The Real Importance of Mother’s Day

It is a fact that Mother’s Day is a celebration of honoring our mother recognizing the importance of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of all the mothers in the world. It is celebrated most commonly in the months of May. Early Mother’s Day celebrations date back in ancient Greece to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. Years later, the United Kingdom has “Mothering Sunday” which was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized. In the United States, celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century.

Sources online say that the modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.

Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

Mother’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide. It is an annual event but is held at different dates in the calendar, depending on the country. Why is it really important to honor our mothers once in a year? The answer is simple. Mothers are the so-called caretakers of a family. Depending on where you live, without mothers, you might have not survived in this world at all.

Much like your father how provides through labor and work, your mother tends to most, if not all the duties within your home though the modern world has contributed much of the change, mothers have also become part of the labor force but sooner or later, there’s nothing that compares to a mother’s care. Mothers in the animal kingdom care for their young from birth to adulthood just as much as mothers in the human world.

And if not for mothers, you won’t even exist because you started in her womb. Until you were born, mothers have already nurture us to prepare us for life. They truly deserve a day to be happy that our moms have been with us always despite of the situations the world has given each and every one of us. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world!

“Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.” -Charles Stanley

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Five Great Mother’s Day Gift

Mothers have been with their children for a long time until they are ready to go carve their own path in the world. Moms have become our allies when we are down and under and keep us happy. They’re our caretakers, personal cooks, nurturers, living alarm clocks and calendar reminders too. They deserve all the love and appreciation you can give this mother’s day. Here are five great gifts that you can give to your loving mother:

Cherry Blossom Bathroom Spa Gift Set

Aromatic cherry blossom ingredients are enriched with premium quality Shea butter and vitamin E to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. The cherry blossom gift set is the perfect bath and body spa gift set for women, and perfect for holiday gift-giving and to mark other special occasions.

 

Fitbit Charge 2

Make every beat count with a fitness wristband built with PurePulse heart rate, multi-sport modes, guided breathing sessions & interchangeable bands. Track heart rate continuously on your wrist to maximize workouts, better track calorie burn and get a clearer picture of your health—all without an uncomfortable chest strap.

 

Fossil Fiona E/W Crossbody

Fiona is made for any adventure with a structured design, vintage details and easy-access pockets. For adventures near or far, Fiona’s structured design, easy-access pockets and vintage details in printed PVC make it easy to haul everything (and then some).

 

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

This mixer not only can make up to 9 dozen cookies in a single batch but also features 10 speeds to thoroughly mix, knead and whip ingredients quickly and easily and is available in a variety of colors to perfectly match your kitchen design or personality. For even more versatility, use the power hub to turn your stand mixer into a culinary center with over 10 optional hub powered attachments, from food grinders to pasta makers and more.

 

Zumreed Portable Water-Resistant Speaker

Turn up your favorite jams in the shower or at the pool without fear of splashing your phone with this cool blue droplet-shaped speaker. Water and sand-resistant, this clever device connects to your phone or mp3 player via wireless Bluetooth. Easily adjust volume or tracks from the outer buttons.

 

And if you decide to give her something else, it’s fine. There’s a saying: “It’s always the thought that counts most.” Don’t forget to go in our shop this Mother’s Day to receive 15% off on red wines.

The Best Rosé Wines Brands For Summer 2018

Summer is much closer than expected. Pack up your bags, suit up, and enjoy the ride. There’s never a bad time for rosé wine that is best shared with your family or friends. The ever-loving colors of the Rosé wine is what make it truly special. Rosé wines originally came from Provence, France but these days, winemakers from locations like the US and Italy have been making them and they never disappoint.

In fact, you don’t have to spend a lot to get the best rosé wine but sometimes, you might want to try out the expensive brands out in the market. Lucky for you, we have gathered some of the best rosé wine brands both premium-priced and affordable but great-tasting to save you time in searching for the one you really want:

Veuve Clicquot Rosé

This non-vintage Rose is the end result of a desire to create a Rose champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Peters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot’s essential values in terms of style. 

Bollinger Rosé

The Bollinger House also makes magnificent red wines, such as the legendary Côte aux Enfants, in Aÿ. Since Bollinger Rosé was created in 2008, the Poirier Saint-Pierre and Montboeuf plots, in Verzenay, are worked in the same style as the Côte aux Enfants plot to complete the production… Because only great wines make great champagnes.

Josh Cellars

The nose is bright with aromas of fresh strawberries, white flowers and stone fruits. On the palate, the wine is light-bodied, dry, and bursts with citrus, white peach and strawberries, finishing with a crisp, mouthwatering citrus flavor. 

Stella Rosa Pink

Stella Rosas Pink is a Moscato-based rose from the Piedmont region of Italy.  Sweet but not overly sweet with just enough bubbles.  Great as an aperitif or with light meals.  Refreshing taste with a clean finish. 

Chateau Minuty Côtes de Provence M Rosé

A splendid, pleasurable wine: The Grenache and Cinsault blend form an aromatic harmony offering notes of peach and candied orange. The flavor is crisp and round on the palate. 

