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FAMILY SERIES- At The Smith Center

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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.

BUY YOUR FAMILY SERIES

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

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

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

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

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Everything is Awesome at LegoLand

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figure-lucy-emmetEverything is Awesome when you go to LegoLand! This has been a pretty exciting year for our family. Our little one officially turned 6 and What better way to celebrate then going to LegoLand? Our little one has definitely come a long way and we are very proud parents.

So this year we decided to surprise him and make his birthday extra special by taking him to the most awesomeness place ever.  With careful planning and research thanks to the website our trip went smoothly. I have included some tips, and pricing.

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 Out of all the tips enclosed our most useful one was the Reserve ‘N’ Ride, we were able to maximize our time on rides rather then lines.  Definitely worth paying a little extra. 

I hope your trip turns out as great as our family’s did. We enjoyed our time, at the Theme Park. Good luck with your next trip to LegoLand,  Don’t forget your camera and extra chargers, there is a lot of great photo opts.

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1. Bring a Minifigure to trade or buy one in the Park
2. Download our mobile app
3. Review height restrictions to plan your day
1. Download our Height Restrictions Guide
2. Download What to Do When You’re Two
4. Text us for help during your visit at 760-203-3604
5. Upgrade to our all-new Reserve ‘N’ Ride
figure-sailor6. Water Park hours ( before 11am or after 3pm to avoid long entry line)
7. Parking
* Cars: $18
* Campers/RVs: $25
* Motorcycles: $5
* Preferred Parking: $25
Re-entry is available with valid parking stub during same day of visit. Buses and bicycles are free. Handicapped parking spaces are available near the park entrance, with valid placard. Six L2 car-charging stations available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Did you know if you Book Ahead 

For ONLY $6 more than a LEGOLAND Only ticket, add Water Park + 2nd Day when you book 7+ days in advance.

Includes two-day admission to:
* LEGOLAND® California
* LEGOLAND Water Park

Adult (ages 13+): Starting at $101
Child (ages 3-12): Starting at $95

Second visit must occur within 9 days of the first visit.

You are able to save more money by booking ahead than just doing a Walk-Up 

(Click on the link to view pricing) Walk-up tickets are available for purchase from any LEGOLAND California Resort ticket booth upon arrival.

legoland-annual-passI am not sure how long LegoLand has been doing the Annual Pass Memberships. But that is definitely a good option if you plan on making multiple trips or frequently visit the area. 

MERLIN ANNUAL PASS PREMIUM $279

(OR $48 DOWN PAYMENT + $21/MONTH)

MERLIN ANNUAL PASS STANDARD $ 199

(OR $34 DOWN PAYMENT + $15/MONTH)

LEGOLAND ANNUAL PASS

(OR $27 DOWN PAYMENT + $12/MONTH)

Not sure on which Annual Pass, check out there Comparison Chart for some help

imagesI would also recommend checking out the CITYPASS it includes more, if you plan on making trips to multiple Southern California Theme Parks.

 

 

 

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Are you looking for place to take the family?  Look no further, we have a perfect solution.  The Avengers Station Located at Treasure Island Hotel.  They have an awesome set up for the whole gang.  The best part is they have a great deal going on:

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Family Four Pack February. Superhero fans can purchase four entry tickets into the awesome attraction for just $99*, plus fees, with the code FAMILYDSCF0562

When:
Daily during the month of February
10 a.m. until 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island Las Vegas, the completely immersive and educational experience that brings visitors into the world of The Avengers launches Family Four Pack February. Superhero fans can purchase four entry tickets into the awesome attraction for just $99*, plus fees, with the code FAMILY.

The deal can only be purchased in person at the attraction’s box office.

*Children 3 and under are free of charge.

DSCF0689It is definitely a family attraction worth experiencing for all ages. Once you Step into The Avengers Station (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) you gain access to exclusive intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explore the history and scientific origins of the Avengers while you train to become an official agent. You’re literally transported into your favorite superheroes world.  DSCF0460

Each station has a display of operational equipment such as Captain America, Hulk Bruce Banner, Vision’s Hawkeye, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and so much more.  There is so much information and equipment on display that you literally learn more about the superheroes and villains.  DSCF0467 

Each room has a Unique character theme.  You can make the experience even more interactive with a downloadable Avenger Station App (available on IOS and Android) or you can rent there device with the app already pre-installed. Which contains fun facts, trivia and etc.DSCF0505

