Take Back Your Morning With Seattle’s Best Coffee

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IMG_7614I think women would be happier if we gave ourselves permission to be more selfish.

We take care of others and make sure that their needs and happiness are taken care of, but put our own needs and happiness on the back burner because there just isn’t enough time in the day to “get it all in” and have anything left to give ourselves. And when we do give ourselves a little attention we feel guilty, as if we’ve done something wrong, when we haven’t.

When do we ever sit down and just relax and sip a hot cup of coffee without worrying about staying on top of everything??

With 3 small boys, a hubby, a full-time job, this blog, and my DIY craft blog, I’m usually left with little time left for myself, which makes me feel frustrated and unbalanced.

So I tried a little experiment recently: I let go of the proverbial handle bars and waited to see if I would crash.

Guess what??

I didn’t! 🙂

In fact, my husband became the “training wheels” that continued to support me! He picked up the slack. And in return, I reclaimed some time for myself! 

 

Taking Back My Morning (and Evening!)

So recently when I just decided to simply STOP striving for “Super Mom” status, I was able to take back my morning.

Morning routines in our household had always been stressful. We’d rush around and bark at the boys to “Hurry up! We’re going to be late!” And hubby and I would barely notice the other as we shuffled alongside of each other, too focused on just trying to survive another crazy morning to even notice each other.

I was finally able to pull myself together and initiated “night-before” planning: lunches packed, clothes ironed, floors mopped, toys stashed, and–best of all–counters were “crusty-stuff” free!

Perfect solution, right?

Wrong.

Although our mornings were a bit more stress-free, sacrificing my evenings to “get it all in” and prep for the next day left very little time for blogging and my DIY (do-it-yourself) projects.

Again, I found myself frustrated and unbalanced.

So, I simply…..STOPPED.

I stopped packing the kids’ lunch, stopped picking out their clothes, and I stopped cleaning the kitchen.

And guess who stepped up to the plate to do all these chores that I decided I no longer wanted to do?

Yep. Hubby did.

As a result, I had a lot more free time in the evenings AND time in the morning to just RELAX while getting my day started!

So, not only did I take back my evening and have more time for blogging and projects….BUT I TOOK BACK MY MORNING, TOO!

 

Relax and Have a Cup of Coffee, Will Ya?!

I’m not going kid you….it feels awesome basking in this “domestic liberation” each morning! (Yes, I’m coining that term!). And there is no room for guilt! To honor this liberation, I wanted to go to Wal-Mart and treat myself to some Seattle’s Best Coffee and a new coffee maker.  Settle’s Best Coffee has this new initiative going on, Take Back Your Morning (you can even share with them how you take back your morning, too, and win daily prizes).

Seattle's Best Coffee Take Back Your Morning

 

Oh, let’s not forget the $1.50 off coupon they email you when you enter to win. Considering that the Seattle’s Best Coffee is only about $5.00, that’s a nice little savings!

Seattle's Best Coffee

Around my house, we’re known sip on–GASP!–instant coffee, but we all know that it pales in comparison to the freshly ground stuff, like Seattle’s Best, so we really needed a coffee maker. Plus, the smell of hot brewing coffee is so wonderful and “homey”….mmmmm…..sorry, but instant coffee doesn’t have anything on that! I love the way it makes the house smell in the morning!

It was hard choosing between all 5 Levels, ranging from Light & Crisp  to Dark & Intense, but I like to sip on something a bit light, so Medium-Light & Lively was perfect.

 

Seattle's Best Coffee Level 2

 I love my new Mr. Coffee maker! I usually buy everything from the thrift store, but this was a special treat to myself, and sometimes, you just wanna buy something NEW!

Check out my coffee mug!! I picked it up a few months ago from one of my favorite stores, Home Goods, for just a few bucks. Isn’t it great? How perfect of a daily reminder of how AWESOME life is, as I start my day, hmm?

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Yep, and there I am…..looking quite….in need of a cup of coffee! 🙂 (Did I really just post an early morning pic of myself for the world to see?!) But this is how I like to start my morning now! Just taking a moment to sit down an enjoy a cup of coffee with breakfast, uninterrupted, before I start my day.

