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10 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep

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Whenever you get a group of moms together and they start swapping stories and chatting about the hard-knock life of motherhood, you’re bound to hear about sleep deprivation. It is a universal struggle. We know to expect it with our newborns but what about when we can’t use that excuse anymore because our kids are now sleeping through the night? Why is it that we still don’t feel rested in the morning?

I’ve put together a comprehensive list of some things we can do in order to make sleep more of a priority and for those of us who might have a harder time making it to bed early or falling asleep once we’re there.

1. Assess Sleeping Environment

Your bedroom is a sacred place. Use this checklist to create a fortress that will induce sleep:

•   Keep the temperature lower, between 60-67 degrees preferably.

•   Keep it dark with blackout curtains if you need them.

•   Make it a rule that your bed is for sleep and sex only. Creating any other associations (such as working, watching TV, or browsing Pinterest) will create a discord when you climb into bed to sleep.

•   Is it comfortable? Do you look forward to crawling into a soft, lush bed with cloud like pillows and warm blankets? If not, make it a goal to create that, STAT.

2. Calming Nighttime Routine

Just as the parenting books say it is important to create a nighttime routine for your kids to help them sleep, so it is with your routine. If you like to have a few minutes to yourself once the kids are in bed, find a calming activity that you can make a part of your routine. Reading, crocheting, writing, yoga, or stretching are all great ideas. Try not to include electronics in your routine as they can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

3. Same Sleep Schedule

Part of your nighttime routine will include a non-negotiable bedtime hour. Which should follow with a non-negotiable wake up hour. Working toward going to sleep and getting up at the same time everyday will pay off great dividends in life. It’s difficult when you have young kids who sometimes wake up in the night and require your attention. However, making it a goal and protecting that time as best you can is one of the smartest things you can do for your health.

4. Exercise Daily

Daily exercise has proven to help most people fall asleep at night. It’s a good idea to do something, each day, that gets your heart rate up. It doesn’t have to be a marathon run on the treadmill but something that gets your blood flowing. Try to do it earlier in the day for the best effect.

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5. Power Down Electronics

Screens from any of our electronic devices are a huge problem when it comes to sleep. So many of us plop ourselves in front of the TV, flip open our laptops, or grab our phones to “unwind” at night. The problem is, these activities don’t help us unwind, they stimulate our brain and tell it to stop producing melatonin because the light from these screens suggests it’s daytime.

Try turning these devices completely off or plugging them into a central charging station for everyone’s devices an hour or so before bedtime. This is sure to help you get to bed on time and fall asleep quickly once you’re there.

6. Close the Kitchen

I want to scream every time my kids tell me, well after dinnertime, “I’m hungry!” My response is always the same, “Why didn’t you eat when it was time to eat?” I have made it a habit to warn my kids when they’re ready to get down from the dinner table, “Are you sure you’re done eating? The kitchen is closed as soon as you get down from the table, understood?”

Not only is it annoying to feed my kids when we’re in the middle of our bedtime routine, going to bed on a full stomach can make it difficult to fall asleep. Drinking too many liquids too close to bedtime can cause us to get up in the night to go to the bathroom. If we make it a habit to “close the kitchen” after dinner, we’re much less likely to suffer from these things when we’re trying to fall asleep. I make it clear the kitchen is closed by turning off the lights.

7. Avoid Caffeine, Tobacco, and Alcohol

Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol can all have a negative effect on our sleep habits. If Diet Coke is your vice and you’re telling me there’s no way you’re going to give it up, consider giving it up after a certain hour in the day. These things can stay in your system for many hours so at least try eliminating them in the afternoon and evening hours.

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8. Dim Lights

A really good way to change gears at home when it’s time to start getting ready for bed is to circle your house and turn off all the overhead lights. I usually leave a lamp on in each room but the difference in brightness is a good sign to your brain that nighttime is approaching and to start producing melatonin.

9. White Noise

The other night, my mom and her sister were talking about when they were young they used to listen to the radio or their records at night to fall asleep. Now they both have this major problem where they can’t sleep some nights because they have a stupid line of a stupid song that gets stuck in their heads. I’m no expert so I can’t say listening to the radio causes this weird problem but I will say, white noise is probably a better idea.

