This is sponsored by Bota Box. All opinions are always my own.
If you're like I am, you're scheduled is filled to the BRIM.
Work, hobbies, workouts, chores, travel...it can get a little crazy. It seems weird that sometimes I go weeks between seeing my friends, especially when they are the people I love the MOST.
If I'm trying to do things I love at all times, why am I not seeing my friends more often?
I know for me it can be difficult to do anything but work. If anyone has asked how I 'balance it all', I really don't. I work 7 days a week, all day, and I don't do much outside of it as of late. It's nice that what I love isn't work for me.
Podcasting, blogging, even my job (which lets me be creative and lets me travel a lot) doesn't feel like work.
CLICHE I KNOW, and it's not ALWAYS true. I mean ya girl works in excel sometimes and really wants to bash my head into my monitor but for the most part I love staying busy, and doing things at ALL TIMES.
I've been finding myself working more and more, and most of my friends (other creatives in LA) work in the same field I do, which perpetuates our little working cycle. It's good, yes, but I realized I need to separate every once in a while and really put in the time with my friends that doesn't involve work.
Especially with Lindsey (and Justin for sure) but with The Almost 30 Podcast, we are in CONSTANT communication. From 6 AM until 9 PM at night, we are talking through things. Podcasting is A LOT OF WORK. She and I are talking about the sound production, marketing, guest scheduling, invoicing, events...there's a lot to do and since it's growing, we always are trying to stay ahead.
Basically, from a friendship perspective, Lindsey and I have been all business lately.
So, in an effort to make more time for the people I love, I scheduled a wine night for she and I.
Lindsey is a wine girl (meaning when she's having a nice dinner or out she'll have a glass or two) so making sure to think of what she wants in our evening is important. When you want to make more time, to show your friends you love them, what more do you need than their favorite wine?
In full transparency, you hundred babes know that I drink sparingly. I'll have a glass or two (if it's good wine) but it's not something that's been a priority for me. So having Bota Box around is a new thing, but it was perfect to bring for our wine night.
I realized you guys are right about the wine night thing :). Having a good wine makes any occasion that much more special, and even though in this case were just hanging at her apartment it made it that much better.
Sipping *delicious* vino from nice glasses made it seem so much more like an event than if we were just drinking our usual La Croix. It was easy for me to take the box (and mini Bota's!) to her house, and storing them in the fridge was a piece of cake.
What I planned for the night in was, first the food. I got a few different side dishes from Erewhon (my favorite grocery store ever in L.A.). Things like cauliflower, sweet potato, zucchini noodles, salad...a variety. For our drink, I had my two Bota Box's and mini Bota's, which are small to-go wine containers that are resealable and can go anywhere. It was easy!
In order to make time for my friends (and do nights like these) it's key that it was scheduled, I planned the meal, and we had the nice touch of some Bota Box wine.
Other ways to make time for your friends:
Call while you're driving or cleaning: Multi-tasking FTW!
Combine your to-do's with your hangouts: My favorite. Who doesn't love a Target run with your friends?
Weave friend time into 'me' time: I am ALL ABOUT THIS. I will schedule chill yoga sessions, massages, anything with friends that's also spa-like. Use your recovery time with your besties.
Use that lunch time: Seriously, I am all about leveraging a lunch hour. I schedule meetings with friends during lunch all the time. It breaks up the day, and gives you a little pep in your step since you're getting out of the office for a bit.
Do chores together: I'm serious this is weird, but I can have fun with my friends anywhere, so if they need to pick up, or run errands, I'm all about it!
Put it on the calendar, pay for it, and keep it low key: Just like I did with our Bota Box night in. I love that with Bota Box, it keeps it really casual, easy to transport, and made the night that much more fun.
Let's talk about the fact that Bota Box, well...comes in a BOX. I know boxed wine gets a bad rap for no reason (maybe it's a flashback to college days when people bought boxed wine because you can get more than just with a bottle?)
But, Bota Boxed wine is actually better because:
- It creates 85% less waste than traditional wine bottles
- It's 100% recycleable
- You get more per package (4 bottles per Bota box)
- It's easy to travel with (you don't need to freak out that the glass will shatter)
- The pouch is BPA free
- It doesn't cost an arm and a leg (ALL ABOUT THIS ONE)
- Plus there is the cute little Bota that you can throw in your bag for BYOB dinners or when you're out with your friends.
Bota cares about the environment and has engineered its package to be 100% recyclable. 2016 will be the eighth consecutive year that Bota Box has teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation in support of reforestation. Through this partnership, Bota Box has helped the Foundation plant over 200,000 trees across the nation.When trying to save the environment, save money, and get a better value, this is the move. Plus in addition to their boxes, they have the CUTEST mini-botas!
Besides being a better value and better for the enivornment. I am LOVING the way both the Rose and the RedVolution taste (probably because they've won various awards for value and flavor). Bota has earned 30 Gold Medals in competitions since 2011, as well as 35 “Best Buy” ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
I had a full glass of each (as Lindsey and Stef our other friend did too) and we were raving about how good Bota Box tastes.
Since there's so much in the box, we had leftover and now it's a serious favorite at home. Justin has been LOVING having the wine on hand. It's easy to pour a glass for us and to hang together at the end of the day :).
Nothing makes him happier than when I drink a glass of wine, ha.
The types of Bota Box wine that I really love are:
The RedVolution, which has flavor notes of black cherry, cooa and a HINT of spice. It's super a smooth, full-bodied wine that "culminates into a juicy, well-balanced finish."
Oh and the Rose? It's dry but not sweet. Super crisp (perfect for summer) it has aromas of raspberries and red rose and flavors of strawberry cake and grapefruit zest. We served this one well chilled.
Honestly I feel so lucky that I was able to incorporate Bota Box into our night in, it made the experience special for me and my #1 sistah, and is now the best part of our fridge at home.
So excited for you to try Bota Box - all the flavors have won so many awards, and are listed as some of the best wines around. To find where you can buy Bota Box, check it out here. What's your favorite type of wine to drink my babes?
Also get to scheduling some time with your friends, okay?