Sunday, July 23, 2017

Victoria Fine Foods Marinara Sauce with Avocado Oil


My kids would eat marinara sauce all day if they could. When I ask what they want for dinner, it's always some type of pasta with sauce. I think they forget they are half Indian.

I am always trying to find a better-for-them version of marinara sauce, and I love that I found this one from Victoria Fine Foods.

Our flagship, slow-cooked marinara gets an updated twist. For our Avocado Oil Marinara, we sauté our fresh onions and garlic in antioxidant rich avocado oil. Now you can have all the benefits of avocado oil with the traditional Italian flavor you already love. A delicious indulgence you can feel good about eating.
I love that it has avocado oil, so the kids get that nice dose of healthy fats. The sauce is beyond delicious too, I have used it in lasagna and baked ziti, both were a huge hit!

You can find Victoria Fine Foods products here.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Almondina Toastees


There are days when I want a snack, but I don't want anything too sweet, and I am not craving salty. Those are the days I grab a bag of Almondina Toastees. I can literally eat an entire bag. I have to remind myself to put the bag AWAY. They are so good. Nice light almond flavor paired with things like cranberry or lemon. Such a great treat to have with a cup of coffee or tea and just enough in a serving to tide me over. 

Cranberry Almond
Packed with almonds and cranberries. This bite sized snack has no salt or fat added, no cholesterol and no preservatives. Made from simple ingredients that are baked then toasted for a crispy crunch. Great with coffee & tea, yogurt or ice cream, excellent paired with cheeses and a great snack for children of all ages. A family recipe proudly baked in Maumee, Ohio.


Coconut Orange Almond
Loaded with roasted almonds and toasted coconut with a hint of orange citrus. This bite sized snack has no salt or fat added, no cholesterol and no preservatives. Made from simple ingredients that are baked then toasted for a crispy crunch. Great with coffee & tea, yogurt or ice cream, excellent paired with cheeses and a great snack for children of all ages.


Lemon Poppy Almond
Loaded with almonds and poppy seeds with a hint of lemon zest. This bite sized snack has no salt or fat added, no cholesterol and no preservatives. Made from simple ingredients that are baked then toasted for a crispy crunch. Great with coffee & tea, yogurt or ice cream, excellent paired with cheeses and a great snack for children of all ages


Sesame Almond
Packed with almonds and toasted sesame seeds. This bite sized snack has no salt or fat added, no cholesterol and no preservatives. Made from simple ingredients that are baked then toasted for a crispy crunch. Great with coffee & tea, yogurt or ice cream, excellent paired with cheeses and a great snack for children of all ages. 

My favorite is definitely the Lemon Poppy Almond. I love the lemon flavor with the almond, it's so good! I find my Almondina Toastees at Publix. You can see which stores sell them by you here

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Gluten Free Cookies 'n Cream Layer Cake by Inspired by Happiness






Reminiscent of an old-time favorite, Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake features layers of melt-in-your-mouth cake; cubes of cookies; and silky vanilla cream mousse made with real cream cheese, smothered with dark chocolate ganache and a white chocolate drizzle. Cravin' for Cookies & Cream sets a new standard for gluten-free, giving dessert the decadence it deserves with a homemade taste and amazing, moist textures.

This Gluten Free cake is SO yummy. The kids and I all had it one night after dinner, and no one could even tell it was GF. Inspired by Happiness has a nice selection of gluten free cakes including:

  • Dreamin’ of Strawberries White Chocolate Shortcake and 
  • Dreamin’ of Chocolate Dark & White Chocolate Layer Cake
Our favorite by far though is the Cravin' for Cookies & Cream. You can purchase Inspired by Happiness products at Target.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Revell Junior Kit Disney's Cars 3

 When Riley was younger, he was really into Cars. Not just Disney Cars, but every kind of car. He knew all the makes and models and designs and which were his favorites. He knew the worlds fastest car, and what its top speed was, and he completely loved everything with an engine and 4 wheels.

I remember when he was going through this phase, that we bought him some of the Revell kits. He was so excited, but we had to help him put them together, which frustrated him. He was only 6 but he wanted to do it by himself. I am so excited to tell you that now there are kits from Revell that the little ones can do all on their own!



