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This year our New Year’s resolution was to be more productive and make the most of our days. It is extremely easy for me to want to be lazy and just snuggle and be at home all day. It is especially hard for me to get going in the mornings! So we have been trying to wake up early and get ready straight away so we are more productive and ready to leave the house if we want to. Another thing that helps is doing things the night before to make sure we have a better and smooth day. We teamed up with A​von ​to share our 5 things we make sure to do every night to make sure we wake up to a good day. One is a trick we do for motivating us to clean, another is what we do for planning, and some others!

One of the most important is taking care of your skin the night before. My pregnancies really took a toll on my hair and skin so I have been trying to be extra diligent about really treating my skin right. I hate being all comfy and relaxed watching a show at night only to have to get up and wash my face and start me skincare routine but it makes such a difference in my morning when I wake up with clean, moisturized skin. I started using A​von’s Anew Platinum line ​a couple of months ago and love how it makes my skin feel. The c​leanser ​is soo creamy and takes off all my make up. I use the e​ye and lip cream ​at night and then the d​ay cream​ in the mornings before applying my make up.

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  1. Great post! I definitely try to write in my planner before bed so that I know what I have to do the next day, and reading the affirmations is a great habit too because it get’s you in the right mindset for a good night’s sleep. I’m going to have to try the cleaning tip. I’m definitely less productive the next day if I’m waking up to a mess.

  2. Thank you for these tips! I love the idea of the 30 min clean up! Will definitely try that out!

  3. Hi Amber! I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your tv console and rug that is in your pics? Would love a house tour! xoxox

  4. Love,love,love your blog! You have amazing style and inspire me to enjoy life more! I was wondering if you could tell me where the two pillows on your sofa came from…already ordered the blanket from anthro and it was on sale yay! Thanks

    1. Thank you so much!! I love hearing that 🙂 And yay! So glad you got the blanket! I don’t remember where we got those pillows.. let me find out and get back to you haha

      1. Thank you Amber any info is appreciated I found one similar to the mongolian fur one and would love the the other or something close!! Also, great valentines day gift ideas!

  5. Love your blog! I’m pregnant and have been looking at all of your maternity clothing to get ideas on how to still dress cute when I’m much bigger haha I was also wondering what kind of camera do you use for your pictures and vlogs? I want to get a good camera for when the baby gets here so I can take more pictures and not have them all on my phone 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Brooke!! I am so glad you follow along 🙂 And congrats to you!! So exciting! And we use a Canon 5d Mark iii for pictures and for vlogging we use a Canon G7X!! I hope that helps!! xo

  6. Haha. I love this! I laughed out loud in the video when you were talking about the 30 minute power clean and how you and David use it as competition. Def. going to try this with my husband. It’s such a good idea. We’ve been letting our apartment just accumulate during the week until we clean on the weekends but that makes for a stressful space to live in. Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    1. I am so glad to hear that you liked the tip!! Thanks so much for reading Whitney!! 🙂 xo

  7. Love these helpful tips, Amber!! Thanks for sharing. Also, how old are you? Love you and your cute kids!

  8. Avon has really good products, my mom’s been using them since I was a kid and now I do use them too, they’re pretty good! Also their makeup is very good, I recommend them.
    Btw Is Atticus always so happy? Always puts a smile on my face when I see him.
    Lots of love xx
    Natalí

    1. Yes they do!! I love them! 🙂 I am glad you and your mom love their products too!! And aww you are so sweet! He is so fun and full of energy 😉

  9. I tidy at night to when my littles are asleep . only way of getting out of the house in a good mood and enjoy the day instead of dreading coming home to a tornado !! U need to do a post on your everyday makeup so flawless !! Xx

    1. Yes!!! I totally agree! I feel like our day is so much better waking up to an “almost” clean house 😉 And thanks for the suggestion! I will keep that in mind for future tutorials!! xo

  10. i used to hate getting cozy on the couch then having to get up to was my face/take contacts out etc. So now, right after dinner I put on my cozies, wash my face and basically get ready for bed theeeeen get couch cozy. that was if i do fall asleep and I’m all tired i can just crawl into bed 🙂 total game changer! Love your blog and your sweet fam xoxo

    1. I am glad I am not the only one that did that!!! It is the worst!! Your routine sounds perfect!! 🙂 Thanks for reading love!! xoxo

    1. I just read it!!! Loved it!! You have amazing insight 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! xo

  11. Loved these tips! Thanks for the encouragement. These are all things I KNOW we need to be more disciplined about and they would change our days, especially now that we’ll be having our first babe soon. Also, I love having a physical planner rather than just a google cal because it keeps me way more organized. There’s something big about using your hand to write down your schedule.

