A Mom, A Dad, Two Kids and Sin City Part II

 

Day 3: Trump International, Botanical Gardens and Gondolas

 

Some people may have mixed feelings, but I was curious to check out Trump International for breakfast just to see what the fuss was about.  The hotel is quiet, as it doesn’t have a casino inside of it, and there were several sparkling floor-to-ceiling light fixtures in the lobby which Viv and I loved.  Jeff and I had a little bet on whether the “Make America Great Again” hats would be in the gift shop.

 

I honestly didn’t think they would be, but the minute you saw the gift shop, you couldn’t help but notice a large stack of mainly red hats and I knew I had lost the bet.  Breakfast at DJT was yummy and overall, I’d take those huevos rancheros and free valet parking again next time.

Once nap time for Sebastian was over, we headed out for The Venetian but first stopped at the Botanical Gardens in Bellagio.  There is always a different theme for these gardens, and this time the theme Chinese New Year and it was just as gorgeous as it has ever been.
What can I say about The Venetian?  This is a cool hotel as it not only mixes rooms with casino, but it also throws in a high-end mall.  We went straight for the gondola ride which was definitely a highlight to our trip.  The gondolier sang many songs with us as we floated through the hotel and took many, many pictures.  We went to dinner that night at Grand Luxe Cafe.
Night-night!
Day 4: Dig This and Homeward Bound
We woke up, got dressed and quickly went to our appointment at an amazing place called Dig This not far off of the strip.  I found this business online when searching for things to do and although I wasn’t sure my kids were old enough, I had to at least call and see.  
When I called, Walt was more than accommodating and he said he would be able to ride the machines with my kids.  I never knew places like this existed, but Dig This allows kids and adults to operate excavators, bulldozers and other construction machines for a once in a lifetime experience.  Sebastian has inspired a love for these machines in our family through the way he lights up when he spots one of these driving around town.
Everyone who worked here was incredible, friendly and patient with our kids.  Bash and Viv were able to operate the machines with assistance, driving forward, backward, spinning in circles and picking up tires.  Dig This made sure we went out with a bang.

On Sharing Clothes & Keeping Things Gender Neutral

Above are the two of them in a Nirvana shirt we purchased at Target.

So this is a post that I have been dreaming about since I got pregnant with Vivien.  Before she was even born I made sure to purchase her certain items that could be shared by a future sister or brother.  There is something so adorable about your little ones sharing clothes and seeing them enjoy the same things. Because of the happiness this sharing brings me, I wanted to share about it here in the hopes of maybe inspiring some kid wardrobe choices for other moms and dads.

 

I want to talk about my 3 favorite clothing items my kids have shared so far and why they were so important.

I think you should always want to make sure your most expensive purchases are versatile between boys and girls. At least, I think that’s the best strategy if you plan on having more than one kid. So the first item I want to point out are these boots by UGG pictured above. We all know as parents, that shoes are a huge blessing to be able to re-use.

The reason why is that shoes – especially good shoes, can be pretty expensive!  Foot growth spurts are also a lot less predictable.  Your kid may wear a pair of shoes for only 3 weeks and then their feet could grow a couple sizes overnight!  So this is why buying good shoes that can be used by a boy or girl is super important because if this happens, you know they will get re-used.

The second item is this ‘Believe’ shirt. The company is Peek Kids and this is their signature.  They are known for high quality tees for babies and kids with cute phrases on them. I believe they have a store out here in LA, although I have only purchased their stuff through Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack or their site. I have many of their things but this top is my favorite. It works so well for a boy and girl. This brand stands out to me too because the cut of their clothes and sizing ends up working for kids way beyond the tag. For example, a shirt from them with a 12-18 month tag can usually work for 9 months to 2 years. I honestly don’t know how they do it.

 

One last purchase is this Baby Boden jacket. Jackets, similarly to shoes are pricey and are worn daily during the season. This was definitely a good buy and totally versatile for both kids.  It is a very well made warm coat so if you live somewhere colder, this is definitely something you may want to check out.  This particular one is not available anymore.  That is of course because I have had these for years.  But I do have other things from the company and can vouch for their quality.

 

So that’s it for now.  My 3 favorite gender neutral clothing purchases that my kids shared.  I have also done similar things with baby gear (stroller, carseat etc.) and toys which I may post about later.  For now, my message is clear.  Don’t buy everything pink or blue, especially not your big ticket items.   Here is one more just for the heck of it that we got from Zulily.  Our two in their “Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal” shirt.  I love Home Alone.