Tips for a Smooth Morning with Kids

I get asked all the time is how I can get everyone ready and out of the house on time in the morning. Mornings can be a cluster when you have kids ifyouknowwhatImean. Three days a week Scarlett has to be at school for  8:30, so that means we all need to be out of the house by 8:15 (because every mom knows it takes almost 10 minutes to get on shoes and coats and load into the car, amiright?!). I am not perfect, but one thing I can’t stand is being late. I try my best to get ready and out of the house on time and hopefully have everyone out of pajamas! Actually, some days it’s just leggings for me, but that’s #momlife. Here’s my six tips for a smooth and successful morning! (Scroll to the bottom for outfit details!)

Secrets to Success:

Wake up way before kids

If you’ve followed along here for any time (or follow my instastories), you’ve noticed I wake up really early. Like way earlier than you think necessary. But, this is my number one secret to success. I get the things I need to get done for the day that are more difficult to do when the kids are awake. That includes waking up in general (I need a few minutes of quiet or I wake up like a bear…), coffee (see next point), devotional, exercise, and shower. Usually, but not always, in that order. (I can go into more detail about how I wake up so early another time, so if early waking isn’t for you, continue on to the next tips!)

To make it to school on time and fit in all those things, currently I wake up at 5:00 am. I know. Right now I am between Bible studies, but when I start my new one I will start waking up at 4:45. I get right up and start my day off right! Then once the kids start to wake up, I am in control of the day instead of the day controlling me. So, think of a time you’d like to wake up. Now wake up 3o minutes earlier than that. It will take time, but you’ll get into the habit!

Have coffee programmed

We invested in a grind and brew coffee system when our old Keurig died a couple years ago. It has a setting where I can prepare and program the coffee the night before and this has become a huge time saver! Instead of me preparing the coffee machine when I go downstairs and then waiting for it to brew, I walk down to a fresh cup waiting for me. Otherwise I would be waiting another 20 minutes by the time I prepared the coffee maker and waited for it to brew! If you aren’t a coffee drinker or have an instant coffee system, then you can ignore this one. But the difference in coffee is crazy!

Downstairs hair station

Hair is a big issue in our house. Scarlett has very snarly hair and it is super sensitive, so every morning it is a bit of a project. Instead of having to run upstairs with Scarlett (& now Levi too, he loves to have his hair done like daddy!), I have a little station in our powder bath downstairs. It is right outside the kitchen so I will either do their hair while they eat, or after they are done and dressed. It saves the hassle of rounding up the kids and going up a floor! (Believe it or not, a big time savings!). I keep everyday hair supplies down there in a drawer like a hairbrush, clear elastics, and hair gel. Her daily hairstyle is a small portion in front pinned back with a bow. We pick out a bow the night before with her outfit. Which brings me to my next point…

Set out outfits & pack lunch the night before

Part of our nighttime routine on school nights is picking out the next day’s clothes and setting them out. It also gives us a chance to talk about weather, appropriate layers, and styles for the activity of the next day. Scarlett loves to dress herself and is surprisingly interested in different sillhouettes and what pieces go with what. She’s totally my daughter 😉 Most mornings Scarlett will bring her outfit downstairs and she will put it on after breakfast. Picking it out the night before relieves me of having to have the conversation in the morning where time is so valuable!

Since Scarlett does lunch bunch at school, I also pack her lunchbox the night before. I can take my time and make a well-balanced meal for her when I am not rushed! I have forgotten to pack it at night and then had to make it the morning of, and let’s just say it wasn’t my best work… I leave her lunchbox insulator on the island counter so I remember to take it out of the fridge in the morning and put it in her backpack.

Need-to before want-to

Efficiency is key in the morning. We do all the things we “need” to do before we can do the things we “want” to do. That means we have to eat breakfast, clean up, get dressed, and be ready for the day before we can play! I try and hold myself to the same standard, although I have been slacking lately. That should mean no social media checks for me until I have crossed my need-to items off my list! As a reward I will let the kids watch a show once everyone is all ready. This also helps build teamwork skills to assist in getting each other ready for the day! Most mornings the kids will watch an episode of something in the morning if they get ready efficiently. I usually finish getting myself ready (hair/makeup) during this time.

Car floss

This one is a weird one, I’ll be honest. But it works for me! I use Plackers and floss on the way to school. Normally I may skip flossing because it takes time and we are rushing to get out of the door. If I do it while driving to school it maximizes my time! There’s nothing like a healthy habit that saves a little time. Also if you haven’t used Plackers, you need to try them! I haven’t had success with other brands, so stick with these (no, not sponsored!) They work so well and you can do it with one hand. Bonus points because I have a small mouth and it is easier for me!

