Morning Moments

This post is sponsored by VitaTops, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’ve been working towards slower mornings. And yes, working is the key word. I think we all know how easy it is to find ourselves caught up in a hectic morning. It rises our stress levels, plays with our emotions, overwhelms us with the “to-do list,” and more often than not, sets the pattern for the food we eat that day. Not only do I care about and value my health (and the health of my family) but we also find ourselves needing to be budget minded when it comes to food. When I’m on the run & in hectic mode, I eat out all the time. I my brain cannot fathom making my own cup of coffee when I could go through the drive-thru and save 5 minutes (or not because their is a line πŸ˜‰ ) See, the thing is when we start our mornings on crazy mode, we set ourselves up for failure.

I am not a morning person. I am 100% a night owl so that makes slow mornings even harder sometimes. But it is important and I value it, so I make it work. You may be in the same boat as me – a night owl or you may have little babies who wake you with the sun. No matter what your morning looks like, you can create slower mornings too. Here are some tips:

Give yourself 2 hours before “work”

I know, this is crazy. If you have to leave for work at 8, that means waking up at 6. If your kids wake up at 7 (and it is go time) that means wake up at 5. Here is the fun thing, you can include your kids in these 2 hours if you want. The idea of a slow morning means that the chaos of the day doesn’t start right away. So if you love having breakfast with your kids then make that part of your routine! I wake up at 8 to work at 10 (seriously I know the gift of working from home sans kiddos) I know life won’t always be like this but it is important to make mornings a priority. That means NO work meetings start before 10 and I can’t stay up until 3 am planning on sleeping past 8 am in the morning. If I have to schedule something early, I need to wake up early to compenate for that time.

Have Breakfast Planned

I don’t love to cook so making breakfast in the morning is not relaxing for me – it’s a chore! haha. So I don’t make it. I intentionally stock my home with healthy, easy food options so that I can make my coffee & eat my breakfast all at part of my “no work zone.”Β VitaTopsβ„’ MuffinTops are a breakfast that I recently discovered at King Soopers that make you feel like your favorite coffee shop made you breakfast, but it was you πŸ˜‰ They are delicious, quick treats that you (and your family) can feel good about eating. They are 100-150 calories, low-fat, high in fiber, and only made with clean and simple ingredients. I also have yogurt & fruit always on hand.

Be intentional about your mind

Both your computer and your phone beckon you every morning. The sooner you give in, the sooner you get caught up in all that needs to be done for the day. Instead of instantly reaching for your phone in the morning, reach for a book. I find that my day turns out so much better when I take the time to have a quiet time. I journal, read the Bible, and pray. These moments help me look at the rest of the day with a fresh perspective. Don’t instantly give into social media and email. It only highlights what you are missing, instead, focus on what is in front of you. The people, the sunrise, a journal. Being intentional about what you feed your mind in the morning sets the course for your day!

What are some waysΒ you enjoy your morning? What are habitsΒ that you endorseΒ and work at keeping with your morning routine? Have you tried VitaTopsβ„’ MuffinTops?

Author: Oak & Oats

  • Amy

    These look SO SCRUMPTIOUS.
    I also love that they are full of fiber! <3

    • Oak & Oats

      I know right?! So fun!

  • Love the new site!!!! Those look delish. When I was younger they used to have Atlanta Bread where I lived. You remember those?! Well every Sunday after church we would go there and I would eat a muffin top for breakfast. I don’t think my love for them has ever stopped haha which is why these look so delish!
    -Katie

    http://www.katieskronicles.org

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Katie!! I am so excited to be finished with it! hahah! It was a lot of work! And yes on the muffin tops! I’ve never heard of Atlanta Bread (must have been a local thing) but I love memories like that!

  • Love the new website layout!! And I like that you brought back “rooted and nourished” (in Truth) to the design because I think that’s what you said in your bio when you went from Only Love Remains to Oak and Oats, right? I love it so much.

    Anyway! These slow mornings are so hard now that I’m a stay at home mom and can so easily check all the online things while my baby eats in his high chair first thing in the morning……OR I could be reading my Bible. Definitely should be that second thing πŸ˜‰

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Julie! And yes, that is like the meaning behind Oak + Oats!! Totally. It is so easy to get sucked into the online world – but I find when we root ourselves in Truth, it changes the rest of the day!

  • Love your pictures! I tried the same flavors on my blog too. Love the chocolate!