Quality Mornings

September 21st, 2010

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As part of a share-your-story program for Kellogg’s Love Your Cereal, I’m writing a series of weekly posts about breakfast routines, nutrition and all the million-and-one reasons why we should love cereal!

This week’s topic is: What do you do to start the day on a positive note? Do you ensure that breakfast is always served?

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If I had my way, mornings would be four hours longer. Mornings are my favorite time of day. They don’t need much to make them more positive in my opinion. I know I’m a freak but I LOVE mornings! I’m full of energy and anything and everything seem possible. AND! I get to drink coffee! It’s like a buzz on top of a buzz for me.

I get so much done in the morning. I wash dishes, I clean my kitchen, I tidy the house, I tackle chores that seem mountainous any other time of day. My most favorite part of morning is when I finally sit down and spend at least one full hour being super-productive on my laptop. I love it. Why does it have to end?

Usually it ends because my kid is hungry and bored and she wants to do something. If you’ve been around Bug, you know exactly how she says that phrase with so much dripping guilt—as if I force her to waste away watching SpongeBob on the couch all day long while I pound out just one more writing assignment or finish an illustration or at least answer some of those crazy urgent emails that came in over the night. Sooner or later my conscience starts ringing its annoying little alarms and I feel sorry for my poor, bored, hungry kid who is wasting away on the couch.

couch tater tot

On good days we bake something together.

mmmm! tasty!

I measure, she stirs. Or “maaxes” as she calls it. She loves banana muffins so we make those a lot. We also like to make chocolate pancakes which are really just regular pancakes with a scoop or two of Ovaltine thrown in and a sprinkle of chocolate chips added as they cook in the pan. Sometimes we top them with chocolate syrup. They are scrumptious!

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We can’t bake every day but I do make sure she always eats breakfast. I can’t even imagine skipping breakfast. That would be Whinefest 3000! Are you crazy?!! If I wanted to have a bad day, I could pretty much guarantee it by skipping breakfast, which I would NEVER ever do! That’s the one meal I know she’ll eat!

Stop taking my picture and let me eat my breakfast!

stroller buddy

If I really really want to put a positive spin on our day we get out of the house and do some exercise. I’ve already talked about that in a few of my other Share Your Story posts. But it’s true. Getting some exercise in really does make me feel great. Now you can see why I wish mornings would last four hours longer! There’s just too much to do in so little time! Because you know what comes after mornings? Afternoons. And afternoons are a wasteland for me. I’m no good in the afternoon or evening. Wake me up when it’s morning!

So what do you with your mornings? Are you crazy like me or are you like the rest of the planet, needing desperate measures to get through your mornings?

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115 Responses to “Quality Mornings”

  1. Kandi Says:

    I’m more of a morning person also. I wake at 5am and head to work (even though I technically don’t need to be there until 9:30) and eat breakfast around 7:30 (at work). Since I start my day so early, I’d be dragging by the time lunch hit without breakfast!

  2. JennyBean Says:

    I usually describe my mornings as follows: “I’m awake by 6, but I’m not a fully functional human being until 10h30″. I’m usually on auto-pilot until mid-morning, after my second cup of tea has kicked in and my lunch break is on the horizon. But I never skip breakfast…its the one meal of the day I absolutely cannot do without! Sometimes its oatmeal, sometimes cold cereal with banana, or sometimes if I’m really organised I’ll have banana bran muffins in the freezer, ready for a quick defrost in the microwave. On the days I skip breakfast, that “fully functional human” timeline gets pushed back by several hours!

  3. Kate Says:

    I’m crazy like you…I LOVE mornings, especially the ones where coffee is in hand before the little ones tromp down the stairs. Breakfast is essential at our house – it is my most favorite meal of the day, and my youngest and I squeeze in some early morning “Mommy and me” time cooking together before the older one wakes up.

  4. Karen Says:

    Mornings are kind of sucky for me these days…I guess that’s what happens when you have a newborn! Sleep deprivation meets a new day and it’s just not pretty. But! I always manage to eat breakfast. I don’t think I could make it through the morning, let alone the day, without it!

