90 Minute Busy Mom Morning Routine




I Know Your A Busy Mom. So How Do You Start Your Morning?

Get a sneak peek at how I spend the first 90 minutes of my morning.

I get myself going each morning with sun salutations and a green smoothie before I head out for a 30 minute sunrise walk.


 90 Minute Busy Mom Morning Routine

This particular smoothie is made with coconut milk, 1 scoop of veganique, spinach, fresh pineapple and frozen banana. I make enough so Tyler has some too – he likes to call these Shrek Smoothies and understands his smoothies are a good source of protein and fiber to help his body and mind get energized in the morning.

Tyler’s Typical Morning Routine

In the video I provided an example of Tyler’s AM routine to give you an idea of how simple a routine can be for your children as well.

Wake up: 8:00 am

~Morning Motivators

Breakfast: 8:10- we eat together at the kitchen table and talk about the upcoming events for the day and/or week.

Get ready for school: 8:35

(brush teeth, get dressed – his clothes are laid out the night before after he takes a shower - fix hair, shoes, AM checklist and backpack)

Drive to school 8:50

Arrive at 9:00 am and Tyler always has a smile on his face.

Simple and to the point.

Tyler’s “Making My Morning Marvelous” checklist is a great way for him to participate and take control of how his mornings go. He can earn rewards for staying on track – which he saves up for book store money or Friday morning cartoon time.

Ready to Get Started on Creating YOUR Morning Routine?

How to Create a Morning Routine Tips

– Keep a Time Log

You 1st must know how much time you have and how long your morning tasks take. If you do not have this information it will be impossible to create a successful routine. Jot down all the details from the moment you wake up, your kids wake up, breakfast prep, eating, getting dressed, time wasters, etc.

- Plan Ahead

Yes the “P” word. Funny how this keeps popping up ; )
This entails getting things ready the night before, from laying out clothes, important papers, food prep and even Telling Your Children what to expect. Remind them before they go to bed and remind them right when they wake up. Over estimate tasks that are known for having hiccups this way you build in extra time.

- Be Realistic

Allow for some flexibility and What If’s

No matter how beautiful your morning routine, life happens. There will always be something – however because you and your children have started the day off right you are all more capable of handling any type of AM speed bump without a melt down.

Plus when you work some extra cushion into your morning routine, this becomes a possible incentive for your children. For example, if breakfast has been a bit too drawn out – allow for this but then offer the reward of getting to Play before leaving for school IF and Only If breakfast is finished.

Routine Planning Tip:

You can make creating a routine more manageable and fun by getting your children involved. Anytime they take ownership in helping to create something, they will take it to heart when it must be implemented.

Now what do you do?

~ Share this routine with your family

~ Explain the benefits

~ Post it where everyone can see it

~ Refer to it often

~ Stick To IT! Consistency is a MUST

If you want this to work and work like magic you must follow through day in and day out.


After watching the video…


What Morning Strategies/Systems Did You See That We Have in Place?

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Leave your comment on what you see in our video …

Later this week, Tyler will help draw names to see who will win a copy of his co-authored ebook “Lunch Box Makeover Kit”

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42 Responses to “90 Minute Busy Mom Morning Routine”

  1. Melanie says:

    Always love Tyler videos!! Waking up before the kids is so imporant to start the day off on the right foot and be in control of your time. I LOVE the checklist idea. Hannah woud love this!

  2. Christina Reedy says:

    love it! My routine is usually very simple and i need to get to the talking thing but what interrupts right now is breastfeeding. But lunch is usually together.

  3. Jody says:

    As always thanks for sharing!

    WOW! I could only wish my days could start out like that- lets hope they will very soon. My son (4) is very easy going and would love using the “checklist”. My daughter (5) on the other hand-that is another issue. She needs to several hours to awake and get settled. Ya never know what kind of day you will have waking her …she is the one I need help with-any suggestions?

