Dad of Divas' Reviews: Product Review - Lunch Buddies

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Product Review - Lunch Buddies

About the Product
Between the grumblings of early morning wake-up calls, chaotic breakfasts and rushing to the bus stop, the new school year makes means that mornings are rarely peaceful or stress-free for parents.

Busy parents Jim and Monika Adorney know the routine all too well.

It was the Adorneys crazy schedules, and Jim’s love for design, that led to the creation of Lunchbox Buddies™, a product that helps even the busiest of parents maintain an active role in their child’s day.

Each packet of Lunchbox Buddies™ contains 20 notes to add into a child’s lunchbox – enough for one month’s worth of lunches – and are heavy enough to be colored, collected and traded. Every note features a different character, from Zoob the Space Cadet to Lester the Goofball, with an accompanying message. There’s also room for parents to personalize the note with a message of their own.

For the Adorneys, packing notes in their daughters’ lunchboxes are just another way to build a connection with their children, and let them know that they’re thinking about them even when they can’t be there.

Now a Boston-based designer, Jim’s love for drawing began at a young age. When his daughters entered grade school, Monika began packing notes with their lunches, and Jim would draw a cartoon to accompany each note. Jim’s wacky characters became an instant hit among his daughters and their friends, and the family joined together to take on the Lunchbox Buddies™ endeavor.

“I’ve been drawing cartoon characters ever since I was in elementary school,” says Jim. “With the help of my family, these characters completely evolved and developed identities and personalities.”

The Adorneys are excited to offer a product that not only benefits parents, but also children.

“My wife and I are big believers that small things like notes in a lunchbox can make a huge difference with your relationship with your kids,” says Adorney. “As a working dad, I’m able to play an active role in my daughters’ days, even if I’m at the office early and staying late.”

Lunchbox Buddies™
Price: $3.99 per pack; pack of 20
Available for purchase at

About Jim Adorney and Family
Jim Adorney is the creative director of a Boston-based design firm, and has been in the art and design industry for over 20 years.

Jim grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and discovered his love for design at a young age. After studying communications and business at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Jim moved to New York where he met wife, Monika.

When their daughters entered school, Jim and Monika began the routine of including daily notes in their daughter’s lunchboxes. Jim channeled his love for design to draw kooky cartoons on the notes, which became an instant hit with their daughters and their classmates. The family worked together to develop more characters for the Lunchbox Buddies™ line.

Jim and Monika currently reside in Scituate, Massachusetts, with their three daughters: Sabine, Milena and Lisette.

My Take on the Product 
These were fun for both us as a parent and for my daughters as well. The characters were crazy looking and the messages were fun. One of the things that was also fun outside of this is that you can color in the cards by hand if you would like (or you can leave them as is also. The best thing about these cards is that you can show your kids that you are thinking about them while they are away, while at the same time placing a smile on their faces when they find their card. All-in-all this was a great product that is a great add-on for any lunch that you may pack for your own child!

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