Jumpstart Your Day With Quaker

by HEAB on November 15, 2010

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Oatmeal of the day…

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My breakfast bowl consisted of 1 packet Quaker instant Banana Walnut Hearty Medley + 1/4 cup oat bran cooked in 1 cup water. I then stirred in 1 TBSP butter and a couple spoonfuls of unsweetened shredded coconut. I was a bit nervous to try the banana walnut flavor because as much as I love bananas, I hate that artificial naner taste. However, mixed with the oat bran, I thought this was quite yummy, especially when served with butter and coconut. It tasted like a big bowl of banana bread with no fake banana taste.

Why is HEAB eating instant oatmeal you ask? Well, because I received the following in the mail…

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Quaker’s Amazing Morning Kit

The folks at Quaker have teamed up with Biggest Loser fitness trainer Bob Harper in an effort to help America jump start their day and reset their morning. The idea behind the kit is to motivate and encourage positive change, beginning with holistic wellness. An open mind, a healthy body and a positive spirit are some key elements that can help people unlock their true potential. I am in no way connected with Quaker or its parent company, PepsiCo. The kit was a gift, and the kind folks at Quaker would like to offer you one as well. Along with a yoga mat and a copy of Bob’s latest yoga DVD, the kit is filled with a few more goodies, including two flavors of Quaker’s new Hearty Medleys oatmeal. For more information about the campaign, please click here to check out the Quaker Facebook page.

Like I said yesterday, I never buy instant oatmeal as I prefer my oats plain and unsweetened. However, I must say that when added to pancakes or mixed with oat bran, this instant stuff is pretty tasty. Also, I can’t wait to try out the yoga DVD, but my body isn’t quite ready for it yet. Someday soon, I hope. :)

Are you ready to jumpstart your morning? For a chance to win a Quaker Kit of your own, please leave a comment below telling me your favorite part of the morning. Mine is waking up to this…

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P.S. If you should win the kit, make sure to hand wash the bowl. I read that after running it through the dishwasher…

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Oops – at least I can still read the amazing. ;)

{ 461 comments }

Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! November 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

She is SO beautiful, Heather! :) My favorite part of the morning is waking up next to my wonderful boyfriend. I love turning over and seeing his smiling (and sometimes drooling!) face in bed. Enjoy your day!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

The best part of my morning is waking up to the sunrise. It makes me feel so refreshed and ready to start the day.

Cynthia November 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

My favorite part of the morning is cuddling with my husband after the alarm goes off. He almost always hits the snooze button when the alarm goes off and after he does, he gets back int=o bed and immediately wants to cuddle for a few minutes. So nice!

Jessica @ How Sweet November 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

The best part of mine is working out first thing. It sets the tone for my whole day.

haylee November 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

The best part of the morning is sitting and eating a warm breakfast, especially when is cold out!

Hands in Namaste November 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

My favorite part of this POST was that picture!! Summer is BEAUTIFUL!

I think my fav part of the morning is my big starbucks soy misto – it’s my ‘calm’ and ‘relaxing’ moment :-)

Kim November 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

My favourite part of my morning is a new thing I’ve recently started – strentching! I do it for about 5 minutes and it feels AMAZING :D

Jess@atasteofconfidence November 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

My favorite part of the morning is eating breakfast and getting caught up on reading blogs:)

BIOCHEMISTA November 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

SHE IS SO ADORABLE!!!!!!!! Love her name too :) How did you pick it? Is it your favorite season?

My favorite part of the day is a hot steamy bowl of oatmeal (not just saying it, I eat this almost every day) plus a huuuuge mug of coffee!

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Biochemista,
I wanted a name that was different and not too popular, and Chris wanted something a bit more conservative. So, he got on the social security database and chose his 5 favorite names from top 500 but made sure none of them were in the top 100. One was Summer and another was Juliet. I loved them both. :)

Carolyn November 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

OMG that is sooo Chris… :-)

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Carolyn,
Totally! :)

K November 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

My favorite part of the morning is having breakfast with my husband. He has a very high-stress job and we’re both quite busy, so some days those 15 minutes are all we have together.

P.S. Summer is gorgeous!

Larissa November 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

So cute! The best thing about my morning is when the sun dhine is peeking in the window I love that and it’s so different from any other time of day !

Alyssa November 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

My favorite part of the morning is a solid workout– followed by a delicious breakfast, of course.

Steff November 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

That is a really gorgeous baby! Congratulations.
The best part of my morning is waking up to meet friends for a pre-dawn run, which happens about 3-4 times a week. Then I have some time to eat breakfast and read some blogs. Aahhhhh.

Amy November 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

My favorite part of the morning is walking outside from my dorm to my morning classes. It really wakes me up and I get to appreciate the scenery.

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Ahhhh she is absolutely adorable! That would be the highlight of my morning too if she was mine!

For now, the highlight of my day is waking up when its actually light out and doing yoga in my living room while smelling the coffee brewing.

Meg W November 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

The best part of my morning is my cup of coffee and a day old Regis and Kelly host chat. Summer is such a cutie!

Clare November 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm

My favorite part of the morning is that first cup of hot, fresh coffee! Great way to start the day off :)

Summer is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on such a lovely daughter :)

Hayley November 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Summer already has great hair :)

The best part of my morning is my work out- I get to be alone and run or do yoga in the peace and quiet. I love it. But I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to say exercise, so to throw in something a little different…I’m also loving a morning cup of Bigelow Eggnog’n Tea!

Michelle November 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Summer = super cute

My favorite part of the morning is when my dog realizes i’m awake and I can hear her tail thumping with excitement against the bed. She’s usually cool with staying in bed for a while longer but is just excited to curl up and snuggle and say hello!

Sabe November 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

My favorite part of the morning is a hot cup of delicious coffee.

Maria November 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

My favorite of the morning is my my dog’s little greeting to me :) I love it when she says good morning (with her tail and expression)!

Abigail @ Good to Think and Eat November 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Oh good gracious, Summer looks so sweet and present.

The best part of my morning is the 4 mile bike ride through Philadelphia to get to work. It’s nice to watch the city wake up and have twenty minutes to be alone with my thoughts on the open road. Is it bad that I get such a thrill from darting through the traffic to beat all the commuters to work?

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Abigail,
Nah, I think it’s kind of cool myself. :)

Carolyn November 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

My favorite part of the day is the morning for sure.. The highlight is just saying WOW i get another day to be here.

I bound out of bed pretty quick. Sometimes before it is actually morning ;-) as you well know. Sunrise is special. My kitchen faces East…

When it’s warm out walking outside early is a treat.

(Breakfast is a close second favorite part…)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Summer! She is beautiful!!! You know I love waking up to my oats…almost as much as waking up to my boys! I hope you are having a great day sweetie!

Jamie November 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The best part of my morning is the 5 minutes of complete silence that I give myself. By the time I wake up everyone else has left for the day, and I know that the rest of the day is going to be crazy at work. So I take those 5 minutes to collect my thoughts to take on the day.

PS – Summer is adorable! Congratulations :)

Kimberly @ Healthy Strides November 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

My favorite part of the morning is saying good morning to my husband.

Bethany Irwin November 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

My favorite part of waking up is knowing that it is a new day and I feel like I can start all over and be more productive (or more lazy) than the day before. I’d prefer the lazy part, but I have to go to classes. Although when I read this post I couldn’t help but sing…”The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.”

Yin November 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Summer looks so adorable!

I love this giveaway since oatmeal is totally my thing. The best part of morning is making breakfast which is (coincidentially!) oatmeal. I get a kick out of sprinkling cinnamon and put a spoonful of peanut butter as I watch it melt :D

Emily November 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Summer is so beautiful!! I can’t get over how cute she is and all that hair :) The best part of my morning is a great workout followed by my favorite bowl of pumpkin oats…nothing better :) Good luck with everything…the nursing will come and I hope it’s getting better!! Lots of love :)

Natalie S. November 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

My favorite part of waking up is looking forward to getting on my bike and feeling the cold air on my face on the way to class.

Ida November 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Summer!!! My favorite part of the morning is a good run with the sunrise.

Jenny November 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

The best part of my morning is having a hot tea and easing into the day while my four year old builds lego ships and presents them to me!

Sandy November 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

My favorite part of the morning is too hard to choose. I love my 4 mile walk but my day is not complete without a morning walk and my oatmeal. I love oatmeal with applesauce and brown sugar and raisins. We have been traveling and I have missed it so much, but today I got some at Starbucks and it was amazingly good with lots of great toppings. I’ll be skipping hotel breakfast and heading to Starbucks next time we are traveling for sure.

shannon November 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

my favorite part of the morning is the little snuggle my pup gives me, about an hour before i get out of bed. she knows the precise time to come beg for a little space on the bed!

Kelsey November 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Summer is so cute!

My favorite part of waking up is having a nice hot shower and some hot coffee to wake up :)

Marie November 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

The best part of my morning….right now I love that it’s cool enough in AZ to enjoy a hot shower and not sweat after:)

Jessica November 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

My favorite part of the morning is drinking my coffee and catching up on reading blogs….I call it my “piddle time” :)

Heather November 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Best part of waking up is having a cat snuggled up next to me keeping me warm.

Jess November 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

The best part of my morning is snuggling with my puppers when I wake up before I get started for the day :)

Tangy November 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

My favorite thing about waking up in the morning is knowing I can hit the snooze button ;)

Hehe, but really my favorite thing is the chance of some ME time!! If I am lucky enough to make it down the stairs without waking the kiddos, I love sitting on my couch enjoying my morning cup of coffee in silence and this morning I was fortunate enough to get in a 90-min yoga workout before anyone else was awake. Great start to my day!

Meg November 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

My favorite part of the morning is breakfast! I look forward to it the night before!!

sarah November 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm

look at all that hair – so adorable! my favorite part of the morning is waking up and going for a run before the sun comes up (and the rest of the world!)

MaryZ November 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm

BEAUTIFUL! My favorite thing in the morning is enjoying a cup of coffee in peace before the day gets crazy!

Christin@purplebirdblog November 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm

My favorite part of the morning is getting some good stretches, on tippy toes with hands stretched out above my head… feels SO good. I am also thoroughly enjoying the new coffee I got at Costco the other day.

