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It Takes a Winter’s Village

Green Valley Ranch Resort gifted skate rentals and also a fun swag bag for our family to try the new outdoor ice skating attraction, Winter’s Village in exchange for our honest review. Enjoy! 

Tucked in the corner of the Green Valley Ranch property is a winter wonderland with a lovely setting for an ice skating, s’mores building, family-focused experience. We love the upcycle of space usually reserved for the vineyard or small concerts. Larger than life ornaments, palm trees adorned with Christmas lights and topiary signage create a festive, classy escape. There are fire pits, cozy seating, bean bag toss and for mom and dad: boozy drinks to keep you warm from within. It is super cold these days and gloves, scarves and hats are a definite necessity! So much so, you can even purchase gloves at the concession stand… but consider wearing socks that are not only warm and long enough to cover ankles, but thicker and cushy since I overheard several would-be skaters mention their ankles hurting from the skates. I personally was Ok with the skates, but did not have them on long. They are not as comfortable to me as the ones I’ve worn at permanent skate centers, but way more comfy than ones I tried at another pop up, non-ice, skating place. 

Rentals are $20 per person and the trick is to find a pair that fit you just right. They are not the lace up variety, rather more like ski bindings. They didn’t have the cheater walkers to help novice skaters, but a lot of folks seemed like beginners so there is no intimidation factor whatsoever. Even my son who has been ice skating only a handful of times was confident enough to go around the rink without me holding his hand. I felt he was more at ease seeing adults having to hold the railings to make their way around. The music was a major motivating factor too as he attempted to ice skate dance to his favorite Christmas music. 

There is no entrance fee to visit Winter’s Village so even non-skaters can enjoy the holiday music, the hot chocolate and a gorgeous view of the ice skating rink while huddled beside heaters. You can also bring food from GVR out to the pool if you want something more than nachos,  hot dogs, chili and desserts like rice crispy treats and reindeer chow. 

We love it so much here! You really do need to bring all of your our of town guests here – Especially those who think living in the Las Vegas Valley is all about clubs and gambling; They will forget they’re here! If you are looking for dozens of stunning holiday photo  backdrops, and a less crowded location, this is going to be your favorite spot this winter! The hours extend when the kids are out of school for winter break too, so make your plans to visit! Tag us in your pix so we can see how much fun you’re having – We may just repost you on our pages! 

Thank you again to Vegas Lifestyle Influencers @vegaslifestyleinfluencers and Green Valley Ranch Resort @gvrcasino for the opportunity to try out your new holiday attraction. I hope this is the 1st of many years offering such a fun family-friendly experience for winter! We already love the pool during warm months, now it is a place to visit in the of season too!

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Christmas Town For a Fun Family Night

We love finding places around the Valley to celebrate Christmas and the end of the year holidays. Following a short break after Halloweenville, Wet N Wild now hosts another off season family fun center – This time, Las Vegas Christmas Town! They are open thru New Year’s Eve and will only be closed 12/24 & 12/25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Day. 

The second you step in, you are immersed in a winter wonderland with festive music, tons of colorful lights and all things that evoke Christmas and the holidays. You can even catch a few of your favorite winter characters like Olaf, elves and even Santa himself! Santa has a cottage so you can visit and take photos with him. There is no charge to use your own phone for photos, but professional photos are available for purchase. Tons of photo opportunities throughout the park with thousands of lights, a 40 person train ride, a 40 foot tree and synchronized lights and music. There is even a life-sized nativity scene! I just wish it was lit properly because it was pretty cool…

A few things to remember before your visit:

The ticket window opens at 5p. If you purchase a Groupon ($15 vs the full $20) You should be able to go straight to the entrance. Bags are subject to security search upon entry.

It is getting colder and colder as the year comes to a close so please dress warmly, including hats and gloves as this entire experience is outdoors.

They have face painting included with your admission and the artist that night did such a great job with my son’s snowman and wreath. I liked it so much I was inspired to tip her.


We did not enjoy the skating rink since it is not real ice, it is about the size of half of a basketball court, so it got crowded  and we could not get used to the ill-fitting skates! We tried about three different pairs on my son, including some that looked similar to roller blades. He did not like any of them. We only went around one time, but we enjoyed watching others try it out!

