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2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}Featured

2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

What’s in a name? The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is in a class called compact crossover or compact SUV. I know, Wait a minute! SUV by definition is a big, gas guzzler, right?! Compact SUV is a bit of an oxymoron, wouldn’t you say? SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. I have to attest – This is a sporty little compact vehicle, for sure! ‘Utility Vehicle’ – Now that’s where I get a bit hung up on terminology. I immediately think Compact means tiny, no room, can’t do much but get from point A to point B. I am not a fan of a small car unless it’s a sexy two-seater roadster car that I just want to put the top down and take on long drives up the coast. But that sexy fantasy is not a day to day commuter vehicle. Why? That’s easy: no backseat for my buddy’s car seat, not cost efficient to require higher octane fuel, I wouldn’t want my buddy to make the sexy, expensive car dirty or for me to waste my energy worrying about dings on the door, etc. Kids can be messy. (Though another of our moms has taught her kids to remove their shoes before getting in there vehicle!). How about a compromise: a smaller vehicle with a cool, sporty style 4-door that is easy to maneuver, is fuel efficient, can parallel park just about anywhere, has plenty trunk space, room in the back seat for a car seat (or 2!) and saves me money with great gas mileage – Enter the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

I reviewed the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD and remarked that it was the coolest thing to have a third row of seating. Well, as awesome as that is, I really didn’t use the 3rd row! It was just nice to have additional seating without being a full on minivan. Although considerably smaller, the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring is actually a really great ride. It is just the right size for me and my copilot, JJ. (But maybe I need to compare them to the CX-5!)

The first thing I did was sync up my phone using Bluetooth which is so simple: I maybe pressed 5 buttons between the dash tablet & my phone. I love satellite radio and GPS navigation. The mounted dash display is gorgeous, simple to operate and easily accessible. I love that there so many memory spots for the radio too so I can easily switch between stand up comics, Coffee House acoustic guitar and 80s/90s music. I didn’t look into it, but I hear updating navigation for some vehicles can be pricey. In that case, I’d rather use my phone app. It is an awesome app if it is updated and having the navigation projected above the dash means I am not taking my eyes off the road. Safety first! 
                  

I was secured my son’s car seat into the center of the back seat since there are anchors for a car seat to go on either seat. From the driver’s seat, I can easily hand him his water bottle or snacks once he is safely buckled into the harness or to threaten him with discipline since he is in arm’s reach. One caveat if you have a passenger in the back seat: There really isn’t enough room for a medium sized human to sit comfortably on either side. You would need to choose a side for the car seat and a side for the other passenger. The car seat would need to also be on one side rather than in the middle if you plan on folding either seat down. The front seat provides plenty of room and would likely be the best place to put a taller passenger. Upon delivery, I had to adjust my seat a considerable amount because I felt super short in the car, despite how compact it is! The driver who dropped it off must have been a lot taller than me (which isn’t saying much because I’m 5’2″!), but Wow – that’s a wide range of adjustment available! 
As a mom, one of the biggest concerns for most families is safety. Since it’s a smaller vehicle, of course, it makes us big, tall SUV drivers feel a bit vulnerable. Well, Mazda hit it out of the park with 5 star crash ratings for both front and side impacts for the 2017 Mazda CX-3. The rating for a rollover crash was four stars: https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2017-mazda-cx-3-earns-five-star-safety-rating-from-federal-government.html With all the safety features like sensors to notify you of cross traffic, rear cameras as well as (a safety package that includes) Smart City Brakes and lane change clearance, a lot of collisions can be avoided. Everyone can also exercise more caution when driving (this town can be very dangerous).
Aside from the many features of the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring, what makes you decide to actually purchase a vehicle?! Are their deal breakers or must-haves that you have in mind to limit your search? I never realized how many options are out there… One friend who is also a part of the DriveShop program has her basic features that she appreciates: seat adjustment memory so she and her husband can switch drivers at the push of a button. Since I’m the only driver right now, this isn’t a necessity for our family. I honestly don’t even think about it! Although, when I valet or get the car washed, it’s nice to go back to my exact seat adjustments! What scores big points for me is the safety ratings/features, the fuel efficiency, its resale value or the longevity of a car. I do care about curb appeal, having a the sun roof/moon roof, and what colors it comes in, but those are secondary thoughts. Having volume controls and tuning right at your finger tips is also very helpful. There are multiple cup holders which is nice, but 2 tall to go cups with straws in them do not sit well under the armrest in the front. There is no vents in the center like other test drives we have had, but the center air vent is strong enough to cool or warm my son in his car seat. I can just angle the vent on the left side of the steering wheel if I need more air flow. There is so much bang for your buck when it comes to the Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring. The fact that they are also priced at almost half of the price of the CX-9 is a bonus too (depending on the options selected, of course). Happy car shopping! Let me know what your must-have features are when you are deciding which vehicle to buy. Are their any deal breakers for you?!

