Here Comes the Sun


This is a compensated review courtesy of BlogHer and Capri-Sun Sunrise


Capri-Sun Sunrise is Making Every Day Better for moms and kids -- and they're going to make one lucky reader's day even better with a $250 VISA gift card! Read on to find out how to enter.


Is it morning already? Mornings are not my strong suit. My kids are up with the sun, but I stay in bed until I absolutely have to get up. I jump out of bed between 7:15 and 7:20, get dressed, get The Pea up and dressed, get breakfast, pack everyone's lunch, and walk The Pea to school. We have to be out the door by 8:00AM, so it's all a rush rush rush! My morning routine is like a finely-tuned precision instrument: throw a cog in it (like discovering we've run out of juice or realizing that The Pea didn't do her homework the night before), and everything falls apart.

So I gladly agreed to try and review Capri-Sun's great new option for streamlining my kids' breakfast: Sunrise, a new breakfast juice drink . We buy Capri-Sun's 100% Juice and Roaring Waters drinks all the time, so my kids didn't need to be asked twice to serve as volunteer taste-testers. They quickly slurped down one of each of the 3 flavors -- Orange Wake Up, Tropical Morning, and Berry Tangerine Morning -- gave me the thumbs up, and proceeded to benchpress their own weight in barbells made out of Knex. Okay, I'm kidding, but with all-natural ingredients, added calcium and 100% daily Vitamin C in each serving, Sunrise will send them off to a good start and a great day. I'm not kidding about the thumbs-up part, though. My kids loved all 3 flavors (my personal favorite is the Orange Wake Up). And since Sunrise comes in prepacked fun pouches, The Pea can get her own drink in the mornings instead of wasting precious time waiting for me to finish unloading the dishwasher before I can pour her some juice. When my morning routine gets messed up, less fuss means less stress!

Speaking of that pouch, yes, the eco-friendliness of disposable drink pouches is an issue, but I have no problem with enjoying the convenience of pre-packed individual servings during the most hectic mornings. They're also perfect for field trips or outdoor summer daycamps or other occasions when my kids leave their lunchboxes behind and we can't ever get them back. Losing and replacing a $17 reusable aluminum bottle four or five times a year isn't going to do the earth or my pocketbook any good! Besides, now that Capri-Sun has partnered with Terracycle.net, you can actually recycle all your Capri-Sun pouches, and earn some cash for your kids' school in the process. How great is that for minimizing your family's eco-footprint and teaching your kids some valuable lessons at the same time?

Yes, Capri-Sun Sunrise is Making Every Day Better for moms and kids, and guess what? The good folks at BlogHer and Capri-Sun Sunrise are going to make someone's day even better, because they have given me a $250 Visa giftcard to give away to one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader! Here's how to enter:

Leave me a comment below and share YOUR morning routine tips -- I need all the advice I can get on how to speed up (or calm down) the mornings in our household! Don't forget to leave a valid email address so I can contact you. This must be completed to enter the giveaway, and done before any additional entries become valid.

I made this yummy breakfast drink using some yogurt, 3 pouches of Orange Wake Up, bananas and strawberries. It's a weekend-only treat! If you can figure out a way I can find the time to have this for breakfast on schooldays, leave your comment here. You'll earn my undying love and a chance to earn a $250 Visa giftcard.


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Amy in Ohio on April 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM said...

Go to bed on time and not staying up too late - it's the only chance I have to get up on time. If I oversleep, all bets are off for the day.

Jamie on April 29, 2009 at 11:59 AM said...

I get up early and organize myself before anyone else is up. This makes me calmer and of more help to my kids. I prepare school lunches the night before and my kids pick out their clothes the night before. This way there isn't as much chaos getting dressed. I put breakfast choices out and they are expected to pick one out and put their dishes away themselves! Thanks for a great give-away, Jamie.

Barb on April 29, 2009 at 12:08 PM said...

I make sure that we have everything laid out the night before. I also put important reminders into my iphone and set ringers for them 2 days and 2 hours in advance. That usually keeps me on track.

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Christina on April 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM said...

I always set out clothing the night before and make sure my daughter's backpack is ready for school during the week.

Also, if you like making smoothies, buy bulk bags of frozen berries. They're already cut and cleaned and ready to pop into the blender. You can even measure them out into individual servings to make it even faster to dump the ingredients and blend in the mornings.

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CC on April 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM said...

