This is how we stay fueled up on the go…

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We are on the go this summer. Jumping from one thing to another and we love it. To keep up with all the summer fun I’m always bringing snacks with me where ever we go. How we stay fueled on the go is a sponsored post partnership with Nature Valley.


Having a five year old makes me feel like a duck mom with a bunch of ducklings.

My little one is always running from one place to the other. When we went for a walk we stumbled upon this mama duck and we both had a moment… like we both were thinking to ourselves how crazy this mothering business can be. She with her ducklings and me with my girls! And yes it did strike me as funny that I was comparing my life to that of a duck’s… but I also think that some things are universal and motherhood is definitely one of those things.

And really the basics are the same. We both want to keep our kids happy and healthy. 

staying fueled

It feels like in the summer one of the biggest challenges is keeping these kiddos fueled so they can keep on going!

We get in the car in the morning and then we don’t get home again until later that day. So far we’ve been on a few quick trips and the rest of the time we’ve been focused on enjoying all that there is to offer here in San Diego. We have beautiful beaches and so many parks that we are trying to visit them all!

having summer funhandstands

Ash and Em have really taken up running.

I used to run when I was in college, and I loved it, but these days I love walking so that I can enjoy the scenery too! On this walk we saw butterflies and horses. The horses were totally unexpected and Em was so excited when they stopped and let her say hello to them. It’s the little things I tell you! She told everyone we saw about the horses the rest of the day.
snack time

To keep us fueled and energized we’ve been carrying Nature Valley Oats And Honey Crunchy Granola Bars with us and some ice waters we fill up every morning. These are our favorite snacks because they were made for summer, unlike others that don’t stand up to the test of summer.

They also taste great and remind me of my own childhood summers.

nature valley crunchy

on the go snacks

I just keep a box or two in the car and then I can throw a couple packs into my purse when we are out and about! So easy and delicious. 

What have you been up to this summer?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Those remind me of my childhood too! I love them, they are really good and so do my kids. We have been up to a bit of traveling this summer. Been to the beach, Wild Waves, the beach again and some other fun places! Can’t believe summer is almost over!

  • We always have a few boxes of Nature Valley bars in the cabinet. They make a great afternoon snack. We have been spending time at the beach and pool.

  • It’s so cool that your kids are getting into running at such a young age. Those Nature Valley bars will help a lot for refueling!

  • So sweet to keep your kids active with a little running! I really need to be more active myself…I am motivated by this post…if a kid can do it so can I!

  • I love Nature Valley bars. They give me enough energy to go through my everyday routine at work and at home. These are much better than empty calorie chocolate bars.

  • I love having Nature Valley bars in my bag for when I’m out and hungry. Love that you are all working out together. Special moments.

  • It is always great to have a bar like this with you so that you can refuel if necessary. This summer is going by so fast. I know they start school here next week.

  • My sister would love this and The Oats n’ Honey ones was her favorite! im craving for this. thank you for sharing

  • The best way to be physically active is to do it with family. I would normally walk at night after dinner with the kids, it helps me bond with them too.

  • Nature Valley Oats And Honey has been a long standing staple in my life. I know I have had a lot of nutritionists in my life tell me all the added sugars is bad and that I should make granola myself. Pffttt…maybe so. But for as often as I enjoy these I am not going to stress about it.

  • I definitely don’t want summer to end, but I’m running out of ideas for getting the kids out of the house. They are good when we are at home with entertaining themselves. I wonder how they’d do if I tried to take them out running!

  • This has been a quiet summer so far for us. I had a great trip to NY last month. Now we are trying to get the kids ready for College this year.

  • These are fantastic granola bars. I love throwing one in my purse for on the go. We have been going to a lot of yard sales this summer

  • It’s been so great to be outside and active this summer. Healthy treats like this are so important.

  • These granola bars look perfect for taking on road trips too. It can be hard to pull over to eat sometimes when you are trying to make it to your destination in good time.

  • We love to be out enjoying nature during the summer. We also like nature valley granola snacks. They are so filling and packed full of nutrition!

  • I love how active you and the girls are together. Natural Valley Crunch Granola Bars are one of my kids favorite snacks. These are great snacks for on the go. Thanks for sharing.

  • Oh my gosh, Nature Valley is my go-to in the summer! Especially since the crunchy bars are perfect for storing in the car & you can grab one to munch on no matter where you are.

  • We love Nature Valley Oats And Honey Crunchy Granola Bars! My favorite part is that like you, we can keep them in the car. Nothing gets all gooey or melted with the temp changes. A great on the go snack or to hold off lunch when we are off schedule.

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