That's why I heartily endorse this product I learned about for the first time last summer: Wine in a box.
Not wine in a big box, which although I'm assured can sometimes be quite good, still carries with it the stigma of Old Rot Gut in a brown paper bag. I'm talking about juice boxes for mommies.
Most moms I know, myself included, will overlook quality for convenience in their alcoholic beverages every time. We know how many family-friendly outings aren't conducive to a bottle and glasses, just as we also know that we'll need a little something to get us through these endless family-friendly events. A little something that can easily be camouflaged.
As long as we're bringing along juice boxes for the kids, why not throw in a few juice boxes for Mommy, too? Target sells a store brand collection of four boxes, called the "wine cube." Each box contains the equivalent of one glass of wine, which as any mom knows, is the perfect amount to take the edge off while still staying clear-headed enough to deal with the kids and drive them home safely. Each box comes with a straw, too, for surreptitious sipping at the park, at the school movie night, or at the beach, where bottles of wine are not allowed.
Target sells several kinds of wine in its Wine Cubes, including Cabernet, Chardonnay and the Pinots Grigio and Noir. There's something for every taste. If you can stomach Two-Buck Chuck, you'll love this stuff. Moms will love the delicious subversiveness of it as well. Check it out this summer, if you're Mom enough…