Back to School: Lunch Ideas for Every Day of the Week

If your kids’ past school lunches were strictly turkey sandwich territory, the start of a new year is the perfect time to mix things up and get creative. Save them from brown-bag boredom — and save yourself time — with these five easy-to-prep meals, featuring classic recipes with playful twists designed to please even the pickiest eaters. And you can pack everything up in style with colorful, mix-and-match containers and sleek insulated bags from top brands like Goodbyn, Wildkin, and Zak! Designs in our Lunchtime sale, starting tomorrow at noon ET.BTSlunch_newcolor1. Monday: The PB&J Club
> The sandwich standard gets an overhaul by doubling up on breads and spreads, and adding banana slices for a towering lunchtime treat.

2. Tuesday: Zoodles & Meatballs
> Up their veggie intake minus the headache with this super-healthy alternative to the Italian favorite: Just stir fry julienned zucchini for perfectly thin “spaghetti” and top with sausage meatballs and organic marinara.

3. Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups
> Nothing like a little finger food to brighten up the mid-week lull: Grilled cheese is even easier in roll-up form, cooked in a buttery skillet and made for dipping in tomato soup on chilly days.

4. Thursday: Veggie Rainbow Wraps
> Whole wheat wraps pack a serious punch with savory cream cheese and a rainbow of fresh produce. Create a full color wheel with chopped carrots, corn, edamame, and more.

5. Friday: Bear Pizza
> Time for a TGIF pizza party: Take traditional ingredients to the next level with these adorable bear faces, crafted with cookie cutter shapes and black olive features.

 

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Sneak Peek: Back-to-School Week on Gilt.com

It’s hard to believe the first day of school is only weeks away — but there’s no need to leave the beach to shop. Our Back-to-School Week event has everything your kids need to ace style 101 this year. Kicking off on Sunday, August 10 at 9pm ET, shop new sales every day stacked with super-cute steals from top brands like Jacadi, 7 for All Mankind, PrimigiHerschel Supply, and more. Want extra credit? Shipping is free when you pay with your MasterCard!

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Rosie Pope Shares Her Top 5 Maternity Must-Haves

To help kick off our semi-annual Rosie Pope Maternity Final Sale event (starting today at noon ET), the multi-hyphenate designer, author, and mother-of-four shares her top picks from the sale, and why you need them in your wardrobe now. From the perfect day-to-night dress to the chic diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag, Pope’s picks will have you looking stylish 24/7.

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Bohemian Shirtdress
“This is the ideal desk-to-dinner dress that you can wear over and over during pregnancy. The exclusive wishbone print is from my Lucky Charm series designed in our Tribeca lab to make you feel as special and as lucky as you should during this amazing time in your life.”

Maria Blouse
“I love this classic in a beautiful color to quickly pull together an outfit. Plus, no need to dry clean so you can hurl it in the wash – anything to make life that much easier!”

Newberry Blazer
“I’ve always loved blazers and during each of my pregnancies I’ve found they make me feel so pulled together even on those crazy days when all I can manage to do is yank on a pair of leggings and an oversized T-shirt and some ballet flats (which was most days!).”

Best Dress
“I named this the ‘Best Dress’ because it is the best dress! It’s so versatile and flattering, a must have for any maternity wardrobe.

London Shopper Leisure
“I love a good diaper bag undercover! It has every asset a diaper bag needs in the way of pockets, washable interior, stroller straps and changing pad but, and this is a big but, it doesn’t look like a diaper bag!”

 

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Flower Power: Marimekko’s Unikko Print Turns 50

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Sunny prints and Marimekko go hand in hand, but one of the Finnish mega-brand’s most recognizable motifs almost didn’t see the light of day. In 1964, despite founder Armi Ratia’s company-wide ban on florals, trailblazing designer Maija Isola was inspired by the flower power revolution of the times and rebelled to create the classic Unikko pattern, celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The striking poppy graphic has made its mark on everything from double-decker buses and Finnair jets to super-cute clothes for baby and kids. Want to get your own little ones in on the festivities? Shop our mix to score this signature set and soft cotton onesie stamped with Unikko blooms, plus more colorful picks for pint-sized wardrobes.

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