5 Tips for Healthier Winter Mornings in the New Year

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I want to thank Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics for sponsoring this post, and for helping me to find ways to have healthier winter mornings. I am all about finding my best self in the new year, and they are a huge help to my new morning routine.

#AD It's amazing to me how much simple changes to your morning routine can set the stage for a beautiful and amazing new day. My 5 tips to healthier winter mornings will inspire you in the new year. Enjoy Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics, a signature recipe, and some other delights!

I have two words to say that used to fill me with fear: Winter Mornings.

I know some people do mornings, and do them well, but I’d never been one to enjoy the pre-9:00am time frame. When I lived in California, that might have been the only exception because the world I had known and still knew was always three hours ahead of us. Also, and this is a big one, they didn’t have winter there! I didn’t know a life of rounding up snow boots & snow suits! I didn’t know what it was to reach for the car door and find it iced shut – with a cold steering wheel to boot.

Still, there’s a beauty in winter mornings that I’m now discovering daily.

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And that’s in making new routines and changes, and becoming your best self in the new year. In that respect, every morning can be a morning to look forward to. I have somehow found a way to struggle much less, and enjoy much more. I had to work to get there, but now I get up earlier and enjoy it more than I ever thought possible. It was really a work in progress. Once I had kids, I knew mornings might never be the same, but they didn’t have to be terrible. Now that I work more than one job and get the kids/pets ready for their days, I also work at adding balance, nourishment and joy to my mornings.

5 Tips for Healthier Winter Mornings in the New Year:

1 – It’s all about connecting and connections first thing in the morning, but started the night before! Make sense? Well maybe it’s the writer in me, but I like to send out nice emails, e-cards, gifts, etc. the night before – especially when I’m up late – and then I actually look forward to the morning because that means my loved one is reading my words. And smiling!

2 – Do something active. Maybe you’re the type to get up for a run. Maybe you can do a full-blown exercise routine every morning. Maybe it’s just a five minute warmup – or a dance party with your kids. Do something to MOVE!

3 – Take a shower as soon as you get out of bed. Not only will it help keep you warm (or hot), the water and the change in temperature will get your circulation going. I also use Peppermint Essential oil in the shower or right after.

4 – Create a signature or nourishing breakfast. For me, it’s cranberry oatmeal these days. I made it last week with fresh cranberries but the store ran out, so I have made it again with dried cranberries. It’s a good one to use up holiday leftovers.

Recipe at bottom of page!

5 – Discover the wonders of Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics. These are a game changer for me – found easily in the refrigerated section of my local Walmart store. I love that it tastes delicious, and that it’s a 100% juice with probiotics and no added sugar or artificial flavors. Here’s another kicker – every 8 oz. serving of Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics delivers one billion live and active cultures to your gut, plus each serving provides your whole day’s vitamin C!

They’re available in three different flavors as you can see. My favorite is Strawberry Banana, but I was impressed with the flavors of Pineapple Mango and Peach Passion as well. I love that Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics is a delicious, accessible, nutritious and convenient way to get more probiotics into my daily routine. They’re available in 32 oz bottles next to other refrigerated juices at your local Walmart. I generally buy all three for the flavor variety.

I couldn’t keep it to just five tips so I have a bonus one! Have something to look forward to – and then count down to it. For us, it’s the holidays, of course, with advent calendars and the like. We also have an annual winter Florida trip and Des never lets us forget to count down to it! And honestly, just having a great breakfast and drink is enough for me.

And now, as promised – my favorite oatmeal recipe for early winter. This was last week’s batch:

Overnight Cranberry Eggnog Oatmeal

Ingredients:
2 cups of old fashioned oats
2 cups of whole cranberries
3 cups of eggnog
½ cup of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 ½ cups of water
2 teaspoons of flour

Directions:
Grease insert of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, stir gently and cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Stir before serving.
Serves 4-6 hours.

How do you enjoy your winter mornings more?

#AD It's amazing to me how much simple changes to your morning routine can set the stage for a beautiful and amazing new day. My 5 tips to healthier winter mornings will inspire you in the new year. Enjoy Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics, a signature recipe, and some other delights!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics.

5 Ways to OWN My One Word of the New Year: Complete

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To say I juggle a lot of balls at once would be an understatement, especially lately.

Earlier this week, I felt the effects of my own zany busyness. I was having a work meeting at my computer while our workmen hammered away in the next room. While I was answering work emails, they were taking a lunch break behind me. At the same time the kids were due home, the water softener people were arriving for their consultation. The dog had to go to Grandma’s house, the cat to Holly’s house, and the chicken sitter was on her way. All because we were due to leave for our Florida trip the next day. Did I mention we had to move the house around because the floors were being refinished?

I know this kind of nuttiness isn’t here to stay, but my daily life is probably not going to get less busy. That’s ok. I OWN it.

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And it’s all because of the choices I make, the company I keep, and my motivation for the future. It’s all good! I’m gaining confidence here, and I’m someone who has struggled with it for my entire life. I juggle parenthood, 3 jobs, and marriage.

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Personally, I love to stock up when I’m at Target. With juggling so many things at once, it’s nice to have the confidence I need when shopping for all these products I know and trust. It’s helped me to write 5 things to COMPLETE for 2018:

1 – I want to COMPLETE a meal plan. We’ve been experimenting, and everyone is happier when there’s some plan and some flow. It’s easy enough to plan out our breakfasts and snacks, especially with Special K® food and snacks. That helps to then plan the meals that make us happy. It can be exciting, I swear. We’ve been doing that for about two weeks.

2 – I want to COMPLETE a 5K. Scarlet and Cassidy ran one in 2017 and I wasn’t ready. Now I feel more ready.

3 – I want to COMPLETE a year of routine and timely physicals, dental appointments, checkups, etc.

4 – And I want to COMPLETE a full series of classes – whether it’s barre or Zumba or yoga.

5 – Lastly, I want to COMPLETE a self-care regimen that sticks. I don’t want to burn out. It’s all about books and more books. Movies and luxurious baths. Recognizing that I’m not building a life I need an escape from – because I love my jobs and family life – but I’m building a life in which I learn how to ask for help or to stop and breathe when it gets overwhelming. It WILL get overwhelming. I will need rest. All so that I can go back to OWNING it after my break. Like at the store:

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What’s your One Word for 2018?