3 Tips to Make Mornings Easier (+ Pumpkin Spice Parfait Recipe)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BrewToPerfection #MrCoffeeDay #CollectiveBias So it's pretty much universally acknowledged that mornings are simply no fun. Unless you're a so-called morning person, which I still don't believe exists.

I thought I'd share some tips and tricks to make your mornings easier for those of you, like me, who never seem to have enough time before rushing out the door.

1. Set yourself up for success.

Taking a few minutes the night before to sort out your day will make for a much easier morning. Lay out the clothes you're going to wear, clean up the kitchen and set the coffee for the next day.

The Mr. Coffee® 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker lets you set the coffee for the perfect time – so you can wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee every day.

2. Give yourself time to breathe.

It's tempting to sleep until the last possible second then rush around to get ready and leave on time, but it's hectic and stressful. Instead, try giving yourself enough time each day to really relax and enjoy your morning.

Set your alarm for half an hour earlier than you normally would, then give yourself time to wake up and enjoy your morning – and some coffee? – before rushing out the door.

3. Start the day off right.

Grabbing a healthy breakfast is one of the best things you can do to start your day off on the right foot. Try something like a hearty breakfast bowl or yogurt parfait. I've been loving this Pumpkin Spice Parfait recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Granola
  • Other toppings as desired

I just mix up the yogurt, pumpkin and cinnamon then top with the pepitas and granola, and it makes for a healthy, protein rich breakfast. If you're always on the go, like I am, you can toss it in a mason jar or plastic container and eat it at work or on your commute.

Plus, no breakfast is complete without coffee! August is National Coffee Month so it's extra important to celebrate every day!

As an added bonus, you can get $5 off all Mr. Coffee® Coffeemakers and Espresso Units over $29 at your local Walmart, so be sure to check that out!

How do you celebrate National Coffee Month?