Review: Frego Glass Container

July 22, 2014

When I started researching bento containers, glass wasn’t high on the list. Clearly, glass and kids don’t often mix well. But at some point in the school year, my 9-year-old casually mentioned that his teacher had a microwave in her classroom and that kids were using it to heat up their lunches. The floodgates of lunch-packing, dinner-leftover-using possibilities were flung open.

Just one problem: my favorite bento containers were stainless steel, which made me resort to plastic. I get squeamish microwaving plastic. But it was a hit I was willing to take, and I’d put reheatables in silicone cups as much as possible. Still, it wasn’t the perfect solution.

Enter the Frego.  I discovered this mom-invented brand recently, and wish I had sooner. It’s a 2-cup glass container nestled in a sturdy silicone sleeve. Both the borosilicate glass and silicone skin are nice and thick; I can’t imagine the glass shattering even if it slipped out of my kids’ hands.

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There are a few other silicone-sleeved glass containers out there, but this is the first I’ve seen that has so much air space between the sleeve and glass, meaning it’ll act as a cushion if it ever gets dropped. The lid is, in a word, awesome. It covers both the glass and the sleeve, making it leakproof. Observe:

Frego Glass Container

A few fast facts worth noting:

  • BPA, PVC, polystyrene and lead-free: no nasty stuff leaching into food
  • Freezer, fridge, microwave, oven, and dishwasher-safe (LOVE this. And the silicone sleeve means my guy can grab it out of the microwave without burning his fingers.)
  • Borosilicate glass is super sturdy and durable
  • Holds two cups/16.9 ounces
  • Multiple colors available

I took it for a spin while running errands, and it held up beautifully:

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Now if there were only a way to make glass containers with built-in dividers, that would be the perfect bento box! The Frego retails for $17.95 on the website, or $17.99 at The Container Store. 

Frego Glass Container color options

Disclaimer: I received the Frego container to review, but all opinions are my own.

 

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Organization in the Bag

July 21, 2014

You should see my purse. Actually, it’s not even a purse; it’s whatever I found last minute in the pit of my closet because of chocolate milk spilled all over the other last-minute bag I was using. Because, you know, I’m on my third kid, which makes me an expert in what I need vs. what I don’t need, and a dedicated diaper bag with a waterproof interior is so only for first-timers.

I’m a bit of a mess.

When I was younger, I’d roll my eyes as my mom would rummage through her purse in a frantic search for her keys, tossing out balled-up napkins and used-up pens in the process. Even as a kid I knew it was pretty ridiculous.

But now that’s me. I’m my mother. And it’s pretty ridiculous.

Because on top of balled-up napkins I’ve got cracker dust, a few bribe lollipops, band-aids, eos lip balm embedded with toddler teeth marks, leaves my kids gathered from a walk a few weeks ago, and quite a few broken crayons.

Clearly, I need help. It came in the form of a collaboration with Reuseit not too long ago to showcase these reusable plastic baggies. They’re by Blue Avocado, and they’re called (re)zips. I’ve seen them at Target, so they’re readily available, and come in several different sizes with thick and pliable material, satisfying zipper closures, even gussets on a couple of them. I put together this little montage on Instagram to show how versatile they are.

blue avocado rezips

It’s nice to feel organized. Instead of rummaging through my bag and hoping for the best, I just have to whip out what I need and everything else stays in place. Not to worry, though; cracker dust and stray lollipops–some half-eaten–still live in my purse. Now if there were just a product to organize one’s brain…

Food Art-Friendly Ice Cube Trays

July 15, 2014

Several months ago I picked up this ice cube tray from Target and made some fun smoothie yogurt-toppers out of them:

bird coulis

Now that we’re in the thick of summer, I figured an ice cube tray roundup was in order. Think of the possibilities: fruit-infused ice shapes for your kids’ drinks, green smoothie shapes, jello, or mini popsicles. You could even mold granola bites or rice for savory snacks. After browsing Amazon for way too long, here are some fun finds:

 

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smiley face

symbols tray

symbols

pacman ice cube tray

pacman

octopus ice cube tray

octopus

legos ice cube tray

lego

ring ice cube tray

ring

numbers ice cube tray

numbers

mustache men ice cube tray

gentlemen

music notes ice cube tray

music notes

star wars ice cube tray

storm troopers

letters tray

alphabet set

fishy ice cube tray

fish

Go crazy! Let me know if you pick up any of these–I’m partial to the fish bones and the typography ones.

Featured in: The Moms Project

July 7, 2014

If you hop on over to The Moms Project, you’re likely to see some familiar food art. I was contacted by the lovely Lauri for a feature and am thankful and honored to be a part of it. It’s a gorgeous website featuring inspiring, creative women in all different fields.

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Most features focus on photographing the women themselves, but having my food art in photographs makes more sense. It was a fun little interview, so if you have time, feel free to check it out and learn a few of my kids’ favorite things and the hows and whys of what I do!

Loving: Petits Et Maman

July 2, 2014

Is it possible to fall in love with kids’ dishes? Because I think I just did. I came across these a while ago and keep thinking that wood plates wouldn’t survive in my household, but I can’t help ogling them every now and then. Apparently they used to be uber popular but now are hard to find. There are a few left on Amazon, though, at the best prices available. Click the captions to find them there. If you snag one, do post pictures so I can live vicariously through you.

petits et maman tulip plate

flower, $15.60

petits en maman collage

duck, $16.99 // elephant, $15.60 // monkey, $15.60 // car, $17.49 // bunny, $16.99