  5. beyond Says:

    i eat breakfast every day. without it i’d be absolutely useless.

  6. Brenda Says:

    I’m not a morning person is putting it politely. I stagger out of bed when my son wakes up screaming to be fed, and I often try to doze while nursing. It’s a shame I can’t become a morning person for real, because the days when I fake it a very productive. I eat breakfast every morning. Some days that’s a granola bar and string cheese, some days it’s dry cereal in the mini-van on the way to preschool, but it’s always, always something.

  7. jennifer Says:

    we are all morning people normally. i love it… especially when no one else is up! however i am 8 wks preggers and very sick…. most of the day. :P so i am more of a when-ever-daddy-is-home person (when i am less responsible for the entertainment and safety of the other three small people that live here:) for this season at least HA!

  8. Jennifer Says:

    Mornings are my quiet time. It is the best time of day to check my email, enjoy a cup of coffee and do it all without interruption. I love my quiet time so much that I get up extra early on the weekends to maximize it. I look forward to going to sleep at night knowing that I can wake up and have some quality time to myself!

  9. anne Says:

    The past few months, mornings have been all over the place for me. Hubby has been designated as the official first-waker-upper much to his chagrin. Since I have to get up with the baby for nighttime feedings (much to my chagrin) he gets up with the preschooler for her breakfast.
    Then, she will generally eat second breakfast with me when I get up an hour or so later.
    Two mornings a week there is preschool and two mornings a week we have to go to work.
    The rest of the time we all spend the morning with a bit of internet time or the morning paper for the grown-ups and lots of books and playtime for the wee ones. We basically like to tootle around for most of the morning, coffee cups in hand. I get my good work time done during naptime. Those are my golden hours.

  10. Carlie Says:

    I am not a morning person. My BF and I have his kids every other week, and on those mornings its easier to wake up earlier and help get the kids in the shower and having breakfast before their dad carts them off to school. Then I have a half hour till I need to leave for work – it works out great! On no kid week its harder to get up and get to work AND grab something for breakfast…

  11. the ambitious mrs Says:

    I would say I’m in between – morning isn’t my all time favorite time of day but I don’t hate them either. I agree that breakfast is essential to my kids even having a chance at a good day. I guess the other thing I would say is that following a routine is a necessity to making all go smoothly!

  12. Rebecca Says:

    As long as I have a cup of coffee in hand I’m fine! Getting one kid up and ready for school while the little ones whines is never fun… and now they prefer cereal or oatmeal over eggs or pancakes (wierd right?) so I don’t cook breakfast too much…. My favorite mornings are ones hanging out with my best girlfriends with coffee!

  13. Laurie Says:

    I am a morning person after 9am. We have a busy household (three kids under 2 – yes twins) and so things often get off to a roaring start. I also love mornings because the kids like to nap, I like the computer and a hot cup of coffee! We also love breakfast. Anything (healthy) goes!

  14. Lisa Says:

    I’m not a morning person at all. Usually it takes me at least an hour or two before I’m even ready to talk to another human being after I drag myself out of bed! I much prefer night time and that’s when I feel the happiest.

  15. Tina Says:

    I used to be a morning person, until I had kids and started staying up too late b/c it was kid free time. But kids don’t sleep in, do they? Now that my oldest is in school I like to be up and showered before I get him up. I tend to make homemade waffles at least once a week and freeze them for the other mornings. I kind of enjoy it once he’s on the bus and #2 is watching his morning 30 min. of TV and I can just sit at the table, eat my breakfast in peace and catch up on the computer. THEN, its time to get moving.

  16. OMSh Says:

    I too love mornings! Mine typically start around 5:00 am with 3 hours of work. No one is ever up until 6:45 (my husband getting ready for work), then 7:30 (my son who has a biological clock we could set the world’s clocks upon), another at 8:00 (my 13 year old who only gets up at 8:00 so she can shower before we start school), and I wake up my middle child at 8:30 so she has time to shove breakfast in her mouth before we start school.

    The house is quiet, the coffee (Sumatra, thank you very much) is delicious, and I am PRODUCTIVE. My brain loves mornings over evenings – in the evenings if I’m not out with my husband or friends I tend to slowly looooose stttteeaamm.

