Why you need a morning routine

Hello my lovelies,

There is no doubt about it.  People who consistently stick to a morning routine are more successful.  There have been various studies that prove this.   But how does a morning routine make you more successful?

A morning routine, or lack thereof sets to the tone for the day.   A good morning routine sets the tone for a day where you are in control.  Basically, you want to drive your day instead of letting your day drive you. Think about it.  On those days where you’ve woken up late and your usual morning ritual has gone out of the window it’s been chaos.  You’ve been late for work, you didn’t have time for breakfast, you got stuck in traffic… see? Chaos!

But imagine a day where you wake up, get dressed (you showered the night before) and have a cup of coffee in the quiet before your kids wake up. You unpack the dishwasher ready for the breakfast dishes later and start breakfast before the kids come running through.  While the kids eat breakfast, wipe the counters, take out the recycling, feed the dog and get a load of laundry on. Dirty dishes go straight into the dishwasher.  While the kids get dressed, make the beds, take out something from the freezer to defrost and do a quick 5 minute tidy of the main living areas. By the time you leave the house, you’ve gotten quite a bit done, leave the house in a decent state for later and you feel in control.  Go Mom!

Before the school holidays started I decided to make these 6 weeks count.  I have been working on various techniques in order to get my home looking good, staying motivated and basically, training myself to spend as little time as possible cleaning on the weekends.  I can’t tell you have having a simple morning routine, especially during the school holidays is making life simpler.  I didn’t normally have a routine for the Summer.  But maintaining what I do during term time during the summer holidays means that by 8:30, I can go out for the day with my daughter and come home to a clean, peaceful home.

If you don’t have a morning routine, now is the time to start thinking about creating one. this is my morning routine:

Get up and make the bed

Make coffee (I don’t have to unpack the dishwasher because I did it before I went to bed)

Make breakfast and eat.  Take our vitamins

Tidy up after breakfast (dishes go straight into the empty dishwasher)

Take out meat for dinner to defrost

Laundry on

Quick tidy of the main living areas

While I’m in the bathroom after brushing my teeth, I swish the toilet bowl with the toilet brush, wipe down the mirror and basin with a bathroom wipe.

Boom!  You’re all set for your day. The kitchen is clean.  Laundry is on.  Dinner is defrosting. The bathroom is clean. The main living areas are tidy.  Your kids have been feed and are dressed.

Now that my routine is more established, I plan on working some personal development into my day.  So perhaps, wake up a few minutes earlier for some meditation with my coffee.  This part is going to take a while to establish because I can’t even think before my first hit of caffeine but I’ll work on it.

Get yourself into a morning routine and see how well your day goes.

As always, I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Family Command Centre

Hello my lovelies,

Today I wanted to share my Family Command Centre with you.

For the longest time, I have been struggling with keeping my household running smoothly.  I am one of those people who needs to have a plan. So I’d scribble my to do list on a piece of paper along with my grocery list which I’d lose in the course of the morning.  Then there would be letters about hospital appointments and notices about school trips that I would need to action. Those would get dumped in a pile somewhere I wouldn’t be able to lay my hands on them when I needed them.

You see, my problem stemmed from perfectionism. I wanted a Pinterest worthy home before I could organize it. I wanted everything to be like a House and Home magazine before I could create a system that works for me. And I realized that these were just yet more excuses!  I could stay unorganized  and anxious or I could live and work with what I have and feel less stressed.

So, I pulled my finger out and went shopping.  And after my hard work, this is what I came up with.

Again, excuse my horrid kitchen units. When I win the lottery, I’m going to replace them. For now, I’m stuck with making the best of it.

This is the side of my fridge. So, at Poundland I got this dry wipe board which I hot glued some magnetic strips so it sticks to the side of my fridge.  I got the striped pad at Pound World too. It came in a set of two – one for a grocery list and one for a to do. I cut it in half because I intended to use this ‘Fresh out of’ grocery list instead.   In the corner, is the holder the keeps my little menu idea cards that go with my menu planner which I’ll show below.

