On the Road Eats: Vegas, Baby!

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Vegas.  I go for the food.  Well, technically I went for a tradeshow with 30-thousand other people but I look forward to the food.  Although I stayed off Strip, many options to hit some great restaurants.  I spent most of the evenings at the Cosmopolitan and had some great meals.

Blue Ribbon at Cosmopolitan
My colleague and I arrived early and being on different time zones decided to grab an early dinner.  Once we saw a pu pu platter on the menu, we decided to hit the Social Hour at Blue Ribbon.  Great bartenders and definitely enjoyed the food!

China Poblano
Group dinner of 7 colleagues- pick a place that has lots of small plates that we can all share since we all like each other.  A few misses but overall a good meal and a fun experience.  I even did a tequila tasting!

Beauty & Essex
Love that I get to walk into a pawn shop in order to eat dinner and extra points that they had a Biggie Smalls figurine for sale!  Great atmosphere, a bit dark and great food!

Sage
Sometimes you have to have dinner twice in Vegas.  I met a friend early for dinner at Beauty & Essex and then walked over to the Aria to meet another friend who I had not seen in 11 years.  Not only did I get to reconnect with her, but she picked an amazing spot for dinner.  I loved this place and will definitely go back!

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Brielle’s Book-Marks – Smile

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I recently read Smile by Raina Telgemeier.  Here are the answers to Mom’s four questions.

What is the book about?

A 6th grader named Raina fell and severely injured her two top front teeth. She had to go through braces, headgear, and a retainer with fake teeth. It goes from middle school to high school. She also has to deal with boy drama, a huge earthquake, and friends who are not the best of friends. Can she finally smile with all of this drama going on? Read Smile to find out!

What is your favorite part?

I liked her reaction when she got pantsed in the courtyard. It was her standing up for herself and this is a big life lesson.

Anything in the book that parents should know about? 

Hey parents! In one part they play spin the bottle, which is gross! So I would advise that no one under 8 should read it. P.S. 8-year olds can read it.

Why do you think other kids should read this book?

I like this book because it relates to me.   I have had problems similar to her like I have braces, some not-so-nice friends and I learned that I should try new things.  For example, I am trying to learn how to play the ukelele.

Rating: 5 out of 5 bookmarks

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Our Favorite Things – A Personalized Gift

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I knew teacher appreciation week was coming up and then we received another Evite for a birthday party.  I cannot keep up with whether 9 and 10-year-old girls like Shopkins, LOL dolls, or if a gift card to Target or Justice is the better option.

Mom told me it was time to go shopping and I was not excited. Walking around from store to store is BORING.  But then mom had an idea – we could buy really soft blankets like the ones we have and put their names on it!  So we headed to Kohl’s and picked up a few of our favorite things – The Big One Supersoft Plush Throw.  They offer lots of colors and patterns that my friends would love.

AND they go on sale which makes the price of the blanket and the personalization a great deal!  We are lucky to have this AMAZING neighbor that does embroidery so we can send her a quick message and get items super quick.  Plus, who doesn’t love a super soft blanket to curl up with on the couch!

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BK’s Book-Marks – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

I recently read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.  Here are the answers to Mom’s four questions.

What is the book about?

There is a new library opening and a contest is announced that 12 kids will be selected to explore the library before it opens on an overnight retreat. The way to be selected is to write an essay about what they are looking forward to seeing at the library. The kids are chosen, they go to the library, play games and then they go to sleep. When they wake up and try to leave, they find the door locked. Can they escape? Read Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s library to find out!

What is your favorite part?

My favorite part was when Mr. Lemoncello said he did not know how to escape. He said the head librarian designed the game as his birthday present.

Anything in the book that parents should know about?

There are a lot of bad words like stupid and some of the kids lie. That is what you should know.

Why do you think other kids should read this book?

The riddles in it keep people’s attention. There are different challenges and puzzles that the kids have to solve and they talk about other books that kids read like Harry Potter.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Book-Marks

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