    Breakfast is a must for me as well. Something healthy – I love veggies in the morning – and with protein. I typically don’t eat until the kids do, though we all eat something different because MOMMA DON’T COOK NO BREAKFAST.

    I’m selfish like that.

    We hit the books at 9:00 and from them until noon is a blur.
    My “morning” is between 5:00 and 9:00 – a precious time!

  17. Amanda Brown Says:

    I am neither a morning person nor a night owl. I’ve got a few good hours between 10 am and 2 pm these days. :)

    But we never miss breakfast!

  18. heather Says:

    I absolutely hate mornings. Unless staying up til 3-4am count as mornings? I”m really a night owl I guess.

  19. karen Says:

    Morning is my favorite time of day. I rise early, full of creative energy, grab a cup of coffee and head out the door to enjoy the quiet, glad to be able to hear nature around me before the rest of the neighborhood comes to life.

  20. Victoria Says:

    I do not like it. A lot. Unless I’m off of work and don’t have to get up. Then it’s all good

  21. Mary Says:

    First thing in the morning (6:30/7:00) I go out with my dog. We walk through our neighborhood to the wooded nature park where’s she’s allowed to run off leash. I follow her around the walking trails as she chases squirrels, chipmunks and anything else that moves. An hour or so later we’re home and I have coffee and breakfast. Morning is almost always the best part of my day.

  22. Amy B. Says:

    I love the mornings, too – it’s when I get the most done – phone calls, laundry, meal planning. And I always start with a cup of coffee and special K cereal
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  23. Karen Says:

    My kids are super early birds and up until three months ago I was a strict tea drinker. Only tea in the mornings. Then my kids thought 4:30 a.m and 5:00 a.m. would be ideal times to WAKE UP!!!!! ARRGHH! SO, coffee is now a regular part of my morning and thank God it is. My eyes start to peel open and things start looking familiar after a few sips. Another thing I try to do each morning, and if I don’t I feel a little off-kilter, is surf. Just plain surf the net. Check out the news, celebrity news, facebook and blogs of course. I’m with you though. If only mornings lasted four hours longer!

  24. Tabathia B Says:

    Not a morning person and usually need a mt dew to boost me up and wake me up because I mainly get about 4 hours of straight sleep
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  25. flyingbird Says:

    Mornings are haaaaard. I have never been a morning person, but now I have a son who pops awake at 6:30 AM (used to be 5:30 AM, so I guess I’m sleeping in these days). I need a hot shower and coffee before I’m even partially functional. We need breakfast every morning too, yogurt & cereal & fruit every day.

  26. Amanda Says:

    Once we got rid of our alarm clocks and woke with the sun (or our son) mornings have been a blessing. I enjoy morning time, if I could make myself get to bed earlier, they’d be even better.

  27. Jamie Says:

    Mornings are really tough for me – 3 or 4 alarms snoozing in discordant chaos, and after 45-60 minutes, I’ll finally get up. But I don’t relax – I don’t make the time to do so! – too much snoozing, so I jump immediately into the shower. My morning routine takes 20-23 minutes, then walk the dog, then head to the train station. Makeup done on the train (yes, I’m one of THOSE women) and all too soon, disembarking to get to the office.

    I would really, truly love to become an early bird but I fear it’s just not in my repertoire.

  28. jenifer Says:

    drink coffee, art with the kid and lots and lots of legos! and most importantly, lots of coffee!

  29. Brie Says:

    I love mornings. When the alarm goes off, my husband gets ready while I make his lunch. Fifteen minutes later (I envy his ability to get ready so quickly!), he heads out the door and I have my own special down time.

    I take my breakfast (and sometimes a cup of coffee) over to my computer. I have quiet, uninterrupted time to catch up on reading email, news, and blogs, and I usually linger a little longer than I should before I get ready for my day. When I do linger and have less time to get ready, my adrenaline kicks in as I run around preparing for the day. When I arrive to the school where I teach, pumped on adrenaline (and sometimes caffeine), my middle school students get a kick out of the energy I demonstrate when I’ve had my chance to “charge my batteries” in the morning during my quiet time.

