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We are a team of local moms sharing stories and reviews based on our personal experiences living and loving in Fabulous Las Vegas.  We love the Strip for world class dining, shopping, a plethora of attractions, dazzling musical performers always coming to town and fabulous Broadway-caliber shows. Las Vegas families are so lucky because we get to play tourist when friends and family visit, but we also have tons of choices off Strip that make living here such an exciting life that can be family-friendly too! We encourage families to explore the many ways to truly enjoy our unique setting from a new indoor playground in our neighborhood to the hottest Strip attractions all while seeking out the best ways to get some fresh air and great pictures too!
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They’re so Kawaii: {Toy Review} Kawaii Cubes NestersFeatured

*disclosure: we received these toys for free in exchange for an honest review*

 

"Kawaii" is Japanese for "Cute"

“Kawaii” is Japanese for “Cute”

Kawaii Cubes Nesters really make a “Cute” toy that you will want to collect and just maybe let the little ones play with. With the market producing so many new collectibles, you can’t help but take notice with these latest affordable creations. Especially since their first series features DC Comics characters which makes it especially awesome since they finally started expanding and producing more than just Batman movies. I don’t know about you, but I am geeking out! With the Justice League finally making their debut on the big screen you have to be excited. I personally can’t wait for Wonder Woman’s new movie coming out soon!

 

Our household really enjoyed the details and the concept of nesting toys. WishLand took the DC Characters and really added some creativity in each cube making it fun to collect. You have a chance to collect Classic Style, Pop Art Style, and limited edition Metallic Style. My son’s favorite feature in the package was the blind boxes (My son loves the mystery behind each box – you just never know what you’ll get) and each package contained one blind box. He was really excited to open them! I can easily see a lot of creative fun ways to play with these toys besides just stacking them.

xei4vkirigmptmpslyetql8vnwet4qsuc2wfpf0cfoupx92ib Here’s some of my son’s favorite ways to play so far:

1. You can hide little things inside, like small toys or candy
2. You can stack them up like a wall to knock down with your cars/action heroes
3. You can put them on your kids table for creative play (ex:Train Table)
4. You can change your characters bottoms and create your own mashup character
5. You can use the small one to roll them and knock down your bigger character cube (small ones feel like dice)             

vs94qujfdcdoytnomdqbsozsnjsi15bep_cjermq_hwpx92ibLet your imagination go wild! I know we did at our house. We literally put them to the test and they can withstand a lot of toddler wear and play. I would definitely recommend buying these toys for your little ones. (Please exercise caution as the pieces may not be suitable for those under 3 years of age.) They’re easy to open and close without and can easily translate to hours of fun for little kids and big kids too!
With Christmas around the corner, these would make excellent gifts: Perfect for Stocking Stuffers!

 

You can find Kawaii Cubes Nesters in-store at a Target near you.

Follow Kawaii Cubes on Facebook for the latest news!

Reviews, Test Drive, Uncategorized

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}Featured

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Hey mamas and dads, just finished testing out the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT AWD model for the week from DriveShop.  With 4 & 5 star crash ratings & host of other safety features, ours was delivered in Rally Red with a sporty black leather accented interior.  Outfitted with an AWD 2.4 liter Mivec (16 Valve) 4 cylinder and CUT transmission.  This vehicle comes with a 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty and delivered an observed 22 mpg. average and carries a $27,395 msrp.

The Rally red looked great on this vehicle with its bold looks and aggressive styling.  Automatic & height adjustable HID headlights & automatic rain sensing wipers were a nice feature.  The panoramic roof was neat in the rain and also at night under the stars, and it no bother during the day as you just push a button and its covered up.  The Rockford Fosgate sound system was a really nice feature and delivered great clairty and bass.  Bluetooth was easy to operate & most operations manageable from the steering wheel mounted controls.  It also had Sirius satellite radio, perfect for my little one who loves the kid’s channels.  The paddle shifters were a responsive and also a handy feature on long grades where down shifting is preferred.

I found the power train to be adequate & perform well in traffic & highway operations as well. The Outlander was civilized but nimble and inspires spontaneity with its AWD.  Off road the Outlander seemed right at home.  It was comfortable and would go anywhere I told it too.  AWD is equipped with center locking differential which was handy through some of the steeper grades & loose terrain.