Luckily, my husband usually does mornings... but I put out the bowls of cereal and milk as soon as the kids get up. That helps. And I get up about 2 hours before them. That REALLY helps!
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Cathy on April 29, 2009 at 12:47 PM said...

Every night before bed, I make a pile for each child on a small table right beside the front door, under the calendar of activities for the month. Entire outfits, backpacks, lunches and notes are ready to go.

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Leslie on April 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM said...

To speed things right along we set everything up the night before. The coffee pot is ready to rock and roll, clothes are set out, and papers are signed etc. No last minute shenanigans!!!
And STILL it can be chaos!
Cereal is a MUST during the week! We save the jazzy stuff for weekends!

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hondaray6 on April 29, 2009 at 1:33 PM said...

Hey, why not use a can of mixed tropical fruit in your smoothies? It would be faster than messing with all the fresh fruit. I know it works well with yogurt.
Definately we have to set things up the night before...of course we still end up looking for a shoe...or the car keys!

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Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, I'm a stay-in-bed-as-late-as-I-can person too :). My only advice would be to prep as much as you can the night before--fill juice/water bottles, put snacks in containers then straight into lunch boxes, put spoons and napkins into lunch boxes.... And yes, yummy homemade breakfasts are on weekends only :)
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Jennirae on April 29, 2009 at 7:07 PM said...

I make lunches the night before and set out clothes for the morning. So we can have a peaceful breakfast before starting our day.

Danielle said...

My morning routine always consists of a good face washing to wake me up and a nice breakfast to fuel me for the day ahead!

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valerie2350 on April 29, 2009 at 7:34 PM said...

how about if you make the smoothie or something else a special treat - if they are dressed and ready by a certain time, then you will have enought time to make smoothies.

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Carolyn G on April 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM said...

I make quiches and then just heat up a piece in the microwave while the coffee is brewing. Cereal, smoothies are also qucik and healthy.

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carma on April 29, 2009 at 7:48 PM said...

my morning tips involve waking son up at last possible minute so he won't be so tired at school. I get up half an hour earlier to check on messages and get breakfast going

Dixie on April 29, 2009 at 7:51 PM said...

Lay everything out the night before and always keep a container with extra pens,pencils, sharpeners, etc. around 'coz you know someone is going to have a bad morning when she can't find hers.

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER on April 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM said...

we set out the night before and get things going

couldn't you throw it all in the blender the night before and set it in the fridge and if they drink on the way to school use resuseable plastic cups or cups with lids?

bakergirl74@gmail.com said...

I raised 4 children on my own from the time they were toddlers so I can tell you the one thing that made the difference for us was that every night I had the children lay out their clothes and shoes for the next day. Then we would all go to the kitchen and lay out the breakfast service (bowls, spoons-whatever breakfast was going to be the next day). Then I would pack their lunches the night before, they would get their baths and a tuck for bed with a story. By morning they were clean, rested and knew what clothes they were going to wear. Breakfast was usually a whirl of cereal/toast and eggs or whatever and out the door we went with each child carrying their lunch bag.

Flying Giggles and Lollipops on April 29, 2009 at 10:43 PM said...

At night, lay out your clothes for the next day, especially your kids clothes. Don't forget the socks and shoes. If not you may spend 10 minutes looking for the lost shoe. In the AM, 10 minutes is a long time to waste. Have your diaper bag/purse ready to go along with your keys and cell phone so you are not looking for them in the morning!

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CanCan (MomMostTraveled) on April 29, 2009 at 11:28 PM said...

What if you made a big batch, store it in individual servings and freeze, then leave them to thaw in the fridge the night before.

Would that work?

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Shel on April 30, 2009 at 12:34 AM said...

We used to have an awful time in the mornings; we were always late. So much that my daughter ended up getting a detention because of it. We finally streamlined the whole process. The night before we make sure we have the outfit on the dresser and the shoes right there (finding a missing shoe used to eat up a bunch of time in the morning). All papers are signed and placed in the bookbag which is parked right by the front door. If it's a lunch packing day, I do it the night before and I have a note that I tape to the front door so we don't forget it when we're walking out the door. Cereal, pop tarts and juice boxes are the weekly breakfast feast because they're quick and easy. Showers are the night before. So far, we haven't been late again.

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Anonymous said...

They have to lay their clothes out the night before. No changing minds in the morning.

