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As any parent of two preschoolers can attest, mornings around here are busy- especially during the school year. While Kora & Logan don’t have to be in class until 9:15 am it’s always a mad dash to get out the door, no matter how early we all seem to get up.
I’ve vowed for the upcoming school year to streamline our morning routine and to put some things in place that will help us get out the door faster.
# 1. I will get up earlier.
This seems easy enough, however neither Tired Dad Dave or I are early risers and the kids beat us up almost every morning. As I’m stumbling around the kitchen trying to find this shoe, that sock, this school bag, I often find myself thinking – “Why didn’t I just get up earlier to get everything ready?” Again, it sounds easy enough but it never seems to happen when my alarm goes off at 6 am and everyone else is peacefully snoring away. The snooze button is just too easy to reach. But I will try!
#2. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca
Being prepared is half the battle. The days that I am able to lay Kora & Logan’s clothes out the night before, make sure their bags are packed appropriately, and double-check all shoes and socks have a mate, are the days we get out the door on time. Again, it seems simple enough and since I’m a night owl I can definitely follow through consistently on this one if I put my mind to it.
#3. Take the kids outside.
This may appear to be an odd inclusion in my list, but I’ve heard that children who get gross motor physical activity before school are more able to sit still and pay attention during class. Those that actually are able to get outside in the morning are in an even better mindset for the school day. If I’m able to apply the first two points of my list, I should be able to get them outside with only one problem. If someone falls down or gets their school clothes dirty that may actually end up tacking on to our time, but I think the end result would be worth it.
#4. Cook up some Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas.
We are a frozen waffle household. One of our favorite breakfasts is to pop some frozen waffles in the toaster and away we go. So when I heard the Eggo was going to be adding Real Fruit Pizzas to their product line, I was excited about the variety and the additional nutritional value. These fruit pizzas a quick and easy way to add fruit, yogurt, and granola to our morning breakfast. The pizzas take just 1 1/2 minutes to warm up in the microwave or 5-7 minutes in the oven. Almost as quick as cooking those frozen waffles we love!
The Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas come in two varieties, Strawberry Granola and Mixed Berry Granola. We recently had the opportunity to try out the Pizzas and Kora & Logan loved them. They split one Real Fruit Pizza between them and finished it entirely and quickly. I can already see how this new addition to our breakfast menu will help us get out the door quickly along with healthy and full tummies.
Does this look like an optical illusion to anyone else? It’s not the best picture of Kora, but I thought it looked like she was picking the pizza up off the box, but it’s actually just the picture. So strange!
I cooked the Eggo Real Fruit Pizza in our toaster oven because we like things crispier. I wasn’t instructed to use the tin foil, but did so because granola pieces and strawberries would have ended up everywhere otherwise. Remember, I’m trying to streamline here!
Both Kora and Logan gave the Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas a thumbs up.
Logan had a bit of difficulty picking up the pizza to eat it, but once I cut it up for him he was happy – he is only 3 after all. Both Kora & Logan said the yogurt was their favorite part of the pizza. I tried it as well and thought it was tasty and different. It reminded me of a parfait on a cinnamon and maple-flavored crust.
They split the pizza and were full at first, but needed something else to eat about an hour later. Next time I would include a banana or something else on the side when splitting the pizza for breakfast.
I’ve teamed up with TheMotherhood.com’s Eggo Mornings Circle to offer 5 (five) readers of 2 Wired 2 Tired samples of each flavor of the Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas (Strawberry Granola and Mixed Berry Granola).
1 (one) reader across all the 20 of the listed blogs on the Eggo Mornings Circle at TheMotherhood.com will win the GRAND PRIZE - samples of each flavor of the Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas (Strawberry Granola and Mixed Berry Granola) AND two Kellogg mugs. This selection will be chosen by TheMotherhood.com who will collect all of the tips/comment entries on each of the 20 blogs and compile the best ones into the Eggo Best Tips for an Enjoyable, Organized Morning – they will then select the one winner from this list of comments/entries randomly.
This giveaway is open to everyone.
To enter leave a comment detailing your tips for streamlining your morning routine. Be sure to leave your email address in the comment if it’s not in your profile.
Giveaway Rules: Giveaway ends Wednesday, July 28th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner(s) will be randomly selected and notified on Thursday, August 5th. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Must have a valid email in blog profile or leave email in comments. I will notify the winner in a post and by email. If winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Winner will receive their prize directly from the company.
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