Taylor Sterling’s Morning Routine

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Leisurely lazy mornings. You know, the ones where you sleep in, you drink coffee from bed, you scroll your phone endlessly with no real pressure on yourself. Yeah, I don’t get those. Not even on the weekends. While it would be nice to lay horizontally for a little longer each morning, I’ve become quite the morning person since having children, and I need to maximize as many hours of the day as possible.

My mornings are hectic. It’s a whirlwind getting everyone ready and out the door each day. So, if like me, you’re a busy working mom who has to get her kids out the door early, you will know that each day you get the kids out on time feels like a major accomplishment. First gold star of the day!

Wake Up Time

Most mornings start at 6 a.m. with either my daughter running into our bedroom or my son crying from his crib and waking the entire family up. Earlier this year, my kids started sharing a room, and while it was a smoother transition than I expected, the morning times are where it’s the most difficult. One of them is always waking the other up.

My husband has to be out the door at 7:15 a.m. most mornings so it’s not a huge deal for us to wake up early. Actually, the rare mornings where we get to sleep past 6 a.m., we usually are even more frantic and stressed.

I’d love to be one of those moms who wakes up before her kids and has time to do work or maybe work out, but I’ve learned over the past four years that I really need my sleep, and 6 a.m. is pretty much the earliest I can wake up without being very grumpy.

Divide & Conquer

My husband and I tackle both our morning and evening routines as a team. We know our lanes and we stick to them. We take the kids downstairs and let them wake up watching a show and having a morning snack (usually fruit and a glass of milk). In the evenings, we like to sit at the table together, but the mornings we allow for them to sort of dictate where and what they want to eat.

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My husband makes their lunches the night before so that we don’t have to deal with it in the morning, so he usually gets the coffee started. I can hardly act like a normal human being without my morning cup of joe! Then it’s usually a mix of running back and forth prepping everything by the front door.

I normally set out their clothes the night before. The more I can do the night before, the better, but sometimes it can be a real challenge to make the time. However, it seriously saves me in the morning. Issue is, my 4-year-old has become very, very picky about what she wants to wear and even with tactics like giving her a few options, she finds a way to not wear any and make a huge mess in her room and cause us to run late.

My husband usually gets ready for work while our 22-month-old son follows him everywhere, dropping cereal all over and stepping on them turning into mini explosions all around the house.

I usually tackle trying to convince my daughter to eat (she never wants to eat in the mornings, but is a grumpy mess without it), brush her hair, get dressed and get out the door. There is so much negotiating and distraction tactics that happen to get us out the door!

Beauty Routine

My beauty routine is very minimal in the mornings. Usually, I get a chance to sneak into the bathroom to freshen up while the kids are eating. I do a quick facial spritz, then use my Drunk Elephant products (C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil and Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30). I recently shared my entire skincare routine and how I finally combated my adult acne so read that if you want more details.

My makeup routine is also super quick and easy. Often, I run out of time. The teachers at school must wonder why I am always wearing huge dark sunglasses, but they are a tired mom’s secret weapon! When I do have time, it’s a CC cream, concealer and some bronzer and cream blush. Maybe a little lip gloss, too.

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As for my hair, I am one of those people who is totally OK with my hair looking a hot mess. So normally, I don’t do much to my hair at all. It tends to be up in a messy bun most of the time.

Get To Work

When all is said and done, I’m usually back home around 8:45 a.m. I used to go straight into my office and start working, but this year, I started a little slow morning routine when I get home that helps me calm down and get ready for the day. On my way back from drop-offs, I tend to listen to a podcast. I love so many (I will do a post soon). When I get home, I will continue the podcast and clean up the toys, food, cups and various messes that the family has left trying to get out of the house. I also take this time to empty the dishwasher and put away everything in the kitchen and make it nice and tidy.

I will gather laundry and put it away. I will start a new load and make sure various housework is started before I start working. Some may find this as a distraction from work, but I find that without this hour devoted to getting some things done, I will get zero housework done for the whole day and I will have anxiety working in such a messy home. So it really helps get me centered for work.

Then I’m usually in my office working by 9:30-10 a.m.

It’s a long morning, but I’ve gotten pretty used to the routine.

Let us know your morning routine in the comments!

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Photography by Emily Scott

Taylor is wearing a dress by Dôen

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Author: Taylor Sterling

Taylor Sterling is the founder and creative director of Glitter Guide. When she's not working on all things GG, she can be found reading and sometimes art directing photoshoots for @LolaJayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and eating french fries (not necessarily at the same time, although that's definitely the best combination). Follow her at @TaylorSterling