GUILTY PLEASURES...HOW DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF?



I pulled this post back out from last Summer to Link-UP with the ladies of Girl Chat

It's still summertime, which means it's way too hot and laid back to do anything ambitious or worthy. So why not indulge in your guilty pleasures? You deserve them! I always say it really doesn't take much to make me happy.

Now, I will start by saying that this is a rough day. As we speak, we are moving our oldest into his apartment at IU. There's going to be lots of setting up today and trips by mom to the store and then as Mr. Nine and I travel home tonight, probably a few tears running down my cheeks. The second one is moving into his frat house at Purdue this week too! I pray this week is not as hard as this time last year when they went off for first time!


My College Boys

So, clearly with a little of the blues because of the kids going back, mama really needs those guilty pleasures more than ever! Why is it most of them revolve around food? Lol.

Andrea's GUILTY Summer PLEASURES~
Ice Cream for Supper ~ Kids, I have done this five times this year, five times! When I know I'm serving the fam leftovers or no one's going to be home but me, Bam, swing by The Chief (the best and most famous ice cream shop in Indiana) and my day is made! I always get the same thing, one scoop of lemon on a sugar cone, and I always have exact change: $3.35 well spent! Last week the girl remembered my order, lol.



Deep Fried and Butter ~ my affinity for deep-fried Fair food runs deep! It is the only week of the year that I usually even eat deep-fried! And it is definitely a guilty pleasure! Can you believe we never even got out to the Fair this year. And mama is not getting grease all over the kitchen, lol. Guess I'll settle for deep fried cheese curds from our favorite brewery! Oh and loads of butter on the cream of the crop: corn on the cob.....lip smacking good I tell ya!! 


 I love you cheese curds

I keep showing this picture because I love that stinking' corn dog stand sooo much!

Fancy Flip Flops ~ Usually it's boots I splurge on but I felt it was time for more than $3 old navy or target flip flop so I splurged on the Tory Burch Miller's and LOVE THEM!! Have a feeling mama will need a couple more pairs next Summer. Yep, Love them so much getting another pair Summer 2018!
Get your own splurge HERE

Online Shopping (Hello #NSale, Loft...MUST SHOP) ~ well, the #Nsale wasn't a big thriller for me this summer but the back-to-school sales have me quite enticed! I guess though you could say the majority of online shopping I've been doing is to furnish a college apartment for a boy! And of course the ever fun home Decor for the new house! Online stopping and getting those packages on my front porch makes me giddy!

And this Graphic 
Champagne Campaign!! I VOTE YES!!

I am dying to get thisTop from The Loft


And this Tasseled Cover-UP

Reading Magazines ~ I never read magazines in the winter but summer...bring on the People and all things Good Housekeeping, Home Decor related, etc. Fun, in the Sun, reads.

Sitting out in the Sun ~ second to floating in a pool, this is my 2nd favorite summer thing to do. I know nothing productive is happening, but it clears my mind so I can be productive.

Binging T.V. Series ~ How much do I love the fact that we can now binge and not wait til next week!! In there Summer , the TV viewing is slim pickin's but with Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, DVR, etc...I am one happy girl. What made me Most happy this Summer: Watching 84 episodes, all 7 seasons of "Shameless." This show is crude and crazy and I loved every minutes of it and felt like the Gallagher's were family! I miss it but we just finished Godless and so excited for the second season of Ozark.

I hide food ~ and I am not ashamed to admit it!! I learned my lesson a few years back when the boys would eat all my favorite treats. I like to spread them out and not eat all at once, so I have a mama snack cabinet that remains undisturbed from "boy" hands and the stash of Chips Ahoy thins, Good Thins White Cheddar crackers, Goldfish, etc is intact. Well, except for the caramel M&M's.....can't stop.....

How do you treat yourself? 


xoxo

56 comments:

  1. Good luck to you and the boys today and this week!! Hope everything goes smoothly!
    That leopard pillow! Oh my! and those flip flops! super cute!

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  2. hahaha I love that you have your own stash of food! And that you do ice cream for dinner if you're by yourself! When Dustin is away during hunting season, I sometimes treat myself to a bowl of cereal for dinner since we don't keep it in the house. It's the one thing I look forward to! Good luck today!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  3. I hope the move goes smoothly for everyone :) Somehow fair food just tastes really especially fried dough! Wishing you a wonderful week girl! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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  4. Anonymous14.8.17

    Thinking of you today as you drop off your boys at school. But on another note that Lemon Ice Cream Cone looks fabulous and whatever works DO IT !!! And if that means ice cream for dinner I say YES !!!! Happy Monday Andrea :) Hugs to you !

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  5. What a week, Andrea! I hope the move-ins go well for everyone. It's hard to believe it's already that time again. I'm with you on the ice cream and online shopping. I LOVE that leopard pillow. Going to check that out now haha! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  6. This is so much fun!! I have to get on this!! Good luck this week and be brave Mama!! :)

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  7. I kid you not, my stomach growled. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on House of Cards. It certainly is an interesting show, but one that has always sucked me in. Praying for you today and this week sweet mama.

