The Taking Back Mornings Movement.

Are your mornings turning out less than spectacular?

Are you waking up late to one or two cranky kids and one or two cranky pets? Do you race out the door only to find that both van doors are iced shut? And your children are each missing one mitten? Maybe your dog ate your cat’s breakfast. And liked it.

Maybe you didn’t eat breakfast at all.


And you didn’t have time to dry your hair and it turned to icicles in the cold, dark air.

And that feels as cold and dark as your heart feels right now.. because.. winter..

What’s a girl to do? What’s a boy to do? I have the perfect solution! It involves breakfast.

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What’s the best solution to combat a bad or mediocre morning? A great breakfast. That’s right. Start today. (or tomorrow) Go somewhere great and order something great. If it has a drive-through, pay for the person behind you. If not, leave a tip.

You won’t regret it.

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And so. I really was going to do a Wordless Wednesday post but this morning was as rough as always, and I can’t blame my family at all. I’m not biologically equipped for early mornings and I’m not biologically equipped for winter, so when you put them together, it’s bad. And I’m also not biologically equipped for caffeine, which is sad, so it’s usually all about water and squeezing Cassidy’s butt when he goes out the door. That does the trick. Until I get to the car and the doors are stuck shut and we all crawl in through the front, and then the empty gas light goes on and my fingers are freezing because my gloves don’t know how to glove. Things get drastic. Until a doughnut fresh off the press, and a fried egg and bacon sandwich.

That puts the life right back into you. Bad or mediocre morning be gone. Poof.

I’m also taking back mornings and entire days by uploading and viewing summer photos.. Ahhh..

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Yup. That does it.

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How do you take back your mornings?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


The Taking Back Mornings Movement. — 142 Comments

  1. You already know we are one and the same on this and definitely think looking through summer photos may help a bit here, as well, because I truly am so not feeling the winter, cold and overall grayness of this season now nor ever. So here it a to totally taking back our mornings from one not so morning person to another!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Ooo, a doughnut! I wish I could start all my mornings that way! I love waking up before the girls and having coffee in my bathrobe. Doesn’t happen very often, though.Today we had a wonderful mother bring in pastries for us teachers! I had to wait until lunch to eat one, but OH! It was delicious! And a great way to get my afternoon on the right track. πŸ˜‰

  3. This IS really quite funny. Snow and ice on my website and you are showing us the wonderful sunny, bright and sparkling side of summer. I really, really do miss summer. It might not look that way over on my site, but I really do.
    Mornings – well, I used to be real bad at mornings. Nowadays, not so much anymore. I guess it has something to do with – pssst – getting older – LOL. But I admit, I do love my swiss coffee machine fresh beans coffee, yet, a egg and bacon sandwich sounds quite divine.

    • Well I remember all of your summer pictures. And you’re North Carolina ones! I think you just get outside more than I do!
      That coffee sounds quite divine too. I really love coffee. It just gives me quite a reaction. And decaf is not quite the same, but it has to do.

    • I wish I could drink coffee! I love it so much.
      Thank you about the summer photos. I am so behind in uploading, but it’s almost like it’s meant to be to be doing it now!

  4. Love your pictures! I need some summer, stat. We’ve had the biggest dump of snow since we moved here 7 years ago and I feel like it will never melt. Breakfast out? Sounds heavenly…

  5. Love t house one pics, Tamara! It’s nice to see such happy, green, and sunny summer pictures!

    To take back a too rough morning, I usually call the morning wrapped and move on to a more calm activity…or even veg out for a bit with a movie/show. πŸ™‚

  6. A good breakfast makes my morning better too. It’s usually pancakes made from chickpea flour topped with bananas and/or molasses.
    Great pictures!!! I’m ready for warmer temperatures. Not quite ready for spring since that usually means the possibility of tornadoes in Arkansas. However, I would be really happy with 50 degree weather right about now.

