Creating A Love For Learning

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Creating a Love for Learning – by Terri Tura Simply put; Engagement + Learning =  Success When we engage our children in the classroom, we foster a love of learning.   Imagine how that will benefit every child throughout their lifetime! So, just HOW do we engage our children to learn well? The Education Initiative (TEI) going to ballot in November 2014 can certainly help foster a love of learning in every child in Nevada.  When passed, TEI will fund Nevada K-12 schools with $800,000,000 million annually.  These funds can give teachers more time in the classroom, increase the student ratio in every classroom, raise salaries, add technology and provide new textbooks, to name just a few benefits.  Read on… The best way to learn is when we are absorbed, focused, interested –time passes and we don’t even notice.  In fact time seems to stand still. When students are involved in a project they enjoy, they are engaged, in the moment, and completely  absorbed in the task they are performing.   Being engaged is an excellent state of mind for optimal learning and developing a love for learning. Studies show that when students have met their basic needs (food, shelter, and emotional acceptance), they can move on to “self actualization” where they can perform at their highest level.   Teachers need to create a classroom environment where students feel accepted, trusted and can therefore perform and learn at their highest level, classrooms where every child believes, “I count, I care, I can”, and classrooms where teachers take the time to understand student’s perspectives and build a level of trust. Studies show that assignments where students are intrinsically motivated engage learners at a deeper level where they understand the task, take ownership and enjoy the experience.  When students feel personal power, where what they do makes a difference, they are involved in the learning process.  In contrast, studies show that assignments and activities that use extrinsic motivation such as good grades, money, or other rewards, do not involve students in the learning process at the same level. Technology in the classroom is also an excellent way to engage students in the learning process. It builds students’ confidence and allows them to be active in the learning process by individualizing lessons so they can learn and master skills at their own pace.  Technology has been proven to narrow the learning gap between struggling students and A-students. We know what can make our children better learners, now how do we make it a reality in every Nevada classroom? The Education Initiative (TEI)  is going to ballot on November 2014 and will fund Nevada K-12 schools with $800,000,000 million annually when passed.  We need these funds to improve education in Nevada schools and ensure the success of our students in the learning process. TEI can make the difference in our children’s education and in our state’s economic future. You can help. Go online to www.theeducationinitiative.com/ and sign the online petition to show your support. “Like” TEI’s facebook page, www.facebook.com/theeducationinitiative ,follow us on Twitter @edinitiativenv. Together, we can make The Education Initiative pass. Together, we can make a better future  for our kids. Nevada needs better schools and the improved economy that comes with them. Nevada needs The Education Initiative....

It’s CyberMonday Where Are Moms in Vegas Shopping?

