Baby, Give It Up to Me: Chobani Greek Yogurt

by Rachel on February 22, 2011

A few weeks ago, Chobani launched a bunch of new flavors of Greek yogurt, along with a new line aimed at kids. When they sent me some products to try, they also included two kid-friendly lunch boxes.

I was excited about the yogurt, but thrilled that now I might be able to convince Eric to stop taking his lunch to work in a plastic Target bag.

His lunch transportation system is sort of the bane of my existence.

(Well, it’s one of many.)

I mean, really. I make this wonderful lunch and you’re going to put it in a Target bag?

Why does he hurt me like this?

His defense is that it’s a good way to re-use plastic bags, and at least it’s not a Wal-mart bag.

I’m all for going green, but I’m pretty sure plastic bags are better re-used to carry dog excrement, not to carry the delicious soup, sandwich, and cupcake (!!) that your girlfriend made for you.

You can’t exactly stick a cute note in a Target bag, now can you?

But recently, Eric stayed the night at my place, and as I made him lunch, I decided he was going to take it in one of the Chobani lunch boxes. If he was embarrassed, fine. Then he could get a real lunch box. But no lunch of mine was going to work in a Target bag if I could avoid it.

Strangely enough, the solution worked! He now happily totes his Chobani lunch box to work every day. Do his coworkers find it creepy that a grown-ass man is carrying a Chobani Champions lunch box to work every day? Hard to say. But I’d certainly judge that less than a plastic shopping bag.

And after I left my cute Built NY lunch tote at work over the weekend, yesterday I grabbed the other Chobani lunch box and now I see why he carries his every day. That thing is pretty legit.

Moving right along…the yogurt is delicious!


There are three new flavors: 2 percent mango, 0 percent black cherry, and 0 percent lemon. Eric and I both tried them all and the mango was the clear winner. I was surprised by how much we both liked it. I’m probably partial to the mango because it’s 2 percent, and I prefer my Greek yogurt to have some fat, but the flavor was just right. The black cherry was good too — cherry yogurt is always a win — and I really loved the lemon. I’m a huge fan of lemon-flavored foods, so I was all about that. I wish they’d make it in 2 percent, but until then, I’ll keep eating it with a side of bacon. (True story.)

We also tried the honey-nana yogurt for kids, which comes in a smaller container that packs 100 calories and 8 grams of protein. The flavor is good — like, you can tell it’s made for kids, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. I’ve never had banana yogurt, but I definitely liked this. And the smaller size is nice for a quick little snack. Between the kid-friendly flavor and the lunchbox, I feel like I should have it with some chocolate milk in a carton and a turkey sandwich on white bread.

(Don’t even get me started on how much I love lunch foods, especially grade-school lunch. The pizza with the rubbery cheese…the chicken nuggets…the French toast sticks…the huge array of condiments…it’s too much!)

While I like the older Chobani flavors, especially the pineapple, I like the new ones much better. My only complaint is that all of the flavored yogurts have more added sugar than I’d like. Because of this, I don’t add any fruit or granola to them. If I want to add granola or fruit, I stick to the plain 2 percent Greek yogurt. But the flavored ones are quick and easy for an afternoon snack.

All right, now…would you like to try some Chobani?

I have coupons to give away! Two of you can each get five free containers of Chobani yogurt. Just leave a comment below telling me a lunch box story. You can just tell me what your lunch box looks like or you can tell me the story of how you lost your favorite Toy Story lunch box in fourth grade and never really got over it. Or you can admit that you’re a Target bagger. It’s totally up to you!

You have until 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday Feb. 23 to enter; I’ll pick two random winners from the comments and announce them later this week.

I can’t wait to hear your lunch box stories. Have at it!

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1 anne February 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

i too have a cute built lunch tote–but it has polka dots. i love yours! and would love some free chobani. :)

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2 Carolyn February 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Growing up, I’d generally get a new (plastic) lunch box every year but I always wanted my older sister’s awesome hand-me-downs, like her Rainbow Brite one! Now, I often use my FEED tote bag to transport food to work, although sometimes I wrap it up in a plastic bag if the container opening would be tragic (ala today’s chicken with masala sauce).

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3 The Clothed Cook February 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

Every other Sunday I cook and freeze a ton of food for the next two weeks’ lunches. Since I’m trying to be green/a cheapass, I store these in a bunch of manky reused plastic yogurt and applesauce containers. I’ve gotten comments at work like “I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to refrigerate that” about the huge yogurt tub that’s been sitting on my desk all day (and sometimes overnight, if it’s empty and I’m lazy) or had half of my department watch me in the kitchen struggling to get frozen lentils out of the narrow top of an applesauce container. Wonder why no one’s ever asked me for a taste.

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4 Amanda February 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

I’ll admit it- I’m a bagger. They’re just so convenient! Does it make it any better that I stick it in my cute Lululemon bag that I got as a present (I couldn’t drop that kind of cash on myself…)??
I wish I could do the cute lunch bag/box thang, but it just isn’t me.

Plus, I do have horrible memories of the dorkiest lunch bags ever full of… YOGURT (irony of all ironies that I used to hate it, but now swoon over it. Can you blame me? That Dannon cr@p just wasn’t for my 6 year-old taste buds…).

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5 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

YES, a Lululemon bag is way cuter than a Target bag! Those things pretty much look like real lunch totes anyway!

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6 Heather February 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

my lunch box is a super cute insulated green bag, with a white and orange bird design – my dear friend Jana purchased it for me from Japan-town in San Fran last year, along with a to-go reusable fork, spoon, and chop sticks case. So cute!

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7 Jess February 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

I loooove the pineapple chobani and I’ve been dying to try the mango, but no one around here (Upstate NY) has it! I used to be a victim of the plastic bag lunch “box” but I actually got a free insulated little bag from weight watchers when I rejoined last year, so I use that bad boy now.

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8 blair February 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Back in the day (aka grades K through 6), I carried a pretty legit pink and purple plastic lunch box. It had separate little compartments for everything and mom always threw in a note. I also ate the same lunch essentially for those 7 years – 1/2 turkey sandwich, strawberry sprinklin yogurt (you know the kind that had sprinkles in the lid that you pour on? yea, I attribute that to why I can’t eat ice cream without sprinkles today), a cookie and a juice box. Then I switched schools and there was a cafeteria, so I didn’t use it anymore. And someone tossed it. (Neither parent will fess up to this day … there’s an au pair I have in mind though). Anyways, long story short I was pretty sad since I would totally take that thing to work now. Not to quote John Mayer or anything … but I felt I should have some say in when my lunch box got thrown away!

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9 Brittney February 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

I had the most hideous red plastic ALF lunchbox ever! I was such a tomboy! Why would a little girl have a red Alf lunchbox????!!!

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10 MelissaNibbles February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

My sister hit me across the head with her Punky Brewster lunchbox during a fight at the bus stop when we were little. I’ve hated Punky Power! since.

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11 Erin February 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

Growing up, my lunch box was CareBears! I think my Mom still has it somewhere…

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12 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

Ooh great post! That’s too funny that you got Eric to pack the Chobani kids lunch box to work…must be quite a sight! : ) I have yet to try the new flavors, but I have a feeling Mango would be my #1 too. Right now it’s Peach and plain.

Lunch box story. Boy do I have many. I remember when my mom used to pack me egg salad or tuna sandwiches in my purple lunch box (even in middle school) I would hide my sandwiches with a napkin so no one could tell the stench was coming from me. What can I say? This girl loved her tuna and egg salad, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t stink up the lunch room and I was absolutely mortified. All the other cool kids brought their lunches in brown bags at this time and ate fruit roll ups and bagels and pizza, while I munched on my tuna. Gross.