    Thanks! ???? you and your family are beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much!! I am happy you liked them 🙂 And yay!! Congrats to you!! So exciting!! It is always good to find little ways to be productive, so I hope these help!! Oh and I am with you on the physical planner, I have one I write in and then we use the Google calendar also! Thanks for the comment!! xoxo

    1. Aww thank you so much Pam!! That is so sweet of you 🙂 He is so fun!! They are so cute together! And yes! We are planning on doing an apartment tour very soon 🙂 xoxo

  12. I love love love your blog, Im sure I have too you enough lol I have been following it for almost a year now! I was wondering if you could blog about how David proposed to you since valentines is coming up 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Kelly!! That makes me so happy to hear 🙂 You are the best!! And I love that idea! xoxo

  13. I can’t believe I’ve only just come across your blog but I totally love it and I’m really excited to read future posts from you! I’m loving your resolution of being more productive and making the most of your days – I really need to adopt this resolution for myself (I say as I lounge around on the sofa in my joggers!)

    Eilidh xo | http://herprettystateofmind.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. I am so glad you found it though yay!! Thanks so much for the nice comment!! I appreciate it 🙂 xoxo

  14. Hi Amber! Your videos are always cutes! I hope you’ll do a lot of life vlog in the future. I’d like to see your morning routine and “what’s on your Iphone” videos!
    Can I ask you if your hair are natural blonde and what do you recommend to use against stains acne?
    Thank you
    Bye from Italy
    xoxo Eleonora

    1. Hi love!! Thank you so much! I am so glad you follow my YouTube channel too! 🙂 I love those video suggestions!! I will keep them in mind 🙂 And I am not a natural blonde, it is more of a mousy brown color. xo

      1. Thank you for answering Amber!
        I have dark brown hair and obviously I love being blonde …. I tried with meches, shatush but I can never get the blonde shades I want. Do you have any advice for me?
        thank you
        xoxo ELEONORA
        https://www.instagram.com/dains84/

    1. It is amazing!! I am loving it 🙂 And thanks so much!! Glad you liked the post!

  15. That 30 minute power clean is such a good idea!! Definitely going to have to fit that into my routine! In love with the Miranda Kerr book as well. Always the cutest pictures of your family! Thanks so much for sharing your helpful tips! <3

    Cassandra
    http://www.fortheloveofblonde.com

    1. Yay!! I am so glad you liked it 🙂 And isn’t it such a cute book?! I am obsessed!! Thanks for reading!! xo

  16. 30 minute power clean!! Now that sounds like an awesome daily goal. I am so not good at cleaning regularly. Love love love the pictures in this post! Atticus looks over the moon happy. It’s so clear that he absolutely adores you!! And you look gorgeous – as always! xoxo

    1. It really is the best!! It helps us stay organized throughout the week 🙂 And aww thank you!! So glad you like the post!! xo

  17. Loved this post!! I kind of need a night routine and I recently starting using a planner and I already noticed my difference in productivity. I’m like you- I’d much rather stay in bed all morning than wake up early. But if you can do it, so can I. PS. I would really love if you did a Love post for Valentines Day. I want to know tips for relationships because you and David are #goals <3

    1. Thanks so much!! I am glad to hear you liked it 🙂 And I love that suggestion, thank you love!!

  18. What a great post!!! I try to do this but get lazy!!! Ugh!!! The power cleaning works great!!! I am going to do what you did exactly in the video!!! It has encouraged me!! BTW you are flawless!! You look beautiful!! Can you tell me the name of Miranda kerr’s book? Thank you so much for taking time to respond! ???????? U!!!

    1. Thanks so much Lori!! And I know what you mean! It is so hard but I am hoping if I do it long enough, it will become a habit for me 🙂 And her book is called ‘Treasure Yourself’ 🙂 Definitely get a copy!! xo

  19. Very cute video and I like what you do at nights and totally agree with them. We don’t however do a 30 minute clean at home at my house but I wish I could get my husband in on that as it would be so helpful…maybe I’ll work on that one 😉 Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks so much!! 🙂 And yeah definitely try it out!! It has been so helpful for us!

  20. My husband and I are trying to be more productive during our weeks (haha well at least I am), which can take a lot of organising. So I really enjoyed this post. Thankyou it has encouraged me to keep it going. I completely agree about the skin care routine. I use SK-II which leaves your skin looking absolutely glowing, but I can get quite lazy in the evenings and just clean my teeth and jump in bed. Haha, and… then I wonder why my skin looks crap sometimes.

    P.S Your hair looks gorgeous in the video!

    1. That’s so awesome!! I love hearing that 🙂 And haha I know exactly what you mean!! It’s hard not to be lazy and just slide into bed haha 😉 Thanks for reading!! xo

  21. I love this post! I am obsessed with being organized and also skin care. I am a sucker for a good product. However, I have been looking for a new planner what brand is the one your using?

