The best routine for the morning mom

Jul 21, 2014 at 11:14 a.m. ET

?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)

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