How to be a Better Morning Person

How to BecomeA Better Morning Person

Hey Guys!

Today I’m coming at you with a post on How to be a better morning person, or to become a morning person.  I’m not sure that I would call myself a morning person, but I’m definitely not a night owl either.  But then again… I have always been a better morning person over a night owl.  I do however get my best work done during the morning hours, mainly because this is when I have the most energy.

I’ve also been known to be up by 5 in the morning simply because my body refuses to sleep any longer. (and believe me when I say that it sucks when you only just went to bed at 1 or 2!)  Of course, I was like this even when I worked a graveyard shift… so that may just be my personality.  But below is a list of things that I do to help keep myself productive and going in the mornings.

Get ready for the next day before you go to bed

Figure out what it is that takes you the most time in the mornings, once you know what it is make sure that it’s done before you go to bed.  For example, for me I gather everything that I’ll be needing for the next day all together and pack and ready for me to leave.  Depending on whether I’ll be going to work or to school is what I get ready for my clothes.

So whether you are getting your lunch ready for work or school, or a backpack or a purse, if it is done the night before then you won’t have to do it the next day.  It’s also super easy to pick out your clothes and not have to worry about that in the morning as well. (or if you’re like me have a nice selection of leggings for school!)

Another thing to consider would be taking your shower at night, doing this could save you a good fifteen minutes in the morning.  Then instead of having to wash, dry and fix your hair in the morning you can just fix it.  Or if you need it I really recommend using dry shampoo for your hair on those days that you don’t wash it.  I love Tarte’s new dry shampoo!

Scale back your bedtime a little at a time, but make sure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep

One of the things that people forget about when deciding to either a) become a morning person or b) get up earlier in the mornings, is that they need to also go to bed at an earlier time.  One of the easiest ways to start getting up earlier in the mornings is to slowly start going to bed earlier as well.  By going to bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier than you usually do.  This way when you set your alarm for the same amount of time earlier.  Continue to scale back a little at a time until you are getting up at the time you want to.  There is no hurry to do this so take your time.

Try not to reach for your phone first thing in the morning

If you are anything like I am, you tend to reach for you phone before you do anything else.  This could be good or bad depending on you.  I can spend hours just playing on my phone and before I know it, I’m late for something.  So if you’re able to make sure you plug your phone in somewhere not near you, this way you can’t just grab your phone in the morning and play on it, you are forced out of bed and starting your day.

Workout in the mornings

If there is one thing that I’ve discovered is that working out in the morning is more liable to wake me up and energize me than working out in the evenings or afternoon.  It doesn’t even have to be a hard core workout, simply walking in the mornings is enough to get your heart pumping.

Make sure you eat breakfast

If there is one tip I’ve heard over and over it’s that you should always have breakfast in the morning, even if it’s a small one.  There are so many options that you can choose for this meal.  A way to get ahead would be try and get it ready the night before.  Making breakfast sandwiches or pre-made pancakes are great ideas.

If you’re eating on the go, then try a smoothie or fruit, have a little bit more time in the morning mix up some oatmeal or scrambled eggs.

Make yourself a workable morning routine

A routine is something that everyone should try to have.  It doesn’t have to be a big to do but, something small like a set time that you are waking up and when you eat breakfast.  Just something that gives you a schedule of events for the mornings.  You could even make yourself a checklist of things that needs to be done every morning.  Before long you wouldn’t even need the list.

I don’t know about you, but giving myself a reward for doing something is the biggest way to ensure that I actually do it.  Rewards could be something like allowing yourself that extra Starbucks a week, or trying that new drink, or even getting yourself that new book or movie that you’ve eyeing. FYI: If you have never tried the Pink Drink at Starbucks, it is amazing!

Another type of reward could be buying yourself that expensive body wash, or bath bomb or shampoo that you’ve been eyeing for a while.  Have fun with this reward.

The lasting thing that I can say is that you should maintain your routine, just because it’s the weekend or your day off doesn’t mean that you should ignore your routine.  Ignoring it for one day could cause you decide that maybe you shouldn’t follow it on a day that you really should.

Maybe Music

For me having background noise going just helps me keep on track.  Consider making a playlist for your mornings, or finding a spotify or pandora list that gets you going in the mornings.  There are some great music apps out there that could help.  Or you could just go on YouTube and create your own playlist with videos.

