Key to Morning Success is Preparation #GreatStarts

Mornings at our house are pure chaos. There’s a whole lot of rushing around trying to get stuff done in a very small window. Here’s what has to get done in the morning…

  • Wake up
  • Mike and I get ready for the day
  • Get baby Amelia ready for the day
  • Get Lucas ready for school
  • Eat breakfast
  • Lucas and Amelia leave with Mike to take Lucas to school
  • I go to gym and then come back home to work

Then, there’s a list of stuff that we can’t forget…lunches, schoolwork, etc. All of this has to get done very quickly since the drive to Lucas’ school is at least 30 minutes. That means they need to leave at 7:30am to make it school on time. We wake up at 6:00am and that’s already difficult enough – can’t image getting up any earlier.

The key to having a great morning and a great start to your day is to BE PREPARED. ¬†We love this Night Before Checklist provided by Paralympic Alpine Skier, Heath Calhoun. We have it hung on our refrigerator and go through it every night to make sure that we are ready for the next morning. It’s been very helpful!


Here’s what the night before looks like…

Prep for breakfast



Lay clothes out the night before


Pack Lucas’ lunch the night before


Check that all bags are packed – especially my gym bag


Get Lucas’ karate uniform ready for after school


Set alarm


Charge iPods, iPhones, iPads the night before – we take these to the gym and of course, use for work


Getting all of these things done the night before tones down the morning routine chaos for us. That is so important because a good start to your day – to your children’s day – is really important. It sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Our breakfast SUCCESS!


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