*This blog post was written in partnership with Smart Food Canada
“Me, time”. Man, that word is something that doesn’t happen as often as I would like. In fact, sometimes I daydream about sitting alone with a soft throw covering the bottom half of my body curled up with a good book with wine and delicious snacks on a side table next to me with the peaceful sound of the fireplace crackling in the background. Does this happen often? Nope. Not really. If my kids saw me curled up with a book, and some yummy snacks beside me I would automatically have to share with them. I share everything with those damn kids! *insert fake crying face. This is probably why I daydream about being alone and snacking!
Am I the only mom who daydreams about snacking alone? Please tell me I’m not the only one. Or am I the only mom who deliberately hides certain snacks so I can indulge with them alone? Am I the only mom who considers “me time” something as simple as having a moment alone with their favorite snack? Please tell me I’m not crazy.
The truth behind my secret me time snacking rituals
When I do get the chance to snack alone (and I’m not just fantasizing about it) it’s usually at night or when the kids are at school. Last week, for example, Smart Food Canada sent me a few bags of their new Gouda & Chive flavored popcorn. I couldn’t help myself. I ripped open the bag while the kids were in school and once I took one bite I could NOT stop eating it. I walked around the house with my hand in the bag and then it came with me to my computer where I sat and tried to work and eat the popcorn at the same time. This was NOT going down the way I daydream about snacking alone! There were popcorn kernels all over my keyboard. My fingers were white and cheesy and typing with only my left hand was getting pretty tricky but I just couldn’t stop! When I finally did, however, I noticed there were kernels all over the floor under my desk and more than half the bag was gone. So yeah, my alone time snacking didn’t exactly go down the way I picture it going down in my daydreams. But it happened and it was damn tasty and I don’t regret a single bite!
So then I’m left with two more giant bags and the guilt seeps in BIG TIME! Do I secretly eat the other two bags alone? I mean I’m a pretty selfless mother or at least most of the time I am and the thought of eating all three bags to myself just kept making me feel… selfish!
So here’s what I did instead of eating three giant bags of Smart Food Canada gouda & chive flavor alone. I decided to bring a bag with me on a romantic getaway with my husband. I mean it’s still technically like “me time” because alone time with my husband is rare and we’re basically soul mates. So I guess you can consider us one person connected to each other and blah blah. And he would never hide snacks from me so it’s the least I could do.
And so here’s the thing. I needed proof of this alone time romantic snacking because you know the saying “it didn’t happen if you didn’t get a photo of it”.
So here we are. My hubby and I indulging in “me time” or “us time” or whatever you want to call it. And just like when I daydream about snacking alone and then I snack alone and it’s a complete disaster and there’s popcorn everywhere. Snacking with him on a romantic getaway went down in a similar fashion. Let’s just say it didn’t go down the way you may be picturing it. He wasn’t feeding me individual pieces one by one by dropping them into my mouth while we watched a romantic movie like The Notebook whispering sweet nothings into one another’s ears. As a matter of fact, it was nothing like that at all.
So here’s the photo. We set the timer, he ran back to the bed to romantically drop a piece into my mouth so we could document our romantic moment with our #smartstash and this was the result:
Why he’s trying to shove twenty pieces into mouth I will never know. I did let him know that it wasn’t romantic at all and then we laughed our asses off and it was the best, funniest moment we’ve had together in a long time!! In other words, I’m SO happy I shared my #smartstash with him.
So now I’m down to my last bag of #smartstash. I’m not sure if I should save it for when I get a moment to myself and enjoy it with some wine or if I should share it with the entire family.
Hmmm. Decisions. Decisions.
What would you do?