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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! 

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From Wine to Whey- Lifetime Athletic Clubs in Las Vegas

imagesWhen one thinks of “the gym” one usually thinks of bulky muscles, grunting noises, machines that look like torture devices and the ever dreaded membership sales personnel stalking your every move. One does not usually associate a gym to have a wine tasting night complete with chocolate dipped strawberries, 6 different wines to taste and an array of food pairings from their very own cafe. At least, that’s not what I expected upon walking in to Lifetime Athletic Club’s Green Valley location for their first ever Wine Tasting Event. IMG_7333


IMG_7330Last month, Cindy  and I were contacted to attend what we hope is the first of many wine tasting events offered to members and non-members. The wine was great and so was the food, don’t get me wrong, but what we enjoyed the most was being able to drop our kids off at the AMAZING Kids Academy during the entire event! The kids played sports activities, made arts and crafts, ate pizza, went swimming (or not) and watched a movie. We were hooked. 

This led to a conversation with the Events Manager and Kids Academy Director about all the amazing things Lifetime offers to members with children and even the amazing care for non-members coming in for open events! Cindy and I could not have been more impressed. Each care provider is certified and are experts in the field of play time and early childhood education. The Kids Academy play areas and teaching rooms are clean, fun and sufficiently supervised. 

Work_Image_KidsAcademy_001Here is a list of events happening at the Green Valley and Summerlin locations available to members and non-members:

Green Valley Location

Shamrock Shake and Shuffle

Thursday, March 16 at 6pm-7pm

Complimentary for members, Non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass. 

Mommy/Son Dynamic Duo

Saturday, March 18 at 12pm-2

$20 per couple for members

$30 per couple for non-members

add on $5 for moms bringing more than one son

Life Barre and Bubbles

Wednesday, March 22 at 5:45pm-8pm

~limited space~

Complimentary for members, non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass

Cycle and Champagne 

Friday, March 31 at 6pm-8pm

~limited space~

Complimentary for members, non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass

Ride For a Reason

~Both locations~

Saturday, April 22 at 8am-12pm

Tickets Available at 

Summer Camps/School Breaks 


expanding_our_teamI liked what I saw so much that I went to the nearest Lifetime location in Summerlin and decided to become a member! My boys and I have gone every single day since becoming members and we LOVE it. I love that I can drop my boys off knowing they not only are being supervised but are being taught about nutrition and exercise. The Kids Academy offers Children of Members classes like Yoga, Zumba, Karate and sports, while Mommas and Poppas focus on their health and wellness. As a stay at home Mom with a PPD background and an ever growing midsection, this decision to become a Lifetime Member has been nothing short of life-saving.images-7

As part of my sign-on package I had a free consultation with a nutritionist, personal trainer and Pilates Reform instructor. Each one has given me life altering information that I can take with me for the rest of my days. I’m learning how to focus more on sleep, stress management and nutrition as well as how to effectively exercise. I also learned what the heck “Whey” is and its become my new best friend, even over wine! Because of all this, my doctor is confident that as I loose weight and burn fat, I will likely be able to naturally manage my symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as keep my higher glucose levels in the low end.  In just over a week I have lost 2 pounds and gained more lean muscle mass. I have begun taking daily multi-vitamins for overall health and wellness as well as Omega 3 Supplements to help gut inflammation. I feel great and eager to meet my goals. main-bucket-academy-classes-800x800

So whether you are looking to finally put your New Years’ Resolution to good use, are looking to meet new people and partake in some family friendly events or you’re from out of town and need to work off a buffet binge and late nights at club, consider a gym! 

For more information on the events and memberships please contact:

Lifetime Athletic-Summerlin


Lifetime Athletic-Green Valley (Henderson) 



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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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30-Day No Negative Body Talk Challenge

We’re well into January. Did you make any resolutions? If so, how are they going? (For my take on New Year’s Resolutions, click here.)