You can use an app on your phone or purchase a white noise machine. This kind of noise isn’t stimulating like music or TV, it’s background noise if you have a hard time turning your brain off at night.

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10. Don’t Lay Awake in Bed

If you still can’t sleep and you’re laying awake in bed, don’t lay there and stress about how you can’t sleep. Get up and do something relaxing for a while. If you’re worried about something, write it down on a post-it note and tell yourself you’ll think about it in the morning. The more you lay in bed stressing, the less likely you are going to fall asleep. Interrupt the pattern and get up for a minute to distract yourself. Try some relaxing yoga or a low-key book.

Of all the things we can do for our health, sleep is one of the most important. It helps regulate every process in our body and mind and helps us to be more effective during our waking hours. With all of the demands of motherhood, we have to commit to protecting this precious asset. If we don’t, it is far too easy to let other things get in the way.

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Have you tried any of these suggestions to help you get a better night’s sleep? Do you have any others? What is the one thing that most often gets in the way of you getting a good night’s sleep?

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6 Favorite Personal Development Books

6 Fave Books SquareI’m kind of a self-improvement junkie. In fact, my family makes fun of me sometimes because there’s always the latest book I’ve read or listened to and I want to share it with everybody. I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites with you in light of my post about lifelong learning. Reading and listening to books that teach me something is one of my favorite ways to learn.

***I have included Amazon affiliate links for each book. That means, that if you choose to purchase a book through one of my links, at no extra cost to you, I will receive a small commission.

The Willpower Instinct1. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal (audio version) (kindle version)

You will understand willpower on an entirely new level after reading this book. It also has some actionable steps to help strengthen your own willpower. A definite must-read when you feel like you never seem to have enough self-discipline to accomplish your goals. Willpower is just a muscle and the more you use it, the stronger it gets. You can learn how to “urge surf” and overcome things you never thought possible.

The Automatic Millionaire2. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (audio version) (kindle version)

I first read this book as a required text for a family finances class I took in college. It is pure genius! It’s so nice to live in a time when there are so many resources to managing your finances and saving for retirement. Long gone are the days of money stashes in the mattress. You can be smart about saving and make it automatic so you don’t even know it’s happening. This book also explains the basics on finances and investing in a way that even I could understand.

Getting Things Done3. Getting Things Done by David Allen (audio version) (kindle version)

This book teaches you how to get everything out of your head and into a system you can trust so that you don’t forget things and you have a clear head at all times. I have a constant list going in my head of things I need to do, would like to do, and stuff I can’t forget. It’s nice to see that someone has come up with a system to organize all of that. It takes a little time to set up the system and a commitment to keep up with it but it can literally change your life!

Duct Tape Parenting4. Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle (audio version) (kindle version)

In college I studied a lot about child psychology and developmental and educational theories. I didn’t find this book until later but it is based on Rudolf Dreikurs’ and Alfred Adler’s idea of natural consequences and intrinsic motivation. It is the theory that most resonates with me and teaches that we can help children motivate themselves without punishment or reward but through natural consequences. It’s an amazing read and really helps you question your parenting tactics but offers excellent steps in changing the way you parent. Try it as an experiment and I’m willing to bet you’ll be convinced.

The One Thing5. The One Thing by Gary Keller (audio version) (kindle version)

This is a book that is talked about a lot among entrepreneurs. However, I think it is applicable to all people in whatever their endeavors are. As a mother, I find the “focusing question” invaluable in prioritizing my life and making sure I’m doing what matters most. It helps to cut through the clutter and focus on the one thing that is going to make the biggest difference. It also busts some longtime myths about productivity and achieving the life of your dreams.

5 LL Book6. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (audio version) (kindle version)

You all know this is one of my favorites because I’m talking about it all month long! We live in such a disposable society. Our phones only last two years (if that), our computers don’t last much longer, our plates are disposable, our leftovers go to waste, and when something doesn’t work right, we can just take it back to the store for a refund. Even marriage has become disposable. I truly believe that if people would try this experiment before calling it quits, we would see an enormous decrease in the divorce rate. No more would we hear, “We just don’t love each other anymore” or “He doesn’t make me happy.”

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Have I convinced you to read any of these? What are some of your favorites?

