Vegas Trip Roundup: Part Two

We woke up Saturday morning fresh as daisies- one of the best things about no longer being cool party people. GO US!

We took our time getting ready, and decided our first meal of the day would be lunch at secret pizza inside the Cosmopolitan. Its not much of a ‘secret’ anymore… but it was still good. We found a prime location right outside of secret pizza with sofas and a coffee table to set our food on. It was the perfect people watching spot, near the Marquee pool party. Let me just say, of all the people watching locations… Cosmopolitan was our favorite.

We headed out shopping again after letting our carbs settle. I had spent the first shopping excursion comparing handbags at different spots, and I finally had made my decision: it was time to buy.

I’m not a gambler, so buying designer bags is how I choose to be irresponsible. I decided on Balenciaga…in the forum shops.. Because crystals mall is apparently a place for all of us regular slobs to have “pretty woman” experiences.

After that we chose to cool off and have a Diet Coke, then head back to clean up for dinner.

Our Saturday night dinner was  at Scarpetta inside the Cosmo (once again… sensing a theme?)

 

My short rib agnolotti
Danielles Tagliatelle

It was carb heaven. I highly recommend.

After dinner it was Backstreet Boys time at Planet Hollywood. It was all good except for a diminutive asian lady usher who screamed at us NOT TO USE OUR FLASH. Not gonna lie, she sort of sucked the fun and excitement out of the moment briefly.

I should be giving you my review of the show, but if I’m being completely honest… I’m not a huge BSB fan…. shhhh don’t tell.

After the show our cool friends went to some cool club with other cool people….

Danielle and I changed into comfy clothing and hit up Momofuku Milk bar at Cosmopolitan… again.

Ice cream- old people’s version of cocktails

Sunday was our last little bit of kidless freedom so we got up early and headed to Aria to try out Jean Phillipe Patisserie.

Most adorable chocolate shoe ever at Jean Phillipe

I got a crepe, and Dani got a ham and cheese filled croissant.

Best picture I took in Vegas: Danielles extreme RBF while waiting for her croissant.

We also learned grown adults still sometimes try to cut in lines. Those people learned I don’t screw around with etiquette ( my biggest pet peeve is bad manners), I totally will call you out for being rude in public.

Danielle drove me to the airport and in a funny twist of fate I sat right next to one of my clients on the flight back. We exchanged stories and I’m pretty sure he now thinks I’m the most boring person alive. oh well……

Tot Activities: The Odysea Aquarium

I was hemming and hawing about buying passes when The Odysea Aquarium opened up.  I thought my daughter might like to see the fish, but the Yelp reviews were all over the place and I couldn’t decide if it was worth it or not.  When summer rolled around, they had a special deal for annual passes. $69.95 for an adult versus $34.95 for a daily pass.  I do not think it’s worth the cost for the daily pass, at least for this age, but the annual pass is a steal.  We have gone there almost every week this summer, because it’s nice just to have an air conditioned place to run around.

The aquarium itself is a lot smaller than it appears from the outside.  The complex is actually mostly restaurants and gift shops.  There is also a laser tag place, a butterfly exhibit, and a dolphin experience. The aquarium has lots of smaller tanks with fish, and bigger tanks with sharks and rescue tortoises (my favorite part.)  The best part of the aquarium is probably the living carousal, which rotates around so you can see the big tanks.  My 15 month old has little patience for this part, so if we do this one, I have to bribe her with lots of snacks (which you’re not supposed to bring in there.)

They have a play area for kids with a giant peg board, water table, and coloring area but she is a bit too little for this.  She still likes running around and looking at the other kids though.  There are also a couple places where you can touch the water creatures, but I’m pretty sure she would just try and grab them, so I haven’t done this yet either.

You can color fish/ sea creatures and project them

All in all, I would recommend Odysea Aquarium but would definitely invest in the annual pass. There’s really not too many indoor activities for little ones around here during the summer and we’ve been enjoying this one. I’m assuming at about 3 or 4, she would get a lot more out of the experience.

 

 

 

 

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Vegas Trip Roundup: Part One

The Ok Moms – Vegas Momcation

Hey everyone! I divided our Vegas Momcation into two parts…. so lets get into it…

Danielle & I traveled to Las Vegas for a girls getaway a few months ago for our first kid free vacation. The big question while planning was ‘what do you do in Vegas when you are mentally an 80 year old cat lady?’

