Me Time with Pepperidge Farm® Milano®

Since Karl and I were dating, a treat for us has been Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies. It’s one dessert that both he and I equally enjoy. I remember back when he worked nights and I worked the crazy hours of a retail manager. I’d come home at 2 in the morning to a silent, empty house and open the pantry to find something to eat and would often find a bag of Milano cookies with a post-it note message on it from Karl. When my arm broke, Karl went to pick up my prescriptions and with it a bag of Milano cookies. And any time we have a party and I ask Karl to pick up snacks at the grocery, he always comes home with a bag of these cookies and we're all happy when there's leftovers. When Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies reached out and asked if I’d like to share how I take a moment for myself in my busy life, it felt like a good fit.
milano cookiesI work over 40 hours a week in a job that can be pretty stressful at times. My commute is 12-18 hours a week on top of that. I run a popular blog, co-lead a Girl Scout Daisy troop, volunteer in my community, and am the mother of an active six-year-old. Needless to say, I get a bit overwhelmed at times and need to decompress and take some time for myself. This isn’t an act of selfishness, but self-preservation and a way to make me a better friend, parent, and spouse. Recently I wrote about how I have incorporated coloring into my daily routine and find it to be a way to de-stress but also connect with my daughter.

Weekends can be pretty crazy in the Gary household. Emerson’s social life has gotten busy now that she’s in school, Karl teaches yoga, we have Girl Scouts and dance class, and weekends are when I do most of the work for Wardrobe Oxygen. I’ve learned to schedule Me Time just as I do all of the other weekend activities. Without it, Monday comes around and I’m too mentally drained to be my best at the office.

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My favorite place in the house is our bedroom. When we did the home remodel in 2008, Karl made sure that our room was a haven. Vaulted ceilings, plenty of natural light, and the best views of the woods behind our home, spending time in our room feels like a vacation at a fancy resort. Karl understands my need for Me Time and will take Emerson on a hike or to a playground so I can get an hour or so where I can sit back and relax. I often come up here with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and maybe a snack. I sometimes choose Milano cookies for a snack because they're a favorite, but also because it feels like such a decadent treat even if I only have one or two cookies. I like how the bag has built-in portion control (okay those papers are likely to keep the cookies from breaking but it makes for a good amount – half for me, half for Emerson), and though there's a ton of flavors I'm still partial to the original Milk Chocolate version. Sometimes I read a book during this Me Time, but more often than not I just look out the window, let my mind wander and slow down. In this day and age of constant stimulation there’s something so delicious about doing absolutely positively nothing.

I know I say this often on the blog but I can’t stress it enough. You can’t take care of others if you don’t first take care of yourself. Life is busy, life can be stressful, and it’s hard to be your best if you don’t take any time to decompress, de-stress, and center yourself. For me, it's a mini escape with a big cup of java and a couple Milano cookies, for you it could be something completely different. But such an act is not selfish, it’s an investment in yourself and the relationships you have with others. Me Time doesn’t have to be at a fancy day spa or a restaurant, you can make Me Time most anywhere. Take the time for yourself, you deserve it!

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  1. Janet VanLone Trieschman
    July 2, 2015 / 12:16 am

    I’m a night owl so my me time is late at night when the house is asleep.

  2. cc
    June 30, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    I set aside a half hour each day for me to unwind and relax!

  3. Jerry Marquardt
    June 30, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    I take time for myself with Milano Cookies and some chocolate milk.

  4. Kathryn C
    June 30, 2015 / 6:39 pm


    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!


  5. erica best
    June 30, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    i get up early to have me time

  6. Laurie Emerson
    June 30, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    I find time for myself by getting up extra early in the mornings before anyone else is up.

  7. Tabathia
    June 30, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I curl up on the couch once everyone is down for bed, read and enjoy mini snickers.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  8. Richard Hicks
    June 30, 2015 / 3:14 pm

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

  9. Ellie W
    June 30, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    After the kids are in bed I like to relax with a hot bath, a good book, and a glass of sweet iced tea.

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  10. AngelaLilly
    June 30, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I am actually a homemaker with no children (just three cats 😀 ), so finding time to myself is not a challenge at all. 😀


    14earth at gmail dot com

  11. Kristen
    June 30, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    I like to make a tall glass of iced tea and sit out in my backyard watching the birds.

  12. rajee
    June 30, 2015 / 5:13 am

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

  13. BreanneT
    June 30, 2015 / 12:33 am

    I take a bath.

  14. Wanda McHenry
    June 29, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I enjoy “me time” with a cup of coffee sitting out on our patio enjoying the birds in the mornings.

