Making Mornings Easier to Manage

 

A typical weekday in our house begins at the ridiculous hour of 5:45 a.m. The alarm buzzes, announcing that it’s time for me to attempt to rouse my 11-year-old middle-schooler from his slumber in a still-darkened house. My gentle shakes and cheers of “Good Morning!” are met with groans and covers thrown back over his head. I remind him of our “no video game rule” (out of bed by 6:05 or no video-game-time after school–hey, it works!). He pulls on his clothes (set out the night before to make our morning go as smoothly as possible) and heads downstairs for breakfast.

At this point, I’ve got a very crabby child who is not happy to be up before the sun. We need breakfast to be efficient and quick if I’m going to get him out the door to meet his carpool at 7:00 a.m. And since it takes a middle-schooler between 20 and 30 minutes to brush teeth (there’s a lot of looking in the mirror and fiddling with hair), anything that makes our lives easier to manage in the morning — including breakfast food –is welcome. I’m hoping a warm, home-baked muffin and fresh fruit will catapult my little guy into a mood worthy of being around other people.

He spies the LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil, a favorite to spread on muffins and toast. Why does he like it so much? It’s soft and spreadable butter… and it won’t make his giant Blueberry Muffin fall apart when knife meets crumb.

I’ve always stocked tub butters in my fridge. I’m grateful for this particular LAND O LAKES product because it has just three simple ingredients: sweet cream, canola oil and salt (if you check out the other brands, they have long lists of ingredients that are hard to pronounce). The tub is hand-held. Right out of the refrigerator, the product scoops onto the knife smoothly and easily. And if its fresh, butter taste wakes up my groggy pre-teen and puts a smile on his face, then that’s a bonus too!

There’s no waiting for a chunk of cold butter to soften and melt. The canola oil mixed with the sweet cream is what makes this product creamy, soft and spreadable, making melting into those nooks and crannies pretty much immediate.

On mornings when I’m feeling energetic, I whip up eggs or these Breakfast Quesadillas for breakfast … starting with just a smidge of the LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil in the pan. Easy and convenient.

Later in the morning, my husband treks downstairs, freshly showered and ready for coffee and his daily English muffin.

My husband doesn’t have a whole lot of patience for making his own breakfast, but English muffins he can handle. Have you ever tried to spread a chunk of cold butter on an English muffin? It doesn’t work out so well. A spreadable product makes his life easier!

And on mornings where I’m up before the hint of dawn is even a thought, I make stacks of Buttermilk Pancakes for my guys. We prefer them with a good dose of soft, spreadable LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil (again, the chunky cold stuff doesn’t work so well here) before dousing them in maple syrup too.

LAND O LAKES® Butter with Canola Oil is soft and sweet and buttery and salty and ready for spreading on anything. It definitely makes our mornings just a little bit easier. We love the convenience of it and it’s delicious too! And now for the giveaway!

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576 Responses to “Making Mornings Easier to Manage”

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    Stefanie — February 19, 2013 @ 3:39 AM

    I like to leave out my mugs that I will use for my juice and oatmeal the night before. You have really sold me on this Land o Lakes product! We are a butter only family but I am going to snatch up a container of this when I go shopping!

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    Karen S. — February 19, 2013 @ 3:56 AM

    I love Land o Lakes butter, it is a staple here at my house. I’ve recently discovered when you whip it with a little honey, and spread it on warm toast, it’s heaven!

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    abby — February 19, 2013 @ 4:21 AM

    preparing my lunch the night before!

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    Meredith — February 19, 2013 @ 4:25 AM

    I prepare everything (clothes, lunch, etc.) the night before so that all I have to do is roll out of bed!

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    Katherine — February 19, 2013 @ 4:30 AM

    Prepping lunch the night before sure helps – I don’t have to think about it at 6am that way! Also, using leftover hot water for coffee to also warm up my mug while the coffee brews. It keeps the coffee hotter longer.

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    Madeline — February 19, 2013 @ 4:33 AM

    I have the coffeemaker brew automatically in the morning so it’s ready to go when I get up.

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    Madeline — February 19, 2013 @ 4:34 AM

    Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/303844902381420545

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 19, 2013 @ 4:35 AM

    a tip or trick or recipe that makes your mornings easier = have lunches already packed and lined up in the fridge & ready to grab & GO!

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    Amy G. H. — February 19, 2013 @ 4:49 AM

    I make my lunch the night before so there is one less thing I need to think about. Once I am ready to go, I grab my lunch box out of the fridge and I am off!

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    Cali — February 19, 2013 @ 4:56 AM

    15 minutes on the exercise bike. Gets my juices flowing!!! :)

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    kayceebeebee — February 19, 2013 @ 5:01 AM

    I make my next day lunch as soon as I get home from work and my hubby preps the coffee so its ready in the morning.

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    Rachel — February 19, 2013 @ 5:12 AM

    I prep as much as I can the night before…breakfast chosen so I can have it on the table when I roll my girls out of bed, clothes laid out for them, lunches started, water bottles filled.

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    Anya — February 19, 2013 @ 5:20 AM

    We are not morning people in my house, we can generally be labelled as night owls. What makes my mornings easier is a rigid nighttime schedule during which I go to bed hours earlier than I normally would.

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    Katie — February 19, 2013 @ 5:26 AM

    I make the coffee every night and set the timer. I also try to make my lunch the night before, pack the daycare bag and layout my outfit as well as my daughters. Strategically place the gear by the door and I feel efficient before I go to bed!!

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    Melissa — February 19, 2013 @ 5:28 AM

    Organizing what I need for the morning the night before definitely helps to make my mornings much easier!

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    Melissa — February 19, 2013 @ 5:30 AM

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Hope @ With A Side Of Hope — February 19, 2013 @ 5:36 AM

    I prepare and pack my breakfast and lunch for work the night before so all I have to do is go in the morning.

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    Jen — February 19, 2013 @ 5:37 AM

    I am new to your site, I am really enjoying it. I will try this butter. It does look easier then the hard stick we use.

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    Taylor — February 19, 2013 @ 5:37 AM

    refrigerator oatmeal :)

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    Leigh — February 19, 2013 @ 5:53 AM

    My mornings are easier when I don’t have to get kids ready to go. :) On the mornings I do we have a section in the closet for each day of the week for clothes. Also, a good breakfast cookie recipe for when we don’t make enough time and need to eat breakfast in the car.

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    Molly — February 19, 2013 @ 6:17 AM

    When I make muffins, I premix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and place the paper liners in the muffin pans before I go to bed.

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    Carrie N — February 19, 2013 @ 6:20 AM

    I make lunch the night before and get out my glasses and bowls for the next morning. I LOVE the Land o Lakes butter. I buy the regular with the red cap and the cinnamon sugar and i have been forcing myself not to buy the honey flavor lately but i think it’s a losing battle.

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    Kari — February 19, 2013 @ 6:23 AM

    I prep the coffee maker the night before, pack my lunch, and make sure everything is in the diaper bag for my two kiddos — make the mornings much smoother!!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 19, 2013 @ 6:25 AM

    We wake up at 5am every morning and have to be super quiet since the baby is still sleeping. So, on the weekends we make extra batches of pancakes and waffles for an easy reheating on the weekdays! :D

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    Lara — February 19, 2013 @ 6:35 AM

    Prepping as much as possible the night before! And usually on Sundays – so we have a good assortment for the week. I love to make extra pancakes and waffles and stock the freezer with them.

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    Karin — February 19, 2013 @ 6:37 AM

    I often eat breakfast in class and have lunch prepped the night before. Typically I decide what I want to wear during 1 snooze (which is always inevitable)…

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    Shoshana — February 19, 2013 @ 6:38 AM

    I always prep the coffee the night before…all I have to do when I wake up is flip the switch!

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    Paula B. — February 19, 2013 @ 6:39 AM

    I’m with you: getting organized the night before is also my key to those mornings when I have to leave for school at six or seven a.m.! Anything that’s been taken out of my book bag the night before goes back in there prior to bedtime. Cell phone is charged in the evening and replaced in my pocketbook. Any new stuff that must go to school for the next day is placed where it will not be left behind, maybe even goes to the car. And, of course, the clothes are ready to jump into; hey, It’s tough even for teachers to be ready at the crack of dawn! Oh, and that “new” butter, I am addicted to it, what a great flavor – just saw it in my friend’s fridge and we were both singing its praises, yum.

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    Kim P — February 19, 2013 @ 6:50 AM

    It’s all in the prep. I get up at 4am every day and jump on the treadmill to start off the day. Coffee, fruit and a muffin or toast is ready when I’m done.

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    Will — February 19, 2013 @ 6:55 AM

    Getting ready to go prior to waking our children is a key to success in our house. It provides us with the total focus we need to get them ready and happy for the day ahead.

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    danielle — February 19, 2013 @ 6:57 AM

    We set the coffee pot up the night before.

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    Elizabeth F. — February 19, 2013 @ 6:57 AM

    It’s just me in the house so I don’t have to prepare for anything! But what I enjoy is setting up the night before my tea tray, tea pot and cozy, a pretty tea cup, the container of loose Yorkshire Gold and my tea sock. …..it’s all ready to go in the morning, just to start the kettle to boil. This way, I indulge my organizational nature and my love of the tea ritual!

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    Carol F. — February 19, 2013 @ 7:02 AM

    I set up the coffee before I go to bed and make sure lunches are made and waiting in the morning to be grabbed on the way out the door.

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — February 19, 2013 @ 7:03 AM

    Coffee ALWAYS makes my morning easier to manage :)

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    Danielle — February 19, 2013 @ 7:09 AM

    Like you, we set the clothes out the night before and then basically we just stick to our routine. Doing the same thing every day, while boring, helps us stay on track! I also bring the clothes downstairs (I have little ones), so that we can just put the clothes on right after breakfast, saving us a trip back upstairs.

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    Meagan — February 19, 2013 @ 7:10 AM

    Laying out outfits the night before!

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    Julie — February 19, 2013 @ 7:18 AM

    I like to make breakfast burritos, sandwiches, pizza or casserole in advance. Then all we have to do is heat it up and eat it in the morning. The high school boys prefer burritos or sandwiches as they can grab them as they are heading out the door and eat them on the way to school.

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    MagPan — February 19, 2013 @ 7:19 AM

    Prepare as much as you can the night before!

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    Mary O — February 19, 2013 @ 7:23 AM

    Making lunches and laying out clothes the night before.

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    marcie@flavor the moments — February 19, 2013 @ 7:25 AM

    Hot chocolate makes all mornings brighter, with the addition of homemade muffins, breads, or one of my favorites — baked oatmeal!

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    Carole Resnick — February 19, 2013 @ 7:27 AM

    Since I am the only one in the house that drinks coffee I prepare in a Keurig—hot in winter or iced in summer.

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    Carole Resnick — February 19, 2013 @ 7:29 AM

    I blogged about this giveaway.

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    Lynn Lovejoy — February 19, 2013 @ 7:32 AM

    I know that Ensure is really for older people or sick people but we always keep a pack or so on hand and in the fridge for a quick breakfast on the go! It helps tremendously, especially when I have to run to court!

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    Holiday Baker Man — February 19, 2013 @ 7:35 AM

    $100 is always handy

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    Erin — February 19, 2013 @ 7:37 AM

    I am a slow mover in the mornings so I tend to lay out my clothes the night before as well so that the looming decision of what to wear doesn’t overcome me so early in the day.

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    Jennifer — February 19, 2013 @ 7:39 AM

    I make healthy breakfast treats (like banana brownies or oatmeal muffins) and store them in the freezer. That way, if I’m running late I can just microwave one for a quick breakfast (they’re good frozen, too!)

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    Lisa Thomas — February 19, 2013 @ 7:47 AM

    I make sure and lay out everyone’s clothes the night before (yes, even my husband’s). I’ve found that simple step helps make the morning run a bit smoother. If I’m really on top of things I’ll even pack my lunch the night before.

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    Kelly Curtin — February 19, 2013 @ 7:50 AM

    I pre make and freeze English muffin breakfast sandwiches. Pop in the microwave for 1 minute and I’m out the door!

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    April V — February 19, 2013 @ 7:50 AM

    Make as much as possible the night before, and have a breakfast “station” where the kids can grab-n-go on the way to school!

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    Sara — February 19, 2013 @ 7:51 AM

    Setting my alarm 10 minutes before I actually need to get up, seems to help! Also knowing that if I work out in the morning, I don’t have to do it after work so I can relax. BIG plus :)

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — February 19, 2013 @ 7:52 AM

    I make oatmeal for the week on Sundays!

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    Gwyn — February 19, 2013 @ 7:55 AM

    I grew up on Land O Lakes, I am a dairy farmers daughter so all of our milk went to Land O Lakes!!! I love their butter!!! I am a quick riser out of bed so getting up really isn’t a hardship to me and usually make eggs of some sort for myself.

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    Mami2jcn — February 19, 2013 @ 7:56 AM

    My mornings are easier when I have written a to-do list the day before.

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    Mami2jcn — February 19, 2013 @ 7:56 AM

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/303895678394966016

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    Meggan — February 19, 2013 @ 7:57 AM

    I pack my gym bag and put it in my car so I have no excuses for skipping in the AM, I also make a batch of hard boiled eggs and bacon for the week that I can just grab and go!

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    Meghan — February 19, 2013 @ 8:10 AM

    I lay out my clothes the night before and put my lunch in the fridge so that I can grab it and go.

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    samW — February 19, 2013 @ 8:13 AM

    having a menu plan for the week is really key around here!

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    Rebecca — February 19, 2013 @ 8:13 AM

    I always pick out my clothes and pack my lunch the night before.

