Van’s Natural Foods

You may not know it, but Van’s has been cooking up tasty, good-for-you waffles for almost a half century. It all started back in the 1970s when the Van Dam family opened a swinging waffle joint in Southern California. By the late 1980s, our groovy little beachside favorite (cool!) had outgrown itself, and the Van Dam family decided it was time to bring their creations to a whole new group of customers—right in their local grocery stores.


Chocolate for breakfast? I’m allowed! With Van’s Natural Triple Chocolate Muffin Crowns that is. They are GOOD for me you see ~ 6g fiber, 3g protein and 7g whole grain.

Tonight I actually ate one for my evening snack ~ warm in the micro ~ next time I think I’ll add a little frozen yogurt to go with it!

The Wild Blueberry is yummy too ~ whole blueberries, oats and 8g whole grains.

Don’t feel guilty eating muffins again!





A staple we always have in our freezer…waffles.

We tried out the most non-fun waffle (poor boys) to eat at our house. The Multi-Grain ~ 8 Whole Grains. I could have chosen Berry, or Belgian, or even Chocolate Waffle Sticks (yum!).

We love ours with honey!






The favorite all around was the Cinnamon French Toast Sticks.

They are Gluten, Dairy, & Egg Free.

Easy to heat up in the toaster, easy to eat with your fingers, and easy on the dishes with no mess!

Dip in some sweet flavored syrup and you are good to go!




Don’t know why I haven’t grabbed the Buttermilk Pancakes yet, but that is next on my list!

What is a favorite breakfast at your house?


I received some samples for review and all opinions are my own.

Making Life Easier When On The Go

As a mom I am always looking for shortcuts or just easier ways in general to get things done.

When I’m on the go ~ anything to make my trip out more efficient is a bonus. Or also anything to make my errands a little more FUN always helps too!

When I go grocery shopping, a task that I dread, I treat myself to an iced latte or cappuccino as a little treat to myself.


Here are some other tips I have come across to speed up my time away from home…

~ Planning ahead. Making lists about where I have to go, what I need to bring with me and what I need to do or buy at that place. I’m a list girl!

~ Make a Schedule with a route. Keep in mind traffic and how to get from here to there the quickest way. I don’t want to be zig-zagging all over town for my errands

~ Bring your own cloth bags. You’re not only saving the landfill but you can help bag your purchases and carry your belongings in and out of the car easier too!

~ GPS ~ since we’ve moved to three different cities in three years it is sometimes to hard to find my way. My GPS has saved me countless minutes as it leads me in the right direction.

~ My new SmartPhone has helped me more than I ever thought it would. I can add my lists to it, check my bank account if I’m iffy on how much money is in there, and let my kids play games. Yes that is a time saver too as they stay out of my hair!

~ Keeping extras in the car. Extra wipes, extra clothes, extra sunglasses, extra books, toys, snacks, the list could go on. If I’m prepared than everything runs more smoothly!

~ First aid kit and keep it stocked with lots of bandaids! You never know when you will need it and it will come in handy!

~ AAA for towing, battery loss, or discounts. We have saved TONS of time and money with our membership.

~ When you find cheap(er) gas fill up the tank and keep an eye on the gauge. It’s awful to be on low while trying to find the lowest priced gas.

~ Stay at the task on hand. It’s easy to get sidetracked, but if you stay with your schedule then things with go more efficiently.


I know sometimes it gets to be hectic and crazy so hope some of these little tidbits might help ya a bit. I’d love to hear how you make your outings more efficient too!


I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.