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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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http://new.family2familylv.org

 

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Zoom Away at the Voodoo Zipline

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Hey Mommies! I have to tell you about the amazing time I had on the Voodoo Zipline at the Rio. It was a blast! You soar through the air at 33 miles per hour and 450+ feet in the air. You start from the highest tower and soar down to the lower one and I swear at one point I didn’t know if we were going to stop. I took my dad because he is my thrill-seeking buddy and the only one who would dare ride with me. It wasn’t scary at all, in fact it was totally opposite. After you zoom down to the lower tower you are whisked almost as quickly backwards to the higher one again. It is a great activity for everyone in the family as long as you are 48″ or taller! The ride is open from noon until midnight, seven days a week. After 8pm it is only 21 and over because you are also granted access to the nightclub as well. This would be a great deal for a date night or mommies night out! If anyone would like to come watch and cheer you on, there is a viewing area on the 51st floor. My mom and little one were able to scream, cheer and take pictures from there.  Make sure to also bring your ID with you to be able to ride.

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FOODIES OF VEGAS UNITE

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FOODIES UNITE!!!

Are you that friend that is always taking pictures of their food? You’re desperately on the constant look out for that amazing eatery spot so you can catch the perfect angle of your new dish to blast the image for every one of your social media followers to salivate over. Get Ready…This is your paradise.

You are obligated to attend the Great American Foodie Fest, formerly known as Las Vegas Foodie Fest. The Utopian event and dream for every food connoisseur. Prepare to exercise your palate, as this event features 50 of the nation’s top food trucks and food vendors, including fan-favorite, White Castle, along with a number of celebrity trucks from The Food Network, History Channel, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.

 

Participating food trucks will include local and nation favorites such as

  • Fukuburger
  • Dragon Grille; 2015 Best of Las Vegas’ winner
  • Jogasaki Sushi Burrito
  • Tornado Potato
  • Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
  • “Great Food Truck Race” season five winner, The Middle Feast;
  • Q UP Barbeque
  • Lobster Lady from Maine
  • White Rabbit

 

And the party doesn’t stop with the food. The festival will showcase live DJs and eating competitions. Afraid the kids are going to get bored? Take them on the carnival rides or let them play some of the interactive games and more.

 

The festival is at the Rio Hotel and Suites and will be open Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

 

IMG_0558Individual general admission to Great American Foodie Fest will start at $8 per day, or $11 for an unlimited weekend pass, or $13 for an unlimited weekend pass, if purchased at the gate. Active military personnel and veterans, seniors 59 and older, and Clark County first responders will receive a discount of $2 off each ticket purchased at the gate with a valid ID.

And Drum Roll….Parking will be available at no cost.

 

 

Want to feel fancyyyyyyy? Upgrade your foodie experience to get access to theRed Dragon VIP Tent, priced at $75 per person, per day if purchased in advance. The exclusive covered area will feature an expanded list of passed appetizers and desserts, a deluxe open bar, beer and wine tastings and chef demonstrations.

Check out more information and to purchase tickets, peep the website – http://www.greatamericanfoodiefest.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GAFoodieFest.

 

 

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Meet Our Writers: Vegas, Baby! Kristy is a Las Vegas Native

My name is Kristy. I have a wonderful husband of ten years and beautiful four year old daughter. I have worked in healthcare for most of my career. I am passionate about food and truly believe health (or lack of it) is a direct result of how we nourish our bodies. Unfortunately most people believe healthy food is bland or time consuming but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m also interested in green living, especially reducing exposures to toxins in food, cosmetics, cleaning, and other consumer products. I’m a Vegas native (yes, we actually exist) and have seen this city grow exponentially. When I’m out and about these are my favorite places in Vegas.
1. Oyshi has awesome all-you-can-eat sushi in a trendy atmosphere while being family friendly. (I very rarely eat out and when I do it’s usually here. It’s that good.)
2. Town Square is perfect for a family day out as well as a girl’s night out
3. Springs Preserve features botanical gardens, exhibits, and other family activities. The Nevada State Museum is also located there. It’s best to visit in the spring time when most of the plants are in bloom. Many activities are outdoors so if you go in the summer come prepared with plenty of sunscreen, water, and a hat
4. Spring Mountain Ranch is tucked away in the mountains and is usually 10 degrees cooler than Vegas and makes a good getaway during the summer. It also hosts Super Summer Theatre which is a fun low-cost family outing. I’ve been going since I was a kid.
5. Exploration Park at Mountains Edge has an awesome playground plus a splash pad making it the perfect place to the let kids get out and play anytime of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

I have lived in other areas for a short time and have found Vegas to be unique. This is a great city to live in and is becoming more family-friendly. I welcome you to join me on this journey of motherhood living in the city that never sleeps.

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Meet Our Writers: Marianne Married Her High School Sweetheart

Hello mamas out there! My name is Marianne and I have been a resident of Las Vegas, NV for over 20 years. So I know where the go-to hidden gems are in Vegas, from restaurants to farmers markets, parks, etc.

