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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quick breakfast (is there any other kind?)

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Recently we had one of "those mornings." My 2-year-old Zoodle woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I wish at least he'd save his whining until Mommy's fully awake!

Turns out maybe poor Zoodle was just hungry. It makes me glad our family likes quick breakfasts. (I rarely make a breakfast that's not quick!) When I sat Zoodle down to eat a granola bar and some cereal, he perked up quickly. He scarfed down the food and even drank the milk from his bowl.
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With a full tummy, Zoodle's mood was vastly improved!
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This morning made me realize that not only is cereal a time-saver.... it's a sanity-saver too!

We are vacationing at my in-laws' house right now, and they like cereals with berries in them. The milk plumps up the dried berries--yum! I've discovered that my kids think this type of cereal is pretty darn berrylicious.
When we get home, I may pick up some Kellogg's Special K Red Berries cereal. I'm guessing the kids will love the flavor, and I like that it contains whole grain wheat and extra wheat bran! Add some milk to it, and we've got a breakfast that takes under a minute to make. It doesn't get much faster than that.



Like many moms, I've always tended to steer away from sugary breakfast cereals. But Kelloggs has put together a document called "Cereal: The Complete Story." On page 10, it points out that even some of the sweeter cereals have much less sugar in them than some other common breakfast foods, like orange juice and yogurt. Kellogg's has taken trans fats out of their cereals, and has added fiber. So if a little added sugar makes my kids more likely to eat cereal with lots of good stuff in it (like fiber, whole grains, and even milk), I think that's a pretty healthy tradeoff!
Whether we're in a hurry because we have a morning appointment, or because a hungry kid needs a quick mood-improver, cereal is our family's favorite way to get a quick, healthy breakfast.
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You can enter up to 2 times. Choose up to 2 of these 3 entry methods:
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Remember, you can only enter twice, and you need a separate comment for each entry. The contest will close next Monday. Good luck!

Last week's winner:

The winner of last week's gift card was determined by my trusty friend random.org....
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Congratulations to commenter #99, Shel! Shel wrote, "I've always been a Honey Smacks gal...the kids love Apple Jacks and hubby likes his Kellogg's Raisin Bran." Shel actually won because she Tweeted. So get those Tweets out this week...and good luck!

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Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.betterbythebowl.com/.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Craving Crunchy Crispix?

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A couple of months ago, I got a box of Kellogg's Crispix at the store. It didn't last long! Chickie, my four-year-old, has developed a particular fondness for the crunchy yumminess of Crispix. After not eating it for a couple of years, I've rediscovered it. We've been going through box after box!




Crispix is currently my favorite Kellogg's breakfast cereal. It's got rice on one side, corn on the other, and it's in a deliciously crispy shape. (And it's even fat-free...until I put my creamy whole milk on it, that is!) It seems there are comparatively few foods that all four of us in the family enjoy, and Crispix is one of them.

Kellogg's makes another fat-free cereal with rice, one that's been around a very long time.



But I'll admit, my favorite way to eat Rice Krispies is a way that makes it a lot more delectable. Rice Krispies treats, anyone? (I was going to say that my favorite way to enjoy Rice Krispies is as a non-breakfast treat...but I'll admit it: If there are Rice Krispies treats in the house in the morning, there's a good chance they'll be part of my breakfast!)

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Last week's winner:

The winner of last week's gift card was determined by my trusty friend random.org....
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Congratulations to commenter #165, kamewh! kamewh has great plans for the end of the summer: "Going to the zoo!" Have fun at the zoo, kamewh, and enjoy your $100 Visa gift card!

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Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.betterbythebowl.com/.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: got2b Smooth Operator



I received free samples of got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion from bzzagent. I'm supposed to give an unbiased review, so...here we go!

I have wavy hair, and I often straighten it with a straightening iron. Since I live in a humid climate, I can easily get frizzies.

I didn't care for this smoothing balm. The first ingredient was water, and the product wasn't concentrated enough to be very effective on my hair. It did smell great, but I wouldn't buy a full-sized bottle. I might, however, try another product in the line: got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Satin Drops.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Squeezing in a little more summer fun!

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I have great memories of going on trips to visit grandparents each summer when I was a kid.

At Grandma and Grandpa's house in Socorro, New Mexico, my siblings and I would run around their small farm and explore. For at least a couple of summers, we worked on a treehouse we were building. One year we had a blast sliding off the metal roof of a shed onto a mattress below. (I wonder if my parents ever knew about that?!)

At Mamma and Papa's house we'd spend hours playing "Steal the Bacon." I won't bore you with all the rules of the game, but suffice it to say, it involved lots of running, laughter...and intrigue. I couldn't wait to play every year.

