Seven Magic Mountains

DSC00505 A childhood legend, for both Chris & I, was Garth Brooks. Both of us grew up on 90s country music & you can’t really talk about 90s country without bringing up Garth. Since I moved to California, Garth had been in Las Vegas performing regularly at his residency at the Wynn. But in 2013, when he left the Wynn to “retire” I didn’t think I’d ever be able to see him perform. So two years ago when he and wife Trisha Yearwood announced their plans for a world tour, we began checking the tour’s website religiously.

So after months of waiting, the last week in June we headed out to Las Vegas with Chris’s dad & his wife to finally see the great Garth. On our trip out there, Chris & I were just about 10 miles outside of the strip when we saw seven neon-painted rock towers, right in the middle of the desert & I knew we had to stop. So Sunday, on our way home, we took a little pit stop in Jean, NV at Seven Magic Mountains.

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Last Minute Tips for a Successful 24 Hours in Las Vegas

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At the beginning of 2015 we made a pact that in 2015 we would focus on work. Chris & I both decided to put ourselves last & work on getting me getting a promotion & he taking classes to get certified in his field. Then December came around & we realized we hadn’t seen our friends as often as we would have liked, we had only been able to go visit Chris’s dad’s side of the family a few times & we hadn’t been to Connecticut to see my family since the year before. So although I got a promotion & Chris passed his certification test, we had no lives.

This year our “resolution” was to live life as hard as we work… So far we have been doing terribly. Chris has been working 10-11 hour days regularly & I have been working each weekend day since we’ve been back from Connecticut. So when I got one single Saturday off last week, we decided to get away & go to Vegas for a little night trip. And let me tell you, there is no better time of the year to go to Vegas last minute then in January when the high is in the 50s. Hotels are amazingly cheap!!

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So how did we fly a last minute weekend trip to one of the busiest cities in the country?

Check Out What Deals You Have Available

One of the reasons we decided to go to Vegas was our M Life points got us amazing deals at half the hotels on the strip. Signing up for M Life was one of the best things we have done in Vegas. We earn points at casinos, restaurants & pools associated with MGM Hotels & in turn we get discounted prices for … well … everything. It’s great. Look into it next time you’re in Vegas!!

Make Plans

Research what is going on while you will be in town. In Vegas there are always new shows, clubs & restaurants. For us we decided we wanted to have a relaxing, but fun weekend so we decided to skip out on the club life & check out a show that neither of us had seen before. Lucky for us, we were able to get gifted show tickets to see Jennifer Lopez’s new show. AMAZING!! Best show I have seen in a long time! She is not performing right now but she will be back for a few more mini-residencies. Go! You will not be disappointed!

Pack Light

Since we were only going for two nights, & we knew Saturday our night would be taken up by the J. Lo show at Planet Hollywood packing for us was pretty easy. All I needed was a casual outfit for Friday & one semi dressy outfits for Saturday. After throwing in a simple outfit to hang around the casinos in during the day, & one to drive home in, my weekend bag was packed and ready to go.

Hit the Road

Okay, this may only really be the difference between life & well, wanting to run in front of a car, here in SoCal but making sure you leave to be Vegas bound is essential!! I have been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic in the middle of the dessert too many times!!! A few years ago there were two cars of us heading out there. My car left at 5pm and we got in 7 hours later!!! Chris’s car left at 10pm and he got there at 2am… How is this fair? We left at 9pm this time & were checked in by 1am. Just enough time for a drink at the hotel bar. Now go have fun!!! Enjoy Sin City!

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Weekend in Las Vegas Under $300

Weekend in Las Vegas Under $300

Yesterday was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate my 27th in a fun and positive way with my good friends. My sister came out to L.A. to visit for the week and we took a weekend trip to Las Vegas with some of my close friends. None of us really had the budget to do Vegas right. Two of my friends are students still, one is in her first year of teaching and as you know my focus has been paying down my debts. Well we still did it pretty good. Chris got us some amazing hook ups with an amazing dinner and a VIP lounge overlooking the strip from 60 floors up with complementary drinks and our own waitress and security. Security? Not sure who they thought we were but we had our guy.

Even without our amazing night at the top of the strip we had a great weekend without spending a ton of money. Here is how we spent a weekend in Las Vegas.

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When you think of Vegas you think of lights, shows, clubs and dollar signs. But there are a ton of things to do in Las Vegas without spending a lot of money. Start by stepping out onto the Las Vegas Strip and walk. The first time my family took a trip to Nevada I walked through every hotel and casino I could. The different themes, architecture and designs are amazing, unique and breathe taking. Below are some of my favorite things to do without opening my wallet.

My Favorite, Free Las Vegas Activities

1. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio

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2. The Bellagio Fountains

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3. M&M’s World

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4. The Volcano at the Mirage

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5. Lion Habitat at MGM

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6. Fremont Street Experience

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