Surprise! Alcohol-removed wine is a thing, mama

The wine is produced from grapes grown in acclaimed wine regions in California—and then Fre removes the alcohol in a way that still preserves the flavor and aroma of the wine.

Surprise! Alcohol-removed wine is a thing, mama
Motherly for Fre Wine

For a lot of mamas, pregnancy is a time of "no." It can mean saying no to our favorite foods (looking at you, spicy tuna roll). It means bidding adieu to favorite activities, like skiing, horseback riding, or simply going hard in our weekly spin class. And it has always meant saying no to a glass of our favorite wine at social gatherings.

Inspired by those who choose not to drink (but want to imbibe something a little more exciting than juice or flavored water), Fre Alcohol-Removed Wines are perfect for relaxing with pals or celebrating life's biggest moments. The wine is produced from grapes grown in acclaimed wine regions in California—and then Fre removes the alcohol in a way that still preserves the flavor and aroma of the wine.

For me, Fre Wines was also the perfect option when I wasn't ready to let friends or coworkers know I was expecting. Instead of pouring a tell-tale seltzer at parties and BBQs when everyone else was holding a wine glass, I could simply enjoy a glass of Fre and carry on with no one the wiser.

Even after the news was out, I felt more included on girls' nights and dates with my husband when I could drink a glass of alcohol-removed wine instead of just having water. There was also something special about being able to toast our new baby (including the day we found out we were having a daughter!) with my husband with a little bubbly. 🍾

And there's good news for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas feeling left out of Rosé Season—Fre Wines just launched America's first alcohol-removed Rosé. Now that I'm breastfeeding, it's the perfect option for a summer-inspired drink that won't force me to "pump and dump." Fre wines are also available in Red Blend, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Moscato, and Sparkling Brut.

Thanks to Fre Alcohol-Removed Wines, pregnant mamas may be RSVP-ing to a few more events this summer.

So if you've missed your regular glass of wine, take heart—Fre Alcohol-Removed Wines is the perfect solutions for mamas who are ready for a toast. Use Fre's store locator to find a retailer near you, or click here to shop online and take15% off (plus $10 flat rate shipping) on 12+ bottles with code FRE. Only through June 1st, 2019.

Cheers! 🥂

This post is sponsored by Fre Alcohol-Removed Wine. The content and opinions expressed here are our own. If you have any health concerns regarding alcohol intake, we recommend you consult your physician before consuming Fre.

My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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