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Found a Diamond in the Desert!!!Featured

We recently had the pleasure of dealing with Blue Diamond Air Solutions when we realized our HVAC air filters were in need of replacement.  

From the moment they arrived they were very kind and professional.  They worked quickly to pull the old, dirty filters out, clean the cover, degrease the air intake vent and finally place the new filters.  I was surprised at how instant and noticeable the increased airflow through each vent was.  They also explained the many benefits of keeping a clean filter, including much cleaner air to breathe and reduction in energy costs due to higher efficiency of the increased airflow.  Being the mother of a child with allergies, the cleaner air is a HUGE benefit and a relief to me.  Our son even got a kick out of the installation, saying it looked like we had a ghostbuster in our house! 

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“Who you gonna call?”

They recommend changing the filters quarterly or if there are pets in the home, bi-monthly.  The overall cost for us would only be $30 each time! ($5 per filter and a $20 service fee).  BDAS has been in business for a little over six months but they were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions I had for them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. You can find them:

Online: http://www.bluediamondair.net/

Facebook: Blue Diamond Air Solutions

IG: @bluediamondair

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Birthdays at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!

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Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!
Birthdays  at Discovery Children’s Museum- Is A Piece Of Cake!

 

Are you planning a Birthday Bash for your little one? Well look no further! Discovery Children’s Museum got you covered. They make sure every Birthday is less stressful for the parents and fun-tastic for the kids. Every Birthday experience at the Museum includes all-access to their nine galleries- The Summit, Fantasy Festival, Eco CityPatents Pending, Toddler Town, Water World, Solve it Mystery Town, Young At Art, and It’s Your Choice 

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BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Unlimited use of the museum on the day of your Birthday Experience (before or after the celebration, during business hours)
  • 1.5 hours of festivities in the party room of your choice
    Birthday cake from Freeds Bakery (1/4 sheet cake) with candles, ice cream cups and drink
  • Option of birthday gift registry through the DISCOVERY Store (museum retail store)
  • Party favors – Favor Bags (5 and up) or musical instruments (4 and under)
  • 30 minute Birthday Experience activity
    Streaming Music
  • Ongoing customized video tribute of birthday child
    Solid-color place setting of your choice
  • Complete setup and cleanup handled by the museum
    Special DISCOVERY Children’s Museum birthday t-shirt for birthday child

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AVAILABILITY:
Birthday Experiences are available during regular museum operating hours on Saturday and Sunday only. Dates and times are subject to availability; please reserve your Birthday Experience in advance.

PRICING:
Prices start at $395 for a group of up to 16 children and 16 adults. A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required. Special discounts are available for museum members. Birthday Experience prices and programming are subject to change.

ADD-ONS:

*$30 per each additional guest
*Catering through Pop-Up Pizza
*Bottled water
*Upsizing of cake
*Extra time in room

 

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CONTACT US
Call 702-382-KIDS (5437) to make your worry-free, fun-filled and truly memorable Birthday Experience reservation* today!

*Reservations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis*

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National Geographic Kids Leveled Readers

Animals, Animals, Animals…

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That is what I generally think about when I hear the phrase National Geographic, especially when I am channel surfing and I stumble upon the TV Station, which is always a hit at our house.

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We love watching documentaries and learning about new things. My son’s favorite documentary, so far, is the king of the jungle! That’s right, Lions! Sometimes the stories are a bit sad but it helps teach the valuable lesson of the wild life.  Now our household is aware of the TV station, but the website was overlooked! Thanks to Moms Meet we had the opportunity to receive a package to review from National Geographic Kids.

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The books are phenomenal, the package included Pre-Reader to Fluent Reader, which is a great option for my pre-reader to enjoy. He loves his books and even brings it to Show and Tell so he can share with all of his friends. Every Tuesday my little one has Show and Tell with the Letters they’re focusing at school. He was super excited to show off his awesome new books.

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The books weren’t the only thing that he was excited for, the website, designed for kids, and had his full attention. There was so much for him to do, see and play. It was easy for him to navigate even though he isn’t a fluent reader. I would definitely recommend paying the website a visit and registering your child.

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I heart Avenger Station

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I heart Avenger Station

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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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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The Snacks That Give Back

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

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

http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

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

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

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

Digital Coupons/Printable Coupons http://www.boxtops4education.com/coupons

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

Double the Cash for your school with the new bonus app:
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Becoming the Woman I Want My Daughters To Be

Have you ever seen a behavior in someone else that turned you off, only to later realize that you are guilty of the same behavior? I have found myself in this place lately.  I realized that it is important that I become or am becoming the woman I would like my daughters to be one day. I want my daughters to have their priorities straight and be strong women each with strong character. The hard part about this is that I am their primary role model and they are influenced by me more than anyone else.  So I have been doing a lot of self examination and I don’t exactly like some of the things I have forced myself to see. I find it easy to spot someone else’s shortcomings, but when reviewing my own actions, I sometimes miss that I am guilty of doing some of the same things. One trait I see in myself that I can’t stand in others is that I am materialistic.  I am so disgusted when people flaunt there possessions or feel that a fancy pair of shoes or an expensive bag can make them better than the next person. But guess what?! I make  it a priority to have fancy shoes and expensive bags! Somehow in my mind I am not as bad because I am not showing it off on social media and bragging about it in my social circles. The truth is my children more than anyone else see that these material things hold value to me. And seriously, what stupid goals to have! I would never want my girls to set goals that consist of buying ridiculously expensive stuff to determine their worth. Now don’t get me wrong , I fully believe in caring for yourself and presenting your best self, but this should not mean that you have to spend thousands of dollars to achieve that. I would love for my girls to feel just as good about themselves in a nice clean pressed outfit from a discount super store as they would in a outfit from one of the most expensive brand name stores.  Now the big problem for me is that I need to change. I need to stop wasting money on stupid stuff and get my priorities straight. I have to be less brand focused so that my girl don’t grow up to be brand focused. With all the bragging on social media that I see, I really need to be a strong positive role model at home for my girls so they don’t get sucked into that nonsense like I did. 

