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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. 

FIND A SHOP

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

 

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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!
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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May the Fourth be with YOU

 

starwars-featIs officially Star Wars Day as a day to celebrate Star Wars which was created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans young and old. Fans celebrate the day by re-watching the world-famous franchises movies or reading the comics.
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The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase May the Force be with you. In the movies the phrase is used to wish an individual good luck and that they would have favor with The Force.Although this is not an official holiday it is still celebrated by many Star Wars fans across the world and who can blame them.

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Even our family has grown to love the many adventures and wise words encouraged by the films.

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 Thanks to Legos my five year old loves everything Star Wars.  If you haven’t I definitely recommend visiting the Lego Star Wars page for some awesome content. 

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The franchise was launched back in 1977 with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon branching out to release books, a television series, video games and comics.*

If your ever curious on what is The Best Way to Watch All The Star Wars Movies.  I definitley recommend reading this article to help you decide.

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1. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
2. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
3. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
4. Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film (2018)
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
6. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
7. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
8. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
9. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
10. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (coming in December 2017)
11. Star Wars: Episode XI – (coming in May 2019)

In celebration of May the Fourth, I purchased my son his first AT-AT. I did a lot of research and found Revell made some affordable Star Wars Kits.  At first I was discouraged by the age recommendation.  I decided to purchase it anyways with the intent of helping my son build the kits.  I am so glad I purchased the Kit. It was very easy to build and the instructions and quality of the product was great.  I plan on buying more kits to build with together with my son.

 

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Please feel free to share your Star Wars Celebration. We would love to hear how you and your family celebrated the day. May the Force Always Be with You!

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Why I believe Pediped Footwear is a Smart Choice for Parents

IMG_7639Being a mommy of a growing boy, you can just imagine the things you have to replace. Some more often then you would like, Its insane how you can just wish your kid would just stop growing. One realization kicks in its Pretty evident your little one isn’t so little. IMG_7665
Since we can’t stop time and put a pause on our little ones from growing so . But at least we can invest in a brand that offers us an opportunity in a pair of shoes that won’t send us running back to the store before your little ones get some good use out of there brand new shoes.

IMG_7460 You might be asking How is this possible? You may be wondering why would a brand make shoes that is actually a half size bigger? Boy do I have the answer for you. Have you ever heard of PediPed? Have you ever been to Town Square on Las Vegas Blvd?
IMG_7673My growing boy had the opportunity to test out a pair of flex Pediped shoes (For Honest Review). Which I never heard of before. Upon exploring there website they had a very good selection with different features that would fit your childs need and moms need to have her kid’s shoe fashionable. I was literally impressed with the variety of shoes available. I honestly alway thought Pediped’s were designed for infants.

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My son was gifted a pair when he first started walking. They were the best, the material was durable, and it was designed perfectly for my little ones feet. Not once did I see him struggling with these shoes on. I was pretty bummed when he out grew them. Once he outgrew the infant shoe I started purchasing him shoes from various stores that had great deals.

IMG_7615But now that my little one is growing and he’s becoming more active in school and sports. I was on the search to find shoes that I could invest in and accommodate my sons needs without breaking the bank every time. So I started doing my research online and asking other moms for recommendations. After receiving his shoes I went on the the website to learn more about the shoe and brand. So you might be asking yourself, Why Pediped? Here are a few reason to consider the brand. The details are well explained which can leave you asking Why not Pediped.

Why Choose Pediped?

*pediped® footwear is a smart choice for parents concerned with the long-term development of their children’s feet. pediped has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for creating shoes that promote healthy foot development.*
 Look at all the amazing Features offered:

IMG_7547Shoe Style: About Flex® Jake Navy

* Sizes/Styles Available: 24-31
* Nubuck leather upper
* Breathable leather lining
* Flexible rubber sole
* Casual sneaker style with faux laces and Velcro closure
* Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development

Technology

The Flex Fit System™ provides additional insoles that can be inserted for a snug fit then removed for room as your child’s foot grows. These insoles can reduce shoe size by almost half a size, extending the life of the shoe.

USE AND CARE
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To clean: A suede eraser can be used to remove marks and is available at shoe stores,mass merchandisers, pharmacies, and online at www.kiwicare.com. To use, rub the eraser back and forth over the discolored area until the marks disappear.
To protect: Spray a non-toxic waterproof protectant onto NEW shoes to extend the life of the shoes and make them easier to clean.
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To clean: Due to the soft, velvety nature of nubuck, marks or color transfers may occur. Fortunately, if marks or color transfers do occur, they are easily removed with a suede or nubuck eraser. Simply rub the eraser back and forth over the discolored area until the marks disappear. Suede or nubuck erasers are available at shoe stores, mass merchandisers and pharmacies. They are also available online at www.kiwicare.com.
To protect: Spray your NEW shoes with a non-toxic waterproof protectant. This simple spray-on process will extend the life of your shoes and make them easier to clean.

I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for their new arrivals for summer.

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

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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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education, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Moms, Parenting, Reviews

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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Events, Family, Fitness, Health, Kid-Friendly, Las Vegas Kids, Las Vegas Moms, Things To Do

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!