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Big Thanks to Mazda for the opportunity to test drive their beautiful vehicles and massive gratitude to DriveShop for the opportunity to be a part of the program! I am really opening my eyes to many brands and so many different models that I did not expect to enjoy driving. I appreciate the subtle differences and yet it makes me realize what is most important! I hope you enjoy what I have presented and I am eager to hear your feedback! 
 
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{CLOSED} Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N GiveAwayFeatured

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Family Four Pack

Code to be given at the box office “FAMILY”
Gets 4 entries to Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. for just $75!!!
Offer good through April 30, 2017.

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With Spring Break coming, this would be an Awesome place to take them. You might just get that Coolest Parent Award.

 

 

 

 

Our friends at Avenger Station is letting us give away a Family Four Pack!  

To enter:  

Like The Avenger Station Facebook

Like Las Vegas Moms Blog Facebook

Tell us who your Favorite Marvel Character is and feel free to share a Picture (We love Pictures)

All Entries must be received by April 3rd. Winners will be announced April 6th.  Good Luck!

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{CLOSED} Blue Man Group Promotion/GiveawayFeatured

logo_0-bkupWith Spring Break on its way, and the count down till Summer. We got an awesome deal for you and the Family to Check out: Blue Man Group Current promotion at the Luxor! 

Plus we will be holding a giveaway for a family of four pack. Tickets will have a black out for Spring Break week. (Winners will be announced April 15st)  

To enter our GiveAway, Comment below your favorite song you like to jam to (winners will be announced 4/18)

Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. You’ll be closer to the action than ever before at the specially designed Blue Man Theater at Luxor Hotel and Casino. It’s an outrageous multi-sensory experience you’ll never forget. New music, new design, new technology and a new finale to bring the entire audience together for a euphoric celebration of life in full color.

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FAMILY 4 PACK

‭Send your family vibe into overdrive.

‭Save up to $195 when you purchase 4 tickets to Blue Man Group.

‭*Offer is only valid on Category A seating.

 

Now’s a great time to catch the Awesome Show!  

 

 

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2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}Featured

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

***Big Thanks to DriveShop for providing this test drive vehicle in exchange for an honest review.***

First of all, I am a sucker for leather. Red leather in particular. I have no idea what this means about me, but I do know, when it comes to vehicles, it is a major plus in my book! The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD is absolutely stunning – The curb appeal is really outstanding! Honestly, I haven’t thought of Mazdas since the RX7 of the 80s. (So now you know how old I really am! And I apologize Mazda – I’ve missed a ton…sad face emoji) The CX-9 is sporty and classy looking all at once. LED taillights, headlights and signature grille, twenty inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, rear roof spoiler, power lift gate and privacy glass. It has the coveted Angel Eyes LED headlights also found on BMWs. My luxury vehicle aficionado friend was really impressed with this vehicle since he can appreciate the luxury selling points even more when they come without the luxury price point. The suggested price for this specific test drive is above $45K. Granted, this is probably more than what I would like to invest in a vehicle right now, but it only motivates me to research how well it ages. I’m not afraid of purchasing a used car and I’m also not above leasing a car either! 

