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I'd seen the Easy Lunchboxes on other blogs, and wrote to the company to ask if I might try them out, and have a giveaway (coming soon!), and Kelly was more than generous in providing me a system to try out - and she'll send one to one of my lucky readers, too!
Kelly sent me a container set and a cooler bag (and one of you will get the same thing). The bag can fit three containers snugly, or two with an ice pack. It's very slick. It could also be used for other lunches, and it's got plenty of room.
The lids on the containers are meant to be easy for kids to remove. This means that they aren't always entirely snug on their own, but I found that elastic headbands work great to keep it closed, and the girl will be able to open it without a problem. The lids don't fall off, but one corner is generally a little loose. They are designed that way.
I wouldn't pack anything very wet in the containers, unless you use something like Press-n-Seal. I haven't used the stuff, but I see a lot of people who love it. The compartments are pretty well separated by the lid, but I haven't yet seen them at lunch time (after packing at night) to see how well this actually separates it. I will update this review when I see.
There is plenty of room in them for lunches, adult or child. They are much sturdier than I expected them to be, and much sturdier than Ziploc or Gladware containers. They are microwavable and dishwasher safe. That's pretty awesome. My other containers are not. Big bonus.
(The cooler bag will be wonderful when we are out together! I'm chaperoning a field trip on Tuesday, and we can pack both of our lunches in the same bag! That's pretty slick.)
For the girl's lunches, I will likely keep using my current bento boxes most of the time, because they are so cute. However, I will use the Easy LunchBoxes more or less interchangeably, and will use the Easy LunchBoxes for my lunch and daddy's lunch a lot of the time.
Since my online source for cheap bento boxes (Ichiban Kan) closed up it's online shop, it's a whole lot easier to get Easy Lunchboxes than the containers I have. If you are just starting out packing lunches, they would be a great place to start!
Here's the fun part! Right on the heels of my last giveaway - here's another one!
Kelly at Easy Lunchboxes has agreed to provide one lucky reader with a set of containers (a 4-pack), and a cooler bag (your choice of color). For a chance to win, just leave a comment with the color bag you would like, and some ideas to pack in the containers. You can just leave the color, but isn't it more fun if you get a little creative? Good luck! Remember, I'll need a way to reach you, so if you have a blog, I can leave a message on a recent posting, or you can leave an email address (with spaces if you like).
I will pick a winner on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, at approximately 10 AM, EST, via Random.org.
A note from EasyLunchboxes
We prefer to offer the giveaway for US & Canadian customers only, in order to keep our shipping costs down.
We have the right to disqualify a winner if they have won or received free product from us within the past 3 months.
Disclaimer: I received the cooler box and the container set to review free of charge. Other than that, I have received no compensation for this review & giveaway.