family, travel

Everyone loves a free show

Momo turns 21 next Spring and she wants to go to Vegas to celebrate.  I looooove Vegas!  But jeez, we just went in August 09 and now we have a kidlet on the way.  I have no idea how I’ll be able to pull this off.  Next Spring is also our 10th anniversary and in December 2011 CSP turns 40.  That’s a LOT of celebrating for one year.  I hope we win the lottery between now and then!  If we really  are able to afford to go to Vegas it would be wonderful to be able to stay somewhere in view of the Vegas Bellagio Fountains. Continue reading “Everyone loves a free show”

fun, travel

Vegas: Sights

One of the things we were most looking forward to on this last trip to Vegas was seeing all the new hotels that were built since our last trip. We were especially wanting to see the Wynn & Palazzo. They did not disappoint.  **photos after the jump. click to enlarge**

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events, fun, travel

Vegas: Digs

When we went to Las Vegas for our honeymoon in March 2001, we stayed at the Paris.  We loved it.  It was our first time in Vegas and the Paris was all new and swanky.  For this trip I researched prices on lots of hotels on the strip but coincidentally got the best rate (in a decent hotel with good reviews) at the Paris.  We were there Sunday- Thursday night for $49.50 a night.  Woot!  We already knew we loved the location of the Paris- right on the strip across from the Bellagio, at the heart of the strip near all the good hotels.  We were interested to see how the Paris had held up over the last 8 years and with a change in management.  In 2001 the Paris was a Hilton hotel but now it’s part of the Harrah’s company.

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food, fun, travel

Vegas: Eats

There are so many restaurant choices in Las Vegas, it’s enough to make your head spin.  We only made one reservation for dinner before we arrived in Vegas.  We had three other places in mind where we knew we wanted to eat.  Other than that we winged it.  To keep budget friendly we ate a super light breakfast each day.  Just a muffin from JJ’s downstairs.  Then we’d be able to splurge on our other meals. **lots of photos after the jump**

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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!

162467-11-welcome-to-fabulous-las-vegas-august-2007I’m finally ready and able to tell you all about our Vegas trip! For those who haven’t been, GO!!! So many people say “well I don’t gamble, so what would I do?”. There’s SO MUCH more to do in Vegas besides gambling! Instead of a play by play, day by day, trip report, I decided to tell you about it in a different way this time. I’ll tell you all about dining in one post, entertainment in another, etc. And I’ll tell you how we did it all on a budget. I’m all about saving money. Continue reading “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!”

birthday, csp, travel

Budget Birthday Bonanza

Speaking of birthdays, mine is coming up on August 3rd. We have a credit card that accrues miles with each dollar spent.  Recently I started noticing that some of my miles were disappearing from my balance.  We’ve been using this card for years.  We started it so we could earn enough miles to go to China.  Then Guatemala.  Well, neither of those are in the cards now.  And we haven’t been using the card lately because we’re trying to eliminate credit card usage.  Because we’re not earning or using miles we’re being punished 12 miles a month.  That’s not good.  So CSP & I were talking about using the miles before they are all taken away and going some place fun.  But we’re on a budget.

imagesWhere can you go to have fun but not spend too much $$?  Vegas!  We’ll be spending my birthday in Vegas!  We’re so excited!  We have enough miles to fly first class (very important as CSP is too long to fit comfortably in coach seats- last time he flew coach his knees were bruised for weeks).   We haven’t been to Vegas since our honeymoon 8 years ago.  We stayed at the Paris then and we’re staying there this time around too. Except now it’s recession time so the room is only $69 a night!  Woot!  Our honeymoon was in March when the weather was 73* and perfect.  This time we’ll be visiting during hell heat time so we’ll spend as much time as possible indoors in the a/c.  I hear it’s a dry heat but 103* is still 103*!  We’ve been wanting to get back to Vegas for a visit since the day we left over 8 years ago.  It will be so much fun spending my birthday on the strip!