Eight O'Clock Back to School Giveaway




School has been in for just 3 weeks, and already my mommy brain is showing signs of cracking. I've already forgotten to pick up the kids at the right dismissal time. This weekend I took 3Po to a class party at his classmate's home -- only to discover that the party was set for next weekend. Yesterday I showed up for library duty two hours early because I thought it was The Pea's library day, not Jammy's.

When my sanity -- or worse, my family's schedule -- is threatened, I could sure use all the help I can get. For parents who need a little help in getting back into the swing of things, Eight O'Clock Coffee has prepared some survival tips to ease your Back To School Routine:

TIP 1: Become Your Own Brewista – Save time, money and gas this back-to-school season by brewing your morning coffee at home. You can even set your coffee maker’s timer the night before to wake up to great-smelling Eight O’Clock Coffee.

TIP 2: Preplan Lunch – A few days before school starts, sit down with your kids and create a grocery list of healthy snacks and lunches they would like for school. Rotate each of their selections throughout the week. Make Tuesday “Turkey Tuesday” or Wednesday “Wrap Wednesday” – adding variety to keep lunch exciting. When possible, pack their lunch the night before to reduce stress in the morning.

TIP 3: Assemble Weekly Wardrobes – Every Sunday check the upcoming weekly weather forecast with your kids. Then, have them pick out five outfits for the upcoming school week. Hang them in daily order in their closet to avoid the inevitable, “Mom, I can’t find my favorite blue shirt!”

TIP 4: Be Prepared for School Projects – Avoid late night rushing around to complete school projects by having art supplies on hand. Create an arts and craft bin that includes more than just crayons and colored paper. Collect items like pipe cleaners, stickers, figurines, beads – even coffee beans – and other creative finds, and put the fun back in school projects.


Stick with it, and I'm sure you'll be breezing through your school day mornings in no time! Let's hope I do as well....


Win an Eight O'Clock Back to School Survival Pack


One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a Back-to-School Parent Survival Pack! Courtesy of Eight O'Clock Coffee, this pack includes a drawstring bag, travel mug and 2 bags of Eight O’Clock Coffee to help start your mornings off right.




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Leave a comment on this post and share a tip for making your family's school mornings less hectic. This entry must be completed before any extra entries will count.

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The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on September 25, 2011; I will draw a winner at random on September 26 and post the winner's name after he/she confirms acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a Back to School Survival Kit from Eight O'Clock as a thank-you for posting the tips and running the giveaway. Back to School tips were provided by Eight O'Clock and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

100 Comments, Leave yours here:

Elena said...

We set an alarm for 6.00 AM to have enough time for our morning routines.

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Elena said...

Follow via GFC as Elena

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Sharon on September 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM said...

Backpacks packed the night before and ready to go.

Sharon on September 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM said...

I left a comment on your FB page but FB would not allow me to post it to your wall so I posted in the comment section of this giveaway (Rust Hawk).

Sharon on September 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM said...

I follow you on GFC

Sharon on September 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/rusthawk/status/113818414782492673

JC on September 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM said...

Get everything ready the night before.

JC on September 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM said...

Wrote on your wall
jessie C.

JC on September 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM said...

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JC on September 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM said...

GFC follower

JC on September 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/113819206964887552

Raven In A Blue Room on September 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM said...

I get up ahead of the crowd and make breakfast

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

Raven In A Blue Room on September 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM said...

I left a Wall Comment

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Raven In A Blue Room on September 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM said...

Google Friends Connect - following you publicly as (Louis)

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Raven In A Blue Room on September 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM said...

following you on twitter @left_the_stars
I tweeted your giveaway

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Elena said...

Follow you on Twitter and tweeted:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/113829527716765696

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Elena said...

I wrote on your facebook wall as Elena Istomina

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Cathy W on September 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM said...

Getting things ready the night before always makes for a smoother morning.
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Cathy W on September 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM said...

Follow via GFC (Cathy Wallace)

Cathy W on September 13, 2011 at 11:21 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/113859669709160448

tawndam on September 14, 2011 at 3:54 AM said...

Backpacks are ready to Grab-n-Go, Alarm is set, and clothes are laid out...

tawndam on September 14, 2011 at 3:56 AM said...

Tawnda M posted on your wall http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/274911872536204

tawndam on September 14, 2011 at 3:57 AM said...

google follower

tawndam on September 14, 2011 at 3:59 AM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/tawndam/status/113929797159239680

Elaine on September 14, 2011 at 6:28 AM said...

To make school mornings less hectic, I get as much done the night before as possible such as lunch money ready if my daughter is buying, homework away in backpack, lunch box and water bottle out and ready to be filled if bringing lunch, clothes picked out the night before etc.

Elaine on September 14, 2011 at 6:31 AM said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted!http://twitter.com/#!/elund323/status/113967866939834369

Elena said...

daily tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/114047417619456000


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Cathy W on September 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/114153124192727040

DEBIJOT on September 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM said...

The kids clothes are always picked out the night before and the table set for breakfast.

DEBIJOT on September 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM said...

wrote on your fb page - deborah t

DEBIJOT on September 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM said...

GFC follower - debijo4545

tawndam on September 15, 2011 at 5:45 AM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/tawndam/status/114318694028558338
tawndam tweeted
tawndam is switching from hotmail.com to gmail.com please bear with me...

Lori Thomas said...

