Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kellogg's, Week One: The Breakfast Routine, and a $100 Visa Gift Card

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This week's topic is The Breakfast Routine.

We have a household of seven, and the morning routine requires organization, an easily-repeatable plan, and saying "Come on, come ON, the bus comes in NINE MINUTES and what is the DEAL with your HAIR??"

Paul leaves for work at 6:00, so I'm up and showered by then. The first child wakes between 5:45 and 6:00, and three others wake between 6:00 and 6:30. I get the last one of out bed at 7:00---although this year he starts middle school so he'll need to be up earlier to get an earlier bus.

I start the coffee, and then I put out five plates or bowls on the kitchen counter, and five cups. I drink my coffee and dish out the food. As each kid is ready for breakfast, he or she takes his or her own plate/bowl and cup out to the coffee table in the living room, where PBS is on. As each kid finishes breakfast, he or she is supposed to bring the dishes back into the kitchen and get on with the routine, but in FACT he or she sits there watching TV until I say "Okay, now clear your dishes and keep getting ready for the day."

We have two main breakfasts at our house: either everyone has cereal, or everyone has muffins. If we have cereal, four of the kids eat it dry and have cups of milk to drink, and one eats it with milk and has water or juice to drink. If we have muffins, four kids have milk to drink and one has water or juice because he doesn't like milk unless it's on cereal. Everyone gets a chewable vitamin. Most days, everyone gets a half or whole banana.


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Mami2jcn said...

I usually grab a yogurt or granola bar in the morning that I eat while I check my email.

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Jess said...

I used to eat Cheerios and milk with a glass of orange juice every morning. Then I got a lap-band and switched to yogurt or cottage cheese in the morning. Then I got pregnant and took violently against yogurt and cottage cheese. Now I usually eat string cheese and fruit for breakfast. It works decently well.

Becki D said...

I have coffee, Kiddo #1 has yogurt, Kiddo #2 nurses, and Dad has a Pop Tart or Toaster Strudel.

We are totally health nuts around here.

Megan said...

I eat a yogurt or a cereal bar when I get to work. All of this is about to change when I have my first kid in a few months.

Buster said...

I work second shift, so I end up getting up a couple of hours after my husband. I get to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea and my bowl of raisin bran while I peruse the news without the mister talk-talk-talking at me before I'm all-the-way awake.

Meggan said...

I eat cereal every. single. morning. for breakfast. SOMETIMES I get really lucky and my husband will make me oatmeal before he leaves for work, but nine times out of ten I eat a bowl of cereal. The baby nurses for breakfast, and the husband... well... I am actually not sure what he does for breakfast.

Gina said...

Our breakfast routine is generally mayhem. I am trying to get the kids to eat something remotely healthy - usually cereal & yogurt. I generally wait to get to work to eat and most days it's the very traditional breakfast food: hummus.

Diane said...

I used to have a very set routine of either a banana and yogurt or a protein bar. Now that I am pregnant with twins I am hungry and need much more than that. I start with orange juice and toast with cream cheese or peanut butter. Then on to fruit and yogurt and usually some cheese. and lots of water.

Shari said...

Recently, I've been overseeing my 3-year old whine and eat a bowl of cereal - that takes him 45 minutes. While I pester him to HURRY UP!!, I make my husband 2 PB&J sandwiches for breakfast and 2 ham sandwiches for lunch. Sometimes I eat a bowl of cereal too, or sometimes it's an english muffin before they leave and I finally get to shower and get off to work.

Leanne said...

I wake up and shower, then start the coffee. While that's brewing, I get dressed and do makeup/hair/whatnot and then go out and either throw bread in the toaster or fry up some eggs. Then I wake up the bf. Kittens get fed, dogs get treats, chickens get food and water. Come back in, change shoes, make coffee to go, throw the egg in a tortilla and head out the door.

amyella said...

I typically have my breakfast in portable fashion: I either make a shake with some or all of the following: frozen berries, protein, nut butter, oats, almond milk, cocao powder.

Or I have a bar that I've made with similar ingredients: oats, agave nectar, protein, nuts, dried fruit.

Joanne said...

I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning - two pieces of wheat toast with peanut butter and a glass of skim milk with ice. My kids always have waffles from the toaster, although sometimes my 2.5 year old likes them "coooooold!".

Elizabeth said...

Sadly, our breakfast routine involves my three year old screaming "BRING ME A FROZEN HOT DOG!" at me every single morning. Yum.

janet said...

I usually let a Trader Joe's bran muffin defrost in my purse on my commute and eat at my desk. And then splurge on $2 iced coffee I could totally make myself if I just didn't snooze so dang much...

Hillary said...

My husband is one of those freakish runner types and regularly runs 3 to 8 miles during the week and as many as dozens (plural!) on the weekend, so he's usually the first one up, stretching and warming up and whatever other nonsense goes into running. He is kind and starts my coffee and feeds the cat. The toddler goes with the husband on his runs in the jogging stroller. On running mornings, he gets a "snack bag," which is just dry cereal and whatever dried fruit we have in the house, and milk. On non-running mornings, he has cereal or pancakes. I get up with the baby, nurse him and feed us both some combination of fruit and cereal. We're all out the door by 8:15.

Saly said...

2 of my kids(Bud and Liv)need to eat THE SECOND they get out of bed in the morning. They get either a bowl of cereal with milk or toast. I'm always in a huge rush in the morning, so thankfully, FIL always handles breakfast for them. I usually force them to be dressed and have shoes on before I let them start eating.

