Introducing The Saucy Mom’s Travels

The premise of this blog – this brand – is and always has been to demonstrate that a working parent, like myself, can still enjoy what she fancies in life, even after having a couple of kids. The main focus has been how I manage to travel, with and without my children, while holding down a full-time job and a family life. That’s not all that I’m about, though, as I learned last year at BlogHouse (I’m not “just a mom”). I’m a traveling mom, yes; but I’m also a mom that savors quality craft beer and liquors. You know those people who get all crazy about wine? Like, some are downright snobby and act as if they can’t live without it? Well, that’s how I am about beer and, more so lately, distilled spirits like bourbon and whiskey.

The Saucy Mom's Travels

Cheers! At Haus der 100 Biere, Berlin

It may seem to some that parenting and drinking alcohol is a relationship born of necessity. You’ve seen those kids’ shirts, right? “Mommy drinks because I cry too much”? While there are countless parents who rely on that glass (or bottle) of Cabernet to calm them down every night after the kids are in bed, how about those of us who just truly enjoy and can fully appreciate a finely-crafted beverage? I’m not talking about slamming six-packs every night just to get drunk. No, I’m talking about savoring each sip of whatever is in my glass and just relaxing. Like travel, we shouldn’t have to give up our pints or cocktails simply because we have kids now.

As I travel and meet more fascinating people, I’m finding there are other parents that feel the same way I do about sophisticated adult beverages. Furthermore, like wineries, craft breweries and distilleries are becoming travel destinations on their own; for example, Beer City USA (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. I have been known to plan trips based on beer or bourbon (#DrinkinLincoln, anyone?) and it doesn’t make me any less of a parent. I’ve found that there are more parents out there who do the same, and some who even take it a step further by homebrewing or starting their own alcohol-related business. For these reasons, I have decided to start a new section of The Working Mom’s Travels called The Saucy Mom’s Travels. Here, I will highlight my travels that are centered on beer, bourbon, or other spirits; and feature like-minded, “saucy” parents.

I fully hope this will be an interactive endeavor. If you know of a saucy, traveling parent that I should feature, do tell! Suggestions on craft-spirit destinations? Let me hear them!


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22 Responses to Introducing The Saucy Mom’s Travels

  1. The Adventure Ahead April 19, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Great post – we too believe that being a parent shouldn’t mean missing out on the things you love. This is one of the reasons we are a travelling family – our love of adventure didn’t go away when the kids were born. Instead, we now take them with us, which has only made the experiences that much richer – we now get to see the world through their eyes, which is unbelievably magical. Great post – thanks for sharing.
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  2. Sabastian Laurent April 19, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    As longs as an adult is drinking within reason (AKA safely) it shouldn’t be a question that they are a good parent.
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  3. Gabor Kovacs April 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    It’s an interesting idea to put alcohol in the focus of travel articles. Genuine idea, looking forward to your posts!
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  4. Milosz Zak April 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    You bet you’re saucy with that pint of beer! 😀 If possible, I strongly suggest you take your kids traveling. That’s what my parents did, and it changed us forever. Travel educates in the most incredible of ways, and all taboos evaporate as children grow up faster, and understand the workings of the world.

  5. paula folinazzo April 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Best of luck in your new endeavor Working Mom, I look forward to reading about your new adventures!!!

  6. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) April 20, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    What a fun idea! It’s great that you’re showing how parents can pursue all kinds of interests such as travel and alcohol in a responsible but fun-loving way! Myself, I’m a bit of a boring teetotaler but I love the concept of this!
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  7. Pola (Jetting Around) April 21, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Ha, I know this side of you somewhat and LOVE this idea! Totally looking forward to your saucy posts – and have a feeling we’ll drink to that soon enough. 🙂
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  8. Meg Jerrard April 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Hey, parents have to have while traveling too! And alcohol can be a responsible and fun way to travel at the same time. Plus, educating your kids to drink responsibly is one of the best lessons you can give so I love this idea!
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  9. Anda April 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Great idea, Francesca. I don’t think drinking should be something that you should hide from your kids, like a sin. If you are a responsible parent you will be a responsible drinker and educate your kids in that respect.
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  10. craig zabransky April 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    cheers to that, this post…… and so happy to see Bourbon on the list, Stay campfire chatting……. as where to go next, well I know Oaxaca is an interest… they use many different agaves to make something called – Mezcal.
    Stay drinking, Craig
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    • Francesca April 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

      I sense a collaboration, Craig… Oaxaca + Mezcal!

  11. Erin Marie April 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Ohhhh, I cannot wait to read all about it! Cheers to you, and like Craig said, let’s campfire side chat again sometime soon. xx
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    • Francesca April 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

      Yes, we need a campfire reunion – STAT!!

  12. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids April 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Love this idea! Great way to expand your blog. I’m looking forward to your “saucy” posts!
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    • Francesca April 27, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks, Val! It will help with expanding the blog but it’s also a big part of who I am and what I enjoy (along with travel). I frequently combine the two so why not?

  13. lola April 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    What an awesome idea Francesca. You are an expert on your beers and spirits and definitely should highlight that. CHEERS to you!
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    • Francesca April 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      I had a feeling this would be Lola-approved! xoxo

  14. Traveling Ted April 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    It was great hanging with the saucy mom last night at Old Town School of Folk. Look forward to reading more about beer and travel.
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  15. Leah April 29, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Sante! I love this idea. I look forward to each intoxicating word you write.
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  16. Allison Brady May 11, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    Love the idea! I’ll follow you. Wait, I AM you! I’m also a saucy mom. 🙂

    • Francesca May 11, 2015 at 9:42 am #

      Cool! Fellow Saucy Moms are most welcome!

  17. alexa July 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    I have been traveling with my son since he was little! He’s been to Mexico, Spain and Taiwan plus a whole bunch of cool places in the U.S. Awesome post promoting travel with kids!

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