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Monday, July 4, 2011

Mom's Summer Guilty Pleasures

Pre-kids, my summer guilty pleasures included sleeping in, lazy days on the beach, and a outrageously expensive bikini.

Aaaah, life before kids, right?

But, there are still guilty pleasures to be found after kids!

1. The Ice Cream Truck: My boys provide me the best excuse ever to get excited when I hear the ice cream truck drive down the street. Can't deny them, now can I?

2.  Water gun fights:  A mama has to fight back, right? So much fun to scream like a kid and engage in a water battle.

3.  Sundresses: yes, this is about the millionth time I've pledged my love for sundresses. But, really, there is nothing better to wear in this heat. And it's easy to justify shopping the summer sundress sales.

4.  Beach books:  Not that I get to read them on the beach since I'm too busy chasing after my boys, but summer is the perfect time for light and fluffy reading.

5.  Mindless tv: True Blood and So You Think You Can Dance. And this summer, throw in White Collar, Covert Affairs, and Suits.

What are your guilty pleasures this summer?

60 Comments:

Blogger Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

Great topic shell! I think I may steal it and write a post of my own. :) Maybe you could do a linky??? Here's hoping the ice cream truck visits you today!!:)

July 4, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

We are loving tropical popsicles at our house.

July 4, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

glad I am not the only one that gets excited when I hear the ice cream truck Haha

July 4, 2011 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger kristi said...

Laying out by the pool. An early morning walk before work.

July 4, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Watson said...

Ahhh, I love this list. I too, would love love love to lay on the beach reading a book. Do you actually read books still or are you using the kindle? I've heard those are great for the beach because you don't have any glare.

July 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger angela said...

I LOVE your list! Especially SYTYCD & sundresses & beach reading.

I would add fun toenail polish, using the humidity as an excuse to wear my hair in a ponytail (again), outdoor runs in the evening where I get to see fireflies.

July 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Cindi said...

LoL. My guilty pleasure is grabbing the hose during a water fight. (Evil Mommy laugh!) LoL.

Have a safe and happy 4th.

July 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Getting ice cream is definitely my summer treat!

July 4, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger SparkleFarkle said...

Outrageously expensive or not, if I went the bikini route, I would most certainly go against The Other Golden Rule: "Keep America Beautiful"! LOL!

Happy 4th of July to you and yours!
SF~~~~~*

July 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Sundresses are great. I love early morning walks, iced coffee, cold potato salad for supper.

July 4, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Water guns and making out with ice cream and Popsicles ;)

July 4, 2011 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

Hard to fit in, but USA network provides my TV viewing for the summer..Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Necessary Roughness

I would brag that I watch two/three less kids during the summer, but events with my mother make that not even something I can enjoy this year.

July 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

My newest guilty pleasure are salted zucchini chips - I made a bunch in our dehydrator last night and they're so good I ate the entire thing - one jumbo zucchini's worth. You're saying, "hey, that's not guilty, that's healthy" BUT I dipped them all in ranch dip before I ate them. So there ya go :-)

July 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Lourie said...

All your pre kid stuff remind me of my niece. hahaha. Let's see...guilty pleasures.... shakes. Yum. Mindless TV: Wipe Out Pool Time...I don't "swim" I play.

July 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Yes water fights with kids are fun, especially if they have been particually naughty that day- squirting them feels that much more cathartic ;)

July 4, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Love fluffy summer reads! My biggest guilty pleasure is a big, fat BLT with garden tomatoes! Mmmm....

July 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Definitely love sundresses and True Blood. I got a bunch on book at the library's book store for 75 cents each. I can't wait to start the reading.

July 4, 2011 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Dazee Dreamer said...

I love, love, love So You Think You Can Dance. I've even just DVR'd them so I don't have to watch the zillions of commercials and can fast forward through the judges if they are boring me. Oh yeah. I don't vote, so it's the way to do it.

July 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger MiMi said...

Chunky Monkey, "fluff" books, Big Brother and True Blood.

July 4, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Love So You Think You Can Dance. And I CAN'T WAIT for Big Brother to start. Best summer show!

July 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Amethyst Moon said...

what great guilty pleasures. I especially love magazines at the beach, and jello cakes so cool and refreshing! Have a happy 4th!

July 4, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Yes!! Mindless T.V., reading magazines when my kids are playing outside and I'm lounging in the sun...I love summer :)

July 4, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger KSK said...

:) So You Think You Can Dance and Drop Dead Diva... must watch summer tv :) Just bought LB a little pool and I get to squirt her with the hose :)

July 4, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is bad TV. I love it.

July 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Denelle @CaitsConcepts said...

Popsicles (the ones in the plastic tubes) and I might just have to agree with you on the sundress thing. I should probably grab a few more of those..

July 4, 2011 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Sundresses, sunglasses, pools! Yay!

July 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Those yummy vodka coolers....

July 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Spanish Pinay said...

I'm a new follower!

My guilty pleasure on summer is beach, beach and beach! Oh yeah!

Spanish Pinay

July 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

You should definitely do a linky ... what a great topic! My guilty summer pleasure is grilling. Nope, not me. Husband. It's a great time to get him to cook dinner while I have a glass of wine after Baby goes to bed! :)

July 4, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Grilled food! I love not having to cook a damn thing from May til October. Sam Adams Summer Ale with a lemon wedge in a frosted glass: I craved that all last summer when I was pregnant. And like you, I'm all about sundresses.

