Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Apple & Mint Lunch Bag





Now that bub's older she eats a lot more food (go figure). When we go out I now need morning tea, a proper lunch, afternoon tea and sometimes additional snacks. That's a lot of food to try and fit into the nappy bag. Not to mention some of the snacks need to be kept cold while we're out. It recently got to the point where the only solution was to get an insulated lunch bag.

I chose the Purple ice-cream insulated lunch bag from Apple & Mint, which in hindsight is possibly a little bit mean considering she can't eat ice-cream because of her dairy allergy. But, its purple and pretty and my favourite out of their lunch bag styles, so that's the one I chose. Sorry bub. I'm sure she'll forgive me later.
Apple and Mint insulated lunch box for kids review
The lunch bag is 27cm x 21cm and 9cm deep, which is the perfect size to fit all her food for a day out. The bag contains 3 compartments - the back zip compartment, main compartment and a front outer pouch. The main part of the bag easily fits her sandwich box, snack boxes and extra food in zip lock bags when needed. There's also a mesh pocket inside for extra storage. The front pouch is perfect for thinner snacks like biscuits. The bag has a custom cooling panel which comes with a cover and fits perfectly into the back zip compartment. All compartments are insulated and the ice pack keeps them all adequately cool for over 8 hours. The bag is also made from coated linen so its easy to wipe clean in case messy fingers get to it.


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We've taken the lunch bag on a play date where we were out for six hours and the bag was still cool when we got home. I love that the cooling panel has its own separate section in the bag so it doesn't go anywhere near the food. I hate it when they sweat onto the food and I'm always paranoid that they might bust. Its recommended that the cooling panel is frozen for a minimum of 5 hours before use, but I've always frozen it overnight before using it because no doubt I'd forget to freeze it in the morning.

I also took the lunch bag with us when we went to Giggle and Hoot last week because I wanted to have her food in an easy to reach spot instead of digging through the nappy bag in the dark. I packed a lot more food than necessary anticipating I'd need a lot of snacks to bribe her to sit on my lap for the duration of the show. I took a sandwich, grapes, sultanas, apple, rice biscuits and some shapes which all fit neatly into the lunch bag. Good news is I didn't need them all and the lunch bag kept them cold the whole time, even until we got home a few hours later.

The lunch bag is perfect for kids while out and about, on day trips and for those attending daycare. There are also matching backpacks available if you want a complete set. If you have a little one starting childcare or prep I highly recommend getting one of these lunch bags, they're great value for money and so cute!

Toni x

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18 comments:

  1. Cute lunch pack! I agree the ice cream one is my fave style (poor bub!) but I also love the one with the fox on. I never remember my lunch pack looking so stylish when I was a kid!

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    1. The fox one is my second favourite too! Yea I don't remember anything this stylish when I was young.

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  2. These bags are just too cute. I'm sure she will appreciate the pretty ice cream anyway.

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    1. Yea I just have to try and explain to her why she cant eat it. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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  3. Lunch boxes are quite the thing at my place right now, everyone wants a new one!!!

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    1. Everyone wants everything new for a new school year don't they? I know I always did! I loved getting new school books even (yep I was a nerd).

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  4. We can't do without our insulated lunch bag. The icecream one is super stylish. I'd quite like to upgrade to something like that from our Unicorn and Dora ones :)

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    1. Yea I actually really like that these aren't the run of the mill licensed stuff, but they're still super cute and not too generic.

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  5. my son is 6.5....I wish I had a dollar for all the lunch boxes we've been through over the years! haha! This looks like a great one. Just wait until they're going to school and you have to make sure they have enough to eat! x Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

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    1. I don't even want to think about school yet, I just hope to god shes grown out of her allergies by then.

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  6. Hi Toni, Cute bag. I had to go dairy free for a little while and found a great chocolate dairy free ice cream recipe you might be interested in http://www.julieinthemaking.com/dairy-free-chocolate-ice-cream/
    Cheers Julie

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  7. seriously cute... Moo has a dairy allergy too.. I hope they grow out of it.

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    1. So do I, its going to be so hard once she gets to school age and they want to share lunches.

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  8. Oh this is perfect! Thank you for this great review! I've just ordered one for my little lady's foray into school. Based solely on the cuteness but also on the idea that the cooling pack lasts for so long. So glad to hear it does! x

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    1. It lasts even longer than the 8 hours if you freeze it overnight :)

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  9. Such a cute lunch bag and a great review. Will have to look them up.

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