Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Stress Free Morning Routine for Busy Moms

What is your morning routine like?  If your mornings are like those of many other moms, you are flying by the seat of your pants from the time your feet hit the floor until you walk out the front door (probably at least a few minutes late, right?)
Mornings don’t have to be so hard.  I simplified my own morning routine so that I can get ready for the day in a stress free way.  There is no need to rush through your morning routine haphazardly when a little time management is all it takes to start your day in a smooth and productive way.

A Good Morning Starts the Night Before

Here are a list of things you should be doing the night before in order to simplify your morning routine:

Pick out what you will wear the next day from undies to shoes.  Do the same with your children.  Every person you are responsible for in the morning should know what he or she is wearing the next day before going to bed at night.

While doing this on a nightly basis is a great start toward an easier morning routine, work up to picking out clothing for the week on Sunday evening.  

Make lunches the night before.  Let preschool aged and older children help to make their lunches.  Never spend your precious morning time making lunches.  Once you get used to make lunches every night, start planning lunches for the week on Sunday night so that you know exactly what’s going in the lunch bag every day.

Plan your breakfast the night before.  Know what you're having the next morning so that you can adjust your wake up time if making breakfast requires more time than usual.  

Again, planning a weekly breakfast menu is a great idea for streamlining your morning routine.  The ultimate way to lessen breakfast-making minutes is to cook large batches of your family’s favorite breakfast foods and freeze them.  My kids love smoothies so keeping these bags handy work for us.
Write your morning routine down to the minute and turn getting ready into a game.  I have been known to attempt to beat my best time at getting ready in the morning.  

Make your next day to do list before bed.  This simple step will allow you to rest better, because you won't spend the night going over the next day in your head.  Dump the next day's tasks on to paper or into your favorite to do list app and be done with tomorrow until tomorrow.  I usually write down my grocery list or items I want to accomplish the next day.

Before you can streamline your morning routine, you need to know what’s taking too much time and what’s not getting enough attention in the morning.  For a day or two, record how long certain morning tasks are taking to accomplish.  Decide which tasks are a priority.  Remove the rest from your morning routine.
Here are my tips for a stress-free morning routine:
No electronics until you’ve showered, gotten dressed, made breakfast, etc. Once everything is done, you can sit down with your breakfast and check emails or watch the news. 
No phone calls at all, unless there is an emergency.  Do not talk on your phone while you’re getting ready in the morning.  Also — and this could be a tough one — No.Social.Media unless you get ready quickly and have time to spare!

Get up earlier.  Just do it.  Start with 15 minutes earlier, move up to 30 minutes.  Eventually you will have time to incorporate meditation, scripture reading or your favorite spiritual practice into your morning routine.  This will benefit you all day.  

Put your keys, work bag, children’s backpacks, etc in the same convenient place every day.  You should be able to grab and go within seconds and know that everything you need it already in your bag and that the children have what they need in their backpacks.

Don’t wash and dry your hair every day.  If you have a hairstyle that requires a lot of time in the morning, you have two choices — change your hairstyle or get up earlier.  Stop letting your hair make you late.  

Set a goal time for leaving the house.  It is very important that you write down your morning routine to the minute.  At first, estimate how long it takes you to shower, make breakfast, get dressed, etc.  Write out a schedule.  You can adjust the schedule if you find that something takes more or less time than you thought.  Write the schedule based on your desired time to walk out the door.  (Help your children to make a morning schedule, as well.)  See below for my morning schedule.

My Stress Free Morning Schedule

5:00 am — Get Up, blog, coffee, shower, get dressed

6:00 am — Start breakfast, unload dishwasher, care for pets, do any dinner prep that is needed.

6:20 am — Throw a load of laundry in the washer, pack Evan's backpack for school, put together the diaper bag for the day, pack the car, tidy up.

6:30 am- Kids wake, change diapers, get them dressed, chocolate milk & serve breakfast

I have my morning routine simplified so that I have a whole hour to sit with my breakfast and coffee while working on my blog before going to my full time job of being a mom.  