  4. Valerie says:

    Tyler is such a cutie and you look great Holly! Thank you for the video.

  5. Jill W says:

    Love the white board for Tyler. I am going to add this to my morning routine asap! As for the morning walk, I would have to pass because that is my husbands time to workout. I do my workout right after I drop the kids off at school and then I am on the go all day. Love the idea, so maybe someday I can add it in.

    Thanks for the video Holly. You look great!

  6. Hema says:

    Wonderful to share your morning video. The chirping of birds and the lovely morn scene surely looks pic perfect. I have a 6.5 yr old and the toughest part is that both Dad and son start off to work and school at the same time – that’s 8 a.m. out of the house!!; with both lunches packed and breakfast finished. My morn is pathetic- i wake up at 6.15a.m and walk straight to the kitchen and start up cooking. Dad and son wake up at 7 -7.15a.m. and get ready. Till the last minute i am cooking n cooking. Eggs for breakfast – my son loves that but that’s all he’ll eat.Other days Dad and he gets other indian recipes for breakfast. In all this routine all i drink is a glass or two of water. Morning tea – only if i have the time. Tried a few times to wake up earlier to atleast walk on my terrace – out would be too time consuming. But the routine is not setting in. I sleep late in the night and thats my biggest problem. I exercise mid-morn – two hours after breakfast. You look great and have a wonderful son in Tyler – boy he’s grown taller. My son too peeked at the video. The whiteboard is a good idea.Take care and enjoy your pregnancy.

  7. Justina says:

    Love the routine and the checklist that Tyler does. Really the only way to go. If we don’t do the check list we would be doing double time in the car to school and back to get stuff. Our school is 30 minutes away. Our girls love there check lists and loved helping make them. We have done our check list since the kids where four. Great way to get them to help around the house as well.
    I know how you feel when you get up and go for your walk in the mornings it is so refreshing and great to see the sunrise. ( This is the one thing I miss now living in a big city. Never much peace in the city with cars and buses. Cant wait to move back to the country.) I have been really slack since we moved to the city with my walking because it is so noise and doesn’t seem to be as fun any more. I did find out the other morning when I had to be at the bus stop at 5:45 that might be the best time to go not so busy. Still not the same as the country.

    I do have a question for you. What does your body bug do and where do you get one?
    Thanks for your great routine

  8. marla says:

    Good video. I need to get better at the breakfast part, but since my kids don’t like eggs, it is often oatmeal or granola. We live in the Philippines and would think that they would love the fresh fruit, but they only take a little each morning. Thankfully they all eat it at lunch and after school!

    I get up around 5, get lunches done, breakfast ready, have a little quiet time, and then get them to school about 6:50. Then, I get my workouts in, either fym workouts on T/Th/Sat and a nice run or swim on M/W/F.

  9. Nadine says:

    I love your checklist idea. I like the accountability and the sense of accomplishment that comes with checking off the completed items. This will be a big help for when your baby is born ;o)

  10. cel says:

    Is it really hard for you to get up that early in the am? I have a hard time waking by 8am. What do you do for the rest of the day? Thanks.

  11. Pat says:

    This is such a great video and so helpful! Holly and Tyler – you are always making it easy for us to learn how to be effective. I do a similar routine but have two middle school students that start school at 7:15 and have to be out of the house at 6:35am. So, I get up at 5:30 and have breakfast on the table by 6am. Then at 6:35 head out for my walk with the dog :) Just a little bit of a turnaround. Then I start my resistance and intervals. It’s all good! Thanks for a great start to the day and the school year Holly and Tyler!

  12. Samantha says:

    Thank you so much Tyler and Holly for allowing us to peek in and see your morning routine.

    I love the idea of the white board… that’s definately coming into Emmanuels routine. Thank you so much for that helpful idea.

