A Weekend In Las Vegas

So this past weekend I hopped on a plane and headed out West for a quick little trip to LAS VEGAS!

This was my first time in Vegas so it was a exciting weekend for me. Sure, I was one of the few {seriously, very few!} pregnant people there, and I’d love to go back again NOT pregnant, but it was such a fun trip – I’m so glad I got to go!

Vegas is awesome and you know it’s a party the second you step off the plane and you are greeted with rows and rows of slot machines right in the airport! I was surprised and not surprised at the same time.

I’m not a gambler at all. I’d rather shop or go to the spa and spend my money that way, because you win every time. Duh. And because I’m preggers I wasn’t drinking either. casino

So, no drinking and no gambling in Vegas for this gal! What did I come to Vegas to do exactly?

See Britney Spears of course! {More on that later!}

My Britney Spears loving friend, Michelle and I planned this trip a few weeks ago. We had both been wanting to see Britney in Vegas and thought it would be fun to make a little girls weekend trip out of it before baby #2 arrives!


We both flew in on Thursday morning and arrived at our hotel before lunch, which was awesome, so we still had the whole day to enjoy in Vegas. It was a beautiful day and we wanted to relax a bit after our flights and plan the rest of our day – so we did that by the pool.


swimsuit / sunglasses

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We stayed at the Hilton Elara and it was the perfect hotel for us. Right next to Planet Hollywood, it was connected to the inside shopping/dining area and it was in such a great location on the Strip. We were able to walk to everything, take in all the sights – everything was very accessible.


After lounging by the pool and taking in the sights of Vegas by day, we headed over to the MGM Grand for dinner at Crush. The food was amazing and the drinks were awesome too. I had a fancy shmancy mock-tail and Michelle got an amazing drink with rose petals in it!


We shared the arugula salad, meatball pizza and the ricotta gnocchi with short ribs. Holy yum, it might have been the best meal ever! The lighting was really dark and I wasn’t able to get the best photos but seriously, if you are in the area, go there for dinner! You can thank me later!


After dinner we enjoyed the David Copperfield magic show – which was really great and exciting, except for a weird little segment about an alien, but other than that it was pretty impressive!

cooperfield night strip

Since the Billboard Music awards were at the MGM Grand yesterday we also got to hear some rehearsals going on! One of which we got to hear was MARIAH CAREY! AH! So amazing!


On Friday we got up and did some more walking around the strip. It was so funny to compare how it looks at night and during the day.

on the strip

I also got some pretty good use out of my selfie stick– that I won at a bridal shower! Best prize ever!

walkway paris

Michelle and I walked in and out of all the amazing hotels and casinos – it was really interesting to see how different they all were. And how MASSIVE they all were too!


We stopped for a little Island Time Float – Michelle got pineapple & I had watermelon. We got so many crazy looks and people asking us where we got these crazy things but they were so tasty & delicious – totally hit the spot as we were walking around checking everything out! Yum!


Did I mention they were huge?! I think one was meant for two people. Oops.

woah mountains

Friday night was our big Britney night – more on that tomorrow! But I’ll leave you with this photo of us because I love it!


The three hour time change isn’t much until you have to go home to a little one – we stayed out late, not too crazy but when you add in that time change it seems like so much! We woke up Saturday and did some more pool lounging before catching our flight. It was a beautiful day and the most perfect weather so it was hard to leave, but after 3 days away I was really missing my little man!


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All in all it was an amazing trip. I think 3 days is the perfect amount of time to go to Vegas. We got to see some good shows, ate some good food, soaked up some sun – what else could you want? I’d love to come back another time with Charles and be able to enjoy Vegas not pregnant! I’d also love to come back to the area and check out some of the surrounding desert area too!

beautiful day


Have you been to Vegas? What was your favorite thing you did?!

Please share!




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Beech-Nut Giveaway

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BeechNut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”


Beech Nut

So we are in a good place with Baby Led Weaning at 15 months old – Brooks has a pretty good appetite for a little man and is a fairly adventurous eater. He loves to snack and carbs are his all-time favorite. For the most part, he will pretty much try anything we put in front of him – well, he will at least feel it and decide if he likes the texture. Anyone else’s kid do that?