Summer is the prettiest little thing I’ve ever seen!

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Christin,
Is it the Kona coffee? That’s our FAVORITE!

Christin@purplebirdblog November 16, 2010 at 12:24 am

Oh man, I didn’t even see any Kona coffee! I’ll have to look for that! (Kona is the most serious mmmmmmmmm!) I just got the Kirkland Seattle Mountain Blend… it’s fantastic! :D

Laura November 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

My favorite part of the morning is breakfast – how could it not be?!

Michelle November 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

The favorite part of my morning is walking to work with my boyfriend. We get to chat without distractions and it’s good exercise. Not to mention the sites are awesome; we live and work in Manhattan :-)

PS… your little girl is so precious!

Rebecca November 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

My favourite part of my morning is getting to enjoy a big cup of coffee and having a chance to read the news and read/write emails before getting started with the day ahead.

Fuzz November 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

My favorite part of the morning is having my three kids at the counter eating breakfast. In typical mother fashion, I hover in the kitchen and eat my breakfast while finishing lunch prep or trying to load the dishwasher before we all have to leave for the day.

But, I tell you, it’s those ten or so minutes in the morning when they are sitting down and telling me about their previous night’s dream or their plans for the day, all with that sleepy look in their eyes that I cherish the most

Tab - Just Weighing In November 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

the best part is if I wake up before my baby does so I can get a few things done while being uninterrupted. :)

sweeter salt November 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

My favorite part of my morning is sitting down to breakfast! Usually it’s oatmeal – yum!

Laura

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

The best part of my morning is getting in the hot shower — it wakes me up and makes me feel so warm :)

Summer is so beautiful Heather!

Erin November 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

She’s so precious! omg…so beautiful!

My favorite part of the morning is the moment I step foot in the shower. I light a candle in the bathroom, let the room get all steamy, and always have some good smelling soap to lather up with. Just stepping in the hot hot water wakes me up and gets me ready to conquer the day :)

Kathy November 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm

My favorite part of the morning is that few minutes of quiet before everyone else gets up. :-)

Christy November 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Summer is such a beautiful baby!
My favorite part of the morning is sitting down and eating breakfast with my hubby. I love getting to share a little extra time with him before we go to work.

Corey @ the runner's cookie November 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

my favorite part of the morning is a nice morning workout followed by a filling breakfast…it always feels like I’m starting my day productively and healthfully and I’d like to think it sets me up for the rest of the day :)
You are so lucky to get to wake up to that beautiful face!!

carolyn b November 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

My favorite part of the morning…coffee!!!

Katie November 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

My favorite part of the morning is when I’m fully dressed and ready for work. I feel so put-together and ready for the day to start!

Sara November 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I am not a morning person! So I guess my favorite part of the morning is drinking my coffee. It helps. :)

Amanda November 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

My favorite part of the morning is nice hot cup of coffee!

Coco November 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

My favorite part of the morning is waking up before everyone else and making a cup of hot tea…a perfect relaxing start to my day! Gets me in the right mindset for the craziness that is sure to follow!

Mandy A November 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

My favorite part of the day is seeing my little girl! She always wakes up “good morning mommy!” and gives me the biggest hug! Makes my heart melt STILL and I have a feeling it always will! :)

Misty November 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

My favorite part of the morning is having a nice cup of coffee :) Also – just taking my time to get ready before work!

Coco November 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

PS. Summer is ADORABLE! Look at all of that hair!?! I am slightly jealous…I was bald until I was 4!

Kat November 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I love early morning workouts, before the sun and the world are awake!

Janet November 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

My favorite part of the morning is getting in an early run! Nothing beats running the Chicago Lake Front and watching the sun rise. Only now, outdoor running season is on a break until Spring!!

Colleen Stewart November 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my one and only cup of French roast coffee (make in the espresso machine) topped off with whole organic milk :)

Heather November 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Gah Summer is so cute!!!

The best part of my morning is probably being creative with breakfast! There are so many choices and even more flavor combinations. Every morning is something different and I love that.

Jackie November 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Such an adorable picture! My favorite part of getting out of bed is washing my face. Wakes me up right away!

R @ Learning As I Chop November 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I love the ritual of making and drinking my coffee. I find it incredibly comforting

Stephanie November 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Mine is a kiss goodbye from my husband and the loud purring from a lump of black kitty on his side of the bed. So much better to wake up to than a buzzing alarm. =)

Katie November 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Summer is so adorable!

My favorite part about waking up in the morning is being up before almost everyone else in my dorm hall and having the peace and quiet to myself…as well as a giant bowl of oatmeal to warm me up in this cold weather! Pumpkin oats are quite the obsession now. :)

Heather M. November 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Heather,
She is so precious!!!! Definitely something great to wake up to!!

I set my coffee pot to make my coffee for me in the morning, so it’s already started before I get up. So without sounding like a cheesy Folger’s commercial…my favorite part of the morning is smelling my coffee brewing away :)

Steph - VegFortWorth November 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

My favorite part is my bike ride to work! Quite brisk out these days, lol!

BTW, your coconut oats are making me drool!!! :-)

Julie November 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

My favorite part of the morning is drinking my coffee :)
Coincidentally, my least favorite part is taking my last sip :(

Ana November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

My favorite part of my mornings is having breakfast with my son! I wake up earlier every weekday, pack his lunchbox, make breakfast and then go wake him up. We sit down for breakfast together every morning and that always make my day brighter from the beginning (even if it is not that bright outside at 6:30am!). On weekends I like not having to wake up at 6am and the fact that we can make pancakes together, that is always fun.
Love Summer’s picture!
And the amazing-ness of oats don’t even come out with dishwashers!
Ana

Sara November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Mine is listening to my daughter singing on the baby monitor and going upstairs and getting the biggest grin, when she sees me.

Anita Ruiz November 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

The best part of my morning is eating my breakfast while catching up on my blog reading.

Lauren Christine. November 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

my favorite part of the morning is when my cat gets “coon tail” and does a little sideways arched back walk when i randomly come around the corner. it happens almost every morning, it is just a matter of when. and it makes me laugh every time!

Teri November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

The best part of my morning is sitting at the kitchen counter and having breakfast with my son and catching up on everything…and now that he goes to the same school I work at, our morning drive is pretty fun too! :)

Kirsten November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Congratulations!!!

I love watching the birds at the feeder while I eat breakfast with my chipper 5 year old.

Astrid November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

The thought of a yummy breakfast!

Donna Porter November 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My favorite part of the morning is standing in the kitchen listening to my youngest daughter request “mom’s oatmeal” because it keeps her “really really awake in class”. She loves oats and requests them nearly everyday! I love walking in the kitchen and seeing her lining up her ingredients on the counter just waiting for me to cook them! This morning, it was oats, almond milk, peanut butter, water, vanilla, one banana, and three butterscotch chips!

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Donna,
Love the 3 chips…nice touch. :)

Robin November 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

The best part of my morning is taking a walk as the sun rises, and thinking about the baby growing in my belly!

I would LOVE to win that oatmeal prize! I just recently started eating oatmeal again because it has a fairly high iron content and my iron supplements are not doing the trick in helping my anemia. I used your trick and ate it atop some frozen yogurt this morning, and it was delicious!

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Robin,
I had oat bran with ice-cream last night. So good! :)

Whitney November 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Summer is so adorable, and that is hilarious how you and CD picked the name!

Ok, so my favorite part of my morning actually is eating my big bowl of oatmeal, and yes, it’s base is instant oatmeal. I LOVE quaker cinnamon weight control oatmeal (so much more filling than the regular instant kind). They don’t even make it anymore- I may or may not have bought 8 boxes of it off Amazon recently…. Anyway, I have it mixed with gerber freeze dried apples, extra cinnamon, cottage cheese, pumpkin, and almond milk. It’s quite the morning routine, and I love it!

HEAB November 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Whitney,
I love your morning routine too – I want that bowl of oatmeal right now! Hope you’re able to find more of the weight control stuff. ;)

Whitney November 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Lookit all that hair that Summer has! So cute!

My favorite part of the morning is my snooze button! Just kidding — it is actually the act of getting up and knowing that it’s a brand spankin’ new day full of potential (and hopefully full of checking stuff off of my ever-growing to-do list)!

Anne November 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

favorite thing in the morning nowadays is pumpkin oats with kabocha stirred in. yummm =)

Jenn November 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Coffee has been my favorite part of the morning…until my morning sickness started. Would love a new yoga routine to get me through this pregnancy!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

Jenn, Ugh, I couldn’t even handle the smell of coffee during my first trimester. Hot chocolate became my new best friend. :) As far as yoga goes, I loved the prenatal classes from http://www.yogadownload.com. Congrats and best of luck to you!

Kathryn November 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Summer is just gorgeous! congrats!

My favorite part of the morning is cuddling with my pup :)

Kristina @ spabettie November 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

what a beautiful face to wake up to!! :) Little HEABlet is the sweetest!

my favorite part of the morning is walking with Basil, talking with Jason and making breakfast for us. :D

MB November 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Favorite part of my morning is definitely that first cup of coffee!!

Emily November 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I always look forward to my morning cup of tea. Especially now that it’s chilly outside. Hot tea is such a lovely calming way to start my morning.

Sarah November 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my cat being a lovey sweetheart because he’s happy I’m finally awake

Talia@ Texas Gunslinger November 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Girl, you had me at “Quaker”. I’ve had a bowl of oatmeal every single day since July and each morning I get so excited to eat it like it’s the first time. There are SO many ways to prepare and make oatmeal with a variety of fixin’s and it’s just heavenly:) I call it my “bowl of goodness” because it is!

My favorite part of the morning is when my sweet hubby comes to cuddle me for a minute or two before he leaves for work. It’s a wonderful start to my morning knowing I am so loved:)

Summer is beautiful!!!

Stacie November 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the calm latte-sipping experience I get to have after the morning chaos of getting kids off to school!

Erica November 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

oh my cuteness….she is just so adorable Heather. You and CD do good work ;) I love Quaker and would really like to win this. I am trying to get more oats into my diet. My favorite part of the morning is giving Josh and Frank each a hug and kiss ;)

Sara November 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Love this giveaway. My favorite part of waking up is teasing my boyfriend about all of the things he did throughout the night. He sleep talks, walks, and moves all over the place!