    Wow… Tyler you eat so healthy… what a great job you and your mum have done! (i wish Emmanuel would eat like this, i struggle most mornings to get him to eat anything! He usually only wants a glass of milk). Marcus on the otherhands eats everything with me.

    I loved the music soundtrack… playng in the background.

  13. Kim says:

    Love the whiteboard idea…just might make that up for my 3 boys!

  14. Sumer says:

    Thanksfor the sneak peak on your mornings! Such an inspiration! My mornings are usually so full of stress and I always seem to be in a hurry. I love the white board idea, because I am constantly reminding my kids what to do next and it keeps me from getting myself ready! I will be trying to incorporate these ideas into my mornings as well. I love the morning walks idea. Your neighborhood is so beautiful. I live in the desert so it’s either extremely hot or very cold, but I hate the treadmil so maybe I just need to get up earlier in the summer time. We are at almost 90 degrees at 8 am! I also love how healthy his breakfast is, my kids are still stuck on cereal, something I battle with, they arent big fans of eggs.

  15. Debbie says:

    What a great start to another wonderful day! Having raised 4 children, mornings can be hectic but it always works better when there is a plan in place! I love Tyler’s heathy breakfast…..good food in will get great results at school!!!!!

  16. Shelley says:

    I totally agree that getting up and moving first thing is great for setting the tone for the rest of the day. Some days are certainly easier than others, but I find the hardest part is actually getting out of bed, once that has been accomplished, the rest is easy! Thanks for the sharing:)

    After watchin your video yesterday, mo son (he is just over two) and I ‘jogged’ home from work instead of my walking him in the stroller, it was great fun! I am going to try incorporating more active fun wiht him daily.

  17. Barby Linnard says:

    Thanks for all the excellent advice and guildance, Holly! Thanks for taking the time to give us all the tools we need to be successful! Your consistently sunny and positive, can-do persona is a huge influence on my focus and determination. I’m still working on applying all of them at once, and I’m making good progress, slowly but surely, and I am feeling and looking better and better. Persistence is omniscient!

  18. marie says:

    I do my 15 minute workouts each day, the strength training indoors, and usually the intervals outside. I used to take my dog with me outside for the intervals, but he did not enjoy the fast part of the intervals. So now I just make his walk for him, going at the pace that works for him. It’s just casual exercise for me, in addition to whichever kind of 15 minute intense workout I do for me. Same is true if I go for a casual walk with a friend. Having already accomplished my personal workout, I don’t feel pressure to have anything else I do be very intense.

  19. yaseena says:

    thanks for that wonderful video.
    love the whiteboard list idea – my kids are young but i can follow it to make sure they get their stuff done.

    walking or something before work definitely energizes you for the day

  20. Maureen says:

    Thank you for sharing. I love kids sleeping – I take pictures of my kids in bed (especially on vaction!). I get to work by 7am. Which means I already have a VERY early morning. My kids are now old enough to take care of a lot on their own, but I still make breakfast and pack lunches before heading out the door. I need to pare down and get in some good stretching or 15 minutes for me. Because evenings are also hectic.

    I am really going to make a it a goal…I WILL have 15 minutes in the morning to be strong and healthy!

  21. Deirdre says:

    Ah, so peaceful. Got to get that going before school starts in a few weeks. I love the white board checklist.

    Have a great day.and congrats on 32 weeks!

  22. Bethany says:

    My morning routine doesn’t include activity on days that I work. However, we’re going to be moving, and my job is going to change AND we’re going to be living by a great walking trail. I’m hoping to start getting some morning walking and quiet time in before the rest of the hustle of the day starts. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Fiona T says:

    Thanks for the tips. I always feel like I am starting on my back foot and I see now that if I PLAN the time I have it will be fine. Fitting jobs in our morning time is tricky only due to lack of planning – I wander around wondering what I need to do and then run out of time once I remember!

    At midday I can never think of what to eat, so I need to plan my food out. Breakfast is easy … always porridge (whole oats) with yoghurt and fruit, cinnamon and allspice. Yum.