THURSDAY

We both got in Thursday late afternoon. Danielle picked me up at the airport and we went straight to our hotel- The Paris, for check in. My brother-in-law hooked us up and let me just say… hands down this was the best view of any hotel I’ve ever stayed at.

We did a quick hair and makeup refresh and grabbed a cab to head to dinner. We chose Lotus of Siam for our first ‘eat with both hands’ celebratory meal. This place did not disappoint! Its slightly off the strip, but this was some of the best Thai food we have had. We spent a lot of time staring at the walls that are covered in pictures of famous diners.

Mario Batali!

If you aren’t super adventurous don’t despair- they have more tame items like fried rice and pad Thai on the menu.

Side Note: when going off strip beware of old people that steal your Uber due to confusion about how Uber actually works.

After dinner we grabbed some Starbucks and did some people watching before heading back to our room to watch Frasier and enjoy face masks that we picked up from CVS. We were definitely asleep by midnight. ROCK ON.

FRIDAY

We got up early on Friday morning and headed over to Hash House a Go-Go before the rush of hungover tourists descended on the place. They are known for their comically large proportions of breakfast foods… very Instagrammable.

We decided to split the bananas foster pancake and the sage fried chicken and waffles. The chicken was definitely our favorite, the best part was the crispy fennel straws… we couldn’t stop picking at them. I learned Dani doesn’t like maple syrup… this was very disappointing and I wasn’t sure if we could still be friends. Then she managed to get grease spots on her dress… so I forgave her.

We then hit the strip to shop for a grease-free dress for Danielle, and to burn our food calories off.

Mom Problem #1- No matter what, kids always score goodies before mom. We shopped all day and ended up with items for our kids.. go figure. Our favorite place was Kids Kastle in the forum shops (3500 Las Vegas BLVD) They had some of the cutest kids stuff ever, including mini designer inspired bags… Chanel, Celine…. so freaking cute.

Danielles ‘We are over this heat’ face

With a mild case of heatstroke (it was over 100 degrees the ENTIRE TIME we were there) we headed back to get ready for dinner at Mon Ami Gabi. We indulged in some steaks after our long day of walking… and their steak frites were AMAZE.

We had to scramble to make it from dinner to our show that night- Magic Mike Live at the Hardrock. Ladies…. this show was amazing. Not anything like you think it will be. I cannot recommend it enough… we had so much fun!

what I cannot recommend are the overpriced cocktails .. you can skip them…

A very expensive, very watered down drink at Magic Mike

After the show we met back up with the ladies and headed to Hakkasan to see Steve Aoki. It was fun… fun-ish….

I’ll be honest… our club days are over. We made friends with some dads and exchanged kid stories and pictures over loud EDM music… totally not what you are supposed to do at a club. If the staff knew we probably would have been forced to leave….

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Vegas Trip Roundup!

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Things We Love: Basic Invite

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are our own.  We only work with brands that we love (and we think you will love too!)

Ok everyone, we don’t gush about paper often but we have to say it….

We love Basic Invite! There’s a whole world of sites that seem to disappoint in some way, be it color schemes that don’t work for your party theme, ugly envelopes, dorky graphic design… We could go on forever. 

When we came across a site where everything was customizable, aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and the kicker- offers sample print outs so you can actually use the product you will get, well… someone out there has been reading our minds. Don’t let the name fool you – Basic Invite is anything but basic!

Custom Colors

You can change the gold foil to rose gold!


The custom color tool is our absolute favorite thing about basic invite. And when they say custom color they really mean it; you can switch colors on every element of the card design. it’s so fun to feel like the card you are creating is one of a kind. They even have over 40 envelope color options to coordinate with your invite!

 

Making Your Life Easier

We are a bit lazy over here, so any tool that makes our lives easier is a win!  The envelope seals are peel and stick, because nobody wants to lick nasty envelopes shut.  They have a free address collection tool, so you can just share a link and easily compile all your addresses. 

Basic invite is also killing it on the baby front (attention all you preggos; put down the baby names book and the Oreos for a second here.)

 

Birth Announcements

Basic Invite has templates for everything, but we are especially crushing on the birth announcement designs right now – they are seriously so chic! They aren’t your typical ‘cutesy’ graphics; you can get down right sophisticated if you want. They have great templates for both girl birth announcements and baby boy birth announcement cards. Here are a couple of our faves:

 

Doubtful that a birth announcement will be in either of our immediate futures, but now you know where to head if you need one!  We will definitely be heading to Basic Invite to get our Christmas cards and birthday invites this year.