Thursday, November 14, 2013

What's Your Favorite Way to Start the Day? (+ Panera Bread Giveaway!)

Life between the hours of 7 and 8:30am are interesting in my house.  We have three "shifts"; junior high, elementary and preschool.

Junior high leaves the house at 7:25am.  I get up just before 7am, make breakfast and his lunch and then wake my son.  He stumbles down, eats, goes back upstairs to get ready for school and he's off at 7:25am.  He doesn't mess around, which enables me to wake him with just 20 minutes to get ready for school.  It's a beautiful system.

After he exits I make two more lunches and three more breakfasts.  And then I wake the next three kids.

They eat, get dressed, and pack up for school.  We make two stops.  First elementary school, where the second shift exits the car.  Next stop is preschool, where my baby exits the car.

Last year, when my youngest entered preschool, one of my mom friends told me we should do breakfast.  It dawned on me that I could do breakfast.  In peace.  I hadn't thought about eating breakfast anywhere other than my kitchen or my car until my friend mentioned it.  We discussed the perfect place to meet up and decided on Panera Bread.

It's cozy, but quick.  But it's not too quick.  The food is made fresh and the atmosphere is perfect for a mom meeting another mom to just catch up and enjoy a meal.


And so it began, our monthly breakfast (or lunch) date at Panera.  For breakfast?  Toasted french toast bagels.  For lunch?  Tomato and mozzarella panini.  Every visit I leave feeling refreshed and thankful I took the time after my busy morning full of "shifts" to enjoy a good friend and good food.  I especially appreciate that I don't feel like I needed a shower after I get in my car, because I don't smell like greasy fast food.

These "dates" were the beginning of me realizing it was time to take time for me.  Busy mornings can take their toll, and it's therapy for me to sit and relax every once in a while.  It's also nice to eat food I didn't prepare myself.  Breakfast at Panera has become one of my favorite ways to start the day.  The food is fresh, and I leave ready to tackle my day.

While I do enjoy the "adult time," my kids are never far from my mind.  I usually leave with bakery treats for my munchkins, and when they open their lunches up the next day at school they appreciate them very much.

Panera lovers everywhere can now participate in Panera's Breakfast Backstory Challenge.  MyPanera cardholders will be asked to complete three actions to win a badge.  After you complete them, a prize is loaded onto your Panera card and you're entered to win a culinary experience trip to New York City for two!

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So tell me, for your chance to win a $100 Panera Bread gift card, what's your favorite way to start the day?

 

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86 comments:

  1. waking up slowly/relaxing -- watching mindless tv or reading (of course those are only on non-work/school days)

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  2. My favorite way to start the day is with a big cup of hazelnut coffee :)

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  3. i start my day with a warm shower and a muffin (if i had time to make them)

    dtdady at gmail dot com

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  4. I love weekend mornings, when I can lounge around in my pjs and drink my coffee slowly. Such a nice change from busy weekday mornings!

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  5. My favorite way to start the day is with a healthy breakfast, a Coke (haha) and some reading (blogs, The Bible or a devotional, the news, etc).

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  6. I shared on twitter too! https://twitter.com/seabattle2/status/401028633214468096

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  7. My favorite way to start the day is cuddling in bed with my baby and husband, then getting up for a nice cup of coffee, and then taking a leisurely shower by myself while my H watches the babe. :)

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  8. My favorite way to start the day is with a bowl of oatmeal and a good read before my girls get up.

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  9. My Favorite Way To Start My Day Is With A Cup Of Coffee Reading The Newspaper!
    hthr83heather at yahoo dot com

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  10. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/reinaheather/status/401069314234515456
    hthr83heather at yahoo dot com

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  11. My favorite way to start the day is with a really big cup of coffee! :)

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  12. I shared! https://twitter.com/Wild4Wednesdays/status/401120608521433088

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  13. I like to start my day with a cup of coffee

    len2003@yandex.ru

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  14. https://twitter.com/elis689/status/401124434666221568

    len2003@yandex.ru

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  15. A strong cup of coffee.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  16. I start my day with a fruit smoothie. vera khule at gmail dot com

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  17. I like to start the day with fruit and yogurt.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  18. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/401176590857404416

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  19. I love starting the day with black coffee and scrambled eggs!

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  20. I enjoy starting my day with a sugar free Red Bull when I'm at home. The best mornings are when I can drop off my twins at preschool and head to Panera. I enjoy my time eating a yummy cinnamon crunch bagel and being able to hear my thoughts ;)

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  21. Once a month I go out for breakfast at a local restaurant and have their amazing Belgian waffles. Definitely my favorite way to start the day!

