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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back to School: Making Breakfast Happen

Well, it is back to school for me - officially! This is my first week back at work at the public school where I am a kindergarten interventionist. I am helping kindergartners that need that extra boost in small groups part time this year. That way I can be home with my new little one the other days of the week! I am so excited to be doing something new and to be able to spend quality time with Judah.

I'm not sure about you, but back to school means things get hectic around here! It means getting up earlier, seeing Judah off to my dad's house (he is watching him while I'm at work), coming home later, trying to get a good meal on the table for dinner, bath and bed time for Judah, a little bloggin' time, and a few minutes to wind down with my husband. I hit the ground running in the morning and flop into bed at night.

To help keep things sane, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. I thought I would write a few posts highlighting some of those tips and maybe you'll share yours with me too! Nestle wants to help make the transition back to school a little easier for you and your family too! They've supplied me with two gift cards - one to keep and one to give away to a lucky reader to help with the back to school costs.

Each week, I will post a new article about back to school - and each week you'll have another chance to enter to win a $500 Walmart gift card thanks to Nestle! I hope to give you some new ideas for making the back to school transition a little easier AND a little cheaper!

Today's post is all about breakfast.

I am NOT a morning person, so I am always squeezing in an extra minute or two of sleep before prying myself out of bed. My husband has to be up around the same time to be off to work before me. We are coffee drinkers so my husband sets the coffee maker the night before so it will brew in the morning. A coffee maker with a timer setting is a must for those of use who have to get up early and don't like to get up! I love Foldgers gourmet coffee. The hazelnut flavor is my favorite with Coffee-mate's coconut creamer. This is my yummy treat in the morning!! To me this is even BETTER than Starbuck's.

I have so much to do in the morning so cooking breakfast is not high on my list. We always have a nice big breakfast on weekends but for weekdays it is grab and go. Things that you can take with you in the car are even better - especially since I have about a 45 minute drive. That is why I stock my pantry and fridge with things like:
  • granola bars
  • bread for toast with peanut butter
  • whole grain waffles (spread with peanut butter)
  • Bagelfuls
  • bagels and cream cheese
  • yogurt
  • Capri-sun pouches
  • Juicy Juice (my fav is orange tangerine)
  • Ocean Spray (or store brand) Cran Apple
Skipping breakfast is a big no no - but if it weren't for fast breakfast I can enjoy while on the run, I just wouldn't have time. My favorite on the go breakfast is a cup of Foldger's gourmet hazelnut coffee with coconut cream Coffee-Mate, a glass of orange tangerine Juicy Juice, and a piece of peanut butter toast. YUM!

You Want to WIN a $500 Walmart Gift Card to Help Defray Some of Your Back to School Costs?

You'll have three weeks to enter - each week you'll get another chance. You can enter each week!

Here's what you need to do:

Fill out the form with your name, email, and your favorite breakfast on weekdays (or your kid's favorite).



For extra entries you can:
  • Tweet about this give away (up to once per day!). Grab this and post it on Twitter: @CentsibleSawyer is giving away a $500 Walmart Gift Card thanks to Nestle! Go enter HERE: http://tinyurl.com/navsb6
  • Grab my button and post it on your side bar or add a text link to this blog on your side bar - then come back and leave a separate comment.
  • Blog about this give away and leave a link in the comments section here.
  • Post it on Facebook with a link back here then leave a comment here with your Facebook link.

Come back next week for more ways to enter! This Contest ends August 21 at 11:59 EST. The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced August 22.

104 Comments:

Frugal Femina said...

http://twitter.com/FrugalFemina/status/3138209098

FrugalFemina @gmail .com

Mandy said...

O.k. I have the button on my blog

I facebooked it......
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home

and I have Tweeted.

Frugal Femina said...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/posted.php?id=680152293&share_id=125013441896&comments=1&ref=mf#s125013441896

FrugalFemina @gmail .com

Mandy said...

I guess I should have left you the twitter address. I'm new to the Tweeting thing. LOL

http://twitter.com/mandymomof2

mandy_ms2000@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I tweeted but haven't figured out how to do the status thing? heatherann76 is my id

Heather said...

I have your button www.myredapron.com

Jennifer said...

I also have your button on my sidebar already.

lorimyers3@yahoo.com said...

I posted it to facebook

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722486149&ref=profile

Janet said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/TheMoneyJar

and have a text link to The Centsible Sawyer on my blog.
http://moneyjarsavings.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I posted a link as my facebook status.I think this is a link to my facebook-hope it works.
:) Thanks shannon@collierfam.net

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=1436403060&ref=name

Christina said...

I tweeted! :)

http://twitter.com/ChristinaCancel

aspirations80(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christina said...

I Facebooked!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/christinacancel?ref=profile

aspirations80(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christina said...

I added your button!

http://www.myspace.com/Christina8080

aspirations80(at)yahoo(dot)com

Deal Finding Chik said...

I blogged about your giveaway!http://dealfindingchik.blogspot.com/2009/08/500-walmart-gift-card-giveaway.html

CrystalGB said...

I tweeted about the giveaway.

Ginny said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/momof2dancers/status/3153083278

Shsshorty7 said...

I blogged..
http://randomnessforall.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-contest-at-centsible-sawyer.html

NorCalMom said...

I have a text link to your blog on my side bar.

http://norcal-mom.blogspot.com/

Erin said...

I tweeted :-)
http://twitter.com/mommyangel96/statuses/3157935427

Erin said...

on my facebook:http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=560525004&share_id=132305233351&comments=1&ref=mf#s132305233351

Erin Steelman Ferrell Awesome check it out. http://www.centsible-sawyer.com/2009/08/back-to-school.htmlThe "Cent"sible Sawyer: Back to School: Making Breakfast Happen
Source: www.centsible-sawyer.com
Well, it is back to school for me - officially! This is my first week back at work at the public school where I am a kindergarten interventionist. I am helping kindergartners that need that extra boost in small groups part time this year. ...
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LeAnna said...

I tweeted it! http://twitter.com/okiebelle/status/3158006116
flowers7886 at yahoo dot com

BusyMom said...

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3158745426

Tweeted 8/5

Dani said...

Not an entry but just a quick note: I went to part time teaching when my little one was born and it has been the greatest experience. I'm able to be at home most days with B while also still pursing my love of teaching. Best of luck for a great school year! Enjoy!

BusyMom said...

I have a text link to your blog in my blog roll.

www.abusymomoftwo.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

Tweeted about this and posted it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mommy.Ishtar

Thanks!
Amanda :)

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Here's the Twitter address, too. ;)

http://twitter.com/Mommy_Ishtar

Angie said...

I've had you on my sidebar for quite some time. Enjoy your updates! Thanks!!

Angie said...

@aweywithwords

I've officially tweeted about this!

:)

Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3162163925

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I have your button
http://auntiethesis.blogspot.com/

Shel said...

Blogged:
http://auntiethesis.blogspot.com/2009/08/whos-got-great-giveaways.html

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Facebooked:
http://www.facebook.com/AuntieThesis?ref=profile

shel704 at aol dot com

BusyMom said...

I tweeted yesterday, but with twitter issues didn't get to link. So here is the link for my 8/6 tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3165999066

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet. 8/7

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3176209660

KellyH said...

I posted the giveaway on my facebook page. I hope this link is the right one back.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=1504163129&ref=profile

Thanks!
KellyH

Shel said...

8/7 RT:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3181459517

shel704 at aol dot com

Carolyn G said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3187771105

Carolyn G said...

I have your button http://theartofrandomwillnillyness.blogspot.com.

Carolyn G said...

http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3192797542 8/8 tweet

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3192940172

Shel said...

8/8 RT:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3195715698

shel704 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

My son's favorite breakfast is Cheerios, plain, no milk, did I say plain?

