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When Moms Sneak Chocolate

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I hear a crash.

I wait. but there's no screaming.  There are a few giggles, but nothing that makes me think there is a HUGE mess.  I'm probably wrong about the mess part, but for now, all is good.  I go back to what I was doing a moment before the sound of falling toys.

Ahhh. A big old sip of chocolate syrup.  Strait from the bottle, and strait into my mouth.  There's no time for spoons and I don't even move from the cover of the refrigerator door.  It's my "Mom Time" for today.  It's my momentary respite from diapers, laundry, sibling brawls, and crashing toys. I'm a closet Chocolate Syrup Junkie.  (Or should that be fridge door Chocolate Syrup Junkie?)

It's not every day, it's not even an every week occurrence.  But some days, this mom of four NEEDS a big old swig from the bottle.  The chocolate syrup bottle that is. Some days are two-chocolate syrup swig days!

You know you're a Mom when you sneak chocolate when the kids aren't around.

A mom needs a little moment of indulgence.

You know what I mean, right?  There are schedules, work, homework, soccer practice, laundry, diapers, lost library books, grocery shopping, bills, dentist appointments, minivan oil changes, coffee pot malfunctions (Pleeeeasssse! NOT the coffee pot!), kids fighting...it's a tornado of things that need done, stuff that needed done yesterday, and matters that need done two days from now.  And there's no end in sight.

As a mom of four kids aged 8 and under, I know that there are times that I NEED a me moment.  All of those things and stuff and matters build up and...it can get hairy!  My husband tells me all.the.time: "Take a break!  Go out for dinner with your friends! PLEASE GO to a coffee shop!" (He's an awesome hubby!)

But you know what happens when you night out for dessert with the girlfriends, right? There's more effort into getting the kids fed, math homework done, and kids prepped, that I'm even more exhausted!  And then when I get home from the evening out...there's clutter and toys on the floor.  I mean: the kids are cared for, snoring peacefully, and mom is refreshed, but sometimes it's just easier to stay put for the evening, you know? 

I have a secret for you.  I've found a NEW me-time moment that is perfect for those household tornado moments.  It's chocolaty and just pure bliss. 

Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bars.

They are indulgent soft baked bars in a single serve bar. (And totally convenient for sneaking while the kids are occupied!) Great for stashing in the diaper bag or hiding in a back corner of the cupboard.  They are new and they are a gift for Moms everywhere! 

I found the Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bars at Walmart in the cereal aisle.  These two crazies were my "helpers" that day and distracting enough that I bought size 6 diapers for my most-definitely-wears-a-size-4 one year old.  They didn't distract me from finding the chocolate though!

So, there are three varieties of bars: 
  • Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar
  • Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Caramel Brownie Bar
  • Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Butterscotch Blondie Bar

I bought all of them.

And I had to try them once I got home, of course.  

Mom tip:  Distract the kids with laundry.  
Kid: "Mom, what are you doing over there?"  
Mom, mouth full of chocolate and caramel: "Laundry, see?"  
*Hold up a stray sock.  Crisis diverted.*

You know you're a Mom when you sneak chocolate when the kids aren't around.

You know you're a Mom when you sneak chocolate when the kids aren't around.

So, now I've got a cupboard full of Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bars and I'm prepared for the next "Mommy Needs Me Time" moment.  Of course I had to share this with my mom friends.  I made up a little mug with a few Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bars and a few bags of tea.  Wrap layers of ribbons around the mug and tie them around the back of the mug.  Snip off excess ribbon and you've got yourself a little gift that will make a fellow-Mom smile.  I added a small note to let a friend know that I was thinking of her.  This is just a little something to bring a smile to a busy Mom.  

You know you're a Mom when you sneak chocolate when the kids aren't around.

I'm excited for my next chocolate sneaking "me moment" with Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bars.  It sure beats a swig from the chocolate syrup!

So tell me.  Do you sneak treats when the kids aren't looking?  What do you sneak?  And better yet, where do you hide your treats??

You know you're a Mom when you sneak chocolate when the kids aren't around.

Be sure to grab a few bars of Betty Crocker™ Soft Baked Bars for your secret chocolate stash!

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