  7. Yep, summer photos will definitely do it! Now that my boys are almost grown up and don’t really need my help in the morning (although trust me, I still try :), my mornings are much smoother. I am also not biologically equipped for early mornings, so I need time to get going. I do like caffeine though – that helps!

  8. Oh those beautiful, smiling, warm and happy summer faces!!! Thank you for brightening my morning. I feel warmer already!!

  9. Oh, I haven’t had a donut hot off the press in well over a year. I need to check out this donut place called Union Square donuts.
    I do do early mornings, but they suck in the winter when it’s pitch black for hours after I have woken up. It makes it much hard to drag myself out of bed. Today I got up at 5 and I just wanted to roll over and go back to sleep.

    • Don’t you just love urban donut shops? There was one in San Francisco that was out of this world.
      I woke up a little early to a cat on my face. That’s always awkward.

  10. My gloves don’t know how to glove either! My daughter makes fun of me because I just don’t go out, if I don’t have to, in the winter. 16 degrees is not “go out” weather to me. I’ve never had my hair freeze, though, because I can’t leave the house without drying my hair. I would scare people:)

    • Let me tell you, the way my hair felt was so scary! It didn’t look as bad as it felt, luckily.

      If it’s a weekend, sometimes I’m surprised if I shower and leave the house.

  11. Love all these images – he looks so happy πŸ™‚ Such a handsome devil! My mornings are great as long as a) I don’t sleep too late the night before b) don’t take that second vodka drink from Mario and c) close our bedroom door leaving the kitten in the living area. Monday nigh I didn’t follow any of these prerequisites, what occurred yesterday morning was a horrific morning of being still drunk and sick to my stomach in dizziness plus highly irritated since the kitten felt the need to pounce on my eyeballs (mistakenly so since I had the covers over my face but I digress). So I spent all day drinking tons of water, slept earlier last night, and closed our bedroom door. Today is awesome – woke up on time, exercised a bit, grabbed food for work, fed the kitten, cleared his litter (because gross..), and got to work right on time. #winning. SO yeah yesterday sucked but today is better – And food ALWAYS helps and is welcome. πŸ™‚ Esp when it involves bacon >:). Happy Hump Day lovely!! Hope you’re feeling well TamTam xoxo -Iva

    • Well I’m not very good with alcohol although that is good advice to give. And I definitely know what it’s like to forget to put the cats in the basement. This morning I woke to one on my neck. I wonder if she was trying to kill me.

      Water seems to be the answer a lot! No matter the problem.

      • LOL! They love being on the neck – not sure why.. I’m going to hope it’s not because they’re trying to suffocate us. Mine is usually on the chest though or he’ll start biting my fingers and hair – it’s like DUDE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! It’s one thing if he did it once and would go away after being shoo’d away but nope he’s a persistent fuck and keeps at it so I end up slamming him across the room because I’m more than half-asleep and an angry sleeper. You’d think he’d learn but nope it’s like a song on repeat. We just lock him out. Lol. Yep here chugging water!!! A few more hours and then FREEDOM!

  12. I’m also not biologically equipped to handle mornings. Never have been, never will be. Although I do admit to looking forward to that first sip of tea every morning. I can’t handle big boy caffeine, but I looove my cup of black tea every morning.

    And doughnuts. Oh, doughnuts. Given the opportunity, I would eat every doughnut in this whole entire world and not feel the least bit ashamed about it. So, I have to actively avoid doughnuts so the world doesn’t crumble from a doughnut shortage.

    • A doughnut shortage would be very sad indeed. So it is kind of you to not subject the world to it!
      I do love late mornings. I love when they’re quiet and full of good things.

  13. Breakfast is a MUST for me. I couldn’t survive my mornings without it! And as I prepare to head out into the cold, I appreciate your summer photos. Reminds me that just when I don’t think I can handle another cold day, warmer temps will arrive.

