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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Very very busy

This is sponsored content by BlogHer and Kelloggs.

Psst...Be sure to keep reading 'til the end for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Our family loves the Philadelphia Chickens CD from Sandra Boynton. But there's one song that's hard to sing along with--"Busy Busy Busy," sung by Kevin Kline. He sings these lyrics at such a fantastically frenetic pace:

"We're very very busy and we've got a lot to do, and we haven't got a minute to explain it all to you...." (You can listen to a clip here.)

Well, even though a lot of our mornings are relaxing, we do have some busy mornings...or busy afternoons, or busy evenings. I'm often in a frenzy when we have to get out of the house, no matter what time of day it is! So there are a few things that help us when we're "very very busy and we've got a lot to do":
  • Easy grooming routines. Even if I blow dry and straighten my hair and do makeup (none of which I do every day!), I can complete that routine in about 15 minutes. Chickie has a short bob haircut that doesn't require a lot of work--very important for a girl with a tender head who doesn't want me spending lots of time messing with her hair! And Zoodle's the easiest of all of us. Gotta love low-maintenance boys.
  • Community baths. Okay. I admit this one won't last forever. But with a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old who still need lots of help washing up, it saves time for me to stick them in the tub together, climb in with them, and get 'em clean.
  • Velcro on kids' shoes. Need I say more?
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  • Easy breakfasts. Homemade biscuits, bacon, and omelets are great, but if we have a meal like that it's usually at dinnertime! For our morning meal, convenience is key, especially when we're "very very busy." As I write this, Chickie and I are eating Kellogg's Apple Jacks with milk, and toast. It didn't take long to fix, and our mouths enjoy the flavor while our bodies enjoy the vitamins and whole grains (9 grams whole grain per serving of Apple Jacks, plus 100% whole wheat in the toast!)
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You can enter up to 2 times. Choose up to 2 of these 3 entry methods:
  • Leave a comment here sharing how you deal with days that are "very very busy" or what your favorite fast breakfast is.
  • Tweet about this contest, and leave a comment with a link to your Tweet. (Sorry, Tweets only, not Facebook posts.) To link, post your Tweet then look directly underneath it. It'll show when you Tweeted ("less than a minute ago" or "5 minutes ago"). Click that; it's a link to your Tweet!
  • Post about this contest on your blog, and leave a link to the blog post.
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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 to improve your chances, enter at the other blogs involved in this series--just click here!)

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 #46, 3 Boys and an Old Lady! This winner wrote, "Weekends were made for waffles in our household."

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116 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

Yogurt is a quick breakfast.

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Melinda said...

Our go-to quick breakfast is a Nutri-Grain cereal bar. Ian loves them, and they are easy to eat on the go when needed.

Melinda said...

I am going to win this one!
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Anonymous said...

This week it will be lucky entrant number 4!! :)

We always do instant oatmeal and cereal. What's great about cereal is I can also put it in a ziplock and then Brody has a snack when we leave in a rush :)

-Claire

Elaine said...

Cereal!

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Anonymous said...

My kids love the yogurt drinks and waffles with peanut butter!
Nicole

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stacief said...

Snap, Krackle & Pop for my boys and a yogurt for me!

Keitha said...

Boiled egg, toast and yogurt. I put the eggs on to boil in my electric egg cooker while I take a shower. It is super easy for my boy to eat it fast.

trina said...

zucchini bread and fruit!!

Linda said...

On busy days, get up a little earlier to avoid some of the rush. Have a list made the day before so nothing is missed. Kids who can read do really well at checking tasks off a list.

And for a quick breakfast, my kids like dry cereal so I can throw some in a container and use it on the go. (Works for snacks too.)

Call Me Cate said...

Melinda lies - *I* will win!

The only way I survive a busy morning (or life) is by making lists. Also, during the week I just eat dry cereal for breakfast. It's much easier to take to work with me because I never have time before I leave the house.

Shawn said...

We eat a lot of cereal and bagels in our household for a quick and easy breakfast.

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Call Me Cate said...

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Tabathia said...

For a very busy morning we go for breakfast bars and pop tarts
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karasceviour said...

Kelloggs eggo waffles and kelloggs nutrigrain bars are two favourites in our house when we're in a rush, especially with the kids...but I also love the nutrigrain bars as well! karasceviour at hotmail dot com

The Clines said...

