Sponsored by Nuffnang
It’s rare that I write sponsored posts on this blog, but three things swayed me in favour of the Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cookies invitation:
- I get to hold a giveaway for one of you to win a $150 Westfield Gift Voucher. $150 could buy you many bars of chocolate. Or a pair of boots. Or glitter-encrusted sunglasses.
- Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cookie samples. Despite my lactose intolerance and vegan-inclinations, I succumbed to the delicious sugary frozenness.
- The theme of “overindulgence” prompted a longwinded discussion with myself inside my headmind.
Let’s take these points in reverse order. The concept of overindulgence is, to me, rather foreign. A side effect of overthinking everything and being prone to anxiety-based (non-edible) frozenness is that I rarely spontaneously overindulge and feel guilty later.
Instead, I overindulge after consciously deciding to treat myself. I don’t believe in feeling guilty for eating dessert every night (or eating eleven desserts in one night), or for splurging on an entire new outfit at Cue after not buying any clothes in eight months.
For me, the hardest thing to “treat” myself to is time. Time just for me, time to while away hours reading on the couch, or jot down notes for a novel instead of a blog post, or sketch out plans for a new adventure. Because, in truth, my biggest indulgence, my lifeblood-necessity indulgence, my favourite overindulgence, is travel.
When I travel, I allow myself to be, to do, to eat, to dance, to stay silent, to laugh out loud and indulge without guilt or the pressure to conform to expectations. Since starting this blog, I’ve been able to share my travel indulgences with you wonderful people and, thereby, relive them all over again. That makes me joyful.
So that’s my take on overindulgence. I splurge on silence for my heart and soul, I splurge on delicious food without attaching moral judgements, and I splurge on travel. I love it all.
As for these new Skinny Cow Ice Cream cookies in vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, they’re positioned within Skinny Cow’s Month of Indulgence. However, to me, dessert is less an indulgence than a necessity. According to my sources, these treats are now 15% bigger yet still low in fat, and devoid of artifical flavours. My favourite flavour was the caramel with its blend of not-too-sweet-rich-cocoa-cookies and butterscotch-esque-creamy-ice-cream. That said, I truly enjoyed every flavour, particularly when I ate three in a row upon arriving home after the ANU School of Music’s epic four hour concert last week. Mmm, delicious low-fat ice cream midnight snacks.
Last but not least, Skinny Cow is offering a giveaway of a $150 Westfield Voucher to one of my readers. All you have to do is answer the following question:
What is your biggest indulgence?
For extra entries, you can:
- Follow me on Facebook, leaving a separate comment for this.
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- Follow Skinny Cow on Facebook, leaving a separate comment for this.
Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is open to Australian residents only, and entries will close on June 8th. Winner will be chosen by Nuffnang and Skinny Cow.
And now, with that, I’m going to move away from the computer and treat myself to the indulgence of curling up on the couch and either finishing Lolita or starting Game of Thrones. I suggest you treat yourself too.