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27 Aug, 2015

Ottawa giveaway alert! Making lunch… with help from terra20

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

We have a winner! Congratulations Tanya! 

I don’t pack my kids’ lunches anymore. I stopped doing it as soon as they were old enough to open the mayonnaise jar and cut their sandwiches in half. It may have been second or third grade, I’m not sure, but I will say this: this decision was a win/win situation for all involved. Not only I was able to preserve what little sanity I have in the morning, but by giving them the power to pack their lunches they picked up some important life skills. For example:

  • They learned about the kinds of foods we should be eating, and why.
  • They learned out how much food they need to eat so they don’t feel hungry… and what happens when you come home with an uneaten sandwich. (Hint: Mummy hates food waste.)
  • They learned how long it takes them to eat a lunch.
  • They learned about litterless lunches: garbage, recycling, food waste, and composting.
  • They learned that apples go brown when you slice them up unless you add a bit of lemon juice or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.
  • They learned that warm cheese slices aren’t very pleasant to eat. Even if there are crackers involved.
  • They learned that lunch does not have to be a sandwich, or what everyone else is eating.

My part of the deal was this: I’d buy lunch-related items, but they’d pack it all up. Washing the lunch containers was also supposed to be their domain, but my plans didn’t quite work out in that regard. Hmph.

I learned some lessons along the way too. I learned how to make granola bars that were better than store bought. I learned that kids don’t care if they eat the same lunch every day. I learned the value of a really good thermos. And I also learned that not all lunch and water bottles are created equally. This is why I’m very happy that Fishbowl patron, terra20, has stepped up for this giveaway!

The lunch section at terra20 is one of my favourite parts of the store. They’ve pretty much cornered the market with a wide array of lunch-related wares. In fact, there is a handy resource on their website if you need some advice finding a lunch container that’s right for you.

We’ve gone through a LOT of different lunch containers here at Casa Fishbowl. Personally, I love the kind with attached lids. The Sistema containers totally fit the bill in this regard and we’ve had great success with the lunch cube. (There’s a buy more/save more deal on Sistema right now which you can check out right here.)

It is worth noting that lunch section isn’t just for kids either, there are items for grownups who pack their own lunches too… and some great designs too.  (I am currently coveting this cooler bag!)

terra20 is giving one lucky winner a $50 gift card to kickstart another season of packing lunches, whether it’s for school or for the workplace. Would you like to win? Read on!

  • In order for your entry to qualify, have a look through the lunch pages on the terra20 website. Leave a comment below telling me what product caught your eye.
  • One entry per email address please!
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on September 4. I’ll contact the winner via email, who can pick up the gift card at one of the terra20 locations (Pinecrest or Wellington West). The winner will be posted here as well. So please check back!
  • Did you know that terra20 is on Twitter and Facebook? Following terra20 on social media is not a requirement of this giveaway but it’s a great way of keeping up with great deals and special events.

That’s it. Over to you. Good luck!

81 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert! Making lunch… with help from terra20"

1 | valerie

August 27th, 2015 at 10:03 am


This is a great giveaway. I’ve got my eye on those reusable snack bags. Too many times we’ve sent rice cakes or bagels in a ziplock bag (which the school frowns on) because the hard sandwich containers take up too much room. These would be perfect (esp one covered with bikes!).

2 | Kelly

August 27th, 2015 at 10:16 am


This is a great contest! I’ve got my eye on the “Red beet large cooler bag”. It would be perfect for keeping lunches cool and fresh!

3 | Misty Pratt

August 27th, 2015 at 10:27 am


We gave up on Bento Boxes, as my kids just eat too much food to fit in there! So we’ve resorted to a big lunch bag and lots of little containers. Problem is, they’re all plastic and probably contain horrible chemicals. I’d love to replace some with stainless steel – maybe the Kids Konserve ones!

4 | Sonya

August 27th, 2015 at 10:36 am


I love all the lunch products at Terra 20! I’d probably stock up on some more reusable baggies and some good stainless steel containers :)

5 | Cathy C

August 27th, 2015 at 11:20 am


Love the stainless steel container trio Perfect for litterless lunches

6 | Brenda A

August 27th, 2015 at 11:33 am


Agreed with the Sistema products. We are trying them for the first time beginning in September and they look incredibly promising! I would love to buy the smaller dip containers to go with the larger cubes. Terra20 has an amazing selection of back to school containers.

