Simple Tricks to De-Stressing Your Morning Routine
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How many working moms wake up, drink a cup of coffee, watch the kids get themselves ready and jump in the car, or run to the bus stop, and then head to work? If any of you are holding up your hands…I hate you!
Just kidding…it’s just an immense amount of envy.
When we aren’t being lazy, my husband and I get up at 3:45am to go to the gym. We aren’t dedicated powerhouses…it’s just the only time my MIL will watch the kids.
Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!
My morning is crazy hectic, but I found a simple a few simple tricks to de-stress our morning routines.
PLAN! PLAN! PLAN! AND, SIMPLIFY! SIMPLIFY! SIMPLIFY!
I can’t cook to save my life, but I can toast bread and make eggs in the microwave. My MIL got an awesome microwavable omelet maker. So almost every morning the boys have half an egg sandwich, with half a banana. The omelet maker fits six eggs, which is enough for three days of breakfasts for two boys. Super simple!
For the first part of the year, I made the boys’ lunches from home. My picky 6-year old, who eats like a bird, always brought most of it home. It didn’t matter how creative I got…he didn’t eat it. I finally asked the boys if they wanted school lunch. They both screamed YES! Now, I’m usually a “savin’ money kind of mom” …but I splurge on their lunches. Again, super simple!
Yes, I feel guilty that they aren’t eating as healthy as when I packed their lunches, but they are being fed and I have one less huge task for the morning. I can add money to their accounts online, which means I’m also not running around trying to find spare change to give them when their balances are low. TRIPLE SCORE!!
I do, however, bring my lunch from home. The steps follow the same one as the eggs and I try to pack a few days at a time. It has to be super simple because Time to eat comes in spurts here and there. The few times I’ve tried to bring something that needed to be heated up ended up being busy days, and I still ended up eating cold food.
Most days I eat half a can of salmon (the other half in a container for the next day), and a salad with olive oil and Himalayan salt. Once and a great long while, I’ll bring in a can of soup. Amy’s and Progresso brands taste AMAZING!! Takes no time to put together.
Plan, Plan, Plan
I try to complete some of our morning steps the night before, such as:
- Lay out our clothes
- Fill water bottles and put in the fridge
- Round up Gage’s baseball uniform for game days
- Gather my gym clothes and shoes, just in case we aren’t too busy and I can leave for lunch
- Prepare snacks for the boys
- Fill the Keurig reservoir and my coffee cup ready (the most important step!). THIS is the one I have.
I really should add “making my lunch” o the “do the night before” list…but it takes no time to open a can of salmon and portion it into two containers. The only benefit would be that I would have one less thing to remember. Hmm…that alone would make it worth it.
The most time-intensive task of the morning, of course, is getting myself ready. I wait until both boys have gone to the bathroom, eaten, and brushed their teeth.
I’m 39-years old, and, unfortunately, I still haven’t learned how to properly apply makeup so that I look like a model, so I keep it really simple. I apply tinted moisturizer with sunscreen (even indoors the sun can age your skin), mascara, and lip gloss.
The few times I put a full face of make up on, however, I end up looking like a melted raccoon by the end of the day. For that reason, I keep it super simple. However, it’s on my bucket list to learn how to contour.
My hair is easy…sometimes. I thought a pixie cut was a good idea. Short hair has to be easier to style than long hair, right? WRONG! I wake up looking like I stuck my finger in a light socket.
I’ve learned that it’s way easier to just jump in the shower, completely wet my hair, get out and blow dry it. Sexy Hair Frenzy Bulked Up Texture Paste works really well for my short hair…this product is, by far, my favorite!! On the other hand, don’t leave it in a hot car and then try to apply it at work. It’s meant to be like a hard clay. I almost scooped half of the container out because it melted. You can find it HERE.
Our morning routine starts at 5:15am (sometimes 5:30am if the bed is really comfortable and I reset the clock), and we are out the door by 6:30am. We ALWAYS get to the bus stop early because last year we made the mistake one time of cutting it close and my son missed the bus.