More than just a hair salon

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Let me introduce you

The passion that pours out of Saskia Salon is something to be desired. Saskia has been my hair dresser for over nine years now and she has seen me through highlights, lowlights and everywhere in between. She knew me before marriage, before kids, before postpartum hair loss (it’s a real thing).

Through the years, I have seen Saskia master jobs at Australia and New York Fashion Week. I’ve known her through Redken hair classes, top educational workshops and Kevin Murphy Diamond Key accolades. I’ve been pretty fortunate to see her star rise over the years. Most recently, watching her own salon grow into a success.

Saskia is not only one of the best hair stylists in Phoenix and her salon is not just a pretty place with purple walls … she is a passionate, creative genius who puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Her salon emulates that. I truly love going to Saskia Salon – not only for the great color, cut and blow dry, but to see a busy salon full of “glamazons” who work harder than anyone in the business. And, not to mention Susan at the front desk offers you a latte when you walk in.

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Thank you, Saskia

For making me over today, for always being all smiles, and for keeping my “Arizona blonde” hair far, far away from brassy while still maintaining a “glow”. I appreciate you more than you know and I always leave your salon feeling more inspired than the moment I walked in. Oh, and thank you for talking me out of bangs, Nicole Kidman ‘red’ and for not letting me chop my hair in desperate hours of ‘wanting change.’ You’re the best.

If you’re looking for a new stylist in the Valley. She’s your girl. Visit saskiasalon.com for contact information.

Healthy Snack: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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This shouldn’t even count as a recipe, but I love this snack so much it’s worth sharing. Take Brussels sprouts, mix them in a bowl with olive oil (3 tablespoons) and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Shake the pan every so often to mix them up a bit. Make sure to keep an eye on them, mine always brown early. Remove from oven, sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and add more salt. And, that’s it. Enjoy!

Faith In The Bachelor Sean Lowe

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Unshakable Faith

I always get excited to go to church, but this Sunday brought extra excitement. Thanks to the team at Cornerstone Church, we were able to hear the testimony of Sean Lowe. I geeked out just a little bit and had my entire family arrive at 7:45am so we could get great seats. When we arrived, there were red roses everywhere (appropriately so) and a lot of new faces. I truly had no idea what to expect.

Our pastor, Lynn, interviewed Sean about The Bachelor reality show, his spiritual journey and his faith in Jesus Christ. Sean talked a lot about the show – how it was, how it wasn’t and how it all came to be. He talked about his experience on The Bachelorette and how he would step outside of the Bachelorette mansion every morning to read a daily devotional. Some of the other contestants on the show learned about Jesus through him (how cool is that?) and recently one of those men (my guess is Arie Luyendyk) came to know Christ.

I commend this guy so much. It’s not easy to speak in front of a room filled with strangers and tell your personal, spiritual story – let alone to be so open and transparent about the mistakes you made along the way. Hearing Sean talk to us about how he navigates life’s struggles, hurdles and temptations (with such an unshakable confidence in his faith) was very inspiring to hear.

I was invited to meet Sean and Catherine after the service. I wanted so badly to tell Sean how great he did, ask Catherine where she got her cute skirt, and take a peek at the bling on her finger … but instead, my friend Jamie and I digressed into giddy 13 year-old girls and tried to act cool and calm … you know, the way you act when you meet reality stars at 8:45 in the morning. My face says it all. I was super awkward and way too excited to meet this pair but so thankful I did.

Thank you Cornerstone Church, the Lowe’s and my family for waking up early to talk about life, love and Jesus Christ.

Daddy Daughter Date and In-and-Out

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Colton and I were there too, but by the looks of it, you wouldn’t know it. Ryan and Kelsey were in their own worlds. About half way through dinner, she crawled under the booth to his side of the table and proceeded to smother him in kisses, then she jumped on him. Luckily, I snapped some photos of these two. Oh, and you see how there are only 3 burgers on the table … one for Ryan, one for Colton and one for Kelsey. I brought My Fit Foods to In-and-Out and ate that instead. Can you believe that? Ugh. Diets.

