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Ever since we’ve kicked off the New Year, I have been so in the zone on making up routines that are do-able and REALLY work for me!  Anyone else feeling the same way these past couple of months?   Finding that perfect balance can be tough stuff! I recently read a quote that said, “You own your time, time doesn’t own you,” which has transformed how I look at my time these days. In the past, almost every morning, I would roll out of bed and quickly get Charlie ready for school and scurry out the door. I think we can all agree that starting the day off on a rushed note is the worst!  Other times, I would set my alarm earlier and have some “me time,” but I was never consistent with that either.  One of my big goals for 2017 is consistently making a point to get up extra early while everyone is sleeping and slowly get ready for the day. As I’ve been doing this for the past couple weeks, I wanted to share with you my NEW and improved morning routine. Not only are the mornings smoother, but I have also found myself feeling so much calmer throughout the day.

I try to get up at 5:00 AM and kick off the morning by rinsing off in a hot shower. There has always been something about hot water that wakes me right up. I can’t exactly describe why that happens, but it really does work! ;) Once I hop out of the shower, I immediately put my lotion on. I am one of those people who has really, really, really dry skin. It started about 7 years ago, and I feel like every year it gets worst, especially on my face. It’s almost like there is elasticity in my skin.  I have to admit, I’ve been trying so many different products to help me nip this one in the bud, but it’s been really hard to find something that works well enough for me to buy it again. I like to call those “one hit wonders.” From high end products to drugstore products, the struggle is real! And you would be totally shocked if you saw the list of how many different products I have tried. We’re talking a list as long as toilet paper here… okay, maybe not that long, but you know what I mean! ;)

Recently a friend on Facebook recommended Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizerso I took the plunge. The first thing I thought was, what exactly does Hydra Therapy even mean!? I’ve only recently seen products with the word “Hydra Therapy” but never really understood the concept. So after doing some research, it all made sense. The thing that makes Hydra Therapy lotion so much different is the application. You have to put it on as soon as you hop out of the shower in order for it to work properly. This part is crucially important because what happens after showering is that your skin cells expand, providing an easy pathway for moisture into just-showered skin. So you rub it onto your wet skin, right after you hop out of the shower and before you towel dry. The lotion penetrates deeply into the surface of the skin bringing moisture to the source of dryness. So now the whole Hydra Therapy hype totally makes sense! And let me tell you, I’ve been using this for the past few weeks and this stuff really truly does work, and it feels AMAZING! My skin is softer, hydrated… but I only wish I knew about this stuff 7 years ago! Girlfriends: if you’re struggling with this whole dry skin thing like me, this is the stuff! ;)

Once I rinse off in the shower, I do my skin routine, then I quickly put on my makeup. Sometimes I will light a slightly fragrant candle or turn on some very low acoustic music to set the tone.  Depending on what kind of mood I am in, sometimes I will spend 15 minutes putting all my makeup on OR just skip that part! ;) We own our own time, right?!  Next up, I make a cup of hot tea.  I have been on such a tea kick lately! My current favorite right now is ginger turmeric with a squeeze or two (okay maybe three) of honey! ;)

And my favorite part, I curl up on the sofa and read a good book. Whenever I read, I try NOT to go on social media. Sometimes I have to admit, I get too excited and have to peek at what everyone is up to – but I always feel the most clear headed when I avoid social media in the mornings. And there you have it girlfriends, this is my morning routine in a perfect world. I will be honest, just like we all do, I have my days where I still hit the snooze button and get out of bed later than I like. But when I wake up slowly but surely and have time to myself, it is the cherry on top of my day!

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    1. Lisa Brown

      gentle daily exfoliation with a microfiber cloth helps tremendously in the look and condition of skin

    2. Natalie

      I ALWAYS apply lotion to my skin after I shower in the morning. It helps to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. I also apply sunscreen in the morning so that I don’t forget. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

    3. kelly

      I put on SPF lotion every morning as I am getting read, to protect and moisturize my dry skin.

    4. Elena Istomina

      I apply SPF lotion on my skin every morning

      elena150980 at yahoo dot com

    5. Liston Stanley

      Coffee, lots of coffee. And a the Neutrogena Retinol serum. It has really helped brighten and smooth texture, but it also helps with wrinkles and acne. Plus it acts as a gorgeous primer for makeup!
      [email protected]

    6. Julie Wood

      I use a good face moisturizer every morning with SPF, and I do not take long hot showers and use a good moisturizer on my skin right after getting out of the shower. It really helps with stopping my dry skin.

    7. Julie Wood


    8. steve weber

      I use a moisturizer in pretty much everything I use in the morning!!

      groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

    9. arress

      SPF moisturizer each morning. And I drink a glass of water every two hours to stay hydrated.

    10. Stephanie Phelps

      Getting up and washing my face with a moisturizing soap and wrinkle cream has helped me! my4boysand1 at gmail dot com

    11. mrsmchappell

      I like using a scented moisturizer and an SPF moisturizer for my face. I’ve recently started having a glass of water before my first coffee, too.

    12. susitravl

      I get my clothes ready the night before and have everything laid out or hanging up outside of the closet. My morning routine is much smoother now that I’m not digging through clothes trying to figure out what to wear.