Trunk space was adequate for our family of 5.  With an equipped roof rack, full size spare tire, it was ready to go camping too.  One of my kids is still in a car seat and rear seating room was a bit tight.  The kiddos seemed to like the vehicle but they would have liked rear A/C.  In the Las Vegas summer, good A/C is a must, the Outlander’s A/C was icy cold once it got ahead of the cabin temperature, however 1 fan speed higher would be nice.

 

Overall the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT AWD gets high marks for styling, function, performance, perceived value & features.  It would be better with stronger A/C (more CFM) & without the chrome badges that reside on each front fender.  It looks mean and as long as you understand what you’re driving, it performs well on off road, highway, and city driving respectively.  If you’re in search of bold looks, off road capability, and a lot of useful features at a reasonable price, check out the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT AWD.  

You can check out the Outlander at local Las Vegas dealership:

JIM MARSH MITSUBISHI

SALES(888) 384-7157

8555 WEST CENTENNIAL PARKWAY
LAS VEGAS, NV 89149

http://www.jimmarshmitsubishi.com/

 

 

 

 

 

As Seen On TV, Live Like a Local

Memories of Terry Fator

I have a neat connection to this man so if you will indulge me for a moment as I harken back…

I’ve been a full time massage therapist on the Strip since 2006. One day while at work, a TV crew requested to film in our spa for a reality TV show. I was approached to help out as an extra along with another assistant lead therapist. We were super excited and eagerly signed the waivers. Filming only took a few hours as it was meant to be a background or side story about one of the contestants. The set up was that Mr. Fator would be in a bubble bath served some refreshments and little Emma would be getting a massage. I felt like a million bucks because I contributed twice to the scene set up: I suggested (what I felt was the obvious) that they film Emma laying back on the face cradle (which would give Terry access to the back of her so he could move her mouth as she spoke) and I also felt like it would just top things off for Emma to have cucumbers on her eyes – you know, the international sign for relaxing at a spa! So we ordered some fresh cut cucumbers from a restaurant downstairs (no, our spa didn’t have any in house!)  and had to tape them on since Terry couldn’t move her mouth to speak without them dropping off! We giggled a bunch because I was massaging a ventriloquist dummy and Emma began to engage me in conversation. The crew decided they only wanted Emma and Terry to speak to each other. We did the scene in 2 separate shots so that it seemed like Terry and Emma were having a conversation. (Which of course isn’t normally possible since he has to control her movements – Aaah, TV is magical, eh?) One really funny part about all of this is that we filmed in a couple’s suite complete with a Jacuzzi tub – a room not used as frequently as the other rooms which meant it was available, clean, etc. But it is practically the mirror set up of another couple’s suite on the other side of the spa. You guessed it, just about everything is reversed…including the faucets. Wait for it… The other massage therapist who ran the tub filled it entirely with cold water!!! Holy smokes, that must have been an awful experience. Terry Fator is so gracious, he didn’t even say a word until they finished filming and he was able to exit the tub. What a genuine guy and a real trooper! I’ve been a fan ever since and I even told people that there was something really special about him and that he was really going to make a name for himself! I bet if I asked him about that day, who would forget being in an ice bath to film for probably an hour… Poor guy! If anyone talks to him, ask him… Tell him I said Hello & Congratulations on all his success!!!

Read about the limited engagement Christmas show at the Mirage. This is a fantastic family-friendly show from start to finish!

As Seen On TV, Date Night, Kid-Friendly, Reviews, Staycation, Things To Do

A Very Terry Christmas {Show Review} Terry Fator Is Fun For All Ages

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We had an absolute blast attending A Very Terry Christmas at the Terry Fator Theater at Mirage. We received tickets to attend the show so I am able to report back to all of you! Perhaps you caught some of the highlights of our evening on Instagram stories, so now here is the play by play of our evening because you need to check out this limited engagement show and you can bring everyone. You may remember Terry Fator as the America’s Got Talent season 2 champ. The prize was a million dollars and his own show right here in Las Vegas. Who knew ventriloquism would be a hit with today’s audiences?!

I have a neat connection to this man so if you will indulge me for a moment as I harken back…

This is a Christmas show (& God Bless Terry Fator for bringing back the “Christmas” to our Happy Holidays! Ha!) with performances through December 22, 2016. From Monday through Thursday and select Saturdays, you and your family can enjoy 7:30p performances running approximately 90 minutes.