I think the crossover class of vehicles is really best suited for my family. After driving the Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD for one week, I now find myself wanting to test drive every crossover vehicle available in the Valley just to convince myself that I don’t want to buy a CX-9 for our family! It really blew my mind – Super impressed, Super surprising. Maybe it’s the third row seating, maybe it’s the heated seats, maybe it’s the leather. If you’ve read any of my reviews, I’m all about the leather: the smell, the look, the ease of cleaning (Yes, I find it easier than cloth! Way easier…) 

I was really surprised to see third row seating because in my mind, only a large minivan or a Suburban could seat seven. Two in the first row, three in the second and two in the way, way back. There is, however, a caveat: I installed my son’s car seat in the second row. The CX-9 is a four door vehicle despite having the additional row of seating so getting passengers out of the third row requires the center row to be moved forward and the seat back to be bent forward. This is virtually impossible when a car seat is installed in the center. Since the seat back is split, I can see how entering and exiting would be easier with the car seat installed in one or the other side as opposed to the center. The back row seats would not be comfortable for passengers taller than maybe 5’4″ since leg room is limited. basically the second and third row seats split leg room. The kids will love it though: My sweet friend and CX-9 owner has a 7 year old and 10 year old twins who fight to sit in the way, way back! You can fold the third row of seats down and just increase the ‘trunk’ space. I do like that you cannot see into the back where groceries and other items would be packed away. The button to automatically shut the lift gate lights up so at night, there’s no fumbling around for your keys or feeling around for the button. If you do use the third row for passengers, there are aluminum roof rails available.

Active Driving Display

I love the moon roof especially because my son has limited views being in a car seat so opening up the roof gives him more to look at too! The interior has Nappa-trimmed leather, both front seats are heated and adjustable with driver seat memory and lumbar adjustment. During the winter, heated seats are so necessary! aluminum and rosewood trim makes for such a luxury experience. There is an eight inch display for the rear camera and navigation system. It looks like a space ship cockpit in here! I love the Active Driving Display that projects my speed onto the interior of the windshield = genius! When I set the navigation, it also shows me the next turn of my directions – right there on the windshield = GENIUS!

My mom friend, Janel and I took our sons (ages 4, 5 = 1 car seat, 1 booster in second row plus snow paraphernalia in the trunk) in the Mazda CX-9 for a road trip up to Mt. Charleston to make snowmen and drink hot chocolate. Usually, I sweat the trip as my truck is not AWD and I have to pack as lightly as possible just so I don’t have to be super embarrassed watching cars go around us as we climb slowly up the mountain. This time, we got to take scenic pictures, hear great music on SiriusXM over the crystal clear BOSE speakers and we even felt badly for a number of drivers we saw getting stuck in the snow (Janel even got out to help push one woman’s car out of an embankment with another passerby!) I am not adventurous enough to have tried this loan vehicle in the snow as I am a firm believer there is a reason why snow tires are a thing! 

More than any other vehicle I’ve test driven thus far, this is the one I can see myself owning and driving every day.

Overall, this has been my favorite test drive so far. It has all the wonderful features you would want in a new car with all the bells and whistles: including third row curtain airbags, rear door window shades, key-less entry, push button start, back up sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, smart brake system, lane assist, hands-free Bluetooth pairing, etc. There is a lot of competition since most vehicles will come equipped this way, but for me, this was the vehicle that most fit for my family. More than any other vehicle I’ve test driven thus far, this is the vehicle I can see myself owning and driving every day. I am a strange one since I have been wanting a minivan since I had my son. Yes, I’m a single mom. Yes, I only have one child. I do have 2 dogs though?! I’m also the type of person to basically packs like I’m leaving town when in reality, I’ll be gone for the day. This could mean: a change of clothes for the gym, play clothes for my son after school, a file box of my son’s latest drawings and school correspondence, after gym clothes, hot tub or pool clothes for the gym, random extra change of clothes for emergencies for my son or me because of something my son gets into. Depending on the season you may see: camping chairs, pool noodles, picnic blankets, a collection of recyclables from take out orders or reusable shopping totes. You could say I like my vehicles spacious! I love it! I want it! Someone gift it to me, please! Happy Driving, everyone!

