As an expectant Mother of two toddlers life never stops, never slows down. For Mothers, it doesn’t matter how tired you are, how sick you are or that you are just having an off day, the truth is you are always a Mother. No matter how you feel or what is really going on inside, somehow you just have to put your feelings aside and do what all Mother’s do, move forward and take care of what needs to be cared for.
You Mamas out there know exactly what I am saying!
I wouldn’t give up being a Mother for anything else in the world. I treasure being blessed with my two beautiful, healthy children. They are the light to my world and the beat to my heart. I love them unconditionally and would willing put aside anything I need to, to be able to care for them. There are days however, that I just need a few minutes of down time to catch my breath.
Both of my children rarely nap these days, oh how I sorely miss nap times! So, following my wise Mother’s footsteps we now have afternoon quiet time. Both children are required to select a few books and retire to their rooms for forty-five minutes to an hour. This has been my time I usually hop online to catch up on emails or brief blog work but I realize now more than ever, I need that time for a moment of zen. I need to use a few of those minutes to just relax and catch my breath.
What better way can you think of to relax in the afternoon time than with a large cup of coffee and a yummy treat?
Since getting pregnant with my first son back in 2008, I really started limiting how much coffee I would drink. Now that I am slowly drinking more, I am really enjoying trying out new flavors and just enjoying the aromas.
Starbucks Blonde Roast
After hearing about the new Starbucks Veranda Blonde Roast on so many commercials I decided I would love to try it! I enjoy coffee but if I am being totally truthful, I add quite a bit of cream to take out some of the punch. With the new Blonde Roast described as a lighter roast, I knew it may be just what I was looking for! We live hours from the nearest Starbucks, so I headed to Walmart to see if I could find it locally.
Score! Not only was it right on the shelf next to all the other Starbucks coffee, there was also a large k-cup display right in the center of action alley. I knew that I wanted something delectable to enjoy my coffee with, and although I am a homemade kind of bakery girl, with all my recent morning sickness I truthfully have just really not felt like baking, cooking or much of anything else.
After scouting out the selection, my eyes settled on the Atlanta Bread Brownie Bites. They looked delicious, (I didn’t dare flip the package over to read the label) I wanted my moment of zen, remember! They were bite sized brownies so I could feel good about having a treat but also not be too tempted to cut a piece that was much too large.
While I was there I decided in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th I would also put together an extra special Mother’s moment of zen basket for my sister that just had her first baby! I knew she would also much appreciate a few quite moments to herself, especially in those first few days and weeks.
When I had my first chance, I brewed me a few cups of coffee and just enjoyed how amazing my house smelled! It was nice to be able to enjoy a rich nutty aroma without developing a sour stomach. It wasn’t so potent that it was overwhelming; it was warm and inviting. I sat down with my rather large cup of coffee, this time without cream, so I could fully appreciate the new, lighter roast.
I was so pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it! It wasn’t dark and black, it was rather mellow tasting. If you like stout, strong coffee this may not be for you. If you enjoy rich but smooth coffee, with dare a say just a hint of sweetness, this coffee is amazing!
I did enjoy my Atlanta Bread Brownie Bite as well, or maybe two, but I wasn’t counting. Having that little sweet treat really brought out just a hint of cocoa in the coffee. And just maybe I enjoyed it so much so, that I found myself dipping my brownie bite in my coffee just like a kid again. I closed my eyes, savored the rich aroma and just enjoyed the few, quite minutes I had.
Right then I decided, even if I can not make this happen daily, I am going to make it a point to have a few zen moments a couple of times a week. I need it for myself and to be a good Mother. With just a cup of coffee and a few minutes of quiet time, I was refreshed to take on the rest of my day!