Stress-Free Mornings

My absolute favorite cereal growing up was Rice Krispies. I loved the flavor, the crispness and the crackle after pouring on the milk. And now that I have kids, I see that it’s their favorite cereal too. All three of my kids love Rice Krispies and could eat them every day if possible.


Stress Free Mornings with Rice Krispies


As a mom, I love how easy Rice Krispies are in the morning. Things can get hectic before school, so I do everything I can to keep things as simple and stress-free in the mornings as possible. That means getting much of the work done the night before.


Stress-Free Mornings


  • Clothes – Choose outfits for each child the night before. Make sure that all accessories, socks, underwear, sweaters, etc. are clean and ready to put on in the morning.  My children wear uniforms, but as easy as that sounds, it can still be a struggle in the morning. One daughter prefers skirts and blouses while the other wants only jumpers and shirts and it’s not a battle I want in the morning. So I make sure I have the entire outfit ready, from head to toe, the night before.
  • Paperwork – I check the children’s backpacks before they go up to get ready for bed at night. Any homework that should be finished, any notices from the school that need to be initialed or permission slips that need to be signed are all completed and back in the backpacks the night before school. Backpacks then sit by the front door.
  • Meals – Anything that I can prepare ahead of time for the next day’s snacks and lunches, I do the night before. There are some things that I prefer to do the morning of (sandwiches that get soggy or fruits/vegetables that wilt or discolor), but I do the majority of preparation the evening before. I have the lunchboxes waiting in the fridge for the last one or two items, which saves a lot of time in the morning. I also stick to easy and healthy breakfasts. The girls can pour their own cereal, so we often leave bowls, spoons and a box of Rice Krispies out on the table. My older daughter pours the milk and many mornings they are already eating and chatting when I come down with their baby brother.

With the majority of school tasks completed the evening before, our mornings are a lot less stressful and rushed. The kids have more time to enjoy their breakfasts and talk to each other as they get prepared for a busy day at school. And a huge bonus – everyone leaves the house in a better mood when we’re not rushing around in the morning!

Moms like me want a healthy and easy breakfast for kids in the morning. Fortified with 11 essential vitamins and minerals, Rice Krispies contains the nutrition children need for the long school day ahead. I have such wonderful memories of Rice Krispies every day before school as a child and hope my children have those magic back-to-school breakfast memories when they get older.


Stress Free Mornings with Rice Krispies


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  1. fruit aND CEREAL

  2. We get everything ready the night before.

  3. Choose clothes the night before.

  4. Having everything by the door that needs to leave the house with us the next day — we call it the Launch Pad 

  5. Linda Sperling says:

    I get everything ready the night before. 

  6. joanne major says:

    i set things out the night before. have kids pick what they will wear, have for breakfast and what they need for school at the door. makes life alot easier

  7. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Having all their clothes picked out and the table set except the food is always a must here! 

  8. Monica Platz says:

    Lay out my clothes in the evening so that I can hop in after showering!

  9. With 4 kids, 2 old enough for school, I do as much as I can the night before. Especially double checking my daughter’s cheering gear. 

  10. jamie braun says:

    Just having everything ready the night b4

  11. Plan everything ahead the night before.

  12. Jill Watkins says:

    Baths/showers the night before- bookbags by the front door and clothes picked put the night before!

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  13. Anna Johnson says:

    We lay out clothes and shoes the night before and we always get up a little earlier then wed have to just to give up plenty of time in case there is an issue.

  14. everything is prepared ththe night b4

  15. We have a quick nightly family meeting to go over plans and expectations for the next day

  16. Jill A. Collins says:

    Make lunches and lay out clothes the night before.

  17. I’ve made a check list for my daughter of the things she needs to do to get ready for school in the morning..this has helped so much..she even requests the lists on mornings I forget to provide it

  18. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    well now that I’m not working, most of my mornings are stress free and of course the kids are all grown up

  19. Michele Behlen says:

    Establish a morning rutine and try to stick to it.

  20. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I make the mornings easier by giving my Grandchildren a bowl of cereal and some juice. This way I know they are fed before they rush off to school..

  21. I try to get as much done the night before as possible.

  22. I usually have as much as I can done the night before, so when I’m slacking in the morning, it’s not so hard to remember what I may be forgetting!

  23. I lay my clothes out the night before.

  24. We lay our clothes out at night too.

  25. Audra Weathers says:

    Good to have shoes and books ready by the door the night before so you’re not hunting them as you’re trying to leave.

  26. meditation and yoga

  27. I try to do what I can the night before

  28. I get up arly to make sure everything is ready for the day.

  29. We get everything ready the night before!

  30. We choose clothes the night before!

  31. I have a breakfast menu for the school week 

  32. lay out clothes day before

  33. I like to prepare the day before!

  34. I pack what I can of the lunches the night before (I like to make the sandwiches in the morning)

  35. We literally plan the whole week as much as possible on Sunday. I also make a point of getting up a half an hour early so I have a bit of alone time and can take things slower. Keeps mama happy and a happy mamma equals a happy house. :)

  36. Mornings are much easier now that I have my clothes ironed and picked out the night before.

  37. Making the majority of lunches the night before.

  38. I have my clothes out the night before !

  39. I make as much of the lunches as i can the night before.  
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  40. prepare things the night before

  41. Lay clothes out the night before.,

  42. Michelle Macaluso says:

    We make sure clothes is laid out and backpacks ready the night before.

  43. I choose my clothes the night before.

  44. Nicole Sender says:

    I prepare everything I can the night before including packing my lunch and setting out my clothes.

  45. Sherrie C. says:

    I get my clothes laid out the night before and make sure I have a healthy breakfast ready to go.


  46. We have a regular routine for during the week. Cereal and fruit or toast. Weekends we shake it up a bit.

  47. Tina Bartunek says:

    I get everything that I can ready the night before.

  48. I put out everything I need the following morning in a place where I’m bound to see them (e.g., clothes by the bed, purse by the door, etc.).

  49. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    I make mornings easier by getting up early enough to get things done.

  50. laura ari says:

    I pack backpacks and lunches the night before so there’s no last minute running around in the morning.

  51. Janet Gillich says:

    I get school clothes ready the night before

  52. penelope merriweather says:

    my mornings are easier when I know the night before what I’m going to wear the next day..!! Thanks for this giveaway..!!

  53. Gita Prasad says:

    Prepare things the night before 

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