I don’t make resolutions per se. However, my email inbox and Facebook feeds have been blowing up lately with 30-day challenges. Most of them are diet and exercise related.

Some examples: Juicing Challenge; Green Smoothie Challenge; Flat Abs Challenge; Beach Body Challenge.

Many of them are accompanied by the obligatory selfie of the challenge organizer wearing a crop top and bike shorts. To be followed (I presume) in 30 days by another, more buff selfie in a crop top and bike shorts.

Or maybe a bikini.

This is not my cup of tea.

Here’s my challenge to you, moms: I propose the 30-Day No Negative Body Talk Challenge.

Language is powerful. In fact, language can create your reality.


No whining about your post-baby abdominal slackness.

No complaining about your muffin top.

No grumbling because you used to wear a smaller size.

Promise this, even when you are with your girlfriends and they are complaining about their thighs.

Because friends don’t let friends diss their bodies.

Make sense?

And while I’m on a roll, I’m going to give you a parallel challenge.

Every day, find something positive about your body.

Today, I’m grateful my shoulder has the range of motion to lift things over my head.

It’s small, but significant. Being able to lift something is easily taken for granted. But when I had a shoulder injury, I couldn’t move my arm more than an inch or two in any direction. Not a happy time.

So find the positive.

Your body works hard for you, but focusing on the negative makes that easy to miss.

Your language creates your experience, so be careful with your words.

Your un-flat tummy grew a baby.

Your crow’s feet are well-earned by staying up all night with your children. And by squinting in the sun as you pushed your baby in a stroller.

You’re beautiful. Truly.

This challenge is for your well-being. And for the well-being of your children.

Your kids listen to you, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Do you want them to grow up dissatisfied with their bodies, too?

I didn’t think so.

Let’s do this.

No crop top or bike shorts here.

No crop top or bike shorts here.

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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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Guess How Much I Love You? Enough to Do a Cartwheel


What do you lovingly coo to your children?Cartwheel

How about, “I love you to the moon and back.”

Or, “I love you more than all the stars in the sky.”

Or, “I will love you forever and always.”

It isn’t usually, “I love you so much that I will do a cartwheel.”

As a kid, I would do cartwheels multiple times a day. Cartwheels across our front yard. Cartwheels in the living room. Cartwheels on the balance beam. If I’d had the chance, I would’ve done cartwheels in a box, with a fox.

But for most people, the opportunity to do cartwheels diminishes when you’re an adult. Bosses usually frown on tumbling in the office. Gymnastics meets and dance recitals are not typical fare for grown-ups.

So I haven’t cartwheeled for many years. The last time I tried, the muscles in my chest and shoulders felt like they might rip. Not cool. Not cool at all.

I gave in to the negative experience, and have been cartwheel-free for a very long time.

Until last week.

My 12-year old son decided he wanted to learn how to do a forward roll, a backward roll, and a cartwheel. Actually, he wanted to do a back flip, but you have to start somewhere.

It seemed to me that all this could be taught while snuggled in the comfort of the couch.

“Okay, for a forward roll, crouch down. Tuck your head, so you don’t actually put weight on it. Most important, keep your back curved so you roll, not flop.”

No luck.

Apparently, my tumbling coaching skills are not honed enough to do it from a reclining position across the room.

This was going to involve hands-on spotting. Maybe even a demonstration.

After doing a forward roll, I had to admit that this was not my favorite life experience. From the outside, it looked smooth and easy. From the inside, my trapezius and neck muscles were chewing me out.

At this point, it seemed appropriate to grumble aloud about how schools these days don’t teach kids anything. “In my day, we learned to tumble in PE class. We even had to climb ropes all the way up to the ceiling of the gym. If you fell off, tough. The gym teacher just nudged you a little with her foot, and barked at you to shake it off.”

With some practice, my son mastered the forward roll. But this was not enough for a middle-school overachiever. He demanded to learn a cartwheel.

