Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Obvious Tips for Not-Very-Good Morning People

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Mornings can be stressful. It's not my best time. Here are a few things that help me.

Go to bed before midnight (way before midnight, if possible).

Don't have too many clothes for your kids. Piles are gross. A little more than a week's worth is all I have.

That said, lower your standards for "clean enough to wear" and you'll be happier.

Try a morning date of a drive-thru breakfast or drink run with your husband. It's better than nothing. 

I used to try to shower, read scriptures, and walk the dog in the morning. It made me sad to always fail. Now I only try to get the kids out the door and I am happier. I shower after they leave, we read scriptures at night, and I never walk the dog. The dog pays the price for my happiness. That is why dog is man's best friend.

You might notice that kids have no incentive to get ready on time if you drive them to school every day. That's why I charge a dollar when they miss the bus. Otherwise, they sleep in and I pick up their slack. You might say, "welcome to motherhood." I say "not fair!"

My kids need to be up and ready at different times. Frankly, I don't want them all up with the earliest riser so we can eat together. (Toddlers must sleep as long as possible.) That is why they get their own breakfast and it's usually cereal, bagels, or yogurt--what I like to call continental. It's my way of infusing a little joi de vivre into our mornings.

Today if you want to win $100 Visa Gift Card leave me an obvious tip to make my morning better. Or just leave a comment. I'll pick a random winner next Tuesday, October 12th. May the force be with you. More rules about Give Aways here.

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137 comments:

  1. Calculate the bare minimum you need to do to feel human, and get rid of everything else. I haven't styled my hair for work in years. I'm not trying to impress or seduce anyone at work, so there's really no need. Ditto on jewelry, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc.

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  2. Don't turn on the television in the morning. It's a mind-numbing distraction that puts kids in slow-motion mode.

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  3. Get up before the kids to have a few moments of calm.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. I never shave my legs in the morning. It's a rule. They get shaved at night, during one of those "night time" showers that happens once a week if I actually exercise like I'm supposed to. Making decisions like this beforehand saves me valuable time going back and forth in the shower wondering which parts of my body are getting attention.

    And I was going to say the opposite about TV. I only have one 2 year old, though, so pretty much it's nice to have him glued in one spot so I can get things done until it's time for me to dress him.

    And I'm totally charging him a dollar when he misses the bus in the future. That's awesome.

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  5. I really like this post 2 thumbs up!!!

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  6. Marry a man who is a morning person and leave that part of the day up to him ;)

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  7. if you have to go somewhere early in the morning (work/meeting/bookclub/service), then lay out your clothes the night before! it seems like a nerdy hassle when you're getting ready for bed, but it is much easier to pick a non-crazy-looking outfit when it's NOT 5:30 am. you save precious morning moments and you also don't spend the day wearing something you picked out in a pre-caffeine stupor.

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  8. I'm not a mom yet...pregnant...so all I do is sleep and throw up all day. I can't imagine having to actually get out of bed when I feel like this. My only helpful tip I've learned from this experience is just leave all of my clothes I have worn in the last week in a pile by my bed-- then if I have to go somewhere (answer the door) I have something to put on quickly. Folding clothes is overrated!

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  9. Second Betsy. Or just neglect your morning duties so your husband has to pick up the slack, and eventually he'll become a morning person.

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  10. I asked Mom a few months ago if she ever worried about us when we roamed the neighborhood all day. She said, "I worried about what to do with you if you came home." Considering that statement, we have so much more that we have to DO in parenting because we can't just send them out into the orchards.

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  11. If you're really pressed for time you could have your child sleep in the shirt they'll wear the next day.

    Yup. You heard me.

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  12. I'm a big fan of dry shampoo, not having to wash and dry my hair in the morning has been a huge time saver.

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  13. I wash my hair and shave my legs on alternate days. That way there's only one day of grease or stubble built up at a time. Of course now that winter is coming, this can but cut down even more. I probably won't shave my legs again till next May, and greasy hair can always be covered up by a nice ski cap.

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  14. I try to make sure everything is ready the night before, homework papers signed, clothes laid out etc.
    Once they are all out the door, I treat myself by going back to bed for another hour! :)

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  15. I knew of parents that purposely bathed their young children at night and put them to sleep in comfy knit clothes they would wear the next day. I've even seen it in magazines like Working Mother. It begins to work less well when they get to middle school and care if they look slept in.

