It seems like just yesterday, we were sighing in relief at the end of another school year, reading over school reports, deleting ourselves from class whatsapp groups, packing away lunchboxes and getting a sense of freedom… a whole month off show and tell, a whole month of wracking our brains over what to pack for school lunches. 

And now here we sit… labeling stationary, covering books and preparing for another whole year of packing school lunches!

School lunches! Ugh! The bain of my existence! I have one fussy eater and one healthy eater. I have one meat eater and one fruit and vegetable eater and mostly making school lunches is like an exercise in futility…. because at least one of my kids comes home from school each day with a practically untouched lunch. A lunch that I spent the previous evening lovingly, although begrudgingly, preparing. Food and effort just tossed away. 

Ava is far more of a grazer than an eater, she likes snacky type foods that she can nibble on, she does not like to sit down for a meal, so I came up with some of these more snack type lunch box ideas for her:

Barni Lunch Box

Barni Lunch Box

Thankfully, Hannah is a great eater and she enjoys her food and a proper meal, so packing lunch boxes for her is so much easier. Lots of fruit, a roll or sandwich and she’s good to go.

Barni Lunch Box

Barni Lunch Box

This year, I’ve decided to try and be a bit more creative!

Who am I kidding, I’m not creative! So I took to Pinterest to come up with some lunch box inspiration and check out this amazing board I’ve created with loads of cool, quick, easy and healthy lunch ideas for my girls:

Follow Sharon’s board School Lunch Ideas on Pinterest.

Also…. brace yourselves…. aside from the standard school lunches, we also have Valentines day school picnics and the like to prepare for. Here is my inspiration for Valentines Day picnics at school. Don’t laugh… Valentines day is just a few weeks away!

Follow Sharon’s board Valentines Day Picnic Lunch Box Ideas on Pinterest.


There are certain standards that appear in my kids lunch boxes almost daily… I tried to include all the food groups and a little treat too. So there’s fruit and yoghurt, eggs and salami sticks and then of course…. BARNI! He’s become a firm favorite in our household since launching here last year.

Barni Wrapper Open 3D

Barni is a delicious playful bear shaped sponge cake with a yummy hidden chocolate centre, providing a little discovery in every bite.

Barni is available in a convenient pack size, is individually wrapped for freshness and hygiene and contains no colourants, preservatives or trans fats.

Barni is available in stores nationwide and is available as single units or in a box of five, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of R5.99 and R27.99, respectively.

And now… remember that gorgeous Barni picnic hamper I had up for grabs last year…. well I have another one to give away to you!

Barni Picnic

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