 

Seattle's Best Coffee Take Back Your Morning

Also, I now get a few more winks of sleep each morning, and actually get to apply my makeup in front of my bathroom mirror instead of in my rear view mirror! YES!!!

Ahhhh……

Selfish move?? Maybe.

Necessary move?? Most definitely!!

…And now it’s up to YOU to decide, how are YOU going to take back your morning?

Leave a comment below and share how you take back your morning!

And if you’re struggling with your mornings, share what’s holding you back! 🙂

 

For more information on Seattle’s Best Coffee, follow them on Facebook and Twitter #TakeBackYourMorning.

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I'm a mom to 3 young boys, ages 6, 3, and 1. Managing a household of 5 people makes life complicated. Get Your Life Straight is a blog for people like you and me who know that it's time to get our life back on track--from eating right, exercising more, budgeting, losing those last 15 pounds, and spending more quality time with family. Join me in the quest to get your life straight.

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  1. Part of how I take back my mornings and eliminate the rush is I get up a bit before everyone else… and then stay in bed. I read the news, catch up on Facebook, and do some light reading from the comforts of my phone. When I get up, it’s because I’m ready to deal with the family. Granted, I’m a SAHM to a toddler and a preschooler, so that gives me a big of an advantage.

    Good for you for finding your groove!

  2. They really do make a delicious cup of coffee!

  3. I took back my mornings by moving blog time into “nap time” and freeing up a few minutes in the evening to prep stuff for the morning. But keeping that blogging/DIY time was definitely key!

    • Serena says:

      Ahhh….nap time…now THAT’S something I miss! 🙂 I totally understand about needing to keep that blogging/DIY time! It’s my sanity! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  4. Iain says:

    I have taken my mornings back, but I have gone a different route.

    I wake up at 0430 so I have my numero uno time. I like the quiet that the morning provides me. I don’t have to worry about anyone else during that time. It is just for me.

    Could it be considered selfish. Yep.

    I also have an ulterior motive. I am more productive in the mornings as well, so a lot of stuff gets done.

    I totally take my time to read and drink my coffee in the quiet of the morning.

    But that is just me.

    • Serena says:

      Wow, that’s super early, Iain! But I think you and I are the same in that we love that quiet time–thus, the reason I am up until 1 or 2 a.m.–the quiet is relaxing and productive!

      • Iain says:

        That sounds about right.

        It is all about finding that time that is just your time. It doesn’t have to be in the morning. It could be at a any time.

        As long as it’s your time.

  5. Jantje says:

    Sharing domestic work with the partner is a great way to go! It seems however, that in some weeks it works better than in others. To have more time for myself, I also get up early in the mornings. Great relaxing boost, for the upcoming day!

    • Serena says:

      Yes, sharing the work is so ideal, because it’s exhausting having one person doing everything. I think you and Iain are convincing me to try a couple early mornings and see how it goes! Means I have to go to bed early….(yikes!)

      • Jantje says:

        Well, I tried late night shifts and it did not work for me. Big confirmation, that I am a morning person, so I rather stay that way. Give it a go and you will find out!

  6. Can’t start my day without my cup of coffee!!! That’s one thing I am definitely selfish about!

  7. While reading your post, I keep thinking, this is what’s going on in my morning and evening. I hate to settle for the night with clutter and evening snacks dishes or glasses in the kitchen counter, so I have to make sure they’re put away. That give me so little time to do my blog or even just to read.

    Well, I guess I have to try what you did, and get my evening back. As for the morning, it’s funny but we do instant coffee too because its quick and I’m the only one that likes to drink coffee in my household. But maybe a nice brewed coffee smell in the morning would lighten the mood and prepare me more to have a good day.

    • Miraflor, exactly!!! Cleaning up takes up soooo much time, and like I was saying, when I would clean up, I was the only one DOING the clean-up, so my evening was gone! That’s why I just said, “You know what, no more! I’m reclaiming my night AND morning!” Now that the spring is here we get bombarded with ants if we don’t clean up, so I am going to have clean up, but THIS time, I’m getting hubby and sons to HELP! I’m not the maid… lol
      Thanks for commenting!

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