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A New Season For Family Time

This post is sponsored by Juicy Juice. Thanks for reading!

Look, it’s a post featuring all of my not-so-tiny humans! It’s been a while since I’ve shared them all together. Let’s call this a mini family update.

Baby Akilah had her first surgery on the 4th, Jayden turned NINE on the 26th, and Juicy will be starting an enrichment program soon. Things have been chaotic and draining to say the least. I’m trying to stay on top of household upkeep, get my health together, map out a game plan with the store, and other things. But lately, I’ve honestly been too mentally exhausted to do anything that requires thinking.

 

Oftentimes, I’m running on fumes. Balancing babies and business ain’t for the faint of heart. I’ll be relieved when I’m able to spend more quality time with them and less time shooing them away. It pains me to put this out there, but I know I’m not alone in this struggle.

With more parents working and building businesses today, time is at a premium. Most parents say they don’t get to spend enough quality time with their kids. A recent study conducted by Pew Research Center reported more than 56% of all working parents are struggling with the balancing act. Among working mothers with a college or post-graduate degree, 70% say it is difficult for them to balance work and family life.

As the weather warms up and the greenery comes back to life, we’re excited to start spending a lot of time outdoors as a family. We’re excited about new adventures and simply shooting the breeze. But I’m also cringing at the inevitable dilemmas that I’ll face while I’m out living. Usually, when I’m tending to home and trying to live, my work goes to caca and when I’m tending to work, my home and life goes to caca. It’s a never-ending tug of war and I can only keep trying.

Juicy Juice is helping families spend more time together with their 100% Family Time celebration of family time moments. They’ve partnered with expert, Meredith Sinclair, to provide families with helpful tips and resources all year long – like turning meal prep into family time and scheduling family playtime with fun, DIY crafts made using supplies found around the house. Sometimes we can overthink things and try a little too hard to make things special for our children when they really just want our time and the simple things. Juicy Juice is helping us all bring family time back to the forefront.

We usually kick off our spring activities with an egg hunt. We take the kids to a big Eggstravaganza, but this year the organization decided to have something smaller and more intimate for children with special needs. I love that they decided to this for the kids who struggle with the noise, crowd, and mobility. The regular event is a bit much and I honestly wasn’t looking forward to trekking it this year. I was tired (so tired of saying “I’m tired”) and set on prepping for Akilah’s surgery anyway. So after her surgery, we improvised.

We hit the post-Easter shelves to grab treats for the kids and had a little egg hunt at the park. This was baby Akilah’s very first egg hunt, so she had a fabulous time exercising her independence. When we returned home, Daddy hid eggs around the house for an even bigger challenge for the boys. Juicy spent the rest of the night hiding eggs for Jayden to find. And Miss Honey got a kick out of hiding her eggs in the play kitchen, too.

It doesn’t matter how or when you create family moments, only that they are moments created.

How do you find the fun amid busy schedules?

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40 Comments

  • Reply Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Family time is more important than anything. It’s what helps the family bond and remain strong.

    View Comment May 16, 2017 at 9:44 AM
  • Reply Rach Ferrucci

    I love when it gets warm out and you can get outside with the family. They are all so adorable! Juicy Juice is a staple in my fridge for when kids come over

    View Comment May 8, 2017 at 11:46 AM
  • Reply sara

    I cannot find my balance and my oldest is 21 years old! Being a Mom is the hardest unpaid job on earth. Your children are beautiful, enjoy these moments, they grow up way too fast!

    View Comment May 6, 2017 at 7:21 AM
  • Reply Carol Cassara

    It’s nice to be able to spend time with the family as much as you can. So long as you’re doing your best to balance everything, that’s fine.

    View Comment May 5, 2017 at 2:18 PM
  • Reply Mimi Green

    Your little ones are so cute. We were going to do a post-Easter Egg Hunt with the kids but the weather got funky on us. I still plan to do one for them this month. hahahahaha Like you said it doesn’t matter how you make memories with the family just make them.

    View Comment May 5, 2017 at 1:40 PM
  • Reply Michelle Waller

    Your family is just beautiful and your kids look like a lot of fun! Glad they had so much fun hunting eggs!

    View Comment May 5, 2017 at 1:29 PM
  • Reply Janell Poulette

    You have such a beautiful family! Making memories is so important, you really have to capture any moment you can get. It’s hard to balance work and family life, but sometimes you just have to put down the phone and close the laptop and sit down play with your kids. Take a million photos, even if it seems like they aren’t doing anything.

    View Comment May 5, 2017 at 12:53 AM
  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc

    The elusive rest. Something I took for granted when I was young. Now I want it so much I can’t have it. Oh well, this is what parenthood is all about. Bittersweet but I won’t exchange it for anything else in this world.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 10:22 PM
  • Reply Brandy

    The kidlets have truly grown. Every time I stop by, I see them transforming right before my eyes. <3 So happy to see that you're doing well x

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 9:52 PM
  • Reply Rosey

    gg hunts are the best. Your pictures are cute. I love when they’re little and get excited about looking around for their treasures. :)

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 9:04 PM
  • Reply Mary Edwards

    What a beautiful family. Looks like you had a great Easter Egg hunt. I just love family time!

