How to Have a Relaxing Morning ~ #ArtofEspresso

Mornings can get hectic, especially now that the kids are back in school. Learn how you can have a relaxing morning with the De'Longhi Latissima Pro.

With the kids back in school, there's usually a scramble in the morning to rush them out the door. No matter how much I organize and plan the night before, something almost always goes wrong. For example, my Junior High Schooler now takes the school bus, and I thought that would have made my life so much easier. Instead the school sent out a report that the bus will now pick them up 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled time because of a bus change. So now I have to get him up 10 minutes earlier so that he can be out the door 10 minutes earlier. For the past two days, however, I have ended up taking him to school because of course, he missed the bus. When my mornings start out that way, it's enough to make me tear my hair out, but I know I need to relax. No need to raise my blood pressure because of a missed bus. Luckily for me, I have a few ways that I relax when the kids are all gone.

Breakfast has always been the most important meal of the day for me. However, after I drop the kids off to school, I would generally rush into my local barista and pick me up a cup of espresso or cappuccino and something sweet to eat. Don't judge me, I have a sweet tooth. However, De'Longhi and their De'Longhi Lattisima Pro have made my life so much easier, because I can rush home and get my espresso or cappuccino fix right there in the comfort of my home. You read that correctly, it can make both! Best of all it is so easy to use. With all the different flavors capsules, all I need to do is to pair them up with whatever I feel like eating that day.

The De'Longhi Lattisima Pro is one beautiful machine. The aesthetics will fit in just about any kitchen. I know that it looks amazing in mine. I just love the sleek design and the simple one touch control panel. However, it's also really simple to use. Don't let it's look intimidate you. The 44oz water tank and the almost 17oz milk tank lets you brew as many beverages as you want before you need to refill the tanks, and it heats up so quickly that you can start preparing your espresso instantly with no time to waste.

To use, simply insert your flavored Nespresso capsule of choice and select your desired drink. It then does all the work for you. From frothing your milk to then adding the flavor, it's so simple. And clean-up is so efficient. The used capsule automatically drops into a capsule container when you're done, so all you have to do is insert a new one when you're ready to make another cup. My favorite flavor is Vanilio and I love pairing mine with scones in the morning. I can have mine at home barista espresso with just the right amount of froth, along with my freshly baked scones, and my morning is complete!

So how can you have a relaxing morning once the kids are in school? Here are five ways!

1. Prepare the night before
It's ok to prepare the night before when you want some time for yourself. Get your clothes ready for the next day and prep the kids lunches for back to school. The sooner you can get the kids out the door, the better it will be for you. I can't begin to tell you how much more relaxed I am when the kids are outside the house.

2. Have a relaxing shower or bath
Once the kids are gone, enjoy a cool, relaxing shower to perk you up, or if you really want to unwind, a nice bubble bath will also work wonders. Just sit back in the tub and let the bubbles soothe and calm you.

3. Turn off all distractions
Turn off the televisions, the radios and even your cell phone for a moment. Trust me, the world won't disintegrate into pieces if you just tune out everything for a while. Forgot about social media! Believe it or not, social media can sometimes stress you out even more than your own kids. It can be tough seeing all the near perfect social media moms with their near perfect houses and kids, while knowing that yours is a complete mess.

4. Have breakfast
Don't forget breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a nice cup of coffee with something to pair it with always works wonders. Don't rush your breakfast, instead take time to savor it. I love to relish every drop of my espresso whenever

5. Grab something to read
Find a quiet spot and read something light, it can be a novel or your favorite magazine. If reading isn't your thing, then simply make yourself at home and don't worry about anything.  Sit back and loosen up. Focus on your breathing and let yourself go. It's going to be alright!

If you're like me and find yourself at your local barista more than you would like, pick up a De'Longhi Lattisima Pro machine. I just know that you're going to love it as much as I do.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De'Longhi. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Yum, these sound great! I have recently gotten another part time job so I am trying to revise my morning routine, instead of sleeping until an hour 1/2 before work, showering, getting ready and rushing out when I don't have to be at my other part time. It is a crazy waste of time, I need to stop letting my anxiety rule me. Now I want coffee! Haha.

  2. It would be nice to have this machine but I looked at the price tag and I could certainly never afford that. Guess I'll have to keep getting my coffee at my local coffee shop for now. I do love the way it looks though and it would have saved me time but not right now. BTW congrats on being in the September 2017 issue of Glamour Magazine.

  3. What a dream!
    We declined the bus this year because it would cause me MORE stress, than just running them over to the school ten minutes before the bell. That's because our driveway is a mile long so I'd have to leave anyway..
    Anyway, love the tips on relaxing. I love my mornings alone.

  4. These are the best way to show a peaceful and relax morning either you have kids or not. I don't have kids but i do all this to start a fresh day . Loved reading this.

  5. I totally needed this post, because more often than not I run like a headless chicken in the mornings. Thanks for the ideas.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  6. Enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning is a sure fire way to make me really relax. I can't wait for it every morning!

  7. I love to read, and the quiets of the late morning really let me relax. Maybe I have time for a nice breakfast too.

  8. Having a cup of coffee definitely relaxes me. I really love this coffee machine!

  9. You know me... I take my time in the mornings. I read, I pray, I journal, I think, and I drink coffee. LOL

    I love my morning routine. It's one of my treasured times in the day.

    Thanks for sharing these tips!

  10. I love those quiet mornings. Just me, outside with the birds and nature, my cup of coffee. Ahhh! Love it!

  11. I love Nespresso coffee. I actually used to conduct in-store demos for Nespresso when I first moved to L.A. Coffee is my reason to actually get out of bed in the morning.

  12. Since I homeschool, I usually have a pretty relaxing morning. I enjoy a nice quite morning alone while I sip on my coffee. Having this machine would be amazing. I love that it has the built in milk frother.

  13. That is a really nice machine. I love how the milk just pours right into the cup like that. I am going to look for one, the next time we are shopping for an espresso machine.

  14. OK, I love to have a cup of coffee once my kids are on the bus and off to school. So, couldn't;t agree with you more on how relaxing this time of the day truly is for me, because of that, as well :)

  15. Wow this machine sounds like heaven! I definitely need one in my life. Love all your tips too.

  16. I have one of each machine. This would be so nice as I am limited on counter space. Great idea!

  17. I would love to have this machine. Morning is my favorite time of day especially nice leisurely mornings.

  18. Ah, this is a great way to start the morning-- sounds similar to what I do!