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé

This coral pink number gives us serious watermelon vibes — with peach and lavender notes peppered in, too. Our tasters loved the barely-there bubbles and overall light finish.

 

And that’s it. You can be sure of these rosé wine brands because they are truly awesome. Don’t forget our rosé wine event this Saturday!

10 Best Rose Wine Cocktail Recipes

Readying for the best summer yet? There’s nothing like a cocktail to start a fresh summer this year. Sure there are a lot of wines choose from but if there’s any wines out there that can make your summer special, that’s the sweetness and fruity taste of the rosé wine.

It is true that America love rosé wines. Sales have been doing well that winemakers have been busy making the best rosé wine that people love. If you want to have a get-to-know with rosé wines, we suggest the sampling of all types of offerings.

Remember that if a rosé wine has a lighter color, the drier the taste of the wine is. Expect darker varieties to be bursting with fruit flavors. If you want to have a closer taste of the Provence-made rosé wines, try sampling vintages such as Pinot Noir, Malbec or Merlot grapes.

And if you’re a party person that is looking for the best cocktail wine recipe using your newly-bought rosé wine, we have gathered 10 of the best which will surely be a treat:

  1. Frosé

Choose a full-flavored, full-bodied, dark-colored rosé for freezing. It will lose some of its color and will be a bit diluted after freezing and blending; you want something that can hold its own.

  1. Margarita Raspberry Watermelon Sparkling Sangria

Ready for a big main-dish salad and a sparkling sangria recipe that’s impossible to mess up?! This easy no-cook meal is the ultimate summer celebration for the gal who would rather sweat by the pool than sweat dinner. Your friends will totally love it.

  1. Strawberry-Rosé Spritzer

Take this spritzer to the next level by allowing strawberries and rosé to chill together for hours (they’re practically besties) before adding the remaining ingredients.

  1. Royal Rosé

A cocktail recipe perfect for a queen with fresh grapefruit juice and champagne.

  1. Cocchi Spritz

Cocchi Americano is a refreshing aperitif from Italy and has just recently become popular in the States. It’s the perfect ingredient for delightful summer cocktails.

  1. Rosé Limonade

If spring were to have a flavor this would be it. The blend of bubbly rosé and fresh lemonade with a hint of floral lavender makes the Rosé Limonade the perfect cocktail for sipping on a bright spring day.

  1. Rosé Blood Orange Lemonade

A touch of Rosé wine with blood orange juice in freshly squeezed lemonade. Rosé blood orange lemonade is a simple and elegant drink to serve your guests.

  1. Strawberry-Rhubarb Rosé Sangria

This Strawberry-Rhubarb Rosé Sangria is a fun, summery drink with sweet summer strawberries, tart rhubarb, mint and limes.  A delicious drink perfect for a backyard BBQ!

  1. Rosé Gold

Summer means rosé, and when you want something a little fancier than plain wine, make this sparkling cocktail. With a hint of orange, it’ll make any night feel special, and it takes almost no effort to make.

  1. Strawberry Rose Wine Mojito

This fizzy, fruity mojito is made with muddled strawberries and rosé wine. With only six simple ingredients, it’s the perfect warm weather cocktail!

Top 5 Red Wines That Moms Love Most

It is a known fact that red wine is not only sweet but good for the heart. It has been prescribed by some doctors for years granted that one drink at moderation.

There are various ways to show an appreciation for mothers and mother figures, Mother’s Day is the perfect day to not only give recognition but also to praise upon the most special woman in our life. Our moms have been with us from birth. They have given a labor of love from the start.

This year will be perfect time to give our moms the De-Luxe treatment. Besides, Mother’s Day only happens one every year. Some people may worry about our mother’s health but treating her with a good red wine bottle, she won’t be disappointed. We have placed our top 5 picks for the best red wines best suited for moms anywhere. Our only rule is, “The best wine is not defined by price but by the quality and taste red winemakers do with every bottle”. And here they are:

 

Dark Horse Pinot Noir

Smoothness, complexity and a great price are the strong points of this medium-bodied wine. It has wonderful raspberry, cedar and red-cherry flavors, light tannins, a polished feel on the palate and lingering finish.

 

Black Box Pinot Noir

The California Pinot Noir displays enticing aromas of strawberry, cherry, and rose petal with complementary notes of toasty oak. Fresh berry and cocoa flavors lead to a delicate, lingering finish.

 

Louis Latour Pinot Noir Bourgogne

This has a beautiful bright ruby color. The nose offers undergrowth and red fruits aromas. The palate is round with vibrant fruity notes of blackcurrant, morello cherry and liquorice. The tannins are silky.

 

Chateau Des Laurets Saint Emilion

This wine is a representative of Saint-Émilion. Their blend prominently features merlot, a vine variety that makes the most of the region’s clay-limestone soil. Château des Laurets, the flagship brand, dominates production but is complemented by a merlot micro-cuvée that is the quintessence of the estate: Les Laurets Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

 

Travaglini Gattinara

Deep ruby red with garnet reflections. Aromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather. Full-bodied, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice culminating in a long and smooth finish. Outstanding with red meat, game and hard cheeses.