There was also one time I forgot my lunch box, and my mom came running up to the bus in an oversized shirt and her undies (hair all over the place). I was mortified! Everyone stared at me, as little Rachel had to walk to the front of the bus and retrieve her lunch box from the crazy half naked woman. What were the 6th graders thinking? Never again. hahaha.

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13 Mel February 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I was the same way with my lunches!!! I was always so embarrassed in middle school because my dad would pack me full on leftovers for lunch, with celery for the side. Even though it was delicious, I always felt so lame. Kids used to joke about me having “crack” in my lunch bag (purple insulated too girl!) because I would always hide what I was eating!

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14 Jaclyn February 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

My lunchbox is actually something of a small insulated cooler. I need a lot of snacks! I love it because I can fit breakfast, lunch, and snacks in it and be set for the whole day at work and I don’t have to store anything in the fridge (therefore, I avoid lunch thieves!) I don’t usually eat everything in my lunch box, but I have lots of choices and I like choices. Unfortunately, my lunchbox has become the butt of many jokes amongst my friends. Anytime something big needs to be transported everyone says “hey, Jaclyn, you can just use your giant lunchbox!” I don’t think it’s THAT big, but they all really love to tease me about it.

Whatever. My lunch never gets stolen. Joke’s on them.

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15 Cate February 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

When I was younger I loved seeing notes from my mom in my lunchbox. I would make my lunch, but she would secretly put in a small note that would be a wonderful surprise when I went to eat my lunch. They would be simple notes like “have a great day” but they always made me smile!

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16 Alison February 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

MY lunchbox is brown with lots of different dots…all colors and sizes. I like it because it’s stretchy and I can force obsene amounts of food into it. (I’m a grazer) Brown and stretchy doesn’t even come close to rivaling my favorite lunchbox of all time however, it was 101 Dalmations circa 1994.

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17 Emily February 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

I believe it was pre-school when I got this lunch box, but it was a pink, square, plastic one that had Barbies on the front. It wasn’t in your face Barbie, but more classy. I believe the Barbies were in a dressing room of sorts because there was a body length mirror that had some glossy silvery material acting as the mirror…clearly this was handy so I could check myself before being surrounded by other 4 year olds. Missss it

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18 AmandaD February 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

Adorable box! I remember setting up lunch boxes at the lunch table in elementary- you’d stand them on end & make a little wall so nobody else could see what you have except your friends. It must have been around the time of Pee-Wee Herman because I also have memories of creating giant foil balls!

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19 Heather B February 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

I absolutely ADORE that Built bag and now I think I might need to get one. I generally wrap my lunch in the plastic bag and then either toss it in the giant Coach tote or (if it’s too bulky for that) in a reusable shopping bag that scrunches into a ball when empty. I keep seeing the Chobani flavors all over the blog world, and I really need to try that honey banana version.

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20 Kaley February 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

I had a Beauty and the Beast lunchbox that was pretty legit. It came with one of those matching canteens that you could put your drink in. I was so devastated when it started to smelling like rotting I-don’t-know-what and we had to throw it away.

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21 Liz February 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

You’re darn tootin’ I’d love some Chobani! I eat yogurt every day at lunch.

My lunch tote is a paisley insulated thing that my bff got me for Christmas. I love it. I bring a banana, yogurt, and some sort of frozen thing or soup every day to work.

Fun thing: my mom was my elementary school lunch lady. Every Tuesday was Domino’s day. Guess who got to bring home the leftover pizzas? Awwwwwww yeahhhhhhhhhhhh

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22 Meredith @ An Epic Change February 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

I don’t currently have a lunchbox and I tend to stuff all the components into my backpack and pray they don’t leak all over my laptop. But back in the day I’m fairly certain I rocked both a Power Rangers and Little Mermaid lunchbox. The icepacks my mom had for us to use in our lunchboxes always used to gross me out because my mom is an OB nurse and she was always getting free ice packs from companies that made baby formula. For some reason, I was convinced my ice packs were actually full of frozen breast milk. Don’t ask why I thought this; I’m not sure.

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23 Anna February 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

Wellll last fall my lunchbox mysteriously disappeared from the earth. And it still had a pb&j in it!!!! Needless to say if it ever turns up I am NOT opening it up haha.
Alison–I also had a 101 Dalmations box in yup, 1993/1994. It was hard blue plastic and came with a thermos!

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24 Alison February 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

I wish I had a lunch box as cute as yours! My lunchbox is a basic rectangular/box style, not nearly as interesting as I’d like, but it keeps food cold.

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25 Emily Hayden February 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

Honestly, I’m not cool enough to even have a lunch box. My sandwiches, apples and granola bars are all stuffed in the front pocket of my bag……

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26 Ashley February 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

Mmm I love Chobani! My lunch box is
super cute it is black with white
Polka dots and has a cursive R on it (my last name starts with an r)

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27 Lindsay Greer February 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

My lunch bag is HUGE…its not too much smaller than the bag I carry for my 2 year old. But I have class after work so I have to pack lunch, snacks and dinner most days. At least its cute: pink with polka dots! :)

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28 Jessica February 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’m a Target bagger…I’m admitting it. It gets the job done but admittedly, I sometimes feel a sense of embarrassment when I am walking from my car to the office and people see these random bowls and containers in a Wal-Mart or Target bag.

By the way, seriously…seriously coveting your BUILT Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote!!!

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29 rachel February 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

my lunch box is always just a grocery store plastic bag :-/ love chobani!

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30 Cheryl February 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

There once was a princess who never had a lunchbox her days were filled with warm lunch…. Thats my story

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31 Barbara February 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

I’ve been wanting to try greek yogurt for a while now, but on such a tight budget, I can’t afford to test out a bunch of new things not knowing if I’ll like them. That Chobani sounds tasty!

I have nothing BUT playground lunch woes. In elementary school, we’d always go to recess directly after lunch and pile our lunch boxes by the wall on the playground. I’m sure my mom suspected I was lying, but my lunch boxes got stolen ALL THE TIME. I went through at LEAST 2 lunch boxes every single year of elementary school. I guess when you have an awesome Power Rangers lunchbox, I can’t fault someone for wanting to make it their own.

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32 Anna February 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

I don’t know if i have a lunchbox story per se…i do bring lunch every day, even in college…which garners some odd looks.

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33 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

I don’t have a lunch box (think I’m going to have to order one of the Built totes though after seeing yours!) but one of the women I work with always brings in fried chicken & coleslaw in a Whole Foods bag- too funny!

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34 Lia February 22, 2011 at 10:01 am

A relative gave me an awesome “Laptop Lunch” box (you know, the ones that come complete with cute plastic dividers and a fork and spoon inside. Unfortunately I don’t use it because my living situation now makes a sit-down lunch possible. So, I am completely ready for any excuse to use my cute little Laptop Lunch box and to pack it with a classic PB&J, fruit, carrot sticks, and granola bar.

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35 Lea February 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

When I started kindergarten, my mother packed my lunch in this old-ass Disney school bus lunch box, like this one: http://www.antiquemystique.com/pages/3913_jpg.htm. Now, I really dug this lunch box because the thermos clipped into the top of the bus just perfectly, and also because there was a lot of crap on it to look at…and I was a shy little kid who really didn’t want to interact with the other kiddos at lunchtime.

So! One day at lunch, I noticed that on one side of the lunchbox, there’s Bambi (except I totes remembered Bambi as a giraffe)! And Bambi is carrying a lunch box JUST LIKE MY LUNCHBOX. And you could see that, on Bambi’s lunchbox, there was another, smaller Bambi carrying another freaking school bus lunchbox. And the implications of that just boogled my tiny kindergarten mind…like, did there exist an endless number of Bambis with an everlasting supply of identical lunchboxes? Where did it end? What did this mean??