We were never really in the “baby food” phase as I try my best to give Brooks parts of what we were eating to allow him to try lots of flavors and textures. While he will eat the craziest, sometimes spicy things, and he will down green juice! But I have a hard time getting him to actually eat his fruits and veggies in their natural form – even when I tell him how amazing and in season they are! So on days when his diet needs a little extra love, I like to have him try the Beech-Nut organic line of eats – which he loves to feed himself!

feed me

Brooks loves the flavors and taste combinations – he can’t get enough! I love the little honeypot glass jars with the USDA-certified organic seal, an indication of GMO-free food. It’s a win/win for everyone!


I also love the message behind Beech-Nut, they make real food for babies™ – The new organic line is inspired by homemade.  Just real, whole fruits and vegetables (and sometimes ancient grains and beans) are inside the jars.  And nothing else. I also like the unique and adventurous ingredient combinations available.  Flavors in the organic line include organic apple, raspberry & avocado, organic banana, cinnamon & granola and organic butternut squash, black bean & cumin.


A little more about Beech-Nut: Moms want their babies to eat the freshest, tastiest, most nutritious food in the world – without any artificial ingredients or preservatives.  That’s why so many moms today are making homemade baby food themselves.  Beech-Nut was inspired to create a line of amazing food for babies that is just as flavorful as the food that moms make in their own kitchens – when they have the time.  With Beech-Nut, what you see is what you get: just delicious, homemade-inspired food. The BeechNut organic line uses a unique just gentle cooking™ process, a method similar to the way moms make food at home. The process doesn’t add any excess water or artificial preservatives and won’t cook the nutrients away, which allows our delicious fruits and vegetables to shine through.

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Want to try out some Beech-Nut for your little one?

Up for grabs today is a free coupon for a BeechNut product.

Leave a comment below letting me know why you want to win!

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States.

 The BeechNut organic line is available at the following retailers:  Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern, Walmart.com,  Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market, Diapers.com, Harris Teeter, Shaw’s, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods – Check out the store locator here..

Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 20th / Winner will be notified via email



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Friday Favorites: Poolside in Las Vegas

If you haven’t noticed by my Instagram – I’ve taken a little long weekend trip to LAS VEGAS! This is my first time in sin city, but I’m excited to spend a few days there, relax and enjoy the vibe. My friend, Michelle and I are excited to have a little girls weekend here together – and the highlight of our trip will be when we hit up the Britney Spears Piece of Me show in Planet Hollywood! AH! I can’t wait!

I’ll be doing a fun little recap of our trip next week, but until then, follow along on Instagram and check out a few of my favorite Poolside in Las Vegas picks for this week’s Friday Favorites!


Poolside in Las Vegas

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Have you been to Vegas? Any tips for what we should see & do?

Please share!


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Toddler Pool & Beach Essentials

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Don’t forget to check out my Baby Beach {and Pool!} Essentials from last summer!

I seriously CANNOT wait to hit the beach this summer. I have literally been counting down the days until its time to head down the shore. It’s going to be such a fun summer with Brooks because this year he is walking {more like running} and I know he is just going to LOVE the water.

Apologies for the majority of these picks to be BLUE – but what can I say, I’m a mom of boys! The majority of my picks all  come in pink & other color options too, so there is a little something for everyone! Check them out and let me know what you think!


Toddler Pool & Beach Essentials

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Did you know today –  May 16, 2015 –  is National Learn to Swim Day? It’s the 4th annual one & this day is designed to remind parents and guardians to kick off summer safely by engaging their children in water safety and swim instructions.  I partnered with partner with SwimWays  and ToyRUs because while I’m so excited for my little man to hit the beach, I’m also a little nervous about water safety.


SwimWays believes that swimming is an important life skill and that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim. SwimWays created the Swim Steps line of products to help children become confident swimmers. Baby Spring Float is the single best baby float on the market today; it’s the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time.I really believe that a smooth transition creates a life-long love of swimming – and I want my little man {and my other little man on the way!} to love the water like I do! We had a blast using the fun fish float last summer & I can’t wait to bust out the new baby spring float with sun canopy! It’s going to be an awesome summer – I can feel it!



What are YOUR Toddler Pool & Beach Essentials for summer?

Please share!


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