The New Normal Lunch

It has been 52 school days straight of making fun bento lunches for MoWabbit. I’ve learned a lot and have really enjoyed being creative for fun (and not for work). Because time doesn’t just magically appear, I traded in time that I normally would have spent on practicing ukulele, or taking a hot bath, or  read, etc. in order to make fancy bento lunches. The sleeping also suffered too, because chores like laundry just isn’t going to wash/dry/fold/hang/put away themselves (my least favorite chore). Additionally, MoWabbit’s enthusiasm for the high effort lunches have declined over the last week or two.

It’s time to optimize for the outcomes:

  • Fancy bento lunches will no longer be a daily thing so that:
    • Bettering my ukulele playing skills becomes a priority again
    • More sleep is possible again
    • Making fancy bento lunches does not become and feel like a chore/no longer fun
    • Posting all previous fancy bentos to this blog in details will actually happen for reals
  • Fancy bento lunches will appear once a week and on special occasions or when I have the extra time to be creative, so that:
    • Both myself and MoWabbit will appreciate the times fancy lunches are made
    • I have more time to think about and prepare for even more awesome future bento lunches

Introducing the new normal lunch:

The New Normal Lunch

The new normal lunch can be made within 10 minutes or under. Still cute yet simple to create.

What do you think?

Bento 47: Dolphins at Play

Bento 47: Dolphins at Play

Last Friday, MoWabbit’s teacher told me that kiddo has become really good at drawing dolphins and was teaching other little kids how to draw dolphins. Proud mama here as I have spent time teaching MoWabbit how to draw and she is now doing the same with her friends, and she is barely four years old!

The UX of Bento Lunches

Back in May, my kid started a new school and it was a school that required each kid to bring his/her own lunch every day. The old school provided lunch and her daily report from school indicated that she ate all or most of her food consistently. But since I started packing her a lunch everyday, I also started seeing that she wasn’t eating much food at all at her new school. Upon investigating, her teachers told me that kiddo is very social and often favored chatting and playing over eating. Hmmmmm…

The Challenge:
How do you get a 3-year old social butterfly eat at least 80% of her lunch during lunchtime/social hour?

The Solution:
Improve kiddo’s lunching experience by making super cute lunches that she’ll be proud to show her friends and that she’ll want to eat 🙂

Real-Life Outcome:
Bento #26 (Love is On Your Side) Before:
#Bento 26: Love Is On Your Side. <3

Bento #26 After:
What's left of today's lunch #Bento 26

Time Investment:
I’ve optimized my bento making process to about 20 minutes. The more complicated designs take much longer. If my memory serves me right, Bento 26 took at least 40 minutes.

Planning Ahead:
Grocery shopping needs to be well planned ahead. I need to buy food in terms of color, texture, shape, size, and variety, in order to be creative and make sure that I have what I need to turn an idea into an edible reality.

Tried and True:
Improve the UX and you’ll improve the outcome!

Tonight I created Bento #46. I’ll be posting new bentos on this blog from now on and will need to take some time to back-post all the previous bentos. Love and thanks to my friends who have encouraged me to blog about my bentos. ❤