What are your best tips for a stress free morning routine?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Lets Talk- Summer Plans

Hi- Most of you are probably still celebrating your long weekend... while I am over here like....

It has been one long weekend alright.

I am so happy to finally be thinking and talking about summer... Yay, it is finally here...

Our summers here are really short... I feel like we wait all 10 months of dark and gloom for the best days of our lives... and if your asking yourself "why doesn't she just move" well, we ask that of ourselves every day... except during the months of July/August and we remind ourselves comes September when the leaves are turning and we are picking apples and baking pies that we love it here.

Not only is our summer short but Matt has it cut in half.  Everything I have, he has 50% of, so our time is very important.  Our main goal every summer is to spend more time on the boat.  I think that will probably be our summer plan this year.   We go up to Lake Winnepesaukee in NH and stay at the cabin.  It is so calm and quiet up there. 

In the winter it is just as fun.   We can take our snowmobiles through the trails to get dinner, cozy up by the fire... read, relax and just shut out the rest of the world.

I mentioned before that we do have a trip planned to Story Land with the kids for a week.   We are really looking forward to that as we are also going to be meeting our friends up there with their kids also.  I think it is going to be so much fun.  

I would also like to book a long weekend to Block Island and stay at The Barn.  We went for a few days when Ryan was just born.  We had a blast.  It was so nice to just sit back and relax, sleep in, dine out... 

Where we stayed....

This is The Spring House.  They have all these white chairs facing the ocean.

The Spring House at night.

The Oar restaurant where we ate and had the best mudslides.

The ferry ride to and from the island.

Can't forget we have birthday parties to plan... Evan will be turning 4 and Ryan will be turning 2 this summer.. 

Evan's 1st birthday

We had a little petting zoo come.

& pony rides.  Matt also hooked up his tractor to the trailer, loaded it with hay and gave everyone hay rides around the field.

We did cupcakes for his party.

We did Ryan's party at the lake near our house.  

Ahhhh end of party, we made it.... first years are the hardest. 

That pretty much sums up our short summer.  I am so excited to start making more memories with my family.  I am going to treasure these days as I know pretty soon our summers will be even shorter once the kids start school.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Favorites

It is that time of the week where I link up with my favorites ladies to talk to you about my favorites of the week.  If you would like to catch up you can check out my previous post here.

Also, check out Erika, Grace and Andrea for more.

I am so glad to see the end of this week... I feel like it was a long stretch of strep throat, and conjunctivitis.  I hope that this weekend will be a lot healthier than last.


This face mask is awesome.  I used it a few times this week.  I love how it smells and it is so smooth and glides on so nicely.  If you have never used an enzyme mask just know that right after you put it on you do feel a tingly sensation.  It doesn't hurt, it is just working its magic.  I think it is a bit pricey but definitely worth it.  


I love making this pie.  All you do is combine the ice cream and frozen lemonade... mix well and pour back into the pre-made pie crust.  Put the pie back in the freezer until you are ready to serve.  It is such an awesome summer treat.  It is also so easy and the kids love it.  Since I make it so often I usually use frozen yogurt.  In my mind, having yogurt means I can have a few more slices.

I know it is crazy to start thinking of back to school but Nordstrom is having their half yearly sale.  It is a great time to buy stuff like sneakers, socks and underwear.. stuff that you hate to spend a lot of money on but you know that they need them.  I got Evan and Ryan the cutest nike sneakers.

Also, these shorts.

I love Mini Boden.  I think the clothes are great quality, they wash well, they wear well and I think that they are reasonably priced.  Also, when you get a sale, you can't argue the deal.


It is official, we had our first lake day... It was awesome.  The kids loved it.  We could spend every day at the lake... It is our favorite place.

I grew up swimming on the lake and my parents would take me to every local watering hole they knew of.  I want those same memories for my kids.


I had these pants in my cart for a while but never ended up getting them.  I just checked and they are on sale now, and not only that but a coupon code for an extra 30% off sale items.

Hope ya'll have a great long weekend. 

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