Hannah @ Running In Freedom November 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

My favorite part is sipping coffee and reading blogs! :)

Natalia - a side of simple November 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

The best part of my morning is usually when I’m eating breakfast and browsing through my favorite blogs. I’ll go to the gym first, shower, then just sit down for a bit before I start my day :)

Jessica November 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

The best part of my morning is sitting down with a cup of coffee with breakfast. I will also sip on coffee or tea while I get ready for work. I love the time I have in the morning before it’s time to leave. So relaxing.

Clare @ Fitting It All In November 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

My favorite part of the morning is definitely BREAKFAST! Best meal of the day.

Red Head, Yellow Dog November 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

my favorite part of the morning is getting back from a great workout and feeling amazing and ready to take on the day!

Neena November 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Like you, the best part of my morning is seeing my baby girl’s beautiful face!

Jul November 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my workout. Love pushing myself and sweating hard to get my day going.

Laura November 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm

My favorite part of the morning is thinking about what I will have for breakfast while I workout. I love to fantasize about it as I am running or biking.

Jennifer@Knackfornutrition November 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the first sip of coffee. It’s the best!

Nicole @ Body By Beer November 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

If the weather holds up for me, my favorite part of the morning is riding my bike into work. I say “If the weather holds up” because a face full of mud spash-up in the Seattle rain is not refreshing!

On wet mornings, The best part is a hot cup of coffee or tea and a hot breakfast. I’m a huge fan of oatmeal and my favorite part is the mix-ins.

Lori November 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

My favorite part of my morning is when all the hustle and bustle of off to school is over and I am done my workout and sit down and read blogs while I eat my “2nd” breakfast!

Erin November 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my morning oats! I’m a Quaker faithful :) Old fashioned oats for me. My husband and I eat 1/2 cup a day a piece!
It’s been said before, but I have to say it again- Summer is beautiful!

Sharon Davis November 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

My favorite part of the morning is sitting down to breakfast each day with my husband and three year old son. Love his chatter in the mornings!

Jenny November 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Very cute picture!!

My favorite part of the morning is hearing my baby babbling happily in his crib through the monitor. He’s saying “ma, ma, ma” – his first consonant sounds after months of just squawking. It’s always early, and I could always use just like thirty more minutes of sleep, but if he’s practicing for “mama” being his first word then I can’t complain!

Lauren November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

My favorite part of the morning is sitting with my coffee and reading my favorite blogs!

Claire November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I so look forward to waking up to my little jelly bean’s face soon!

What I love best about the morning is taking a few minutes to cuddle with Hubby and talk about the day to come. :D

Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Ohhh my, that photo is just precious!! What a baby doll :-)

The best part of my day was probably when the 2nd grade class I’ve been interning with gave me thank you cards. It was so sweet of ‘em!

Monica November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

My favorite part of the morning is breakfast with coffee. Breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day. Protein oats, protein pancakes, egg whites with toast and AB, a hearty protein shake. I love ‘em all! Give me a yummy, clean breakfast and 2 cups of Trader Joe’s low acid French Roast, and I’m ready to take on the world!!

P.S. Summer is soooooooooooo cute!!!!! Congrats on your beautiful, healthy little HEABlet! :-)

Reader NG November 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the feeling after my workout, when I am refreshed and then brew myself a cup of earl grey tea with milk.

Kimberly November 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

OMG Heather!! Summer is just beautiful!! Love those eyes ;) My favorite part of the morning is when I can get up and just take my time relaxing, reading, blogging etc. before the madness of the day starts. I love quiet mornings and I always check your blog first thing too :)

My sister-in-law is scheduled to have her baby girl Thur. and seeing Summer’s picture makes me so excited to hold a little one again! Love and prayers~

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

Thanks Kimberly, and so happy to hear HEAB is part of your morning routine. Got my almond flour and Summer’s gift – oh my gosh, so cute. She wore it the next day. :) Agar agar on its way as soon as I can get to Whole Foods. :)

Kimberly November 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Glad you liked the outfit~I was a little worried it was too small but then Summer ended up being so tiny ;) Please don’t worry about the agar agar! Just enjoy the almond flour and be blessed!

Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) November 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

My favorite part of the morning…. breakfast! While reading blogs, of course :D

xo

Joanna November 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

My favorite part of the morning is getting in my car for the drive to school. It’s a bit of “me time” before the day to listen to some great music, or talk radio, or nothing at all. :)

Cait November 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the brisk walk up the big hill to my office, while sipping a steamy soy latte. Fresh air, hot coffee, and even a tiny bit of exercise.

sara November 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

my favorite part of my morning is breakfast, definitely! i love that it’s quiet and i’m mostly calm while eating it, before my day gets too hectic!

Jen H November 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

My favorite is waking up to my two girls, ages 4 and 2 (except for when they wake me up too early!) …and coffee, or course!

Amy November 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

My favorite part of the morning is cuddiling with my baby ( dog ) we call then our dog-ters! They are our children 2 little white sweet girls :) love them so much! I go to the living room and my little dog comes in after me and I have to give her a pickup onto the sofa! Then she heads right to the pillow next to me and we lay face to face no joke! It’s the best part of my morning!

Michele November 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

My favorite part of the morning is coming home from my workout to my husband’s smiling face and a fresh pot of coffee!

Melanie November 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

My favorite part of the morning is “Kins-time,” where I have to chase Shelli into the living room, watch her sharpen her claws on her scratching post, play for a minute, and then follow her to her room to watch her eat. So predictable and wonderful:)

And if Summer gets any cuter, the blog itself may explode from the squee-factor;).

natalie (the sweets life) November 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

THAT HAIR! she is too adorable!

my favorite part of waking up is actually getting up and getting my workout over with. wakes me up for the rest of the day!

nitara416 November 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The best part of the morning is waking up and giving thanks for the day ahead and having gratitude for my health, for family, for the divinity in everyone.

kellyO November 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Beautiful baby! My favorite part of the morning is that first sip of hot coffee!

cristin November 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

my favorite part of the morning is driving to nursing school with the music blaring!

congrats on that beautiful baby!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I love first stepping into the shower- that seems to be when I fully wake up. :)

Maren November 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

My favorite part of the morning is right after I start brewing the coffee and the ground smell takes over the kitchen. It’s especially pleasant while I make my breakfast.

Sarah R November 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I can see why that would be the best part of your morning–she’s so precious. I also had to giggle at your bowl…amazing is the best part anyway!

My favorite part of the morning is enjoying a nice bowl of oats, flavored with the seasons and catching up on all of my favorite blogs.

Jessica November 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My 13 month old still nurses once a day…It’s always first thing in the morning, and because she’s so active and on the go all day, it’s a cuddle-time that I cherish. My favorite morning moment for sure :)

Denice Anderson November 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

My favorite part of the morning is waking up and getting a warm cup of coffee with some Bailey’s and reading my food blogs sitting in my robe! Really, makes for the best wake up!

Janetha G - meals & moves November 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I am going to steal your baby. Seriously. I know your address.

P.S. favorite part of the morning is my pups laying on me, not letting me get up :)

caronae November 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Best part of my morning is when I wash my face and suddenly feel awake and alive again! :)

Shauna November 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Favorite part of an ordinary morning is a great cup of coffee!

Blessings to all your family!

Kristy November 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Best part of my morning is baby giggles and snuggles from my sweet almost 3 month old, Avonlea Rose.

Morgan November 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm

The best part of my morning is that first surya namaskar a series! Beautiful little girl you’ve made there, Heab & CD!

Jennifer November 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

my favorite part of the morning is reading your blog while eating my bacon : )

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

Jennifer,
Best comment thus far! ;)

Beth @ To the Fullest November 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

What a cutie petootie that Summer is! Adorable!

As for my favorite part of the morning, it is: coffee + God hang-out time followed by blogging in the early morning darkness.

Avery November 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Mmmm! I love the morning.. I’m definitely an early bird! Lately my favorite part of the morning is hot coffee and hot oats with Christmas music!! :)

PS — What a beautiful baby!! Congratulations!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

Avery,
I love that you’re already listening to Christmas music. I think I’ll load some up on grooveshark right now! :)

CarolineR November 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

My favorite part of my morning is my workout!! Wakes me up and energizes me for my day!

runRedrun November 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

My favorite part of the morning is either going for my run, or surfing the ‘net while sipping a cuppa.

Julie November 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Hi Heather,
My fave part of the morning is sitting down with my 21 month old at his little table and chairs to 2 bowls of oatmeal and cottage cheese-a big bowl for me and a little bowl for him. We both love the brown sugar that I put on top….I used to get away with feeding it to him plain but now he sees me pile on the brown sugar and now he wants it too! This again reminds me of how our kids really do watch every little thing we do, and they learn healthy habits from us. Your pictures of Summer are amazing and I love reading all of your posts even though I can’t believe you are finding time to write on your blog with a newborn! You go girl!!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

Julie,
That’s so cute. Can’t wait to eat oatmeal with Summer someday. :)

Lauren November 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Summer is so adorable!

My favorite part of the morning is my first cup of coffee and how excited my puppies are to see me every single morning :-)

Jenny November 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

oatmeal? yoga? cute bowls? girl, you know I’m all over this giveaway!! My favorite part of the morning is right when I wake up and whip out a few yoga poses before dinner. I can’t start my day without it!

kim @ girlevolving November 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Best part: waking up and seeing a sweet message written on the mirror by my husband.

S @ extremebalance.net/blog November 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Adorable! How are you two sleeping these days—much at all? Still during the day? :) I was like that, and I have this terrible fear that if I have kids, everything I put my parents through will revisit me 10 fold…

My favourite part of the morning is when I wake up before my alarm, and I get to just ease into the day, nice and warm in bed… until the desire for pumpkin protein pancakes gets me out of bed. Mmmmm! (I’m not down with instant oats, though, so no entry for me, I just wanted to play!)

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

S,
Summer is doing better with her sleep, but I think she still has her days and nights mixed up a bit. I don’t nurse at night – just during the day b/c the whole routine takes so long, and my lactation consultant really wanted me to get some more sleep. So, CD has taken over nighttime feedings, and I only wake up to pump every 3 hours. I feel so much better, but I miss Summer so much at night. :(

Taylor November 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

So adorable!!!! Aren’t you lucky :) I love waking up and sitting with my coffee + the TV or computer. That is why I make sure to leave an extra 15-20 minutes in the morning.