  30. KarenG Says:

    I am so not a morning person! But I still have to do it. Up with first kid at 6am to get him moving, fed, and lunch packed before carpool arrives. Get the next kid up, and jump in the shower. Get her moving, fed, and lunch packed before I drive her and the carpool to her school. By the time I get to work I have already been up and moving for 3 hours! But we always have a good breakfast even though we end up eating at different times.

  31. Katie Says:

    Wow, you get a lot done in the morning. We are lucky if everyone gets out the door fully dressed and at least partially fed…many times breakfast is finished in the car. I admire your style but can’t imagine getting there myself. :)

  32. Jen Says:

    I am not a morning person at all. I *need* my morning coffee. I have a Keurig coffee maker. The night before, I fill it up with water, put a K-cup in, and put the mug underneath. It’s a way of making my mornings a bit easier and saying *Good Morning* to myself. :o) Breakfast is cereal or an egg over hard with a piece of strawberry jelly toast.

  33. Mami2jcn Says:

    I’m tired in the mornings but I drag myself out of bed an hour earlier than the kids to get their stuff ready for school. I don’t drink coffee, but by mid-afternoon a soda with caffeine hits the spot.

  34. Jacqueline L. Says:

    WOW! I am SO not a morning person! I need my coffee to get me through or else I’ll be Miss GrumpyPants all day. I hate being a slave to coffee, but it is what it is. I also always try to grab a banana on my way out the door to work. That way the coffee doesn’t upset my tummy.

  35. Amy Says:

    I love weekend mornings. I love getting a slow start and making pancakes and watching Curious George with my daughter. School mornings are altogether different though….they usually involve a minimum of three tantrums getting dressed and only enough time to eat a cereal bar.

  36. B Smith Says:

    I try to get up earlier than they do, and get my morning all sorted out…before everyone wakes up!

  37. MargieK Says:

    I like mornings, too. Especially leisurely mornings where I don’t have to rush around and get ready to go somewhere.

    As for breakfast, I’d never skip it, either. My breakfasts can be a bit boring because I tend to eat the same thing every day (eggs with spinach, onions and anaheim peppers), but it’s healthy and gets me off to a good start. My kids are all grown — only one college student left at home, and unfortunately he’s not much of a breakfast eater. I try to compensate by putting a few healthy things in a sack for him to take and eat during the day (peanut butter toast points, a banana, crackers, cheese, grapes, granola bar… stuff like that). And I always set out vitamins for the 3 of us (now if only those guys would TAKE them!).

    I used to LOVE coffee, but have given it up for the sake of my blood pressure. My husband still drinks it, so at least I get to smell it! :)

  38. Melyssa Says:

    I love mornings… ours have just been happening a little bit to early lately!
    I’m lucky if I get a cup of coffee … I get the morning routine done with my two year old son & then get the morning routine done with my 5 month old son. Then we are usually off to play dates & activities until lunch, when I finally get to eat:)
    Weekend mornings are my favorites, even though they are still a little too early for me at least my husband is around to share the craziness with me.

  39. Maria Says:

    I don’t like mornings. But during school days there is no getting out of it.

  40. shannon Says:

    I’m not a morning person. I struggle for about an hour until I’ve had some coffee and a chance to wake up. My children are very patient with me thankfully!

  41. Sarah Says:

    Ugh! I am not a morning person. Breakfast (with caffeine) is usually the only thing that gets me out of bed. Our breakfasts are always cereal, toast and yogurt. Everyone seems to operate better with a full tummy in the morning.

  42. Betty N Says:

    I am a morning person so I am up before anyone else and have my bowl of cereal in peace and quiet. I can look forward to each new day and the joys and challenges it will bring

  43. Debra F Says:

    Oh the weekdays, there is no such thing as quality time….we are all rushing to get out the door by 7am….but we do have a big family breakfast on Saturday mornings after we’ve all slept in after a long week.

