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    23 Things To Help You Update Your Morning Routine

    Wake up, actually get out of bed, take on the day!

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    1. A sunrise alarm clock since the hardest thing about every single morning is a very basic thing: actually waking up! This one will rouse you from your slumber in a more natural, calming way.


    It has a natural light lamp and a speaker that offers five different wake-up sounds. It also provides a go-to-sleep function that allows you to drift off to sleep with a sunset-like decreasing light mode.

    Promising review: "This has really made a big difference in how I wake up every morning. Having the sunrise simulation wakes me up gradually and completely. I almost always wake up fully before the music starts and I have not needed the snooze function yet. I read the instructions as I was setting up the lamp and it was straightforward and easy. All of the wake up sounds are pleasant. I especially like the birdsong with flute music, as it reminds me of being in a spa. I like the dusk option for going to sleep. I set it for 30-60 minutes and read until it's too dark and I drop off to sleep. It is a significant investment but it has been worth it." —MsEdinger

    Get it from Amazon for $137.99.

    2. A second generation Amazon Alexa to be your personal assistant from the moment you wake up by providing a news briefing, a weather forecast, and a synopsis of your day's to-do list.


    I own a first generation Amazon Alexa and it's been a wonderful addition to my morning routine. Once I'm out of bed, I get a weather briefing and am able to listen to my usual radio station. I can also ask Alexa to keep track of my grocery and to-do lists, set alarms, and control smart home devices. And that's really just the beginning! Alexa can access podcasts, stream music, and even tell jokes.

    Promising review: "This device really comes in handy and is very much worth the price. I use it every morning when I get ready for work. It gives a great quick market update as well as high quality audio from Bloomberg radio. It provides easy access to a weather forecast, as well as a high quality speaker and built-in subwoofer. When it comes to falling asleep at night I can’t stand silence. It pairs perfectly with my loud desk fan. All you have to say is, 'Alexa, play thunderstorms' and not too long after I am asleep.” —Alex Fennell

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (originally $99.99, available in four colors).

    3. An extra phone charger so you never again have to experience the dreaded dead battery at the very start of your day. The trick? Keep it in your bathroom so your device can juice up while you get ready.


    With this charger, you can connect two devices at once. Its slim structure will also be less bulky in your already tight bathroom space. It's compatible with all device types including iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Nexus, and LG.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. A jade roller for your face so you can massage it in upward and outward motions to help decrease puffiness around your eyes and improve dark circles, leading to a brighter complexion and more awake feeling each and every morning.


    It comes with an instruction packet on how to use it, plus its own storage bag and a face serum to apply before rolling. For centuries, jade has been used to roll over meridian points in the face to help lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness and fine lines, and refine pores.

    Promising review: "A very cooling and calming little facial ritual. I use it at night with my serum and in the morning with my toner. The small side is perfect for the under eye area and side of the nose area. I find that that using the small side in these areas de-puffs my eyes and helps clear my sinuses, which is great." —YogaGrl83

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    To learn more, check out our full guide to how jade rollers work.

    5. A lightweight yoga mat made from biodegradable rubber that'll provide a great place for your morning stretches and can be easily rolled up and brought with you for an after-work class.

    This yoga mat is double-sided, non-slip, and totally portable. It will provide great traction for morning stretches and is super easy to clean; just wash down with soapy water and pat dry.

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful travel mat. It folds and fits in a carry-on with no problems. Any light creases from travel fall out quickly. The grip is amazing, and the mat is easy to clean. Being a travel mat, it does not have much padding, but as a travel mat, I didn't expect it to. It works great on hotel room carpets. A few others have complained about the rubber smell. It was more faint than other new mats I have purchased in the past, and it went away quickly. I have taken multiple trips with it, and it is working well. I have had no issues with it at all." —V. Dellone

    Get it from Amazon for $33.18+ (available in 20 colors).

    6. Or a foam roller to target seriously sore muscles and restore blood flow, enhance flexibility, and extend range of motion. This one is made from high-density foam so it'll support your body weight and won't lose its shape.


    I've tried foam rolling before and in the beginning, it can hurt! The key is the more you do it, the better it feels and the less tense your muscles are.

    Foam rollers can be used on your back, calves, and thighs. If you're confused about how to properly use a foam roller, there are tons of instructional videos on YouTube to check out.

    Promising review: "This foam roller literally saves my life (and my quads) every time I lift or do a hard workout. I can tell a significant difference in soreness and recovery when I do roll, and I definitely will be sore for days longer if I don't. Overall, the roller is good quality and isn't breaking apart in any way." —ajcope

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94+ (available in seven sizes and seven styles).

    7. A daily planner so you can successfully keep track of each day's most important tasks and appointments — you can even make note of meals.


    Looking to boost your productivity? Then this notepad is for you! You can keep a log of your hourly schedule, plus top priorities for each day. Each note is sticky, so once removed from the pad, you can stick to your fridge, nightstand, bathroom mirror, etc. In the notes section, you can keep track of daily water intake and bills that need to be paid!

    Get three from Amazon for $14.50.