Monica T November 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my KIDS!! Maybe it’s crazy as they are 9 and almost 8 BUT they still come get in bed with us every weekday morning for about 20 minutes of family start the day time! Love it! Hope it never ends!

Brittany in TX November 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

You’re little HEABlet is PRECIOUS!!!! My favorite part is watching the Today show and eating my breakfast!

Shelby November 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I’m pretty sure your dishwasher was just trying to tell you that “You amazing!” ;)

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

Shelby,
Haha – I think you’re right. ;)

Emily November 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

My favorite part of the day is the early morning. The kids aren’t allowed out of their room until 7am, which gives me a blissful hour of quiet for having a cup of tea and reading and prayer before the chaos of the day hits!

I like Bob’s workouts, and would love to win the dvd. I don’t eat instant oatmeal (the sugar does bad things to my body) but my husband and kids would enjoy it.

Gaby November 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm

She’s too beautiful, Heather!! Aah, so cute I can’t stand it haha.
Your oats look amazing. I had a very coconutty breakfast as well, an entire super large mango chopped up and topped with a handful of large flaked coconut, coconut milk kefir, honey and ginger granola. I definitely always look forward to yummy breakfasts eaten slowly with coffee or tea while I check emails and get my news fix from the TV. I’m also trying to get back into daily morning yoga. Even 20 minutes gets my day off to a wonderful start!

Kimberly November 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Summer is so adorable!

My favorite part of the morning is waking up & reading blogs over breakfast. Great way to start my day!

Paige November 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Pretty girl! My favorite part of the morning is snuggling with my kitty Milo.

Lori November 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I love love waking up to uber snuggles from our two labs, both of whom don’t seem to realize they have perfectly soft beds on the floor. Then, after I leave them with Daddy, I love roaming downstairs to the tune of my kitty meowing for a belly rub. When the house is quiet and I have my cup of decaf in hand, nothing is better than lying on the floor next to my cat and giving him a morning scratch. Those purrs just melt my heart. :)

P.S. Summer couldn’t be more adorable. Congratulations again!
P.P.S. Thanks for giving me the idea of uber-fying my oatmeal; I now use chia seeds, a whole egg, and a chopped naner as my eye opener.

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:13 am

Lori,
Thank you and you’re welcome. Sounds like a delicious bowl of oatmeal to me.
P.S. Our dogs don’t realize their beds are there either. ;)

abbie November 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

My favorite part is making a cup of tea and watching the news before the day starts getting busy. Your baby girl is absolutely precious Heather! Congratulations!!!

Katie November 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

My favorite part is waking up to my coffee maker bubbling away!!!

Jordan November 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

My favorite part of the morning is seeing the sun come up while I enjoy my oatmeal and sip on a cup of hot tea before work.

Clairerose77 November 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I want to say it’s getting on my treadmill, but it’s not. Hehe…
I love hitting my alarm and my eldest furbaby
Jumps on the bed to say ” good morning”
With her puurrrrrs:-)cc

Andrea November 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Well, when my daughter was younger, my favourite part used to be when she would climb in bed with us and cuddle! Now it’s the long shower that I cherish every minute of before the twins arrive!

Briana November 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

My favorite part of waking up this morning was snuggling with my ginger tom cat! Wait, that makes me sound like a crazy cat lady…

Lika November 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

My favorite part of waking up is hope :-)

allison November 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

My favorite part of the day is when I go upstairs to wake my three kids up in the morning. I love watching them sleep . . . but eventually I have to wake them up :) It’s like the calm before the storm!

tea-bag November 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

my favorite part of waking up is great coffee, a bowl of oats (gooey & thick), a Tbl of Nuttzo & the sfgate crossword! (online edition to give me clues!)
By the way, your daughter is lovely!

Brandae November 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

So precious – love that cute pic!!!
My favorite part of the morning is the knowledge that it’s a new day with lots of opportunities to create wonderful moments and memories. My family and faith are my every joy, and I’m thankful for each day to celebrate both. :)

Michelle November 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Summer is so beautiful! What a wonderful way to wake up :)

My favorite thing about waking up is that first sip of morning coffee.

Carolyn from MN November 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

My favorite part of the morning is when I finally start feeling like I don’t want to crawl right back into bed…usually once I’ve eaten :)

Laura November 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

look how PRECIOUS Summer is!!! I can’t get over her ahh!
My favorite part about the morning? Coffee and the way the sun makes everything sort of glow….it’s my favorite time of the day!

Suzanne November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Summer is adorable! My favorite part of mornings is the high I feel after I finish 2 miles on the treadmill…when I make it!

Cynthia (It All Changes) November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Honestly the best part of my morning is rolling over and having my dog sneeze in my face. Silly and stupid…but he crawls back into bed to protect me after Hunni takes him for a walk. Makes me feel safe :-)

Geneviève November 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

My favourtie part of morning is eating breakfast! I love ALL breakfast foods (oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, cereal, fruit, toast, eggs, waffles, etc. You name it – I love it.) and I always wake up starving! I love it so much, I usually have it planned the night before and fall asleep excited to wake up!

jacobc November 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Awww, cute pic!
And the fav part of my morning right now is seeing improvement every day from surgery last week! ha!
I actually had eggnog oatmeal yesterday… No chewing yet, everything has to be much… blah

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

JacobC,
Nothing wrong with mush – I eat it everyday. :) Glad to hear you’re recovering well. Take it easy!

Carrie November 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

My favorite part of the morning is deciding what to have for breakfast.

ann November 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm

My favorite part of the morning is greeting each new day with a chance to do something better than the day before! I work with cancer patients and have the best job in the world! I am blessed!

Beautiful picture.

Erin November 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the antiipation as my oatmeal cooks in the microwave. I know that in less than 3 min I will have a hot bowl of goodness.

Katie November 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I love waking up with the sun. Any weather and every season. I could never live in Alaska! The birds tweeting outside is what gets me every time!

Summer is a-dor-a-ble!

Jennifer November 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

My favorite part of the morning is right after I wake up and lay in bed for a few minutes until my boyfriend brings me my coffee…

Sarah @ Bonjour Panda November 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Summer is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats :)

My favorite part of the morning is cooking breakfast, then enjoying it with a cup of hot cinnamon coffee and green goodness

Amanda November 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm

My favorite part of my morning routine is my first bite of breakfast! As ny favorite meal of the day, I always make sure it’s delicious and full of good fats and protein- and hopefully some sort of fruit! Mmmm!

lindsay (goodiesgalore November 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Coffee. Hands down.

Dana November 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Lately I have been loving that period after I wake up that I grab a slice of whole wheat cranberry walnut bread and walk to the gym. The air is brisk, the sun is shining and I am happy to be able to workout before class!

Brooke November 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

My favorite part of the morning is when my daughter gets up before me and comes and snuggles in bed. We have the best little conversations then and a snuggle first thing in the morning makes my day!

Deborah November 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Summer is so adorable! What a cute photo. Love the name…especially the middle name. ;)
My Julie is expecting our first grandbaby next spring. She and her hubby found out during this morning’s ultrasound that they are having a girl. :)

My favorite part of the morning is….an early morning workout…doesn’t always happen so early though. :)

Best wishes to your cute family!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

Deborah,
Congrats to you on your first granddaughter. So exciting! :)

Kristin November 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Summer is absolutely adorable; what a head of hair!

My favorite part of the morning is my walk to work, after I get off of the metro. It’s so nice to enjoy the cool, crisp morning air this time of year, before I’m stuck in an office all day.

Marisa C. November 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

The best part of my morning is listening to NPR. :) Love the pic!

Pam November 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Coffee and sweet kisses from my babies.

Heather November 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

My Favorite part of the morning is listening to the radio in my car on the way to work!

Moni'sMeals November 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm

She is precious!

My favorite part of the morning is kissing my doggies because they are super mellow and lovey-dovey in the am. Coffee too is the best part. :)

Maren November 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

my morning would be so amazing waking up to that precious face!! Great giveaway Heather! I look forward to breakfast in the morning :) whatever that may be for the day!

mallory November 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

love love that split second right before i actually get out of bed… where i’m still in a peaceful state, contemplating the ways in which i’m so blessed :)

unless of course it’s a morning like today when i woke up 2 hours late! not a whole lot of peacefulness going on… hehe

A.B. November 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I love the absolute stillness and silence… and it’s a good thing that I am a morning person! I’m up at 2:30 AM to make it to work by 3:45! Is that really morning? I’m not sure. I just tell people that I’m up at “O’Dark-Thirty”. I think that pretty much covers it! :D

Jessica F November 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm

That is an adorable thing to wake up to in the morning.

I would say my favorite part of the morning is sitting down with my breakfast, tea/coffee, and reading some blogs before my day begins.

Dorry November 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Oh look at precious Summer!! What a little angel. Morning time is absolutely my favorite time of day – whether I have a run on the schedule, snuggling with Billy or hopping up to eat a big breakfast right away, I just LOVE the morning.

Rebecca November 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

ironically enough, my favorite part of the morning is making a perfect pot of oatmeal :)

Christine November 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my workout. Either going for a jog or doing an hour of pilates. It always gets me off to a great start.
My post-run oatmeal also ranks pretty high up there. in fact, I think they have to go together for the perfect morning.

renee November 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm

my favorite part of the morning is my 2 year old wanting to cuddle in bed.

Danielle November 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

My favorite part of these (now cold) mornings is drinking a hot cup of coffee!

Rachel November 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I love taking my dog on a long walk in the morning – every morning is different and beautiful. That little one is too cute – love the hair!

Darien November 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm

i love getting to wake up next to my husband- we were seperated by the military for nearly a year. it hasnt sunk in that we get to be together yet!

i also love the morning ritual of a hot drink- tea or coffee. not the caffeine, just the ritual!

lupersnickety November 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Favorite part of the morning is being pounced on by my roommate’s puppy! Nothing like a happy face to get a day started right :)

Yvette November 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

The best part of the morning for me is hearing my three kids giggling in the other room as they try to sneak in and “wake” me up. :)

Caitlin (EatFeats) November 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

SO cute! The best part of my morning is when I wake up to a nice text message from my boyfriend!

