Van’s Pasta & Granola Review {Plus #Giveaway}

**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review.  All opinions are mine alone.

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At the end of January, I received a box full of Van’s Pasta & Granola.  My husband claimed the two bags of granola right away.  He put them in his lunch box and they haven’t been seen since!

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I put the three boxes of gluten free pasta in the pantry.  But every week when I meal planned, I forgot I had them as side options.

One weekend between meals, the kids were ‘starving.‘  When they asked if they could have Van’s Ultimate Cheddar Penne, I couldn’t say no!

Van's Ultimate Cheddar Penne Pasta |

It was a huge hit with my boys.

I had the Rotini & Red Sauce pasta for lunch a few days ago.  It was perfect for a quick and yummy lunch.  Rinsing the noodles didn’t add much time to the preparation process and the sauce tasted like I’d made it from scratch.

Van’s pasta was beyond easy to make – the only difference is that you rinse the noodles after they are cooked but before you add the ingredients.

Van's Rotini in Red Sauce |

Van’s pasta comes in three flavors: Creamy Herb & Garlic, Rotini & Red Sauce and Ultimate Cheddar Penne.  All three are gluten free and cook in only 10 minutes!  Van’s gluten free granola comes in Cranberry Almond and Blueberry Walnut.

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Which Van’s Pasta or Granola product would you try first? 

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{Prize: One (1) winner will Van’s Foods coupons!!}

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Homemade Fruit Snacks with Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters #ad #KidsChoiceDrink

**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KidsChoiceDrink #CollectiveBias

Homemade Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Fruit Snacks |

Do you know which awards show is this Saturday, March 28?  That’s right, the Kids’ Choice Awards!

We haven’t watched the Kids’ Choice Awards before because I didn’t think the boys would sit through it.  I think this is the year, though!  I am planning a viewing party complete with Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters for my boys and I.

James, Colin and I will be filling out my ‘Cast Your Vote’ printable before we start watching the awards.  But even with the votes recorded, you can’t have a good viewing party without snacks, can you?  So I stopped by Walmart to pick up Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters, popcorn and everything I needed to make homemade fruit snacks (including a silicone candy mold).

My store didn’t have it, but you should be on the lookout for the special Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Kids’ Choice Awards display!

Capri Sun at Walmart

Homemade fruit snacks sound really difficult to make, but I promise they are simple and don’t take much time.

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Homemade Fruit Snacks with Capri Sun Roarin' Waters + Kids' Choice Awards #ad #KidsChoiceDrink
  • 1 pouch Capri Sun Roarin' Waters
  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin
  1. Put the Capri Sun Roarin' Waters in a saucepan.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice.
  3. Warm the mixture on medium heat, stirring until the gelatin completely dissolves and the liquid clears.
  4. Pour the mixture into a measuring cup with a spout.
  5. Fill silicone mold(s) carefully.
  6. Refrigerate until the fruit snacks are set.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

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These little fruit snacks are so yummy!  My kids ate them all and asked for more!

Homemade Fruit Snacks with Juice |

I think it’s necessary to have more than just fruit snacks to watch all of the Kids’ Choice Awards so I’m also going to make Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn!

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn |

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn is easy peasy!  While you pop a bag of popcorn, mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl (approx 1/2 cup sugar to 2 tsp cinnamon, more or less if you’d like).  When the popcorn is done, pour it into a large bowl, cover with cinnamon-sugar mixture and mix until coated and enjoy!

Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters is a lightly fruit-flavored water beverage, has no artificial colors or flavors, is a fun way for kids to stay hydrated* and contains only 30 calories which is why it will be our beverage of choice for the Kids’ Choice Awards!

Kid1 with Capri Sun Roarin' Waters |

Will you watch the Kids’ Choice Awards? 


*Consume a variety of beverages every day.

What we’re watching on Netflix #StreamTeam

**Full Disclosure: As a member of the Stream Team, I was provided a Netflix subscription and an iPad Mini.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

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We record a number of shows on our DVR.  Last week there was nothing good on and we didn’t have anything recorded.  My husband pulled up Netflix and we sifted through our options.  He suggested The Blacklist and I reluctantly agreed.


About The Blacklist: 

Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades.  He offers to cooperate on capturing a list of criminals who are virtually impossible to catch.  He insists on working with a rookie profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).  

Can I tell you that we’ve watched 9 episodes in 3 days?!  My husband and I have stayed up far too late because we just can’t stop watching.

I will say that I have to cover my eyes quite frequently because there are scenes I just can’t handle.  (I don’t ‘do’ blood … and there is plenty of that in the series.)  Netflix does not recommend The Blacklist for kids under 14.  I agree with their suggestion!

What are you watching on Netflix?