10 Helpful Morning Routines From A Night Owl

10 Helpful Morning Routines From A Night Owl - tips from someone who hates getting up in the morning!

Ever since I became a stay-at-home mom 5 years ago, I’ve enjoyed the luxury of ditching my alarm clock on most mornings. I set my alarm for church or other special events, but most of the time I wake up when Grace crawls into bed with me or when I hear Noah calling for me.

Every expert under the sun says that waking up before your children is the key to starting your day off right. Clearly I’m not doing things right, but I’m a night owl. 100%.

Well it is time for things to change because this night owl needs to get her little girl to preschool two days a week. Take a look at my cutie on her first day. I can’t even handle it!

Grace's First Day

10 Helpful Morning Routines from a Night Owl

1. Pick out school clothes the night before. 

2. Check the backpack the night before.

3. Double check the school calendar to make sure I’m not forgetting show & tell or anything else important.

4. Wake up before the kids and shower. - I’ve been avoiding this system for years, but getting myself ready and dressed before the kids is much easier than trying to do both at the same time.

5. Pick a pleasant sound/song to wake up to on my alarm. - I use my cellphone as my alarm clock, which means I can control what noise wakes me up. It is much nicer to wake up to a gentle harp sound rather than the BEEP-BEEP-BEEP a traditional alarm clock.

6. Drink water. - Every morning I try to drink a glass of water before I drink any coffee. I haven’t read any studies on this, but it just makes sense that my body’s need for water is probably much greater than my desire for coffee.

7. Drink coffee. - I never used to be a daily coffee drinker, but then Noah was born. Now I delight in my morning ritual. Sadly, it has also become a necessity. I’ll get a headache by lunch time if I skip the caffeine.

8. Let Noah sleep! - I don’t see the point in waking up my toddler until it is absolutely necessary. If we are going straight home after dropping off Grace then we can skip getting dressed and eating breakfast if we have to and do it when we get home.

9. Pick a preschool with curbside pickup and drop off. - This might not be possible for everyone, but I love the fact that I don’t need to get Noah out of the car when I drop off Grace. It makes it possible for me to keep him (and me if necessary!) in PJs until we get back home.

10. Go to bed earlier. - I really hate doing this. It is incredibly difficult for me to deny myself the pleasure of a quiet house. Incredibly difficult. If you have tips for this, please let me know!

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If you are a fellow night owl like myself, please remember to have grace with yourself. There will be mornings when we struggle to get out of bed. That is okay as long as we can function and be kind to our families in the morning. Dust yourself off and try to do better the next day. (And if you see me online late at night, tell me to go to bed!!)

What are your morning routine tips for night owls? Have you tried Cottonelle’s wet + dry combo?

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle. All opinions and night owl struggles are my own.

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10 Affordable Housewarming Gifts

10 Affordable Housewarming Gifts - great ideas that will fit any budget!

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It is fun to bless someone with a housewarming gift, but it isn’t fun to break your budget trying to do it. Each of these affordable housewarming gifts will cost you less than $30, most of them are less than $20, and some are even less than $10.

10 Affordable Housewarming Gifts

Housewarming Gift - Baked Goods

1. Baked Goods - Any homemade treat will do, but I especially like the idea of bread. You can write something in the card about “breaking bread together” in their new home. (Don’t forget that the bread doesn’t need to be made in your home! Picking some up from a local bakery is just as good.)

Housewarming Gift - Flowers

2. Flowers & Houseplants - Fresh cut flowers are always an appropriate gift. A nice planter will most likely cost more, but it will last longer. The “welcome” sign in the planter above is a nice touch, don’t you think?

3. Gift Cards - When I moved into a new apartment just before Nate and I got married, his parents gave me gift cards to several local restaurants. It was fun to explore the restaurants in my new neighborhood.

Housewarming Gift - Message Blocks

4. Message Blocks - It can be a risky move to buy a decorative piece for someone’s new home, but these mantel blocks from DaySpring are really neat. They come with a cheat sheet to help you create 22 different words. Right now they are 50% off on clearance for just $24.99.

5. Candle - Yankee Candles makes a Home Sweet Home scent that is one of my favorites. I used to give this as a gift all the time, but I’ve cut back since I’ve learned that candles aren’t really that great for you.

Housewarming Gift - key chain

6. Key Chain - A friend of mine gave me this customized key chain when we bought our house. I really like this one from Lisa Leonard. You could customize it with the last name, address, or the year the home was purchased.

7. Note Cards - It is always nice to have some blank note cards around. I really like these made by C.R. Gibson. They are simple and pretty.