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agordon10 on April 30, 2009 at 3:49 AM said...

don't ask them what they want for breakfast, just make it.

Dar on April 30, 2009 at 4:39 AM said...

Lunches get made the night before and now it's also easy to serve orange juice.

clc408 on April 30, 2009 at 4:46 AM said...

When the kids were growing up, I used to bake a big batch of healthy muffins on the weekend and freeze them for quick breakfasts.

moushka on April 30, 2009 at 6:13 AM said...

Children thrive on routine. Which starts when they are infants.
My daughters (6&3) go to bed every night at 8pm. Sometimes they even ask to go to bed earlier! When they go to bed at the same time every night they tend to wake up in the mornings at the same time.
I get up and do my things and then the girls wake up and we get things going. They know the routine. Breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth, comb hair and any thing else that might be pertinent for the day ahead.

Insignificon on April 30, 2009 at 6:22 AM said...

The best thing I do is to get up at least an hour before the kids. The time to clear my head, drink my tea, and get organized makes everything go sooo much more smoothly. Also, have as much done ahead of time as possible. Lay out the clothes you're all going to wear the night before, etc. I usually have breakfast burritos in the freezer for quick microwave breakfasts, too.

areyoukiddingme on April 30, 2009 at 6:38 AM said...

I get up early so I'm ready early. There's no TV allowed in the mornings, so we have fewer distractions. We get up, get some breakfast, get dressed, and get out of the house!

buzzd on April 30, 2009 at 6:48 AM said...

The best thing to do is lay out clothes the night before and do everything you can the night before like packing lunch etc. Then make sure you get up immediately when the alarm clock goes off to keep on schedule. Then just try to do things as efficiently as possible when you are half asleep and you should get everything done...barring any emergencies. That is what we do.

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Also, didn't notice that you wanted time-saving tips specific to the task of getting that yummy drink on a busy morning. Just make it the night before and stick it in the frig. Blend it with some ice the next morning if it's not cold enough to suit you!

sphinx63 on April 30, 2009 at 8:26 AM said...

My morning routine. Wake up daughter, listen to her moan and groan! Get her to eat a bowl of cereal, brush her teeth, get dressed and get to the bus on time.

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clynsg on April 30, 2009 at 8:30 AM said...

I don't really have any specific tips, since my days of getting kids up and off to school are long past. My girls were comparatively easy to get moving, and because of the age difference, I didn't have several really young ones to get ready at the same time. Best thing was to make sure they got to bed at a reasonable time, and try to have everything they needed to take with them together near the door.

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kathy on April 30, 2009 at 8:45 AM said...

I've found that as long as the rooms are cleaned and clear of clutter, the boys move about better the next morning. They lay in their bed for 20 minutes reading and fall asleep easily because of this. In the morning, I open their bedroom doors and our golden retriever jumps on their beds, waking them with kisses. This wakes them very quickly - think 'doggy breath' ;)

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judybrittle on April 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM said...

I have my grandkids clothes ready the night before and also the bowls,glasses and spoons set out for breakfast. I wake my grandson first so he can get ready and while he's eating breakfast I get my granddaughter up. It is just easier for me that way and they have no time to argue. I just have to get on my grandson about brushing his teeth longer than 3 seconds. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Nothing too spectacular. My coffee maker is on automatic so it's ready when I wake up. But I usually lay out my clothes the night before so I don't have to slog through the closet. LOL.

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Mandyw on April 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM said...

The kids go to bed early, clothes are picked out, lunches packed, homework reviewed and done. They take turns helping with breakfast. This doesn't always go so smoothly, but most of the time it works well.

Also no TV/Wii/computer/Phone before school - it causes them to slow down and argue too much.

one frugal lady on April 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM said...

Going to bed early seems to work for us, as well as staying calm and patient! I like to have a "game plan" the night before, so there are no surprises or confusion. Making a set meal plan for the week is great, and the kiddos can have their input, so there is no more surprises as well! Hope this helps!

Elena on April 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM said...

We homeschool so we usually don't have anywhere to go first thing, but when we do, I make sure clothing and whatever else is needed is set out the night before. Thanks for the contest!

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She Became A Butterfly on April 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM said...

breakfast routine is to make a delish fruit shake every morning.

In blender, put 1 cup skim milk, and some unsweetened frozen fruit pieces (like peaches or strawberries). then liquify! Less than 400 cals,

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SomebodyFamousJr on April 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM said...

