I don’t write about this aspect of blogging often because it’s not the greatest but… it is an essential piece of keeping this little site ticking, paying some bills, and… connecting with brands: the dreaded sponsored post. Typically my sponsored posts are products that I would gleefully be purchasing anyways; think fabric, tools, lumber. These products tie in seamlessly with work I’m already doing.
Every once in a while I get to work with brands and products that don’t fit into the DIY realm, but they DO fit into my world as a mom, a wife, a friend, a woman… you name it. Today is one of these occasions… I promise I won’t hit you with these very often, because I know you come to this site for ideas and projects but I loved the message that accompanied these sweet treats! Bonus points because you’ll be entered to win $100 Visa gift card if you leave a comment so there’s something potentially in it for you aside from the calories! This post is about cookies. In my case bags and bags of cookies. Sometimes products have a message that resonates, and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies did that for me. Bear with me on this… A while back I wrote a post on Failure. The point of that post was that it’s inordinately easy to focus on the things that we’re not doing well. The times we lose our patience. The dinners we burn. The videos we turn on just to get 45 minutes of quiet in which to work… It’s too easy to go to bed each night ticking through all the things we DIDN’T accomplish… the unfolded laundry, the dishes in the sink, the homework not reviewed. How about we each take 5 minutes to reflect on the times we comforted, we kept our cool, we giggled… those moments are how we should fall asleep. Those moments of reflection are part of the message from Milano cookies… to take a moment for you. I love that. Goodness knows setting aside a few minutes just to be calm can sometimes feel like a marathon, but it’s an essential part of being the best mom, the best wife, the best partner, the best… whatever! Today I’m inviting you to treat yourself. To give yourself a break. To stick that never-ending To Do list on a shelf for 5 minutes. (And yeah… that moment will be 10x better with a plate of something sweet and delicious; just sayin’.) Apologies if this post is too… fluffy for you. I know it’s not a DIY tutorial. Or a furniture makeover. Or a room reveal. But… it’s an ideal I’m trying to live up to more often. I teach my children to be kind to one and other, but perhaps I could stand to be kinder to myself every so often. To take a load off… exhale… enjoy something simple just… because. I have three daughters and I want them to be confident, strong, and humble. NOT martyrs who take on too much without allowing themselves the pride and satisfaction of a job well done. Even though this post is ultimately about cookies… I loved the gentle reminder that Milano gave me to ‘take five’… on most days I forget to even feed myself lunch, so perhaps a delicious little sumthin’ sumthin’ will motivate me to stop and sit now and then and give myself credit for the many jobs that ARE well done rather than perseverate on the coulda, wouldas and shouldas! Go grab a bag of something delicious. Personally? I’m enjoying a Mint Milano, and by “a,” the baby and I mean the whole bag. I double dare you to give yourself a break!
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