How do you recharge for the day ahead?

Before I go to bed at night I have to have a plan of attack for the next day. I have NEVER been a morning person and having children was quite the awakening 😉 We’re up between 6-7am and they don’t know what a weekend is. And I don’t know how they do it, but they are UP and RUNNING as soon as their feet hit the floor. “Mom, I’m hungry! Let’s play a game! Mom, you forgot my drink! I need a napkin! I have to go potty!” Or from the 1-year-old: “Poooooop!” Yea. Mornings are rough. I definitely need a way to recharge for the day ahead. Along with Team Kellogg’s, here’s my Tip #28 for a Great Start: Recharge for the Day Ahead!
TIP: So at night I make sure I’m ready to go for the next morning—setting things out and knowing your schedule REALLY helps. It will make the morning less rushed and less stressful. I make sure I know what time we have to be out the door and where we’re going. I set out clothes, parts of breakfast, and dishes. I pour drinks in sippy cups so the kids can grab them from the fridge (or, at least, I can quickly).

recharge I’m a total “cereal person.” Is that a thing? Well, it is for me. I grew up eating it all the time (thanks, mom! haha) and it’s totally a breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal—and snack, too! 😉 My kids love to eat it for breakfast and I can get Rebecca (1yo) to try almost anything new, but Ryan (4yo) is pretty picky. He likes what he’s used to!

TIP: Since Ryan is old enough now to help out a little more, I started pouring cereal into easy-open containers for him. As long as I have it sitting out for him (put out the night before!), he can pop off the lid and pour it in his bowl. He loves eating dry Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, too, until I get to him with some milk. If he’s feeling extra helpful (which can be hard for a toddler, right?), he’ll even pour some for his sister!

Frosted Flakes

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes are a favorite snack for the entire family! My go-to morning cereal to recharge for the day ahead is Kellogg’s Special K. I looooove it, always have. Plain, with strawberries, or—the best—with bananas. I cook and bake with it, too.

Kellogg’s Smart Start is my husband’s favorite and we have 4 boxes of it in our pantry right now, not even kidding. He did the grocery shopping recently, haha.

TIP: There are two main things that help me start my morning, which sets the tone for the rest of the day. First, get a good night of sleep. Second, don’t skip breakfast. It helps to start your metabolism (a good thing for weight maintenance or loss!) and give you the energy to get going. Remember that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so start now!

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