My bestie, Acacia, and I have been BFFs for 14 years. That’s a lot of life we have gotten to do together. I remember when were both newly weds (over 10 years ago) we had a girls’ weekend in Palm Springs. We stayed at some swank hotel downtown, went out late, and had a great time. It is a total special memory for us. We also had the amazing privilege of having our kids one month apart. Seriously, our babes were born within 30 days of one another. Which means we got to experience all the things together: pregnancy, birth, all the baby firsts, school, oh goodness. You name it and I can think of what my daughter and her son where like at that age. It has been amazing to have a partner-in-crime in this thing called Motherhood, especially since she is such an amazing mother. Let’s face it, being a mom is hard work. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is gloooooorious. But sometimes, you just want to not mom for a hot second.
So, for Mother’s Day the bestie and I decided that the gift we really wanted was another weekend in Palm Springs. Time together, no kids, no laundry, no cooking. A besties weekend is pretty much the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. And our husbands were game! (We married up.) You may be thinking, “Palm Springs in April = Coachella! Wow, these ladies are awesome.” Nope. That’s not how we roll. We are adults. With jobs and kids. We are tired and want to get away. Coachella sounds like a lot of work. And honestly, I cannot pull off a crocheted crop top anymore. So, we stayed FAR from that scene. Truthfully, we didn’t even stay in Palm Springs proper this time, we hit up the outskirts where we were sure not to be bothered, like the old women we are. We stayed in Desert Hot Springs because we are moms on budgets. Bestie time isn’t free. (sadly.)
So we rolled up to our less than 5 star resort and the first thing we did was put the Butter Chardonnay into the mini fridge. I totally neglected to bring real food like I would for a family trip because I was packing for a bestie trip. I was so focused on getting to hang out together. Separately, we are witty, funny women … but together I feel like that is multiplied exponentially. (Totally not sure if those who are around us agree with that estimation, but we feel this is true.) So all I thought to bring was a wine that would compliment that air we have about us when we are together (read: awesome.) I am a fan of great-tasting wine from Napa Valley (another great place to have a girls weekend.)
We had an amazing weekend. We got in on a Friday and met for lunch. Since being together, talking, catching up on life, is our #1 priority when we have precious face-to-face, uninterrupted bestie time we then spent the rest of Friday walking around Palm Springs. Such a cute city. We even found a shop we had visited on our last trip. (please see the video for that experience.) Our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs is FARM. As a grain-free girl it can be hard to find compliant food when traveling. If you are grain-free or gluten-free, hit up FARM next time you are in Palm Springs (See video for more on that gem.)
Friday night we jumped in the hot springs. Wow, so nice and relaxing. Plus, I did think ahead and pack something useful: I snagged the plastic wine glasses form my deluxe picnic basket so we could enjoy a glass of wine while in the pool area. (Moms are responsible like that and do not bring glass onto the pool deck.)
The weather was blah on Saturday so we tried to go shopping at the nearest Outlet Mall, Cabazon. But since we got rained out of that we came back to the hotel and watched the most loved-by-mom television network: HGTV. After being inspired by Fixer Upper we decided to channel our inner Joanna Gaines and see what kind of treasures we could score at the local thrift stores and then came back for more hot springs sitting around time. Check out our haul in the video. All in all it was a perfect Mother’s Day getaway for us!
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BTW, I don’t think I told you guys: When I went to Napa Valley for my girls weekend in January, my mother-in-law was spending the day with my 6 year old daughter and asked, “What is Mommy doing in Napa?” to which my sassy 6 year old responded, “Drinking wine with her friends.” Cool, thanks kid. Way to sell me out.