Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bixbee School Lunchbox Review and Giveaway

Eliana got a new lunch bag! :)
Bixbee was generous to send us their Purple Sparkalicious Lunch Bag to review! Eliana absolutely LOVES it! Not only is it one of her favorite colors: purple, but it has GLITTER all over it! She loves anything glitter related, so she is absolutely loving this lunch bag :)

So one thing I learned and love about Bixbee is that with every backpack purchase they donate a schoolbag with supplies to a kid in need. Their One Here. One There does an incredible service.  Being a social worker myself I stand by helping those in need and I know that programs like that are vital for some kids and will help them during their school year! Sometimes just a little help and a new backpack is enough to incite some desire to learn and start the year off right and I love supporting programs that help those in need!

They have an assortment of backpacks that range in size from small to large, are great quality and are very durable.  Eliana really wanted to the Sparkalicious Butterflyer Backpack (and that one only apparently) but we sadly did find it was too small for her already. She is on the tall side but for toddlers and shorter kids it would be soo cute! I do wish they made a larger Butterfly pack that was longer in length vertically. I know their style is the horizontal design for their backpacks, to keep everything easy to reach, but that is why it was too short on Eliana.  Bixbee Backpacks and Lunch bags are available at Mastermind Toys in over 20 Canada locations, in addition to buying them online! But back to the lunch bags!!

Bixbee does refer to this as the Sparkalicious lunchbox on their site and catalog, but I prefer to call it a lunch bag because that is honestly what I'm used to calling it!

Reasons why I love the Sparkalicious lunch bag:
*Glitter, glitter and more glitter.
*AND the glitter doesn't come off -- it is "flake resistant"
*Insulated
*Has a front pocket for extra snacks or addition items
*Has a customizeable ID Card holder under the front pocket flap
*Compact/smaller
*Fits an array of lunchboxes. (see picture below)

I don't have many lunchboxes, but they all do fit into the Sparkalicious lunch bag (except for my yubo, which is a lunch bag and box in itself). For a more comprehensive list at which lunchboxes fit into the Bixbee lunch bags please see HERE.

Negatives: 
*Doesn't hold your lunches up right. That really isn't a problem if you pack accordingly, but it could be a bother for some people.
*It is smaller. It would not fit a large thermos container for example.. however it does fit so many other boxes.

Having fun with our new lunch bag and getting exciting for school (starting the 28th for us!) I decided to make Eliana an Easy Back to School ABC Bento lunch:
Eliana's Easy ABC Bento Lunch is packed in her EasyLunchbox (of course she wanted the purple lid) inside her new Bixbee Purple Sparkalicious lunch bag.

She has half a sandwich (Peanut free & nut free Chocolate I.M. Healthy soynut butter with strawberry slices. I made sure the strawberries were not in view of the "A,B,C" cut outs but they are there!) I made a simple "A, B, C" cut out with my letter cutters. I added a cute little School Bus cupcake ring decoration on top of her string cheese.  The ring didn't fit over the cheese stick so I just stuck it in the middle.

In her smaller compartments she had sliced peaches (freshly picked from the farm this past weekend!) in a purple silicone cup and sliced cucumber below it.  I added a cute ABC chalkboard bento pick to the peaches.

I decided to do the "shake test" because the Sparkalicious bag doesn't hold her lunches upright and I wanted to see how her lunch would look afterwards. We packed up her lunch, zipped up the lunch bag and Eliana ran around outside with it, swinging it around and acting her normal five and a half year old self.

This is what it looked like afterwards:
Not much different actually! The peaches and cucumbers look the same because they were packed tightly to the top and didn't have much space to move.  The half sandwich moved, as did the cheese stick.  If you put a bigger sandwich or something else in the main compartment it wouldn't have moved as much.  This lunch passed our shake test! :) A more intricate bento lunch may get messed up if not upright, so when using this lunch bag I would pack simple and tight! :)

Overall, we love our new lunch bag! Eliana is excited to start school and start using it! :)

I'm also  happy to tell you that Bixbee is teaming up with Creative Food and giving one reader the chance to WIN one of their Signature Lunchboxes! AND because of the demand through YOUR comments the Winner will also have the choice of the Purple Sparkalicious bag, if desired!
The signature lunchboxes are exactly the same configuration as the Sparkalicious ones-- just the outside color is different. The winner will get to choose which color (blue, red, pink or purple) he or she wants!! Enter below for a chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway comprises of one Bixbee signature lunchbox or purple sparkalicious lunchbox. One lucky winner will get to choose which color Bixbee lunchbox he or she wants. This giveaway begins on August 12, 2013 and ends on August 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Winner will be contacted through email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If winner fails to respond within 48 hours I will draw another winner. This giveaway is for U.S. and Canada residents only.