Lucy is not very big on breakfast at all, and typically takes a baggie of dry cereal or a pop-tart with her in the car wherever she is going that day. I almost always find it back in her bag, half or a quarter eaten at the end of the day.

d e v a n said...

The kids usually eat cheese omelets, cereal (with or without milk), home made yogurt with fruit or just plain fruit.
I usually try to eat some protein and have my coffee. :)

Michelle said...

I am OCD about my breakfast routine. Vitatop muffin top and 100 cal Starbucks frappucino (in the bottle), let the muffin top defrost on the way to work and eat as I'm catching up on email. :)

clueless but hopeful mama said...

We all have cereal every day, pretty much, though every once in a while we'll have muffins or yogurt or smoothies added to the mix.

meeyeehere said...

Because I have been so very good at my diet drinking diet shakes some mornings and eating healthy cereals on other mornings I have lost weight and I feel really good!
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MonkeyBusiness said...

I eat something once I get to work.. lately it's been greek yogurt with fruit or cereal... sometimes it's two hardboiled eggs when I'm on a fitness kick!

Susan C. said...

My breakfast routine is pretty simple - cereal in front of the TV to see the weather forecast. It rarely varies. :)

Linda said...

Mine have the choice of: peanut butter toast, frozen waffle, fruit, or cereal. Sometimes there will be leftover homemade pancakes or muffins or on the weekends they can have scrambled eggs. My older two eat at the table while I do their hair and get school stuff ready. Sometimes the 2yo eats there, too, but usually she grazes for the first hour after waking up.

A. said...

Mornings are a rush for us. It's not so much a breakfast routine, as no one actually eats breakfast in the house (yet - that will come when my oldest starts Kindergarten, I guess). It's more of a "Hurry, hurry, get everyone out the door" routine. My husband and I get up at 5:52 am (what can I say, I need to press snooze once or I'm not human). One showers (the other does it the night before), we both brush teeth/glamorize (for me that's make-up application, for him it's shaving), and get dressed. Then kids get up and dressed, oldest gets a snack, youngest has to be comforted as she can't have a snack for 20-30 minutes (reflux meds need to get in her system first), gather lunches and coffee for husband and I, pack a breakfast for the youngest, give the youngest a snack, help the kids brush their teeth (OK, that's an exaggeration - help the oldes brush his teeth, the youngest won't let me near her mouth with anything other than food or a pacifier), get shoes on, carry 10 billion bags to the car, get kids into car, drive to daycare and drop them off, then get myself to work. Somewhere in there my husband leaves before us to catch a 6:49 am train. I try to get the other 3 of us out the house a few minutes before 7 am. It's a mad sprint, where the sprint lasts for 60 minutes. Which should be illegal.

Then, after a somewhat relaxing 25 minute drive, I arrive at work and finally get to eat my breakfast. Usually a bagel or english muffin. And LOTS of coffee!

sara said...

I drink coffee while prepping the munchkin's breakfast - usually grapes, cottage cheese and a cereal bar. Then if I get a chance I pop in a whole wheat English muffin that I eat with a tiny smear of cream cheese and hot pepper jelly - mmmmm!

Christy said...

I give the baby a bottle while Daddy eats cereal in the kitchen and I eat yogurt and granola when I get to work. This is preferable to when I used to not get breakfast at all...

nicole said...

We rarely eat cereal on school days. I get up and turn on the oven if we are having biscuits. If not, I start the eggs and then wake up the kids. No TV until everyone is ready to go because it is too distracting. We usually have scrambled eggs and sliced ham with some kind of fruit. But sometimes we'll have biscuits with ham and fruit. Always a protein. I hoped it would fill up my 4 yo son more, but he still is asking for a snack 20 minutes after breakfast which makes me crazy.

Courtney said...

I usually take the easy way out, and have a poptart, waffle, bagel, or cereal! I know, healthy, right? ;)

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Amy said...

weekday routine:

wake at 5:10, shower, get dressed and completeley ready for work. Wake 15 month old at 6am. Nurse 15 month old. Grab bags and everything and head out the door. 15 month old eats a banana with Granny and Grandpa and I eat a fiber bar during my 45 minute commute and a banana when I arrive at work.

weekend routine:

wake whenever 15 month old wakes (anywhere from 6-7am if I'm lucky). Nurse 15 month old. Eat banana/cereal whenever 15 month old is hungry for breakfast. Have coffee sometimes too.

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Amy said...

Oh, I should add, I have no idea what my husband does as we leave the house a half hour before he even wakes up....lucky bastard.

Giselle said...

I have granola and yogurt in the summer and oatmeal with dried fruit in the winter. Because neither of those things get soggy when I have to jump up and do 1,000,000 things during my breakfast. The kids' breakfast menus vary...which will probably have to change once we start a school routine every day. This will be the first year I have to get a kid on the bus in the morning every day. Yikes! They usually eat cereal, fruit, oatmeal, or whole grain waffles. I should start pushing eggs or meat or something though, because more protein in the morning would be good.

Amy said...

The boy eats either a cereal bar, frozen waffle, scrambled egg, or french toast sticks. Unless he wants chicken like yesterday morning. Always with a cup of milk. He'd rather drink 87 cups of milk than eat. Crazy boy.

Me, I normally eat Raisin Bran Crunch, English muffin with PB, or just a diet cherry coke with something from the cabinet.

We are such a healthy family.

Jenn Mc said...

