My 3 Monsters: Take Some Time Out for Yourself with Easy Pain au Chocolat

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10.28.2013

Take Some Time Out for Yourself
with Easy Pain au Chocolat

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, PEOPLE Magazine & Hershey’s, but all my opinions are my own. #HersheysPeople #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO


Before I begin, let me give you a sneak peek of what is coming later in this post to entice you read on:

Take a Mommy Time Out this week with PEOPLE Magazine and a little Pain au Chocolat made from Hershey's Kisses #HersheysPeople #PMedia #ad
Looks good, right?  Keep reading . . .

It's that time of year, folks.  We're headed into the busy, busy holiday season and, around here, it all begins with Halloween.  I confess, I am an over-do-er mommy when it comes to Halloween.  It's my own fault. I'm a costume snob, so I almost always insist on making my kiddos' costumes instead of buying them.  This year we made a Glinda costume and a demon scarecrow for my two oldest.  Dylan wanted to be, ummmmm,  a  . . . creepy guy?  In a black cloak.  The cloak was the important part. I broke down and borrowed a black cloak from my friend, Dee Ann, the costume queen, for him to wear because I couldn't find ours as we were scrambling to finish everything up for Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday since I refuse to buy a packaged costume.  In addition to their main costumes, my kids each want a non-costume costume to wear to school on Halloween since "costumes" are not really allowed.  {I'll share those with you tomorrow.}

Plus, my kids dress up, like, three times every year so I feel like we are always getting in and out of costumes for the week leading up to Halloween.  We go to Trunk or Treat, friends' parties, and church youth activities -- all before Halloween actually begins.  We also like to make cute little goodies for my kids to take to their friends and I make a fun Halloween-themed dinner before we head out Trick-or-Treating.  It gets a little crazy.  Seriously, so cray-cray.

But it's fun, too.  Sooo fun.  I'm not complaining, I promise.  I just make sure to take a time-out once in a while in the midst of all this madness so that I don't lose my cool and it stays fun for everyone. {My mom had a sign when we were kids that said, "When mama aint happy, aint nobody happy."  So true.}  I took a morning last week to just chill out and recharge my emotional battery.  It began with a trip to my favorite store {Target!} to pick up a few of my favorite things:

Take a Mommy Time Out this week with PEOPLE Magazine and a little Pain au Chocolat made from Hershey's Kisses #HersheysPeople #PMedia #ad

PEOPLE Magazine {for a healthy dose of celebrity "information"} and Hershey's chocolate {because, ummmm, chocolate}. 

I was giddy with excitement for the morning I had in store as I drove home.  I was planning to just eat a few of the Hershey's Kisses, and put the rest into a bowl for my Halloween display.   But then I had a stroke of genius that would class this shindig-for-one up a bit . . . I would use my Kisses to make Pain au Chocolat -- chocolate filled croissants.  Sometimes I am brilliant.

Take a Mommy Time Out this week with PEOPLE Magazine and a little Pain au Chocolat made from Hershey's Kisses #HersheysPeople #PMedia #ad

To make some Pain au Chocolat of your own:

Use a package of frozen puff pastry dough and follow the instruction to thaw it out. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Open up the sheets of dough flat and cut them each into three rectangles following the fold lines in the dough.  Then cut each rectangle diagonally to make two long triangles.  Unwrap two Hershey's Kisses for each triangle of dough.  Place the Kisses at the wide end of the triangle and roll toward the point, creating a croissant shape.  Place the croissants on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, until dough has puffed up and is golden brown.

I took those piping hot croissants out of the oven, made a cup of hot chocolate, and sat down with my feet up to enjoy my PEOPLE Magazine.

Take a Mommy Time Out this week with PEOPLE Magazine and a little Pain au Chocolat made from Hershey's Kisses #HersheysPeople #PMedia #ad
I was in absolute heaven for the next hour or so as I read all about Meg Ryan's surprising new life and saw who wore what where.  I was one happy, relaxed mama when my family came home.  Plus, they were happy, too, because there was delicious Pain au Chocolat for them to snack on.  Even better, there is a great coupon I used at Target to save $2 on PEOPLE Magazine and Hershey's Dish Candy {like Kisses or Miniatures}.  Win-win-win!  Best day evah!

Listen, I know I'm not the only over-do-er mommy out there.  Things can get busy, and a little stressful, when you are trying to give your family the best of everything.  But they want the best of YOU, too, so you need to take some time out once in a while.  Especially during busy times like this Halloween week!  I'm telling you--hurry and print this coupon while supplies last, go get your PEOPLE Magazine and bag of Hershey's Dish Candy, and thank me later.  You know you want some of that melty chocolate goodness . . .

Take a Mommy Time Out this week with PEOPLE Magazine and a little Pain au Chocolat made from Hershey's Kisses #HersheysPeople #PMedia #ad
{This is a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.}

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