Whenever I feel like my mornings are too manic and rushed and hectic and stressful, I pick a day and go to bed early. Then I set the alarm and get up about 4:30 am, get showered and dressed, etc. and get in the car and instead of going to work I go fishing. An hour or two of fishing before I go into work and nothing bothers me all day. Taking the time to go out to a lake and hear the loons and the geese and the ducks relaxes me no end. It's even better if I actually catch something!

ladyxmess on April 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM said...

The best tip I have is to have clothing picked out the night before--there is nothing worse than trying to find a matching sock for 10 minutes, lol. Thanks for the contest! ladyxmess at gmail.com

Sunnyvale on April 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM said...

Never skip breakfast

Laney said...

Lots of deep breaths! And organize anything you can the night before.

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cksknitter on April 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM said...

My morning routine tip is for everyone to bathe, lay out their outfit, and set the table for breakfast the evening before. Also, all bags are packed and set by the door or put directly into the cars!
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denise on April 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM said...

I set my alarm clock 30 minutes before I ACTUALLY get up, because it really does take me half an hour to fully wake up =D
Also, pack lunches and shower the night before.

Kellie said...

I don't have any children. When I was a kid, if you were not ready on time then mom or grandma would yell at you. It sounds bad but it worked...my sister and I didn't want to be yelled at!

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lisa on April 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM said...

My best A.M. routine tip is to prepare the night before, what you are going to wear, what you are going to have for breakfast, what you are going to need for that day. Have everything ready. msmith572@yahoo.com

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Native American Momma on April 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM said...

I keep frozen fruit in the freezer and then before bed I put some in a cup with all the other stuff for a smoothie so it is unfrozen and easy to whirl up in the morning. It makes it faster then toast.

Tamra on April 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM said...

My morning routine is pretty easy since both of my kids are teenagers. My 16 yo daughter makes herself a smoothie every morning and brings that to school with her. She also loves juice boxes - even at 16. I think it helps her remember she is still a kid. :)

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CandG~Jill W on April 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM said...

My daughter is only 2...so my routine is still pretty easy! She still drinks a bottle since she is little, and then sometimes we can get her to eat some eggs or banana. That's about it-I work, she stays at home with Daddy, and it's all good. thanks!

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j on April 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM said...

I like to prepare all I can the night before , Like mixing juice,or cooling if prepackaged,have the table set, cook oatmeal etc. , so that the day can start in a more relaxed way

cdziuba on April 30, 2009 at 5:11 PM said...

I wake up hours before the rest of the house, and all preparations for the morning are done the night before: lunches are packed or lunch money collected, clothes are laid out, house is tidied up. The mornings are organized, and I do like to make breakfast before the carpools and work. It's all about the night before prep!

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Tanya on April 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM said...

Dare I say it, Nurtrigrain Breakfast bars. Also my son has cubbies in his room, one for everyday of the week. Every Sunday we fill it up with all his clothes for the week. Then I set an alarm for him about 15 minutes before I get up so he is dressedand ready when I come down stairs. Well theoretically that is how it is to work. Not always the case but pretty good for a 5 year old.

Darlene on April 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM said...

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Karen on April 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM said...

I know some people aren't going to like this idea, but here goes: If my kids are all dressed, packed up, and seated at the breakfast table, they are allowed to turn on the TV. I'm pretty strict about TV in general, so this is a real treat for them. I never have to nag them to get ready, because they are so eager to watch a cartoon before school!

Amberleigh on April 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM said...

I always take a shower the night before so I do not have to do that in the morning and can spend that much more time in bed or doing something else. Often I will pack lunch the night before or have already packed lunch items that weekend and stuck them in the freezer or fridge. Tuna fish salad or chicken salad or egg salad for sandwiches. Just do what you can ahead of time. Also for breakfast make waffle mix the night before and then just stick it next to the waffle maker in the morning. Or do breakfast smoothies: yogurt frozen fruit and cane sugar mix it up and delish!

Naomi on April 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM said...

Force husband to help kids get ready for school and carpool. Sleep in.

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Nicole on April 30, 2009 at 6:28 PM said...

My best advice is to go to bed early. I'm always tempted to stay up late reading or surfing the internet when it's quiet in the house and the kids are in bed, but that makes mornings so much harder. Getting enough sleep is key for me to be more productive throughout the day.

DawnS on April 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM said...