 

      

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The Space Between Us :: {Movie Review}Featured

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“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”

– Karle Wilson Baker, “Courage”

PicsArt_02-02-11.43.29Movies can be an escape. An escape from a ho hum daily grind; an escape to a personal utopia… Simply a couple of uninterrupted hours focusing on the best our planet has to offer.

PicsArt_02-02-11.44.12Living in Las Vegas, we are blessed with endless sunshine, blue skies everyday and clear views of the mountains from just about anywhere in the Valley. In a few short hours, we can drive to a beach, a mountain, or a canyon, or fly to another country to experience different cultures, vastly different food, customs and sights. We are truly blessed, but how often do we appreciate it? 

PicsArt_02-02-11.39.31There were a lot of themes of love in the The Space Between Us: romantic love, friendship, parental love. It ran about 2 hours and I think I liked the concept so much, I went ahead and overlooked a lot of the holes in the story. I like how wide-eyed Gardner is as the first human born on Mars. I had questions such as what did they feed the baby on Mars cuz it’s not like they could ship them formula?! And felt myself wondering about bubble boy type scenarios about all the germs he was being exposed to. I wish there was more character building only because a lot of storyline continuity seems to hinge on one or two sentences for you to figure out how it all links together. 

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But guess what, I still enjoyed the the film. I even teared up at some parts just thinking about what ifs. I wanted to root for first love and I wanted to believe it would be so whirlwind-y for a sixteen year old to visit Earth for the very first time too…(I love Blast from the Past!) Maybe if it was a mini-series or sitcom it would’ve been better received. I didn’t expect this film to change my life or completely convince it was even possible for humans to live on Mars in the not so distant future. I wanted entertainment and a neat story and that’s what I got: A cute movie and a great message about love knowing no bounds. If you want a fun, date night and are not into horror movies or thrillers also debuting this weekend, you’ll really enjoy this film! It’s sweet, light-hearted and simple and sometimes that’s just what you need! Bonus: The soundtrack is PHENOMENAL! That is one of the best parts of the movie, for sure! 

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I watched this advanced screening alongside other press and although I’m not a movie critic, I enjoyed the experience of the event itself. I’m not sure why I don’t attend more advanced screenings! I hope we have the opportunity to attend again. It’s a rarity for me to go to the movies on my own so it was also a treat of a night out with just my super over-priced theater snacks! ($18 for a medium soda, tortilla chips, nacho cheese and M & Ms – I guess I should’ve asked specifically for jalapeños?!) AMC Town Square hosted the event and there’s a lot of parking at the entrance to Gameworks so you can even take a shortcut through there and head up the stairs. Yardhouse is a great place to have dinner before shows as the servers are great about timing around a schedule to make your movie on time! Double Helix is a great place for drinks afterwards – Gotta love their firepit on the patio! Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are around the corner from there too. There’s also a playground at Town Square and Artsy Nanny can also watch your kiddos for you too!

☆☆☆All these pix are from IMDB!☆☆☆

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National Geographic Kids Leveled Readers

Animals, Animals, Animals…

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That is what I generally think about when I hear the phrase National Geographic, especially when I am channel surfing and I stumble upon the TV Station, which is always a hit at our house.

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We love watching documentaries and learning about new things. My son’s favorite documentary, so far, is the king of the jungle! That’s right, Lions! Sometimes the stories are a bit sad but it helps teach the valuable lesson of the wild life.  Now our household is aware of the TV station, but the website was overlooked! Thanks to Moms Meet we had the opportunity to receive a package to review from National Geographic Kids.

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The books are phenomenal, the package included Pre-Reader to Fluent Reader, which is a great option for my pre-reader to enjoy. He loves his books and even brings it to Show and Tell so he can share with all of his friends. Every Tuesday my little one has Show and Tell with the Letters they’re focusing at school. He was super excited to show off his awesome new books.

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The books weren’t the only thing that he was excited for, the website, designed for kids, and had his full attention. There was so much for him to do, see and play. It was easy for him to navigate even though he isn’t a fluent reader. I would definitely recommend paying the website a visit and registering your child.

