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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.



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


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


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


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

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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! 

"Who you gonna call?"

“Who you gonna call?”

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:


Facebook: Blue Diamond Air Solutions

IG: @bluediamondair


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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).

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Connecting with Family to Family Connections


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

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

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

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

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


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The Snacks That Give Back

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Coupons/Printable Coupons

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

Double the Cash for your school with the new bonus app:

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9th Bridge School: Redefining the Experience of School


My son and I had the opportunity to visit fabulous Downtown Las Vegas to tour 9th Bridge School. As you can imagine, as an element of the Downtown Project, the minds behind this new breed of school are innovative, compassionate, eco-friendly and happiness-focused. They are successful entrepreneurs who are thinking outside the box and they will teach our children these key elements to being successful and fulfilled (& therefore, Happy!) in all areas of life. Let’s be honest: if we have to be away from our babies 5 days every week, how would you like to know they are spending their time learning to be thriving human beings creating, solving problems and making a difference? All the while, they realize there is a social/emotional factor to their world as well. Yes, please! Sign us up! What better way to prepare for the real world than to start from the very earliest stages by helping develop practical skills they will use throughout their lives?!


The school is state of the art with security systems in place and a very safe, cozy feel. In addition to the expected subjects, the curriculum includes art, music, physical health and sustainability. Each classroom has roll-up garage doors to bring in the world. I am certain every mom and dad can attest to the amount of time spent staring out the windows, wishing to be outside and counting minutes until the next break. There is a constant supply of fresh air, natural light with plenty of shade and again, an enclosed courtyard of privacy. It is the perfect marriage of education with the best perks of play! 9th Bridge has core values that make their approach such that a practical application of each value is incorporated in play and creation: Making foods that are healthy and taste good, gardening, recycling and re-purposing as a way of life, not something done on the side or when it’s convenient. There are large small group activities and different modes of learning are incorporated – tactile, visual, auditory. This is what they mean by preparing them for the real world. 9th Bridge is overall a well-rounded experience that challenges the way we, their parents most likely experienced our own education.


Every aspect of the experience has been acknowledged, addressed and included in a tangible and transparent manner. One of my favorite aspects is that the experience includes the entire family. Parents can even peer into the classroom via observation nooks included in the design of the building. Every morning, the community is invited to spend time together before parting ways. Having time set aside to transition your young student into his or her educational day makes for a calm, stress-free day for both parents and children. The fact that there is a space dedicated for this as well as a community room open to parents means being a part of your child’s education is not only allowed but encouraged.


Schedule your tour today and see for yourself! For our readers, just mention “9thBridge2014” through January 15, 2015 to waive application fees. There are payment plan options, referral bonuses and even scholarships available! 9th Bridge School is accepting applications for their infant, toddler, pre-K and Kindergarten programs. Part time options are also available for toddlers and pre-K children. Snacks and Lunch are provided as well and allergies are taken very seriously. When you visit, tell them Las Vegas Moms Blog sent you and then come back and tell us what you think!



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Family to Family Connection Offers Information and Community

Girl Playing With Building Blocks

Girl Playing With Building BlocksRaising young children can be an isolating experience. It is often difficult for families to find credible information about child development and parenting. Also, it can be challenging – particularly in a transient city like Las Vegas – for moms to create strong support networks. Family to Family Connection is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to families with children ages 0-5 years. Their mission statement: “Through parent education and community networking, Family to Family empowers and supports families to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.” With a full roster of classes, a resource library, and a lactation educator on staff, new parents have a place to learn about being even better parents. The resource library allows the checkout of books and DVDs featuring subjects such as parenting and child development. Family to Family teaches a full calendar of classes. Most are taught in English, but there are some Spanish language classes each month, too. Topics include music, nutrition, physical activity, crafts, and even infant massage. Check here for the most up-to-date offerings. (Full disclosure – I occasionally lead a class about having a healthy relationship with food.) Family to Family has also teamed up with Nevada Early Intervention Services to offer some classes addressing your child’s development. Beyond the formal programming, one of the biggest strengths of Family to Family Connection is that it provides a space for young families to connect with one another. Friendships develop among the families served. When my boys were babies, Family to Family Connection was a lifesaver! There weren’t many places where I could bring both children and still feel relaxed and comfortable. Family to Family was welcoming. I could actually talk to other moms (yay!) while my children played safely. My new-mom jitters calmed down as I learned from the classes, and I was eternally grateful for a place to escape cabin fever. Each spring, Family to Family Connection presents the fundraiser “Touch a Truck.” As the name indicates, children have the chance to see a large variety of vehicles up close. They get to climb into a fire truck, touch an Army jeep, and even chillax in a limousine (my kids’ favorite – and so quintessential Vegas).

Dune buggy action at Touch a Truck

Inside a hot air balloon at Touch a Truck

Family to Family Connection 7151 Cascade Valley Court, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 870-9583

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Well Rounded Momma Supports Moms-to-Be

Sleeping Newborn

Throughout pregnancy and childbirth preparations, women experience lots of different feelings: excitement, happiness, and love, for sure. But they may also feel nervous and confused. It’s a huge responsibility to bring a new life into the world, and there’s so much to learn aboutSleeping Newborn the birth process. First-time moms especially have tons of questions, and it can be difficult to find answers.

Do you want to have an OB/Gyn working with you, or midwife? Hospital birth, or home birth? A repeat Cesarean section or VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)? And what the heck is a Labor Doula?