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    Pam — February 19, 2013 @ 8:22 AM

    I make Pumpkin pancakes the night before then pop them into the freezer, so when I am short on time in the morning getting the kids ready for school, I just pull them out of freezer and pop them into the mircrowave to heat up. Kids are happy to get a warm breakfast on those cold mornings!

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    dymphna — February 19, 2013 @ 8:22 AM

    i get everything i need in the morning ready the night before.

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    Kari M — February 19, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

    I set up the coffee maker the night before on the timer so it’s ready when I come downstairs. My 4-year-old needs to be dressed and ready before she can have breakfast because it takes her forever to eat!

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    dymphna — February 19, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

    tweeted….https://twitter.com/deefna/status/303902782811942912

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    charj — February 19, 2013 @ 8:25 AM

    I use a sturdy, large (24 – 32 oz) cup with a wide bottom for making smoothies with my immersion blender. The ingredients can move better and get blended well in the large cup. Gives me a big, filling smoothie with quick clean up.

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    Laura in Texas — February 19, 2013 @ 8:25 AM

    We always try to lay everything out the night before so ven if the kids are on autopilot, there is no rush for finding school objects or breakfast.

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    Catherine — February 19, 2013 @ 8:28 AM

    I make the pancake batter the night before, so that all I have to do is cook them in the morning.

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    PatriceM — February 19, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

    Put my oatmeal in bowl, and put my instant coffee ( yuk, I know!) in coffee cup the night before.

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    Elena — February 19, 2013 @ 8:48 AM

    My mornings are easier when I make the pancakes batter the night before and keep it in refrigerator. Then in the morning I can cook pancakes really quick.

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — February 19, 2013 @ 8:49 AM

    I always have my coffee press ready to go and my breakfast bowl out (sometimes the oats already measured into the bowl!)

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    Elena — February 19, 2013 @ 8:50 AM

    tweet:
    https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/303909005661704192

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    Elena — February 19, 2013 @ 8:51 AM

    tweet-https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/303909005661704192

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    Darbi — February 19, 2013 @ 8:51 AM

    If you can eat your breakfast at work, do so! I am unable to kill two birds with one stone that way. A little oatmeal and pb.

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    Liz — February 19, 2013 @ 8:55 AM

    I make my lunch the night before and set up the coffee maker so all I have to do in the morning is turn it to on!

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    Suzann Knudsen — February 19, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

    Sunday afternoons are usually reserved for prepping whatever I can for the coming week. The b/f used to be a pop-tart-for-breakfast kind of guy, but since we started keeping a container of fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries around, he’ll do a container of yogurt with a generous serving of fruit. I’ll usually make a low fat veggie quiche and then just reheat portions in the mornings.

    It does take a little time on Sunday to do all the prep work but I think it’s worth it in the long run to know that I’m not reaching for something much less healthy as I speed out the door.

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    Megan — February 19, 2013 @ 8:59 AM

    Get everything ready the night before – breakfast, lunch, outfit, etc.

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    Brittany @ Barr & Table — February 19, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

    I always lay out my gym clothes the night before so I can have them ready right away without searching!

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    vaishali — February 19, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

    I try to pack our lunches right after dinner. This saves me around precious 5-7 mins in the mornings!

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    Brittany @ Barr & Table — February 19, 2013 @ 9:01 AM

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/BarrAndTable/status/303912056959160321

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    April — February 19, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

    I like to make my omelets a night or 2 before so I just have to heat them up in the microwave. Same goes for pancakes :) Your photo is making me crave them!!

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    Angel — February 19, 2013 @ 9:15 AM

    I try to make muffins the day before, crockpot oatmeal the day before and then make it into perfect portions that can be reheated.Lunches are always made while im prepping dinner ..I am all about making whatever I can the night or a few days before..breakfast casseroles are the best and my keurig coffee maker is a life saver,quick coffee to get started in the morning !!

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    Julie H. — February 19, 2013 @ 9:17 AM

    Mornings got 100 times easier once I sucked it up and started getting up a half hour earlier!

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    Khani — February 19, 2013 @ 9:19 AM

    Pre-portioned frozen ingredients for my green monster breakfast smoothies! Can’t get through the day without it.

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    cc — February 19, 2013 @ 9:25 AM

    ever since i got my vitmix, breakfast smoothies have been easy, quick, and of course super healthy.

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    Kristen — February 19, 2013 @ 9:34 AM

    A tip I can provide is to make whole wheat banana muffins ahead of time. Then just pop in the microwave in the morning!

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    Meg Looney — February 19, 2013 @ 9:44 AM

    I always turn my light on right away, so that way I don’t fall back asleep! Also, I listen to music and always eat breakfast.

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    Nellie — February 19, 2013 @ 9:57 AM

    My ritual is getting the coffee pot ready the night before, preparing my daughter’s school uniform the night before and checking the fridge and cabinets to make sure there is something breakfast worthy for my daughter. My husband and I are not picky breakfast eaters but our daughter is. I can have a banana cake made the night before as breakfast – I’m game for almost anything but super hearty foodf ro breakfast.

    Also, key to getting through any morning drama is going to bed early every night!

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    Shanna — February 19, 2013 @ 9:58 AM

    I like to make my fruit smoothies the night before and keep them in a thermos in the fridge so they are just as cold and they taste the same!

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    Madeline — February 19, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

    I make my breakfast and lunch the night before, and prep my coffee maker and set out my work clothes. They’re things that only take a few minutes, but that means I can use those minutes for something else in the morning!

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    Vballer — February 19, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

    To make my mornings easier, I wake up to my 400 thread count sheets.. I didn’t realize how much of a difference it would make, But waking up to a soft, warm and comfortable bed makes me feel refreshed for the day!

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    Talia Tieman — February 19, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

    I make a lovely breakfast quiche on Sundays that keeps throughout the week. I slice it up into the appropriate portions, slap them in a Tupperware, and I am on my merry way every morning during the week. It also gives me another 15 minutes to sleep so its worth making on Sundays!

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    Leah — February 19, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

    I have my bags packed and ready by the door, and I pick out my outfit the night before to ease decision making in the morning.

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    Jessica — February 19, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

    My toddler sleeps til 10 so my mornings aren’t too difficult, but I do try it maximize that time by getting the dishes done, etc but also enjoying a cup of coffee in the quiet. And thanks to this post, I now want pancakes for an afternoon snack!

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    Allison — February 19, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

    I like to prepare as much as possible the night before. Crockpot and freezer breakfasts make everything easier!

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    Mary — February 19, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

    We microwave egg beaters for about a minute with a laughing cow cheese wedge any veggies in the fridge. Easy breakfast and fills us up for a good chunk of the morning!

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    Janice E — February 19, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

    Clothing/accessories selected – coffeemaker set to go – alarm clock on – breakfast ready!

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    Linda K — February 19, 2013 @ 10:49 AM

    I make a batch or two of muffins and freeze them so when I am running really late I can throw one in the microwave and I have a hot healthy muffin.

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    grace — February 19, 2013 @ 10:50 AM

    i’m a giant nerd and always wake up way earlier than i need to, but at least that way, i’m never rushing around. :)

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    Mimi — February 19, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

    NOT waking up early makes my mornings easier :-P

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    Deepa — February 19, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

    I make my mornings easier by cutting up and packing fruits with raisins and nuts the night before. I have this as my snack the next day. This prevents me from reaching out to unhealthy snacks when I need a boost of energy.

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    Kim N. — February 19, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

    I will make whatever breakfast and lunch items that can be premade. Outfits are set aside.

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    Michelle Collins — February 19, 2013 @ 11:13 AM

    I make my mornings easier by almost always having the same breakfast: cereal with blueberries and toast with peanut butter. Sounds boring, but I love it, and I don’t have to think about what to make right when I wake up!

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    Tiffany — February 19, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

    The muffins look soooo good!

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    Carmen — February 19, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

    I prep lunch and breakfast the night before and also set out my outfit as well. Then just get dressed, grab food and I am out the door in 20 mins.

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    Diane in Cincinnati — February 19, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

    I make lunches the night before.

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    Kristen — February 19, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

    Spreadable butter is an absolute must!
    I can’t believe your little one has to be up and out of the house so early. I wouldn’t be able to do that!

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    rachel — February 19, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

    Cooking an egg dish for my husband the night before — or making something in bulk — always helps

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    Shari — February 19, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

    limiting my kids’ choices for breakfast during the week to what I know they will eat relatively quickly helps a lot!

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    Julia Ou — February 19, 2013 @ 11:53 AM

    I would love to win this giveaway! To make my mornings easier, I get my backpack ready the night before (I’m a college student), and make sure that I have some kind of easy to eat breakfast. Normally, I will bake up a batch of muffins or some kind of quickbread a day or two in advance that I can easily heat up in the mornings throughout the week.

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    Jessica — February 19, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

    Every morning I eat oatmeal with flax and protein powder. It helps to mix it the night before and keep it in a ziploc bag so it’s ready to go in the morning!

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    Karen Gonyea — February 19, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

    We lay out clothes the night before :)

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    Denise — February 19, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

    I pack my kids’ lunches the night before and put the whole lunchbox in the fridge. It’s an easy grab during the morning rush.

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    sara — February 19, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

    I make a big pot of irish oats on the weekend and reheat all week long.

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    Lisa Tberry — February 19, 2013 @ 12:39 PM

    Mornings are always easier when you get the coffee ready the night before so when you trudge downstairs you push the button and by the time it’s done your eyes are open.

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    Lauren — February 19, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

    My husband and I have an agreement that if I make the food for breakfast (the night or weekend before). He’ll get up and prepare it. It’s great for both of us.

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    Ashley — February 19, 2013 @ 12:44 PM

    I shower at night. That way there’s no fighting for shower time in the morning and I don’t have to blow dry my hair…plus I go to sleep nice and clean. Saves me from waking up any earlier than I need to :)

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    Adrianne @ Bake Not Burn — February 19, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

    I try to make my mornings a little bit easier by setting out my clothes the night before too! My brain can’t seem to pick cute clothes at the crack of dawn.

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    Ashlee — February 19, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

    If I wake up just 10 minutes earlier than normal…I CANNOT believe how much smoother my morning (and entire day) goes.

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    Ellie W — February 19, 2013 @ 12:59 PM

    I have backpacks ready the night before, clothes laid out, and lunch boxes as prepared ahead as possible. I also have a lot of cut up fruit in baggies in the fridge for fast snacking in case we don’t have time to sit down to breakfast.

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    Ellie W — February 19, 2013 @ 1:00 PM

    tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/303971666298564608

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    karen — February 19, 2013 @ 1:01 PM

    Clothes out the night before, coffe pot auto turn on, and on Sundays I make a bread / muffins or pancakes for the kids to eat during the week to make 2 – 3 days easier

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    Linda — February 19, 2013 @ 1:08 PM

    I get up an hour before anyone else. I like to gently start my day. I can have my coffee and early morning thoughts before the rest of the day begins.

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    Beverly — February 19, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

    I have my lunch and snacks for the next day already planned out or ready to go.

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    Ashley B. — February 19, 2013 @ 1:15 PM

    Just like my mom taught me as a preschooler, I still set out my outfit, along with a bowl, spoon, peanut butter, banana, and brown sugar jar for my husband’s steelcut oats I prepare in the crockpot for the week ahead, every night before bed!

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    Kathy A — February 19, 2013 @ 1:21 PM

    I love cooking steel cut oats in the crock pot so they are ready to go in the morning & having the backpack loaded and ready so nothing gets missed hurrying out the door!

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    Liz B. — February 19, 2013 @ 1:21 PM

    I make morning easier by setting out the cereal bowls the night before!

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    Andy B — February 19, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

    Tip 1: Drink coffee before doing anything.

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    Andy B — February 19, 2013 @ 1:34 PM

    Forgot to mention this as well: https://twitter.com/Andytbarnes/status/303980429831188481

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    Lindsay Myers — February 19, 2013 @ 1:36 PM

    Have the coffee pot all ready to go! mmmmm.

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    Sara Burnette — February 19, 2013 @ 1:36 PM

    I make mornings easier by being very relaxed with what my kids eat for breakfast! It’s usually a trail mix of cereal, nuts, and dried fruit, and some yogurt. My husband helps by making coffee and unloading the dishwasher.

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    Jane N. — February 19, 2013 @ 1:43 PM

    I select the clothes I am going to wear out the night before (the last thing I want to do is iron a shirt or look for matching socks in the morning).

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    Beth L — February 19, 2013 @ 1:51 PM

    I bake muffins, scones,etc. , individually wrap them and store them in the freezer. The night before I pull one out of the freezer for breakfast in the morning.

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    Margaret Smith — February 19, 2013 @ 1:51 PM

    The night before, I set out plates, cups and the toaster. I also prepare lunches and we all set out our clothes. We also get the kids backpacks prepared and make sure all homework and any papers that need signing is done.

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    Margaret Smith — February 19, 2013 @ 1:53 PM

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/303985498865668097

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    Shay D. — February 19, 2013 @ 1:58 PM

    Uh… I rarely plan ahead for the next morning. But since there’s only two of us whenever I make muffins or pancakes I make extra to have on hand for a quick breakfast or snack!

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    MaryB — February 19, 2013 @ 2:13 PM

    I do everything I can ahead of time – laying clothes out, getting lunches fixed, etc. I get up just a bit earlier than anyone else to have some quiet time, too. It always starts the day off just right.

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    Dani — February 19, 2013 @ 2:17 PM

    I make a couple of days worth of pancakes or waffles and put them in the freezer. I just stick them in the toaster oven when my boys request them. But it makes life easier and I hate just giving them cold cereal in the mornings.

