Morning rituals are important, especially on the weekends. Through the week, as so many of us can attest, we are busy and dragged in so many directions, we can’t figure out which way is up by the end of it. We crave that respite from the rest of the world, and the weekend morning ritual can start set the tone for the rest of the weekend and the start of your next week. When Folgers asked me to talk about my weekend rituals with you and tell you what an important part my morning cup of coffee and music played in it all I was thrilled to share the most important pieces of my weekend with you in hopes that you find your peace and weekend solace, too. It’s never too late to carve out your own ritual and see what pieces fall into place. By the end of the week I’m so thoroughly exhausted, from 4:30 wake up calls, to putting a full week at work, cooking, blogging, photographing and running every errand under the sun that sitting back for an hour to relish the time with my husband is just what the imaginary doctor ordered. As soon as our feet hit the floor, it’s into the kitchen we go to get the coffee brewing and the puppy fed. Huck gets awfully chatty if he isn’t fed immediately. It’s definitely the best part of his day! But until that first cup of coffee hits my lips, my day can’t officially start. My coffee doesn’t leave my side throughout the morning, it’s there while I fix breakfast, it’s sitting within hands reach of the stove, while I watch the news and while I get dressed and ready for the day. It’s permanently tethered to me – just the way I like it.
With Ben going to school full time for nursing, and me working full time our schedules don’t always overlap, so spending that hour on the weekend together, eating breakfast, listening to music or watching TV is a prized and precious time for us. The little things, like spending that quiet time together coffee in hand are what matters most. Between my coffee in hand and the radio playing in the background, I know my weekend in the kitchen cooking and dancing in the kitchen will be time well spent – full of creativity, food, and probably sugar. Chocolate, too.
And you can’t have a morning dance off without some great tunes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a jingle, an oldie, or the newest song on the radio – get up, get your coffee and rock on. To help keep those tunes flowing, percolate some new sounds into your ear buds from an up and coming artist – the flavors and varieties are endless, and you might find something new and lively to start your day. Folgers supports up and coming artists and takes pride in their annual Jingle Contest to give artists the boost they need to make it big. Take a look at the Folgers Jingle Contest Finalists and listen to the jingles that landed them in the Top 10! Cast your vote for the best one and make them your morning standard wake up tunes. Cast your vote once a day from now until June 19th. And voting isn’t just great for the artists, but great for you – with prizes available like free Folgers Coffee, iTunes giftcards, and signed CD’s from Gavin DeGraw! And maybe even a whopping $10,000 just for voting! ” Get your vote on here and be sure to follow the Road to the Jingle on Facebook to see how Folgers traveled the U.S. to track down the Top 10 contestants! Remember, you can vote once a day through June 19th!
Check out the official rules here.