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply Kiwi

    I love your beautiful family. I grew up on Juicy Juice and so happy they are making it more natural.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 7:48 PM
  • Reply My Teen Guide

    I am happy that Juicy juice is all natural with no added sugars. It is best for kids to enjoy fruit juices on a warm day because it will replenish the lost electrolytes they lost through sweating.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 4:55 PM
  • Reply Kita Bryant

    It sure sounds like you’ve had a busy schedule. I love that you have continued to make time for your family to just have fun.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 2:36 PM
  • Reply Amy Desrosiers

    Family moments can be made any time of day. I love that you are able to make them with your three beautiful kids!

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM
  • Reply Seattle Travel Blogger

    Juice box drinks are so popular with the children today.
    Your little ones look so cute!

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 11:37 AM
  • Reply Jeanine

    You have so much on your plate! it can be so hard to balance. I sometimes find it hard for myself and I work at home, but that is stressful in itself.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 10:13 AM
  • Reply brianne

    I’ve got to get these for my kiddies too! They look juicy juice drinks!

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 10:08 AM
  • Reply Tracey

    Wow I love the honesty and realness in this post. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate at the moment but you seem to be handling it all in stride!

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM
  • Reply Dawn McAlexander

    When I was raising my daughter, for the first nine years of her life, I was working 2 jobs and trying to go to school. It wasn’t easy and spending time with her was tough. Thank goodness I met my future husband any he helped share the responsibilities and that made spending time with her much easier. I am thankful for those memories.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM
  • Reply Dogvills

    Most kids love juicy juice. I love that no sugar is added in the juice. Family time is very important.

    View Comment May 4, 2017 at 6:57 AM
  • Reply Victoria Heckstall

    This is such an awesome post! Thanks for sharing your story. This is totally great to know.

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 11:18 PM
  • Reply E H

    I love seeing those pictures of the little ones having fun. While there is always so much going on in our lives, it is so important to take some time and enjoy the kids, and those precious moments – there are always once in a lifetime!

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 9:26 PM
  • Reply Theresa

    My kids always loved Juicy Juice when they were little. I love that the brand is celebrating family time and encouraging togetherness throughout the entire year!

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 9:24 PM
  • Reply Pam

    My kids were obsessed with juicy juice when they were little. Maybe I should pick some up for my granddaughter.

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 9:22 PM
  • Reply Amanda

    Sounds like you have a TON on your plate. Hope that you are taking some time for yourself, too! We have happy hour at our house with juice boxes and cheese and crackers–the best part of my day!

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 9:15 PM
  • Reply Maureen

    I love this post, it is great that you were able to do a little mini-family update posts. It is hard to get siblings in photos, it’s like the busier and older they get .. forget it ;)

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 7:36 PM
  • Reply Beeb Ashcroft

    Juicy Juice is such a wonderful company. I love their attention to detail when it comes to families and their children.

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 6:36 PM
  • Reply Vera Sweeney

    I”m so glad winter is finally over! I don’t know how much more of the New York cold my family could take!

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 6:02 PM
  • Reply Liz Mays

    I always looked forward to the extra family time outdoors you get to have in the summer. The egg hunt sounded like fun!

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 5:40 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Swenor

    You sound like you are getting worn out. Don’t forget to take time for yourself too. It is awesome that Juicy Juice is helping families with the 100% Family Time celebration. I believe it is so important for families to spend time together even if it is just one day a week. Playing outside was always something I did with my kids when they were little. Thanks for sharing the information and your awesome family time together.

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 5:13 PM
  • Reply uprunforlife

    You have a beautiful family. This school year has been an adjustment for me. I am not at home by myself during the day and it is kinda quite. It was hard at first but at the same time, I am looking forward to summer break. I spend a ton of time driving the kids around lately.

    View Comment May 3, 2017 at 1:55 PM
  • Reply Mandee

    Family time is so important. We try to take time out every day to eat together as a family bc just even a little bit of time together is important.

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 10:31 PM
  • Reply Yeu Doi

    The photos are so cute. Congrats on a successful family!

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 10:16 PM
  • Reply Joely Smith

    Praying all your daughter’s surgeries go well. It is hard enough to balance life but having a child with extra needs can be even more of a challenge. Speaking from experience here. Juicy Juice is amazing! Always has been natural and I love that!

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 9:17 PM
  • Reply Marysa

    It does feel like it is a constant struggle to find family time. I feel like we are always trying to catch up. This is a great way to focus on the important things and remind ourselves how important family time is.

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 8:13 PM
  • Reply Jeanette

    We will go some place together and just hang out as a family! We put everything away and just talk or just find a fun thing to do together!

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 7:50 PM
  • Reply Bill Sweeney

    I love this 100% Family Time initiative. Family time is something that falls more and more by the wayside these days, but it doesn’t have to.

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 4:48 PM
  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love Juicy Juice. All kids love juice boxes. It’s a scientific fact. I LOVE Juicy Juice because it only has juice and NO added sugar.

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM
  • Reply candy

    Always difficult to find a balance between work, home life and family life. Don’t think will ever change anytime soon. I always spent an hour with the kids when we first came home from work. Hearing about their day. Time make dinner, homework etc. Reading books, playing a game before going to bed is what it is all about.

    View Comment May 2, 2017 at 4:17 PM
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