  15. mommyto2girlz
    June 29, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    I like to soak in the tub and read for a little while to get some me time. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  16. Lisa Voyce
    June 29, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I am my dad’s caretaker and my grandbaby’s part time babysitter. I’ll sit back with a caramel latte when they are both napping.

  17. Lisa Pecora
    June 29, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    I take time to make sure I can catch up on my TV shows.


  18. Stephanie Larison
    June 29, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I have to schedule it in, lol it’s sad but true.

  19. Ed
    June 29, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    I make some time for the arts each day.

  20. Denise L
    June 29, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    About the only way I find time for myself these days is to bring a good book along while my son has tennis lessons.

    dmarie824 at aol dot com

  21. Lisa Garner
    June 29, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    I find time for myself by listening to music and enjoying a sweet snack.

  22. Kerry
    June 28, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I like to sit in the sun with a good book!

  23. Michelle W
    June 28, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    A cup of coffee on the back porch with my dogs, that is my “me” time

  24. Daniel M
    June 28, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    i like to take reading breaks

  25. Erica Carnes
    June 28, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    I take some time before I go to bed for myself.

  26. Angela N Winesburg
    June 28, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    I love to sit outside and read a good book

  27. Thomas Murphy
    June 28, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I wake up early and have coffee and read a book.


  28. Lindsey Aylward
    June 27, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I hand off the baby and take it!

  29. Joni Dolniak
    June 27, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    I like having a coffee on my porch swing.

  30. elizabeth elliott
    June 27, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    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

  31. Holly Kennedy
    June 27, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I love a good bubble bath. Door locked.

  32. kathy pease
    June 27, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I enjoy time to myself and try to sit in my backyard and have peace and quiet

  33. Susan Smith
    June 27, 2015 / 10:50 am

    My me time is sitting on my balcony reading a good book and drinking a glass of wine.
    s2s2 at cox dot net

  34. June 26, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    I make time for myself while reading a good book. That time would be even better with Milano cookies. 🙂
    westiemks5 at yahoo dot com

  35. bellows22
    June 26, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    i enjoy relaxing after work watching my soaps!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. June 25, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    I pamper myself by taking a long hot shower and then I like to enjoy a drink in my jammies!

  37. Karen Drake
    June 24, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    I make time for myself, I like taking a bubble bath and having a glass of wine to relax.

  38. June 23, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    I find time for myself by telling everyone, “I’m taking time for myself.” I like to go and read a good book.

  39. Leela
    June 22, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    A long, hot shower.

  40. maria cantu
    June 22, 2015 / 6:15 pm

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

  41. Megan Clifford
    June 22, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    Going to the gym {when the kids get to go to the kids place} or hiding in the bathroom to read for a while… so fun. I LOVE your room and happy to find you via blogher! 😉

  42. MK
    June 22, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I enjoy the quiet after everyone else is asleep.

  43. cspod
    June 22, 2015 / 12:36 am

    I unplug from my phone, tablet, laptop, and iPod and pick up a book and read. Nothing more satisfying than turning a real paper page and highlighting my favorite passages.

  44. rosannepm
    June 21, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    I get up in the morning before anyone to have my coffee and read my e-mails and listen to the rapid talk of the Today show. Rosanne

  45. KPort207
    June 19, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    I find time for myself once my daughter is in bed.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  46. sarahhirsch
    June 19, 2015 / 8:22 am

    I like to unwind by watching a little brainless television

  47. Brittney House
    June 16, 2015 / 9:48 pm

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

  48. Rookiesmom1
    June 16, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    I get out into the garden, harvest some veggies then go give em to neighbors.

  49. DeniseSachs
    June 16, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    I unwind by reading in bed in the evenings.

    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  50. mickeyfan
    June 15, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Occasionally I take what I call a mental health day from work.

  51. msrodeobrat
    June 15, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    I get up a bit earlier than everyone and go for a run in the mornings. It helps me be “me”

    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

    Ashley C

  52. Stephanie V.
    June 15, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Love something in quiet – like a facial, massage or steam. Been years but a tired, working mom can dream! tvollowitz at aol dot com

  53. paigechandler
    June 15, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    I take a stress relief bath with no phone, kids, or noise.

  54. debbie_suburbsanity
    June 15, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    I find a few minutes to grab a cold glass of tea, a good book, and maybe a cookie. My family knows to leave me alone for a bit!

  55. nickie burke
    June 15, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    reading a book in my backyard

  56. dglitter
    June 15, 2015 / 12:05 pm

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

  57. June 15, 2015 / 11:28 am

    I love taking time for myself by going hiking. It’s my favorite way of getting in touch with nature. 🙂

  58. jalapenomama
    June 15, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Finding time for myself – I like to read after the kids go to bed.
    thank you

  59. margaretsmith
    June 15, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I enjoy a glass of wine or cup of hot tea while reading a good book. Thanks so much. rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  60. Sandy Klocinski
    June 15, 2015 / 9:24 am

    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.

