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The walk to the park isn’t too long, but we’ll typically pull James in a wagon because he’d be too slow or “get tired” of walking. Me, on the other hand, I love the easy exercise! And I can just put my coffee in the wagon cup holder with my Comfort Cup® by Chinet®. These cute little cups are perfect for keeping your drink hot and your hands cool. And they’re cute, which is a bonus. 😉
When we get there, James can run around and play on the playground, and we can join in, or take a break on a nearby park bench and just enjoy the morning.
Come Sunday night though, it’s time to get ready for the week and get back to the hustle and bustle of busy weekday mornings.
The mornings run most efficiently for us when we end the day with a clean kitchen and a quick living room clean up. At the beginning of the summer, we instituted a 10-15 minute “timed” quick clean up of the living room (my husband and son) and kitchen (me) where we all pitch in to get our house in order. Because my son sets the timer, there’s a fast energy to beat the clock to get everything picked up quickly. Getting everyone involved makes the work get done in triple time.
It worked beautifully and I found that I could relax better after my son went to bed with a tidied living room and kitchen. When we wake up in the morning, there’s not the chaos of dirty dishes in the sink and clutter all over the living room floor.
2 :: Choose Clothes the Night Before (Yours & the Kids)
For both myself and my son, I lay out our clothes the night before. For me, if I’m working out that day, I pick out exactly which shorts, bra, tank, and socks I’m wearing and even put my sports watch with it. When I was working full-time, I also picked out my outfits for the week. It saved so much time in the morning, instead of standing in a closet full of clothes feeling like there’s nothing to wear.
For my son, he wears a uniform to school, but I have to make sure he’s got his special Spirit Wear shirt ready for Monday (if no tardies the previous week), Mass uniform ready for Wednesday, and sometimes a “free dress” day for special occasions or holidays.
3 :: Make School Snacks & Lunch in Advance
My son might just be the pickiest eater of all time, so he takes his snack and lunch to school everyday. I prepare each of those as soon as he comes home from school and empties his backpack. I keep the packed bags inside the fridge and, in the morning, just have to put the ice-pack in each and load them into his backpack.
But, I make this process quicker by prepping all the fruit as soon as it comes home from the grocery store and I like to have him help.
4 :: No TV or Electronics for the Kids until Completely Ready
This is a big one. This year, we’ve had to institute a “no tv or electronics” until our son has eaten breakfast, gotten dressed and brushed his teeth. He’ll take twice as long to eat his breakfast if he’s watching cartoons at the same time. It’s too much of a distraction for him. He is allowed to watch if he’s completely ready with time to spare before we need to leave, but to date, that’s not happened.
5 :: Enjoy Coffee/Tea To Go
If it were up to me, I’d still be sitting sipping my coffee well past the time we have to be out the door. I’m still working out with my trainer 3 days a week, and it works best for me if I get my workout in right after I drop off James at school. I still drink a cup of coffee each day, and on workout days, I enjoy it on the 20 minute trip to the gym in my Chinet Comfort Cup.
My trainer’s gym isn’t super close to my house and I have to fight that 8:00 a.m. morning traffic to get there, so having a hot cup of coffee to enjoy on the way is a pleasure. It also gives me a much-needed boost of energy to get through that exercise routine.
I train for an hour with my trainer, and then I might do 30 minutes of moderate cardio right after, which puts me back home by about 10:15. Then, I can get on with my day, showering, eating a healthy lunch, and getting down to business with all the things entailed in running a household and keeping up with my blog.