I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart and have 3 beautiful kiddos. After giving birth to my 1st child I continued my career as a working mama for the State of NV. When my 2nd child was born I became a stay at home mama. I chose to give the business world a try during my 3rd pregnancy and I became a successful small business mama. I used to run a mobile Hawaiian Shave Ice Food truck when, in my opinion, there wasn’t real shave ice being served in Vegas. Now I’m a working at home mama who does social media for several different types of businesses. So I feel I can relate to the obstacles and balances that all kinds of mamas go through.

I love to cook and bake with healthy ingredients most of the time: Vegan, Omnivore, American, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Italian, Chinese we don’t discriminate delicious
eats! I believe it’s ok to eat things in moderation, just don’t go binging on stuff. I love being outdoors with my family and enjoying the simple things in life. I hope you enjoy my mama blog journey.

Regards…..Marianne

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Meet Our Writers: A Little Bit of Heather’s Story

Hi I’m Heather ! I wanted to be a part of Las Vegas Moms Blog because I feel it is important for us mommies to share our experiences with each other. Also because I absolutly love living in Vegas. I love exploring all that this vibrant town has to offer me and my family! With that being said here is a little bit of my story:

IMG_9055I am a mommy to a 22 year old, a 14 year old, and 5 year old triplets. I would consider myself kind of a bad girl turned good. I got pregnant at 17 and at the time was a very wild teen. I was several years behind in high school with really no intention of graduating. But something special happened when I found out that I was pregnant. I almost instantly fell in love with the little baby that had begun growing inside of me. I realized that I needed to clean up my act fast and graduate in hopes of becoming a good mother for my baby boy. It was hard but I did homework day and night allowing me to graduate high school from a continuation school a few months after my son was born. This will explain my funky writing style! I really barely passed high school and I never learned proper grammar and thank goodness for spell check because my spelling is terrible!
After I graduated I started getting odd jobs and began trying to find ways to support my son. I ended up marrying the first guy that would marry me thinking that I needed to have a daddy for my son. I left my husband after a little less than a year realizing I had made a huge mistake: No man was better than a deadbeat man. I went through several years kinda stumbling around making mistakes as I went along. The hard part is the whole time I had a little boy that was on my rocky road with me. By the time my son was 4 I knew it was time to give him a more stable life and I started cosmetology school. A year later I was a cosmetologist , that was the beginning of a new life for us.  During that time I had met a awesome loving man who accepted my son as his own. We married after two years of being together and became pregnant  with our daughter soon after. Life had really turned around for me. I was very happy. Sadly things took a sad turn, my husband developed brain cancer when my daughter was 18 months old and my world came crashing down. We went through several brain surgeries and my husband became someone else as a result of the effects on his brain from the cancer. We were married for 7 years and then the day came when I knew I had to make a hard decision to divorce him. It was the best choice for my children. He and I remained close friends up to his death. After our separation, I met the man I am married to now. My husband rescued me. He came into my life at a time when I felt like maybe my life was just never going to be good. He accepted both of my children as his own and treats me as if I am the only woman in the world. We have a marriage that is very similar to a stereo typical 1950’s marriage. He goes to work and I raise the kids and take care of the house. This works great for us.

After I had my second child I had never planned on having any more children so I tied my tubes. My husband and I wanted to have a child together and our only option was to try in vitro fertilization. We made the decision to put in all three of our healthy eggs and all three took! We were very excited and thankfully all three of my babies are healthy despite the huge risks. I love being mommy of 5. My life has become all about being a mom. Because I have had struggles in my life I am able to enjoy every little bit of my life now. I don’t take anything for granted and I try to really live my life fully. I can’t wait to share more of my journey with all of you. I hope to encourage and be encouraged by other mommies.

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Honoring a Vegas Hero

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When I was a young girl, my family and I used to frequent Las Vegas as a vacation destination. Ever since I could remember – I loved basketball and even in my youth I knew hoops history. Naturally, part of my attraction when coming to Las Vegas was seeing the Thomas & Mack center; home of the Runnin’ Rebels.

When I made my move in 2007 to attend UNLV, there was a sense of fulfillment. I had enrolled at a college that had been a dominant basketball dynasty. A program in my eyes that was very successful and respected. An empire built by Jerry Tarkanian. Attending UNLV, I got to absorb the glory that had been developed there. I was attending games, learning the chants and making myself an official Rebel. 

I got a job as a sports reporter for the Rebel Yell school paper; was attending a luncheon for UNLV alumni. I got there super early and found a seat in the back. Shortly after, people began to file in. I can’t remember exactly how it happened but Coach Tarkanian took a seat beside mine. It was like a movie. He asked me who I was and when I replied I was a journalist for the college paper he introduced himself. I was in a complete dream state and lost for words. It’s still blurry because my heart was pounding and I never get star struck but I was so nervous that I snuck away to text James what was going on. I stood in the back of the room until the ceremony was over. And as I stood by myself, one of the first times since moving, I didn’t miss Texas.