  61. Christina Sparks
    June 15, 2015 / 9:07 am

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

  62. cynthiac
    June 15, 2015 / 8:57 am

    I take a half hour for myself by walking while listening to an audio book.

  63. Ashley C
    June 15, 2015 / 7:38 am

    I find time for myself by doing yoga


  64. Anastasia
    June 15, 2015 / 2:31 am

    Whenever the kids are at school, or housework is done, 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 🙂

  65. Elle
    June 14, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    I love to go out running and follow a schedule daily so I have time for it. It helps me clear my mind and I like getting lost in the music.

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  66. D Schmidt
    June 10, 2015 / 8:17 pm

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

  67. June 2, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    I unwind with a long spin class session all by myself. It feels great to work out and refresh my body!

  68. Miranda
    June 1, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    I always try to have some “me” time by reading!

  69. June 1, 2015 / 1:48 am

    I found time for myself whenever possible. You are so right, we need to take a break every now and then to freshen our minds. I usually take a moments when my hubby watch the kids. Even just for 5 minutes. 🙂 A cup of tea and a few cookies to go along is the best.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  70. Lauren Eggers
    May 30, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Often I dont find time for myself. If I do, its when I sit outside watching the hummingbird & oriole feeders. neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

  71. Stephanie Phelps
    May 23, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    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!

  72. Gina M (Wild Orchid)
    May 18, 2015 / 9:57 am

    I like to sit out on my patio with a cup of iced coffee.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  73. Lauren
    May 12, 2015 / 8:23 am

    I like to take a coffee break in the afternoon.

  74. TinaBowling
    May 12, 2015 / 8:01 am

    I get my “me time” when I get the kids off the school. I blog and set aside a lunch hour for myself where I relax with Netflix!

  75. May 10, 2015 / 12:06 am

    I find time for myself by relaxing out on the patio while reading a book and enjoying a cup of tea in the nice weather.

    nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

  76. sandra
    May 8, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    when I watch tv during prime time

  77. Paige Phillips
    May 8, 2015 / 9:16 am

    I find time for myself by getting outside and running everyday. Whether it’s a fast day or a slow day, it’s always good to get out there!

  78. steve weber
    May 7, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    I listen to music at night with a nice cocktail or 3.

  79. rachel
    May 7, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Naptime is my time!!!

  80. Lisa Brown
    May 7, 2015 / 9:41 am

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

  81. Pam S.
    May 7, 2015 / 9:31 am

    I’ve always been a book reader. When I find myself feeling out of sorts for no reason, I take stock and often realize I haven’t read a book in too long. I fire up a fun book and bam, bad mood gone!

  82. Sarah Hall
    May 7, 2015 / 9:30 am

    You must take a few minutes out of each day to relax and do something just for yourself. Whether it be a short nap or just a cup of tea, it’s only for you.

  83. Kim D.
    May 7, 2015 / 1:26 am

    I find time for myself with a good book or a movie.

  84. JessieC
    May 6, 2015 / 11:25 pm


  85. JessieC
    May 6, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    I get up early to enjoy some “me time” and morning coffee.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  86. latanya t
    May 6, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I like to go outside and read a good book

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  87. Sydney
    May 5, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Me time is definitely reading a book, taking a bath or even just catching up on all the shows I love that my husband won’t watch.

  88. Pamela Gurganus
    May 5, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I find time for myself by getting up in the morning before everyone else and I sit out on the patio with a hot cup of coffee and listen to the birds sing.

  89. Kacky
    May 5, 2015 / 9:51 am

    I <3 Pepperidge farms Milano cookies! I spend time for me by going for a walk with our dog before sunrise.

  90. Kelly Halford
    May 4, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    The original are my favorite as well!! For my me time, I either surf pinterest or spend time reading my favorite blogs. Cheers to Me Time!

  91. Lisa
    May 4, 2015 / 6:07 pm

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

  92. mami2jcn
    May 4, 2015 / 6:02 pm


  93. mami2jcn
    May 4, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    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

  94. Jessica To
    May 4, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    I try to sneak some time to read a book to relax.

  95. Jenni
    May 4, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    I usually create something – sewing, quilting, and knitting are my favorites, but I also like most crafts. I also try and give myself a nice manicure every week or two.