Hmmmmm.... on Sundays I strap my DS in his high chair and cook eggs/bacon/biscuits for us & finish when DH wakes up.

Weekdays - I leave for work as DS is getting up so DH usually gets breakfast from the family restaurant (I know...I'm lucky) or he will heat up muffins/waffles.

Not too much structure but there is only the 3 of us now.

kate said...

My kid eats breakfast at her daycare/preschool, which really hampers my breakfast eating at home - if I have breakfast at home, I feel obligated to give her breakfast too, and then she'll eat two breakfasts, which doesn't seem like the world's healthiest eating habit. So I just eat a mid-morning breakfast at work, which is usually fruit and toast and cottage cheese, or a mini-bagel.

If I lived by myself, I'd have cereal every single day. For some reason I feel awkward eating cereal at work.

Buffie said...

My mornings are completely crazy so I usually wind up grabbing something like a muffin or bagel as I’m running out the door. My 2 year old gets a baggie of cereal to eat in the car and the baby gets nursed. Hubby is on his own and also typically grabs something as he’s running out the door.

Devany said...

An indulgent morning routine involved making coffee in the french press. I love the ritual of that!

kakaty said...

I usually have a green smoothie (spinach, fruit & yogurt) but since I'm nursing I'm trying to eat more oatmeal for supply reasons. I hate instant oats so have been making steel-cut oats which are yummy but take FOREVER! And trying to get myself, an almost-4 year old (who eats a yogurt for breakfast), my coffee-for-breakfast husband and the 4 month old who nurses out the door by 7:45 while making a 30 min bowl of oatmeal is crazy talk. I just discovered an overnight crock-pot method so I'm going to give that a try.

Catherine said...

I've eaten yogurt mixed with bran flakes every morning for the past 7 years - I'm a a creature of habit - and it's delicious!

Courtney said...

It may be crazy, but I have everything set out for breakfast the night before just as I do my coffee stuff. Bowls, spoons, cups, straws, cereal box, banana, vitamins whatever all ready to be filled. It makes the morning so much easier.

Firegirl said...

Kev has oatmeal every weekday morning while I make his lunch, like the perfect 1950's housewife, then I have a bowl of cheerios before falling asleep again for another hour. Then it's bucket o'mocha on the way to work.

Weekend? Well, weekends is a free-for-all.

MeganElise said...

I was never a breakfast kind of girl and then one day I needed to have breakfast every single day. I switch between greek yogurt with fruit, some sort of egg, cheese, bread variation, and cereal with milk fairly equally. And coffee, of course.

Amanda said...

We have some variation of fruit nearly every morning for breakfast. Most days it is smoothie, but when prep time is low, it may just be bananas and juice.
I try not to think about how I will pull off breakfast when my children are older/if we have more/if my husband gets a job that demands he be at work before the breakfast routine is complete, because we are kind of slow-moving in the morning.

Safire said...

I normally have a fried egg and toast for breakfast in the morning. The kids get cereal or an egg too.

Julie said...

Oh, to have an actual routine. That would be utter joy for me. The closest I get is when both kids get up at the same time, interrupt whatever I've started to do, and demand food immediately. I'm hoping to institute a real routine with the approaching school year. Emphasis on hope.

Beth said...

COFFEE and either toast or cereal or an egg/toast combo. our one child eats some of whatever we have, then it's off to school or the babysitter, depending on the day.

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Alias Mother said...

Here's the breakfast routine:
10 minute discussion with two year old about what she's going to have for breakfast. (Toast? No. Eggs? No. Cereal? No. What do you want? Strawberries. We don't have strawberries...toast? No.)

Finally come to agreement and get her food.

Get coffee. Make my breakfast.

Sit down at table with child and try to eat and read while she heckles me nonstop.

End up giving half of my breakfast to her because mine looks better. Even if (ESPECIALLY IF) she previously rejected my option.

Breathe deeply and consider that breaking down into screaming fit before 7 a.m. seems inappropriate.

Go fetch and nurse six month old while finishing cold coffee.

Clean up while being heckled by both children.

It's all very relaxing, really.

Maureen said...

Summer is kind of lazy, with my daughter getting her breakfast whenever she wakes up, she's a teenager. During the school year, I serve her breakfast-it is hard because she doesn't like to eat early in the morning. I try to give her something with carbs and protein, but it is a struggle to get her to eat anything before school.

Clare said...

My kids eat constantly for about 30 minutes. Cereal, fruit, yogurt, left over pancakes, oatmeal, you name it, one of my kids will probably eat it for breakfast.

chellebird said...

My boyfriend has to go to work early, so I get up at 4:30, let the dog out, make him coffee and eggs or pancakes, make his lunch while he eats, and go back to bed at 5. I get up for work around 7:30, get ready, walk the dog, pour my coffee into a travel mug, and either have an uncooked pop tart or Starbucks scone for breakfast. I get the short end of the stick because I like sleep more than food, I guess.

Michelle said...

When the baby wakes up I nurse her in bed before getting up. Then she sits in her high chair and watches me make my breakfast - usually two eggs scrambled, tomato, avocado, banana and berries. YUM! Hubby works the night shift so he makes his own breakfast around 3:00 pm!

katie said...

I am so NOT a morning person! For breakfast I eat a Special K Bar (Strawberry) at my desk every single work day. Much easier than trying to grab something before I leave for work.

Chelsea said...

The morning comes too early for me. I eat toast and PB in the car!!

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LoneTaco said...

