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27 January 2016

My Morning Routine for a Morning Win

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of belVita. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m not a morning person.  Before kids, I was up all night and slept until noon.  I was terrified that my oldest would never get on a normal sleep schedule because I never slept before 4 a.m. while I was pregnant with him.  Luckily, all three of my kids fell in to a normal sleep pattern.  They have always been up early ready to tackle the new day.  Me?  I’m begging for a few more minutes of sleep.  That’s why it’s so important for me to have a morning routine.  My kids are a bit older now, so they know to leave mom alone until she’s part way through her morning, i.e., not until she’s had a cup of coffee.  Keep reading for my morning routine.


The first thing I do each morning is brew a pot of coffee.  I take it with some flavored creamer, and I prefer that it’s served in a cute mug.


There’s a reason that they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  If I skip breakfast, I am starving just before noon--then I make bad food choices.  I like sweet breakfasts, but I can’t eat something with a lot of simple sugars because I’ll be hungry before lunch.  belVita Breakfast Biscuits have energy packed carbs from whole grains, so they give me four hours of energy, which I need to get through my morning without crashing.

Last Saturday, I was at Meijer attending a demo for belVita Morning Win.  I got to try some new flavors, which was great because I think I found a new favorite.  I used to get only the chocolate bites, but I grabbed crunchy blueberry and soft baked oats and chocolate this time after sampling them.  I really love the crunchy blueberry.

You can find them at your local Meijer in the cookie and cracker aisle.  While you’re there, you can stock up on more items for your morning win, like coffee, markers for your planner, and even a dry erase board for your daily to do list.


After I’m awake enough to form a complete thought, I check my daily planner.  On the weekends, I spend some time with my planner making sure everything falls in to place for the week.  Each weekday morning, I check to see what I have to do that day and what I need to prep for the next few days.

Daily List

In addition to my planner, I keep a dry erase board for my daily list.  I write down everything I need to accomplish for the day, including work, homeschool, cleaning, and errands.  It helps me to visualize what I have to do and cross items off as I complete them.

What do you do each morning for a belVita Morning Win?
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.