After that, I quite often would flip that lunchbox around to check out my infinity Bambis when I really wanted to zone out from the lunchtime din. I mean, there was a shit-ton of other cool stuff on that lunchbox (like, you could even look at the undercarriage of the bus on the bottom), but Everlasting Bambi was my favorite part.

A few years later, I got a skateboarder lunchbox (uh, like this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/41603690/the-skateboarder-lunchbox), and I used to sit it up on its side edge to form an adjustable, hinged shield between myself and everybody else at the lunch table. We always had these assigned lunch seats, and I had to sit at the overflow table with, like, three other kids that were all so, so, bad. I termed these seats the “Ass Seats” in my journal.

Jesus, I sound like some maladjusted weirdo child. Here’s the short version of my Lunchbox Story: Apparently, lunchboxes were some sort of kiddie Xanax for me, or maybe beginner’s acid in the case of the school bus ‘box. The End.

(I turned out okay, really, I swear. Although I do still eat my lunch alone, on most days. Good thing there’s the Internet now so I don’t have to bring lunchbox mood-enchancers.)

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36 Manon February 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

I think I was a lunch box whore growing up….I can remember those amazing plastic lunch boxes with Care Bears, Smurfs, My Little Ponies, and OF COURSE Cabbage Patch Kids! Oh, and the thermoses that came with them!?!?! Soooo miss those!

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37 Amanda K. February 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

I make myself a nice lunch to take to work every day, and then I carry it in a plastic bag. :)

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38 Paige February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

I’ve somehow managed to go beyond the traditional lunchbox and moved my lunch into a big canvas bag that I got with a Purely Elizabeth muffin mix. Apparently I cannot pack a normal lunch–instead, I end up with this huge bag of foods that I might potentially want to eat during the day (today I carried an entire jar of peanut butter, some bread, some yogurt, an entire bag of granola, a bagel, a cucumber, an entire bottle of apple cider vinegar, and a bag of whole carrots. Slightly ridiculous.).

I think it mostly comes down to laziness. Somehow it’s better to just carry a ton of food around with me and assemble what I want at work…?

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39 Hilray February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

My lunchbox is polka dotted and adorable, practically looks like a handbag. Ironically, it’s from Target. :)

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40 jennifer February 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

saw your panel/party on the sx interactive list ! you are going to love LOVE austin

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41 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

Woot woot! Are you going to be there?

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42 jennifer February 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

um i WISH…i can’t afford sxsw this year but you know i’ll be at all of the free parties

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43 Elizabeth February 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

When I was in the fourth grade (so around 9 years old), I had an awesome teal/turquoise New Kids on the Block lunch box. Unfortunately for me, I left it on the stove top after school one day and my mom accidentally turned on the wrong burner when making dinner, resulting in a melted NKOTB lunch box. I was devastated.

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44 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

I used to use the target grocery bags too! Then I smartened up and got some cute lunchbags at target. I lucked out and got a three pack so I was able to share with my roomates : )

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45 Danielle February 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

I carried a Care Bears lunch box throughout elementary school – loved it! I’m guilty of being a plastic bagger these days, but this post has inspired me to get a lunch box!

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46 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) February 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

I bring lunch in a little reusable bag every day. My coworkers always joke about my ‘purse’ but it keeps everything cold and prevents spills.

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47 jenna February 22, 2011 at 10:31 am

My roommate was using a Victoria’s Secret paper bag everyday to carry her lunch to work. Yay for being green, but maybe not the most appropriate bag of choice when working in a law firm. I got her a cute black and white patterned lunch bag for Christmas that she now uses everyday and loves! The VS bag was finally retired. As for myself, I carry a lunch bag to work everyday and it drives me nuts when I forget it at work and then have to use a plastic bag.
I need that lemon yogurt!

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48 Cameo February 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

Chobani is kicking serious ass in the marketing department! Those lunch boxes are adorabable. I actually had one of my old tweets picked up for their billboard campaign – as you drive into NYC via one of the tunnels, you see a giant “Love that Chobani” – @CM_Star – Sadly, soon after I tweeted that, I decided to make peace with my intestines and gave up dairy. Then they sent me a carton of Chobani. Is that irony? I never know how to properly use “ironic” and I blame Alanis Morissett.

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49 Stina February 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

Generally I just throw whatever number of tupperware is required to transport my lunch that day directly into my work bag and go. However, if the tupperware is too large, I’m worried about leakage, or I’m carrying a lot of other miscellaneous shit to work with me, I’ll grab my lunch bag.

Once I lost a lunch bag (and by lost I meant put in my desk drawer at work and completely forgot about it because I never ever go into that drawer for anything) and when I found it a few months later I practically had to name the furry stuff inside before tossing the whole thing into the garbage can!

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50 Stina February 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

I failed to mention how super lame my lunch bag is. It was a freebie from work and thus is boldly emblazoned with the company logo (well, the company logo prior to us being bought out). I think that probably explains why I don’t use it much.

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51 Sarah February 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

When I was in the fifth grade, it was a field trip day (!) and Mom and I were running a little late. I, of course, was FREAKING OUT because I knew that if I got there late and missed the field trip, I would absolutely die. While RUSHING out the door, Mom grabbed my lunch from the fridge, stuffed it in a lunch bag, and we drove off. It was only when I got to the field trip that I realized she had accidentally grabbed the one with the “Margaritaville” logo emblazoned on the front. And all the lunches were stored together, so the teacher held it up and baby Sarah had to say “Oh, that one’s mine”. Thus begins my career of getting funny looks because of margaritas.

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52 Sarah V February 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

I had a Mork & Mindy lunchbox that I loved more than lunch itself. I loved it so much that I did not want to be parted with it on the weekends. Budding scientist that I was, I decided to make wine in my matching Mork & Mindy thermos. Not knowing what I was doing I created some gross fungusy mess that stained the plastic and lodged itself in the drinking part of the thermos and that was the end of Mork & Mindy. It was replaced by Scooby-Doo but it was never replaced in my heart. Na-Nu Na-Nu

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53 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

I use my cute lunch bag from Target! It’s huge! But it’s nice for a long day at work when I have to fit several Tupperware containers in there!
Look how cute:
http://www.target.com/Thermos-18-Can-Duffle-Butterfly/dp/B0043E52ZW/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton

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54 brittany February 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

I completely agree with you on the Target lunch bag thing. When I make lunch for my boyfriend he always insists on putting in a plastic bag and says he doesn’t care. Well I I think he needs to focus on the fact that I care!! Haha. It’s just so…tacky and obviously not good enough for my lunches.

But I will say I always find myself in a predicament when my lunch is too big for my cute little lunch box :)

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55 Kristen February 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

My lunch box had a kick-ass picture of the Care Bears on it, and I can still vividly remember the sense of glee I got when gazing at those adorable creatures.

I also cannot forget that one of my best friends in grade school would ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS try to get me to give her half of my Little Debbie brownie. To the point where I’m pretty sure I once told her mom that she should buy Little Debbie brownies so said friend would stop begging me for some LD goodness. I guess I didn’t really share well.

My mom used to write me the cutest notes, like “I love you even though you are grumpy in the morning.” My parents are f*cking adorable.

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56 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

#1: I am completely guilty of bring my lunch to work in a Target bag. LOL I do have a nice Thermos lunchbag, but sometimes I leave it at work.

