Never Forget. 9/11

Today is a somber day. As we reflect on this sad anniversary of 9/11/2001, I pulled some clips from our NYC trip that we took 4 months ago¬†to share our visit to the Freedom Tower. It’s now called One World Trade Center. This magnificent structure soars into the clouds, standing at 1,776 feet tall.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

Here’s the video:

Hawaii: Day 3 and 4

Aloha! We’ve been home for a few days now.. Just wanted to finish up our recap from Hawaii. Here’s what I can remember from Day 3 and 4. ūüôā

Day 3: ¬†We mostly relaxed at the beach house. It’s 3 hours earlier than California time, so we were usually up at 5:30am. We’d enjoy the view of the surf outside our lanai, sip on coffee and chill for at least a couple of hours before we’d have breakfast and figure out what to do next.

We decided to check out our “secret spot” which is called Kawela Bay. (Yes, Adam & Adrianne: Same spot we discovered in 2005!) It’s just a few minutes down Kamehameha Highway, across the street from the fruit stands. When you see the fruit stands, you have to park across the street near a fence and walk to an opening where a dirt trail will lead you through a lush tunnel of Banyan trees. Big winding vines hang down. It felt like we were in a jungle. The curvy branches reached up to the sky and over to other trees, creating all kinds of shade. The sun peeked through and warmed us as we followed the path to paradise. This spot was once a film location for the show “Lost” among other TV and film projects. It’s a very secluded and gorgeous lagoon with gentle baby waves. This makes for a perfect place for kids to enjoy the water. (Unlike the pounding 20 footers at our beach house near Pipeline.) Marissa and Jessie were all laughs as they splashed around.

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Our stay at Kawela Bay was short. We packed up and headed for Turtle Bay, less than 5 minutes down the road. Another beautiful place, only more inhabited with tourists. The resort is lovely, with a golf course and many towers of condos and cottages. We found a place to have lunch overlooking the beach called Ola Restaurant. There we enjoyed salads, burgers, pasta and Mom and Dad had a cocktail. Blue Hawaii for Jim and a Banana Lava Flow for me. Yum! We didn’t go in the water at Turtle Bay. We planned on going back the next day for more beach time.

Blue Hawaii and a Banana Lava Flow at Ola

Blue Hawaii and a Banana Lava Flow at Ola

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort

Off to Ted’s Bakery to try their famous Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie. At least 4 friends who knew were were going to be in Hawaii including 2 locals suggested we try this pie. The place was packed with locals and tourists, lining up for food and delicious baked goods. I heard lots of Tagolog in there. (My family is from the Philippines.) Maybe that’s why I’m treated with warmth in Hawaii. It makes me giggle when I’m treated like a local. We picked up a couple of slices to go. I paid for them and said “Salamat” (thank you) to the nice Pinay at the register.

How did the chocolate pie taste?¬† Devine!!! It was chocolate heaven! So good. I’m just happy we only bought a couple of slices and not an entire pie.

Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie from Ted's Bakery

Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie from Ted’s Bakery

After our stop at Ted’s Bakery we hit the nearest surfboard rental place ¬†for Jim. By the time we got back to the beach house the waves were big again. Jim waited for the right time to get out there. Meanwhile we relaxed and the kids played in the yard. They would disappear for hours, laying in the hammock or running in the grass.¬†Marissa prepped the kitchen for her¬†SugarNomsTV¬†Hawaii Edition episode. She baked a beautiful Pineapple Upside Down Cake! She’ll post her video as soon as she finishes editing.

Marissa's Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Marissa’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Of course, Jim cooked a delicious dinner.

Steak and scallops with veggie kabobs.

Steak and scallops with veggie kabobs.

The evening ended with a beautiful sunset.

Sunset at North Shore

Sunset at North Shore

Day 4:  Back to Turtle Bay for some swimming! We brought a boogie board and a water noodle from the house and some sand toys. Marissa and Jim put on their snorkel gear and headed out for a swim. I stayed with Jessie.