  44. Shelly @ shellys bits and pieces Says:

    I start off with prayer and then I have breakfast with my daughter and we chat about having great expectations for the day! This always gives us a good start! The last thing we tell each other is to have a great day and I love you!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

  45. Kelly Massman Says:

    I start by trying to be quiet in the morning to meditate!
    kmassman gmail

  46. Brooke Says:

    What I’d like to do this morning is snap my fingers and have that plate of pancakes and strawberries appear in front of me.

  47. Angela Says:

    Our whole family….NOT morning people! So, yes, it’s fun times at our house trying to get two grumpy, sleepy, whiny kids to wake up, eat, get dressed and out the door without someone having a meltdown-sometimes it’s even one of the kids! ;)
    I’m usually out the door by 7:30 a.m., so I do all the breakfast and lunch prep stuff, my husband wakes the kids up and gets them ready, so my part is easy! Lucky me!
    Love weekend mornings, when we get up when we want, my husband and I read the paper, the kids watch cartoons and then we have breakfast and then start planning our day.

  48. Noe Says:

    For many years I was NOT a morning person. Then, I moves to NY to be a many of 2 very active 3 yr-old kids who had a lot of energy in the morning. I had to change my game plan and really put a smile on my face before 10am. I had to get up at 6 and be all smiley and happy til 3pm.
    Now, I’m not back to my old habits of not uttering a word until 10am, but I don’t like morning. I like to get up late, have my coffee and cereal, read some mediatations and THEN organize my day.
    I have the chance to do that on my days off and I know it’ll chance when babies come into my life :)

  49. Robin M. Says:

    I do the best when I plan ahead and get everything ready the night before.

  50. elz Says:

    I start off by singing and cuddling with each kid. I try to talk and giggle with them a little as I do their hair. Daddy gets breakfast ready and then more kisses and hugs in the car. Is there anything better than starting off the day with hugs & kisses?

  51. Melissa T Says:

    I love mornings too, I love being awake knowing half the world.. err ok neighborhood isn’t up yet. I love the crisp morning air. I also find myself more productive in the AMs… not sure what it is, If i’m to get anything done ,I get them all done during the AM hours.

    Anyhow, immediately upon waking up I do some stretches and show all my loved ones that I missed them in my slumber hehe then I shower get dressed and immediately get down to business.. .checking and reply to what e-mails I can, then I make phone calls for work. :)

  52. strawberryrose Says:

    I like to get up before everyone and have some quiet time to myself. All too quickly, everyone is up and we need to get out the door.

  53. s Says:

    I love mornings in the summer…not as much during the school year because its so hectic getting the kids ready, lunches packed, work done.

  54. Norma Says:

    I am NOT a morning person! Thankfully I’m nw retired so “morning” can be a sane and sensible 10am ish

  55. LAMusing Says:

    Not a morning person. At all. Never have been. I hate when “morning person” friends call me at 830 on a weekend morning and shriek “What?! You’re still in BED?!” as if I am somehow a lazy slob for not greeting the dawn. I would love tp call them at midnight when I’m just hitting my stride and bellow “What?! You’re already in bed?!” hehehhe

  56. Mary Jenkins Says:

    I have never been a morning person. I love morning time, but it just comes too early in the day!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

  57. Judith Says:

    kids are grown. So I can do what I really want and walking 2.5 miles first thing is what I want.

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  59. nan lara Says:

    i am not a morning person…at all
    i need coffee or i’m a bear!
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  60. sy Says:

    i check sample sites for samples to sign up while eating breakfast and then hurry to work.
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  61. sy Says:

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  62. Eva Says:

    I try to sleep in as much as possible then do what I have to do without being late to wherever I need t be that morning!
    evil_eva12 at hotmail dot com

  63. kirsten Says:

    I like to start my morning off with fruit, cereal and cottage cheese, then it’s off to the gym for me!

  64. Christine Says:

    I can’t function till I’ve had my cereal first thing. My husband goes for the kettle to make a cup of tea, but I go straight for the cereal shelf. Or else oatmeal, but some days I don’t even have the energy to measure it out and wait a minute and a half for the microwave. Then I try to get the kids to eat something, but they’re amazingly uninterested in breakfast – the little one has always just nursed, so there’s that. The big one usually has some dry cereal and maybe some toast before he goes to nursery school – vital in case he doesn’t like the snack they serve (he’s picky, to say the least) and has to go all the way to lunchtime without eating. But I do love the morning sunshine in our new house.

