Sheila’s Out Shopping: Your kid wants to carry lunch? Make it fun

One of the best things about going back to school is getting school supplies and a new lunch box. There are so many choices, but every child knows what he or she wants. Some just like a brown bag; some want a backpack shape; others prefer a square soft canvas shape; and some like hard plastic ones that can slip into book backpacks. I shopped the stores and found some new and fun things that will make any meal more appealing.

The Learning Express has soft lunch boxes ($16.99) with a matching food thermos ($14.99) to keep things hot or cold. There are numerous designs that are suitable for boys or girls. Any little girl will adore the Hello Kitty lunch box that comes with a pink thermos in the side pocket ($24.99) or the pink and purple tie-dye soft pack with a pink-studded heart ($24.99).

The Paper Merchant has a custom-made lunch box that includes a name or monogram ($59) that is even suitable for a professional. You get to choose your fabrics and colors to make this your very own. Also available at this store is a canvas bag in a variety of color combinations that comes with a large monogram ($30). Even adults will enjoy brown bagging with this one.

Kohl’s has a variety of soft sided lunch boxes from Wildkin that will delight every students from pre-school through middle school starting at $17.99. There are animals, teams, camouflage, bright colors, pastels and even dots. They come equipped with a handle and a shoulder strap for easy carrying and there is room for a cold pack inside the zippered case.

Caregivers will be delighted with the book “Lunch Box Food,” by Sharon Dalgleish at Barnes & Noble. It will take the stress out of making healthful lunches every day to pack in the new lunch boxes.

Where to shop

■ Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5377 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 598-5200 and Coconut Point, 23130 Fashion Drive, Estero

■ Kohl’s, 6381 Naples Blvd., Naples, 514-0184

■ Learning Express, Naples Walk Shopping Center, 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, 594-2525

■ Paper Merchant, 3609 U.S. 41 N.,Naples, 261-5466 and 340 13th Ave. S., Naples, 261-5790

Ike likes it

Ike found something that helps you create salad dressings.

The verdict: I was in Williams-Sonoma when I saw the Chef’s Salad Dressing Emulsifier ($14.95). It is a glass bottle with an emulsifier that mixes salad dressing ingredients. The bottle has recipes imprinted on it for different types of dressings that makes fresh dressings easier than opening a bottle.

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