May 4, 2015

Taking a Moment with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies & $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!


I am all about the simple little pleasures in life that make a huge difference in my day.  As the mom of 3 growing boys, and wife to a police officer husband whose work schedule changes from day to day, I have learned to carve out a few minutes to myself during the day to re-charge.  Because life sometimes gets overwhelming.  And we deserve a break, right?  Simple things like fresh flowers, a good book and a sweet treat can go a long way in reducing stress. Taking a little break just makes the whole day better.

My most sacred "me time" is just before elementary school pick-up, around 2:30pm.  Throughout the day, I have been busy working on this blog and taking care of all the many things that are necessary to keep our home up and running.  I am sure all moms can relate!  We juggle so many different roles every day, but often don't feel like we're doing all of them really well.  Sometimes it's important to take a moment to focus ourselves and to pause from our everyday busyness to savor the present.
I like to take a few moments to enjoy my afternoon tea and treat myself to a couple of Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies (the Mint Milano cookies have been a long time favorite of mine!).  I gather my thoughts, maybe read a chapter in a book, and mostly just savor the quiet.  Because the busiest part of my day is about to happen!  With school age kids, it seems the most important (and craziest) parenting hours are those from when school gets out until bedtime.  I want to be fully present with my kids as we get homework done, take care of the many after school activities, and finally cook dinner and eat together.  It is a lot to get done in a short amount of time.
But before all that happens, if I take a few moments for myself, I am ready to face the rest of my day head on.  When my kids were younger, I always savored their nap time as my time.  Now that they are in school all day, I find that I need to consciously stop myself from all of the running around and take some time to re-group.  It makes all the difference.
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155 comments:

  1. My favorite special moments are first thing in the morning. After the dogs have gone outside. That's my time to have my first cup of coffee of the day. (always the BEST cup!) I've been known to eat half a bag of Milano cookies on my way home from the grocery store. They are dangerous.

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  2. Courtney, I just started reading your blog this year and Love, Love, Love your home. So warm and welcoming! I just read today's post while starting my day with a cup of coffee and wanted to tell you that I too am a wife to a police officer (now retired). I have a graduating senior this year and am crazy busy. (there is so much to do) I also found that I own two of the cups that are on the table! Now if I can just find that pitcher! So yeah, this is my time to catch up with blogs and such before starting my day at work.

    Thanks for the beautiful posts.

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  3. Courtney,
    Love the cookies. They are my faves too. Love your little spot to sit and relax before the heavy part of your day begins after school. Have a great start to the new week ahead.
    Kris

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  4. WOW- great giveaway! My favorite moment - quite coffee time before anyone else wakes.

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  5. I like to enjoy a cup of tea and read a book

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  6. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/595258829094326272

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  7. My favorite "Me time" is after my daughter gets home from work…(I watch my 3 grandchildren while she teaches)... Then I have my peaceful time when I get home to get my thoughts together and relax before it's time to think about dinner…I enjoy spending time on my computer with Pinterest ( we're doing our kitchen over )and that is where I found your blog and subscribed to it….LOVE your kitchen and am definitely ordering a pot filler now in my plans

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  8. My favorite special moment is taking the time to go for a long run through the woods. It makes me feel so much better and really relieves my stress. yarbr012@gmail.com

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  9. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/595286575329730560 yarbr012@gmail.com

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  10. When my daughter was young, getting up a little earlier than anyone else gave me some quiet time before we started the day. Even now, as empty nesters, I still like my quiet time in the morning before our day starts. A hot cup of tea, reading a few chapters in a book or catching up with blogs is the perfect start to the day!

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  11. I like to take a moment for myself by going on a nature walk or by enjoying a cup of coffee.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  13. My favorite way to make me time is make healthy smoothies, and spending time doing my yoga and meditation. It really helps me stay focused!

    my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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    https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/595362200404959234

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  15. I spend “me” moments early in the morning before everyone wakes up. I catch up on emails and just enjoy the silence.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  16. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/595363255951953921

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  17. I love to have a cup of tea, some cookies & curl up with a good book!

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  18. When I have the house to myself and can curl up on the couch with something to read, a cool drink and a little snack (either ice cream or I do like those Milanos).

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  19. https://twitter.com/yarnygrl/status/595366101942337536
    When I have the house to myself and can curl up on the couch with something to read, a cool drink and a little snack (either ice cream or I do like those Milanos). Sorry for the repeat. I did it wrong :/

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  20. I have me time before anyone wakes up. I have my coffee, catch up on blogs that I follow and sometimes do a little online shopping :) The silence and quiet is wonderful. Sometimes I even get up early to do this when I dont have to. Its just so enjoyable

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  21. My favorite way to take a moment for myself is to sit out on the patio with a good book and a nice glass of wine.

