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Everyone has a morning routine, right? And it can be hectic for most people. I'm woke enough to know that, at least.(See what I did there?)
As an interior designer, I've enjoyed the wondrous privilege of being my own boss for over a decade now, and I wouldn't trade it for all the coffee at Starbucks. Don't get me wrong, my phone still gently wakes me by 8:30 every morning with dulcet chimes that slowly escalate until I've "opened up those baby greens," as my mom used to say back when her pointer finger in my ribs was my alarm clock. I'm typically awake before the chimes strike, but definitely not 'up'.
First I read the news briefing, followed by my emails, then I play five rounds of Disney Emoji Blitz to eeeease into the day. Only once that's completed do I even contemplate getting out of bed, and that's accomplished if and only if there isn't a pile of cats impeding my person. Then I wash up, feed said cats, make and eat breakfast, and sit down to work, not necessarily in that order. By then, it's 11 am. Yup. I didn't even include a shower in that list! I don't know where the morning goes.
Lately, however, I've had a lot of morning appointments and I can't make a poor impression by showing up 20 minutes late. I get really anxious when I have to leave the house at a specific time. Old habits die hard, so I needed major help to speed up my morning routine. And then, I discovered Walmart+, the retailer's new delivery service. Things arrive on my doorstep in a snap without me having to leave the house! Perfect.
Good morning, indeed!
The signup was easy — a risk-free trial gives you 15 days, but a quick three-question survey will tack on two more weeks. After your 30 days are up, you’ll be charged $13 per month or $98 per year — your call.
The annual fee is comparable to Amazon Prime, but you get access to fresh groceries, perishables and other household items without any additional tag-on expense. There's same-day delivery for when you're in a pinch.
Not only does the delivery save me time and energy, but shopping online is a breeze. Once I order, my previous purchases are automatically saved in my account, so I can add items into my cart without searching. All my faves are right in front of me for the clicking. Grocery shopping that used to take an hour now takes minutes, with no mask required.
Here are some of the goodies I found at Walmart to help speed up my morning routine.
I'm hooked on these miracle elixirs from Remedy Organics. They're completely plant-based, have 12 to 14 grams of protein, and are filled with good stuff like turmeric and maca. Plus, the prebiotics make gut health a no brainer. Skip the yogurt — getting that spoon adds time to your day! And I can take these on the go, so breakfast in the car removes an entire step from my morning musts. They also come in Chai, Vanilla and Chocolate flavors and did I mention — they are delicious. The matcha adds a little spring in my otherwise lethargic morning step.
Shop it: Remedy Organics — Matcha Oxidants, $4, walmart.com
No one wants tummy problems slowing them down. These prunes have an extra dose of vitamins, like B6, B12 and E, too. Perfectly portioned in little daily pouches, they're easy to take on the road.
Shop it: Mariani Probiotic Prunes, $5, walmart.com
If you need more than one mugful of the good stuff to get you going, this is the coffee maker for you. It brews 10 cups in just four minutes. How? Its magical thermal stainless steel water tank, of course! It keeps water hot, so it's always ready to brew your joe in a jiff. I also appreciate the drip-free carafe — no countertop dribbles means one less thing to clean in the morning.
Shop it: Bunn SBS Speed Brew Select Coffee Maker, $99, walmart.com
I try to live a healthy lifestyle and that means a lot of vitamins and supplements. Keep those and your medications organized, in this steal of a weekly dose organizer. Perfect for the scatterbrained — you'll never forget if you took your pills or not! Refill once a week to stay on track.
Shop it: Equate Weekly Seven-Day Pill Planner, Large Pill Organizer, $2, walmart.com
Need something quick but filling? Gardein makes great plant-based proteins, from faux chicken tenders to beef crumbles. In five minutes you can have the protein you need to face the day. Completely vegan, this breakfast bowl is perfect for the lactose intolerant who craves cheese, because who doesn't?
Shop it: Gardein Plant-Based Saus'age, Potato & Kale Breakfast Bowl, Vegan, $4, walmart.com
When I'm really in need of a pick me up, e.l.f.'s Energizing Facial Oil Mist is just the thing. It refreshes your skin, refreshes your makeup, gives you a dewy glow — yes, a dewy glow — and boosts your mood. It's infused with white tea extract, known to assist in revitalizing the skin, while citrus oil aromatherapy invigorates.
Shop it: e.l.f. Facial Oil Mist, Energizing, $5, walmart.com
Try these energy bites to put some pep in your step. You control the added sugar, by mixing in just the right amount of honey and nut butter of your choice. Add peanut butter and you have a healthy alternative to those Reese's you've been eyeing at checkout. Make a batch for the week and take 'em to go.
Shop it: Krusteaz Chocolate Chip Oat Energizing Oat Bites Mix, 12-ounce Box, $3, walmart.com
You know how you're not supposed to style your hair when it's too damp, so you have to wait and wait until it seems safe to run a comb through it without yanking your hair out? Well, wait no more. Remington Wet2Style allows you to dry and style simultaneously, using one of four different attachments.
Start with the detangler comb, then use the diffuser for quick curls, the Blowout Boost for waves, or the Slipstream, which preps your hair for straightening. It has three heat settings, two speeds, and a cool blast button to set your style. All with ceramic ion technology that protects your hair. So style in style — quickly, sans damage to your locks.
Shop it: Remington Pro Wet2Style Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryers, with four unique attachments, $30, walmart.com
Skip another step in your morning ablutions with this creamy body wash from Olay — the top name in skin care for decades. Once you scrub up with this moisture rich body wash, you can rest assured you're getting shea butter and other moisturizers into that skin. No more lotion, après shower. Just scrub a dub and you're one and done.
Shop it: Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea and Manuka Honey Body Wash, $6, walmart.com
Your dog threw up, then your kid threw up, and then you couldn't find the mop. When nasty wrenches get thrown into your morning, fear not! Revlon to the rescue with Insta-Blush. This sheer, blendable makeup goes on in seconds and it's difficult to mess up or add too much. Dab on cheekbones, brow bone, and lips, then blend! Throw another in your bag for a midday pick me up. Rose gold looks great on most complexions, but there are four more tones to choose from so mix it up!
Shop it: Revlon Photo-ready Insta-Blush Stick — Rose Gold Kiss, $10, walmart.com
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