Trip to the Strip - Vegas Getaway

I know I've been a little MIA, well after our big birthday getaway my brother, sis in law and little baby visited, sis in law and baby are still here and my mom is visiting too. And with all the beautiful weather we had been having over the weekend, it felt like a crime to stay indoors. 

Getting back to our trip.. yay! Can't believe it's already been two weeks since we came back. Unlike last year when we stayed local and just stayed away for a day this year we decided to stay away a little longer and go away a little farther. We don't drink or gamble so why Vegas? We didn't want to go anywhere where we'd think 'aw if only the boys were here' and we don't like to go to the same place twice (with few exceptions) so Vegas seemed like the obvious choice.

We flew in late morning and dropped our bags off at the hotel. We stayed at Treasure Island, a good hotel, not as fancy as some of the others and a little off center but it did the job. We weren't there for the hotel, but we did have a great view.

We started our day with walking down the strip towards Gordon Ramsey's Burgr

 This is by far the best hot dog I have ever eaten.. ever! And M was pretty happy with his burger too

We walked around for a little while trying to burn off that lunch and made our way back to the hotel to check in. We had reservations for an early dinner.

This is my attempt at an outfit picture. I give props to all my fashion blogger friends, it is so much harder than it looks.

We ate at Beauty and Essex. It was in Cosmopolitan. The restaurant as a pawn shop front. 

The restaurant entrance is through an incognito back door.. can be easily mistaken for supply closet and inside is this beautiful space. Frames make up the walls, gold chains dangling.. I can not explain who beautiful and creative this place was..  The food was also good, unfortunately our large lunch and an early dinner didn't work so well plus we were starting to feel the effects of our jet lag kicking in. Luckily it was a tappas restaurant so we dabbled with shrimp, meatballs and empanadas.

After dinner we made our way to Bellagio to watch Cirque du Soleil's 'O'. This was our first Cirque show and while we had heard wonderful things about 'O' we weren't sure about what to expect. It not like a Broadway show.. there are no dialogues, no songs per se.. there is music and there were some words but the language was indiscernible. 

It truly was quite the show. It was water based, lots of diving and synchronized swimming, there was no story more like a journey.. I really can't describe it. It was a very unique experience. 

Another day another outfit :)

We had a nice breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi in Paris.

and walked around the rest of the afternoon.. weaving in and out of hotels.

With each hotel we grew a little worried.. how were we going to spend another day doing this.. as nice as they may be, they are after all just hotels. We slowly made our way back to the hotel the wheels in our heads churning.. changing our flights would be to expensive.. we had to catch a flight the next night so not sure if there would be enough time to truly appreciate the Grand Canyon. By the time we headed out for dinner we had a plan!

But first dinner.. we ate at the delish YardBird, my mouth is watering just thinking about their chicken and waffles, buttermilk biscuits and spicy watermelon.. yum

We ended the night with the Fountains of Bellagio.. the one truly magical thing on the strip. 
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Night Circus - Taken while enjoying a warm summer New Jersey night at the state fair. The lights illuminating the night sky.

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Toys For 3 Year Olds

My brother is coming to visit next week and my mom later in the month and they both very conveniently task me with buying the boys a little something from them. D is easy; books, puzzles, board games. He is the eldest so we are always looking to bring new things into the home allowing new experiences.

H is a little harder. We still have so many of D's toddler toys around the house that rarely think of getting him something. I know.. I feel the guilt. So the past few days I have been on the look out for toys for 3 year old boys 

My go to when picking a toy is always something educational.. I love a great puzzle or building toys. 

Melissa and Doug Alphabet Express Floor Puzzle

Melissa and Doug Wooden Pattern Maker

playing with foam blocks

Don't let that smile fool you.. I made those foam block castles, he's just waiting for me to give him the go so he can destroy my creations lol. 

This is also a great time to introduce the little guy to some board games. I still remember D's first board game at age 3 was Richard Scarry's Busytown, H on the other hand totally gets a kick out of Perfection, I'm thinking he might like the Sneaky Squirrel Game 

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

He is more a man of action while D is our thinker. H loves his tools, lawn mowers and loves being outside

Plastic Lawn Mower

Toddler Tool Set

Little Tykes Giraffe Ride On

So many options!! I don't think I am any closer to making a decision but I've got tons of food for thought.

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It's Our Birthday!

I am celebrating my birthday today and M tomorrow.. wohoo. We may get a cake between the two of us that H will most probably cut for us and insist we sing Happy Birthday to him because in reality it's his birthday.. lol. When we first got married we would start celebrating the Friday night closest to our birthday and it would go on till the end of the weekend.. there was less celebrating once we had kids. Last year my mother was visiting around the time and we decided to change things up and went away to a local bed and breakfast for the night. This year we're hoping to do something similar but for longer than just the night and farther than just a drive away. SO EXCITED!!!

I wanted to share some cute and funny cards I found online.. any of you still give greeting cards?

and here's a glimpse of the card D made for M

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Mustard door - A beautifully carved mustard wood door with an olive green decorative trim stands out against the bright white walls of Malik al Ashtar's Shrine in Cairo, Egypt.

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