Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Making Over My Evenings {Day 9}

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I'm working my way through Crystal Paine's new course, Makeover Your Evenings- 14 days of videos, reading, and projects designed to bring more order, rest, and productivity into your life. If you'd like to grab the course and work through it right along with me, you can do so here. Each weekday night I'll be posting my takeaway from the day's coursework. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and how you are making over your own evenings!


One of the biggest ways to make mornings smoother is to prepare for them the night before. When I lay out clothes for me and my kids, have identified what we'll eat for breakfast {and maybe even started prepping ingredients!}, and tidied up the house, I wake up feeling peaceful and energized. It's so much easier to face the day when I'm prepared!

The ninth day of this course is all about making those little preparations the night before.

At times I am super organized and enjoy all the fruits of planning ahead, but plenty of mornings have dawned with my house a disaster, the cupboards bare, and more clothes dirty on the floor than clean and ready to wear. This was a good reminder to get back on track with spending my evenings well and preparing for my day the night before.

When we are extra busy and tired and find ourselves sleeping in later than we ought to, we usually just scarf down bowls of cold cereal. I know that this isn't really a healthy option, and cereal can also get expensive! I'd like to get back to making healthier, simpler breakfasts. This requires foresight and working ahead.

One of the simplest, healthiest and easiest breakfasts we eat around here is oatmeal and hard boiled eggs for a bit of extra protein. If I soak the oats in the pan on the stove top the night before, I'm far more likely to serve it for my family in the morning. So for the rest of the week I plan to do so! That way getting breakfast rolling in the morning is only a matter of flipping the burner on.

We also have plenty of yogurt and greens right now that we need to use up in smoothies. I'm going to put the ingredients into the blender the night before also. Super easy, for a much smoother morning.

If I want to make a slightly fancier breakfast, I often whip up muffin or pancake batter the night before. Then either throw the muffins in, or flip pancakes when I first get up. Little steps ahead of time make all the difference!



What preparations the night before are a life-saver for your mornings? Do you have any great breakfast strategies to share with the rest of us?

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