My Top 5 Guilty Pleasures

I am almost certain I’m not the only one in this community of moms who revels in the thought of “escaping” for a few hours (heck, even a few minutes of relief would be golden) from the chaos of raising children.

We’re allowed some alone time, right?!

Well, in that short time span where I’m not at my munchkins’ beck and call, i.e. naptime, screentime, or after bed, I slip into that blissful mode of “hurry-up-and-sneak-a-candy-bar-then-stash-the-wrapper-before-they-walk-upstairs-and-see-the-evidence.”

Am I alone in this? Goodness, I certainly hope not! (I have to tell myself there are others out there who do the same. It “justifies” my behavior and makes me feel better, okay?!)

Anyways, here is my list of personal guilty pleasures that occupy my time while I’m taking a short break from parenthood. And yes, some of them are truly shameful and I won’t blame you for the extreme judgment that will be passed after you process these five afflictions.

reeses1). REESE’S NO BAKE DESSERT BARS – Holy cow, these suckers are dangerously scrumptious! I kid you not, I have devoured the entire pan, by myself, on more than one occasion. And you better believe I strategically hide them in the back of the fridge under a box of salad or leftovers so no one else finds them and delights in their tastiness. It totally doesn’t help that they are ridiculously easy and convenient to make. It even comes with it’s own little disposable pan. Just add butter and water. Yeah, I know.

2). COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE – What can say, I take pleasure in reading about other people’s embarrassing mishaps. Eeks, I am a terrible person, I admit it.

cosmo3).  TEEN MOM, TEEN MOM 2, TEEN MOM 3 – The girls’ lives in this reality t.v. show are in such disarray and soo full of drama. But in some ways, I can relate. I got engaged when I was 17 years old, was married by 18, and had our first boy eleven months after that. Even though I was happily married, I was technically still a “teen pregnancy” and my heart goes out to those young mothers. Do I wish I could call them up and tell them to stop making some awful decisions sometimes? You betcha! But then again, here is this list. Clearly, I need to remove the plank from my own eye first.

4). – This webpage has thousands of screenshots of hilarious, often ludicrous, auto-correct fails from user’s smartphones. I have spent hours (literally HOURS) reading through them, laughing soo hard that my stomach muscles hurt the next day. To say it is entertaining would be a complete understatement. My apologies in advance if I just caused an addiction to the site.

5). MILEY CYRUS – Ahhh, this is, by far, the WORST. I cringe a little bit at the thought of admitting this one to you readers. *Hangs head in shame* Anyways, I feel the need to clarify: It is her music that I like. I find it incredibly catchy. I adore her raspy voice. And I think she does have some talent. (Search Miley Cyrus- The Backyad Sessions).  And she totally rocks that short platinum blonde hair! She is, however, extremely off-the-wall for my taste and overtly explicit and obnoxious. So yeah, don’t judge me too harshly.

I completely understand if you have lost all respect for me after reading through this appalling list. I warned you it was shameful. But now, I’d like to know what kind of guilty pleasures you bask in. What’s your scandalous cup of tea? Come on, share. Hopefully it will make me feel better about myself and I can still hold on to some scrap of dignity. 😉

Stay-at-home-Momma to 3 rambunctious, but adorable kiddos, and wife to her talented husband, Gabriel, Tara spends most of her days in a hectically blessed world! Her two boys, Simeon (6) and Solomon (5), and sassy 3-year-old daughter, Surion, help keep her on her toes. She is proud to call Kalona her home and settled in quickly after moving from central Iowa a few years ago to launch a ministry in the IC area. Her family is an avid supporter of all the local “Hawks”… Go Black and Gold! She claims that exercise is not her strong suit, but continues to condition her body (mostly through running) in hopes that one day, it will come naturally to her. She enjoys being creative through crafting and DIY projects, and admits that her body is a canvas and artistic outlet with her many tattoos and piercings. Tara has a special place in her heart for “finding a good deal,” and can often be found scouring local thrift stores for all sorts of wonderful treasures! She is truly passionate about litter-removal and recycling and hopes her obsession will rub off on the munchkins so they can lead a “clean” life in their future. Lastly, and most importantly, Tara has a heart for the Lord and is thrilled to be involved with her community MOPs group. =)


  1. Lol! 🙂
    I’m totally with you on the sneaking chocolate! In fact, just last night I made a chocolate shake in my super fast Ninja blender & put it in a travel coffee mug so I could sip it on the couch while my little man was playing! “Mommy is having coffee, sorry not for you buddy!” Terrible, I know!

  2. Law and Order: SVU. It’s so over the top but it’s ALWAYS ON, and sometimes I just get caught up in the (usually extremely obvious) cases. I have to watch to the end to see who did it! And then another one starts…


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