I don’t know about you but I look forward to the new school year with a varying degree of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand, I know I’ll be able to get through my mountain of work without having to stop and entertain the children, on the other, I will miss the lazy mornings with no deadlines, no ushering around the house trying to get the littlest one to hurry up, no need for gentle coercing into lovingly labelled uniform (read: maniacally trying to get her dressed despite her insistence at standing in front of the TV with one sock on)
School mornings are just all a bit much. Ever feel like you need octopus arms, or an extra bit of help to get stuff done in a timely fashion?
With that in mind, anything that saves me a few precious minutes in the mornings makes me feel triumphant. I shower before the school run and get myself ready whilst the kids eat breakfast. I do this even though I work from home because I do believe that the more ‘ready’ I am first thing, the more productive I will be throughout the day.
For a time-saving hack, I’ve started using the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Ultra Moisture razor. Seriously, where have I been? This razor is AH-MAZING! I’ve never actually seen one like it but if you look at the picture below you can see the 4 ultra thin blades are surrounded by a creamy soap with visible ribbons of coconut milk and almond oil.
It comes complete with a suction pad holder; I can stick the razor next to the shower and leave it there, no more getting in the shower to find I’ve left the razor in the other bathroom, or worse, using a half blunt one that Justin has been using to shave his beard with!
The razor is essentially 3-in-1: it lathers, shaves and moisturises all in one go which means you don’t have to faff about prepping your skin thus cutting (no pun intended) your shaving routine in half. No worries if you’re in a rush, the 4 blades have guard wires to help reduce any nicks, the pivoting head closely follows the contours of your body and I’ve found this helps to give a real close shave and silky smooth legs. All you need to do is add water and you’re good to go.
Best of all if you don’t get smooth legs (you so will!) Wilkinson Sword has a money back guarantee.
Here are a few more time saving hacks for busy school mornings
- No mama has got time for a full face of make up in the mornings. I aim to get my make up done in 5 minutes and I achieve this by applying multi-use products. Instead of foundation I wear a tinted moisturiser as it glides on far easier and is less likely to streak-plus you can use your fingers and you cut out the step of moisturising your face. On the eyes it’s a quick slick of liquid liner followed by one coat of mascara. I use a 2 in 1 cheek and lip product which is really speedy to apply.
- I have really long hair which can get quite frizzy. There is no way I’d have enough time to wash it in the mornings so instead, I wash it twice a week in the evenings. Every night I do two plaits Pippi Longstocking style and just unravel them after my make up is done. I then use a soft brush on my hair and voila, wavy hair without the frizz.
- As for getting the kids organised, I lay out uniform for the littlest one the night before.
- I pack school bags, sign homework diaries and get PE kit ready in advance too. I also always check school bags for notes in case my kids have forgotten to tell me about impending book week where they have to dress up or something. Trust me it is no fun attempting to cobble together a Little Red Riding Hood costume half an hour before they’re meant to be in school. Lesson learned…
- Packed lunches are also made the night before but an even better tip would be to add a sandwich, yogurt pouch, packet of raisins and a handful of grapes to a zip lock bag and pop it in the freezer. You could do this 5 times over at the beginning of the week and then just take a bag out each day. There are lots of lunchbox items that freeze well, you could even do this for a whole month if you’re super organised.
- For breakfast, I have small screw top containers with milk lined up in the fridge and as I’m making my morning coffee I pour bowls of cereal leave them on the breakfast bar and the kids can help themselves to milk from the fridge and pour it on themselves when they’re ready to eat. This saves them wrestling with a heavy 2-litre carton and cuts down on potential mess and actual crying over spilt milk!
- A final tip for grown ups would be resist checking your phone until after the school run. I for one am too easily distracted so it’s better to do the drop off and then catch up over a cuppa once I’m home.
- Annnnnd breathe :)
If you need to save some time in the mornings then do try out my tips and the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Ultra Moisture razor I am sure you will be just as impressed as I am. The pack I’ve got has a £2.00 off the next purchase of Intuition blades so grab yours quick while that promo is running!
Please let me know your time-saving hacks for the morning in the comments below I would love to hear them.
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