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

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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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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!

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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?!

 

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Gift Guide and Bucket List of Our Favorite Holiday Things

Tis the season…We put together a list of our favorite places, products and services from stocking stuffers to bucket list events around town. Happy Shopping and Socializing, mamas! 

Gifts for your #1 mom (Yes, YOU!)

Vent Salon also has 2 locations also: Downtown Summerlin and Henderson 3 blowouts per month runs about $55/month. Look Style Society has 2 locations in the Valley – Tivoli Village and Town Square. They offer unlimited blowouts for $99/month and unlimited makeup application for $99/month!

For furry babies: Barking Dogs on Blue Diamond has a great selection of treats and toys to reward your pets after you have them groomed or just do the self wash option. I love the friendly, resourceful staff here and the products are top notch.

I have worn the same lipstick for probably the entire time I’ve lived in Las Vegas (since 2003!) It’s called Stay Currant and it’s a Revlon Colorstay lip stain. I know, the drug store under $10 choice for the win! I’ve tried other brands, other shades, but this is my absolute go to – fancy or casual, day or night, summer or winter. I love this deep red and the fact that it lasts all day & even into some mornings – Lol! Just remember to pick up Neutrogena make up remover too (or the Up & Up Target brand works just as well for half the price) or the fancy Bifacil by Lancôme. They all take off lip stains with minimal effort.

Tervis cups are my new jam. They have been around forever, are super sturdy and incredibly stylish. I love drinking just about everything out of them! There is a Tervis store at PH’s Miracle Mile Shops, but they are also available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond(home of the never expiring 20% off coupons!). You can rep your favorite sports teams or choose fun festive designs. With an active, bull-in-a-china-shop toddler you need to be ready for the next foul ball or rogue plane. We also have pets so cleaning up broken glass is too much of a risk! 

Speaking of drinks… The good folks at Total Wine can help you find great wine and spirits to fit any occasion. They carry much, much more than simply wine! There is beer and cordials and hard alcohol as well as unique accessories and paraphernalia to make any wine connoisseur squeal.

Comfort food from Yardbird Southern is a cozy way to spend time connecting with your honey amidst the craziness of the holidays. When it’s cold out, rich foods are the way to go! We need to get our winter coats on – What else will we have to work off in the New Year?! Mandarin Oriental has a festive high tea as well. Start your new tradition today!

Brunch at Craft Kitchen, tea and multiple menu offerings at Truffles N Bacon, Filipino gastropub from Cutting Board & anything from Served LV and now at Americana… These are a handful of favorites around town for taking friends to share a unique experience that will give them something new to try or just make every day meals feel like a special occasion.

I love Hobby Lobby and Michaels for easy DIY kits from ornaments to toys, but the unique finds will be at Cost Plus World Market! Our elf even shops there!

There are 2 indoor playgrounds that we absolutely love (warning, sock zone!): Rockin Jump the trampoline gym is fantastic for the whole family so definitely head over when you have restless visitors in town. Super clean, open warehouse style, a stunt bag, dodge ball courts, a climbing tower, basketball hoops of varying heights, lockers and great music playing. For kids 10 years and younger, go to Kangamoo. You will not be disappointed! You could literally be there all day, they have a walking track, slides, swings, trampolines, a zip line, miles of crawl space, free massage chairs, free coffee, tea and water, a charging station and plenty of wifi.

Sharing experiences and quality time with loved ones is really what the holidays are all about. There are several notable seasonal events and attractions around town. You can never go wrong with Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest where there are so many local sponsors who are annual contributors. The trees are ever changing and can be a constant inspiration for your own home decorations. New to the Valley is Operation North Pole: an interactive experience with our favorite jolly couple! This includes photo opps, visiting the candy shoppe, the toy workshop, and one on one time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Make it a point to visit seasonal exhibits at Bellagio, Venetian and now The Park for festive gatherings and holiday decorations. Ice skating is always a fun family night too at Downtown Summerlin, Cosmopolitan and also The Park now too! There are also several homes decked out in Christmas Lights with synchronized music too! Hypnotist Marc Savard’s home on East Robindale is for sure a local favorite. The schedule for House on Robindale can be found on Facebook. If you want to stay in your car, try the Glittering Lights at the Speedway! They have Groupons and deals for bringing canned goods too.

