By Molly Sims
I can vaguely remember the luxury of sleeping till noon. I’d head to a Pilates class and meet friends for a smoothie at Juice Crafters. Now I’m lucky if I get 4 hours of sleep. Taking care of three young children and sharing a bed with a man who is 6’4” will mess with anyone’s sleep. Pregnant women always ask me, ‘what’s one piece of advice that you have?’ That’s easy: Enjoy your mornings while you have them.
That being said, I’ve learned to carve out a few special rituals first thing in the morning—even on those mornings when my three-year-old wakes me up in the middle of the night and I had too much wine the night before.
Most likely, there are three children in my bed and my husband has snuck into one of the kids’ beds to get some sleep. While they sleep, I roll over, dim my iPhone, and get my DailyMail fix. I’m not proud, but it sucks me in like a vortex.
Grey, my youngest is usually the first to wake up. He does this thing where he gets out of bed, opens the drapes, and yells, “IT’S MORNING!” This immediately aggravates the other two— who aren’t early birds. But it definitely gets the morning going.
I’ll crawl out of bed, head downstairs, and pour myself a cup of coffee that I wisely set on a timer the night before. I use Peet’s Coffee Grinds and love to add some cinnamon to the grinds. I’m no doctor but I’ve heard that cinnamon gives you an extra energy boost when you combine it with coffee, which can’t hurt if you’re not a morning person (i.e., me). It also helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and curb hunger. I always look forward to walking downstairs and smelling the sweet combination of coffee and cinnamon. Aside from my kiddos, it’s what gets me out of bed. Lately, I’ve been adding Laird’s Superfood Creamer to my coffee and it has been a godsend. It has a range of MCTs to give that extra boost of energy.
While I’m having my coffee, I’ll start to make their bottles (half almond milk and half whole milk).
“Depending on my mood, I’ll either turn on the news or put on one of my favorite podcasts, like The Skinny Confidential, GroupChat, or The Daily. I’ll grab my ice roller out of the freezer to run over my neck and cheeks and eyes—it really wakes me up and reduces puffiness. I got it from Amazon and I can’t live without it.
My kiddos slowly come downstairs and then I start to make them breakfast. We’re a big breakfast family. We do pancakes, waffles, banana muffins, bacon, and eggs—the works! Once they’re all at the table, I sneak downstairs for a workout.
I’ll get in a quick 30- to 45-minute workout in. Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten really into HIIT—high-intensity interval training. Quick, strategic bursts are enough to get my heart rate up—I do intervals of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. I don’t have time to go to a spin or Pilates class and this is the only workout that I’ve found that gets me sweating in the shortest amount of time.
After my workout, I’ll make a smoothie (almond milk, blueberries, ice, and Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder) and take a shower. Then I’m fully ready to take on the day.
Photographer: Cassidy Bliss Cooper.