Have a set time to be ready by everyday

One way that I make sure that I’m ready for the day is to set an alarm for myself.  No… I’m not talking about an alarm that wakes me up in the morning, but instead one that tells me that I have five minutes before I need to leave for the day.

That being said, take your time in the morning.  Don’t rush yourself and make yourself be read in fifteen minutes, if you don’t have to be somewhere until hours later.  Schedule you some time in the morning to do something for yourself.  Whether that’s drinking a cup of coffee and reading a few chapters in a book, or watching an episode of a show, a morning workout or watching YouTube videos.  It’s up to you.  Rushing yourself could lead to forgetting something and making you late.

What do you do to make the most of your mornings?  Comment down below.

Until Next Time!


Summer Reading List Update: June

Hey Guys!

Well one of these days I’ll make sure that when I schedule a post it actually is scheduled… :/  

Well the end of June is upon us and I’m updating ya’ll on how my summer reading is going.  So far, it hasn’t been too bad.  I’m making headway on my list, with a few other books thrown in for good measure.


Well not too bad for the month of June.  What book/s are you reading right now?  Comment down below.

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Because of Lila Release Day

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Prim, proper, classic good girl, and her least favorite label – icy.

Lila Kate Carter has heard them all. The last one, being the newest. She is not icy. She just doesn’t care for Cruz Kerrington and his spoiled, selfish, careless ways. That doesn’t make her icy, that makes him a jerk!

Tired of being labeled and doing what is expected of her, Lila Kate leaves Rosemary Beach, Florida ready for an adventure. Wanting to recreate herself, find a new path, and become something more.

Eli Hardy is tired of women who always act the same, do the same thing and expect the same thing. He’s ready to swear off women until he can get the rest of his life together.

Two weeks into his no-women-rule he meets Lila. She’s so damn sweet and polite. Like she walked right out of an etiquette book. But he’d already been drunk before she walked in so there was a good chance she might not be as stunning and perfect as he thinks. He’s just too drunk to worry about that.

The next morning, he swears he can still smell her on his skin. He just can’t remember why or what happened after that third dance.

Their worlds are about to collide, and so are the secrets and lies.

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Abbi Author Photo.jpgAbbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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End of Month Wrap Up: June

End of Month Wrap Up-

This is my end of month Wrap up for June.  On here you will see what’s been going on in my life, what I’m reading both for school and for fun, what I’m listening to and what is on my to read list. I’ll also be posting a list with what I’ve posted in the past month to give you an idea of what you might have missed.

Going on in my Life:          

  • Finished my summer 1 spanish course

Below is a list of things that I’ve read, am reading, am listening to, and is on my to read list.  I’ve also linked each one so that they are easier for you to find.

Books I’ve Read in May:

  • Water Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Air Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Earth Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Fire Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Bound Together by Christine Feehan
  • Amnesia by Cambria Hebert
  • Yes, Prime Minister Aria Cole
  • Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth , Sadie Haller
  • Dr. Bad Boy by Ainsley Booth , Sadie Haller
  • Full Mountie by Ainsley Booth , Sadie Haller

I’ve taken it upon myself to challenge myself to reading and re-reading some old favorites of mine so that I can read newer additions to the books.  I have a list of the books (series) that I want to try and finish this summer.  That is on my Summer Reading List Post.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Books I’m Reading For School: I’m super excited to say that I’m off for the summer so no new grad school books until September… well for the most part.  I was told I’d need to take Spanish 3 & 4 for my master’s degree.  But that isn’t really what I’d call heavy reading, especially since it’s only one book for the class.

  • Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
  • Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

So for the month of July I’m participating in a Summer Bingo Reading Challenge  where it gives you a list of authors to read and the first five to get 5 in a row read and reviewed wins a prize.  I’m looking forward to discovering some new authors this way!

To Read list:

I have to say this list isn’t getting any smaller… I have actually started a monthly update list for the summer months… maybe I’ll continue it every month, to see what I can get read during the month.  I have also done a post on my summer reading list that I want to try and get done before school starts.

What I’m Listening to (Audible):   (this depends on my mood)

What I Finished on Audible:

Favorite Blog posts that I’ve discovered this month:

I have found so many incredible blogs this month… though I’ll admit that I’ve mainly been look at planner blogs.  I’ve recently began to use a Happy Planner and I’ve become obsessed!


