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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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{CLOSED} Don’t miss out on your FREE COMIC BOOK this May 6th!Featured

 

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Mark your calendar for May 6th its Free Comic Book Day. Every year participating comic book stores give away specially printed copies of comic books. The Industry comes together to give away free Comics and encourage fans, both old and new to flock to the best place in the comic book community: This is definitely a great tradition to start with your little one. 

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Comic-ImageDon’t forget to visit your local comic book shop May 6th for your FREE COMIC! 

 

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ILUMINATE

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The Smith’s Center has got a new show for the whole family- 

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

TICKET PRICES: $24 – $79

VENUE: Reynolds Hall

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It was first featured on American’s Got Talent. After its debut, it has been rising in popularity as a new hit show. If illuminate sounds familiar you may have watched it on some of your favorite shows Dancing with the stars, and Ellen. Or you may have remembered one of their spectacular performances on the American Music Awards. 

The new show features a combination of music, art and technological special effects (almost like magic). The High energy dance styles (hip-hop, latin and break-dancing) and the movement of cutting edge effect will definitely be a hit with the family especially with kids of all ages.

 

 

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FAMILY SERIES- At The Smith Center

Kids and Adults alike: Are in for a treat with four new exciting and educational family shows. http://familyseries

What a perfect opportunity to take the family to see a show. It will certainly be an exciting, memorable experience.

Exposing your young one to the arts is beneficial in teaching your child about Creativity, Culture, Imagination, Communication and Patience.

I feel Performing arts will help teach children how to think creatively through Imagination. Creative skills are one of the most important skills that help teach children to be successful. It helps set the foundation for Children to learn how to communicate in a unique way through the art of music, acting, and dancing.

Bringing your little one to a theatre may be a challenging experience especially for the first time. But they will learn how to sit quietly, respect others, and pay attention in time.

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“Go, Dog. Go!” Let your imagination fly with musical romp

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“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.” Interact with life-sized dinosaur puppets

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“How I Became a Pirate” Sing along on the high seas

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“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” Watch a beloved book come alive 

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Everything is Awesome at LegoLand

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figure-lucy-emmetEverything is Awesome when you go to LegoLand! This has been a pretty exciting year for our family. Our little one officially turned 6 and What better way to celebrate then going to LegoLand? Our little one has definitely come a long way and we are very proud parents.

So this year we decided to surprise him and make his birthday extra special by taking him to the most awesomeness place ever.  With careful planning and research thanks to the website our trip went smoothly. I have included some tips, and pricing.

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 Out of all the tips enclosed our most useful one was the Reserve ‘N’ Ride, we were able to maximize our time on rides rather then lines.  Definitely worth paying a little extra. 

I hope your trip turns out as great as our family’s did. We enjoyed our time, at the Theme Park. Good luck with your next trip to LegoLand,  Don’t forget your camera and extra chargers, there is a lot of great photo opts.

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1. Bring a Minifigure to trade or buy one in the Park
2. Download our mobile app
3. Review height restrictions to plan your day
1. Download our Height Restrictions Guide
2. Download What to Do When You’re Two
4. Text us for help during your visit at 760-203-3604
5. Upgrade to our all-new Reserve ‘N’ Ride
figure-sailor6. Water Park hours ( before 11am or after 3pm to avoid long entry line)
7. Parking
* Cars: $18
* Campers/RVs: $25
* Motorcycles: $5
* Preferred Parking: $25
Re-entry is available with valid parking stub during same day of visit. Buses and bicycles are free. Handicapped parking spaces are available near the park entrance, with valid placard. Six L2 car-charging stations available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Did you know if you Book Ahead 

For ONLY $6 more than a LEGOLAND Only ticket, add Water Park + 2nd Day when you book 7+ days in advance.

Includes two-day admission to:
* LEGOLAND® California
* LEGOLAND Water Park

Adult (ages 13+): Starting at $101
Child (ages 3-12): Starting at $95

Second visit must occur within 9 days of the first visit.