Housewarming Gift - Canned Goods

8. Canned Goods - Do you make your own jam, salsa, pickles, or canned fruit? Here are some recipes and inspirational posts to help:

9. Freezer Meals - This isn’t a very conventional gift, but it really is helpful. Everyone appreciates being able to get out of cooking from time to time – especially people who are busy unpacking! Here are some of my favorite freezer friendly recipes:

Housewarming Gift - Mason Jar Gift Set

10. Mason Jar Gift Set - This exact gift was given to a friend of mine who loves to can and it fit her fabulously. The mason jars are filled with pantry items like popcorn, oatmeal, raisins, pasta, and animal crackers. There are also cookies and a new kitchen towel. Mason jars can be used for more than just canning (decoration, food storage, etc.), but people who love to can will probably appreciate this gift the most.

What are your favorite housewarming gifts to give or receive?

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Looking Back at 5 Years of Beach Vacation Blessings

My husband is the director of a nonprofit and one of the donors to the nonprofit has gifted us with a week at his beach house for the past 5 summers. I can’t get over how incredibly awesome that has been for our family. This donor has such a generous heart. It means so much to us that he recognizes the “missionary type” work that my husband does and wants to provide some much needed rest and relaxation for our family.

In honor of our 5th year at the beach this month, I wanted to take stroll down memory lane and share some photos from the past 5 years. It is crazy to see how my little ones have grown. Enjoy the photos as I cry in the corner, wishing I could make time stand still.


Grace was just 9 months old the first time we took her to the beach.

Grace had so much fun!

Grace and Mommy

At the Zoo


Grace's First View of the Beach this Year

Grace Playing in the Sand

Close Up Family Photo

I was pregnant with Noah this year, but we didn’t even know it yet!


Noah was just 4 months old the first time we took him with us.

My Little Beach Diva

My Handsome Men

Our Family of Four on the Beach






kidsgrace at beachnoah at beachfamily photo Just for fun, here is a look at Grace’s carousel rides over the past 5 years.

Grace's First Merry-Go-Round Ride

Grace on the Merry Go RoundGrace on the Carousel

Grace 2013grace 2014

It is fun to look back at these pictures and see how my family has grown, but the most impressive part of it all is that it was all possible because of someone’s generous giving. The couple who own this beach house has literally given my children summers at the beach and memories they will have forever.

Who could you offer an extra blessing to today? It doesn’t have to be as big as giving them a week at your vacation home. Perhaps it could be just a card in the mail or even a text message telling them that you appreciate what they do for your community.

"No matter what the size is of your bank account, never doubt your ability to bless someone else." - SimplyRebekah.com

No matter what the size is of your bank account, never doubt your ability to bless someone else.

Who will you bless today?

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Salsa Canning Vlog: a silly and ridiculous “how to” video

Salsa Canning Vlog: a silly and ridiculous "how to" video

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I was home alone. It was glorious. There were a million things that I could have spent my time doing, but the ripe tomatoes were calling my name. It was time to make salsa.

I decided to do what any “normal” person would do in this situation and I live vlogged my salsa making adventure on Instagram. All night long I sent 15 second clips of salsa making madness out into the land of social media.

The salsa canning vlog clips were silly, ridiculous, and poor quality. They were shot on my iPhone through the Instagram app. My kitchen lighting was horrific. My hair wasn’t looking much better. I was wearing a t-shirt I’ve had for a decade.

But it was so. much. FUN!

I’ve pulled together all of my Instagram video clips so you can watch the entire event. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the silly side of my personality.

Salsa Canning Vlog

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Need some canning supplies? This is what I used:

For more glimpses into my personal life, join me on Instagram. If this type of video is something you would like to see more of, please leave a comment and let me know!

Do you enjoy canning? What do you consider proper canning music?

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Taking My Deck Furniture From Drab to Fab!

This post was originally published on July 8, 2011 and it contains affiliate links.

For our wedding, Nate & I were given a fun little outdoor table and chair set. It is made out of wood and looks so pretty when we don’t leave it outside all winter long! After a few years of weather damage our table ended up looking like this:

Isn’t this just a beautiful shade of gray??

Thankfully, this is an easy fix. It is especially since I used to work in a woodworking factory. For 3 summers I mastered the fine art of sanding wood. For my little table & chairs set I just borrowed my brother-in-law’s hand sander and went to town!

After a few minutes of sanding, I’ve got myself a pretty impressive before and after photo!

Now that’s more like it!

Add a coat of Teak Oil and…

It’s like brand new!

Here is one more before & after photo for you:

This was an easy, frugal deck furniture makeover. I’ll take an hour of sanding over spending $$$ on new furniture any day! Plus being able to impress Nate with my power tool skills was a great added bonus. *wink*

An easy and frugal deck furniture makeover in just 2 simple steps!

What are your tips for a frugal deck furniture makeover?

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