I have a getting-ready routine firmly ingrained into my self, and that routine follows an evening routine of the same nature. These routines are so much a part of my day that even during times of the year when I don't have to get myself or the kids ready by a certain time, I still find myself going through these motions.
The nighttime routine goes a little something like this:
~ Set out H's and E's clothes
~ Wash any bottles so they're ready to go at 6am and we're not fumbling around to clean them
~ Wash any dishes in the sink
~ Make my lunch
~ Check all doors to see they're locked
~ A few more paranoid things to check that I won't share here to avoid being made fun of...
Right now, we don't have to get the kids dressed and out the door in the morning and I cannot begin to express how much that has made things easier. But even so, I find that I have a hard time getting myself out the door with everything I need, so I stick to the routine.
Last summer, we decided not to buy any more cereal because for as much as we ate it for a convenient breakfast, we also ate it for a convenient 10:00pm snack. And really, that's not so much a necessary part of our day. We've stuck to it, probably for the best. But what that meant was now I had to figure in time to make toast and eggs that morning, or have something ready to go the night before. And really, that wasn't happening.
So when I came across this recipe on Pinterest (yay, Pinterest!) I had to try it, and we've been using this constantly since then. Its economical, healthy, and tasty to boot!
Quaker Instant Oatmeal - Maple & Brown Sugar
15.1 ounces - $3.79 - $0.25 per ounce