Wednesday, April 29, 2009

*contest now closed!!* Capri Sun $250 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!!

*This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Capri-Sun.*

Having 3 kids makes life a tad bit crazy. When my school-aged kids wake up in the morning, chaos ensues. Breakfast needs to be made, lunches made, the toddler's needs are screamed out at me and Hubby gets to shuttle everyone off in the right direction.

Luckily my oldest lives by her alarm clock, but my sluggish second child needs a bit more incentive. What helps keep our rountine in line is the menus for the day. Breakfast food set and ready, lunch prep made simple and easy. We look for brands we can trust at the grocery store. Brands that offer nutrition as well as convenient packaging are always tossed in the cart.

Long gone are the days where we have time to fill a thermos and toss that bulky thing into a lunch bag. My kids are Capri Sun drinkers. The pouch is the right amount of juice so satisfy their thirst, and the price for a box of 10 is unbeatable at any store! The pouches are perfect for their lunch pails and Capri Sun is a name our family can trust.

Capri Sun Sunrise is the new, wholesome morning drink for kids chock full of Vitamin C and calcium.
- A good source of calcium
- 100% Daily Value Vitamin C
- The pouch kids love

There are 3 new flavors of Capri Sun Sunrise, Berry Tangerine Morning, Tropical Morning, and Orange Wake Up. My 3 children loved the Orange Wake Up best, while I enjoyed the taste of Berry Tangerine Morning.

Thanks to BlogHer and Capri-Sun Sunrise you can enter to win a $250 Visa Gift Card!!

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Leave me a comment below and share YOUR morning routine tips, if you have kids, how do you get them up and ready to go (especially on a school day)? This comment is a must, and without it, any and all entries will be deleted.

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*official contest dates: 4/29/09-7/8/09


*This giveaway is open to US residents, over the age of 18.
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*Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail on July 8, 2009.
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germangirl said...

Have everything for children & adults ready to go the night before:
~breakfast menu picked out
~clothes, shoes, accessories laid out and read to wear
~lunch pre-packed & labeled in refrigerator
~book bag/backpack/purse ready at exit door

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booklover said...

No children. I do as much as possible the night before -- make sure I have the right clothes ready, plan lunch, bag (or put in the car) anything I need to take with me the next day when I leave for work, etc.

J said...

My morning routine tip is repetitive organization! Kids will eventually get used to it, and it makes life a lot easier! Organization is key

Andrea B said...

I wake my child, feed her, then I make a lowfat yogurt milkshake with cinnamon.

OneRabbit said...

I'm usually out the door running after I get up. I hate to skip breakfast so I keep a stash of diet drinks in my car. Since they've been sitting in a cold trunk, I can sip breakfast in the car as I commute.

Anonymous said...

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OneRabbit said...

Always putting my key and purse by the door always saves time the next morning!
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Jammie said...

When my daughter went to public schools i got everything ready the night before. Backpack, clothes, lunch. That way we was not rushing in the morning. In the morning she got her bath got dressed ate breakfast then brushed her teeth and we still had time to talk.

sarie329 said...

I make sure to have all my clothes out the night before - that way, I can just put them on in the morning without thinking about it.

Molly C. said...

we plan out as much as possible the night before. It really helps us not hurry in the morning,especially on school days.

liliesrnice said...

I have a little one only 3 months so i just follow her lead. Once she's awake fed and clean then I hope to get my chance to do the same lol!

1993wel said...

We do as much as we can the night before -- we lay out clothes for everyone, pack lunches, pack backpacks and leave them in their designated spot, and set the table. In the morning all we have to do is get dressed, eat a quick healthy breakfast (usually instant oatmeal or peanut butter toast with a glass of OJ) grab backpacks and go. It helps so much because only one son is a morning person. Other son and I hate to get up in the morning!

Amy said...

To speed up your morning routine, do as much preparation the night before as you can. Set the table for breakfast (I've even put dry cereal into bowls - just add milk and it's ready), lay out clothes, put bookbags by the front door, pack lunches, etc.

Jen said...