    8. A makeup organizer to keep all of your cosmetics neatly contained, helping you cut down on time spent looking for that one mascara and that one eyeliner you always seem to misplace. Plus this one is interlocking and customizable to fit your specific storage needs.

    This organizer features nine different sized drawers and a top shelf. You can build it the way you like, and since it's acrylic, you can easily see what is in each compartment.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this makeup organizer. It is very large, and the best part is that it's modular. You can arrange the setup in a bunch of different ways and if you stack them, they fit together so they won't move around during use. The plastic is thick and while I was cleaning my vanity, I accidentally dropped one of the pieces and it didn't crack at all. The drawers open and close very easily. They came with little black sheets to put in your drawers as a means to protect the drawers, but I removed them as I don't need them. I have a TON of makeup and it fits everything with room to spare." —Real cook

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two styles and three colors).

    9. A durable Under Armour duffle for gym mornings so you can get up and go quickly. If you spend any time slowly gathering your gym gear, you'll probably talk yourself out of going.

    This bag is water-resistant, features a padded strap, and has a vented pocked for dirty laundry or sneakers. It has multiple zipped pockets to store valuables, plus enough room for extra socks, pants, and even boxing gloves.

    Promising review: "I ordered this bag in the small size for the gym, and it fit my essentials with room to spare. I packed my protein shaker, three 16-ounce water bottles, a small backpack, gloves, a towel, diapers/wipes/snacks for my kids, and I could still fit more. It’s lightweight but feels well made, and the material feels like it should be easy to clean. I am so happy with this bag!" —M. Bibeau

    Get it from Amazon for $34.77+ (available in sizes XS—XL and 29 colors).

    10. And if you're looking to change up your gym routine, a free two-week ClassPass trial that'll give you access to thousands of fitness studios is a ideal fit! Once your free two weeks is over, you can enter a billable membership or cancel.


    ClassPass gives you access to a wide range of classes! You can sign up for yoga, HIIT workouts, boxing, rowing, or strength-based classes. What's great about this membership is that you can try a variety of gyms instead of doing the same old workout over and over again. Once you sign up, you download the ClassPass app to your phone, and search/book classes there.

    Sign up for the two-week free trial here.

    Read more about the two-week free ClassPass trial for all the deets!

    11. A thermal stainless steel bottle so you can keep your first cup of coffee warmer for longer, helping you to stay caffeinated throughout the day. It can keep beverages warm up to eight hours and cold up to a full day!


    This bottle is leak-proof, holds 18-ounces, and has a wide mouth for ice cubes. The silicone loop makes travel easy.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively available at Macy's for $28.99 (get 25% off with code YAY, available in three colors).

    12. A deck of affirmation cards, because starting your day with a positive outlook is something that can totally affect your entire mood.

    Hay House Inc.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.85, Barnes & Noble for $15.06, a local bookseller through IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

    13. A wall-mounted mail and key organizer to prevent the infamous "where the heck are my keys?" search just as you're about to head out the door. This one has five hooks and two pockets for important bills.


    All necessary wall mounting hardware is included!

    Promising review: "This caddy is very useful and helpful. Our entire family uses it to keep up with all of our various keys. We didn’t use the mounting kit that came with it because it was more convenient to just use command strips to avoid damaging the wall. We placed it directly behind our front door so that as soon as we walk in the door or prepare to leave home, we always know where our keys last were. We also used it as a reminder to mail or take various things out the door with us. It was worth the purchase." —Cali Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

    14. A fast and efficient egg cooker that'll ensure you get a full and hearty breakfast before taking on the day. It can make soft or hard boiled eggs, poached eggs, or omelettes.


    Just add water to the heating base (a handy measuring cup comes with the cooker), add your eggs to whichever tray you'd like (the egg rack or the poaching/omelette tray), and turn on. Within minutes, you'll have a nutritious breakfast waiting for you. And the best part — it has a safety auto-off function if you happen to be in the shower when the eggs are finished cooking.

    Promising review: "I never used an electric egg cooker before, but figured for the price I would give this a try. Now it takes 14 minutes to have seven perfectly cooked hardboiled eggs. I use their markings for hard boiled eggs and they have been coming out perfectly every time. The best part of this is how easy they are to peel after cooking. This thing is great, don't hesitate to buy." —Mom of two

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. Or a blender perfect for delicious smoothies packed with fruit or veggies. With durable blades and a powerful motor, this blender can crush ice cubes in either pulse or blend mode.


    Smoothies are a great breakfast option since they're quick to make and can be packed with protein powder and other nutrients. To use, add your ingredients, screw the blade compartment onto the bottle, and place the bottle onto the motor. Press down for pulse, or press and twist for continuous blending.

    Promising review: "This is fantastic for my morning smoothies! It is very easy to use, and blends very well and quickly. It even comes with a lid so that after you are finished blending, you don't have to transfer the use the same container. It is so convenient!" —Aimee Purvayn

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    16. A John Frieda hot air brush so you can get a luscious blowout in about a third of the time. The brush combines the effect of a round brush with the power of a blowdryer.

