Seven Magic Mountains

 

After seeing many photos from my local Las Vegas Instagram friends hanging out at a display of colorful and huge rocks, I was curious as to what and where this place was all about.

Seven Magic Mountains, a large scale desert artwork that just so happens to be a 15 minute drive from my home! After an afternoon workout, me and the family headed outside of Las Vegas to see the art for ourselves! 

Check out www.SevenMagicMountains.com for more information! 

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UGO RONDINONE

SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS

A LARGE SCALE DESERT ARTWORK
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountainsis a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountainsis situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color.The exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.

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Thirty

Thirty...I've been waiting on you! 

While some in the twenties cringe at the idea of getting older, I welcomed Thirty with opened arms. Many people have a certain to-do list to accomplish before reaching this milestone. Some feel they should be married, a home owner and have a baby or two. And if that is or was your own goal, that's awesome. But not everyone has placed a timeline on their life accomplishments. I'm a go with the flow kind of gal. I do what makes me happiest. As corny as it may sound, my goal is to be better than I was the day before and to learn from my mistakes. Birthdays are my "New Year." It is a chance for me to go over the last 12 months and reassess my life, priorities and set new personal goals. 

I don't really care for the term "30 is the new 20." Boy bye. I had lots of fun in my twenties, however, you could not pay me to be 22 again. I'm grateful for the growth, heartaches, friends made and lostthus far in my life but I'm looking forward to the best times of my life! 

I originally planned to travel on my birthday. Alone. But I live in an amazing city, why catch a flight when I can have an incredible staycation and celebrate with loved ones?

I decided to throw a laid back party, a nice kick-back where my friends could unwind and be comfortable. So I booked an incredible suite, the Skyline Terrace Suite, at the MGM Grand and had a very sexy and fun Lingerie Party. I'm happy with my body and comfortable in my skin. 30 doesn't equal old. The party is just getting started!

Check out the video below! 

 

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The Show With No Theme

For Morgan's birthday, I decided to treat her to a show I have been dying to see: 53X!

Two fabulous friends of mine are in the show so I had to go support and see them dance.  Most shows on the strip have a theme, a subject, but when Morgan asked me what 53X was about, I HAD NO CLUE.

While we waited in line, she informed me that 53X is just a numerical way of saying SEX. I have extreme mom brain, but I'm not sure why I didn't pick up on that innuendo. So with finding that out, I was prepared for a racy show.  After all, it is held at Paris Hotel/Casino inside of Chateau, this was for sure going to be a sexy experience.

We walked in, given the opportunity to take a photo with a beautiful french maid before ascending upstairs inside the intimate and dimly lit venue.  We had great seats front and center where there was no photography or videoing allowed (oooh).  Morgan and I enjoyed our drinks and Shannel from the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race was the hilariously entertaining hostess.  

I don't want to spoil any of the fun but 53X was a huge surprise.  I had so much fun, laughed SO much (I promise it wasn't the drinks), and my friends performed their sexy asses off.  There was a lot for men and women alike.  I cannot wait to see this again!

 

 

The 90s Called...

I was able to check out one of THE greatest R&B groups of all time.

BOYZ II MEN!

I was so excited I couldn't figure out what to wear!  But I pulled my life together and thankfully my mom was in town to babysit her precious grandson.  It was a much needed night out of the house and kid-free.

The Mirage is beautiful, of course.  The floral decoration as you flow into the busy casino is amazing.  You see many people, couples, families, taking pictures in front of it.  I met Morgan at the box office, retrieved the tickets and we pumped our way to the theater.  I'm an 80's baby, so I remember vividly Boyz II Men on the radio and TV heavily.  Water Runs Dry was always my favorite song of theirs and watching them perform it live made my eyes water.  My favorite member, Nate, made my night. I loved how each member told the back stories on how their songs came about or where they were in their lives when they recorded their hit records.  It was an incredible show with a surprisingly VIBRANT and interactive audience and Im looking forward to seeing it again!

 

Thank you, Morgan.  We MUST do this again!

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Sin City

Relocating my family back to Las Vegas came with many questions of why?  How?  Everyone told me how this place couldn't be decent to raise a child or that it's too crazy to keep my peace.  But Las Vegas, to me, is different.

I was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  I lived 11 years in a small town, Lexington then moved to Greensboro, NC where I graduated from high school and attended college.  A close friend of mine that I met in college was born and raised in Las Vegas and when I finally had a chance to visit, see the neighborhoods and how people lived, I knew that someday I would call this place my home.  Fast forward to 2010 and I packed up my Toyota Camry and drove from Minneapolis to Las Vegas in 26 hours.

I made a great living, made great friends and I never had a problem with boredom.  There was always something to do and when I needed as escape from the desert, Los Angeles was a simple three and a half hour drive away.  The cost of living reminded me of Greensboro where you could rent an apartment close to the Strip for less than $800 per month.

Over time, I learned about the many things to do here that do not include bars, clubs, and the strip.  Lake Las Vegas, taking a helicopter tour of the grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, and so much more.  

Under this Viva Las Vegas tab, I hope to highlight what all this desert town has to offer: on and off the strip!

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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