Rise & Shine Challenge: Day 2

Rise & Shine Challenge

Good morning… er, not so quite morning. :)

I know I’m much later in getting this Rise & Shine Challenge post published than I’d planned to… but I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to my inbox literally exploding with emails from the Grocery University Blowout Sale today. And I’ve just been trying to keep afloat all morning between the emails, texts, and details surrounding that sale.

We had expected the sale to be a success, but you have (once again) far exceeded what we could have ever imagined. You all truly know how to show up in force for a bargain. :)

Thank you for spreading the word and sharing in our excitement! You all are the best!

In between all the emails, texts from my team, taking care of the details of the sale, my morning blogging work, laundry, homeschooling Silas, and taking care of the most important priorities who live at my house (!), I haven’t gotten that much else done today. I did get in my morning devotions and a quick exercise session and a shower. But that was about it.

However, I truly cannot envision how chaotic my morning would have been had I not gotten up at 4:30 a.m. Just another reason I need to make this getting up early thing a regular discipline again!

I’m also so grateful for my amazing team — some who got very little sleep last night to make sure everything was in place for the sale this morning (I’m looking at you, Joy!). They’ve worked tirelessly to answer countless emails, fix glitches, and take care of all the little behind-the-scenes things that have to be taken care of to pull off a sale like this with thousands and thousands of orders.

And I’m incredible grateful for my wonderful husband. This morning, after we realized that this sale was going to take a lot more time than we had initial thought (a completely great “problem” to have!), my husband offered to take over the homeschooling of the girls this morning so I could stay “tethered” to my phone and computer for awhile. Yes, that man is the best. He also made me bacon and eggs for breakfast. For the win, I tell you! :)

At any rate, I have to say that I LOVED all your comments on yesterday’s Rise & Shine post. You all are so inspirational!

And I wanted to answer each comment individually with a long reply. I still might get a chance to do so… but if I don’t get a chance today, know that I appreciate each one of you so much.

{Want to know the truth? Yesterday flew by between our first day of homeschooling, prepping for the Grocery University sale today, and working on blog/business stuff. We spent the evening with dear friends and didn’t get home until around 8:30 p.m.

After we got home, I was really, really tempted to jump online and spend an hour just responding personally to all of your comments on this post. But then I realized that would be a little counter-productive… you know, to stay up late responding to all your comments on getting up early. Yeah, not so smart.

So instead, I was a good girl and went to bed. Aren’t you proud of me?!? ;)}

Today’s Rise & Shine Challenge Assignment

Today’s assignment is to consider your family’s sleep cycles and see how you can do better.

This is an area we’re really committed to working on, because we developed some not-so-great habits while we were on a few weeks of summer break. And I was the worst culprit of said habits.

So I’m really committed to training my body to start going to bed much earlier. I sleep so much better when I go to bed early. I feel more rested. And I wake up feeling so energized.

This, in turn, makes me much more energetic and productive. Plus, I just feel happier all around.

To help us make going to bed a priority, one thing we did was to set up our fall schedule so all work, school, cleaning, projects, etc. would be wrapped up by 6 p.m. This way, the evenings are free to just be together, hang out with friends, and — most importantly — wind down.

I love the idea of coming up with nightly bedtime rituals that the Rise & Shine Challenge talks about today. What rituals does your family have to help everyone go to sleep earlier and to encourage everyone to sleep well? I’d love to hear any and all your ideas!

This Morning’s Report

  • Got up at 4:30 a.m.
  • Checked my phone to find that the Grocery University sale had blown up while I was sleeping!
  • Answered some urgent emails. Started to read my Bible and devotional books, got an urgent text from Joy on my team asking me to call her. We got that urgent issue taken care of and then I went back to finishing up my Bible reading, reading some devotionals, and praying over my day.
  • Made some coffee, answered a lot of emails and comments. Did some more urgent blogging work.
  • Exercised, showered, dressed. Hung out with my family for a bit, handed over my morning homeschooling responsibilities to Jesse since my inbox continued to blow up and he suggested it’d probably be the best option for the day (and he was so right!)
  • Answered more emails.
  • Switched the laundry and took the big pile of clean laundry out to the living room couch to fold later today. (I’m still playing catch-up from our 12-day vacation!)
  • Cleaned out my inbox again. Scheduled some posts.
  • Taught Silas kindergarten.
  • Answered more emails and finally finished this post. :)

How was your morning? What do you want to change about your family’s sleep cycles (if anything)? What are some of your bedtime rituals?

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Gretchen’s Target Shopping Trip: $41 worth of items for $14!!

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We are moving to a new house in a just a couple of weeks so I was thrilled to get a few items on sale that we needed for our new home.

3 (10 pk) Room Essentials Hangers – $1 each, used 20% off Cartwheel coupon (no longer available) – $0.80 each after coupon

1 Room Essentials Storage Ottoman – $12 (on sale this week – it is normally $19.99), used 20% off Cartwheel coupon AND 20% off Target mobile coupon (Text Savings1 to 827438) – $7.68 (The Cartwheel coupon is now only 10% off but this is still a great deal. These ottomans are really great quality and very sturdy.)

2 Up & Up Facial Tissue – $1.32 each, used 2 $0.75/1 Target printable AND 5% off Cartwheel coupon - $0.54 each after coupons

2 Suave Naturals Shampoo – $0.89 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 7/27 RedPlum insert AND $1/2 Target mobile coupon (Text PACKITBACK to 827438) – Free plus overage after coupon

2 GE Halogen Light Bulbs – $5.99 each (These rang up Buy 1 Get 1 50% off), used 2 $2/1 Target printable AND 2 $1/1 printable - $1.49 each after coupons

Total before sales and coupons: $41

Total after sales and coupons: $13.92

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Kraft Food Coupons: $17+ worth of savings


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Target: Huggies Pull-Ups for $2.74 (after coupon, gift card, and rebate)


Target has a great deal on Huggies Pull-Ups this week. Purchase two packages and you’ll get a free $5 Target Giftcard. After this offer, a printable coupon, and an iBotta rebate, you can pick them up for $2.75 each. Here’s how:

Buy 2 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants for $7.99 each
Use 2 of these $2/1 Pull-Ups coupons
Pay $11.98
Get a $ Target Giftcard
Submit for $1.50 iBotta rebate
$2.74 after coupons, gift card, and rebate

Thanks, For the Mommas!

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