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  8. I knew I liked you! A lemon cone sounds fabulous! I have my own mom stash, too. It's like they hear you when you even open a bag from a different floor of the house, too. My favorite guilty pleasure summer foods are nachos from the concession stand (and like at 9 am at a swim meet!) and funnel cakes- we had funnel cake fries in STL a few weeks ago- so good! Happy Monday!

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  9. Oh yeah, anything fried I'm in for!! That ice cream looks delish! Good luck with all the moving!

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  10. Big hugs and positive thoughts headed your way this week! I am all for ice cream for dinner! That lemon ice cream looks delicious and how funny that the girl remembered your order.

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  11. I hide food too lol!!!! I love with two large mice so I have to!!!! Shoes are always a splurge for me. Xo

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  12. I love that you hide your snacks! Fried food and ice cream are the best! I love your Tory Burch sandals!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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  13. Oh sweet friend, this will be a tough week. Even as a kid, no matter how excited you are to move away from home..it's always a little heart wrenching when Mom and Dad drive away! Load up on all of those hidden snacks and don't feel badly about it! This is WHY they make those goodies to begin with! love ya girl! XO

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  14. Ice cream for dinner is the perfect treat! So are those sandals, and I highly recommend grabbing some more each year! Hope you're doing well with the back to school! I remember when we would move my brother into Purdue every year :)

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  15. Lots of love to you today and this week as your drop your boys off. That lemon ice cream looks so yummy. I love that you have your own cupboard. And sitting out and reading a magazine is the best way to spend a sunny afternoon.

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  16. I vote YES for the champagne campaign too and of course ice cream for dinner - yum! Sending you all the hugs this week sweet friend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  17. Thinking of you today and sending you big, giant hugs. Also, brilliant that you hide your treats...I need to remember that strategy!

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  18. I am sending you all the hugs today as you send your boys back to school. I know it is rough, you certainly deserve an extra scoop of ice cream! I really liked House of Cards. Chris and I watched a few episodes of Shameless, but he didn't seem to care for it. I liked it though, so I am going to try to get him to try it again. Hope you have a great week!

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  19. When will I ever get my act together...I totally meant to do this today...maybe tomorrow😀👍🏼
    Andrea, I'm saying a prayer for an easy week for you (and me and Kellyann...and all the mama's sending our babies back to school) So exciting for them and lonely for us, but that's part of the plan. So while I can't really get on the lemon ice cream bandwagon I do love that nail polish color your wearing...LOL! I couldn't LOVE anymore that you have your own snack cabinet. That is the BEST!!! Let's hide out next week and eat all the junk food to soothe our sad little selves. (and then we can be even more depressed because we feel so gross😜) I finally caved too and bought the exact same Tory Burch sandals after years of drooling over them. Now if I can just keep from tripping and tearing up the toe...I'm terrified I'll do that very thing and be sick over it. I think they are so cute, albeit stupid expensive. Have a great week. Good luck moving the boys in!!! XOXOXO

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  20. Oh my goodness - that snack cabinet is such a funny idea! I love it. Hope you are doing ok today - sending lots of love!!!!

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  21. I seriously had a Frosty for dinner last night and it was amazing! Hope things go smoothly and safely for move in.

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  22. I can't even begin to think about my boys going off to college one day! All the tears! I get teary just dropping them off at daycare in the morning. Also, my littles had ice cream for dinner the other night haha that either makes me the best or the worst mama ever.

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  23. I'm pretty bad about shopping to treat myself. I'm bad about journals & paper & pens as a 'treat'... how many journals does one person need? Apparently a lot ;) haha

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  24. I love that you hide food. I have a feeling I'm going to be doing that in a few years when the kids get older! Ha!

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  25. Good luck with the back to school moves! Mine starts Kinder next week so I will be right there with ya and probably leaving a hot mess! That stash would definitely make me feel better lol! Happy Monday!

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  26. Oh no mama, I am already dreading the day they leave for college {hugs}. I hope the move is going well. I always sneak a treat behind the kids back. If not, I will never hear the end of them wanting one or me never being able to enjoy a bite.
    Beautifully Candid

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  27. Awww...good luck to the boys and hugs to momma! This is the first year in 22 years we will not be sending one to school (well the puppy may be going ;-) Seems so odd. Love that nail color...do you remember what it's called? And give me anything lemon during the summer.