You are able to save more money by booking ahead than just doing a Walk-Up 

(Click on the link to view pricing) Walk-up tickets are available for purchase from any LEGOLAND California Resort ticket booth upon arrival.

legoland-annual-passI am not sure how long LegoLand has been doing the Annual Pass Memberships. But that is definitely a good option if you plan on making multiple trips or frequently visit the area. 

MERLIN ANNUAL PASS PREMIUM $279

(OR $48 DOWN PAYMENT + $21/MONTH)

MERLIN ANNUAL PASS STANDARD $ 199

(OR $34 DOWN PAYMENT + $15/MONTH)

LEGOLAND ANNUAL PASS

(OR $27 DOWN PAYMENT + $12/MONTH)

Not sure on which Annual Pass, check out there Comparison Chart for some help

imagesI would also recommend checking out the CITYPASS it includes more, if you plan on making trips to multiple Southern California Theme Parks.

 

 

 

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Mom, You’re the real MVP!!

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As you may have heard and or seen, the Golden State Warriors recently triumphed over the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim the 2017 NBA World Championship title.  My son and I are Golden State fans through and through.  He has been playing basketball for 2 seasons now and it has quickly risen to the top of his favorite sports.  Ever since our Warriors took the gold, he has been OBSESSED with that gleaming trophy they took home.  He would ask me at least once a day when he could win one of his own.  Of course I told him he’ll win it as soon as he’s drafted into the NBA!  I figured since he’s only 7 now, that’s a long time to wait for a trophy.  So I decided to make one that he could call his own.  Besides, I figure he deserves a trophy for winning the Mom’s Heart World Championship anyways.  

So I started brainstorming and looking up photos of the trophy so I could try my best to mimic it for him.  After a mix of Dollar General hunting and salvaging from old projects in the garage, I ended up with the following items.

– 1 Tall Plastic CupIMG_0969

– 1/4″ Dowel Rod

– 1 Small Square Gift Box

– 1 Can Metallic Gold Spray Paint

– Hot Glue Gun

– 1 Mini Nerf-like Basketball

 

IMG_0977I started by taking the lid off of the gift box for the base of the trophy.  I cut a hole slightly larger than the bottom of the cup so it could slide down into it for stability.  I applied the hot glue both above and below where the cup met the lid, creating a seam on either side.  Next I poked the dowel rod into the basketball and glued the combination to the inside wall of the cup.  I then cut a circle out of the bottom of the remaining piece of the gift box to enclose the opening of the cup (also cutting a small circle out of the larger circle for the dowel rod to fit through). 

 

IMG_0990After gluing the top piece, I was finally ready to paint.  I setup a small cardboard backer in the garage and went to town with the metallic gold paint.  I applied a second coat for some durability and good measure and WALLAH… this was the final product! 

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Marvel Universe Live: A Must-See Show For All Superheroes


My son has been a fan of Marvel since his first love at age 2: Spiderman. That was the first costume which he wore everywhere. I have since proudly watched him expand his fan kid portfolio and fill his costume closet with the likes of other heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Ant Man and he will soon ‘unlock’ his buddy, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star Lord and his most recent request has been for a Deadpool costume (***NOTE: I have seen the movie for Deadpool & it is NOT kid-friendly! JJ has already been informed that he is not to see that movie until he’s 18.) 20170728_195746He has also recently was introduced to Lego Marvel Superheroes, a type of role playing game that you can even play with 2 players. You go on missions to defeat villain bosses and unlock heroes and villains alike along the way. You are able to play as your favorite characters using all their unique skills to save citizens, earn cash and fun stuff like drive cars or pilot sky vehicles, solve puzzles, dance a funny dance while waiting to move and of course, saving Marvel creator, Stan Lee from his vast array of peril scenarios. You can even customize your favorites so Spidey can be equipped with a Capt. America shield or a mash up of Sabretooth with Iron Man’s mask. This game is hours and hours of fun and like when my son was obsessed with superhero coloring books, he learned the names and logos and attacks of his favorite superheroes and defenses of their nemeses. I knew Marvel Universe Live would be a great way to watch superheroes 20170728_190817come to life!