I do the usual ... try to have everything ready the night before. And I get myself all set first, so that I have more time for my son.

michelle lopez said...

I have 2 kids,one is very easy in the morning the other is a nightmare in the morning. My routine is that I start 1/2 hour before they actually have to get up this way my daughter is awake by the time she really needs to be. They eat breakfast first, clothes next , hair and teeth and out the door. Some days are better than others. bill110@optonline.net

mom2anutball said...

WE get everything we need ready the night before. I set out what I want to make for breakfast, get clothes out, and have backpacks ready and sitting by the door. My daughter is not a morning person at all, so if I didn't have everything pretty much ready to go, she and her cousin (that lives with me) would never make it to school on time!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

I grab the bag of cat food (I buy in 18 pound bags) and go outside to pour some food and water for the strays and make sure there's food and water for my cats.

I am not a morning person.


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guettel78 said...

I don't have kids of my own, but when I babysit my nieces and nephews, I often use the same techniques for waking up that I use on myself, since I'm equally stubborn most of the time! I set alarms to play our favorite songs to start us off on the right note, entice them with the smell of their favorite breakfast foods, and have them look forward to walking my two dogs in the morning, which they love. I've found this strategy works pretty well, even on weekends! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Mel W said...

As soon as i gety up and make breakfast, then rush in the bathroom to get washed up, and then we watch the weather forecast together , get dressed, and rush out the door!

jnjdav said...

Having three children myself, I can relate to your story. I am up at 5:30 every morning. Our oldest has to be at school for 7:00. While our younger two have to be at school for 8:15. Mornings are usually a comedy of errors with sleepy children who are not hungry yet (not at 6:00 in the morning) and of course are always feeling LIKE THEY ARE GETTING A COLD! Somehow when they get home from school feel fine! HeHE

Thank you for the entry,

courtney88 said...

My kids are grown now and in college, but when they were younger plan, plan, for the next day always worked well.

K said...

I get woken up by my toy sized dogs much earlier than I would like. Their bladders don't hold past 6:30am. Once up, I have no excuse not to work out and get a good start on the day.

Oneangel said...

I have to get everything ready the night before

harleymanhawk said...

We homeschool our three children, but still get them up at 7 am to start the day.

Renee said...

Hubby and I are raising two of our grandsons. Each morning I wake at 6:30, wake the boys, they ask for 5 more minutes, I give it to them, then they get up and get ready. You gotta love them! :)

Rachel said...

Rachel Melson
My morning routine is crazy organization! I get up, morning walk/jog, come back fix breakfast for my sister, make sure she gets to classes on time, clean the house, prepare dinner plans....

Lower Mitten Kitten said...

Mornings are rough in my house. My 4 yr old hates getting up. His grumpiness is sometines helped with a little snuggle time, but we're often late. No worries, though - the boss has kids, too :-)

Jeanette H. said...

My daughter was in elementary and my son in jr high, which made the morning routine easier, she didn't have to be at school until an hour after him. This year will be a challenge, she moved up to jr high and he moved to high school and they both have to be at school around the same time. DH also has to be at work at the same time...ugh!

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway! This would sooo help pay for our summer vacation!

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Carmen said...

Trying to have stuff done the night before and having PLENTY of coffee on hand makes my morning of getting the eight of us out of the house on time just a bit less stressful.

Thanks for the chance.

:)

LindsayC said...

My morning routine is always really hectic. Its a study in chaos. The best tip I have for making things less chaotic is an egg timer. I use it as a motivating tool especially for showers. If I didn't regulate it I would pay millions in water bills. So it becomes kind of a game who can get their shower in under the timer.

ssmina said...

I like to have some quiet me time with my morning coffee before my son gets up, thanks!

Angie Vik said...

I get up first and start waking our four girls up. I let the two dogs out, then feed them when they come back in. Then go upstairs to make sure the girls are actually out of bed. Our 17 year old needs the most prodding.

Farrah said...