7 | Nora

August 27th, 2015 at 11:40 am


All of the products look really interesting. These look like great gifts for a grandmother to buy for her grandchildren. I’ll be visiting the store soon in order to take a good look at the cubes … they sound very useful.

8 | Tanya O'Connor

August 27th, 2015 at 12:01 pm


Loved the Bento boxes and the stainless steel snack containers :)

9 | joy

August 27th, 2015 at 12:05 pm


i love the Swell bottles!

10 | Debbie Pagurek

August 27th, 2015 at 12:29 pm


Wonderful contest and timely too!
I like the Purple Bento Lunch Box and I’m also eyeing some of the reusable cutlery!

11 | Laura

August 27th, 2015 at 12:56 pm


Love the TO GO Chill it Lunch Container!
Great give-a-way. Even if not the lucky winner I may need to get some of these containers.

12 | Marion MacPhee

August 27th, 2015 at 12:56 pm


Magenta stainless steel containers

13 | Cathy

August 27th, 2015 at 1:30 pm


Love the purple dandelion cooler pack! so pretty. Thanks for the great giveaway!

14 | Kim

August 27th, 2015 at 1:36 pm


I am in LOVE woth the reusable snack bags! The BEnto boxes are super cool, too. Love Terra20!

15 | Angela M

August 27th, 2015 at 1:37 pm


I have to agree, we have several of the Sistema products and they are fantastic! However, I need to stock up on more stainless steel snack trio containers and more reusable snack bags (I want some for me!!)

16 | Karen

August 27th, 2015 at 2:03 pm


The multi flask is the bomb!

17 | Life of K

August 27th, 2015 at 2:09 pm


Great giveaway! We don’t have a thermos yet.. wasn’t sure if we’d need one, but I’d definitely pick up one of the stainless steel insulated food jars if I won!

18 | Betsy

August 27th, 2015 at 2:28 pm


Is this open to folks in the US? Been packing school lunches for 10 years and still looking for water bottles that don’t leak.

19 | Mel

August 27th, 2015 at 3:42 pm


I’d love some stainless steel containers. thanks for the chance!

20 | Sausage

August 27th, 2015 at 5:48 pm


The Kids Conserve ice pack is cool, as are the bento boxes. They may help me get out of the lunch funk: sandwich, fruit and muffin.

21 | EmmyB

August 27th, 2015 at 7:07 pm


I’d quite like the Union Jack lunch bag (http://www.terra20.com/fluf-lunch-bag-union-jack) for one of my dual-citizen kids.

22 | Vivian

August 27th, 2015 at 7:40 pm


I was actually at terra20 today and was eyeing the Kids Konserve stainless steel trio of containers. In an effort to use less plastic, we’ve been using (heavy) pyrex containers for his lunch, and the steel is a lot lighter.

23 | maryatparenthood

August 27th, 2015 at 7:42 pm


We are always on the lookout for containers that hold liquid without spilling (and that don’t get moldy in places that don’t clean – yech) so the 100% spillproof drink containers caught my eye. That and the elephant lunch box, although I wish there were dimensions and pictures of the inside posted…

24 | KristaR

August 27th, 2015 at 8:02 pm


I love the brown birds cooler bag and could use some reusable snack bags. So many lovely things…

25 | Laura Daub

August 27th, 2015 at 8:22 pm


My favourites are definitely the Stainless Steel Snack Trio Containers!

26 | Rebecca S

August 27th, 2015 at 9:01 pm


ooooo, I could sure use some of those stainless steel containers (like the trio). I have glass containers for home, but they definitely don’t travel well!

27 | Maranda

August 27th, 2015 at 9:49 pm


My older boys could use the stainless steel snack trio and/or other stainless containers for sure!

28 | Elise

August 27th, 2015 at 10:00 pm


I would pick an owl lunch bag for my little one!

29 | Sasha

August 28th, 2015 at 6:32 am


If I’m being practical, I have to say my kindergarteners could use the mini stainless steel snack containers or the smaller sized U Konserve thermoses, but what I really want is the blue bike insulated lunch bag. Thanks for hosting such a well timed give away!

30 | Kate S

August 28th, 2015 at 8:35 am


As our kids start to pack their own lunches containers are key. Stainless steel – especially the trio look great as well as one of the several
Insulated bags.

