on               Good Afternoon America! I LOVE IT!

On Thursday, GAA debuted their new segment “Trash to Treasures.” And, of course, this is right up my alley!

They decided to open with a refashion topic – You know….how to revive those old clothes in the back of your closet, think outside the box when rummaging through the clothes rack at the thrift stores and ideas for those one hundred gazillion t-shirts your hubby brings home from work that was given to him by Joe-Schmoe Salesman that really doesn’t fit anyone in the house…

They invited The Refashionista herself, Jillian Owens, to help with this segment and show off her amazing refashions. If you have not heard of her, check her out here.

She showed two pieces … but one really caught my eye. If I wore dresses…If I wore strapless dresses,… I would SO WEAR THIS.

Source: GAA

Pair it some cute wedges for a night out or some good ole cowgirl boots to your favorite SEC game and/or tailgate party this fall!

 See how she did it here.

What have you refashioned lately?

Want some more ideas on adding a new breathe to some old threads…

 Visit my pinterest board for inspiration!

Pinterest Pin(s) of the Day: 05.01.12

While talking to my friend, Jennifer, about making the homemade laundry detergent, we got on the subject of all DIY cleaners and tricks. I had told her about several that I currently utilize. Of course, being the pin-a-holic that she is, she asked me if this information was on my Pinterest or on my Blog…and unfortunately, they were not…….

Until Now. 🙂

I now have a board that is compiled of DIY Cleaning Recipes, Tips and Tricks. Most of these I have tried and the others, I have every intention on trying at some point.

Well, enough of my chit-chat, go check ’em out!

My DIY Cleaners and Tips Board 

Know any “Nifty and Thrifty” Cleaning recipes, tips or tricks?

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Pinterest Pin of the Day: 04.04.12



I tried this tutorial twice, just as it is written. Turned out awesome. Great presentation! However, my husband suggested that maybe I could just slice the strawberries in half rather than “wasting” the inside. You know, since presentation doesn’t matter at home. 🙂 Plus, he added, that it would save time. Well….

I made them the “hubby-way” tonight. I have to say, my nerves like this way much better, as cleaning out the insides took extra patience this Momma doesn’t always have to apply to food prep. It gave us more dessert pieces, at the same time allowing for bite-size pieces that seem to have the right amount of ratio of each ingredient. However, it didn’t save that much time, if any, because I had to add an extra step of placing in the fridge for 30 minutes. I had to do the chocolate drizzle first, in a step all its own, so that the chocolate could harden and then allow me to flip the strawberries over for the cheesecake filling step.

Here is my outcome:

The chocolate drizzle step

Ready to devour…


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