#2: I’ve been so sad all these Chobani giveaways were only for the flavored varieties. Not a fan, but love the plain yogurt!

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57 Caroline February 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

So I moved to Florida in the middle of high school. The first day of school that year was TERRIBLE! The worst part of it by far was lunch. Besides the fact that I looked around helplessly for what felt like an eternity before finding somewhere to sit, I realized the bag I brought my lunch in was all wrong! Everywhere I looked people were carrying their lunches in plastic bags from Publix, Target, etc. I was literally the only person in the caf with an actual lunch bag. Now it seems so trivial, but on that first day of school, it was just one more thing that pointed me out as “the new girl.” I quickly got the memo and started using plastic bags!

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58 Nicki February 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

My Mom packed my lunch for me every day when I was younger, all the way through high school! However, it was always in a brown paper bag…I’ve been dying to buy a Built NY lunch tote recently because since I graduated college over 2.5 years ago, I bring my lunch 95% of the time. However, I’m having issues making a decision! The one like you have? Polka dots? The new one with the long shoulder handle?! In the meantime I’ve been using whatever random sturdier-than-a-plastic-bag I can find, like my current snowflake gift bag I received at Christmas!

Also, I love Chobani and it’s the ONLY Greek yogurt I’ll actually eat. The mango flavor sounds delicious!

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59 lisa February 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

A lunch box story, oh man… In second grade, I was waiting for the bus with my older brother. We got into a fight and he swung his lunch box at my face. Not a big deal, since it was a soft vinyl bag type of lunch carrier. The bigger problem was the hard plastic ice pack inside it, which pretty much annihilated my upper lip. I ran inside sobbing and my mom thought I got hit by the bus. Then I got to walk around school for the next two days looking like I had shoved a golf ball inside my upper lip.

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60 Arien February 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

In high school I did independent study, which meant I only went to classes twice a week. It was also the period when I really started cooking. So every (class) day I would bring a home packed lunch and secretly feel smug that I had, say, vegetarian sushi rolls, made the night before, or baked black bean empanadas, when the kids who got school lunches were stuck with frozen burritos. The red insulated lunch bag seemed childish, but it was worth it for the satisfaction of having something delicious and homemade.

I’m in college right now and looking forward to moving off campus this summer. Of course, what that really means is . . . I get to pack lunch boxes again! Awesome. I should go scout out some cool boxes instead of just doing tupperware + paper bag. (Although, my girlfriend’s dad would pack her lunch in brown bags that he would beautifully illustrate with graphic novel characters. That was pretty cool.)

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61 Jenna February 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

When I was in 10th grade I used to bring my lunchbox in a Little Mermaid tin lunchbox (WHAT I was like being ironic cool). One day it slid all the way up to front of the bus on the way to school, and my bus driver threw it AWAY! I was leaving the bus and saw it in the trashcan and was all SCUZI! THAT IS MY LUNCH BOX. And the evil bus driver acted like he didn’t realize that it belonged to a student. Seriously, that bus driver was a motherfucker.

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62 carmen February 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

i always get compliments on my cute built lunchbox! i just got my husband to start using a lunchbox too for the lunches i pack for him!

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63 Theresa February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am

I was constantly losing my lunchbox growing up – leaving it at school, in the cafeteria, in the carpool’s car. B/c of that, I was forced to be a grocery bag toter!

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64 christine February 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

I use my Old Navy re-usable grocery bag as a lunch box, its entirely way too big!! I used to use plastic grocery bags as well…

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65 Ellen February 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

So, I work at a pretty high executive corporation. My boss happens to be at the high end of the construction chain that is taking place at the company. Well one day, a couple weeks after I had started, I kept noticing this car lunch box on our kitchen counter. Now it’s not just any car lunch box… it was an all out, kid friendly, make noise, with the “hood” opening for the food to be put in the “engine” kind of lunch box. It was awesome. I thought, “Who is rockin such a cool lunch pail, the cleaning lady?” I thought for sure, no way, could it be my boss, I mean he totes his lunches into meetings with people all over the plant. Not to mention he meets with customers over lunch, and there is no way this is what he takes into these meetings. Sure enough, one day I was out warming up some left overs in the microwave, staring at this lunchbox on the counter. In walks my boss, picks up the sweet car lunch box, and out he goes to one of his “important” meetings. NO WAY!! I thought it was hysterical, not to mention amazing. In a suit and tie, carrying around a car lunchbox. What a man, what a man. :)

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66 Lindsay February 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

I have a really cute lunch tote that I got from a half-marathon race last year. It’s insulated and has a little handle…perfect for bringing to work! I don’t care that I look like I’m 5 with a lunch tote :) Some days, I do have to bring it all in a plastic bag, though, when there is too much to fit in my small tote! I’d love to carry some Chobani into work, makes the perfect afternoon snack :)

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67 Kim February 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

Sean is a huge fan of The Dukes of Hazzard so when I found an old Dukes of Hazzard lunch box on Craigslist I bought it. Now he heads off to work (as an engineer) in his sneakers, jeans, and t-shirt (often also Dukes of Hazzard), and a homemade lunch packed in his lunch box. Now I just need to find a sweet lunch box instead of the store bought vinyl bag that I have.

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68 Laura February 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I ashamed. I carry my lunch to work in an old re-usable Quizno’s bag that my boyfriend brought home one night. It’s definitely time to upgrade!

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69 Joy February 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have the same lunch tote that you do, except in a different color. I got it at Whole Foods a few years ago and I love it- although I don’t use it too often currently because I live on-campus. But next year I will definitely be using it. I absolutely love Chobani yogurt, peach is one of my favorite flavors, but I would love to try the new flavors.

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70 Michelle @ michellegmason.com/blog February 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I went through three lunch boxes in the first two weeks of first grade. My first lunch box – adorned with beautiful, shiny My Little Ponies – lasted exactly one day. I think I was thrown off by being a “big kid” and being sucked into the vortex of a brand new routine; my school had a system where leftover food was deposited on a table, and then recycables went into one trash can, and garbage into another. On the first day, I quickly finished my lunch and confidently walked over, dropping my half-eaten PB&J onto the table, recycling my Hugs juice container, and then throwing my garbage – including my lunch box – into the trash. Whoops. I was too embarrassed to reach into the garbage to retrieve my lunch box, so I left it and walked back to my seat, pretending like nothing had happened.

After school, I told my mom what had happened, fighting back the urge to cry over the loss of my brand-new My Little Ponies box. She comforted me and took me right to K-mart to buy another one. This time I picked out an awesome yellow Care Bears one…which lasted another 4 days, until I accidentally threw that one away, too. At this point you’d think I’d have been like, eff this, I am NOT losing another lunch box to my own stupidity and would have reached in and grabbed the damn thing, but alas, too great was my pride, and so I did nothing.

My mom was not so comforting this time around; instead she picked out an E.T. lunch box (which would have never been my choice) and threw my lunch in it the next day, along with a threat that I better not dare throw away this one or else I was getting a brown paper bag like the poor kids got.

Lesson learned.

Also, I love greek yogurt :)

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71 Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) February 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I love chobani!!! I tried it for the first time this past weekend and it was so good!

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72 jmarie February 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I’m a bagger. I’ve even bought myself lunch totes, but i never use them! It’s just easier to me for some reason, it fit’s more and is easier to handle i guess. but looking at the BUILT ones, i might have to order me one of those!!!

p.s. i tried greek yogurt for the first time last week! sign me up.

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73 Julie B February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I use a cute Vera Bradley lunch box — it’s insulated and looks like a little purse!

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74 Lauren February 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I always had a boring lunchbag in elementary, but I had an awesome Oreo look-a-like ice pack that kept my lunch cold.