The thing that saved me in the morning is deciding that I have to get up before everyone else. I get up first, shower, get breakfast ready and then get the kids up. It means I have to get up at 5:45, but the rest of my day goes so much better when I am not starting out so far behind.

bleatham on April 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM said...

I get everything ready the night before. Clothes are set out, bookbags are packed, and what I'm making for breakfast is ready to grab in the fridge.

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Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't know if I should post this. My morning routine is pretty mellow. Toast and jam. Some decaf coffee. Some music on the radio. I lead a pretty stress-free life. Nothing much happens that bothers me. Then I get to work and all my co-workers tell me about their problems and their kids. I work with a bunch of drama queens (male and female).

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Katherine on April 30, 2009 at 8:17 PM said...

A little tiny tip to hurry time up in the morning: I wash my face in the shower instead of doing it after. I put on my face wash before I shampoo, let it sit as I wash my hair, let that sit as I wash my body and then I rinse each other one by one!
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Vivian Deliz on April 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM said...

I try to get to bed before midnight so I can get up between 6-7. I am lucky my hsband prepares breakfast so all I have to do is get myself together and get to work. I am very lucky.

DEBIJOT on April 30, 2009 at 9:36 PM said...

Each child has their alarm clock set and their clothes laid out ready to go. Their bookbags are by the door. The table is set up the night before. This routine has worked for two years now.

Treasia on April 30, 2009 at 9:37 PM said...

As a mother of 47 years old and now grandmother I'll pass on the morning routine to you.

Do as much as humanly possible the night before. Lay out there clothes or make them decide and lay them out. Get their lunches ready and packed. have them keep their shoes and backpacks in the same place all the time. Sign any papers the night before. Fix your coffee pot to start before you do in the morning. Get up one hour before they do to have coffee and relax before waking them.

DEBIJOT on April 30, 2009 at 9:37 PM said...

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Peter Schott on April 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM said...

Bed on time, alarms set for the morning. The biggest help is knowing what everyone will wear and knowing what breakfast and lunch will be. That helps a lot when packing the lunches and making breakfast - no guessing or anything.

On a note related to this post, I will be checking out the new Capri Sun line. We like the 100% juice pouches, but tend to shy away from the sweetener added lines. If this is 100% juice, it may be worth trying. Thanks for the tip.

calej on April 30, 2009 at 10:27 PM said...

To have a hassle free morning, I pick out the clothes I will wear for the week along with accessories. I use the alarm clock if I need extra assurance I'll be awake on time. I leave my car keys near my bag as well as prepare my bag for the next day. So far so good!

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Rajee on May 1, 2009 at 1:53 AM said...

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Gertie on May 1, 2009 at 3:42 AM said...

Tip: If your kids are a bit older, assign jobs for them to do. Like if you need to do the dishes, let one do that job. If you need to crack the eggs, let one do that. If one needs to make coffee, let them do that. Let everyone chip in!

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Selinda said...

Lay out all the clothes for the family the night before, that way you don't have the hassle of nothing to wear in the morning!

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superfizz on May 1, 2009 at 7:14 AM said...

I try to get up earlier than my daughter. Granted, this isn't as easy as it seems, but when I do, I can at least get breakfast for myself. I try and do as much as possible while she is still asleep. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Going to bed on time is a must, no matter what. If I go to bed late and get up late, the whole day is ruined. Setting out everything ahead of time really helps to. Even setting up what lunches need to be packed with what, this relieves alot of the rush.

Danella
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Sara Jerkovich said...

The kids get tired of cereal every morning and love french toast. One weekend a month I make 4 loaves (5 kids) of french toast, let them cool and put them 2 at a time in baggies. Put them in the freezer and when they want french toast instead of cereal they take them out and pop them in the toaster. Easy easy easy and you cant tell the difference from fresh made. Thank you for the contest
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stormvikki on May 1, 2009 at 7:44 AM said...

I have to have everything organized the night before. I am just not a morning person, and am lucky if I get to work with my underwear on correctly.

Mama Zen on May 1, 2009 at 7:50 AM said...

My number one tip is to get up early enough to have a few minutes to yourself to wake up and organize your thoughts before all of the chaos begins!

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Kristen Taylor on May 1, 2009 at 7:55 AM said...

I get everything ready the night before. Lunch/clothes out ect..

Wake up early before everyone else ..so I can help out instead of rushing around to get dressed myself! :o)

And then it's off to school & work

VanderbiltWife on May 1, 2009 at 7:56 AM said...