Jessie had so much fun riding the waves on her water noodle. I floated on the boogie board and stayed close to her. The waves were small, but the current started to pull us further out. I didn’t have my glasses or contacts on. I was a little nervous about these dark images underneath us. I wasn’t sure if it was kelp or rocks. I hurt my foot as I tried to kick and steer us away. They were rocks – sharp rocks. Ouch! Soon after I cut my foot, Jessie was hit in the face by a wave and her water noodle was knocked away from her. *Cue mommy’s moment of panic* ¬†She was treading water with no floatie. I pulled her onto my boogie board and managed to get away from the rocks by paddling with one hand. I was too afraid to kick after hitting my foot on the rocks. Jessie was crying because she wanted her noodle back. The current pulled it too far for us to grab it. I wanted to yell, “Wilson!” as the noodle drifted out, but Jessie was very sad and she wouldn’t get the joke.

It took a while, but the waves eventually pushed the water noodle to the other side of the bay and we were able to retrieve it in between some rocks. Whew, Jessie was happy again. ūüôā

Off to explore the island in the Jeep and find a place to have lunch…

Exploring the island!

Exploring the island!

Our favorite town: Haleiwa!

Our favorite town: Haleiwa!

Jim took photos and shot video while I drove. The girls passed out in the Jeep. I looked back at them and thought, “Life’s rough for them.” ūüôā I was really craving some garlic shrimp, but held off because Jim was cooking up some scallops for dinner. Back to Haleiwa for lunch. Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican and margaritas? Why not! Everything was yummy. We had fish tacos, enchiladas, homemade chips and kickin’ salsa. Jim had a margarita and I had a mojito. We sure worked up an appetite from playing at the beach all day. Afterwards, we hit some of the cute shops after lunch. I really love the Haleiwa Shopping Plaza. Lots of cool surf shops, jewelry, gifts and restaurants there. The kids wanted more shave ice for dessert! This time we tried San Lorenzo. A little pricey. I think it’s because it’s the first shave ice you see when you first get to town. Next time I want to try Matsumoto. I don’t know how we missed it.

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I haven’t even shared any of Jim’s awesome wave shots yet! Here are a few… these were taken when we first arrived at North Shore, Day 1 and 2:

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We spent the rest of the day at the beach house. I did some laundry and we cleaned up the house. Jim got out twice! Once on the surfboard, and the other with his fins for some body whomping.

Jim getting ready to paddle out.

Jim getting ready to paddle out.

Marissa shot another episode of SugarNomsTV. This time she baked Mango Beach Cupcakes. This recipe and video will also be on her website soon.

Marissa's Mango Beach Cupcakes

Marissa’s Mango Beach Cupcakes

And.. another amazing dinner by Jim!

Lobster and crab legs!

Lobster and crab legs!

 

I can’t remember which night it was, but after the kids went to sleep Jim and I watched a couple of episodes of Dexter. When you pack DVDs for the kids, don’t forget grown up movies/shows. What an odd mix in our luggage: Harry Potter, Rise of the Guardians, Puss and Boots, Blue Crush, and Dexter Season 6.

I was really sad to leave the North Shore house, but looking forward to Waikiki Beach and staying at the Royal Hawaiian!

What a great house. Here are a few interior shots:

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For more info about the North Shore house, check my other blog post from Day 1 and 2.

Hope I can recall Day 5 and 6!

 

 

 

 

Hawaii: Day 1 and 2

Checking out the surf

Checking out the surf

It’s our 3rd day in Hawaii and I wanted to recap Day 1 and 2 while it’s still fresh in my mind…¬†What day is it? Oh yeah, it’s Sunday, April 7th. Funny how the days just blur together when you’re on vacation. I can barely remember the past 2 days. (Hence the recap now or I’ll never get it right!)

Our view

Our view

Day 1: We flew into Honolulu from LAX on Friday April 5 at 11:40am and grabbed our giant bag from Baggage Claim. Why the giant bag? We packed dry snacks, cereal and Silk Soy Milk in the room temperature cartons. And of course – Marissa’s baking supplies. She’ll be shooting a SugarNomsTV episode Hawaii Edition! We rolled our giant bag and 3 hand carry pieces to the car rental place to pick up our Jeep.

Exploring in the Jeep

Exploring in the Jeep

After we loaded up we were ready to head out for Haleiwa for some lunch and shave ice! We found a cool place called Grass Skirt Grill. The kids shared a plate of Teriyaki Chicken with rice and Jim and I shared the Grilled Ahi. Delicious! Then we drove down a ways to find some shave ice at Aoki’s. Soon it was time to meet the property manager at our North Shore beach house rental.

