I have spent a lifetime denying the fact that I am in a morning person. Do I enjoy getting up early? Do I naturally wake up with the sunrise? Am a perky and happy like a Disney Princess in the mornings? All of these are no. The problem is, once I get up and get moving, I am the most productive in the morning hours. Come 1:00 PM, I naturally slow and productivity stops. I enjoy staying up late and watching movies or reading, but I am absolutely not productive in any way shape or form.
Once I learned this about myself, I started shifting our days to morning heavy. Appointments for doctors, play dates, and errands all fall first thing in the morning when I know that I am at my best. This means of course that mornings are very rushed typically. My kids are early risers, but they do NOT like to be hurried in the morning. This means I need to get creative with my approach to mornings in attempts to avoid the meltdowns that are all too common with a 3, 4, and 5 year old (plus bonus 2 year old with babysitting).
One of my solutions is quick and easy breakfasts that can be made in advance. This takes the guess work out of what we are eating and it saves us some serious time. Enter Oat Banana Muffins! I would love to take credit for this recipe, but it was a Pinterest find. I have been known to let my bananas get too ripe for these exact muffins.
I have made these several times with multiple modifications and they come out great each and every time. Don’t have any coconut on hand? Skip it! Think this would taste great with honey instead of maple syrup? Go for it. Want to add extra protein? Go ahead and add an extra egg or even protein powder of your choosing. It really is that flexible of a recipe. The only change I consistently make is cooking it for significantly longer than recommended (5+ minutes more) because I prefer them a little more brown on top.
These are a hit with the kiddos and adults alike. The best part is, they freeze phenomenally! I hope you make them soon and that they help make your mornings just a little smoother.
As someone who likes to have a plan and a schedule for the day, the idea of summer break and induce some serious anxiety. It isn’t that I don’t love the time with my kids because I truly do. It is that 12 weeks off our routine is just a lot for me to wrap my mind around.
In response to this, I developed theme days for our summer! They are flexible and very loose structured, but they gave me something to count on week by week to entertain the kids and myself. They are basic and self explanatory which is exactly what I need!
Make It Monday– Craft time essentially! I am many things as a mother, but crafty isn’t typically one of them. This is my one day that I push myself out of my comfort zone and plan a craft with the kids. The key here also is it keeps us at home for the day and therefore is a great day to catch up on any extra household tasks!
Learning Tuesday– This is the day I try to be extra intentional with the educational activities. It is also the day our local library typically does a themed story time and so we almost always hit that up. I am all for outsourcing when I can.
Water Wednesday– This couldn’t be simpler. We play with water! This could be me filling up the water table, running to the nearest splash pad, or swimming. We really focus on trying to beat the heat and cool off outdoors today!
Movie Thursday– Our local theater offers a summer movie program. For $7, I can get a pass that includes 10 movies shown over the course of the summer. They are older kids movies that are already on video, but you can’t beat it. It is a great way to kill a few hours in some AC! Plus, its a bit of a mental break for me.
Foodie Friday– My name is Renee and I am a control freak. This totally extends to the kitchen and letting my kids help. I suppress my urges to kick everyone out and do it myself though and actually cook with my kids on Friday. They pick the dish and we get to work. We started small with smoothies and have worked our way up to caramel apple pie this week! I consider this almost more of an accomplishment for me than the kids.