My Morning Must Have
I think I’m not alone when I say morning rituals are usually pretty hectic, particularly if you’re a parent and ESPECIALLY if you’re not a morning person (like moi).
They are just re-occurring mini Mondays straight from the pits of Hades. That is, unless Monday is a holiday – then the Hades honor falls to the following Tuesday…which is only fair.
Let me take you through a typical morning for me:
- 6:00 a.m. alarm goes off but I’ve already been in and out of consciousness for 30 min (No, I don’t have to pee, I don’t have to pee…)
- Begrudgingly hit snooze 2-3 more times (because YOU don’t OWN ME, clock!)
- Trudge to the kitchen in the dark trying not to step on overly eager cats
weaving around my feet trying to kill mefollowing me because they know treats are at hand
- Do an about-face after the cats’
attempted homicideparade from the kitchen into the 9 and 6 year old’s rooms and turn on their lights. I say “Time to get up” like a Drill Sargent (at this point, I’m really nothing more than their snooze button)
- Trudge back to kitchen to make breakfast, pack lunches if they weren’t packed the night before and empty the dishwasher (REFILL with dishes the 17 and 20 year old left in the sink after my husband and I had gone to bed, grrr…)
- After about 5 min I bark (empty) threats back to the kids, “You guys better get up or else…!”
- After breakfast is on the table, bark at kids to hurry up (again) and/or break up whatever fight is brewing between them in their rooms
- This is also the point where I get a first peek at what my 6-year-old daughter has determined as fashionable for school and secretly wonder where I went wrong (think Punky Brewster meets Hello Kitty Anime)
- Finally they are seated and I try to tame their hair while they eat if it’s not to my satisfaction (ignoring the fake cries as they disapprove of my efforts)
- Clear table once they are done and make sure they grab backpacks as my “spidey senses” heighten. Every truck/SUV that passes outside our kitchen window sounds like “the bus”. We don’t want to miss the bus.
WE MISS THE BUS
Everyone piles into my car groaning (or in my husband’s if he’s up and ready to go) and head out the .7 mi to the school (I vow it will not happen again…[side-eye myself])
- Back at home, I shower and get myself ready in a world record 10 minutes before I head out the door only be hit with the infamous and unpredictable Dallas traffic
But as HECTIC as my mornings tend to be (mostly self-inflicted, I must admit – must.get.better), there is ONE small micro moment that I take for myself.
My FAVORITE MUST HAVE (outside of my breakfast smoothies) is my Lemon Ginger Tonic. It’s so comforting. Sometimes I will just stand by the sink, cradling a cup in both hands next to my chest as I slowly and cautiously wake up. Serenity. No SERIOUSLY – it’s like my little oasis in the morning.
If you’d never tried it, please do. I drink this every weekday. It’s not only easy to make and a great pick me up, but if I’ve had a particularly bad eating binge (no judging!), I’ll drink a few cups of it throughout the day to eliminate that uncomfortable feeling of bloat. Even during my chaotic mornings, I still have time to enjoy a cup of this favorite!
- 12 oz hot water
- 1/2 juiced organic lemon
- 3-4 slivers of fresh organic ginger root
Place ginger root and fresh lemon juice into cup, pour in hot water and let steep for about 3-5 min. If desired, remove ginger root and enjoy. Some people will even blend up ginger root to mix with larger quantities of water and lemon juice for batches of the tonic.
This recipe can even be manipulated to help alleviate cold symptoms by adding:
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
Outside of it just tasting AMAZING and being a warm and comforting alternative to coffee or tea (no caffeine) it also:
– Helps you feel better after consuming too many processed foods
– Ginger and lemon are both detoxifiers and aid in digestion
– Ginger may also help boost metabolism
– Ginger is great for treating stomach problems such as upset stomachs, nausea and diarrhea as well as reduces inflammation & gas (bloat)
– Lemon is full of Vitamin C and aids in iron absorption
– Lemon is not only a good germ fighter but it’s also a natural diuretic that helps flush toxins from your system
So TRY it and let me know what you think. It’s a staple in my house, even my finicky teenager is a fan!
What are some things in your morning routine that you can’t go without?