Roasted Bean quickie meal

Roasted Bean quickie meal

I ended up taking my 4 year old son as my plus 1 and he loved it – We both did! We parked in the garage on the 4th floor so we could walk directly across the outdoor bridge. Don’t forget to use your Nevada ID for free Strip parking! Just follow the signs to snake your way through the festively decorated lobby and atrium through some shops to the theater. I am always hesitant to bring children into casinos as I am not a fan of subjecting them to smoke and drunk people, but this was not bad at all! There was actually some conference folks who seemed to be streaming out of a late session so it was particularly G-rated. The box office is located in the hallway before the Terry Fator Theater and we got there around 6p – about an hour before the doors open (7p). This made ticket pick up super easy since there was no line. We had plenty of time to grab a bite at a little café called Roasted Bean just steps from the theater. Pro Tip: Blizz Frozen Yogurt is across the way so you can grab dessert afterwards too!

There are drinks available for purchase in the lobby, so you can fuel up before heading in. You will show your tickets to the ticket scanning staff members who greet you at the bottom of the escalators and then it is up to the theater entrance. It is a grand room and it already felt like we were at a party! There was Christmas music playing right when we arrived and as we made our way down the steps to our assigned seats, Rockin’ Around the

Mirage Hotel Lobby Christmas Trees

Mirage Hotel Lobby Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree was on and JJ immediately squealed which made me then realized it was his favorite song playing (he has been practicing for his Christmas show!) As we reached our row, I was informed that I could ask for a booster seat for my son. He was telling me he was OK, he liked his seat how it was, but when the usher brought us a red velvet covered foam cushion that blended perfectly with the seats, and it gave him a better view, he was super excited and happily complied! The DJ, show opener, Ben Harris was hilarious and kept everyone excited and cheering and clapping. He has an awesome ‘evolution of dance’ number to ramp things up and the crowd got super hyped up just as our headliner host was about to arrive. The couple in front of us seemed to have had their fair share of adult slushies from the lobby and they were extra interactive, which I loved! I actually felt a wave of calm come over me. I always tense up when I take JJ to places we have never been since I cannot predict how he is going to react. He did great and I know it was because of such a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

There was plenty to look at with lots of light changes, upbeat holiday sounds, a comfortable atmosphere as dictated by our gracious host, Terry Fator… His lovely wife of one year is his assistant on stage and the DJ, Ben Harris is a great dancer, comic and helper too. The band really completes the set and despite being in the 6th row, I did not find myself needing ear plugs and not once did my son remark that it was too loud. I honestly felt like we had the best seats because we were close, but not craning our necks and we could see both jumbo monitors if we really wanted an up close feel. The screens across the back of the stage are constantly changing with scenes to compliment what’s going on in the show or to accent songs. A new stocking is hung each time a new guest arrives. 


Now for the main event… Terry Fator is simply the most talented entertainer I have ever seen. He sings, he does spot on, goose-bump activating impressions AND he is a brilliant ventriloquist. There is some adult humor, but he never uses foul language and even his jokes are perfectly framed so as to go right over the heads of unintended audience members. It is absolutely fantastic and I cannot rave enough about his show. Granted, I was a fan before, I have not seen his non-seasonal show yet (because I’m a local and that is what we do!) If you are a fan of holiday music, you must see this show. I am definitely making this a tradition every year from now on, because this was the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit immediately following my favorite holiday eat fest! I love classic Christmas music and just getting to see this incredible talent live is absolutely worth it. Depending on your age and your affinity to Christmas music (ahem, I know for a fact some of you listen BEFORE Halloween!), you will, at the least, recognize 90% of the music. When I say this is a show for all ages, I mean, all ages! Now, I did bring a 4 year old and you know your kids best – 90 minutes is the length of the typical kid movie, but the lights, the music, the puppets will dazzle them. JJ got a little restless towards the end, but he held on! Our favorites are Winston the Turtle and Emma Taylor (because I’ve met her before!), but you will also get to see the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator, the annoying neighbor and a few surprise guests too!