Annie@stronghealthyfit November 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Summer is SO cute!

Mary Ann November 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

My favorite part of the morning is checking up on my emails and forum posts in a quiet house!

Sara November 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

My favorite part of the morning is waking up and stretching out my body with some yoga. And then relaxing with a nice breakfast to jumpstart my day!

Hillary November 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Favorite part of the morning = finishing up my morning run covered in sweat and hopping in the shower

Rita November 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I live in Manhattan and take the b train to Brooklyn for work every morning. The best part of my day is when the train comes out from the tunnel and over Manhattan bridge. I have the sunrise and the statue of liberty to look at for a few moments before entering Brooklyn and starting my work day.

Diana November 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

My favorite part of the morning is simple- breakfast! mmm good

Kayla November 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Summer is absolutely beautiful! I love her hair! I had hair like that as a baby and now my hair is long and blonde!
My favorite part of the morning is taking my dog outside and examining the clouds, seeing the beginning of a beautiful new day

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

Kayla,
I did too. I was born with really thick jet black hair and then it turned blond. Both CD and I were blond kids, and so I am thinking Summer will be as well. Can’t wait to see. :)

Courtney November 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

What a cutie pie baby Summer is!! Love those big eyes :)

Breakfast gets me up in the am, especially when it’s a warm asiago bagel- yum!

BroccoliHut November 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I love waking up every morning and stepping out on the balcony (to determine clothing necessary for my run). The fresh air is always so refreshing and the light at that time of day is always gorgeous.

Jenn November 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

My favorite part of the morning is finishing that workout and knowing I’ve done it for the day!

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Look at her! So precious!! My favorite part of the morning is waking up on the early side, getting in a good workout, and enjoying breakfast on my days off. Quiet mornings to myself are rare, but my favorite :)

morgan November 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

My favorite part of the morning is having good quality prayer time with a side of coffee. :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm

fave part of the morning? a cup of coffee!!

she’s beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly Kurcina November 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

My FAVORITE part of the morning is that few minutes of quiet time when I count my blessings!

Emily November 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Oh my goshhhhhhh!!!!! She is SO cute. She looks like you already! Its amazing. Hope you are feeling well Heather. My favorite part of the morning is drinking warm tea. I love the way it wakes me up and is so comforting on this cold and rainy mornings. I need this yoga mat and DVD! Xoxo

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood November 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Summer is so beautiful!<3

My favorite part in the morning is waking up to the sweet smell of my blueberry coffee that's been automatically programmed to brew at exactly 7:25AM each morning, hehe. That, and a heaping bowl of delicious oat bran. Gosh, I'm drooling just thinking of oat bran now! :)

Song November 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

AHHHH look at summer’s left had and that shape!!!!! That’s a model finger pose!!! Haha so cute!!!!

Halley (Blunder Construction) November 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

Hahaha! That’s a funny point, she could be a baby hand model!

jennifer o'neill November 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Oh, Heather! She’s so darn cute!!! and that hair…Love it!! :)

I’m not very fond of my alarm going off. However, when I do get up before everyone else and take just 20 or 30 minutes to myself…it’s dark. it’s quiet. it’s right before the house erupts and the day begins. ahhh……

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free November 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Summer is gorgeous!!! I can tell she is going to be a knock-out ;)

What a great gift from Quaker :) I love the little bowl (even though it says “ou Amazing”)

Rhoni November 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I always try to wake up a couple of hours before I need to be up and have some “me” time. It’s a nice way to ensure I either get a workout in, surf the net if I want, or even just read a book…it starts my day off just right.

Sarah November 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Favorite part of my day… getting 12 full bodied, knock you over, pure, loving hugs from my special needs preschoolers every morning. Some days it is tough and hard to get going, but those hugs rejuvenate me and make me realize that my job is among the most important in the world. Who has a better job than loving children for 5 hours a day? LOVE :)

Dea November 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I love the Summer photo! So alert!
My favourite part of the morning is when my youngest crawls onto me pokes at my face until I wake up. He always greets me with a big ol’ gummy smile. We’ll cuddle for a couple minutes before the rest of the family wakes up. While his sister wakes up she plays with my hair and when she’s fully awake we all attack the day. I love it!

Natalie F. November 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

My favorite part about waking up is being able to start the day off on a fresh new step! You get to restart a bad mood from the night before or even continue the night before’s good mood. Plus breakfast.. it’s my favorite meal!

Gina November 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

My favorite part is playing with my 4 month old niece before I leave for work! :)

Alisa Cooks November 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Adorable! So happy to hear that she and mom are doing well even after a somewhat stressful labor.

Favorite part of the morning – breakfast!

Laura November 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

My favorite part is actually eating some food! Normally I wake up hungry!

Cherie November 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Oh my gosh. I loooooooooooooooove the baby photo!!

Katrina (gluten free gidget) November 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

OMG that hair! That face!

becky November 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

You have a gorgeous baby! My favorite part of morning is when I am up before anyone else is……hot tea and oatmeal almost every.single.morning. I became ADDICTED to cold, raw oatmeal and ate it all summer long. Am just getting back to cooked steaming hot bowls in this colder weather.

Amanda Y. November 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

My favorite part is waking up AFTER 10AM (doesn’t happen often anymore but that’s what my body prefers by and large)

Katherine November 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

My favorite part of waking up is going for a run :)

Donna G November 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Heather I need to revamp my eating my weight is spiraling out of control . i dont like oatmeal can you reccopmend something else . Help me ! Love the pic of our baby!!!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

Donna G,
How about a flourless crepe: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2010/09/17/flourless-crepes/. Easy, light, and yummy! Love you. :)

marie November 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

My favorite part of the morning is that lovely snuggly 5 minutes after the alarm goes off and you can enjoy the bed just a bit longer.

Bridget November 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so naturally it’s my favorite thing about the morning! Especially with a hot cup of vanilla coffee. Love it!

Heather November 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Summer is so cute! What a beautiful sight for you to see everyday!
I love working out 1st thing in the morning. Working out at 4am- I get a nice workout in while it’s quiet and it just puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Tara November 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

My favorite part of waking up is breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of day!

Jessie C. November 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

My favorite part of the morning is getting breakfast- my oatmeal and coffee

Amanda K November 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I love a workout in the morning. I also love coffee. :)

eml November 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

6 a.m was, not anymore, my favorite time of day.

Long story.

But I guess I will just say a hot mug of tea.

jen November 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

i love reading the news (and blogs!) with a hot mug of tea.

Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Summer is ADORABLE!!!!!!! I can’t even remember anything else you wrote, I am enchanted by your gorgeous daughter!!!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:26 am

Thanks Melissa. :)

polly November 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm

SUMMER = BEAUTY. XO

My fave part is when D tosses Charlie on the bed to jump all over me to wake me up, he is SO cute, gotta admit.

AND.. devotions with D and A. We love our little devo book, I sit on the countertop and read it to them while they eat breakfast. (I eat after YOGA!) We all pray together and it’s short, but the sweetest part of my day.

Anna (twelve22) November 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I love waking up in the morning and having my breakfast and tea. There’s just something so uncomplicated about mornings! And I’m fostering a chihuahua at the moment, and she’s always super happy to be let out of her crate, go outside, and have her own breakfast — so that’s definitely a highlight, too.

theTreadmilldiaries November 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

How could you not love waking up to that precious little baby girl? Such a great photo – love her little dark hair. :)

My favorite part of the morning is taking in a nice cup of coffee and eating my breakfast in peace and quiet. It’s a good way to ease into the busy day.

Ann Claire November 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Summer is so precious!!!

Ibu November 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

My favorite part of my morning is the realization that I am still alive and still here, then I start thinking of how best to tackle the day.

sara November 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

My favorite part of my morning is knowing that I am one day closer to getting to see my husband. He has been deployed for a year and we have four months left. I don’t comment much- but your daughter is absolutely gorgeous!

Georgie Fear RD November 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

She is such a beauty?! Awww…..

My favorite park of the morning is BREAKFAST!!!!! I get up long before sunrise so I can sit down and enjoy a hot meal and have my coffee in peace without rushing. I can’t skip my morning ritual. EVER.

Georgie Fear RD

Kim November 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Oh, Heather, how beautiful is Summer?! So sweet! I have to say, best part of my mornings is my daily kiss every morning for the past 9 yrs from my husband. Only to be followed by a huge hug/kiss from my 8 yr old “baby” Bella who insists she will “always be my baby”. Embrace every minute/second day. Before you know it, Summer will be telling you all about her “boyfriend” @ school!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

Kim,
Boyfriends – can’t even think about it. ;)

Annie November 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

My favorite part of the morning is when my 90lb goldendoodle puts his head under my arm and throws my arm up in the air – in hopes that I’ll wake up and pet him… it completely cracks me up and makes me start the day with a smile on my face…

Laur November 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

awwww! baby!
I like knowing that I will have a warm, tasty, filling bowl of oatmeal, (almost every day for almost a year) and I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that my cat wakes me up by licking my face!

Stacey T November 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Congrats on the new baby! She is beautiful and I love her name. Long time lurker, first time poster. My favorite part of the morning is singing along to the radio in the car on the way to work. Helps me prepare for the stress of the day.

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:28 am

StaceyT,
Thanks for lurking. :)

JW November 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Congratulations Heather on your beautiful baby girl! My favorite part of the morning is relaxing with Coffeeeee and browsing the web before work.

Lindsay November 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

The best part of my morning is hearing my two year old daughter singing Jesus Loves Me in her crib. Every morning…it never fails! BTW, Summer is gorgeous! Congratulations!!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

Lindsay,
Oh my gosh – that is too cute. I love it. :)

Hannah November 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

The best part of the morning is when the sun peaks through the windows and hearing the birds chirp outside the window. The cherry on top? SATURDAYS!

lola November 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

my favorite part of the morning is breakfast =) and the fact that most days, i don’t have class until 11 or 12.

Sara R November 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

My favorite part of the morning is my first stretch. I always stretch first thing after I wake up. It’s so refreshing! Plus, I love beating the sun to rise :)

Lo November 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

mine is waking up to coffee and the today show!

xoxo,
lolo

danica November 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I love waking up and having my oats! Your baby is beautiful!!

