Good Morning from Las Vegas! We touched down in the City of Love and Luck for a weekend in the sun (spa?). If I win B-I-G, rest assured I plan on spoiling my chums and writing better blog posts!
I couldn’t help myself with this blog post title. Since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, the city is like a pulsing heart, and the signs of love are everywhere. When we stepped off the plane, Colby Caillat’s “Bubbly” was playing, and if you haven’t heard it in a while, it “starts in your toes, makes you crinkle your nose” and really helps to put you in the mood for the weekend. 🙂
It was a different story the night before we left though, when the travel pressure was kicking in…
finish laundry, pack, make arrangements, button up the house. (teehee “button up the house,” I just threw that part in because it sounds cool, and is something my mom does so that they can always return to a clean, cozy space). I am lucky to make it out the door with my kids, keys and two of the same shoes on. Which is why on nights like these, I think it helps to have a surefire personal mantra for managing stress, which I will share in a minute.
My daughter recently encountered one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days, and I told her it sounded like she needed a reboot. So she asked me: “Mom, how do you reboot?” This moment had the makings of being a great opportunity to show my daughter how to be resilient, but the words that came out of my mouth left her dumbfounded. “Well honey, when I need to regroup I pour myself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull myself together.”
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While living by Liz Taylor’s advice works wonders for me, I don’t want my young daughter to be turning to drinks and lipstick to get through life at her age. I attribute this to being a parent who is an only child. I was born an old soul, so when it comes to raising my kids, my advice isn’t always age-appropriate. However, only children aren’t all that bad, and you can read the Ode to the Only Child to find out what else makes us tick. Fortunately, my daughter is smart enough to read “between the lines,” so she opted for a shower, snack, Gatorade and her own personal mantra to get her mojo back: “Shake It Off.” Apparently, when kids fall on the playground at school, they get up singing “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift – nice!
My other favorite way to chill out on a stressful day, is to watch a movie that makes me feel better about my own messy life. To date, my go-to has always been “One Fine Day” with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer (more related to this movie in tomorrow’s post), but my new pick is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s guaranteed to make you feel better about your crazy days and nights, and is available now at RedBox.
Movie trailer found here.
What I didn’t know is that there is also a book version for the younger set.
Image found here.
It’s possible that the movie was based on this book, but I don’t have time to check on it, because I’m in Vegas baby! Back tomorrow with another post. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, here are 50 things you probably don’t know about Las Vegas.
Wishing you a lucky day!
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