Barni making lunch box fun


It seems like just yesterday, we were sighing in relief at the end of another school year, reading over school reports, deleting ourselves from class whatsapp groups, packing away lunchboxes and getting a sense of freedom… a whole month off show and tell, a whole month of wracking our brains over what to pack for school lunches. 

And now here we sit… labeling stationary, covering books and preparing for another whole year of packing school lunches!

School lunches! Ugh! The bain of my existence! I have one fussy eater and one healthy eater. I have one meat eater and one fruit and vegetable eater and mostly making school lunches is like an exercise in futility…. because at least one of my kids comes home from school each day with a practically untouched lunch. A lunch that I spent the previous evening lovingly, although begrudgingly, preparing. Food and effort just tossed away. 

Ava is far more of a grazer than an eater, she likes snacky type foods that she can nibble on, she does not like to sit down for a meal, so I came up with some of these more snack type lunch box ideas for her:

Barni Lunch Box

Barni Lunch Box

Thankfully, Hannah is a great eater and she enjoys her food and a proper meal, so packing lunch boxes for her is so much easier. Lots of fruit, a roll or sandwich and she’s good to go.

Barni Lunch Box

Barni Lunch Box

This year, I’ve decided to try and be a bit more creative!

Who am I kidding, I’m not creative! So I took to Pinterest to come up with some lunch box inspiration and check out this amazing board I’ve created with loads of cool, quick, easy and healthy lunch ideas for my girls:

Follow Sharon’s board School Lunch Ideas on Pinterest.

Also…. brace yourselves…. aside from the standard school lunches, we also have Valentines day school picnics and the like to prepare for. Here is my inspiration for Valentines Day picnics at school. Don’t laugh… Valentines day is just a few weeks away!

Follow Sharon’s board Valentines Day Picnic Lunch Box Ideas on Pinterest.


There are certain standards that appear in my kids lunch boxes almost daily… I tried to include all the food groups and a little treat too. So there’s fruit and yoghurt, eggs and salami sticks and then of course…. BARNI! He’s become a firm favorite in our household since launching here last year.

Barni Wrapper Open 3D

Barni is a delicious playful bear shaped sponge cake with a yummy hidden chocolate centre, providing a little discovery in every bite.

Barni is available in a convenient pack size, is individually wrapped for freshness and hygiene and contains no colourants, preservatives or trans fats.

Barni is available in stores nationwide and is available as single units or in a box of five, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of R5.99 and R27.99, respectively.

And now… remember that gorgeous Barni picnic hamper I had up for grabs last year…. well I have another one to give away to you!

Barni Picnic

Follow the entry prompts below to be eligible to win. 

T’s & C’s – open to South African residents only, only entries audited via Rafflecopter will be considered!
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  • Reply Carey-Anne Kerby

    I would like to thank -you cause if it was not for you and your blog I would never have seen these, still dying to try them out as I am unable to locate them in stores yet but will definitely try them as soon as I find them.

    January 4, 2016 at 11:11 am
    • Reply Sharon

      You’ll find them in the biscuit isle at your local super market, I’ve found them everywhere, even at our tiny little local Pick ‘n Pay.

      January 4, 2016 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Meg

    Oh how cool! We also battle with Nate’s school lunches. What’s a favourite one day is out the next – and like you say, nothing more defeating than being returned a full lunchbox that you’ve lovingly prepared. One healthy snack that he’s recently discovered that he likes are peanuts in the shell! So funny, but he loves to pick off the shells and eat the nuts inside. I don’t know if your girls would fancy? XM

    January 4, 2016 at 11:29 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It’s one of their favorite treats, but I have to keep that for at home because both of them attend schools that are nut free zones due to allergies.

      January 4, 2016 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Ketna

    My Lunchbox Items are… Sandwich, biscuits and fruits.

    January 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I like your lunch ideas. I also did a post on this but I forgot about the grapes, Nicky loves grapes.

    January 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Julie Kynaston

    Luckily my kids have been fed at school up until now so I’m a real ‘school lunch novice’. I’d probably include a sandwich & banana.

    January 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Elaine van Huyssteen

    Both my kiddies love it. Emily saw Barni walking in the Zone and was o er the moon

    January 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Alison

    My kids love them..only thing is 1 box doesnt last…

    January 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    lunch boxes are all ahead of me as my LO still gets a meal at school but definitely going to use your pintrest board as some motivation for the future because I battle enough not knowing what to make for dinner let alone lunch boxes every day!

    January 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Bianca Balutto

    My lunchbox items are a sandwich (cheese and tomato, cold meats, spreads…), fruits like an apple and banana, crackers with Melrose wedges and a box juice

    January 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Cassey Toi

    K gets lunch at school, so that’s one less thing for me to worry about. That said when it comes to time for us to pack them, it’ll be banana, apple, cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, cucumber sticks and some nachos – he eats a lot.

    January 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply MamaZombieZA

    I am lucky, Emma’s school provides lunch, I just have to send a snack every day, which is usually yogurt or fruit.

    January 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply sophiajunaid

    My little simply loves Barni. And this will be included in her lunch. My standard lunch box items are cheese with tomato and lettuce. Fruits – grapes and sliced strawberry’s, oh and some carrots in julienne strips . I like to keep it simple and easy for both of us 🙂

    January 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Carolyn Augustus

    My daughter loves nuts, yoghurt and grapes

    January 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Caryn

    This is great- Can’t wait to try Barni!

