My Morning Routine

I am intrigued when I ask people what their morning routine is.  Mother’s was always coffee and the paper.  Daddy’s was a shower and cereal.  Some people start their day with exercise.  It’s different for everyone it seems, so I thought I’d give you a snapshot of how I start my day…

It’s hard to be mad at his face!

Feed the animals.  This includes our three cats, Wilson (named after the movie Castaway…because he was a stray), Oreo (named for the famous cookie…because, well she is black and white), and Trevor #thecatwhowearsbowties.  He’s named after Mr. Bee’s English Uncle which you can read about here.  And our sweet dog, Hazel, named after my great aunt.  It’s a production because they all have to eat separately due to the fact that Wilson and Trevor try to eat everyone else’s food including their own.

Then, I drink a glass of lemon water.  My physician turned me onto to this about a year ago.  It helps to boost your metabolism and burn calories, plus your body has been without water for eight hours and it’s needing hydration.  The more you keep your body filled with the water the less you will desire snacking and sweets.  This simple step has really helped to suppress my appetite until lunchtime eliminating the calories and need for breakfast.

After I shower, my favorite lotion to use is Philosophy Body Emulsion in Amazing Grace.  It smells so clean and fresh and it’s super moisturizing.  For an added indulgence, you can layer the scent with their body wash and perfume.  My favorite time to do this is before bed and it makes the sheets smell so good.  If I love on Trevor, Miss Bee always says,  “Trevor, you smell like Momma!”

There are a few facial products I have been loyal to for a while from Josie Maran — I cannot live without her Argan Oil.  I not only use it on my face but it’s terrific on my cuticles, the backs of my hands, my neck and anywhere else you have dryness.  You mix the oil with the powder cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant in the morning before putting on your makeup for the day.  Always be sure to add the extra protection of sunscreen on your face!

Next, my diffuser.  I have a diffuser in almost every room of my house to fill the air with cleansing, relaxing scents.  Usually in the morning I will use a mixture of Jasmine and Lime essential oils.  It makes a beautiful blend that is soft, yet invigorating and my bathroom smells like a day spa.  Whole Foods has a great selection of oils.  My personal brand favorite is Young Living essential oils.Then, I make a good cup of coffee with cream and one raw sugar and sit down to listen to a podcast on my “Hey, Google” while I apply makeup and do my hair.  You can find my starter set of Podcasts here.  I’ve found a few more that I really like and I’ll share those soon.  I choose Podcasts over TV so I can learn something new, be empowered with a positive message or just plain laugh!

After I am all ready for work, or play, I make my bed.  Here is a great article from the Power of Positivity on the “Five Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Every Morning.”

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. Making your bed will [reinforce] the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.” – U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McCraven, former Navy Seal.

Want tips on the proper way to make your bed for a good night’s sleep?  Turn to whom other than Martha Stewart here.  And here is a link from my Pinterest Master Bedrooms Board for 48 Real Life Bedrooms that Wow (including that one above!).

So, that’s my routine in the morning.  What’s something you do everyday that wouldn’t be the same if you left it off your list?  I’d love to hear from you.  Make it a great day!

How I Start My Day: Podcasts

With Mr. Bee’s retirement came a change in my morning routine.  Since he doesn’t have to get up to a 9-5 job anymore, he’s become a nightowl. This means that when I get up early every morning, he’s still sleeping so I can’t watch my usual morning show.  I have solved that with something I actually like better:  Podcasts!  I have them downloaded to my Google Home and my phone through the apps — Player FM and Podcast Addict. Note:  Most all of these podcasts are available through Apple, but I am team Android/Google.  I have to use Podcast Addict for the shows not featured on Player FM.

Here are my favorite ones that I rotate through…

Young House Love by Sherry and John Petersik.  They are a fun couple who began chronicling their home improvement adventures in 2007 on the blog of the same name.  You can tune in weekly with episodes filled with casual decorating advice, DIY stories, along with what’s new around the house and interviews with designers, bloggers, TV personalities and more.  They have authored two best-selling books and have product lines at Target and Home Depot.  I had the chance to meet them last summer at Haven Conference and they are just as fun in person as they are on social media.

The Foodist podcast by Darya Rose, PhD., introduces you to real people on the journey of becoming foodists, learning how to get healthy and lose weight without dieting.  A foodist is someone who uses Real Food to optimize their life for health and happiness.  She is also the creator of Summer Tomato, one of Time’s 50 Best Websites.  Each week she talks with a guest at all stages of their journey in finding foods, habits and activities they love and that work for them.

What Should I Read Next by Anne Bogel is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced with the problem of not knowing what to read next.  Each week Anne, of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they’re reading now.  Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  The #1 bestselling author of the Happiness Project (a great read I might add) and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s co-host is her sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer who lovingly refers to Gretchen as her “happiness bully.”  Gretchen will be at the North Richland Hills library in September signing her latest book The Four Tendencies.

And the newest Podcast is For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.  People. Home. Stories. Shoes. Family. Jesus.  Community. TV. Travel. Food. Culture.  The hilarious best-selling author and star of HGTV’s “My Big Family Renovation” invites you to drop by and catch up with her friends as they laugh and chat about all the things we love.

I listen to the podcasts while I sip my coffee, put on my makeup and dress for the day.  Most are about 30 minutes long so it’s the perfect pick-me-up before work where I learn something new and it’s always a positive message — which, to be honest, the morning news these days is not so positive.

Give these a try and be sure to let me know what podcasts you listen to and share in the comments.