My schedule has been jam-packed lately, and so has Reese’s, so I have been burning the candle at both ends. There has been a ton of travel, photography, and late nights on my calendar, and sometimes that can lead to a little bit of burnout.
Mom’s Day Off and Why It’s Important
I know you’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again: having some kind of balance is important. Spending all your time working may be great for your bank account, but your emotional bank account will quickly get drained if you don’t take the time to replenish.
Work-life balance is hard to come by for working moms, and I’m not any different. It is really important to find time to relax, replenish, and recharge. Fortunately, every other weekend Reese spends time with her dad. I miss her when she’s gone, but trust me, I make good use of that time.
As a single mom who often does not get breaks, this time allows me to get in some quality adult alone time. I try to switch it up and usually do something different every month. Depending on the weather and my mood, I’ll do a spa day or a movie, or sometimes, if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll even sleep (sleep is hard to come by in this house, trust me).
This past Sunday, I decided to get out and enjoy the outdoors with a good book, good food and good wine from Line 39. Did you know the 39th parallel runs through the heart of California wine country and is the inspiration behind Line 39 wines? At Line 39 they select grapes from the best-growing regions throughout the state to craft a range of expressive wines – from authentic Reds to distinctive Whites.
The weather was absolutely perfect, and because it was such a beautiful day, I couldn’t waste it indoors. Instead, I decided to grab a fantastic book and pack up a perfect picnic lunch for myself, complete with a great bottle of wine. . . ok, I bought two bottles of wine, because a girl likes to have a little variety with her relaxation. No judgment! I work hard.
The Perfect Picnic Basket Menu
If you are ready to head out into nature and enjoy a picnic of your own, not only do I highly recommend it, I suggest you really make a day of it. There are so many things we moms do for our children, but when it comes to us we put very little effort in. Create a menu for yourself, and do it big. For my day in the sun, I put together a great picnic basket menu (although I quickly discovered my picnic basket was broken, so I went without).
I love cheese so that was a must, plus what picnic is complete without a little cheese? Along with that, I had delicious sourdough garlic crackers, salami and prosciutto, and grapes. For dessert, I grabbed some dark chocolate and some dried mango and cranberries! Add a great new book and some sunshine, and I was absolutely in heaven.
Besides being out and enjoying the gorgeous weather, I also sipped some fabulous wine by Line 39. As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t choose between white or red, so I bought both! To accompany my meat, crackers, and cheese, I went with the white. Line 39’s Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect crisp clean white to sip while I nibbled on my lunch. There are these really enticing aromas of grapefruit and lemon, and a hint of grassy characters on the palate. That bright flavor was the perfect thing to sip as I enjoyed the sunshine.
For dessert, I switched to my red. Line 39 makes a Cabernet Sauvignon that was perfect for my picnic basket menu. It has these fantastic flavors: currant, blackberry, and plum, hints of dark chocolate to go along with my dark chocolate bar…ahh. Unbeatable. It is smooth and not overpowering thanks to stainless steel fermentation and aging in French and American oak. To boot, Line 39 has incredible value; they have won accolades for their quality and their value. and After sampling both, I can say for sure those honors are well earned.
If you work your butt off, you absolutely deserve some time to rest and recharge. Use my picnic basket menu (and don’t forget the basket), or create one of your own. Every hard-working mommy deserves a day in the sun.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Line 39 Wine.