Yesterday, we heard from Celia about her mindful morning! Today, we’re getting a peek into her mama must-haves, one of my favorite parts of this series! Check out more from La Coqueta here and on Instagram. Celia, thank you so much for joining us on La Petite Peach!

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Have you ever browsed around on Instagram and come across a beautiful feed—and then looked up to realize 30 minutes have gone by?!

That’s exactly what happened when I stumbled across Celia Munoz, owner and designer of the gorgeous Spanish clothing boutique, Lacoqueta Kids. I went nuts for everything! Her charming European life and five gorgeous children feel like something I would dream up—but they’re totally real!

Stunning European countryside, amazing adventures, and beautiful children’s clothing will leave you charmed with Celia, her business, and her lovely family.

Are you a morning person? If not, how do you handle getting up early with your kids?

I wouldn’t say I am a natural when it comes to waking up early but I guess motherhood did change that very quickly. I have now gotten used to waking up early and I don’t think about things too much when I wake up. I just do what I need to do, which is waking up my family, feeding them, taking my children to school and then going to work. The weekends are a lot more relaxed and my children generally wake me up a bit later than during the week, which is wonderful.

Do you get up before your kids? If so, how do you spend that time?

Yes, I wake up 15 minutes earlier so that I can have a chat with my husband (we don’t have much quiet time during the day with so many children around!). I wake them up just before I have a shower so that we can all get dressed at the same time. They all bring their little stack of clothes to my bathroom and they get dressed while I shower.  My older children get dressed a lot faster than the younger ones so they help each other.

What is a typical weekday morning like in your house?

It is, to say the least, extremely organized and efficient. I wake up early because I do not like to rush my family in the morning and I like that we enjoy having breakfast together in the morning, all sitting down around the table and enjoying a meal and a conversation. We don’t rush. We enjoy being together before my husband leaves just after breakfast and I take them all to school. I must confess that by 9 am when I get to the office, it feels like half a day has passed already as I have done so many things.

Do you have a morning routine? What’s it like?

Yes we do. Like any big family, routine is our motto—otherwise, it would be impossible for me to make it work. I find that my children welcome routine and it trains them to do the same thing every day, which can be quite helpful.

6:30 – My husband and I wake up.

6:45am – I wake up my children and we all get ready. They all need to do their beds and tidy up their clothes before they have breakfast.

7:10am – We prepare breakfast together. I do the smoothie, my husband prepares porridge and my children help with laying the table. It’s a great team effort and we all enjoy our breakfast until 7h40.

7:40 – When my husband isn’t travelling he leaves for work.

7:45 – Everybody brushes their teeth. My son Lucas comes with me to my bedroom and reads to me while I put my makeup on.

8am – We walk to school and once we say goodbye to each other, I head toward my office or the shop, generally by 9 am.

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What’s the best part of your morning?

Breakfast. My husband and I feel so grateful to have so many children. Having everybody around the table chatting makes us experience a great sense of achievement. There isn’t a single day we don’t think about this.

What’s a non-negotiable in your morning?

Not tidying up your bedroom or not brushing your teeth.

How are your mornings different on the weekend?

They are completely different. We let our children wake up when they want, which is generally around 7h30 or 8 am. The rule is that they can’t leave their bedroom before 8h30 so that my husband and I can sleep a bit longer. They have a clock and the moment it’s 8h30, they all race to see who is coming to our bed first…it’s hilarious!

What were your mornings like before you became a mama?

During the week I used to wake up half an hour before I left for work – I still woke up early but not that early…I do not miss it though.

What’s your dream morning?

My mornings during the weekend. I wake up later, there’s no rush and the only big plan we have is to go for a walk once we’ve had breakfast. It’s wonderful to not have a plan and to just enjoy being together.

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If you could get someone to take over any part of your morning, what would it be?

Tying shoelaces and doing special hairstyles for my two daughters. I am terrible at it and find it a waste of time, but it is important to them so I try to make the effort.

Describe your morning in just 3 words.

Routine, energy and healthiness.

Coffee or tea?

Tea of course…one of the things I like the most about England. I recently discovered a Rooibos tea with cinnamon and orange that I love, always with a little bit of added milk.

What comes to mind when you think of mindfulness?

I think of the little things that my children do that in a way are so ordinary but in another way are so special, and that I will probably miss once they are fully grown up.

How do you find mindfulness in the morning?

By waking up early, taking that 15 minutes with my husband and not rushing anybody, just enjoying our morning before everybody goes to school. However, it’s always a work in progress…

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What do you do the night before to make your mornings feel easier?

I ensure all of my children’s clothes, homework, etc. are ready so that we just need to get dressed, tidy up and have breakfast together without having to think about choosing clothes or preparing a schoolbag. I prepare all of my smoothie ingredients before I go to bed so that I save a few minutes in the morning.

Bonus: What are you working on right now? Tell my readers about what you do and any fun projects you are working on. Shameless plug!

