Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Crawl At Tivoli Village + Gift Guide

This post is perfect for my Las Vegas locals! If you are a local keep reading. If you are planning to visit Las Vegas in the near future this will be perfect to keep in mind for your next visit. This past weekend a few girls and myself were invited into the amazing Tivoli village. A good fellow blogger friend of ours Jetsettindaisy made arrangements and Tivoli village was kind enough to give us a tour of their stores. We got to experience a lot of first-hand things and saw a lot of fun stores. What I love about these stores is that they are all locally owned. So many amazing things perfect for this gifting season.

Our holiday crawl started at Hub Modern. A super cool and super modern store located at tivoli village. They have a modern, yet simple gift and decor ideas that are so amazing. Everything inside this store gave me so much inspiration and now I want to do some major updates on my home decor. Everything in the store is super unique and most of the things serve as a multifunctioning which I find amazing. When I first walked in they have this amazing blue modern couch that I immediately wanted in my living. Also when you first walk in there is a neon 'love' sign that I also want! Some of my favorite pieces included these supper cute and modern succulent planters, A kitty cube pet bed that doubles as a bed and scratcher, and the gallery style frames that hang from the wall.

 Our second stop was Gypsy05. A hip and contemporary store bringing you handmade accessories and clothing. They have reinvented and mastered the tie-dye industry.  I love the earth and bohemian vibes this boutique offers. SO many unique pieces that are perfect for gifting.

 D'annata was next on our stop and this shop was every girl's dreams. So pink and girly stocked with all things pretty with a mix of home decor, clothing, baby gifts, and accessories. You are sure to find a perfect gift here.

 Look Style Society was next and it was not what I expected. This is a really glamorous salon offering services from Botox to blowouts and everything in between. Starting with the amazing decor, Look Style is definitely a place where I would go to get pampered to look and feel beautiful. It is not just for women, they have services for guys, too.

We ended our tour at the amazing Echo & Rig for cocktails. Echo & Rig is a fantastic butcher and steakhouse. They cut their meat in-house, which I thought was so neat. I've never seen a butcher shop inside the restaurant. We got a sample of their jerky, and let me tell you, I am not a jerky girl but this was so good. I told Spencer we have to come have dinner or brunch here. 

All the shops we toured were generous to offer us small gifts and all of them are wonderful. A huge thank you to the Vegas Lifestyle Influencers for putting this together. And a huge thank you to Tivoli Village and all the shops that participated in the holiday crawl. 

Don't forget to make your list and check it twice. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Operation North pole

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and it is also the busiest time of the year. Since this is our first December in Las Vegas I wanted to experience a lot of the holiday festivities that they have here. And let me tell you, there are a lot! This is one of the main things I love about living in big cities. Living in Las Vegas is definitely different than salt lake city but in ways, it has its perks. One of my favorite things would be that on Sundays it feels like a regular day of the week. A lot of people still work and a lot of the family-friendly attractions are open. Which is great because it gives our family a whole day of doing stuff we normally cant do on the weekday or on Saturday since Spencer sometimes works on Saturday. We have already seen a Christmas parade, which included snow falling and the girls loved it. We also headed to the North Pole here in Las Vegas and it was nothing like I've ever seen before. A truly unique and hands-on experience.

 Our family got invited to Operation North Pole, the best interactive Christmas experience Las Vegas has to offer. When I say unique, I truly mean a unique and one of a kind experience. We first arrived at Operation North Pole to check in and we were greeted by the head elf. Right from the beginning, what I liked was that you make a reservation for the time and day that works for you. You don't have to get there and fight the crowds or stand in long lines just to see Santa. They only take groups of maybe 8 families so all the kids get to really enjoy it. 

Your experience starts at the candy cottage, a room fully decked out in decorations of giant candy pieces that feels like you are in candy land, where the elves interact with the children and ask them for help on making candy. Our group got to even play a version of duck-duck-goose with the elf. The next room is the toy room, Santa's workshop! Where we find more of Santa's elves ready to make and package toys. The room is filled with so many different toys for boys and girls. The kids got to play more games with the elves and made an ornament. They are really good about making sure all the kids get involved if they want to. 

There are a total of five rooms and you spend around 10-15 minutes in each room. Our third experience was the visit with Mrs. Clause in her adorable kitchen. It was total kitchen goals for me. The visit with Mrs clause was my favorite because it also involved cookies and hot chocolate. She told stories about Santa and all the reindeer. The kids each got a cookie which they could add frosting and sprinkles. The fourth room was Addis favorite, the reindeer stables. The kids got to learn the names of all the reindeer and made a letter to Santa. They also danced and sung with bells and all. 

The last and most magical room was the visit with Santa. Emmi was not having it! Addi, of course, ran up to Santa and gave him a hug. She loves Santa and was ready to let him know what she wanted this year. We got to take a family photo with Santa, with just US in the room. Every family takes a turn. We also got a complimentary watermarked photo and they have extra prints available to purchase. Both the girls got a stuffed reindeer toy as an early present Santa. Something that I was totally not expecting but made the whole experience that much more magical. It was a really sweet gift. 

Addi still talks about operation North Pole and asks if we could do that again next year. I say we probably will because it is the perfect introduction to Christmas time. If you are a Las Vegas local make sure to add this to your list of Christmas attractions this year. It is fun for the whole family and the kids will love it. You will find them located in Tivoli Village. 

Happy Holidays, Xo Rachel 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Game Day Gatherings With Hormel

I received free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

We have another great Thanksgiving in the books. Since we moved into a smaller place back in September, I wasn't sure how we would spend this holiday dinner. We actually had planned to spend the week at our families house in Utah but last minute we decided that we didn't want to travel and my family decided to come to us instead. I didn't plan on hosting 12 people at our place but we did, and we managed. Everyone fit right even our three family dogs came along. Something about looking around at our place being filled with family made the holiday that much more amazing. There were family members in every room. The kitchen could not fit another body, yet somehow we all pitched in to cook. 

Our Thanksgiving came and went so quickly. We had family on Wednesday and Thursday then they drove up to Utah for the weekend. My mom cooked an amazing turkey and we still have so many leftovers. Any ideas on leftover recipes, please let me know! I thought about going to some stores to see the Black Friday madness here but just decided to shop online instead. There isn’t much we needed but if it’s on sale then it makes me want to buy it all. 

So after all the cooking and having family over, I cleaned up all day Saturday. On Sunday all I wanted to do was rest. I didn’t want to think about cooking or cleaning or anything else. So I was so thankful for the Hormel Gatherings party trays when we decided to have guest over. Even though I didn’t want more people over, you just cant say no to hosting more good company. So we had some friends come on Sunday for football, games and yummy easy appetizers. These party trays are perfect for any occasion, really. Whether you are hosting a small get-together or planning a bigger party these Hormel Gatherings will be exactly what you are looking for. Not to mention they are completely stressed free because there is nothing more you need to do other than pick a place to set the tray and voila! Your guess will come running. The party tray came in perfect for out last minute game day Sunday and I was glad I didn't have to cook. They come ready-made and are so yummy.