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La Petite Peach_ 9 Life changing morning rituals

Since our sweet baby Wren made her appearance last month, I have been SO off with my morning routine. I was on such an amazing kickgetting up early before the kids and having some zen time before the day. Now I peel myself out of bed at the last possible minute, chug a coffee and hustle, hustle all day long which leaves me wanting to pass out at 8 pm. It’s not just my energy that has been sluggish, my skin and hair are looking lifeless as well. After sitting down for a rare moment the other day when the girls were sleeping, I thought about how I can go back to those peaceful mornings. Here are my best tips for close-to-perfect morning rituals.

1. Rise Earlier: I talk about this a ton. It stinks when you’re too tired to get up even earlier, but it’s the only way to get in some “me time.” Getting up before the chaos of a long day to have a few peaceful moments is the most relaxing way to get started. I used to get up an entire 30 minutes before the kids do! You can get so much done with 30 minutes of kid-free time.

2. Water with Lemon: I keep water next to my bed at night, that way I can just reach over and drink it when first waking up. Having a sip of lemon water to start the day is supposed to clear out the toxins and flush the system. A healthy morning ritual that is so easy to do.

3. Stretch it Out: Before climbing out of bed, give your body a good stretch for least a minute. Stretch out your legs, arms and mid-section to get the blood circulating.

4. Shower: Since #3 arrived, I barely have time to shower in the morning. Instead I take a mid-day, rushed shower while the baby naps. Getting up earlier ensures that I  will have time for a long and relaxing shower. This makes me feel awake and alive after being up all night. Lately, I have been putting on some music and lighting a candle, similar to what I would do if I have time for a bath!

5. Treat Yourself: Before the baby, I would do a little coffee in the morning, but alternate with tea the next day so that I wouldn’t be drinking so much caffeine. But now I say who cares, I’m tired! I am going to treat myself to a coffee and even a latte if I can. Life is short, treat yourself!

6. Have a Gratitude Mantra: For the first few seconds after my alarm goes off in the morning, I sit in bed and think about what I need to do for the day. Instead of being stressed out about everything I have to accomplish, I am going to set a positive mantra. There is so much to be thankful for lately, and it’s time to start recognizing it! Here is mine for this week:

“I know I am tired but I am not going to let it get to me. I am going to get up, treat myself to a nice hot coffee and a long shower. I am going to be grateful that I get to spend the day with my sweet children who love me and are healthy and strong. I am going to put my best foot forward to be present with them today”

Let’s continue the conversation…what are your morning rituals? Comment below or head over to Instagram and comment there!

*Picture by Rachel Castillero from the Fox and the Sparrow.

 

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I thought that, after the holiday hustle, my stress level would naturally reduce. It turns out going from two to three kids has my head spinning, and I realized I will have to make more of a conscious effort to de-stress. I sat down to think about what I can do to be more proactive, and here’s what I came up with. However, I would love to hear what you do to alleviate your stress!

  1. 20 Minutes of Quiet: Take 20 minutes at the beginning of your day, while the house is still quiet, to sit and relax. Take deep breaths and even meditate if you have time.
  2. Unplug: Shut down all your devices and turn the TV off. Start your day without technology to keep your mind clear and rested.
  3. Cup of Tea: I love coffee, it’s my guilty pleasure. But once a week I have a cup of tea in the morning. Herbal teas have a calming effect, and it’s a great way to de-stress.
  4. Stretch It Out: Doing a short yoga practice clears your mind and relieves tension. I love this practice you can do from your desk.
  5. Pamper Yourself: Lying down with a good book and a face mask at the end of a stressful day is amazing. This honey mask is my favorite.

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Since becoming a mom I have been a major worrier. Is my baby breathing? Is this ok for them to eat? Should I put them to bed earlier? The list goes on! To be honest, I don’t think you ever stop worrying about your babies even long after they are babies. However, lately (post-preg hormones, I am sure) I have been daydreaming about taking my kids and moving to somewhere remote (Northern England?), having a lifestyle change and doing something different. And, every time there is something bad in the news, it validates my feelings to throw our phones in the river and move to the farm/deserted island/insert your middle of nowhere preference here: ________.

Our little island is very small and, recently, HBO made a documentary about the drug problem here. I know drugs are everywhere, but it makes me sad that the place I grew up has so many people suffering and such easy access to drugs. Beautiful, loving families I know have lost loved ones, and their lives will never be the same. So I have been thinkingis this really a place I want to raise teenagers someday?

When we first moved here, I never thought that I would be staying for long. Our oldest was a baby, and my siblings were only in high school. I don’t regret coming back. I am so glad that Luke got to be around my family and that I never missed out on watching my siblings grow up. Now they are grown and off living their own lives, and I am left wondering if should we be off starting anew as well.

This had my mind spinning until I heard this quote recently“The grass is greener where you water it.”

Of course it is! It’s interesting because I am always saying the grass is greener on the other side, which we know isn’t true. It only seems greener. It keeps me from making hasty decisions in my life. If we go somewhere new, we will still worry about our kids, miss our families, complain about the schools and our jobs. We must cultivate happiness right nowwater the grass right where we are standing. The problems or dislikes we have now will follow us no matter where we travel or move. Trying to make my current situation better before giving up has helped me feel less regret.

So, for now, I am watering the grass right here where we are. Who knows where we will be in the next few years, but I won’t be escaping to a new a place thinking it will solve the world’s bad. I will be going because it feels right, and because I am ready for an adventure.

Photos by Stacey Hedman. Moon jewels and head chain by Trust. Rings by Gypsy Soul Rings. Dress from Tea Princess.