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    Kathleen — February 19, 2013 @ 2:21 PM

    my tip is to get everything ready the night before: such as outfits, breakfast as much as you can get done, lunches etc

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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    Mellisa W. — February 19, 2013 @ 2:33 PM

    Earlier bed time, no electronics and I get completly ready first.

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    wendy — February 19, 2013 @ 2:36 PM

    I’d have to say prepping what I can the night before. Of course, there’s always leftovers already packaged up, but sandwiches can be made or veggies can be chopped.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 19, 2013 @ 2:51 PM

    No snooze alarm! If I use one I’ll never get up!

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    Amy J — February 19, 2013 @ 2:52 PM

    When I bake muffins or quick breads, I always try to put a loaf, and a bunch of muffins into freezer bags and pop them in the freezer. I also make from scratch pancakes and waffles, and put any extras in the freezer. Then on mornings when I don’t have time to make oatmeal, scrambled eggs, etc…we can just pull out one of our frozen ‘breakfast’ items :-)

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    Stephanie V. — February 19, 2013 @ 2:53 PM

    We cook a big batch of pancakes on Sunday so the kids can have them next couple of school mornings. We also precook some turkey and cheese omelettes that the kids can heat up with their pancakes. Makes the start of the week easier!

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    Robin — February 19, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

    I make freezer sausage Mcmuffin sandwiches to take to work. 60second in the microwave at work and I have a tasty breakfast.

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    Tania — February 19, 2013 @ 2:57 PM

    I always set up my coffee maker the night before because nothing happens before I have my coffee.

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    April was in CT now CA — February 19, 2013 @ 3:07 PM

    One word: coffee.

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    Kimi — February 19, 2013 @ 3:32 PM

    During the week we always make enough dinner to have for breakfast the next morning. It’s usually healthier than breakfast foods and more balanced. On the weekends it’s always breakfast foods for breakfast.

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    Carrie — February 19, 2013 @ 3:32 PM

    I always set the coffee pot the night before so we just have to flip the switch! I also have the kiddos clothes picked out the night before and lunches ready to grab! :)

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    Bianca — February 19, 2013 @ 3:39 PM

    I like having a mix of fresh fruit pre cut up…ready to drizzle with honey.

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    Lynette — February 19, 2013 @ 3:43 PM

    I use my vitamix for a quick fruit smoothie

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    Lindsey — February 19, 2013 @ 3:47 PM

    Prep the coffee pot the night before! I also set out anything non-perishable on the counter so I’m ready to go in the morning ( bowls, spoons, lunch bag, bread, etc)

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    Ashley H — February 19, 2013 @ 3:47 PM

    I always try to make as much as I can the night before.

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    Kelly D — February 19, 2013 @ 3:59 PM

    My kids love pancakes, so every weekend a make a batch of pancakes and keep them in the fridge for the week. I microwave them for a bit and they make a quick breakfast and this saves money too.

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    Kelly D — February 19, 2013 @ 4:01 PM

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/304017904117112832

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    Emily — February 19, 2013 @ 4:09 PM

    Packing my lunch the night before makes my morning SO much easier! If I can, picking out my weekly outfits on a Sunday is also amazing.

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    Penny H — February 19, 2013 @ 4:28 PM

    For me, a routine is what I need – I can wake up at 5:30 every morning without issue because that’s what I do for work – When I “sleep in” until 7AM on the weekends, I’m groggy.

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    Ilona T — February 19, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

    We get everything ready the night before!

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    Ilona T — February 19, 2013 @ 4:31 PM

    I tweeted. https://mobile.twitter.com/ilonat/status/304025360335511553

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    Tamar — February 19, 2013 @ 4:39 PM

    I drink a chocolate energy shake in the morning. It helps!

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    Karen — February 19, 2013 @ 4:48 PM

    I get the coffee pot ready the night before and set the auomatic timer on it so that it starts brewing in the morning before I get up. When I wake up and smell the coffee ready for me, I am ready for my day!

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    Karla G — February 19, 2013 @ 5:19 PM

    We too lay out clothes for the next morning, just to make things a little easier. I also make my son’s lunch the night before, so that I don’t have to take time making it in the morning before we rush off!

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    Kara D — February 19, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

    I put out my gym clothes the night before!

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    Karla G — February 19, 2013 @ 5:21 PM

    I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/HazelEyedKar/status/304037797864554498

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    Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal — February 19, 2013 @ 5:21 PM

    I always pack my lunch the night before to save time in the morning!

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    Rebecca — February 19, 2013 @ 5:32 PM

    I prepare my lunch the night before and lay out my clothes and my kids clothes in advance.

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    Sarah Gilbert-Hartwell — February 19, 2013 @ 6:07 PM

    Everything looks delish! Especially the blueberry muffins and pancakes, those two things are my go to items for breakfast for my Husband and I. He truly loves blueberry muffins and pancakes!

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    Sharla — February 19, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

    Getting up in time to have some quiet time with God always makes my day better! And if I don’t pack my gym bag the night before I won’t pack it at all!

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    Leann Lindeman — February 19, 2013 @ 6:13 PM

    I am not currently working so my mornings are pretty chill… but a Diet Coke first thing is the way for me to get motivated.

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    Katie — February 19, 2013 @ 6:26 PM

    I prep everything the night before – gym bag packed, breakfast and lunch ready to go so I can be out the door in a few minutes.

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    Heather — February 19, 2013 @ 6:35 PM

    I set my coffee to perk at a certain time in the morning so when I come into the kitchen it is hot and waiting. I also make sure we have all the quick breakfast items for quick and easy breakfasts.

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    tara — February 19, 2013 @ 6:46 PM

    I like to pack my lunch the night before and often make baked oatmeal on sunday to have breakfast to grab in the morning!

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    AmySue — February 19, 2013 @ 7:02 PM

    Getting up before everyone else… and then enlisting the help of my hubby and boys to be sure everybody has everything for the day! :)

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    Melanie — February 19, 2013 @ 7:08 PM

    We are Land o Lakes fans too! Something that helps us in the mornings is to have some prepped meals- muffin batter in the fridge, overnight french toast bake, etc.

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    Bryn — February 19, 2013 @ 7:20 PM

    I do my 4 yr olds hair while she eats. multi tasking! also i get Bowls, plates, mugs, clothes ready night before.

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    Lisa — February 19, 2013 @ 7:31 PM

    I love Land O Lakes spreadable butter. I tried an off brand and it was awful! Not spreadable at all!

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    Haley @ fullnfit — February 19, 2013 @ 7:31 PM

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/hlymre/status/304070201106894848

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    Haley @ fullnfit — February 19, 2013 @ 7:32 PM

    My mornings go much smoother since I have been doing food prep on Sundays. Packing lunches is a breeze…

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    Carol B — February 19, 2013 @ 7:44 PM

    I get lunches and clothes out the night before. You can almost be on auto pilot in the morning. :)

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    Carol B — February 19, 2013 @ 7:46 PM

    I tweeted. https://twitter.com/rizzogurl/status/304074352830341120

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    Carolyn — February 19, 2013 @ 8:59 PM

    It’s fun to read these! My mornings (and days) are smoothest when I have a healthy lunch ready to go for the day!

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    Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen — February 19, 2013 @ 9:07 PM

    I set up the coffee maker with filter, coffee and water and just have to hit the button when I roll into the kitchen. Great alternative if your coffee maker doesn’t have a timer!

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    Jessie C. — February 19, 2013 @ 9:22 PM

    I get things ( lunch pack, breakfast ingredients, coffee in pot…etc ) done the night before to make my morning easier.

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    Jessie C. — February 19, 2013 @ 9:23 PM

    https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/304098302696255488

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    Sanda — February 19, 2013 @ 9:40 PM

    A cup of strong coffee makes everything seem doable :-)

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    Craig E. — February 19, 2013 @ 9:49 PM

    My wife prepares individual servings of frozen fruit (e.g., cranberries, blueberries, or strawberries) in plastic containers on Sunday night, then for the next morning’s breakfast, she leaves one serving of frozen fruit on the counter to thaw to add to her oatmeal, which she sometimes measures out the night before as well.

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    Amy Tong — February 19, 2013 @ 10:51 PM

    A tip that makes your mornings easier is try to get things prepared the night before. Like you, I’ll take out a set of clothes the night before, pack lunch into lunch box and put in the fridge, if I can pre-made some breakfast items, I’ll do that the night before too. I’ve gotta give this LAND O LAKESÆ Butter with Canola Oil a try. I dislike cold hard butter on my morning toast that takes forever to soften, or worse, totally mess up my toast. :) I love how spreadable it is. I’m drooling over your fluffy pancakes with the melted butter on top! :P

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amy Tong — February 19, 2013 @ 10:53 PM

    tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/304121407267274752

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Lynda — February 19, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

    i plan out the morning before, including outfit. having your outfit ready saves a lot of time!

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    Lynda — February 19, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

    tweeted https://twitter.com/oshkoshbgosh321/status/304129640736382976

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    ellen beck — February 19, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

    In the mornings when everything is hectic I try to have lunches made beforehand as well as a simple yet filling breakfast. I will often ‘premake’ sausage/ham egg biscuits and have them unfrozen and popped into the toaster ven or on cold days a nice hot bowl of oatmeal and toast- and yes we use Land O Lakes !

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    ellen beck — February 19, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

    https://twitter.com/tannawings/statuses/304131929136046080

    tweet

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    Bridget — February 20, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

    Oh mornings…make sure lunch is already packed and the fruits and veggies are ready for the green smoothie!

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    Bill Gentry — February 20, 2013 @ 12:18 AM

    I don’t have small kids but I’m taking care of my elderly dad. He loves frozen pancakes. It makes breakfast so much easier to microwave them. He never tires of them! Never! lol

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    Bill Gentry — February 20, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

    I Tweetededed! https://twitter.com/BillyGen/status/304143659551567872

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    Liz Dysert — February 20, 2013 @ 12:54 AM

    my way of making mornings easier is to work second shift so I never need to wake up early

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    keshakeke — February 20, 2013 @ 2:32 AM

    When making pancakes, I make extra and freeze them. They are easy to pull out of the freezer and microwave for a week day breakfast!

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    keshakeke — February 20, 2013 @ 2:34 AM

    I tweeted this giveaway!
    https://twitter.com/keshakeke/status/304176957346676736

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    Delina — February 20, 2013 @ 2:42 AM

    I have the kids clothes laid out the night before and get the majority of their lunch ready the night before!

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    patintx — February 20, 2013 @ 3:19 AM

    Fix the coffee pot the night before so I just have to hit the button!

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    Melissa B — February 20, 2013 @ 3:22 AM

    I try to have everything ready to go the night before! (try is the operative word here). It is all set on the table, ready to go!

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    Lisa — February 20, 2013 @ 3:53 AM

    making as much the night before as possible. Set the delay brew on my coffee pot a MUST!

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    Bonnie Jean — February 20, 2013 @ 3:57 AM

    I keep things easy in the morning by having three basic menus that I alternate with a few variations. We use the Land O Lakes spread and I usually leave mine out on the counter so it is really soft and spreadable (we use it so fast it stays quite well). My sons and husband do not eat breakfast. I do not get that… I have to have breakfast so I get up early and have my breakfast then I start the morning “cattle drive” I call it. We all have quite different schedules. Clothes are laid out the night before and towels ready in the bathrooms. I try to be out of the kitchen before my husband needs it. He packs his lunch at night. I pack a “brunch” for my sons as they have a very early lunch and some time before school to eat so they usually eat something when they get to school and then later at about 10:30 so I have a variety packed up for them. I love the Land O Lakes spreadable on Brown Sugar Cinnamon Swirl Bread warmed for 20 seconds in the microwave!

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    Ilene — February 20, 2013 @ 3:58 AM

    My kids are older now so they take care of themselves with breakfast. When they were in school, I always made their lunch the night before.

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    Joanna — February 20, 2013 @ 4:13 AM

    I always do all my house work the night before. That way I have nothing much to do the morning. Gives me a little more time to enjoy breakfast with my family.

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    Joanna — February 20, 2013 @ 4:14 AM

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/JoJoz_Beauty/status/304202246193836033

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    Katie — February 20, 2013 @ 4:15 AM

    I have our breakfast all planned out and ready to go the night before. It makes getting it ready in the am extra easy.

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    beth dunlavy hoppe — February 20, 2013 @ 4:16 AM

    Some days I give my kids Jimmy Dean Delights to fill them up and make my morning easier.

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    beth dunlavy hoppe — February 20, 2013 @ 4:18 AM

    my tweet url https://twitter.com/bhoppenow/status/304203120706199553

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    Katie — February 20, 2013 @ 4:22 AM

    I measure out my ingredients for my oatmeal the night before so it is quick and easy to make in the morning or take to work if I am running late

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    Heathyr — February 20, 2013 @ 4:34 AM

    I down a FULL glass of cool water with lemon every morning as soon as I get up and it INSTANTLY gets me up and going – blood flowing and ready to take on the day!

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    Denise — February 20, 2013 @ 4:35 AM

    Forcing myself to do the dishes and clean the kitchen the night before is key for me. It is so nice waking up to a clean kitchen – so much better than walking into the chaos of the night before and feeling overwhelmed.

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    tammy d. — February 20, 2013 @ 4:41 AM

    I always have my coffee ready to go and my daughter’s breakfast ready. I’m NOT a morning person and this helps.

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    sharona — February 20, 2013 @ 4:52 AM

    make my lunch the night before and plan what i am going to wear

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    Tracey — February 20, 2013 @ 5:00 AM

    Since breakfast isn’t even a thought at 3:30 a.m., the coffee pot is on automatic. Breakfast doesn’t happen till my first break at work! :) Love that butter!

