How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning? One? Two? 12? C'mon, be honest. Mornings are rough. There's too much to do — pack lunches, brush your teeth (and hair presumably), apply makeup, what am I going to wear, has anyone seen my keys? somebody get the dog back inside — just make it stop. Under the best of circumstances, the hours from 5 to 8 a.m. (or even earlier) are a challenge for most of us.
What if you had products that simplified even the most basic tasks? I'm talking cups that will warm your coffee on the go and a sandwich maker that'll put breakfast together for you. Heck, it's almost like having a personal assistant for your mornings who says, "I've got you, boo, go on and sleep for five more minutes." You're going to want number 8 and, oh, number 12, and definitely number 24. Wipe the sleep out of your eyes and get to shopping!
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Get Heated On The Go
I know, you started that cup of coffee and then got distracted by a hungry dog, a needy spouse, and a crying toddler. Instead of dumping it out, pour it into this heated smart travel mug. You can heat up your beverage during your commute, with heat levels indicated on an analog indicator. Simply plug it into your car's adapter, and that sweet caffeinated nectar of the beloved coffee bean will keep right on flowing throughout your morning.
Cut Out Your Morning Coffee Run
Got a four-day-a-week Starbucks habit? I feel you, girl. But, after a year of working from home, my local baristas are probably wondering if I've been kidnapped. No worries, I'm safe and well-caffeinated because I've started making my own cold brew at home. This mason jar coffee maker is easy to use: Put your coffee in the night before, let it steep and enjoy your very own homemade beverage the next morning.
This Bacon Maker Works In The Microwave
Yes, bacon is delicious but makes such a splattery mess when you cook it in a pan. Cook smarter with this microwaveable bacon tray that leaves basically no mess to clean up since the lid contains splatter! Over 1,000 reviewers love it for giving them the crispiest bacon ever.
Your Own Personal Assistant
If you don't have at least one of these gadgets in your house, have you been living under a rock? I've carved out space in just about every corner of my home for the Echo Dot, which does everything from turning on and off my lights to giving me the day's forecast to keeping me entertained when I'm working or getting ready to head out the door. This one comes in four colors to match any decor.
Protect Skin With This EltaMD Tinted Mineral Sunscreen
I learned about EltaMD Tinted Mineral Sunscreen at my dermatologist's office. It's an extremely gentle mineral SPF formulation, which makes it suitable for use on extra-sensitive skin. As a bonus, it's lightly tinted to provide additional coverage and take the place of the foundation. Just swipe it on and go. Hello, quicker morning routine!
A Breakfast Sandwich Maker That Puts Fast Food To Shame
The last breakfast sandwich I got from a fast food restaurant was simultaneously soggy, burnt, and tasteless. (I don't even know how that's possible.) Stop fast food disappointment and free up some time in your mornings with this breakfast sandwich maker from Hamilton Beach. Completely customize your sandwich with your choice of bread, cheese, eggs, meats, and more for a delicious start to your day.
Leave That Big Blender Behind
I have a love-hate relationship with my Vitamix. It performs flawlessly, but it's so darn big and bulky to use quickly, let alone clean. (And, in the morning? Ain't nobody got time for that!) This itty-bitty personal blender will tackle your shakes and smoothies quickly and easily, with lightweight clean-up. In fact, you can take it on the go once you're finished using it, making it a true on-the-go option.
This Alarm Clock Gets You Out of Bed
Who has trouble getting out of bed in the morning? (Raises hand.) These alarm clocks on wheels will either become your best friend or your worst nightmare. It does exactly what it says: At the appointed time, it starts moving around your room, blaring an alarm, forcing you to not only get up but chase this little bugger to shut him up. Hey, think of it as getting in a bit of exercise before you're even really awake.
Dry And Style At One Time
You may have time to blow your hair dry, but do you have time to assign it a style before you have to run out the door? That's what I thought. Take one step out of your morning routine with this Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer. Not only does it dry your hair, but it also adds volume and texture to make you look like you made an actual effort. Grab it in black, pink, mint, or teal.
Streamline Your Shower With Two-in-One Products
Use it on yourself, use it on your little ones, just use this two-in-one shampoo and body wash from the Honest Company, the brainchild of celebrity Jessica Alba. Designed to clean you from head to toe, the calming fragrance is good for winding down in the evenings or keeping you calm as your day ramps up. You'll have to apply conditioner separately if that's your sort of thing, but it's totally worth it.
A Shave — Wet or Dry
Here's how my story with my razor goes: I'm in the bath or shower and forget it. No problem, I'll shave in the morning. But, wait! I don't have a razor that lets me shave dry without wreaking havoc on my skin. Until now, that is. This electric razor has a two-in-one wet/dry functionality so that even if you forget to shave in the shower the night before, you can clean up in the morning easy-peasy.
