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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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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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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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