My Posts this month:

  • End of month Wrap up: May
  • My Must Have List
  • Story Time: My Worst/Stupidest Breakup ever
  • My Favorite: Book Series
  • TMI Tag!
  • Amnesia Release Blitz
  • Book Talk: Audio Books?
  • Thank You

You can find any of these on my main page and scrolling through my posts!

Well here I am with another monthly wrap up and I realized that I missed 7 posts that I had planned for this month.  So… to help myself to try to not miss like I have the last two weeks I’m going to be posting only two days a week.  Starting in July I’ll be posting on Wednesday and on Saturday.


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Book Talk: Audio Books?

Hey guys!

I’m back at you with another book talk post.  Last time was about eBooks or physical books.  Today will be the merits of audio books.

Before I had an iPhone… or smart phone really, I had never really done books on tape or cd or anything like that.  But after more than 4 years of driving back and forth to both school and work and then home I can’t tell you how I survived with out them.  In fact, I have over 70 books on my audible account, and I listen and re-listen to them constantly.  I usually have anywhere between 3-5 that I’m listening to at any one time.  With the constant driving back and forth I can usually finish a book every 2 or 3 days.

That being said, it’s ok, if you don’t like audio books or there’s a reason you can’t listen to them.  I have a friend who falls asleep to the sound of a person reading to her.  I’m just grateful that I can because my long drives would be that much more boring and dangerous because I get sleepy driving home at 10:30 at night.  These books keep me awake and I couldn’t be any happier that the authors gave permission for their works to be converted.

Although, have you ever listened to a book, one that you love mind you, and from the first words out of the narrator’s mouth you shut it off and return it.  I’ve done that to a few books over the last couple of years.  Either their voice is too monotone or just the sound of it is annoying and irritating.  But for whatever reason I just couldn’t get passed a few minutes of it.

I’ve also had audio books that I did not own the book for and after listening to it I bought the book too.  That was actually how I got into 3 of my favorite series right now.

Some of my favorite books will have more than one narrator.  Most of the ones I listen to have at least two.  There are a few of them that have a full cast with music and sounds.  It’s almost like listening to a movie without watching it.  Those kind of make me wish they were movies.

Do you like audio books?  What are your favorite ones to listen to?  Comment down below.

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Amnesia Release Blitz

Hey Guys!

Well Cambria Hebert is up to it again! We have a new book coming to us soon.  This one is a stand alone novel that isn’t part of her other book series.  But it is no less exciting to know that we’ll soon have something new to read from her.  As usual with Cambria’s books this one looks amazing from the sneak peeks she has been releasing on her Facebook fan page.  If ya’ll haven’t joined yet, ya’ll really should.

Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

I washed ashore in a little lake town.

A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…

No one knows me.

I don’t know me.

If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?

I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.

I am invisible.

To everyone, to everything, even to myself.

Except to him.

I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.

I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.

His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.

I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.

They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.

I don’t even know mine.

I am amnesia.

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Slivers of light pricked my eyelids, which up until this moment seemed far too heavy to lift. As I lay against something soft at my back, thought and awareness barely registered.

The gritty feeling as I struggled to raise my eyelids scraped and burned over my eyeballs as if warning me it wasn’t a good idea. Swallowing past the sandpaper in my throat, I stopped working and lay still. Cognizance slowly came forward in the form of something weighing me down and the echo of footsteps nearby.

Adrenaline jackknifed through me, and my body arched upward with the force of my gasp. The weight of whatever held me caused severe panic to fill me, and I began to fight against it.

“No!” I screamed, flailing about, trying to escape the binds. “Let me go!”

High-pitched beeping filled my ears, and the footsteps I’d heard grew more insistent and much closer.

He was coming!

“No!” I screamed.

Strong hands grabbed my arms and pinned me down. I tried to fight back, but they were much stronger than me. Kicking my legs, I tried to free them, but even more weight came down, holding them still until I was gasping for breath and ready to beg.

“Please!” I pleaded as wetness coated my cheeks. It made me realize the grittiness under my lids was rinsed away, and my eyes sprang open.

A man was leaning over me. He had graying hair and wore some kind of white shirt. The scream that ripped right out of me scared us both.

More hands and voices came out of nowhere, and I thrashed around again.

“Miss!” the man yelled. “Miss, calm down.”

“Get away from me!” I screamed again.

“Miss!” another voice yelled, a woman this time. Turning in her direction, I saw a pair of kind brown eyes staring at me. “We aren’t trying to hurt you.”