Shop the look here:

sweater / jeans (size up 3!) / vest / necklace (similar here) / sunglasses / boots (size down) / bralette 

Do you have any secrets to getting out of the house in one piece? Share with me below! I would love to hear.

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Simple Outfit, Elevated

I was talking to my brother’s girlfriend a couple weeks ago about clothes as we painted our nails (stereotypical girls night?!). She was asking how I choose my style and matured my wardrobe. If you’ve followed here for a while, you know that’s been my theme the past few years (read more here). But now that I look at my wardrobe and reflect on her question, I concluded this: quality over quantity, dressing for your shape, and really maximizing an outfit with what you have. So while I don’t have the most expansive wardrobe or fanciest clothes, I have learned how to be more strategic about my purchases.

I wanted to show you what I mean. Stripes are my jam (again, not a surprise!). So here I have my basic outfit: long sleeved tee, jeans, booties. Then, I added just one more layer to add a bit more interest. I may buy a trendy piece every once in a while, but in general, most of my outfits are combinations of classic pieces mixed together (a capsule wardrobe, I guess you could call it!). Here is what I put together to make a simple outfit a little more interesting! (Scroll to the bottom to easily shop these items!)

Basic

Not a bad outfit on its own! Just not finished. Check out what happens when you add one more layer…

Layer one

See what I mean? It looks like a completely different outfit! Check it out with a different top layer:

Layer two

Crazy, huh?! This is totally my daily outfit as a SAHM #momchic. Now for one last top piece!

Layer Three

 

So it isn’t about needing a whole new wardrobe, it is just being more strategic about your purchases. I challenge you to take a close look at your closet and try some new combinations. You may be surprised! When shopping, try and focus on improving yous basics instead of buying that trendy piece that may not get as much wear.

A huge thanks to Bekah for these amazing pictures!

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Outfit Obsession Featuring jBloom


As you may know, I am a huge fan of clothes/accessories that work hard for my money. If I can find a way to stretch an item to span the course of a few seasons, that is a huge win in my book! Same with accessories. There are some that are very summery or exclusively winter, depending on the style and bling factor. If you haven’t heard of it, I would like to introduce you to jBloom and few pieces that I know will stand the test of the season! 

*Read all the way to the bottom for a link to a party and for discounts!*

The fun thing about chokers is there are so many different ways to wear them! Tie in a bow like shown above, or leave hanging for a simple look.


I was so thrilled to see the customized bangle Julie at jBloom had designed for me. That is the best part about working with someone when ordering your jewelry- you get their personal touch and insight! I’ve worn this one more times than I can count, and it makes me smile every time I see my wrist. And wouldn’t this look perfect with your jewelry stack?


I wore these earrings to church on Sunday and am obsessed. I have really small earlobes so I can’t handle a lot of weight. These were wonderful! So lightweight and just plain gorgeous.

I looove this choker! While I am new to the choker trend, this one was simple enough for me to dip my toe in the water. And now I am all about it!

This necklace. Guys. Not only is this a perfect layering necklace, Julie added the coordinates of where my husband and I met. (Bonus points if you can figure out where it was!). It is the sweetest gesture that I will be sure to wear all the time!

I also really love this necklace! The turquoise color is so spot on and looks great with a tan, but look great popping against your winter whites.

A little more about jBloom: jBloom is a personal, unique jewelry line based in St. Charles, MO. They’re a direct sales company with only 1,200 designers in the U.S., offering a sisterhood for women to grow and thrive. They believe your jewelry should tell a story and are able to create meaningful pieces to tell yours.

jBloom also offers a lucrative compensation plan for those wanting to start their own home-based business. You can own your own online store for $99 and earn 40% profit!

Here’s the fun part! Julie is hosting a party over on Facebook. Click the link to join the party and get more information about the jewelry, the company, and get a 10% discount when you place your order! I can’t wait to see what you pick out! Click here to join. 

If you are interested in any of these products or learning more about jBloom, contact Julie at julieshangle@myjbloom.com or 989.615.9253. She is an absolute doll to talk to!

Outfit Details:

Jeans run large, size down one!

Max Jeans Vest (similar vest linked below)

JCrew Blouse (similar blouse linked below)

Tank top runs small, size up a size or two

Jewelry c/o jBloom
Also, for anyone who has asked how I can blog with young kids… here is a glimpse of how we survive a photo shoot…

Jewelry was provided in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and honest. Affiliate links used. Thanks for supporting my blog!