I bought tickets just a few days before through the direct website for the venue hosting: UNLV Tickets. In Las Vegas, with so many options for performances, sports and activities, it is hard to choose which to attend! I have to say I highly recommend this show to anyone with kids remotely interested in superheroes. There are several stories that lead up to the main event each featuring your favorite teams of Marvel heroes, namely The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. It is really hard to not find so much entertainment for kids of all ages with high flying aerialists, dirt bike demonstrations, fire dancers (think Polynesian poi ball spinners!), acrobatics, of course, the awesome superheroes in  their awesome uniforms! My soon to be Kindergarten aged kiddo recognized everyone he saw and was so excited watching them battle it out with those dastardly villains!20170728_201230

Doors open 1 hour before and knowing there would be lots of people parking, we arrived before the allotted time. As we made our way in, we were immediately greeted with all things Marvel! Cups, toys, posters, masks, you name it. We made our way past several tables on the way to our seats and decided on a cool noise-making blaster gun with the Marvel Universe Live logo and a sketch of a handful of Avengers on it. I thought about the money, knowing a lot can be inflated at events, but also, a lot of the items are exclusively available only at a show. 

20170728_192212We didn’t know we got such great seats until we arrived. We asked the Events Staff to show us where our seats are and the kind man remarked, “Those are the best seats in the house! Enjoy!” Sure enough, we found out as we made our way down the stairs that we were seated in the front row! I couldn’t believe our luck! Sure, I bought the tickets for us, but in seeing the seating chart, I thought there would be several rows ahead of us all the way to the ground. For this specific show, the collapsible bleacher seats were pushed all the way back so that meant, front row for us! There were a lot of kids dressed up or wearing their favorite heroes garb and though I packed my son’s Ant Man costume, mask and gloves, he opted out since it was really hot out still. Even if you didn’t have or bring a costume, lots of people had fan shirts on or bought masks or shirts there. While we were seated, we bought cotton candy with a mask that J was able to pick out. He chose Spiderman – of course! FYI, cotton candy now costs $15/bag. O.M.G.

20170728_203738The show began promptly on time having generously provided a countdown of several minute intervals. The opening introduction showed Doctor Strange levitating toward the audience… Great visual effects with wiring and cables as well as just the right amount of pyrotechnics throughout the show made for a seamless transfer into the Marvel Universe… Actually, the presence of Doctor Strange made me curious and we were inspired to watch the movie later that night! 

Without giving away the plot and outcome of the show, I have to say, it was a great performance that could be enjoyed by everyone in the family. With voice over technology you need not strain to hear or understand the characters. There were a lot of characteristic lines and mannerisms so you really got to see your favorite heroes in real life. The whole back drop is a massive changing screen that made the stage look even bigger and really set the scenes with ease. There is a brief intermission in between acts and the seat vendors make their way around again selling popcorn, cotton candy, lemonade, souvenirs, you name it! We managed to use the restrooms before hand with zero line, but maybe at intermission it was a different story. Even the lines to buy things were not very long given that there were tables and carts available every few steps. For parents and those over age 21, there was alcohol being served! I saw mostly beer stands, but I imagine they may have had wine options also. We were given a countdown to showtime once again and the next chapter began…

At the end, as they take their final vows, you are able to see so many characters lined up, facing the crowd, undoubtedly for photo opportunities. It was a really fun night and I hope you all get to take your superheroes in training to see this great show! Even exiting, traffic wasn’t bad at all. Tickets are reduced for children, full price for adults. This is a show experience your kids will talk about for months! I can’t believe my little managed to be engaged and seated for the whole show. The only 2 times he got a little antsy was waiting for the show to begin and for intermission to conclude! 

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Comment below and share your experience! 

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Found a Diamond in the Desert!!!

We recently had the pleasure of dealing with Blue Diamond Air Solutions when we realized our HVAC air filters were in need of replacement.  

From the moment they arrived they were very kind and professional.  They worked quickly to pull the old, dirty filters out, clean the cover, degrease the air intake vent and finally place the new filters.  I was surprised at how instant and noticeable the increased airflow through each vent was.  They also explained the many benefits of keeping a clean filter, including much cleaner air to breathe and reduction in energy costs due to higher efficiency of the increased airflow.  Being the mother of a child with allergies, the cleaner air is a HUGE benefit and a relief to me.  Our son even got a kick out of the installation, saying it looked like we had a ghostbuster in our house! 