Shave Ice at Haleiwa

Shave Ice at Haleiwa

We’ve been dreaming about this house for months. (Check it out here:¬†http://www.vrbo.com/327140)¬†It’s a 2 BR house right on the beach, in between the world famous Pipeline and Rocky Point. The house is on a large lot with plenty of grass and trees. The waves were 15-20 feet when we arrived! We unpacked and settled in. The girls had fun playing hide and seek in the yard. We spent most of our first day relaxing and enjoying the house.

Marissa at North Shore

Marissa at North Shore

Day 2: Off to explore the town and look for a place for breakfast. Breakers Restaurant & Bar looked like a nice place. Marissa had a local style breakfast with spam & eggs. French Toast for Jessie & Jim. Acai bowl for me. After breakfast we stopped at Wyland’s Gallery. We saw beautiful art of Wyland as well as other local artists. We picked up groceries at Foodland (Yes, it’s expensive there!) and headed back to the house. We spent a lot of time on the beach and met another family who rented the same house we were in. They were staying a few houses down, closer to Pipeline.

Jessie found a coconut!

Jessie found a coconut!

Soon it was time for us to get ready for our date night. I booked a sitter through Happy Kids Oahu so that Jim and I could meet up with friends who live at Hawaii Kai, just past Honolulu. We met up at Kona Brewing Company at Koko Marina. I was so excited to meet Kelly Mitchell for the first time IRL (in real life)! We met through social media 3 or 4 years ago and have been tweeting ever since. Her and her husband Vince took us on their boat with 2 of their friends for a sunset cruise. We had a blast together!

On a sunset cruise w/ friends!

On a sunset cruise w/ friends!

So much fun w/ Kelly!

So much fun w/ Kelly!

Vince & Kelly

Vince & Kelly

While we were away, the kids picked flowers from the garden and learned how to make a lei for me. So sweet and pretty! Our sitter happened to be from Dana Point/Orange County and was wonderful with the kids. Marissa and Jessie woke up very happy this morning and said she was awesome. That made me so happy. Date nights are so important, and it’s not always easy to pull off with family travel. Pick a reputable nanny agency and have fun with your spouse at least one night of your trip!

The kids made a lei for me!

The kids made a lei for me!

It’s 9am and we’ve already had breakfast and we’re in our bathing suits and shorts, ready to explore! I think we are going to hit a more kid friendly beach. It’s not safe in the water at North Shore with these giant waves. We’ll be at the Royal Hawaiian in a couple of days so the kids can enjoy the smaller gentle rolling waves of Waikiki Beach.

Day 3: That’s today! More updates later… Aloha!

My office.

My office.

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Bacara Resort. My First Girls Getaway! ~ @BacaraResortSB

Santa Barbara

My first weekend away from the family in 12 years of marriage and 10 years of motherhood . I was feeling a little uneasy at first. Was the home neat and tidy? Was the laundry done? Do the kids have enough food and snacks to get them through the next couple of days? Would the home STAY neat and tidy while I was away? All I could do was trust that everything was going to be fine. My husband is great with the kids when I have to go somewhere for the day. I was sure they’d be fine for the weekend. Our girls are 10 and 4 now. I was long overdue for a weekend break with my girlfriends!

I was excited about our plans to visit Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara. I haven’t visited the area since my Yearbook Editor’s Conference in 1988 when I was a Senior at Irvine High. (Oh shoot, did I just date myself?) Not sure why I waited so long to revisit Santa Barbara! It’s such a quick drive up the coast, maybe less than 3 hours from Orange County.

My first girls getaway and I spent it with Candice, Debbie and Shannon. I met all 3 of them  through social media. Who knew that you could meet fun people on Twitter? Yes, we all met on Twitter! The first time we met IRL (in real life) was at my birthday gathering at Elephant Bar almost 3 years ago. We have enjoyed many tweet ups, networking events and simple girl time together since then. I was very happy to spend this time with them.

Lobby at Bacara Resort

The Property:

As soon as I walked into the lobby of Bacara Resort and Spa, I knew I was in for a treat. I saw candles lightly flickering on the tables with fresh flowers and many places to sit and relax. I searched for the venue on¬†Foursquare¬†to checkin. Yes! Complimentary WiFi throughout the property! (Thanks, Bacara for a wonderful amenity for us social media geeks.)¬†Outside was just as lovely. Grassy hills, lush landscaping and a pool with stunning ocean views awaited us. I couldn’t wait to jump in the pool!

