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5 Habits to Start Your Day Right and a Better Things Giveaway


This post is sponsored by FX Networks and Better Things, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #BetterThings #BetterThingsGiveaway

Being a mom can be difficult and most nights by bedtime I am already craving the next day’s cup of coffee. Morning’s are the hardest for me and if I don’t follow these 5 habits to start my day off on the right foot, then I find myself laying in bed checking my phone for an hour, dreading leaving the bedroom. These all work wonders for me and once you get into the habit of doing them, your days become a thousand times better!

5 habits to start your day right for moms

  1. Wake up before the kids. I loathe even thinking about this one because I love my sleep, but on the mornings when I wake up first, the day goes 1000 times better than when we wake up together. I have some time to myself, to breathe, diffuse some essential oils, and most importantly to drink my coffee, WHILE IT IS STILL HOT, and in peace. It works wonders for my overall attitude to have some time alone before taking care of everyone else’s needs.
  2. Don’t look at your phone. Or the computer. No screen time for the first hour you are awake. It is hard, especially when you’re addicted to your phone, or work on your phone like I do. But waking up and checking emails or seeing horrible stories on Facebook just stresses me out before my day even begins. There’s no need for that added anxiety. Start your day off fresh and focused on yourself, not the lives of others on social media.
  3. Eat breakfast. Like a real breakfast that has another food group besides coffee. I have to work reallyyyyyyyy hard at this one because as much as I like breakfast foods, I don’t get hungry until noon. I just live off coffee until that time and my mood is down and I am just slumpy overall. Slumpy? See, I didn’t have breakfast today. When I make breakfast I like to have my toddler help me as well and we both start our day off having fun together, with full bellies, and much more positive attitudes.
  4. Get yourself ready. It is so easy to get your toddler/kids ready like they’re about to walk the runway, but for some reason, us moms stop there. We don’t take care of ourselves and that takes a huge toll on your overall mood. When you don’t feel good about yourself, your mood will reflect that. If you are feeling really gutsy, you can even take a shower which is an instant pick me up and will leave you feeling like you can conquer anything.
  5. Make a to-do list. I am all about to do lists. When I was working, crossing things off my to do list was my favorite part of the day and now that I work from home, it is no different. Those to do lists now just include cleaning and running errands with a toddler in tow. Get all of your tasks together, and tackle them one by one by level of importance. Your day will seem so much more doable and less overwhelming.

Now that you’ve conquered your morning and can move onto bedtime, I recommend sitting down and watching Better Things on FX. You deserve to sit down and laugh, kid free, while watching a show that is SO relatable on so many levels of motherhood. Better Things is written by Louis CK and Pamela Adlon, who also stars in the show. She is a single mom of three girls, and the show follows their daily life. It does contain language and nudity, so make sure your kids are not only in bed (for the thousandth time), but actually asleep, and get ready to laugh hysterically. The show aired September 8, and you can see the trailer and learn more about the show HERE on FX.

Better Things

As a treat for all of you mamas out there who deserve it, I have a swag bag full of goodies to giveaway which includes:
• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints

Just visit the homepage of Better Things HERE and comment below with your favorite way to start your day. Thats it! The giveaway closes September 25 and the winner will be announced below. Open to US residents only!

Swag Bag Giveaway

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45 Comments

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    Briana Tomlin
    September 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Oh, my! The clip entitled “blowout,” is totally me. I don’t even know how many times a day I’ll be trying to do something productive; dishes, laundry, showering…it always ends with me yelling something along the lines of “coming,” or “alright!” This show, in general, seems so realistic.

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    Kim S
    September 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    The mom with the pillow!!! Lol

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    Candy
    September 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I really need to try the no screen time for at least an hour after waking up! Social media is such a drug though. lol.

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    Candy
    September 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I really need to try the no screen time for at least an hour after waking up! Social media is such a drug though. lol.

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    Melissa davis
    September 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I never watch the news or any news program when my kids are around. They are too young to hear about and see how scary the world can be…that being said, I like to be aware of current events. So to start my morning right, I watch as much Good Morning America as I can before the kiddos get up, all while drinking my coffee, while it’s hot!!

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    Debra
    September 17, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I love the tip to not look at electronic the first hour you are awake, I think that is harder than we think. THanks

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    karen
    September 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love starting the day with quiet and peaceful calm. NO tv or music or anything. Just listening to the environment. Its a nice smooth transition to adjust to what the day has ahead!

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    Jocelyn Brown
    September 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I always make a daily and a weekly to-do list. If not, I doubt my day would stay organized in the slightest.

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    Taylor Mobley
    September 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This is so funny. I am not a mom, but even I found some of this hilarious. You don’t have to be the perfect mom all the time.

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    Ellie Augustin
    September 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I almost wanted to say HEY it’s me before coffee in the AM w/that picture Ha.. For me I have to start my morning before anyone is up with prayer… with 4 kids and my crazy busy house that’s my strength! 🙂

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    Theresa
    September 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I like your ideas, but morning is the only time I can get in a few minutes on my computer without missing out on time with the kids!

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    Amber Nelson
    September 17, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    yes, starting out the morning with peace and quiet is an awesome thing! i try to do this every day.