That’s where Well Rounded Momma (WRM) comes in. Founded in 2007 by Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Sherry Hopkins, WRM provides pregnancy, birth and postpartum support. It is devoted to helping women know the choices available to them.

Couple Holding Infant ShoesWell Rounded Momma provides Midwifery and Doula services. Never heard of a Labor Doula? It is a trained birth professional who assists women through their birth experience by providing information as well as physical and emotional support. A Doula meets with you once or twice during pregnancy and is with you during labor, delivery, and shortly after birth to help with breastfeeding.

Childbirth education, fitness classes, support groups, workshops, massage therapy, and even Reiki are also offered. The storefront stocks herbs, teas, natural skincare products, and other goodies. All of these options help women have healthy pregnancies and labor, fewer C-sections, smoother breastfeeding, and increased bonding between mom and baby. It is part of WRM’s mission to use evidence-based care, so you’re in good hands.Want to learn more? Well Rounded Momma hosts an open house the last Friday of each month from 7-9 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet Sherry and the other providers. Get your questions answered and learn about something new. When I visited a WRM open house, Labor Doula Sarah Sorvillo taught hands-on techniques to help a laboring mom feel more comfortable. Learn about your options for a calmer, more peaceful birth experience.


Well Rounded Momma
8826 S Eastern Ave. Suite 111
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 478-5080

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How To Talk To Your Kids: My Daughter & I Discuss Racy Ads in Sin City

Raising kids here in Las Vegas can be great for so many reasons, but it definitely has its challenges. There are not  many cities in America where flyers are being shoved in your hands bearing images of naked woman, where sidewalks are crowded with guys wearing bright green T-shirts that read “Girls! Girls! Girls!” or where you see billboards with sayings like “Girls Direct to You”. Having a teen daughter here in Vegas, I have had to think long and hard about the way to approach this conversation. The best thing I could come up with was to try to humanize the women who are being sold. When we are walking down the Strip or driving in the car and we see something that is objectifying a woman I try to have my daughter see her in a different light. I explain to her that most likely that woman somehow got herself into a bad place in life. Whether it had to do with bad decisions, drugs, or unwilling circumstances, I try to have my daughter see that this woman is a valuable person and that we should care about her and feel sorry that she has gotten herself in this situation.  Most likely, given the choice, this woman would not have chosen this kind of rough life for herself. Without giving too many details, I explain to my daughter that the woman in that picture is selling herself to men. I say that this lifestyle is something that this woman will always feel pain over. I don’t want to raise my daughter to hate or judge other women, even women who are doing the wrong thing. I hope that I can raise her to have compassion for others and realize that she has been given a great gift in life to be able to live in a stable home. I always try to teach her not to judge other people because you don’t know what kind of life they have been dealt. I also want her to know that there are a lot of people who are desperate and are willing to do anything to get what they need. While I would love to think her safety is guaranteed, I always remind my teenager to pay attention to her surroundings and be aware of people’s behavior. It is a fine balance trying to raise her to be sweet and compassionate, but at the same time mindful that people can be dangerous and you have to be careful who you trust. imageVegas is definitely a unique place with a lot to offer, but at the same time, this city has a very dark side that we need to protect our children from. I would love to know if you address these issues with your kids. If so, how?

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As Seen On TV: Take Two – Mother’s Day segment

I had the opportunity to speak with KLAS-TV 8NewNow anchor Patranya Bhoolsuwan about Las Vegas Moms Blog on a bright & early, wind-blown Mother’s Day morning! I was so thrilled they also showed our blog as well{you’re welcome LVMB sponsors! haha…}. It was great to have a chance to share some info about my other ‘baby’, LVMB: this little {not for long} blog that could…IMG_3529

In case you missed it: CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

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LVMB is a fantastic resource for local moms. Not only do we provide an online community to connect moms to each other, but we also encourage families to experience all that our great city has to offer! From kid-friendly resorts & restaurants, to the best parks & playgrounds to our favorite romantic date night venues & limited engagement events and of course, we’ll tell you about hot spots for moms to unwind and check out when it is just the ladies on the town! We love supporting local businesses & events and want to share our experiences and hear about your experiences too! We all know how important word of mouth is in this town. You will not survive without the support of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City & Pahrump residents! Let’s map out this entire valley in Southern Nevada together.

As a local business, you need to be working with us! We want to help support and promote you! So keep us posted & submit your events to our COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR. This way, moms can see what’s happening around town to plan accordingly. Moms make so many decisions that translate to dollars for your businesses so it only makes sense to invest in LVMB! Review posts and sponsored posts are a great way to get in front of our audience to showcase what you have to offer. Request our media kit at info{at}lasvegasmomsblog{dot}com today!

For local moms, read about our contributors and share your stories with fellow local moms who have been there or are going through the same stage as you in mommyhood. You are not alone! We have so many different stories to share with you whether it is our love of junk food or our obsession with sushi. We have all types of moms represented: new moms, moms-to-be, moms of grown kids and little ones, moms of adopted children or moms in blended families, some natives and some newly transplanted. You will find that you can share your stories and we can relate!

We are asking for your support as our favorite community that we live in and love! As a start, Follow, Like, Share, Repost, Retweet, Comment, Pin & participate in anything you see that appeals to you. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram(2), Twitter(2) & Pinterest(2). Invite your friends to make this an even bigger party! The more support we receive the more we are able to do in return. Flex that Mom Power! Come out and meet us: You can find our next LVMB event in our EVENTS CALENDAR.

Thank you so much for cheering us on – we are so happy you’re here…

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