Gina G November 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

O my goodness Heather I know I have said it before but she is so beautiful!

The favorite part of my morning is typical, but it is having my bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee right after :)

Danielle November 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Taking the time to make a hearty breakfast (usually oatmeal!) and eating leisurely eating it in silence (before the rest of the house wakes up)…a nice reflective, calming start to busy days :)

Kellie November 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I love waking up before my kids and husband and reading my Bible in my big chair by the heater. It is a great way to start the morning and day and with three small children it is the calmest part of my day.

Megan November 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

My favorite part of my morning is waking up and getting a hot cup of tea!

Lisa November 15, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I actually like hearing my alarm clock go off because I set it to my favorite song.

Katy (The Singing Runner) November 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

My favorite part of the morning is just waking up, knowing that I have another full day ahead of me! I am so thankful for every day and I try to make the most of it.

I also love breakfast. I’ve been on a huge Greek Yogurt kick recently and I love how I can be creative with my yogurt every morning. :)

Brandy November 16, 2010 at 12:01 am

My favorite part of the morning is waking up to sunshine streaming through my window. Sunshine sure does make me happy!

kate November 16, 2010 at 12:17 am

I love waking up to my boyfriend and our warm, cuddly dogs :)

Kami November 16, 2010 at 12:22 am

She is precious. The best part of my morning is getting up 1-2 hours before the kids, it makes my day go much smoother and the sweet silence! Oh and that first sip of morning coffee, love.

Faith November 16, 2010 at 12:36 am

My favorite part of my morning is the time I spend talking to and listening to Jesus!

Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 16, 2010 at 12:50 am

She is precious. :)

I love the first sip of coffee.

Liz23 November 16, 2010 at 1:02 am

My favorite part of the morning is my cup of coffee! I used to drink gallons of the stuff but, now that I’m expecting my own little one in the spring, I try to limit it to just one small cup. Ahhhhh, I miss the nectar of the gods!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

Liz23, Me too! :)

Namaste Gurl November 16, 2010 at 1:13 am

First off, your breakfast looks amazing, as usual.
Second, I love you and Summer is one GORGEOUS noodle :)
Third, you’re AMAZING :)

Dee November 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

Best part of the morning is breakfast! For sure! :P

Heather November 16, 2010 at 1:45 am

That’s a tough question since I’m not really a morning person… But I do enjoy my coffee!

Lauren @ WWoB November 16, 2010 at 1:47 am

I guess for now my favorite thing about the morning is waking up and eating my banana-coconut butter oatmeal while reading blogs :)

Susan November 16, 2010 at 1:54 am

My favorite part of the morning is watching the alpaca babies romp – they “pronk”, which means leaping in the air like deer! So cute.

michelle November 16, 2010 at 2:26 am

My favorite part is once everyone leaves and I have the place to myself and a huge cup of strong coffee with the news and my computer.

Renee Bezuidenhout November 16, 2010 at 4:27 am

The best part of my morning is making and sharing my oats with my youngest son Nathan before he goes off to college…. He always says… “Mom, I’m addicted to your oats” Ahhhh, how can this not be the best part of my morning? I cherish every minute I get to spend with my son, he is 20, and I just don’t know were the time has gone! So I enjoy and cherish any time I get to spend with him, even if it is over a bowl of oats.He will soon be leaving to start his amazing and blessed life, and then I will have our “Oats moments” to hold on to, and remember…. : )

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

Renee,
I can’t wait to start creating those “Oats moments” with Summer! :)

nic November 16, 2010 at 4:28 am

Summer is too cute to be true!! And only a few days old!! Aww!!
And need I say that you are truly AMAZING!!
I followed your pregnancy from when you were about four month along and enjoyed the journey with you two and now three!!
Keep up the great posts and just keep doing what you do!! <3

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

Thanks so much Nic. :)

Krista November 16, 2010 at 4:53 am

Summer is so adorable! My favorite part of the morning is drinking my one and only cup of coffee and then brushing my teeth to get ride of coffee breath;)

Eliza November 16, 2010 at 5:23 am

wow, Summer is So beautiful, and aren’t you lucky to wake up to that darling face each morning! :)
my favorite part of the morning is when i have my first sip of coffee, it’s at that moment that i can officially function lol
great giveaway, as always.

xx
eliza

Jae November 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

Mine is waking up to a beautiful breakfast :)

Chelsea November 16, 2010 at 5:54 am

Summer is gorgeous! Congrats!!!! Enjoy every second of it, because you blink and all of a sudden they are telling you no and refusing hugs!
My favorite part of my morning (during the week) is coffee, and writing early before anyone else is awake.
On the weekends, its sneaking my little one into bed with us, and watching morning cartoons with her head resting on my shoulder. :)
Hows the bf going??? I remember drinking a TON of water helped me….
-Chelsea

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

Chelsea,
Summer is getting the hang of nursing. Using a nipple shield really helps, but I’m still milkless. Day 11 and still only producing colostrum.

Chelsea November 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

What does the lactation lady say? Summer was early right? I remember that my milk took a bit longer to come in because of having an unplanned c section (32 hours of labor)…just keep at it…You are a warrior!!! :) :) and remember, when its all said and done, formula is fine too. Do what works for you!
Best of luck (and sleep)

Jennie November 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so that’d definitely have to be my favorite part of the morning! Oh, and a nice cup of french press coffee also helps too :)

Brittany November 16, 2010 at 6:15 am

My favorite part of the morning is waking up an extra 30 minutes early just to snuggle up to my laptop with a hot cup of coffee and catch up on my favorite food blogs ;)

Miranda November 16, 2010 at 6:26 am

My favorite part of the morning is the few minutes that I have to enjoy a cup of coffee and some computer time before my kids gets up. I have a 3-yr old and a 14 mo. old and they are VERY active!!
I love having the quiet but I also love being up to hear my 14 mo. old babbling to herself in the monitor and I love having my 3 yr. get up and come padding into the kitchen knowing that I am waiting for a big hug. Love my mornings!!

Erica November 16, 2010 at 6:32 am

What a beautiful baby girl!!!

The best part of my morning is taking my puppy on a little walk. It is so peaceful and energizing at the same time.

Tessa November 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

Ah! She’s so cute I can hardly handle it!

Rachel November 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

I love waking up and pulling my puppy into bed with me. She cuddles up next to me while I eat my homemade pumpkin oats and drink my coffee. She yawns and it is really adorable.

greenbean November 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

breakfast!

Shae November 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

My favorite part of waking up is being able to chat with my boyfriend- he lives in England so with the time difference it is his lunch and perfect time to talk :-)

Although with all of these adorable photos of Summer he is going to be hearing a lot about babies every morning too ;-)

Holly November 16, 2010 at 7:32 am

I love getting up a little early so I have time cook my own oatmeal and take some me time while I read my favorite blog, HEAB!!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

Thanks Holly – happy to hear I’m part of your morning routine. :)

Meg November 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

Oh, I love that first cup of coffee in the morning in my favorite mug. Then talking to the hubs and feeding the baby…maybe in that order ;)

Shannon C. November 16, 2010 at 7:40 am

My favorite part of the morning is walking hand in hand with my husband through our neighborhood, which is full of immaculately preserved southern homes surrounded by palm trees and beautiful foliage. We don’t live anywhere fancy, just in a good walking distance of places that are! :)

Jess S. November 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

my morning run… with a close second being my morning coffee that follows the run!

summer is beautiful. congratulations!

Traci November 16, 2010 at 7:55 am

My favorite part of the morning is when all my children get up (I have 5), and we eat a nice breakfast together. They are all still so quiet, not yet rambunctious as they are by lunch time. :)

Kristen D November 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

My favorite thing about mornings is waking up to a beautiful sun next to someone you love. ( Made even more perfect with a big yummy breakfast together)

Rae November 16, 2010 at 8:13 am

My favorite part of the morning is waking up and getting my workout in!

Heather November 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

I LOVE that picture! Summer is so gorgeous!

My favorite part of the morning is BREAKFAST! I’m such a dork, but most of the time it’s what I’m thinking about as I go to bed each night. My favorite breakfast is a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal, so much so that sometimes when I fix something else, I will crave the oatmeal all day long! Haha

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:26 am

Heather,
I do that to and usually just end up eating oats for lunch or dinner. HAVE to get them in at least once a day. :)

Katie November 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

My favorite part of the morning is curling up next to my husband and watching him sleep. There is something so peace ful and relaxing about roling over and see the one person that makes your life full and happy.

PS she is so beautiful!!!

Ashley November 16, 2010 at 8:38 am

My favorite part of the morning is laying in bed and listening to my fiance and boxer puppy having a snoring contest! Its is the funniest thing!
**And waking up to Christmas music lately!

Natalie November 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

I’d have to say getting my Kara out if the crib :)

Michelle (@ Housewife in the Raw) November 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

Those cute little fingers – I just want to kiss them! My uterus is aching now – maybe we should try for a 3rd. Not that 2 kids isn’t kicking my tail most days. :)

My favorite part of the morning are little arms snuggled around my neck as they wake up and start their day. I love their bedhead, their morning breath, their sleepy eyes. I soak it all in, knowing how fast they change and moments pass.

Steph0402 November 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

My favorite time of the morning is on the weekends when my daughter and I snuggle in bed before getting up to make a late breakfast together.

Marilyn November 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

My favorite part of the morning is definitely breakfast. Especially the bites that have big peanut butter chunks!

Summer is gorgeous. Congratulations!!

morganAK November 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

My favorite part of the morning is walking my dog first thing!
the fresh air wakes me right up and always gets me ready for the day!

Blair November 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

My favorite part of the morning is getting a run in and then coming home to a big breakfast! However, I’m still transitioning into becoming a morning person, so getting my workout done before work is still a bit of a challenge!

Ella November 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

Ohmygod Summer is absolutely ADORABLE. As much as I love the whole being 20 years old and in college a part of me can’t wait to have kids!

My favorite part of the morning is when I wake up early and realize I still have an hour or two left to sleep. Then when its time to actually wake up I’d say when I’m sitting down with a big hot cup of coffee!

elise November 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

how could my fave way to jump start the day EVER beat yours. i mean she’s just precious!!

i have a new routine going on though thats been working great – and thats doing 20 minutes of exercise followed by granola and almond milk – all before 5 am. no better way to get the day under way!