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If you are like me, you love to shop online – convenience, convenience, convenience.  I am not knocking the wonderful feeling of walking around stores aimlessly browsing or trying on clothes – I love that!  But when I am looking for specific gifts, I turn to the web.  So, before Cyber Monday ends, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite online shopping haunts – some new and some old.  Enjoy! LATHER AND FIZZ –  Find your gifts before they sell out! – Lather & Fizz carries some of the hottest pajamas and candles on the market.  They also have adorable bath gift sets for kids and adults.  I was surprised to find how much the men in my life love the deeper, sexier KOBO candle scents – candles were not my go to present for men, until now.  My kids just love the surprise bath bombs and bath cupcakes.  I love Bedhead PJ’s and wear mine all year round.  This retailer, based in Lake Tahoe with a great online store, is perfect for those extra unique gift items you need for friends and family!  Their Cyber Monday deal is free shipping on any order of $35 or more – but if you missed that deal, not to worry.  They offer free shipping on all orders of $100 or more (extremely easy to accomplish) and they sell some of their popular products on Amazon as well. GLOSSYBOX – Is someone on your list a beauty products junkie?  Or maybe it is you?  Check out Glossy Box.  Glossybox is a bespoke box of 5-6 luxury-sized cosmetic and wellness samples hand-picked by our beauty experts and mailed directly to your door. No matter which subscription plan you choose, from once-a-month to just once, this box is perfect little present from you to you! Monthly joy delivered by mail! GLOSSYBOX is an online subscription service that has fast become a favorite of beauty addicts worldwide. Take the hassle out of choosing between brands and new makeup products with GLOSSYBOX. With a GLOSSYBOX subscription you’ll also receive samples of the best hair products and the best skin care products for women. pediped – Amazing shoes for your kids growing feet!  Pediped constantly wins awards for the comfort, style and quality of their shoes and today you receive your second pair 1/2 off.  Read what they say about their shoes: “pediped’s® primary concern is the health and wellbeing of your child’s growing feet. In fact, pediped® was created to be “the next best thing to bare feet.” Our Foot Health Information provides facts to help you ensure your child will have healthy feet for a lifetime.” The perfect gift for someone who has toddlers or young children! STELLA & DOT – Stella & Dot is offering a great Cyber Monday deal!  But if you are reading this after Monday, don’t worry.  Every gift from Stella & Dot comes in a thoughtful and adorable box – basically just stick a bow on it and it is ready to sit under the tree, in a stocking or as a gift during your celebrated holiday.  I own more Stella & Dot jewelry then I care to admit and people are always complimenting my Stella & Dot purse.  I just love their stuff!  Beautiful gifts! ERIN CONDREN – I discovered this company a few years back and I just love them!  Holiday Cards, Life Planners and just about everything you need to organize in a fun and inspiring way!  You will also find gift boxes, travel necessities and lots of fun and unique presents.   LAUREN NICOLE GIFTS – Another favorite of mine that I discovered when my kids were younger.  This handmade, custom jewelry shop has everything you need to express your love in jewelry!       Now, if you want to do a little shopping out and about … then I recommend Lemontree Home Decor, Nordstrom Rack and Target – plus some browsing and buying at the District at Green Valley Ranch and Town Square – all in the name of old fashioned shopping!...

Bookmark for January!

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Let’s talk about a woman’s body image / food / life …. Here are a few of my beliefs: Pick what you want to be and be it – but know that if you are heavy and unhappy, you have the power to be happy Know that our world is very visual… it just is. You can change your body, but only if you want to – not if someone else wants it for you. Sometimes when you are heavy –  it is like a blanket. When you are ready, the way to remove the blanked becomes apparent Life is a journey – every experience teaches you something You can be fit, healthy and thin and not obsess about it – revolutionary concept! I won’t bore you with the details of my life.  But, just know that I was an overweight kid from 4th to 6th grade.  Kids were mean to me.  It made me more compassionate and more understanding, but it also made me more determined.  I thinned out and stayed thin until I had kids.  I then ate everything under the sun while pregnant (it was like a free pass!) and I have never really gotten it off.  Or, maybe I didn’t want to – until now! I did Weight Watchers (points gone by 3pm).  I worked out like a fiend (and ate like one too).  I did Jenny Craig.  I worked on my emotional component to eating.  I snacked on my kids food and ate when I wasn’t hungry.  I ate late at night.  I ate to relax, to curb anxiety, for fun, for pleasure, just because. …..  By now you probably think I was a HUGE WOMAN, but I love exercise, so I worked out more than most humans and maintained about 35 lbs of extra weight. Then, I took the plunge to Raw Fitness.  Now this isn’t for everyone – seriously, it is exercise.  It is work.  It is a place to change your life.  But I took the journey in May and I am still here.  I love it.  In fact, I think it might be a little addicting! HERE IS WHAT I LOVE I need to workout with a team. I need the social aspect. I need the fun. I need the team – did I already say that? Raw Fitness gives me all of that with support and fun and none of the catty / cliquee type atmosphere.  Words cannot express my love for this gym!  These people – all on the same journey.  Different ages.  As an example, I am about to turn 40.  I work out with all ages 20’s to 50’s and whatever – it doesn’t matter.  We are there to work “Easy Day” as Justin says while trying to kill us HERE IS WHERE I AM Since May, I have lost 17 lbs and 12% body fat.  But really, I don’t care that much about the weight – well I do in some sense, but what I want to be is healthy and look good in whatever I want to wear.  I still have more to go, but I am not sure how much more.  I guess I will know when I get there.  Another gift from Raw is strength and endurance.  Yet another gift is better nutrition for my kids and my family.  They are starting to follow in my footsteps and I kind of feel like I am changing the next generation’s food relationship. HERE IS WHAT IS GOING ON So, I invited Justin to blog and tell you all the things he shares with us as a Raw Fitness team.  Did I mention he is a single dad – well was until a beautiful woman came into his life.  I says this because I think it really shows when a man stands up – takes responsibility for his kid and raises him – Some may say women do that all the time.  True, so isn’t it extra amazing when a man does it!  Just a little insight into the mind of Justin. I invite you to come try a week of fitness.  Justin (the owner of Raw Fitness) lets anyone come and try it free for a week.  I must confess that I tried it for a week over a year ago and didn’t stay because I didn’t enroll in the Fit in 42 program (this incorporates food and workouts).  Once I did that with a friend, I will never go back! Ever!!!!!! WELCOME TO MOMS IN VEGAS, JUSTIN BLUM Please welcome Justin to Moms in Vegas by liking his Facebook page and reading a little about his gym and the people at his gym.  He is a force and a brilliant man.  If you are ready to take off the blanket, he is there for you – BUT it is all about you.  If you fail / decide not to be successful/ quit.  That is OK but it is all you.  In fact, that is true of everything you do in life. Own it!   So, eat your yummy holiday treats – Justin even approves – but bookmark this post for January – or maybe contact them before and just sign yourself up for January’s program – it will sell out!!!!! Here is the number: (702) 324-6583 – talk to Amber and tell her Moms in Vegas sent you (side note:  I receive...