    1. Thanks so much doll!! I am so glad you liked it 🙂 And I use the Emily Ley daily planner! It is tagged above! xoxo

  22. I just love reading your blog!! Can you tell me the book you are reading with the boy and dog doing down dog together? I love doing yoga with my kids, would love to know what it is! Thanks!! Xo

  23. Hi Amber! Are Rosie and Atticus sleeping through the night? I find it so hard to be productive with two bad sleepers!

  24. how do we email you… every time I go to the contact page it won’t let me send the message.

  25. Atticus is the cutest! That first picture of you two is precious!! I love seeing pictures of your sweet family so much. I also loved this positive, productive post!

  26. HI Amber, it´s Emilie, so two of my best friends Anna and Kelsie love you so much. They seriously talk about you everyday and talk about how good of a person you are/how you are such a great role model! My friend Anna loves you so much she created her own blog to hopefully one day inspire people like you do. You´re such an inspiration to her. She would mentally die if you commented on one of her blog posts. Her blog is http://www.embrace-journey.weebly.com 🙂 🙂
    Love this post Amber!!
    Thanks, Emilie <3

    1. Hi love!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment!! I loved reading it so much! Tell your cute friends hi for me! I am so happy you all follow along, it makes me so happy!! Love you!! xoxo
      I will check out her blog too! 🙂

  27. As a psychologist that works with many children and families I have to say that you have one of the most well-rounded and beautiful families I’ve ever seen! It’s so wonderful to establish routines and children thrive off of them! Good for you guys!

    1. Thanks so much Jessica!! And someone sent it to us but I am spacing on the company.. let me find out and get back to you!! 🙂

  28. Hi Amber! I was reading your blog again lol (in love as always!). I love how bright and amazing your house is. Any tips for keeping a space bright and fresh feeling but also de-cluttered?

    1. Hi love!! Thank you so much!! I appreciate that 🙂 And I am no expert I promise you haha but honestly we try to do like monthly purges where we get rid of things we don’t need! Sounds silly but just decluttering a little at a time helps us!

  29. I loved this! Great advice. I have not been very good at making sure our family calendars are up to date, which results in a lot of unnecessary rushing and stressful moments. I love your planner…so bright and cheery! Also, what book are you reading to Atticus? I’m always looking for more good book ideas for my munchkin.

    http://www.lavendersblush.com/

  30. I’m with you on washing my face at night – it’s SO hard to get off the couch to go do that before bed, but it really makes a difference! And I need to incorporate the power cleaning, a little a day would really help. Thanks for the tips!
    xo Veronica
    http://sassysweetsf.com/

    1. Right?! It is a daily struggle for me haha! But I am so glad you liked the tips!! Thanks for reading!! 🙂

  31. that first picture of you and atticus melted my heart!!!! my family is taking a trip to las vegas and then LA and san diego. Wondering if you had any recomendations?? have the best day xoxo

    1. Aww thank you so much!! You are to sweet 🙂 And how fun!! I have family in Vegas so we go a lot so a few things you could do it go to the top of the Stratosphere, it is a gorgeous view (especially at night) and they have rides up there, also there’s tons of good places to eat! They recently got a Shake Shack in Vegas, and if you have never been, I would totally go! Walk the strip (duh haha) and also walk through the hotels The Mirage, The Bellagio, etc. I am sure you will find tons of things online too!! Have a blast!! xo

  32. I LOVED this video! You have the most gorgeous precious family! I love following all the beautiful adventures you go on. Hope your enjoying Utah it looks amazing! Have you ever been to Australia? xx

    1. Thanks so much doll!! I am so glad you follow along 🙂 And no, I have never been but I would love to go someday!! xo

  33. I loved watching your video! I like writing stuff down in my planner as well. I never use my phone calendar because I’ll forget to look at it, and constant notifications just annoy me haha.

    1. Thank you so much!! I am so glad you liked it 🙂 And I agree! I love keeping a paper calendar better too!

  34. I am pregnant with my second right now and my skin is a whole different world than when I’m not pregnant ha. I will have to try these. I loved these tips! I couldn’t agree more about planning out your day! It makes all of the difference in the world. I love the competitive cleaning! I think my hubby would help more hehe 😉 And the mantra is awesome too!

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

    1. Oh I bet!! I can totally relate!! 😉 And thanks so much!! I am so happy you liked the tips!! I appreciate it! xo

  35. Oh and what’s the best way to contact you? 🙂 Your contact form isn’t working properly and I tried sending an email to the contact@ email that I get comment replies from, but wasn’t sure if that was the best way!

  36. I love the idea of the 30 minute power clean! Sam and I definitely need to do that, haha! We always let it pile up until the weekend and then it’s SUCH a mess.