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  22. I tweeted about this promotion. https://twitter.com/PJGurganus/status/595631451690901505

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  23. I know this will sound strange, but my favorite "me" time is the thirty minutes it takes to drive home after work. I just bought a new car and it has satellite radio so I can listen to my favorite music (instead of listening to whatever my son flips to when he's in the car), and I've starting taking a new, quieter route home that's mostly through countryside instead of town. It's my down time because as soon as I get home I know I'll get met with "what's for dinner?" and the evening's activities.

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  24. I like reading a good book

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  25. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/596036998374240256

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  26. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/596051995674472448
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  27. Reading (just about anything) or writing in one of my many journals.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  28. My getaway is to go and have a mani/pedi done.

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  29. https://twitter.com/leighanne000/status/596105181974110208

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  30. My favorite way to take a moment for myself is listening to podcast with a cup of tea.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  31. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/596171398084632576

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  32. tweeted https://twitter.com/mom22girlz/status/596194900405653504

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  34. I like to bake when I need to take a moment for myself.

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  35. I like to bake when I need to take a moment for myself.

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  36. I like to make a cup of coffee, grab a good book, and read a bit in the quiet of my bedroom.

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  37. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/596329628240711681

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  38. I like to jump into the bath with a good book and lock the door- it's my 15 minutes of alone time during the evening ! :)

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  39. tweet https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/596387216328265728

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  40. I love listening to some good music and having a cocktail.

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  41. tweet- https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/596397067095781376

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  42. My favorite way to take a moment to myself is to sit down & relax with a cup of coffee in the afternoon!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  43. I tweeted -

    https://mobile.twitter.com/saverang/status/596542585444827136

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  44. I'm still in the "yay it's naptime!" phase. :)

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  45. I like to take a hot shower and sing at the top of my lungs

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  46. I like to relax in my garden in the morning with a book.

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  47. https://twitter.com/jennad289/status/596858344083718144

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  48. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/596902818893598722

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  49. A favorite way to take a moment for myself is relaxing out on my hammock on a nice day with a good book.

    nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  50. Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/597279151377121280

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  51. I like to take a coffee break in the afternoon.

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  52. I like to close my bedroom door, turn on Turner Classic Movies and just relax. If a Bette Davis movie is on its even better.

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  53. https://twitter.com/dawnmonroe83/status/599644869024419840

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  54. i like to relax on my patio with a cup of iced coffee.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  56. When I need a little me time I make a cup of coffee and enter my giveaways and read up on the latest blog post! my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  57. I tweeted my4boysand1@gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/602271763930677248

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  58. My fave way to make me time is to just sit on the porch and watch the hummingbirds. neyabenz(at)gmail.com

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  59. The favorite way to take a moment for myself is have a few cookies or a slice of cake, along with my favorite English milk tea and watch my favorite cooking show. :D

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  60. tweeted:
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  61. I unwind with a long spin class session all by myself. It feels great to work out and refresh my body!
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  62. My favorite way to take time for myself is a cup of tea, a cookie and a nice magazine

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  63. tweeted https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/608797322970042368

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  64. I love a nice cup or glass of tea, something delicious and a nice book!

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  65. tweet: https://twitter.com/suburbsanity/status/609106442113683456

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  66. I love to go out running. It helps me clear my mind and I like getting lost in the music.

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  67. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/610191164537503744

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  68. I love to curl up with a treat, something to drink and catch up on the tv shows or movies I've been wanting to watch :)
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  69. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/610360203649794048
    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  70. I like to do yoga :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. One of my favorites is my 'lazy days'; I spend a whole day doing nothing productive. I read, listen to music, take a walk, watch old movies, take a long bubble bath, sip some wine or eat some dark chocolate.....and sometimes just daydream the day away. This is a rare treat for me.

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  72. https://twitter.com/Attea2d/status/610440688531058688

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  73. I like to take time out to take a hot bath and relax afterwards with hot chocolate and cookies.

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  74. I enjoy reading a good book.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  75. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/610477185317629952
    Thanks again
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  76. Taking a moment for myself - I like to visit and have coffee with a good friend.
    thank you

    barbara (dot) montyj (at) gmail (dot) com

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  77. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/610489221896257536

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  78. I like a few quiet moments to read the newspaper over a cup of coffee.

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  79. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/610494211012624385

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  80. I love taking time for myself by going hiking. It's my favorite way of getting in touch with nature. :)

    Lesha@tothemotherhood.com

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  81. I like to take a moment for myself with a good book and a glass of wine, or a cup of hot cocoa.