2016-12-01-02-05-03-636Terry is just insanely talented. He can impersonate anyone – Kermit the Frog, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Cher, Louie Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Aaron Neville, Eartha Kitt, Karen Carpenter, Bing Crosby, David Bowie (SWOON!), you name it! His band of characters are so different and his vocal range is every inch of the spectrum – truly awe-inspiring! I found myself singing along with so many songs and I felt like we were hanging out with friends. Such a great night all around. I look forward to taking my parents, other moms and more kids to this show as it will be a hit with anyone, even the Grinch! *wink-wink*

Another very important aspect of his show is that he takes time to acknowledge and thank veterans in the audience as well as first responders and officers. At the close of the show, he explains his passion for supporting military families, giving back to say Thanks:

Terry donates 100% of the profit he receives from sales of his merchandise to military charities.  The primary charities include wonderful organizations such as The Airpower Foundation and Snowball Express. –terryfator.com

Buy tickets to A Very Terry Christmas starting at $60 plus tax and fees and a VIP experience for $150

The VIP experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir program and a complimentary drink. (The slushies actually look gigantic! We’re talking bigger than a pint glass…maybe 24 oz?!)

Again, really no bad seats in the house and this is a must-see show! Please tag us when you attend – we would love to see your pictures! #lvmsentus @vegasmomsblog on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat

Connect with Terry Fator on social media too!

Facebook.com/TerryFator

Twitter @terryfator

Instagram @terryfator

When you do attend his show, I encourage you to please rate your experience on Trip Advisor too! I know I read reviews before I go places – it helps so much!

Merry Christmas! What are your favorite Christmas songs?!

 

Daughters, DIY, Family, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Moms, Moms, Tips and Tricks

Halloween Tutu Tutorial

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Hello mamas and happy fall! I seriously love this time of year. The weather is finally starting to cool down and best of all…. Halloween is right around the corner! I mean what’s not to love? You get to carve pumpkins, dress up, and eat a bucket full of candy. Amazing. This Halloween is super special for me because we recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl to our family. My son has been talking nonstop about taking her trick-or-treating and finding her a costume. G decided that he and his daddy were going to be Power Rangers. As for me and baby E, he wanted us to be something else. Although I think I would have been an amazing Pink Ranger, I agreed. It ended up being an easy decision. Before baby E was born we bought her an adorable Minnie Mouse dress that I absolutely love. Who better to go with Minnie Mouse than her BFF Daisy Duck. image9I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a costume so I decided to make one. A quick Pinterest search later and I had a plan. The costume consists of a white tutu, a purple shirt, and a pink bow. I had the shirt and bought the bow and supplies for the tutu.

Here’s what you need:image2
Tulle (I used 3 spools)
Elastic band
Needle & thread
Scissors

First thing you need to do is measure the elastic. Make sure it’s snug around your waist.

When you have your elastic measured, simply sew it together.

Now onto the tulle. From what I gathered during my tutu making research, the average length for the skirt is between 10 to 12 inches. Now you can measure and cut the tulle one piece at a time, but who has time for that?image4

Here’s an easier way to do it:

First find a piece of cardboard and cut it double the length of your tutu. Since I wanted the length of my tutu to be around 12 inches long, the cardboard was cut 24 inches long. 

Next, tightly wrap the tulle around the cardboard. Once you’re done, take your scissors and cut it on one end. Then, grab all your tulle, fold it in half, and cut it down the middle. Repeat with at least 2 more spools.

Now we are ready to start tying.

Take your elastic piece and put it around something sturdy. I used my dining room chair. Next take a piece of your tulle and fold it in half. This will be the length of your tutu.image6

Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot. Repeat until your tutu is nice and full.

Remember the elastic will stretch so make sure you pack on the tulle. I ended up only needing three spools, but you really can use as much as you want. It will just make your tutu even fluffier.image7

I think this project could be done within a couple hours with no interruptions, but with an infant and a toddler it took me a couple days.

With all the supplies, plus a pink bow, the total cost of my costume was less than $10. Look for coupons and sales.

Here’s the final product. What do you think? My little sidekick is cute too.

