My Morning Routine: Day 2 Update

My Morning Routine

How did your morning routine go this morning? I had a much better morning this morning than yesterday.

It’s still not right in line with my Planned Morning Routine, but little bit by little bit I’m making headway. And I’m hoping to continue slowly moving in the right direction.

Here’s how my morning went:

6:15 a.m. — Wake up, read Bible, read Pursue the Intentional Life, write in my Blessings journal.

6:35 a.m. — Silas wakes up. I snuggle with him and invite him to be apart of my morning prayer time (I’ve really been working on not viewing my children as “interruptions” to my quiet time, but instead, encouraging them to participate in it with me if they get up early!)

6:42 a.m. — I bring Silas out to the garage with me and have him play with the basketball while I run on the treadmill. I listened to my Scripture memory work on my Bible app on my phone while running.

7:00 a.m. — Start a load of laundry. Open the box of toilet paper from Amazon and organize it in the hall closet.

7:10 a.m. — Hop on and check something online really quickly (I know, I know… I’m still working on not doing this until after 8:30 a.m.!)

7:25 a.m. — Jesse gets home from the gym and helps Silas get his breakfast while I hop in the shower.

7:45 a.m. — I get Silas ready for soccer camp and pack a snack for him.

7:52 a.m. — Jesse takes Silas to soccer camp, the girls get up and around, while I finish getting my hair fixed and makeup on.

8:00 a.m. — I make our bed, clean up our room, and do a quick clean of our bathroom.

My Morning Routine

8:15 a.m. — Then, I head downstairs and make some breakfast (fried eggs — leftover from yesterday’s breakfast, blueberries, and Flaky Biscuits — made last night — with Apple Butter that my sister-in-law made and canned for us).

My Morning Routine

8:30 a.m. — While the girls are finishing getting their morning chores done, I clean up the kitchen, load the dishwasher, do a few dishes that don’t fit into the dishwasher, and switch the load of laundry to the dryer.

My Morning Routine

And then it’s time to start my Morning Computer Time. It feels so good to have gotten so much done before I turned on the computer!

How did you do on your morning routine today? Let us know in the comments!

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Gretchen’s $78 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan



(I normally never shop at this local grocery store but I wanted to take advantage of the Purex deal. I was glad I stopped in because I was able to get a few other great deals!)

2 Westpac Frozen Vegetables – $0.88 each, used 2 $0.35/1 coupon from the 12/8 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.18 each after coupons

2 Apple Juice – $0.98 each

1 bag Malt O Meal Cereal – $2.99 (This is one of my husband’s favorite kinds of cereal. He had requested that I buy him cereal this week so I was excited to see this price on the Malt O Meal cereals!)

3 Purex Laundry Detergent – $1.98, used 3 $1/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.98 each after coupon

1.77 lbs Fuji Apples @ $0.88/lb – $1.56

4 pkg Strawberries (2 lbs each) – Marked down to $1.49 each (I was SO thrilled to find these! I froze most of them for smoothies.)

Total before coupons and sales: $28.77

Total with tax ($1.39) after coupons and sales: $17.16


1 Pineapple – $1.29

2 pints Blueberries – $1.29 each (Will get $0.25 back from Checkout 51.)

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 can Kidney Beans – $0.59

1 bag Marshmallows – $0.89

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 lb Butter – $2.49

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 bag Brown Sugar – $1.19

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $0.99

1 dozen Eggs – $1.15 (Will get $0.50 back from Checkout 51.)

1 gallon Milk – $2.68

1 Cucumber – $0.59 (not pictured)

Total with tax ($1.39): $20.90


2.22 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.31, used $0.50/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.81 after coupon

3 Navel Oranges – $0.69 each

0.58 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $0.92

1 can Kroger Green Chilies – $0.89

1 bag Kroger Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 5, Get $5 off instantly):

2 Post Great Grains Cereal – $1.88 each, used $1/2 coupon from the January All You magazine – $1.38 each after coupon

2 Kraft Chunk Cheese – $1.99 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – $1.49 each after coupon

1 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $1.99, used $0.75/1 printable (no longer available) – $1.24 after coupon

2 Lady Speed Stick Deodorant – $1.09 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – $0.09 each after coupons

1 Speed Stick Gear Deodorant – $2.49, used $2/1 printable - $0.49 after coupon

2 Cascadian Farms Cereal – $1.99, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $1.24 each after coupon

4 Yoplait Go-Gurt – $1.49 each, used 4 $1/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.49 each after coupons

1 Smuckers Jelly – $0.99

1 Imagine Broth – $1.49, used $1/1 printable - $0.49 after coupon

2 Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups – $5.99 each, used $2/2 catalina coupon – $4.99 each after coupon (I ran out of this coffee a few weeks ago and have been waiting for a sale. This is my favorite coffee so I’m so happy to finally have it back in stock at my house!)

2 Huggies Baby Wipes – $0.99 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 2/23 SmartSource insert – $0.49 each after coupons

Total before coupons and sales: $93.14

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $40.93

Total for all grocery items: $78.99

Menu Plan for this Week


Homemade Granola, Cereal, Toast, Eggs


Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Leftovers, Baked Potatoes with Steamed Broccoli


Chimichangas with toppings, Sliced Oranges

Oven Fried Chicken, Texas Roadhouse CopyCat Rolls, Tossed Salad

Spaghetti Pie, Green Beans, Steamed Cauliflower

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit Salad

Chicken Broccoli Quiche, Tossed Salad

Taco Casserole, Sliced Veggies

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