In this House Works, Moms Everyday blogger, Alison Bickel, has some ideas on how to spruce up your kid's lunch if you're packing it at home.
Alison suggests using different containers, getting away from the ziplock baggies. Also, she says use foods the kids will eat, even leftovers are good. You can freeze a yogurt container; it will act as an ice pack so you don't have to put another ice pack in the lunch. The yogurt will be thawed by lunchtime, too.
And to keep hot food hot in a thermos, first put in some boiling water. Then pour the boiling water out, and put the hot food in. The hot food should then stay hot until lunch.
To see Alison Bickel's blog, This Homemade Life, click here.