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It’s a typical morning.

You get up, get dressed, get your kids out of bed. Grab a quick breakfast as you make sure your kids eat their breakfast. The kids are moving as slowly as a sloth, not realizing the pressing need to get out of the house in order to get to school and work on time. Maybe you’re rushing to get lunches made before the kids hop on the bus and you run out the door.

Always rushing in the morning.

Let’s face it. This is how many of us start our days. Running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to get your kids and ourselves ready for the day and out the door. And it can be stressful. 

But it doesn’t have to be. 

I’ve found that if I do 5 simple things, my mornings go much more smoothly and I can get out the door on time and not feeling stressed.


1. Make lunches the night before

If you prep your kids lunches the night before, that’s one less thing to do in the morning. Find some time right after dinner to make and pack lunches. Store them in the fridge overnight and all you have to do in the morning is grab them and go!


2. Pick out your and your children’s clothes ahead of time

This is one we don’t always think about but it makes a huge difference in your morning routine.

Before your children go to bed, have them pick out an outfit for the next day and lay it out. Then, do the same thing for yourself. I can’t even tell you how much time this will save you in the morning! It may even save you some arguments with your children over what they’re wearing that day.


3. Chose a simple grooming routine

As moms and women, we want to look our best. And we should. BUT, that doesn’t mean we have to spend an hour in the bathroom getting ready in the morning.

By simplifying your makeup and hair styles, you will spend less time in the bathroom and still look beautiful.

For some specific hair styles and simple makeup ideas, check out my post HERE.


4. Minimize distractions

My boys love to watch TV in the morning when they first wake up. The problem is, they get so wrapped up in what they’re watching that they don’t want to eat breakfast, get dressed, brush their teeth, or do anything else in order to get ready for the day.

In order to combat this, we’ve come up with an arrangement. The boys have to get dressed and eat breakfast before they can watch TV. Then they also have to brush their teeth and put shoes on. If they don’t obey, they can’t watch any TV. But, if they do what they are asked, they can watch some television before we leave.


5. Get up on time

I know this one seems obvious, but it is so easy to just hit that snooze button when the alarm goes off. Just five more minutes…next thing you know, you wake up and 20 minutes have passed and you realize if you don’t get going, you’ll be late.

Nothing makes you rush through your morning more than waking up late.

If you find yourself feeling over tired each morning, try to go to bed a little earlier. Even a half hour earlier than normal will help. Then you won’t be hitting that snooze button and rushing to get ready.


What are your tips for a smooth morning routine?








It’s hard to believe that my son started Kindergarten last week! The summer really flew by.

All his school supplies were purchased and new clothes bought. He has a brand new Star Wars backpack that he’s excited to use and we had a great time meeting his teacher at Open House.

I wish that was all I had to do to prep for school; purchase school supplies and clothes. However, since Giovanni has food allergies there is a lot more that goes into preparing for the new school year. It’s a nerve wrecking thing to send your food allergic child off to school each day. Every day I pray God will protect him from exposure to his allergens. Every day I keep my phone where it is always within earshot with the ringer all the way up. Just in case.

As scary as it is, there are steps I took to help ensure a safer school year for my child.

The first thing I did was meet with the 504 plan coordinator  and school nurse at Giovanni’s school to set up his 504 plan. For a child with food allergies, this is one of the most important steps that needs to be taken to ensure a safe school year. Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities, which includes food allergies. It is a plan you make that allows for specific accommodations for your child in the classroom and in the school, in general.

Once his 504 plan was set up, I met with Giovanni’s teacher to go over the 504 plan and discuss  ways to make sure the classroom was safe for him. I also spoke with his music and art teachers and the cafeteria workers to ensure proper procedures were taken in those spaces so that there was no danger of cross contamination and possible exposure to Giovanni’s allergens.


One other thing I did was to go over Giovanni’s Emergency Care Plan with his teacher and the school nurse. I discussed with them what Giovanni’s mild reactions are like and what Anaphylaxis looks like for him. I want to make sure that they know how to recognize his allergic reactions and what to do if it occurs.

Of course, the one other thing we did to prep for Kindergarten was to take a trip to the allergist. We had some more detailed testing performed, reviewed the Emergency Care Plan with the doctor, and he signed all the appropriate school forms.

So much planning and preparation goes into the school year for an allergy mom. But it’s all worth it if it means keeping my son safe each day.


How do you prepare for the school year as an

allergy mom?




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