Brush With A Built-In Timer
Are you brushing for a full two minutes? Doubt it. I know I'm definitely not. This electric toothbrush has a built-in two-minute timer and promises to remove up to 100 percent of plaque, whitening your teeth, and improve your oral health in two weeks better than a manual toothbrush can. This one won't necessarily save you time, but it might save you some money in the long run with your dental health.
A Quicker Way To Avocado Toast
Nothing sounds quite as good as avocado toast in the morning unless, of course, it's avocado toast that someone else prepares for you. If you don't have that luxury, you definitely need this three-in-one avocado slicer from OXO. You can easily split, pit, and slice avocados with one gadget while your bread toasts. Hey, don't forget the everything bagel seasoning! You're welcome.
Keep It Clean While Getting Ready
Here's an important question: Do you style your hair first or apply your makeup first? I've never quite been certain which way it should go. This soft fleece headband will help you either way. You can get your freshly-styled hair out of your face to apply your makeup, or you can get your waiting-to-be-styled hair out of your way to apply your makeup. It's handy for day or night.
A Last-Minute Pony Saver
Some days are made for ponytails, am I right? You don't always have the desire — or the motivation — to wash, dry, and style your hair in the mornings. I totally get it. This hair finishing stick will have you looking put together even if you go the ponytail route. Dip the stick in the tube and swipe it along your hairline to battle flyaways and give you an instantly polished look.
Get Support For The Day In One Pill
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It can be tricky to get all of your fruits and veggies in, especially on a busy day. Unless, of course, you pop one of these max-potency multivitamins from Alive! This supplement is so much more than a multivitamin, though, with food-based blends like super greens, digestive enzymes, and an omega 3-6-9 fatty acid seed blend. So, even on days when you're sucking down McNuggets, you can ensure you're still getting everything your body needs.
Stop Wasting Time Searching For Your Keys
Raise your hand if this is the single-most time-consuming part of your morning? Yep, I've been there. This Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker is a guaranteed time-saver. Use it with Alexa gadgets already in your home or tie it into a smartphone app built for either iOS or Android, and you'll go from "Where are my keys?" to "Find my keys" and out the door in just a few seconds. Buy it as a single or up to a four-pack.
No Time To Wash? No Problem.
Remember that ponytail discussion we just had? That works great if your hair is long enough to pull it off. For me, with short hair, not so much. My morning BFF is dry shampoo, like this fan-favorite from OGX. It has 10,500 reviews and growing, with one reviewer saying: "It is grade-A smack/your/grandmother quality that I can get behind." I don't know what that means exactly, but it sounds interesting.
Keep Your Hot Tools In Check
I love this hair tool mat and pouch so much, I literally just added one to my own cart. This goes above and beyond just a tool mat, which is important if you, say, forget to shut off your straightener on your way out the door. This one will actually let you transport a hot tool with you if you need it between your gym sesh and a night on the town. It's available in goes-with-anything gray or a cool mint.
Wake Up And Rock Out
This one will get you moving earlier in the morning, which is bound to positively impact your need to get out the door quickly. A waterproof wireless speaker with either a hanging or suction cup attachment, this gadget syncs easily with your phone to deliver only sick beats while you're in the shower. Just don't lose track of time channeling your inner Bruce Springsteen.
Slip Into Your Shoes and Get Going
Looking for a timesaver in more ways than one? Grab these no-tie shoelaces, which are good for both adults and — wait for it — kids. No more fighting over shoe-tying or have to scream, "Get your shoes on!" a hundred times before you've even had your coffee. These laces are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Personally, I like the kids' sized mixed colors, which adds a rainbow of fun to otherwise boring shoes.
Keep Beard Messes Tamed
Trimming your beard is no big deal, right? But, cleaning up those trimmings can be a total nightmare. Days later, you're still finding little hairs in the sink and on the floor. This beard bib (sorry, guys, I didn't name it) catches all of those strays and makes clean-up a breeze. It works with any trimmer and on everything from beards to mustaches to sideburns. You can pack it away for No-Shave November, though.
Get Charged On Your Commute
How many times have you woken up and realized you forgot to charge your phone the night before? Now you have to make it through a busy day on a four percent charge, and we both know that's not happening. This portable charger will give you juice for your phone on the go without adding a lot of bulk to your purse, bag, or pocket. One reviewer said, "it works great and has enough charge to use consistently for days."
Organize Your Makeup Without Organizing It
I like this one for a number of reasons. For starters, you can easily lay out this drawstring makeup bag to see everything you need all at one time. When it's time to leave, simply pull the bag closed, and you can transport all your brushes, compacts, and bottles with you. The size won't take up a lot of space in your purse, either. Just don't try to apply eyeliner and drive at the same time, O.K.?