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Never Stop Learning

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During my first year of college, while walking toward the bus after classes, I met a surprising woman. She had to have been well into her 80’s or possibly her 90’s. She was classically dressed in a black skirt, white button down shirt, and orthopedic shoes. Her white hair was pulled up in a sleek bun and behind her she wheeled what looked like a heavy backpack. When I first saw her, I thought she was lost. Then, I thought maybe she was a professor. I never guessed she would be a student.

I ran up to her and asked if I could help her with her bag. She was grateful and we walked together toward the science building. I learned that she was a student at this university and she was taking graduate classes in nutrition and food science. This intrigued me. She was quick to admit she was auditing the classes. Her reasons were that she wasn’t after a degree and didn’t want to take up space in a graduate program that could be occupied by younger students looking for a career. She said she was interested in learning about food science and that it was always something that fascinated her. I was absolutely floored. Here I was, a 19-year-old psychology major who was considering changing her major because a graduate degree seemed way too far off to be realistic. Yet here stood a woman, older than my grandma, who was eagerly studying in a graduate program that she would never get a diploma for.

My interaction with this woman impacted my life and completely changed the way I view education. Although I am an advocate of formal education, I majored in it, I am an even bigger advocate of organic learning. For a lot of people, the best kind of learning happens when we aren’t doing it for a grade.

Maybe you think you’re done with school and so your “real learning” has stopped. Maybe you feel like with little kids there is no way you have time to learn. Or maybe you really can’t think of anything you want to learn and so you just keep plugging away at your day-to-day life. Let me assure you that “real learning” happens outside of a classroom, you do have time to learn even with little kids, and there is something you want to learn you just need to make it a priority.

Time learn 2How do I find time to learn?

We cannot make a goal to learn about something without redirecting a chunk of our time to doing it. The extra time does not come out of thin air, we must take it from something we are already doing.

Before you complain that you just don’t have the time, take an honest look at your life. Is every minute of your life really spent doing supremely important things? How many minutes a day do you spend mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed? Or pinning random things on Pinterest that you never make the time to try? Do you mindlessly watch episode after episode of New Girl on Netflix at night to “unwind”? While it’s totally fine to take a break occasionally from focus-draining tasks and do something mindless for a few minutes, we have a tendency of letting that train run free and losing a lot of precious time in the name of taking “breaks.”

I guarantee that if you make the use of your time intentional, you will find pockets of time that could be spent strengthening your brain and learning something new. You just have to be conscious about how you actually spend your time and not how you tell yourself you spend it.

What to learn 2What Should I Learn?

There are any number of things we can learn that will improve our life in some way. Here are a list of questions to get you started.

What will help me improve my life right now if I knew more about it?

Maybe you’ve noticed that some moms seem to have it together and make dinner every night when you feel like it is an impossible task. If you knew a little more about cooking or meal planning and prep, could it make that easier for you? What if you looked into make ahead freezer meals? Or maybe your struggle is saving money. You just can’t seem to figure out how to get your head above water. If you knew of different options and strategies out there to help people save money, could you possibly benefit from that?

What have I always been interested in?

What is that one thing you were always interested in but never pursued because of other things that came up in life? In the past, were you able to carry on long, deep conversations about philosophy? Does human anatomy absolutely fascinate you? Or forensic science? Or maybe you’re drawn to studying other cultures or languages. There is no limit to what you can learn if it piques your interest.

What are my hobbies?

Or if you’re a busy mom, what were your hobbies? I know for a long time after I started having kids I gave up on my hobbies because I felt like I didn’t have time anymore. I finally realized that having a hobby is paramount, no matter how much or how little time you have. Did you used to enjoy photography? Or making paper crafts? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to crochet but other things always got in the way. It’s possible to make a little time each week to focus on a hobby.

What do my loved ones need help with?

Is there something someone in your family needs help with right now? Do you have a depressed teenager that you don’t know what to do with? Or a defiant toddler who seems to rule your house? Maybe your husband is trying to start his own business but could benefit from a little help from you. There are ways to learn about all these topics if we make the time for it.

Books2How can I learn?

Now that you know what you want to learn, here is a list of some different ways you can go about it.

Books

Let us never forget the classic, tried and true way of learning, books. There are so many incredible books out there, old and new. There are different ways of reading books. There are physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are abridged versions, nonabridged versions, cliffnotes, and summaries of books. You can buy books, rent books, trade books, or borrow books. You may even already have a book you intended to read but never got around to it. 