I am 31 years old, and I have yet to create a breakfast/morning routine that doesn't leave me sitting at my desk without breakfast at least half of the week.

Jen in MI said...

I do not care for breakfast, but try to eat a string cheese. Cereal if we have something I like, which is rare. The kids love cereal, but not particularly healthy brands, so they have eggs and toast some days and waffles on others. They get a vitamin and a kids chewable omega 3 each day. Usually milk to drink.

Susan said...

I love left-over meat, cold, for breakfast. With coffee. Mmmmmmmm.

Beth McC. said...

I eat the same every morning egg white, turkey sausage link on a 100 calorie bagel! I eat cereal for dinner I bet twice a week- Yum! Now I am hungry!

Katie B. said...

Our dog, Hank, usually gets up at sits next to my bed, staring at me, between 6:30-7:00. If I'm sleeping too deeply, he'll pad over to my fiance and stare at him, too. Usually, that gets him nowhere, so he comes back over to my side, puts his paws up on the bed, and snarfles in my ear. I stagger up, get his breakfast, start the coffee going, let him out, and crawl back into bed to catnap until he starts howling to come in. Once he comes in, he gets to cozy up and sleep the rest of the morning. I dash through my getting-ready routine, put coffee in a travel mug, grab a granola bar, and eat on my peaceful commute to school or work (depending what time of year it is.)

Lucy said...

Our breakfast routine is called "get your own cereal and a piece of fruit!"

Jill said...

Usually I don't eat breakfast, but if I do it's just a bowl of cereal (last week I had raisin bran) or a bagel w/ cream cheese. :)

DomestiKook said...

Our breakfast routine is so simple it's almost criminal. My husband gets up at 6am and makes a bagel which he eats while sitting in front of facebook and listening for the traffic report. I sleep through it all most mornings. If I'm up too I usually eat a turkey pot pie for breakfast. But this almost never happens. I prefer sleep to food.

Rah said...

Minority of one here. I cannot abide the thoughts of anything sweet in the morning, so my menus tend to run toast and boiled egg, cheese toast, peanut butter toast, tomaotes and cottage cheese, stuff like that. All accompanied by an i.v. drip of coffee with milk, no sugar.

JS said...

My breakfast is usually a bagel with cream cheese. My daughter always has cereal. I wish I was that mom that fed her kid an awesome breakfast, but I'm not. My mom wasn't either, and I made it just fine.

Little-Bit said...

I sleep through breakfast most days and just grab a dry blueberry bagel or muffin on the way to work. And yes, the car gets a weekly vacuuming.

Fran said...

I usually skip breakfast (I know...HORRIBLE) but I have coffee every morning or everyone dies!! During the school year, my school-agers are up at 6, drink their milk and have a vitamin. Then the older one gets dressed and the younger one eats (he will spill food on himself if he gets dressed first). Older then eats and younger brushes teeth and dresses. Older the brushes teeth and we are ready for the bus at 7. We can't have tv on or it's constantly "Hurry up now!!" They usually eat cereal (older with milk, younger dry) or a frozen waffle/pancake. I occasionally make muffins but only the older likes them much.

Mary said...

Generally I toast an english muffin, slap on a slice of american cheese, and eat it on my way to work. If I have an early appointment out of the office, I will sometimes grab something fast foody to eat on the way to that. Which is sooo horrible and something I really need to quit doing.

Briana said...

Hubby takes yogurt to go, I usually have cereal, kid has either a waffle with jam or cereal.

wisdomandpeace said...

Your breakfast routine sounds very organized! I am just not an early riser, so my wonderful hubby gets breakfast for our daughter, changes the baby's diaper and brings him to me to nurse in bed. I don't get out of bed until DH and DD have left for school/work! And yes, I do realize I'm spoiled rotten!

distracted by genius said...

I get up when the baby is ready to be up, usually between 6 and 7am, and I get her changed. Then I start the coffee, play with her, eat cereal and drink coffee and then usually she's hungry (again) and almost ready for her morning nap!

Doing my best said...

The rule at my house for breakfast is: oatmeal, cereal, or waffles. The idea was that this would simplify breakfast by giving people a limited number of choices, but, NO! Nearly every morning I hear at least one person saying, "I just don't know what to HAAAAAAAAVE!"

Katie said...

I usually eat an English muffin. Snooze. :)

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jenspurg said...

We eat cereal or granola bars. They seem to get us out the door quick!
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Kathleen said...

Granola is popular here...also waffles with peanut butter & Nutella are a staple for one kiddo!

Lynn said...

My breakfast routine is very simple. I usually have yogurt topped with granola, cereal and fresh fruit. No cooking required, yay :)

academicleigh said...

I get up with the 15 month old and immediately give him a banana, because he's screaming NANA NANA NANA as soon as he wakes up. Then I have bread and cheese, or Nutella, or a muffin, or cereal. He also gets yogurt with cereal.

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Shelly said...

I have the same boring breakfast every day because it's easy to make (and store) at work - oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal...

Angie said...

I work 1st shift. Hubby usually takes care of breakfast with the kids on the weekdays (he works 2nd shift)We try to have a big family breakfast on the weekend though.
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beyond said...

i'm not a morning person, and i have cereal and 2% milk every day. the rest of my routine varies.

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sy said...

i usually eat bananas and apples for breakfast. muffins is a good idea, i can make them in large quantities.

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Spacebooke said...