Town Square Las Vegas is about to get so much better ….

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Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to go on a date with one of my kids – just the two of us.  On this particular day, we decided to go to Town Square and walk around. I must say that I am so glad we did!  We saw sign after sign for new and fun shops coming into the development and I wanted to share them with you. First of all, did you know that the Sugar Factory will soon have a restaurant at Town Square near the movie theater?  This is our favorite place to go for birthday celebrations, but we don’t love taking our kids to the strip to do it.  Now they are open a location that is great for locals and visitors right in Town Square.  We like to order one or two big sundaes with a group of us and marvel at the size.  We can’t wait for them to open! We also noticed that Panda Express and Capriottis both have open shops in the movie theater section of Town Square.  There is a huge sign for Gameworks opening soon.  Even though I couldn’t find a date for their grand opening, they do have a Facebook page for this location – check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/GameWorksLasVegas. We also noticed a coming soon sign for Crazy Pita, a locally owned rotisserie and grill. They will be opening near I Love Burgers.  We love their food and love that they are local. Speaking of local, you may or may not know that Pediped has a store in Town Square and you can try on and purchase their new women’s line called “Brian James Footwear.”  I personally own three pairs of their shoes and just love them!  Angela Edgeworth, founder and local business owner, has a true talent for fabulous shoes! We always stop in Sketchers, Justice and Hello Kitty – which is a short walk across Town Square near California Pizza Kitchen.  We also often stop in Charming Charlie to see all the color coordinated jewelry. While on that side of town square, we noticed a “Coming Soon” sign for Crate & Barrel – in fact it says opening October 29th! And, if you are looking for some extra holiday $$, they appear to be hiring for the season.  Their new store is located across from Tommy Bahamas. There is a store called “It’s Sugar” that I never really noticed before, located across from the YardHouse.  It was a really fun store, full of gigantic candy and lots of other unique gifts and toys.  From 1/2 Pound Sugar Daddy’s to Superman and Duck Dynasty – they seem to have everything!             I also took some pictures of events being promoted around Town Square, including: NOVEMBER 1, 2013 UNLV’s “A Haunted Homecoming” happening November 1st, 2013 at Town Square. This event is free and starts at 11am until 6pm.  At 6pm there is a parade. OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 3, 2013 Zoppe, an Italian Family Circus at The Smith Center from 10/31 – 11/3/2013.  Go to www.TheSmithCenter.com or call them at (702) 749-2000 to reserve your tickets.    ...

