She may be the newest face on Seven's popular breakfast show Sunrise but after two months in the job, Samantha Armytage has settled into her co-anchor seat rather nicely.
So comfortable, in fact, that the 36-year-old Sydneysider considers her Sunrise peers to be more like family members than work colleagues.
"The other day, we were broadcasting in Brisbane and trying to get to the airport in a hurry after the show and working out which car was going with which luggage and so on," she tells AAA. "Beretts (Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta) was driving us and I thought 'Oh my God, we really are a family . . . Kids, get in the car!'
"We have a lot of fun together."
Armytage - who previously presented Weekend Sunrise before taking the weekday reins from long-serving breakfast-show queen Melissa Doyle in August - says reclaiming her weekends has required the biggest adjustment.
"I'm getting used to it, slowly. I still wake up (on weekends) at 4.30am and think 'Oh, I don't have to get out of bed'," she reveals.
Armytage says her new weekday routine of getting up at 3.30am - contrary to popular belief she works well past the Sunrise finish time of 9am and sometimes doesn't get home until 5pm - has prompted a renewed focus on her wellbeing with ample sleep, healthy eating and exercise her top priorities.
"I've just come back from an Xtend Barre (workout) class - I do a couple of classes a week - so I'm trying to get my life into some sort of routine, which I never had in my whole career," she says.
"There are worse things in life than trying to balance your life in a good way."
Visiting her parents' farm in the Snowy Mountains - featured on Better Homes and Gardens last week - also provides much-needed respite.
"I go home every couple of months for a weekend, if I can," she says. "Living in Sydney, you need to get out of the city sometimes to appreciate it.
"And there's no mobile phone reception at Mum and Dad's property, which I love."
Armytage will be in hot demand this weekend when she helps spearhead team Sunrise at Telethon, of which she holds fond memories.
"When I was hosting Weekend Sunrise, (co-presenter) Andrew O'Keefe and I came over and we had such a fun time."It seems so simple - it's one weekend of our time to help these gorgeous kids at the hospital."