Mornings are ruthless. Your alarm clock is going off & you keep hitting snooze, but the irony is you're too stressed to actually snooze, so you just lay there… all the things you have to do before you can leave the house running through your head. Then the baby cries, and your stressful snooze session ends and it’s off to the races.
Despite the lack of sleep and hectic mornings, whether it’s headed to the office or to the studio for a photoshoot, I still want to look put together and not like I was running around in a frenzy all morning. Here are a few tips on how I manage to get it together and out the door in a (usually) timely fashion.
1. Plan ahead:
Try to get everything ready the night before that you possibly can. For example:
I almost always shower at night after the baby is in bed, and blow dry my hair so it isn’t still damp in the morning. If I’m feeling really ambitious- I’ll even style it!
Lay out what you are going to wear. From your earrings to your shoes, have it all laid out, even if it’s just leggings and a pullover. If I don’t think about what I am wearing, I get flustered in the morning and question if what I’m choosing looks good together.
Have the kids’ snacks or breakfast prepped and packed. I like to get the daycare bottles washed & refilled for the next day so all I have to do in the morning is put them in the diaper bag.
Have your lunch ready for the next day. I like to use Sunday to meal prep for the week ahead, but even when I don’t do this, I make sure I have a lunch (usually leftovers) in a to-go container ready for the next day so I don’t have to waste my time putting one together in the morning.
2. Keep it Simple & Prioritize
Get up before the babies. It’s always my goal to get mostly ready before my son wakes up, so I have all the time to focus on myself rather than having to multitask. If you have kids, you know that this isn’t always possible though, so I keep my morning routine as easy as possible so if I do have to multitask, it doesn’t set me too far back time-wise.
Make it a priority to wash your face and apply your facial products every.single.morning! Splashing cool water on my face helps wake me up, and making this a mandatory part of my routine helps me stay consistent with my skincare.
Don’t do full-face glam every morning. Instead, stick to a couple of basics that emphasize your best features and make you feel good. For me, that’s putting on some concealer, basic brown eyeshadow, mascara, bronzer, highlighter, and a neutral lip color. If I don’t get interrupted (yeah right!), the whole process takes 10 minutes tops!
Style your hair in relaxed waves or straighten it for a sleeker look. I have really thick and slightly frizzy hair, so this is the longest part of my routine (roughly 20-30 minutes). To avoid having to do this every morning, I only wash & style my hair about 2 times a week, getting a few days out of each style session. If you are really short on time, there is nothing wrong with a go-to top knot!
Side note: I prefer having relaxed curls instead of straight hair, but to save time and get extended staying power, I use my flatiron for both curling and straightening. I find that using a flatiron as opposed to a curling wand, my hair holds a more defined wave longer. This is also helpful when traveling- you only need to pack one tool! The flat iron that I use is the 1” Flatiron with Anti-Static Technology, but they also have a multi-tool specifically made to fill both roles, called the 4-in-1 Ceramic MultiStyler.
3. Fuel your body
Do not skip breakfast! I don’t know about you, but I literally cannot function if I don’t have breakfast. I like to have something that’s loaded with protein so I can make it to lunch without crashing. I have been having the same breakfast smoothie for years now, and I love it because not only does it taste delicious, I can drink it while multitasking and don’t have to pause my morning frenzy to sit down & eat.
Have your coffee ready to go. If you have an instant coffee maker, have your cup loaded & ready to go for the next day. By doing this, all you have to do in the morning is press start, and it instantly begins brewing all that caffeinated goodness!
4. Streamline your departure
Put your keys & wallet in your purse/work bag so you can avoid frantically hunting for them in the morning.
Have the diaper bag or backpacks packed and by the door.
Be prepared for the weather- if it’s going to rain or be cold, make sure you leave your jacket with your bags so you don’t walk out without it!
5. Don’t be so hard on yourself
If you can’t find matching socks for the baby, or only remember to put on one earring when you get dressed, it’s ok! Everyone has been there, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Before you know it, the littles will be out of the house and you won’t know what to do with all the morning free-time. So, embrace the chaos and remember these tips to hopefully make your morning a little easier!