When you become a parent you realise how much you enjoy your guilty pleasures just that little bit more than you used to. I know I seem to anyway (surely I can’t be the only one?).
I’ve always loved reading since I was young and my Mum mentioned the other day that I would fall asleep with a book still in my hands. I mustn’t have changed much from when I was younger because I still now fall asleep reading a book. I seem to enjoy it much more now though as it’s something I really look forward to when settling into bed after a long day with the children and the housework.
I usually get lost in a book and zone out to the rest of the world. It’s my relaxation time – a little bit of time for myself. As you could imagine with four children I don’t get much of that so I enjoy the time I do get.
Another guilty pleasure of mine is sweety treats. I know it’s probably not a healthy habit to have especially with doing my boogie bounce routine atleast once a week and attempting to get fit, but I just can’t resist having some chocolate or sweets occasionally. I’m starting to think I might have a sweety addiction. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and Liam’s too (although Liam is trying to cut down). We usually get treats in for the weekend including popcorn, sweets and chocolate (for a movie night of course!).
The next guilty pleasure of mine is a good bottle of wine. At the moment i’ve been consuming Lambrini but do look to other brands too. I’ve recently come across a new flavour which tastes like Summer (How can you taste Summer you ask? Well passionfruit comes close). I really enjoy having a glass with my dinner just to relax and wind down before I have to plod on with the bedtime routine.
The bedtime routine is always a little crazy. It’s like hoarding a bunch of sheep. Wyatt showers first but then he forgets what he has to use to wash his body and his hair despite instructing him the last few days prior to that. Faith usually chases Aurora around our home whilst i’m trying to do the dishes. I end up yelling like a maniac because she doesn’t listen to me even by the fifth time of telling her to stop. Somebody is bound to get hurt one day!
Faith finally goes in the shower but takes all her toys in with her and could literally stay in there for a hour or more if I didn’t turn it off and shout for her to get out (such a shower hog!).
Don’t get me started on the little demon child Aurora. She doesn’t mind going in the bath. It’s getting dry, getting her pajamas on and brushing her teeth that seems to be the problem. She screams and fights against me every night. At least Kiiara likes the bath and doesn’t seem to be a problem getting in and out.
After that, it’s then time to get them all to bed (woohoo!)
One other guilty pleasure of mine is smoking. As much as I’d love to quit, especially because of the health risks, I honestly don’t see it happening anytime soon. It’s my little time out when the kids are driving me crackers and i’m completely stressed out. It helps me to calm down and rationalise my thoughts, and helps me get through the day (I don’t recommend anyone to smoke. There are other ways of dealing with stress – this is just mine).
Last but not least my other guilty pleasure funnily enough is whipped cream. I have it on my coffee every morning and on my afternoon coffee too! I also must not forget to include a nice hot chocolate before getting into bed to enjoy when reading my book too!
What’s your guilty pleasure? What do you do to wind down after a long day?
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