Image courtesy of digitalart /

Image courtesy of digitalart /

Again, I tried to verbally coach him, explaining where to place his hands, and how to kick his legs.

Next, I tried to coach by doing a wimpy little demo, without really kicking my legs up.

Next, I tried to coach by hands-on-flip-the-kid-over-so-he-can-experience-the-miracle-of-cartwheels.

This was fun, but it didn’t help him do it on his own. And it was a lot of work for me. He is not that much smaller than I am anymore (sniffle).

But I could not resist his sweet, earnest face.

So I faced down my gymnastics demons and attempted a full-on cartwheel. I expected that I might have to pull out ice packs, Epsom salts, and put my massage therapist on speed dial.

Here goes… (drum roll)

It wasn’t that bad. Oh, I have no illusion that I will win any gymnastics competitions, but I did a cartwheel.

No injuries. No broken capillaries in my face.

In fact, it was kind of fun. I think I even pointed my toes.

My son was impressed. He figured out how to do his own cartwheel. And that’s all that matters.Backbend girl

It was a great reminder that much of parenting can’t be done from the couch. You have to get right in it.

I love you so much, I will try a backbend next time.

What’s the silliest thing you’ve done for your kids? Scariest? Most impromptu? Share it in the comments below.




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Meet Our Contributors: Tricia

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[typography font=”Lobster Two” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”400040″]Meet Tricia[/typography]

Hello fellow moms and friends, welcome to Las Vegas Moms Blog! First, I’d like to introduce and give you a little background about myself for you to get to know me better.
I want to be clear with you that I’m NOT a professional chef/baker nor do I have any training in this field.  However, I can say I DO have years of experience with cooking and baking in my daily life.  I’m a homebody girl who enjoys doing these kinds of “at home” things.  I even take joy in cleaning!  And yes I also like arts & crafts, sewing, decorating, etc.  What can I say, I am truly my grandmother’s grand-daughter.  I guess I grew up subconsciously wanting to be like her.  When I was a child, all I knew was that she made activities around the house look fabulously fun. Twenty-nine years later, here I am finding myself genuinely happy living the domestic life!
I’m currently living in Las Vegas, with my wonderful husband and our two lovable dogs, Lilo a 5-year old female Shihtzu and Bachi, a 2-year old male English Bulldog.  When I first moved here, I never would have imagined my life could be quite like this.  First off, I had only planned on staying for a summer to unwind and have fun.  I told myself, I would go back to Colorado and finish my last year of college to receive a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.  Funny how things change.  I immediately found myself so at home and happier than I’ve ever been anywhere else.  I had an adventurous time exploring the city on and off the Strip, meeting new friends, and unexpectedly falling in love.  Everything just fell into place and I knew in my heart this is where I want to be.  I spontaneously made the decision to stay, even though it meant sacrificing school.  I know it sounds irresponsible and careless, but for once I actually felt in control of my life and that I was making a good decision for my overall well-being.

To this day, I absolutely have no regrets and now I look back and think that moving here was the best decision I have ever made.  In the past few years I have significantly grown and learned so much about myself and what I want in life.  Most importantly I realized that when you find your own peace, love and joy within, you become in harmony with everything else around you.  I’m a strong believer in pursuing what truly makes you happy.  I can honestly say I am at peace with everything in (and out of) my life.  I continue to thrive on learning new things, growing spiritually, and evolving intellectually.  With that said, I look forward to sharing these experiences with readers.

I’m excited to be a member of the blogging community and am delighted to share my life at home and write about recipes, cooking, baking, decorating, beauty tips, fitness regimen, personal thoughts, travels, and most of all my journey in becoming a first-time mom!


[typography font=”Lobster Two” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”400040″]Just wait until you see her amazing creations, you may just try to bite your screen! Tricia is expecting her first child, a boy! She is just nearing the close of her second trimester. [/typography]