Our morning routine during the school year is up at 6:30. My dd usually gets right up.I also have one who likes to get that last little bit of sleep in. in, my ds. It usually takes a few times of waking him up. I have learned to remind him that if he goes ahead and gets up then he can watch TV or get on the computer for a little bit, this usally will help. After everyone is up, we eat breakfast, get dressed and are out the door by 7:45.

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Anonymous said...

Morning - alarm - snoozesnoozesnooze - alarm - SNOOZE!!!!! - alarm - begrudgingly enter awakeland - breakfast - shower - vroom - work :(

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Thanks for the contest!

Caroline said...

If it is not too late to add...our mornings are always crazy! It seems like everything is rushed and not matter what, we end up late for everything! I get the kids their bowl of cereal wit no tv allowed (otherwise we would really be late), then they get dressed, brush teeth and out the door! I love Capri Sun waters for the kids -they R the only kind of to-go drinks we buy! Caroline

purango said...

My husband and I have different work schedules. He works later in the day. I get up shoer, get dressed, grab a cup of cocoa and snack and go. On school days I have to drag my teen out of bed. garrettsambo@aol.com

kathy pease said...

the first thing i do in the morning is head for the coffee pot then i wake up the kids,we eat breakfast and then everyone showers and gets dressed.we say our i love yous then head out the door :)

Terri said...

I get up and dressed and make the bed. The kids must get up, get dressed and make the bed before coming downstairs. While my dh bathes, I fix us both a cup of green tea and make us smoothies for breakfast. After he leaves, the kids eat according to the menu we have that repeats each week. Then we are ready to start the day.

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jennifer jennings said...

During my morning routine I have to get up at the crack of dawn along with getting my 3 kids up not long after me. My son is the hardest one to get moving but after some yummy breakfast everyone is up and moving! It also helps to start your day off happy and with smiling faces, it makes everything a little easier! :)

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Anonymous said...

I try to do as much as I can the night before (prepare lunches, choose clothing, etc.) In the morning...dress before coming down stairs, healthy breakfast, brush teeth, hugs and kisses (lots) and out the door!
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wheresmyrain said...

my morning routine is helped to be moved along by making it impossible not to get up and ready in time like placing my alarm clock to far away, i know its an old used trick bt it really does work

Deborah said...

We've set up everything we can the night before - it's part of our after-dinner routine. I'm not a particularly cheery morning person so I don't have any trouble with the family meeting expectations that they get up with their alarms, get ready and be at the table for family breakfast at 7 o'clock. Sure, once in a blue moon there's a glitch, but we're not a drama family so it's rare, and we all work together to get over it.

ladcraig said...

We have tried to learn to have everything organized (book bags, etc.) the night before. I set out the cereal bowls and juice glasses before I go to bed. Five minutes of prep work in the eve. equals at least 15 mins. worth of the same work in the morning!

vibrannium said...

Well in the morning i first get the kids dressed and washed up then we go downstairs and see what they would like to eat usually cereal oatmeal or sumtimes pancakes and waffles then while they eat i get dressed and when im done they should be done and were off to school

Leslie S. said...

It helps to have all the clothes out the night before.Have the table set with what you will need for breakfast.If you pack lunches do it the night before.Planning ahead helps cut down on the stress. Thanks!

Tina said...

I like to get up before anyone else for a moment of silence...I grab a cup of coffee & sit outside on the porch for about half an hour. Then I come in & get my shower...by then others are beginning to stir...& it's every man/woman/&child for themselves after that!!! Look out world! Here we come!

Naoko said...

We don't have kids,but, my husband and I both love Capri Sun lemonade. As for morning tips hubby works nights so he gets up really late (in the morning) and heads straight for the computer w/coffee in hand. A couple of hrs. later he has luch then gets ready for work !

smitchathome said...

When my kids were small, I made sure they went to bed on time. This made it much easier to deal with the mornings. We would also pick out their clothes for the next day the night before.
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Lu Ann said...

I'm off in the summers so our morning routine is really relaxed right now. I have one teenage son left at home so I let him sleep in. After I get up, I enjoy relaxing by drinking coffee and reading e-mail, catching up on my twitter, myspace, etc.

