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Monday through Friday, I wake up at 7am. My mornings are all about getting the kids up and out the door. After getting out of bed, I wash my face and brush my teeth, then go downstairs and let the dog out. I listen to the news and start making the girls’ lunches before waking them up at 7:15. They get out of bed and get dressed while I make breakfast. Breakfast for the girls is usually something quick and light – a bowl of cereal, oatmeal, toast with butter and jam, a piece of fruit, milk, orange juice… the regular breakfast fare. Sometimes they’ll even make their own. They pick up their dishes (most of the time) and run upstairs to brush their teeth and comb their hair. A couple of minutes before 8, the girls quickly put on their coats and gloves, grab their backpacks and lunches, and I give their hair a quick touch up before kissing them goodbye. I’ve been known to give them a little push out the door, especially on Monday mornings. 😉 We’re fortunate that the bus stops right in front of our house so they don’t have to walk far or wait outside for very long.
I have the luxury of working from home, so my day pretty much starts at 8:01am – I fix myself breakfast and enjoy it with a big cup of coffee while watching a morning news show or reading the news on my tablet. Then I open up my computer, check email, pay bills, and get some work done. On weekends, I’ll sleep in until 8, if I’m lucky.
As for our evening routine, it’s pretty much the same every night. We take turns showering, then squeeze into the bathroom shortly before 8pm, wash our faces, brush/floss/rinse, and change into our PJs before the girls jump into bed. They can read for about 30 minutes before I declare ‘lights out!’ I head to bed around 10:30pm, and also read for half an hour, sometimes longer. Or if I’ve had a particularly stressful day, I’ll play a mindless game on my tablet (which usually keeps me up longer. Not the best idea!)
One detail I haven’t mentioned, which is an essential part of our daily routine, is moisturizing.
I tell my daughters that if they want to maintain a youthful appearance as they get older, slathering their skin with lotion is a must! They may not understand it now, but I bet they’ll thank me when they’re older and they don’t have rough, dry skin like that alligator from the LUBRIDERM® commercials.
On these cold winter days, it’s necessary to moisturize more often. We wash our hands a LOT so I have
a bottle of lotion next to every sink to use after hand-washing. LUBRIDERM® Daily Moisture Lotion is fast-absorbing and light. The air inside is so dry because the heater runs all day, and the cold outside really hurts sometimes! I feel my skin tighten up as the chilly wind hits my face when I walk the dog. Not to mention the harmful rays of the sun! I read somewhere that the sun is actually closer to the earth during the winter. I use LUBRIDERM® Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15 during the day on any exposed areas for extra protection. My Transitions glasses get dark within seconds of being outside, even on a cloudy day – so that says it all.
Lotions do more than just moisturize your skin – they give it a little boost of important vitamins and nutrients as well, like the deeply nourishing Shea butter and vitamin B5 in LUBRIDERM® Daily Moisture Shea + Enriching Cocoa Butter Lotion that I use before bed every night. It’s DIVINE!