The holder is just a paper bag that I got in a pack from Ikea that I just laminated and cut down to size and glued on a magnetized strip.

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This menu planner was an idea from one of Clutterbug’s Youtube videos and I adapted it to suit my needs.  I had the photo frame already and just made it pretty with some scrapbook paper that I got in The Works.  The little pegs were from Wilko.  I made the text on my computer and laminated the small meal ideas for longevity.

Underneath is my calendar – I have turned it over to a blank page for privacy sake.

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I used another dry wipe board and attached it with blue tack to the side of the Kallax unit that I blogged about yesterday.  This one is for my daughter’s chores and things she can help me with, or activities we are doing that day or just for little messages from me.

She also has a behaviour chart of things she needs to work on. It’s actually a magnetized chart but I didn’t want the front of my fridge to get cluttered up.  It’s a dry wipe magnetized board which is really useful because the things we work on can change as they need to.  At the end of the week, my daughter, having worked on the behaviour modifications gets to choose a little treat from the treat bag.   I’ll post in another post.

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Inside my Kallax unit I keep my control journal, my Christmas planner and this box file.  IMG_4126

There are tabs for each of us and this is really to keep all the paperwork that comes into the house in one place for when I need it. I usually write anything that needs to be diarized on the calendar but then the paperwork will be kept in this folder for easy reference. IMG_4125

Inside the cupboard next to my menu planner is this chores checklist of my morning and evening routines.  It’s in a plastic folder so I can tick off the list with a dry wipe marker.

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I’m so proud of this Family Command Centre.  I got almost everything from Poundland/Poundworld or used what I had.  It is cute and functional and while it’s not perfect I am embracing the wise quote, ‘Progress not perfection’ right now.  I feel like I am making major progress and my mind feels clearer and less anxious.

What does your family command centre look like?

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Harry Potter Filofax Planner

Hello my lovelies,

I’m am soooooooooo excited to share my baby with you.  As you all know, I’m a die hard Harry Potter fan and with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my love for the wizarding world of Harry Potter has grown. I’ve had a planner of sorts most of my adult life but this is the first time I’ve had planner peace because my planner now is a complete reflection of me. Introducing, my Harry Po

I found this Finsbury real leather filofax at a charity shop for £2! I know, it was a real bargain. Over the past two months, my planner has really blossomed and come together beautifully. I’m so proud of it.

First of all, my family bought me a Harry Potter themed pandora-knock off bracelet and while I loved it, it kept getting in the way and caught on things so I recycled it into a planner charm for my filofax. I added Gryffindor colour beads and love the way it turned out.

From the top you can see the washi tape paper clips I made to mark some pages. I have tabs running along the top and right hand side of my planner.

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My chocolate frog and Deathly Hallows charms decorate the bottom.

This is the inside cover and the first things you see are some bits I’ve collected. The dashboard was made using some scrapbook paper and an image I found online. I added the little baby hedwig pic I found online as a type of tab to help me turn the page.  Of course, no journey into the world of Harry Potter would begin at any other place other than platform 9 3/4.

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Tiny Hedwig owl by  Cryptid-creations

 

I made the paperclip behind the Godric Gryffindor chocolate frog card using a large wooden button I found at The Works.  The Knight Bus licence was made for me by Woozelmom in a swap. Woozelmom makes the most A-mazing themed craft projects.   Check out my previous swap post about the wonderful things she sent me.

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On the other side of my filofax cover is a tag from a pair of Harry Potter pyjamas that I got for Christmas which was addressed to Harry. I kept it because I thought it was cute.  I then have some washi tape samples that I use in my planner to decorate pages.  Above that is my miniature Marauder’s map.  I love it!  It was a printable from Britta Blvd and you can find the link to the printable here.  The snitch card is one I got from a RAK from Storm in a tea cup gifts. They do lovely themed subscription boxes. 18033070_10154959681305659_7050404997375769262_n18033343_10154959575120659_1429067500139513524_n

From this view, you can see the tabs are planning, lists and occasions as well as a little peep of Pigwidgeon.18033407_10154959575125659_8659674820507246476_n

Through platform 9 3/4 the first thing you see is of course a Hogwarts Express ticket and my personal information that I’ve blanked out.  I figured that if my planner got lost I’d be distraught and would hope that someone would contact me to give it back.