The lines for the rides can take a little while so just be patient, everyone else is here to have fun too, and at least you can look around and appreciate all the decorations and of course, the music!

Frosty’s Snow Ball Fun is a hybrid bounce house-ball pit of all snowballs. So cute…The kids always love the bounce houses and we could have spent the entire night just there, but I am glad we didn’t miss out on a number of other attractions.

The only thing we wanted from the concession stand was hot chocolate and the seasonal funnel cake: mint chocolate chip. The gigantic, drizzled in chocolate marshmallows in my hot chocolate were perfect. Making the kids ice cream and funnel cake induced sugar high was probably not the best idea, but it kept them warm and fueled to run through the obstacle courses for about an hour.

The Jingle Bell Sledding Hill is super steep and extremely fast, which my son does not like, so we did not try it, but the music is always on point there and from all the squealing and giggles, you know everyone is having a blast!

Right beside the inner tube sledding, there is a walk-through 3D experience that was really cute. The little kids liked it so much (or wanted to put the 3D glasses on repeatedly) that we went through several times since there is no line. As you exit the short two-room attraction, you can see the snow falls right by there!

My favorite was Rudolph’s Save Christmas Shoot Out, the paintball gallery. We almost forgot to try it and just before closing, we spent the last 30 min there. This requires purchase of paintballs, the best value being $20 for 200 paintballs. I will gladly buy them the next time we go – I want to shoot too! My son used all 100 paintballs himself and had a blast with every shot. The shooting gallery has Christmas trees lined up with ornaments to shoot and a well-padded (I hope) character creeping and laughing as you attempt to shoot him or her. 

Ornament and cookie decorating requires additional purchase of ornaments and cookies, but all the decorating tools are available on tables beside the concession stand. I did not feel like standing in line for cookies so we tried the ornament decorating ($3). It is so cold out that it was hard to dry the glitter glue so I had to hold them all night – a terrible idea for the beginning of the night! They are cute little wood board ornaments, but we would likely skip that next time. We love the Tiny Tim train that is most suitable for five years and younger, but adults can squeeze in too. 

The wave pool is so pretty and still, like a winter lake view. I loved the cabanas decorated in spooky, horror scenes for Halloweenville and I was really hoping they would have made a little winter wonderland near the pool too. I kept thinking it would be similar to the Macy’s department store windows in NYC. 

As for the price point, I thought $20 per person seemed expensive (depending on how many people in your family) so I was glad to hear Groupon was available for $15. It did sell out that night we went so plan ahead! Overall, it is a great place if you love bounce houses, trains, holiday music and tons of lights. The rest is gravy! 

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Red Rock Lanes: Summerlin


Whether it’s Christmas morning, New Years Eve or 2am on a Monday morning you will find Red Rock Lanes open for business. Located in the Red Rock Casino, the bowling alley features 72 bowling lanes, a game center, bar lounge and Pro-shop for the pro-Bowler in your family. Want to make it a date night or night out with the girls? Get down in one of their luxury VIP lanes and suites, complete with bar service and cozy seating arrangements!  Do I hear a “Mom’s Night” anyone?


As an amateur bowler, myself, I will say that this was one of the most pristine, clean-smelling bowling alley’s I’ve ever been to and the food just happened to be tasty! The bathrooms were not only clean but pleasing to the eye, the full-service bar and lounge was a nice treat for the adults and the chicken nuggets and fries were a huge hit with all my picky eaters. 



Toddlers with a show size under 11 can wear their own shoes!

Toddlers with a show size under 11 can wear their own shoes!

If you’re not a great bowler, or your children need a little extra help, bumpers and ramps are a great way to keep the ball rollin! However, if you happen to arrive during peak hours, the ramps may be hard to come by. If this is the case, ask your neighbor in the next lane if you can share. Chances are, they are a nice family willing to do so. If not, don’t fret, the bumpers will be enough. My two-year old son pushed his own ball down the lane just fine and my four-year old ended up not wanting to use the ramp at all!



The big screens play all your musical favorites from past to present! Warning! You will break out into dance at least once in front of your children.

My husband and I thought the prices weren’t bad for being the largest and most luxury bowling alley in Las Vegas at nearly $2-$3/ a game plus $4 for bowling shoes. Cosmic Bowling is only $5 a game on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-2am. The prices for food and drink were what’s to be expected in a Las Vegas Casino, but well worth it as the food was delicious and the cocktails were on point. Have a picky eater? Step out into the Casino and find an array of different food options including fine dining and buffet!

