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Vegas {recap}

Hey! Happy Monday. I am trying to adjust to the time change with a 3 year old that got up at 8am central time, when my body is still on 6am Las Vegas time. . . Early bedtime for our house tonight!

Just stopping in quick on Monday afternoon to share some pictures from our long weekend in Vegas!

We took a morning flight on Thursday and got in about lunch time.


And wasted no time hitting up the pool.



And getting drinks.


We stayed at the Bellagio. The view of the fountains and the strip were amazing.


We didn’t have any plans before we went, other than I was in town for a medical conference, so I had my conference every morning and then had the afternoon/evenings free to hang out.

We explored.


Ate dessert.


Saw Penn and Teller.


And hung out with them after the show.


Breakfast at the best place ever – Mon Ami Gabi.


Their blueberry French toast is amazing.


Laura gave up on the last day. . .


It was hard to say good bye.


And I want to wish Sadie (Laura’s puppy) a very happy 3rd birthday. . . doesn’t she look thrilled? Winking smile 


Hope you are having a great start to your week!

What were you up to this weekend??


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Friday Favorites: Vegas!

Hi! Happy Friday from Las Vegas.


I’m in town for a medical conference this weekend. And Scott and Laura decided to tag along for a fun weekend.


Off to learn lots, soak up some sun, eat some good food and enjoy this amazing view from our room at the Bellagio. Smile


Have a great weekend!

Plans for the weekend? Any suggestions for things to do in Vegas??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Weekend Update: 9/22/13

Our last day in Vegas was a success. . .

Conference time..  .  followed by breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi –> also known as the place with the world’s best French toast. Scott and I ate here twice on our last trip because the French toast is that amazing!


Perfectly thick bread, lots of blueberries, blueberry syrup and a mound of fresh whipped cream. . . I am drooling just thinking about it again!!


Then, a walk down the strip to work off our breakfast. We walked through New York New York, MGM Grand – we wanted to see the lions, but did you know that they retired them a year ago!?! Laura was super bummed. I tried to make it up to her by taking her to M and M world. . .


Back to the hotel for more pool time. .. while it was like 90 degrees out, it was so windy! So it was actually sorta chilly at the pool. We hung out in the chairs in the water for a while and eventually I got cold enough that I went into the hot tub! I know, 90 degrees and I am sitting in the hot tub. It felt so good! Smile 

A few pics from our hotel – The Cosmopolitan – so pretty and sparkly everywhere!


Then, we headed over to the Bellagio – watch the fountains (probably my favorite thing in Vegas!)


and then picked up tickets for “O” and headed to dinner at the Bellagio Buffet. And yes more pics of dessert. Smile We compared the Bellagio buffet to Cesar’s palace and because I know you are all on the edge of your seats, we agreed that Cesar’s was better, had more food options and was overall better quality, Bellagio had better desserts. Winking smile 


Then, it was time for the show!


“O” is a cirque de solei show that uses a water tank for part of the stage. It was about 90 minutes long. The stage was super cool how it moved and was sometimes water and sometimes not. There was a lot of acrobatics, diving, synchronized swimming and (per Laura) weird clowns. We have both seen LOVE before and really liked that one and thought that one was better, a more cohesive show with a story than “O” but we still were glad that we saw this one too.

And then some time just relaxing in bed, watching TV. One thing that I really love about hotels is all the pillows and watching TV from bed – 2 things that I don’t have at home!

And then it was light’s out for our early morning wake up call of 5:30am.

Only to get to the airport and have our flight delayed by an hour. Thankfully, I had Starbucks and Laura to keep me busy. Smile


Finally we got on the plane and headed back to MN. We were totally bored, so we played a couple of games. . . 1. guess what famous person I am thinking of by asking yes or no questions (we had to guess Kate Middleton, Keith Urban, Jeff Probst, and Kate Spade) and 2. make up a story by each saying a word at a time –> we ended up with a story about a pig eating spaghetti and meatballs. Smile 

And I had her be my random number generator for the Chobani giveaway. . .


#57 – Congrats Danica!!

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Please email me at running4cupcakes@gmail.com!!

After a quick lunch with Laura and Dad, I was headed back to Mankato.. .

It is nice to be home. Smile 



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Day 2 in Vegas–MESA and BURGR

Hey! Happy Saturday! Hope you are having a great weekend. Smile Laura and I are still having a blast in Vegas. . . I thought I would just pop in and share some of our activities yesterday.

After my conference we headed to Bobby Flay’s restaurant – Mesa (in Cesar’s Palace). Started with a margarita.  . .


and the best cheese dip ever. It was the goat cheese “queso fundido.” Laura and I have already vowed to recreate this at home. . .


