I am not a morning person! I wish I were, but I am not. I am a night owl. I can work until the middle of the night and not mind one bit. Getting up early in the morning is like torture to me, despite the irritating soothing army of multisensory gadgets that is meant to wake-me up feeling happy and refreshed: sunrise simulation; alarm using a wake up phase monitoring signals from my body to wake me up softly; gentle sounds inspired by nature; vibration and last but not least, alarm with music I chose, starting on low volume and getting increasingly louder. It is all there yet I never feel refreshed when I wake up: I am not a morning person!

Morning Routine - Little Miss Sunshine

Crevette recently told me: “Why do you have a ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ cup? You’re not a sunshine in the morning!” It was a birthday present from hubby. He might have been trying to make a point, and frankly, I could not blame him!

On days I work, the five and a half of us have to be out of the door at 7.15 a.m. at the latest, so organisation is crucial and every minute counts. Everything that can possibly be done ahead is done the evening before.


Morning Routine - Piles of Clothes

The children always have their bath in the evening so all they need in the morning is a quick wash and clean teeth. To make sure we do not end up arguing about outfits in the morning, I decide with them what they will wear the following day and we get it all ready in three neat piles in the bathroom. They are always in the same spot, with underwear on top of each pile and jumpers on the bottom. Their shoes are also always in the same place, as are school bags and anything else we need to take with us (by the front door).

Knowing it is all ready means I can sleep soundly with nothing at the back of my mind. No thinking whatsoever is required in the morning either as automatisms just kick in. Hubby and I also have our outfits ready. Everything I need in the morning is out and lined in order it is to be put on so no time is wasted fumbling in drawers.

Morning Routine


Crevette has a packed lunch for school, and because of her allergies, Jumpy also needs one to take to Maria’s (our childminder). Beanie has her lunch with the other children at Maria’s. Hubby and I also have packed lunches. I get it all ready the night before in the fridge, making sure it can all be picked up quickly and placed in our insulated lunch bags in the morning with no fuss or confusion.


Just to make sure the house does not look like a bombsite when we get home from work, I always make sure dishes have been put away, toys are not scattered everywhere and get my little handheld hoover to work its magic before sitting on the sofa.


Sharing out tasks in the morning:

Our roles are well defined and we have a clear routine. Hubby always wakes up first at 6.18 a.m. (long story) despite all the wonderful tools that are supposed to wake me up gently. He encourages me to get up, making sure not to upset me. He then wakes our little ones up and has a cuddle with them in our bed so they can greet the day at their own pace. Beanie normally keeps snoring, Crevette struggles to wake up as much as I do and Jumpy has her milk and a cuddle with her dad.

After brushing my teeth and having a long, hot shower, I am generally a lot more ‘human’ or at the very least less annoyed to be up and I  go downstairs to get my coffee, finish packing the lunchboxes and put it all by the front door. Hubby encourages Crevette to get dressed (he is not the quickest in the morning) and gets Jumpy ready. Beanie sometimes gets her clothes on by herself or requests help from one of us.

As I finish getting ready and make the beds, hubby makes tea in our insulated cups, puts everything in the car and gets a quick snack ready for the children:  juice with a piece of fruit, a cereal bar or breakfast biscuits.

The fact hubby and I work hand in hand to get everyone ready helps a lot and even though not every morning is free from chaos or irritability, whenever we are out of the door on time and in a decent mood, it really is a magic moment!

Crevette has breakfast at my friend Aimee’s and the girls have their breakfast at Maria’s. Hubby and I have breakfast at work, hence the cup of tea. I dunk French biscuits if I have them or belVita biscuits in my tea. I also have an apple about ten minutes later. I find that a good breakfast gets me to lunchtime without feeling hungry.

During week-ends or on my days off, we take time to have breakfast at home, in the form of porridge with a glass of juice for hubby and the children; coffee and breakfast biscuits or toasted homemade bread for me.

A few weeks ago, I volunteered to take part in belVita and BritMums’ ‘Morning Stories Challenge’ and forgot all about it until three or four days later I received a parcel through the post including three packs of belVita biscuits and a £5 voucher for Costa coffee. I like a challenge. A challenge that involves food and coffee… now that’s my cup of tea!