Lunch Break at Chop Shop

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On our lunch breaks, Teri and I played catch up over lunch at Chop Shop in Scottsdale. If you can hold out eating lunch until after 1pm, you’ll save yourself a few minutes in line. This place was packed! Mostly because it’s summer in Arizona, which means no one with sanity sits on a restaurant patio. See all of those empty seats behind us? Yep. It’s 115° so you’ll catch us Phoenicians indoors until November.

I know what Teri will say when she sees this blog post. “Wait, Steph … weren’t we just there.” Yes, we were just there. But I get off work around 1pm every Friday during the summer (it’s the best job perk I have!) which means I get to come home, relax, blog a little bit and then hit the gym before I have to pick up my kids from school. If you ask me, this is the best way to kick off the weekend.

PS – Two thumps up for the Chop House. The BBQ chicken salad and the Power Green pressed juice were great.

Museo Nacional de Antropología

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Everyone said, “You’ve got to see the museums in Mexico!” So, we went. Now, I’ve never been one to love walking around looking at artifacts in a museum (just ask my family about when I was younger) but it was still amazing to hear about the rich history and to see all of the ancient pieces. Did you know this museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological artifacts from pre-Hispanic civilizations. Yep. Pretty cool to see.

The best part of the museum? The company. Our team split into thirds and went on private tours. Our tour guide was Nachi (as I write this, I’m not even sure if that is his name, but we’ll just assume it is) and he was hilarious. He kept us all in line … literally. Nachi also made sure to tell us about every. single. artifact. For two hours! As he was talking, he would slip in something totally random here and there that made you scratch your head. Like when he was talking about an old home and then somehow started talking about his hair and how its “a permanent and its real.” Why, thank you sir.

I may have wanted to throw an adult tantrum half way through the tour, only because it was sooooo long, but it’s all good. We had some great laughs and learned more about the culture that makes up Mexico. Plus, we had some downtime to just hang out and chat outside prior to it raining. Fun fact: I am from Arizona and rarely get to use my umbrella. It started to sprinkle and so in all of my excitement I grabbed my umbrella only to find it had three large holes in it. Lovely. The girls from Chicago looked at me like I was crazy for keeping it. But hey, it never rains in Arizona, guys!

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The Upside of Work Travel

Traveling for work isn’t always glamorous. You have to deal with long airport security lines, horrible cab rides and really long days (and nights) in meetings, conferences and pitching your business case. Not to mention the emotional stuff us mothers deal with when we have to leave our little kids behind. Missing my kids and family is the #1 reason I don’t love traveling each month. But here’s the upside: Meeting new people, traveling to new places, exploring amazing hotels, and working for a company that fuels my creative drive.

Let’s not forget the fact that you get to sleep through the night without a child climbing into your bed or a baby screaming. Someone else makes your bed and your daily schedule revolves around adult stuff (also see: Not having to watch Jake & the Neverland Pirates when all you want to do is veg out and relax). So while I sometimes get super exhausted (like last week when I was in Mexico City and San Diego), I truly love what I do and being a full-time working mom is part of my DNA.

Last week we stayed at The St. Regis Mexico City and it truly was a breathtaking hotel. When I show you these pictures you won’t believe we were working, but we were. I swear. This is the smartest group of brand marketers that I know. People that were born for this stuff. The room was filled with over 200 creative talents, strategic thinkers, analytic minds and truly marketing geeks like me.

This is a peek into our conference room where most of our meetings were held. Notice the color in the room? The room kept changing colors, perhaps this is some ploy to keep your mind alert when you’re in a room for 8 hours a day, but whatever the reason, it was super cool. And check out that chandelier? My eyes were immediately drawn to it. The St. Regis ballroom has my vote for the coolest meeting space I’ve been in. Here’s a little peek into this work trip, I’ll post more photos soon!

Pizza I can’t stop craving

Last week took me to Mexico City for work. I stayed at the St. Regis Mexico City and couldn’t have been better taken care of. Out of all the luxury amenities at this resort, my co-workers and I were all a buzz over the avocado pizza at J&G Grill. In fact, I am STILL thinking about it. It was that good. Just look at it! Someone please find the recipe and share it with me.

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