What Is Your Guiltiest Pleasure?
Real Simple readers reveal how they indulge their hedonistic sides.
Buying designer shoes.
Staten Island, New York
Easy. Facebook Scrabble. In lieu of any other activity.
Elmo and chocolate. Elmo goes on for my kiddos, and I sneak away with the chocolate.
Watching Gilmore Girls all day.
Columbia, South Carolina
The Real Housewives of New York. Do women actually act like that?
I make sure that anything that goes against my skin is as soft and supple as possible. This has led me to some amazing fabrics and materials, like my favorite bamboo sheet set. These sheets are softer than silk, never pill, and are eco-friendly, expensive, and spectacular.
Los Angeles, California
Skipping work, leaving the kids in day care, and watching a girly movie in the middle of the afternoon…with a bowl of ice cream.
Barrington, Rhode Island
Hot chocolate in the summertime.
Brooklyn, New York
I have a toddler, a house to clean, deadlines to meet, and grass to cut, so my time is limited. But when I have time and I can do anything I want, I take a mile hike on the Appalachian Trail with my best friend to a secret pond, where we spend the afternoon swimming; eating lunch; talking about kids, life, marriage, and work; picking blueberries; and listening to the buzz of insects and the croaking bullfrogs. It is always a blissful time for me. I let myself do it just twice each summer (while my husband entertains our daughter). I take the day off. It always feels like I’m playing hooky.
Checking celebrity gossip online at work throughout the day.
Letting myself daydream. It especially feels like a guilty pleasure if I have a lot of things on my to-do list. One minute I’m folding laundry, and the next I’m staring out the window, no more chores, lost in the moment.
Montclair, New Jersey
Lifetime movies on Sunday mornings.
Mahwah, New Jersey