I wish I had some tips! Nearly 4 months into being a working mom, I still feel frazzled in the morning. I've always been a "get up 5 minutes before leaving" kind of girl and that's difficult with a baby!

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Seeryus Mama on May 1, 2009 at 8:16 AM said...

Mornings are easy a breeze here...it's the evening time that is absolutely killing me! I get up about 45 minutes before everyone else, I check my email and get what I need to done on the computer. Then I don't have to worry about those first thing in the morning emails sitting there while I'm doing the family thing. Because, really, what is more important! Ha! :) All while enjoying my first cup of coffee, then I start breakfast, get the kids up and they eat I'll clean up. Johnny gets dressed for school and is out the door, and Miss Pea takes a bath and plays until nap time. It works for us. The smoothie sounds yummy, I'm going to have to give that a try!

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Kim on May 1, 2009 at 8:27 AM said...

our morning routine is watching the cars pass by on their way to work! he loves cars!

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mthomson on May 1, 2009 at 8:33 AM said...

It makes a big difference to make lunches the night before, and have the kids take out what they want to wear. You'd be amazed how much time that saves in the morning! Thanks for the giveaway!

tiki11 on May 1, 2009 at 8:36 AM said...

I make lunches while I'm making breakfast. Makes things go faster.

kaylee8 on May 1, 2009 at 9:24 AM said...

I lay out the clothes, school bags, and everything I can the night before to make things as easy as possible. I also have a crate for each child to hold their things by the door.

Roxy on May 1, 2009 at 9:24 AM said...

I throw an english muffin in the toaster, check email while it toasts, then brush my teeth and put onthe outfit for the day that i put together the night before.

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Roxy on May 1, 2009 at 9:25 AM said...

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Anonymous said...

My morning routine starts with a cup of tea and kisses to my 8months old daughter which gives me a fresh start for the day and a then have cup of cereal to fuel up myself.

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Sharla on May 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM said...

There is not much that is "routine" about my morning routine. I am not a morning person. However, when I wake up my kids I always wake them up with a song and soft tickles and kisses. They seem a lot happier when I do! (Wake up wake up you sleepy head, it's time to get up and get out of bed.)

Sharla on May 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM said...

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chris on May 1, 2009 at 10:25 AM said...

every night after baths - we lay out everything we need for the morning (clothes, shoes, book bags, etc). I t makes it so much easier. Sometimes we even decide on what we will have for breakfast

tatertot374 on May 1, 2009 at 11:44 AM said...

Thank you for a great giveaway! The night before I always make sure the kids have their clothes laid out and backpacks packed and everything ready to go. Also the kids all go to bed at 8pm and it helps them get the sleep they need. Thank you!
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Elena on May 1, 2009 at 12:35 PM said...

I try my best to make my lunch the night before, but sometimes I steam my frozen vegetable medley and bake my turkey-, salmon- or garden-burger patty while I shower.
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Bebemiqui on May 1, 2009 at 1:21 PM said...

We've actually incorporated music into our mornings and that's helped a lot. We groove with the Imagination Movers and it helps us keep going!
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rmc1ra on May 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM said...

To decrease chaos in the AM, we pick out our clothes (kids and mom) in the evening, pack our lunches or determine if we are buying lunch, and pack our backpacks the night prior. It helps a lot.

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Courtenay on May 1, 2009 at 1:54 PM said...

When we have time we pre-pack most lunches (or most of most lunches) on Sunday so in the mornings we just grab a bag out of the fridge and maybe make a sandwich or bag some chips and you're ready to go.

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oona. on May 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM said...

My daughter helps to make her lunch the night before and we get her school bag all packed, as well as her clothes laid out so there will be less of a chance of fits of special socks!

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JFK said...

I prep as much as I can the night before, that way it's not such a mad dash in the mornings
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andrea d said...

I lay everything out the night beforem including clothes and makeup! I jump in the shower, get ready, grab a breakfast bar and Im out the door to school

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kdkdkd on May 1, 2009 at 2:41 PM said...

My routine is the same every day - get up at 7- get the kids dressed and to the table. They read while I make breakfast and we all eat together. I shower at night before bed, that way I have all the time in the world to enjoy it and relax. Morning showers with young kids just don't work

Elsie said...

Having a dog is the best tip to get going!

