Do you rely on coffee to help you get through your day? Believe it or not, celebs do too. Giuliana and Bill Rancic have to be two of the busiest celebrities on the planet – they have a hit reality show, an active adorable toddler (Duke Rancic) who keeps them on their toes, and Giuliana has a fashion line, is a tv host on E! and also has a new line of wine. Do you ever wonder how they’re always so put together and productive? Wouldn’t you like to have their energy? Well, now you can! Giuliana and Bill Rancic were kind enough to join me for an interview recently to dish on their love of coffee (especially Nescafe with Coffee-Mate) their secret to staying so productive, and they also shared their best travel tips!
Candace Rose: As busy parents on the go, TV personalities…and Giuliana, you have a new line of wine – how do you both balance it all?
Bill Rancic: “Well, we try to make sure that our days are as efficient and effective as possible, and really we start our mornings the night before. One of the tips that we always tell people is before you go to bed at night, make a list of everything you need to do the next day, so when you wake up in the morning it’s a no-brainer. You can hit the ground running, you know exactly what you need to accomplish that day and your days are typically very, very efficient.”
Giuliana Rancic: “I’m a fashion girl like I’m sure a lot of people who are watching right now. What I do instead of laying out the whole outfit the night before (which is a little frustrating every night) I just put out one key piece. So if it’s casual Friday the next day, maybe a pair of jeans and then I work the outfit around the jeans the next morning; or if I just got a great pair of shoes that weekend I’ll put those out and work my outfit around those shoes the next day. Those are just little tips to make the most of your morning and make your morning a little less hectic.”
Candace Rose: What is a typical morning like in the Rancic house, especially with a baby?
Bill Rancic: “It starts pretty early.”
Giuliana Rancic: “We used to wake up later! What we do is – Duke wakes up around 6:30 and 7, so Bill and I will wake up 15 minutes before Duke just so we can have that time together and bond as a couple. Bill makes the coffee in the family. I understand why he used to brag because it took some time to make the pot of coffee and get my creamer just right, but now there’s a new product out that we’re super excited about called Nescafe with Coffee-Mate. I don’t know about you but I love creamer, I love Coffee-Mate. Literally they’ve combined the two – coffee and Coffee-Mate in one.”
Bill Rancic: “Just when you thought coffee couldn’t get any better.”
Giuliana Rancic: “What you do is you literally add hot water and you’re done. It takes one minute to make it.”
Bill Rancic: “It makes my job much easier and it’s right on every time. She’s a tough critic and she loves my coffee.”
Candace Rose: You mentioned the importance of coffee in your morning routine. How many cups of coffee do you normally have and how do you take it?
Giuliana Rancic: “Normally I have about two cups of coffee. I like my coffee sweeter, so I love creamer, I love Coffeemate. What I do is I take my mug, first put the creamer in and then put the coffee on top. Now we don’t have to do that anymore because it’s so easy to do. It’s instant. You literally just take the Nescafe with Coffee-Mate.”
Bill Rancic: “She does the French Vanilla flavored and I usually do the Hazelnut.”
Giuliana Rancic: “You just put in two tablespoons of it, add water and you are good to go…it’s all in one!”
Candace Rose: You both just got back from Australia, in fact. What’s the secret to being productive?
Bill Rancic: “Well, again, you’ve got to be as efficient as you can in your planning. We make wise use – something my dad used to say is ‘Make wise use of your leisure time’. On the flights we get a lot of work done. We plan out our day the night before. Giuliana, like she said, lays out her outfit the night before…so you really can minimize your downtime. In the morning you don’t have to think about what you’re going to do, you know exactly what you need to do that day.”
Giuliana Rancic: “We don’t check bags in.”
Bill Rancic: “We don’t check bags when we travel, which makes life a lot easier. We kind of take control of our destiny that way so we’re not sitting around the baggage carousel waiting or praying that they didn’t lose our luggage. It’s all about the planning. ”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Giuliana Rancic: “You probably have a lot of people who tune in and watch you and read your blog who travel. Something that I love doing now that I’ve learned from flight attendants is roll your clothes. As Bill was saying, we don’t check in our bags, but I still love clothes and shoes. So what I do is I have my one carryon and all of my clothes are rolled, that way I can get a lot more in there. All clothes are in my carryon bag and then I bring a tote bag that’s just shoes and any extra things like magazines, and then I’ll put a little handbag in there. That way I’m not bringing three items on (you can only bring two). I’ll have the one tote that’s miscellaneous items and shoes, and then other one with just clothes, and that works out.”
Bill Rancic: “Also when you’re planning your trips, try to avoid connections because when there’s connections involved typically that’s where if you run into a delay, you missed the connection and you’re stuck somewhere overnight you don’t want to be. If you can avoid connections at all costs, you try to do that.”
Candace Rose: Thanks for the great tips! Where can we go for more information?
Bill Rancic: “Well, one thing that we want to share with everyone is we’re offering a coupon for the Nescafe with Coffee-Mate. People can go to NescafeWithCoffeemate.com, so they can get the coupon and enjoy the product as much as we do.”