My life as a work-at-home mom is absolutely crazy. When I make that comment it surprises many people. I often get the strange looks and the “But you’re at home all day” comments. But the fact that I’m home during the day doesn’t mean that blissful moments abound. In fact, it simply complicates my life because when I do get the momentary break from running the kids to and from school and activities or working, there are always laundry, dishes and other household responsibilities waiting right outside my office door. Knowing that my moments of simply being are few and far between, I’ve had to get creative. I’ve had to look for times when home, work and parenting responsibilities don’t abound. And after thinking for so long that fifteen minutes of “me time” a day was too much to ask for, I’ve discovered that my blissful moments happen in the last place I would have expected…the school pick up line.
Yes, you heard me right. To get a few moments of complete relaxation, I have to be in the car sitting in that endless line that wraps around the school building. I’ll be honest and admit that I used to look at my time spent waiting to get the kids as wasted time but now I’ve discovered an easy way to make it the highlight of my day with Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Bars and a School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit!
So, how did I come up with this idea? Well, now that both of my kids are at the same school I’ve found that the pickup line is the easiest way to get them in the afternoon. However, in order to be near the front of the line (so that they aren’t late for all their after school activities), I need to arrive at their school about fifteen minutes before afternoon dismissal. At first, I thought I would just use this time as an extension of my work time but after discovering that somehow the school pickup line is an internet dead zone, my plans had to change. At first I was frustrated. With my busy mindset I wondered what on earth I would do for fifteen minutes each day (ha!). But then I got smart and decided to turn those fifteen minutes into a time when I relax, recharge and treat myself to a sweet reward for making it through the work day!
Knowing that each day, those fifteen precious minutes were completely mine, I headed to Walmart for some ideas on how to make them extra sweet. And when I spotted the NEW Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars in the cereal aisle, an idea popped into my head. With Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar, Caramel Brownie Bar and Butterscotch Blondie Bar varieties, it was the perfect afternoon treat to turn my school pickup line time into the sweetest time of the day.
No only did the flavor combinations sound amazing but these NEW Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars boasted soft baked bars that deliver a highly indulgent treat (just what I need after a long day) in a single serve bar that’s individually wrapped and perfect for when I’m on-the-go and in the car pickup line. Unable to pick between the three varieties, I added them all to my cart…after all, I have plenty of days sitting in the pickup line so I knew I would get to enjoy them all!
But I didn’t want to stop with just he Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars because while eating them would truly create a blissful moment, I wanted to make more of those fifteen minutes of precious down time. After thinking about my favorite ways to relax, I quickly picked up a few extra items and put together a School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit that makes sitting in that line of cars the highlight of my day (seriously!).
What You Will Need:
Your Favorite Drink
Magazines of Your Choice
Music (Download it on your phone)
A Plastic Container (Choose a Size that will Fit Under Your Seat)
How to Make It:
The great thing about my School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit is that it’s all about me…and my favorite things. With the Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars as my snack time inspiration, I thought about the things that I like to do but never seem to find time for. First on my list was reading magazines. I’m gonna admit that I’m a big fan of gossip magazines (I know…don’t judge) but I rarely have time to look at them. Each week I pick them up on my trip to Walmart but they often end up being way out of date before I ever get to read them. Since they are pretty much the perfect pairing with my Betty Crocker Bars to create my blissful moment, I added them to the bottom of my newly purchased plastic container.
After adding my magazines, I of course added my Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars to my School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit…and by that I do mean I added all three varieties. Knowing that depending on my mood I may want the Butterscotch Blondie Bar one day and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar the next, I decided it was best to be prepared with options on hand at all times. Plus, since I can easily store this kit under the seat of my car, I never have to worry that I won’t have exactly what I need for my blissful moment while in the school pick up line.
Finally, I added in my favorite drink, coconut water, so I’d have a delicious drink to wash all that Betty Crocker goodness down!
With reading material and the perfect snack to create my blissful moment in place, I closed up my School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit and downloaded some of my favorite music onto my phone (no kid’s songs for me during mama time).
With everything ready, I added my kit to my car and felt excited about the upcoming school pick up time.
Once I arrived at the boys’ school, I took my usually dreaded place in the line of cars but then I smiled because I knew that these fifteen minutes of my day were never going to be the same. I quickly pulled out my School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit and opened it up. As I grabbed my Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bar, opened my magazine and pushed play on my favorite songs, I let the day fade away and a feeling of bliss wash over me.
Because although I knew it wouldn’t be long before laughing (or possibly screaming) kids filled my car, for those few moments it was all about letting the stress of the day fade away for a few blissful moments.
While my music played and my magazine entertained me, it was truly the indulgent flavor of the Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bar that helped turn my time in the car pickup line into the best part of my day.
Because with each and every bite, I was reminded that while I may not get much “me time” during the day, the little I do get is amazingly sweet.
So what are you waiting for? Stop thinking that your blissful moments have to happen at a certain time or a certain place. Then look at your daily schedule and find those few minutes when you can savor the sweetness of doing (and eating) exactly what you want. Take the car pickup line, the parking lot of after school activities or even the fifteen minutes when your baby is napping and make them YOURS! Start by creating your own kit (whether it’s a School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit specifically or just a whenever I get a moment kit) that includes Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars and your favorite ways to relax and reward yourself. And then discover that the few unused minutes that you used to dread can become the sweetest time of your day!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m making the school pickup line my favorite time of the day with my School Pickup Line Relaxation Kit, tell me how you create your own blissful moment with Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars!