This post is sponsored by Chateau Ste. Michelle. All opinions are my own.

Earlier this month was my mom’s birthday.  Many times, I’ve shared how proud I am to be able to call her my mom. We have our ups and downs, as any true bffs, but I wouldn’t change her for the world. She had been in Miami for three months helping me with Nico, and before she left, I wanted to thank her with a little surprise -- a trip to Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida.

My mom is definitely her happiest by the ocean. We told her to pack for the beach, hopped in a car, and drove for four hours. She really had no idea where we were going. We stayed at this cute apartment just a few steps from the ocean. 

One afternoon, I told her I was going to pamper her, and Gabe was going to take her picture (she loves social media, so a new profile picture was a must). I did her makeup and gifted her the kaftan she is wearing in the photos. When she reached the backyard,  I had a little surprise for her: sweet treats, Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay, and Gabe was ready to take her close-up.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay is one of my favorite white wines; it was perfect for bonding with mom and it also pairs perfectly with seafood - making it the perfect white wine by the ocean!  It is fresh and soft, with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances.


I’m so happy we were able to enjoy this little trip with the family before my mom left. Cheers to more moments like this!