  96. Sadie von Scrumptious
    May 4, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    I can’t even win this competition (I live in New Zealand) but I just have to express my love for Milano cookies. For some reason Milanos are NOT AVAILALBLE in New Zealand – Pepperidge Farm doesn’t import – so I have to find my me-time in calorie-free hot baths. Which would be better with a saucerful of Milanos at hand.

  97. stephanie
    May 4, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    i love to get my nails done

  98. Natalie Mikolajczak
    May 4, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    My me time is a snack and a bit of binge watching on Netflix. Mad Men. Orange is the New Black. House of Cards.

  99. Ha-stings Joo
    May 4, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I get lost in a book!

  100. Julie Wood
    May 4, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    I find time for myself because it is important. I get up one hour early and do yoga and meditate for an hour before the day begins. It really helps me stay focused during the day!

    my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  101. May 4, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I find time for myself by going on a nature walk when the kids are in school.

  102. bubu
    May 4, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    I started doing guided meditations during my commute. I find it takes what is otherwise sort of lost time into a time to improve my focus and lower my stress on the way to work, then unwind and decompress on the way home.

  103. Natalie
    May 4, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    My favorite time for my myself is the time I spend going on a run. It makes me feel so much better.

  104. Heather
    May 4, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Sometimes I just have to demand a bath with no visitors and lock the door 🙂

  105. vhodge
    May 4, 2015 / 11:55 am

    The bedspread is lovely but I’m really smitten with that mug – love it!

    • May 4, 2015 / 11:58 am

      Isn’t it gorgeous? My sister gave it to me for Christmas, it was made by local artist (and friend) Gina Mai Denn 🙂

  106. Val
    May 4, 2015 / 11:49 am

    My favorite “me time” is my Saturday yoga class, when I am able to go. But sometimes I have to settle for the beautiful, brief drive from the daycare to work with no kids in the car, listening to NPR without interruption.

  107. April Mitchell
    May 4, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Having 13 year old twins, me time is rare but I love having a glass of wine while I read or watch tv.

  108. Dawn
    May 4, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I love to read during my time. Reading has always been a great escape for me.

  109. eds_77845
    May 4, 2015 / 11:10 am

    My nest just emptied after 32 years! Lots of me time these days, but I sure remember how scarce it was. I was diligent in protecting nap time for “me” time back then, even when my kids outgrew naps LOL…I told them Mom needed a rest and they had to be quiet for an hour.

  110. Elena
    May 4, 2015 / 10:51 am

    I like to take hot bubble bath to get time for myself
    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  111. tracy
    May 4, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Best me time lately – knitting while watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

  112. Tiffany
    May 4, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Time alone is a must for me. I travel almost every week, so my “me time” once I’m home straight from the airport is a nice hot bath and a magazine (something entertaining that doesn’t require heavy thinking). I like the idea of adding cookies! Mint Milanos have always been my favorite.

  113. Christina Swanson
    May 4, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Milk Chocolate Milanos are my favorite too. Every six weeks I take the dogs to the groomer. This means that I drop my son off at school around 7:15 and have an hour before I can load up the dogs for the groomer. I used to think about what I could do in that time; things like housework, homework (I’m back in school part time), check work email, or other tasks that I felt needed my attention. Now, I think about how I want to spend that time for me…I may color (thank you for introducing that back into my life, Allie), watch some guilty pleasure television, or some other personal activity that is truly all about me. I steal other moments here and there but that one hour every six weeks is something I look forward to as a standing date with myself.

  114. May 4, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Right now, with an 8-month-old? I take guilty pleasure in the fact that she goes down for a nap jut after I get her home from daycare – giving me a good hour to just breathe before I have to start on dinner. I do absolutely nothing for that hour. I just breathe, and sometimes play a video game or water the flowers or play with the dog in the backyard.

    Because if I’m not going to get any sleep, I may as well enjoy the afternoons.

  115. Emily
    May 4, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Totally unrelated to me time but… Emerson is six?!?!? When did that happen?!?! Also that bedspread is gorgeous and very you.

    • May 4, 2015 / 9:12 am

      I know, right? I live with her and am blown away by the fact she is 6 (and is mid-ribcage height!). And thank you, got it from Nordstrom of all places, it makes me happy every time I look at it!

  116. Sarah
    May 4, 2015 / 7:47 am

    I leave for work 15 minutes early, then spend 10 minutes before I go into my office. I work on a beautiful college campus, so finding a quiet space is ideal

  117. Becky
    May 4, 2015 / 7:39 am

    I didn’t know there was a chocolate and raspberry version. I love that combo!

  118. HokieKate
    May 4, 2015 / 7:16 am

    I love cookies. My “me time” is quilting, usually after my two little kids are in bed or during wonderful Sunday nap times.

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