My husband is like an 8 year old with the ice cream truck. He'll come booting through the house to catch it.

July 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Love 'em all. Um, cocktails on the terrace, of course!

July 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

spending the day at the pool, fountain and on the couch because I have convinced Nathaniel 'it's summer and time to be bums'

July 4, 2011 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

Oh how can anyone NOT get excited for the ice cream truck?!? And I'm pretty sure the other day I had more fun in our water gun fight than my son did!

This is a great idea Shell! I might have to borrow this! ;)

July 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

You've convinced me that I need to head out to Old Navy tomorrow and pick up some sundresses!

July 5, 2011 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm just getting back into wearing summer dresses again. I love them (except for no pockets for my chapstick).

July 5, 2011 at 3:17 AM  
Blogger Kir said...

Because of you I now where my sundresses around the house as soon as I get home! Where!
Beach books and all those USA and TNT shows...we really do have a lot in common! I also engaged in a water gun fight with the boys recently, they kicked my butt. LOL

July 5, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love sundresses!

July 5, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli said...

I really need to get more sundresses, I might of been wearing a nightgown around the house. I suppose that's a guilty pleasure.

July 5, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Getting in the little plastic pool with the kids, eating Otter Pops, and laying out in the skin (without sunblock which is normally a huge no no for me) ;)

July 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

No schedules and SLEEPING IN!

July 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger The Woven Moments said...

Seriously - is there ANYTHING better than True Blood? No, no there is not.

Already finished the new Sookie book, too!

July 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I love sitting in the baby pool with a cocktail pretending I'm floating around somewhere tropical. ;)

July 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Amber Page Writes said...

I haven't seen True Blood - but I'm getting caught up on Glee. And sundresses are a must, for sure...

As are hose fights.

July 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Elaine A. said...

If sundresses are a guilty pleasure then yes, I will be convicted! HA!

One of mine is chilled white wine because I usually drink red since it's "better" for me... ;)

July 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

BBQ EVERY night :)
Too easy.

We also have no schedule - love it.

July 5, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger A Mommy in the City said...

Love sundresses and LOVE the ice cream truck. I also love running through the sprinklers with Harlan. ;)

July 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Di said...

Pink lemonade, sundresses and living in the pool since Jellybean is a waterbaby!

July 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Cocktail hour at 4pm instead of 5pm!!

July 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger HopefulLeigh said...

Love So You Think You Can Dance and I won't feel one iota guilty about it:) My guilty pleasure this summer is more Ben and Jerry's ice cream than I should admit to. Their flavors are so dang good and I actually have better portion control with those little pints.

July 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Blue Cotton Memory said...

Sleeping in, a freezer full of popsicles(sp) to share - that would do it. I never get to participate in water gun fights 'cause they commandere the guns - Sigh!

BTW - I read your sweet comment at JDaniel4sMoms place - and I'm just going to have to do a post in response. My boys would laugh their heads off if someone said their mom was "calm." That story was definitely a calm one - but I think maybe it is the search for the peace in the midst of the storm. I tell my boys to imagine what I would be like IF I didn't try to be the person God made me! LOL

July 5, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I love sundresses too. I love the beach but we don't live near one. I like wearing tank tops during the summer with capri pants and flip flops. Summer is just an awesome time of the year.

July 5, 2011 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

And you look darling in every one of those sundresses!

I LOVE mindless tv too!!!

July 5, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

The best mindless tv really does come on in the summer.

By the way? Do you like sundresses? I can never tell. hehe

July 5, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

i'm taking the summer off from doing the dishes. seriously. we are eating on paper plates and drinking from plastic cups all. summer. long.

July 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger RoryBore said...

definitely still get a little excited when I hear those summer jingle bells!! Ice cream, ice scream...yep, we are all screamin!

And I need a little something nice to wear at our resort vacation this weekend....thinking a cute sundress is the perfect thing! Thanks.

July 6, 2011 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Just Jennifer said...

Definitely sleeping in, smoothies, The Bachelorette, not wearing socks or jackets and a week of summer camp for my daughter. Yes, that is a guilty pleasure for ME.

About the ice cream truck...it comes around here EVERY DAY. I can't let them have it EVERY DAY, so it kinda drives me crazy.

July 6, 2011 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger The Suburban Princess said...

I love, love, LOVE the ice cream truck! I feel like my kids are so lucky because I never had one come by my house when I was little!

July 6, 2011 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Tara R. said...

Since my kids are old enough to fend for themselves, summers... when I don't have to be a human alarm clock for them... sleeping in is my guilty pleasure. If they can sleep until noon, I can at least sleep until 8am.

July 6, 2011 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Fun list! We don't need the ice cream truck--I am usually so stocked in my freezer! This is our first complete day off of summer. I also love sleeping in, though 7am is still the latest my kids will ever let me. :)

July 6, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Andrea (ace1028) said...

I wish I could find sundresses that worked for me. I may have to start looking!

Ice cream is always a guilty pleasure. But fresh ice cream from the stand at the blueberry farm? Delightful! :)

July 6, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

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