One of my favorite things to do while cleaning is listen to books. Since routine cleaning is such a mindless task to me, I can thoroughly enjoy a new book while I do it and it passes the time so much faster. Instead of dreading the task of cleaning the bathroom, I can look forward to it because I get to listen to this awesome book. I usually listen to free books from my local library with an app called overdrive on my phone. Ask your local library if they offer audiobooks and they can probably get you set up. If not, audible has most any book you can think of in audio version. You can try audible for free for a month with two free audiobooks. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get 3 free months of audible, with a free book each month.

Courses

Check your local college for community courses to see if one strikes your fancy. You might also be able to audit real college classes if you’re not interested in earning credits. Or you could try sites such as Udemy or Coursera to find online courses on your topic of interest. Many of them are free.

Podcasts

If you’ve never listened to a podcast then you are missing out! The best way to describe them would be sort of like a radio show I guess, only on demand. So you can search for certain topics or browse different categories. Sometimes I like to even google “best podcasts for…” whatever topic I’m interested in. You can download certain episodes and subscribe to your favorite podcasts. There’s a lot to be learned on the podcast platform.

Clubs or Groups

If you are lucky enough to have clubs or groups in your area dedicated to what you’re interested in, you should definitely consider joining. For instance, say you are interested in learning more about homeschooling your children. If you know of someone in your community who homeschools, get with that person to ask if there are others and if they meet regularly. See if they would mind if you popped in to learn a little more. Or maybe you’re interested in making some homemade decor for your house. Do you know anybody who is particularly good at that? Maybe you could invite this person to start a craft club with you and ask your friends if they would be interested in doing a craft night once a month to make something for their home. The possibilities are endless! The fun about this is that you get to learn with other people. So girls night out just got educational 🙂

Conferences

Check out local conferences or events where experts come to speak or give classes for a day. These are sometimes an investment but may well be worth it to you. You can also make this one a little more social by inviting your spouse or a good friend to attend with you.

There is so much in life that we can learn and benefit from yet we sometimes get stuck in this rut where we know what we know and that’s all we care about or have energy for. Get rid of your mindset that learning takes place at school and become a lifelong learner where learning takes place in every location and situation. Be an example to your children that learning is important, fun, and should be a lifelong endeavor.

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Tell me, what are you going to start with? How do you plan on learning about it? Have you tried any of these ideas or do you have others?

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8 Beauty Products to Speed Up Your Routine

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**You may notice some of these links come from the blog maskcara.com. I just want to clarify that everything I know about makeup I learned from her and I love her products. I am not affiliated in any way but highly recommend her for makeup tips, advice, and amazing products. There are also Amazon affiliate links for some of these products. That means, if you choose to purchase a product through one of my Amazon links, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a small commission. Ok…on to the good stuff…

I feel like people are finally realizing that not everybody has an hour to get ready everyday and products that speed up that process are hot right now. There are more than ever before. Here a few that are my go-tos currently.

hac pack1. IIID Foundation

This is the holy grail of contouring for busy people. If you think highlighting and contouring will take too much time, watch this video and see if it doesn’t convince you. It’s so easy, you don’t need anything underneath it and it makes your face look like you have the perfect lighting following you around all day. I seriously love this stuff and the fact that the palette includes foundation, blush, and illuminator means you don’t need much else in your makeup kit. You can use the cream blush on your lips for a little color and the contour color on your eyes if you want. It’s so quick! If you feel intimidated, check out this post.

Hac brush2. 30 Second HAC Brush

This brush is on my list to purchase next time I refill my IIID foundation. It is dual-sided with one side short and dense for your contour color and the other side more like a foundation brush for your highlight color. With such a large surface area on each side, your foundation would have to go on super quick!

bb cream3. Loreal BB Cream

If you aren’t interested at all in highlighting and contouring, a BB Cream might be your answer. You put it on like you would moisturizer and it evens out your skin tone and gives you a little color. It’s the quickest all-over face option. You can get them with SPF which is super important to your skin health. I sometimes use this one under the IIID Foundation if I feel like I need a little more coverage.