My favorite fast breakfast is a granola bar or a nutrigrain bar, since I can just grab one and eat it in the car!
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Nicole Greene said...

I lay out my daughter’s clothes the night before and plan out all the meals for the following day, the night before.

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quitecontrary1977 said...

We eat cereal. Junk cereal for the kid, and my hubby and I buy the non-sweet,healthy stuff, but just end up eating our daughter's cereal all up!
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Kimie Weaver said...

Grab a granola bar and a banana, then I'm out the door.

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Birdie S. said...

our quick breakfast is a hard boiled egg apple & milk birdson@roadrunner.com

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kari jasus said...

our favorite to go breakfast are muffins. i usually bake a batch once a week and keep them in the freezer, then pop them in the mircowave when it's time to go.
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Destination Diva said...

I eat cereal for breakfast and of course have coffee!

On VERY VERY busy days (like today), I try to remain focused and organized but yet still have fun and laugh.

I will tweet about this giveaway now.

:)

caryn said...

On crazy mornings we love juice and an oatmeal bar. Easy to take with you when you have a toddler that doesn't like to eat as soon as she gets up.

Danielle said...

Our favorite fast breakfast is cereal bars and poptarts.
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The Sunshyn said...

My favorite fast breakfast food is a banana and/or other fruit.
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Jen said...

My favorite fast breakfast is yogurt and a banana!

marybug2 said...

my favorite breakfast is frosted mini wheats and fruit.
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Racingjourno said...

Prepare whatever you can the night before.

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Buffie said...

I like to keep muffins on hand as a fast breakfast. When I get a chance I bake them and stash them in the freezer. They're easy to pull out and microwave for a few seconds to thaw them. That way my daughter can eat hers in the car as we head out to daycare and I can eat mine once I get to work.

Betty N said...

I make ahead muffins, blueberry pancakes and freeze ahead as well as fav cereals and a variety of fresh fruit. My grandkids can choose what they want

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Karate Mom said...

Our quick go-to breakfast is cold cereal...and it's made even better because The Kids are old enough to fix it for themselves!

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Anonymous said...

Making a batch of baked oatmeal and then having it on hand to warm up for breakfasts throughout the week. Super easy!

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Brooke said...

I take care of everyone else and then eat my breakfast at work. It's just easier this way. And prevents me from having to wake up earlier.
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Champagne Wisdom said...

We try to get everything packed and together the night before - school backpacks, lunches, folders filled out, notes to teachers, clothes laid out, mommy's work lunch made, I even lay out my jewelry - THEN I make sure to get up a little before the kiddos to get coffee made, breakfast made, etc. Of course, I have a new baby due the end of this month, so our morning routines may be a little out of whack for a while!! :)

My son is a big cereal eater and I also try to make things I can freeze and easily pull out and pop in the oven!

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Amber said...

we make breakfast easier by sitting up bowls/spoons and cereal boxes on the kitchen table the night before!

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Anonymous said...

Favorite fast breakfast is pop tarts.

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Katy said...

We usually eat cereal- cold or hot (instant Cream-of-Wheat or oatmeal) or frozen waffles. like you- we eat bigger homemade breakfasts on weekends or at dinner!

Susan said...

I either add milk to the cereal or toast some bread and spread some peanut butter on it. Sometimes I will have bagels in the house and cream cheese for the busy mornings.

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katychick said...

our fast breakfast is pop tarts on the go.
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Deb said...

My kids are pretty self sufficient for breakfast. They love yogurt cups, so that is a no brainer. What I do do that makes life easier for them is pre-cut the English muffins and bagels. My older son is old enough to toast them himself, but I don’t quite trust his knife skills yet, so if they are already cut, it’s one less thing we have to worry about.

wigget said...

i try to avoid the morning rush by waking up earlier than the rest of the family and getting things done so i can head out the door before anyone wakes up

Darcy said...

I always make sure and have everything laid out and ready to go – keys & cell phone together, lunch packed and stuff for the gym ready and waiting!

gmissycat said...

Everyday seems to be busy but we like a hot cereal in the morning even when rushing.
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

We go to bed early so we won't be in a rush. I always get up an hour before the kiddos...to get a good start.

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Mary Helen said...

