5 Ways to Make Mornings Run a Bit Smoother

Mornings are super hectic in our house, between two busy toddlers running around, me frantically trying to get everyone (including myself) out the door on time, and trying to make sure my husband gets more than just a quick “good morning” has become some sort of strange puzzle that I attempt to put together every morning.

Although most mornings end with me shuffling the girls out the door at the very last minute, I have perfected a few ways to save a little bit of time:

  1. Pick out everyone’s outfit the night before.  I usually know what everyone is going to wear the night before, I don’t lay it out but in my head I know exactly (down to the socks) what I need to grab first thing in the morning.
  2. Dresses save a ton of time.  I recently read that throwing on a dress in the morning saves at least four minutes of your time.  I tested this theory out and I definitely saved tons of time wearing a dress rather than pants and a top..
  3. Feed your kids in the car.  I know this sounds so detached and rushed but if your kids are anything like mine, they aren’t hungry until an hour to two hours after they wake up, which puts us exactly at the time we need to be out the door.
  4. Plan out your lunches before the week starts.  My girls lunches are pretty much the same every week.  I alternate fruit and chips/crackers everyday but as far as the main part of the meal goes, it’s pretty much the same thing everyday.  This helps me to grab what I need and quickly get lunches made and packed.
  5. Get a good dry shampoo and have a quick make-up routine.  I usually can go about four days without washing my hair, and dry shampoo can usually get me through the work week.  It gives a little extra body and gets rid of the oily/greasy look I get on day four/five.  If you don’t have a quick routine, check out my post from a few weeks ago, 5 Minute Mommy Makeup.

How do you save time in the morning?   What are some ways that help your mornings to run smoother?  Any suggestions would be appreciated 🙂

The “Paci” Fairy

A few days ago Sydney lost her beloved “paci.”  It was the pacifier she had from day one and she loved that thing like there was no tomorrow.  We searched high and low for her paci and it was nowhere to be found.  Syd handled like it like a trooper.  She asked about it, pouted, and then moved on to her playdough, or color books, but I knew bedtime would be when she would fall apart.

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The infamous “Paci”

We prepped Syd a little bit and that’s when the “Paci” Fairy was invented.  The “Paci” Fairy can come at anytime after a a little boy or girl turns three.  She takes the pacifiers of “big kids” and recycles them and makes new pacifiers for all the new babies around the world.  Syd loves babies and talking about babies so this worked great for her.  Her face lit up when I told her that part.  Now, here’s the kicker…the “Paci” Fairy will leave a piece of candy under the pillow of the boy or girl who “donated” their pacifier.  Syd fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

To be completely honest, I was beyond impressed with how well she did.  She fell right asleep, and didn’t wake up once in the middle of the night.  The next morning, she did ask about it, I reminded her that her “paci” went to a baby who needed it and she smiled and asked for breakfast.  Later on that day, my husband texted me and said she had found her “paci”…I guess the “Paci” Fairy forgot one.  For now, we’ll let her keep it, but the “Paci” Fairy will return.

“A Prayer for the Momma with Full Hands”-Scissortail Silk

All mothers have been there, that moment when you feel completely inapt as a mother. That moment when you feel guilty for raising your voice or taking a second to yourself. That moment when you sit on the floor and cry when your little one just won’t listen. We have all have had those days where we watch the clock waiting for bedtime so that we can hit the restart button and try for a better day tomorrow.

On days like this I rely heavily on a prayer from the blog Scissortail Silk called “A Prayer for the Momma with Full Hands.”

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It puts everything back into perspective.  We are not alone in this; this is what parenthood is, it’s a partnership not only with your spouse or partner but with whatever higher power you believe in.  They will lead you and guide you.  It’s not easy, or pretty or always fun, but if you are lucky enough to be a mom it is so worth it!  Even on the worst days, my girls are my greatest accomplishment and I could not imagine a more perfect, crazy, messy life.

Don’t forget your “treasure bag!”

Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do and unfortunately I passed that down to my children. The girls are generally patient but there have been some trips that have been particularly trying. I recently started making “treasure bags” for my oldest daughter; she is at the age where she does not like to sit still unless she is coloring, or watching “Frozen.” These “treasure bags” have been a lifesaver for us. I pack it before we leave for the store, but for each shopping trip there are different items in it. I take items from around our house, and usually pack a little snack and drink. Sometimes I will purchase items from the dollar section of Target to save for future “treasure bags.”
Here’s a look at this week’s bag:

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I included:

-two books: both from the dollar section of Target.
-snack and water
-“Frozen” stickers
-photos of our family
-a coloring book and crayons

This simple little bag has made grocery shopping for my family much easier.  Now, if only I could make an adult one with wine and rerun’s of “Real Housewives…”