Note: The giveaway is officially closed. A second giveaway will be announced on September 6, so stay tuned!

The reality of the kids returning to school is always bittersweet for me: I’ll miss having them around, but relish the quiet. I’ll long for the relaxed rhythm of summer, but enjoy the restore to order in my house. And then there are those lunches to pack, something that looms large when I think about the return to school

When it comes to banging out lunches day-in day-out, being organized is half the battle. While a well-stocked pantry is key, lunch packing supplies are nearly as important: clean and sturdy lunchboxes, an ordered cupboard or drawer of storage containers, and good thermoses that don’t leak. I tend to choose a few key sizes of containers, have several in the rotation, and keep the lids in place so I’m not trying to match tops and bottoms in the morning rush. In a pinch, I rely on waxed paper bags, which are compostable and somehow charming.

Lucky for two of you, I’m giving away some pretty cool back-to-school loot from Pottery Barn Kids. Each winner walks away with a backpack stocked with a lunchbox, a hot thermos, and a line-up of shiny new storage containers so pretty they’d make even the liverwurst sandwiches my mother fed me look appealing.

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing a simple tip for packing lunches. Don’t be shy…chime in!
I’ll run a random drawing of all entries that are submitted by midnight PDT Sunday August 14. Also, remember that new subscribers each week for the remainder of August will be entered to win a Kleen Kanteen.

Mom’s Kitchen Handbook has teamed up with Pottery Barn Kids to develop recipes and tips for a healthy back-to-school season. As part of this exciting partnership, the company has provided Mom’s Kitchen Handbook in-kind product for reader giveaways and personal use. You can my find recipes and “how to” cooking videos by going to Pottery Barn Kids .