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Girl’s weekend at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

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It’s been over a year since my last get together with my Club MED girls – an acronym for Melissa, Emily, Diana that is (2 of us live in PHX, 1 in SF). Make no mistake, we didn’t go to a Club MED, but rather enjoyed an incredibly indulgent time at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. We met while living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment/PR industry, we became fast friends. Melissa I met in college, Emily and I met through an NBC internship, I introduced the two and through the years and several relocations, we continued to be present for each other’s birthdays, showers, weddings, even pageants (that would be mine haha).

Because of them both, I am a blogger. The idea never crossed my mind until years ago when they both convinced me it was a direction I should try – write more, about the things I love and see where it takes me. Years later, a sweet invitation from Four Seasons was extended and I knew I had to invite the girlfriends who encouraged my journey and been by my side through it all.

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Our Club MED get togethers are a yearly tradition – visits with a spa service. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is just 40 minutes north from where I live, Central Phoenix.  Higher elevation, beautiful scenery and well, 10 degrees cooler my friends. We don’t have to go too far to get out of the heat! It’s also a AAA Five Diamond Resort.

We hit the pool, which was incredibly comfortable right under the shade and we weren’t sweating at all. Imagine that!

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Emily who lives in San Francisco, surprised us with a thoughtful, personalized gift from Parker Thatch for us to honor the occasion. Last summer I gifted the girls each an initial necklace when we had Club MED in San Francisco.

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After pool time, it was spa time – really, the best time – right? All 3 of us choose the same treatment – Four Seasons in One which was 80 minutes of bliss! A half hour of massage techniques, light scrub and a warm soothing wrap. I felt a new woman!

I wish you knew the things my girlfriends say to me to crack me up. In this case, I asked, “Do I look OK?” In which I heard from behind the camera, “You look like a mental patient.”

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We checked into our spacious room with a view on both sides – a true Sonoran Oasis located in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak!
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My surprise to them, thanks to Four Seasons‘s marketing setting this up for us – initial balloons!

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We walked to Proof, a super yummy home-style comfort restaurant on site which is just darling inside and out. The pretzel knots and the wings were right on point for an appetizer – I had a delicious NY steak, and their dessert menu, goodness, I ordered a root beer float with brownies in it. Heaven.

This spot definitely a spot worth visiting for the food and views (and temperatures).

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When evening rolled around, it was time to rent a movie, crank up the AC, and get cozy in bed. I am beyond tempted to buy their pillows, the exact ones in the room which are for sale at their spa for $70. It was like sleeping on a cloud – if you like those fluffy pillows. Birthday wish list!

Next morning, brunch, back at Proof.

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Not pictured – a post with my leg sticking out Angela Jolie 84th Academy Awards red carpet style. That images goes into our personal Club MED album, many photos which will not be shared and for our complete nerdy viewing pleasure only.

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If you recognize this location, you may have seen Bethany’s poolside maternity which was darling with her Betsy Johnson bikini. The grounds are so pretty, everywhere you turn right by boulders.

And that girl’s Scottsdale staycation wraps up another Club MED trip! We chatted about our favorite Club MED locations over the years and are thrilled to add this past weekend to our book of memories we’ll be chatting about for years to come. I am thankful for girlfriends who make friendship such a priority, and fly out for any excuse to spend with each other. What a treat to get together again and thank you to Emily and Melissa for some of the greatest company and support over the years, and to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North for the weekend. What a treat, what a beautiful location, we have such thankful hearts!

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I want to take a second to talk about girlfriends – I have several different groups from life over the years. High school, Nor Cal girls, Pageant, Christian, Club MED and special individual friendships – all equally important and meaningful throughout my life. I recall when I interned in Los Angeles, I heard a woman describe another woman as one who, “had great a collection of friends,” and it moved me. I too, wanted a great collection and was determined to find women of great character, loyalty and spontaneity. My gf groups know about the others and often ask how everyone else is doing – they blend, overlap, and take interest and care – no cliques, just true beautiful hearts that I enjoy introducing them to one another. There’s nothing like having the right people who can converse, welcome, and love. I say this to encourage, embrace and praise those friendships you have that are genuine – because while I’ve found a great collection, I know they are diamonds in the rough. Let’s celebrate each other and say cheers to girl’s weekends!  May we never get old or too busy for them!

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Thanks Melayne for taking my photos :)

I finally made it home to Nor Cal – a trip that was a surprise – but not supposed to be – to my parents. I talk to my mom and dad every 2-3 weeks, with texts and emails often in between. That might be odd to some folks but it certainly doesn’t mean I love them any less. They used to call every day when I was single but that stopped once I got married – like they knew someone would call them if I got eaten by rabid dogs or something, so now I call and they rarely are available to chat, oh the retired life of cruising!

I hadn’t heard any excitement from my parents about my trip so I text them the day of, about my landing time. “What?” said dad. “Nana, did you mean to text that to us? Where are you?” answered my mom. Um seriously, my parents forgot about me! “Who is picking you up from the airport?” my mom text. “I was assuming you guys were!” I answered. Thankfully my room was still there, haha.

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Speaking of pups, I got to see one of my best girlfriends Melayne in Costa Mesa. I figured after my week long visit with my folks I’d head down south to spend the weekend with her and Betty. Mmmmm salmon cooking!

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We reminisced about our Ireland trip and talked about travel constantly. I can talk about travel experiences all day, isn’t that interesting to realize what you want in life? We chatted about our favorite international places, where we want to go next. If you haven’t seen our Ireland video, see it here. It’s finally at 1,000 views.

I am not done traveling just yet, surprise surprise. But once I am, the weather in Phoenix will be divine and I cannot wait to get back into my garden. All summer it’s fashion/travel posts and come fall you’re just going to see a lot of home and garden – hope you don’t mind!

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If you’re still reading after this, God bless you! I’m trying to catch my breath with work after being gone. I told myself I’d devote more time to writing so I’m finally going to publish posts that have been sitting in draft and just do it. Better to just be done than perfect, as the blogging world says.

A few updates –

  1. Window shutters. It’s not really exciting, yet at the same time they are. You’ll see them on the blog I’m sure – the bathroom, our bedroom (I’ve never blogged about it and not sure it’s ready yet), and both our offices will be getting the shutter upgrades this week. It really opens up a room not having the volume of curtains.
  2. I finished (almost) 3 books. This is a huge accomplishment because I rarely read anymore (sad) and I even more so rarely finish a book. I read – Breaking Busy (Christian), Love Your Life Not Theirs (Ramsey Finance), and Big Magic (Creatives). I have a review of Love Your Life Not Theirs coming up and a giveaway – we are big fans of the Ramsey lifestyle here and I’m hoping this review will encourage and change some of your lives!
  3. Storage shed makeover. We’ve been cleaning, donating, hauling our stuff and dropping it off with friends and charities to clear it out all summer – in the heat. Once the weather gets better we can push more things around. I was accusing Benjamin that the storage was full of his junk only to realize I had my share – taxes going back 10 years! I threw away my high school yearbooks, old papers, notes, files, and holiday decor. I had two bikes and I sold one, and I’m itching to do a HUGE home and clothing sale in a few months – everything must go style! It’s crazy how much you can accumulate through blogging.
  4. The purge. We sold our riding lawnmower on Craigslist, and I have large bags of stuff – beauty products, clothing, it all just needs a second life and I need my girlfriends to come over and take their pick.

Now it’s back to work, which I do love. When it’s not fun anymore, I’ll stop and move onto the next thing – that’s what I keep saying. xx

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