The Revell Junior Kit™-Disney•Pixar Lightning McQueen car is a model assembly kit that will engage your child in a way that ordinary toys can’t. Revell Model Assembly Kits provide engaging, productive play that teaches kids how to follow instructions, build logic, think dimensionally and participate in a non-stop adventure of imagination. The ergonomic screwdriver and unique screw and nut system allows your child to easily assemble and disassemble for hours of creative play. Easy touch hood activates the light up headlights and authentic Lightning McQueen “Ka-CHOW” & racing sounds! They will love the fun of building their very own Lightning McQueen car right from the Cars 3 movie!






The Revell Junior Cars 3 Kits can be purchased online or at Target for about $25 each.






Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Lightseekers Awakening the Future of Connected Play





Lightseekers Awakening is a next generation adventure role playing video game connecting smart action figures, trading cards, & comics in ways never seen before.

Every element of the Lightseekers universe interacts with our game. That means physical trading cards, digital action figures, comics, posters, packaging, videos and more will unlock additional rewards and new content. Everything works together to make your gaming experience even more compelling. The more support we receive, the more we will create that will enhance the Lightseekers game and reward you, the player.

A Large, Open World to Explore: Lightseekers takes place on the fantastical planet, Tantos. Unlike many other games, Tantos is not built from a series of small levels. We've taken great care to make Tantos a living, breathing, ever-changing world with thousands of hours of repeatable gameplay, that caters to the needs of even the most adventurous explorers. 




Lightseekers Awakening can be purchased online here.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

New Chobani Smooth Greek Yogurt




I love that my kids love yogurt. Especially that they love Greek yogurt. It's so good for them, full of protein and real fruit. Recently Chobani sent me a box of their new Chobani Smooth to try.  Chobani smooth has 25% less sugar and 2 times the protein of the other yogurt brands.


Chobani Smooth comes in some really great flavors like:

  • Black Cherry
  • Peach 
  • Strawberry 
  • Vanilla
  • Blueberry





Some of the other great things about Chobani Smooth are:


My kids actually love the Chobani Smooth more than any other yogurt. They love the texture, and the creaminess. Both kids thought the strawberry was the best!

You can purchase Chobani Smooth and other Chobani products at most mass retailers and grocery stores.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Back to School Guide 2017


Whether you home school or public school or private school, I have rounded up some of the best products to help you and your kids get back on track! School starts even sooner for us this year (our co-op meets back on August 15th!) so it's just about time to start planning.


Lice Clinics of America, the nation's largest network of head lice removal clinics, has recently launched a new at-home product to make life easier for parents. When the dreaded letter comes home from the school nurse informing parents of a lice infestation, most start to freak out. But now when lice hits home, don't be worried!
The same process that is proven to be the only cure to super lice, which is also used in the clinics, is now available in the comfort of your own home. The Lice Remover Kit (LRK) is an alternative to OTC products and shampoos, as it uses a pesticide-free liquid gel to remove head lice and their eggs—all with no mess. (And no harsh scent!).

The JBL Clip 2 is a great portable speaker to clip onto your backpack and have handy wherever you go. I am using mine for speech class with my oldest son. I told him to pair his microphone up to it before class, and he is ready to go!

The JBL Clip 2 is an ultra-light, ultra-rugged and ultra-powerful portable speaker. Completely waterproof, the JBL Clip 2 provides 8 hours of playtime, allowing you to take your music wherever you go, be it land or water. Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth, or plug it into any smartphone or tablet with its attached audio cable. You can also wirelessly connect two Clip 2 speakers together to enjoy amplified sound. Use the speakerphone to make clear, noise and echo free phone calls. The JBL Clip 2 is covered with durable waterproof fabric, and earns its name with its upgraded carabiner, clipping to your clothes or backpack to take on any adventure.


RAGÚ is celebrating 80 years of bringing families together for pasta night, and makes a great dinner everyone will love, especially the kids! From traditional pasta recipes to new favorites, a RAGÚ dinner sets the stage for families to talk about all their exciting back to school stories. RAGÚ’s new Homestyle line has several delicious sauce styles your readers might be interested in like Mushroom, Meat,  Traditional, Roasted Garlic and Four Cheese. Here’s a link where you can learn more about the Homestyle sauces.



It’s no secret most kids aren't drinking enough fluids, leaving them dehydrated. Further, one-quarter of a broad cross-section of children ages 6 to 19 don't drink any water as part of their fluid intake.