Pool at Bacara Resort

The Rooms:

We had a double queen room with Spanish tile floors, dark wood furniture and beds with big fluffy pillows. The ceilings had wood beams and a ceiling fan with matching wood blades. I could hear the sounds of the water fountain right outside our door in the courtyard. I loved the patio overlooking the garden and nice patio furniture. The bathroom had shower with a glass door and a separate soaking tub with wood shutters overlooking the bedroom. If you would like privacy while in the tub, you can close the shutters. I enjoy hotels with a lighting magnifying mirror. I feel so glamorous when doing my makeup! I liked the silver tray with white candles on the side table. A nice touch that I don’t often see in hotels.

The Bistro at Bacara

Dining & Cocktails:

  • Miro – Four star restaurant with New American cuisine with a great view. Miro’s wine cellar houses 12,000 bottles of wine from 13 countries. Fireside tapas and signature cocktails are available at the Miro Lounge. Open for dinner and Champagne Sunday Brunch.
  • Bisto – California-Mediterrannean cuisine on a beautiful stone terrace with ocean views. Nice and relaxed setting for adults and children. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Sunday Brunch looked scrumptious. I opted for a Bloody Mary. My Sunday tradition if I happen to be someplace that serves them.
  • Spa Cafe – Upscale take out cuisine like sandwiches, salads ¬†and treats. You could grab a cocktail here, too. I’m always on the lookout for drinks. It’s vacation, after all!
  • Bacara Bar – Amazing signature cocktails here. I highly recommend the “Anacapa Ginger” – so yummy! ¬†This place gets jumping on a Saturday night, especially when wedding guests spill over into the bar area. Good times!
  • Pool & Cabanas – You can order burgers, salads and kids meals poolside. Cocktails too, of course. You can rent a cabana and really live it up. The cabanas include TV’s, safes and refrigerators.

Anacapa Ginger at Bacara Bar

 The Spa, Fitness Center & Salon:

Guests can enjoy the Spa’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, lounge areas, fitness equipment and fitness classes at no additional charge. I like that there is a private saline pool at the spa. It’s great if you want some quiet time away from the main pool. ¬†The spa offers 60 treatments including massage, scrubs, bronzes, hydrotherapy, polishes, masks and facials. You’ll love the eucalyptus steam room! So refreshing after a yoga class or workout. The Fitness Center has 3,500 square feet of space with all the latest in cardio equipment. After a workout, pampering treatment and luxurious shower, you may want to see what the Salon has to offer. You can get your hair, nails, make-up, eyelashes and waxing all done in one place. No wonder Bacara Resort is a popular place for weddings!

The Spa at Bacara

Overall:

Bacara Resort is absolutely beautiful! This place is perfect for a weekend girls getaway, romantic weekend for two or a family vacation. Bacara would also be the most memorable backdrop for a wedding or special event. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by valet and hotel staff that are friendly and eager to help. There are golf cart rides available to and from your room anytime. The rooms are fabulous, the amenities and service is excellent and there’s free WiFi throughout the property. I also loved the sand play area near the pool. I’m sure the kids would love the option to play in the sand or enjoy a swim. There’s something for everyone at Bacara Resort. I highly recommend this place and look forward to returning here again. ¬†~ MaryAnne.

Bacara Resort:

Address:  8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA
Phone: (805) 968-0100
Web: www.bacararesort.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BacaraResort
Twitter: @BacaraResortSB

Sightseeing/Things to Do in Santa Barbara:

  • We were able to visit Downtown Santa Barbara (see #2 on the map) at State St. and walked around near the Granada Theater.
  • The street was lined with cute little shops and restaurants.
  • One day I’d like to come back and check out the¬†wineries!
  • Beaches: The beaches are gorgeous. BUT: Beware of tar! I saw lots of people wiping tar off their feet.
  • We found a great art place called¬†The Painted Cabernet. Painting and mimosas in the morning! What fun! (Separate blog post on this experience coming soon!)

