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As a stay at home mother, I knew I wanted to allow my kids the freedom to choose activities to involve themselves in. Careful to delicately balance between overscheduled and comfortably busy. This semester has been a really active one for us: we have preschool four mornings a week, church group on Wednesday nights (while mom & dad go on a weekly date night!), and Liam is doing tae kwon do two afternoons a week. Those are only our outside activities! At home, we spend our days reading, playing, learning, and doing chores.
Our lives are filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and better ourselves. I have always been fine with having an abundance of activities going at once, if it means our quality of life as a family doesn’t suffer. I never want to be a family that is yelling at one another to get out the door, or scrambling to find our shoes, uniforms, or church books. I want to be busy with a joyful heart, not making a scrunched up expression and professing “busy” when a friend or neighbor asks how we are doing. It is also important to me that my kids eat quality meals and no matter how busy we become that we make time for meals together during the day. I love the recently updated CAPRI SUN options, Fruit & Veggie Blends, 100% Juice, NEW Fruit Refreshers, and CAPRI SUN Organic. Made with All Natural ingredients, no added sugar* and no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, these four new products from CAPRI SUN have the taste kids love, without the ingredients that parents don’t want in their kids’ drinks.
To help us stay organized, I like to implement a “bag system” Each child has a bag for their school, their church group, and the sport they are doing that season. They keep their materials in that bag and one snack with a CAPRI SUN. It is their responsibility to return everything back to that bag after each activity. So, when it is time for their activity they can simply grab the bag and they’re ready to go! I feel like this is excellent practice for activities with more supplies later!
I love that I caught Liam curled up outside with a good book, and a CAPRI SUN Fruit & Veggie Blends. (Previously known as Super V, CAPRI SUN Fruit & Veggie Blends is packed with yummy fruit and veggie juices, giving kids delicious fruit juice with ½ cup of fruit and veggie juice per pouch.) I LOVE that CAPRI SUN is a brand that continues to innovate and listen to consumers, and knows that parents want to feel good about what they give their kids to eat and drink. That’s the main reason CAPRI SUN created four products with All Natural Ingredients and No Added Sugar*, and why their products have never contained artificial preservatives, colors or flavors – to give parents options with ingredients that fit their preferences.
For his preschool lunch box, I usually go with a CAPRI SUN 100% Juice: Served in the classic Capri Sun pouch, 100% Juice is a refreshing juice drink offering ¾ cup of fruit juice per pouch. He has mentioned twice now that this was a fun surprise for him in the middle of his day.
On nights we have church group, we almost always do a picnic beforehand. Since we have to drop off at our regular dinnertime, but don’t pick up until slightly after their normal bedtime. I need to feed them at the very last minute so they are hungry enough to eat, but don’t have to wait until they are home to eat. This works out well for us, because it also allows them time to play in a park before we go. I usually will pack them a CAPRI SUN Organic, a certified USDA Organic fruit drink blend aimed at helping parents strike the right balance between what their kids want to drink and what parents feel good about serving.
For our Tae Kwon Do afternoons, we simply do a snack and a drink before we head out. TKD starts at 4 and goes to 4:45, so it doesn’t affect our schedule too much. I will usually assemble a fun snack and then pair that up with NEW Capri Sun Fruit Refreshers, a convenient beverage made with a simple combination of all-natural fruit juice and filtered water that has an awesome taste kids love without the sugar that mom doesn’t want. Fruit Refreshers also have 50% less sugar than the average leading fruit juices**
I also just wanted to mention, these are great for travel! We love to do family road trips, and I love to have these in the car for the boys to enjoy while we are out and about.
I don’t imagine our schedules will be slowing by much over the next few years, and I am completely okay with that. Maintaining constant balance in schedules and meal times is a fun, strategic part of parenting I never grow weary of. I hope your families are able to get some new systems in place for more fun, more efficiency, and more special moments together!
*Not a low-calorie beverage
**Per 6oz, this produce 10g of sugar, leading average fruit juice 20g of sugar
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