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    Jess — February 20, 2013 @ 5:06 AM

    I usually use my coffeemaker’s timer setting so the coffee is ready for me when I get to the kitchen!

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    Kim @ design + life + kids — February 20, 2013 @ 5:08 AM

    My husband makes the girls breakfast while I finish getting reading upstairs, so by the time I’m done he’s ready to head out to work. he makes my mornings easier :)

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    Celeste B. — February 20, 2013 @ 5:15 AM

    I don’t have any kids to get ready and my huband isn’t ready to leave the house until around 8am, so my mornings are calm and easy.

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    Claire — February 20, 2013 @ 5:17 AM

    https://twitter.com/Claire_Ebeth/status/304217940620898304

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    Claire — February 20, 2013 @ 5:18 AM

    I program my coffee maker to start on it’s own, set out my little girl’s clothes and prepare her sippie of orange juice the night before…and try to let her sleep as long a possible so I can get other things done! :-)

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    Denise Wilson — February 20, 2013 @ 5:23 AM

    I make lunches after dinner and measure my cereal out in a baggie.

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    Clara — February 20, 2013 @ 5:28 AM

    I always have my coffee set to brew in the morning. The sound and smell wakes me up and makes getting breakfast and around that much easier.

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    Erin — February 20, 2013 @ 5:38 AM

    Whenever I make waffles I double the recipe and freeze what we don’t eat for busy mornings

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    Erin — February 20, 2013 @ 5:40 AM

    I pack my lunch the night before and lay out all my clothes!

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    Danielle — February 20, 2013 @ 5:46 AM

    I plan my clothes the night before and then combine tasks- heat the cat food (spoiled cats) and make toast at the same time I dry my hair. Pack my lunch and cook my egg. I also try to keep everything the same. If something throws off my rhythm I get grumpy.

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    Loly Borda — February 20, 2013 @ 5:47 AM

    My.husband goes to work at 5.oo Am so I leave his breakfast ready the night before. Thanks for the chance.

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 20, 2013 @ 5:47 AM

    I pack my gym bag the night before, and my husband makes my breakfast:)

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    BethAnn — February 20, 2013 @ 5:48 AM

    As part of my weekly meal plan, I make sure I know what is for lunch each day for hubby and me, so that can get prepared the night before. We both eat breakfast at work, so we make sure that is something portable that can be thrown in a bag. As for my son, he is a VERY PICKY eater, so packing is lunch every morning is easy, because the same thing goes in it every day!

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    Cindy Brickley — February 20, 2013 @ 5:49 AM

    I am not a big fan of breakfast, coffee is my must have. Just remembering to set the timer on the coffee pot is a must. I do love my buttered English muffins.

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    Cindy Brickley — February 20, 2013 @ 5:50 AM

    I tweeted about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/CindyBrickley/status/304225545577713664

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    Stacy L — February 20, 2013 @ 5:56 AM

    My Keurig is my best friend in the morning. So quick and easy!

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    Natalie S — February 20, 2013 @ 6:00 AM

    I like to make a batch of steel cut oats on sunday and store it in the fridge. Then on mornings, I can pull ot a serving, heat really quickly, and enjoy!

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    Veronica M — February 20, 2013 @ 6:00 AM

    I prep the night before as much as I can. I put all clothes, know what we will have for breakfast and lunch and prep what I can the evening before. Limit TV if any in the mornings for the little girl.

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    Terra Agueda — February 20, 2013 @ 6:02 AM

    easy morning tip- to pre-bake breakfast muffins. On a day that we have free, I would get all the ingredients together and have a baking day with the kids. They could make their breakfast/fast snack muffin they wanted in large quantities- bacon, sausage, cheese, denver omelet, meat lovers, veggies, etc. It also taught them to read recipes and to use the oven! Then when it is morning- there is no excuse about “I don’t want that/I don’t like that” because they made the muffins themselves! Bake them, wrap them in plastic, and freeze- then pop in micro wave in the morning and ready to go.

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    Paula — February 20, 2013 @ 6:05 AM

    I like to make steel cut oats in the slow cooker. I have muffins in the freezer too

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    Paula — February 20, 2013 @ 6:05 AM

    I tweeted at: https://twitter.com/pknit/status/304229844206637056

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    caitlyn — February 20, 2013 @ 6:09 AM

    i keep a stash of waffles and muffins in the freezer for an easy and quick morning breakfast!

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    Maria in NJ — February 20, 2013 @ 6:10 AM

    well, well, well, we get to see the mister!! he is a keeper! OK… so my morning at at dark o’ thirty too, the poor girls has to get up before 6am too, she likes a half a bagel with cream cheese…nothing more, nothing less, its simple and it gets her through to lunch time, which I make her lunch every day!! I cannot see spending money on those horrid school lunches, JMHO but…

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    Jennifer Jensen — February 20, 2013 @ 6:13 AM

    Making lunches the night before is a huge time saver!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 20, 2013 @ 6:15 AM

    I like to have everything out and all ready for me in the morning, so all I have to do is get up, and get everything that’s set out

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    Corisa — February 20, 2013 @ 6:18 AM

    overnight oats makes the best and healthiest, plus the easiest breakfast ever!

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    Melissa — February 20, 2013 @ 6:37 AM

    I set out clothes the night before and we use an alarm clock for our 6 year old, it works like a charm 99% of the time. Also, she loves for me to read to her, so, if she’s crabby in the morning and doesn’t cooperate, no bedtime story.

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    lanna — February 20, 2013 @ 6:40 AM

    I prep everything the night before. if i’m really good, prep my smoothie & put the blender in the fridge- add the frozen items in the am & blend.

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    Sarah G — February 20, 2013 @ 6:41 AM

    I lay out everything the night before. Outfits, backpacks, and breakfast dishes.

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    Kari — February 20, 2013 @ 6:42 AM

    NOW I’m just plain hungry ;) Great ideas for smoother mornings…I have a pre teen boy too and it’s like pulling teeth. Thankfully he wears a school uniform!!! Thanks so much!

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    Juli V — February 20, 2013 @ 6:50 AM

    What helps my mornings out a lot is packing my lunch for work the night before. Huge time saver.

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    Nancy L — February 20, 2013 @ 6:50 AM

    Finally a look at Mr Recipe Girl … very nice!! ;-)

    Thankfully I’m past those crazy early mornings, but on the rare occasion we have to be up early and out the door, I get everything as ready as I can the night before, so we can have a good breakfast and be out the door as quick as possible.

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    Juli V — February 20, 2013 @ 6:52 AM

    I tweeted – https://twitter.com/jweirback/status/304241943204999168

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    jessica w — February 20, 2013 @ 7:06 AM

    We try to wake up early enough so neither of us is rushed and that always helps keep the tempers down, and doing as many things in the morning to prep always help

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    jessica w — February 20, 2013 @ 7:06 AM

    I tweeted too

    https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/304245402612428800

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    Lakenya Joy — February 20, 2013 @ 7:08 AM

    I love to make oatmeal in the morning and brew some coffe with some good ole land oaks butter :)

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    Babs — February 20, 2013 @ 7:15 AM

    I always prepare the coffeemaker and put out cups the night before. Any items that need to be taken with us to work are in the car and ready to go. Also, whatever is to be worn is assembled and laid out the night before. So as you can see, whatever can be taken care of beforehand is done. Truly a time saver.

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    Chelsea — February 20, 2013 @ 7:17 AM

    My hubby and I both work, so in an effort to save money and improve our health, I pack our lunches. This way we are not eating out all the time. But I pack them the day before so I don’t have to mess around with trying to make sandwiches or cut up fruits and veggies in the morning. Then we each grab our lunch sacks and are out the door. I even write a note on his napkin just like mom used to when we were kids!

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    Nancy Bowers — February 20, 2013 @ 7:23 AM

    https://twitter.com/jnbwrs/status/304249755305918464

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    Nancy Bowers — February 20, 2013 @ 7:27 AM

    Getting to bed at a decent hour sure helps start the AM right, followed by stretches, quiet time with the Lord, then cold cereal with milk. Nothing fussy to prepare. The night before I go over any appts for the day, what to wear, make sure belongings are ready to go out the door.

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    Shelly — February 20, 2013 @ 7:35 AM

    I like to bake up some muffins the night before that can just be rewarmed in the microwave in the morning.

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    kathy d — February 20, 2013 @ 7:36 AM

    I make egg muffins at the beginning of the week but putting mushrooms, bacon, cheese and a egg in a muffin pan and bake when done refrigerate when you need them pull them out of the refrig and heat in microwave for 35 to 40 seconds.

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    Darla — February 20, 2013 @ 7:38 AM

    My kids are grown now, but when they were all al home. I would mix all my dry ingredients for muffins or coffeecake the night before. In the morning all I had to add was the egg and milk and mix. Throw them in the oven while I took off to run through the shower. The kids rode the bus so if they were on a slow moving day, they could take their breakfast and eat it as they walked to the bus stop.

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    Sarah — February 20, 2013 @ 7:39 AM

    I like to prep breakfast the night before. I make sure that the table is set and all I have to do is pour the OJ and breakfast runs smoothly then!

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    Sarah — February 20, 2013 @ 7:40 AM

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Sarah — February 20, 2013 @ 7:40 AM

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/sfrankiewicz/status/304253685645598721

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    Kristin — February 20, 2013 @ 7:55 AM

    I have my gym bag packed and my lunch ready to go.

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    Kristy F. — February 20, 2013 @ 8:07 AM

    I make sure my daughter’s backpack is all packed up the night before so she can just grab & go to get out to the bus stop.

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    D SCHMIDT — February 20, 2013 @ 8:07 AM

    I lay out all of the breakfast cutlery/plates/bowls/coffee and juice cups out the night before to save time in the morning.

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    Christy — February 20, 2013 @ 8:08 AM

    I bake muffins on Sundays and warm them in the toaster oven for my girls’ breakfast. I will have to try this Land O Lakes spreadable butter, I usually set a stick out to soften before waking the girls. This would simplify things!

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    D SCHMIDT — February 20, 2013 @ 8:08 AM

    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/304260847809748992

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    Megan Smith — February 20, 2013 @ 8:09 AM

    I lay out clothes the night before and make a breakfast menu for the week ahead of time.

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    Carolyn — February 20, 2013 @ 8:09 AM

    I make biscuits on weekend and then I finish them with egg and sausage or canadian bacon and freeze them so all I have to do is pop them in the microwave on week day mornings.

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    Jenna — February 20, 2013 @ 8:10 AM

    My family is Italian so we usually only have bread, butter and coffee in the morning. I make extra popovers the night before and the next morning they are an easy grab-and-go breakfast. We use spreadable butters to butter them with–they are too delicate for cold pats of butter!

    I love Ina Garten’s recipe because it’s terribly easy, but I always add a pinch of sugar and salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning mix to the batter. If I’m really feeling naughty, I add 1/4 cup grated gruyere!

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    Heather — February 20, 2013 @ 8:10 AM

    Backpacks and lunches are made the night before.

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    marylou alvarez — February 20, 2013 @ 8:12 AM

    I make lunch in the evening, packed and ready to go! :-) I wake up my girls extra early so they have time to be lazy :-)

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    Andreanna — February 20, 2013 @ 8:12 AM

    The night before I make sure food AND coffee are prepped and ready to go!

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    Diane — February 20, 2013 @ 8:12 AM

    All of the lunches and snacks for the day are prepared the night before so there is less running around. I also get up at 4:30 and exercise so its out of the way before everyone wakes up and I am home and available to help everyone get going.

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    Julie — February 20, 2013 @ 8:13 AM

    In theory, chop up my fruit the night before. But I never do it. :p

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    Janelle — February 20, 2013 @ 8:14 AM

    We also set out my daughter’s clothes the night before. I’m soooo not a morning person, and that’s going to make Kindergarten interesting next year (when it actually matters if she’ on time or not). Maybe I should start making muffins at night and warming them in the morning. My husband usually makes breakfast, but if she’s not up with him, then she doesn’t get a nice warm breakfast. I do keep pancakes in the freezer, and just pop a couple in the microwave if we’re running REALLY late and she needs to eat in the car on the way to school.

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    Teresa Lalonde — February 20, 2013 @ 8:15 AM

    I like to soak my oatmeal the night before I cook it to make it more creamy.

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    Lisa S Milwaukee — February 20, 2013 @ 8:15 AM

    I plan lunches the day before and have them ready in the fridge for a quick grab and go and we usually take granola bars with us as we all eat either at work or school when we get there

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    Janelle — February 20, 2013 @ 8:16 AM

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/ladynutter/status/304263108841594880

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    Lorrie — February 20, 2013 @ 8:17 AM

    Make sure I prepare at night, because before coffee, I’m useless.

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    Stephanie-Oh — February 20, 2013 @ 8:17 AM

    My husband started picking up pre-cut mixed veggies(day old) for a dollar or two at our local gro. store. These contain fresh chopped asparagas, broccoli, onions, mushrooms etc, usu. any left overs from the catering dept.I use these to make a quick omelet in the mornings. Just saute veggies, mix eggs, a little milk and cheese. You have a relatively quick, nutritious breakfast.

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    Amy L — February 20, 2013 @ 8:18 AM

    I put the coffee grounds and water in the coffeemaker the night before, so all I have to do in the morning is turn it on. This saves me lots of cleanup, as I tend to spill water and coffee grounds when I’m not fully awake :)

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    liz — February 20, 2013 @ 8:18 AM

    I do big batches of waffles or pancakes early in the week and reheat for the other mornings! It saves me so much time.

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    Christi D — February 20, 2013 @ 8:18 AM

    We make green smoothies the night before to grab-and-go…and use our lazy-man apple slicer to quickly cut up an apple to take as well.