    Our children have always had lists they mark off and I am going to make one for me now!!

    Thanks Holly and Tyler for the ideas.

  24. Gretel says:

    Hi Holly – very interesting morning routine – I love the idea of a 30 minute walk while the world is waking up.
    One question, though – why drive Tyler to school if it only takes 10 minutes? As a fitness professional, surely walking would be more appropriate?
    Mums driving their children to school really clogs up the roads, causes unnecessary pollution and is using up valuable resources that aren’t renewable.

  25. Alexandra King says:

    My morning routine is closer to 2 hours (3 if you include my journey in the traffic to work) and is pretty hectic what with having a baby and a three year old but with planning and prep the night before it mostly goes smoothly. And I even manage to fit in my workouts and a smoothie.

    I love the idea of the whiteboard checklist and as soon as my daughter can read I’ll do one for her. But wait, I’ve just thought that I can do one for her with pictures – I’m not artistic but I can get some stickers to depict toothbrush, backpack, clothes etc. I’m always making lists and ticking things off so I’m sure she’ll love it.

  26. Shani says:

    I have 5 children ranging from 6-months-baby to 8-years-old. My husband is not home most mornings of the week due to his work. It is therefore my job to get everyone organised for the day.

    I can’t believe that Tyler sleeps in that late?! All 5 of my children are up-and-at-‘em by 6am at the latest. This is not my choice – I would LOVE for them to sleep longer in the mornings – alas alack, mother nature has stepped in and I have a bunch of early risers! (I am an early riser myself so I can guess where they got their genes from)?!

    Our school starts at 8am, so I have 2 hours to make the lunches, feed the baby, get breakfast for everyone, pack school bags and ensure that everyone is dressed in the right sized school uniform. This takes me every millisecond of the 2 hours! It is an exercise in military precision! I breathe a sigh of relief every morning when we pull out of the driveway at 7:55am.

    Suffice to say, a morning walk is not an option in our household at the moment! But I am sure that as the children grow older, there will come a time when I can head out the door to soak up the first rays of dawn.

    In the meantime, I comfort myself with a lovely cup of rooibos tea upon rising each morning and enjoy some light stretches (between cutting up sandwiches and making raisin toast)!

    Totally agree that routine is essential. It certainly helps our family to have a happy start to each day!

  27. Laurie says:

    Thanks for sharing the video. I am going to try to incorporate a ‘shreck smoothie’ into my morning routine too! Is the walk in addition to your usual 15/15?

  28. Jennifer D says:

    Great motivation for the rest of us! My husband is gone before 5am so the morning walk is out. Can’t leave 7 & 5 year olds home alone to walk. Holly does this walk count as part of your 15 minute workouts or in addition to it?

  29. Cindy says:

    Wow! Your morning seemed to go so smoothly. Getting up early & getting your exercise done in the morning is great because then you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. We already eat breakfast together as a family, but I’m going to have to steal Tyler’s checklist idea for my grandkids routine when they start school next week. What a perfect way to get your child involved in the family routine & learn some responsibility at the same time.

  30. Katharine says:

    Thanks Holly and Tyler for the video for all us visual learners!
    Love the morning walk and white board idea. Like another post questioned, I too am curious if the 30 minute walk is in addition to your intervals/strength training?
    Also, I know that when the winter gets cold you exercise indoors as opposed to your deck. Do you get bundled up for your walk or do something different?
    Thanks again for all the details on your morning routine!!!!

  31. alesha says:

    I like the checklist, I think I am going to incorporate this for my kids. They start school in a week.

  32. annie says:

    Great routine! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Kaci says:

    Wow, I am so impressed with Tyler. You do a great job eating healthy, cooperating and being responsible. Great Job, Tyler!