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They recommend changing the filters quarterly or if there are pets in the home, bi-monthly.  The overall cost for us would only be $30 each time! ($5 per filter and a $20 service fee).  BDAS has been in business for a little over six months but they were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions I had for them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. You can find them:

Online: http://www.bluediamondair.net/

Facebook: Blue Diamond Air Solutions

IG: @bluediamondair

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Birthdays at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!

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Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!

 

Are you planning a Birthday Bash for your little one? Well look no further! Discovery Children’s Museum got you covered. They make sure every Birthday is less stressful for the parents and fun-tastic for the kids. Every Birthday experience at the Museum includes all-access to their nine galleries- The Summit, Fantasy Festival, Eco CityPatents Pending, Toddler Town, Water World, Solve it Mystery Town, Young At Art, and It’s Your Choice 

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BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Unlimited use of the museum on the day of your Birthday Experience (before or after the celebration, during business hours)
  • 1.5 hours of festivities in the party room of your choice
    Birthday cake from Freeds Bakery (1/4 sheet cake) with candles, ice cream cups and drink
  • Option of birthday gift registry through the DISCOVERY Store (museum retail store)
  • Party favors – Favor Bags (5 and up) or musical instruments (4 and under)
  • 30 minute Birthday Experience activity
    Streaming Music
  • Ongoing customized video tribute of birthday child
    Solid-color place setting of your choice
  • Complete setup and cleanup handled by the museum
    Special DISCOVERY Children’s Museum birthday t-shirt for birthday child

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AVAILABILITY:
Birthday Experiences are available during regular museum operating hours on Saturday and Sunday only. Dates and times are subject to availability; please reserve your Birthday Experience in advance.

PRICING:
Prices start at $395 for a group of up to 16 children and 16 adults. A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required. Special discounts are available for museum members. Birthday Experience prices and programming are subject to change.

ADD-ONS:

*$30 per each additional guest
*Catering through Pop-Up Pizza
*Bottled water
*Upsizing of cake
*Extra time in room

 

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CONTACT US
Call 702-382-KIDS (5437) to make your worry-free, fun-filled and truly memorable Birthday Experience reservation* today!

*Reservations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis*

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Celebrate Wonder Woman Day on June 3rd!

WWDAY2017_Marquee_HUB_2_592710922c77b7.56217683Calling all Wonder Woman fans around the world. Come unite and  celebrate Wonder Woman Day June 3rd! #WonderWomanDay an international event honoring the 75-year legacy of the DC Comics Amazon Princess. Honor the power, wisdom and courage of Wonder Woman by joining in the fun. You can find local events, exclusive deals and discounts by searching your nearest participating comic shop, bookstore or library!

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What’s @ Comic Shops: Wonder Woman Day: Participating comic shops (Comic Shop Locator) around the world will host Wonder Woman Day activities, including distributing free copies of two special edition issues. WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 reprints WONDER WOMAN #1 by bestselling writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Sharp. For young readers, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS WONDER WOMAN DAY SPECIAL EDITION #1 features a chapter from the upcoming DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 3: SUMMER OLYMPUS, written by Shea Fontana with art by Yancey Labat.

You can Click on Events to use the Comic Shop Locator to find a local Comic Book Shop or Click on  Shop Locator for Vegas Comic Store who has an event going on June 3rd.

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WWDAY2017_Nav_Events_59233002bde704.68116572 Click on 5 ways to Celebrate to Make your Wonder Woman Day more Awesome! Including Fans can download the official “Wonder Woman Day” activity kit, including comic book activity sheets, coloring pages, trivia, and games.

WWDAY2017_Nav_Celebrate_59232fa60f95b3.40985438Click on the link below to explore some awesome deals on Wonder Woman and expand or start a collection for your little one

WWDAY2017_Nav_Deals_59232fe64cd635.53466574There is still time to enter the “DC WONDER WOMAN SWEEPSTAKES!” begins on 5/5/17 at 10:00a.m. PT and ends on 6/10/17 at 9:59 a.m.WWDAY2017_Nav_Sweeps_592330175c4081.85735550Visit DCAllAccess.com and download the DC All Access mobile app for more details on “Wonder Woman Day”

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Once Again variety of Gourmet Nut Butters Review

IMG_7339“Once Again We Spread Integrity “ is a pretty interesting slogan.

