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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nature Valley and Fruit Roll-Ups Review and Giveaway!

For many of you summer time has arrived. We still have 3 more days of school. I'm looking forward to leaving for a much needed 2 week vacation the first day of our summer break. We are going to be driving 14 hours our first day to arrive at my sisters house in AZ. After a couple of nights there we will be driving another 8 hours to our final destination in Utah. With 4 kids I think you can imagine the amount of times we need to stop. One thing we will not be stopping for is snacks. Gas stations have over priced food so I make sure to stock up on plenty of snacks my kids will love.


In the past I have stocked up on crackers and fruit snacks. The fruit snacks are for those desperate times when I just need them to not cry for just a little bit longer because we are almost to that next stopping point. There is no nutritional value in them and they are not filling in the least bit. The crackers are good but they leave a big crummy mess behind. My husband and I love to snack on trail mix and the kids want it too but, we always find the nuts that have slipped through their fingers.


Last week General Mills, through My BlogSpark sent me a Costco Sunny Day Snack Pack to try and review. I'm so glad they did. I now have some new favorite snacks that are perfect for our upcoming road trip.



I received a large, 48 ct., box of Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars. These bars are 100% natural and they have 25% more fruit and nuts then the previous version. They are packed with almonds, peanuts, raisins, and cranberries. I love that it is trail mix in an easy to handle bar form. I don't have to worry about the nuts falling between their little fingers and all over their seats and floor. These bars are also filling and will be good to fight off hunger in between meals. Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars even satisfied my child with the picky palate. Another bonus, these bars are only 140 calories and have 8g of whole grain per serving.

My gift pack box contained 2-42 ct boxes of the Simply Fruit Roll-Ups. These are definitely a healthier alternative to the original Fruit Roll-Ups. These will be replacing fruit snacks in my house. Simply Fruit Roll-Ups are made with 90% real fruit and fruit juice. And guess what? If you have a child who won't eat fruit, hand them a Simply Fruit Roll-Up because eating just one of these equals one serving of fruit. They will think they are getting a treat and it will be our little secret. This snack has only 50 calories per roll and they are gluten-free. My children loved being able to take them to school for their snack. They come in 2 flavors, strawberry and wildberry. My kids went wild for wildberry which is fine with me because I love the strawberry. Make sure you have some wipes handy though because like most fruit roll-ups, hands will get sticky.

If you are looking for the perfect grab and go snack for your summer vacation, lazy days at the pool/beach, or everyday life, then head on over to your local Club Store and stock up on Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars and Simply Fruit Roll-Ups.

Better yet, you can win your very own Sunny Day Snack gift pack (48 ct Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars, 42 ct Simply Fruit Roll-Ups, and a $25 gift card to Costco. That's right, a $25 gift card to Costco so you can stock up on even more summer snacks.) from General Mills on behalf of My BlogSpark. Here's how:

Mandatory: Leave a comment sharing your families favorite summertime snack and make sure to leave an email or a way I can contact you if you are the winner.

For more entries you can leave a comment for each of the following:
  • Become a follower of Spice and all That's Nice and leave a comment saying so. (if you are already a follower just say so)
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave the link in a comment here.
  • Tell me what your favorite summertime activity is.

You must be 18 years old to win and live in the US.

You have until 10:00 PM MST June 7, 2010 10:00 PM MST June 8, 2010 to leave your comments. I will be doing the drawing after that and posting the results on Wed. June 8, 2010 June 9, 2010

*It may take a while to get your comments posted but, they will be by the deadline. My computer access is sketchy over the next couple of days.

15 comments:

  1. Following you Julie girl! Lots of great ideas you're always posting. Love them! Thanks!

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  2. We like the quaker granola bars. Also the nature valley sweet and salty. I used to give my kids fruit snacks. Bad idea! I am now paying for tons of dental work due to them not brushing out all the gummy fruit snacks. I will never buy them again!

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  3. Our favorite summertime snack is fruit. We usually have grapes or strawberries around. I miss living in Washington where blackberries and raspberries grew in our backyard. They are just too expensive to buy here.

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  5. Favorite summer snack: Cold watermelon!! Cool blog Julie!

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  6. Our favorite summer time activity is hiking and camping. We love being outdoors and exploring.

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  7. Our favorite summertime snack is watermelon or fruit salad. My girls and I can eat that everyday!

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  8. Our favorite snack is homemade salsa and tortilla chips!
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  9. My favorite summertime activity is swimming.
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  10. Follower on GFC!
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  11. Our favorite summertime snack is a cold bowl of fruit -- peaches, strawberries, watermelon and mangos are our favs

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  12. I follow you!
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  13. My favorite summertime activity has to be anything with water -- swimming, playing in the beach, even washing the car!

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  14. Watermelon or canteloupe are both our favorite summer snacks! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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