There is nothing too unique about my morning routine except that a successful morning means as few trips back into the bedroom as possible so as not to wake the husband who's day starts a couple hrs later than mine. I used to eat instant oatmeal RELIGIOUSLY but just this week found they redid their product and Blech. Have switched to toast.

Navigating the Mothership said...

I usually have cereal and milk and part of whatever fruit I'm giving to my toddler for breakfast that day (don't worry I give her other food, too).

Jessica said...

Recently our morning/breakfast routine has been sketchy because it's summer and I am on maternity leave. But all that ends in a few weeks, so our routine will be something like this. Husband and infant wake around 6ish and he throws a baby at me to nurse. D gets ready for work and leaves the house, usually waking the two big kids in the process. They come and join me in bed and can watch PBS kids. At 7am (ideally) the tv goes off (or is switched to the today show) and I shower while the baby plays in his bouncer and the other kids are supposed to be getting dressed. I usually come out of the shower and need to wrangle the 4 yo into his clothes. Everyone is dressed and downstairs by 7:45 (ideally) and if there have been no incidents the tv can go back on. Breakfast is always a) cereal (one w/milk, one w/o, b)toaster waffles, c) some type of toasted bread product (mini bagel, rye bread, english muffin, etc.) with cream cheese or peanut butter on it. Usually they both have a yogurt and/or some fresh fruit too. While they are eating and watching tv, I am getting lunches together (I pre-make most of that on the weekends) and saying things like "are you SURE everything that is supposed to be in your backpack is in your backpack?" I always have a large cup of tea during this time. Sometimes I have a bit of breakfast too. We have to leave the house by 8:18 to make the bus, and after that it is get in the car and drop the younger two at their two different schools/day care. I get back to my home office by nine. If I haven't had a food item yet, I do then along with another cup of tea. I usually have either a yogurt and some fruit or a toasted bread product with a little veggie cream cheese and a piece of fruit.

Jessica Sorensen said...

Bowl of cereal in front of the TV while nursing the baby.

Misty said...

Breakfast? What's that?

Honestly, it depends on how energetic I am. But when I am working, the kids eat at their various day-care like facilities. Now that I am off for a bit, sometimes I get the eldest to make cereal. Sometimes we do poptarts. Sometimes (mostly on weekends) we go all out with pancakes and bacon and eggs.

Wander said...

Hurry, rush and go!
That's our morning!
I have teens. We sleep as long as possible then race around!
We eat fast stuff that travels well.

Alison aka Baby B said...

I am one of those people that NEEDS breakfast. Skipping it or just having a snack is not an option. I am fixing breakfast within 20 minutes of getting out of bed. I wake up hungry!

My main breakfasts are scrambled eggs over rice or cereal. My cereals of choice are regular Frosted Mini Wheats and Special K with Red Berries (holla!) Oatmeal and French toast frequently make appearances. Oh, and a cup of black tea or black coffee. And don't even get me started on breakfast for dinner! I just love all things brekkie.

cmjhawaii said...

The easiest breakfast is peanut butter with jelly or honey and banana. But I'd like to pull together some recipes or ideas for more varied breakfasts so the kids will eat them.
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Deanna said...

Breakfast for me is plain oatmeal w/half a cup of vanilla yogurt stirred in. For everyone else it's a fend for yourself meal. Usually cereal, breakfast bars, fruit, frozen waffles, and eggs are available.

Lora said...

I eat scrambled eggs or muffins most days, with coffee while I check email, facebook, and blogs. I try to do this before the kids wake. After they wake, I feed them-usually cereal, yogurt, muffins, or eggs with fruit.

Kristin said...

Breakfast routine? What's that? I'm too tired from getting up twice in the night to feed my almost-four-month-old...

Julie said...

Coffee for me, toast for the baby, and oatmeal for the toddler (usually!)

Mang said...

My husband and I aren't morning people, so we usually miss breakfast. We eat it for dinner sometimes!

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I usually stagger out to the kitchen with my kid and turn on a show for him to watch. While he's in the high chair eating, I either eat a bowl of cereal or half sleep on the couch until I'm more awake. Lovely, I know. I wish I was a morning person.

Farrell said...

And I thought *I* got up early.
I need to teach my almost six-year old how to get her own breakfast in the morning, that's what I think:)
She typically eats chocolate chip muffins (mini) or blueberry muffins (mini) while watching TV. Sometimes we add a yogurt or banana. I don't mind her watching TV because it gives me time to pack our lunches, pack the car, etc.

Shannon said...

We don’t really have a breakfast routine… most times, breakfast at my house is just a bowl of cereal or pop tarts!

Oka said...

we are too danged lazy to get up in time for anything more than cold cereal or poptarts

kris said...

my son decides between his favorites...muffins, hash browns or pancakes... i have coffee...

Brittany said...

Hubby loves cereal and I eat fruit!

Mary said...

My kids are older than yours, so I get to stay in bed longer. I always have hard boiled eggs, instant oatmeal, raisin bran and wheat bread available, and they make their own. Usually they also grab a banana or whatever other fruit is in season. I have a piece of toast or a protein shake as we run out the door, and a latte on the way home.

Anonymous said...

Wake up. Brush teeth. Start up a protein shake, add fruit, then ice. Hit the blender, hit it again

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Margie said...

With 4 hungry boys ages 12-8, we always try to do a carb and protein, like pancakes and bacon, waffles and sausages, etc. Everything is frozen and ready cooked so it's easy to toast or microwave.

jillyrh said...

I don't usually eat breakfast or if I don it's more of a brunch and it's usually an omelette or a sandwich.