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Community, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Kids, Las Vegas Moms, Live Like a Local, Moms, Parenting, Support Local, Things To Do, Toddler, Vegas Life

Connecting with Family to Family Connections

45239_143737908992087_916307_n-2Hi Moms! Are you looking for something to do with your kids 0-5 years old?! Are you looking for helpful resources? I can’t count how many times I did Google searches, Facebook searches and meetup searches. I was always looking for activities or classes to take my son to. Since he’s an only child, I kept hearing my friends and family say, “You should make some mommy friends so your son can interact with other children.”12992072_1149997478366120_1446597005_n-2

When I first moved out here I didn’t need to worry so much about making friends with other moms. I was constantly traveling back and forth to CA to visit my friends and family so my son was okay. He was getting all kinds of human interaction. Or so I thought! After a while, the constant road trips started taking their toll. I was getting burned out driving constantly: Some family members that I visit moved a little farther away so visiting everyone became harder. Plus, I started to miss staying at my own house here in Nevada. Eventually I decided to give Nevada a chance to grow on me. I started to do my research looking for ideal places to take my son.20151013_112524

I found a lot of awesome places to go but they lacked social interaction for my son. I eventually enrolled him in an indoor play area. We were content for a couple of months, but I just didn’t see my son utilizing any of the equipment or lessons they were teaching. He also started to get bored and do his own thing by himself. I thought to myself, “Wow this an expensive hangout.” I also wasn’t making any friends there; All of the mommies there were either nannies or already split off into groups. None of them were inviting new members so I just kept to myself and played with my son. I decided to end my membership and try Rec Center Classes, which was great and they had a variety of classes available, but after a while the mommy and me classes were scarce.  12986587_1149997868366081_1934384035_o-2

Next, I tried to enroll my son in some independent classes and it never worked out: He had major separation anxiety and teachers didn’t want to waste the limited amount of time comforting him. Back to the computer it was and I did more research to find things to do. I am not sure how I stumbled upon Family to Family Connection, but boy was I happy I did. They have an awesome group of ladies working there who are so helpful and understanding. They are very patient with my son and the classession are great. 

Please visit their website and check out their monthly calendar. You just may find the perfect for you too!

http://new.family2familylv.org/classes.html

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http://new.family2familylv.org

 

Community, Fundraising, Saving Money, Sponsored

The Snacks That Give Back

Thanks to HouseParty I had the opportunity to learn more about Box Tops. Timg_4193o be honest I really never paid too much attention to them partially because I didn’t have a child in school yet. Now that my little one started school, I thought this party would be a perfect way to learn more about it. I am so grateful that I was chosen to participate, it gave me an opportunity to educate myself about the importance of Box Tops.

First off, I have to commend General Mills for creating a program that was designed to give back to our schools. They created the program to support education and benefit American schools. The program was doing so well that they expanded and included other brands such as Pillsbury, Old El Paso and Green Giant. As the program proved to be such a huge successful that they decided to add non-food brands to the program such as Ziplock, Hefty, Kleenex and Scott products. All of these expansions gave schools more opportunities to earn money while boosting sales of participating products. It is really a win-win for both schools and General Mills. Hopefully, they will continue to expand the list to add more brands. The more the merrier!

http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

img_4200-1The next time you are browsing the store and can’t decide which brands to buy, maybe Box Tops will be the tie breaker. If you do purchase a Box Tops item, remember to clip it and set it aside. It’s as easy as 123! I get it, it’s really easy to forget but hey it’s okay! Whenever you remember to do so, save the Box Tops and eventually you will develop a habit. Maybe initially you will see it as a hassle, a waste of time, but don’t be discouraged. Donating Box Tops is like donating money to schools without breaking your bank account. They may only be worth ten cents, but eventually that ten cents becomes fifty cents, then a dollar and so on, those dollars and cents add up quickly. Think about every student bringing in a dollar each week or month, it adds up quickly!

Education is the key to our children’s future as well as ours, so why not help your local schools buy the things they need: books, computers, playground equipment and more. Be a part of a great cause, help improve our education system. Will you take that pledge? Will you help make a difference in children’s lives? Will you help make our future a little brighter? I know I will!

Check out these other awesome ways to save while helping:img_4396-1

Digital Coupons/Printable Coupons http://www.boxtops4education.com/coupons

Prime Pantry offers up to 20% savings which is an awesome perk!