**Disclosure: Bixbee sent me their purple Sparkalicious lunchbox to review.
 As always all opinions expressed in this post are my own**

50 comments:

  1. All signed up! Thanks for the giveaway opp!

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  2. Love the sparkles and your cutie pie! Seems like a great lunchbag!

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  3. I've got a sparkle loving girl here too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Oops should have read first! I signed up, and my sparkle loving girl would be over the moon to have that lunchbag!

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  5. I signed up!
    I want to win because I think it would be a cute prize to give away at my church's VBS :)

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  6. My daughter is starting kindergarten this year and I'm looking forward to packing fun lunches for her.

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  7. Love, love, love the sparkles! I just entered. Thanks!

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  8. Signed up for the email updates! We'd love the Signature Lunchbox in blue!

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  9. signed up :) my daughter is just starting school for the first time and this would be a great addition to our lunch supplies!

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  10. I signed up for the newsletter. The sparkalicious lunchbox is adorable!

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  11. I would choose the Signature Lunchbox - Blue

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  12. Love this bag! My daughter would absolutely adore this one!

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  13. All signed up. I'd like to win because something to hold our lunchboxes is exactly what I'm missing!

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  14. Um, helloooo! Purple sparkles!

    I did the newsletter thing

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  15. My daughter would love the sporty stripe on the purple signature bag! All signed up on their list and ready to go. :)

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  16. I signed up. My dd would love this bag!

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  17. I love it. Claire loves sparkles and is starting school this year! We're also planning on using Easy Lunch boxes, so it would be a perfect fit. Pick me!

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  18. Because my daughter is 5, starting school, and sparkles would be fun for her. :)

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  19. My youngest would love this! We can not find a lunch bag that meets her approval here lol (and I signed up)

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  20. Pink sparkles is what my daughter would choose. :) I just like making lunch fun. The school lunches... stink. I did sign up for the newsletter.

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  21. I signed up and my 8 year old daughter would love this! She loves sparkles too! Thanks, Jen B.

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  22. My 7 year old daughter would love to take this to school. Shoot mommy might even borrow it sometimes. LOL Love the bling!

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  23. Newsletter sign up done! Why? Because packing a lunch is as unsparkley as it can get but that doesn't mean the lunch pack can't be!

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  24. I signed up and i want to win because my kids don't have any cute lunch boxes like this. So adorable!

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  25. Email signed up and our lunchboxes get borrowed a lot around here, so need another. These are adorable!!

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  26. I am all signed up love they fit easylunchboxes

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  27. I signed up! With 2 boys, we are always in need of lunch bags!

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  28. We just ordered the Bixbee backpack so I know my daughter would love to win the lunchbox!

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  29. Signed up for the newsletter from Bixbee!

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  30. SPARKLES! I have a little girl (and a little boy) who FLIP for sparkles! Thanks for the great review!

    And yep, signed up for the newsletter. We always need new lunchboxes that fit our ELBs!

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  31. I signed up and would love to try their lunchboxes! Love them all especially the purple signature bag!

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  32. The backpack with wing is too cute. My daughter needs a new lunch bag and these are so cute

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  33. I signed up and I would love to win so that I could give my daughter a new lunchbox for school.

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  34. I signed up. I'd like to win so I can start having some Girl Stuff in my bento collection for my little girl. =)

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  35. I signed up! My son has a lunch bag but the ones they have are so cool and he would surely love to have one!

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  36. I signed up for the newsletter. I love the extra front pocket on the lunch bag!

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  37. I signed up for the newsletter. My granddaughter is starting school soon and would love one of these lunch bags. If she saw the purple sparkly one she would go gaga over it!

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  38. I've been a fan of their products even before my child became school-age. The company's mission is also wonderful!

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  39. Cute lunchbox! I like the lunch ideas too!

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  40. I signed up for the newsletter. My daughter would love the pink one!

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  41. Signed up. The blue sparkly one would be awesome.

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  42. I subscribed to the newsletter. Thanks!

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  43. I signed up ad i want to win because this lunchbag is nice and roomy.

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  44. I signed up! my daughter will LOOOOOVE the purple one!

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  45. Loves the sparkles my daughter would love this

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  46. My daughter loves everything that glitters. She would love this lunchbox.

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  47. Signed up via email (breej23 at hotmail dot com)

    I want to win because I have 4 kids and love quality products. We would love to win one of these :)

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