Ah, Mother’s Day. The day when you want to celebrate all the moms in your life with your extended family and, at the very same time, want to be by yourself in quiet solitude. Chances are, the day is not really yours to choose how you spend it. Which is why the weeks before and after Mother’s Day are the perfect time to plan a girl’s trip for your mom friends. With all that busy moms do during the day, it’s no wonder that we are often super stressed out and wound up tight. Until someone comes up with a way to get a stress-relieving shoulder massage every time you have to wait in the checkout line at the grocery store, a girl’s trip is the next best thing. Even if you don’t go far, it’s such a good way to recharge yourself, connect with your mom friends and feel like a mom and not just a warden (I can’t be the only one who feels that way, right?).
Once you’ve been able to figure out a weekend that you can all get away (you can do this by creating a google form, an online invitation service or just email or text back and forth to find the perfect dates) it’s time to plan it so you can have maximum enjoyment. For me that means over packing my clothes so I have tons of outfit options (although, who am I kidding? I really just want to wear pajamas the whole time), and packing comforts from home to make the hotel time feel extra luxurious. First things first. Wine. THERE HAS TO BE WINE. Yes, there are way too many memes suggesting that wine cures everything floating around the internet. And they aren’t entirely untrue. A few bottles of JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay always accompany me on a girl’s trip which, of course, I share with the other gals. Made in the tradition of great California winemaking, Butter is rich, bold and luscious. The grapes are cold fermented to create this easy-to-love, melts in your mouth chardonnay. Which makes is the perfect wine to share with friends. I take my role as a mom seriously and it carries over in to my girl’s trips. I like to make sure everyone has what they need and a great time. I always bring an insulated water bottle with me on trips. I drink a ton of water throughout the day, and I LOVE for it to be nice and cold. I usually also bring a gallon jug of water with me to refill my bottle and make sure everyone else has water to drink too. I really look forward to the day when hotels start to realize that they should actually provide you with water for being a guest and not try to gouge you at $5 a pop. And I always bring snacks. A few protein bars are key if you start out your day hungry like I do or just need an afternoon snack. I am not happy if I’m hungry and remember this girl’s trip is all about enjoying yourself. I bring extra so I’m able to share.The part I love about girl’s trips is that they can be fairly inexpensive. When you travel with your family, you foot the entire bill. But on girl’s trips, you usually share costs with several people. My friends and I are more interested in spending time together rather than booking a lux hotel room. I like to bring an aromatherapy spray along to help make the room feel more homey and smell amazing. It fits in to my toiletry bag easily and can really help a room if it smells funky for some reason (contrary to what some may have told you, mom’s have gas too, m’kay). Usually I make sure the blend is heavy on lavender as that is a scent that most people find relaxing and isn’t too aggressive. There MUST be gossip magazines. A girl’s getaway is the best time to catch up on all the “news” and is a great way to forget about your own problems for a minute. These are small and easy to pack so it would almost be a crime to not bring them. I make sure to pick up ALL of them from the grocery store so we have plenty to go around. The gals generally bring whichever ones they have too as duplicate copies, in this case, just means more to go around!
Sometimes we’ll even bring wine glasses from home. It depends on how far we are going, if we can park close to the room and how long we are gone. Sitting down with your friends and a glass of Butter is something to look forward to and should be celebrated. Save the stemless and acrylic wine glasses for home. Although it is a fantastic everyday wine (under $20!) it is also an award winner (Gold Medal at the San Francisco Wine Competition in January, 2017 and named “Impact Hot Brand” for 2016) and gets great reviews (check them out at JaMCellars.com to hear more about what others are saying)!The notes of stone fruit and lemon go really well with the long vanilla finish and the oak from aging in the barrels. Butter is creamy and bright. Everything’s better with Butter! The perfect time to start planning your next girl’s trip, is while you are still on one! I’m really trying to talk my friends in to heading to Bottle Rock Napa Valley! JaM Cellars is a Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 event and I’ve always wanted to go! It’s great bands and delicious food and wine! What could be better!? The lineup for this year is RIDIC! Foo Fighters! Tom Petty! Maroon 5! Plus my absolute fave smaller bands like Silversun Pickups, Day Wave, and St. Lucia. AND WARREN G! YOU GUYS! Follow JaM Cellars on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#JaMCellars) to keep up on all the fun their planning for Bottle Rock and updates on how to win tickets!! I’m really lucky that my husband realizes that I am a better mom when I can step away for a minute, relax and recharge, and catch up on all my reality television with my friends with a glass of Butter in my hand. Your girl’s trip doesn’t have to be a full weekend. Just one night away is sometimes all you need to catch your breath. If you need to getaway, don’t wait for your someone else to plan something. Start looking for a date, a hotel and get your Butter in the fridge!
JaM Cellars makes three great California wines: Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet and Toast Sparkling!
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