Boy do I have something fun to post about today! A yubo review & giveaway! I'm so pleased that one of my readers will get to enjoy this unique lunchbox system for free!
We've been using our yubo for a few weeks now. It's one of my favourites to pack, and I think it's Pickle's all-time favourite to take lunch in. He wants to take it every day, but sometimes he has to share with his little kindergartner sister, Sprout :) Here's a fun yubo lunch I packed for her:
Yes, 2 runny things! No, I'm not at all concerned about them spilling and making a mess in the lunchbox - the inner containers are definitely tried and true leakproof :) In fact, when Pickle took this Snoopy lunch (below) he dropped it while running across the schoolyard - on the pavement - and everything in his lunch, including the yogurt, remained intact!
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Now, back to telling you about the yubo!
The yubo lunchbox is made up of the lunchbox frame, handle, outer walls (or lid and bottom if you prefer), and 2 faceplates. The handle can be attached anywhere along the outer frame. The faceplates can be changed, and yubo has many to choose from, including holiday designs - you can even get them personalized with names and/or photographs!
The yubo Deluxe comes with it's own custom ice pack, a large square & 2 small round containers. They're just the right size for a yogurt :) Some yogurt cups are a perfect fit too (see below). You can also purchase additional yubo containers & accessories, like the medium-sized ones in Sprout's lunch (top) and the drink holder attached to the frame of Pickle's yubo (above).
The inner containers are easy for my kidlets to open & close, and they don't leak! And even if they don't put the lids back on when they pack up from lunch, and yogurt ends up all over the inside of the lunchbox, it's all right - it comes apart easily for cleaning - but not too easily - it can survive typical kid roughness. I can tell Pickle's takes some abuse judging by how dirty it is when he gets home, but that's okay - the whole thing goes in the dishwasher!
Our yubo lunchbox is in demand!
You might remember in my Back to School post, I mentioned that there was more to the story of our hectic morning? Well, it might have appeared as if we had 2 yubos, when in fact, we only have 1... There was a bit of a battle over that yubo :) I had packed an adorable apple bento in it, for Sprout:
Now, the yubo is Pickle's favourite - but I hadn't meant for it to belong to any one person, I thought the sproutlets could share it, so when it came in the mail and Pickle asked "Is that a new lunchbox for me?", I said "Yep, it's for everybody!"... I thought he understood ...
I was mistaken though ... when Pickle saw Sprout's apple-themed First day of school lunch packed in his new favourite lunchbox, he was quite upset. Remember, he's autistic, and doesn't switch gears as quickly as some kids, and he was stuck on taking that yubo for his first day. So, since Sprout only had a half day for her first day of Kindergarten and didn't really need to take a lunchbox, I took her lunch out and repacked it for him.
Luckily, I'd bought some extra inner containers, so it was a quick fix :) And clearly I was going to need to buy another yubo!
Things I Love
- Containers don't leak.
- Lunchbox and containers are easy for kids to open & close.
- So easy to clean - love that the whole thing is washable, and in the dishwasher too!
- Versatility - I love being able to arrange the inner containers different ways, with different sizes, yet all fitting together.
- Changeable faceplates & overall look make it fun & unique.
- Ice pack perfectly sized for container.
- Availability of additional inner containers means I can pack portions ahead of time for faster mornings.
- Drink holder attaches with velcro, which may wear out... or not :)
[1 year & many washings later, still holding strong]
- Multiple small containers & lids means more things to open & close & try not to lose. [we've not lost any yet!]
- Slightly bulky, especially when drink holder added. Kids don't seem to mind though! [carried vertically it feels much less bulky] It does fit in their backpacks though.
Overall, I love the design of the yubo! It's eco-friendly, practical, and fun.
Yubo is Sproutlet Approved!
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