  14. YES! I am with you….I LOATHE loud noises in the morning – my kids don’t care. I have to get up at 5:30am just to have coffee and quiet me time to wake up. It’s exhausting when I work late. LOVED this!

  15. I take my mornings back with a good workout and sweat:)
    The pure joy on Des’ face and all the sundresses made me smile – I miss summer and warmth. The only time I truly feel warm is when I’m running or driving my truck (love the heated seats & heated steering wheel).

  16. Ughh, well I work at night so mornings are somehow the end of my day during weekdays. I take time to have a small walk though just to breathe and relax. I love waking up early during weekends and usually a steaming cup of hot chocolate does the trick.. good music too! Here’s to hoping you have the best mornings ever!

  17. I love the mornings. They are the favorite part of my day. I love waking up early before the rest of the house and being alone with my thoughts in a house full of quiet.

    But if you’re not a morning person, I can see how mornings are just so gross.

    I love seeing Malone’s old shirt on Des… Tanglewood?

  18. Girl, I love me some breakfasts! The hubs and I have a little tradition of morning coffee together, and it’s always fun to make something a little special…nutella crepes and funfetti pancakes and cheesy egg croissants are some of my faves! Really kicks the day off:-)

  19. Love the summer photos! Sorry you can’t do caffeine…that is my saving grace most mornings. I motivate myself on my awful early commute mornings by thinking about the book I get to listen to while I drive!

  20. For the past two years, I’ve been trying to nail down a morning routine. Still haven’t even come close. I have started waking up ten minutes early to stretch and practice yoga, but I’m trying to get myself up at 5am to practice yoga, drink coffee/tea in peace, shower and then wake up my son to all eat breakfast together. My reality… wake up about 30 minutes before I need to leave, frantically shower, don’t even have time to dry my hair (and I do my makeup in the car right before I walk into work), wake my son up, pack his breakfast in a to-go baggy, get his milk and head to daycare. I do at least warm up the car before we get in, so that’s a start.

  21. Ooh I would be a hot mess without breakfast, for sure! Sadly I usually eat alone on weekdays because I’m awake before everyone else, but weekends are a whole other thing with a big feast.

    • I love a big feast! In this house, it’s waffles made with a mixer. And we have a barnyard animal shaped waffler.
      I have a very fast metabolism in the early part of the day.

  22. Short sleeves and corn on the cob, where are you?? Even this Southern girl is SO cold (in the 30’s here which is kinda crazy!) Happy New Year!

    p.s. I MUST have breakfast, it’s the best. And coffee or a cup of hot tea. πŸ™‚

  23. Your morning sounds a lot like mine did on Monday. We got up and hubby forgot to park the car in the garage so the doors were frozen shut. Took us almost forever to get the drivers door open and that’s the way everyone went in. I’m loving the photos because I want some of that sunshine back. I had it for a while back in December when we were out of the country but can do wit h a lot more. πŸ™‚

  24. My hands don’t know how to glove either. This winter nonsense can move right along any time now.

    Happy New Year to you Tamara… I’ve missed visiting you here!

  25. I do need to take mornings back. 9 times out of 10, I forget to eat or get myself ready for the day. I also need a beach right now. A white sandy beach, a warm sun and blue water. Yes.

    • That reminds me that my mother-in-law sent photos from the beach we’re visiting next week. Scarlet asked why there was snow in the photos. It’s not snow! It’s white sand.

  26. Your pictures are like summer on a page! I need to take mornings back, but it will only work if I get rid of one or two pets and children. Any takers, you think? No matter what I try the children and pets just don’t work well with my plans to take mornings back.

  27. Thank you for these summery pictures. I’m not equipped for winter anymore or mornings for that matter. I used to be a morning person but have turned into a night owl. I really want to take back the mornings!

  28. LOVED THIS POST SO MUCH THAT I’M TYPING IN CAPS! I love the gusto with which you took back your morning (and LOL for days on grabbing Cassidy’s butt on the way out). I take back my mornings with a stop at Starbucks but I just LOVE taking the family out for breakfast at IHOP!