Heather from NC November 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

Coffee!

buddy November 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

My favorite part of the morning is kissing my wife goodbye as she leaves the house. However, enjoying that first cup of coffee is a close second!

Amanda November 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

Heather,
Summer is absolute precious-ness:)
My favorite part of waking up is after kissing the husband and sending him off to work, cuddling with my dogs, Stinky and Pudge and spending quiet time with God/reading my Bible. Followed by some hot tea and HEABified flourless crepe!

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

Amanda,
Sounds like the perfect morning to me. Love your pups’ names. :)

Michelle Woodcock November 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

I definitely would look forward to waking up to that little, precious angel. She’s so– adorable.
I hope to win as I am trying to eat healthier but need ideas on things that will “stick to my ribs”. I know oatmeal is suppose to be that kind of food. : )

Michelle Woodcock November 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Forgot to put my favorite part of the morning– ; )
I love to sit w/ my mug of coffee in the early morning and have my “quiet” time before everyone else gets going and before I have to go to work. Wish I were more motivated like some of your readers to work out then too!! : )

Kim @ Kim and Mikey November 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

My favorite part of the morning comes just before my husband leaves for work (he leaves our house about an hour and half before I do). We tiptoe in our daughter’s room and watch her sleep, then he “tucks” me back into bed and kisses my cheek.

Jackie November 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

The best part of my morning is waking up and playing with the pup!

Congrats on the birth of your daughter by the way!!

Stephen November 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

I love getting up early and being out when the world is so quiet.

Rachel (tea and chocolate) November 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

I need a hot cup of tea or coffee every morning to get me going.

Hanna M. November 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

Awwh, she’s the cutest!!! I think I can see some of you in her, in the eye area :)
My favorite part of the morning is postponing the alarm for ten minutes so that I can snuggle up to my beloved. Nothing beats waking up together.

Rachel November 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

Ohh goodness, Summer has a little head of monkey hair!! I don’t mean that as an insult at all–it’s my favorite thing about babies. SO CUTE.

My favorite part of the morning is waking up my dachshund…he blinks, yawns with a funny noise, and squirms out from under the blanket in his bed to stretch. He’s so warm and soft and comforting and just adorable. :)

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

Rachel,
I know – I love babies with hair, and Summer’s is out of control. I was joking with Chris saying we needed to get some baby hair product to tame it. ;)

Rachel November 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

Such an adorable picture! I love her hair! My favorite part of the morning is drinking coffee with a couple of pieces of toasted cinnamon raisin bread with almond butter. A local store has a really good cinnamon raisin bread, not a bunch of extra sugary crap added to it. I eat this pretty much every morning. It’s so yummy together!

Tyler November 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

Waking up snuggling with my husband and our aussie pup! For a few minutes before we have to get out of bed and start the craziness of the day everything is just calm and relaxed.

Jill November 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

My favorite part (on cold, rainy mornings like today especially) is grabbing a hot mug of ginger tea and climbing back into bed.

Cathy November 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

Congtatulations on your precious HEABlit. My favorite part of the morning is snuggling with my hubby for a few minutes before I have to jump in the shower and begin my day.

Brigid of Vegging out in T-Town November 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

Your baby is way too cute! So much gorgeous hair.

I’m actually a morning person, for the most part, but I guess my favorite part is my cup of tea when I get to work. I sip it while I catch up on blogs.

Laurel November 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

Mornings are my favorite. I get up 1-2 hours before my kiddos. I make breakfast for my hubby, I work out, I get a load of laundry done, I get ready for the day – I love it!

Cookie November 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

My fav part of the morning is pumpkin pie in a bowl! oats, pumpkin, baked apple and spices = yummy!

Halley (Blunder Construction) November 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

My favorite part of the morning is a big bowl of OATMEAL! If I could get away with eating it at lunch, and dinner, it would be my favorite part of every day!

Carrie November 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

I think my favorite part about the morning is hitting the snooze button, even if it’s only once. I’ve accepted that I’ll probably never be a “jump out of bed and work out in the morning” person, and there’s just something about that extra 9 or 10 minutes of sleep that feels even better than the whole rest of the night of sleep!

beth November 16, 2010 at 11:43 am

disclosing that i read HEAB, for @ 9 mo.? or less, time flies, no matter, have enjoyed your blog, links, entertainment and learning more, timely and helpful, thank you, et al. summer’s eyes would be wonderful to wake up to! wishing you and baby peace, joy and daily blessings, beth

HEAB November 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

Thanks Beth. :)

Tiffany November 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

My favorite party of the morning is waking up to my daughter too. She is almost 11 months old and I have loved every second of it. I love when she wakes up with a smile on her face. It makes the beginning of my day perfect.

Sarah November 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I honestly want to say it is a good brisk run, or hearty breakfast, or cuddling my kids, but this time of year the best part of the morning is how warm and comfy my bed feels as I hit the snooze bar and roll over for another 10 mins. That few minutes of coziness before the day begins and I am summoned to my position of MOM!

Summer looks wise beyond her years! I used to get the feeling my babies knew more than I did when they looked at me…
She’s super cute!

Fran November 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

The best part of my morning is waking up to my husband and 8-week old son lying next to me. My sweethearts!

Emily November 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

The best part of morning would be my comute to work, for a good 15 min. the inside of my car turns into a karaoke bar :) Thanks for the giveaway, Heather! I hope you and the wee one are doing well!

Evan Thomas November 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

The favorite part of my morning is The Today Show. What can I say? I’m obsessed

Andrea M November 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Good morning :)
I LOVE mornings. My favorite part is sipping on coffee as I read my Bible and spend some time with Christ, followed by a workout and breakfast. I also love breakfast…and when I make oatmeal specifically it makes my day – my husband laughs, but it is so true, I say it Everytime I make oatmeal! haha mmmm :)

Grace & Peace,
Andrea Wernz

Cathy November 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

My favorite part of the morning is hitting the gym!

P.S. Summer is adorable! Love her full head of hair :)

kathleen November 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I love waking up when it’s still dark out and being able to slowly wake up as the sun is coming up.

Rachel Lauren November 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

My favorite thing about the morning is waking up next to my awesome boyfriend and our little fur ball kitty who insists on sleeping in between us, no matter how little room there is. And hitting the snooze button for a half hour…. its so hard to get out of bed!

Summer is so beautiful! :)

Nicole P November 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I love when my baby and I first wake up. We always go to change his diape4r first, and as he is lying on the changing pad he looks up at me and smiles, as if to say “Good Morning, Mama”. melts my heart everytime, that smile of his

Alyssa November 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

My favorite part of the morning is hearing my kids wake up. I usually hear them before I see them, because they lie (lay?) in bed, talking to themselves. It’s so cute!
(As is Summer! Man, what a cutie-pie!)

claudia November 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

my favorite part of the morning is being the one to wake up really early and eating breakfast – my favorite meal of the day

Laura November 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

My favorite way to wake up is having my fur child, Sophie, scoot against me when the alarm goes off. She rests her head on my stomach and we play for a couple of minutes before I get up and take her out. Her energy gets me ready for the day :)

JillyB November 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

My favorite part of my mornings is eating my breakfast while squeezed on the couch between two old, sleepy labbies. :) My little doglets are so sweet in the mornings.

Katie November 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Aww, sweet Summer! She is such a doll!!

The best part of my morning is walking with my dog in the cool air – it wakes me right up! :-)

marina November 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Congrats on your beautiful baby!
My favorite part of the morning, lately, is my new job! Crazy as it sounds, but it has been a long road to this, in a high stress environment, and now I get to do interesting work with amazing people–and that makes me very happy!

Jenny November 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

My fav part of the morning is opening my window blinds and seeing a beautiful skyline view of Boston!

zoe (and the beatles) November 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

before i say anything about what i like in the morning: you have an absolutely beautiful, precious little girl right there! she’s so cute i can’t stand it!

but what i love about the morning is opening my eyes for the first time and stretching. especially now in winter when the temperature keeps dropping. i love snuggling deeper under my warm covers and cherishing the quiet moment of warmth before i officially get my butt out of bed and out into the world.

Amy M. November 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Ohmigosh! Summer is so CUTE!

My favorite part of morning is seeing the sun peaking out over lake michigan from my apt. window!!

mama November 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Best part for me is waking up to my daughter singing in her crib! Never gets old!

Stacey K. November 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

My favorite part of the morning is taking my chihuahua puppy on a nice long walk! It wakes me up and the weather is getting sooo nice!

Saba @ Less is More (Fun) November 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

My favorite part of the morning is taking my dog Wrigley on a walk. I especially enjoy watching her flip out routine while I lace up my shoes. ;)

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Saba,
Hehe – my dogs do the same things. They know which shoes are the “walking shoes” and flip out when I start to lace them up. Too funny!

Hilary November 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My favorite part of the morning is walking out of my bedroom and seeing my cat stretch and hop into my arms ready for the day to start.

Ashley November 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

You have a beautiful daughter! What a lucky girl to have parents like you and your husband.

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) November 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

My fave part of the morning is making a big green juice and going to the bathroom. You can quote me. :)

Totally swooning over that pic of Summer!

melissa November 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

i love seeing my cute little pups in the morning–they make may day no matter what, and for that i am thankful!

courtney November 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the way I feel when I finish my workout! I hate getting up at 6am to do it before work, but the way I feel after makes it all worth it! Although, waking up to beautiful Summer would probably top the workout–what a sweet baby! Thanks for the opportunity (and ideas for new oatmeal concoctions!).

Erin November 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

The best part of my morning is coffee!

Heather November 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

My favorite part of the morning is doing yoga with my 7 year old daughter. We still aren’t very good at it which leads to lots of smiles and giggles. What a great way to start the day!

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Heather,
Love it! Can’t wait to do yoga with Summer someday. :)

dana @ my little celebration November 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Your little HEABlet is SOOOOOO adorable! Congrats again! I’m so happy for you and am excited for all of the baby posts to follow : )

-Dana

Courtney (greeneyedrunner) November 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

i seriously can’t get enough of the Summer pictures! she’s absolutely breathtaking, i can’t wait to read your blog and see pictures!

