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Are You Running on Empty? #QuakerEpicAdventures

Do you ever feel like you are running on empty? I have been so exhausted lately (pregnancy will do that to you)! I got my kids all dressed for a weekend hike and then promptly fell asleep on the bed when my husband took them downstairs to get their shoes on. He took pity on me and just played with them in the backyard while I napped.

hiking with kidsWe’ve cut down on my daughter’s after school activities but there are still days when I am running non-stop. I get everyone’s breakfasts and lunches together, get the eldest on the bus and drive the preschooler over to preschool, try to assemble materials for my daughter’s Daisy troop in between getting work done, pick my son up at preschool, get the baby in a nap (oh, please, oh, please, nap), clean-up, bill clients, make snacks, run to pick up my daughter early for an activity, and then drop the boys with my husband so I can lead my daughter’s Daisy Scout meeting.


When someone else watches the kids for a day, I have to leave an agenda that looks like a corporate executive’s planner. I often joke that my official job title should be celebrity handler because I get them to all their appointments and manage all their irrational behavior and occasionally outlandish requests. Quaker® asked me what I do that requires fuel. Just staying on top of three kids requires a lot of good fuel. Even my little kids know that your body, including your brain, needs good food to function. Sometimes, though, as a busy adult, I can forget this simple fact. On days I skip breakfast or snacks, I get a headache. Then, I forget things…like the field trip permission slip, someone’s lunch, or that they need green shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t forgotten a special school performance or party, yet, but my Facebook timeline is filled with guilty-sounding parents who, like me, just got a little over-scheduled and mixed-up on dates. When you are juggling your own business, primary care of three young kids, and life, you need to be fueled and ready to bring your A game. We always keep granola bars in the car as emergency snacks on days we are running from place to place. These are the perfect pick-me-up so we’re ready for gymnastics, chess, piano, Daisy Scouts, or, my personal athletic event, the 100 meter chasing-after-toddler dash.

Toddler Dash

What are your tips for staying fueled for your active lifestyle?

I never know what my days will have in store for me and my family, so keeping Quaker® Big Chewy Granola Bars on hand help make sure we have the fuel necessary to get the day. Now the Quaker® Big Chewy Granola Bars have chocolate drizzled on top and are 60% bigger – perfect for my hungry family!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

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