My Morning Routine + Giveaway!

March 9, 2015

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One of my favorite blog series of all time is a series on Bon Appetit called “My Morning Routine” where celebrities and Bon Appetit editors talk about how they start each morning. I’m not sure why I find the column so fascinating, but it gets my attention time and time again. Does anyone else love hearing how people start their days?

I’m partnering this year with Lavazza, one of my favorite coffee companies, to promote some of their amazing coffee products. I’ve loved Lavazza since we traveled to Italy in 2013 and drank our fair share of their coffee and espresso. It was everywhere! I know some women are quick to give up coffee during their pregnancies, but I just couldn’t stand to give up my beloved morning cup of coffee and my afternoon cup of decaf. I took a little time before Ainsley arrived to write down what my morning routine looked like pre-baby and had planned on posting this before she arrived, but since our little lady arrived early, I never got it posted pre-baby. As you can imagine, my morning routine has changed quite a bit since Ainsley arrived; I’m not sure I even have a morning routine right now! But here’s a look at my pre-baby mornings.

I head straight for my coffee the minute I get out of bed. My method of coffee preparation takes different forms. We have a Keurig 2.0 that I’m partial to because of the convenience factor and the fact that I can make different coffee for myself and Joe. But on mornings when I want to make a really wonderful cup of coffee I gravitate to using my stovetop espresso pot or French press with some quality dark roast or espresso roast coffee grounds. Lately, I’ve been using the Lavazza Perfetto Espresso Roast coffee and it’s divine. My coffee has to be super dark and strong because I like to add a little whole milk or 1/2 and 1/2 without losing that good, strong coffee flavor. On the weekends when I have a bit more time I’ll use my Nespresso milk frother and make a cafe au lait.

I’ve never been someone who can wait very long after I wake up to eat breakfast. It’s probably the reason I’ve always hated brunch! I usually wake up first thing in the morning absolutely starving, so I waste no time preparing breakfast for myself and Joe. Joe’s pretty easy to please as far as breakfast goes and will eat whatever I make. If he had strong preferences, I would probably tell him he was on his own! (I’m only sort of kidding…)

Breakfast has to be something healthy and balanced or I find that my whole day is thrown off and I tend to make bad food choices the rest of the day, although I have to admit that pregnancy has thrown my appetite off a bit this entire 40 weeks. Oatmeal is usually my favorite and I typically make it with some chia seeds or a little ground flax thrown in for good measure. I used to be a fan of stevia in my oatmeal, but once I got pregnant I started to think more about what I was putting in my body and switched over to using plain old brown sugar with a bit of almond or peanut butter for protein. Sometimes I’ll mix things up and make eggs and whole wheat toast or my current favorite, a mixed berry smoothie made with a little orange juice, milk, ice and frozen berries.

Joe and I have always had a bit of a habit of waking up earlier than we really need to in order to give ourselves a little bit of time to wake up, watch the news, talk about our mornings and do our devotionals. It’s amazing what an impact an extra half an hour in the morning can have on the entire day! I feel like that extra time gives us the opportunity to talk and make sure we’re on the same page about what we have going on. Sometimes sleep takes priority and we opt to hit the snooze button a few times rather than wake up early, but that’s rare.

My extra half an hour in the morning also creates a little time for me to pack a lunch for Joe. Once again, he’s not picky (thank goodness!) so the standard is kept pretty low. We eat a lot of leftovers for lunch since it’s just the two of us eating dinner each night. Otherwise it’s a rotation of sandwiches with yogurt, fruit and some sort of raw veggie like carrots.

My work schedule lately has, admittedly, taken on a bit of a different routine. Instead of rushing off to work, I’ve been settling down to some time in front of my laptop, responding to e-mails and brainstorming new ideas for the blog and working on freelance projects that I have in the pipeline. Usually about halfway through the morning I’ll help myself to another cup of coffee, this time decaf. For me coffee is only partially about the caffeine and almost entirely about the taste!

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  • Reply Kelsi S. March 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I most definitely agree…coffee is a must in the mornings. I have never tried Lavazza, so I’m going to have to put it on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Valerie March 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Coffee is definitely a part of my morning routine. I also like to sit down and read my personal emails before I get sucked into all the emails at work. It’s my “power hour” for sure so I feel like I am on top of the day!

  • Reply Madie Fiedler March 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    After starting law school last year, coffee is absolutely the most important part of my morning! I like to have a cup around 5AM, go workout, then come back, shower, and go to school. 🙂

  • Reply Laura March 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Exercise, coffee, and breakfast are the most important parts of my morning routine!

  • Reply Lauren March 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve recently broken out the french press again and forgot how much better the coffee is. The Keurig might be my go to when I’m crunched for time but the french press is so much better.

  • Reply Lindsay Hutchins March 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been trying so hard to get to the community center a few mornings a week at 5:30am so I can get a workout in before my boys wake up. Always feels good to get a little ‘me-time’ in before the busy morning starts.

  • Reply Maddy March 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    My most important part is to get out by myself for a run. After that, I’m working and on baby duty!!

