The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Party

 

 

As I mentioned in my previous post on Christmas Traditions, The Grinch is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. Every year, I watch it, more than once, and repeat line after line. This year, my sister turned the Grinch love up a notch and threw a kid friendly party! Here’s how it’s done.

First you start with decorating ornaments. When kids are little, it’s easy to play with finger paints and handprints. Get as crafty as you want and try to keep it red and green. Don’t forget to have the kids sign their names and put the year.

Next, warm up with Grinch green hot chocolate. Melt white chocolate chips and green candy melts in a pot. Add some vanilla extract and a few drops of green food dye to the mix. Serve and top with whipped cream, M&M’s and red sprinkles.

Wonderful World of BreeGrab your drinks and cozy up on the couch to watch the Grinch. Feel free to sing and sip along. I suggest the shorter cartoon version if you’re hosting toddlers or younger.

You can even throw in a Grinch story time around the tree!

Enjoy!

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Pregnancy Announcement Photo Ideas

Deciding on what photo to take to announce my mini me was exhausting. I’d searching Pinterest and chose my favorite. Here’s what I originally was going for inspired by Karissa Abbott.

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Photo from @karissakayabbott

But when I get to my surprise photo session, everything went out the window. My husband and I were helping out my best friend with some new photography lighting tricks. He had not idea yet that we were expecting. The session involved props so we of course brought an ultrasound.

During my husbands turn behind the camera, he busted out our proud photo and my best friend captured an amazing image.

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Photo by jessejsuth.com

In the midst of all the excitement, we decided to do our announcement photos then and there. My best friend has been a huge part of my life and always been there for me and my husbands big moments. Dating, engagement, wedding and now baby. So here are the amazing photos we announced with.

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Photo by jessejsuth.com

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Photo by jessejsuth.com

 

Remember not to over think it. Just let the surprise happen and the photos will show it.

 

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Amazon – My Favorite Baby Registry

After finding out the amazing news in my life, the list of to-do’s came flooding in. Creating a registry was one of them. I’d used places like Target for my wedding registry and received a gift card and coupons. But I was looking for something a little more personalized. Then, I discovered Amazon’s Baby Registry.

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 3.11.51 PMLike any other registry, Amazon creates a categorized list to make things easier for you. I selected everything from diapers, to travel gear to lotions and maternity clothes. The best part is, Amazon offers goodie bags and free diapers for parents!

All I had to do to receive my complimentary baby bundle with tons of samples was fill out most of my registry, make sure my Amazon Prime was setup and purchase a $10 item from the list. Viola! Take a look at all these awesome items!

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As a new Mom, I’m sure I’m going to experiment with many different brands until I come across the right one. This little bundle gave me a taste of everything. The coolest part is, none of the bundles are the same. Amazon chooses top items and placed them in each box at random.

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Other options that came with this registry were of course discounts on items not purchased but also free diapers! Once you hit a certain number of purchases, Amazon will send you free diapers for a year. Who would say no to that!

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 3.11.18 PMI’m still registering at Target too just because I know not everyone is comfortable ordering online. But the onsie options on Amazon are endless.

What other registries have you used?

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595 Craft and Kitchen – Newest Pub to hit Spring Valley

Known for their craft beer, owners Chris Holding and Van-Alan Nguyen opened 595 Craft and Kitchen just two short months ago. Seated on the corner of Rainbow and Tropicana, this diamond in the rough is a pleasant find.

Upon walking into the restaurant, I was transported to a warm summer night near the beach. Wooden panels lined the walls and a California reminiscent garage door fit into the opposing exit. On the right, a long bar sat facing a paint chalked blackboard with endless drink choices.

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Photo Courtesy: 595 Craft and Kitchen

Although 595 is making a name for itself in craft brewing, its food menu is just as powerful. During my visit, I experienced their popular appetizers – crispy chicken skins and fried deviled eggs. Whoever argued that fried food and pints don’t match was seriously mistaken.

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After a filling course of delectable bites, the world-famous Ice Box Buttermilk Cheesecake was brought out. 595 spares no expense on their food presentation.IMG_6427

Filled inside a small glass jar, the extremely sweet dessert was almost too pretty to eat. From the strawberries to the lemon twist, it was difficult to know where to begin.

595 captures a unique style between nightly hangout and casual date night. Each item was brought out on a baking tray and laid out perfectly. Serving dishes were no exception.

Open 7 days a week, the restaurant and bar can cater to whatever you’re craving. Check out the full menu here.

Henri Bendel at the Forum Shops

I recently visited Heri Bendel New York at the Forum Shops at Caesars for my first blogger shopping event. And let me tell you, this store was amazing.

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From the architectural design to the multitude of products, it was hard to decide where to begin. Each table housed a different collection ranging from glam to rock and everything in between.

IMG_6385I was immediately drawn to the purse, of course, is my new favorite blush color. The unique design and texture of the bag was mesmerizing. It almost reminded me of an old school camera case. This bag is the West 57th Trunk Crossbody available in four colors.

The prices were on the high-end as expected for any quality leather handbag. But, the store offers loyalty programs, free gifts with purchase and coupons straight to your inbox.

As I explored the store, I discovered an aroma candle area with scents to die for. These soy based candles are said to last forever and burn clean. You can even reuse the jars ones the candle is gone.

In addition to those, the company offers travel candles to liven up any room on the go.

 

IMG_6372My ultimate jewelry favorites were these double earrings. One pair studs, one pair flair and together a unique design to wear multiple ways.

