5 Ways To Become A Morning Person

If you know me personally, you know I am one hundred percent a morning person. I would much rather get up early and get my day started than stay up late. I find if I stay up late, I am just wasting time or mindlessly doing something. I usually start my day around 4:30am to teach for a couple hours as well as have an hour to myself to get whatever I want/need done before “mom mode” begins (8:00am).

I thought I would share five things that have helped me become a morning person over the years! I know a lot of people are working at home and trying to utilize their time or get things done in the morning.

I would love to know what works for you! Are you an early bird or night owl?

1. Choose An Alarm Time

Decide a time you are going to wake up and make it consistent throughout the week. Be realistic with the time set depending on what you want to accomplish. For example, if you only want to get a workout in, waking up 3 hours before your day starts probably isn’t necessary. Consistency is key, so if you can strive to wake up at the same time Monday-Friday it will help with creating a natural routine.

2.Have A Purpose/Reason

Decide and understand why you are wanting to wake up early. If there is no clear reason or purpose then you probably won’t stay consistent with it. Maybe you want to exercise, work on your business, or have time to journal/pray/meditate. Know the why behind it!

3.No Snooze

If you know you are terrible at snoozing your alarm, set your phone on the other side of the room to force yourself out of bed. I personally set 3 alarms 5 minutes apart so I get bothered enough to make myself get up.

4.Prep Night Before

Prep what you need to the night before for whatever you are doing. For example, this could be classes that you are teaching, coffee/food you are eating, workout clothes or equipment you are using. The less you have to do the better!

5.Create Ritual/Routine

Create a morning ritual or routine that you genuinely get excited about. Maybe it is sitting alone and drinking a cup of hot coffee, peacefully praying, having a loved breakfast item or snack. Find something small that brings you joy and incorporate it into your mornings!

As always, sending light and love!

Blessings,

Jac

Reducing Your Grocery Bill: Part Two

I recently shared a post talking about cutting our grocery bill in half and some things to consider when reducing your food budget/spending. You can check it out here: Reducing Your Grocery Bill: Part One. I wanted to share my last five tips when being intentional with your groceries.

As always, I would love to know anything that works for you and your family!

Carnita Nachos – chicken stock made from scratch for rice, meat used three different ways for dinners
Carnita Plate- veggies cut in half to use in another dinner, rice made in bulk

6. Limit Trips/ Designate Day

Having a designated food or grocery day will eliminate those “quick trips” or deliveries that quickly add up! Decide how many times you are going to go to the store or purchase a month. Stick to the days you set and only purchase grocery items on those days. Planning plays a big role in making sure you have what you need for the week and don’t need to make multiple purchases (be aware of toiletry items as well). Those little trips/purchases add up fast! Our grocery day is every Thursday so if we run out of something I will make note of it for the next trip.

7. Create A Spending Goal

Decide what you are wanting to spend with each trip/purchase. This depends if you are shopping weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc. Create a goal and find ways to stick to it! If you find yourself overspending, you can always use cash!

8.Track What You Are Spending

Tracking and being aware of what you are actually spending can be so powerful and motivating. Follow through by actually looking at what you are spending and tracking your progress!

9. Make Your Own Staple Items

Consider making staple items on your own that are cheap and easy! We love making our own dough, sauces, ground beef, and chicken stock. Even though it may take a little more time, it is always nice eating things from scratch and definitely helps save on costs!

10. Be Creative

Your meals can be whatever you want! There is no “right” and “wrong” way to eat. Think outside the box with your meal planning or items you are purchasing to use for multiple meals.

What are some of your spending or grocery tips?

Sending light and love!

Blessings,

Jac

Reducing Your Grocery Bill : Part One

I am sure many of you are entering the new year with specific goals in different areas of your life or a “vision” for the year. You can check out my tips on goal setting and vision boards here if you are still wanting to create some: Vision Boards & Goal Setting: Top 5 Tips. One of our family goals this year is to spend less money on groceries and be more aware of what we are actually spending on food. It can be shocking how much money goes towards grocery items when there are so many different ways to keep the cost minimum.

I thought it would be fun to share 10 tips or considerations when focusing on the cost of food. I will say it takes a little more planning on the back end, but is definitely worth it if it is something you are wanting to do!

I would love to know one of your goals you are focusing on this year!

1.Shop At Affordable Places

Depending where you live, there are different options or places that provide more affordable prices. Know what stores are in your area and shop where you can get the most bang for your buck!

2. Plan Out ALL Meals (Weekly/Monthly)

Planning your meals for the week will help you avoid purchasing unnecessary items. Decide what your family is going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on a weekly basis or monthly (if you like to see the big picture). Although planning takes time, it is worth it to know exactly what you are purchasing and eating for the week!

Also having a visual posted for family members to reference is extremely helpful!

3. Use Similar Ingredients (weekly basis)

As you plan your weekly meals, try and use similar ingredients to get the most out of your purchase. For example, we are making carnitas this week and are using the meat for salads, nachos, and a veggie plate. Be creative with the ingredients you are purchasing and see how you can use them more than one way!

4.Look At Generic

A lot of times generic brands have the exact same ingredient list as popular brands. If you are able to get items you love in a generic version, it will definitely save you money…and add up!

5.Buy Seasonal

Knowing what is in season will help minimize your produce costs. Anything not in season will naturally cost more. Consider planning meals based off seasonal crops or look into frozen for non-seasonal items!

Stay tuned for the next five tips and considerations! What are some things that work for you and your family when it comes to grocery shopping?

Sending light and love!

Blessings,

Jac