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Queen Bee Market Review & Local Vendor Meet and Greet

My mother, Katherine and Aunt Mary pleased with their purchases!
Conference Center of las Vegas

Conference Center of las Vegas

I come from a family who LOVES all things crafts and DIY. Whether it’s homemade soaps, handmade seasonal decor, DIY signs and home decor, we will buy it or make it and maybe even sell it! So when my Mom and Aunt found out that the Queen Bee Market was coming to the Las Vegas Conference Center, I was all sorts of giddy!

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 Walking into the Conference Center, we were immediately satisfied by all the eye candy. It was the perfect blend of modern, vintage and glam. Each Queen Bee facilitator was dressed in darling matching T-shirts and were there to greet you with a grab bag filled with handmade products and immaculate treats. And y’all, the booths! This was not your average craft fair where it almost feels like a community yard sale and the tables are covered by stained sheets. No, no. Each booth was its own 5th avenue merchandised storefront-just darling.  

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Goodie Bags

The coveted Grab Bag. Sadly, we were one woman away from receiving one.- Photo from Queen Bee Market Facebook page

I was shocked to find out how many vendors were there from all over the West part of the states. I met talented women from Arizona, Utah, California and even Colorado and was nothing short of impressed by every single one of their creative and truly beautiful products. I wish I could have bought something from every booth. As much as I would love to talk about every single vendor and their products, this post is all about the amazingly talented Las Vegas local vendors and their stories.  

Wanna meet them?

Posh Pilar 

IMG_5015Meet Nastasia. Even though I don’t have little babies anymore, I could NOT walk past this booth without “oooing and awe-ing” at all the sweet things. Nastasia makes stylish nursing ponchos and baby accessories. I was desperate to turn back time and use one of these ponchos while nursing and carrying  my boys.  Nastasia and her husband have 3 daughters and are Vegas natives.

 

 

 

Staysi Lee Bridal Boutique 

17264296_1341327125924013_1233935571899720049_n This is Staysi Lee. She is everything right about Vegas. Her hair, her style and her beautiful designs all reflect beauty and fun. She designs everything from infinity dresses, retro skirts to girls dresses. I mean, this cactus dress? Are you kidding me? She and her husband have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Wynter who models most of Staysi’s designs!

 

 

 

Just Charms & Pretty Things

IMG_5017Lacey Cowan’s pretty charms and things have been our favorite at every craft fair we’ve been to in the valley, so far. Her handmade treasures are incredible and there is something for everyone. Lacey is a mother of a strong little girl and is accompanied here by a very helpful husband (which I love to see.) 

 

 

Whatcha’ Got Cookin’

Photo Taken from Whatcha' Got Cookin' Facebook Page

Photo Taken from Whatcha’ Got Cookin’ Facebook Page

My Mom and Aunt absolutely LOVE Lisa and Roxanne’s easy to use go-to recipe’s and my family and I love to consume them! These fabulous friends have worked together to create some amazing recipes without any additional preservatives, MSG or stabilizers- they even offer some yummy Gluten free options! 

 

 

 

Cultivate Floral+Paper Goods

IMG_5014Sara Lunn is a sweet soul. I spoke with her for about half a minute and knew she was as sweet as southern tea. Her Bouquets were stunning enough for a wedding event yet simple enough for a dining room table. Her paper goods are equally wonderful. You can find her next at West Elm for her Pop-up Shop on April 1st. Sara and her husband have a one year old daughter. Give it up for this talented and ambitious Momma!

 

 

November Charm

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270 E Horizon Dr #100 Henderson, NV 89015

I loved these matching mommas. Who loves chalk paint? Who loves renovations? Who loves home decor? Well these girls have it all and more! They are “Southern Nevadas plaster paint retailer” and they are PROUD of it. As they should be! Bravo, Ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambers Umbrella 

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7960 West Sahara Ave. 89117, Las Vegas, NV

Amber’s story is what Las Vegas Moms Blog is all about. Our mission is to encourage, support and inform local moms and this mom deserves all the reward for the journey she’s been on. Visit AmbersUmbrella to read more about her story and why Ambers Umbrella exists. Amber is a mother of 6 and she is here accompanied by her 14 year old daughter Joslyn, who is just a doll. Amber’s Market features repurposed furniture, home decor, salvaged pieces, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and party supplies. Her shop opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The next opening is Thursday, March 16th from 10-5pm. Or you can purchase products online any time at www.ambersumbrella.bigcartel.com 

 

 

BBFrosch

IMG_5023Kristin from BBFrosch is the reason Queen Bee Market came to Vegas from their prime location in San Diego. We couldn’t be more thankful for that! Kristin is the owner and developer of BBFrosch Chalk Paint Powder. Her painstaking journey through what it took to create an easy to use paint powder is why so many are flocking to her Workshops in 12 states! You can purchase the chalk paint powder as well as other products on the BBFrosch website. You can also attend one of the workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

 

 

 

 

I cannot wait to see all these vendors again at the next Queen Bee Market event! Will you be there too? 