maybelline mascara4. Define-a-Lash Mascara

Using just a touch of mascara really makes my eyes pop and makes me look awake and alert. Even without any other eye makeup, this one makes the biggest difference. I like this one because it doesn’t smudge and it makes my lashes look super long and separated, without making them spidery. Not only that, but it’s a steal at less than $6.

brow duo5. Anasastia Brow Duo

Most of us underestimate how important our brows are. I suggest getting them professionally shaped and then working to maintain that shape by tweezing on a regular basis. Then you can quickly fill them in where they need it. Here is a great post about eyebrows. I have found that using a brow shadow is the quickest way to fill in my brows on a regular day.

makeup organizer6. Clear Makeup Organizer

To make painting your face even easier, get something to organize your products and tools that is super easy to navigate. Since this one is clear, I can always see where everything is and it makes it so simple to grab what I need and get on with life. It sure beats digging through a makeup bag.

round brush7. Ceramic Round Brush

I used to dread using a ceramic round brush because my hair would always get stuck in the crack between the barrel and the handle and it was excruciating to pull it out! I decided to invest a little more in my brushes and found this jewel. My hair never gets caught and it gives my roots crazy volume. Not only that, it does it all in under 6 minutes for me!

batiste8. Batiste Dry Shampoo

I have super thin hair and so a good dry shampoo is imperative for me. This stuff is super cheap and I love the way it covers up my thin spots. I have a cowlick in the back of my head and my hair always parts there. I used to use the brown bumble and bumble dry shampoo to help camouflage it but at almost $40 a pop and only a handful of places in the state to buy it, it wasn’t realistic. This is the perfect dupe and you can buy it almost anywhere.

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What products do you use that make your beauty routine quicker? Do you use any of these? Do you like them?

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15 Minute Get Ready Routine for Busy Moms

Get Ready SquareLook, I feel you. What is the point of spending an hour every morning to blow-dry your hair, primp your face, and style your OOTD just to stay cooped up inside all day chasing around crazy little monsters? We all know there is no point in wearing stylish clothes when they’re just going to be pooped on, puked on, and covered in sticky who-knows-what. I mean, this isn’t 1950 and we all know it isn’t our “womanly duty” to look sexy for our husbands before they get up in the morning until after they go to sleep.

When I was young and single I had a discussion with a friend about the controversial “getting ready every day” idea. She said, “Oh please tell me you are not going to be one of those moms who takes her kids to school in her pajamas! That is so embarrassing! Please tell me you will not do that to your future children!” I laughed it off at the time and said, “Yeah, I probably will. I don’t care what people think of me.”

If you know me, you have likely seen me in paint-stained yoga pants and a holey t-shirt with my hair smashed on one side from sleeping on it the night before and zero makeup, walking down the aisles at Walmart. I would give my old friend nightmares if she saw me now. 

But let’s face it ladies, while we may not care what people think of us, we should care about how we feel about ourselves. The truth is, when I spend even 15 minutes to get ready and put on jeans instead of paint-stained yoga pants, I feel so much more confident, productive, and more like myself. We all have 15 minutes in a day to get a little bit ready. Everybody’s routine is going to be different but here is what I’ve found works.

Hair3 7 Minute Hair

I tried, for an entire year, to like my hair long. I am obsessed with pictures and tutorials for long, beautiful hair. I tried really hard to take care of my hair and grow it out. Then I realized one day, I’m not meant to have long hair. Not only is my hair just too thin and long hair definitely does not flatter me, I was not willing to put in the work to style it everyday. 

So, I found a cute short haircut, got it cut a few months ago, and am in love with it! It’s definitely a “mom cut” and I don’t even care. I can style my hair from soaking wet to done in less than 7 minutes and it looks like I spent an hour. I know this because my four-year-old son always tells me how nice my hair looks when I’m done, and we all know kids never lie about your looks. It has lots of layers and I use a round brush and hairdryer. If you have more hair than me, you can probably get away with not washing it as often and just use some dry shampoo to revive your hair from yesterday. 

Whatever your style is, if you can’t make it look decent in 7 minutes, it may not be worth it. 

Items of business:

1. Is your current hairstyle serving you? Can you make it look good in 7 minutes? Can you go a day or two without washing it and still fix it to look nice? If not, look for a new style. I would say that most of the time, shorter styles are so much easier. There is just less hair to deal with. If you’re super attached to long hair, learn some quick braids, easy up-dos, or hairstyles you can keep alive for several days. This is an amazing tutorial (hair starts around 5:45 minute mark) for long hair and if you can get away with it, go for it!