JC said...

We usually have cereal, soymilk and Greek yogurt for breakfast on weekdays.

Add waffles and pancakes on weekends.

JC said...

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jennjp0518 said...

I am horrible at breakfast time. i have no routine at all!
i love honey bunches of oats with almonds cereal though!
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Stasha said...

We are cereal eaters. There are times that we have eggs and toast or pop tarts though

jillyrh said...

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JEN said...

I've eaten the same thing for the last three years - homemade gluten free flaxseed buckwheat pancake, with peanut butter and banana, lt. string cheese.

juliloquy said...

We've been able to have leisurely breakfasts because the kids haven't been in school - that will all change now that my son will start kindergarten.

My daughter (almost 3) loves mac & cheese or french toast for breakfast. My son usually has cereal or waffles.

Thanks for the contest!

Kathleen Grace said...

I usually just grab a coffee and english muffin in the morning, but I love to take it outside in the garden:>) Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!

Sarah said...

I used to eat breakfast with my husband when we had the same schedule. Now it's just a few Golden Oreos sitting at my desk at work.


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ToyLady said...

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I have a smoothie for breakfast - half a cup of OJ, half a cup of plain or vanilla yogurt, and 2 servings of fruit.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and most Sundays, I have a bowl of granola stirred into more yogurt.

The routine? When I open the container of yogurt, I always pour off the whey - into the dog's dish. That dog LOVES his yogurt juice!

Except Saturdays - Saturdays I have leftover pizza, and the puppy gets crusts instead.

Anonymous said...

We need a new routine for school this year as the youngest is starting K. I plan to have them both get dressed and brush their teeth before they come downstairs and eat breakfast. Currently, I am carrying the 5-year-old downstairs while she is still half-asleep and letting her wake up to the tv. Just can't do that anymore. They'll be riding a bus for the first time as well.

The Gori Wife said...

Right now it's Ramadan, so our routine consists of all the adults in the house getting up to eat a huge breakfast before dawn. Then when the baby gets up, I put out a bowl of cereal (with milk) for him and maybe some cut fruit.

Carrie said...

I unfortunately do not seem to be able to drag myself out of bed early enough to have time for a decent breakfast before work. If there's Slim Fast already in the fridge, I'll grab some, otherwise I get a couple of granola bars to eat in the car.

dawniawnie@aol.com said...

On morning workout days protein shake and Luna bar or tortilla w/ pnut butter on the bus to work. Drop shake on non workout days.

barb. said...

I will need to come up with a new routine in just a few short weeks as, eek!, one child will be starting KG and the other is going into third grade (which starts 1/2 hour earlier than KG thru 2nd grade). In the past, the routine was roll out of bed at eight, make sure the then-2nd grader was clean, fed, and reasonably groomed (he has Harry Potter hair so most days he more closely resembles an urchin), and get him on the bus.

We eat a lot of cereal here. I can't really bring myself to cook that early in the day.

Snoopyfan said...

Both my kids eat either a waffle or oatmeal every weekday morning for breakfast. One drinks juice and the other drinks milk. I usually have milk plus an english muffin or bagel thin with butter and maybe some fruit. Both kids start school at 9 so we have plenty of time to get everything done before school starts.

Kathy said...

I have cereal for breakfast almost every morning. Some days I have it for lunch too!

NikiN said...

These days I breastfeed my infant, then make oatmeal with almonds, frozen or fresh blueberries, and fresh strawberries and bananas. My husband usually skips breakfast, sigh.

Mandi C said...

Hooray for vitamins! We're trying to work that in..

Jenny B said...

I love making pancakes on saturday mornings for our family of 6. It feels so good to all be able to enjoy a yummy meal together:)

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Whimsy said...

LOVE the picture. Hilarious and awesome.

My breakfast routine is waking up with Bean around 6:30am and giving her a waffle (no syrup), some fruit, and a cup of milk. She eats it while watching a DVR'd episode of Sesame Street and I walk/run on the treadmill nearby. It's the only way I can exercise and actually do it in consecutive increments!

carlisle clan conversation... said...

We are a grab what's available kind of family, typically ceral. As a homeschool Mommy I always had grand plans of homemade meals three time a day, but the reality is that isn't possible for our family and that's okay.:)

sassy2 said...

toaster waffles and cold cereal are our vice

Karen said...

Almost every morning is cereal at our house. Unless we're feeling super-nice or super-rushed, and then we stop for a bagel.

St said...

Ugh, somehow I've taught my kids that breakfast is as soon as you wake up. Now they act like they're dying if I try and, you know, wake up first.
Because of that, it's mostly self-serve. Cereal and milk or yogurt with grape-nuts is what they like best. If I eat breakfast it'll be one of those things as well.

ktjrdn said...

um... "Come on, come ON, the bus comes in NINE MINUTES and what is the DEAL with your HAIR??" is pretty much our whole routine, except there's a lot of screaming and complaining, and we have to go elsewhere to meet the bus.

Fun times

Anne said...

My breakfast routine is to pack something the night before that I can eat at my desk at work - I just can't give up any more of my (limited) sleep time to deal with eating before I leave the house!

Shari said...

My kids are in a rut of 1/2 regular cheerios and 1/2 honey nut cheerios, with raisins and low-fat milk. Every morning. Except when there are leftover bagels. I'm trying to do a low-carb thing except that I really want the cereal (or bagels) too.

Justine14 said...