I calmed some, but the thundering of my heart made me feel as if I might spiral out of control. “You aren’t?”

“No.” The woman, who was also dressed in white, spoke. “You’re at a hospital. You were in an accident.”

“W-what?” I stammered, collapsing back against the bed, no longer straining against the binds.

“You’re at a hospital.”

“You’re trying to hold me down!” I accused.

“We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” the woman explained. The hands, even the man’s, remained.

“I don’t like it,” I admitted, recoiling.

The man straightened, stepping back. The nurse was slower to withdraw, but she did so after a few seconds.

“My legs,” I rasped. Suddenly, my throat hurt.

“It’s just the blankets.”

A quick glance down proved I was covered with blankets. Between suspicious glances at the people crowding my room (there were four), I gazed around, concluding I was in fact in a hospital.

“I don’t understand,” I admitted, all my weight pressing into the bed.

“It’s okay,” the man replied. He was a doctor, with a name badge and a stethoscope. “It’s completely normal and expected to be confused after the ordeal you’ve been through.”

“What ordeal?” I asked instantly, anxiety pressing in on my ribcage.

“We were hoping you could tell us,” the doctor said.

“What?” My brows furrowed.

The nurse leaned close, over the side of the bed. I noticed the railings were pulled up on each side. It made me feel as if I were in jail. Instantly, I hated it and began shoving at the bars, trying to push them down.

“Okay, hang on,” the nurse said and put the rails down. Once it was done, she pinned me with an insistent stare. “You have to stay still. You can’t thrash around. You’ll rip out your IV and reinjure yourself.”

“What happened to me?” I asked for what felt like the fifteenth time. I looked around at the four people in the room, hoping one of them would just spit it out.

The doctor motioned to two of the nurses and then quietly left the room.

I glanced back at the nurse. “Can you tell us your name?” she asked.

“My name?” I nodded once, then opened my mouth… only nothing came out.

Anxiety spiked in me again; I started to become agitated. “I… don’t know.”

“Calm down.” The nurse reminded me.

How dare she tell me to calm down? I couldn’t even remember my name.

Oh my God, I didn’t know my own name!

“I don’t remember!” I gasped, jerking up into a sitting position. “Why can’t I remember?”

Before I could fling the covers off and jump out of bed, the doctor was there, pinning me back down. “If you don’t calm down, we’ll have to sedate you. I don’t want to do that. You’ve been out long enough.”

I stilled. “How long?”

“A while.” The nurse hedged.

I ignored her. She was terrible with questions. “How long?” I demanded.

“A little over two months,” the doctor replied.

I gasped. “What’s my name?” I yelled.

I’d been here for two months and they were asking for my name? Shouldn’t they know it?

The doctor wasn’t looking at me; he was looking at the nurse, giving her a curt nod. She rushed out of the room.

“No!” I shouted. “No drugs! Please! Tell me my name. I just want to know my name.”

“You need to calm down. You’ve had a great deal of trauma, miss.”

I dropped back against the pillow, boneless. He called me miss. “You don’t know my name, do you?” I asked, meek.

Sensing all my energy was drained away, he moved back. A frown pulled at his lips. “You were brought in with no identification.” He began.

Fear unlike anything I’d ever felt wrapped around my heart and squeezed. I searched every corner of my mind for something. Anything.

There was nothing.

“I don’t remember…” I whispered.

The doctor seemed to soften. “I know this must be very scary, to wake up and be so disoriented.”

I laughed, but it wasn’t a humorous sound. I wished I were disoriented right then.

“You’ve been through a lot. Give it a few days. Now that you’re awake, your mind will catch up and you will remember.”

“I will?” I asked.

“There’s a good chance.”

Disappointment speared me. “If I don’t?”

“Let’s take it one day at a time.” He placated me.

“Easy for you to say. You know your name.”

A ghost of a smile appeared on his face. “Time.” He reminded me.

The nurse came through the door, holding a syringe, and I cringed away.

“I don’t think we’re going to need that,” the doctor told her.

I let out an audible sigh.

He glanced around again. “Now that you’re awake, I’ll get you down for testing.”

“What kind of testing?” I asked.

“Routine stuff for someone who’s been in a coma.”

Nothing about this was routine. I was in coma… for two months. And I didn’t even know my name.

When both the nurse and doctor were gone and I was alone, my eyes overflowed with tears and a formidable feeling of dread crowded inside me. The doctor said there was “a good chance” I would remember my name very soon.