    January 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Yolande Murphy

    Standard lunchbox is usually sarmies, rosa tomatoes, cucumber slices, yogurts, Cheddars and the like.

    January 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Beauty and The Baby Blog

    Axl isn’t at school yet but I tend to struggle with lunches regardless. He is a big fan of yogurt, slices of cheese, shaved ham, apples, peanuts and raisins and rice cakes with him sneaking in a Barni every now and then. He really likes things that he can break up into smaller pieces before eating.

    January 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Lynne Morland

    Awesome competition fingers crossed

    January 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply rehana seedat

    My standard lunchbox items are: Sandwiches, provita biscuits, yoghurt and fruits

    January 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply lynn botha

    I have two fussy eaters too (5 and 4). One day bread is good enough, and the next I get told in no uncertain terms that bread will be fed to the birds! So most of the time its made up of some biscuits, salticrax with cheese, a fruit roll or gemz (they still think these are sweets and not dried fruit), banana or grapes, a small drinking yoghurt and some days some chips or popcorn.

    January 4, 2016 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Jadie Jones

    My lunch box items are fruit, a sarmie, yoghurt and jelly babies. Will definitely look out for Barni Bear ♡ delicious

    January 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply moipone

    Still eyeing the picnic basket

    January 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Shannon Sewell

    William loves Barni Bears! Competition entered and fingers crossed!

    January 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Karen at MomAgain@40

    Fruit, meat/biltong, yogurt, something sweet, something salty, water.

    January 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply stephanie videira

    My daughter loves theses, lunch box usually has yogurt,fruit,cheese stick and sandwich and a juice and now and again a bisquit

    January 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Anita Steenkamp

    Wholewheat bread with ham. fruit juice a fruit and a snack usually something sweet

    January 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply ragmat baron

    My daughter is a very fussy eater so I pack fruit and a peanut butter sandwich for her

    January 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply nalini naidoo

    Awesome giveaway my kids would love this. They normally take fruits,nuts, and a sandwich

    January 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Faeza Basardien

    My kids normally take, sandwich, juice, fruit and home made muffins. Fingers xxxxx for this awesome prize.

    January 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply nuraan

    My kids love this sweet treats. They always want it when we at the shops I can’t always buy. It but I try to so this will be such a nice gift for my 5 sons

    January 4, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Eileen Lienkie Pretorius

    Yummy I like it Barni is delicious

    January 4, 2016 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Chane

    Standard items in our lunch boxes are fruit, yoghurt, cheese, mini cheddars and a muffin (normally lemon and poppy seed) or sandwich

    January 5, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    My favourite thing to pack in my daughters lunchbox is fruit, biltong, nuts, a sandwich. They are yummy and Zoe enjoys it 😉

    January 5, 2016 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Nikki (@JellyBeanie4)

    Would so love this!

    January 5, 2016 at 9:50 am
  • Reply hlelileb34

    My lunch box items for my son are yogurt topped with fresh fruit , grapes and sandwich. although he likes eating junk food i try all the time to add on a healthy snack like adding whole grain cereal..

    Thanks for giving us this opportunity to win this hamper and Happy New Year

    January 5, 2016 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Anne

    Cheese sandwiches are a staple, along with a selection of fruits (apple pieces, strawberries, kiwi slices and grapes) and a wedge of laughing cow cheese

    January 5, 2016 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Cornell Botha

    My lunchboxes always have a plain yoghurt, a fruit or 2 and some raisins in!

    January 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply zasha

    My son already loves these Barni Bears! I like to put banana bread and fruit in his lunch box.

    January 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply ailsaloudon

    A sandwich, orange juice and fruit.

    January 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Tamra Sykes

    Awesome prize! Our standard lunchbox items are usually a yoghurt, a fruit and a muffin.

    January 6, 2016 at 6:05 am
  • Reply Melissa de la Croix

    This would be super handy to have! One of our new years resolutions is to camp and get out more and this picnic set would be a blessing for that! Plus my little Zoe loves Barni bears! She would be so happy.

    January 6, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • Reply Melissa de la Croix

      Ooh and almost forgot! Zoe takes a Yogurt and a fruit item for lunch 🙂 and now that I type that it seems like a boring routine

      January 6, 2016 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Sam

    Up until this year Kade got lunches at school, now its up to me and I’m kinda freaking out!

    January 6, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Ronnae Elliott

    Provita and cheese, yoghurt, banana, apple and mini cheddars.

    January 6, 2016 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Sharleen

    Barni Bears are awesome lunch time treats. I even like it

    January 7, 2016 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Sam Taylor

    My son loves Barni Bears – he has a pretty sweet tooth so they tick all the boxes for him. Sadly treat day at school is only allowed on a Friday, so I try to make it count.

    January 7, 2016 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Helie

    We also love Barni!!!

    January 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Adele

    Im terrible at making lunch boxes, going to try this year to send more exciting things, especially for the husband, as think he is getting tired of sandwiches! My go too’s are generally sandwiches, fruit and some nuts!

    January 7, 2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Marc

    My lunchbox items are sandwiches and a banana

    January 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Tina Pieterse

    My girls love Barni bears! Im lucky enough to have a school that provides lunch so I just need to pack a snack which usually consists of a fruit or crisps or mini bites or biscuits and a yoghurt. I try and mix it up a bit so that they dont get too bored

    January 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm
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