Double the Cash for your school with the new bonus app:
http://www.boxtops4education.com/~/link.aspx?_id=0B71CBB64206428297F65D0A460C950E&_z=z

In-Store Bonus Offers: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/in-store-offers                                                                                                                 img_4197-1

Collection Drive: http://www.boxtops4education.com/clipboard

Sweepstakes and Giveaways: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/bonus-winners

As Seen On TV, Family, GIVEAWAY, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Kids, Las Vegas Moms, Live Like a Local, Things To Do

{Closed} Enter To Win a Pair of Tickets to Daniel Tiger Live Show

The Smith Center is hosting Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live and Las Vegas Moms is giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the show on Wednesday, Oct 26th!
Steps to enter the giveaway are as follows:

danieltigersqb-550x550*Like The Smith Center on FaceBook   https://www.facebook.com/thesmithcenter/

*Like Las Vegas Moms on FaceBook   https://www.facebook.com/lasvegasmomsblog/

*Leave a comment below and tell us your child’s favorite Daniel Tiger character

***Winner will be announced Oct 21st***

Daniel Tiger and all of his friends are hopping aboard the Trolley to celebrate new adventures with a live audience at the “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live Show!
Daniel Tiger will take you on an interactive musical adventure along side his friends Katerina KittyCat, O the Owl, Prince Wednesday, and Miss Elaina. They’ll explore his grr-ific Neighborhood of Make-Believe. So won’t you come and take part at Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at The Smith Center in Reynold Hall Oct 26th at 6:30pm

Moms, Reviews, Test Drive

Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

*** I was provided a vehicle to test drive for a week in exchange for my honest evaluation. These opinions are my own.***


So much to love about the Hyundai Elantra! Our family recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE. We are currently in the market for a new vehicle and this is great car for daily use. This vehicle is not super fancy (as in no sunroof, manual seat adjustments, no heated seats etc.), but it is safe, comfortable and great drive! Our Elantra has cloth seats which sort of made me nervous with a four year old. I feel like leather seats are easier to clean, in the event of a spill, or dirty shoes stepping on them, but luckily, we had no problems with that! I also limited what he was allowed to have in the test drive vehicle as far as food and drinks and put a towel down on the seat where he gets in. His toddler car seat fit in comfortably, installed easily, but adding a second carseat or adding big/tall adults on both sides would be a snug fit back there. Not to say it would be impossible, just not ideal for a longer road trip. Luckily, we live in Las Vegas where everything is about twenty minutes away!

In addition to a ‘normal’ mode for driving, there is a sport option and an eco option. I did not have much opportunity to test out the sport mode since I use this vehicle for commuting to work, which is a thirty mile round trip at the most and run a few errands on some days. Being environmentally conscious, I ended up using the eco setting for most of the week. I wanted to know that the eco mode meant I would not have to sacrifice performance for reducing my carbon footprint. At present, I drive an SUV and I do my best to conserve mileage knowing how much gas I use and how that impacts our environment – it’s rather embarrassing if we are being honest. (This is why I recycle – I have to offset somewhere!) I prefer to allow plenty of time for my arrival, even allowing for additional time in the event that there is traffic or an accident I need to get around since I do not like to be rushed when I am driving. For just normal, day to day driving, the eco setting works perfectly. I feel good knowing that not only am I limiting emissions, but I get more miles per gallon making my wallet happy too! The Hyundai Elantra is better than the average new car with gas mileage with 37 miles per gallon on the freeway and 28 miles per gallon in the city. I had a good mix of both so that combines to an average of 32 miles per gallon. So that means, with a fourteen gallon tank, I can drive to work and back without filling up about fifteen times! Does that make you happy or what?! 

The best part about this vehicle is America’s Best Warranty. You simply cannot beat Hyundai in this aspect. This is such an important feature as a busy mom who does not want to worry for several years about anything breaking to leave me stranded somewhere or figuring out how to pay for a big unexpected, but necessary expense. Their warranty is a standard feature!

  • Five years or 60 thousand miles for the New Vehicle Warranty
  • Ten years or 100 thousand miles for the Powertrain Warranty
  • Seven years (unlimited mileage) Anti-perforation Warranty
  • Five years (unlimited mileage) Roadside Assistance
    ***Limited warranties, see dealer for details***

For safety, the Elantra has ESM (electronic stability control), VSM (vehicle stability management) and ABS (anti-lock braking system) with brake assist. There is even a driver’s side knee airbag and curtain airbags. Just knowing they are there makes me feel secure. The back up camera is one of the best safety features especially in our neighborhood where kids play in the cul-de-sac and backing out of the driveway requires extra slow movement and complete awareness. It is also super helpful when exiting parking spaces in busy parking lots like at school and when shopping – Or if you just want to make sure you are properly centered in your parking space! I love using the Bluetooth feature for hands free calls and for my GPS from my phone also. Pairing with my phone is a breeze.

