Why You Need an Evening Routine: The Cure for the Mombie Effect

If you're a tired and busy mom, you NEED this top tip to accomplish your goals without losing your mind!

“Mombie” – a sleep-deprived mom who is barely held together by coffee and yoga pants (or, since I ditched my yoga pants, skinny jeans). 

The other morning, I woke up super late. I hadn’t completed my evening routine the night before, so I (somewhat frantically) rushed through my evening and morning routines and was feeling super proud of myself until I got to work and realized I left my coffee on the counter.

Mornings happen. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, things just go wrong. That’s okay (well, unless you leave your coffee at home, in which case – cry away, my friend)!

Your morning, no matter what time you actually get out of bed, is determined by how you set yourself up the night before.

Easy Evening Routine Ideas

You can give yourself a huge step up each day by completing a few simple tasks the night before:

  • Do the dishes. Waking up to a clean kitchen is instantly energizing.
  • Fill the kettle with water so it’s ready to go first thing in the morning, or get the coffee maker ready to go so you just have to press the on button.
  • Pick out an outfit for the next day. Even jewelry if you’re really feeling crazy.
  • Make sure you have a plan for breakfast the next morning. Through trial and error, we have discovered that homemade muffins are what works the best for us.
  • Pack a healthy lunch (and don’t forget snacks!)

When I consistently complete my evening routines, I free up space in my mornings for extra time with Peter and Tristan, or extra sleeping time if we need it. And since I’m not rushing around, I remember my coffee. Mombie cured.

Are Routines Necessary?

Routines are so key to accomplishing goals. Routines put simple tasks on autopilot for you, so you can create the space to do whatever it is you really want to do.

Want more time with the kids, but feel constantly behind on life? You need a morning and evening routine to make sure you get the most important things taken care of first!

Are you needing to save money but spend too much going out to eat? You need a meal prep routine! (and you also need to download my Meal Planning for Busy People free guide!)

Create Space in Your Days

Routines remove that “what should I be doing next?” fear and instead create space by creating order. For instance, my mornings are much calmer and I am able to accomplish more (like writing this blog post) when I’ve cleaned the kitchen the night before. Because the kitchen task is already taken care of thanks to my evening routine, I have space in my morning to move forward with my blogging goals. Ta-da!

Related: Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Get it All Done

Most of these realizations and habits came when I blogged through MoneySavingMom’s Makeover Your Mornings 14-day course late last year. I’m so excited for the release of her follow-up challenge, Makeover Your Evenings, which goes live tomorrow! I got an early release copy and have been looking through it. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this course is and how many big things will be happening because of it.

Ready to make over your evenings with me? Sign up here, then leave me a comment to let me know!`


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Makeover Your Mornings: Day 13



That’s what I felt like this morning. Day 13 of the 14 day course on making over my mornings and how I woke looked like anything but success.

Our evening routine was messed up last night, and I neglected the dishes. Peter was in significant shoulder pain last night (long story, I’ll have to fill you in soon!), so we were up until 1am trying to find ways to relieve the pain. Tristan is getting more teeth so he’s been clingier than a koala (read: up all night convinced that if he closes his eyes I will abandon him forever). So after hitting the snooze on my alarm for an hour, I dragged myself out of bed and went out to a dirty kitchen. To be completely honest, I spent an honest 10 minutes puttering around the kitchen, trying to figure out how I could justify leaving the dishes even longer.

Finally I realized that I might have woken up failing, but that didn’t mean I needed to continue to fail. I put my Mozart pandora station and within 20 minutes the dishes were done, coffee was made, and I had done 25 squats.

And then my hubby took me out to lunch at Cracker Barrel and all was totally right with the world once more.

I appreciate that Crystal added this day in for re-evaluation. Are you doing something that could be done differently, more efficiently, better, or not at all? Is what you do in your evening and morning routines bringing you energy or do you feel burdened by trying to do too much? Now is the time to make those changes!

Tomorrow is the last day!  I’ll be blogging on Saturday just to finish up this challenge.

I’m off to enjoy my evening with my favorite healthy comfort food and a cup of tea. 🙂



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Makeover Your Mornings: Day 5&6 (Part 2)

I’m a day-dreamer and pie-in-the-sky goal-setter. It legitimately surprises me when I actually accomplish goals that I set for myself, because they are usually so big that they stay only ideas. So it’s no surprise that I had great fun with the first part of this exercise (choosing goals) and much less fun with the second part (actually creating an action plan).

I have a long list of things I would like to accomplish in this lifetime. As an avid Harry Potter fan, one of my dreams is to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in London and have a holiday feast in the Great Hall (yes, you can actually do that). I want to grow this blog to be a full resource of frugal, “crunchy” ways. I want to build a holistic health clinic with my husband after becoming certified as a health coach where I consult with clients and he trains them. I want to live in an RV and travel the country and give Tristan the coolest childhood possible, full of travel and learning and exploration.

Thankfully I married a man who seems to have his PhD in making his dreams happen. If he says he will do something, he figures out a way to get it done. I wish it were as easy as telling him what I want to do in life and he makes it happen…but I can learn from him!

The second part of the exercise is the hardest.  Here are two goals broken down into “action plans.” The deadline for these goals is January 1, when my 2016 goals will begin. 🙂

  1. Be a fun, involved mom
    1. read a book with Tristan after work every day
    2. spend Sundays off of social media so I can be more present with my family
    3. try to keep my computer time to a minimum while Tristan is awake (so…most of my blogging stays early morning)
    4. laugh with Tristan daily (this usually happens anyway, but I want to be intentional!)
  2. Improve the blog
    1. Spend one hour each Saturday (except Tristan’s birthday) making behind-the-scenes improvements to the blog/marketing the blog
    2. keep a running list of blog post ideas and add to it daily
    3. create a “blog calendar” for scheduling future posts

It’s so exciting to not only have dreams but have the concrete, measurable things to do.

What are your goals?  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to check out the Makeover Your Mornings course and join the fun!


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