An Uncomplicated Life Blog: When You Just Need A Break

Thursday, April 20, 2017

When You Just Need A Break

Parents regularly need breaks they can't get. Here's how to sneak in a little you time!

This post is sponsored by Cafe Breaks. All opinions are my own.

I can't tell you how many times I just needed a few moments to myself. Maybe the kids were fighting over the same toy for a bit too long and had me playing referee for an hour too many; maybe my husband was on night three of his business trip and I was desperate to go to the bathroom alone for once; or maybe we were having a great day and I was just worn out from playing nonstop. The thing about being a mom is you don't get to run your own schedule. You get up when your kids are up and you come running when you're needed. But sometimes, you just need a little break!

Now that Otto is a little bit older, I feel comfortable leaving him in one room while I go to another. He usually follows me immediately (remember back in the first paragraph about how I often wish I could go to the bathroom alone? Yeah, that's a real thing. A thing that never happens... Oh, to be alone in the bathroom for once! But I digress...) Like I said, he usually follows me, as does Henry, but every so often they're so engrossed in whatever they're doing that I can catch a moment to myself. Those are always great moments for a breather.

But sometimes, I need a breather when nobody is giving me any space! Moms, I know you all know what I'm talking about. Heck, even if you're not a mom but have a clingy and/or particularly needy dog, you know what I'm talking about. What I do in those moments is escape to my closet. Nope, not even kidding a little bit. It's a large walk in, and wouldn't you know, there's a lock on the inside. Why there's a lock on the inside I'll never know, but I thank the person who put it there! Because I can go and sit amongst my clothes for a few seconds of peace.

If I'm feeling particularly fancy/desperate, I acknowledge that it's time not only for a quick breather, but a fast treat, too. Treat yo'self, right? I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I've always loved a little chocolate (it's built into the female chromosomes, I swear) and anything with caramel. Cafe Breaks is the perfect fast break treat. It's small enough to consume in a short amount of time (hey, this referee has to get back to her job before all hell breaks loose!) and just the right amount of sweet for a quick treat.

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Smiling in glee because I'm eating pudding by myself in my closet? Oh heck yes.
Being a mom is tough work. It's relentless. And sometimes, you just need a little break! A breather. Some fresh air. Some you time. Whether you lock yourself in a closet like me (there's absolutely no shame in it, I promise you!), you go for a quick walk or you treat yourself to a little something sweet, remember to take time out for yourself. 


  1. I can't totally see you doing that. Heck, I do that with Teddy! 😂
    Those cafe breaks look AMAZING.

  2. Like what is their obsession with following us into the bathroom?! Mama breaks are so needed sometimes. These look really good!

  3. Being a mom is hard work and we don't always get our pat on the back or our 15 minute break and lunch hour. Sneak those moments in whenever you can.

  4. definitely not the same as kids lol but i rarely go to the bathroom alone, my cats will not stand for it! those cafe breaks look delicious.

  5. These look so good! I get it... my mom was clinging onto me for like 3 weeks ; )

  6. I seriously hide in the closet sometimes to get a little break. I would love these, they look so good and have some of my favorite flavors!

  7. I was literally just watching an ellentube episode where the mom locks herself in the pantry to eat a twizzler and this made me think of you! keep up the great work and that's right, we all deserve some self care :)

  8. This looks seriously delicious and I can't even get over you eating that, hiding in your closet. PS- you're super pretty.

  9. Yes, a break, yes! I find myself saying that often but don't treat my self.... these look delish!

  10. I am so jealous of your closet! We need to totally redo our's! And so many times, I just need a break from the kids! I feel bad about it; but, I need it to be a better mom!