  29. Loved this! Yes, I had to take back my mornings… although I think I like your method better. Summer photos- ahhhh, bliss.

    What beautiful pictures Tamara. Just lovely!

    When I fall out of routine, everything suffers. I take back my mornings aggressively. Eat a light snack, pray/meditate, workout, shower, eat breakfast, blog! Whew! I even throw in a load of laundry at some point.

    Thanks for sharing.

  30. Mornings are not my friend. I love your description of one mitten and iced car doors. That sounds too familiar! I always think, other mothers are just better at this than me, and then I read a lovely post like this and sigh with relief. We’re all just bumbling through and some days are better than others. But eating breakfast would certainly help!

    Those summer pictures are gorgeous! Have a wonderful time in Florida where I imagine the mornings will be better, or at least, not freezing πŸ™‚

    • Don’t worry, I think it’s hard for the majority of us! And the other ones who say they love mornings probably crash at night. And that’s when I am just getting my mojo!
      Breakfast is magical. I just keep thinking about breakfast on the beach in Florida.

  31. Mornings are tough, but I just put my head down and plow through them. My coffee helps, and so does working out. We’ve had four delayed openings and one closure in 2015 already, so that’s helped a bit. 8:00 is a much more human hour than 6:00.

  32. Those Eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mornings, I guess I take them back with a bog ole cup of coffee, a scented candle and some reading time. After the kids leave:!)

  33. Yes! Weekday mornings are no fun in our house…the best days are those when I get to see the kids before noon. And maybe a pan of bacon from the oven, and some last-minute French toast. Now I wish that tomorrow were Saturday!

  34. I wake up REALLY early, take a shower, get dressed and drink a cup of coffee while it’s hot, and the house is quiet. It’s the only way to start the day right. Love the pictures! Des has such a joyful smile.


    Your pictures of that precious boy and the adorable table and picnic and sun and spirit and grandma and daddy and more sun and spirit…. ah…. this helped.

    • Aww!!

      I never really have a good one, Chris. Just when I get home and I get to visit with all of you in my computer.

      Why don’t you come to Disney with us? We can drive scooters together!

  36. Today I actually got an early start and managed to eat breakfast AND stop at Starbucks. Most mornings I do run out the door with a banana and I rush off to work. I agree that breakfast is so important. I am most creative in the morning and I get hungry really fast (and often). Love all the cute carefree family photos and Des looks so cute in that Tie shirt.

  37. Those pictures are so beautiful, love them! The bokeh and sharpness are amazing.

    My mornings are so routine lately that I don’t think much about it. I need to get better with my breakfast tho. πŸ˜€

  38. I am very lucky and blessed because my 3 children can actually get up and get themselves dressed, and some cereal (if that’s what they want) in the morning. I can wander out after O God O’clock has passed – because, eeeeww mornings hurt – and then start making their lunches and packing bags for school. Then I take them to the bust stop. which is at the end of my driveway thankfully, because I live in a place where the air hurts my face. (But where wild birds sit in trees!) And send them off. Then I can go back inside, make a coffee – because it is LIFE – and then open up my email and read my news feeds, etc.
    Or you know, go back to bed. because the air outside hurt my face and pillows feel nice.
    However, IF hubby is home, then yes; I will take one of those egg and bacon sandwhich things delivered bedside please. He’s the breakfast guy. I take the photos. πŸ™‚

  39. If only I were a natural early riser! I’m a total night owl, so I’m always cranky in the morning. Of course part of this is because I’ve been up all night, lol! I’ve always been a night owl and at night is when I really come into my element. The struggle is real though, because as a mom with a little kid (toddler), they’re not exactly night owls and are up at the crack up dawn most days. Nonetheless, it’s worth every tired, cranky, and restless moment. Plus, I feel blessed to wake up every morning, no matter how cranky I am. If you’re not waking up…something’s wrong! Kinda like getting older. πŸ˜‰

  40. Thank you for this, the pictures were just what I needed this morning. I smiled at the bright images and cute smiles— I do so love summer. Nothing quite says summer like corn on the cob.
    I hate to admit it, but I am NOT a morning person.
    Coffee, please.

