This post was sponsored by Cambria Winery as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Ahhhhh wine!!!!! I don't know how I would survive without it. Wine is definitely this mama's life juice that's for sure. One of my favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day of chasing my kiddo around!
Today I have partnered with Cambria Wines to share a few Relaxation Tips. We all need to relax after a long day, and I'm here to tell you how Cambria Wines can help you achieve such relaxation. It might just include alittle music too.
I swear music and wine were made to be enjoyed together! After a LONG stressful summer being home with my child 24/7, one of the things I look forward to the most is wine-thirty!!!! That time of night when the kiddo is in bed and I get to kick back, turn on a few of my favorite tunes and pop open that bottle of vino. Nothing says relaxation like that first sip of Cambria Wine while jamming out to your favorite song after one hectic day of listening to "I'm bored" all day long.
Now, what if I told you that music and wine blend together harmoniously!?!?! That's right, harmoniously! I never really gave such things that much thought until I listened to Cambria Wines: Notes of Cambria. Please take a moment and watch the the Four Part Video Series and you will see for yourself how crazy it is that wine and music go together perfectly!!!
In this totally neat 4-part video series, Cambria Wines challenged professional musician Kalei Yamanoha to create musical pieces that would capture the true essence and flavor of their Cambria's Benchbreak Pinot Noir and the Cambria's Benchbreak Chardonnay. Cambria Wines goal was to show how pairing wine and music elevates your senses! I must say after watching the video series, I can't help but say they totally nailed it!!!! These musical pairings were definitely a unique approach to experiencing, learning, and talking about wine!!!!
Did You Know?
That Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay and Cambria's Benchbreak Pinot Noir are estate grown in California’s Santa Maria Valley! These high quality, immensely flavorful wines are the perfect addition to your relaxation plans that's for sure!
"Pinot Noir Waltz"
Pinot Nior is all-time favorite, go to wine, so I was pretty stoked to listen to the “Pinot Noir Waltz”!!! I must say the waltz was pretty dreamy! I could totally invision myself holding my beloved glass of Pinot at the Cambria Winery in total zen!!!! Nothing better than a tune that can take you to your happy place instantly! Instant relaxation is always a good thing, so I really enjoyed the waltz!
After being at peace with my mind after listening to the very zen-like "Pinot Nior Waltz, I then decided to give the "Chardonnay Shanty" a chance. This tune however was totally different!!! Very upbeat since the tune is played on a banjo!!! Jam band, festival music is my jam & the "Chardonnay Shanty" definitely put a smile on my face. The Shanty had me feeling like I was at a festival since it made me want to hop right off the couch and start to boggie!!!
These unique musical pairings are a great way to experience, learn, and talk about wine with friends and family that's for sure!!! Next time I have a gathering at my house, you best believe I will be playing these jams.
Now, since we are talking about YOU in this post, I thought I would rattle off a few relaxation tips since I'm assuming you had a LONG day!
1. Lavender Oils ~ You may have heard that breathing in the smell of lavender makes you drowsy; turns out, it's totally true! Research shows the scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, putting you in a relaxed state. So to set yourself up for those zzz's, burn a little Lavender Oil or even rub some lavender lotion on your body. Burning a Lavender candle could work wonders as well!
2. Reading ~ There is no doubt about it, getting lost in a new book or even a magazine is a fantastic way to forget about the stresses of the day! Both take your mind to a different place, which if your days are filled with little people like mine, getting lost in a world of make believe is exactly what I need once in awhile.
3. Meditation ~ Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. So take a deep breath, and get ready to relax! Just a few minutes a day of clearing your mind can completely calm the mind for the day!
4. Music ~ Nothing more relaxing sometimes than listing to a tune that takes us back to a special moment in our lives!!! Maybe you have a childhood favorite song that brings a nostalgic feeling? Maybe you have a happy song you listen to with your friend that reminds you of all the fun you have had in your life? Music is definitely good for the soul, so have that jam session!
5. Wine ~ There is no denying it! As much as I love to dance around my living room or have a total meditation zen session, nothing does the trick like my beloved bottle of Cambria Benchbreak Pinot Noir! Or maybe you are a white wine lover and craving that glass of Cambria Benchbreak Chardonnay? Whatever your fancy may be, pour that glass and enjoy your peace, quiet and relaxation!!!