Morning Routine - belVita

I have to be honest and admit we were not won over by the three flavours of belVita biscuits we were sent. The ones we buy all the time are ‘Honey & Nuts’. If I have mine when I get to work just before 8 a.m. with my cup of tea and an apple, I do not normally get hungry until my break at 11.15 a.m. or even lunchtime just after 1 p.m. (and I am over 36 weeks pregnant!). To me, it is the ideal breakfast on the go. I have no time or appetite before I leave the house and find belVita biscuits the perfect solution for breakfast at my desk.

This post is an entry for #MorningStories Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at

I was sent three packs of belVita biscuits as free samples as well as a £5 Costa Coffee voucher. No payment has been received for this post.

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  1. 19/05/2014 / 2:37 pm

    I am so with you – not a morning person, but working up until the early hours. I love those chocolate Belvita’s!


    • Mel
      19/05/2014 / 11:22 pm

      A lady after my own heart (she types, thinking she should be heading to bed…)

  2. Coombe Mill
    19/05/2014 / 3:13 pm

    I wish I were as organised as you for our morning dash!

    • Mel
      19/05/2014 / 11:25 pm

      Well, you have 6 children, Fiona. I only have three at the moment. Surely that gives you an excuse to run around! x

  3. franglaisemummy
    19/05/2014 / 8:27 pm

    Wow! I am in awe of you! I am a morning person, but then I have little stress in the morning – the kids don’t have to get up until 8am and I just need to be dressed and presentable by then, but I can have my breakfast, brush my teeth etc after, so it means my mornings are really not stressful at all. I have no idea how you manage to get 3 kids out of the door by 7.15am – hats off to you!

    • Mel
      19/05/2014 / 11:38 pm

      8 a.m. would be ideal. In a few weeks’ time, I will be on maternity leave so things should be a little bit less or maybe more!) stressful in the morning. x

  4. Mummy to boyz
    19/05/2014 / 11:43 pm

    I need to gwt organised for my busy mornings!

    • Mel
      19/05/2014 / 11:46 pm

      Not easy, is it? I am not keen on mornings…

  5. 22/05/2014 / 10:37 pm

    Mel you are my hero! i remember the days of being organised and not sleeping if it wasnt ready for the next day .. then i started working from home #myhouseisatip and we are always late!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      22/05/2014 / 10:43 pm

      I cannot imagine what the house would be like if I was working from home. I am supposed to be doing that in the evenings at the moment (ahem, she writes, whilst answering messages, eating fudge and catching up on TV) and the dining room table is covered in papers…). Oh well! x Mel

        • Mel
          22/05/2014 / 11:04 pm

          I am sure it is not, Jaime! Mind you, with all the bulky gear you have been reviewing, the house must be pretty full, hi hi! x

          • 22/05/2014 / 11:16 pm

            lol it so is!! i have a spare room 😉

          • Mel
            22/05/2014 / 11:18 pm

            You lucky girl! If you have too much baby gear, send some (well, only the good stuff) my way! x

          • 22/05/2014 / 11:20 pm

            lol lol will do although my sil may need it!

            however if if anyone approaches with baby pitches to me i will send them your way x

          • Mel
            22/05/2014 / 11:28 pm

            Mwah! xxx

  6. 23/05/2014 / 1:58 pm

    I’m the morning person in our house, up with the lark and ready for anything! Unfortunately the OH is a right pain and I spend most of the morning going into the bedroom asking him if he’s up yet! #PoCoLo

    • Mel
      24/05/2014 / 1:06 pm

      Ha ha, I am the other half struggling to get up! Hubby just sends the kids upstairs when it is getting late at week-ends and they give me lots of cuddles.

  7. Victoria Welton
    24/05/2014 / 4:29 pm

    My goodness you guys are organised!! I wish Grace and Ross would play when I try and get them to work to a routine! Those yoghurt crunch sound nice 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo lovely 🙂 x

    • Mel
      24/05/2014 / 5:00 pm

      Always a pleasure! If it wasn’t all organised and ready to go, I would turn into some monster… I really am not a morning person, ha ha!

  8. Super Busy Mum
    26/05/2014 / 11:30 am

    Wow, you are super organised! Laying out the childrens clothes is something I rarely do but should do more often, lol! x

    • Mel
      26/05/2014 / 11:33 am

      We would never be able to leave the house on time if I was getting their clothes ready at the last minute, hi hi!

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