There is a compartment for my sunglasses for convenience and there are cup holders galore! There are two beside the shifter, two behind the front seat arm rest and one in each of the four doors – No room for thirst in the Elantra! The back seat does not have a dedicated center air vent, but the air flow from the front was plenty for my son. There are power windows, power locks, power side mirror adjustment and an a blind spot mirror inset on the driver’s side. The remote key unlocks all doors, the trunk and has an alarm too. 

There a lot of standard features that made me happy to be in a new car. I love cruise control especially since I drove from St. Rose Parkway to Floyd Lamb Park after driving from Ikea first. One feature I would have liked to have is electronic seat adjustments, but that is a tiny detail (I do not valet that often and do not share driving with anyone right now.) The Elantra is equipped with options to sync Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so I was happy to see my Samsung was welcome! Ha! As you may have read in previous vehicle test drives, I love SiriusXM satellite radio! When I am commuting to work, I giggle so much listening to the comedy stations. Other drivers must think I am nuts seeing me laughing out loud with no one else in the car. Use the in-dash 7 inch touchscreen (which displays the reverse camera) or change stations and adjust the volume right from the steering wheel – super handy! There is a USB plug and an auxiliary port as well as two 12V outlets right in front of the shift controls in a small bay that can hold mints and your garage door opener and can also be closed when you exit the vehicle. 

This model also comes with SHIFTRONIC although it is a 6-speed automatic transmission. SHIFTRONIC allows you to manually upshift and downshift without a clutch. There are even models with paddles on the steering wheel for shifting as well. Pretty cool, but I did not use that option. Mostly because I’m lazy, but I also did not think now would be a good time to try to learn it. I know how to drive a shift stick, but I would be looking for the clutch with this fancy new system and we live a pretty flat city…again, let’s hear it for ease and comfort! That’s right: Automatic! 

The stereo sounds great with speakers everywhere (six of them!) and the center arm rest has deep storage too. You can play CDs or hook up an MP3 player or iPod. Let me tell you, there was not one friend who saw the Elantra that did not tell me they were huge fans! Even guys who are all about cars. I was surprised, I was impressed. It is a really good looking car! For a midsize car, I was expecting to feel really small since I am used to driving a much bigger vehicle, but this was not the case. I had to actually look it up to see what weight class it was to be certain. What a great drive…As you see it here, this model retails for about $19 thousand. I really enjoyed this test drive and I have a feeling when I buy a new car, my list of potentials will include the Hyundai Elantra! That warranty!!! 

Here are our local Southern Nevada Hyundai dealers:

Centennial Hyundai Las Vegas

Henderson Hyundai Superstore

Hyundai of Las Vegas

Please see the Hyundai website will have more information and to build your own Hyundai Elantra SE!!!

Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Kids, Moms, Things To Do

Springs Preserve: Come Explore the World of Lights This Labor Day Weekend

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Soon we will have to say our goodbyes to Spring Preserve’s current featured exhibit, “Playing with Lights”, ending Sunday, Sept 5. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this spectacular exhibit I implore you to do so immediately, like today! Their current featured exhibit is so much fun you will literally forget you’re actually learning, which makes this the perfect opportunity to bring the entire family to explore, play, and learn. There are so many different stations designed to ignite your child’s imagination and allow them to explore the science and physics behind light. With only a few days left of this super fun, educational exhibit; there’s no better way to spend the day, so fly faster than the speed of light and get on over there!

 

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

Here are a few of the super cool interactive stations that are currently set up:

  • Inside a Giant Kaleidoscope
  • Infrared Paint with Me Station
  • Make a Telescope
  • Laser Dodge
  • Freeze Your Shadow
  • Color Shadow
  • Sticky Light
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEuutBBcpqY&feature=youtu.be           

Your visit to Playing with Light is included with your admission ticket or current membership to Springs Preserve. Their hours are 10a – 6p and you can find the completely interactive light exhibit in Origen Museum. Play all day and even enjoy a delicious meal with gorgeous Las Vegas Valley views in Divine Cafe. Pro tip: Sunday Brunch!