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    Roxanne
    September 17, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I do all 5 things, except I make my to-do list the night before. Otherwise, I stay up all night worrying about forgetting things. I am so looking forward to watching Better Things!

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    Julie
    September 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Better Things looks really funny! I like starting my day with some sort of caffeine. I really need the kickstart in the morning.

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    Kaori
    September 18, 2016 at 3:51 am

    I start my morning with taking a shower before anybody wakes up. I get natural light in the bathroom, so to me its really relaxing. If I can get coffee and get myself ready before anybody waking up, that makes my day. No screen time for first hour is a good one. Its tough!

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    jill conyers
    September 18, 2016 at 4:29 am

    I cherish my morning routine. It feels wonderful and sets a positive tone for my day.

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    Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life
    September 18, 2016 at 7:11 am

    These are all great tips and first time moms like me learning to balance their day and time could do with advice like this. I am not sure I wont be able to look at my phone but I can try. 🙂

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    Nicole Escat
    September 18, 2016 at 9:26 am

    This is my first time to heard it! I think this is perfect for me.

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    Brittany
    September 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Girl I LOVE the title of your blog first of all! WTF Moments is perfect! I just started watching this show too and it’s filled with them! I love seeing this momma parent and show real moments that happen to all of us. Even the ones we don’t want to admit to others!

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      whisktangofox@gmail.com
      September 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you so much! I love when people get it 🙂

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    Terri Steffes
    September 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I like to start my day with a little stretch and meditation. My kids are grown and gone, but what a difference this would have made for me when they were little!

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    Rebecca Bryant
    September 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Coffee. Coffee is the answer to any question regarding mornings. Enough said coffee.

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    BusyWorkingMama
    September 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I cant imagine raising 3 girls alone. I relate to her being a single mom. I watched the First Look clip and enjoyed getting the main character’s perspective on it.

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    Amanda Love
    September 18, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Waking up before the kids is good advice, it makes you prepared and more productive as well. These are great tips, actually. I can’t wait for that show as well, I think it’s awesome!

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    Heather
    September 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Wake up before the kids is the most important one for me. Unfortunately my early risers (and baby) don’t always allow for it. But, definitely something I strive for!

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    Brittany Fryman
    September 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Mornings are the toughest for me too but my kids never wake up at the same time so I really struggle to wake up before them. Lately, though I’ve found that getting myself ready in the morning is a real game-changer. I feel so much better about myself and ready to tackle the day. Great post!

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    OurFamilyWorld
    September 18, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Now that my kids are all g rown ups, my mornings are usually quiet and calm. No gadgets for me before breakfast These are great tips.

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    Kait
    September 19, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Making a to do list is my saving grace! I can’t function without one and I don’t even have kids. I feel like it’s easier to mark things off when they’re done and I feel so accomplished!

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    Rachel Catherine
    September 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I love these tips! I will really have to check out Better Things. I keep seeing posts about it everywhere and I’m really interested.

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    Rachel Catherine
    September 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

    These are great tips and I will really have to check out Better Things. I keep seeing posts about it everywhere and I’m really interested.

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    Elena
    September 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I like to start my day with a cup of coffee for sanity

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    Reesa Lewandowski
    September 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I definitely don’t do a lot of these things. I think I need to so that I can start off with a better mood.

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    CourtneyLynne
    September 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    OOOOOO this Ian the first time hearing of this show, but it sounds likes it’s going to be a goodie!!! I will be tuning in.

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    Melissa Moore
    September 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Hahaha, I relate to the hair drying clip!Watched the first episode and it was sooo funny! My most important morning step is remembering my vitamins 🙂

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    Dawn McAlexander
    September 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I think that eating breakfast is the most important thing that you can do to start your day. I know that I feel so much better with a good breakfast.

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    Jenny S
    September 19, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I like starting my weekdays waking up early enough so I can slowly wake up and read the news. I also like to sit and drink my coffee with my dog and check out local new.

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    LeybaRon
    September 19, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    AS a parent, I can’t stress enough how important and helpful the number 1 tip is. Thanks for sharing all of this

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    Whitney S
    September 20, 2016 at 12:44 am

    I’m not a mom, but I know when I’m getting ready to go somewhere, I need to put my phone away until I’m finished getting ready or else I will be on facebook, IG, snapchat, etc haha

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    Manda
    September 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Cup of coffee on the porch.

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    Dawn M
    September 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I like to get up before everyone, get a big cu of coffee and sit onthe back porch with my husband. It rarely happens like that but a girl can dream.

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    beth
    September 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The favorite way to start my day is with a leisurely breakfast…that doesn’t happen all that often.

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    Shakeia Rieux
    September 23, 2016 at 4:04 am

    I like to start off my day by eating breakfast and listening to oldies

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    Leigh Anne Borders
    September 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    My favorite way to start the day includes sipping my favorite cup of coffee on the porch while reading a book. Just me and nature, nice and quiet.

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    mandy
    September 25, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Love all of your tips! I have a rough time in the morning – this was so helpful!

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    meredith
    September 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I like to wake up with my kid still sleeping so i can have a cup of coffee to get my day going. this show looks pretty great!

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