Shannon, Debbie, MaryAnne & Candice at Painted Cabernet

Photos on my YouTube:

Music >>¬†¬†“As You Were” by Boney James

Kid Friendly Vegas

Jim had a conference in Las Vegas May 17-19, so we decided to head out with the kids and enjoy some time together. I had a blast entertaining the kids during the day, and enjoyed dining and sightseeing with Jim in the evening. We were very lucky to find a great babysitter to come to our hotel & watch the kids at night. Las Vegas turned out to be an amazing family getaway.

The Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel

Rockin' Kids at the Hard Rock

The Hard Rock Hotel is one of our favorite hotels. Rock and Roll blaring though out the entire casino and pools. Everywhere you look, you’ll find all kinds of music memorabilia like signed guitars on the walls and displays of outfits the stars wore at their concerts. Marissa (10) loved Cee Lo’s¬†Swarovski crystal covered jumpsuit and Jessie (4) couldn’t stop looking at Axl Rose’s motorcycle with flames on it.

Our hotel room was very nice and modern. The beds were so comfy. Seriously, it was like sleeping on a cloud. Now I want a memory foam layer on our bed at home and pillows just like the Hard Rock. The view from our window of the main pool was entertaining. Young adults in their bathing suits, dancing all crazy. I think they were doing a mating dance. I was afraid to take the kids down there at first, unsure of what they might see. Then we noticed other pools surrounding the main pool that looked less crowded. Our bellhop arrived with our luggage and ice chest. Yes ice chest. Which brings me to some good road trip travel tips…

comfy bed at the Hard Rock

Comfy bed at the Hard Rock!

Travel tips:

Drinks, Snacks & Pool Floaties — Bring an ice chest! Pack your own drinks & snacks. Don’t bother touching the honor bar, unless you want to pay $6.00 for a small bag of potato chips. We brought bottled water, Capri Suns, soy milk, Gogurt, bananas and cereal. No need for a pricy breakfast. I also brought Odwalla green smoothies since I’d be without my blender for 3 days. Whenever we’d head out for the pool we would pack our snacks and drinks so we didn’t have to order anything. Huge money saver! If it’s hot out, I suggest pretzel sticks, goldfish or granola bars.¬†Try not to bring anything with chocolate because it will melt. Keep the kids hydrated with lots of water. I let them alternate between water and Capri Sun Roaring Waters. They love that stuff. Bring extra ziplock baggies to take small portions of snacks on the go. Pool floaties! We brought 2 water noodles for the kids to float with. The gift shops will have inflatable rafts or tubes, but they’re expensive.

Pool #1: Water slide pool at the Hard Rock

I love the sandy lagoon pools at the Hard Rock. I was a little worried for Jessie at first, since this was her first time on a water slide since the baby slides at Wild Rivers in Irvine 2 years ago. (Sadly, that water park is gone now.) I should have known she would take on the slides with no fear. She’s my little daredevil. She went right up the stairs to the slide with her big sis and didn’t even look back at me or Jim. They giggled all the way down the slide as their little bodies gently plunged into the cool water. Moments like this are just priceless. I can stare at them all day with those big smiles.

Jessie and Marissa at the Hard Rock pool

Jessie and Marissa at the Hard Rock pool

Notes:¬†You must be a registered guest to visit the pool at the Hard Rock. The pools are intended for young adults. You might see guys and gals dancing “pretty close to each other” and the music may have explicit lyrics. The hotel staff will encourage guests with children to stay away from the main pool and enjoy some of the other less crowded pools and the water slide. I suggest you stay at the water slide pool. It’s a lot of fun!

Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
4455 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(800) 693-7625
http://www.hardrockhotel.com

Pool #2: Shark Tank Water Slide at The Golden Nugget

This was the pool the kids were most excited to visit. A few days before our trip, we looked at the Golden Nugget’s website and saw photos of the water slide that went though the shark tank. Wow! We had to go here. The kids went right up the long flight of stairs to the top of the water slide without a care in the world. Even my little Jessie, late in the afternoon without a nap… had no problems getting to the top. Jim waited in the pool, at the bottom of the slide for them. Both of our girls couldn’t wait to slide down the tunnel and experience the tank. More giggles all the way down the slide. You can hear their happy squeals echo though the tunnel as they landed into the pool and swam towards Daddy.