Fast forward to last week; I heard of Coach’s passing, and my heart dropped. The iconic Coach Shark was responsible for putting Las Vegas hoops on the map undoubtedly and deserves an honoring gesture.

In an effort led by Tony Cordasco and Scott Gulbransen, there is a campaign named #DimLights4Tark to help with this. Participating casinos that usually have their beaming lights on will be dim momentarily to honor Tarkanian. The time is set today at 10:30 p.m., after the finish of UNLV’s home game against Boise State.

I couldn’t be more proud of being a Las Vegan today. A day that we are recognizing our local hero “Tark the Shark,” who was an embodiment of the spirit of this city. A true pioneer for basketball culture and has left his love of the game to resonate in all of our hearts.
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Meet Our Writers: Barb Meets Las Vegas

I moved to Las Vegas in the mid-1990s, because my husband had a great job offer. Stepping off the plane well after midnight in July, it felt like a giant blow dryer was in operation.

My first thought? We’re moving to hell!

Fast forward a couple of decades, a couple of sons, several pets, and a few career fields. I am no longer fazed by 115° days, slot machines in the grocery stores, or the lack of lakes (native Minnesotan here). I publicly chuckle at all the people who think 60° is freezing – as I surreptitiously put on an extra sweater.

Apparently, somewhere between Honeymoon in Vegas and The Hangover, I became a local.

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Barb and LarryWhen I worked at resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, visitors would ask: “Do you live here?” I buried the urge to answer, “No, I commute daily from LA.”

Yes, people live in Las Vegas. Normal people. You might have a different opinion if you spent some time in my home, but humor me, please.

We have schools and parks. Grocery stores and veterinarians.

No, I do not live in a casino, and no, I do not eat at Mario Batali’s restaurants every day. But I do get out and about, so here are five of my favorite local places. Most are family-friendly. All make me smile.

1. Luv-It Frozen Custard.
This family-owned business has been scooping deliciousness for generations. There is no seating available, but you will be so enamored with your custard you won’t even notice.
505 E Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104  (702) 384-6452

2. Roos-N-More Zoo
Roos-N-More is not currently able to host visitors at their home near Moapa. However, they can bring animals to you, or look for them at local public events. Lemurs, a Capuchin monkey, and a kangaroo joey are just some of the possibilities. For some inexplicable reason, the Caphucin monkey is inseparable from his otter friend. Squee!
746 Snowden Ranch Rd, Moapa, NV 89025     (702) 467-3585

3. Rocket Fizz
Even if you aren’t a candy or soda fanatic, Rocket Fizz will make you wax nostalgic for your childhood. With such a large variety of sweet treats, make sure to allow enough time to browse.
9410 W. Sahara Ave. #120, Las Vegas, NV 89117     (702) 889-4292
8878 S. Eastern Ave., #102,
Las Vegas. NV 89123     (702) 998-0815

4. Gilcrease Orchard
Pick your own ripe, seasonal produce. We picked a ton o’ garden-fresh tomatoes last season, which made my husband so happy he almost cried.
7800 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89131     (702) 409-0655

5. Peppermill Fireside Lounge
Brass? Neon? A firepit that combines fire and water? Yes, please. Classic Vegas all the way. This is a great place to have a cocktail with your honey while you pretend you are on your way to see the Rat Pack perform.
2985 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89103     (702) 735-4177

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Meet Our Writers: JenYooWen = GENUINE

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If you find me on Social Media: My username is always JenYooWen.

For two reasons:

1-      It has my real name “Jen” in it and If you say it fast, it’s “Genuine. I pride myself on exuding every meaning of the word. Authentic, sincere and truly what something is said to be.

2-      It looks like a funny Asian name and I think it’s comical that I get called Chinese all the time but my parents are actually Filipino American decent

Other fun facts… I was born in Hawaii, grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and have lived in Las Vegas since 2007. My fiancé James and I have two amazing rambunctious boys: Jace 9 and JaxShai 5. When I need to make money, I do the marketing / social media and events for the locally owned restaurant Nacho Daddy. (It’s amazing… okay I’m bias) To feed my passion, I own and manage the Las Vegas Women’s Basketball League. It is the only adult recreational women’s basketball league in the city. I also feel like it’s important to maintain a healthy active lifestyle for my family. {Check us out on Facebook too!}

To keep me laughing I am uber-sarcastic and don’t take too many things seriously. I love anyone I meet until you do me wrong – and even then I am pretty forgiving.

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I am super simple and I La-la-La love sports. This subject is where I am most knowledgeable but I also have an affinity for fashion, food and music. One could say I am quasi-credible since I graduated from UNLV with a journalism degree in 2010.

One of o my favorite quotes is “Life is not waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”

This is my go-to every day. And it’s my core for my writing and generally what I try to reflect. There is no perfect life and we all have a story full of tribulations but I choose to dance through mine.

I hope you enjoy my writing!

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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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