Monday, September 13, 2021

Not Just A Mom - Morning Routine


Thanks for checking in with us today as we talk about our Morning Routines on this month's edition of "Not Just a Mom" link up.  If you have a blog, be sure to add your post below.  And everyone, please click on the links below to see how others get their day started. 

There are two different versions of my morning routine - one where I go to the office and one where I work from home.  

Office Mornings
Alarm set for 6:00.  Up to shower, put in my contacts, brush my teeth, flat iron my hair (and dry it if I've had to wash it in the shower), and put on my makeup.  I am usually trying to be quiet as I'd prefer not to wake the kids before 7:00.  

Then I head downstairs to put away any clean dishes (from the counter or dishwasher), make coffee, make the kids' lunches, make my lunch, and then make breakfasts.  Also included in this is putting clean masks in the kids' backpacks and filling out health checks. Somewhere during this time, the kids are getting up and coming downstairs.  If they aren't dressed yet, I send them back upstairs to get dressed before they eat breakfast (usually cereal, yoghurt and fruit).  Before anyone else gets up, I've gotten into the habit of listening to a podcast.  When the kids come down, we like to put on music.  We have a no screens before school rule. 

I need to be out the door around 7:15.  I bring a coffee in a travel mug to drink at my office, and sometimes eat my breakfast on my way to the subway.  My day starts at 8:00.  

Dave is up at this time too and he gets the kids finished up with their breakfasts and gets them off to school. 

Work From Home Mornings
If I have a workout, then I'll be up before 6:00 but on non-workout mornings my alarm is set for 6:45.  I may shower or may not, depending on what my workout plans for the day are.  Then I go downstairs to do most of what I set out above, although I don't need to make a lunch for myself, and I can wait to eat breakfast until after I've taken the kids to school. 

We can drop Q at the YMCA program anytime after 7:30 but school doesn't actually start until 8:55 so anytime between then is fine for drop off.  E walks to school.

Then I just sit down at my desk in the living room, with my cup of coffee and get to work for the day.

My usual breakfasts:
Almond butter on toast and a half grapefruit or melon
Scrambled eggs with sriracha and a half grapefruit or melon
Hot oatmeal or hot oat bran 
Egg sandwich
Smoothie bowl (if Dave's making them)

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  1. 7:15 is early to be out the door when you have to get to the office although it's nice that you're not navigating traffic at that time.

  2. I love that you take time to listen to a podcast in the morning. Do you have a favorite?

    1. I like The Daily, Armchair Expert and the Bestie Breakdown!

  3. I'm not sure my boys ever slept until 7 until they were teenagers and even now that's "sleeping in." My boys were always early risers and I'm pretty sure that's what got me into the habit of getting up early too. Your breakfast looks yummy!