A realistic morning routine for everyday mums

Jun 2, 2020

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Did you know that you’ll save yourself exactly 934 hours of wasted time by planning your morning? Yeah, that’s a lie – but it will help to save some of your sanity!

As Mums our job is to retain as much information as humanly possible, appointments, groceries, bills, kid’s activities, birthdays and even where our husbands put their wallet to save them the 30 second effort it takes to look for it. Check out this post by Common Wild on Instagram and you’ll see you’re not alone.

It’s no wonder that we’re burnt out!

A good solid routine can help alleviate some of the pressure and get your daily tasks flowing better so that you have more time to drink your damn coffee while it’s maybe luke warm.

What does my morning routine look like?


I love these journals by My Mindful Year because not only do they function as diaries so you can keep track of your days but they have a strong focus on self care, mindfulness and goal setting which can really help to set the right mindset for the day.

Sole Water

Every morning I drink a small amount of sole (water saturated with himalayan salt) in a glass of room temperature water for a range of benefits including boosting hydration, detoxifying the body and upping my minerals. Checkout this blog post by Wellness Mama for more info, including how to make it.


Our family basics include Smarty Pants multivitaminSmarty Pants mineralsa good probiotic, Vitamin D and Omegas. Taking them at the same time each day helps to maintain the habit, although if I forgot the kids’ Smarty Pants gummies they’d certainly let me know!

I also take Activated B’s and Zinc but your needs may differ, so it’s really important to discuss your supplement regime with a health practitioner.

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I don’t like to complicate breakfast because mornings are rushed enough as it is! So I opt for a simple, but nutrient dense breakfast for the whole family, I’m then able to spend this time engaging with the kids over a more relaxed meal. Our go-to’s are gluten and dairy free cereals (we like Freedom Foods) with hydrolysed collagen powder sprinkled over the top and paired with a protein packed smoothie.

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Breakfast invitation

After breakfast I set the kids up with an Invitation to Play or No-Prep Activity, you can find ideas for these on Instagram and our fave accounts to follow for this are Days with Grey and Busy Toddler. While they’re engaged I’ll pop a kids podcast on Spotify and sneak a few quick chores in while they’re occupied.

Plan dinner

Our meal plan print-out saves me so much brain power of a morning. I simply look at the menu and either throw the ingredients for that night’s meal into the slow cooker or get what’s needed out on the bench in plain sight so any meat is thawed and the dinner time rush is eliminated. I can’t however, guarantee that the kids will eat it!

Dry washing

Depending on the size of your family and how many changes of clothes your kids go through each day, I recommend putting a load of washing in every night or at least 3 times per week so that it’s ready to hang out to dry (or if you’re like me, shove it into the dryer) of a morning. Doing this regularly keeps the loads of washing to a manageable size meaning it’s more likely to be put away and not left in baskets on the kitchen table for 6 weeks.

Dress kids

This generally needs to be done if you’re planning on leaving the house… Unless you’re ok with the dishevelled in slippers look which let’s face it, makes up 90% of my kids wardrobe.


For the sake of my mental and physical health (and the well-being of everyone around me), I fill my cup regularly with a quick bi of exercise. Whether it’s an hour at the gym (which is mostly spent in the shower while the kids enjoy creche) or a YouTube yoga session watching Yoga with Adriene, if I skip this step I will be a cranky pants for the rest of the day.


And finally I enjoy an uninterrupted shower, that’s if the kids are still engaged with their activity. Otherwise I jump in quickly and hope that the 2 year old doesn’t come in wanting to join, decide since the ‘boobies’ are out she’ll have a feed before I’ve had a chance to dry myself or cry out mid-shower.

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Lea Sharp is a content creator and hot mess Mum in Brisbane, QLD. As a tired Mum of 3, Lea is a passionate advocate for maternal mental health and helps like-minded Mums make life that little bit easier through The Cold Coffee Tribe, a lifestyle website for everyday Mums.


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