This year Leo will be attending nursery school twice a week for the morning. You all know I’m a teacher, and though I’m not completely sure what type of schooling we’ll end up doing with Leo–my school has a special program for littles. So, not only will it be a short, easy day, but I’ll also be close by in the event that he needs me. To me, that’s a win-win situation. Because we are ALL early risers in my family, having routines and rituals in place to streamline the mornings are so important.
Routines take practice. Mornings do not have to be hectic, and part of my own personal self care is to make sure my sacred morning time is taken seriously and used with intention. That keeps me from being a crazy person to the ones I love most–and models the importance of having rituals for Leo! So, if you’re looking to put a plan in place…here’s what we do to make sure that back to school season is met with success and not stress.
Evenings…Because the night before is what sets up the tone for the morning!
- Pack lunches and drinks for the next day.
- Take vitamins and supplements after dinner.
- Set coffee to brew at 4am.
- Lay out clothes for the next day.
- Evening oils in the diffuser (Serenity, On Guard and Breathe are our go-to’s).
- Weekly: go through fridge and clean out condiments, dressings, leftovers, refill roller bottles, meal plan on dry erase board for the week.
Mornings…We start these routines 2 weeks before school to time the day accordingly.
- 4:30 alarm -Morning yoga – 20 minutes (Leo does not wake up until 5:45 so this gives me time to prepare).
- Morning oil roller for immune support (On Guard, DDR Prime)
- Shower & get dressed — outfit has been laid out so no stress!
- Free time to: read, talk with Keith, throw in a load of laundry.
- Leo wakes up! Morning oils (DDR Prime, Copaiba, On Guard)
- Breakfast together before morning drop off–we like easy things like yogurt, fruit, or a Made Good or Z Bar.
- Leo chooses a friend, book, and toy for his backpack.
Before the school year begins…
- Get all appointments (hair, general health) done before August. I make all appointments in the summer when Leo and I am off.
- Choose one seasonal activity for Leo – tumbling and swimming are great!
- Examine calendar for the next 2-3 months. List school events, family events, birthdays, and book one weekend day as a NO PLANS DAY. This is integral to our sanity.
- Review pantry–dry goods and staples. Order them!
- Purge closets (though this happens throughout the year). Donate and throw away!
- Do an inventory of supplements and drugstore goods like bandaids, ointments, oils, elderberry, and more. Click here for the best supplements for kiddos and grown folks.
- Order backpacks and lunchboxes. Inspect reusable water bottles and order spare parts.
This routine is ALWAYS evolving and changing, but the day to day basically remains the same. What do you do to streamline your day?