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75 Mel February 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I’ve tried to use sturdy handbags from stores (like the VS kind) for my lunch bag – because they can be cute and with bright colors – but I always wind up going back to my grocery store plastic bags! I always have the most obscure shaped tupper ware with me and need something that can compact it all. I feel a little funny that everyone can hear me rustling around in my plastic bag looking for a new bag of nuts or veggies but no one really sees my lunch bag so I haven’t shelled out for one yet!

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76 Leigh February 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I have the Built lunch bag too. Someone once said “cute purse” when they saw it. No offense, but I wouldn’t be caught dead with a rainbow polka dotted purse.

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77 Heather February 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

In preschool, my Snow White lunch box was switched with another girl’s in the coat room. She ate my PB&J before the switcheroo was discovered. I was disgusted by her bologna and cheese but her mom had also packed her RingDings which were forbidden in my house. After the bologna shock wore off, I devoured those RingDings.

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78 Marissa February 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Growing up, I brought my lunch to school everyday (except for Fridays in elementary school when it was Nacho Day) in a plastic pale. As I got older, I still brought my lunch to school, but I was too embarrassed to have an actual lunch box, and plastic bags fit better stuffed into my backpack than anything else. In college, I’m still bringing my lunch to campus in a plastic bag, I confess, but this has made me realize that maybe I could get a soft sided lunch bag and live a little ;]

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79 sara February 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

i have a green lunch tote from Pottery Barn that is SO SO stained. i forgot it at work one day so my roomie offered me a bath & body works small shopping bag. i brought it home with my containers in it & my coffee travel mug tipped over… which meant that the paper bag was as stained as my PB lunch bag! my roomie is convinced that i’m actually still in elem. school

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80 Katy H. February 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hi my name is Katy and I’m a plastic bagger. Walmart, CVS, even the “Thank You Come Again” bags from the chinese man (if it’s not covered in leaked chinese food). The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Does this make me a bag lady?

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81 Amy February 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

For the longest time, I would reuse gift bags that I’d received gifts in. Yeah, I was the girl carrying around a Christmas gift bag in the middle of April since I would use the same one over and over until something would spill inside and cause a mess. I finally bucked up and bought a cute insulated bag at Target. The best part is it zips up, so when I drop my bag (I’m clumsy, ok) my Chobani yogurt doesn’t roll over to the cube of the annoying-co-worker-that-I-would-much-rather-avoid-at-7:30-am. True story.

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82 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete February 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

When I was in 6th grade I remember cleaning out my closet (only because my mom ragged and ragged on me to clean it) — and I found my lunchbox from a few years prior. I thought nothing of it, opened it and found yogurt that had turned green…ugh it was so gross.

Now I empty my black cooler/lunchbox as soon as I get home!

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83 Frances February 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

My first lunchbox was a BeeGees lunch box. one of the old school metal ones. I loved it. I think I was 4 or 5 when I got it. Eventually as I got older, other kids started questioning its coolness and I decided I wanted to carry my lunch in a brown paper bag like the other kids. I still remember that box though.

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84 Jessica February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

First off, I LOVE your blog! I’m an avid stalker : ) I’m also an NPC Bikini Competitor. I’m 4’11 and when dieting for a competition I weigh about 95 pounds. Tiny but Mighty is what I like to call it! I get made fun of CONSTANTLY for the size of my lunchbox! I work at a very formal corporate office for an insurance company, on the same floor as all of our executives. Picture little ol’ me with my giant purse on one shoulder, a gallon jug of water in one hand, and a lunchbox the size of Texas in the other, walking into the same door as these double breasted big wigs! I get some funny looks and I’ve been asked many times if I brought lunch for my whole department. I would LOVE to try this yogurt and have something to fun to fill my lunchbox with. But caution, I won’t be sharing with my coworkers! In your words, Sorry I’m Not Sorry!

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85 erin February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

My kids have a bazillion so I usally snag one of theirs for my lunch…some days it is Tinkerbell, others Dora..if I am in a nasty mood I pick the Prof. Snape Harry Potter lunch box…

I love packing my kids lunches everyday. I make sure to include a post-it with either a picture, joke or little love note for them to read at lunchtime. I have to pack a million things for my son because he is such a picky eater and I just pray that he east something. My daughter is the total opposite..the other day she wanted guacamole w/ chips, and tacos in her lunch..lol..love it though!!

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86 erin February 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

oh, and my first lunch box was a Donnie and Marie Osmond..that is totally showing my age!

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87 Kathryn February 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I was OB-sessed with lunch boxes as a kid. Tin ones, obvi. I had a blue Curious George one and a Mickey Mouse one. So cool, I know. I used them as pencil cases in middle school and would stick a magnetic mirror to the inside top lid (so vain) and tape pictures of friends and Hanson around the mirror.

I just realized how cool I was back then. Wow.

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88 Jennifer February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I remember having a plastic lunch box as a kid, with a thermos in it, but I honestly can’t remember who was on the front! Maybe Rainbow Brite? I loved her. Or Strawberry Shortcake. But that was when I was really little. As I got older, I only took lunch to school in a brown paper bag. I think this has stuck with me, how boring the paper bags were, because now I love looking at pretty lunch bags at Hob Lob or such places. I finally bought a pretty green one with flowers last year!

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89 Amanda February 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I also have issues with a lunch-carrying container (or lack thereof). I haven’t bought an official lunch box/bag, so I flip-flop between throwing tupperwares in my huge purse, and using a reusable Trader Joes Grocery bag. So sad.

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90 Emily February 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Growing up I used to beg my mother to let me take my lunch in a paperbag (like the cool kids) but she insisted that I take the lunch box that would keep my lunch cool. Now I find myself sounding like my mother towards Big Guy (the boyfriend)…

And on another note…not lunch-related, but coffee-related…Big Guy doesn’t drink coffee…but he insists on taking an insulated coffee mug with water or diet Mt Dew to work so that he looks cool.

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91 Erin February 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love those old school lunch boxes. They were so embarrassing for some reason when I was a kid but now there is definitely something endearing about a true lunch box. I unfortunately have the bad habit of carrying my lunch around in a plastic gift bag that my 5k race swag came in last September. Time for an upgrade?

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92 Veronica February 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I don’t even have a lunch box! I simply shove the tupperware/fruit/yogurt cup into my purse or whatever bag I tote around that day.

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93 Cory February 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I currently tote my lunch to work in one of the many Lululemon bags I have. I guess it’s a step up from Target, since its re-usable. It does the trick :)

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94 Julia February 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Nathaniel has lunchbox embarrassment. He bought a lunchbox from Target, and he carries it in his backpack, even though he has no other reason to bring a backpack to work! Maybe Eric can inspire him to carry his lunchbox with pride :)

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95 Rachel C February 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

i always felt super lame carrying around my cousin’s handmedown sesame street box….when everyone else had clearly moved on to pokemon. awkward.

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96 Emily February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Much like I am with purses, I’m kind of obsessed with devices that carry my lunch. I won’t lie and say I’ve never resorted to a Target bag in a pinch, but my collection is now too large and varied for any viable excuse to stick. While my Vera “Let’s Do Lunch” bag is probably the most practical in the bunch, I’m pretty partial to my Curious George tin lunch box. That darn monkey gets me every time!

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97 Megan February 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Sooo .. I just read this post while eating my lunch that was packed in a Kroger bag. Coincidence?, I think not. I think it means I’m destined to win some delicious Chobs. (Hey, at least the plastic bag is an upgrade from the stereotypical brown paper bag my mom ALWAYS packed my school lunches in, complete with adorable Mommy notes.)

