Lunch break. Many of you are thinking…Huh? What is that? I am usually loading the dishwasher, refereeing the patrons, and julienning tonight’s veggies while grabbing bites of last night’s cold leftovers or the crusts of P&J. That is “lunch.” But I would encourage you to take the term “break” literally. Sit down, enjoy your salad, catch up on mindless blogs or your latest Real Simple. It is good for the soul.

For me, when I take even fifteen minutes for myself while the kids are napping/resting, the day is much happier. It doesn’t look like I pictured it when I had visions of staying home with my children. I am not coiffed, lunching with a friend at a cafe while my cherubs happily (silently) color, but it is a welcome break in the middle of the day.
Now, if you are like me, you vacillate between reading something productive, challenging, and reflective in hopes of being a better parent (and feeling wholly inadequate), or, simply put, trash.  With that in mind, I have two new finds to share with you.

The Parenting Passageway is centered on a creating a peaceful, loving environment for her homeschooled children using her experiences in pediatric physical therapy (and other professional qualifications), faith, and Waldorf techniques.  I haven’t dug too deeply yet, but have found some good gems already.

On a slightly different note, I am loving the snarky humor of  dear winebuyer.  Please check out the ode to, or shall I say “eau-d” to a buyer with a penchant for bad cologne in smells like my highschool boyfriend.  I think we could be friends.

What is your guilty (or not so guilty) nap time pleasure?  Share your favorite books, websites, shows, etc. that you sneak in while the little ones catch a few z’s.  Who knows?  We may even stretch our lunch “break” to a full OSHA approved hour.