 

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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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He With the Fastest Watch Wins: Sibling Rivalry

My watch is faster than yours!

Dinner conversation tonight:

Liam: “We’re going to play Nerf darts tomorrow at Spring Valley Park.”
Daniel: “It’s called Buffalo Park.”
Liam [huffs]: “Get a map so I can prove him wrong!”

If your home is anything like mine, there’s some sibling rivalry going on. One-upmanship, competition, and even downright conflict happens on a regular basis. Despite the annoyance to me parents, sibling rivalry is normal.

(Note: physical fighting is not something to be condoned. Many parents view physical fighting between siblings as normal, but it teaches kids to solve problems with violence. Moreover, physical fighting between siblings, if often/severe enough, can even be sibling abuse. )

My watch is faster than yours!

My watch is faster than yours!

Sometimes the rivalry can be comical to parents, but it still presents a teachable moment. As preschoolers, our boys received wristwatches as a gift from their grandma. They loved the watches and felt very grown-up. One day at the kitchen table, there was this exchange:

Liam: “My watch says 2:32.”
Daniel [glancing at his watch, smugly]: “Well, my watch says 2:33.”

And the teachable moment was… I don’t exactly remember, because I was laughing too hard. I think it was about how not everything is a race.

Thankfully, most siblings grow out of their rivalry. Also, it is sometimes situation-specific. My boys are frequent rivals at home, but Daniel brags about Liam’s accomplishments when they’re at school.

Tips for calming down sibling rivalry

  • It takes two to tango, so to speak. Regardless of who started the argument (“He did!” “No, she did!”), both kids can receive a negative consequence for negative behavior. This teaches children that they can be in control of their reactions to other people.
  • The flip side of that is to catch your kids when they are cooperative with each other, and praise them. If you keep a sticker or reward chart, this could earn each child a sticker/point.
  • Model calm conflict resolution yourself. If you fly off the handle at little things, your children learn that’s how things are done. We all have some days when we are glad there are no reality TV cameras in our home – okay, I can only speak for myself – but overall, show your children that disagreements can be handled calmly.
  • If age-appropriate, let your children work the conflict out between themselves. Monitor for physical violence, however – or even mean-spirited language that crosses the line.
  • Understand child development. For example, a toddler who bites is not being mean or violent. At such a young age, she is unable to express her feelings, and biting is a symptom of feeling overwhelmed.

 

Sometimes, when there's a lull in the trash talk, this happens.

Sometimes, when there’s a lull in the trash talk, this happens.

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How to Raise Respectful Humans

There was something I noticed when I had my kids in preschool that I have had on my mind for a long time. It was the way in which people spoke to their children. Often parents would come into the classroom around the same time as me and I would watch their children light up with excitement to see them. The reaction of the parent would truly be saddening to me: Instead of greeting them with a big hug and smile they would be using a mean and annoyed tone and pretty much just bark at theit children to hurry up and get their stuff. This was not an isolated incident nor simply a matter of people in a rush. The more time I spent around some of these other parents, the more I would see that almost anything their child did annoyed them.

It actually got me thinking about what this could do to a child in the long run: Imagine years of the people you look up to speaking to you as if you were an annoyance. I am sure that would encourage all kinds of insecurities in a young, developing mind. The saddest part is that every child deserves to be cherished and adored by the people who chose to bring them into their lives. I know we all have our moments of feeling overwhelmed, or the times when our kids really are being annoying or bratty and they almost deserve a displeased tone, but I know that even with having a house full of kids, I take a different approach. I do my very best to speak to my kids in a way that lets them know they are important and what they have to say is important to me (even if it’s about Spongebob). If we don’t speak to our children in a respectful way, how can we expect them to speak respectfully to others? If the people who are supposed to love them most in this world speak to them with little to no regard, how would they know the proper way to speak to teachers or even friends? Children learn by example, even if you tell them differently.

So far, I have been very fortunate to have very close relationships with all my children. I feel that some of that closeness stems from the way I speak to them. They can hear that I love them by my tone and the words I use even if we don’t agree.

I hope that more parents will think about the way they speak to their kids. The truth is, I know all parents love their children more than anything, but maybe some parents developed a bad habit (we all have our weak moments when our buttons are pushed & our limits are reached!) and they don’t even realize they are talking to their kids this way. I think something seemingly so small can lead to a lot of insecurities in their children and even a lack of respect toward others. Is there anything you could improve about the way you speak to your children?

   

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