Once your briefing is done. At the conclusion of the experience there is a final battle. Once you turn in your device you’re Super hero is revealed and your group is ready to battle Ultron.DSCF0678

We definitely had fun going in a group and taking the tour together.  The kids where thrilled to find there favorite Avenger on display with there buddies… They did a lot of observation and interaction. It was a unique experience. That made the experience worth while. The only thing I regret was not taking more pictures with my rented device.  I could of had more selection on pictures to buy. DSCF0595

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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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Halloween Tutu Tutorial

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Hello mamas and happy fall! I seriously love this time of year. The weather is finally starting to cool down and best of all…. Halloween is right around the corner! I mean what’s not to love? You get to carve pumpkins, dress up, and eat a bucket full of candy. Amazing. This Halloween is super special for me because we recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl to our family. My son has been talking nonstop about taking her trick-or-treating and finding her a costume. G decided that he and his daddy were going to be Power Rangers. As for me and baby E, he wanted us to be something else. Although I think I would have been an amazing Pink Ranger, I agreed. It ended up being an easy decision. Before baby E was born we bought her an adorable Minnie Mouse dress that I absolutely love. Who better to go with Minnie Mouse than her BFF Daisy Duck. image9I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a costume so I decided to make one. A quick Pinterest search later and I had a plan. The costume consists of a white tutu, a purple shirt, and a pink bow. I had the shirt and bought the bow and supplies for the tutu.

Here’s what you need:image2
Tulle (I used 3 spools)
Elastic band
Needle & thread
Scissors

First thing you need to do is measure the elastic. Make sure it’s snug around your waist.

When you have your elastic measured, simply sew it together.

Now onto the tulle. From what I gathered during my tutu making research, the average length for the skirt is between 10 to 12 inches. Now you can measure and cut the tulle one piece at a time, but who has time for that?image4

Here’s an easier way to do it:

First find a piece of cardboard and cut it double the length of your tutu. Since I wanted the length of my tutu to be around 12 inches long, the cardboard was cut 24 inches long. 

Next, tightly wrap the tulle around the cardboard. Once you’re done, take your scissors and cut it on one end. Then, grab all your tulle, fold it in half, and cut it down the middle. Repeat with at least 2 more spools.

Now we are ready to start tying.

Take your elastic piece and put it around something sturdy. I used my dining room chair. Next take a piece of your tulle and fold it in half. This will be the length of your tutu.image6

Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot. Repeat until your tutu is nice and full.

Remember the elastic will stretch so make sure you pack on the tulle. I ended up only needing three spools, but you really can use as much as you want. It will just make your tutu even fluffier.image7

I think this project could be done within a couple hours with no interruptions, but with an infant and a toddler it took me a couple days.

With all the supplies, plus a pink bow, the total cost of my costume was less than $10. Look for coupons and sales.

Here’s the final product. What do you think? My little sidekick is cute too.

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Connecting with Family to Family Connections

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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!

http://new.family2familylv.org/classes.html

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Hyundai Elantra SE {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

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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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Springs Preserve: Come Explore the World of Lights This Labor Day Weekend

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Soon we will have to say our goodbyes to Spring Preserve’s current featured exhibit, “Playing with Lights”, ending Sunday, Sept 5. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this spectacular exhibit I implore you to do so immediately, like today! Their current featured exhibit is so much fun you will literally forget you’re actually learning, which makes this the perfect opportunity to bring the entire family to explore, play, and learn. There are so many different stations designed to ignite your child’s imagination and allow them to explore the science and physics behind light. With only a few days left of this super fun, educational exhibit; there’s no better way to spend the day, so fly faster than the speed of light and get on over there!

 

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

Here are a few of the super cool interactive stations that are currently set up:

  • Inside a Giant Kaleidoscope
  • Infrared Paint with Me Station
  • Make a Telescope
  • Laser Dodge
  • Freeze Your Shadow
  • Color Shadow
  • Sticky Light
  • Bendy Mirror  thumb-3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEuutBBcpqY&feature=youtu.be           

Your visit to Playing with Light is included with your admission ticket or current membership to Springs Preserve. Their hours are 10a – 6p and you can find the completely interactive light exhibit in Origen Museum. Play all day and even enjoy a delicious meal with gorgeous Las Vegas Valley views in Divine Cafe. Pro tip: Sunday Brunch!