The problem was it wasn’t just my name I needed to remember…

It was everything.



Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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TMI Tag!

Hey Guys!

I’ve saw this over on Southern Lights, Atlanta Nights blog and thought it would a blast for a random post.

  1. What am I wearing? Jeans and a blue flowered…y V neck shirt
  2. Have I ever been in love? Nope
  3. Have I ever had a terrible breakup? Not exactly a terrible one, but definitely an awkward one.  He had his best friend break up with me for him!
  4. How tall am I? Short. 5’1″ :/
  5. How much do I weigh? Kind of rude to ask, but 157… I’m wanting to drop another 20-25 pounds before I feel a little more healthy and like myself again.
  6. Do I have any tattoos? Yep! I have 2 right now and plans for another 4!
  7. Do I have any piercings? I used to have my belly button pierced… now I just have my ears… with the bottom hole being gauged.
  8. OTP (one true pairing – i.e., my favorite fictional couple)? I have 3 OTP’s Drew/Trent from #Junkie and #Rev by Cambria Hebert, Stephanie and Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, and Romeo and Rimmel from the Hashtag series by Cambria Hebert
  9. Favorite TV show? You want me to choose! Ummm… ok, Doctor Who and Supernatural!
  10. Favorite Book/s? The Tower and the Hive series by Anne McCaffrey, Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and The Hashtag series by Cambria Hebert
  11. Favorite bands? Not sure I have one… I’ve been listening to 2000’s country lately, besides listening to the soundtracks to the Glee tv show.
  12. What is something I miss? My grandmother
  13. My favorite song? All About that Bass 
  14. How old am I? again… rude much! I’m 32.
  15. What is my zodiac sign? I am a Taurus.
  16. What qualities do I look for in a partner? I look for someone who isn’t going to try and change me, and someone who makes me laugh.
  17. What is my favorite quote? To thine own self be true.
  18. Who is my favorite actor? David Tenant
  19. What is my favorite color? Dusty Rose, emerald green, and royal purple
  20. Do I like loud or soft music? Loud… the louder the better
  21. Where do I go when I’m sad? Either to my room or to my back porch to call my friend.
  22. How long does it take me to shower? Depends on the day and if I’m in a hurry to get anywhere.
  23. How long does it take me to get ready? again… this depends on the day and if I’m getting ready just to be ready or if I have plans.
  24. Have I ever been in a physical fight? Nope
  25. Why did I start blogging? I needed a place to get my feelings out and this seemed like a great way to do it.
  26. What are my fears? being left alone
  27. Last time I said I loved someone? On Sunday when my nephew was telling me good bye.
  28. What is the meaning behind my blog name? I have always been a writer, but I am also a girl from a small hometown… I mean it, we got our 3rd stoplight in about 10 years ago… and that was the last improvement they made.
  29. What is the last show I watched? League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  30. Last person I talked to? My sister Tess.
  31. Relationship with the last person I texted? Friend… ex-academic (TRiO) councilor 
  32. What is my favorite food? Chinese!!!
  33. Place(s) I want to visit? I actually just did a blog post on this one naming the top 5 places I would like to travel to someday.
  34. Last time I was insulted? I usually get this happen every time I go to work… I work in a mom and pop auto place… so I’ll have customers come in and have them say some thing condescending about “what a girl like me is doing working there” or “When will the old man be back”.  None of them believe that I could know what I’m doing.
  35. My favorite piece of Jewelry? I have a rope necklace with a tiny ring charm on it that was given to me by my grandmother.
  36. BSB or N’SYNC? N’Sync
  37. Britney or Christina? Christina
  38. Who should answer these questions next? All of you! If you don’t wanna answer all of them, comment your favorite answers down below!

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My Favorite: Book Series

Hey Guys!

I’m pretty sure you’ve already figured out that I’m an avid reader.  I have been reading since I was 4 and pretty much never really stopped.  If you’re anything like me then I know you have a few favorite series out there that you can grab during those times when you need something to read and you can’t think of anything else.  I have a few of them.

  1. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  2. The Tower and the Hive by Anne McCaffrey
  3. The Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert
  4. The Bar Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens
  5. The Mallory series by Johanna Lindsey

I have been known to pick a book at random and if it doesn’t catch me in the first 10 pages then I’ll put it down and grab one of the books from the series above.  What are you favorite book series to go to when you don’t want to find something new?  Comment down below.

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