Your welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

You’re welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

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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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What No One Tells You About Being a New Mom

Hey ladies! So as you all know, I am a brand new mommy. I love everyday of it and all of the adventures it throws my way. Heck, as I sit here writing this and trying to breastfeed at the same time, all I can think about is all the things no one tells you about being a new mommy.

For example, no one ever told me that I would have my Mamaroo set up next to my toilet just so I can go to the bathroom without the baby crying! I have learned to even breastfeed while doing my business in the bathroom! (You all know you have too!!!)

Also, I have learned that dropping food on my child’s head while cooking or eating is totally normal. Thank goodness for wraps and baby wearing or my family would starve, My child has had more veggies dropped on his poor head then I can count.

Let’s talk about eating those amazing meals I have prepared while balancing a baby. I never knew I could eat so fast. Once little man smells food, he is awake and wants to eat. I have tried feeding him right before and to no avail, it never works. Which in turn leads to more food on his poor head.

Another really good one is how the first time you accidentally hurt your child, you will freak out! I was home alone and walking through a door and hit my child’s head on the door jam! I called my mother crying and saying I was the worst mother alive. I was picturing CPS showing up at my door any minute and cried harder than my little guy did! Oh the drama!

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The sleep thing is obvious and no one was kidding, but the first time you wake up mid-breastfeeding and don’t even remember starting to breastfeed is a little startling! The first time it happened, I sat there, looked around and wondered how the heck I even got the Boppy, latched him on and fed without waking up. So bizarre. All in all, this is the most amazing thing I have done with my life and I am sure there are so many more adventures to come! Can’t wait to share more!  Comment below and let me know some things that surprised you when learning to adapt to motherhood!

I also wanted to share this amazing recipe I discovered and made the other day! It was a huge hit and I am all about the healthy dishes! Please enjoy!

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AVOCADO MAC N’ CHEESE

 

Ingredients

10 oz of veggie pasta
1 clove of garlic
2-3 avocados peeled and pitted
2 tsp of fresh lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp. wheat flour
1 cup almond milk
2 cups of shredded lowfat cheddar cheese

Instructions

1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Cook and drain pasta.  Set aside.

2. Combine garlic, avocados, lime juice in a food processor or blender and pulse until creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir into the butter until it forms a paste. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Stir until it starts to thicken and then add the cheese slowly. Stir until melted and creamy.

4. Place the noodles in a large bowl. Add in avocado sauce and cheese sauce and stir to combine. Serve warm.

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My Breastfeeding Story: When Good Intentions Go Bad

Breastfeeding Best Intentions

Some damned if you do/damned if you don’t propositions:Baby on Blanket

Stay at home mom, or have an outside job?

Let your child cry for a little while, or cuddle her to sleep?

Bottle or breast?

Whatever you do as a parent, someone is quick to judge.

Sometimes the biggest judge is yourself.

Round 1: Nursing was so important that when my husband and I adopted our first baby, I planned to breastfeed. A supplemental system with tubes delivered formula as he suckled. This was supposed to stimulate milk production so I could eventually do this on my own. Gotta admit, I felt pretty righteous about motherhood.

Unfortunately, the system did not stimulate milk, and was cumbersome to set up.

Also, it hurt like &@?!!*! Some moms tell war stories of nursing through great discomfort and even bloody nipples. But really, how bonded, loving, and nurturing can feeding time be if you are gritting your teeth through excruciating pain?

Infant PlayingRound 2: With my second child, the pregnancy went smoothly. Labor was only 5½ hours. So why would breastfeeding go any less well? Given the full-term pregnancy, I figured my body would be better prepared to nurse this time.