I’ve also added mine and my daughter’s vital information such as allergies and medication that we take.  God forbid, we are ever in an accident, our information, along with my husband’s contact details are printed there as an emergency contact. Inked17992330_10154959575250659_211426713908378420_n_LI

Then comes the Hogwarts express which naturally follows on if you go through the barrier at Platform 9 3/4. I love the Hogwarts silhouette tab on the right of the page.

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On the back of the Hogwarts Express poster, I keep my owl sticky notes and tabs and my main goals for the year.

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The next first actual section is my planning section. This seems like a subject Hermione Granger would be adept at which is why I place a picture of her here. Again, I found this online through searching Google images here .

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Turning the page, there’s a quote from Ron Weasley, who was talking about Hermione at the time and then my lunar calendar. Most people think I’m crazy logging the lunar cycle but I find that the cycle of the moon really has an affect on my moods.

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The pages that follow include dates for the academic year, weekly prompts for when I’m planning my week, yearly calendar, my future log page where I write down all events and dates to remember as I find out about them, my perpetual calendar and my Yearly planner calendar pictured below.

The Knight Bus ticket was another gift from Woozelmom and I’ve laminated it to keep it nice.

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This Dumbledore quote is on the other side of my weekly prompts list and next to my future log pages.

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My favourite picture of Newt Scamander graces the list section divider.

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And one of my favourite moments of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is on the other side of Newt along with my to do list pages.  Link here.18010873_10154959576245659_966801931237913801_n

My brain dump pages follow on from the To Do List pages. Don’t you love my pencil wand? I made it using a pencil, hog glue and paint. 18010264_10154959576395659_5625836229883820987_n

The occasions divider where I can plan any entertaining we are doing, birthday parties etc.

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Another Dumbledore quote and some birthday plans for my daughter’s birthday party.

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The next section is dedicated to my pen pals and contains their addresses and a log of letters written and received.  I love the little tab topper of Pigwidgeon. Hogsmeade poster here.

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One of my favourite characters and quotes from the series along with my pen pal letters sent and received log. Picture here18033369_10154959576955659_6019791198061277798_n

The next section is a where my daily planner pages start. The photograph was taken when my daughter and I visited Platform 9 3/4

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A map of Hogwarts follows and then it’s my monthly goals.  I like to set out my monthly goals along with my weekly intentions. More on those pages to follow.

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Here are my page per day pages.  I created them in powerpoint where all my pages are created.  I love how my page marker turned out. It has my morning and evening routines printed on it.

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My weekly intentions page is for things that I intend to get done during the week. I like the term intentions better than to do list.

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My finance section comes next. The snitch picture can be found on etsy here.

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Another Dumbledore quote found here.

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I haven’t shown my budget which is personal but I have shown some blank expenses pages and online purchase log pages.  I’m not sure about you but I sometimes forget what I’ve ordered especially if the items will take weeks to arrive such as some items ordered from China.  My purchase log keeps me updates of what is still to arrive.

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My personal section comes next.

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My transfiguration (weight loss measurements) come next and there are a few of these pages to help keep me on track. I adore Luna. I can’t find where I got this picture from but if you come across it please message me and I’ll give all due credit.

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Then there’s my cosmic ordering pages come next – they’re basically manifestation pages by another name.  If you are unfamiliar with the concept, check out the book The Cosmic Ordering Service or the website on the link above.