My breakfast routine involves a cereal bar. Every day. Boring much? I also walk over to the cafe in my office building and get a large iced tea. Every day. At least its better than soda right?

HSUper Parents said...

My husband and I usually have a 1/2 a bagel each morning. I like it with jam and milk, while my hubby likes it with cream cheese and coffee. On the weekends, we enjoy Frosted Flakes.
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Small Footprints said...

Love the picture of all the kids (and the cat) watching TV. :)

My family is just the two of us ... my hubby and myself. So our morning routine is to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our backyard for a few minutes before starting our day (we work from home). And that's about it. We don't typically eat breakfast but sometimes on a weekend we make a brunch ... that's a lot of fun and relaxing when we have the time.

Amber said...

Cute pic! We usually grab cereal, fruit, milk, pop tarts, things of that nature, that are easy! ;)

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Jamie Lovely said...

I'm usually a yogurt or fruit kind of gal. Or pancakes, but only if mimosas are involved ;)

DG said...

My morning routine always consist of fruit and drinking some water to meet my quota. If I have some time but need to be on the go to work I really do enjoy a mini whole wheat bagel and iced coffee. It depends on traffic I guess :)

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DG said...

tweeted - thanks! :)

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MelissaStuff said...

We love fruit in our house!

Jenny said...

It goes like this:

I get up at 6:15 and shower while my husband makes the kids' lunches and starts breakfast. When I'm done getting ready, I help finish breakfast (usually cereal but sometimes toast or pop-tarts) and wake the kids up to go potty and get to the table. They eat in their pajamas. One drinks milk and the other won't touch it; one likes breakfast and would keep eating all day, and the other is iffy on the whole concept. When I've finished my breakfast I start nagging the kids to finish theirs and go get themselves dressed. Eventually they start this process (and they always need more help than I wish they did, so I can't finish my tea quietly.) My husband starts his shower and I make sure backpacks, pull-ups, lunches, whatever are ready to go, along with whatever I need for the day. Then we kiss Daddy goodbye and go. Whew!

Chris said...

Breakfast is cereal poured hurriedly into a tupperware and rushed to work, where I steal milk. Yup.

Shelley said...

I work nights. Everyone has to help themselves at breakfast time, while I sleep :)

Nancy said...

Breakfast is help-yourself around here. The cereal is in a low cupboard so even the little kids can reach it.

mandyjane1 said...

Our routine:
1. grab milk for toddler and change diaper
2. make coffee
3. throw frozen pancake/waffle in toaster for toddler
4. hope to have a few moments to drink coffee while toddler eats!

Angel Jacklyn said...

What a cute picture! If I had little ones Im sure it'd be the same thing, however, because I don't, everyone is responsible for themselves on what they eat for breakfast and whether or not they eat for "breakfast" kytah00@yahoo.com

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furygirl3132 said...

My breakfast routine is pretty much the same everyday. I give the little one a bottle of milk and then get the oldest either a Pop Tart, bagel, bowl of cereal, or Toaster Scramble and glass of milk. Then when they are all set, I will sneak in a small breakfast for myself before getting them ready for the day. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

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rural rebel riot girl said...

Usually I do a frozen waffle or I will eat Cherrios with soy milk if I have time to sit down and eat. I try to eat something when I get up so I am not hungry the rest of the day.

Alice (fa11enan9e1) said...

I grab bread and butter or milk and cereal depending on how much time I have

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Tabathia said...

I love to grab a chocolate chip muffin with minute maid juice
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Missy said...

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and my daughter's least favorite. We both like bagels, me with cream cheese and her with peanut butter.

gmissycat said...

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Rebecca Graham said...

Monday through Friday, our breakfast routine is grab and go. On weekends, we eat a nutritious breakfast.

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Jessica said...

I eat Raising Bran Crunch. Every. Morning. So good. That's about as routine as I get.

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ioi said...

I'm right behind Jessica. We love breakfast. The kids will eat cereal any time of day, but that uses up too much milk. So, it's saved for the mornings when we have to get on with the day. If we have the luxury of a slow day breakfast can be just about anything. From leftover birthday cake or leftover pizza to bacon n' eggs with all the fixings.

KISSaholic4life said...

I start breakfast with some coffee!


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Emily said...

I tend to skip breakfast so I don't have to feed my toddler - we just don't have time in the morning (don't worry, he eats at daycare!). I end up starving by the time I get to work and finally get to eat something.

A Family Completed... said...

Breakfast is our most important and are fastest and easiest meals! We are a cereal loving bunch. We do love a special outing for waffles and bacon though!
Thanks for the chance
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doh! said...

Our breakfast routine is pretty laaaame. Husband has 2 mountain dews. Daughter (2.5 years old) has orange juice, milk, gummi vitamins, and occasionally grapes/blueberries on a daycare day (they have breakfast there too). I wait till I get to work (I am a cook) and I usually have cheese grits with bacon. I know.

sodahoney said...

Kids are grown. But I eat a breakfeast, every day any time I want, anywhere I want. Sometime cold cereal, or oatmeal, or eggs, it varies on mood and now it can have want maybe I'll have a grill cheese sandwich.

Rachel said...

I wish I could share that I have this amazing morning routine - and I wake before the children (ages 4, 2 and 9 months) wake... but it never/rarely happens. I really do NOT have a morning routine... it is a fly by the seat of our pants style morning routine. :P

Our 'goto' breakfast meal is either cereal/waffle/toast and yogurt/fruit.

I hope to have something set in stone by MONDAY when my oldest starts preschool! EEK!

