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My Night Time Routine

Eva Amurri Martino sets her calendar for the day ahead, wearing pajamas

Many thanks to Quaker for sending me the delicious Overnight Oats to try, and for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed below are entirely my own.  

Now that we are officially out of that “tiny baby” phase with both kids, we have been able to achieve a bit more consistency with their schedules.  Bed time for them is 7pm no matter what, and they both are sleeping through the night regularly.  The best thing to come out of this is that I have finally been able to nail down a consistent night time routine for myself! For me, my night time routine is such a crucial part of my wind-down time at the end of the day.  I’ve found that if I really dedicate those last 30-40 minutes of the day to my own mental and physical well-being, that I have an easier time going to sleep and feel much more rested upon waking.  Not to mention that fact that I can shake off my “Mom Mode” and have the opportunity to enjoy being a woman– and have a bit of quiet time to myself! I find that I’m the best Mom I can be when I’m investing in myself, too!  Today I thought I would share my own Night Time Routine with you, and how just a few simple steps before bed help me get centered for the day ahead.

Eva Amurri Martino shares the day planner she uses to plan the days and week ahead in her post about night time routines

Create A Game Plan

Before retiring for the night, I always plan the workday ahead.  It’s important to me to get those ideas and tasks floating around in my brain out on to paper so I can let them go– and switch out of work mode! I use a table planner to strategize my days and week– it helps me to write it down physically so I can really visualize what I need to get done.  Once I’m done with this step, I always feel a lot less stress and preoccupied!

Eva Amurri Martino shares Quaker Overnight Oats as part of her night time routine

Prep Breakfast!

One of the best changes I made recently was to figure out breakfast ahead of time! I’ve been loving the new Quaker Overnight Oats. With 100% whole grain oats, and other grains and no artificial flavors or added colors, they are so convenient, delicious, and nutritious. – And the best part is that you do all the work the night before! I simply choose a flavor (they offer Blueberry Banana & Vanilla Bliss, Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection, Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven, and Toasted Coconut & Almond Crunch), take off the lid, fill to the fill line with my milk of choice, and then replace the top and set it in the fridge!  I use goat milk or almond milk in mine. Let the mixture cold steep while you sleep in the refrigerator for 6 hours+. When I wake up in the morning, I take it out of the refrigerator and enjoy my yummy and filling breakfast.  Prepping a breakfast option like this has totally enabled me to enjoy my mornings instead of rushing around and helping my kids on a cranky empty stomach.  Game changer!

Eva Amurri Martino prepares her Quaker Overnight Oats the night before

Eva Amurri Martino prepares her Quaker Overnight Oats the night before

Eva Amurri Martino sets her prepared quaker overnight oats in the fridge to cold steep

Pick Out My Outfit

Another way I’ve cut down on morning stress is to pick out my outfit the night before! I’ve been loving taking time at night to sort through my wardrobe and select something special.  I realized that I ended up just throwing on whatever was easy with the hectic momentum of the morning.  I actually end up wearing way more of my clothes and trying out different fun outfits when I select my clothes in a calmer environment before bed.  I love seeing the outfit I’ve picked waiting on the rack for me, too!

Eva Amurri Martino selects her clothes for the next day and hangs them on a white clothes rack as part of her night time routine

Eva Amurri Martino selects her clothes for the next day and hangs them on a white clothes rack as part of her night time routine

Eva Amurri Martino selects her clothes for the next day and hangs them on a white clothes rack as part of her night time routine

Eva Amurri Martino selects her clothes for the next day and hangs them on a white clothes rack as part of her night time routine

Give My Skin Some TLC

Healthy, glowing skin is really important to me– especially since I end up in front of the camera so often for my blog! There’s only so much makeup can cover, so I prefer to make sure the skin gets all the TLC it needs to stay glowing. I also think that skincare can be so calming and meditative at the end of the day– if you give yourself enough time to enjoy it.  Before hopping in bed to read or watch a show with my hubby, I always cleanse my skin thoroughly and apply some kind of skin treat.  Sometimes it’s a serum, a mask, or my new favorite: sheet masks! It feels so indulgent to just relax while the products do their work.  Then I apply the rest of my night time products and hop in to bed.

Eva Amurri Martino wears pajamas and relaxes before bed with a sheet mask

Eva Amurri Martino wears pajamas and relaxes before bed with a sheet mask

I try not to use my phone in between any of these steps, so that I can really unwind without a screen in my face.  It feels good to unplug! When I go through all of these steps calmly, it helps me feel so much more relaxed than when I rush around or climb in bed with a long to-do list that I’m dreading for the next day.  A little intentional time for yourself never hurt anybody!

Eva Amurri Martino wears pink printed pajamas and prepares to fall asleep

Do you have any Night Time Routine steps that you just can’t live without? Please share in the comments below!

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24 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Sounds lovely! How did you go about achieving a bedtime/sleep routine for your kids (especially the baby)?

    10.05.17Reply
    • Hi Lisa! There is a link to the bedtime routine I had with Marlowe in the first paragraph of this post, and Major’s is almost exactly the same. You can look to my reply to Suzie above for a more detailed description of the double bedtime, but I will be covering this in a post as well!