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Tiffany said...

get everything ready the night before.

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natalie said...

With 3 kids, we have to get prepared in advance. The night before we pick out clothes & have everything they need waiting. Also, I make muffins, breakfast bars, granola, etc... so a quick breakfast is ready when we are short on time!

Betty C said...

I no longer have children at home so the routine is super easy. I wake without an alarm because I don't have to be at work until late afternoon. After the morning bathroom routine I spend time on the computer checking emails, reading blogs and entering my favorite contests.
I have a late breakfast and play with the cats. Easy comfortable way to start the day.

wkfr said...

being single and having no scheduled routine,,,I find that my phone is more reliable then my alarm clock, for some reason,,,People seem to call and mostly for the prior owner of my number. I have been repeatedly informed that my auto warranty is about to expire,,,where is that vehicle! it is also nice to know that so many are concerned abot my credit card balance!

carolpie said...

My mornign routine is start coffee for hubby, making breakfast and lunch for son and then get on the treadmill and walk. Do this same thing except for the weekends when I just get up and walk then get ready for the day.

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Beejax said...

I don't have kids so for me the biggest struggle in the morning is getting up in time to have breakfast and not just the horrible coffee at the convenience store. I've tried everything from setting my clock ahead to setting three alarms and it seems my body just knows when the very last second to get up is. Breakfast bars and anything I can grab in 3 seconds is my best tip for taming a hectic morning.

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delta dawn said...

First thing I do is take the dog out. The I get some caffine and wake up the kids (I have four 3-16). I get the youngest two ready. The kids eat breakfast at school to make the morning easier. I come home ad feed my youngest.

Daniel said...

I start my day with a Sunrise Tropciana of course!

jzagarjr said...

I usually get up, get dressed, give the cats some food, and then eat something.

jeroldsauer said...

These look great

krazyscoot said...

I have a routine, I get out of bed, shower, fix hair, makeup then off to work, I don't have kids, so my routine is easier than moms out there

McD said...

Our morning routine is really just hustling everyone together and trying to put breakfast on the table. Its always really hectic because no one wants to get motivated in the morning. We do a lot of prep work the night before by putting out the clothes, having lunches packed and in the fridge, etc. Otherwise we'd never make it out the door in the morning.

JanMc said...

Our morning routine is really just hustling everyone together and trying to put breakfast on the table. Its always really hectic because no one wants to get motivated in the morning. We do a lot of prep work the night before by putting out the clothes, having lunches packed and in the fridge, etc. Otherwise we'd never make it out the door in the morning.

ComicBeauty said...

My daily routine starts with the alarm, walking the dogs, making breakfast, getting my daughter up and dressed, then driven to camp.

Zach said...

I tell myself I will take a nap later

Bonnette said...

My mornings are easy. Hubby is laid off so he is Mr. Mom and gets up with the kids. I get up at 6 am and go to work while the rest of the family is still in bed.

stacy said...

my morning routine is i wake up take a shower than first check emails watch the news and than by that time my husband and son wake up we play with him for a while than we eat breakfast and than give my son a bath(2yrs old) and get him dresses and than if i dont work that day i relax and finish getting ready.
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ewalsh said...

After all of the hard work when my son was younger and depended on me almost 100% to get ready for school, we've finally reached the place where he can take care of most of it himself.

I still make his lunch the night before, but he pretty much takes care of the rest of it himself now and I get to wave goodbye as he and his dad take off for work and school, because even on my workdays I don't have to leave for about two more hours. Yeah!

Jo said...

After I wake up, I will stay in bed and try to actually wake up. Then I will have some breakfast and usually after that, I'll take a shower.

bndraldy said...

Mornings run much smoother if you get as much done the night before as possible. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

JoAnn said...

Oh my gosh this was a battle for 13 years. I wish I had a good tip. My daughter just graduated so those days of fighting to get up are over. Now she has to get herself up for college.
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Mahmood Ali said...

Capri Sun Sunrise is best morning drink for kids having Vitamin C and calcium.
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