  65. Tracy Robertson Says:

    Coffee with a little quiet time, then breakfast.

  66. Sarah Says:

    I really enjoy making breakfast in the mornings for my family. Pancakes are the best. However I couldn’t make it through a morning without my coffee. umm

  67. Lisa Foster Says:

    I get up early enough to give myself almost an hour to drink coffee and catch up on my emails before I start getting ready to go to work. I also shower and get my clothes ready the night before so I already have that out of the way and have that time for myself in the morning.

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  69. brooke Says:

    We’re pretty cool with mornings…except that we have a 7 monther who keeps me awake for most of the night. Breakfast is a big deal to us. Wednesday is “pancake day” and my kids will never ever let me forget it. They live for Wednesday. They know they have to take a bath on pancake day, haha. But my favorite breakfast food is muffins. Fresh blueberry-oatmeal or oat bran can take me through the day. I love mixing them, smelling them bake, and most of all (of course) eating 2 (or three or four) of them. Yum! Can’t wait for tomorrow morning so that I can mix up some blueberry now that I’m thinking about it!

  70. Jen Says:

    I’m crazy like you! I like to tackle a big project as soon as I get up. Get some yard work done before my shower! A friend called me one morning and said “Do I hear dishes? Are you doing dishes?! Do I need to teach you how to sleep in?” But I feel so good knowing I’ve been productive for the day!

  71. Kerry Says:

    I used to be more of a morning person, but I guess I’ve been staying up too late lately. Now I need my coffee more and more!

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  73. Steph Says:

    we always share kisses before we’re out the door! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  74. Leah Says:

    I get up an hour before the kids. It gets crazy after that. BUT they have their list of chores to do on their walls and it keeps chaos to a minimum!

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  76. Henria O. Says:

    Though I take time to prepare the night before, it takes effort and discipline to keep things running well in the morning. My children know our routime, so they just fall right into place. I just make sure that they eat well and are dressed/groomed well!
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  77. Jennai Says:

    Yes, things are usually hectic in the morning. Trying to get a lot of stuff ready the night before helps immensely, but it’s still usually a rat race in the morning no matter what!
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  79. Angie B Says:

    I’m not a morning person at all. I do the bare minimum to get to work. Luckily hubby get the kids breakfast and off to school.

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  81. Susan Smith Says:

    We are on a strict time scedule in the mornings so I get up early to get myself ready and while the children are getting dressed I get breakfast ready. We eat breakfast together, grab backpacks and out the door by 7:25

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  83. Melanie Says:

    To make sure my day starts right – A smiling baby, a kiss from my hubby, a small prayer and a huge cup of coffee! Breakfast for the baby always – for me….well, that may be optional.

    Melanie
    mel2266@gmail.com

  84. sandra Says:

    i start out on a positive note by having a cup of coffee

  85. Amy Says:

    Mornings are the best! My little bit and I are both morning people. We eat, play, and just generally enjoy one another.

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  87. ANGEL JACKLYN Says:

    I WILL ADMIT I HAVE A SUPER HARD TIME GETTING OUT OF BED, ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE’S SNOW OUTSIDE LOL kytah00@yahoo.com

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  89. Melissa P. @Mel4Him Says:

    A nice warm shower in the morning with the powerful jet spray and the smell of the citrus soap really helps to get me going in the morning. : )

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  90. One Scrappy Gal Says:

    Every morning, soon after waking up, I walk down the hall and into my children’s rooms. I climb into bed with them, kiss their faces, and take an extra moment to cuddle. Then we pick out clothes, brush teeth and come downstairs for breakfast. They eat while I pack their school lunches. Then we go outside and chase each other for a few minutes before the bus comes. After the oldest two leave…the baby and I make coffee (FOR ME!), relax on the couch for a half hour, then go about with our daily activities.