Our faithful dog wakes up with me,
Alarm goes off and so does he!
I send him off to wake up the gang,
He jumps up and licks them... and tail wags with a bang!
No one can resist him and stay in bed...
He just won't let them, keeps playing on end,
And soon everyone is on their way ,
He gives me a lick, as if to say...
All done, alright!
Can't wait til they come home tonight!

Everyone needs a dog!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hello. That does sound like a hectic morning. I let my kids have something they love for breakfast, and tell they can't have it if they are not out of bed by 7am. The usuals are celery with peanut butter and raisins, and cinnamon toast crunch cereal. My kids are always hungry, so if they aren't out of bed by 7am, they get to watch the other two eat their favorites while all they get is a banana! Works every time (well almost).
~Amber
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Sheila said...

Alarm clocks for each child. It makes they feel grown up and responsible. Lay out clothes and PACKED backpacks the night before. In the backpacks are EVERYTHING they need for school that day, and CHECKED homework. Make their lunches the night before, and put them in the backpacks before heading out the door. If you think it will take x minutes in the morning; add another 15.
Sheila
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kmg365 on May 1, 2009 at 3:56 PM said...

I'm definitely not a morning person, but what helps me the most is making sure I get enough sleep. For me, that's at least 8 hours. I do everything I possibly can the night before, so that I don't feel rushed in the morning, when I'm cranky and groggy. Truth be told, though, what helps me speed up the most in the morning is having an empty house-- nobody else to trip over or share the bathroom with-- and that's probably not an option for you!

Anonymous said...

Our morning routine is fun. We start by playing together, enjoying homemade breakfast, and prayer as a family. I've had the kind of routine where I tried to be as quick as possible. I often wondered what I did with all that time I saved. Now there is less time but more quality memories, healthy food and happy hearts! fun.mom.cheratgmaildotcom

Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) on May 1, 2009 at 4:27 PM said...

As cliche as it sounds, the best way for my family to get going in the morning is to get everything ready the night before. Things never go as smoothly if I wait until the morning to make lunches or pick out clothes.

The other thing was to let go of the clothes wars. My kids are 6 and 8 and I let them pick out their own clothes. As long as they're dressed appropriately for the weather and within school dress code, who cares if Sarah is wearing a pink shirt and red pants? The teachers know she dressed herself.

Andrea on May 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM said...

I get up a half hour earlier then the kids so that I have "me" time before I have to wake them up. I use that time to get a simple breakfast on the table as well. That might work for you too!

Andrea on May 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM said...

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I already follow you on Blogger as Andrea. Thanks!

Deanne02 on May 1, 2009 at 4:47 PM said...

I do everything possible the night before, like packing lunches, setting out the kids clothes etc. We have quick easy breakfasts during the week like cereal, fruit and yougurt etc and I save the bigger breakfasts for the weekend.

Shelly on May 1, 2009 at 4:49 PM said...

Get MY clothes out the night before is a huge help!

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lsfish on May 1, 2009 at 5:29 PM said...

I drink coffee and look at my email. My kids are grown

wooby3 on May 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM said...

Got to get up all three at 6 am. Yikes! I get me coffee first thing of course then throw on the lights and tell em to wake up! No matter what time I put my 7 yr old daughter to bed she is soooo tired in the morning so I actually have her wear her clothes to bed at night. It works for us! My oldest showers in the morning so I make sure he has his clothes ready the night before. These things help us in the morning time.

lmurley2000 on May 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM said...

i get up at 3 am and take medication, wake kids up at 630, get them ready for school, straighten house , take shower, then get on comupter, while on computer running dishwasher, wash clothes and doing other small household chores. thanks

Lindsey Williamson on May 1, 2009 at 7:45 PM said...

i get up an hour before everyone else. its the only way i can be ready for the day...

DG said...

my morning routine is very simple because even if I'm really tired I plan lunch, shower, and outfit right before I go to sleep so that if one thing goes wrong in the morning I am not running crazy late! so my routine is grab a fruit and some water and I'm out the door! :)

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Katie on May 1, 2009 at 8:24 PM said...

I always feed my kids breakfast first thing because that takes the most time. Plus they're so much more reasonable when their bellies are full!
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Sarah H on May 1, 2009 at 9:11 PM said...

Wake up to the alarm, groan, then wake up the kids. Get everyone set for school. Organize who used the bathroom when, so they are in a set routine.

ewalsh on May 1, 2009 at 9:38 PM said...

