Traveling to Vegas With a Baby Part 1

Vegas was interesting to say the least

It’s like a whole other experience when you have to be a responsible adult. Hah.

The first day was pure chaos.

Theres so much extra crap you have to bring when you have kids.. like car seat, stroller, diaper bag, toys, food, etc etc. I felt like I was moving across the country with how much stuff we shoveled into the airport by ourselves.

The flight there was fine. No turbulence and only one loud outburst from baby. I thought she would end up taking a nap during the 2 hour flight since she usually does around that time, but, nope.

New environment, too much excitement… must stay awake mommy! She did end up falling asleep for the last 20 min we were in air. Hey, I’ll take what I can get!

So we grab our million items once we get off the plane and go catch the shuttle bus to the car rental place and wait in a long line. My husband was stressing cause his friend was the first UFC fight of the day which started at 3pm. We landed at 1pm and got to the shuttle at 1:30pm. We should have had plenty of time to grab the car and go. Nope. Apparently I scheduled the car pick up for the following day, so our car wasnt even there. It took an hour back and forth to finally get a mini van, which added $10 to our bill. My husband wasn’t happy about having a mini van when we booked a small suv, but we didnt have time to mess around. We finally get going and it’s like a little after 2:30 and he still has to drop me and baby off at Harrahs to check-in.

Needless to say, he didn’t end up making it there before 3pm and actually missed his friends fight which got stopped due to injury. This was kind of the whole point of our trip, but we had no clue when he’d be fighting, otherwise, we could have scheduled a better flight time for him to make it. It sucks, but what can ya do?

So I was alone with baby waiting to get the check-in email alert that my room was ready but nothing ever came. So I had to go stand in a line after all even though I attempted to avoid it by the email text check-in they sent the day of our arrival. Meh.

Once I got into the room though, it was great; nice and newly updated. Not the nicest room we’ve ever stayed in, but it was pretty decent!

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I basically just stayed in the room to nap with her and walked around the hotel a bit to get food.

Other than that it was a pretty boring first day…

Since this post is long enough, ill update with another.

Traveling to Vegas Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow morning we leave for Vegas, and although I was a little excited when we first booked back in March, I’m now kind of worried its not going to be as fun. Mainly because it’s going to be a different experience with a child, but also, it’s going to be almost 100 degrees. I aint ready for that kind of heat yet!!

Im prepared though. We have tons of sunblock, new swimsuits and our hats to be protected from the sun. I’ll prolly be strolling around in the hotels most of the time since they keep the AC running, but they can also be smokey which I think is going to suck, especially having arya around that. Luckily though, thats mainly in the casino area where she can’t hang out anyways.

The first day (tomorrow) is just going to be me and Arya all day alone since daddy has the UFC event to go to as soon as we get off the plane and pick up our car pretty much. His gym friend is fighting again in the UFC, which is the reason we decided to go in the first place.

Hopefully tomorrow will go smoothly and i can check into the room early with arya so I’m not stuck lugging crap around all day or having to wait in a long line for an hour with a possible crabby baby. I wished one of my family members were going or even one of my friends, but I’ll survive… I hope.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort in Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii was beautiful but I recommend leaving the city /resort area. We booked a trip to Oahu and stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort which included flight for 3k on Costco Travel.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort

View from our hotel room

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort has numerous different room towers. The closer you are to the ocean, the higher the room rate. We were in the Tapa tower in the village area, so it was sort of a walk to the ocean from the room, but that was fine since we needed the exercise!

The village area was pretty cool though. There’s a bunch of shops for touristy purchases, food options, and even bird viewings at certain times of the day. This was our first trip with our daughter so having some animals for her to check out was pretty cool. They had a fish pond and a turtle pond as well. Definitely, a family catered resort which was a plus! View Post

Taking a Little Trip to Oahu

A few months ago, my husband mentioned taking a trip to Hawaii at the end of the year before our little one starts walking so we wouldn’t be too stressed out from having to chase her around. I immediately started saving as much as I could from blogging income at that point because I knew that my husband would probably back out of it when the time comes because of funds being limited. He started this massive backyard project that’s going to take like 5k to finish, and we just got done with our master bathroom remodel in February which cost us 10k. A lot of money, but in the end worth it because it’ll help out with our resell value. I knew with all of those limitations, his mentioning of Hawaii wouldn’t actually happen unless I helped out. I’ve never been there and would love to go of course, so I am all on board!

We decided that early November or early December would probably be the best time to make this trip happen since it’s the cheapest overall for package deals. Just don’t plan to save money around the holidays when people are traveling during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I think we’re going to stay on Oahu since it’s somehow the cheapest. Maybe more touristy? They want to get you there so you’ll spend more money on what they have to offer? At least that’s my guess considering the capital is on that island.

I also liked Oahu because it has some of the most beautiful beaches and adventurous excursions; we’ll definitely need to be packing our comfy Reef attire and shoes/sandals for exploring the island. My Reef Braided Cushion sandals are a must for this trip. You wouldn’t think a sandal would be that comfortable, but it has support and is cushion-y; feels like you’re walking on air!

I can’t wait for this trip, it’s going to be amazing, that is if I end up saving enough at the end of the year. Hopefully I’ll get to see some pretty blue waters in Oahu that I didn’t get to see while in Mazatlan, Mexico. That’s always been one of my things to see in life, but I may just have to go to the Caribbean some time for that. Beaches around here are mucky, dirty and cold. Definitely not a pleasant experience.

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Have you been to Hawaii? Did you love it or was it overrated?

My 2014 FREE Vegas Reward Redemption’s Thru MyVegas

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We’re going to Vegas again, in less than 2 weeks to be exact. I always make sure to play MyVegas on Facebook because we’re a frugal couple. We don’t like paying the high prices that most tourists pay when vacationing in Vegas. It gives us a little more room to gamble (low rollers) and dine out at thee expensive restaurants.

So far we have all 6 of our rewards claimed. (MyVegas only allows 3 per person in a 30 day period). It used to not be limited, but since its gotten popular, they had to put a limit otherwise everyone would be going just to enjoy their free rewards and not really gambling per say.

We’re staying at the Monte Carlo this time in a Deluxe King room which is their very basic one. It won’t even compare to our last room at the Mirage from MyVegas, but oh well, free is free, and it was the only one available for our dates of travel. (Yes, they have a calendar for their room day redemption)

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MyVegas Reward Breakdown:

  1. (3) Nights at Monte Carlo – Sat, Sun, Mon = $467.04 saved
  2. (2) $50 Free Play Vouchers for Monte Carlo (Must stay 3 nights) = $100 saved
  3. 2 Premium Tickets to Zumanity Cirque De Soleil = $245 saved

 

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Which brings our grand total to $812.04 saved to go to Vegas. We paid $316 for both of us round trip to fly Southwest for $79 each way, $106 for our full size rental car and another $56 for our last night downtown on Fremont Street. I also have $104.68 saved on my Total Rewards card because of Social Rewards and my husband has $81, which are both going towards food at CET properties.

Overall, a nice haul (not our biggest) but MyVegas is to blame for that for putting up limitations. LOL cause I still have 150k loyalty points leftover! This will probably be our last trip for a while too since we found out we were pregnant with our first 2 days after we booked the flights. Going to be a unique experience that’s for sure. But, who needs booze to enjoy Vegas?

Have you played MyVegas on Facebook? If so, what have you redeemed, and were you happy with it?