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Las Vegas Kid Friendly Running Races

groundhogday5k-1After having kiddos, eating healthy and less processed foods became super important to me, but exercise was not a big part of our family life until about 5 years ago when I became passionate about running and living a more active lifestyle.  It’s been the best thing for us as a family to get outside and enjoy nature.  I’ve also enjoyed obstacle course races, like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder and my kids have really loved that too.  I mean who wouldn’t think it’s fun to run through mud and climb walls?! When I first started running and signing myself up for races, I began to notice that a lot of these races are kid-friendly and/or have kid races as part of their race weekend too!  I loved this idea of making running a family activity and I’ve signed up my kiddos for many races and they’ve always had a blast running them! Plus, it really makes them feel good about themselves too and a good self-esteem is so important for little ones!     

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So, if you’re interested in getting your family running together or just want your kiddos to have fun running some races, I’ve put together a list of local Las Vegas race organizations that are family-friendly and/or have kid specific races.  I’ll also include non-local race companies that put on races here in Las Vegas!

  • Desert Dash – Little Dashers 2k/2m trail race for kids 12 and under.  All races receive a kid water cup and bib. No medals. Kid races are on the same day as the adult races, just with a later start time.  
  • Triple Dare Running Company – Seasonal kid races that offer 1 mile fun run and a 5K competitive run. All runners receive a tshirt and 5K runners receive a finisher medal, as well as awards for top runners.  
  • Bristle Cone Events – 5K community runs.  No shirts, no medals, no pressure! Just a fun time together as a family.  
  • Desert Sky Adventures – Fun family-friendly 5K during the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving Day. All participants get a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal.  
  • Run Away with Cirque du Soleil – Family friendly 5K run/walk event at Springs Preserve with music and performers of Cirque du Soleil.  
  • Spartan Kids Race – Spartan Race is an international obstacle course race with races in lots of cities throughout the year.  Las Vegas is usually held in the spring.  Kids can participate in 2 mile, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile races depending on their age.  Each child will receive a T-shirt and Finisher’s Medal.  
  • Mini  Mudder – Tough Mudder isn another international obstacle course race, with a Las Vegas race usually in the fall.  They offer a 1 mile race for kids ages 7-12.    
  • Terrain Racing – National obstacle course race, with a Las Vegas race usually in the fall.  They offer 5K races for ages 7 and up where they’ll be running with everyone on the regular course and also a mini monkey 1/2 mile race for little ones ages 2-8.  Everyone receives a race big, t-shirt, and finisher medal.
  • Kids Dash – Badass Dash is another national obstacle course race, with a Las Vegas race usually in the spring.  They offer a 200-yard dash for 4 – 6 year olds and a 1 mile course for the 7 – 13 years olds.  

Aside from these races, there are tons of fun 5Ks that are family friendly that come to Las Vegas every year, such as Super Hero Run, Inflatable 5K, Bubble Run, and Color Run.  

I’m sure there are other races I’ve missed, so feel free to share in the comments some fun family races you know of and/or have participated in! 

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Queen Bee Market Review & Local Vendor Meet and Greet

My mother, Katherine and Aunt Mary pleased with their purchases!
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I come from a family who LOVES all things crafts and DIY. Whether it’s homemade soaps, handmade seasonal decor, DIY signs and home decor, we will buy it or make it and maybe even sell it! So when my Mom and Aunt found out that the Queen Bee Market was coming to the Las Vegas Conference Center, I was all sorts of giddy!

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 Walking into the Conference Center, we were immediately satisfied by all the eye candy. It was the perfect blend of modern, vintage and glam. Each Queen Bee facilitator was dressed in darling matching T-shirts and were there to greet you with a grab bag filled with handmade products and immaculate treats. And y’all, the booths! This was not your average craft fair where it almost feels like a community yard sale and the tables are covered by stained sheets. No, no. Each booth was its own 5th avenue merchandised storefront-just darling.  

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The coveted Grab Bag. Sadly, we were one woman away from receiving one.- Photo from Queen Bee Market Facebook page

I was shocked to find out how many vendors were there from all over the West part of the states. I met talented women from Arizona, Utah, California and even Colorado and was nothing short of impressed by every single one of their creative and truly beautiful products. I wish I could have bought something from every booth. As much as I would love to talk about every single vendor and their products, this post is all about the amazingly talented Las Vegas local vendors and their stories.  