I have to say I was very impressed with the nut butter spreads by Once Again: Almond, Cashew, Sunflower, and Peanut Butter. I was given the opportunity to try each flavor in exchange for my honest feedback. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity because I have a picky little eater at home and I am picky about what he consumes. One of the few items on his menu is peanut butter. I couldn’t resist this packaging, I am always on the hunt for healthy versions of food for my little picky eater and this one hits the spot. I received my package from Once Again, and carefully examined the organic nut butter spreads. I was delighted by the ingredients and lack of the bad fillers!

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The first thing that caught my eye was the adorable raccoon as their mascot, I had to think what in the world do raccoons have to do with this company. The curiosity inside me drove me to their website, I was on a mission to find out what the raccoon represented and I am so glad I did.
The raccoons were orphans that grew up in the factory. Instead of the Once Again family getting rid of the little ones they adopted them and basically took care of them until they were ready to be released in to the forest. I thought that was a beautiful story, considering all the stories you hear lately, about animals with unfortunate outcomes. This may be why most of their products are Vegan as well!
This intrigued me to do more research about the company, just look at their Mission Statement:

Mission Statement
Once Again is a democratically operated employee-owned workplace. We pride ourselves in providing the health-conscious consumers with products of superior quality and integrity. Located in a small rural community, we are dedicated to supporting organic and sustainable farming practices. We are proud to offer a healthier alternative, where every customer matters.
Membership
National Honey Bee Awareness Day
Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
Domestic Fair Trade Association
Organic Trade Association
American Peanut Council
National Cooperative Business Association
National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
Private Label Manufacturers Association

Now this is the type of businesses worth supporting. Not only are their standards highly impressive but the fact that they take pride in their product makes it more valuable than currency.

Another key factor that was impressive is the company is employee owned. I think it is absolutely great to find companies that actually abide by their stated standards. I also really find employee owned businesses have a tendency to take more pride in their products. This is great news for the consumer.

*The employee-owners meet on a regular basis. All employee-owners have a vote on how the company is managed, and we govern ourselves. Each person gets one vote. Our company meetings are held to address the following: company policies, operational issues, and financial strategies. Committees are also formed to help resolve issues, which are subject to a final company vote (1 person = 1 vote). We have at least 3 employee-owners sitting on our Board of Directors.* 

Overall the Product has a great back story and impressive accomplishments. Considering the nut butter spreads all have great selling points. All of the nut butters are natural, organic, and are non GMO verified. None of this seemed to effect the flavor, I found it to be very tasty with a balance peanut flavored. The only thing I think might be a problem for some recipes is the consistency, it is bit looser than preferred/recommended. I would still consider it better than average for the taste and freshness. Another great feature on the site is the extensive ideas/recipes to use the nut spreads in. There are several recipes for ideas on how to incorporate nut butter Spreads into your everyday lifestyle, so I would definitely recommend checking out the website.

IMG_7386My favorite recipe so far is the Coconut Cashew Chicken Satays: My husband’s palette was very pleased so making this a recipe a keeper.

 

 

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I also experimented with a smoothie recipe Superfood Green Smoothie. I didn’t have all the ingredients but it still came out yummy, especially since I’ve been obsessed with avocados.

 

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I haven’t had much luck with my little one exploring with the recipes but I did have luck with him trying different sandwiches over his boring peanut butter request.

 

 

 

Of course he hasn’t met a dessert he didn’t like.  I was able to use a recipe from a friend to try and my household was very impressed.

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So run over to their website, look around, maybe pick out a recipe or 4 and pick up some nut butters! You cannot go wrong with any of them! Happy Eating!

 

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Tips for Creating a Great Summer Bucket List

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Summer is almost here! The last day of school for most of Las Vegas is June 8th and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep the kiddos entertained all summer! You don’t want summer to pass you by without having some fun!