 

 

 

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Bottiglia at Green Valley Ranch

Fitting that Bottiglia ( pronounced boh-TEE-yah) means “bottle” because even if you don’t go for the food you will want to be there for the drinks. Styled as a European yup-scale 1960s farmhouse chic restaurant it’s the perfect blend of retro elegance and modern touches. I could not help but imagine Audrey Hepburn here; Breakfast at Tiffanys? Brunch at Bottiglia! Picture a gastro pub that has been white washed, studded with reclaimed wood furniture, pastel fabrics, geometric chrome accents and sporadic wicker whimsy. They must have designed their drinks according to their decor. YES, I want my bellini to match my plush peach seat and YES, I would love for you to make my white sangria smell like the bouquet on the back of my chair damnit! And YES, I want my Malbec to be inspired by my velvety fig colored booth. Pinks, peaches, plums, gold and robin-egg- blues? I’ll drink all of it please…….Oh and I’ll be waiting for my drinks on the wrap around terrace if you don’t mind, thank you. I know what you are thinking: this sounds all very…… feminine.

Don’t let the décor fool you though the fine dining side of things could impress the likes of Anthony Bourdaine. This IS a fancy Italian restaurant and they’ve got the Lobster Fra’ Diavolo to prove it. I think we can all agree, Italian cuisine is all about love and you can tell where Chef Patrick’s heart is: The sea…. The sea of love….. I want to tell you just how much… I love his Halibut….. Among other things. One word ANTIPASTA. Their mastery of wood-smoked eggplant spread is only surpassed by their straight up ownership of lemon ricotta stuffed zucchini blossoms. The tuna carpaccio blushes as deep as the beets in the roasted beet salad. The chopped salad is nothing short of an orgy of tart, tang and sweet kiss of green grapes. The eggplant parmesan? Miniature like a ballerina and just as ‘en pointe’ ( sul punto in Italian) If you want to get some romance get intimate with the appetizers. You’ll go home satisfied.

But let’s get back to that Halibut. You put a piece of fish in front of me and all of a sudden I look like  teenager that just had her first drink. I giggle, I wiggle and smile. Most sushi chefs think I’m flirting with them. Maybe I am and I don’t realize it, but if I am, it’s only because I’m part penguin. For that reason, the Pan Roasted Halibut spoke to me, even though I don’t speak Italian or even understand most Italian, that fish and I understood each other. It knew I would adore it no matter what. But the condiments and garnish excited me more than the fish by itself. The fish was laid on a bed of faro (thick fluffy grain) with a water color green butter sauce, dollops of carrot puree and then the peas (ohlordthepeas!) The peas were short spring inspired love poems, each a pleasurable burst inside my mouth whispering sweet nothings to the fish.

They didn’t have to bring anything else out. But they did and to be completely honest The Shrimp Puttanesca and the Lobster Fra’ Diavolo could have their way with me too. I KNOW I sound like a cheating foodie perv but if I could have a menage`a trois of fish shrimp and lobster in one sitting every time I dine at Bottiglia….. I WOULD. Both the shrimp and the lobster are equally spicy and beautiful. While sexy in name, puttanesca, meaning whore’s pasta, in Italian has become slang for “a bunch of sh*t in the cupboard goes in the pasta”. Classically, you need the capers and olives to kick the ever loving crap out of you in order to make this dish a success, which is what made this my favorite of the pastas, because capers are my life. The creamy pink sauce on the lobster though was seriously indulgent. It was almost like a deconstructed lobster ravioli. But a warning: if you don’t like you food to look at you, request the face to be removed cause you get the entire lobster.

Dish after dish was placed and removed by what seemed like six different super models which made the dinner feel like a seduction. If I can’t be seduced in Italy then I’ll gladly take a little Italian seduction in Henderson. So…. while I’m in the mood, I’ll tease you with some dessert. I’ll give you some hints: one melts in your mouth and the other was filled with fun ….. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination… Bon Apetit!

        

Reserve your table today: Bottiglia at Green Valley Ranch ***BRUNCH SERVICE BEGINS SUNDAY 28 AUG 2016***

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Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}

Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
Kia Optima Turbo {Vehicle Review :: DriveShop}
What I love about the Kia Optima Turbo… Where do I begin?! Let me just start by saying that I would not have thought to test drive a Kia before this opportunity. You can check all the specs of the Kia Optima online, but here we are going to discuss the look and feel of the car as a day to day driver. These are the details you want to know before you buy! There are a number of well-known car makers that will always be at the forefront of any vehicle search. Of course there is criteria to consider (2-door, 4-door…hybrid, SUV, etc.), but my search would always start off with brands I have known my whole life. Believe it or not, Kia was not one of them… Until now… 
I was really surprised and impressed right from the start! The romance began with that amazing new car smell to draw me right in. Who doesn’t love the smell of new leather?! The car I received for the test drive is a gorgeous pearlized white paired perfectly with the sporty, glam look of merlot leather interior. Yes, that is what struck me first! Despite having a car seat strapped in the center of the back seat, I still felt like I was behind the wheel of a sports car. 
The Kia Optima Turbo is quite the looker with its aerodynamic design, red wheels and panoramic sunroof/moonroof. I was especially surprised about its get up and go. Well, being a Turbo edition should have clued me in! I was very happy with the handling as I have noted even nice, high end cars do not always have the turn radius I think they should. I have owned cars with strong engines including a ’71 Mustang, a BMW, a Chrysler 300, and a Porsche Cayenne, so I’m no stranger to cars with power! I love the innovation of automated deceleration as there are some sharp turns in the Valley! I could feel the output drop when I would be taking a turn like a clover leaf freeway ramp. In addition, while in traffic, if someone were to enter my lane too closely ahead of me, there was instant reaction by the vehicle. So cool! I felt super safe at all times. With my son, safety is the absolute top priority.
Speaking of safety, back up sensors are so key – in addition to notification for stationary objects you may bump into, there is also a sensor to alert you if a car is passing behind you, crossing your path as you back up from a parking space, for example. There are back up cameras too, which I love, but having work in the insurance industry in a former life, I still check every corner and move at a snail’s pace in parking lot situations and especially when in reverse. The center dashboard screen for the back up cameras is a must, especially since we have a neighbor kid who wanders out of the house often. I live in a cul-de-sac and so I have that false sense of security that I am only a few doors from the end of the block so no one should be passing behind the car, right?! Wrong! I have looked back to see a little face standing not too far from the end of our driveway. It is truly a frightening sight! I would never want anyone to be hurt and back up cameras are so helpful as an additional precaution, and at night, it is a no brainer…not to mention the help while backing into a space or illuminating your path at night!
More AWESOME PERKS include that gorgeous panoramic sunroof/moon roof. At night, we could see the stars and the moon while daytime meant watching planes traverse our gorgeous blue skies. I normally drive an SUV and switching to a car may feel like I am downsizing. I did not feel that way at all! In fact, feeling cramped is not an issue when you can practically peel open the entire top of the Kia Optima Turbo! You are wired and ready for Sirius XM radio so you will never have a loss for listening options. The Bluetooth for hands-free dialing was extremely easy to set up and the sound quality on both ends of phone calls was stellar. No problems, no delays in sound, it was a breeze. I like that I could use GPS from my phone or use the GPS navigation. I prefer using my phone’s GPS since I have a lot of saved addresses right at my finger tips, but having both options is really nice. Radio and call options are also easily accessible from the steering wheel so distractions are kept to a minimum. It’s a Harman Kardon too – BTW, for the audio nerds reading this! *insert secret handshake here*
There’s a push button start which is beyond brilliant. You don’t have to worry about losing your key either! I always have a latch for my keys. With the keyless entry system, I just latch my keys onto my purse and as soon as I’m near the car door, it unlocks! I never unlatch my keys! It is a small detail, but if (like me!) you are notorious for misplacing keys or locking yourself out of the car (most recently, the wind shut my car door behind me while I placed my purse on my seat to throw a sweater on!), you will appreciate this detail. 
Cup holders for everyone! Not only are there cup holders in the center console, but in every door – Keep hydrated, my friends! I also love that there is a seat warmer/cooler and a way to save the seat settings so when you valet, or if your honey drives, you don’t have to get in and reset everything. There is a USB connection and multiple charging outlets (does anyone still refer to them as cigarette lighters?!) including a couple in the back of the center console/arm rest so your back seat passengers will not have to share or wait their turn. My son loved having his own ‘personal wind’ for dedicated air flow. two separate vents to aim in different directions. There are also shades on the back windows to keep your toddler from having a complete meltdown because the sun is shining on them. Spoiled, much?!
If anyone is looking into a new car, you absolutely have to try the Kia Optima Turbo. They really did blow me away with this test drive. Like I said, you could still feel like you are driving a sports car with plenty of leg room for multiple passengers and car seats! I took a trip to Costco and even took a friend to the airport so you know there is TONS of trunk space too so load up and take a road trip in your new ride…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*~*~* They have ongoing deals right now!!! *~*~*
 
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