Great shows to see anytime, but going to shows is more festive during the holidays: Terry Fator at Mirage, Jabbawockeez at MGM, and Absinthe at the theater in front of Ceasar’s (<–Absinthe is NOT for suitable for kids! …or anyone easily offended by vulgar language and suggestive content).

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!!!

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FOODIES OF VEGAS UNITE

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FOODIES UNITE!!!

Are you that friend that is always taking pictures of their food? You’re desperately on the constant look out for that amazing eatery spot so you can catch the perfect angle of your new dish to blast the image for every one of your social media followers to salivate over. Get Ready…This is your paradise.

You are obligated to attend the Great American Foodie Fest, formerly known as Las Vegas Foodie Fest. The Utopian event and dream for every food connoisseur. Prepare to exercise your palate, as this event features 50 of the nation’s top food trucks and food vendors, including fan-favorite, White Castle, along with a number of celebrity trucks from The Food Network, History Channel, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.

 

Participating food trucks will include local and nation favorites such as

  • Fukuburger
  • Dragon Grille; 2015 Best of Las Vegas’ winner
  • Jogasaki Sushi Burrito
  • Tornado Potato
  • Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
  • “Great Food Truck Race” season five winner, The Middle Feast;
  • Q UP Barbeque
  • Lobster Lady from Maine
  • White Rabbit

 

And the party doesn’t stop with the food. The festival will showcase live DJs and eating competitions. Afraid the kids are going to get bored? Take them on the carnival rides or let them play some of the interactive games and more.

 

The festival is at the Rio Hotel and Suites and will be open Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

 

IMG_0558Individual general admission to Great American Foodie Fest will start at $8 per day, or $11 for an unlimited weekend pass, or $13 for an unlimited weekend pass, if purchased at the gate. Active military personnel and veterans, seniors 59 and older, and Clark County first responders will receive a discount of $2 off each ticket purchased at the gate with a valid ID.

And Drum Roll….Parking will be available at no cost.

 

 

Want to feel fancyyyyyyy? Upgrade your foodie experience to get access to theRed Dragon VIP Tent, priced at $75 per person, per day if purchased in advance. The exclusive covered area will feature an expanded list of passed appetizers and desserts, a deluxe open bar, beer and wine tastings and chef demonstrations.

Check out more information and to purchase tickets, peep the website – http://www.greatamericanfoodiefest.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GAFoodieFest.

 

 

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Moms, Staycation, Things To Do

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Las Vegas Moms Weigh In

Things to do in Las Vegas…Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! Here’s our list of hometown favorites we wouldn’t want you to miss!

ATTRACTIONS…

Bellagio’s must-see Conservatory & Botanical Gardens & of course, Fountains of Bellagio
The Linq has the High Roller observation wheel, Brooklyn Bowl & the Sprinkles cupcake ATM

SHOWS…

Raiding the Rock Vault Most fun show on the Strip if you love Classic Rock
O and Mystere are the 2 best Cirque du Soleil shows (if we have to choose!), but if you like The Beatles’ music, you have to see Love.

FOOD…

Wicked Spoon buffet at Cosmopolitan offers Happy Hour buffet & you can even opt for a togo version!  (Wynn has a great buffet too!)
Olives lunch & martinis so you can watch the Bellagio Fountains
Mon Ami Gabi breakfast/brunch on the patio – Rick makes the greatest bellinis ever…it’s a great place to people watch & also another breath-taking view of the Bellagio Fountains!
STK favorite Las Vegas style restaurant that is super fun, complete with a DJ & a big price tag.
Bouchon for breakfast! and macarons…at Venetian

DESSERT…

Luv-It Frozen Custard Enough said…(walking distance from The Stratosphere – though we don’t recommend walking in this area at night!)
Serendipity 3 at Caesar’s Palace Strip Views, $15 desserts big enough for 2 adults and Frozen Hot Chocolate, you’re welcome!

DOWNTOWN…

Le Thai Patio dining, authentic Thai recipes
Park on Fremont Patio dining, Free live music!
Commonwealth Local Bar
Insert Coins Adult Arcade
Container Park Free live music! Shops by local business owners. Regularly scheduled family-friendly and pup-friendly events.

The Tank at The Golden Nugget is the best pool complete with a waterslide that zips thru a shark tank!
The Neighborhood at Downtown3rd especially for Triple George Grill & Mob Bar.
Mob Museum has a fully interactive,  multi-media experience – You’ll actually learn quite a bit about Las Vegas history.

