Very rarely are my prayers ever as strong as they are when I’m praying in the mornings for the Lord to get me through the day. Despite my husband leaving at 5am, my daughter wanting to nurse at 5:30pm, and my twins waking up ready to play at 6:30am I am not a morning person.
Hmm that doesn’t express it right, let's try again:
I AM ABSOLUTELY AND UNDISPUTEDLY NOT A MORNING PERSON!
So, if I’m going to function better then my inner moody teenager on a school morning self then I need my mornings to go as smoothly as possible.
Why are mornings so important anyways?
The most common thing I hear as a mom of three is “Wow, you got your hands full!”. To which I am quick to reply, usually through a gritted smile as my baby pulls my glasses off, “ We have our hearts full.” It’s not a lie our hearts are full, but so is the sink, the laundry, the vacuum, my schedule, and yes my hands!
Starting our mornings off feeling refreshed and energized relies on consistency. Consistently with our health, schedule, and our house. If I take too long to get breakfast going then my kids don’t get to finish their food before we have to leave. Not only does this make them and me grumpy it most likely means I’m shoveling something processed into them later.
Too many choices like this and now their immune system is lower and my family is sick for a month; while some virus slowly makes it way through each of us.
You don't deserve this! So here are 3 things I use every morning to help with the chaos of being a mom.
A Day Designer
Proverbs 31:15 says “She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her maidens”
There are two important messages here. First about that word maidens… That’s me ladies I’m maidens and most likely you are too. As mom’s we have to do it all and that can be overwhelming, and that’s okay. But we also don’t need to accept that life will always feel chaotic and rushed.
The second thing is being intentional on what we feed our family and ourselves is important. It’s an act of love that as moms we prepare food, not hastily give them what is quickest. This means MEAL PLANNING not just dinner, but breakfast lunch and snacks. I cannot express to you enough how planning out your day will multiply your effeteness, and really allow everyone in the family to be more product.
I love my day designer because it keeps me focused with hour by hour break down space, to-do lists, notes, and gratitude. Plus you can find it on Amazon.
It’s also a great resource to use to see where through out the day is giving you the most trouble. If you are writing out your days, but still not accomplishing what you thought it’s simply to go through and see what tasks are taking longer than you expected.
Making adjustments to set realistic goals helps you manage your time better, and feel more confident about the day instead of overrun by it.
I highly recommend this day planner on Amazon. It has so much space to write notes and longer lists while still fitting nicely into a diaper bag.
Wake-up Light Alarm Clock
I need to be honest with you. One of the things that makes me a night-owl is that I relish my time alone at night. When the whole house is still, and I can sneak a snack for myself without little hands taking it from me. Even though it’s tempting to stay up an extra hour we are still going to have to wake up early to get the day going.
However, we do not need to give up that alone time we just have to shift it!
My boys do wake up way too early for four year olds, and for a long time it drove me crazy- I’m just not built for human interaction at five or six in the morning. So we use a wake-up light alarm clock called MELLA and it had been such a great tool for teaching our boys when to rest and get up. This little robot face clock gives my kids the gentle reminder that it almost time to get up with a soft yellow light and then sweetly turns green when they can finally come out. It also has a sound machine, and a nap time; which, I use for rest because my kids don’t nap anymore.
Now my twins are usually awake around 30 minutes before the clock turns green. At first they just laid in bed talking, and sometimes fell asleep. Now that they are older they have used that time to make their beds and get dress and play in their morning activity box. It helps them be more productive knowing what to expect every morning and gives me that extra alone time to get the day prepared.
Trust me, this clock is a game changer.
Ok, this last one is super easy! It’s an immune system booster that my whole family takes. There was a period for my family where everyone was getting sick week after week; honestly, almost for two months straight.
It felt never ending and I had a surgery coming up, and I knew my husband would be overwhelmed taking care of me and all the kids being sick off and on.
Even though I was trying my best to give everyone their fair share of nutrients, my kids needed more, and I needed a break from stuffy noses. So we decided to try Elderberry and see what would happen.
Elderberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that boost immune systems, and lessen stress. A bonus benefit to us is that they also tame inflammation; which has been great for my son who suffers from joint pain due to an underlying issue.
During my recovery we saw such an improvement that we had to make it apart of our daily routine. My recommendation is to give it a try for at least a month and see if it has made a difference. While this is not a sponsored post, Sambuca Elderberry Gummies is my preferred brand and the cheapest that I have found it is through Amazon.
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Hello! I'm Christine.