Whether you’re planning a date, birthday party, girls night out, family event or just want to escape the heat, Red Rock Lanes in the Red Rock Casino have what you need to experience the best of what Vegas has to offer! 


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A Very Terry Christmas {Show Review} Terry Fator Is Fun For All Ages


We had an absolute blast attending A Very Terry Christmas at the Terry Fator Theater at Mirage. We received tickets to attend the show so I am able to report back to all of you! Perhaps you caught some of the highlights of our evening on Instagram stories, so now here is the play by play of our evening because you need to check out this limited engagement show and you can bring everyone. You may remember Terry Fator as the America’s Got Talent season 2 champ. The prize was a million dollars and his own show right here in Las Vegas. Who knew ventriloquism would be a hit with today’s audiences?!

I have a neat connection to this man so if you will indulge me for a moment as I harken back…

This is a Christmas show (& God Bless Terry Fator for bringing back the “Christmas” to our Happy Holidays! Ha!) with performances through December 22, 2016. From Monday through Thursday and select Saturdays, you and your family can enjoy 7:30p performances running approximately 90 minutes.

Roasted Bean quickie meal

Roasted Bean quickie meal

I ended up taking my 4 year old son as my plus 1 and he loved it – We both did! We parked in the garage on the 4th floor so we could walk directly across the outdoor bridge. Don’t forget to use your Nevada ID for free Strip parking! Just follow the signs to snake your way through the festively decorated lobby and atrium through some shops to the theater. I am always hesitant to bring children into casinos as I am not a fan of subjecting them to smoke and drunk people, but this was not bad at all! There was actually some conference folks who seemed to be streaming out of a late session so it was particularly G-rated. The box office is located in the hallway before the Terry Fator Theater and we got there around 6p – about an hour before the doors open (7p). This made ticket pick up super easy since there was no line. We had plenty of time to grab a bite at a little café called Roasted Bean just steps from the theater. Pro Tip: Blizz Frozen Yogurt is across the way so you can grab dessert afterwards too!

There are drinks available for purchase in the lobby, so you can fuel up before heading in. You will show your tickets to the ticket scanning staff members who greet you at the bottom of the escalators and then it is up to the theater entrance. It is a grand room and it already felt like we were at a party! There was Christmas music playing right when we arrived and as we made our way down the steps to our assigned seats, Rockin’ Around the

Mirage Hotel Lobby Christmas Trees

Mirage Hotel Lobby Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree was on and JJ immediately squealed which made me then realized it was his favorite song playing (he has been practicing for his Christmas show!) As we reached our row, I was informed that I could ask for a booster seat for my son. He was telling me he was OK, he liked his seat how it was, but when the usher brought us a red velvet covered foam cushion that blended perfectly with the seats, and it gave him a better view, he was super excited and happily complied! The DJ, show opener, Ben Harris was hilarious and kept everyone excited and cheering and clapping. He has an awesome ‘evolution of dance’ number to ramp things up and the crowd got super hyped up just as our headliner host was about to arrive. The couple in front of us seemed to have had their fair share of adult slushies from the lobby and they were extra interactive, which I loved! I actually felt a wave of calm come over me. I always tense up when I take JJ to places we have never been since I cannot predict how he is going to react. He did great and I know it was because of such a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

There was plenty to look at with lots of light changes, upbeat holiday sounds, a comfortable atmosphere as dictated by our gracious host, Terry Fator… His lovely wife of one year is his assistant on stage and the DJ, Ben Harris is a great dancer, comic and helper too. The band really completes the set and despite being in the 6th row, I did not find myself needing ear plugs and not once did my son remark that it was too loud. I honestly felt like we had the best seats because we were close, but not craning our necks and we could see both jumbo monitors if we really wanted an up close feel. The screens across the back of the stage are constantly changing with scenes to compliment what’s going on in the show or to accent songs. A new stocking is hung each time a new guest arrives. 