I'm so glad my kids get the experience of visiting grandparents too! The Engineer and I often wish we lived closer to our parents, but I do enjoy the excitement that comes along with less-frequent visits.

So before the summer is over, we're spending a couple of weeks having fun with the grandparents.

We arrived in Arizona to see my parents a couple of days ago, and we have a lot of fun things planned! My mom is so good at making our time together special. She's setting aside one day as "Chickie Day," and one day as "Zoodle Day." She's letting them choose a special meal. (Chickie's requested plain pasta, and Zoodle wants burritos...no filet mignon for these two!) They also have chosen special activities. Grammy will help Chickie make a bead necklace, and I think we're going to take Zoodle to McDonald's to play. Besides their special days, there will be lots of other special activities like donuts with Sampa. (The donuts will have plenty of sprinkles, of course!) The kids are going to have a ball (and I'm going to relax while I have the chance!)

Next week we'll be way up north in California to see The Engineer's parents. There's a fun park in their neighborhood. It includes an old-style merry-go-round--you know, the type they don't put in playgrounds anymore because it's not totally safe. But we all survived playing on those merry-go-rounds, right? Chickie has loved playing on this one in past years, and I think Zoodle will love it too this year! Hopefully they'll see some deer in the woods that back up to Grandma and Grandpa's property. They'll get to watch cartoons on cable channels that we don't have at home. The kids will love having a couple of extra grown-ups to read to them too!

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Zoodle helping Grandpa barbecue last year

Because our kids aren't in school yet, summer isn't really that different than the rest of the year. But this year we've still managed to make it special, with lots of playdates, and now with a fun trip to see both sets of grandparents. And when the kids get a little older...I think marathon games of Steal the Bacon will definitely be in order!

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Last week's winner:

The winner of last week's gift card was determined by my trusty friend random.org....
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Congratulations to commenter #128, Nicole! Regarding her family's breakfast routine, Nicole wrote, "Most days, we eat something quick and easy like toast or cereal because we are usually headed out the door for work or some other activity. On the days when we don't have anything going on, I like to make waffles or egg and cheese English muffin sandwiches."

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Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.blogger.com/www.betterbythebowl.com.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our breakfast routine

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We've all heard the old adage, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!" We're warned in dire terms not to skip it. Well, I don't need any convincing! I'm usually hungry soon after waking up. And if I get too hungry, I get grumpy. So the kids and I hardly ever skip breakfast.

Occasionally I make pancakes or waffles for breakfast, but most of the time I just like breakfast to be easy. If you're a regular reader, you know I love cooking...but not at 7 a.m.! So if we have a big breakfast (eggs, bacon, biscuits...mmmm) it's more likely to be "breakfast for dinner." In the morning, we try to strike a balance between convenience and health.

For Chickie and me, that usually involves cold cereal with milk. I grew up eating a lot of cold cereal, and I love the huge variety that's out there. We usually get into a routine (or a rut?) with one or two cereals, and occasionally we switch which cereals we're eating. We don't usually eat very sugary cereals, but we do like cereals with a bit of sweetness. It's gotta taste good! And whole grains are a big plus when I'm choosing cereals.

Here's a one-minute video of Chickie talking about the cereal she had for breakfast.


Thankfully cereal can be a good way to get a healthy breakfast. You can read more on the health benefits of cereal at www.loveyourcereal.com.

And here's a confession--we use whole milk. Not 2%, certainly not skim...whole milk. When Chickie turned one, we switched from 2% to whole, and I discovered I love that creamy goodness! Even though both kids are old enough to drink 2% now (and they probably wouldn't care), Mama likes the stuff with 4% fat!

Zoodle sometimes eats cereal, but he's much more of a granola bar kid. He usually has a couple of them for breakfast. He sometimes seems to be the most hungry of all of us...probably because he usually turns his nose up at whatever I make for dinner, so by the next morning he's famished!

By the time the kids and I are getting breakfast, The Engineer is usually leaving for work, or he's at the gym. So breakfast is usually a very casual affair with the kids and me. I catch up on email, blogs, and Twitter, and the kids watch some sort of educational TV show. Our family mealtime is at dinner.

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CONTEST NOW CLOSED (8/16/2010)

You can enter up to 2 times. Choose up to 2 of these 3 entry methods:
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Remember, you can only enter twice, and you need a separate comment for each entry. The contest will close next Monday. Good luck! And there are lots of other bloggers with the same $100 Visa Debit gift card contest. Check them all out at the BlogHer website, and increase your chances by entering their giveaways too!

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Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit www.loveyourcereal.com.