SHOPPING…

BEST VIEWS…

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq

Don’t forget to take tons of pictures & tag us! @vegasmomsblog (IG — Twitter — Facebook) & #LVMBfavorites – Have a Fabulous time!

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Anniversary Party, Las Vegas Moms, Moms, Moms Night Out

Moms Night Out = Party Time!!! Details For Our 1st Anniversary Party at The District

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We rarely get an opportunity to get dressed up, so here is our chance: Finally, Mom gets a NIGHT OUT!

We are thrilled to announce our partners

Braddah’s Island Style and Pinot’s Palette

in presenting

***LVMB’S FIRST BIRTHDAY***
Click here to register for the party!!! Tickets are $35 {normally $45!}

—>>>Sunday, April 19th 6-9p!!!<<<—

Mix and mingle with other moms!

DINNER is included!

Your PAINTING & all the supplies are included!

Win PRIZES throughout the night!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly ceecee{at}lasvegasmomsblog{dot}com

***Please Note: Cocktail attire is requested!!!***

Selfie sticks are welcome!

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Meet Our Writers – Welcome Nicole! New Mommy & Newest LVMB Writer!

Hey everyone!

Nicole here! First time mommy and couldn’t be happier! I will give you a little insight as to who I am! I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri (good midwest girl) and have been in Las Vegas for roughly 10 years. I love this city so much that when I tried to move back to Missouri, I turned around and came right back 2 years later. There is so much to do in this city and to be honest, I see more of my friends who come to visit than I would when I lived back home!

I am so very glad I came back because after being back for only a couple of months, I met the love of my life! He is amazing and we have been together for 2 years! This last January my little munchkin arrived and we officially became mommy and daddy. Let me tell you, when people say pregnancy is a wild ride, they are so right, but giving birth to my beautiful 6lb 7oz bundle of joy is the most amazing thing I have ever done with my life.

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Before becoming “mommy”, I was bartending at a casino downtown, but now I have decided to take on being a stay at home mom! So far everyone is right and it is a lot of work, spit up and dirty diapers, but so rewarding. Health and fitness are major priorities for me and my family. I spend lots of time researching and planning meals and food prepping. I love to try new workouts and activities, but spend most of my time at the gym pumping iron and at the hot yoga studio.

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I am very excited to share my journey as a first time mommy, girlfriend and my fitness journey back to my pre baby body (which I know will never be quite the same).

 

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5 Tips For Keeping a Tidy Home!

1. Keeping a tidy home needs to start with a great attitude. One of the things that I often think about is that my home is my corner of the world. I just love that I live on this huge planet but I have been blessed with my own space. For me, my home is a place I can be myself and feel safe. So I want to take care of it and make it something I love to be in.

2. Never leave a mess behind. When you make a mess, immediately clean it up. When people come into my home they usually assume that I am spending hours cleaning every day. But the truth is I spend less time cleaning than most people I know. It’s because if I make a mess I clean up after myself right away. For example, after dinner I don’t even use our dish washer, I just wash the dishes, dry them and put them away. It’s ususally a 20 minute job but I am not waking up to an extra chore in the morning needing to put away dishes. I also will quickly sweep up any crumbs left after every meal and this way they don’t get tracked through the house. I just make sure that before I leave a room I put everything back in its place and return it to the way it was when I first entered. The crazy part is because I keep up on everything it usually only takese about 5 minutes to tidy up a room.

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3. Teach your children to clean up after themselves. Now that my children are 5, I expect a lot more from them when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. I don’t give them any extra chores but I do make them responsable for taking their plate to the sink, putting their toys away after they play with them, putting their dirty laundry in the laundry basket, and I help them make their beds when they wake up. This is not only good to keep a house clean but I also believe it is good for them to learn to be responsible for themselves and not expect others to follow behind them to pick up after them.
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4. Schedule days for big jobs like laundry. I do laundry for 7 people every week so I have two days out of my week that are laundry days. Even though laundry is not super fun, I try to have a good attitude and be thankful that we even have laundry to do. Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh laundry?

5. Food is only eaten in the dining area. Food is a serious mess maker and often where the worst carpet stains come from. Besides, it is so much better to sit around a table together at meal time.

2015-02-27 22.58.09Just so you know I wasn’t always a clean person, in fact I was the complete opposite. But over the years I have found so much satisfaction in providing a nice, clean home for my family. It doesn’t really matter where you live or how big your house is, but if you keep it tidy and clean, it makes a home feel more special.

 

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