Jim and Jessie at the tank at Golden Nugget

Jim and Jessie at the Tank at Golden Nugget

Notes: ¬†You don’t have to be a registered guest at the Golden Nugget to experience the Tank swimming pool. The pool is open to the general public for a $20 fee.¬†I really love how this hotel is away from the Strip. It’s less touristy and the vibe is more casual. Although we didn’t stay here this time, I would definitely consider staying here next time! The hotel has a very inviting atmosphere for families.

The Tank at Golden Nugget

The Tank. Photo courtesy: The Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget Hotel Las Vegas
129 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(800) 634-3454
http://www.goldennugget.com/lasvegas

Pool #3: Mandalay Bay Beach

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay

Our 3rd pool to visit was at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Such a gorgeous property. There are 3 swimming pools, a wave pool with sand and lazy river, spread across 11 acres. Our first mission was to hit the waves. There was a 48″ height requirement and no floaties allowed at the wave pool, so Marissa took off on her own while I watched Jessie. There is a kiddie pool connected to the wave

Jessie at the Mandalay Bay

Jessie at the Mandalay Bay

pool, so I was able to keep an eye on Jessie to the left and glance over to the right and see Marissa in the distance, enjoying the waves. Ahhh, the joys of being a mom of 2 kids with a 5 1/2 year age gap. Both kids in the water, neither of them within my reach. I stayed closer to Jessie since she was the smaller one. She splashed around and danced to the music. I was confident that Marissa would be okay. There were lifeguards all over the place, too. I heard them blowing the whistle at kids for all kinds of penalties. No floaties allowed in the wave pool, no running, no swimming right where the waves break. Safety was clearly a priority at the Mandalay Bay. The lazy river was super fun! We brought our water noodles to float with and Marissa enjoyed a tube. There are 2 waterfalls that dump water onto your head. The kids laughed equally hard every time they got to the waterfall. I couldn’t stop laughing with them. I don’t know why, but it was funny every time. What a fun day. Memories that will last with us forever.

Lazy River at Mandalay Bay

Lazy River at Mandalay Bay

Notes: You must be a registered guest to visit the pools at Mandalay Bay. This hotel is very family friendly. There’s even a Shark Reef Aquarium with a clear tunnel that moves you though the shark tank. It’s open to the public. The kids will really love seeing this. $18/per adult and $12/per kid age 5-12.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(877) 632-7800
http://www.mandalaybay.com

3 Pools in 3 Days:

 

Other places the kids might enjoy:

Bellagio

The hotel lobby has beautiful glass art on the ceiling. It’s a chandelier called¬†Fiori di Como by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. This piece is composed of over 2,000 hand blown glass blossoms. The kids stared at the ceiling with amazement.

Lobby at Bellagio

Lobby at Bellagio

Botanical Gardens – The Spring 2012 garden display is breathtaking. You’ll see beautiful flowers, a working carousel, a sailboat, and bumble bees and hot air balloons hanging from the glass ceiling.

Botanical Gardens at Bellagio

Botanical Gardens at Bellagio

Bellagio Fountains – The kids will love the water fountain show! It’s spectacular. The fountains shoot up in the air so high and moves gracefully to the music. Such a sight to see and it’s free. The shows play every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night.

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 987-6667
http://www.bellagio.com

Sugar Factory at the Paris Hotel

Get your sweet fix at the Sugar Factory. It’s located in the front of the Paris Hotel. A huge assortment of candy, cupcakes, cake pops and other baked goods. They also have gelato and coffee beverages. Their tee shirts are super cute too. Who wouldn’t want a tee shirt with a bling’d out cupcake on it? Of course I had to get one for Marissa. I picked out a cute cupcake shirt for Jessie that said “Hot Mess” on it and it smelled like cupcakes, too.

The kids at Sugar Factory

The kids at Sugar Factory

Sugar Factory at Paris Hotel
3655 Las Vegas Blvd.
South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 796-2096
http://www.parislasvegas.com

 

So much to do in Las Vegas! We were so lucky to find a great babysitter so I could get out in the evenings with Jim. The kids really loved spending time with her. Contact me if you want to know more about her. You really CAN take kids to Vegas! We’ll definitely do another road trip there again soon.

Road Trip to Vegas

Special Thanks to:

Hard Rock Hotel
The Golden Nugget
Mandalay Bay Resort
LifeProof – my waterproof iPhone case!