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    Amy L — February 20, 2013 @ 8:20 AM

    I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/amylou61/status/304264189344636928

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    Colleen — February 20, 2013 @ 8:20 AM

    Even though our kids are gone, mornings can still be chaos! I cook breakfast casseroles on the weekends, cut them and freeze individual servings; it doesn’t take much effort or time to pull one out of the freezer, microwave it, add fruit and coffee, and breakfast is done!

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    Lauren P — February 20, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

    having everything ready the night before helps a lot!

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    Leah A. — February 20, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

    Cereal bars, grab and go!

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    Chrissy — February 20, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

    i’m a big fan of setting out everything the night before. clothes, medications that need to be taken before eating, breakfast, and lunch for the following day. that way when i wake up it’s a quick face wash, teeth brush, drink some water, and out the door with a breakfast that can travel.

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    Rachel — February 20, 2013 @ 8:25 AM

    We make lunch for my dad the night before, so when he leaves for work in the morning, all he has to do is grab his breakfast, pour his coffee (which he gets ready the night before) and pull his lunchbox out of the fridge. When I have to get up early, I pick out my clothes the night before.

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    KT Miller — February 20, 2013 @ 8:26 AM

    I prepare everything the night before. Lunch, clothes laid out etc. I also eat my breakfast at my desk at work since i do not leave time in the morning to do it before i leave the house by 6:30 a.m.

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    Becca O. — February 20, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

    I prep smoothie packs for the freezer with cut up fruit, frozen yogurt, etc. So all I have to do it pop it in the blender with a little liquid.

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    Polly Hall — February 20, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

    On the weekend I make enough sour dough pancakes to last the week. Just pop them into the toaster oven for a few minutes to heat up.

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    John Barrie — February 20, 2013 @ 8:31 AM

    I’ve been making big breakfast items like quiches or stratas on Sunday night, enough for an entire week (three quiches or two stratas, usually). Then all we have to do is cut out the desired piece and microwave it. I am the only coffee drinker, so I do the same with my java, make one pot at the start of the week and just reheat a cup a day. That way I can get everything together in a hurry and make it to my bus in time.

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    Emily — February 20, 2013 @ 8:31 AM

    I always set the coffeemaker so when I wake up, it’s already brewing!

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    libby — February 20, 2013 @ 8:33 AM

    have everything organized and ready for the morning rush in the kitchen

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    Mary — February 20, 2013 @ 8:34 AM

    We usually just start with cold items in the morning – yogurt and fruit are typical.

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    Kim L. — February 20, 2013 @ 8:35 AM

    I always make sure that I have plenty of fast – toaster ready foods for my kids. That way, if they don’t have time, they can at least pop something in the toaster and eat it on the way.

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    Michele French — February 20, 2013 @ 8:35 AM

    pre-plan!! I eat both breakfast and lunch @ work, so i pack both of those (and a healthy pre-wrokout snack) the nite before, and I workout immediately after work, so the gym bag is packed the nite before as well, and left on kitchen counter to remind me to grab that and lunch bag on way out door….

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    Kim — February 20, 2013 @ 8:37 AM

    Thank God for the Keurig! i can put my mug out and fill the machine with water the night before and simply press the button with my eyes still closed in the morning.

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    Nicole L — February 20, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

    This post has made me so hungry….

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    Michele Ellis — February 20, 2013 @ 8:40 AM

    I don’t have tricks as my kids are older now but we started them using an alarm clock right away (kindergarten) and they always wake up to it. They are groggy and grouchy with me but the alarm seems to change their outlook. Plus, now that they are older, they manager their wake up time based on how much sleep they want, what time they have to be somewhere and things they need to do in the morning. Of course, it’s always good to have ‘grab and go’ choices that are healthy…yogurt, applesauce, Kashi bars.

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    Kari — February 20, 2013 @ 8:41 AM

    Here’s the link to my tweet. :)

    https://twitter.com/karib51374/status/304269169673793537

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    Sandra — February 20, 2013 @ 8:41 AM

    I have my son get dressed, to include getting his shoes on, brush his teeth and comb his hair before he gets breakfast. It takes the fight out of getting ready in the morning!

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    Kari — February 20, 2013 @ 8:42 AM

    I get everything ready the night before since I work at 6am, including overnight oats for breakfast which I eat at work, snacks, and lunch.

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    MCR — February 20, 2013 @ 8:44 AM

    I make my morning easier by going to bed early and having the discipline to get up as soon as the alarm goes off. No snoozing for me!

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    Katie Bitomske — February 20, 2013 @ 8:45 AM

    To make my mornings easier I try to set out everything I am going to need and pack my tote bag for the next day the night before. I make sure I have 2 matching socks, which is quite a struggle some days! I plan my outfit and set it out, get any ironing taken care of and head off to bed nice and early!

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    Elise — February 20, 2013 @ 8:46 AM

    I make sure bags — school bags, my work bag, etc. — are all packed the night before. This saves time in the morning — it means we don’t have to run around trying to find something that’s needed that day!

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    Krista — February 20, 2013 @ 8:48 AM

    I make sure my kitchen is clean before I go to bed so it is faster to make lunches and breakfast in the morning.

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    Susan P — February 20, 2013 @ 8:55 AM

    I microwave a scrambled eggs and put it between toast. My kids love this, and if they don’t finish it before school, they take it with them and have it during morning snack with their fruit. Egg sandwiches are easy to transport!

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    erin — February 20, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

    To make mornings easier on myself, I get up an hour earlier than the rest of my house.

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    Nina — February 20, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

    My son loves pancakes! He even knows that our recipe is filled with flax seed and mashed sweet potatoes! We cook extra on Sunday mornings and freeze them. He has them EVERY morning!
    Banana Sushi is my daughter’s favorite. It’s on my pinterest Food! board – Zippy Moma
    They are our go-to morning meals!

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    Diane Troxell — February 20, 2013 @ 8:59 AM

    Post-its! I make a list of the morning (before-work) and evening (after-work) chores and leave it next to the prepped coffee maker the night before.

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    Alana Allred — February 20, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

    I love to cut up veggies and fruit beforehand so when I am rushing in the morning, it is one less thing i have to do, and can grab some healthy snacks to go.

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    Katie W. — February 20, 2013 @ 9:16 AM

    I set my alarm just a little early so I can hit snooze and not feel bad about it! Also, try to set out gym clothes the night before, makes me feel too guilty to not go if the clothes are already out and ready!

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    Diane — February 20, 2013 @ 9:17 AM

    Getting up a little early and having a quiet time makes all the difference. I am more calm and ordered. If I take time for God…he makes my time into all I need.

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    Amy J — February 20, 2013 @ 9:18 AM

    With getting all five kiddos out the door on time (and #6 due in 5 weeks!) I like having breakfast already made. I love being able to pull homemade pancakes from the freezer to pop in the toaster, or baked oatmeal w/ chocolate chips already made!

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    Jacqui — February 20, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

    I like to pick out my clothes and pack my lunch the night before. That way, I can get up and get ready quickly and grab breakfast before leaving!

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    Andrea W. — February 20, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

    I make a big batch of waffles on the weekend and then freeze them. We can put them in the toaster for toasty hot waffles any time.

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    Jacqui — February 20, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

    I also did the altnerate form of entry :-)

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    Gabreial W. — February 20, 2013 @ 9:24 AM

    We do overnight oatmeal or soak our steel cut oats overnight to make them quicker to fix in the mornings.

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    Melissa M. — February 20, 2013 @ 9:26 AM

    I prepare as much as I can the night before. I like to make breakfast burritos, so I’ll make the scrambled eggs at night & just heat them up. I also keep cut up fruit on hand.

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    Jan R — February 20, 2013 @ 9:29 AM

    I have to plan what I’m going to wear the night before right down to jewelry.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 20, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

    I like to make breakfasts the night before so that we can just warm them up in the mornings on the way out the door.

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    Amy B — February 20, 2013 @ 9:31 AM

    I prep the coffee the night before and also always get my clothes ready if I know it will be a rushed morning.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 20, 2013 @ 9:32 AM

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/akitchenaddict/status/304282302790373377

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    Lisa Peeples — February 20, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

    Tip or trick or recipe…I have two teenagers who hate getting out of bed. One who rushes so he can get to the couch and sleep til we leave (this means forgetting to brush teeth, grab his lunch etc.) and one who is sooooo slow that he drives me out of my mind. No hurry bone in his body. The nly tip I have is get them out the door and then drop to a chair with a cup of coffee and remember to then let your breath out.

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    Ellen B — February 20, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

    get the coffee ready the night before

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    Ellen B — February 20, 2013 @ 9:40 AM

    https://twitter.com/elliebunny24/status/304284188037754881

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    Vivian — February 20, 2013 @ 9:47 AM

    Love your site. Great recipes and giveaways. Fortunately, we homeschool, so rushing around is not a problem. Teaching my boys each how to make meals helps out. We take turns at breakfast. Also, I use the Melitta Ready Set Joe for my husband and I. Just two tablespoons of fresh ground coffee and hot water, even the kids can make us our coffee along with their hot cocoa.

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    juliee — February 20, 2013 @ 9:49 AM

    I always ran out of time for breakfast for me – which meant poptarts in the car – ick! Now I’ve started to make a big pot of oatmeal with irish steel cut oats and lots of dried fruits and nuts on the weekend. I put in serving size containers and can grab one on the way out the door. I nuke it at work and have a hot, healthy breakfast. (And its ready for anyone else who wants some too, but no takers so far.)

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    Heather Spooner — February 20, 2013 @ 9:49 AM

    I try to do the most I can the night before to make my mornings better. Decide on my outfit and have it ironed etc. Also I get the coffee pot ready to brew at a certain time so there is no delay for my cup of joe. Thanks!

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    Anne — February 20, 2013 @ 9:51 AM

    Confession: When I wake up, I’m not even capable of making toast. It’s a must for me to have something I can just grab and eat, like a muffin or a slice of banana bread. Hmmm… maybe this is why I’ve become a baker! LOL

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    Anne — February 20, 2013 @ 9:53 AM

    I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/304287611214774272

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    Liddy — February 20, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

    To make mornings easier, I put my clothes out for the next morning and set my coffee maker for “Delay Brew,” so that I won’t have to make a decision about what to wear when I get up, and I”ll have hot, freshly brewed coffee already there when I walk into the kitchen in the morning.

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    susan — February 20, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

    I leave my keys in the refrigerator on my lunch so I don’t forget it in the crazy morning rush. Also leave my keys with my phone so I don’t forge t it!

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    Linda — February 20, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

    I always check my calendar the night before so I don’t forget what I may have going the next day. And my coffee in the morning gets me going :)

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    Holly — February 20, 2013 @ 10:16 AM

    On nights when I am really organized, I will prep a crock pot breakfast. (Oatmeal, cracked wheat, breakfast casserole, etc). On mornings that I haven’t done this, Egg Beaters make really easy scrambled eggs!

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    Liddy — February 20, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

    I tweeted about this giveaway!
    https://twitter.com/LiddyDover/status/304292571981692929

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    Patty — February 20, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

    I try to set my alarm 15 minutes earlier than I think I need to have a little “extra” time in my schedule. Thanks!!!

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    Vera — February 20, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

    I try and set the table a little the night before – placemats out, vitamins on the table, glasses……..

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    Tiffany Winner — February 20, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

    i always make extra pancakes and freeze them to use later

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    Tiffany Winner — February 20, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

    tweeted https://twitter.com/thismomwins2/status/304299990635909121

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    Mary Calabrese — February 20, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

    I pack lunches the night before so nothing delays me in the morning.

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    Yoojin — February 20, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

    instant oatmeal is my morning timesaver! i cook instant oats with almond milk and frozen fruit, then drizzle with raw honey. the best and final touch is a huge dollop of almond butter and some walnuts on top! yumm

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    Stacy R — February 20, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

    I definitely agree that getting clothes ready the night before is a big help!

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    Lynda — February 20, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

    Pack lunch, set clothes out, and have toaster, plate, and cinnamon sugar set out the night before. I’m really amazed how just doing these few things can really help save time in the mornings! :-)

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    Becky — February 20, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

    Think ahead and be organized. I usually have homemade sourdough bread in the freezer so all I have to do is butter and toast it. Don’t spend much time thinking about breakfast on the weekday. If I’m making anything special like biscuits, scones or pancakes I have all dry ingredients measured out in bowl so all I need to add is my wet ingredients and bake.

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    Brittany Griggs — February 20, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

    I pack my lunch the night before and line up all my smoothie ingredients inside the fridge for easy picking and throwing into the blender.

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    Jennifer Edelstein — February 20, 2013 @ 11:17 AM

    I plan out the night before what the kids are wearing and what they are having for lunch and breakfast. Makes mornings so much easier!

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    Danielle — February 20, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

    I chop up fruit the night before for a smoothie!

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    Anna — February 20, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

    I make hardboiled eggs or a quiche that could easily be reheated, put clothes out, and pack lunches.

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    Norma Dellinger — February 20, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

    I have made up breakfast burritos and pancakes to freeze so we could just pop them in the microwave and have breakfast.

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    Cynthia C — February 20, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

    My tip is to pack lunches the night before to save time.

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    Cynthia C — February 20, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

    Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/304310494091677696

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    Dorothea — February 20, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

    I always have homemade baked goods in the house. Makes breakfasts easy and something to look forward to!

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    Jeff Amador — February 20, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

    I pre-make large batches of steel cut oatmeal on the weekends and eat them throughout the upcoming week. They even freeze great in perfect portion sized tupperware containers!

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    Stephanie Rowells — February 20, 2013 @ 11:55 AM

    . I make lunches the night before and put bags in the car. Leaving clothes out is too much of a hassle. I can never decide.