Now for the main event… Terry Fator is simply the most talented entertainer I have ever seen. He sings, he does spot on, goose-bump activating impressions AND he is a brilliant ventriloquist. There is some adult humor, but he never uses foul language and even his jokes are perfectly framed so as to go right over the heads of unintended audience members. It is absolutely fantastic and I cannot rave enough about his show. Granted, I was a fan before, I have not seen his non-seasonal show yet (because I’m a local and that is what we do!) If you are a fan of holiday music, you must see this show. I am definitely making this a tradition every year from now on, because this was the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit immediately following my favorite holiday eat fest! I love classic Christmas music and just getting to see this incredible talent live is absolutely worth it. Depending on your age and your affinity to Christmas music (ahem, I know for a fact some of you listen BEFORE Halloween!), you will, at the least, recognize 90% of the music. When I say this is a show for all ages, I mean, all ages! Now, I did bring a 4 year old and you know your kids best – 90 minutes is the length of the typical kid movie, but the lights, the music, the puppets will dazzle them. JJ got a little restless towards the end, but he held on! Our favorites are Winston the Turtle and Emma Taylor (because I’ve met her before!), but you will also get to see the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator, the annoying neighbor and a few surprise guests too!

2016-12-01-02-05-03-636Terry is just insanely talented. He can impersonate anyone – Kermit the Frog, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Cher, Louie Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Aaron Neville, Eartha Kitt, Karen Carpenter, Bing Crosby, David Bowie (SWOON!), you name it! His band of characters are so different and his vocal range is every inch of the spectrum – truly awe-inspiring! I found myself singing along with so many songs and I felt like we were hanging out with friends. Such a great night all around. I look forward to taking my parents, other moms and more kids to this show as it will be a hit with anyone, even the Grinch! *wink-wink*

Another very important aspect of his show is that he takes time to acknowledge and thank veterans in the audience as well as first responders and officers. At the close of the show, he explains his passion for supporting military families, giving back to say Thanks:

Terry donates 100% of the profit he receives from sales of his merchandise to military charities.  The primary charities include wonderful organizations such as The Airpower Foundation and Snowball Express. –

Buy tickets to A Very Terry Christmas starting at $60 plus tax and fees and a VIP experience for $150

The VIP experience includes premium seating, an autographed photo, a souvenir program and a complimentary drink. (The slushies actually look gigantic! We’re talking bigger than a pint glass…maybe 24 oz?!)

Again, really no bad seats in the house and this is a must-see show! Please tag us when you attend – we would love to see your pictures! #lvmsentus @vegasmomsblog on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat

Connect with Terry Fator on social media too!

Twitter @terryfator

Instagram @terryfator

When you do attend his show, I encourage you to please rate your experience on Trip Advisor too! I know I read reviews before I go places – it helps so much!

Merry Christmas! What are your favorite Christmas songs?!


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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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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Las Vegas Moms Weigh In

Things to do in Las Vegas…Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! Here’s our list of hometown favorites we wouldn’t want you to miss!


Bellagio’s must-see Conservatory & Botanical Gardens & of course, Fountains of Bellagio
The Linq has the High Roller observation wheel, Brooklyn Bowl & the Sprinkles cupcake ATM


Raiding the Rock Vault Most fun show on the Strip if you love Classic Rock
O and Mystere are the 2 best Cirque du Soleil shows (if we have to choose!), but if you like The Beatles’ music, you have to see Love.


Wicked Spoon buffet at Cosmopolitan offers Happy Hour buffet & you can even opt for a togo version!  (Wynn has a great buffet too!)
Olives lunch & martinis so you can watch the Bellagio Fountains
Mon Ami Gabi breakfast/brunch on the patio – Rick makes the greatest bellinis ever…it’s a great place to people watch & also another breath-taking view of the Bellagio Fountains!
STK favorite Las Vegas style restaurant that is super fun, complete with a DJ & a big price tag.
Bouchon for breakfast! and macarons…at Venetian


Luv-It Frozen Custard Enough said…(walking distance from The Stratosphere – though we don’t recommend walking in this area at night!)
Serendipity 3 at Caesar’s Palace Strip Views, $15 desserts big enough for 2 adults and Frozen Hot Chocolate, you’re welcome!


Le Thai Patio dining, authentic Thai recipes
Park on Fremont Patio dining, Free live music!
Commonwealth Local Bar
Insert Coins Adult Arcade
Container Park Free live music! Shops by local business owners. Regularly scheduled family-friendly and pup-friendly events.