Wanna meet them?

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IMG_5015Meet Nastasia. Even though I don’t have little babies anymore, I could NOT walk past this booth without “oooing and awe-ing” at all the sweet things. Nastasia makes stylish nursing ponchos and baby accessories. I was desperate to turn back time and use one of these ponchos while nursing and carrying  my boys.  Nastasia and her husband have 3 daughters and are Vegas natives.

 

 

 

Staysi Lee Bridal Boutique 

17264296_1341327125924013_1233935571899720049_n This is Staysi Lee. She is everything right about Vegas. Her hair, her style and her beautiful designs all reflect beauty and fun. She designs everything from infinity dresses, retro skirts to girls dresses. I mean, this cactus dress? Are you kidding me? She and her husband have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Wynter who models most of Staysi’s designs!

 

 

 

Just Charms & Pretty Things

IMG_5017Lacey Cowan’s pretty charms and things have been our favorite at every craft fair we’ve been to in the valley, so far. Her handmade treasures are incredible and there is something for everyone. Lacey is a mother of a strong little girl and is accompanied here by a very helpful husband (which I love to see.) 

 

 

Whatcha’ Got Cookin’

Photo Taken from Whatcha' Got Cookin' Facebook Page

Photo Taken from Whatcha’ Got Cookin’ Facebook Page

My Mom and Aunt absolutely LOVE Lisa and Roxanne’s easy to use go-to recipe’s and my family and I love to consume them! These fabulous friends have worked together to create some amazing recipes without any additional preservatives, MSG or stabilizers- they even offer some yummy Gluten free options! 

 

 

 

Cultivate Floral+Paper Goods

IMG_5014Sara Lunn is a sweet soul. I spoke with her for about half a minute and knew she was as sweet as southern tea. Her Bouquets were stunning enough for a wedding event yet simple enough for a dining room table. Her paper goods are equally wonderful. You can find her next at West Elm for her Pop-up Shop on April 1st. Sara and her husband have a one year old daughter. Give it up for this talented and ambitious Momma!

 

 

November Charm

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270 E Horizon Dr #100 Henderson, NV 89015

I loved these matching mommas. Who loves chalk paint? Who loves renovations? Who loves home decor? Well these girls have it all and more! They are “Southern Nevadas plaster paint retailer” and they are PROUD of it. As they should be! Bravo, Ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambers Umbrella 

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7960 West Sahara Ave. 89117, Las Vegas, NV

Amber’s story is what Las Vegas Moms Blog is all about. Our mission is to encourage, support and inform local moms and this mom deserves all the reward for the journey she’s been on. Visit AmbersUmbrella to read more about her story and why Ambers Umbrella exists. Amber is a mother of 6 and she is here accompanied by her 14 year old daughter Joslyn, who is just a doll. Amber’s Market features repurposed furniture, home decor, salvaged pieces, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and party supplies. Her shop opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The next opening is Thursday, March 16th from 10-5pm. Or you can purchase products online any time at www.ambersumbrella.bigcartel.com 

 

 

BBFrosch

IMG_5023Kristin from BBFrosch is the reason Queen Bee Market came to Vegas from their prime location in San Diego. We couldn’t be more thankful for that! Kristin is the owner and developer of BBFrosch Chalk Paint Powder. Her painstaking journey through what it took to create an easy to use paint powder is why so many are flocking to her Workshops in 12 states! You can purchase the chalk paint powder as well as other products on the BBFrosch website. You can also attend one of the workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

 

 

 

 

I cannot wait to see all these vendors again at the next Queen Bee Market event! Will you be there too? 

Your welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

You’re welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

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From Wine to Whey- Lifetime Athletic Clubs in Las Vegas

imagesWhen one thinks of “the gym” one usually thinks of bulky muscles, grunting noises, machines that look like torture devices and the ever dreaded membership sales personnel stalking your every move. One does not usually associate a gym to have a wine tasting night complete with chocolate dipped strawberries, 6 different wines to taste and an array of food pairings from their very own cafe. At least, that’s not what I expected upon walking in to Lifetime Athletic Club’s Green Valley location for their first ever Wine Tasting Event. IMG_7333

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IMG_7330Last month, Cindy  and I were contacted to attend what we hope is the first of many wine tasting events offered to members and non-members. The wine was great and so was the food, don’t get me wrong, but what we enjoyed the most was being able to drop our kids off at the AMAZING Kids Academy during the entire event! The kids played sports activities, made arts and crafts, ate pizza, went swimming (or not) and watched a movie. We were hooked. 