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    Sarah — February 20, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

    The timer function on my coffee pot? Genius. Also, I make large pans of baked oatmeal and portion it in containers for the week. Grab and go is where it’s at!

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    Andrea D. — February 20, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

    Since my daughter is slow in the morning, we get her up a little earlier to adjust to her pace and not to rush her too much. We also have almost everything we can done the night before. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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    Moontaj — February 20, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

    I like to have my teapot (water & tea bag) sitting overnight on the stove the night before, then in the morning just turn on the heat. So easy and soothing in the morning!

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    Marysue NativeOrchid Feltman — February 20, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

    I love Land Of Lakes products, and use the boxed, unsalted butter in our waffles. I melt it and add it to the batter then put it in a pourable container so that, when the morning rush is here, I just have to heat the waffle iron and pour in the batter and heat a minute.

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    Janice — February 20, 2013 @ 12:49 PM

    Lunches are packed the night before, clothes set out, even towels and washcloths for the morning shower, coffee pot is prepped and on timer.

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    Moontaj — February 20, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

    https://twitter.com/Moontaj/status/304330895253458944

    Gotta love Twitter!

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    Yvette N. — February 20, 2013 @ 1:25 PM

    We make quick breakfast wraps. Using the liquid fat free egg product,
    and cooking either on the stove, or in the microwave, makes the fluffiest
    eggs. Pop egg into warmed tortillas, and you’re in business :)

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    Michelle V — February 20, 2013 @ 1:27 PM

    You just lost me as a reader. I use spreadable butter – and love it – but I do not want to read such blatant advertising! No thanks.

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    Joanie from CLBB — February 20, 2013 @ 1:43 PM

    Heehee, looks like that young Recipe Boy is having a little “ham” with his fruit, juice, and muffin (I have made 8 batches of this amazing egg-free, white whole wheat blueberry muffin from KAF since last Monday, woohoo!). I big-batch bake muffins and freeze for handy grabbing. I have a thing about my coffee grounds being “exposed” so I don’t put them in the pot, but have them rationed out in little Tuppercups so all I have to do is dump, and I go ahead and put a Tbs of sugar in our sealable cups so that’s done too. That picking clothes the night before thing never worked for me, I’m too fickle and would change clothes 3-4 times in the mornings! And of course anything going for lunch is pre-configured the night before. Seems to work for us, lots of good ideas here, tho. It been a while since I tried that spreadable butter, thanks for the heads-up.
    Thanks, Lori!

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    Donna Vaughn — February 20, 2013 @ 2:01 PM

    I use Land o Lakes butter spread every morning on my whole wheat toast. I keep my bread frozen so it stays fresh longer and it is crispy when toasted.

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    Liza — February 20, 2013 @ 2:10 PM

    to make breakfast easier I have the kids make their own cereal & milk :) … but really, sometimes I make a huge batch of oatmeal that lives in the fridge until a smaller fry puts some in a bowl and nukes it to eat warm … OR (and my favorite) when I feel particularly nice to the small fries I make a large batch of waffles (usually 4 or 6x the regular recipe) and freeze them so the kiddies can just pop a couple in the toaster and eat

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    denise r — February 20, 2013 @ 2:29 PM

    definately prepping the night before..lunches and backpacks

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    Deb — February 20, 2013 @ 2:41 PM

    Having the coffee set to a timer to begin brewing is the best tip from our household. There’s nothing the smell of fresh coffee just as your feet touch the carpet every morning. We love it!

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    Susan Smith — February 20, 2013 @ 2:42 PM

    I have backpacks packed the night before, clothes laid out, and lunch boxes as prepared ahead as possible. I also set out the breakfast dishes and aske what my children want for breakfast so I can get it ready while they are getting dressed in the morning.

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    Susan Smith — February 20, 2013 @ 2:45 PM

    https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/304360936595152898

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    Ruthann — February 20, 2013 @ 2:47 PM

    I make waffles ahead and then just pop them in the toaster in the morning.

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    Shanna Uptergrove — February 20, 2013 @ 3:16 PM

    My son likes to sleep in his next day clothes. He’s a slow eater, so it helps! One of my daughters loves having her clothes picked out the night before along with which hair piece she wants to wear and socks too! My oldest girl loves having a protein shake- she can drink this in the car on the way to school as well! shanna.u at gmail dot com

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    Joyce — February 20, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

    keep things simple, and prepare as much as possible the night before. it also helps that my kids have to wear uniforms for school, so no clothing battles!

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    Stacy Scott — February 20, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

    School clothes, book bag, and non perishable lunch items are all set out the night before. And I have to add an extra 15 minutes for my 9 year old son to brush his teeth. I can’t wait until he cares that girls complain about his smelly breath!
    We have used Land O Lakes since I was a child! It’s the best there is!

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    Heather Hayes Panjon — February 20, 2013 @ 3:25 PM

    My Tip That Makes My Mornings Easier Is To Set Table The Night Before . Bake Muffins Night Before Enjoy With Land O Lakes Spread And Fresh Fruit For A Easy Start To The Day

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    Heather Hayes Panjon — February 20, 2013 @ 3:26 PM

    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/reinaheather/status/304371449857200128

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    Melissa — February 20, 2013 @ 3:39 PM

    I get as much ready the night before as possible.

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    Deb A — February 20, 2013 @ 3:42 PM

    I do my baking on the weekends and freeze individual portions. Since I’m at work at 6:30AM, it has to be grab and go in the morning.

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    Jennie — February 20, 2013 @ 3:42 PM

    I pack all the lunches, except the sandwiches, the night before!

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    allie h — February 20, 2013 @ 3:58 PM

    cereal is always filling and is easy clean up(:

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    Lynna — February 20, 2013 @ 4:33 PM

    I always prepare everything the night before, so I all I have to do in the morning is wake up, brush teeth, and dress. For breakfast, I usually make it extremely simple, like have my bowl prepare with cereal in it and everything. Just pour the milk! LOL.

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    Kay B — February 20, 2013 @ 4:45 PM

    Having lunches made the night before and making fresh bread on the weekend to enjoy all week long!

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    Pam C. — February 20, 2013 @ 4:49 PM

    I keep pre-made bags of fruit, kale, spinach and protein powder in the freezer for easy breakfast smoothies.

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    Whitney — February 20, 2013 @ 4:53 PM

    I’m job hunting, so I haven’t time constraints for my breakfast right now – I use my morning to put together lunch for my husband though.

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    MaryR — February 20, 2013 @ 5:23 PM

    I prepare as much as I can the night before. Example, if I’m gonna make scrambled eggs, I scrambled them before hand and keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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    Tari Lawson — February 20, 2013 @ 5:33 PM

    My mornings are easier when I lay my clothes out the night before.

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    AppleTree — February 20, 2013 @ 6:03 PM

    I get everything ready the night before so I can just grab and go.

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    ATLKristen — February 20, 2013 @ 6:18 PM

    Making my lunch the night before.

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    jennifer — February 20, 2013 @ 6:33 PM

    pack lunches the night before= make dog food the night before

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 20, 2013 @ 6:44 PM

    I sometimes make egg muffins earlier in the week so I can just grab and go in the mornings. I also like taking oatmeal to work!

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    Kyl Neusch — February 20, 2013 @ 6:45 PM

    plan breakfsat the night before

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    nisreen maali — February 20, 2013 @ 6:51 PM

    Lunch ,clothes and coffee ready from the night before.

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    nisreen maali — February 20, 2013 @ 6:52 PM

    Coffee is set from the night before and the kids clothes and lunch are ready too.
    r

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    Ashley P — February 20, 2013 @ 6:52 PM

    I don’t have a kid to get ready in the morning (yet), but I do love to sleep in. To make the morning easier, I pack my lunch the night before to save a few minutes.

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    Ttrockwood — February 20, 2013 @ 7:19 PM

    I put out my gym clothes tthe night before (i workout early), i pack my lunch and snacks the night before and set the timer on my coffee.

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    Nicole @ Curly Mommy — February 20, 2013 @ 7:24 PM

    One way I like to make mornings easier is to make extra pancakes and put them in the freezer. If you freeze them in twos or threes, it is a nice quick breakfast in the microwave!

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    Kelsey LaPaglia — February 20, 2013 @ 7:38 PM

    I make something like Overnight Oats the night before and thrown em in the fridge so its something quick and easy to grab in the morning. Keurig coffee makers also make mornings quicker and easy!

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    Amy S — February 20, 2013 @ 7:40 PM

    I like to get all my food for breakfast and lunch packed and prepped the night before so there’s less to worry about in the morning.

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    Kelsey LaPaglia — February 20, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

    https://twitter.com/kelseylap/status/304435482945785856
    I tweeted about the giveaway

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    Rachel — February 20, 2013 @ 8:01 PM

    Divide and conquer! My boyfriend and I split up the morning chores.

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    Suzanne K — February 20, 2013 @ 8:20 PM

    Coffee is set up the night before… and I work at home!

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    Denise McDowell — February 20, 2013 @ 8:40 PM

    Have a husband that will make a latte in the morning…it saves me a lot of time! :)

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    Kristen R — February 20, 2013 @ 8:45 PM

    Making a quick, yet delicious, bacon egg and cheese sandwich. Super fast and easy and most importantly scrumptious!
    Scramble eggs in frying pan (add 1 tbsp of water for added fluffiness) before they’re to your desired wellness, add pieces of your favorite cheese… stir a little and done! While that’s cooking pop a little bacon in the microwave and toast your favorite bread or english muffin!
    All done and so easy!
    Who doesn’t want to wake up and eat this delicious breakfast?

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    Kristen R — February 20, 2013 @ 8:46 PM

    Making a quick, yet delicious, bacon egg and cheese sandwich. Super fast and easy and most importantly scrumptious!
    Scramble eggs in frying pan (add 1 tbsp of water for added fluffiness) before they’re to your desired wellness, add pieces of your favorite cheese… stir a little and done! While that’s cooking pop a little bacon in the microwave and toast your favorite bread or english muffin!
    All done and so easy!
    Who doesn’t want to wake up and eat this delicious breakfast?

    Posted this giveaway on my pinterest blog! (hope that counts as a blog for you)
    http://pinterest.com/pin/46443439879675768/

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    Angel G. — February 20, 2013 @ 9:00 PM

    A bunch of muffins in the freezer ready to microwave in case things are moving slowly with the kiddos in the morning.

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    Kristen M. — February 20, 2013 @ 9:20 PM

    Making sure the french press is clean and ready to use in the morning is a must for making the morning easier to manage.

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    Kimberly H — February 20, 2013 @ 9:30 PM

    I try to make lunches the night before and set up the coffee pot for an automatic start so that I wake up to coffee. If my husband is driving us to work, I often do my makeup in the car so my morning is a little less rushed. I am anything but a morning person, so any little thing helps!

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    linda a. — February 20, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

    i have ALOT of medication that i need to take in the a.m. so each week, i put everything in organizers so i don’t have to mess with the bottles and figuring out where everything is…all in one spot!

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    Jennifer — February 20, 2013 @ 10:27 PM

    Laying clothes out for my three girls the night before and making sure I wake up earlier than they do so I’m properly caffeinated!

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    Erin — February 21, 2013 @ 4:58 AM

    I have two little boys ages 2 years and 10 months. I find that making muffins in advance and freezing them is by far the easiest breakfast ever. I take out two the night before and by morning they are thawed and ready to eat!

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    Lynn Finley — February 21, 2013 @ 5:02 AM

    On the weekend before i try to make up some breakfast sandwiches, individually wrap them and put in the refrigerator. The kids can grab them, toss in the microwave and run out the door to catch the bus.

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    Yoojin — February 21, 2013 @ 5:32 AM

    https://twitter.com/leeyoojc/status/304584374547005441

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    Barbara M — February 21, 2013 @ 6:51 AM

    I make french toast and waffles for freezing.
    Talk about a fast breakfast!
    Thank you.

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    Barbara M — February 21, 2013 @ 6:52 AM

    Tweet
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/304604003050876928

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    Elyssa — February 21, 2013 @ 6:58 AM

    i make my lunch for work the night before. always nice when there is one less thing to do in the morning

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    Valerie — February 21, 2013 @ 7:26 AM

    Mornings aren’t my favorite, either! ;-)

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    Alicia — February 21, 2013 @ 7:36 AM

    Thanks for including your tips and tricks for an easier morning, we have two middle schoolers to get out the door by 7 am and an elementary student that has school just one hour later …many mornings have been tough! Also thanks for hosting the giveaway for a chance to win! :D

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    Mo — February 21, 2013 @ 7:50 AM

    No processed stuff here. Just leave the butter out for heaven’s sake. Very spreadable.

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    Amy — February 21, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

    Getting the coffee maker ready and timer set the night before- then I can go on autopilot until I get my coffee:)

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    Amanda — February 21, 2013 @ 8:27 AM

    I like setting out my clothes the night before (especially if it’s a workout day)!

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    Phyllis — February 21, 2013 @ 8:34 AM

    I make french toast or pancakes or muffins on the weekend to reheat during the week for a quick breakfast.

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    Lisa Brown — February 21, 2013 @ 9:21 AM

    I always set up the coffee maker the night before so all I have to do is turn it on in the morning.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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    Lisa Brown — February 21, 2013 @ 9:22 AM

    2nd entry tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/304642187013009408
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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    Madeleine — February 21, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

    As soon as my alarm goes off, I immediately flip on my light. It’s painful, but it helps me not drift back off to sleep! 10 minutes of cuddles with my kitten also helps. He’s likes to jump on my chest and lick my face when he hears my alarm. :)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 21, 2013 @ 9:36 AM

    Coffee always helps me wake up in the morning followed by breakfast!