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Because my work can take me all over the area, I like to keep a log of where I’ve worked that isn’t my usual base and I have titled these pages Muggle Business.  Then there are pages for the Books I’ve read, books I’ve got on order at the library and books I want to read.17992308_10154959578085659_6157492901752482001_n

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Next comes The Burrow which is Swish cottage or our home.

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I keep things pertaining to our home here such a cleaning schedules, family schedules, details on family members such as clothing sizes and needs, wish lists etc.  Gryffindor poster can be found here17991900_10154959578405659_518650383477173535_n18010260_10154959578550659_4662343018696252841_n

Then there’s menu planning.  This adorable owl pic can be found here.

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I plan my weekly menu here along with any shopping that needs to be done. Again, I can’t remember where I got this picture from but if you know the source please let me know.

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There is also a page for writing down items I need to stock up on.

The last section is for writing where I keep blog post ideas along with my book ideas and notes. I love Vincent van Gogh paintings and this Hogwarts image done in the van Gogh style is just phenomenal.

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At the very back, I have a little pocket folder that I made to keep stickers, a couple of birthday cards and my Morrisons savers stamp folder. What would Hermione do image can be found here.

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I could go into so much more detail about the way I use my planner but I’ve run out of time!  This has been a lengthy post!

I hope you love my planner as much as I do.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Why I’m moving the new year to March

Hello my lovelies,

Spring has finally sprung!  It’s been a little temperamental here in England with one day being the warmest day of the year so far and the next being chilly and windy.  But that’s England for you.

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I’m sure you’re wondering why I have decided to change up the entire calendar year that has pretty much stood the test of time.Changing the New Year to 20 March is a pretty ludicrous thing to propose. Of course I’m not going to petition parliament with my request, it’s just a personal thing; but hear me out.

I’m not sure who came up with the idea to have the New Year start on 1 January but it was a pretty rubbish idea.  I understand that life can seem lackluster after Christmas and people need something to celebrate.  Any reason for a tipple!  I’ve got nothing against celebrating the fact that the following day will be the 1st of January.   However, I do have a problem with trying to get anything done in January.  Or February, come to think of it.  They are rubbish months where morale is low and I don’t know about you but I feel my worst in these months.

Most people decided to crack on with New Year’s resolutions in January and almost every single person I know has failed to start a new regime at this time of year.  Think about it for a minute.  The weather is crap. It’s cold, it’s miserable and gray.  You don’t feel like starting anything new. You don’t feel optimistic or in any right frame of mind to make life changes.  It’s a grim time of year to be doing anything besides getting your Hygge on. So what do we do?  We write a list of all the things we want to change in our lives and within a week, we feel like useless wretches because we haven’t been able to even start on the goals we set ourselves. Can you say counterproductive?

I don’t know about you but the closer I get to Spring which is mid March, the more optimistic I feel.  The sun shines brighter, the days are getting longer and suddenly, I feel more energetic. I feel optimistic.  I feel ready to start doing the things I’ve been meaning to.  See what I mean?  It just makes sense!

Just after Christmas is the best time to start thinking about the things you want to change. January and February are the time to finalize that list of changes and to get ready.  Wanna get fit?  Buy those new trainers in January.  Wanna start eating healthy? Do your research so come March, you’re good to go!

Who is with me?

Bright blessings

Mrs R

x

 

 

The joy 1000 project

I still feel sick as a dog with this horrible flu.  But today I’m grateful…

1. that to know that this will soon pass and I will be well again.

2. the sun is shining

3. we have food on our table

Bright blessings,

Mama R

x

The joy 1000 project

There is so much I am grateful for today.

I am grateful for the warm weather. Thank you sun.

I am grateful for the birdsong. Thank you birds.

I am grateful for the cool breeze. Thank you wind.

What are you grateful for today?

Bright blessings,

Mama R

X

The Joy 1000 project

Today has been a difficult day.

I won’t elaborate but I’ll post the three things that have brought me joy over the past few days.

1. The sun is going down later every evening.

2. Yellow and purple crocuses outside my window.

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3. My daughter is getting so big, she makes me smile.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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