Steam It, Don't Iron it
You have three choices for that wrinkled top you pulled out of your closet: Iron it, throw it in the dryer (I hope you aren't reading this, Mom), or wear it and look like you sleep in it the night before. Or, here's one more solution: Buy this garment steamer. It will knock the wrinkles out of your clothes in no time. It also heats up quickly and has an extra-long cord so that you can use it just about anywhere.
Bento Your Lunch
Look put together, even if you aren't, with this bento-style lunchbox. You won't need sandwich bags, and you can toss out that grocery bag you've been using as a lunchbox. You're a grown-up, remember? C'mon. The snap-on lid holds a matching spoon and fork, too, so no worries about forgetting those important components. Get it in one tier or two or even with a nice bag.
A Green Thumb On Auto-Pilot
I know, I know, you don't have to water your plants in the morning, but are you trying to kill them? Because you and I both know that busy evenings at home often lead to un-watered plants. These watering globes will take one chore off of your to-do list while adding an artistic element to your potted friends. The best part of these globes is that they self-regulate, so no under-or over-watering.
A Grab-And-Go Breakfast
I love overnight oatmeal. I love it an embarrassingly ridiculous amount. But, putting it together isn't always easy. You need all these ingredients and jars and lids. That is until someone came up with Oats Overnight, pre-packaged overnight oatmeal that you simply dump in a container (provided) with your choice of milk or milk substitute the night before. Grab it and go in the morning, easy-peasy.
Tidy Your Dresser Drawers
My dresser drawers were an absolute mess until I invested in some of these drawer storage organizers. Now, I can find everything I need easily, without making a mess in the process. You can get a set of two, four, or six in varying sizes. The six-cell bin is perfect for scarves or ties, the eight-cell for underwear, and a four-cell accommodates socks. Create your own configuration and become a master organizer.
Have Dinner Waiting When You Get Home
If you have five minutes in the morning, you can save yourself a heap of time in the evenings with this slow cooker with a built-in digital timer. It's also great if you have a potluck at work or plans outside your home that require you to bring a dish. This one has a snap-on lid that makes it easy — and clean — to transport wherever you're headed.
Hire An (Automatic) Sous Chef
Have you ever wished for an extra set of hands in the kitchen? Or, even an extra set of hands in the morning? This automatic stirrer gives you just that. Now, you can start oatmeal or hot chocolate in the mornings and walk off to finish getting the kids ready without worrying about your mixtures bubbling over or burning on the bottom. This stirrer has three-speed options and is battery-operated.
Brew While You Get Dressed
Not a coffee drinker? My feelings are hurt, but I'll get over it. I don't mind a nice cup of tea in the morning, although you know what they say about waiting for a pot to boil. An electric kettle lets you boil water for tea without the risk of a pan boiling over or the water getting "too" hot. This one has speed-boil technology and shuts off for safety 30 seconds after coming to a boil.
Keep The Pets Fed — With Minimal Effort
You're trying to get ready, and your furry friend is staring at you like they haven't eaten in a month. Feed them automatically, with the amount you want them to have, using this five-meal pet feeder. Each compartment holds up to one cup of wet or dry food for cats or dogs and is ready to go as soon as you fill it. The remaining four meals can be scheduled as you wish — maybe while you're away at work?
Put Wrinkles On Blast
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Some mornings, there's no time for irons or steamers or even the clothes dryer. You need a quick spray-and-go option. Downy Wrinkle Releaser has been around for more than 20 years now, giving people a wrinkle-free solution that also refreshes fabric and removes odors and static. Pro tip: Keep a bottle in your closet for quick and easy access.
Grab Your Pills and Run
I've graduated to that state of adulthood that requires multiple pills at various times of the day. A weekly pill organizer like this one has been a huge time-saver for me because everything is in one place, and I can grab the day's medications, throw them in my bag and go. Separate compartments for morning and evening make it even easier to keep everything straight.
Get Help From The Bed Tucker
I thought this gadget was all hype and no help until I bought one for my Mom for Christmas, and she wouldn't stop talking about it. (She has an insanely heavy mattress.) The bedsheet tucker is your morning helper, too, making it simpler to tuck in loose sheets and corners as you're making the bed. You do make the bed in the morning, right? Don't make me come down there ...
One Swipe To Freshness
Confession time: I've left the house (more than once) and forgotten to apply deodorant. Don't judge me; it happens. These on-the-go antiperspirant/deodorant balls created by Secret are pure genius. You can stash one in your purse, gym bag, desk drawer, or even car to apply a swipe of freshness whenever and wherever you want. These are small and discreet enough that nobody has to know you forget to apply it this morning.