Victoria
chian97@yahoo.com

Erica Brooks said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/stressawaygifts/status/3196336446

info@stressawaygiftshop.com

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3207356224

Erin said...

tweet for today

http://twitter.com/mommyangel96/statuses/3207409464

Carolyn G said...

http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3207651351

Heather said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/Feisty_Momma/status/3212328463

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3223160896

Carolyn G said...

8/10 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3224432908

Cowtown Vintage said...

Posted on Facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/kimmieruth?ref=name

Shel said...

8/10 rt
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3238665716

shel704 at aol dot com

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3243202824

So, now there are two to enter that both end on the same day! Oh! How will I keep up.

Shel said...

8/11 rt
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3248301322

Carolyn G said...

blogged http://theartofrandomwillynillyness.blogspot.com/2009/08/win-500-walmart-gift-card-these-great.html

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3263172655

Shel said...

8/12 RT
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3265157973

shel704 at aol dot com

Carolyn G said...

8/2 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3264963005

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3283931911

Carolyn G said...

8/13 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3285124779

Shel said...

8/13 RT
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3289804149

shel704 at aol dot com

barbara.montyj said...

8 13 tweet
http://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/3294568001

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3305252655

Erin said...

heres my daily tweet

Erin said...

whoops sorry here it is

http://twitter.com/mommyangel96/statuses/3305698608

Carolyn G said...

daily tweet 8/14 http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3307504982

Shel said...

8/14 RT
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3310189384

shel704 at aol dot com

Erica Brooks said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/stressawaygifts/status/3324294389

info@stressawaygiftshop.com

Erica Brooks said...

Facebooked it http://www.facebook.com/pages/Giveaways-Cafe/115589694865

info@stressawaygiftshop.com

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3327579575

Carolyn G said...

http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3327949612 8/15

Shel said...

8/16 RT
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3343383138

shel704 at aol dot com

Carolyn G said...

8/16 http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3344407904

Erin said...

tweeted today

http://twitter.com/mommyangel96/statuses/3346510242

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3352640904

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet. 8/17

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3359605943

Carolyn G said...

8/17 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3360116003

barbara.montyj said...

8 17 tweet
http://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/3373439356

checkers said...

I tweeted- http://twitter.com/checkkers/status/3377027643

skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

checkers said...

Have your buttons http://checkkers.blogspot.com/
skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

checkers said...

I blogged it also.
http://checkkers.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-win-500-walmart-gift-card-come.html

skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3380418529

Carolyn G said...

8/18 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3381891997

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/3382901643

Erica Brooks said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/stressawaygifts/status/3383751686

info@stressawaygiftshop.com

Shel said...

8/18 RT
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3384015144

shel704 at aol dot com

Toni-Lynn said...

Tweeted!
http://twitter.com/Toni_GPB/statuses/3387490106

Thanks
Toni-Lynn
@Toni_GPB

Toni-Lynn said...

Posted on my FaceBook :)

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/tonilynnbarber

Thanks
Toni-Lynn
@Toni_GPB

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3402700051

Carolyn G said...

8/19 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3404730264

Toni-Lynn said...

Todays Tweet
http://twitter.com/Toni_GPB/statuses/3406195713

Thanks
Toni-Lynn
@Toni_GPB

Shel said...

8/19 RT
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3420094204

shel704 at aol dot com

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet:

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3424622459

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/3425879418

Carolyn G said...

8/20 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3426960720

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/goldone/status/3427330497

Shel said...

8/20 rt
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3427500677

info said...

Toays Tweet!

http://twitter.com/Toni_GPB/status/3431810606

Thanks
Toni-Lynn
@Toni_GPB

Erica Brooks said...

Daily Tweet
http://twitter.com/stressawaygifts/status/3433142127

info@stressawaygiftshop.com

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3447974470

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/3445806910

Carolyn G said...

8/21 tweet http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/3448537779

Toni-Lynn said...

Todays Tweet
http://twitter.com/Toni_GPB/statuses/3449667593

Thanks!
Toni-Lynn
@Toni_GPB

Shel said...

8/21 Final tweet:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/3451658050