  37. On top of everything Atticus is amazingly a dream. I absolutely love every photo in this post of you and him…Some really priceless moments… And you with David… Gosh.

    1. Aww thank you so much Ehren!! You are the best at making my day with your nice comments 🙂

  38. So glad to now other people like being organized as well! i was wondering where your black jeans are from? i love them!
    have a great day 🙂

    1. Totally!! I am really trying hard to stay organized and I am loving it!! Hopefully I can keep it up all year 😉 And they are Paige jeans!! xo

  39. LOVE your idea for a 30 min power clean at night! I for sure love waking up to a decently clean house without a million dishes or loads of laundry staring me in the face … definitely trying this out!

  40. I’m so glad I watched this video, thanks for your tips. I got my planner out and my copy of Treasure Yourself and will be putting them to good use! And the power clean idea is just brilliant, I will have to talk my husband into it! 🙂

  41. Those are great routines to keep all year! Esp going to sleep early. Will you PLEASE share what you do (if anything special) to get your teeth so perfectly white?!

  42. I love the idea of the power clean up! My husband and I are always saying we’ll tidy up a little bit in the evenings but we never do whether it’s because of the baby or we’re just feeling lazy and snuggly. This might be exactly what we need to get things done around here! We’ll have to try it ASAP.

    Elisa
    http://www.helloelisa.com

  43. Ok my New Year Resolution was to not hear about anyone’s New Year Resolutions, but I’m giving you a pass. I need to know where you got that lipstick storage thing on your bathroom sink!!! Looks so cool, I need one badly. 😉

  44. Hi Amber! Hope all is well with you. I really love this post and vlog 🙂 I know during the winter my skin gets super dry. I recently bought Josie Maran’s whipped argan body butter and it is the best product I’ve ever used to treat dry skin! I would recommend it to everyone. It really helps a bunch! Anyways have a fun trip to Utah 🙂 xoxo

    1. Hi love!! Thank you so much!! I am happy you liked the tips! 🙂 And that sounds amazing!! I need to get some!! Thanks for the tip!! xo

  45. I loved these tips! Especially the power clean tip. I am going to try this tonight!

    Kate from kateboheme.blogspot.com

  46. Google Calendar is life. Been using it ever since I was in university. Love the addition of the video. Reminds me what you sound like!

    Power clean is awesome. I’ve never thought of that. Cleaning is a drag lmao.

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

    1. I agree!! I don’t know what we would do without it haha! Thanks so much for reading!! 🙂

    1. So awesome!! That is definitely our main goal too 🙂 Thanks for reading Lauren!!

    1. Thanks so much!! Definitely do it and let me know what you think 🙂 Have a great weekend love!! xo

  47. what a great idea!! i’m the worst with doing things the night before. something about just being home that unmotivates me and i just want to lay down and watch tv or find unnecessary things online!! thank you for the inspiration!!!

    ohsheslovely.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks so much!! So glad you liked the tips!! And I know exactly what you mean haha! I am the same way! That’s why setting a timer is so helpful! Then I can’t slack off 😉

  48. The 30 minute power clean is such a good idea. Im definately going to try that!!

  49. Those are really good tips, thanks for sharing! I especially like the idea of a mantra each day! But 30 minutes cleaning a day? Wow, that’s really great! I wished I had the power to do that every day after work but I am just too tired them. That’s why I am a weekend cleaner although of course I’d like to have the weekend for other things…
    xx
    http://www.thefashionplaybook.de

    1. Thanks so much!! I am so glad you liked them 🙂 And weekend cleaning works great too! Whatever works for you!! xo

  50. PS – where did you find your brass lipstick holder ? and will it hold M.A.C. brands ? that’s all I wear and I’ve been collecting a few now. 🙂

  51. Totally random but where did you get your rug? I am moving into a new place soon with zero carpet and am looking for a good rug hahaha

    1. I totally don’t even remember!! Ahh I am sorry! Someone sent it to us and I am still trying to track down the company name 🙂 I will let you know when I find out!

  52. Totally agreed that taking care of your skin the night before makes all the difference! It’s super annoying to do, but it really pays off. I also never feel like brushing + flossing my teeth before bed, but have found that seriously helps me feel so much better the next morning! These photos + this video are just so precious – as usual 🙂

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    1. Right?! I am trying to get better at doing it earlier in the night because towards the end, that’s the last thing I want to do haha 🙂 Thanks for reading Quinn!! I am so glad you liked it!!

  53. Such a fun and inspirational post!!! I love seeing how you all manage day to day – and I’m for sure doing the 30 minute household clean idea! HOORAY! Thank you so much for sharing a fun glimpse of your world 🙂 Always love it! You all are amazing!!
    xoxo – Terrell in OKC!

    1. Thanks so much!! I appreciate that 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback on it!! xo