And we shared the 16 spice chicken salad, which was good, but after that dip, we really just wanted to eat 4 more of those. . . Winking smile 


And then some shopping. . .


And walking around. . .


Gelato at the Venetian. . . I got the stracciatella, which is Italian cream and dark chocolate pieces.


More pool time. . . with drinks!

And I met some new friends. . .  Smile 


And if lunch wasn’t awesome enough, we at at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant BURGR for dinner.


I got the Hell’s Kitchen burger. It was one of the best burgers I have ever had. And the sweet potato fries were life changing. . . they actually came with a powdered sugar shaker.


Then, we headed downtown. Played roulette at the Golden Nugget. Laura broke even (and actually made up her $40 deficit from earlier in the day) and I won $33. . .not too shabby. So, we immediately headed to the Sugar Factory to spend our winnings. . .


best. decision. ever. Smile 


And then we went back to the hotel and I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow!!

My conference is starting in just a few minutes, and then we are headed to Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast. . . If you remember from my last trip to Las Vegas, that French toast was the highlight! And then we have tickets to see “O” tonight!!

Hope you are having a great weekend. Smile


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Hey there, happy Friday! Today is an especially happy Friday because Laura and I are in Vegas for the weekend. We got here yesterday morning and we are having a total blast so far. Smile 


The view from our room at the Cosmopolitan. . .


Our room. . .


Lunch. . . super good!!


Sisters. . . both with pink problems. . .


Afternoon pool time. . .


Followed by a quick workout. .. Laura had to check out the boxing ring. .. I mean, seriously have you ever stayed in a hotel with a boxing ring? Craziness in Vegas. . .


And then some wandering. .. and if you go to Vegas – you must! check out this chocolate place – Vosges (in Cesar’s Palace). .. samples and deliciousness.


Then, dinner!! When in Vegas – you have to go to at least 1 buffet. Laura had heard good things about the buffet at Cesar’s Palace –Bacchanal (literally means feast of the Gods!). And it was super good. My highlights –> the best tacos I have had since living in Mexico, the sweet potato tator tots and fries and the dessert.


And yes, 3 out of the 4 pictures I took were of the desserts. Winking smile 


A quick stop at the Bellagio fountains – one of my favs – and we were back home for a earlier night to rest up for our weekend. . .


I am here for a medical conference (rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine baby!), which is only from 8-1 every morning, and then Laura and I have the rest of the day to hang out. She is currently sleeping in and I am waiting for my conference to start. The only problem with Vegas is that it is 2 hours behind MN, so I was awake at 5am!!

I stayed in bed until 6am and then decided I might as well get up.  . . I hit up the fitness center for some treadmill time –> 6 miles and a beautiful sunrise over the Las Vegas strip with the mountains in the background. #gooddecision. Smile 


Now, just have to get my latte fix and I will be good to go!


We are planning on doing some walking around today, more laying by the pool, checking out Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant BURGR, and heading to downtown Las Vegas for some gambling and the light show.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vegas?? Any recommendations for Laura and I?

And what are you up to this weekend???


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Vegas Baby Vegas!

Scott and I recently went to Las Vegas for a long weekend (Thursday to Monday). I was there for a medical conference on Women’s Health and Scott tagged along for a little vacation before the baby comes in April.


(30 weeks)

I had never been to Vegas before so I was super stoked about the trip.


We stayed at the Bellagio, which was fabulous!


We had a view of the fountains… You could turn your TV onto the “fountain channel” and when the fountains were on, you could listen to the music that goes with the fountain show. That was the best part of the trip. Sitting next to each other in our hotel room, watching the fountains and the people through the floor to ceiling window.



Our other favorite thing: blueberry French toast at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel.



I had done some looking at other people’s blogs before going to Vegas for recommendations on what to do while we were there and everyone said to eat at this restaurant for breakfast. It was so good that we ate there on Sunday and Monday for breakfast!


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Other activities we did. . .

· Walked around lots!

· Shopping inside Caesar’s Palace

· Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

· Crazy desserts at the Sugar Factory

· Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay

· Fleur (by Hubert Keller) at Mandalay Bay

· LOVE The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil show at Mirage

· Watching the lions at the MGM Grand

· Lunch buffet at Bellagio

Also, since we knew we were going to Vegas in January, for Christmas I gave Scott a gift certificate for an Exotics Racing experience.



We went to the Las Vegas Outdoor Motor Speedway and Scott got to drive a Ferrari F430!




I also drooled over the Porsche. . .


And of course we had to come home with something for the baby. . .


It was a great trip overall!

My recommendations for anyone going to Vegas:

· Bellagio Hotel with a fountain view

· Mon Ami Gabi blueberry French toast

· Watching the lions at MGM Grand

· Cirque du Soleil show – LOVE was amazing!

· Walking around and checking out all the hotels

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