As someone who is not a morning person, the best advice I have is to do everything you can the evening before so that you don't have to deal with it when you're half asleep.

My fifteen year old son's dad wakes him up after he is out of the bathroom and he takes his shower. Meanwhile I'm making sure that his lunch and phone make it into his backpack.

By the time he is out of the shower and eating, I'm taking mine. And by the time I sit down to eat, the two of them are walking out the door.

ewalsh on May 1, 2009 at 9:40 PM said...

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melanie on May 2, 2009 at 6:51 AM said...

i think the best thing to do is set out their clothes the night before. we have a lot of arguing about clothes so this (sometimes) helps. i particularly do this on sundays since it seems like there is so much extra paraphanelia to get ready for church.

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Christina on May 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM said...

Pretty boring over here for a homeschooling family... We get up at 7AM, get ready, do chores, and start school at 9AM. Easy-peezy... Ya, right!

Allison Holmes on May 2, 2009 at 8:20 AM said...

I go to sleep late blogging and wake up early before the kiddo and do the same thing! Its an addiction I cant seem to kick!

miriama on May 2, 2009 at 8:26 AM said...

We always made sure that clothes were picked out the night before, bags by the door and the kids loved setting the table the night before. I let them pick the cereal, the bowl, spoon, glass for orange juice.

miriama on May 2, 2009 at 8:27 AM said...

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daveg0929 on May 2, 2009 at 8:51 AM said...

A protein smoothie thrown in the blender and off we go.

The Dreamer on May 2, 2009 at 9:22 AM said...

I have a 1 year old so ours in pretty much - up, eat banana and cereal, play, nap!

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The Noble Fat N Happy One on May 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM said...

showers and baths happen the night before.
clothes for everyone get set out for the next day before bedtime.
have the diaper bag packed and ready including non perishable snacks. have reusable water bottles filled and refrigerated. and if we are in a BIG rush we will have "stick breakfast" with a cheese stick, a banana, and a clif z-bar in the car

mstaken05 on May 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM said...

I have alarm clocks in each of my children's rooms. I am up way before them. Homework, backpacks, lunches/lunch money and clothes are ready the night before. The only thing that would throw me off track is..."Mommy, I can't do anything with my hair!"

mstaken05 on May 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM said...

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Amy on May 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM said...

I like to bake whole grain muffins and breads for breakfast. They're quick and easy to serve or grab on the run. Along with a piece of fruit and a glass of milk, this makes a good breakfast.

Amy on May 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM said...

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cdmtx on May 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM said...

the night before i lay everybodys clothes out --- ready to put on --- i also get up 1 hour earlier that everybody else so i can enoight time to take a shower and have my first cup of coffee before the rest of the family gets up.

thanks!!

Heather R on May 2, 2009 at 5:55 PM said...

I get all of the clothes for everyone ready the night before, even ironed if need be. That way there is no scrambling to decide what to wear or to find something that is lost.

Ebie on May 2, 2009 at 8:29 PM said...

honestly, my only suggestion is coffee ;)

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Christina on May 2, 2009 at 10:38 PM said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I actually find that preparing the night before, even if you're dead tired, is better on the heart (tension, tension!) than scurrying around in the morning. No matter how tired you are in the morning, if you know that you can jump into clothes that you've laid out, have dishes on the table and anything you need to take with you all set up, once you actually force yourself to get up it's a lot, lot better. For many years I did a local TV program on the arts where my day was NEVER done, there was always something left to do even if you'd just worked for 18 hours, and I learned that one - about setting everything up - very quickly while doing it! Good luck, and thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Danetta on May 3, 2009 at 8:12 AM said...

Bedtimes aren't just for the children these days. To get everything done that I need to get done before school, I always start out by getting what I can ready before I go to bed (set out clothes, make sure all homework, school notes, folders, etc are in the backpack...etc etc) Then I don't have as much to do in the mornings except get the kiddo up, give him breakfast and pack his lunch, water bottle and snack.
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Feminist Review on May 3, 2009 at 8:40 AM said...

Involve the kids in the night before planning and preparation: making lunches, setting out clothes, etc.

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sweetsue on May 3, 2009 at 9:44 AM said...

I get up very early and have a cup of coffee and read the paper before my day "really" starts.
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Leilani said...

Before my kids can eat breakfast, they have to make their bed. It was hard to get them to do it at first but now I hardly have to remind them!

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