Backpacks, lunches are packed the night before... clothes are laid out

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

Wrote this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/10150322029273151)

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

Wrote this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/10150322029273151)

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

Follow Bonggamom Finds on Blogger/Google Friend Connect (Lori Thomas)

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

Follow @bonggafinds on Twitter and tweeted(https://twitter.com/#!/CrftyDuchess/status/114559207126220800)

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

entered Aerobie giveaway

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ani hearts japan on September 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM said...

We get up thirty minutes earlier than it actually takes us to get ready so we don't have to rush.

aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

ani hearts japan on September 16, 2011 at 12:29 PM said...

I follow on GFC as ani hearts japan.

aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

Cathy W on September 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/114892091473149952

Elena said...

entered Whole Foods giveaway

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Elena said...

tweeted 9/16:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/114913744684974080

elena150980@yahoo.com

lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:53 PM said...

I make sure to set things out the night before so we're not running around in the AM looking for things we need.

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM said...

GFC follower.

lewalk

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM said...

Twitter follower and tweeted.

http://twitter.com/#!/lewalk76/status/114924794243325952

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM said...

Wrote on your wall.

https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/170074003071744

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM said...

Entered Brandi Chastain.

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM said...

Entered Minus 417.

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM said...

Entered Wubbzy.

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM said...

Entered Aeroibie.

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lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 10:08 PM said...

Entered Whole Foods.

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Elena said...

tweeted 9/17:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/115135700390780928

elena150980@yahoo.com

jakiesmom on September 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM said...

I GET THE SCHOOL BAG PREPPED THE NIGHT BEFORE
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jakiesmom on September 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM said...

GFC

jakiesmom on September 17, 2011 at 6:01 PM said...

ENTERED MINUS 417

jakiesmom on September 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM said...

ENTERED ALMOND FRESH

jakiesmom on September 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM said...

ENTERED AEROBIE

Tina on September 17, 2011 at 6:16 PM said...

I get everything ready the night before
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Tina on September 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/115232878400512002
merleandtina@Yahoo.com

tawndam on September 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/tawndam/status/115466009611218944

barbara.montyj on September 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM said...

To keep it simple - an easy breakfast.
Cereal fruit and milk.
Thank you.
barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

barbara.montyj on September 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM said...

Your blog button: http://bmontag.blogspot.com/
They're alphabetical.

barbara.montyj on September 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM said...

Follow you - Google Friend Connect - Barbara Montag

barbara.montyj on September 18, 2011 at 2:46 PM said...

I follow you on Twitter @JalapenoMama and a daily tweet.
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/115540828327387136

barbara.montyj on September 19, 2011 at 3:18 AM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/115731270633390082

Linda on September 19, 2011 at 9:06 AM said...

I line up everyone's book bags/bags near the door the night before~they are already loaded up with things for the next day & we just grab'em & go!

Linda on September 19, 2011 at 9:06 AM said...

I follow via GFC

Linda on September 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM said...

I entered the Hot Wheels Nitro giveaway

Cathy W on September 19, 2011 at 8:21 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/115988662839283712

barbara.montyj on September 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/116284869906145281

barbara.montyj on September 21, 2011 at 7:11 AM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/116514715789836288

Cathy W on September 21, 2011 at 7:06 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/116694203748188160

barbara.montyj on September 22, 2011 at 6:43 AM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/116870060609515520

coriwestphal on September 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM said...

We do as much the night before, as possible. That way we aren't running around crazy in the morning!

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coriwestphal on September 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM said...

I have your main button in my left sidebar: http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/

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coriwestphal on September 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM said...

I'm a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal

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coriwestphal on September 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM said...

I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal
Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/116961642612404224

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Cathy W on September 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/117072187030122496

barbara.montyj on September 23, 2011 at 3:49 AM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/117188696633126913

Shelly on September 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM said...

get clothes ready the night before

Shelly on September 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM said...

gfc follower

Shelly on September 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM said...

entered Whole Foods

Cathy W on September 24, 2011 at 4:31 AM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/117561478483156993

degood on September 24, 2011 at 7:02 AM said...

I make my kids pack their lunches the night before so they don't have to throw somehting together in the morning.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

degood on September 24, 2011 at 7:03 AM said...

I follow you on gfc as degood.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

barbara.montyj on September 24, 2011 at 7:20 AM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/117604091739389954

Jessica said...

I try to set all of our clothes out for the next day so we don't have to find something to wear in the morning.
reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

tawndam on September 24, 2011 at 7:16 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/tawndam/status/117784107240521728

Cheryl Free on September 24, 2011 at 8:32 PM said...

Preparing the night before always makes mornings go smoother :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Cheryl Free on September 24, 2011 at 8:32 PM said...

Blogged about the giveaway
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Cheryl Free on September 24, 2011 at 8:32 PM said...

Publicly following Bonggamom Finds with Google Friend Connect
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Cheryl Free on September 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM said...

Following @bonggafinds and on Twitter and Tweeted the giveaway
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Cheryl Free on September 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM said...

I also entered the Betty Crocker Molasses Cookies giveaway
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Cheryl Free on September 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM said...

I also entered the Scotch-Brite Back-to-School gift basket giveaway
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barbara.montyj on September 25, 2011 at 5:27 AM said...

Daily tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/JalapenoMama/status/117938156229230592

tawndam on September 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/tawndam/status/117981696355336192

Cheryl Free on September 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM said...

Daily giveaway Tweet
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Cathy W on September 25, 2011 at 8:16 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/118161669150089216

Bonggamom on October 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #76, coriwestphal!

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