How Weekends Should Always Start

I’m pretty sure that every weekend should kick off with a summer pool party with your best pal. Teri is finally back in the United States and I couldn’t be more excited! I think we freaked everyone out at the restaurant when we screamed like … well, girls … when we reunited for the first time in 2014! Naturally, our 3 hour lunch date ended with drinks at my house, poolside. The perfect summer Friday if you ask me.

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Girlfriends at every age

Even when you’re four, you realize the value of good girlfriends. These girls have known each other all of their lives and it’s so much fun watching them grow up. I love how close they all are and I hope they remain friends forever. Or at least up until high school so I can bring out these photos and they can reminisce with me. Have a wonderful weekend.

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Best friends traveling without limits

Every so often you come across people in your lives who do things that inspire you. I know it’s not easy, and I know how much preparation they had to do to make this happen, but Teri and Danny are officially going into month five of a six month journey through Southeast Asia.

They didn’t wake up one day and say: Let’s travel the world together, but they did start with the desire to do something they always dreamed of. To not let work, life commitments, finances, fear … stuff, get in the way of doing something life changing.

I’ve been following Teri’s blog. She has been doing an amazing job keeping us all posted on all of the great things they are doing, seeing and experiencing. I had no idea how the people of India, Cambodia and Laos lived. I feel like I know so much more about their culture now.

Her glimpse into their journey has been eye-opening for me and so much fun to follow along with. These two crazy love birds left on New Year’s Eve and have since traveled through Thailand, Laos, India, Cambodia & Vietnam … and they aren’t done yet.

Teri takes photos (and videos – which I love) and really makes you feel like you’re along for the ride. Last night I was thinking of these two as I was putting the kids to sleep. I miss having these guys around. Ryan actually said, I hope they come back soon: I feel like hanging out with them keeps us young. Ha. More like keeps us interesting, you can say it.

I’m having a huge dinner party for four when these two get back so I can catch the latest first hand, but in the meantime, you can follow along too on Teri’s blog. Here’s a glimpse of their journey here and all the latest is on I hope you find inspiration in her travels and learn a little something about Asia (and different ways of life) along the way.

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Pretty day at The Farm at South Mountain

Teri took me to a great lunch at The Farm at South Mountain. We ate our food picnic style – 500 calorie Apple Juice for her, Iced Tea for me – and sat outdoors in the beautiful Arizona sun.

She gifted me two generous gifts that made me squeal – literally. So much so that a woman stopped by our table and said, “If you don’t want that gift, I’ll take it.” A little Latisse and a new shawl. Love it! I really do treasure any afternoon that I get to spend gabbing and lunching with this Ting of mine.

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The Friendship Hat: Holiday Hike

This morning Jen called and asked, “Why don’t we take the kiddos hiking?” So, unshowered (sometimes that’s the best) and sleepy-eyed, we took the kids for an impromptu hike. The mountain was beautiful and the kids loved seeing each other. The sun was bright as could be, which is why we love our “winters” over here. Thank you for inviting us Barkers – I needed the extra cardio after the weekend we had!

The Working Hat: A Day of Bliss

Our Marketing team spent the afternoon team building with manicures, pedicures, hand massages, brownies, brownies and brownies. It was a perfect way to relax and interact. Plus, we’re supporting our favorite salon, Bliss Spa. If you’ve stayed at a W Hotel then you know how amazing Bliss products are.

Here we are … perfectly polished after a great work outing.

Ah, the unlimited brownie buffet. Did anyone even notice the veggies in the back? Nope. The desserts were a great touch and available at every turn inside the Bliss Spa. Thanks, boss, for a great day!

The Girlfriend Hat: Momversations

Last night, I had a girls night out with four amazing friends. Between all of us, we have five children under the age of 2! Can you believe that? Four of us had babies all within two months of each other. It is babypalooza with this circle of friends. I wouldn’t have it any other way – pregnancy is awful, but going through it with your friends, makes for a more humorous experience. In fact, the same goes for life. Walking through it with good girlfriends will make everything seem more entertaining and less stressful. I love this group. We are a bunch of super moms who prove to ourselves every day that we can do it all – it’s a tough job, but we’re doing it well. Cheers to great momversations last night about life, husbands, celebrity crushes, babies, ghosts (Jamie!) and a good ole’ game of telephone!

From left to right: Kamryn’s mom, Zach’s mom, Morgan’s mom, TJ’s mom, Kelsey’s mom!