…that’s one of the best parts of my mornings, catching up on blogs :]

Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) November 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Oh my gosh look at all that hair! What a perfect way to start the day- a cute baby and oatmeal :-)

s November 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm

the best part of my morning is waking up and listening to npr while getting ready for my day. or eating breakfast of smoothies/oats. :)

Stacy November 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

So adorable! My favorite part to the morning is cuddling with my little 3 year old, TJ. He makes the groggy mornings worth it!

a Teenage Gourmet November 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Summer is precious. I hope I win a Quaker package. I love fun bowls like that!

Hilary @ Purelicious November 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Ooooh, fun!!
I’m actually REALLY not a morning person… at all… haha but if I had to choose, I suppose my favorite part would be my breakfast! Obvi, food. :) Whether it’s pumpkin overnight oats or protein pancakes, breakfast is probably the only thing that’s even somewhat enjoyable about mornings.
Summer looks like a much cuter reason to get up! :)

Melanie@idreamoftahini November 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Oh Heather – She is absolutely beautiful!!

My favorite part of the morning is getting to make breakfast and bring it back in bed while watching the news prior to getting ready in the morning.

Kelly November 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

My favorite part of the morning is a warm shower and breakfast after my run! Currently my breakfast (and sometimes evening snack) is a YUMMY bowl of overnight pumpkin oats! I would LOVE to win the Quaker kit – my husband jokes that we should buy stock in Quaker because I buy so many canisters of old fashioned oats!! :-D
Oh, and the true joy of my morning is getting to see how excited my little one is when I walk into her room in the morning and peek over her crib – L-O-V-E!

Sally H November 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm

favourite part of the morning is making coffee and breakfast in total peace and silence

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast November 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My favorite part of the morning is waking up and making breakfast. Since I work all day it’s the only time during the week that I get to play in the kitchen. I love experimenting and creating new recipes (especially when they actually turn out good!).

I think you’re going to love this recipe I came up with recently – it involves oat bran (I’m almost done with my first huge bag!) and it’s so simple and fast (which I know you appreciate right now). I plan to post it on Thursday. :)

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm

EE, remind to check out your post tomorrow. No doubt I will love it if oat bran is involved. :)

Emily Elizabeth November 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

I’ve posted the recipe! I hope you enjoy it!

Emily

Ellie November 16, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Best part of waking up in the morning is the solitude and silence.

Michelle November 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Breakfast! Nothing like a good meal to lure me out of bed :)

Monica November 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

My favorite part of the morning is driving to work right when the sun is rising…it is so peaceful and beautiful.

I know everyone has said it but Summer is so beautiful! And that hair- too cute! :)

melinda h. November 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

My favorite time of day is sitting down with my fiance for dinner :)

Natalie November 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Ohmygoodness!! She is absolutely beautiful!

I get up WAY earlier than my husband every morning, so my favorite part of my mornings are when he hears my alarm go off and rolls over to get just a teeny bit more of snuggling in.

Robyn November 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

The best part of my morning is definately enjoying my coffee and breakfast with Ellen on the tv … I watch her show in the morning because it always makes me smile the rest of the day!

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Robyn,
I love Ellen. She is hilarious! :)

amy November 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

omg Heather, Summer is ADORABLEEEEEEE!!!! So much expression in that little face already!

Melissa November 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

My favorite part of the morning is that first sip of freshly brewed coffee with my daily morning call to my Mom:)

Lisa November 17, 2010 at 12:03 am

I love making different breakfast with all kinds of whole grains!

jodi November 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love to get up, make coffee and watch some Today Show. :)

Jessica K November 17, 2010 at 12:31 am

The best part of morning is eating a big, healthy breakfast so that it jump starts my metabolism for the day!

Summer is beautiful. :D

Kate @ Walking in the Rain November 17, 2010 at 1:13 am

I love waking up, making coffee, and reading for 20 minutes before I have to hustle out the door to work.

Marie November 17, 2010 at 1:17 am

My favorite part of the morning is being greeted by smiles and hugs from my twins. ;)

Summer is so adorable! I love that name, by the way!

Kim November 17, 2010 at 4:03 am

The best part of my morning is waking up at 4:30 for an awesome workout and breakfast with my boyfriend. We’re both super busy and work long days, so we cherish our workouts and early meals together.

Meagan@TIL November 17, 2010 at 4:30 am

The best part of my morning is waking up with the sun streaming in followed by a good workout and a good breakfast.

Marijke November 17, 2010 at 5:29 am

The favourite part of my morning is breakfast :)
I love a nice warm breakfast- especially when the weather is shocking outside (guess who lives in England?)

Ser November 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

My favorite part of the morning is strapping my baby onto my back and walking my five year old across a field and through a wooded ravine to school. Of course, I also love the part when I come home to an empty house, put the baby down for a nap, and eat a quiet breakfast all by myself.

Summer is so sweet. Love the picture.

Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 17, 2010 at 6:33 am

I love Summer’s hair! Isn’t it the best waking up to your little one? That’s my favorite part of the day too… I usually hear my little guy babbling away in his crib in the mornings. It’s too cute. And when I open the door… joy!

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Cailin,
Yes it is. :)

Gina November 17, 2010 at 8:15 am

I love waking up with the sunshine, it’s a positive start to my day!

Katherine November 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

My favorite part the morning depends on what day of the week it is. During the week, I look forward to my first sip of coffee because I am on the go pretty early. On the weekend, I look forward to sleeping in, and then rolling over and cuddling with my boyfriend before we get out of bed for the day.

Sagan November 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

My favourite part about the morning is waking up with a smile on my face, happy to be alive and for everything that I’ve got – after working through depression for a couple years, I REALLY appreciate simply being HAPPY when waking up.

This kit looks awesome – I really want to win it for the boyfriend! He’s in his last year of university so he’s been looking for more convenient (but healthier) meal options, AND we recently decided to try doing yoga together so the mat and DVD would be perfect!

And neither of us own a dishwasher ;)

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Sagan,
You’re so funny. Love that you two are doing yoga together. Can’t get CD to try it. ;)

Sami November 17, 2010 at 10:17 am

awhhh heab!! she is absolutely precious! i love her dark, full head of hair!

my favorite part of the morning (next to breakfast, of course) is my commute to work, believe it or not. i get to worship the Lord in my car, listening to stations like the Word FM (wordfm.org). it sets the tone for my entire day, leaving me in a positive mood on my way into work. this morning, i was blessed enough to be part of showing love to the women of afghanistan, donating money to “cure international” to pay for birthing mothers to get care, along with their babies :)

HEATHER November 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

Favorite part of the morning: Waking up with gratitude! I used to wake up and think about getting the kids off to school, the pressures of my work day, and say ‘Oh God – give me strength.’ It was negative. NOW I start EVERY day with “Thank you God for this new day!!!!!!” I’m immediately refreshed, positive and happy.

Start positive :-)

This is followed by a loving look (and kiss) at my wonderful husband, then a green monster and overnight oats – Of Course!!!

Love the baby picts :-) Congratulations and all the best to you and CD!

Ali November 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

Your daughter is precious Heather!
The favorite part of my morning is waking up next to my hubby… and then my coffee :) Thanks for the chance to win!
all78@aol.com

jen November 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

My favorite part of the morning is coffee!

LG November 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

Welp, I love mornings. I love eating breakfast, I love doing my makeup by myself in the bathroom while the heat comes through the register. I love waking my husband up and going back to bed with him for 10 minutes. And I love my morning train ride – it gives me 15 minutes to pray and get ready for my workday.

But I really love sleeping in on weekends too. :0)

Elana November 17, 2010 at 11:39 am

My favorite part of the morning is BREAKFAST!

Brittney November 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

My favorite part of my morning is snuggling my puppy :)

Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

My favorite part of the morning is when I’m sitting on the couch, eating breakfast (usually oats, haha) with my doggie snuggled next to me. All is right in the world ;-)

Julie November 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

MY favorite part of the morning is eating my breakfast while I read the NY Times!

Heather Griffith November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

My favorite part of the morning is making breakfast for my 3 kids, and taking them to school, only to come home and make my own…..and eat it in a quiet house all by myself.

kayla November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

my favorite part of the morning is breakfast! haha. it’s probably my favorite meal of the day…well, aside from dessert that is!

Me-Linh November 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The best part of waking up in the morning is using the bathroom. After 8 hours of holding it in it’s like sweet relief!
Sorry if this is TMI

HEAB November 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Me-Linh,
Ha, I could not agree more! :)

megs November 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

My favorite part of the morning is the few minutes I can lay in bed. Also I look forward to the 2 cups of coffee and the newspaper. My house is pretty busy but no one gets up before I leave for work so I really enjoy my mornings.

Heidi November 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for the fun giveaway. Count me in please.

Portia Westesen November 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Hmmmm so many wonderful things about the morning. The best part is seeing my hubs next to me and curling up next to him. Next would definitely be out pup Charlie (well..I guess he’s not a lab puppy anymore, he’s almost full grown!), . Hes the best, and he always wakes us up by nibbling on our ears or crawling under the blankets with us.

Lindsay November 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm

My favorite thing about getting up in the morning is that I can eat breakfast and really enjoy it. I used to fear food so much that I would hate getting up because I would have a day of fighting the urge to eat!!

Bethany November 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I love waking up to a warm cup of coffee brewing!! (I set it the night before)

susanj November 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm

My favorite thing in the morning is to make old fashion oatmeal topped with homemade peanut butter (or sometimes almond butter) & granola. I have been eating this for over 6 months and still not sick of it. So yummy & comforting.

Shirley November 18, 2010 at 1:12 am

I love waking up to sunshine and that peaceful stillness and quiet that only happens in the early morning and then enjoying that lovely peace with a mug of hot tea and breakfast :)

arwne November 18, 2010 at 2:02 am

heather she’s so beautiful! I am so glad you’re in on this wonderful adventure. I swear it makes everything easier and more amazing to wake up to a tiny little face that looks at you like you hung the moon…*wistful sigh*…so many things become clear just by having a little one come to live with you…

lisa November 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

My favourite part of the morning is waking up and making banana whipped oats and having lots of peanut butter!

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