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The best routine for the morning mom

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel. Cat...

​Everyone needs a morning routine. In fact, I've pretty much had the same one since I can remember.

Creatures of habit, we are. I don't have a lot of time in the a.m., so I wash my hair in the evening and then enjoy a body shower between my morning rise and breakfast.

I always make sure to exfoliate, especially during the winter and summer. I suffer from dry skin, so this has to be part of my routine on a regular basis.

I don't always get all of my mascara off while in the shower, so I reach for Pond's Towelettes to clean away any excess that remains.

Then it's me and a cup of tea, my most favorite part of the morning. The children know how important this time is for me and have even started to enjoy a sip or two themselves.

When I eventually get to the point when I am ready to start my day, I put on my outfit and accessorize with some arm candy. I love to stack bracelets, and enjoy mixing and matching from different brands. My morning makeup routine is pretty simple. I tend to use a dime size of moisturizer, followed by a brush of MAC powder and then some light lip gloss. I spend the most of my morning routine time on my eyes. I found two tools that I cannot live without: Giorgio Armani "Eyes to Kill" mascara and Clinique Chubby Stick eyeshadow. So easy to use and they both last all day.

When I feel the need, I grab a Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliner They are thin and unnoticeable and keep me fresh all day. Before I head out the door, I reach for my sunglasses to complete my look. Then I'm off to tackle my never-ending to-do list.

Shopping links:

Rounded handle brush (The Body Shop, $3)

Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes (POND'S, $5)

Bangles (Alex and Ani, $28-$32)

"Studio Fix" powder plus foundation (MAC, $27)

Lipstick Smoochies lip balm (CoverGirl, $5)

Mascara (Giorgio Armani, $32)

Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for eyes (Clinique, $17)

Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliners

Aviator sunglasses (Vince Camuto, $40)

Photo credit: Nichola Evans/Photodisc/Getty Images

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Carefree and SheKnows. All opinions are my own.

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