8 Ways to Make Your Back to School Mornings Easier

by Jennifer Sikora

Back to school.

Honestly, I cannot even believe how soon school started back this year. I was relishing in the last few days of summer when I realized that I had not even thought about our morning routine. We homeschool and are not starting back until after Labor Day so I still have a few days yet to plan. One thing is for sure — I won’t be starting my morning routine without coffee! Luckily Eight O’Clock Coffee has been in the business of making mornings better for over 150 years!

Here are 8 Ways to make your back to school mornings easier.


  1. Forget stopping for your morning coffee – that takes a lot of time and money.  Prep your coffee pot the night before, so all you have to do when you wake up is flip the switch. Your coffee will brew as you get everyone ready and out the door.
  2. Invest in a great travel mug to take your freshly brewed coffee to go. (Make sure it fits in your car’s cup holder).
  3. Keep a calendar with everyone’s schedules on it right next to the coffeemaker. You can glance at it in the morning and know what’s in store for the day.
  4. Pack lunches and plan outfits the night before to avoid morning confusion.
  5. Keep grab-and-go breakfast foods, like granola bars and bananas, on hand.
  6. Give yourself a time cushion for unexpected delays (don’t wake up at the last minute!).
  7. Instead of dumping leftover coffee, store it in the fridge before you walk out the door. An iced coffee can serve as a nice afternoon pick-me-up.
  8. To make mornings even easier, that smooth, rich taste of Eight O’Clock Coffee will be available in Keurig K-Cups this fall.

With these eight great tips, you can savor those last moments of summer and enjoy a smooth transition back to the daily grind.

For more information about Eight O’Clock Coffee check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EightOClockCoffee.

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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Barbie August 18, 2012 at 2:58 am

Great tips! I work full time, but have one child (4th grade) in public school, and another (7th grade) that I will be homeschooling while working my very flexible job. I am thankful for my Keurig!


2 Jill Robson August 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

We sometimes do the pre before bed, coffee maker trick on the weekends, i’m thinking i should do that for weekdays too. I freeze left over coffee in ice cube trays. I have never heard of Eight O’Clock coffee, so i’m going to have to check out their FB page.


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