Monday, 19 June 2017

4 Things I Do To Make My Mornings Easier & A Quaker Overnight Oats Recipe

For a long time, I dreaded school mornings.  
They were chaotic, unorganized and quite honestly, the worst part of my day. 
 Today, I'm sharing with you four things I started doing to make my mornings easier. 

 Wake Up Before The Kids 
When I tell people I wake up at 5:30am so I can enjoy a cup of coffee in peace and get myself ready before the kids wake up, people usually look at me like I have five heads.  This is so crucial for me in order to ensure I have a good morning.  
I used to be a morning person, but since having kids I need a good half hour before I'm ready to function for the day. 

To Do List 
Every night before bed, I write myself a list of things I want to get done in the morning and leave it on my night side table. The list usually consists of things like "empty dishwasher", "return so and so's email", etc. I glance over the list during my first morning coffee and start crossing items off the list well before the kids wake up.  

  Pick Out Clothes Night Before 
I don't know about other mama's, but I have two little fashionistas on my hands who would try on every single item in their wardrobe, twice, if I didn't stop them.  Picking out their clothes the night before makes an easier morning for myself and the kids. 
They can spend their time fussing about what to wear the night before instead of during the short amount of time we have in the mornings to get out the door. 
They lay their outfits out in their rooms the night before so the first thing they do when they wake up is get dressed.   
  
Prep Breakfast Ahead Of Time 
 One of our solutions to make mornings easier is ensuring that there are easy but nutritious breakfast options available in the house at all times. My girls are 6 & 8 now and love being a part of meal prep. We make the oats ahead of time in mason jars and stick them in the fridge so that after the girls are dressed, they can come down and grab them right out of the fridge and help themselves to a delicious and nutritious breakfast solution. 
 You can check out a variety of tasty recipes on the Quaker Oats website and I'm sharing you our favourite Strawberry Coconut Overnight recipe below. 
 
 Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oats 
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk  
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes, divided (1/4 cup plus topping)  
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts  
  • 1 tbsp honey, plus extra to drizzle  
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract  
  • Pinch fine sea salt, optional  
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries, divided (1/2 cup plus topping  
  1. In a Mason jar or bowl, add Quaker® Oats, coconut milk, ¼ cup coconut flakes, hemp hearts, honey, vanilla extract and sea salt. Stir to combine.  
  1. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped strawberries and top with remaining strawberries, remaining toasted coconut and drizzle with honey.  
  1. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
 
Hope these tips help you enjoy your mornings a little more.  
  Kelsey,  Xo. 

      **This is a sponsored post which means I was provided compensation and/or product for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. **


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