      10.06.17Reply
  2. Amy says:

    Hi Eva,
    Where is that great notepad from in the first photo?

    10.05.17Reply
    • Chantal Cook says:

      I would love to know as well 😉

      10.07.17Reply
  3. Jordy says:

    I really need to do the “Plan the Outfit” thing. It’s what stresses me out most in the morning and often times makes me a tad late. Sometimes I think I have exactly what I want to wear in mind, but find out in the morning that I haven’t washed it yet. It would be such a big help. I really love those racks for this. I’m definitely getting one when I have a bigger space!

    10.05.17Reply
    • Yes I highly recommend! It has saved me so much time!

      10.06.17Reply
  4. Stephanie says:

    Love the idea of creating nighttime rituals. I am also inspired to try the Quaker overnight oats for breakfast!

    10.05.17Reply
  5. Suzie says:

    How do you put both kids to bed? Do you do bath time together? Do you put Major down first then Marlowe? I have one baby and want a second but getting two kids to bed at the same time seems daunting! Love to hear how you do it.

    Also,i love a good sheet mask. That’s part of my routine too.

    10.05.17Reply
    • Hi Suzie! I feel like I should write a detailed post about this since I get a lot of questions! the short answer is that it has changed over time as Major has gotten older, and also depends on whether I’m doing bedtime alone (which happens about 25% of the time) or if Kyle is home to help. I bathe them together now every night, but this only started once Major was a bit easier in the bath and could sit up safely on his own. Before I was bathing him first, putting him to sleep while Marlowe lay on the floor of his room on a blanket, and then bringing her and the monitor back in to the bathroom and doing the whole thing again with her. It was nutty! Of course things are way easier when Daddy is home and we divide and conquer

      10.06.17Reply
      • Suzie says:

        Thanks, Eva! That makes sense. A detailed post would totally be appreciated!

        PS – Saw you on Greta Titleman’s bravo show. You were great! 🙂

        10.06.17Reply
  6. Alexandra says:

    Your skin always looks flawless! I’ve noticed, you drink a collagen product? Which one is it? I see so many on the market its overwhelming. I set my clothes too. Thought that was just another OCD thing I did….have a good weekend!♥️

    10.06.17Reply
    • Thanks! Yep I use this one. I put a scoop in my coffee every morning!

      10.06.17Reply
      • Suzie says:

        Interesting! If you don’t use it for a few days do you notice a difference in your skin?

        10.06.17Reply
  7. Anne says:

    I’ve been eating the Quaker overnight oats for breakfast since you first wrote about them. They are so good and make my mornings with two little ones a lot less hectic! I am loving the toasted coconut and almond. So delish.

    10.06.17Reply
  8. Stephanie says:

    Hello Eva,

    Loving your blog! I do not have babes yet so I get to indulge a bit more. I really like taking a hot bath with Epsom Salts before bed. I typically light a candle and have a cup of herbal tea handy. I love nighttime routines, they really help.

    Again, great blog!
    -Steph

    10.06.17Reply
  9. Judi says:

    I do all those same steps but on Sunday nights, my husband and I create a list for the week for what we want to accomplish at home as well!

    Any activities for the week for us also go on the list. I LOVE crossing things off!

    10.06.17Reply
  10. Ann says:

    Hi! Where is your midi dress from? Getting family pics for fall and this might be perfect 🙂

    10.06.17Reply
  11. Mary says:

    My night routine beggins at 11.30 to 12.30 pm cause my loving 20 months old son rarely goes to bed before that time (during the previous scorching summer months we had to go our walks as a family or visit the playground after 7.30- 8 pm so his bed time routine started approx at 10.30pm) He sleeps through the night but it is exhausting to eat my dinner, have a bath and allow myself some ”me” time (in order to read a book or search on the Internet) usually past midnight.Can’t wait to read your upcoming post about putting your two sweet kids to sleep for the night.I mean…7pm, really? !!! How do you do it ?Even during summer or while you are on vacation ? And you also stay at home forced not to go anywhere after they sleep so early ?

    10.07.17Reply
  12. Megan says:

    Hello Eva!

    I just started using the blog a few months ago and I’m in love, thank you! Where did you get that lovely pink pajama set your wearing in this section? It looks so comfy and fun!

    Thank you!
    Megan

    10.08.17Reply
  13. Patricia says:

    I love your Night Time Routine! I’m an Aupair for two sweet Kids, so when I go to Bed I usually write down what is on the List for tomorrow with the Kids, and then I have a nice Hot Shower to wash off the Day. After that I take one Olly Sleep Gummies, brush my Teeth and apply some Lavender Oil on my Wrist and behind my Ears. And usually 15 Min, later I am deep asleep 🙂

    10.14.17Reply
  14. Michelle says:

    I’m only 3 years away from the big 5 -0 and notice my skin getting drier. Do you have any recommendations for a hydrating face moisturizer and eye cream? Love your Instagram and Blog, btw.

    10.31.17Reply