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98 Mari February 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

First time commenter! Because A) I looove your website and think you are wonderful, and B) I adore Chobani.

This girl and I both had the same Beauty and the Beast lunchbox – turns out she took mine when I put it down, thinking it was hers. And it was all at the end of the day, so there was no food for us to compare with. Obviously, there was a fight. That thing comes with a thermos, after all, and I was NOT about to lose my ability to cart soup to school…to this day I still don’t like most sandwiches!

Now that I think about it, I can’t remember if she became my best friend or worst enemy for the rest of elementary school…considering my strong feelings about the Thermos, I’m gonna assume the latter, haha

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99 lauramich February 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Back in the day (early 1980s), I had a Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox. I had Strawberry Shortcake everything.

Today … Target bags? Phhttt. That would be an upgrade; I save the Target bags to use as wastebasket liners, because they rock. But my breakfast, lunch, and snacks get shoved in a plastic grocery sack*, which is then tucked into an L.L. Bean canvas messenger bag. Occasionally I consider getting a cute, dedicate lunch bag or box, but I haven’t found one that would haul all of the food that I typically haul with me. It’s ironic that there’s a direct correlation between how healthfully I’m eating and how many containers I’m carrying; healthier food == more containers.

*For my main weekly shopping trips, I use canvas bags, all the way, and I try to have a few tucked in the car for mid-week stops. But inevitably, I end up with a collection of plastic bags—because I’ve forgotten the canvas for the mid-week stop, or because Teh Husband stops and doesn’t have a canvas bag.

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100 Clare @ Fitting It All In February 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I never had a lunchbox for school, but I now have a massive polka dot one that I bring to work every day. Complete with little ice coolers. And I’m proud.

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101 LK February 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I’m a reformed Target-plastic-lunch-bag carrier :) Santa brought me an adorable one for Christmas, it has flowers or stars (something girly) on it, I can’t remember. Plus it has a cold storage compartment in the bottom, which is awesome.

I love Chobani, but I usually will only eat the 0% vanilla (vanilla is the only yogurt I like). I’d be interested to try the honey-nana though. Trader Joe’s has THE BEST greek yogurt, but the closest TJ’s is like a half hour away so its a special trip. Chobani is a worthy substitute though.

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102 Rachel February 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

oh my god I had a tommy hilfiger lunch bag. I believe it was 6th grade and that brand was just becoming known in our tiny little town. Kids literally ooed and awed. hahaha so stupid.

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103 S February 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hmm, I have eaten Fage Greek yogurt but never Chobani. Am I missing out?

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104 S February 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Oops, forgot to share my lunchbox story. I don’t carry one nowadays, but in junior high I had a Little House on the Prairie lunchbox. (My grandmother, who packed my lunches, refused to pack in brown paper sacks, as requested.) I was teased unmercifully, but I have to admit, it did keep my food fresh and intact. ;-)

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105 jessica February 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Ha! I bring my carefully crafted lunches to work every single day in a Target bag (while my boyfriend carries a cute lunch tote). But then, I work in Target’s marketing office. ;-)

I’m obsessed with the chobani pineapple. If you’re on weight watchers, the 2% pineapple is the same number of points (4) as a few of the 0% varieties… I also really like the pomegranate. They are all awesome in smoothies!

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106 Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) February 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

In 2nd grade I had a plastic pink Barbie lunch box. Stylin, I know. :)

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107 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss February 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

oh my goodness, I’m so excited to get the opportunity to talk about my AWESOME Lisa Frank unicorn lunch box. and at the same time, I get to possibly get some of my fave 0% chobani. hit me! ;)

p.s. blueberry 0% chobani starred in my lunch today. win!

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108 Meghan B. February 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

About a year ago, I mentioned in passing to my husband that I wanted to get a real lunch bag instead of using a Target sack. The next day, he brought home a hideous purple and gray lunch bag from his work. I think they were freebies from an insurance company or something. He was so proud of himself that I couldn’t bear to say anything. So, no cute lunch sack for me!

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109 Meg February 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

When I was in elementary school, I somehow convinced my dad that mini-muffins were an acceptable ‘main course’ for my school lunch. Mini-muffins, a bag of teddy grahams, and some fruit snacks – lunch of champions! :-)

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110 Linz @ Beyond Destination 26.2 February 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I hate to admit it but I was once a target lunch bagger too. I think it just took someone buying a lunch bag to make it all right in the world again. My lunch bag has a cute little beaver on it…and he is laughing and there is a little spot of water beneath him. I guesss the beaver peed his pants or something. It was a christmas gift and it makes me laugh everyday when I bring my lunch.

Oh and I <3 Chobani!! :)

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111 emily February 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I don’t have a lunchbox (I actually use a paper bag, gasp!). But a guy friend in high school used to carry a Transformer’s lunch box. He was the new kid at the time and this small act totally endeared him to most of us. In fact, I would say that lunchbox was a good 40% of the reason why my bff later started f**king him.

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112 Parita@myinnershakti February 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Growing up I was OBSESSED with NKOTB. I had a sleeping bag, pins, t-shirts, AND a hard lunchbox with Joey’s face on it!!! Let me tell you, lunch was always fun!!

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113 Stephanie February 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Eek. My work is three measly blocks from my house. I skip to my house for lunch. (ok…damnit. I drive) Can I still win? hehe

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114 Renee February 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I eat lunch at home everyday, so my lunch box is my kitchen! However, I do have a really cute lunch purse from Lean Cuisine that I use on occasion. It never has actual Lean Cuisine’s in it, but they don’t need to know that, do they?!

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115 Audrey February 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I have bought 3 new lunch boxes in the past 5 months because every time I pack my boyfriend a lunch in one of them, he leaves them at school and he NEVER remembers to bring them home. Gah!

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116 hatethekate February 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

i found the joy of bento boxes! i love bringing lunch in them! for xmas one of my friends got me a sanrio cinnamoroll bento box and it’s been my favorite since! i tie it up in a bandanna :)
although recently i want to get a cute metal box and see how that would work, but i haven’t found one i’m crazy about yet!

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117 Jen February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Growing up, I only had brown paper bags for my lunch.
I was always jealous of the kids who had cool lunch boxes.
Now that I’m 30, it’s time I buy myself a cool lunch box to make up for lost times :)

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118 Jerilynne February 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

My lunch bag is from Target but it’s not a plastic shopping bag!! It’s an actual insulated lunch bag, I think from the Mario Batali line? It’s orange and it’s perfect for holding Chobani (among other things)!

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119 Cassie February 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

My lunch box is a hot pink tiger striped reuseable handled bag from Pier One. It’s perfect size for my lunch! But my other half gets Target bags…which I don’t LOVE, but I definitely don’t have to worry about him leaving it in the office (unlike the tupperware *cough*) so I’ll take it!

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120 Lana February 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Remember when the lunch box purse hit the market? I received mine back in 2000 as a Christmas present and my 13 year old self thought “how ugly?!”. Did you ever receive things as a kid and only put them to good use 10 years later? That’s me! I found my lunch box when I went to visit my parents this year for the holidays. My lunch box is a glittery deep blue colour and has a cute purse handle – what’s not to love? It has a zipper at the top and even has a silver insulator lining. Is it a purse or a lunch box? No one knows!!

I would LOVE to put Chobani in my fancy wanna-be purse lunch box!

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121 Hayley February 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I am totally a plastic bagger. I tried to be environmentally conscious and bought a lunch bag, but then I realized that it was too small for my huge salads, so I’m back with the plastic for now. I don’t really care that they aren’t fashionable because I keep them in a giant lululemon bag for most of the day…so nobody knows my environmentally-unfriendly secret. Until now, that is.

