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New Bento Supplies!!!

on October 3, 2014

So sorry for the radio silence this week. As some of you may know, I am currently a full time online college student through Grand Canyon University, working on my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Yes, if I had been smarter, I would have listened to my mother and gone to college right after high school. However, I did not listen to my mother and am now working towards my degree at the age of 37. 🙂 Anyway, most of my classes have not been much of an issue since I have a large amount of time throughout the week to work on homework. However, I started algebra this week and it is kicking my tail end for sure. I have had to devote so many hours this week just trying to figure out how to do the homework. Algebra is taking over my life at the moment. I am even dreaming about it! Hopefully things will even out soon as I am starting to understand the foundations more. Wish me luck in this 7 week class!

Besides drowning in equations, I have been enjoying all the new bento supplies I happened to get over the past few weeks. I hadn’t planned to amass such bento treasures last week, but it just worked out that way. 🙂

First I headed over to Amazon, which is often my go to place when I am looking for something. I actually went there to buy a lap desk for my laptop. I normally work on my computer while sitting in a recliner and I have the computer on a small table in front of me. But I find that it’s not the most comfortable when I have to do a lot of writing, so I ordered a lap table. I’m not sure if the one I got is the perfect solution, though, as I cannot fit the computer and the mouse on it, but I am using it now and it’s ok. It’s better than the set up I had before, and was less than $10, so I’m calling it a win.

Anyway, while I was trolling my wishlist on Amazon, I remembered how much I have wanted to get some food safe markers. I often see them in use on bento blogs and love how their simple touch can really spruce up an otherwise boring lunch. And then, like when you give a mouse a cookie, things snowballed. I realized that if I ordered food safe markers, I would need some candy eyes to go with them. Only the cutest faces are made with candy eyes.

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Then I realized that I would need new picks since Delaney managed to throw 2 of my 6 existing picks away. (she went over a year without tossing any supplies and then just forgot one day and tossed them) And I remembered how I wanted to get some cuter baran (food dividers) so I trolled Amazon for those too. However, I found the selection for picks and baran to be lacking so, even though I put a few in my cart and ordered them….

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(please ignore the fruit cups in this photo. I did not get them at Amazon and will talk about them later)

….I decided to go over to AllThingsForSale and order some better baran. And that’s when I remembered how much I have wished that I had some longer picks. So, I located those and put them in my cart too. And that’s when I discovered they were having a sale. (See what I mean about snowball?) So, I found all manner of cute things for sale, but I made sure to limit myself to only a few. I got some super cute picks, including some autumn and Halloween themed ones and longer ones:

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And I got some adorable baran.

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And, if your eyes are keen, you might have noticed there’s some cute silicon cups in there two. I’m not quite sure how those managed to jump into my cart. (*wink)

So, I made those two orders and figured I was done with bento supply buying for at least a little while. However, then my friend who lives very close to a Daiso store, invited me to come out to her neck of the woods to go indoor rock climbing. Well, I couldn’t drive all the way out there without stopping by the Daiso, now could I?

Now, I’ll admit that I went a little bit crazy in the Daiso store. But, in my defense, it was my first time in one and I was a little overwhelmed, and everything is only $1.50! Anyway, here’s most of what I walked out with:

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(Just the silicon cups from this photo I posted up above. There’s apple cups too, but it was in use when I took this photo)

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Little snack sized bento boxes with clip lids. I got these for those days when I send the girls lunches in a thermos and they just need a few grapes and tomatoes or something on the side.

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Wee cups for holding sauces and such. I have the teeny cups I use for ketchup, but needed something a bit larger for yogurt and such. Please note, I only got the clear ones from Daiso. The green ones were a gift from Bentgo. In one of the Bentgo boxes I ordered 2 weeks ago was a coupon for free sauce cups. I sent them the required email to get them and the sauce cups were on my doorstep 2 days later! They’re adorable, just like the whole Bentgo system. Seriously, this is my new total favorite bento lunch system.

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And, lastly, super cute strawberry stacking bento boxes! I just couldn’t pass them up. They’re not quite as easy to pack as the Bentgo, but they’re good for a lunch now and again. Daiso had a plethora of boxes to choose from, but many were very small. While I can do somewhat small for my girls, they are getting older and wanting to eat a bit more for lunch now. However, if you have a preschooler, Daiso would be an amazing place to buy bento boxes.

Now, that’s not all that I got from Daiso, but the rest I haven’t photographed and isnt’ really bento supplies. I got some storage jars for lunch food and some more treats like Hello Panda and Pocky, among other things. I can say, though, that Daiso is awesome and it’s probably a good thing there isn’t one close to me because I would be there all the time. 🙂

One other thing before I go. Above I mentioned how one of the Bentgo boxes had a coupon for free sauce cups? Well, on Monday I got an email from Bentgo saying I had been randomly selected to give them product feedback, and that, in return for my feedback, they’d sent me a free bento box! Well, you know I jumped on that opportunity and wrote back to them quickly with a long email singing their praises. Tuesday morning my mail carrier greeted me with a box containing the green Bentgo box!!! I’m so excited and it’s so pretty! Bentgo just keeps going up and up in my book!

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2 responses to “New Bento Supplies!!!

  1. I am very jealous of the fact that you have a Daiso. I want one so bad, but I am in the middle of nowhere inland. 😦

    I have that strawberry box too, the red one. It is quite adorable. I got a set of two little strawberry boxes with it so I could use the whole set as a full meal.

    • knittingdodo says:

      I have to agree. I’m in the perfect position. The Daiso is close enough for me to go to whenever I really need to, but not so close I end up spending too much money there every week. 🙂

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