The Tank at The Golden Nugget is the best pool complete with a waterslide that zips thru a shark tank!
The Neighborhood at Downtown3rd especially for Triple George Grill & Mob Bar.
Mob Museum has a fully interactive,  multi-media experience – You’ll actually learn quite a bit about Las Vegas history.



Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq

Don’t forget to take tons of pictures & tag us! @vegasmomsblog (IG — Twitter — Facebook) & #LVMBfavorites – Have a Fabulous time!

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How a Novice Spa Goer Can Relax Like a Pro

Relaxing at a 5-star resort spa can be magical, whimsical and even life-changing. If this is a new or rare practice, spa-going can cause a bit of anxiety for some. Here are a few tips to make your visit not only enjoyable, but luxurious…

Book your appointment in advance
Many spas will share their menu of treatments online. Check ahead and pick out what you would like to receive. Let the reservations agent know about any special requests you have or allergies in order to assure a seamless experience. As a general rule, many treatments are not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy, so keep this in mind. There are, however plenty of different ways to enjoy some serious pampering while you are expecting.

Lemonade ToastKeep hydrated
The day prior to your spa visit, it is best to keep hydrated. This allows you to put your best face forward, literally (not swollen, not overly dry) for your facial allowing your esthetician to properly access your skin and provide proper recommendations for at home care and products tailored to your skin type. For your massage, keeping hydrated means your muscles will be pliable and it will be much easier for your to receive the full benefits of your massage. Don’t try to chug water once you arrive at the spa. You don’t want to be squirming on the table with a full bladder! After your treatment, continue hydrating by sipping on caffeine free tea or water. Body treatments and specifically massages awaken the lymphatic system so you can expedite toxin release by flushing fluids through your body. You can choose to leave your oils on your body or shower them off. Take some time to enjoy the amenities found in the spa you have chosen. These can include dry saunas, steam rooms with eucalyptus, jacuzzi tubs, a cold plunge and rainfall or experience showers.

Will my massage therapist/esthetician care about my…?
Skin? Hair? Height? Girth? Your provider has seen it all. All you need to be concerned with is being clean! Arrive before your treatment allowing enough time to shower for your treatment. If you want to use the steam and dry sauna, come even earlier if you have a facial as it is best to keep your pores closed after your treatment. Your therapist and esthetician will not care if you have really hairy legs or a big belly. They will feel your muscle tissue and look at your skin, but you can let go of the idea that you are being judged or even checked out! Both male and female guests prefer a female therapist, because they think a male therapist will be “looking at them” or something in that ballpark, but rest assured, especially at a 5-star resort, therapists will always be respectful and courteous.

What treatment should I book?
For most, the gateway treatment for a spa newbie is a massage. There is a Swedish massage using light to medium pressure and long gliding strokes. Massage therapists will use lotion, oil or body butter. There are scented and unscented varieties depending on your preference. You can opt for an aromatherapy massage in which essential oils are used to address specific concerns. Always inform your therapist about any injuries, allergies or medical conditions (including pregnancy) so they can keep in mind any modifications to your treatment. If you are funny about your ears being touched or don’t want oil in your hair, mention those preferences also. Deep tissue massage employs a firmer pressure targeting deeper muscles with both sharp (elbows) and broad (forearms) tools. This muscle therapy may require more focus on breathing to fully relax and not resist the work. The pressure should feel just deep enough that you would not want more depth as it would cause pain. Even deeper work does not need to be painful to be beneficial. If you like the therapeutic work of a deep tissue, but want relaxation too, I recommend the hot stone massage. Heated stones deliver muscle melting heat directly to the tissue allowing for penetrating effects to reach far and yet not employ as much pressure. Facials are a great choice too and can be tailored to your skin’s needs and your specific concerns. Depending on where you go, there are multiple options for body wraps, scrubs, baths, rituals, you name it. Try a treatment you have not tried before. Everyone deserves to feel special.

Tipping Etiquette
Gratuity is a way to really thank your therapist/esthetician/attendant for a fantastic experience. If you feel it is appropriate, tipping for a spa service welcomed and appreciated. It is just like going out to eat: 15-20% is given to the therapist – keeping in mind, if you received a locals discount, you may want to check the prices of your service so you can tip on price prior to the applied discount. 15-20% of the therapist’s tip is appropriate for the spa attendants. They are the people who show you your locker, get you refreshments and maintain the spa facilities. If you feel like you had a really great experience or recognize that the staff went above and beyond your needs, you are encouraged to be even more generous if you are so inclined. You are also welcome to leave feedback with a manager directly or even complete a comment card. Can’t we all appreciate a pat on the back?!