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122 Bridget@PavementandPlants February 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I rock the HEB plastic bag…I’m ashamed.

I have to do it though because a regular lunch box is too bulk and awkward to put in my backpack with everything else as I bike around. I have to use something because before I’d just throw Tupperware in my bag…until I had a hummus explosion incident.

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123 Madelyn February 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I have a green reusable lunch bag that looks like a miniature reusable shopping bag. But I remember in elementary school having an awesome Barbie lunch box.

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124 katie February 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

i usually put my lunch in a lululemon bag as well, but in case of spillage its usually in another plastic bag [i used to work by this deli / market that used the best plastic bags]. of course these days, i’m just trying to bring my lunch, and not pay $12 for an overpriced salad.

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125 Angela February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

First of all, I love that lunch tote! When I was a little girl, it was all about Tupperware lunch box (like this one http://www.bonanza.com/booths/tonianne/items/TUPPERWARE_VINTAGE_LUNCH_BOX_Pak_N_Carry_ORANGE).

I hounded my mother until she bought me one, and then of course, never used it.

Anyway, I’m not gay, or bi, or even curious, but will you be my girlfriend and make me cupcakes for lunch?

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126 Jim February 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Grew up with Metal lunch boxes. I now use an insulated nylon lunch bag and a stainless steel water bottle. I miss my ’70s lunch boxes!

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127 Emily February 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I packed my lunch every single day of elementary school, well my loving father did, I would always bring chicken and stars soup or spaghetti’o’s. Though 50% of the time the lid wouldn’t be screwed on tight and it would spill all over!

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128 A. Ryanne Nichols February 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

While I don’t have a lunchbag/box (unless you count our fridge & pantry!), my hubboi does. It’s black with mesh on one side that our cat, AffeZehen, likes to rub against. It’s too cute. Plus, it keeps his Chobani safe until he gets to work! =D

(Web site is said hubboi’s & contains videos of the cat)

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129 Kristin February 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I have two lunch box stories!

1. When I was in kindergarten I used to chew on the handle of my hard plastic square lunchbox. I lost a tooth on it (might have been my first?!) at lunch one day. I had to go to the nurse and I was late coming back to class and the nurse walked in with me and everyone clapped because I lost my tooth!

2. Now I have a lunchbox (bag?) like yours, but it’s all purple. I am a teacher, and every day I put my lunchbox in the teachers’ lounge fridge. I have to wash my lunchbox ALL THE TIME, like way more than normal, because I swear it absorbs the smell of the fridge in there, which is NOT a good thing, and it smells like the teachers’ lounge any time I’m around my lunchbox now. It really freaks me out so I am constantly washing that thing, just to get the smell of the lounge out of my apartment. UGHHHGHHGHG.

That’s all. :)

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130 Amy February 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I use a small, cheap tote bag from Old Navy that’s covered in bright pink watermelons. On the rare occasion I can’t find it or can’t use it, I just throw everything in a plastic bag and call it a day. When this happens every. single. person. who works in my department (and thus uses the same fridge as me) will come up to me and ask “where’s your watermelon bag Amy?! Why didn’t you use it today?!?!” At first it was cute, but now it turns into a ten minute conversation no matter how badly I try and end it. I have literally just walked away from them while they’re asking where my watermelon bag was. You would seriously think it was the end of the world lol. Reminds me SO MUCH of grade school when everyone compared lunch boxes haha.

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131 Eirinn February 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

My Dad is totally a target bagger.

My mom on the other hand has a pretty little lunch box that is quite similar to yours but bright green and white.

I don’t mess around, I carry this
http://www.ebags.com/product/dakine/campus-pack-lg/147569?productid=10010777
in black. It’s called the Dakine campus pack, the very front pouch is insulated and surprisingly fits SO much. For reference I am at school two days a week from 8AM to 7PM and can usually fit everything I need to eat right it there. Yogurts, tupperware, sandwich, snacks and all. Plus all my books, computer etc.!

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132 Nikki February 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I have a tin Alice in Wonderland (Disney version) lunchbox, which I take to lunch with me every single day. I’m a neuroscientist. Sorry I’m not sorry :)

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133 Allison February 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I think I used to have a love-hate relationship with the cheap plastic lunchboxes I used as a kid. It was so great picking one out at the beginning of the school year — should I get Little Mermaid? Unicorns? Soccer? — but they always broke, or wouldn’t close right, or get turned upside down so my sandwich got smushed. One year I had a lunchbox that had separate compartments for a sandwich, snack, and dessert, which was sweet, but I think something spilled in it and we had to throw it out.

Now I have a pink-and-blue lunch tote from my boyfriend’s mom that’s pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t use it as often as I should, and half the time I do, it’s for last night’s take-out leftovers. One resolution I have yet to make good on…

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134 michele malone February 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

when I was in about 2nd grade, I took my lunch every day. I always had a banana and a peanut butter sandwich and took a change purse in my lunch box to bet milk at school. I would get into line with mu friends, but as soon as I took out my change purse they would scatter because they said my change purse stunk like bananas. I guess it was the incredible amount of time it spent in my box with the bananas every day. I thought it smelled wonderful.

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135 Nicole Beck February 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I used to have this amazing blue sparkly Aladdin lunch box… I ate my cheese and butter sandwiches out of it every day for years. But alas… one day it disappeared. Turns out my sister used it to store her rubber stamp collection. I could have stolen it back in a true sisterly fashion, but by then, the lunch box’s magic was gone, and I didn’t even want to bother.

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136 Megan @ MegGoesNomNom February 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

When the hubby and I both got our first “real” jobs after college, I bought us a coordinated set of canvas lunch boxes. Guess who left his lunch box on the bus the first day he took it!? The hubby.

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137 Christie February 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Uhm I carried a Mario lunch box (as in Super Mario) and my husband carried a Spider-man one while we worked for a big corporation.

:) Id totally get a Disney Princess one now if I didn’t work from home

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138 Melissa February 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Green paisley design with an “M” embroidered on it… one of my students gave it to me on my last day of student teaching because I always packed my lunch. :)

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139 Melissa February 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

My mom would send me to school with my lunch in plastic bags, too. :( But I’ve been drooling over Built lunch totes for a while! I’ll have to get one once I’m off of the college meal-plan. :)

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140 ashleigh February 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

my lunch box is lime green and has my companys name on it…. talk about fugly!

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141 Brie @ Brie Fit February 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Someone at my office thought it would be a genius idea to get everyone matching work-branded lunch boxes. And really, really, encourage people to use them. And everyone crams their lunch into one tiny fridge, so finding my lunch bag every day is a…fun challenge. Hmph.

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142 Margot February 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

When I was in middle school, I performed a number of songs on the piano at the talent show. Social suicide, but I won 3rd place or something (as voted by parents) and won a Blast from the Past lunch box. I think I used it to hide things from my parents in high school…Oh, to be 16 again.

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143 Becky February 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’ll confess — I’ve been carrying my lunch and dinners to work in a plastic bag for most of this (school) year. My best friend finally decided to do something about this and bought me an adorable, plastic, wipe-clean lunch bag with owls on it. Yes, it looks like it could be carried by a sixth grader, but only be a very chic sixth grader!

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144 Mel February 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I recently purchsed an old “Empire Strikes Back” metal lunchbox, thermos included! I was so excited to find it, but haven’t used it for more than decoration yet.

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145 Michelle February 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

My lunch bag is pink & white zebra. It’s one of the lean cuisine ones that a portion of the sales go to breast cancer research.

