I am 100% guilty of not carving out enough “me time” or “girl time”. I feel like I am constantly on the move thanks to work, blog stuff, birthday parties, photo shoots, gym time and everyday responsibilities. I barely have time to breath and relaxation is normally the last thing on my mine. Well, I take that back…relaxation is always on my mind because I’m always wishing that I could just sit down and do nothing. However in the past 2-3 years I can only think of maybe 4-5 times in which I’ve just sat down and done something I wanted to do just for the sake of “me time.”
My brain just never wants to shut off and even when I’m trying to relax all I can think about is work or whats next on my to-do list. I would say that 90% of the time I’m running on fumes and determination haha.
|Nikki, Me and Crystal|
But yesterday evening, after a crazy work week, a night (and morning of birthday cake making), Kendra’s 6th birthday party and grocery shopping I finally slammed on the brakes and carved out some much needed girl time.
Nikki and Crystal are both stay at home moms and while they don’t have the same “work like” schedule as I do, they are just as busy (and sometimes just as stressed out haha) with their daily tasks of being a mom, a cook, a chauffeur, a maid and just generally being the glue that holds their families together while trying to keep everything running smoothly. I know they needed this girls night just as much as I did.
Yellow Tail sent me a few bottles of their new Sangria to try out and we turned my back patio into a girls retreat; it was a girls only space full of sangria, candles, nail polish and treats!
I don’t normally drink red wine because I always find that it’s tart and dry and I am more of a sweet wine kinda girl. I normally gravitate towards a sweet white wine like Pinot Grigio or Moscato. However after reading about the Yellow Tail Sangria I still wanted to give it a try. It promised sweet citrus notes and well… I do love citrus!
Everyone loved the little candles that Yellow Tail sent us, I wasn’t expecting a huge scent from them but when we lit out little candles they filled the entire patio and made the whole space smell wonderful. Perfect!
I didn’t make a ton of food for girls night, but I knew we’d need some type of food to eat on so I did set out some simple goodies! After all we had all just spent most of the day getting ready for and attending Kendra’s party (Nikki’s little one) and I know that none of us had eaten enough since we’d all been running around like crazy all day.
For the food I made a bowl of mixed fruit (literally just grapes, blueberries and sliced strawberries but it was so good), I set out a bowl of sea salt pasta chips, mini chicken salad sandwiches (chicken salad from Midtown… I know everyone that’s local will nod in agreement when I say that it is the best!), cheesecake dip (recipe will be on the blog soon) and Crystal even brought some of her famous Butterfinger Poke Cake.
Before we broke into the Sangria we took some time to indulge in a little nail time with the polish that Yellow Tail sent over. Isn’t that color gorgeous! It literally matched the sangria and was ridiculously pretty.
So back to the Yellow Tail Sangria! You can serve the Sangria at room temperature or chilled; I prefer my wine chilled so that’s exactly what I did with mine. I kept it in the fridge for a few days to make sure it was ice cold and before serving it, I filled a glass pitcher with orange slices, cherries and ice and poured the sangria in.
To my surprise, I loved it. It may perhaps be my new drink of choice. It was somewhat sweet and I could definitely taste the hints of citrus swirling through it.
We just had the best time last night trying out the Sangria and chatting for hours! We literally talked and laughed until the wee hours of the morning. We really, REALLY need to do this more often.
“Sangria Girls Night” is definitely good for the soul!