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    Sadie — February 21, 2013 @ 9:52 AM

    When I was in high school, I would prepare everything the night before. Clothes, lunch, breakfast, backpack. I’d shower in the evening so I’d have very little to do in the morning.

    Now I just go to bed really early.

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    Michelle — February 21, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

    Getting coffee ready the night before (by my boyfriend, not me!)

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    Kiersten — February 21, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

    We make a big batch of pancakes and waffles over the weekend and put the in the freezer to use for breakfast throughout the week. Paired with fruit and milk it makes a quick and easy breakfast.

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    ashley — February 21, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

    I try to set everything about ahead of time so I’m not rushing around looking for something at the last minute!

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    Linda T — February 21, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

    We always have a stick of butter in a covered glass container out on the counter. Our butter is always spreadable, and no, it doesn’t go “bad”. My mother and grandmother did this before me.

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    Allison Downes — February 21, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

    Preparing lunch the night before

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Allison Downes — February 21, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

    Tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/Giveawayhog/status/304688735264600065

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    Christine — February 21, 2013 @ 2:24 PM

    have the coffeemaker set up the night before

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    Katrina — February 21, 2013 @ 2:50 PM

    I make muffins on Sunday for the rest of the week. I also love that spreadable butter. Bonus that because it is so easy to spread, I use less than hard butter.

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    Juli P — February 21, 2013 @ 4:40 PM

    Setting out morning workout clothes the night before – gives me an extra 5 minutes of sleep and I’m much more likely to hit the gym.

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    SaraJ — February 21, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

    I always have clothes, jewelry and shoes ready. Coffee mug set so I just have to hit the button and fill it up.

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    Laura w — February 21, 2013 @ 5:42 PM

    Frozen banana bread and premade smoothies!

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    Kristin — February 21, 2013 @ 6:46 PM

    I like to make overnight oatmeal in the crock pot, already to go in the morning for an easy breakfast!

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    Kenny F — February 21, 2013 @ 7:03 PM

    get up early

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    Karen Lynch — February 21, 2013 @ 9:25 PM

    Have items you will need to take with you packed and ready to go.

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    Rosanne — February 21, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

    I clean up the kitchen the night before and packed lunches the night before. I’m a night owl

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    Rosanne — February 21, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rosannepm/status/304844304109678592

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    Khadija — February 22, 2013 @ 1:02 AM

    I make my husbands lunch in advance!

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    Ann — February 22, 2013 @ 4:32 AM

    Love your blog and your ideas. Mornings can be totally hectic, for sure!

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    Virginia — February 22, 2013 @ 4:49 AM

    We have everything (lunches, clothes picked out, papers signed, breakfast decided, etc.) done the night before. So, the only things to do are shower, dress, eat, and grab backpacks and go.

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    Nicole S — February 22, 2013 @ 5:53 AM

    Preparing some things the night before (like coffee, breakfast or lunch) to make the morning not as hectic

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    Lydia — February 22, 2013 @ 6:05 AM

    This might sound boring but we keep mornings simple by eating the same breakfast almost every day: my homemade granola or homemade grape-nuts. Even the 1 yr. old like it! It takes the thinking out of what to make/what to eat and it’s nutritious and filling enough that it keeps us all full until lunch

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    Kathy — February 22, 2013 @ 7:40 AM

    I try to make sure that I pick out my clothes the night before so that I am not trying on and taking off items in the morning.

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    Kelli Hales — February 22, 2013 @ 7:57 AM

    Everything is picked out and in bags the night before, except lunch that needs to be refrigerated. I plan out each morning the night before so there are no surprises!

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    Barbi Jensen — February 22, 2013 @ 8:22 AM

    Get the coffee pot ready the night before, set the timer, so your coffee is brewed and ready to go when you roll out of bed. :)

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    Katie — February 22, 2013 @ 8:48 AM

    I make lunch the evening before so it doesn’t have to be a morning task.

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    Stacey — February 22, 2013 @ 9:36 AM

    I get my breakfast and lunch ready the night before.

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    Stacey — February 22, 2013 @ 9:38 AM

    Tweet
    https://twitter.com/shenning321/status/305008525292236800

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    Christy — February 22, 2013 @ 1:11 PM

    I always cook/prepare my meals for the whole week on Sundays. I package everything individually and keep it in the fridge and then every day for lunch and dinner I just grab my premade meal and pop it in the microwave. I end up cooking for a couple of hours on Sunday but it saves more time through the week.

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    Jennifer Grimm — February 22, 2013 @ 3:02 PM

    I always have lunches ready the night before!

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    Jennifer Grimm — February 22, 2013 @ 3:06 PM

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/MandalynnJDG/status/305090981471064065

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    Lisa Cornely — February 22, 2013 @ 4:37 PM

    Packing the lunches the night before and setting the clothes out. It gets us out the door easier in the morning.

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    Margie Huddleston — February 22, 2013 @ 5:33 PM

    I usually just make our muffins, breads, coffee cakes, etc. the night before, and then just a quick reheat if needed. It makes for less mess in the morning, too. :)

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    Sara M — February 22, 2013 @ 6:52 PM

    I make lunches the night before and sometimes cereal it is in the morning!

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    Shannon — February 22, 2013 @ 10:51 PM

    When I set the table and have the glasses set out the night before, it goes much smoother. Putting out any pots/pans I might need also helps.

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    Nicole Brown — February 23, 2013 @ 7:21 AM

    With 6 kids (5 of them girls) mornings are CRAZY around here! It doesn’t seem like any amount of “night before prep” makes a difference! Although the kids can eat breakfast at school, they are on the bus for nearly an hour each morning and I don’t like sending them out the door with at least something in their tummy, or at the very least in their hand so they can munch on the bus! We do a lot of in the toaster or microwave stuff for breakfast so I will make extra pancakes, waffles, muffins etc to keep in the freezer for mornings! I have also discovered some new breakfast muffin receipes that I am anxious to try out, a complete meal in a muffin!! Cannot wait to try out your cinnamon roll pancakes!

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    Shirley — February 23, 2013 @ 7:39 AM

    We’re early risers at our house too, we eat fruit and cereal for breakfast and have our lunch somewhat ready to go. I have not tried this spread, I use butter, except when too hard! I plan to buy some and mix with honey as stated in another comment.

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    Ky G — February 23, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

    Prepping my grilled chicken breasts & chopped/sliced veggies in ziplock bags for the week on Sunday. And making my veggie egg scramble the night before.

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    Carmen Skidmore — February 23, 2013 @ 2:16 PM

    Per chop the veggies that will go in my omelet. Gym bag, lunch bag and clothes ready the night before.

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    Kris M — February 23, 2013 @ 6:47 PM

    I always get lunch made and packed the night before. Also have the coffee ready to go.

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    Rena — February 23, 2013 @ 6:52 PM

    I leave out my daughters clothes the night before so there’s no choosing or searching for matching socks early in the morning! I also prepare her lunch and snack the night before.

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    Kim McM — February 23, 2013 @ 7:53 PM

    I figure out what I am going to be wearing to work the night before. Saves that panicky, “Oh no, I forgot to do laundry,” moment from occurring.

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    Lori — February 23, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

    I try to do all my prep ahead of time. I make pancake then freeze them and just reheat in the morning! I also make fruit salad the night before school add lemon juice so the fruit will not turn a sad brown!

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    SuzyM — February 24, 2013 @ 5:07 AM

    I make an Everything But the Kitchen Sink smoothie in the blender the night before. They incorporate everything from fruit, veggies, grains to plain yogurt and lots more! I put them in glass bottles that have a silicone protective sheath on them, and make 3 to 4 at a time, so they are ready to grab and go. They definitely keep me going until lunch time!

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    Carrie — February 24, 2013 @ 7:15 AM

    I also love the Land O Lakes spreadable butters, especially the cinnamon sugar!

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    Dee — February 24, 2013 @ 7:31 AM

    Quaker Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies – 10 seconds in the microwave and I have a warm yummy breakfast to go!

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    Shannon — February 24, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

    Lay out clothes the night before!

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    Diane — February 24, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

    I prepare and pack my breakfast and lunch for work the night before so all I have to do is go in the morning.
    I think you just sold me on that butter :) )))

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    peabody — February 24, 2013 @ 2:53 PM

    The kids use the spread all the time…especially on weekend morning waffles.

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    Kate — February 24, 2013 @ 6:34 PM

    I make a big batch of oatmeal Sunday morning and then all we have to do is reheat for a quick, filling weekday breakfast.

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    Neiddy — February 25, 2013 @ 4:50 AM

    I like to prepare everything I need on the night before so in the morning I am not in a rush doing a million things at once. Usually the only thing I take care in the morning is breakfast but I ask my children what they want since the night before as well

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    Neiddy — February 25, 2013 @ 4:52 AM

    tweeted https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/306023686782189569

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    Cheryl Newton — February 25, 2013 @ 8:07 AM

    My mornings are easier because right now my older son is loving eggs and potatoes. Nuke a small potato, chop and fry. Once potatoes are crispy, scramble in 2-3 eggs. Easy peasy.

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    linda sch — February 25, 2013 @ 10:40 AM

    my middle child needs something she can grab and eat in the car on the way to school, but my youngest makes herself eggs or cream of wheat or yogurt and granola!

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    Amy — February 25, 2013 @ 3:11 PM

    When I make waffles, I make giant batches and then freeze them and use them as needed by throwing them in the toaster. My toddler’s need big breakfasts sometimes, and you don’t always have the time to make something real.

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    Katy — February 25, 2013 @ 3:58 PM

    I love making super simple egg mugs in the morning. Awesome scrambled eggs in one minute!

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    Jillian_R — February 25, 2013 @ 4:38 PM

    I set my alarm just a little early so I can hit snooze once and not feel bad about it! It also helps to have two hungry dogs that will make sure you are up and feeding them, as my human babies are all grown.

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    Carley — February 25, 2013 @ 5:30 PM

    I get up at 5:00 so I try to use as many tricks as I can so I can sleep in later :) The best thing I do is make my lunch the night before to save a few extra minutes in bed!!

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    van pham — February 25, 2013 @ 6:51 PM

    Not much that makes my morning easier as long as I roll out of bed by 730 to get on my way by 750.

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    MichelleH — February 25, 2013 @ 7:26 PM

    Picking out the *entire* outfit the night before is essential, especially for Sunday mornings. If they don’t, a dress sock is invariably MIA. When I clean up from lunch, I set the coffee pot for the next morning. At night, I only need to check that the automatic timer is on. In the morning, hot, steamy coffee is ready before I am.

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    Brittany C. — February 25, 2013 @ 8:43 PM

    We try to make our lunches the night before to make things go smoother in the morning.

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    Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) — February 25, 2013 @ 9:42 PM

    My mornings are definitely made easier by packing up a lunch (usually from dinner leftovers) the night before. The timer function on the coffee maker is also useful… when we remember to use it!

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    Dina L — February 26, 2013 @ 6:59 AM

    I always make lunches the night before and when ever possible I try and shower at night.
    I am blessed to have a 16 year old who runs his own moning routine!

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    tcmary — February 26, 2013 @ 9:43 AM

    I make extra of French toast and pancakes and freeze individually. It’s easy to pull out of freezer and pop in a toaster for a quick easy breakfast

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    taylor — February 26, 2013 @ 9:55 AM

    Making the omelet the night before and popping it in the microwave to heat it up again makes the morning breakfast run smooth, or making the biscuits the night before

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    Linda K. — February 26, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

    Making lunches and packing the kids’ backpacks the night before.

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    Christina — February 26, 2013 @ 2:28 PM

    Overnight oatmeal is great. Also packing leftovers for my own lunch – not always flashy, but convenient.

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    Candra — February 26, 2013 @ 2:33 PM

    My mornings go so much better

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    lori — February 26, 2013 @ 2:38 PM

    we make lunches and pick out outifts the night before to help in the morning

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    Sandra — February 26, 2013 @ 5:05 PM

    I iron my work clothes send set out my workout gear.

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    Rebecca — February 26, 2013 @ 8:04 PM

    I am notorious for wanting to stay in bed as long as possible, so to speed up the mornings I plan out everything – lay out clothes, pack my lunch and stick it in the fridge in my lunchbox, prep my coffee maker and set MULTIPLE alarms.

    I also keep healthy grab & go breakfast options on hand. AND I try to stick to a routine, that way I know exactly how much time each task takes and I don’t get caught running late!

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    Chris — February 27, 2013 @ 9:52 AM

    When im in a rush… i prepare my breakfasts the night before and sick it in the fridge to be heated up in the morning.

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    Cassie — February 27, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

    I would love to win

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    Tiffany Pendergrasd — February 27, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

    I make the coffee up the night before so I can be ready to just hit the button!

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    Sarah Hirsch — February 27, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

    i’m guilty of skippig breakfast to make my mornings easier, but a better idea would be to grab a granola bar.

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    Sarah Hirsch — February 27, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

    tweet https://twitter.com/stigay/status/306869475351875584

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    Shari — February 27, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

    Our mornings run smoother when we have breakfast planned out for the week. When I make pancakes, I mixed the dry ingredients the night before to save time.

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    Kim T — February 27, 2013 @ 2:07 PM

    I love CROCK POT oatmeal–yummy and so easy! Done the night before, waking up to the smell of apple and cinnamon–and not long hard to pronounce ingredients!! My FAVE!

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    Vanessa Linda — February 27, 2013 @ 3:30 PM

    Prepping as much as I can on Sunday really helps the weeks meals. Sunday usually consists of prepping by cutting up fruits for morning cereal for the week. Fruit smoothies are always a great fridge friendly item to keep handy if we are in a rush, place in individual ready to go tumblers or water bottles and dash out the door with a healthy breakfast!