31 | Jan ODonnell

August 28th, 2015 at 8:52 am


Loved the Bentology divided boxes combo but stainless steel thermoses are a must have too for hot lunch options.

32 | catherine

August 28th, 2015 at 9:02 am


We could definitely use some more Lunchskins!

33 | Alecia O'Beien

August 28th, 2015 at 9:18 am


Union Jack lunch bag!! Love it for me ????

34 | Tricia

August 28th, 2015 at 11:56 am


The TO GO lunch container looks great. Or any nesting containers.

35 | Jana

August 28th, 2015 at 3:23 pm


I’ve been wanting to change over my kid’s plastic food containers with good stainless steel ones for awhile. I have my eye on the; Stainless Steel Snack Trio Containers. Thanks for organizing the draw, I’m a fan of your blog.

36 | Jason

August 28th, 2015 at 3:24 pm


I like the lunch containers with the clip on lids, great for sandwiches or fruits!

37 | Kate G

August 28th, 2015 at 4:13 pm


The Onyx 12 cm will be perfect! it can hold the constant array of veggie salads that are created for lunches at our place – especially those from Oh She Glows.

38 | Patricia Dodge

August 28th, 2015 at 5:28 pm


Love the safari be to boxes, cute and practical.

39 | Fiona

August 28th, 2015 at 8:04 pm


I am a fan of the Crocidile Creek designs.

40 | Carly

August 28th, 2015 at 8:30 pm


We’re partial to the So Young lunch bags – so durable and not too babyish, which is a firm requirement of our Grade 4 son. There are so many options, though! We might have to branch out!

41 | Sara

August 28th, 2015 at 9:46 pm


Purple dandelion cooler bag by So Young!

42 | Kelly

August 29th, 2015 at 4:01 am


Trio stainless steel snack containers! Also the reusable snack bags – I never seem to have enough!!

43 | Tammy

August 29th, 2015 at 12:37 pm


I can’t wait to try the reusable snack bags!!

44 | Stephanie Ware

August 29th, 2015 at 12:50 pm


Love the stainless steel containers

45 | Randi Morry

August 29th, 2015 at 8:04 pm


I love the bentology collection, so many useful pieces!

46 | Patricia S

August 30th, 2015 at 7:53 am


I’m a big fan on all in one containers that are split up….but without all the extra things to clean (and lose) like the traditional bento boxes. So I like the Sistema Quadline container.

47 | Elana Aptowitzer

August 30th, 2015 at 8:25 am


Those stainless steel snack containers are beauties! Those would be perfect for everyone in the family!

48 | nikki

August 30th, 2015 at 12:04 pm


I love Sistema containers – dishwasher safe and easy for little hands to open. Would definitely pick up some more of those!

49 | Katie

August 30th, 2015 at 2:30 pm


what a selection. I found it hard to choose. I need a new lunch bag and it needs to be washable. The cotton ones by fluf Look lovely. Great designs, I’d probably pick the hi :) combo. And hope it is big enough to fit a oynx steel bundle in it.
Thanks for the well timed contest. And your constant lunch inspirations all year long. You have definitely helped my lunches be more interesting!

50 | Shawna

August 30th, 2015 at 6:44 pm


The stainless steel containers look good to me. I’m all about dishwasher safe.

51 | Tammy

August 30th, 2015 at 9:24 pm


The Sistema containers look great! Would love a couple of them.

52 | Steph Duffey

August 30th, 2015 at 11:19 pm


I love Terra 20 and all their products! I really love the reusable snack bags and the juice in a box for my little ones…and so many others!!!

53 | Heather Belanger

August 31st, 2015 at 8:58 am


I too am a fan of the Sistema containers. In fact, we’ve been using the same ones for three years! Would love to freshen up our collection. I also see some new shapes that we don’t have (Oatmeal).

54 | katevpa

August 31st, 2015 at 9:25 am


oooooh, i love all the colibri reusable bags. I’ve been wanting to get some for my daughter’s lunch box. They would take up a lot less space than all the containers we use right now.

55 | Stephane Desrosiers

August 31st, 2015 at 10:46 am


Although my wife would love to get Tiffin Carriers, I’d lean towards a set of microwaveable Sistema containers as I’m running short on those.

