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TIPS FOR MOMS

Let me tell you a little story. When I first started out blogging, I was terrified of being classified as a waitforit "mommy blogger." I tried everything in my power to be hip and do recipes and crafts, etc. I even went as far as to be on a forum of "blogs about heritage" when speaking at a blogging conference because I didn't want to be on the mommy blogger panel. All the while being oblivious of the fact that I was indeed just that. I still don't love the title, but I might as well embrace it. I write what I know.

This is leading up to the title, promise. I want to start sharing tips + tricks that work for me as a work from home mom (or just mom in general). I'm certainly not perfect and I'm getting better each day (some days more so than others) and I for sure couldn't do any of it without some help. I also want to hear from you! What makes your days run a little smoother? As my friend Rachel says... it takes a village.
My personal tip #1:

WAKE UP EARLY. A wise friend once told me that she gives herself an hour in the morning and then her kids. Use this time to bathe (if you must - kidding), work, return emails, feel cute, fill out preschool paper work, etc. It will make you less stressed and more prepared for when that little cutie gets up. Sometimes we have an early wake up call, so be ready for that. Try not to procrastinate too much just in case.

My favorite thing to do is put on a pot of coffee, take a deep breath, and dive into whatever I need to tackle that morning. I know some people are night owls and could do the same thing then, but I work best when I'm fresh. I typically wake up at... 5:30.

Are you a morning girl or a lady of the night?

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  1. getting up early (5:15am) since i was a kid - my dad got up at that time to go to work, and it just sort of stuck.

    early morning quiet time is priceless! my children are all grown, but the same princicples apply to being able to get ready for whatever the day will bring.

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  2. Ha! I remember asking my mom what a "hooker" was when I was in 5th grade. She told me it was "a lady of the night" with no further explanation. I am a night owl at heart but need to attempt to be a morning bird instead! I think this series will be awesome! Always love and appreciate your honesty!

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  3. I covet sleep so much that I get it when I can during the week. This often means I only give myself an hour in the morning to prep myself and Aaron. During the evening, after he goes to sleep, I can write, sew, Pinterest, spend time with my husband, and create.

    But on the weekends when him and daddy are sleeping in, I steal those precious moments for blessed quiet house time.The joy of eating a breakfast all by myself and not have the little bird stealing bits and bites.

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  4. Haha i was like this too when i first started blogging. Hated that 'mummy blog' label. I was so sure that wasn't me, but alas, it is and I'm learning to love it. I so agree about the morning time. I find myself so much more productive doing things in the morning, than trying to get it all done late at night when my eyes start dropping and my brain stops functioning.
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    1. I call it the 9 oclock eye burn. I'm pretty much useless after 6.

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  5. Sadly, I'm a lady of the night. I WANT to be a morning person. In fact, that was one of my high hopes when getting married that my morning man would make me a morning gal.... wrong. If anything, I've rubbed off on him. Either way, thanks for the tip. I'm definitely going to try it as I enter into my mommy mode... one day!

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  6. Oh, how I've tried to be a morning person but it just doesn't work for me. Luckily I am a night person, so I tackle things on my ever-running to-do list after our daughter goes to bed, including preparing a pot of coffee before I sleep - that way in the morning I can just flick the brew switch before I start making breakfast and changing diapers.

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    1. Coffee that's ready to brew is one of my favorite things, ever!

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  7. OMG you wake up at 5:30?!?! How did I not know this about you?! I am in awe. I am SUCH a night owl. I totally thrive at night and loathe to rise in the morning. Thankfully, I never have work meetings before 10 am, so that works perfectly with my internal clock. ;) I have always been envious of early risers, though, because the quiet morning really is such a magical time.

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  8. Morning girl, but so is my son (19 months old). He wakes up at 5:45am almost everyday, not sure how to change this. But I like this tip because I always feel so stressed trying to get ready for work AND getting him ready to go too. Maybe I will try getting up 30 minutes before him, it could help. :)

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  9. I am a total morning lady! I am so excited about this series of posts. I am due in May (with first baby) and I can use all the tips I can get! Getting up early is an awesome tip and I love coffee.

    Also, you're a mom and you blog, but I don't know if that necessarily qualifies you solely as a "mommy blogger." You have a lot of different kinds of posts on here. Just sayin'. I love this blog, so whatever it is, its all good to me.

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  10. I'm up with you! In order to get my yoga, meditation, some blogging + a big up of joe, I have to get up around 5:30. Plus I love that time to myself when the house is quiet, everyone is sleeping and I'm at my computer with my cup of coffee. It's a special me time that I cherish. It makes getting up early worth it.

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  11. I think once my babe starts to NOT wake up during the night some "me" time in the morning would be nice (:

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  12. God bless you. I could never, ever wake up at 5:30 to start my day. I wouldn't consider myself a night owl OR a morning person. If I could sleep from 10:30pm- 8:30am every day, I'd be a happy lady. Luckily Olive doesn't wake up until anywhere from 7-8:30am. I guess I treasure my rest over "me time". Maybe that IS my me time!

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  13. I don't have kids yet but it's really hard for me to wake up before my husband because I love to cuddle with him, and his body is so warm and soft I don't want to leave him!

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  14. I'm such a night owl but by then the baby is sleeping and I can't vacuum or get into y room to put away laundry!

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  15. I'm a night owl, but have to get up at 4:50a.m. because I have daycare kids that come at 6:15, and I need time to wake up. I have 5 little boys of my own, and have them go into my bedroom and watch cartoons if they get up before kids arrive for the day. My husband leaves for work at 5:10 a.m. so that hour before kids arrive is strictly my time. I listen to my mp3 player and have a cup of coffee, and just sit and do nothing. It's the only time all day that I get to do that :-)

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