I prepare most things the night before so that our mornings run more smoothly. I make lunches, prepare bags and place them by the door, pick out clothes, clean up, etc. We also usually have a "quick" breakfast of a cereal bar, cereal or toasted waffles with peanut butter :)

fostertam said...

There aren't any children at home anymore, but when my daughter was that age she was usually in such a rush that she grabbed some cereal or toaster strudels--once a week I would try and fix a hot breakfast like eggs and toast--she also liked those microwaved pancakes--those are really easy!!!

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Susan C. said...

On mornings that I know are going to be extra busy, I try to avoid hitting the snooze button. It's harder some days than others!

Kelly Massman said...

We eat something quick--like cereal and milk! thanks for a chance to win!
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Tracy R said...

My favorite fast breakfast is a piece of good blueberry coffee cake. (it may not be the healthiest, but it is my fav!)

amandawk said...

I keep cereal and fruit on hand for busy mornings.
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Tracy R said...

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allysmama said...

We avoid the morning rush because I prep everything the night before! For breakfast, we eat cereal, grits or bagels because they are quick and easy to prepare!
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Jennai said...

Our favorite breakfast is bacon and eggs, but on weekdays, I "keep it simple" with cereal, fruit or frozen waffles.
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Norma said...

I'm trying to GAIN weight, so my favorite fast breakfast is a donut or sweet roll!
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LAMusing said...

I like a quick bowl of cold cereal with some berries or banana in it!
In cold months - instant oatmeal :)
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AmyNaab said...

My favorite breakfast is a bagel with nutella!

bepoia said...

bananas peanut butter and bread make a quick breakfast
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susan1215 said...

Cereal, yogurt, ganola bars and fruit are quick breakfast foods for us.

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sodahoney said...

Hot and cold cereal if it going to be an early or a busy day.

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susitravl said...

We always have to get organized the night before or we would forget things and be late for work and school.

Usually granola bars, bananas or a fruit smoothie are our quick breakfasts.

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floating said...

Toaster strudels are a quick breakfast when we are in a rush
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Smarti said...

fave b/fast is cheesy eggs and hot ginger tea
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Kristen said...

My favorite fast breakfast is quick cook oatmeal with dried fruit and raw nuts.

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PauleyD said...

My favorite quick breakfast is a blueberry muffin.

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cdabs said...

My fave fast breakfasts are cereal, yogurt and bagels.

Terri said...

Dry cereal with bananas or bagels are always good for the fast car trips to school.
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Tammigirl said...

If we have a very busy morning when we all need to leave at the same time I make sure I get up first. This way I can get myself done before everyone else is up. When they are up I can focus on helping them.

Shawna said...

To make our busy mornings easier, we have cereals, yogurts, fruits, toast and instant oatmeal as fast and easy breakfast options.

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bdiane34 said...

Our mornings are pretty easy, we set the alarm to allow plenty of time to get dressed and eat. Generally it is something like cereal, poptarts, toast etc. Simple and Quick
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Barbarawr said...

Everybody's favorite fast breakfast is bagels.

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Kerry said...

My favorite breakfast is a ham and cheese omelet - yum!
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Dee said...

My favorite breakfast food is a stack of pancakes with maple syrup :)

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Deanna G. said...

My favorite fast breakfast is cereal! :)

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marcia goss said...

I keep cold cereal, frozen waffles, and yogurt on hand for quick breakfasts.
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Ursula said...

Favorite fast breakfast is frozen waffles and a banana. uheeter at comcast.net

jakiesmom said...

my fav fast breakfast is granola bars
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Carrie White said...

Muffins are great! We have a great recipe for Mormon Muffins which uses All-Bran cereal and buttermilk and will stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of weeks. So, you can actually keep it and bake the morning you want to serve! You should be able to search for Mormon muffins and find them. WHITECARRIE69@YAHOO.COM

won said...

The morning rush is really not an issue for us (heaven knows, we have enough other ones!). We just know we have to get up and get moving, so we do so in plenty of time.

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MomOnTheEdge said...

We love cereal as our quick breakfast food. With milk if we have time, dry if not. :)

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Janice said...

I love something simple like cereal or sandwich, esp the sandwich since I can eat on the go

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jillyrh said...

My favorite fast breakfast is bagels and cream cheese with fruit

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