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  22. A toasted cinnamon crunch or a French toast bagel are some of my favorite ways to start the day.

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  23. I love starting the day with a nice breakfast like a breakfast sandwich.

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  24. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/JenniferCNP/status/401369695867006976

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  25. My favorite way to start the day is with a hot cup of tea and a warm scone! I have not done anything special for myself recently but seeing my children enjoy their lives is special enough to make me happy every day.
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  26. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/401437324552048641
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  27. my fav way to start the day is with a cinnamon crunch bagel from panera! yum

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  28. I like to start my day with a muffin and juice!
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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  29. I love to start my day by listening to music while drinking coffee and eating a healthy breakfast. I often stop by Panera Bread in the morning to pick up a bagel or cinnamon roll.

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  30. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/401549490475126784

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  31. I love starting the day with blueberry-flavored coffee!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  32. My favorite way to start the day is with a long workout with friends, followed by a smoothie and a veggie-filled egg white omelet.

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  33. My favorite way to start the day is with good coffee and a pastry!

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  34. tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/methhamfetabean/status/401803046721560576

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  35. My favorite way to start to day is with peppermint hot tea and watching my favorite spiritual show on t.v.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/401842966915842048
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. I love starting my day snuggling my baby girl and having coffee
    oldnavyash@aol.com

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  38. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/smash906/status/401928892744609792
    oldnavyash@aol.com

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  39. I like to start my day with a cup of hot coffee, blueberry bagels and Greek yogurt.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  40. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/402282239473356800

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  41. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/402555510160764928
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  42. I love snuggling with my son. What better way to start the day then sitting together reading stories?
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  43. I love starting the day with a protein-filled breakfast! lanzified@gmail.com

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  44. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/purplelanzi/status/402178084800966656
    lanzifed@gmail.com

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  45. My favorite way to start the day is a kiss from my husband when he's leaving for work and a cup of coffee!
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  46. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/403047520521052160
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  47. My favorite way to start the day is a nice cup of coffee with a pastry!!!! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

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  48. my fave way to start the day is with a hot cup of coffee!

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  49. a hot coffee and listen to the music
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  50. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/403371082830188544
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  51. Starting the day with coffee, a laughing baby, and a happy 3 year old would be perfect.

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  52. I start my day with a cup of coffee and email. Maybe oatmeal or pastry. Thanks.

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  53. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/sebh55/status/404803813359382529

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  54. I start my day with a cup of coffee and either a bowl of LIFE cereal (my fave) or english muffins with pb on them!


    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  55. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/405444785944539136

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  56. I love to start my day with a mug of coffee and a cozy robe.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  57. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/406772586580692992

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  58. i like to start the day with a cup of coffee and the newspaper

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/406993686925303808

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. I like to start my day with a big cup of coffee.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  61. I adore starting my day with a baked good, like a muffin or date walnut bread. Yay for carbs! haha

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  62. My favorite way to start the day is to sit down and have a scrumptious breakfast with my family. Panera sounds like a great choice. Thanks for sharing.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  63. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/408483589387321345
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  64. My favorite way to start the day is with a hug from my kids and a cup of coffee!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  65. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/408792776948469760
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  66. cold pizza and mountain dew! breakfast of champions! LOL I don't do it often but love it when I can! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  67. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/408975541186748416
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  68. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/409152366789656576

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  69. i love coffee and mini pancakes

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  70. I like to start with eggs for breakfast.

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  71. tweeted https://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/409154518039793664

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  72. A bagel and a cup of coffee is my favorite way to start the day.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  73. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/409200440039849984

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  74. I like to wake up to a good strong cup of coffee and an everything bagel with light cream cheese.

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  75. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/409285779324534786

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  76. My favorite way to start the day is with a morning walk. It charges me up for the day and gets me ready to greet the world.

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  77. My favorite way to start the day is having breakfast with my husband thanks aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  78. I love starting the day with a huge cup of coffee
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  79. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/409752750440710144
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  80. My favorite way to start the day is with a warm bowl of oatmeal.

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  81. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/409769791679758336

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  82. I like to start the day with coffee and a bagel.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  83. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/409788206414962689

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  84. I love beginning the day with a cup of fruit punch and a glazed doughnut

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  85. tweet

    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/409821845777428480

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  86. my best way to start the day is to give kisses to all my kids and a good cup of coffee with the today show
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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