The Origins Of The Red Wine

In the early days, rosé wines weren’t that much popular as red or white wines though as years go by, it has become one of the best due to its many flavors and light taste. It has been known that the first wines created were rosé wines.

The technique used at the time to make wine was basically extracting the juice out us by hand or by foot. Through this manual labor, you are rewarded with a deep red color and freshness that rosé wines offers. There are other methods of how rosé wines are made as well either by blending or bleeding off in a barrel.

Rosé wines come in a variety of shades or varieties which includes syrah, tavel, provence, pinot noir and tempranillo. When the first wine labeled as a rosé was produced is not known but it is very likely that many of the earliest red wines made were closer in appearance to today’s rosés than they would be to modern red wines.

Let’s go back to the earlier days of the 14th century where the nobility and military leaders acquired, and managed many vineyards in Provence. Rosé wines became so prestigious, that it was hailed as the wine of choice for kings and aristocrats. Unfortunately, at the end of the 19th century, the phylloxera epidemic reached Provence and devastated the region’s vineyards, forcing vintners to start all over again.

Rosé wines would take a dramatic turn following the conclusion of World War II when two Portuguese wine producer families both released sweet, slightly sparkling rosés to the European and American markets. These wines, Mateus and Lancers, would go to set record sales in Europe and the US and dominate the Portuguese wine industry for most of the 20th century but their popularity has declined in the recent years of the 21st century.

While they still have a presence in the European and US markets, the trend towards traditional, drier rosés as well as the development of American “blush” wines like White Zinfandel have cut into their market shares.

Many of the winemaking techniques used to make today’s darker, more tannic red wines were not widely practiced in ancient winemaking. Both red and white wine grapes were often pressed soon after harvest, with very little maceration time, by hand, feet or even sack cloth creating juice that was only lightly pigmented.

In recent years, winemakers began adapting modern techniques into the traditional methods of rosé winemaking thus improving the wine’s character and quality. Though if you want to experience the finest and genuine taste of rosé wines, you might want to book a flight to France and visit the place where it all began which is Provence.

Why The Need To Prepare For Summer Earlier Than Later

Summer time is closely approaching this March and I’m sure you’re excited to go to the best beaches in town with the coolest volleyball place to spend some great time under the hot sun. Summer can be expensive since you might take your family in a fancy summer getaway, surfing around in that expensive handmade surfboard that you’ve be waiting to use.

Or if you love taking pictures, buying a digital camera especially the cheapest DSLR camera can be hazardous to your wallet’s health and your brain if you are a first-time owner because you’ll really need to know what an aperture, shutter speed, or heck, what those buttons do where all you ever want to take a picture of is that beautiful sunset in the afternoon.

Preparing for summer can be a hassle because there are a lot of areas you might worry about especially when it’s March. But why prepare early? Simple. You’ll get the best out of your first summer day easily and worry about other things later. Finding a spot online for great summer vacation deals is one thing you need to do as early as possible.

If you’ll be using your own car, or rent one, always check the essentials like climate control and radiators. You don’t want to get stuck on a hot road with headaches at the same time. Speaking of heat, I know… Preparing for skin protection is obviously easy but expect a sun tan lotion at stores getting out-of-stock much quicker as it will be a pain for some. Getting one or plenty enough for your summer getaway is a great idea.

Don’t forget those neat shades you wear in a hot day or if you don’t have one, I suggest you get one with excellent protection against UV rays, not just the brand and save that bit of cash for something else like a nice summer shirt or anything you need.

Also, its best to research about what sea creatures may lurk. Better safe than sorry especially if you’re headed to Australia which is known to house the big box jellyfish. If you plan on holding a jellyfish, better don’t. Because if you’re stung by one of these harmless-looking jellyfishes, your life is in immediate danger.

You don’t have to purchase expensive clothing or spend crazy amounts of time in the gym getting that summer figure just to be noticed by folks out on the beach. Be simple and enjoy the beach, the waves, and the sunset unless you’re a beach model promoting a summer-themed brand of course.

If you’re a home-loving person and prefer to spend your summer time at home, don’t worry about it. It’s best to plan ahead too especially for your electricity usage. Sooner or later, you’ll be turning on a lot of fans or your air conditioners on every day.

No air conditioning unit? You can buy the ones with an inverter to help in your energy conservation plans. Let’s be honest, some people can’t stand too much heat at home because it can be quite dangerous to your health. The risk of having heat-related strokes are higher compared to last months. Always keep a finely-chilled water to drink every day and keep your landline phones handy should emergency arises.

If you’re tight on a budget and can’t afford an A/C, try making a cheaper alternative where all you need is some good super glue, a plastic bucket that you no longer use, a cutter, and an inexpensive small fan (usually comes with a USB port for charging) that you can get from an electronic store that you can place on top of the bucket with ice on it where you can re-use again after freezing it overnight.

And if you got electronics and computers around at homes or laptops at other places, be sure you have ample cooling on them. As temperature rises especially in cities like NYC can be a real fire hazard. Having your computers checked for cooling is a great idea too. Replacing your thermal grease and putting in a more effecting CPU cooling solution early on is one way to prevent fires and problems in the future.

Planning ahead for summer is a great thing to do and it will surely save you time and money too If you do it right.