56 | Suzanne

August 31st, 2015 at 10:49 am


have been using LunchCubes for years now – am always on the lookout for leak-proof smaller containers to go in them! Also – I think we need a new thermos – 2 kids fight over the “good” one I found at Value Village… the loser has to use the small plastic one.

57 | Tiana

August 31st, 2015 at 11:34 am


I’d for sure get the bento box or the bits n bites combo set.

58 | cheryl

August 31st, 2015 at 12:15 pm


The steel snack trios look good to me!

59 | Alison Lynch

August 31st, 2015 at 12:27 pm


Hi Andrea. The large and small reuseable snack bags definitely caught my eye – it’s a great to cut back on ziplock bags. They’re fun and colourful too!

60 | Stephanie

August 31st, 2015 at 1:28 pm


I would like to stock up on some stainless steel containers!

61 | Carlene Heathorn

August 31st, 2015 at 3:43 pm


I can’t decide between the red beet lunch bag or the stainless steel containers…..and is it terrible that I would use them for my lunch and not my kids?

62 | Marni

September 1st, 2015 at 12:16 pm


Would love to invest in the stainless steel snack trio. Also love the reusable snack bags and have bought them for gifts!

63 | Cath

September 1st, 2015 at 2:49 pm


The Divided Dishes Bentology Flower Bundle is super cute.

Do they have anything that guarantees the contents get eaten?!

Great giveaway!

64 | Kat

September 1st, 2015 at 6:35 pm


The smart, functional and eco friendly PlanetBox!!

65 | KL

September 1st, 2015 at 7:31 pm


Oh the PlanetBox it’s so lovely. One piece no little parts to search for. Amazing.

66 | Vanessa Smart

September 1st, 2015 at 8:40 pm


We love the SIstema lunch boxes! Have been using them for years – durable, eco-friendly, and just the right size!

67 | AJ DeForest

September 2nd, 2015 at 7:44 am


The oh Canada lunch bag is awesome.

68 | Brenda

September 2nd, 2015 at 8:45 am


I really like, and want, the Kids Konserve Stainless Steel containers!

69 | Leslie

September 2nd, 2015 at 5:27 pm


I really like the Sistema TO GO Salad Container and the stainless steel containers (they don’t hold smell!) A great thermos would come in handy. Big appetites sometimes need more than one!

70 | Melanie Lackey

September 2nd, 2015 at 8:12 pm


I would love to try the dark blue stainless steel insulated jars, I love those kinds!

71 | CeeB

September 3rd, 2015 at 2:22 pm


I love the Sistema Klip It items. I’ll have to plan a trip to Terra20 this weekend… we’re still not back-to-school ready in our house… eek!

72 | Jade

September 3rd, 2015 at 5:02 pm


I’m loving everything from Fluf (a Canadian company!), but I’m particularly interested in their adorable snack bags.

73 | Steph

September 3rd, 2015 at 11:28 pm


I love the 6 piece Bento Box set. I think it would help be me more creative with lunches.

74 | Alison in Ottawa

September 4th, 2015 at 12:22 am


I would be interested in trying out the Sistema containers.. this is the year I hand over lunch making responsibility to the kids…I wonder how it will go?

75 | Crystal

September 4th, 2015 at 7:43 am


I like all the unique ice pack options!

76 | Tracy

September 4th, 2015 at 8:49 am


The Stainless Steel Snack Trio Containers are great! This post reminded me that I need to get more.

77 | kelly

September 4th, 2015 at 8:50 am


Those stainless steel containers are awesome! I need more of those in my life… Great giveaway!

78 | Jessa Reid

September 4th, 2015 at 11:27 am


I love the ninja sandwich bag. I have been using that brand for a couple years and they’re awesome. My kids are still little and they can open them with no problem, and washing the bags is easy (I do it inside out in the washer). I don’t have the ninja print yet!

79 | andrea tomkins

September 4th, 2015 at 12:10 pm


This giveaway is officially closed to new entries. The name of the winner will be posted here and will be contacted via email.

80 | AKP

September 4th, 2015 at 1:40 pm


I love the Stephen Joseph Reusable Snack Bags. We’ve been using them for a few years – they save us using lots of ziploc bags and can withstand the dishwasher!

81 | andrea tomkins

September 4th, 2015 at 1:45 pm


We have a winner! It’s commenter #8 – Tanya O’Connor – who wrote:

“Loved the Bento boxes and the stainless steel snack containers :)”

Congratulations Tanya. Check your email!

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