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  82. i wake up before anyone else around here and go for a walk or sit and read while it's quiet

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  83. https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/610525176455921664

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  84. Love something in quiet - like a facial, massage or steam with my favorite milk chocolate Milano afterwards! Been years but a tired, working mom can dream! tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  85. I love to unwind by doing some at home spa treatments or taking a nice run on a pretty day
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  86. I unwind by reading in bed in the evenings.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  87. I love to lay around watching movies or TV with my favorite snack.

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  88. I like to unwind by watching a little brainless television


    stigay at comcast.net

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  89. My favorite way to take a moment for myself is with a long hot shower.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  90. I like to read a book while drinking coffee.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  91. I like to sit in my backyard with a cool drink.

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  92. tweeted
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  93. My favorite way to take a moment for myself is to just relax in a quiet space with some nice tea.

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  94. I like to take a moment for myself and go online with a cup of coffee.

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  95. i enjoy resting in my recliner watching my soaps or taking a short nap

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  96. i posted a tweet here: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/614607421579771904

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  97. My me time is sitting on my balcony reading a good book and drinking a glass of wine.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  98. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/614828043908063232

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  99. I like running to have me time
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  100. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/614847438290067458
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  101. I like walking on the treadmill it makes me feel better

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  102. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/614926292866236416

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  103. I like me time that I can read a book – sometimes I play hide and seek with the kids and find a few moments of peace since I’m such a good hider. truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

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  104. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/614946163863621632 truckredford(at0Gmail(Dot)com

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  105. I spend my "me" time by reading a good book -- a piece of classic literature is best!
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

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  106. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/614959110707113984

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  107. I like having a coffee and a cookie on my porch swing.

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  108. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/615000902630526978

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  109. I like to read a book and have coffee.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  110. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/615187645359091712

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  111. A cup of coffee on the back porch with my dogs, that is my moment

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  112. I like to sit in the sun with a good book!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  113. I like to wake up early and read the WORD
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  114. tweet https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/615406043313483776
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  115. I like to take time for myself with my favorite music and a great treat.

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  116. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/615587038339985408

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  117. I enjoy an intriguing read.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  118. I like to read in bed while the baby is taking a nap.

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  119. https://twitter.com/Stephanie64030/status/615650075352510464

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  120. I like to catch up on my TV shows!

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  121. I love to take a moment, sit back and have a caramel latte.

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  122. My favorite way to take time for myself is to soak in the tub and read for a while. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  123. My favorite way to take time for myself is with a cup of coffee sitting out on our patio enjoying the birds in the mornings.

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  124. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/615744101078712320

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  125. I love to grab the sunday crossword puzzle and a cup of coffee (or wine, depending on the time of day).

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  126. tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/615756810243305472

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  127. I relax and do a crossword puzzle.

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  128. Need to go to gym and then hot coffee make me feel lot better

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  129. https://twitter.com/momsfocus/status/615836981197733889

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  130. My favorite way to take some time for myself is to take a long walk in nice weather.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  131. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/615940443679821825

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  132. My favorite is a hot bath, a good book, and a glass of sweet iced tea.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  133. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/615947301937266688

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  134. I love to just veg out watching nature documentaries on Netflix!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  135. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/615952077014102016
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  136. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/615959550844358656
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  137. I take a moment for myself when I go cycling solo.

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  138. https://twitter.com/ardy22/status/615980016363507714

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  139. I take a moment by curling up on the couch when the kids are entertaining themselves or in bed or by taking a bubble bath with a good book or kindle, something sweet and something with caffeine to drink

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  140. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/615990800040783873

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  141. I take a moment for myself to relax and breathe.

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  142. I publicly Tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/versatileer/status/616015296831160320

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  143. My favorite way to take a moment to myself is by sewing. I like the way it relaxes me and frees my mind at the same time.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  144. my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

    https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/616025304377769986

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  145. #SweepstakesEntry:

    I like to create time for myself by relaxing on my sunny porch with a good book or some magazines, a hot beverage (tea) & some Milano cookies!

    KC
    kacor7@hotmail.com

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  146. i get up early to have me time for reading

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  147. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/616030151923646464

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  148. chocolate anything, is my favorite indulgence

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  149. I like to read and enjoy a good cup of tea!

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  150. My favorite way is to grab a book, a snack and coffee - shaunie twitter.com/sandyhills25

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  151. https://twitter.com/sandyhills25/status/618234264614670337 - shaunie twitter.com/sandyhills25

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