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I have partnered up with RaceTrac to share what gets me going in the morning and I admit I knew this was going to be a great fit! It’s no secret that in our house, early mornings are on a whole other level. For the last four years, our wake-up time has changed from 6:30 to now 4:45 A.M.! Yes, our family wakes up every morning bright and early at 4:45! That means we are out the door right at 6 o’clock! I am not going to lie and tell you this change was easy, because it was far from easy! It was awful, not only for me but for everyone, especially the kids!
I’m sure that many of you know the early-morning struggles with kids so just imagine having to fight with them even earlier! I honestly dreaded having to wake up the kids for the first year of our schedule change because I knew exactly how the whole morning was going to play out. My teenage daughter was the worst! So, parents I hate to break it to you but the morning struggles don’t get any better when they get older! I also knew we couldn’t keep going on like this in the morning, because by the time we did get out of the house, everyone was MISERABLE!
Something had to change! So we sit down as a family and came up with a fun morning routine that would actually work, which involved MUSIC! Yes, apparently music is all it took to get everyone going in the mornings! Every morning everyone gets to pick two songs and blast it as loud as they want each morning while getting ready. Which means happy, awake, dancing kids who are no longer whining or moving slower than a turtle! However, they had their own rules for us parents which meant that we couldn’t go around trying to micro manage them while they were getting ready but with that they had to prove to us; they could get ready without us “hovering” as they say…
We also came up with a morning reward system which includes morning treats from RaceTrac when everyone stays on schedule! Honestly, I think that deal alone would’ve been enough to get them up and moving! Thankfully, RaceTrac knows that its guests want more than just traditional breakfast items in the morning and wants to give its guests good food that gets them excited to start their days! From six blends of fresh brewed coffee and fresh donuts delivered daily to classic roller grill items, RaceTrac has something to help anyone start their morning off right. Let’s be honest not everyone’s morning is the same – so of course their breakfast doesn’t have to be the same either. My daughters usually prefer their frozen yogurt or fresh fruit bowls in the summer months and something hot like cappuccino or breakfast sandwich in the colder months but for me no matter what the degrees is outside you will find me with buying a Large Hot coffee!
RaceTrac’s coffee bar features up to six blends of fresh brewed coffee, including 100 percent Hazelnut, Regular, Columbian, Decaf and Dark Roast. So that means you can customize your own “Crazy Good Coffee” by selecting your favorite coffee blend and pairing that with your favorite creamers, sweeteners and toppings like whipped cream, allowing you to be your own barista.
As you see, my household can be pretty hectic in the mornings. Most nights I’m working and when they’re getting up for school are during my lunch break. With RaceTrac less than five minutes from my job I’m there almost every morning. My normal routine is either an energy drink, something from Swirl World and a croissant are my lunch or breakfast, whatever you want to call it. When I get off at 7 in the morning, I get something from the roller grill and a biscuit for my younger daughter who has to be in school at 9.
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In the comments below share with me what gets you going in the morning and how you handle the morning struggles with your kids!