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For the most part, I feel like I am at odds with mornings. I suck at them and I hate it, especially as I watch my husband seemingly glide through them, checking off his imaginary to-do list with (appeared) ease. He's just way too good at the a.m. thing. (Yet, somehow I managed to assume the responsibly of morning drop-offs.)
Becoming a parent meant that I had to come to terms with mornings. And for a small moment in time, when they were filled with a sweet baby and cuddles, I loved them. Nowadays I'm navigating life with a tween and a pre-threenager, dragging my feet through the final days of summer break. I already know, in just a matter of days, it's about to get real.
So I've been making more of an effort to reintroduce a bit more routine into our lives while looking for ways to work smarter not harder. I'm also holding on to this: Each morning, I have the opportunity to set the tone not just for my day but also for my husband and my children.
If you're like me, you're going to need these hacks to help us start winning when it comes to mornings.
14. Or better yet, have the same thing every day during the week: cereal/oatmeal/bagels/yogurt. Although this might seem a little boring, it removes the need to make another decision in the morning. Besides you can always change it up the following week.
15. Use mason jars for storing grab-and-go meals. No time to eat breakfast before heading out? Grab some oatmeal—in a jar, of course.
16. Use dryer sheets to remove deodorant stains from clothing.