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Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Operation North PoleFeatured

This has to top your Christmas bucket list! In fact, I insist you visit Operation North Pole immediately! It is such a great family friendly outing that will appeal to kids of all ages!

Thanks to 411 Mommas and the Vegas Lifestyle Influencers, Operation North Pole at Tivoli Village is our new holiday tradition. JJ & I took his best bud and his mom for this year’s festivities and we already can’t wait to visit again. What a great way to start the holiday season!
Operation North Pole is located at Tivoli Village beside Kidville and across the street from Waffle Bar. Upon arrival, head into the retail shop to check in with a clipboard clad elf and get your stamp. I bet you can chance going standby, but that might be a lot of waiting… Make reservations online ahead of time at opnorthpole.com. While completing your registration, you’llbe given an opportunity to donate to the Boys and Girls Club. A $49 donation upgrades you to the VIP Santa photo package. You get 4 different poses, digital versions and a souvenir

Santa sack. Exit the retail shop and take pictures on the train to the left or make your way to the right along the outside of the building. There is an entrance on the side where you will see folks begin to line up. There is no strollers access, so remember to bring your carrier or be prepared to hold your infant! 

Your ticket includes four rooms of festive delight! You will have candy tasting in the snow room, elves leading you in song and perhaps a game or 2. Next, you will have some playtime to try old and new games or decorate ornaments in Santa’s workshop with gorgeously decorated Christmas trees to admire. 

After all that play, it’s clearly time for a snack, so cruise on into Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for some cookies and cocoa! Mrs. Claus is just as sweet and adoring as you can imagine and she makes her way around the long kitchen table quietly chatting with each child as they decorate their cookies with icing and sprinkles. Afterwards, Mrs. Claus reads the children a Christmas story and you can ask her anything you want – even about Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer. During the time in the kitchen, you may catch a glimpse of Santa walking thru! He might just stop for a free quick hugs on his path.

After refueling with sweet snacks, Thank Mrs. Claus and head over to the stables to brush and feed the reindeer. Here you can sing songs with Mira, our favorite elf. Don’t forget to bag up some reindeer food too! You’ll visit Santa next in turn, one family at a time… I left in a bit of a rush so I didn’t have time to shop, but I will definitely be back there for the cutest Christmas finds in town! They even have autograph books if you want to bring one with you for all the wonderful North Pole residents you meet along the way! This is by far, the nest bang for your buck – cookie decorating and story time with Mrs. Claus, learning about reindeer and gifts from Santa when you take pictures with him. You will be amazed at how a couple of hour ours of fun at the North Pole sticks with your littles. Big kids and littles are sure to enjoy…

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PHOTO and TRIVIA Scavenger Hunt

□ Selfie with lashes or a candy truck

□ Name your favorite flavor candy you tasted

□ Selfie with an elfie

□ Name your favorite game

□ Selfie with Mrs. Claus or a gingerbread man

□ Which color sprinkles are your favorite?

□ Tree selfie (“treefie”?!)

□ What would you name a reindeer?

□ What do reindeer eat?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter so we can see pictures from your visit!

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Disney’s Pixar New Movie Coco Review…

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The new Disney Pixar Film hits Theater November 22, 2017

LasVegasMomsBlog had the pleasure of viewing an advance screening of the new Disney Pixar Movie Coco. Pixar took us on an exciting adventure into the world of the Latino Culture- festive holiday

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celebrated in Mexico,- Dia De Los Muertos (to honor the dead). Which teaches us the importance of the Mexican Culture. Viewers will learn about the history and all the customs and rituals involved. 

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Coco:
Starts by introducing a little boy name Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old Mexican boy who dreams of becoming a famous Troubadour like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. A guitar hero and movie star (inspired by Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete). Miguel’s close-knit family who strongly disapproves of music, which Miguel has a hard time accepting and choose to go against his families beliefs and acts out of rebellion on the Day of the Dead.

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Which begins his journey into the land of the dead, where he encounters his idol, Hector, and his ancestors where his family secrets will be revealed and his magical journey begins.