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146 Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal February 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I had a sweet denim Strawberry Shortcake lunch box back in the day but now I have a fairly drab one from the first line of 31 lunch totes that I chose because I could fit large Tupperwares in. Gotta eat those leftovers somehow!

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147 Ashley February 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

OK, I’ve seen the mango, am a huge fan of the honey-nana but had no idea they had LEMON! I LOVE LEMON, OMG!

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148 KyBizzle February 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Right. So in second grade I left my half consumed lunch in my school cubbie over a long holiday weekend. Peanut butter jelly sandwhich–not a big deal. Tin of mustard flavored sardines? BIG DEAL. We had to move class for the day, and I was banned from bringing sardines for lunch.

Now I can totally blame the school for my developing bad eating habits. I was all on the right track with healthy sardines. And BAM! It was all taken away from me.

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149 amanda june February 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I admit, I think the honey-nana kind sounds the best!

What I remember most clearly about my lunch boxes/bags is that I’d usually have several in rotation and inevitably one would get left in the car or in my backpack and turn up weeks later with some leftover (growing, living) nastiness inside.

Yum!

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150 Jessamyn February 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Oh my goodness, I have an arsenal of lunchbox stories, starting with gambling my lunch choices in the 1st grade all the way to my “sophisticated” (code for haphazard and frazzled) lunches of the present. However, since I’m so busy recently, I’ve developed a terrible habit of leaving my lunch bags with empty tupperware in my living room before falling in bed. Then the next day I have to use a new bag (it started with reusable shopping bags, and progressed to my beach and yarn bags) and new tupperware. Until….. yesterday I realized I was out of clean tupperware. BECAUSE I LET IT PILE UP IN THE LIVING ROOM.

I’m gross. and silly.

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151 Abbey H February 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

I carry my lunch in a reusable tote from Bare Escentuals that says “I got Matte in the sack”. I didn’t realize that people would think that was inappropriate. Woops.

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152 Caitlin February 23, 2011 at 1:32 am

Oh you know homegirl rocked the hot pink Barbie lunch box – and thermos! – in 1st grade. Also had a florescent orange New Kids on the Block one I toted around. Man, I was so cool.

Now I have a black Rachel Ray tote much like yours my Mum got me. I take a special pride in carrying my lunch. I think I’m in good company saying that here.

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153 Rachel G February 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

I went school in England and we weren’t allowed to take lunch to school, so no lunchbox. I’m deprived! We either had to eat catered lunch or go home for lunch. My fantasy lunch box would be machine washable & hot pink so it wouldn’t get lost! Oh, and it would be big enough to hold a couple of Cho!

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154 jenna February 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

i generally pack my lunch in assorted plastic containers/baggies and stuff them in my backpack/totebag. i refuse to be That Girl who carries a bookbag, lunch box, and purse around campus.

my new obsession is dumping a blob of strawberry jam on top of plain yogurt :)

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155 Kiki February 23, 2011 at 2:03 am

I, of course, had a neon pink and purple barbie lunch box that came with a matching thermos. I remember the lunches very well, too… toasted eggo waffle sandwiches with cream cheese or syrup (or both, depending on how creative my dad was feeling). That or pb&j, with a side of teddy grahams.

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156 Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss February 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

Oh, I have so many lunchbox tales to tell … My first-grade lunchbox was a blue, plastic Peanuts one, but Mom got us a new one every year as part of back-to-school shopping. At one point, I had Strawberry Shortcake and either my brother or me scored “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Knight Rider.”

A couple of years ago, I visited the lunchbox exhibit at the Smithsonian. That was cool. (Here’s the column I wrote about that exhibit: http://www.azdailysun.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/article_2bed437e-6b4a-5520-8784-a6fb828faea0.html )

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157 Sarah February 23, 2011 at 2:54 am

When I was little, I was obsessed with the color blue (actually still am too), so I had a lunch bag/tote that you could zip and it had a cooler at the bottom. Finally one day I looked at it years later, and it was shaped as a car/truck with silhouetted wheels on the bottom. Noooo idea it was a boy’s lunch bag all along! Haha.

These days, I just have a huge purse that’s almost a tote, so I just toss my Tupperware meal and piece of fruit in there until I get to work, or I throw it in my backpack front pocket for days I have classes.

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158 Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

Growing up I had a super cute Care Bears lunch box – matching thermos and everything:-)

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159 caitie February 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

My lunch box now is just those small lululemon bags! Its a good size though, big enough for all of my snacks. Not too exciting. My mom did write me (and my friends!) notes in my lunch all the way through high school though! I loved them!

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160 Kendall February 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

When I was in second grade, one of my best friends brought in a purple and pink plastic lunch box that her father had made her. I remember it being pretty awesome and she was showing it off to everyone. I wasn’t jealous or anything, but in a few quiet minutes alone with the lunch box, I accidentally broke one of the hinges. Though she would clearly discover that it was broken later, I don’t remember any repercussions. This might be because I quickly distanced myself from the box and never spoke of it again.

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161 Melissa February 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

In 7th grade, I shared a locker. My locker partner was as messy as I was clean. We were total opposites. One day, I couldn’t take her slobbery anymore and decided to stay after school to clean out the locker. There was something looming dark and smelly at the bottom of that locker. Fortunately, it was contained inside a lunch bag. Unfortunately, it had been there for several months, and the putrid, moldy food smell seeped out. I nearly hurled with the effort of disposing of it, bag and all. And from then on, my locker partner referred to me as “Mommy Melissa,” her personal mess cleaner upper. :)

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162 Amanda February 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

AH love Chobani but I’m usually too cheap to buy a bunch of them!!

My “lunch box” now is one of the cute bags they give you at LuLuLemon … it’s perfect! Buuut my first lunch box had the little mermaid on it and I’m pretty sure I’d use it for work if I could track it down!!

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163 Summer February 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I’ve always had the BEST lunchboxes, thanks to my mom. Hello, fluorescent Tupperware anyone?? I have a shelf full of lunchboxes now, even at 25, including one shaped like a schoolbus. (Thanks, mom). My favorite ever from elementary school would have to be one that was shaped like a giant large-mouthed fish. You unzipped his mouth to put your lunch inside, and there was a pouch on the tail for milk money. His name was Gillbert :)

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164 Leslie Luu February 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I actually still use my favorite lunch box (I’ve had it since gr. 3). It’s a batman lunchbox and it’s really sturdy!I also used to have a matching backpack to go with it as well =) hehe

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165 Taylor February 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

When I was in high school, I think, I had the cutest My Little Pony tin lunch box. However it didn’t always fit my lunch so I didn’t use it too often. Because of this my mother gave it a friend’s little girl, and when I found out, I teared up. That was MY lunchbox! It was heartbreaking regardless of how silly I felt afterwards.

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166 Cassie February 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I MAY have had a New Kids on the Block lunchbox. Can’t believe I’m admitting that for yogurt!

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167 Natalie February 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

First thing I did when I got married this last September? Got my new last name embroidered on my lunch tote! Haha! Oh, and I have an 18 mo old that wants to try out the new yogurt :)

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168 Alanna Joy February 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

In elementary school, I totally rocked the “All Dogs Go to Heaven!” lunchbox except that I called it a lunch “pail” (I think I just wanted to sound fancy!). I used it for years until one day my mom disposed of it and argued that you couldn’t even tell the dogs were going to Heaven because the image was rubbed off. Life hasn’t been the same since.

Last year, on my first day at my first big-kid professional job, my co-worker bedazzled my lunchbox with rhinestones and puffy paint. It looks like Lisa Frank vomited glitter and sunshine onto my otherwise boring, black bag. Needless to say, I still use it. Every. Day.

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