At the moment I am working on our next SS16 shoot. We are launching  a special occasion collection (first time ever for us!) and I am very excited.

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This week, I’m introducing you to Lesleigh from the gorgeous lifestyle blog, Pearls on String. Lesleigh writes about fashion and beauty, and shares motherhood advice from the perspective of an occupational therapist.

We met on Instagram (don’t you love how that happens?) because we both have a love affair with all things Parisian—and because we had babies (Waverly and Wesleigh, who are now two) just weeks apart!

I think you’ll find Lesleigh refreshing—she lives in Alaska, and I love hearing what it’s like to be a mama living on the other side of the country!

Do you get up before your kid(s)? If so, how do you spend that time?

When Waverley was a tiny babe, I would sleep until she woke up because I needed every extra second I could manage. Now that she’s older and on a consistent sleeping routine, I love getting up before she does. I’ve noticed that on days I don’t do this, I feel rushed and less efficient throughout the entire day. I really value my time in the morning before she wakes up and I am usually able to eat breakfast, drink coffee, check my email, and read theSkimm.

Do you have a morning routine? What’s it like?

Absolutely. I am lost without my morning routine! As soon as I wake up I drink a ton of water, which is right by my bed. Then I head down for breakfast. I cannot make it very long without eating! Depending on the day and how much free time I have after I eat breakfast, I usually drink coffee, check my email, and get ready for the day. Then I make Waverley’s breakfast and go get her out of bed—usually around 7:30/8am.

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What’s the best part of your morning?

I really savor the quiet time before Waverley gets up when I can drink my coffee and get a few things done. It’s so calm and I am crazy productive in just those 20–30 minutes! Now that it is nearly winter, I am looking forward to extra-cozy mornings watching the snow fall while it is still dark. It’s incredibly peaceful before the tornado of a toddler whirls through!

What’s a non-negotiable in your morning?

Breakfast right away and multiple cups of coffee.

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How are your mornings different on the weekend?

We are definitely more relaxed on the weekend! We typically don’t have places to go very early so we will sleep in until 8am or so (such a luxury these days!) and make a big breakfast. Waverley loves to watch Daniel Tiger these mornings and we usually stay in our pajamas until 10am. It is quite blissful!

What were your mornings like before you became a mama?

I have a similar wake-up routine now as I did then, however, I was out of the house by 6:45/7am for my hour commute to the hospital for work. My mornings were early and usually frazzled prior to leaving the house. I rarely saw Nate because he was still sleeping when I left. The hour drive provided a great opportunity to prepare for the day; I would drink my coffee, listen to music, and think about my caseload for the day. Looking back, that solo time was vital to my sanity, which is why I like waking up earlier than Waverley in order to have a little time to myself. The weekends are extremely different though! We used to sleep in much later than we do now. I am not sure I am even capable of doing that anymore!

If you could get someone to take over any part of your morning, what would it be?

I often wish I could have a team of stylists and hair/makeup artists swoop in to get me ready for the day. Then I could work while they work their magic and look fabulous. Mascara is often skipped over these days, yet I realize I feel so much better about life on the days I wear it.

How do you find mindfulness in the morning?

I find mindfulness by scheduling time for myself, even if it means waking up earlier than I technically need to—which is something I never did prior to having a baby! I feel best throughout the day when my morning consists of time to mentally prepare for the day and time to eat a healthy, energizing breakfast. Having enough time to myself is essential to me for finding mindfulness.

What do you do the night before to make your mornings feel easier?

I clean the kitchen and run the dishwasher so we wake up without dirty dishes piled high in the sink. I am also passionate about making coffee the night before and having it go off automatically so it is ready when I walk down the stairs.

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What’s your dream morning?

My dream morning, as ridiculous as this sounds, would involve me actually waking up early enough to work out and shower/get ready for the day before Waverley wakes up. I am rarely able to pull myself out of bed early enough to do that anymore! Yet since this is my dream morning, I would wake up early and feel impossibly awake and refreshed. I just love the feeling of accomplishment when I exercise in the morning and also the feeling of freedom knowing it is done for the day. Then my dream morning would involve leisurely drinking coffee and eating an amazing meal on a balcony overlooking a fabulous destination, like Paris or somewhere tropical. Le sigh!

Bonus: What are you working on right now? Tell my readers about what you do and any fun projects you are working on. Shameless plug!

I write the blog Pearls on a String, which is about multiple aspects of motherhood and life in Alaska. I am an occupational therapist currently working as a part-time OT professor and I coach a swim team for people with disabilities. On my blog, I love to answer readers’ questions regarding childhood development and the trials of motherhood using my professional and personal experiences to translate evidence-based practices into understandable language. I am working on my first children’s book and collaborating with local businesses in Alaska to showcase a different Alaskan lifestyle than the one often portrayed in TV shows. Come say hello on Instagram or Facebook!