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I thought the story line was brilliant and the illustrations, phenomenal. I enjoyed watching the Latino Culture unraveling onscreen giving the younger audience a glimpse of The Mexican culture in a very unique way. My favorite part of the film was the message it teaches young children “Value Family” – Miguel’s love and respect for his family showed us the value of family even if you don’t always agree with them. But most importantly he teaches children to respect his Elders at all times. There was definitely a lot more beautiful parts of the film that I won’t disclose. I do not want to give away to much of the film.

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I hope you enjoy the film as much as we did. I must warn you (Don’t worry its not a Spoil Alert) Don’t forget your Tissue! You are gonna need it, I was definitely caught by surprise as the tears rolled down my cheeks.

 

 

Overall, Coco will definitely win your hearts, its a Spectacular Family Flick that has a lot of Lovable characters, memorable scenes and beautiful music.  Plus, the kids might learn some new Spanish words by the end of the film.

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I have enclosed a couple of Awesome Coco Crafts for the kids. 

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https://family.disney.com/activity/november-2017-calendar-and-coco-coloring-page/

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https://family.disney.com/recipe/pan-de-muerto-hot-chocolate/

 

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Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}

Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}

Over ten years ago, I made the conscious decision to purposely choose cleaner whole foods whenever possible. At times, it can be challenging to always find new, innovative ways to present whole foods. I can barely put forth the effort to mix up my own trail mix let alone prepare something that would take any more time than reaching into my fridge! Who are these moms with extra time to create new whole foods or paleo-approved snacks on the go? Not this mom! I have a great solution to this dilemma:  I was approached by the team over at Mad Macro to give their protein bars a try in exchange for my honest opinion. I am so thrilled they reached out to me! 

Mad Macro makes cereal in addition to their protein bars (which look super delicious, I will definitely be ordering them!) I have tried only their protein bars so far… But I cannot wait to order their protein cereals! Yes! Protein! In a cereal!

About the bars… To me, these protein bars sort of resemble single serving pouches of almond butter ground up with other seeds and nuts with a super thick, solid consistency. It is recommend the bars are stored in the refrigerator and then allowed to sit at room temp for about an hour before eating them. I knew my first meal would be high quality nutrient-dense to set me up for a great day! I like these for an afternoon snack too. Products by Mad Macro are grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-approved. 

As for taste, they have a number of great flavors: Pumpkin Spice, Salted Chocolate Almond, Walananna (walnut + banana), Protein Brownie and Cocomoco (coffee + coconut). They are not really sweet or overly chewy like a lot of the other bars available in stores. I would say the taste grows on you. I like that I can really taste the pumpkin seeds and the salt complemented the chocolate perfectly. It is subtle, but extremely effective. I am a huge fan of coconut oil for the plethora of health benefits, but that flavor is extremely light, if noticeable at all. They do not crunch like a granola bar or taste like a candy bar at all, the way a lot of protein bars taste to me. I would say it is like taking a nutty, seedy trail mix, and making it into a nut butter. Genius! I like them a lot, but it takes a few bites to get used to the taste and the consistency. Since it is all natural and grain free so I felt good knowing it is not processed or chock full of grains. It is dense and has a filling effect since all your nutrient needs are being met. They can be a bit messy though. The natural oils, like what you see at the top of almond or peanut butter can spill out, so have a paper towel wrapped around it if you decide to eat it in the car, especially. On the go means I can eat it wherever I am. These hit the spot for sure: I felt full, satisfied and was really happy to  have a macronutrient balanced breakfast! I felt like my brain functioned better and I didn’t feel the need for more coffee. 

I just know my healthy, fit mom friends will really like these and appreciate their existence! We should all be concious of and concerned with the foods we feed ourselves and our families. Time to take back our health! At 260 calories, they pack in 15 grams of protein and only 10 net carbs! These Mad Macro protein bars also include collagen (grass fed cows, sorry vegans!) so say hello to youthful skin too! What’s more is they are a local company right here in Las Vegas. You need to try Mad Macro! What are you waiting for?!

What is your favorite breakfast on the go?! 20171026_094041Try these bars and let me know what you think!

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Thank you to the awesome team at Mad Macro! I am definitely a fan for life! Mad Macro protein bars are a welcome addition to my health and beauty regimen!

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