    Make the kids lay out their clothes the night before, that way if there's an underwear, sock or pants dearth you find out about it when you're coherent enough to throw in a "quick cycle" load (I love that cycle on my washing machine.

    Do as much as possible the night before--even laying out bags of muffins and juice boxes to take on the bus for when everyone oversleeps.

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  16. No ideas on how to improve your mornings. Right now I'm at the mercy of a very awake toddler in the mornings. I let her sleep in as long as she will, but it's still not long enough for me.

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  17. The first few days I got up early to get in the shower and be ready by the time I drove my kid to school. Now I go in my pajamas with serious bedhead and I don't care if he's embarrassed. Get used to it, son.

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  18. I totally did that charge a dollar if you miss the bus thing with my oldest 2 - loved it, worked SO well! Now the rest of them don't have a bus, and we have to drive them, dang........

    and I'm right there with Betsy - I do the night duty (waiting up for the teenagers to be home) and my husband does the morning duty (drag them all out of bed and send them on their way)....works out really well :)

    also - my younger boy totally sleeps in his school uniform and then wears it the next day - I used to care, but then I got over it - yay for less stress!

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  19. My oldest does wear her next-day clothes to bed. She came up with that herself. I kind of hate it, but she's ready on time.

    I'm considering feeding them breakfast the night before, that should be a great time-saver.

    If you drive your kids to school, here's a helpful tip: Once (just once), leave without them, leaving them to find their own way to school. They won't drag their feet anymore.

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  20. I started waking the kids 15 minutes earlier and it has made all the difference. They even had time to empty the dishwasher for me. They were very happy about that.

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  21. Right now I only have a two-year old boy and myself to get out the door every morning, so it's not super stressful yet - but when I'm running late, or just want to sleep in a little longer, I declare that day a ponytail day! I'll get up and shower, but let my hair air-dry and pull it on back. It saves me at least 20 minutes!

    p.s - Found your blog via DesignMom; I love it!

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  22. Have the kids shower before bed. Less to do in the morning... meaning one less place to stall and goof off.

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  23. my toddler gets up at 5:30 without fail. i give her a bottle and a movie and shut her in the play room. how is that for not-very-good morning parenting.

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  24. I don't have any tips... My kids all leave at different times too. I don't feel as rushed.

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  25. The best morning tip I can think of is to make sure morning starts at 10am. Oh wait, I have 6 kids, that's never happened! How about deciding early on, when you are the mother of 4 boys, that clean clothes and combed hair are over rated. Your morning will be SO much easier and your boys will love you.

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  26. Don't be in college and have a class at 8:00 am when it's raining. I imagine one would feel much better if they could just stay in bed reading Harry Potter instead, but I wouldn't know.

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  27. Like everyone else has said..... Pack/layout everything out the night before - even if you are tired and just want to watch TV it is so worth it! I don't have kids yet but I do have a husband and a dog to get ready and out the door on-time.
    BTW - LOVE your blog your writting style gives me a daily laugh - thank you

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  28. Forget the kids. Sleep with YOUR clothes on. Shower the night before then sleep in a sports bra, track pants/sweats and a t shirt and socks. In the morning all that stands between you and the door is a blind ponytail and a toothbrush (loaded the night before). You can always primp later if you have time. Like when they're in college.

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  29. Keep the kids' socks and shoes by the door they leave from, thus avoiding the last minute running up/downstairs. (Of course they'll still do that for missing books, homework, show-n-tell, etc.)

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  30. Lock up all the toys and don't turn on the TV in the morning. Preparing lunches and getting backpacks ready the night before helps too. This is something that your kids can do and should do (maybe with a little training). I am a big fan of easy maintenance hair cuts on kids.
    Last tip, and I hate this one but it works, get up before your kids. I hate it hate it hate it, but we are always late when I am not the one up first.
    Oh, you should pick me because my 10th wedding anniversary is on October 12th and we sure could use some celebration cereal!

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  31. Stop worrying about whether your child is the one in the class with 'the smell.' Shower 'em once a week, whether they need it or not.

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  32. We too lay out clothes the night before, and we read our scriptures at night too, and our poor dogs never get walked (that's what a fenced back yard is for, right?)
    My only advice is get your kids their own alarm clock and afternoon tv priveleges are only for the ones who wake up and get dressed when their alarm goes off-gone are the mornings of struggling to get them out of bed.

