Tag: mindful mornings

One of my favorite people and not to mention bloggers, is Kelly Smith from Cloudy Day Gray. Thanks to my friend Beck, I met Kelly in Philly where we enjoyed some amazing food and adventures last spring. Here is how Kelly Spends her mornings with her two sweet babes, but make sure you read all about her story over on her blog.

View More: http://lisaelizabethimages.pass.us/lapetitepeachAre you a morning person? If not, how do you handle getting up early with your kids?

I am really not a morning person and have the hardest time getting up in the morning. Thankfully, my husband lets me sleep while he gets the kids up, feeds them, gets them dressed, makes lunch for our five-year-old, Parker, and walks him to school.

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

Both of my kids are really light sleepers, so if I want to get up before them (which is only when I have a deadline or other work that needs to be finished) I have to get up WAY before them. I am talking 4:30 or 5 am.

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

We have very consistent mornings. My son Parker wakes me up with a kiss before leaving for school, I stumble out of bed, and I am greeted with the biggest hug from my daughter at the bottom of the stairs. We usually sit for a few minutes while I whisper prayers of thanks into her ear. I set her down and change the TV channel from Curious George to Pandora music – we like contemporary folk. Then, like clockwork, the phone alarm chimes and it is time to prepare Matilda’s morning medications. She had a liver transplant when she was six weeks old, and will take medication twice a day for the rest of her life to prevent rejection and combat some side effects. After medicine, I make a cup of coffee, grab a banana or a hard-boiled egg, and head to the playroom. Matilda is like me in a lot of ways. She also prefers slow mornings and is more than willing to snuggle up next to me with some books or the iPad while I answer emails, write to-do lists for the day, or take an occasional call for work. As I get to work on projects, she prefers to paint, play outside on the porch, or engage in imagination play with her stuffed animals.


What’s the best part of your morning?

Hands down, the snuggles and hugs from my little ones are the best part of my morning. We take them very seriously around here, knowing that they very easily could be nonexistent.

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How are your mornings different on the weekend?

My husband really likes to take advantage of his weekends, so he makes plans for each day and gets us going a bit faster than during the week.

What were your mornings like before you became a mama? 

Before I had kids I insisted on showering every morning. My day couldn’t start without it. Now it feels like the biggest waste of time. If I do shower, it is typically at night or during my daughter’s nap and it is most definitely not every day. I would much rather spend that time being productive – I feel much more invigorated when I can start checking things off my list first thing.

What’s your dream morning?

I would love to wake up at a cabin in the woods with no Internet, to-do lists, or work commitments. Just a slow morning, with fresh air, and my family snuggled close. That would be a dream!

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

If I could skip over getting ready, showered, dressed, and being put together, I would. Who am I kidding; I do skip it most days. But it would be nice if someone could take care of that for me!

Describe your morning in just 3 words.

laid-back, quiet, predictable

Coffee or tea?

Coffee, always!

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 What comes to mind when you think of mindfulness?

Mindfulness means to do something driven by a clear purpose. To be in the moment and listen to your child – to show them love, respect, and compassion. To read the news to gain an understanding and awareness of what others are experiencing in the world. To plan and prepare good food, as a way to nourish the body and encourage quality living.

 How do you find mindfulness in the morning?

I find mindfulness by avoiding social media, by turning off the television, and by focusing on my priorities.

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

I don’t like to fuss with breakfast in the morning. So I hard-boil eggs so that they are easy to grab and go. I actually place them in a cupcake pan and cook them in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.

 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 have a lifestyle/DIY blog that I started a few months after returning from NYC after my daughter’s liver transplant – it’s called Cloudy Day Gray. I believe that we all have cloudy days, but it is what you do with those days that define who you are. I try my best to give, live, and love while celebrating the everyday as a mother, crafter, and donate life advocate. Over the summer we bought our first home and so right now I am really enjoying taking the time to do some updating to make it truly ours. I like to think I have a very modern and minimalist taste, but I also don’t take style too seriously. I love to mix the old with the new, add pops of color whenever I can, and reveal the beauty in everyday objects. I would love for you to stop by and say hello, join in on my #howidonatelife campaign, and let me know what I should make next!

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Designer mama extraordinaire Kelli Murray has her own amazing business and also designs clothing for her line Rylee and Cru. I admire how down to earth and humble she is.  See how she spends her mornings below…

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

I am the farthest thing from a morning person. My creativity seems to come out at night, so I am usually up until the wee hours of the morning while the rest of the house is quiet and sleeping. My husband is a champ and usually wakes up with the kids so that I can steal another hour of sleep.

What is a typical weekday morning like in your house?

At around 7:30, my husband usually brings the kids into our room to wake me up. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day, waking up to their smiling faces as they crawl all over me and laughing together. I try to savor those short moments together cuddled in bed before our day really gets its start.

Then it’s to the kitchen for breakfast. Usually eggs or cereal…pancakes if I’m feeling generous. 😉 Three days out of the week, my daughter Rylee has preschool, so we scramble to get her ready and out the door in time. On those days, Cru and I are able to spend time together, just the two of us. I really cherish that time alone with him. You forget that you had all the time in the world for your first baby. But with your second, that quality time is harder to come by. La Petite Peach_Kelli Murray 1

What’s the best part of your morning?

I actually really love getting my daughter ready for school in the morning. I am fueled by her energy and inspired by her optimism and zeal for each day.

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How are your mornings different on the weekend?

Much slower! I love that. The rush of most weekday mornings is not there and we can stay in our PJs for way too long (all day?). I feel like most of the time during the week, I am trying to figure out how to best manage my time and increase my productivity while keeping my priorities straight. On weekends, I try to forget about the to-do list and just enjoy being a mom and wife.

What were your mornings like before you became a mama?

Sometimes I miss that quiet time I used to have for reading through a devotional on my own or enjoying a cup of coffee with my husband. Now it’s louder and more chaotic, but I still wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What’s your dream morning?

Sleeping in and heading straight out the door to the ocean with my crew, eating breakfast burritos on the beach while we watch Dad surf.

Describe your morning in just 3 words.

Rambunctious. Brief. Cherished. La Petite Peach_Kelli Murray 2 La Petite Peach_Kelli Murray 4

What comes to mind when you think of mindfulness?

Being aware of my actions. Knowing that the things I do and say and my interactions with other people make an impact. Remembering the reasons I do what I do, and not letting business rob me of the joy of the present.

How do you find mindfulness in the morning?

I find I am the most at peace when I make time to pray or read through the Bible in the morning. It always gives me a renewed perspective.

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

I prep lunches and make a to-do list of the things I don’t want to forget the next day. La Petite Peach_Kelli Murray 3

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!

Gearing up to launch my new winter collection for Rylee & Cru at the end of November!

Currently in FASHION

Finding Inspiration

Animal Coats from Little Goodall

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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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