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3 Ways To Make Your Morning Brighter in 2018




I am not a morning person.

Now that the new year is in full swing I've been taking a little time to reflect on how to improve my everyday activities. You know, the things you do every single day because you have to.

This includes swiping your phone's alarm right (not left!) and putting both feet on the ground beside your bed. Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot- and you've begun your day.

If you're anything like me part of your brain is still playing your drams in the back of your mind, a world with no annoying alarm buzzers, kids who sleep in on the weekends, and traffic that parts when it sees your car coming.
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With the holidays behind us it's time to put aside all that pampering and indulgence and get back to the nitty gritty. Whether you work a 9-5, run a small business, or have a household to run (for some it's all of the above) there's no arguing that how you start your day sets the tone for what comes next. Mornings are important; there's a reason 'they' say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

In the spirit of starting the year off right, and every single day that lies ahead, I've put together 3 of my favorite ways to make your morning brighter.
#1. A full stomach.

Number one begins at your local Walmart- you're probably in there several times a week grabbing supplies for the school diorama project, picking up prescriptions, grabbing a last minute gift for that distant relative, everyday kinda things. You might even shop Walmart for your week's groceries, if you're organized enough to have some sort of a meal plan.

But have you seen the new Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles®  in the breakfast cold case (refrigerated aisle) at Walmart?
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These convenient single servings of breakfast bliss come in 3 tempting varieties; Jimmy Dean Meat Lovers Simple Scrambles®, Jimmy Dean Sausage Simple Scrambles®, and Jimmy Dean Bacon Simple Scrambles®. I found them on the shelf right next to the bacon! These breakfast solutions are kept refrigerated and include real eggs inside as well as 22/23g of protein so you can fuel your day right. They're also incredibly easy to prepare in the microwave, right in the container, in under 2 minutes- so you can grab and get on the go for those busy mornings!
Preparing new Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® is as easy as picking your favorite variety from the fridge, removing the lid and contents of the cup, and 2 simple microwave steps. First, pour the included 2 real eggs into your Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® cup and microwave on high for about 45 seconds (my microwave requires a little longer than the suggested time). Next, carefully remove the cup from the microwave and pour the packet of real cheese and meat into your egg concoction. Return the Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® back to the microwave for another 40-45 seconds, and allow it to sit for a minute before removing. Grab a fork and scramble it up- then enjoy!
With real eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, and bacon the Jimmy Dean Meat Lover's Simple Scrambles® is my favorite- it's like having a full omelet in a cup- ready to take and enjoy anywhere. It's prefer for those mornings when I have to start my commute early- or those Saturdays I promise the girl's a morning trip to the dog park. Having a protein packed, delicious, easy to prepare hot breakfast to take on the go is a surefire way to set my morning off on the right track!
2. Change the view.

Before you start yelling at me telling me how it's negative 50 degrees and you can't even see past the snow drifts at your window, hear me out. I know we can't all live in Southern California where 50F is a frigid Winter's day.

Another great way to make your morning brighter is to incorporate a little sunshine.

Studies have proven that natural light is how our bodies most signal the beginning of a new day, and help get our systems primed to tackle the tasks of the day ahead. So, whether you quite literally dine on your front porch for breakfast, or merely open up the blinds by the kitchen nook- take a moment to let a little natural sunlight re-invigorate you.
This time of the year the sun rises quite early, as well as the rest of the Earth's natural creatures.

While you may not have sunny skies up above changes are there are other signs of a new day- including audible ones such as birds and wildlife outside your window. Take a moment to take a deep breath and stop and listen for these natural cues of a fresh day's beginning.
3. Unwind a little.

It may make little sense to start your day off with relaxation or fun when you just finished lying in bed for hours doing nothing, but taking just 10 minutes to do an activity that brings you joy is proven to help boost serotonin levels and get your blood pumping for the day ahead.

Even if there weren't a scientific reasoning- starting your day the way you'd expect to end it also helps take your mind of the stresses of the day ahead, and works to re-focus your energy towards a more positive space. If you can't manage this on work/week days then I highly suggest you find a routine you can fit in on those off days. We like to spend some time first thing in the morning playing with the pets- I like to think this morning unwind time benefits everyone!

So there you have my best tips for making your mornings brighter in 2018- they're not all ground-breaking, for sure; but they're all easy to implement. After all, the first tip is just plain delicious and Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® at Walmart should be on your shopping list regardless. You don't need to be seeking a brighter morning to know a delicious quick breakfast when you see one! As always, if you try any of these tips, please let me know how they've worked for you. Now, tell me, what's your best advice to start the morning right?

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