There comes a point in every mom’s day when she can choose either to whine about how she never has any time for herself or woman up and pour herself a drink.
The California Wine Club is betting you’ll decide to release all that bottled-up tension with a glass of wine. Subscribe to the Wine Moms Series and each month two lovely bottles of limited-production, award-winning vino will be chosen specifically with you in mind. Deliveries include bottle notes from Momswhoneedwine.com, recipe cards for food pairings, and a link to succinct video intros from wine coach (and mom) Laurie Forster.
You can get two reds, two whites, or one of each. And though you might be wondering if all the mommy branding is just a gimmick to get you to buy, when you’re quietly enjoying that 2005 Sangiovese Il Palio after bedtime, you really won’t care.
Available online at cawineclub.com. Monthly membership, $49 (includes shipping and handling).
What: Adorable Massachusetts-made critters constructed with colorful, stripy socks ($35-$43).
Why: Lend a hand to a member of the Handmade Toy Alliance.
When: You’re ready to go bananas.
Where: Online at monkeyshinestudio.com.
Cape Ann Farmers Market
What: Crafty activities with Cape Ann Art Haven, plus a bumper crop of local vendors.
Why: Live music may convince them that going shopping with Mommy isn’t a chore.
When: Thru Oct. 7. Every Thurs., 3-6:30 p.m.
Where: Roger St., at Harbor Loop, Gloucester. Info at 978-290-2717. Admission is free.
What: The local percussion pro marches to the beat of his own drum.
Why: The short set joins in with a satisfying racket of bells, blocks, and tambourines.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Atrium Mall, 300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (617-527-1475). Participation is free.