Thanks, Rachel

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Lori said...

Kellogg's Special K Red Berries might be the best cereal ever made.
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myfirstbaby said...

We are a family of three so our breakfast's are no way near that hectic! LOL My daughter likes her cereal and on the weekends when daddy is home we have pancakes or bacon-egg-cheese-biscuits.

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jakiesmom said...

i need coffee first thing, my son needs juice..then he will have either whole grain toast or cereal
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melanie said...

by the time i get four kids up, fed and dressed, i'm just thankful if i get breakfast at all...at least i make sure they do!

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i gotta have my coffee before i can get anything done!!

thanks!!

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Shel said...

During the school week there's never any time for a cooked breakfast and my daughter always tries to get out of the house without eating something. It's my pet peeve that she HAS to have something to eat for breakfast or I feel like the bad-mommy. It's usually cereal or even waffles during the week, on weekends I try to cook pancakes and bacon or omelets.

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Kristen said...

The quickest way to get out of the cereal/yogurt rut is to make some hearty french toast which is actually pretty quick and tasty.

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Deb said...

My two sons are completely different. One has to eat as soon as he gets up and the other needs to be awake for a while before he can eat breakfast. I let the little one eat a yogurt as soon as he gets up and then when the older one is ready, I’ll make them bowl of cereal, oatmeal, or a toasted English muffin. On the weekends, I try to do a nice family breakfast of pancakes or eggs and bacon.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

it's mostly just a cereal type of breakfast. i don't really do fancy unless it's a special occasion or something.

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Deb said...

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Hairline Fracture said...

Breakfast routine during the summer: stagger into the kitchen, pour cereal into bowls and give to kids, turn on TV in playroom, stagger to couch and try to doze back off before someone needs something.

During the school year, I will not be able to use the TV (they never want to turn it off in time) or lie back down on the couch. Boo.

skkorman said...

Breakfast here is usually cereal and toast or oatmeal and toast during the week and eggs on the weekend, and then everyone runs out and deals with the day!

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- Marybeth I. said...

My kids eat breakfast but I admit that I don't - I am trying to get in the habit but I am just not hungry first thing in the morning.

my kids love it all - cereal, oatmeal, waffles, bacon and eggs.

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dlhaley said...

Its cereal, oatmeal or eggs and OJ for breakfast during the week. On the weekends sometimes I make bacon,eggs,toast or french toast. I have bagels and cream cheese on hand as a standby. Thanks

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ohhhfire said...

my breakfast routine usually involves cereal, my son just loves cheerios
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Betty N said...

I prefer cereal for myself in the mornings; my grandkids all have different preferences for breakfast…one has a scrambled egg plus fruit; I keep pancakes frozen in the refrigerator; and all of them like my oven cinnamon toast. But I don’t have the responsibility of getting them off to school each day etc and all but the two youngest can get their own breakfasts and they have siblings who can make breakfast for them.

Betty N said...

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ellie said...

My 2 little grandsons arrive at my house every weekday at 6:30 AM. I feed both a bowl of cereal and toast and jelly usually before putting the 2 year old back to bed, and taking the 5 year old to school.
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ellie said...

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coriwestphal said...

There are days when I make bacon and eggs, or pancakes, mostly just toast. But most days, my kids beat me out of bed and have some cereal in them before I even open my eyes! Then I grab something for myself quick and we run out the door!

coriwestphal said...

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Nicole said...

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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Nicole said...

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may said...

We used to be cereal fanatics - no, seriously, we always had approximately 10 boxes in the house, even when there were only two of us - but now I'm trying to actually cook breakfast. So... we usually have oatmeal (cheating!) or eggs or raisin toast and bananas. Sometimes yogurt with granola, but that doesn't seem to be a huge hit with the three-year-old. Sometimes, if I'm really motivated, I'll even make cottage cheese pancakes, but only if my husband isn't around because he hates them.

Shawna said...

Our typical family breakfast routine consists of my husband coming home at 7am from his graveyard shift and cooking us a delicious hot breakfast usually pancakes or eggs. On the days that he runs late, sometimes he will pick us up a hot breakfast to go or we just fend for ourselves and hit the cereal and milk.

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Shawna said...

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Tracy R said...

Coffee and a few bites of something sweet for me first thing in the morning, then a nice breakfast of cereal with skim milk or a banana and oj about an hour later. Then I hit the shower and get ready for work.
I start work between 1 and 2 pm every day, so I enjoy taking my time in the morning.

Natalie said...

On weekdays, my breakfast routine consists of me turning on the coffee (which my husband got ready the night before) and sitting to drink coffee in the peaceful, quiet morning before everyone else gets up. My husband and kids fix their own breakfast--cereal or PopTarts.

Natalie said...

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Katy said...

I SO love the picture above with the cat on the tv! Too cute!

After the all-important coffee I grab the same things I do each morning: oatmeal and a banana. Yum!

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! :)

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Katy said...

I just Tweeted about this giveaway here: http://mobile.twitter.com/katygmorris/status/21221795280

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Mom2anutball said...

I normally skip out on breakfast for myself, I just can't eat in the mornings. I makes some pancakes or eggs for the kiddos, sometimes cereal.

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pixie13 said...

The kids eat breakfast, usually cereal or eggs & toast, sometimes pancakes 7 sausage. My breakfast is coffee.

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Annie said...

The up-side of my husband getting laid off is that HE is now in charge of our morning routine! (You have to find a silver-lining, right?) :)
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