Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Tips For Making Your Morning Quicker

With the summer comes altered pay periods or summer hours for a lot of people. I know I've been working longer hours to get that extra day off! That means earlier rise time and maybe not getting your act together quite as quickly. Even if you're not having to work longer hours you might still need some help getting out the door quicker in the morning.

Here are some things that I find really helpful.

1. Lay it out
On mornings where I'm showing and blow drying my hair I need all the time I can get it seems like I'm always standing in front of my closet trying to figure out what to wear. That always seems to be a huge time suck. Instead I try to lay out my outfit for the next more. Lay out the entire outfit. If you want to wear jewelry lay that out as well. This has actually allowed me to wear jewelry more often, when I'm dashing to get dressed and ready I tend to not add on jewelry. That extra little bit of put together makes a huge difference in your appearance and confidence!

2. Food prep
Food prep is probably the one area that Kevin and I are so inconsistent on. Some weeks we rock it out and food prep all the food but then some weeks we don't do any. When I say food prep for making your morning quicker I'm referring to lunches. I try to have a serving of fruit and veggies with my lunch so I attempt to have these elements ready to go since they can take up valuable sleeping minutes. Watermelon is a summertime staple in our house and not only to I make sure to cut it up but I take time to make my lunch portions. It doesn't take any more time to put out the big container and the little ones to fill. Do the same thing for the veggies.

3. Take away choices
Making choices is one of the bigger time sucks in the morning. You pick your outfit, you choose what you want for breakfast, etc. etc. Don't give yourself choices and you'll be good to go much quicker!

4. Have a back up 
As I've mentioned already sometimes I'm not the most prepared but I am prepared for being unprepared. Yup you read that right. I realize that sometimes I'll be sick of the fresh fruit I've grabbed for the week or I just don't have the chance to prepare. With that being said I always love to have things like unsweetened applesauce or grapefruit in juice in the fridge. That way I'm always good to go when it comes to my lunch.

4. Don't turn on the phone
This is one area I have yet to master. I am consistently getting sucked in to something on my phone in the morning. Whether is looking through Bloglovin to see what everyone posted last night or getting sucked into Facebook. When I get ready in the morning I love to listen to one of my Pandora stations so I look at my phone. I need to just force myself not to keep looking!

5. Enlist help (if you can)
I know that not everyone has the ability to do this but if you can do it! Since Kevin gets up first he wakes me up (much nicer than an alarm) and I've asked him to wake me up a little earlier each day. If you have someone who you can ask for help, like turning on your music when you wake up so you don't have to get sucked into Facebook, do it! Whether it's a spouse, family member, roomie or friend don't be afraid to ask for help. Maybe they need help with something too!

6. 5 Minute Rule
If you can take care of it in 5 minutes the night before do it!

7. Sleep in on the front end
This is something that Dad always used to tell me. He was really good at following this rule, so good he would fall asleep during the shows at 7pm! Instead of staying up for that extra half an hour where you're just mindlessly surfing the web get ready and go to be early. Trust Dad on this one.

What tips do you have for making your morning quicker?


Crab & Shrimp Boil

A couple weeks ago Kevin and I celebrated his mom's birthday with a special dinner. We decided to check off hosting a boil from my 101 list while celebrating her birthday. Since Chicago is in the middle of the continent seafood tends to be more expensive so I tried to follow the sales and we ended up with shrimp and crab on sale for the boil.

The funniest part of this is a week and a half before the dinner we had dinner with my family and it ended up being a delicious shrimp boil. So I decided to take what Bethany did and just use different ingredients.

I used the timings I found on this Old Bay Shrimp Boil Recipe on I did switch around the corn and sausage times. Since I was using a packaged one like Eckrich that didn't need as much cooking time.

Overall the flavors were really good. We all LOVED how the crab came out and agreed next time we probably wouldn't even need the shrimp. Also Kevin and I decided we could go with a loaf of bread on the side instead of potatoes. My favorite parts were the crab, sausage & corn. I loved how the Old Bay Seasoning and the butter flavored the corn. It was delicious.

The crab boil is definitely a new Glenn favorite!