Normally, Sunday mornings are a buzz at our house. Getting Tiny, the Tot and myself all out of bed, dressed, and fed in time to get to church before the music starts is nothing short of a miracle from God. I have finally accepted the truth. I need a morning routine. A simple one. So, I've been collecting notes from my husband (an official morning person) and my Facebook page:
1. Consider a coordinating wardrobe. I have a friend that mostly mixes black, white, and gray with her colorful accessories. I look sick in white and baby snot shows up too easily on black. My pallet is more brown/tan/beige/cream, with navy and red mixed in. Check out The Project 333 to see one approach to a streamlined wardrobe. Note to self: Must remember to stop even looking at black shoes.
2. Choose dual purpose make-up. I love my MaryKay tinted moisturizer. It saves me a step, it's the perfect amount of color, and my face hasn't been this clear since I was 10. I'm also a big fan of Burt's Bees tinted lip balm in Watermelon. It's the perfect color for this pasty white girl with the added benefit of keeping away the winter chaps!
I'm not bitter.
alas... I digress... back to my point.
Long hair. It's much easier to go with a ponytail or a scarf when you're in a hurry than to have hair you absolutely must style.
4. Pick easy-to-wear jewelry that can be casual or dressy. Pasty white girls look even more ghostly in silver, so I wear either small gold hoops or diamond studs. Both work perfectly fine with jeans & a t-shirt, or my fancy smancy "Christmas Casual" outfit. I love Nashelle's custom jewelry for moms, and this mini pendant ~ super simple yet elegant. Bonus: this is the kind of necklace you never have to take off or match to an outfit.
|Square Plate plus yogurt & a banana = Square meal.|
6. Invest in an insulated mug. Those stops to visit your morning barista really add up both in $$ and time. Make your morning tea (or coffee if you are a sinner like that) at home. If you are a coffee drinker, follow my aunt's tip and set the coffee maker ahead of time. Although, my friend, the microbiologist, encourages you to clean your coffee maker, or else... WARNING: Don't click that link if you are easily grossed out!
... you clicked it, didn't you?
I warned you.
Now maybe you'll drink tea.
Again, I digress...
7. Last tip. Create a night-time routine:
- pre-make your lunch (and the kids' lunches if you are dropping them off),
- make sure your purse, diaper bag, and/or laptop bag are decluttered and repacked.
- set out clothes for yourself and the kids so there's no early morning decision-making pressure
- Put your cell phone on the charger in a dedicated spot near your keys and purse/wallet.
8. Okay, one more. Make a check list for everything you need to have in hand before leave the house so you don't second guess yourself or have to come back for a forgotten item.
Follow these ideas to shave a few minutes off your morning routine, take away the stress of making a lot of decisions while you're still groggy, and keep the kids from experiencing the trauma of the unknown. ~ It's really Plain & Simple As That.
What makes morning easier at your house?
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