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  33. my obvious tip is to eat something for breakfast. no judgment on what it is (i'm looking at you, leftover birthday cake), just something to start my metabolism.

    yo.soy.alexa (at) gmail [dot]com

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  34. I may start charging a dollar for missed bus rides, too!

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  35. Speaking of money, try this for your next important morning: The night before tape coins or dollars to things like the shower head, gallon of milk etc... First person to use it gets it, and can spend it on whatever crap they want.

    (This is mainly a motivator for people like me who feel guilty buying magazines.)

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  36. I don't have any in school yet, but I'm sure these tips will help me out in the future. One thing my mom always says is "don't wake up to yesterday." I find I'm much more enthusiastic about hopping out of bed in the morning if I know I'm not going downstairs to a mess.

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  37. This may be too obvious of a tip, but I always find that I get a lot more done during the day if I get dressed right when I get up, as opposed to waiting until everyone has left the house. (This is coming from a mother of a three month old so this is a big deal for me...haha.)

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  38. The kids make their lunches the night before. And have their backpacks all ready to grab and go in the morning. As for breakfast, they are on their own~cereal, yogurt, toast ~ whatever they are in the mood to eat.

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  39. I have a lunch drawer in my pantry. It has all the lunch packing items on one shelf. Including snack containers that are already filled. It's very handy.

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  40. Having something to look forward to helps me get out of bed. For me it's a bath-so-hot-some-day-it-will-cook-me.

    I love it.

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  41. Why does yogurt have to be a continental breakfast. It's totally filling for toddlers. I will be using the $1 if you miss the bus though. College fund.

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  42. I like Marianne's hint. Could I still enter and just borrow hers?

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  43. Wake them up 10 minutes before you think they should wake up.
    Always have frozen waffles and good cereal and yoghurt.
    Charge kids for chores they need to do but don't like making their bed or putting away their pajamas. It's like the charge for a ride to school. . .

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  44. Teach kids to get their own cereal and pour their own milk at soon as they can handle it (if you have more than one kid, then as long as one of them can handle it you're good.) If you have an infant, take a shower at night when he/she goes to bed because it most likely won't happen during the day (I'm telling myself this because I should be doing this right now).

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  45. If you are taking your child to daycare, keep extra shoes in the car in case you or child loses brain cells and forgets. This way your child won't hate you and will be able to play outside with all his other shoe-wearing friends.

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  46. I braid my daughter's hair while I'm still in bed. She just sits next to me and I sleep braid. It makes it so I can sleep in longer.

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  47. believe that if kids brush their teeth well at night then they can skip it in the morning because a. they didn't eat anything during the night to make their teeth dirty and b. even if their teeth get cavities that is what baby teeth are for, and c. if they eat a poptart for breakfast it will replace the morning breath with sugar breath. I know this is gross but giving up the morning teeth brushing saga has freed up a good 7 minutes.

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  48. I have a large collection of hats to accommodate the all-to-often, no-time-to-shower morning. This advice is only good six days a week; not recommended for church on Sundays.

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  49. I gave up on pajamas for myself when my fourth child wouldn't sleep at night. I shower after the kids are gone to school. And I make them bike/walk to school. Even in subfreezing temperatures (that's what coats and gloves are for). I only drive if the bike tires go flat or someone loses a chain.

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  50. Don't do your homework until the morning it is due. That way, sheer stress and anxiety will get you up. Most of the time it doesn't let you fall asleep.

    Think of all the things you could do if you didn't sleep!

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  51. My kids are pretty little; the oldest is 8. But they are trained to do everything themselves in the morning. I lay in bed until I have to get in the car to take them to school. I'm not proud of this.... just lazy.

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  52. We do not have a school bus. My husband drives our kids to school. It's really for his own good--it gets him to work on time.

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  53. It's all about having your kids eat "hot lunch". Not having to pack a bazillion lunches has revolutionized my morning.

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  54. I have a shoe basket by the garage door where the kids always keep their shoes. That's about the only time-saving, clever thing that I do. We always know where the shoes are, at least.

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  55. Ditto to the "night before" stuff - except for making lunch, I mean, who wants a stale sandwich? Also, using the TV to your benefit: keeping it on or off when necessary to keep children still or hustling up.
    Also, ditto to the "kids do stuff themselves stuff" - like breakfast, combing hair, brushing teeth, getting shoes on.

