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Mornings in our home are hectic and sometimes crazy, to say the least. Between Zack getting up and ready for work, getting myself up and dressed for the day, our toddler and our dog, I’m sometimes left feeling completely exhausted by 9am. And when you’re a work-at-home mom, feeling tired by 9am isn’t good. To me, it starts the day off on the wrong foot and no work-at-home mama has time for that. I need a routine that will help me start the day on a more positive and energized note.
Recently I’ve taken a bit of a step back from my life to really hone in on any struggles I may be having and how I can make it a bit easier on myself. Mornings and evenings are easily the most stressful parts of my day, so to help my mornings run a bit more smoothly, I wake up just a tad earlier than Allie does so I can slip downstairs for a warm cup of coffee…by mysellf (any other mamas do this?!).
Zack is usually in the shower or getting ready for work at this time so I have the whole downstairs to myself for a bit. This is the only time of the day where I’m alone and my home is completely silent so I soak up every last moment of it.
If you’re a mom like me, then this post is probably already resonating with you. And if you love your morning cup of coffee as much as I do, then you’re in for a treat because that cup of coffee just got even better (and much easier to make as well)! Gone are the days where making a cup of coffee is a multi-step process.
Currently, I’m obsessing over the NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® 2 in 1 Coffee + Creamer Single Serve Pods in Hazelnut (you can also buy them in French Vanilla here). These pods combine quality NESCAFÉ® medium roast coffee with delicious COFFEE-MATE® Hazelnut flavored creamer making the perfect pairing. Together in the same pod for the first time, COFFEE-MATE® Hazelnut adds just the right amount of nutty sweetness for an amazingly smooth cup of coffee every time.
These coffee pods are super simple to use. You just pop it into your brewer (compatible with Keurig® K-Cup® and 2.0 Brewers) and enjoy! No need to mix in creamer! This is a game-changer for moms because once it’s brewed, it’s ready to be consumed which gives you even more time to yourself in the morning before the kids wake up! Now that’s a win if you ask me!
Once my coffee is brewed, I like to enjoy it in bed while I scroll through my emails and catch up on any notifications I may have gotten overnight. If Allie is still asleep after my emails, then I’ll take it to the bathroom with me while I shower and get ready for the day. I really use this time to soak up some alone time and get things done that aren’t as easily manageable with a toddler in tow.
Sometimes, if we wake up early enough, Zack and I are able to soak up these quiet moments together which makes it an even more special and important part of our day. He too is loving these new coffee pods (hazelnut being his favorite flavor). Being new parents to a toddler and working full-time leaves us with little to no time for ourselves some weeks. We’ll use this downtime to talk about our plans for the day, brainstorm dinner ideas, and check in with one another mentally and emotionally. So these early morning coffee sessions before we go our separate ways for the day are crucial to our marriage.
Mornings don’t have to be fast and overwhelming. In our home, we soak up these slower mornings and really take the time to ease into our day before the chaos hits. It’s a great way to start the day off on the right foot and set an overall positive tone for the day.
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