A New Season For Family Time

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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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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Oyinkan Ogunleye May 16, 2017 at 9:44 AM

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

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  • Rach Ferrucci May 8, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    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

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  • sara May 6, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    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!

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  • Carol Cassara May 5, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    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.

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  • Mimi Green May 5, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    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.

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  • Michelle Waller May 5, 2017 at 1:29 PM

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

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  • Janell Poulette May 5, 2017 at 12:53 AM

    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.

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  • Annemarie LeBlanc May 4, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    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.

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  • Brandy May 4, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    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

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  • Rosey May 4, 2017 at 9:04 PM

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

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  • Mary Edwards May 4, 2017 at 8:57 PM

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

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  • Kiwi May 4, 2017 at 7:48 PM

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

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  • My Teen Guide May 4, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    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.

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  • Kita Bryant May 4, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    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.

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  • Amy Desrosiers May 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM

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

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  • Seattle Travel Blogger May 4, 2017 at 11:37 AM

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

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  • Jeanine May 4, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    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.

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  • brianne May 4, 2017 at 10:08 AM

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

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  • Tracey May 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    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!

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  • Dawn McAlexander May 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    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.

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  • Dogvills May 4, 2017 at 6:57 AM

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

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  • Victoria Heckstall May 3, 2017 at 11:18 PM

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

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  • E H May 3, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    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!

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  • Theresa May 3, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    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!

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  • Pam May 3, 2017 at 9:22 PM

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

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  • Amanda May 3, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    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!

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  • Maureen May 3, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    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 😉

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  • Beeb Ashcroft May 3, 2017 at 6:36 PM

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

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  • Vera Sweeney May 3, 2017 at 6:02 PM

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

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  • Liz Mays May 3, 2017 at 5:40 PM

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

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  • Rebecca Swenor May 3, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    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.

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  • uprunforlife May 3, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    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.

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  • Mandee May 2, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    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.

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  • Yeu Doi May 2, 2017 at 10:16 PM

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

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  • Joely Smith May 2, 2017 at 9:17 PM

    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!

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  • Marysa May 2, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    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.

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  • Jeanette May 2, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    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!

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  • Bill Sweeney May 2, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    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.

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    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.

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  • candy May 2, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    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.

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