Creating a summer bucket list can help!  Since the summer of 2010 we’ve been putting together a family summer bucket list and we look forward to it every year.  What exactly is a summer bucket list? It’s just an awesome way to have an intentionally fun summer with your family and make some great memories! The list doesn’t have to be big or filled with expensive outings to be fun.  Just think of some things you all can do together as a family in the summer, write it down, then go have fun! 

Here are a few tips that have worked for us (through a bit of trial and error) on creating a fun and successful summer bucket list that everyone can enjoy.  

  • Get the whole family involved.  Everyone will be more excited if they have a say in the list, so we make sure to talk about it together. Dinnertime or driving in the car work great.  Kids will come up with some pretty far fetched activities sometimes, so it’s good to give them boundaries and suggestions as to what kinds of activities you can/prefer to do, especially if this is your first time putting the list together.  The key is to get input from everyone and although not every activity will make the cut, they’ll be happy to have had a say in it and will be super excited when it’s time to do their activity!the_emerics_san_diego_california_ensenada_mexico_family_vacation-5
  • Include traditions.  Most of our traditions became traditions purely unintentionally, but now that we have them we are intentional about keeping them.  We make sure to include them each year in our bucket list and look forward to them each summer.  I’m sure you probably have summer traditions yourself already and just didn’t realize it.  Things like, BBQing with friends, watching fireworks, swimming parties, these may all be things you may do each year that can easily be incorporated into your family’s summer bucket list.

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  • Limit your list.  We found that keeping the list to about 10-12 activities is much more realistic than trying to include 20+ things.  Putting too much on your list can get stressful and pricey.  Your list should be about having fun together, not just doing stuff!DSCF8012
  • Don’t be too ambitious.  Every day doesn’t have to be jam packed with activities and weekends don’t have to be spent at a theme park or away from home for it to be fun and memorable.   Kids just want to spend time with you.  Your summer bucket list doesn’t need to be super elaborate or expensive.  This is especially true for younger kiddos.  Some of our fun and simple activities have included: going out for frozen yogurt, bike riding, geocaching, and watching the sunset. Need some ideas? Check out sites like Groupon and Living Social for great deals on fun things to do, like acrades, mini golf, bowling, go kart racing, laser tag, paintball, etc! 

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  • Display your list.  static1.squarespaceOnce you have your activities all picked out, make sure to display the list in a place where it can always be seen.  The last thing you want to do is create all this excitement and then forget about it. Believe me, if you put your list in a spot where the kids can see it everyday, they won’t let you forget about it! Through the years we’ve put it at the bottom of the staircase, on the fridge, and on a banner across the kitchen window. Bonus tip: Get the kiddos involved in creating a fun way to display your list 😉
  • Plan.  Once we have the list ready and displayed, it’s time to set a plan in motion.  Depending on your list, this could require lots of planning or little planning.  Our summer bucket list usually consists of smaller activities (frozen yogurt, water park, hiking, water balloon fights) with 1-2 big ones, such as a trip to the beach or family vacation.  Obviously, planning a trip will require a lot more planning, such as hotel stays, flights, rental car, etc. and most likely you’ll have your dates set for that. But I even find it helpful to at least pencil in the smaller events, just so that they are on the calendar and ready to go! 
  • Document.  Now that you’ve put some effort into creating and displaying your list, you have to go out and do all those fun things!  And, don’t forget to document along the way.  Whether you use a professional camera, a point and shoot, or just your iPhone, it’s important to snap a few photos for posterity’s sake.  We tend to use all 3! Here are a few ideas on places to document your summer: personal blog, special hashtag on instagram (ours will be #emericsummer2017), facebook album, scrapbook, chatbooks, or even a yearly calendar.  There are lots of options!  Whatever you choose, it’ll be great to look back at the end of the summer and relive all the cool things you did!

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So what are you waiting for? Grab the kiddos and start thinking of ideas for your summer bucket list! Your family will look forward to all the big & little adventures you’ll have throughout the summer.  Let’s make this summer your best one yet! 

Feel free to check out our summer bucket lists from the past 2 years to get ideas and inspiration for your own – 2016 and 2015

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