Henri Bendel literally had something for everyone. Dainty necklaces, chunky bracelets and of course three-pronged rings. The designer even offers monogram options for all handbags and backpacks. Talk about giving a personal touch!

 

The store even had a pet section with stylish bowls, pillows and collars for your pup.

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Patrons can add an additional person flair to their bags with a design your own section.

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Located in on the second floor of the Forum Shops, this boutique is a gem you must visit.

Getting Your Penny’s Worth on Books

Back to School Books

The semester will begin in just a few short weeks and your list of text books is already daunting. I remember those days. My husband and I spent hundreds of dollars for each class to purchase a book that is now collecting dust on our shelves.

Luckily, most of the books we could find used on multiple sites. Here are few we used to help with cost:

Now that I have no use for so many dated books, I’ve been in search for places to sell them back to. UNLV barely gives any money for books and most of the time doesn’t accept older editions.

Amazon offers a trade-in option that gives you gift cards for your products. Used books stores near campus like Rebel Books will pay a portion of the original price of your book. No, I will no be receiving the full $200 we spend on a business 101 book, but at least it’s something.

What other programs have you used to save a penny on books?

4th of July in Vegas – Something for Everyone

Happy Independence Day! From fireworks to BBQ’s, today is sure to be a good time. Not sure what you want to do? Here’s some things happening around the valley to checkout.

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Beer Park – Enjoy food and drink specials, games and roof top viewing of fireworks.

The POOL at The LINQ – MIX 94.1 hosts an Independence Day two-for-tuesday special. Enjoy drink specials for all industry employees and locals.

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Escape Reality  – Test your skills in largest escape room facility in Vegas. In honor of 4th of July, Escape Reality is offering 50% off bookings when using code:America50.

Life Time Green Valley’s Fourth of July bash – Enjoy you afternoon poolside at Green Valley Ranch and stick around for the 9 p.m. firework show.

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Every year, the city spares no expense at lighting up the night sky with Fireworks. Here’s the schedule:

Las Vegas 51s VS El Paso at 7 p.m. – post game fireworks

Henderson Annual Independence Celebration at Heritage Park – events start at 6 p.m. and fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Boulder City 69th Annual Damboree Celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Park – food, fun and water park open at 4 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Station Casinos – Fireworks are at 9 p.m. from each property.

Las Vegas Country Club – Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

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Best Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is around the corner and finding the perfect gift can be challenging. Here are some  Top Gift Ideas perfect for Dad.

For the Cook

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Does Dad refuse to leave the grille or the kitchen because his cooking his the best? Let’s face it. A man with that much confidence needs a cooking apron that is Dad joke approved.

For the Nerd

For that techy Dad of yours, finding the perfect gift can seem daunting, especially if you are on a budget. Try something inexpensive like the Echo Dot or a smart watch.

For the #1 Fan

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Most Dad’s love at least one sport. You can’t go wrong with memorabilia from their favorite team!

For the Big Kid

Is your Dad a child at heart? Find out his favorite childhood toy and wrap it up with a bow! Maybe he loved tag – grab a few Nerf guns and challenge him to a duel.

For the Music Lover

If your Dad is a music junkie, consider grabbing a vinyl of his favorite band. If he doesn’t have a record player, throw that coveted item into the mix.

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Don’t Ignore Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene

I never put a second thought to my dogs’ teeth. I always assumed they would be intact for their whole lives. But a few weeks ago I discovered I should have been paying attention to my pets’ teeth a long time ago.

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80% of adult dogs suffer from dental issues. What begins as normal tartar build up can actually lead to periodontal disease. For any of you unfamiliar with this, this disease is basically an infection that spreads throughout the mouth and can affect the heart, live and kidneys.

Much like people, animal teeth are necessary and if ignored, will lead to severe issues. Periodontal disease can also affect humans. It begins as gingivitis that can be treated and managed. It then progresses and can lead to early tooth decay and expensive dentist bills.

Luckily, veterinarians are making a big deal about taking care of your pets mouth. Most offices advertise dental cleanings at a discounted price. Still, they are a timely procedure that requires your pet to be under anesthesia.

If you can get a head of the plaque build up by brushing your pets teeth, those visits to the vet will be less expensive and less often.

FionaOne deep cleaning and three tooth extractions later – my littlest dog is on her way to proper hygiene. I have also invested in dog toothpaste and an additive to her water. In total, I spent about $400.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you don’t already have dental care in place, you can ask you vet or local pet store what items will work best for your pet.

Kid Friendly Places to Dine in Vegas

Eating out is expensive, especially when some of your guests may only take two bites. Here’s a list of cheap places to eat in Vegas with the whole family.

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In an effort to bring families together, IHOP offers free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée daily from 4PM – 8PM. Kids must be 12 and under to order from the “Just for Kids Menu.”

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Image may contain: textThe sky is the limit with Denny’s Kids menu. Every Tuesday from 4-10PM, receive a complimentary children’s entrée with purchase of an adult plate.

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Every Sunday, kid’s eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. This offer is available for dine-in only for kids 12 and under.

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Receive a complimentary “Nino” cheese quesadilla daily for kids 6 and under when ordering an adult entrée.  Bring the family on taco Tuesday and everyone eats for $1.95.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

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Children 12 and under enjoy kids menu options for $0.99 from 5 – 8PM every Monday.

LUCILLE’S BBQ

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Every Tuesday, kids enjoy a free meal with purchase of an adult entrée. 

FIREHOUSE SUBS

Every Wednesday, receive a free kids meal with adult combo. Kids will also take home a fire hat.

 

Any places you’ve visited that I can add to this list?