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  56. Charging a dollar for missing the bus is genius. :)

    One tip I always use myself is to pick out clothing the night before to save on having to make decisions when rushed and tired in the morning.
    chainmail(at) iwon(dot)com

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  57. I tweeted about this promotion
    http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/26601600313

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  58. Obviouse tip: Make the coffee the night before and set it on a timer.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    mnatherson at comcast dot net

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  59. My kids are up before the sun (by 6:30am) most days so we are never rushed since preschool doesn't start until 9am so I don't really have any tips for you all I can say is allow some time to yourself to clear your head and get ready for the day!
    dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

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  60. My obvious tip is... All children over the age of three make their own breakfast. Around here that includes cold cereal, toast, pop tarts or frozen waffles. I can't fathom cooking a hot breakfast on a school day. That is just crazy.

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  61. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/26654659352

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  62. Pack lunches the night before and keeping simple foods on hand for breakfast are lifesavers for us!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  63. Have a pair of pants that can be worn every day, and never hang them up. Just lay them in front of your closet nd expect that you will probably wear them. Then when the alarm goes off you can think, "I'll sleep longer. I already know what I'm wearing." Then you wake up, put on whatever shirt first catches your eye, and be on your way.

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  64. The dog pays for your happiness - I had to giggle. I like to make my lunch the night before - one less thing to do in the morning when I'm cranky.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  65. Try setting up breakfast the night before, by putting fruit, glasses, spoons/bowls and cereal boxes on the kitchen table, helps breakfast become less hectic. Thanks!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  66. My 3 year old who likes to wake up at 5:30 EVERY DAY to poop certainly gets my morning started early.

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  67. Like I always say, I will use the $100 to come to Provo and take KC to lunch. Or buy Kellogg's products.

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  68. Wake up early and pop tarts.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  69. Lay out all the outfits the night before- even shoes & socks & portable breakfasts- like muffins and yogurt!

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  70. I like to just stay in bed and try and avoid the inevitable as long as possible. Probably not the best tip....

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  71. Get everything ready the night before, that way you won't be running around like crazy in the morning. I don't like mornings so I try to make everything easier

    rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

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  72. keep a box of poptarts in the car.
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  73. 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.

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  74. we keep it simple with cereal and milk

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  75. A cold diet pepsi always makes my morning better! (Sad, but so true.)

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  76. Get the kids clothes out the night before and make sure they are all up at the same time and ready at a certain to eat breakfast and try to allow at least 30 minutes to eat (because we know they love to talk)
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  77. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/26711041571
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  78. Just want to thank you and Kellogg for this opportunity!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  79. Tweeted here!
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/26733161120
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  80. Tweet

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/26733229750

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  81. Always giving my son a hug and kiss and telling him I love him before he leaves for school always makes my morning better! <3

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  82. We have chore charts that outline what each child needs to do before school. They mark it off with a dry erase marker....


    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  83. 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 :) I think everyone's mornings are crazy in one way or another!

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  84. My tip: Don't hit the snooze button. Sadly, I don't take my own advice!

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  85. We eat something quick--like cereal and milk! thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassman gmail

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  86. Having ready-to-eat foods on hand make morning times a lot simpler. I keep bananas, granola clusters and usually have a supply of baked breakfast goods around, like danish or muffins.

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  87. I get everything ready the night before.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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  88. Tweeted http://twitter.com/amandawk/status/26807593677

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  89. We avoid the morning rush because I prep everything the night before! thanks
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  90. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/26821824576
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  91. Having things ready the night before helps make mornings easier. Having things like cold cereal, frozen waffles and granola bars make for a quick, easy breakfast also!
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  92. I posted this on my blog.
    http://jennaiscorner.blogspot.com/p/kelloggs-moms-breakfast-club.html
    HobartsMama [at] aol.com

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  93. I lay out clothes the night before because I can NOT think clearly in the morning. Also keeping a sense of humor helps :)
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/26828147670
    (and let me add three words - black yoga pants! Sleep in them, wear them out the door - super comfy and they don't show dirt!)

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  95. Thankfully since I've retired I rarely have to rush. Although my daughter is grown, it's a pleasure reading your ideas - some blogs have some really over-achieving organized moms that made me feel I used to be a terrible mother :P Some of them even have organizational charts! I had a note stuck on my purse to remind me to buy food.
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. My tip is to get up 2 hours earlier and spend them enjoying your coffee and the peaceful morning before the rest of the family steps out of bed.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  97. I tweeted your giveaway
    http://api.twitter.com/marybug2/status/26830575511
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  98. Wow, I dollar for missing the bus - that is brilliant!

