This week’s question came from Tara B.  She asked our writers,

“What is your guilty pleasure after a tough day of mommyhood?”

Here’s what some of our moms had to say…

Kirsten Jessiman of Canada writes:
“Once the kids are in bed and all of my nightly tasks are done, I like to grab a glass of wine and indulge in a bit of Facebook time wasting.”

Veronica Samuels of New Jersey, USA writes:
“A cup of tea, something naughty to eat (such as ice cream) and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on T.V. (The show is a comical slant on the U.S. news and politics.) Ahhhh, adult time!!!”

Asta Burrows of Norway writes:
“Where do I start… as I am married to an English Man a cup of tea is of course high up on my list, then a gin and tonic maybe, then watching a drama or something on the telly whilst knitting (I have been working on the same jumper for months – there is never any time), or, my most embarrassing guilty pleasure is playing “Call of Duty” on the PS3….”

Kally Mocho of New Jersey, USA writes:
“A glass of wine is not necessarily a guilty pleasure for me since I frequently enjoy one whether I’m feeling stressed or not! I would have to say that my guilty pleasure is actually going to the gym. I feel guilty about it because I leave my kids at the daycare in the gym and worry about them the entire time I’m working out. At the same time, I really enjoy watching television while I’m on the treadmill.”

Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“My “treat” every night is a piece of dark chocolate after I’m done cleaning up the kitchen after dinner, which I savor in peace and quiet and seems to have a calming and soothing effect 🙂

The escapist thing that lets me shut out the world and just veg is sitting on the computer to catch up on Facebook and Twitter, or watching a “chick flick” (as my DH calls them) from my Netflix queue.”

Courtney Cappallo of Massachusetts, USA writes:
“I am working on a personal project at the moment. I find quality time to work on it when the kids are in bed. It is centered around art so I find it very relaxing, rewarding and educational!”

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA writes:
“Ideally, I like to end my toughest days with a steaming hot bath (alone), something sweet and then a little fun, by way of my music, a book, a call to my sister or time with my husband.  Ahhhhh…..I can feel the rejuvenation now!”

A. Roselyn of California, USA writes:
“A good book. It is so nice to temporarily leave my world and live someone else’s life.”

The Alchemist of India writes:
“A long shower, and then a book I have been meaning to read since a long time. I always love to curl inside a warm blanket with a great book. Of course with chocolate 🙂 ”

Allison Charleston of New York, USA writes:
“Wine, facebook and either a good book, or a good drama on TV. My husband doesn’t watch dramas at all (only comedies or sports for him) so I save those for nights when he’s working late and Chase is fast asleep!”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“Chocolate, of course…and…shhhhh, don’t tell, reality TV. In a no-electronics for children environment, my tv watching happens after-hours…and I’m hooked on nonsense. Oh dear. Perhaps this phase will pass.”

Galit Breen of Minnesota, USA writes:
“*Sigh* What’s that? Quiet you say? The kind of quiet where *gulp* NO ONE needs ANYTHING?!

My husband would say that my guilty pleasure during oh-so-very rare quiet moments is “clicking things.” Yep. Just my laptap and me cozying up and catching up with her and with her and her…

But truth be told, if I really and truly need to recharge, there’s nothing like hot tea and a good book. Ooor a mojito and reality TV. You decide.”

Tara B. of Washington State, USA writes:
“I often sneak a Nutella pick-me-up snack during the day….”sneak” because if my son sees, he wants some, and it can turn into a sugar induced frenzy for him, which is not relaxing for me. So I find something to dip in the jar (pretzel, apple, etc.), and hop into the pantry for a quick gobble before he is the wiser.

I don’t watch a lot of TV, so it feels like a guilty pleasure on the nights when I do sit with a glass of wine and zone out a bit. I recently wrapped up the Tudors and Battlestar Galactica series, and I am looking for my next escapist treasure.

I do end every night by climbing into bed with a book. Even if it’s just a few pages, I can’t wind down without reading.”

Kyla P’an of Massachusetts, USA writes:
“I’m with Kally, usually the day’s already been so long by the time dinner’s on the table that I sit down to a glass of wine or beer then.

Ironically, my real guilty pleasure is writing. Because I infrequently get to write for personal gratification, needing instead to write (speeches, correspondence, reports) for other people, when I need an outlet or just some personal down-time, blogging or catching up on blogs is my pick. As you can see by the infrequent number of posts on Growing Muses…I clearly don’t get to indulge enough!”

Tell us about your guilty pleasure after “one of those days”.  And if you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers, email us at

And come back and visit us on Sunday to get next week’s “Travel Itinerary”!

– World Moms Blog

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