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Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleI’ve dubbed this year as the year of focusing on finding joy, simplifying and letting go in our everyday lives. I’ve talked about it in many posts and today, I’m showing you how an average day can be SO MUCH MORE JOY-FILLED when we do little things to make life easier.

Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleI am not the poster child for having joyful mornings, friends, but we are finding our way. This year was a big year of change. I’ve taken on significantly more work (and I’m SO grateful my business has taken off), my older son is in Kindergarten so we’re shuffling kids to two different spots, my husband’s job is pretty demanding, we’ve added a few too many extracurricular activities and we have decided to try to truly live our values.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleI’m Type A, so when things don’t go as planned, I get frazzled. Mornings are my weakness. We’ve finally found our groove by waking up earlier (before the kids), picking out clothes, getting lunches packed, breakfast on the table and coffee made before they even open their little eyes. We then wake up the kids. I repeat. We WAKE UP the kids! We never did this before. We wanted them to have as much sleep as possible, but we’ve learned that they need a lot of time in the morning to get moving.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleOur older son won’t get dressed until he’s had a long slow breakfast, possibly colored a few pictures and maybe watched an episode or two of his favorite children’s show. Our younger son needs 20 solid minutes of cuddle time on the sofa while he drinks milk. Rushing it along, as we have in the past, only makes everyone grumpy and even less cooperative. And honestly, those snuggles are the best excuse ever to just sit on the sofa with my sweet guy and a hot cup of coffee.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleFriends! We are finally Crushing It in the mornings! Dixie® To Go is The Official Cup For Crushing It. With no washing or cleanup involved, it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning, which can help you “crush” the things that matter. These things may seem small to the outside world, but are huge to us, such as snuggling on the couch without worrying that my mug of coffee is going to spill the moment my son decides to somersault off the sofa, calmly helping with shoes or packing backpacks and lunch bags like a boss.
img_2267Sometimes the little things actually are the big things, friends. Having calm, joyful mornings should be easy, but it felt like a marathon. Now that we are finally seeing some successes, we’re calling it a win! We’re Crushing It!
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffle Crushing It means I’m walking my son to the bus with a smile on my face (and he has one too!). It means more time for love, hugs, coloring, laughing and enjoying each other in the mornings and less rushing, crying, meltdowns, frustration and running to the bus. We don’t have all the answers, or heck, any of the answers that might work for others, but finding what works for our family in the morning has made a huge difference in our lives.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleThe rush of morning routines can be exhausting and frustrating, but friends, it doesn’t have to be.

Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffle Dixie® To Go cups help me to “crush” the things that matter most. Dixie® To Go allows me to enjoy my morning coffee confidently (say, when a child is jumping on my back) and on the go! The leak-resistant lid & insulated layer gives the best on-the-go experience.

Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffle No effort, no clean up, no worries. More time to focus on things that matter. For us, mornings matter. Mornings are no longer a time we simply survive anymore. They’re also FAR from perfect. They include a bit of joy, jumping, wingin’ it and a lot of laughter!

Photos by Sabrina Reis Photography.

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