    13. margaretporter

      my hands elbows and feet are horribly dry. This would be helpful. I use lotion but it doesnt help alot.

    14. JessieC

      I apply body cream or oil right after shower daily.
      tcarolinep at gmail dot com

    15. Jennifer W

      I always apply moisturizer to my face as part of my morning routine. I feel so uncomfortable for the rest of the day if I don’t do it.

    16. Rebecca Thomas

      Best morning routine tip is to prepared your lunch and prep breakfast night before and to shower at night. that way all you need to do is hair/makeup and get the kiddos ready and your off!

    17. Deb F

      Making something routine is so important! I’ve made it my routine to run every morning so I don’t have time to think about it (or else I wouldn’t run). It’s just pretty automatic by now.
      As for moisturizing, sadly, I forget to do that on a daily basis.
      Thanks for reminding me. :) I’ll have to add that to my after running shower routine.

    18. jalapenomama

      I now use a good moisturizer/lotion every morning.
      This has been a big help especially this winter.
      thank you

    19. Melinda G

      I do something productive in the kitchen while coffee is brewing. Change the pet water, groom my herb plants, unload the dishwasher, pull out spices and ingredients for dinner. Rather than sitting idle while waiting for the coffee, I buzz around the kitchen and get stuff done.

    20. Janice Cooper

      After I shower, I lather my skin with lotion. I have to use a thicker lotion because my skin gets extremely dry especially in the winter. I’ll even put lotion on a few times a day.

    21. Rachel Griesmer

      I’ve found that applying a facial moisturizer with SPF, body lotion and setting out my vitamins in the morning has really made a positive difference in my routine.

    22. latanya t

      keeping my vitamins in the bathroom or at my desk at work, so I do not forget to take them in the morning.

      dlatany at gmail dot com

    23. Francine Anchondo

      I just make sure that I put lotion on every morning before i get ready. It just became a habit over time.

    24. Madeline

      I alternate between doing a quick chore in the morning or doing a HIIT routine. If I wait until evening I’m too lazy!
      maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

    25. cynthiac

      I take a warm shower and then moisturize afterwards. I also use a facial moisturizer with SPF.

    26. Susan Smith

      I put lotion on right before I get dressed in the morning.

      s2s2 at cox dot net

    27. Patricia Colletti

      My morning habits include stretching and taking my medicine before I get out bed.

    28. Birdiebee

      Morning routine consists of coffee making, pill taking, showering & moisturizing then making breakfast.

    29. OFG

      Put my vitamins in the cabinet with my breakfast cereal bowl so I don’t forget to take them.

    30. Anne

      Morning has never been my favorite time of day. I tend to be grumpy and I don’t even think straight for a couple of hours after I wake up. But my dogs keep me in a routine, which helps a lot. Get out of bed, pull on some “house clothes,” feed the dogs, put them out, make caffeinated beverages, let the dogs in, drink caffeinated beverages. At least by then I’m up and moving!
      {notheranneother [at] gmail [dot] com}

    31. kjasus

      i always have a cup of coffee and read before i do anything in the morning. it’s a good way to start my day.

    32. Jeffrey Lammers

      My morning routine involves an early morning run. I normally make it home before everyone else gets up and then we have breakfast. Running helps me clear my mind and prepare for the day.
      jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

    33. Denise L

      My best morning routine habit is a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon. It keeps me going and stops the mid-morning snack attack.
      dmarie824 at aol dot com

    34. Madeline

      I have a 7-minute stretching routine I do every morning. I’ve tried to put it off until evening when I’m feeling lazy but then I don’t do it!
      maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

    35. Betty Curran

      I’ve always been a night owl so switching to a job with a late start time makes my mornings so much easier.

    36. Ellie W

      Getting everything ready and by the door in the order needed helps us a lot. My boys go to different schools and different times, so logically the earlier one’s things go before the other.
      eswright18 at gmail dot com

    37. bellows22

      i try to have everything organized for getting ready in the morning because I’m not a morning person! I hit that snooze button way too many times

      debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

    38. Kaykay Yip

      Picking my outfit the night before helps speeds thing up in the morning, also I have a checklist by the door to make sure I don’t forget anything. I love keeping moisturizer in my bag like Curel just in case my skin feels dry during the day!

    39. Chrissy R.

      I make it a point to pack lunches the night before and do as much prep work as possible so I feel less rushed in the morning. As a result, I feel like I can take 5-10 minutes each morning just to prepare myself for the day; either by drinking coffee, doing my make up showering, etc. Just a few minutes to myself helps the rest of the day go smoothly.

    40. Tina W

      Once I started stretching every morning before coffee I’ve finally been able to incorporate it as part of my routine. If I did it after coffee I was distracted doing other things, when I do it first thing it really helps wake me up and start my day calm and centered.

    41. Madonna

      Post its are my best way of remember to do the things I want done in the morning.

    42. slehan

      I try to do the most at night so I don’t have to think in the mornings.
      Thanks for the contest.

      slehan at juno dot com

    43. Thomas Murphy

      I like to get things ready the night before so I don’t have to do much in the morning.



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