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  28. Oh girl I was thinking about you all weekend knowing you were dropping off your oldest on Sunday, ugh! It sure is hard to let them go. Knowing how happy and excited they are is a plus though. And you're right we need to indulge in those guilty pleasures for sure! I love all the sweet and yummy treats and shopping and I love that you enjoy ice cream for dinner!!!!I have been binge watching so many shows on Netflix, I swear I am obsessed. That dress you want is super cute too and will look marvelous on you!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  29. Bwhahaha! I love your stash, Sista! Sometimes, a mom just needs to lock herself in the bathroom and eat cookies, right? I'm thinking about you tonight as you and Mr. Nine are traveling. Be safe and I hope that there are not nearly as many tears as last year. Your boys are so handsome and have been "raised right." I know they are gonna make Mama and Papa proud! Love ya!

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  30. Love that you have a Mama snack cabinet that is not to be touched by the boys because you know it will be depleted in days or hours. Sending hugs and strength as you send your two boys off again back to College. Mama bird gotta let her boys spread their wings and achieve their goals as much as it may be hard. Hope all the sweet indulgences help you through it. I've been dying for a pair of TB Miller flats in that same color but have yet to pull the trigger...so tempting because they look so comfy. xoxo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  31. Hoping back to school moves go well! I have been watching Shameless too!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

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  32. Museums are always a great way for me to treat myself.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

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  33. Been thinking of you all day today - hope it went well and you could feel all my hugs! So funny, I also hide food from the boys, because otherwise they would hoover it in ten seconds flat!

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  34. Yes to all of these, especially that striped top! This past weekend I got to treat myself...I went for a mani-pedi, followed by a wash, conditioning treatment and style. My day ended with a new pair of shoes, purchased with a gift card - oh the best! haha. Anyway, I want to go visit "the Chief" and try me some lemon ice cream! As always, your post are so fun to read. Have a fabulous week! P.S. I have to hide food as well!!!!!

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  35. Oh! I just saw that I missed the news that you dropped off your boy this weekend! Hope your mama heart is doing well!

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  36. I hope you are doing ok with move-out week. I can't imagine how hard it will be, and it makes me treasure the high school days even more. I love your guilty pleasures...many of mine would be the same! Hang in there!

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  37. Thinking about you! Make sure to treat yourself! I hope that next weekend goes smoothly & you're doing better today than you were yesterday.

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  38. My kids are still little so I just put the good snacks up high, lol. I'll have to get a new system once they get too tall. I'm thinking about you this week. Hope the transition is as easy as possible. Sending love.

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  39. Ice cream is a huge downfall for us; my brother in law has a stand making their own homemade ice cream. Did I mention we get to eat for free?! Yeah, it's tough but I will survive! :)

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  40. Yes to ice cream! We did the ice cream for dinner once in the Spring and it was awesome! A good way to end a really crappy day. And I still have yet to try those carmel M&M's...need to get some stat! good luck today moving one of your boys, oh man, I don't even want to think about that!

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  41. I'm glad I am not the only one that hides treats. I hide them from my husband - who always seems to find them - I need to find better spots (but the freezer is only so big). I hope it all went well and you are adjusting with the boys back at school.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  42. My boys are still home but they go back next week. Hope the drop went well! GIRL! How do you do it?? All the snacks, etc and you look ah-mazing!!

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  43. Best wishes for your boys and I love the idea of indulging in guilty pleasures.

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  44. So, I really think you and I would be such great friends - that corn dog photo (I love) and I know all about hiding food! I'm also right there with you in regards to magazines during the summer... there is nothing beter.

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  45. I treat myself with ice cream while binge watching my fav TV series. And yes, festival food are the best way to indulge your guilty pleasures!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  46. Oh I hope you're not too sad about the boys going back :(
    I can't imagine how horrible that must be... but at least you've got all these lovely guilty pleasures to look forward to! My guilty pleasures? Hmmm.... binge watching TV for sure. This year we've binged watched Outlander, Homeland, the Iron Fist, all the NCIS series and much more LOL! I also do love me some chocolate!!
    Suzy xx
    Suzy Turner at Yogadocious

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  47. ice cream for SURE!!!! Like ALL summer long! Especially while pregnant... this baby might come out looking like a giant bowl of ice cream at this rate.

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  48. I hope moving your boys in went smoothly. I can't imagine how hard to must be to let go of your babies!

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  49. What a fun post! When my girls were in school, we would have Dairy Queen for dinner occasionally. It's tough to drive away after leaving a child (not really a child, a young person) at school. Hope they have a good year! xoxo

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  50. I hide my food too! Glad I am not the only one. I sometimes feel guilty not sharing :)

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  51. Your lemon cone looks amazing. I hide my special snack too. My toddler is always trying to steal my cookies. #fridayfrivolity XX

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  52. I was nodding my head the whole time to these. This is sooooo me.

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  53. I love a great recycled post! Thank you for joining us :) Fried pickles is one of my favorite things in the summer and I just ordered a tassel coverup this morning!

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  54. I will say it again, but I love your snack cabinet, haha!

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  55. I love that you hide food! I get it though as my five year old is getting older. Boys just eat and eat and eat!!!

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