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Make your mornings amazing.

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think we’re finally at a point where I can wake up and start the day at a reasonable time (say, 6 AM), on my own terms (i.e. not to feed a small babe), at least a few days a week.  On those days, I do my best to embrace a few quiet moments, be even a tiny bit more productive than usual, and set the tone for an amazing day.  

Or, like… maybe just an average, mostly normal one.  But why not aim for amazing?


make your mornings amazing

Step 1: Do not look at your phone.  I repeat: Do not look at your phone.  This is your chance to start your day with your thoughts, your ideas, your plans.  The easiest way to derail these thoughts, ideas and plans… is to be consumed by someone else’s thoughts, ideas and plans.  Or, like, emails and tweets and news stories.  You might sneak in a quick meditation, read your favorite poem, start a morning pages habit, or simply say to yourself, “Today’s gonna be a good day.”  I like think over the Dalai Lama’s morning prayer… but sometimes, I just simply say, “Be good.”  Here are a few more morning reading recommendations.

making your mornings amazing

Step 2: Make a quick, easy and nourishing breakfast.  I used to be a breakfast skipper, mostly because I “didn’t have time.”  I’ve learned to prioritize my morning meal, though, and find myself feeling way less hungry (read: cranky) and way more energized.  My go-to lately: A bowl of fruit, a rice cake and a Protein Superfood smoothie using Amazing Grass’ new chocolate peanut butter powder, some ice and skim milk.  The plant-based powder is a mix of peas, chia, quinoa and hemp, along with 7 alkalizing greens and 9 nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.

Step 3: Move a little.  You might go for a run, you might do some gentle stretching (I love this 10 minute sequence from MindBodyGreen).  Either way, there are definite perks (and research to back them up) to working out in the morning.

make your mornings amazing

Step 4: Match your manicure to your marble countertops.  Step 4 is purely optional.

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How do you make your mornings amazing?

Today: Show(er) and Tell

I pride myself on showering at least once daily.  That’s all.  Thanks for reading.  Hope  you have a great day. Since I don’t have a medicine cabinet for you to peruse, I thought I’d let you snoop through my shower.

Did somebody just say Snoop and shower cap? Photo: www.pursepage.com

I might still be a bit of a product junky, but I’ve made great strides in paring down my morning routine.  In just over an hour, I somehow manage to take the dog out, shower, apply moisturizer and makeup, blow dry my hair, put on a not entirely awful outfit, feed the dog, make my lunch and take the dog out once more.  And then I wake up Nick. 🙂  Just kidding. Clark wakes him up as soon as he has the chance.

Here are the magical potions that make all that possible:

Let’s see… what have we here?  Looks like someone ran out of their favorite shampoo, walked to CVS, came down with a mild case of amnesia, and bought the wrong kind.  Whoops.  I swear by Aveeno.  They can do no wrong.  Origins, too.  The Clean Girls body wash was an impulse buy at Target, but I rather like it.  Very moisturizing, super inexpensive, bonus points for the pump.  As a sensitively skinned person (pardon my poor grammar, I was never skinned, sensitively or otherwise), I tend to shy aware from fragranced products, but neither the rooty-tooty-fresh-and-fruity shave gel nor Lush’s Ring of Roses (part of an awesome set from my parents) seem to bother me.  Quite the opposite, really.

Surprise!  A pesky bobby pin circling the drain.  To know me, is to love me.  And to love me, is to find a wake of bobby pins left in my path. Those little guys do wonders to tame my flyaways.  But sometimes, they flyaway themselves.

Mirror, mirror on the wall.  Who clearly was at a loss for what to write about today?

P.S. Don’t forget, bidding starts today (Wednesday) at The Chic Life’s Online Bake Sale for Haiti!  Help Haiti, eat goodies.

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Care to share your AM routine?