Nope. Things started out semi-okay, even though I went topless 24/7 because my nipples felt like they were on fire. But baby and I kept on keeping on. I added in milk pumping because that hurt less. Despite a small fortune paid to lactation consultants, the pain got worse. And after a bout with a stomach bug, my milk dried up. No amount of herbal recipes, teas, and other rituals helped.

I had two fabulous, healthy, gorgeous children…and I felt like I failed an important part of being a good mom.

This is how the best of intentions can turn around and bite you.

In retrospect, I regret some of the efforts I made. Even after it was clear this was not working, I kept trying new strategies. Because good moms breastfeed. Right?

Family reading.Please don’t misunderstand: I still believe that breastfeeding is best. However, my minor obsession with doing what was “best” got in the way of good enough. All the time I spent researching, brewing herbs, consulting with experts, sulking, and putting frozen cabbage leaves on my chest was time I didn’t spend singing, cooing, and playing butterfly kisses with my boys.

For so many moms, we put pressure on ourselves to do the best – when good enough is okay. In fact, good enough is often pretty darn great.

 

 

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Breastfeeding with a C-section

Young woman breast feeding a baby

Hi mamas and soon to be mamas in celebration of Breastfeeding Week, I just wanted to share my breastfeeding, with a C-section, experience with you.

Unfortunately during my 3 pregnancies I had to have C-sections, my 1st pregnancy was due to an emergency and my other 2 pregnancies were planned C-sections per my doctor’s recommendation because of the possibilty of rupturing my uterus due to the first C-section.

After all my C-sections, I was in pain so I found that doing the football hold using a breastfeeding pillow (boppy or my brestfriend), was easier to feed my newborn, but whatever is easiest and most comfortable for you will work.

I also found being able to walk as soon as you can, helps you heal faster, hence making breastfeeding easier. If you can try to get off pain meds faster (The Doctor said it was safe to take, plus I was in pain). Comparing my children’s births, my first born I noticed when I took pain meds that my milk didn’t come fast unlike my other babies. With my 2nd and 3rd I chose to get off pain meds after the 2nd day and I noticed the difference that my milk supply came in faster for me. If your milk supply isn’t enough, don’t get discouraged. With my first born it took almost 3 weeks til my milk supply to get up, so during that time I had to supplement with formula. I’ll tell you it wasn’t all peaches and cream as I thought it would be (I thought my baby would latch easily). From sleepless nights, to full bosoms, chapped and bloody nipples (make sure to get lanolin), a frustrated newborn not latching easily, I was almost on the verge of quitting. However, I was determined not to give up because of the endless benefits:

*Bonding with your baby

*Free, and convenient. You don’t have to worry about scary and stressful tainted formula recalls, bottles and nipples to wash, sterilize or prepare, and your milk is always at the right temperature, so as soon as your baby needs to feed, it’s ready.

*Breastfeeding helps your baby to fight infection and develop good bacteria in his/her digestive system. He/she gets all the nutrition she needs from your milk to grow well, while also being protected from harmful bacteria.

*Breastmilk contains antibodies from you that help protect your baby against tummy bugs (gastroenteritis), colds, chest and ear infections

*It may help prepare your baby not to be a picky eater, unlike formula milk, the flavor of breastmilk can change according to what you’ve eaten.

*Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for you, too. Studies show that it helps you lose weight and keep it off later, reduces your risk later in life of type 2 diabetes, pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding can prevent ovulation, so you may be free of periods for a while, too (I was lucky while I was breastfeeding)

Young woman breast feeding a babyI was very fortunate to have a good support team from my helpful husband and older sister coaching me of finding ways to make it easier. I also turned to reading breastfeeding blogs, Baby Center, Parenting, Kelly Moms and La Leche League websites. So don’t be shy to ask any of your family, friends, or bloggers for any advice because there is a huge support team for breastfeeding moms and I’m sure they would love to share their tips with you.

So, I finally got the swing of feeding my first born effortlessly, from finding a good technique for latching. I found that the deep latch aka fish lips was the best because there was more suction making an increase in my milk supply.

I’m very fortunate and proud to be able to have breastfed my babies as long as I could (1st born: 11 1/2 months, 2nd born: 13 months, 3rd born: 22 months). I’ve noticed that there was less doctor visits and a special bond with each of my babies that I cherish. As hard as it may seem at the moment of breastfeeding, it is very rewarding to be able to give your baby the best possible start.

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Meet Our Contributors: Tricia

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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!

Sincerely,
Tricia

[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]