2. Keep your tools easily accessible. If you’re like me you might have curling irons, wands, flat irons, hair dryers with different attachments, and all manner of combs, picks, and brushes.  Maybe you are a product hoarder and have 20 different bottles that you rarely use. Find what you will need on a daily basis and set it apart from the rest. Easily accessible means less fuss and less time.

Makeup35 Minute Makeup

I am known for being an all or nothing kind of girl. Some people may say that I either look like I’m dying or I’m going to the Prom. So it’s hard to prioritize my makeup routine sometimes. For a long time it was either my whole face or nothing at all. In the last year or so I have been better about trying to put on the essentials most days and I always feel so much better and even accomplished. I know it’s ridiculous to say that putting on makeup makes me feel accomplished but it does.

Again, everybody’s routine will be different but I have found that for me, only a couple of essentials changes my whole attitude about how I feel about myself. On regular days, when I don’t necessarily have anything to get dolled up for I wear a highlighting and contouring product (in lieu of foundation), blush, mascara, and lip gloss. Sometimes I quickly fill in my brows. I can easily do this in under 5 minutes. Now that I try a little harder on most days, my kids will sometimes notice and say, “Are we going to church?” Ummm…no honey, mommy just decided to stop being a slob. 

Two things to figure out what your routine is: 

1. Experiment with what products you feel like you need the most. What are your absolute essentials? What can you get on your face, to make you look the best, in five minutes flat? If you are really struggling, do a little research and you’re bound to come up with some excellent tutorials. I love this one from maskcara.

2. Keep those products separate from the rest of your makeup. Maybe in a small makeup bag or a clear makeup organizer. If you don’t have to dig through compacts and tubes to find those essentials, it will cut off a significant amount of time.

clothes main3 Minute Outfit

I realize paint-stained yoga pants are comfortable, really I do. Especially when you are on this upward climb in size and you don’t want to buy new clothes because, really, what a waste of money. You’re going to lose that weight and then you’ll buy a whole new wardrobe. But for now, the only pair of jeans you can get on are dirty and these paint-stained yoga pants are calling your name. Ok, maybe not everybody wears paint-stained yoga pants. You might just wear nice yoga pants. If you feel good in them, go ahead. But if you feel more put together in at least some jeans, try it for a while.

For Christmas my husband took me shopping. He lovingly told me that he appreciated how I always bought him and the kids clothes but that I never bought myself clothes. I started in with the, “when I lose some weight…” He cut me off and said, “But you need clothes now.” So he bought me four pairs of new jeans. They were knock-offs and super cheap but they feel so nice to wear. They actually fit and I feel so much better when I’m out in public and don’t have to worry if the checker at the store is wondering if I can afford clothes or not. Again, lovingly, my husband told me, “I swear, if I see you wear those paint-stained yoga pants again…” It was a loving warning I suppose 🙂

How to get there:

1. If you don’t already own enough clothes that fit for a week, get some. There is no shame in buying secondhand, as long as they actually fit. Or buy from a discount store where there are last season’s brand names. If all you own is yoga pants or basketball shorts, that is all you will wear. Try wearing some nice fitting jeans one day and see how you feel.

2. Set out your clothes the night before. It’s weird how the night before it will probably only take you 2 minutes, supposing you have clothes to choose from, to figure out what you can wear tomorrow. If you wait until morning, when you’re kind of groggy and disoriented, it could take a whole lot longer. Also, wear a cute apron when cooking and feeding kids, it keeps your clothes so much cleaner!

Have I convinced you that you can do this yet? Try setting a timer the first few times for each phase of your routine to push yourself to do it quickly. I promise, you’ll see. You’ll see how nobody can justify not using 15 minutes in the morning to looking and feeling 100X better for the rest of the day. Let me know how it goes, I’m excited to hear about it!

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Special thanks to my gorgeous sister Amie for being my model. Truth be told, she doesn’t even need 15 minutes to look this stunning!

So are you one of those people that is always put together? Or do you gravitate toward the “I don’t really care” side? What are your tips for getting ready quick?

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