This led to a conversation with the Events Manager and Kids Academy Director about all the amazing things Lifetime offers to members with children and even the amazing care for non-members coming in for open events! Cindy and I could not have been more impressed. Each care provider is certified and are experts in the field of play time and early childhood education. The Kids Academy play areas and teaching rooms are clean, fun and sufficiently supervised. 

Work_Image_KidsAcademy_001Here is a list of events happening at the Green Valley and Summerlin locations available to members and non-members:

Green Valley Location

Shamrock Shake and Shuffle

Thursday, March 16 at 6pm-7pm

Complimentary for members, Non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass. 

Mommy/Son Dynamic Duo

Saturday, March 18 at 12pm-2

$20 per couple for members

$30 per couple for non-members

add on $5 for moms bringing more than one son

Life Barre and Bubbles

Wednesday, March 22 at 5:45pm-8pm

~limited space~

Complimentary for members, non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass

Cycle and Champagne 

Friday, March 31 at 6pm-8pm

~limited space~

Complimentary for members, non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass

Ride For a Reason

~Both locations~

Saturday, April 22 at 8am-12pm

Tickets Available at fundraising.stjude.org 

Summer Camps/School Breaks 

 

expanding_our_teamI liked what I saw so much that I went to the nearest Lifetime location in Summerlin and decided to become a member! My boys and I have gone every single day since becoming members and we LOVE it. I love that I can drop my boys off knowing they not only are being supervised but are being taught about nutrition and exercise. The Kids Academy offers Children of Members classes like Yoga, Zumba, Karate and sports, while Mommas and Poppas focus on their health and wellness. As a stay at home Mom with a PPD background and an ever growing midsection, this decision to become a Lifetime Member has been nothing short of life-saving.images-7

As part of my sign-on package I had a free consultation with a nutritionist, personal trainer and Pilates Reform instructor. Each one has given me life altering information that I can take with me for the rest of my days. I’m learning how to focus more on sleep, stress management and nutrition as well as how to effectively exercise. I also learned what the heck “Whey” is and its become my new best friend, even over wine! Because of all this, my doctor is confident that as I loose weight and burn fat, I will likely be able to naturally manage my symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as keep my higher glucose levels in the low end.  In just over a week I have lost 2 pounds and gained more lean muscle mass. I have begun taking daily multi-vitamins for overall health and wellness as well as Omega 3 Supplements to help gut inflammation. I feel great and eager to meet my goals. main-bucket-academy-classes-800x800

So whether you are looking to finally put your New Years’ Resolution to good use, are looking to meet new people and partake in some family friendly events or you’re from out of town and need to work off a buffet binge and late nights at club, consider a gym! 

For more information on the events and memberships please contact:

Lifetime Athletic-Summerlin

(702)228-2611

Lifetime Athletic-Green Valley (Henderson) 

(702)802-7300

Lifetimefitness.com

https://www.facebook.com/LifeTimeAthleticGreenValley/

 

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Are you looking for place to take the family?  Look no further, we have a perfect solution.  The Avengers Station Located at Treasure Island Hotel.  They have an awesome set up for the whole gang.  The best part is they have a great deal going on:

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Family Four Pack February. Superhero fans can purchase four entry tickets into the awesome attraction for just $99*, plus fees, with the code FAMILYDSCF0562

When:
Daily during the month of February
10 a.m. until 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island Las Vegas, the completely immersive and educational experience that brings visitors into the world of The Avengers launches Family Four Pack February. Superhero fans can purchase four entry tickets into the awesome attraction for just $99*, plus fees, with the code FAMILY.

The deal can only be purchased in person at the attraction’s box office.

*Children 3 and under are free of charge.

