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The Park MGM
Have you been to Monte Carlo in Vegas lately? Well, it's not the Monte Carlo anymore. It's The Park MGM.
Inside the Monte Carlo Summer 2012 (now The Park MGM)

The Monte Carlo was beautiful with fountains and statues at the main entrance on the strip. As much as I miss the fountains and statues, I do like most of the changes. It is convenient to walk from NYNY to The Park aka Monte Carlo. You can easily walk across from one property to the next which is great for us because these are two of our favorite properties.
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Yes, that is snow! This is a picture on the strip from February 2019. Once your eyes get beyond the snow, you can see that this walkway is still a work in progress. Always sometime new because Vegas is always changing.

Between NYNY and The Park MGM is The Park. There are new restaurants inside and out, a giant arena, and a fun area outside to sit, eat, chat, walk, and just enjoy being with…

Couples: Living In the Moment in Vegas

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Take a lot of pictures, but not so many pictures you miss living the moment together... 
I love taking pictures in Vegas. If you've never been before, you'll stop at every corner, on every walk-over bridge, and in the middle of all of the action just to capture another amazing image. Now that we've been many times, I admit we sometimes forget to capture the moments on the camera. 














After a day that begins at 5 and ends after midnight, we crawl back to our room, kick off the shoes, and realize that we didn't take one picture all day. That's ok. Our memories are built on living in the moment. Sometimes we are just loving every minute so much that we forget to grab the phone/camera. 


Couple's Shirts
Yup, these could be called silly, stupid, awesome.. yup awesome! There are so many things we do in Vegas that we can't do anywhere else so why not include funny couple shirts!  I don't care that they are silly. And, the best part, my husband doesn't seem to care…

Motherhood With Sneakers

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I run to be…
This is Mother’s Day weekend and I am running. This is my first step to, what would be realized on mile 3, my humble run.

People ask so often Why do you run? and the answer always comes to me in the moment. After the muscles warm up, the music becomes old and just noise, the mind can open and today my mind flips to the page titled Mother’s Day.

As if the chapter begins with the conversation I had moments before about the stress of this weekend, all the questions flood the pages in my mind. What will we do? How will the kids behave? How much time can I really relax? Is there enough hours in one day to see all the mothers in our lives and still get to the grocery store, load the dishes, and rotate laundry? Do we really have a lacrosse game on Mother’s Day?

A run changes so quickly and so often; one minute the wind is pushing and causing the need to gasp air to breathe and with just a quick turn the same gusts of wind are propelling a runner’s legs through a new PR. A road th…

2 Days: Sedona Vacation

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Sedona Vacation
I love visiting the southwest and usually my focus is in Nevada, but for this trip I wanted to visit Sedona. For over a decade, I have heard family speak of the majestic colors and mountains in Sedona. 
We traveled from Boston to Phoenix first. I do not enjoy flying, but I love to travel. We use JetBlue for many reasons: the tv's on every seat-back, the kind employees, and the reliability. 
Having three kids and working, we find it incredibly important to spend some vacations just you-and-me style. Here we are happy to be able to go on vacation together. Leaving for Sedona! 

We enjoyed one night in Phoenix before traveling to Sedona. Unfortunately, the rain was relentless during our two day stay. 
Driving in the rain

We made the best of the driving and turned up the radio or just talked and laughed together feeling relaxed and having a good time. 




We booked a room at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. Poco Diablo has a great location and easy to drive to many restauran…

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Missing Our Happy Place

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As usual, we have the next trip booked within weeks of returning. I know how lucky we are to go back to Vegas so often. I love the excitement, the noise, the people, and the equal amounts of familiarity and unpredictability. Here’s a few more things we love about our Vegas Nevada adventures.

Golf isn’t my thing, but it is fun to do with hubby and it’s so beautiful being out on the golf course it’s hard to not do it at least one morning on our vacations.

Did you know you can drive out to Boulder Creek and try out your golf swing?

 Here I am at Boulder Creek on a beautiful July morning. I have no idea what I’m doing, but it’s fun anyway!


 Don’t get me wrong, I love the dingdingding of machines and the whooping and laughter of craps tables, but part of why we love Vegas is because we enjoy the other things.

One quiet place on the strip in the gardens at the Flamingo. Waterfalls, fish, birds, and there a delicious pizza place right there too. It’s wonderful to find a quiet place on the st…

Sedona: Castles in the Rain

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First time in Sedona. Anticipating beautiful colors, day long hikes, and exploring at least one vortex I keep reading about. All week before the flight, I am watching the weather. Rain 60%...rain with clouds… then rain 90%.... I am not happy, worried my trip 6 months in the making was going to be ruined. Despite what seemed to be the worst news, my husband assured me each day “It will be fine.”
Oh my gosh it can rain here. The sound is now the sound of Sedona for me. Peaceful yet annoying all at the same time. And then while driving in conditions causing flash flood warnings all over the state, I remember how my aunt once gave me a card that said that all too familiar line “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I thought, smiled and said to myself: When Sedona gives your rain, make a poncho.” The skills of an independent latch-key little girl suddenly sprung into action (with a quick trip to the store) and the garbage bag ponchos came to fruition. Turns out these bags also help p…

GUEST BLOG - TIPS FOR TRAVEL TO SALEM, MA

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Salem, Massachusetts, located less than an hour north of Boston, is infamous for its witch trials. As such, visitors visit the town in droves in the fall, when the foliage is at its peak.Considering a vacation to Salem? You are in for a treat! Outside of Halloween, visiting Salem is much more budget-friendly, however, the town lacks the festivities that make it worth visiting. 
Take the Salem Trolley when you arrive in Salem to experience an hour-long tour covering Salem’s past and present. After your tour, you can use the trolley throughout the day to hop on and off around town. For specific information, visit SalemTrolley.com. Personally, I took the trolley for sightseeing but did a lot of travel around town with our car. Salem is a popular destination in the fall, and it was a bit too cold to walk on foot the whole day. Once in Salem, you’ll be pleased to find that most everything you’d want to do is within walking distance, but depending on season, …