ten on tuesday.

1. This week I inadvertently discovered the “final sale” section of Piper Lime. Whoa baby. Three pairs of $9.97 shoes later (plus some other goodies) and I’m a happy girl. I blame it on Project Runway and their darn “Piper Lime Accessories Wall”.

2. Three weeks into the school year and I’m already hitting a lunch rut with the kiddos. I really try to do as few PB+J’s as possible (and only one cafeteria lunch/week for Sarah) but it’s so hard. Anybody out there with some super great ideas? My kids are pretty well rounded eaters so this shouldn’t be that hard.

3. Speaking of eating, I came across this pretty nifty blog post about how much sugar your kids eat. Food for thought. Literally.

4. My favorite iPad app may well by the 60 Minutes app that I bought a while back. I like to set it up while I’m editing and watch all the stories about things I’m normally not interested in at all. Somehow 60 Minutes has a way of making even Wall Street and jazz music seem fascinating to me. The other night I watched a piece about baseball star Albert Pujols that literally had me in tears. At one point he talks about doing the work God has called him to…and he wasn’t talking about baseball. Love love love.

5. Currently my children are each playing in their own bedrooms while I blog in a music-filled house. Playing separately in their own rooms for an hour is their consequence for fighting. It kinda makes me appreciate all the squabbling.;)

6. Heather and I met over lunch yesterday to plan all kinds of fun things for the Mom About Town series this year and next. Brainstorming with that girl is so much fun! She regularly makes me believe that together we can do anything. I hope each of you have someone like that in your life! If you’re local, don’t miss your chance to win $50 to The Purple Peanut this week…it’s a Huntsville fave!

7. Photographer Jen Cooke is currently holding an online auction for photographers that will benefit the famine in Somalia. The Clean Color Bundle bid is at $50 right now which y’all know is a heck of a steal! Check it out for a chance to win an awesome product and benefit a great cause.

8. Brent and I are booking our family’s tickets for Boston (October 6 -10) this week. Details about sessions there will go up tomorrow on the business blog. Just a heads up. =)

9. Also, fall minisession info will arrive in your inbox on September 1st if you’re subscribed to my Erin Cobb Photography newsletter. You can find the sign up in the sidebar of my business blog if you want to be one of the first to know. These sessions regularly sell out on the first day so if you’re not on the list, chance are you won’t get a spot.

10. Finally, would you please join our family in thinking of and praying for our neighbor Joel? Joel was diagnosed with cancer last week. The doctors will be doing surgery tomorrow morning and deciding upon the rest of his treatment plan. If you’ve been around here for long you probably realize that our neighbors are thick as thieves. In a lot of ways Joel is the glue that holds us all together and this news has been tough for all of us. Most importantly though, would you prayer for Joel, his wife Dawn, and their two young kiddos? Thanks friends.

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AmyAugust 23, 2011 - 2:15 pm

Hey Erin! Take a look at this blog for some fun lunch ideas. You will have to go back a few entries because of summer break but it is worth the time. I have always used cookie cutters and fun shapes for my kiddos but she certainly steps it up a notch…or um, ten. http://thislunchrox.com/

I also like Becky’s lunch drawer idea (#9). My daughter is only half day kindergarten so we don’t have to deal with packing lunches yet but I certainly agree with promoting independence. http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/2011/08/10-little-bits/

Hope this helps!

misty selakAugust 23, 2011 - 2:17 pm

i will pray for your neighbor. cancer has touched our family as well and i have many bad words for it. here is a link that has a ton of healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. you can purchase, for like $7.00, a 30 day meal plan. my kids are picky eaters and they liked many of the things. enjoy youre music and hour of blogging time.
http://www.superhealthykids.com/

SarahAugust 23, 2011 - 2:21 pm

thislunchrox.com
The kids will be down. Promise. :)

JenniferAugust 23, 2011 - 2:26 pm

First of all – prayers to Joel for a complete recovery. Cancer is a horrible, scary thing and I wish them strength to get through these tough times.

And secondly, darn you for that Piper Lime link!! All I need is another way to buy bargain shoes. I’m waiting for my DSW coupon right now so I can buy the suede booties I have picked out. :)

CandyAugust 23, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Will add Joel to my prayers. :(
I second http://thislunchrox.com/ … was just coming to post that.

jennifer mcguireAugust 23, 2011 - 3:01 pm

praying for joel.
i have avoided paperlime. need to keep it that way.

school lunches. I am HUGE on healthy lunches for kids at school. humus and pita. lettuce wraps with turkey. pesto whole wheat pasta.
yum!

hugs. you are a good momma.

NikkiAugust 23, 2011 - 3:33 pm

http://www.Weelicious.com
She has the most awesome/healthy kid friendly reciepes and each day she posts a pic on FB of her kiddos lunch box with all the recipes and ideas. SUPER YUMMY and HEALTHY

AmandaAugust 23, 2011 - 3:36 pm

I second thislunchrox.com – I wish I could be as creative with lunches as she is! I have found that my son loves any kind of sandwich if I cut it into bite size pieces and skewer them on cocktail toothpicks. Apparently it is all about presentation.

Susan HelmsAugust 23, 2011 - 3:46 pm
Jessica WAugust 23, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Oh dear, that Piperlime news is not good for me at all. Good thoughts for your neighbor. Sorry to hear it.

EmilyAugust 23, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Will say a prayer for your neighbor!

My daughter’s in a sushi stage, she’ll eat anything wrapped in rice & seaweed. Might be a fun lunch option :)

j.j.August 23, 2011 - 6:48 pm

prayers for your neighbor. our neighborhood is like that, so i know this must be a blow for all of you. thinking positive thoughts.

and – i fear the lunch slump too, but was also going to recommend thislunchrox! hopefully at least the pics will inspire if nothing else!

KariAugust 23, 2011 - 6:50 pm

Lunch ideas:
http://easylunchboxes.smugmug.com/The-Best-Lunchbox-System/Yummy-Lunch-Ideas/10136835_YSuyb#883041135_XPJ7V

Basically do any old search for Bento Boxes, and you’ll probably find some good ones!

CarlaAugust 23, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Check out Wendolonia.com I sometimes think I’m a horrible mother be/c I don’t put as much thought into lunches as her, but she does have some cute ideas. And the presentation is fabulous!

Stacey ReeseAugust 23, 2011 - 8:21 pm

http://www.superhealthykids.com is a great website. Lunch ideas towards the bottom of her home page.

Stacey ReeseAugust 23, 2011 - 8:26 pm

Whoops, you can just ignore my previous comment. Noticed you already discovered superhealthykids.com after clicking on #3. :)

gretchen cAugust 24, 2011 - 8:39 am

http://wendolonia.com/blog/

I don’t have small kids to pack lunches for anymore, but I love her blog with fun lunchbox ideas :)

NancyAugust 24, 2011 - 8:42 am

http://www.toneystories.blogspot.com/

Erin, You HAVE to check out this blog post about school lunches! It has several great ideas and links. Including a link to a site called Momables. :-)

gretchen cAugust 24, 2011 - 9:28 am

another fun lunch site http://www.bentolunch.net/

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