Bachelorette party in Temecula

If you’re planning a trip to Temecula, for a bachelorette party or anything else, here are a couple must-stop places I would recommend visiting.

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Last week, I was lucky enough to travel to southern California wine country for my bachfuture sister-in-law’s bachelorette party. If you’ve never been to Temecula, I recommend planning a trip! Old Temecula was adorable, the vineyards were beautiful and the weather was amaaaazing.

If you’re planning a trip, here are are a couple must-stop places we visited during our long weekend:

Gershon Bachus Vintners

This vineyard had the most beautiful view. I liked the wine, but it wasn’t my favorite. However, their wine crackers for in between tasting were super yummy. #Important

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery

Robert Renzoni was the vineyard with my favorite wine and food. Their red wines were all delicious – loved their port. Their moscato d’asti was also really good! I would have bought a bottle if I wasn’t worried about packing for the flight back. My mom, sister and I ordered artichokes and a meat and cheese plate to share, and the bachelorette ordered a cheese pizza that was arguably one of the best cheese pizzas I’ve ever tried. This is a must-stop vineyard in Temecula!

Leoness Cellars

Our favorite part of this vineyard was hot Greg who did our tasting. The wine was also super good, but, I’ll be honest, we were distracted by Greg and had drank a lot at the last two vineyards…

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Hart Winery

Honestly, by this time I was pretty full of wine so it’s hard to know exactly how good this vineyard was… 🙂 It was a really unique location. It seemed a bit like a barn or garage in a wooded area, which I didn’t love because the other views in Temecula are so beautiful. However, you wouldn’t have found me complaining as I was slurring my speech, FaceTiming my husband and baby B back at home, and chugging rosĂ© outside on the porch area.

The Goat and Vine

We hung out in Old Temecula on our last night, which is an adorable area with little shops, bars and restaurants. For dinner, we went to The Goat and Vine. They had sandwiches, salads and pizzas that all sounded so good it felt impossible to pick something to order. My mom and I shared a pizza and salad, and they were delicious! The salad had spinach, bacon, spicy almonds, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, green onion and champagne vinaigrette. I would try making it at home, but I feel like salads never taste as good when you make them yourself… I don’t think anyone in our group had a bad thing to say about their meal – so good!

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Because of all the snow in the Midwest over the weekend, our flight was cancelled and we were stranded in San Diego for an extra two days. After getting our flight rebooked, we spent a couple hours walking around downtown San Diego looking for a hotel to stay in for two nights. We finally found one, and the guy at the front desk was the best – shout out to the Westin San Diego! He recommended we try a restaurant down the street for brunch: Queenstown Public House. The little restaurant screamed “take my photo and put it on instagram!” …So I did.

Queenstown Public House

The drinks bright, fun colors, and the food was so good. I would definitely recommend making a stop there if you’re ever stranded in San Diego.

Overall, the trip was awesome! Can’t wait to go back again someday.

-SM

Surviving a party bus in your 30s

If you’re thinking about planning a party bus in your 30s, here are some survival tips.

In my 20s, party buses were probably one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night. We planned them for birthdays, Halloween, New Year’s Eve – you give us an occasion, we’ll book a party bus.

This past weekend, I went on my first party bus in my 30s, and I loved it! But it was different than my party bus experiences in the past…

  • We stopped at a llama farm because why not?
  • It started at 2pm in the afternoon and ended by 7pm, which is earlier than our buses have even started in the past.
  • There was food on the bus that people actually ate.
  • We stayed at bars that were at least 10-30 minutes outside of the cities – townie bars FTW!

If you’re thinking about planning a party bus in your 30s, here are some survival tips:

Snacks are a must.

Our party bus hosts were super smart and brought sandwiches for everyone – just a pack of that yummy Hawaiian bread with some cheese and deli meat. They tasted delicious after a couple cocktails and kept us from getting super sloppy (we were still a little sloppy…).

Day drinking is your friend.

The party bus picked us up at 2pm and had us dropped off by 7pm. I was in bed by 8:30, and it  was amazing. I felt pretty great on Sunday morning (besides my damn cold).

Don’t forget water.

I forgot water. Huge mistake. Bring a pack of water bottles, and I guarantee everyone will be thanking you for helping them stay hydrated.

Plan your pace.

I decided that the peak of my drunk had to be around 5/5:30 in order to feel OK when I went to bed and wake up hangover free. So I slammed shots before that time, and it ended up working out for me. However, I could see this type of plan backfiring pretty easily.

Non-bar stops can be a blast.

We stopped at a llama farm. Yup, a llama farm was our first stop on a 30th birthday party bus. It was hilarious and super fun! Consider adding a stop that doesn’t have anything to do with drinking to help you pace yourself.

Anyone else love party buses? What are your tips for survival on the moving party bar?

Hangover tips for new parents

Since having my little guy back in August, I’ve had a couple of hangovers. Having a hangover with an infant is tough. And, I don’t know about you, but I still have occasions in my life where I want to indulge in a couple (or more than a couple) cocktails. So here are my tips for being a new mom and dealing with the dreaded hangover…

Since having my little guy back in August, I’ve had a couple of hangovers. Having a hangover with an infant is tough. TOUGH! You can’t just nap all day long. And, I don’t know about you, but I still have occasions in my life where I want to indulge in a couple (or more than a couple) cocktails. Weddings. Bachelorette Parties. St. Patrick’s Day. Football Games. Random Nights Out!

The amount of times I go out has definitely decreased, but hangovers are still not fun. Here are my tips for being a new mom and dealing with the dreaded hangover…

  1. Drink less and avoid the hangover all together.

LOL – not going to happen. But it feels like a responsible thing to say… Here’s my real list:

  1. Day drink – For St. Patty’s Day, we had Grandma watch B and went out with friends during the day. I was home by 8 p.m., had my Domino’s pizza and woke up oddly refreshed.
  2. Week day drinks and happy hours are your friend – It’s easier being hungover at work than at home with an infant. You can throw your hair up in a messy bun, grab your coffee and greasy breakfast sandwich on your way to work and recover in peace at your desk.
  3. Eat these – #YUM
  4. Overnight childcare is key – If you have family close by who can watch baby while you’re out and then keep them until later in the morning the next day, that’s perfect.
  5. Avoid annoying kid TV shows – It may be tempting to just turn on the TV for baby, but you do not want that headache-inducing music to be playing when you already feel like your head is going to explode.
  6. Nap when baby naps – Everyone told me to do this while on maternity leave, but I didn’t listen. I had to shower, do laundry, make food. When you’re hungover, nap when baby naps!
  7. Split up the duties – Order some breakfast on Door Dash or Bite Squad and invite your friends over to recover with you. The more people around, the more people to play with your little one.
  8. Plan ahead – Have snacks ready because leaving the house is hard enough when you’re hungover – try being hungover and getting baby ready and out the door.
  9. Pedialyte – Honestly, I’ve never tried this one, but have heard good things. Plus, if you’re a parent, you might already have it laying around the house.
  10. Reminisce! – Watch Insta-stories and look at pics from the night before. Because if you don’t remember how much fun you had, you’ll find yourself swearing off drinking, and we all know that’s not actually going to happen…

Anyone else have a baby at home that has made everyday life so happy, but hungover days the absolute worst? Let me know you’re fave tips for handling baby + hangover!

-SM