Every year it is the same routine. Kids wake up, and you rush around like a crazy lady making everyone breakfast and packing lunchboxes. Then you have to get the kids dressed and out the door before the school bell rings. Am I right?! With the morning chaos during the school week, it is no wonder us moms end up looking like we just rolled out of bed as we creep up to the school drop off line. Instead of tyring to be incognito and hoping you blend in with the pavement in your pj pants, carve out some time for you before the rush. It will make your day start off on the right foot, and eveyrone knows that when Mom is happy, everyone is happy.
I have been dealing with the dreaded morning school rush now for a solid four years, and I gotta say, I have found several things that make the morning run smooth and easy. I like to squeeze in time getting myself prepared (mentally) and also getting myself looking less "mombie" and more human. Ha! For starters, a game changer is waking up BEFORE your kids. I know, we all want to squeeze in those glorious ten extra minutes in heaven before we are summoned back to Earth by "mom" being yelled in our face as a wake up call. Don't do it! Set your alarm for fifteen minutes before your kids wake up at their usual hour. Fifteen minutes doesn't sound like a lot, but any veterean mom knows that in a few minutes with no kids, mountains can be moved! In those few quiet moments, I like to make my bed first thing. It starts the tone for the day. I wash my face and get dressed and do my 5 minute face. If you really want to keep it easy, then skip the makeup routine all together and invest in some fabulous giant sunglasses (aka a mom's best friend). When I am getting dressed for school drop off, I always opt for a T-Shirt dress or simply a T-Shirt and Jeans. Easy and no fuss, bam! A T-Shirt dress is the perfect way to be comfy, put together, and keeping it simple. For my makeup, I wear only bronzer, mascara, and brow pomeade during the day. I save the full face for the weekends out and date night. I also always use concealer and under eye brightner, because these bags are here to stay. Also, grab yourself a good tinted moisturizer and skip the foudation, It saves time and hassle in the morning. Hair can be easily done by throwing it up in a killer Top Knot. I like to add a row of clip in extensions for a fuller top knot and pony (it makes it so easy to do). If I am opting to keep my hair down and loose, I simply spray some sea-salt spray and just toussle my bedhead for a perfect "less is more" beachy look. Done. See?! Mountains can be moved in 15 minutes. Now the kids are just waking up and you are already ready mentally and physically and you have time now before school is in session. Go get em'!
T-Shirt Dress from Forever 21
Sandals from Matisse
Sunglasses from Valley Eyewear
Top Knot by TopKnot Extenstions
Tinted Moisturizer from Stilla
Concealer and Under Eye Brightner from Becca
Mascara from Bare Escentuals
Brow Pomaded from Anastasia Brow
Shirts and shorts from Target
Socks from Stance Socks
Shoes from Vans