    A bad morning is one when I wake up 15 minutes before the buses are due to arrive and yell “GET DRESSED! LETS GO! GOOOOOO! NO TIME FOR BREAKFAST! EAT THIS GRANOLA BAR!! I’LL DROP OFF YOUR LUNCH LATER THIS MORNING! MOVE IT MOVE IT MOOOOVEEEE ITTTTT”

  91. Mary Says:

    I drink coffee and blog for the first two hours and then get ready and off to work.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

  92. Priscilla P. Says:

    I start out with Coffee, hunny toast, and CNN news. Than I wake everybody else up.

  93. amber Says:

    cute photos! I definitely need my coffee in the am, and give plenty of hugs and kisses to the family.

  94. Lewis F Says:

    A strong cup of coffee gets me going and, usually, puts me in a good mood to start the day.

  95. Dee Says:

    Saying good morning with a smile and eating a delicious and healthy breakfast such as oatmeal or cereal with fruit is a given. But I always play music to get out of bed and do a dance do one song. It energizes everyone for the day when you play a great positive song and shake it! :)

  96. Dee Says:

    tweeted! thanks for the chance :) http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/25609101960

  97. shel Says:

    I’m not an early morning person. When I want to have a good day, I wake up 15 minutes before I get my 14 year old daughter out of bed and have a Diet Coke and relax before the chaos starts. My daughter is not the most pleasant person in the morning and it’s a bad combo if I’m cranky too….much better for me to psych myself up for 15 minutes before she gets out of bed.

  98. shel Says:

    Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/25612973055

  99. Dana Says:

    I get up at 4:30 for work, and while I am a morning person, I don’t think I am a 4:30 in the morning person. But breakfast is important because often I don’t get to eat lunch until around 2 pm and getting up so early I have to eat carefully and substantially to avoid being ravenous when I actually get to sit and eat. I usually grab a protein bar of some sort and some fruit. I actually keep some more fruit on hand to snack on in between if need be!

  100. Georgia Says:

    Mornings are not so bad as long as the kids go to bed early on a good note, sometimes a bedtime story if it is early enough, a good breakfast with juice and then a kiss good bye before getting out of the car helps all of us to have a good day!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

  101. Georgia Says:

    Tweeted giveaway
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/25643600943
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

  102. Jill H Says:

    I am not a morning person at all….usually hit the snooze at least twice before I get up and then stumble to the coffee maker! LOL

  103. Jill H Says:

    Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/25646544607

    Thanks so much.

    :-D

  104. Ursula Says:

    I start my kids off with a healthy breakfast and an I Love you.

  105. Maggie Smith Says:

    I start off my day by laying in bed and decompressing before letting my feet actually hit the floor. My 2 year old watches TV in his room (quietly) so I am able to get 15 minutes of me time in the morning!

  106. Lori Z. Says:

    We get good breakfast, listen and dance to some music and I always give them assurances that they can do anything.

  107. won Says:

    Coffee, breakfast and a simple routine help. And a sprinkle of acceptance!

  108. barbara wright Says:

    Coffee first – without that, everything else is hopeless. Then I go for a walk to get all my body parts awake and functioning. It makes the whole day seem better.

  109. marci h Says:

    i love breakfast–it’s great–seeing my family around the table sharing what plans they have for the day and i know that they will be able to do what’s needed without feeling hungry. :)

    marci
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

  110. PauleyD Says:

    I ensure a bright start by drinking a warm cup of coffee and reading the newspaper on the porch.

    Must.Have.Coffee.

    We try to share breakfast as a family, but the weekdays get hectic and we usually sit together on the weekend.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  111. eunice b Says:

    I enjoy sitting in my favorite chair & having the sunlight shining in the window while I soak in the word from the Son of God…my personal devotions help to start my day right!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  112. eunice b Says:

    http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/25720799759

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  113. Erica Best Says:

    i try to start each morning off well aleast 10 mins of me just to think and relax because i woke up the kids

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  114. Erica Best Says:

    http://twitter.com/#!/purplelover04/status/25743439440

  115. jamie Says:

    I am not a morning person but a Mountain Dew helps me get things done