    I recently bought this brush and I LOVE IT!!!!!! I wait for my hair to be 75% dry after showering, and then begin brushing through my hair. The hot air and soft bristles turn my naturally wavy and coarse hair into sleek and soft locks.

    The brush has two different heat settings and a cool setting to set your style. To use, section your hair and begin brushing like you would with any other round brush. The hot air produced will dry your hair in the process.

    Promising review: "This product is a game changer. I have thin but very curly/kinky hair that has become very damaged due to years and years of flat ironing. With this product, I can style my hair in less time and WITHOUT a flat iron. It gives me beautiful, soft curls that I've gotten tons of compliments on. I do wish the air stream were slightly stronger, but it's still an absolutely excellent product." —S.G.

    Get it from Amazon for $41.79.

    To learn more, check out our full review of the John Frieda Hot Air Brush!

    17. And a spray-in protectant with biotin to prevent fried locks and protect your hair from heat styling.

    Foxy Bae

    To use, spray a generous amount onto your hair before blow drying, flat ironing, or curling.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. I bought this for my daughter since she flat irons her hair daily. This leaves her hair smooth and shiny. It's easy to apply, and I love that it can be used on wet or dry hair. We've spent a small fortune trying so many different products, but now we have found THE one! I highly recommend this product." —Laurie S.

    Get it from Foxy Bae for $14.95.

    18. A bottle of Bioderma micellar water to gently cleanse skin and rid it of last night's makeup (whoops) without drying or irritating your skin. This serum is excellent for combination or oily skin types.


    To use, soak a cotton pad and gently rub over your entire face. To finish, pat dry! No need to rinse with water. BTW, this solution has been tested by dermatologists and won't disrupt the the natural composition of your skin. AKA, it will naturally regulate sebum so your pores remain unclogged.

    Promising review: "This product is great! I love using it! With just one or two cotton pads, I can clean my entire face and get rid of any makeup. Even mascara and the primer. It's not harsh. My skin never tingles or feels tight, only refreshed and clean. I would highly recommend this. I think it's also helped in having less oily skin. There's no odor afterwards, either." —Richard Lincoln

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90+ (available in three sizes).

    19. A Quip electric toothbrush that'll help you stay on top of your dental routine, even if you're running late in the AM. This toothbrush even provides fresh and clean heads every three months via a subscription.

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    Choose between a plastic toothbrush or one with a metallic finish, and it comes with the brush, a travel cover mount, a large toothpaste, and a travel-sized toothpaste. From there, you can opt into getting new heads (and batteries) shipped to you every three months. Or add on toothpaste! It's super quiet, is soft-bristled, and features a two-minute timer to ensure a full and complete brushing.

    Get a starter set from Quip $25+ (available in plastic or metal options). Sign up for head and battery refills (every three months) from Quip for $5+ (toothpaste also available).

    This toothbrush was selected as our low-price pick for the best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    20. A sleek tea kettle if coffee isn't your drink of choice. This stainless steel kettle is accented with wood with a stay-cool handle so you never again have to worry about scorching your hands.


    This kettle has an easy-open spout that can be removed for efficient cleaning.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively sold at Macy's for $56.99 (get 25% off with code YAY).

    21. And an assorted tea sampler to pair with your brand new kettle and give you something delicious to sip on as you gear up for the day ahead. Flavors include chamomile, chai, passionfruit, earl grey, spearmint, and English breakfast.


    Upon purchase you get all six boxes, each with 20 tea bags. Why stick to one flavor when you don't have to???

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available as a pack of three or six).

    22. A portable electric razor you can use on both dry and wet skin to make morning touch-ups easy breezy.

    I own one of these, and I love it! I've tried it on both wet and dry skin, and both sensations are comfortable. I was a bit hesitant to try it on my legs without shaving cream, but it didn't hurt at all. It's great for travel, the gym, or really anytime you want a quick touch up along your bikini line or underarm. I highly recommend!

    Promising review: "I love this thing so much! If you are in a rush or if the your hair under your arms is too short to fully shave, this thing is perfect. I wear tank tops to work every day, so I always make sure that my underarms are shaved. This has saved me from so much razor burn. You can also use it on your bikini line, legs, and your arms! It’s super easy to clean too and I have taken it on multiple airplanes!" —Kasey Mogavero

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. A handheld steamer to remove any and all wrinkles from your clothing before you head out the door. It only takes 30 seconds to heat up, and can be used for 15 minutes at a time.

    This steamer will shut off after eight minutes of inactivity. It's suitable for a variety of fabrics including cotton, wool, polyester, plush, silk, fiber, nylon, velvet, and linen.

    Promising review: "What a great steamer! This is my first handheld unit. I've bought many expensive standup steamers and the biggest problem I have with them is the 'musty' smell they acquire over time. The bigger steamers also have a problem with the hose always getting in the way and also the unit tipping over. Not with this handheld unit. This thing works wonderfully, in vertical and horizontal motions. There is the power cord you have to be aware of, but I can tell you it's easy to deal with." —Chalma

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

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