Whatever you choose as your spa treatment, enjoy yourself! You are here to relax and reflect, renew and recharge.

Happy luxuriating!!!

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Dating My Man in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Locals, Date Night, The Strip

Las Vegas locals, date nightDespite what people might think, this town is awesome for happily married couples! When living in Las Vegas you can never run out of things to do. There are some of the best restaurants in the whole country in Vegas and some of the best shows too!

Date Night, Las Vegas LocalsWhen my husband and I decide to go on a date the hardest part is narrowing our choices down.  Some of my favorite upscale restaurants in Vegas are La Cave, STK, and the SW steakhouse. STK is perfect for a more fun lively evening. They have great music blasting and the food is amazing! La Cave is a little more laid back but perfect for a more romantic, sexy evening, my favorite time of the year to go there is during the summer when I can sit out on the patio. Lastly, the SW steakhouse isLas Vegas Locals, Date Night, The Strip extremely elegant and perfect for an anniversary. The food is perfection and it is as fancy as it gets! Now if you are not looking to take out a second mortgage to pay for your dinner there are lots of other super fun dates to go on here in Vegas. At New York New York there is a dueling piano bar, one of my most favorite dates was spent singing the night away with a crowd of people. Also we have hilarious hypnotist shows! If you have never been to one of these shows I swear you will laugh so hard you will wish you were wearing Depends because you might just pee your pants! These shows are definitely very adult themed, so be warned. Another great thing to do is play tourist: It is actually so fun to walk the Strip buy a giant guitar-shaped beer slingy thing and wander in and out of the casinos. And don’t forget to stop by the Carnival Fun Mom, Date Night, Las VegasCourtyard to hear one of their live bands. Oh and if you check out Groupon there are always deals on some of the shows. most of the time you can find the show Rock Vault on Groupon. If you love classic rock you will love this show. It’s kind of like being transported back in time and going to an awesome classic rock concert. Tony and Tina’s Wedding is usually on Groupon too! Every time I go to that show I have a blast! It’s just like going to a wedding reception and you are one of the guests, but pretty much everything goes wrong and you get to be right in the middle of all of it! Oh and with your ticket you get dinner too. Las Vegas Moms, Las Vegas Dads,  Date NightThese are just a few of the fun nights you can have out with your man or woman. I look forward to posting about more of my favorite places . What are some of your favorite place to go on a date here in Las Vegas?

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Mt. Charleston: A Quick Escape From The Desert

Mt Charleston

On my quest to give my daughter a great summer I decided to do something a little different and take her and her friends to the mountains.  Mount Charleston is only about 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and it is beautiful! It is a complete change from the desert, there is hiking and even little waterfalls if you dare to hike the trails. We started off the day at a cute restaurant at Mount Charleston Lodge.

The restaurant has a ski lodge feel to it with a large patio area overlooking the breathtaking mountain views. The food is actually very good! The menu consists mostly of bar or diner type food, but very tasty.

mt charleston lodgeAfterwards, I took the girls to a nice little area that  we could walk around and explore a little . To my surprise, I quickly saw the cell phones put away as the girls started hiking around. They were so cute! They were acting the way kids are supposed to act: throwing rocks, climbing on fallen logs, and collecting pine cones. It was so nice to see them just have fun without needing to check their social media sites.

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After a while, we decided to go home but as I was driving down the mountain I saw firemen hosing down some trees. I quickly pulled over and asked my daughter to ask if they would hose them down too. The firemen said yes and the girls jumped out of the car and ran into the forest as the firemen squirted them. It was so funny because the farther the girls ran the firemen would just adjust the hose and keep wetting them! They were screaming and laughing the whole time. All the girls ended up being soaked but had a great experience.

It was so nice to drive back home and hear the girls talk about how much fun they had and that the didn’t expect a day at Mount Charleston to be so much fun. This is a great way to get some fresh air and escape our extreme summer heat! Tell me your favorite story of a Mount Charleston visit!
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