Don't know where to score that bottle of Cambria? Use the Cambria Wine Store Locator and find that perfect bottle today!
What is your favorite way to relax?!?!
On day two of our Gettysburg Pennsylvania adventure, we had the pleasure of dinning at Appalachian Brewing Company! When I was first in talks with the Gettysburg Travel Board, I had my fingers crossed that Appalachian Brewing Company would be on our itinerary. Law of attraction is real folks because it totally was. Manifestation I tell ya! I thought Appalachian Brewing Company into reality!!! So I was pretty stoked to not only try delicious food, but to knock off one more brewery off my been there brewery check list. Yes, I have one of those. There is a reason I have a "lush" tab on my site after all ;-)
Appalachian Brewing Company History
Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC) was founded in 1997, with the original brewery and brewpub located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. One of America’s largest brewpubs, this previously abandoned 100-year-old building was completely restored to create one of the most beautiful spaces in our capital city. ABC now operates six restaurants, two in Gettysburg Pennsylvania, each complete with their own small-batch craft beer brewery, as well as our full-scale Appalachian Craft Soda manufacturing facility located in Mechanicsburg, PA.
The first thing we did upon arriving at Appalachian Brewing Company was order a beer. I always get so overwhelmed when it comes to the beer decision, but when the waitress finally came around, I went with Mountain Lager. I played it safe.
Appalachian Mountain Lager
The most "American" beer in the menu!
The Dortmunder-Export style of beer was developed in Westfalen, Germany, and is a classic light lager with great character. This style boasts a light golden blonde color and exhibits a moderate hop palate. The finish of our Mountain Lager is rich yet mellow.
Appalachian Brewing Company brewers have developed this beer as a tribute to the Appalachian Mountains where we live and play.
HANDMADE TATER TOTS
Instant ABC classic! Shredded taters mixed with bacon, Cheddar Jack cheese and fresh scallions, served with ranch sauce for dipping.
Honestly, my husband and I both assumed they would be gator tots loaded with toppings. So we were pretty shocked to see a basket of balls in front of us. Not knowing what to think, I took my first bit and omg!!!! I now need to create my own recipe for when I'm home. So yummy!!!
10 large and crispy chicken wings tossed in our signature sauces with chunky bleu cheese dressing and celery.
Living in Western New York, we have high wing expectations! I can honestly say, Appalachian Brewing Company wings pass the wing test. My hubby had wings for his entree and loved them. They are not dinky and they taste amazing! Just as a buffalo wing should be. Bravo Appalachian Brewing Company.
MOCHA MOLÉ SHORT RIB
Tender, braised, boneless short rib, brined in chocolate Ave Stout and served in a rich mocha molé sauce with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.
These short ribs were my entree while dinning at Appalachian Brewing Company and they were delicious. I'm all about cooking with booze, so when I saw a recipe on the menu cooked in booze. I just had to try it!!!! I was pretty satisfied with my entree decision.
This sandwich was definitely on the funky side. It was made with nacho-like cheese. I was scared my daughter wouldn't eat it at first, but she did. She ate every last bite. If you have a picky one, this is your warning that the grilled cheese may be delicious to some, but scary to others. If your kid gets scared of food, try something else.
HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER PIE
Peanut butter mousse on a chocolate cookie crust topped with chopped Reese’s R Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate sauce.
For dessert, my hubby spotted the peanut butter pie. It is his all time favorite, so we all ordered slices. Definitely a tasty dessert that's for sure. Perfect way to end your meal!
Two thumbs up!!!! Honestly, I have dined at many breweries over the years and every last one of them has had killer food! Menu creators know they are usually dealing with drunk people, so the food is always top notch deliciousness. Appalachian Brewing Co. is no different. So many entree options that every last person in your party will find something they like. Even if you have a picky eater like my daughter. Nothing safer than a sandwich.
If you find yourself in Gettysburg and want a bite to eat, head to one of the two Appalachian Brewing Co. restaurants and fill those stomachs.
The Appalachian Brewing Company we dined at was located right next door to the Gettysburg Heritage Center. So tour that battlefield and head to Appalachian Brewing Company for a bite to eat and a few beers afterwards.
Appalachian Brewing Company Gettysburg Locations
259 Steinwehr Ave
70 Presidential Cir
Thankyou Destination Gettysburg for sponsoring this post.
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.