5 Winter Morning Hacks To Start the Day Better

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Winter mornings, am I right?

I used to think they would be the end of me, and that every day felt like the same thing. Cold bathroom floors. Too-short showers. Kids’ lunches to make. Frozen windshield. Rinse. Repeat. Every single day. I’m not a winter girl. As a kid growing up in New Jersey, March really did come in like a lion and out like a lamb. Every time! And even with that wonderful consistency and predictability, I’d still yearn for April each time. The promise of a sweet spring was what got me through.

Then I lived in California for awhile and had no reason to complain about winter. Except that Cassidy had been out there for over a decade and claimed that each time he visited the east coast, he’d get a new wrinkle. Well guess who lives in New England these days, by choice, and withOUT a garage? Yeah, that would be Cassidy and me. The thing is, winter is unpredictable and spring is NEVER early. In fact, sometimes winter comes early and stays late. There was that freak October blizzard when I was pregnant with Des. We can’t forget that one! Wet, heavy snow on trees with leaves still on them!

Then there was the mid-November snowstorm a few years ago:

This is what our house looks like from about November until LATE April. That’s right. LATE April. See the back of that red pickup truck? That was my dad’s truck. Yeah, he wasn’t going anywhere fast. And it took awhile to clear it off.

Pretty, yes? Convenient? No. Somewhere along the line I realized, “Hey, I’m an adult. I don’t need to suffer. Take back my winter mornings!” Even better it’s those winter MONDAY mornings. There’s nothing like them. You actually have to leave the house, even if you’re like me and you work at home. The kids don’t school at home! Cassidy often leaves early and my lonely and cold car sits alone in the driveway waiting for me to come outside and spend TWENTY minutes brushing snow, ice and frost off the car. And that’s 20 minutes if I’m lucky! Until the day I discovered FrostGuard®. That was a good day.

This is a great lead-in for my amazing list. 5 Winter Morning Hacks to Start the Day Better:

1 – Why, FrostGuard, of course! Personally I have the FrostGuard Signature Bundle, which means it includes mirror covers. Hooray! The thing is, it really does take 20 minutes to scrape ice and snow off your car. Anyone who has ever done it can tell you that. So my best solution to take back my winter mornings is to put FrostGuard on your windshield at night and then just shake the ice and snow off the next morning. That’s it! FrostGuard is durable – made of heavy-weight polyester with weather-resistant PVC lining. It comes in two sizes and a 9″ wiper-flap for coverage and protection of primary viewing area.

FrostGuard is easy to use. I could install and remove it in seconds with the Fit-Fast® attachment system. It’s also secure – there’s a driver’s side security panel so it’s there when you need it. You don’t have to worry about it falling off:

FrostGuard is versatile – working with cars, trucks and SUVS and is also stylish. Notice how mine is my favorite color? Of course! The convenience of the quick-dry storage pouch means no soggy backseat when you’re taken it off your car.

FrostGuard improves winter safety because according to the Department of Transportation, weather-related vehicle crashes injure more than 480,000 and kill 6,253 each year. FrostGuard keeps your primary viewing area clear of snow, ice or frost. Plus, there are fun features to cover the side mirrors and you can also put your wiper blades over FrostGuard.

Looking for a perfect gift idea this holiday season? Think of your friends and family who have to deal with winter weather (raises both hands). Give them the gift of NOT standing outside in frigid temperatures scraping ice, snow and frost off their windshields every morning, and all around getting cranky and dreaming of tropical islands. FrostGuard is a low-cost, high-value present – ensuring your loved ones are warm in their cars! AND, I have a coupon for you! Who doesn’t love that?

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There. Now that you’re going to save yourself or your co-workers, friends and family (and neighbors) from standing outside for 20+ minutes scraping snow, ice and frost off their cars, here are four MORE winter morning hacks for a better start!

2 – Set your thermostat. Have it kick in about 1-2 hours before you plan on waking up, and it will make a big difference to you! It will inspire you to get up and it will increase your core body temperature. Try it and love it!

3 – Have a morning music session. We have a device in our home that plays whatever we tell it to play. I like to channel my old college dining hall days when they’d play soothing music in the mornings and then ramp it up.

4 – Go straight to the shower! That warm water will get your circulation going and it helps to use a shower gel with peppermint or another invigorating scent. Have an active shower! Stretch in there. Dance. Sing loudly too!

5 – Have something to look forward to in the morning. A lot of mornings are spent thinking about drudgery. Do something nice for yourself and plan for it! Breakfast in bed. A magazine. A new shower gel. Breakfast out at a new place.

What are your winter morning hacks?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrostGuard.

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com 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. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, 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.


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5 Winter Morning Hacks To Start the Day Better — 10 Comments

  1. So it doesn’t snow here, but getting kids up when it is pitch dark outside is hard, and then when the sun goes down at 6, it is hard to stay focused. That guard is so cool! Sam parks her car outside, no room in the garage, and she really needs one for Christmas!

  2. I get up, turn the coffee on and go down to the basement to exercise. I’m not a maniac exerciser, but I do some back stretches and calisthenics and stuff, and this is when I catch up on the news. It also gets me warmed up, which I love, so that by the time I come back upstairs, my coffee is ready and I’ve taken care of the exercise. Having something to look forward to is definitely a great idea!

  3. I need this for my car. I woke up this morning and it was freezing after having a mild day yesterday. My windows and windshield was frosted over. This would have saved me some time for sure waiting for them to defrost.

  4. I’m definitely a summer boy! Which was probably why I hated all those brutal Chicago winters of my youth. Med school in Philly didn’t add to my joy of the season either.

    Now having lived in North Central Florida for many years, I wonder why people want to live in the North Eastern US. Not that I want them to move here and ruin Florida. Oh wait, they have already done that. My hope is that they will learn to appreciate the southern lifestyle and not turn here into a warmer there. Yes, I am a dreamer.

  5. I know our “colds” aren’t comparable but I do that same thing with the heat and have it on a timer to change the temp like an hour or so before it’s time to get up. It actually wakes me up like an alarm clock and makes it not so hard to get out of bed. Love that frost guard. My husband’s truck is parked in the driveway and we get more frost than anything, so that would be a pretty cool gift.

  6. Oh brr. In Wyoming this would have come in handy. It doesn’t freeze as much in Texas, thank goodness. But it did ALL the time in Wyoming.

  7. I am so not a morning person but having a routine helps get me more motivated. I meditate first for 10 minutes, then dry brush my skin, take a licorice capsule, and oil pull while I’m showering. Then I exercise, eat something and have my quiet time, and then I’m ready for whatever is on the to-do list.

  8. I bought something similar for my husband last year! I need to figure out where we put it. LOL

    As hard as your winters can be- those pictures just look like a wonderland with your gorgeous home!

    I love the ideas you shared, Tamara. Mornings are BRUTAL, so these are helpful!

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