Moms in Vegas Youtube Tuesdays – Kid Friendly Pools!

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Kid Friendly Vegas: 3 Pools in 3 Days! It’s Youtube Tuesday at Moms in Vegas and we found the greatest Youtube for you – Kid Friendly Vegas: Three Pools in Three Days! Stay cool with the kids this summer!  Beat the heat at three of the best kid friendly pools in town! Hard Rock Hotel Pool, Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Shark Tank Pool and Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Pool.  

Do You Need A Great Hairday?

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Well You Are in Luck!  Moms in Vegas is giving a blowout to one lucky Moms in Vegas reader! iBlowdry Salon is a Las Vegas Blow Dry Bar giving you fabulous blow outs to the women of Las Vegas. If you’re in the mood for a great hair day every day, then listen up!  iBlowdry Salon is in our town!   This chic salon offers a blow dry bar that’s open until midnight Friday and Saturday nights – perfect for an all-night party town like Las Vegas!  If you haven’t caught the buzz yet, blow dry bars are the hottest new trend sweeping the country! The concept started in New York City, blew across the country, hit big in Los Angeles and is now heating up in Las Vegas! A blow dry bar is just that, a salon where you can get just an excellent blowout!   There are very good reasons for this hot new trend: first, who doesn’t want their hair to look more gorgeous? Second, who can’t use a little pampering at any given time?  And third, there’s nothing like that walking-on-air feeling you have when you know your locks are looking hot! A visit to a Las Vegas blow dry bar won’t break the bank either. The price point for a blowout  is just $35 for a daytime blowout or $40 for an evening blowout (8 p.m. to midnight),  regardless of your hair length or thickness. Fortunately for us, iBlowdry Salon offers amazing stylish blowouts that will pamper you and make you feel like a million bucks! The iBlowdry is conveniently located at 5120 S. Decatur, Suite 102, Las Vegas. A chic salon with a very cool vibe describes iBlowdry Salon. Its décor is mostly a white palette with accents of blues and browns. Charging stations and rhinestone-studded purse hooks are conveniently located at each chair.  Gorgeous chandeliers adorn the ceilings and regal Tiffany blue curtains separate the hair salon from the nail stations and make-up application stations. You can choose from eight fabulous blow-out looks, each named after a flower to signify the salon’s sweet logo of a blow-dryer blowing dandelion seeds in the air. Their signature blow-out is the Dandelion, which is similar to Kim Kardashian’s loose curls and The Rose is a tighter curl similar to Taylor Swift’s locks. There’s a flower style for everyone.  My teenage daughter recently experienced a blow-out from iBlowdry and was thrilled with the result.  Her stylist determined my daughter’s hair type and washed her hair accordingly with a shampoo that deeply conditions and repairs locks.  My daughter had a hard time choosing from all the stylish looks, but she went with The Daisy, a tight wavy curl that came out looking beautifully!  Her hair was glossy, shiny and bouncy – and she was happy! Think iBlowdry for your next Girl’s Night Out!  A visit to iBlowdry before hitting the town will leave all your girlfriends  with that walking- on-air feeling knowing their locks are stylish, and beautiful!  Your entire posse will “turn heads” all night long! iBlowdry is the perfect place for head-to-toe pampering!  Whether it’s your first blowout, or your fiftieth, iBlowdry will make you feel gorgeous and  your hair will cause major envy!  Don’t be surprised if iBlowdry soon becomes one of your favorite addictions!   How To Enter To Win & Review Your Blow Out From iBlowdry Salon- (Value $35) 1.  Like iBlowdry Salon’s Facebook page. 2.  Like our Moms in Vegas Facebook Page and let us know:  Tell us your favorite style of blowout. Please provide us with an email or contact info., so we can notify you if you win. **The winner will be notified and you can redeem your gift certificate at iBlowdry Salon by showing your identification. As always, please read our giveaway rules.  This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada addresses only. THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS MIDNIGHT MONDAY JULY 22, 2013.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday July 23,...