  34. Katrina says:

    I do something similar to the whiteboard idea. I have 4 kids with all different schedules and some in different schools, so I print out their morning “to-do” list and slide it into a clear page protector. Use with a dry erase marker that easily wipes clean after they go to school and is ready to use the next morning. This has saved us lots of time in the morning and has cut out all the “reminders” from MOM. Thanks Holly for sharing all your tips!

  35. Nicole says:

    Thank you for sharing. How sweet is that little body all snuggled up in bed…I love seeing chlildren sleeping. So PRECIOUS!

  36. Stacey says:

    What are your Morning Salutations?

    I’m a Family Home Daycare Provider, married to my best friend and we’re hoping to adopt SOON! The dc (daycare) kids arrive at 7am. I like the idea of working out, especiallly walking, in the mornings, but tend to get distracted getting everything ready: hygiene, get dressed, make bed, bringing clean dishes to the dc room, laundry, start laundry (Mon and Tues), do my quiet time (Bible reading), start reading email and by then the kids are here. The dc kids and I usually take an AM and PM (afternoon) walk around the block (1/2 mile each time around). During the winter, the dc kids and I try to workout to kids “workout” videos (Jana Alyra; Brentwood Kids Co. “Sing,Stretch and Play”; Barney) or do about 10 minutes of exercises, like dancing (“Cha Cha Slide” or other fun directional songs), Tic–Tac–Toe exercises (I made up a board game using poster board and clip art of exercises to do; the kids toss beanbag on the picture and try to do that exercise). These exercises I strive to complete with the kids, but am not always successful or motivated.
    I do have a question: how much of each do you put in your green smothie and is it tasty?
    Thank you for your site.

  37. Ann says:

    Is the 30 minute morning walk in addition to your 15 minute intervals and 15 minute weight routine?

    Or do you only take a 30 minute walk on the days you don’t do you 15 minute intervals and 15 minute weight routines?

    I’m just curious because it seems from some of your blog posts that you exercise more than 90 minutes a week?

    I just want to do the same amount of exercise you do to get the same results.

    Thank you for all your tips and ideas, they are truly appreciated.

  38. Wendy says:

    As always, thanks so much for sharing your ideas and your life with all of us. We’ve been using a system like Tyler’s whiteboard for a few years with my 7 year old twins. They helped create the list (complete with their own decorations for each activity), and then they earn “tickets” for getting everything done. The tickets can be traded in for special rewards we’ve agreed on beforehand like an extra trip to the library, choosing our dinner menu, extra reading time alone with one parent, etc..

    This year will be especially challenging since my oldest starts high school (which starts at 7:30am) while my 2 little ones are still in elementary school (which doesn’t allow drop-off until 8:50am), and since I drive everyone to school, the start to finish time is quite long. By the time I get to work after dropping everyone off, I feel like I’ve already put in a full day.

    I think incorporating some of your morning ideas – especially the early morning walk before the craziness of the day begins, will really help get our school year off to a great start!

    Thanks for your continued encouragement and inspiration!

  39. julie gropp says:

    great video. great routine. I like the morning sunrise walk. In the winter, here in Colorado, that could get tricky but it is worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Debbie says:

    Wow! My children’s schools start at 7:40am and 8:00am — I have to be at work by 8:00am. This means I am up by at least 5:30 to get moving and out the door by 7:00. We live out in the country so schools and work are farther away.

    It’s interesting to see a different routine that allows you to get up and do so much at more reasonable hours.

    Thanks for sharing.

  41. Connie says:

    Thank you for sharing this Holly and Tyler. I also love the whiteboard checklist. I could definitely incorporate that into my new routine I’ll need for the fall for myself and my girls.

  42. Brittain says:

    Love Tyler’s whiteboard checklist, I am definitely going to incorporate that into our routine when school starts next month.

    I cannot tell you hpw many times I have to run back home because something was left behind. Good thing it was only a 7 minute drive but still that extra time throws off your day and causes extra stress neither one of us enjoys.

    So thank you for the great idea.

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