I don’t know about you but mornings in my household seem to go by in a blink of an eye, especially when school is in session. It seems that the time between 6:30 and 7:45 flash by and before we know it we have to make a dash through the door and get my daughter to school. To make my mornings stress free, I have come up with these five tips. Hopefully, you think they are helpful as well!
Quick Breakfast Options
It’s so important for children (everyone really!) to have breakfast! There are many breakfast options. My number one go to option is Malt-O-Meal® Cereals. They have over 30 delicious flavors, that means that there is something for every taste bud in my family! I can have three of four options at the table without breaking my grocery budget and the kids feel like they have control over making the decision of what to have for breakfast.
** See Recipe below for delicious No Bake ‘Berry Colossal Crunch’ bars to insert as snacks as part of your child’s lunch
We all know that when you are well rested, you feel energized in the morning. Getting enough sleep is especially import for children that are going back to school. Getting enough sleep helps with alertness and concentration. Start your bedtime routine early. If your child’s bedtime is 9pm start your bedtime rituals at 8:30 so that by 9pm your child is already in bed. Adults also need their rest! Lack of sleep can leave you feeling sluggish which in turn will slow you down in the morning and give you unnecessary stress because you are running late. I know it’s very tempting to stay up and watch TV after the kids have gone to bed, but trust me your body needs proper sleep as well!
Prepare the Night Before
This is soooo helpful and important. Even if you don’t get to bed early or get enough sleep, just the fact that you do this step can still help tremendously! The key is to leave everything ready – iron your work clothes, get the kid’s clothes/uniforms ready, leave backpacks packed and ready by the door and lastly prepare lunches for the next day. The less you have to do in the morning to get you out the door the better.
Don’t hit the snooze button like twenty times! We have all been guilty of this 🙂 Those extra five minutes you stay in bed can really make a difference. The worst part about hitting the snooze button is that sometimes those extra five minutes turn into ten then fifteen and so on. Moral here is – when the alarm goes off just get out of bed and begin your day. TIP – Place your alarm clock far from your bed so that it forces you to physically get out of bed and turn it off.
Breathe, Smile and Get Pumped!
Breathe, smile and get pumped in that order! Ok so maybe you didn’t get to do a few of these steps, your morning is not totally shot. You can still make the best of your morning by taking a deep breath, smiling and getting yourself (and your fam) pumped for your day. So what if went to bed late, you go up late, and didn’t prepare the night before? You can still have a good morning with a positive attitude! Just get ready, grab a quick breakfast and get out the door tomorrow is another day for you to get your morning right and stress free!
- 2 cups butterscotch chips
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the butterscotch chips, peanut butter and butter.
- Cook in the microwave at medium power for 2 minutes, stir and continue to cook in 30 seconds increments until melted.
- Add vanilla extract, stir until smooth.
- Fold the cereal into the mixture until combined.
- Put the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 1 minute, on high , then stir until smooth.
- Fold the melted marshmallow into the cereal mixture until combined.
- Press the mixture into the prepared pan (9 x 13 pan), using your fingers or the bottom of a measuring cup to flatten the mixture.
- In microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Cook on high, in the microwave in 30 second increments, until shiny, stir until smooth.
- Spread the chocolate evenly over the cereal mixture and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.
- Chill until firm, then cut into bars.