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    Sherrie M — February 28, 2013 @ 7:38 AM

    The mornings are easiet when I sleep through them then have breakfast foods for dinner :)

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    Venetrise — February 28, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

    Coffee always makes my morning easier! But for my child it definitely the smell of the waffles I make.

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    Peter G — February 28, 2013 @ 2:10 PM

    I have a coffee maker that can be preset and have the coffee ready when I get up. I have food that is fast like bagels or muffins with the coffee. These are light and healthy. Some fruit that I cut up and put in a container is fast to eat in the morning.
    Planning ahead, I can have a variety of things that are good tasting, inexpensive and healthy.

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    Carol G — February 28, 2013 @ 2:14 PM

    I make sure I have clean clothes that are ready to wear. My hair is clean and ready to be put up.
    Breakfast, I have a coffee make that I can pre set and ready for me when I get up.
    Fruit is cut up and in a container ready to eat.
    Bagels or muffins that are ready to just sit down and eat.
    Being organized is the only way I can get out in the morning without having a breakdown.

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    pruttybird — March 1, 2013 @ 2:49 PM

    Hmmm … Not sure I have any tips because I have one kid in college and another in high school who refuses to get up early enough to eat breakfast.

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    Yvonne — March 1, 2013 @ 9:15 PM

    I make sure I have some bread and peanut butter in my locker at work so that if I am in a rush before work then I always have something to fall back on at work. Toast with peanut butter fills me up until lunch.

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    Alison — March 2, 2013 @ 6:04 PM

    Hard boil eggs in the evening.

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    Candie L — March 2, 2013 @ 6:34 PM

    I eat a granola bar on the way in the car (or quickly prepared toast). Thank you

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    Tabathia B — March 3, 2013 @ 1:10 PM

    I have a breakfast menu for school mornings

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Cheri — March 3, 2013 @ 1:10 PM

    I like to make or prepare most of my breakfast foods the night before and just heat up or finish cooking in the morning

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    Tabathia B — March 3, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

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    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    jennifer hill — March 3, 2013 @ 1:15 PM

    Hard boiled eggs with toast is pretty easy!

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    Mary Alldian — March 3, 2013 @ 1:15 PM

    I slice up lots of fruit at night and toss in a spot of lemon juice to keep it fresh. In the morning. Fresh fruit. Granola and yogurt with a dollop of honey. Starts my day right

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    Tawnya — March 3, 2013 @ 1:16 PM

    I do freezer cooking- so I always have muffins, burritos and oatmeal packets on hand in the freezer!

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    SandyN — March 3, 2013 @ 1:18 PM

    If we’re having pancakes or waffles, I like to mix up the dry ingredients the night before, so all I have to do in the morning is add wet ingredients, mix up and they’re ready to go.

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    Kate K — March 3, 2013 @ 1:18 PM

    I will be starting a job for the first time after 32 years of being a stay at home mom… I am desperately in need of tips to make my mornings go smoother!

    I will definitely prepare my lunch the night before, and choose simple, protein packed breakfasts. A fave is a porridge made from soaked raw nuts. :) Soak 2 cups mixed nuts overnight, then drain them in the morning and place them in a blender with a banana and some milk… blend till the consistency of ‘cream of wheat’ and then pour in a bowl and microwave till hot. Rich and hearty. Best of all… quick!

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    Kim — March 3, 2013 @ 1:19 PM

    I have everything ready the night before. I have juice in cups, breakfast wrapped up and lunches ready to go. Always the night before.

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    Krista — March 3, 2013 @ 1:20 PM

    i lay everything out on the table the night before so there is no stumbling around in the morning tying to find things!

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    Donna — March 3, 2013 @ 1:20 PM

    I love the land o lakes with canola oil. We do a lot of toast in the morning and it sure makes it easy to be able to just pull the butter out of the fridge and spread it smoothly without having to wait for it to soften.

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    Kat — March 3, 2013 @ 1:21 PM

    I grab a granola bar and banana (great “pre-packaged” fruit!) on my way out the door.

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    Karen — March 3, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

    I make hard boiled eggs the night before and have some fruit cut up and ready for a busy morning.

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    Kate K — March 3, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

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    Ann N. — March 3, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

    I usually use a different brand but I really like that Land O Lakes is so spreadable that the muffin didn’t break! I am totally up for trying this!

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    Tamarae Ellis — March 3, 2013 @ 1:23 PM

    I prep a bunch of fruits the night before and put them in yogurt and granola or mix with a bit of fat free cool whip over waffles.

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    Angelique H — March 3, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

    I set up everything the night before, ie clothing and get breakfast items out or placed in a bowl in the fridge so that way all I need to do is grab the bowl or the items out and put on the stove while I get dressed.

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    Tommy — March 3, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

    It always helps me to set my alarm so I have extra time to let myself get ready at a leisurely pace. Relaxing in the morning is important to feel rested for the rest of the day!

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    Carly — March 3, 2013 @ 1:25 PM

    My Keurig coffee maker makes my mornings a breeze! Also, having ingredients/mixing bowl on the counter for whatever I’m making the next morning. I like to have my kids’ clothes picked out with socks and diapers. This saves me a LOT of time in the mornings!

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    Sara Reat — March 3, 2013 @ 1:26 PM

    I prep lunches and snacks the night before…makes it so much easier to enjoy the next morning!

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    Jamie F — March 3, 2013 @ 1:26 PM

    I have the kids lunches packed the night before and their clothes are out. Monrings are always a battle here since we all like to sleep in. School should start at 10 am!

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    Sunny M — March 3, 2013 @ 1:28 PM

    We are night owls at my house and it is difficult in the morning to get ready so we pack lunches the day before and hope that everything goes smoothly.

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    Carol Gray — March 3, 2013 @ 1:29 PM

    I make and pack as much of the lunches the night before as I can.

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    Tamarae Ellis — March 3, 2013 @ 1:30 PM

    https://twitter.com/tammywho/status/308328461737545728

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    Teresa — March 3, 2013 @ 1:30 PM

    I cannot eat or drink right when I get up due to having to take meds and wait an hour so what gets me moving and makes my mornings a breeze is taking those meds and then waking up with my favorite blogs and Facebook!

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    Ann N. — March 3, 2013 @ 1:32 PM

    And… I am so excited about the Quesadilla recipe! I just used the last of my eggs for boiled eggs but that is the perfect excuse to get some Land O’Lakes when I pick up more eggs for quesadillas! :)

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    Julie North — March 3, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

    I love the breakfast quesadila idea

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    Kilee Luthi — March 3, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

    I try to do as much prep as I can the night before. I also set my alarm a little early so I can have the joy of snoozing it and still get up on time. Also, I try to get to bed early. Sometimes I go to bed around 8:30 or 9 because I have to get up so early.

    I don’t have any awesome recipes for a quick getaway in the mornings. I’m a cereal or fruit and toast kind of person for the mornings.

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    Ruth — March 3, 2013 @ 1:38 PM

    I like to make crockpot oatmeal and make sure my coffeemaker is set and ready for morning!

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    Tanya F. — March 3, 2013 @ 1:39 PM

    Everything in my closet is ironed so all I have to do is grab something to wear and go.

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    Patricia — March 3, 2013 @ 1:43 PM

    Having things planned out the night before helps the mornings go smoother.

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    Maren — March 3, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

    Cuddling with my very busy boy before he’s totally awake in the morning makes everything better.

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    Nicole — March 3, 2013 @ 1:46 PM

    I pre-pack breakfast and lunch the night before!

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    Wendy Snyder — March 3, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

    Picking out clothes the night before definitely helps the next morning go smoothly!

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    Sara — March 3, 2013 @ 1:49 PM

    I love eating yogurt with granola in the mornings. Yummy, nutritious breakfast, and I don’t actually have to make anything.

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    Bob Flanagan — March 3, 2013 @ 1:51 PM

    The year before I went to graduate school I worked as a waiter for the Marriott Hotel on Hilton Head Island, SC. One of my jobs was making omelets for the Sunday brunch crowd and the other was providing gueridon service in the gourmet restaurant. Now, when I want to treat myself I take out my Mauviel fry pan and go through all the dog and pony show of making an special omelet for myself. It doesn’t hurt to spoil yourself every once in a while.

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    Sandy — March 3, 2013 @ 1:54 PM

    I have a coffee pot upstairs on a timer so I get my coffee first thing

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    Theresa Sea — March 3, 2013 @ 2:09 PM

    Prepping breakfast ahead of time really saves me time in the mornings!

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    Donna giblin — March 3, 2013 @ 2:13 PM

    My kids are all grown now but when they were in school I always got up and ready before they woke up. And from the minute they started kindergarten they got their own alarm clocks so I never had to deal with the fight of getting them up out of bed. And lastly, they were not allowed to do ANYTHING before they got dressed and ready for school. It might have seemed strict but it worked for us. And both of them get out of bed easily in the morning as adults.

    Donna

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    Angela Stacy — March 3, 2013 @ 2:31 PM

    Beginning my day with a run on the treadmill.

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    Kendra — March 3, 2013 @ 2:32 PM

    Coffee made the night before – 1 minute oatmeal with mounds of fresh berries and top and I’m good to go! Delish!

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    Patricia Battaglia — March 3, 2013 @ 2:35 PM

    This sounds yummy! I’ll have to give it a try!

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    Natalie G. — March 3, 2013 @ 2:35 PM

    Prepping lunch and clothes the night before- must save 10-15 minutes each morning doing that.

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    Rebecca T. — March 3, 2013 @ 2:41 PM

    I like to have a crate by the door that we put everything that is going out the door with us into the night before. Also I st up reminders on my iPhone the night before for anything I want to remember to take with me or drop off.

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    Jan B — March 3, 2013 @ 2:47 PM

    I have to wash towels every night for work the next day. I put everything in the ‘towel’ bag that I need for the next day to save me from running around in the morning.

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    Katie L. — March 3, 2013 @ 3:02 PM

    What makes a morning really easy is when my son eats breakfast in the car on the way to school. Not the best, but we work with the time we have. Another trick I like – break two eggs into a mug, mix them and pop them in the microwave. Very quick scrambled eggs when you’re running short on time!

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    antoinette m. spoon — March 3, 2013 @ 3:12 PM

    i like to make sure every day starts with a smile or laugh. being prepared the night before makes me start with a smile.

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    kathy pilato — March 3, 2013 @ 3:16 PM

    I hate to sound like a grandma, but putting things out the night before really makes a difference!

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    Jessica H — March 3, 2013 @ 3:20 PM

    excited to try this Land o lake product!!!

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    Beth B — March 3, 2013 @ 3:29 PM

    Like a lot of others, I put out the clothes the night before and have lunches packed and ready to go!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Beth B — March 3, 2013 @ 3:31 PM

    tweeted! https://twitter.com/bethbaumgartner/status/308358842314526721

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    Jackie Taylor — March 3, 2013 @ 3:43 PM

    Makes me want to make something right now!!! Looks so yummy : )
    Land of lakes is a favorite pick of mine! Every thing comes out better

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    Jackie Taylor — March 3, 2013 @ 3:48 PM

    Just make sure to have things ready on the counter and great products, it will always asure almost perfect food every time!

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    Carissa P — March 3, 2013 @ 4:07 PM

    I always try and get as prepped as I can the night before just so I’m not running around like crazy the next morning. One thing we do is pre-make pancakes on Sundays and keep them in a container in the refrigerator so the kids can reheat them easily throughout the week.

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    Heather — March 3, 2013 @ 4:07 PM

    Delay brew setting on the coffee pot is wonderful I can smell the coffee and it gets me motivated. I like to make muffins or parts if my batter the night before

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    Rachel — March 3, 2013 @ 4:15 PM

    We have our bedroom light set on a timer, which forces us to get out of bed to turn it off.

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    Heidi S — March 3, 2013 @ 5:02 PM

    I prep my lunch the night before so all I have to do is throw it in my backpack for a long day off classes, and I also set my coffee maker timer so I know when I get up there will be some hot coffee waiting!

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    Amy HH — March 3, 2013 @ 5:19 PM

    Since I work at home, the largest problem I have is usually remembering to stop working and eat lunch. LOL!

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    Vicki Calhoun — March 3, 2013 @ 5:54 PM

    I am not original as I get things ready the night before.

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    Eileen — March 3, 2013 @ 6:05 PM

    Have everything ready the night before!

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    Suzanne — March 3, 2013 @ 6:34 PM

    I try to get things ready the night before so it’s easier in the morning.

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    Ummehaani — March 3, 2013 @ 9:45 PM

    To prepare for making smoothies quickly in the morning, I cut up the fruit and freeze enough for two smoothies in a ziploc bag. In the morning I throw it in the blender with yogurt and honey and im done :) No knives, or cutting board or extra dishes to clean up.

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    Ummehaani — March 3, 2013 @ 9:45 PM

    To prepare for making smoothies quickly in the morning, I cut up the fruit and freeze enough for two smoothies in a ziploc bag. In the morning I throw it in the blender with yogurt and honey and im done :) No knives, or cutting board or extra dishes to clean up.

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    Kasha — March 3, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

    One tip I have is to turn on your son’s light as soon as you get up in the morning. Light stops the melatonin and will wake him up naturally so he’ll automatically wake up & be more alert. Another option is to use a dawn simulating alarm clock. It makes a huge difference.

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    Asucena H — March 4, 2013 @ 8:25 AM

    Everyone I know loves cream cheese on their bagels or toast. Me? I don’t like it at all. One day a coworker brought bagels, cream cheese and to my surprise Land O lakes butter. After that day, my life changed. I am now able to eat bagels with land o lakes spreadable butter. It has truly made my mornings easier & healthier.