How waking up at 6am changed my life…

I don’t know about you, but I was always one for snoozing the alarm when the morning would roll around. Just 5 more mins pleaseee!

Doing this was a bad habit that I needed to break. It made me fly around in the mornings, be all over the place, forgetting things, being snappy, being irritated, unorganised, not having time for breakfast, being hangry and just a tornado of anxiety rushing around leaving a trail of disorganised mess behind me. (Which I would later regret as I would be the one tidying it all up later in the day πŸ˜„πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ)…It literally made no sense, I would swear to myself that I would go to bed at a reasonable time that night, so I wouldn’t be so tired in the mornings, Always thought of it but never did it πŸ™ˆ… this began to really grate on me so I finally decided to change something.

One day two years ago I set just one alarm for 6am, switched the snooze option off and fell asleep. Morning came around and the alarm went off. Now I knew this was it, no snooze, I rather get my arse up now or i’ll fall back asleep and end up late for work, late for taking Luca to school and just plain LATE for the day ahead. So with that one alarm I dragged myself up out of bed and began my morning routine. Luca still fast asleep so I was able to get ready in peace, which for a parent is one of the best things! πŸ™ŒπŸ» I was able to think clearly so I didn’t forget anything, I was able to have breakfast and even have a little tidy up before we left,?so I didn’t have as much to do when I got home. My day was already going well before I even left the door. I felt so much calmer, organised and motivated for the day ahead. This feeing was something that stuck with me. The feeling of being rushed is awful, it’s my absolute pet hate. It’s enough to make you throw your bags on the ground and say thats it i’m not adulting today. But this newfound having time to spare in the mornings and being able to leisurely get through my morning routine and chores was amazing. So thats how the 6am get up stuck.

Being up before your children works so well too. At the time it can be hard to muster up the motivation to get out of bed while they are still asleep, but it’s so worth it when you get your own time to get yourself and the house ready before they even wake up. It makes the whole day go smoother I promise.

A morning routine sets your tone for the day so heres how waking up earlier can change your life for the better :

β€’ You will become more organised.

β€’ Increased productivity.

β€’ You will become more motivated.

β€’ Have extra time to focus on yourself and your thoughts, gaining more clarity over your life.

β€’ Your days will go smoother.

β€’ You will gain a better bedtime routine – from waking up early, your bedtime routine falls into place much easier. Your too tired to watch one more episode on netflix.

β€’ You will be able to have your own time which makes you feel more fulfilled and content with your life.

β€’ Your house will become more organised.

β€’ You will be on time.

β€’ Reduce anxiety.

β€’ You will have time for things that make you feel good – e.g yoga/meditation/breakfast.

β€’ You become a better planner.

β€’ Better sleeping pattern.

β€’ Better concentration.

Why not give it a go? It took one alarm for me to change, and i’m so glad I did. My mornings have become easier and I feel happier.

Ps. I’m a firm believer in balance, so I only set 6am alarms during the week and I give myself a break on the weekends. I usually don’t have to be up and out early during then, so i’m able to enjoy a little lie in. As i’m a mum I class 7am on a weekend a lie in πŸ˜„ but at least i’m able to enjoy getting up with the children without rushing around. It’s the best of both worlds really πŸ™ŒπŸ».

As always thank you for stopping by ☺️

Frankie x

Fussy Eaters

Oh how I would envy people being able to eat out anywhere with their children, how people would tell me their child eats everything and anything, they only have to cook one meal a night, how they never have to pack a specific pack lunch as their children will eat food from anywhere, how varied their children’s diet was and so on…

Luca’s eating habits were getting worse by the day, my frustration was hitting boiling point and I knew something had to change and as his parent I had say enough was enough and do something different. I was always so scared of Luca going hungry so I would give in to him and give him the foods I knew he would eat, little did I know I was making the problem a whole lot worse. At the height of Luca’s fussy eating I didn’t know anyone who could relate to me so I put together this post of how I changed Luca’s eating habits in the hope to help someone else who is going through the same thing, If your at your wits end with fussy eaters I hope this post helps you, by sharing some tips that worked for us.

Something has to change – Start by slowly introducing your child to new foods on their plate. Then Once a week try and make your child a complete new meal, cut back on the snacks throughout the day so you know they will be hungry come tea time. The pace is slow but keep going, the key to this is consistency.

Give them choice –Β Pick out two meals you want your child to try, both meals should have or be new foods. This is a manipulated choice that allows a child to feel in control. Children thrive on decision making, it gives them a sense of independence which in turn builds confidence. These are the perfect ingredients for getting our little loves to try new foods. Whichever meal he/she has chosen is the meal you cook. You could even get your them to help you cook the foods for a bonus helping hand.

Sticker Chart – Build your child a sticker chat, get some really cool stickers of something they are really into. Anytime your child eats a new food let them put their own sticker on the chart. To make the chart even more appealing you could entice them with the promise of a new toy when they reach a certain amount of stickers, (we started at 5 stickers to make it reachable for Luca).

Patience not attention –Β I know first hand at how disheartening it is when you have spent over an hour cooking a lovely fresh meal in the kitchen for your child to refuse to eat any of it. Don’t shout, don’t force, don’t give into any negative attention. Carry on eating your own meal, and talking to your partner or friend about something of topic. Pay no attention to the fussy eating, only pay attention to the trying of new foods. If he/she refuses to eat any of the food just remove the plate when YOU have finished and try again tomorrow.

I would love to hear how your little ones get on or if you have any other tipsΒ  πŸ™‚Β IMG_7827.JPG