    Lay clothes out the night before and dress before eating.

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  99. I always shower and iron my clothes the night before. I also set out my cereal bowl and cereal or oatmeal and have the coffee set to be made when I get up. I think the coffee is the most important part. Then I take some quiet time by myself at the computer before anyone else gets up. I love my quiet time in the early mornings. Just me and the dogs.

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  100. I get up 1/2 befores the kids so I can get myself ready before waking them up. I do my daughter hair while she is eating breakfast which saves time too.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  101. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/26888425739

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  102. My morning are a lot better if I don't oversleep. We are NOT morning people by any stretch of the imagination. If I don't set a back-up alarm, I would sleep till 9 or 10 if I hit off instead of snooze on alarm #1. And that would be bad!
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. Make sure everyone's clothes are laid out the night before. Cereal is a wonderful time saver
    floatingonabiscuit@gmail.com

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  104. Don't skip the scriptures (do it with the kids) and include a family prayer. Only way to get the mornings going on the right path.

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  105. I only wash my hair every four days. Dry shampoo for touch-up on the in-between days. You are hilarious; thanks!

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  106. When I packed lunches I always put everything together the night before...except anything that would get soggy, like a sandwich.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  107. I like to pick out the day's clothes the night before and stick to easy breakfast foods like cereal, yogurt and bagels.

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  108. We try to do as much as possible the night before. We get their snacks ready, put their clothes out. Most importantly, we get a good night's sleep the night before.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  109. A good cup of strong coffee helps me get the day off to a good start.

    scoopster(at) yahoo dot com

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  110. Challenge your kids with who can do things faster, they work way harder and you don't have to yell!
    whitbrit AT gmail DOT com

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  111. Oh I am so glad our morning routine is so simple now. It used to be much more difficult. Now my husband works from home so he isn't in a rush. My kids leave at staggered times, so they each get ready in peace.

    If we all have to leave at the same time I make sure to be up and ready before the others wake.

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  112. 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
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  113. I tweeted
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/26990434386

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  114. Get as many things as possible done the night before like the back packs ready, make the lunches and set out clothes and get the coffee ready so all you have to do is flip a switch.

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

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  115. Do everything at night and ask your kids before bed if they need you to buy anything, give them money for anything, or sign anything. It'll save time in the morning when they say those inevitable words, "Oh, I forgot to tell you....."

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  116. Drink lots of coffee:) It helps me a lot!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  117. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/26995462861
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  118. Preparing lunches and showers the night before helps a ton! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  119. http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/27004156716

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

    tweeted! :)

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  120. OH YES I FORGOT ABOUT YOGURT. THAT WITH SOME PEACHES MAKE AN AWESOME BREAKFAST SNACK! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  121. SECOND ENTRY TWEET (AS IN THE OFFICIAL RULES) http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/27024231560 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  122. I am a firm believer in not too many clothes. Just make sure you have enough underwear and socks, then a week's worth of shirts and pants are all any kid needs.

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  123. My kids all leave at different times, too. I hate this. It spreads out the pain. And I don't use the in-between times to do anything productive, I read blogs and surf the net. Quite often, while eating cookies. And then I drive the last of them to school in my pajamas and bedhead. Apparently I'm not much of a morning person!

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  124. I cook breakfast before the kids get up and pick their clothes out the night before. uheeter at comcast.net

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  125. if you drink coffee my tip would be to get a programable one..so it would be ready when you get up
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  126. prep everything the night before and make sure the kids get enough sleep. Oatmeal is quick, easy and nutritious for breakfast
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  127. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/27043247243
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  128. 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

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  129. Just say no....to the snooze button. It's not worth the stress.

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  130. http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/27052981336

    Thank you.

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  131. My obvious tip is to get up a smidge earlier than you really have to. That way, a small bump in the road won't ruin the entire morning.

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  132. http://twitter.com/#!/rmgm/status/27065016886 Tweet!

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  133. have the next day's clothes ready so you don't have to waste time on what to wear in the morning

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  134. plan ahead and lay everything out the night before

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  135. tweeted

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/statuses/27086405454

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  136. Coffee makes morning better. :)

    an_original_username AT comcast DOT net

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  137. Sorry that I can not add a tip to your morning routine., Sounds like you have a pretty good hold on it, thanks for the chance yo win.

    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

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