DSCF0689It is definitely a family attraction worth experiencing for all ages. Once you Step into The Avengers Station (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) you gain access to exclusive intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explore the history and scientific origins of the Avengers while you train to become an official agent. You’re literally transported into your favorite superheroes world.  DSCF0460

Each station has a display of operational equipment such as Captain America, Hulk Bruce Banner, Vision’s Hawkeye, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and so much more.  There is so much information and equipment on display that you literally learn more about the superheroes and villains.  DSCF0467 

Each room has a Unique character theme.  You can make the experience even more interactive with a downloadable Avenger Station App (available on IOS and Android) or you can rent there device with the app already pre-installed. Which contains fun facts, trivia and etc.DSCF0505

Once your briefing is done. At the conclusion of the experience there is a final battle. Once you turn in your device you’re Super hero is revealed and your group is ready to battle Ultron.DSCF0678

We definitely had fun going in a group and taking the tour together.  The kids where thrilled to find there favorite Avenger on display with there buddies… They did a lot of observation and interaction. It was a unique experience. That made the experience worth while. The only thing I regret was not taking more pictures with my rented device.  I could of had more selection on pictures to buy. DSCF0595

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The Batman Lego Movie Review

026td_035_layerpack_review_stereo_v010.0528Everything is awesome, everything is cool when your part of a team.  Everything is awesome, when you’re living out a dream

 

 LegoMovie_THUMB Every time I watch any Lego Movies I can’t help but hear that song play in my head. Can you believe its been three years already since the release of that movie? Well I guess in my house its hard to believe that since my son loves to watch it every chance he gets. So you can just imagine his excitement when he found out his favorite character got a spin-off and we were going to watch an advance screening on Feb 4th.

lego-batman-2017-1Lets fast forward to the movie. The Lego Batman Movie brings to life one of their most favorite characters. All aspects of Batman is crammed into this movie and brought to life in a brilliant lego way. Batman’s character is dark and his greatest fear is revealed. He seems to be afraid of losing the people he cares about, causing him to push everyone away including Alfred. This all stems from him losing his parents, but ultimately, Batman has to let go of that fear and let himself be part of a family once again.

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The movie also includes a lot of characters into the action sequences where Batman is pitted against all of his most famous and not so famous enemies. This gives his sidekick, Robin, an opportunity to shine. I think this gives the younger audience/fans an introduction to the DC world and a possibly a new favorite character to keep an eye out for. One of the main villians the movie focuses on is Batman’s nemesis The Joker. The Joker is basically heartbroken to discover Batman is ‘seeing’ other villains, and what they have isn’t special. Batman basically breaks the Jokers heart causing him to seek revenge in a brilliant plot
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The one thing my son and I loved about the movie is Batman’s awesome talents that were featured on The Lego Movie – his ability to sing and dance about his greatness

(Sample Lyric: From The Lego Batman Movie

Who has the coolest gadgets? (Batman!)
Who has the tricked out ride? (Batman!)
Who does the sickest backflips? (Batman!)
Na Na Na Na Na).

I literally heard random kids humming Batman songs.

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{CLOSED} Give Away Alert! Two Tickets to The Little Prince Live Show

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Thanks to our friends at the Smith Center  We have two tickets to giveaway!  We hope you’re excited because were super excited!
The tickets are for  “The Little Prince” 
showtime: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: $14.95- $29.95
Venue: Reynolds Hall

“The Little Prince” is an enchanting theatrical production for all ages. In this unique take on the classic tale, audience members young and old are invited to experience the wonderment of childhood as The Little Prince transports them to exotic worlds and introduces them to whimsical characters. Meet a bombastic king, a talking rose and a cheerful fox who is eager to be domesticated. Through the eyes of the Little Prince, audience members gain unique insights into love, loss and laughter.

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03c1c6ed4b9430418404330f42ce90cbI am personally looking forward to introducing my favorite childhood classic book to my little one. After we watch the Live show, I plan on introducing him to the movie, I remember watching it all the time on HBO which starred the late Gene Wilder.  

 

 

Enter for your chance to win by Commenting below: What is your favorite childhood book?