Leading nutritionists like Nutrition Stripped author McKel Hill and fitness experts including Biggest Loser’s former trainer Kim Lyons swear by rehydrating products like True Citrus—a unique line of crystallized, clean-labeled lemonades and limeades—that make drinking water taste better, especially for kids.

True Citrus lemonades and limeades come in a variety of flavors that are sure to please any picky palate -- think raspberry lemonade, black cherry limeade, mango orange, watermelon aqua fresca, and more. And the convenient, single serve packets make them easy to pack with lunch. True Citrus is available online and in 37,000 stores nationwide.

  • Made with real citrus juices and oils
  • Sweetened with stevia and a touch of sugar
  • 10 calories per stick packet, 1 gram of sugar
  • Available in convenient on-the-go stick packets and a 2-quart size

Available in seven different flavors:
  • True Lemon® Original Lemonade (best-seller)
  • True Lemon® Raspberry Lemonade (best-seller)
  • True Lime® Black Cherry Limeade (best-seller)
  • True Lime® Limeade
  • True Orange® Mango Orange
  • True Lemon® Peach Lemonade
  • True Lime® Watermelon Aqua Fresca

Starkist Pouches are going to me by new BFF this year. Now that both kids have jumped on the tuna bandwagon, it's going to make our lunchtime so much easier. My plan is to pack some lettuce, mayo packets and tortillas, along with a few pouches of the Tuna Creations. Lunch at our homeschool co-op is going to be a breeze!

The pouches are available in 12 different varieties!
  • Ranch
  • Herb & Garlic
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Hickory Smoked
  • Sweet & Spicy 
  • Bacon Ranch
  • Honey BBQ
  • Lemon Dill (salmon) 
  • Honey Chipotle (salmon)
  • Jalapeno (bold) 
  • Thai Chili (bold)
  • Hot Buffalo (bold) 


When the kids want candy in their lunch boxes, but you also don't want to load them up with everything unhealthy, grab a pack of Hi-Chew. Made with real fruit juice, and just the right amount of chew, these treats are perfect. I stick 2 pieces in with my kids lunch and they are satisfied! 



  • BIC’s fastest drying retractable gel pen, Gel-ocity, is now available in a range of bright, fun colors. 



  • The BIC Velocity pencil features a soft gel grip that molds to your hand and provides smooth, dark writing. The BIC Velocity also has a 75% larger eraser for more erasing power. 


  • The well-known BIC 4-Color is now available with 3 inks + 1 pencil. An efficient writing utensil that can allow you to take colorful notes, edit and sketch!

  • New Intensity Fineliner, is the perfect pen for writing doodling and coloring. The sleek collection is available in a variety of pack sizes and an assortment of colors.

  • With a soft-feel barrel, the BIC Soft Feel retractable ball pen provides the ultimate writing comfort. 

  • Stay stylish with the BIC Atlantis pen that comes in pink or purple that writes in black.





When children have trouble staying regular, they often feel uncomfortable. From the brand most recommended by Pediatricians†, Culturelle® Kids Regularity provides a safe, gentle and drug-free way to help restore regularity and keep kids’ digestive systems running smoothly, making it the perfect choice when changes in your child’s diet alone are not enough.*

  • Culturelle® Kids Regularity contains a unique blend of naturally sourced ingredients developed just for kids’ digestive systems:
  • 2.5 billion CFU’s of Lactobacillus GG, the #1 clinically studied probiotic strain in kids††, to balance intestinal microflora and minimize discomfort while helping get your child’s digestive system back on track.*
  • 3.5 grams of dietary fiber, the equivalent of one small apple, sourced from whole fruit kiwi and inulin – a prebiotic vegetable fiber from chicory root.
  • Gentle on a child’s digestive system, it’s gluten-free,≠ dairy-free,≠≠ sugar-free≠≠≠ and has no harsh stimulants.

Glitzi is Squishy just like slime! Super Stretchy! Comes in 3 containers with 3 different colors. Silver, Purple, and Gold - all with glitter!
  • Oddly Satisfying Glitzi - Squishy Like Slime
  • Ready-Made so No Glue Needed!
  • Stretch It, Squeeze It, Squoosh it!
  • 3 Glittery colors - Gold, Purple, and Silver included in individual containers
  • Net Wt. 8.4oz


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.