  41. Sorry to hear you had a rough morning. I can’t stand winter either, but I do need my caffeine in the morning. It’s been years since I’ve gone out for breakfast. I usually fix a healthy breakfast for myself in the mornings and my kids have cereal nearly every morning, which I know isn’t the best for them, but I make sure that it has less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. I hope you have a better morning tomorrow!

  42. I try to take back the mornings with eggs and tortillas, a little NPR, and making breakfast for whatever kid will let me. They often don’t. Maybe they don’t see breakfast as the oasis I see it as.

    Seriously, does Des have a shirt that isn’t rockin’?

  43. Ahhhhh the Summer pictures do bring the warmth! Mornings are not my favorite, and neither is Winter. Luckily my kid wakes up with a smile on his face about 98% of the time. He helps me take back my mornings! Even when I am cranky and don’t want to get out of bed, his smiling face lights up the room and makes the day feel less daunting. The 2% of the time when he is a cranky mess is a whole different story.

  44. I get up way before the kids, rise gently, have some tea (decaf), meditate, journal, and read. And some stretching. And those pictures make me CRAVE summer. I withering on the vine here in NY. Thinking about getting a sun lamp.

  45. Okay, your pictures made me feel even more miserable about how cold it is outside. I MISS summer! Seriously, I could cry. But I guess this could be seen as a smaller metaphor of life itself, the harder seasons make us appreciate more the easier ones. I have not done a hot, drive-through breakfast in awhile but you’ve inspired me. I usually make my winter mornings better by getting more sleep and waking up and doing something physical, usually yoga. It’s still not summer, but doing these things helps me be okay with where I’m at. Stay warm, love. xo.

  46. Your summer pictures are so vibrant with color and goodness. In the desert, we enjoy those kinds of day in the winter too, but sometimes I really miss the seasons. There is something comforting about spending time huddled near a blanket, fire and a good book.

    • I think it would be so nice to enjoy a day like that in the winter! What I loved about living in San Francisco, even though they weren’t four seasons like here, was that you never know what you’re going to get. And sometimes we would get 75 in January!

  47. LOL!!!!!! Squeezing Cassidy’s butt..haha! Not biologically equip for caffeine? That’s heartbreaking. Icicles in your hair? DAMN YOU WINTER! A doughnut fresh off the press and a jhgdfjkgh BACON sandwich sounds like the cure for absolutely everything. It’s hard to imagine winter when I’m looking at all the amazing sunshine and floral in these amazing pictures. You have the most amazing way of capturing seasons in the candid faces of your family. Is it obvious that I’m your biggest fan?! I hope so

  48. “In the ballroom with a revolver.” LMAO!!! This line nearly made me spit out my coffee. I LOVE CLUE! It was actually playing recently in my gym (we actually have a movie theater room with treadmills and bikes) and I was in there longer than I anticipated because this movie makes me laugh SO HARD every time πŸ™‚

    I always wondered how long it took you to craft a post–because for so many of us bloggers who realize the time it can go to just writing… well, I understand it must take a while. And yes, it is a craft that you do very well, my sweet.

    I SPY A JERRY PRINT ON YOUR WALL!!! Also your home is lovely. Truly. I love that you and your hubs are nerds πŸ™‚ The picture of you both in front of the fireplace…. swoooooooon πŸ™‚ XOXO

    Have a great time on your trip!!!!!

    • I really went on a clue kick there. Not sure where that came from. I will always suggest that it comes from Tim Curry.
      And yes to the Jerry print! I think you’d fit right in our home. Has a lot of fun stuff.

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