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For back-to-school, we picked an Igloo Creatures lunch cooler

During a quick trip to Menards, Penny noticed this adorable lunch box on a shelf in the Halloween decoration section. It was lonely, sitting there by itself, probably misplaced by a customer. So, of course we brought it home.

Now, seriously, we were looking to add another lunch box to the collection so I can rotate through and have a clean one on hand at all times. This wasn't quite my plan, thinking I would have preferred something bento, hard plastic, or machine washable. However, it was Igloo brand, which I trust for all things cooler-related, and easy to carry, appears durable, and while it may be a bit annoying to clean out the inside, Penny will love it and that matters most to me.


The outside is kind of a relief sculpture. It's not just a printed design. The size is good for a growing kid, meaning if it lasts, we should be able to provide a filling lunch for years to come, not just while she's in Pre-K.


Inside is roomy and can be cleaned with a wet cloth. The way Penny tosses her food containers back in her lunch box, though, I expect this will be quite a mess when we send warm-up meals.

When I was looking for info on this line of lunch coolers, I learned that Igloo is revising the product line for 2015, with a couple of their characters moving forward, some getting a face-lift, and new ones releasing next year. We probably found the only one left at the store. Sadly, it looks like this guy isn't on the list to continue in 2015.

For those of you who need to send a drink with lunch, this cooler has a side pocket just for that - or for a thermos of soup. We don't send drinks but the idea of adding a soup to her lunch is quite nice. Then I can just put a sandwich and carrots inside. It's really big enough to fit it all inside at Penny's age, but when she's a couple years older, that outside pocket will be quite useful.

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