Good Morning, Everyone! The weather has been killer lately. Over 60-degrees in January? I’ll take it. Today’s post is a fun one because I’m covering some morning routine questions I get asked a lot. Everyone has a morning routine, and it’s always interesting to see how other people spend their morning time. My parents have had the same routine for the past 30 years; my boyfriend has a morning routine, and so does every single one of my friends. Today, I’m sharing seven things I do practically every single morning. If my morning routine is out of whack, so am I.
Wake Up & Make My Bed
Unless I’m waking up to go to the airport, or hit the gym before six (rarely), then I do not need an alarm clock. My body’s internal clock has me wide awake around 6:15 every morning. I love that though because mornings are “my time.” It’s my favorite time of the day. I usually lay in bed for a good fifteen minutes thinking about everything I need to do, sometimes going through notifications on my phone, playing Alice on my phone, or just relaxing. As soon as I roll out of bed, I chug the bottle of water I always put on my nightstand and then make my bed. My bed always has to be made before I start my day! I’ll usually open up the curtains and let all the natural light shine in.
Walk & Feed The Dogs
My dogs also have their morning routine. They are so ready for their morning strolls when I come downstairs. Since it’s colder in the mornings, I bundle up, grab the treats, grab the waste bags, and head out with Leo first. We do our mile walk around the block, and then I come back and do the same route with Grumples. Sometimes I’ll do them together, but it’s less stressful to do one dog at a time, and it’s good to get in some extra steps. When we get back, I put all their leashes away, hang my coat back up, put away my gloves and hat, and feed them. When they hear me getting into their containers, they run over to the living room rug and sit patiently. It’s so cute.
The Face Routine
After walking the dogs, I usually head upstairs to brush my teeth, wash my face, moisturize, and sometimes I’ll do a face mask. I like to do a face mask twice a week. My mask depending on the season, or what my face is up to! If it’s dry, I’ll do a moisturizing mask. If it’s breaking out, I’ll do a vitamin C clay mask. I’m usually listening to music while doing this as well.
It's Tea Time
This whole “tea time” was added to my morning routine three weeks ago, and I don’t ever think I’ll turn away from it. I usually come downstairs with my mask on, start my tea kettle, and slice lemons for the tea. I have been drinking tea with one whole lemon every morning for the past three weeks. Sometime I’ll add a teaspoon of honey to make it less sour. My moods have changed, my skin has cleared up, and it’s great for fighting off those winter colds. The power of the lemon is incredible. I usually stick with the lemon ginger in the mornings. I drink my tea while watching the news, replying back to blog comments, and checking work emails.
Disconnect & Shower
While I have my face mask on, I like to brew a pot of coffee before heading upstairs to shower it all off. When I get out of the shower, I moisturize, and play one of my favorite apps, and have coffee upstairs. This is my time where I just disconnect for a while before starting my emails and blog comments.
Lately, I’ve been playing Alice! As soon as I started playing, I was hooked. I played the entire car ride to and from Charleston, and haven’t stopped since. As soon as I hear the game’s music, I get sucked right in. You have to make each move count, and it’s an ideal game to get your mind going in the morning. The colors in the game and the characters are so beautifully and designed with familiar characters from the magical world of Alice In Wonderland. The game has March Hare, the Hatter, the White Queen, the Cheshire Cat and more! 🙂
I try to complete a level each morning while drinking my coffee. It’s one of my favorite ways to disconnect from everything. Every time you reach different levels, you collect prizes and reveal more characters. I just connected my game account with Facebook because, for the entire month of January, they’re giving away extra balloons when you link up! If you played the game, you’d understand why you’d want all the balloons! I used up like 50 balloons to get through the first level. It was almost like math. I also play Alice to shut my mind off before bed and to keep me entertained while stretching after a workout.
The Clean Routine
After my half hour of disconnecting, I usually head downstairs to straighten up. I’ll make sure all the dishes are in the dishwasher or unloaded, the countertops are clean, the trash is taken out, the curtains and blinds are all open, the blankets are folded, the pillows are straight, and sometimes I’ll vacuum or fold laundry. I hate starting my day when things are out of place.
Breakfast And Blogging
As soon as everything is done, I start my work routine with a delicious breakfast! I’ll usually make eggs, a smoothie, or a bowl of oats. I’ll sit down with my breakfast and start working on a new blog. I do all of my writing in the morning, and photo editing at night. I make sure to keep my planner and schedule up to date. I like to print out notes and keep them in folders, so I do not miss a deadline. Blogging is fun and very rewarding, but it takes a lot of organizing and self-discipline.
And that is my morning routine! 🙂 All of this happens before 10 am!
I’d LOVE to hear all about your morning routines! Even if it’s jumping out of bed and going!
WHAT DOES YOUR MORNING ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
This blog post was sponsored by Alice and ALL opinions are my own.