  • Reply Kristina March 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    On my good mornings, I wake up extra early so I have time to cuddle with my cat, go for a good long run, and make good coffee so I don’t have to drink the gross (but free!) coffee at work. On my other good mornings, I sleep in an extra hour instead of running and making coffee, but I still make sure to cuddle with my cat.

  • Reply carolyn March 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Can’t start my work day without a cup of coffee while getting ready! Having returned from an amazing Italian vacation this past fall, Lavazza brings back many amazing memories for me!

  • Reply Joanna March 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I have to eat a healthy breakfast. One of the most important parts of my day (and it always includes coffee)!

  • Reply Neena March 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I can’t start my day without coffee, breakfast, and a shower. I need all three to be fully awake and present.

  • Reply Naomi March 9, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Coffee is a must in my morning too!

  • Reply Meagan Moughamian March 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Well it used to be coffee as soon as I got out of bed. But now that I’m pregnant with baby #2 I tend to sleep as long as baby #1 allows then I get him his milk 🙂

  • Reply Kara Knaack March 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Caffeine is my MUST. I had my second baby in December, so leading up to then I had tea. But post-baby, coffee all the way! I like the idea of doing my devotions in the morning, but I am just not a morning person!

  • Reply Lori M E March 9, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite local coffee show serves LavAzza! Love it!

  • Reply Amy Stratton March 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Coffee is always one of the most important parts of my morning. I try to only have caffeine in the am, so I make it count!

  • Reply Chickie Brewer March 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I love having my coffee in the morning while I listen to Christian music!

  • Reply Emily Satterfield March 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Coffee is definitely an important part of my morning routine!

  • Reply Maryann D March 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    An important part of my morning routine would be to get up early enough not to rush and take my time with my coffee or tea.
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  • Reply Damon G March 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    congratulations on the birth of your beautiful bundle of joy. Cherish her and be blessed…

  • Reply Holly E March 10, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Coffee or tea is the most important part of my morning.

  • Reply Erin March 10, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I too love my morning coffee! I recently switched to all decaf so I agree it’s all about the flavor 🙂

  • Reply Corinne March 10, 2015 at 1:00 am

    COFFEE is the most important part!

  • Reply Margaret Joyce March 10, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I agree with everyone – coffee (espresso!) is my favorite way to begin the day.

  • Reply Vicky Hill March 10, 2015 at 2:30 am

    I try to get up early, but sometimes the snooze button wins. After getting my hair done and bed made, I go downstairs to make my pot of coffee. While the coffee is brewing, I take care of my cat. I then have my morning devotion while drinking a cup of hot coffee. This is what I need to get my day going. I have a bonavita coffee pot and love it!

  • Reply Annette March 10, 2015 at 3:41 am

    The most important part of my morning routine is drinking a good cup of coffee while checking email.

  • Reply Anna U March 10, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Coffee! Love the smell of it brewing

  • Reply Abby March 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I set my alarm clock early so I can hit the snooze button 🙂 My favorite part of my morning routine is going in and waking up my 18 month old daughter – so fun!

  • Reply Debra Schramm March 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Drinking a good cup of coffee while checking my emails.

  • Reply Alaina March 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    As a coffee lover myself, I am definitely interested in trying out Lavazza with that giftcard!

  • Reply Emily Marie March 10, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    My day doesn’t start until I have my morning coffee, thats for sure. I would love to try Lavazza coffee. I also tend to wake up earlier so that I can take my time getting ready in the morning, I hate being rushed!

  • Reply Brindi B March 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    definitely the coffee is the most important….and letting the pup out, of course!!! But recently, I’ve been making it a point to get up earlier to spend more time doing my devotional and in prayer with God. His mercies are new each morning!

  • Reply Urban Wife March 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Taking a shower!

  • Reply Ashley March 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    For sure coffee. I also have keurig 2.0

  • Reply laura March 10, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    sweet. i love that your partnered with lavazza!

  • Reply Maggie March 10, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Love this stuff! Coffee is my morning must, and there’s nothing quite like enjoying some quiet time with a cup of coffee before the day begins! 🙂

  • Reply Anne March 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I agree – my husband makes the coffee in the morning and I love waking up with fresh coffee already brewed! Reading the Bible is also super important to me – I know that starts my day in the right direction (I definitely need to be rooted in His word!), even when I’m tempted to sleep in for an extra 30 minutes.

  • Reply Kelsey March 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I have a drastically different morning than you do, as I only leave as much time as absolutely necessary to get ready and get out the door! Most importantly is making sure my breakfast and lunch are packed as well as workout clothes for my lunch break!

  • Reply Alex March 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I would love to try Kcups from such a great company!

  • Reply Chickie Brewer March 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    My most important part in the morning is drinking coffee and listening to Christian music!

  • Reply Kristen March 14, 2015 at 2:55 am

    The most important part is a little glass of juice. (I like coffee, but I don’t have it every morning)

  • Reply Jennifer H March 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I look forward to coffee and checking the weather every day.

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    Blog conferences are so exciting! I love reading all the re-caps, AND… now I have much more blog stalking to catch up on. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply What’s On My Coffee Table | Espresso and Cream September 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    […] truly is no better coffee, in my opinion. Read all the other Lavazza posts from this year here: My Morning Routine, Coffee + Cream Pops, Almond Flour + Coconut Flour Coffee […]

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