Adore's new series will follow the typical morning routine of a New Orleans mover and shaker.
Henley Volion knows how to throw a party. The New Orleans native owns Mint & Magic, an event party shop and design company, that can do anything from floral and balloon design to full scale event production. Although she always loved event designing, she never intended to turn it into a career: she has a degree in biology and planned to become a PA or a forensic scientist.
"I'm extremely blessed with getting to do what I love for a living," she says. On top of running her own company, Henley is a single mother to five-year-old Cooper. When she isn't planning parties and taking meetings, you can find her spending time with her family, reading a good book, or in the gym.
Henley says she is blessed to have two morning routines: mornings with her son and mornings by herself. Read her morning routine to see how she gets it all done.
7 a.m. Wake up time. I don’t typically sleep in late. My body is just so accustomed to waking up early and I love getting a head start on my day no matter what is going on.
7:15 a.m. I am really working on NOT checking my phone as soon as I wake up. It can easily soak up time in the bed and can honestly put you in a mood before your feet even touch the ground. If the first thing you see in the morning is a post from that Sally Fitness girl in her swimsuit, you find yourself already comparing yourself to someone at 7 a.m. No one likes that! Instead of going straight to my phone screen, I allow my body to take a few minutes to slowly wake up and get out of bed.
7:30 a.m. The first thing I have been making a habit of doing lately is drinking a full cup of lemon water. It helps me fully wake up and it is very good for you. After I finish my water, I make myself a cup of coffee. I enjoy sipping on it while I bustle about throughout the morning. This is also about the time I let my Luna Bell out in the backyard. She loves to hang out in the back, so I let her hang out there until she scratches to come back in.
8 a.m. Around this time, I like to do my small morning meditation. I'll be honest, I’m not perfect and I don’t always do this every morning. But I am working on making this a priority. It truly sets the tone for the day and puts me in such a great mood. I use the app called Calm. I pick my meditation topic based on what I feel I’ve been needing to work on (stress, letting go, appreciation, happiness, etc.) and it instantly soothes my soul. I highly recommend this app. They offer sleep mediation as well. After this is over, I do some light stretching. Nothing to intense, but just to loosen up my joints and get my body moving.
8:30 a.m. Skin care time. I am BIG into taking care of my skin. I currently use Rodan + Fields and have definitely seen a difference in my skin. I use their Reverse Brightening line in the morning and then their Redefine products in the PM. My full morning routine takes about 10-15 minutes because I really take my time with it. There is nothing like a fresh face in the morning.
9 a.m. Time for breakfast! My favorite meal of the day. I have recently started Sensible Meals and it has been an absolute game changer for me. I don’t have to think about anything; just pop my food in the microwave or heat it up on the stove for a few minutes and BOOM, I am ready to go.
9:30 a.m. Once I have had my breakfast, I am ready to get to work. I check all my emails and messages. I schedule appointments, check inventory, and go through what my day looks like.
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. This is my time to get out of the house and attend any meeting I have that day. I always make sure I schedule them during this time period because I hate leaving my home feeling rushed or grumpy. The only days that this is different is on Wednesdays and Fridays. You will find me at 504 Fitness with my Trainer Abbie at 10 a.m. I absolutely love training at this gym and I actually look forward to my workouts. We will typically do upper body one day and lower body on the other. On the days I do not train, I try my hardest to get a run in, but I HATE RUNNING. I want to love it so bad, but I digress. I loathe it.
Weeks with Cooper look like this:
6:15-6:30 a.m. Slowly wake up and hit snooze at least twice before actually getting up. It is time to wake up Cooper. He loves his sleep, but he doesn’t give me too hard of a time in the mornings.
7 a.m. All hell breaks loose into what unfolds as our morning "routine." And I say the term routine very lightly here. The order in which we do things changes literally every morning. Don’t ask me why, just mom brain I suppose. I know at some point I have a coffee in my hand and get Cooper dressed, so that must count for something.
7:30 a.m. I make Cooper's breakfast and give him a few minutes to eat. He has been loving his scrambled eggs and sausage lately, but let’s be real here ladies, I do let him eat his occasionally muffins or Pop-Tarts if we are pinched on time. I used to let him watch a little morning TV, but that had to come to an end because he would get caught up watching TV and never eat! Around this time is when I’ll ask Coop if he wants me to make his lunch or if he wants school lunch that day. If he tells me home lunch (90% of the time unless its taco Tuesday), then I pack it at this time. After that I throw on gym clothes to quickly run him to school.
8 a.m. School drop off time. I am very lucky to live right across the highway from his school which makes life amazing in the mornings. I am literally back home eating my breakfast around 8:05.
8:30 a.m. My schedule falls back into place and I am busy with work. As you might have noticed, I do not get to meditate, stretch, or anything of that nature the weeks I have my son. I am working on getting better at that, but mama is tired in the mornings and every second of precious sleep counts, am I right?!