Unicorn Snack Packs take two!!! We crafted up Unicorn Snack Packs years ago when Haylie was in Preschool! They were 100% hand made and so adorable!!! However, Haylie barely remembers it. Funny how kids remember certain things, but not the others. Since she has been unicorn obsessed since the age of two when her great grandparents gave her a stuffed unicorn that became her version of a teddy, you would think the memory of making unicorn valentine’s would stick.
O well, just gave us an excuse to craft up a new version of unicorn snack packs!! This time however I went the lazy route and hit up Amazon and ordered unicorn sticker sheets, unicorn cupcake toppers and some handy dandy super glue and these babies were crafted up in less than an hour!
Tossed the unicorn snack packs into Dollar Tree goodie bags along with a spoon, stuck a $1 Walmart Valentine on a piece of ribbon and tied those baggies up! Can’t wait for Haylie to tell me how her class reacts to the Valentine’s on Friday!!!! So exciting!!!
Do you craft up Valentine’s with your kiddos?!
Looking for all-ages activities in Las Vegas? I’ve been to Vegas many times! Heck, I was even married there back in 2013! Every Vegas trip I spot dozens of advertisements for the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay! On Haylie & I’s most recent trip, we moved this excursion to the top of our to-do list since all-ages Las Vegas was exactly what we were after! Would it live up to the hype?!? Or was it a cash grab?!?? Keep on reading to find out!
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Aquarium is an exciting journey through a slowly sinking temple overcome by some of the most dangerous predators in the world. View a diverse cross-section of magnificent aquatic creatures, including 100 sharks, (15 species in all) along with exotic fish, reptiles and sea turtles. Featuring more that 2,000 animals, Shark Reef Aquarium is comprised of nearly 1.6 million gallons of water in 14 exhibits, including rare Golden Crocodiles, Piranha, a Touch Pool Experience and over 30 sharks in our 1.3 million gallon Shark Exhibit. Guests also experience two walk through tunnel exhibits giving a "diver's view" of the underwater world.
Conceived in the mid 1990's, Mandalay Bay was destined to be different from the moment the concept was born. Included in the initial discussions and designs was something totally different from a Las Vegas perspective - an aquarium - a full size aquarium with cutting edge technology which would prove to be an excellent platform for research, conservation and education. This addition to the property would be recognized as something quite different in the middle of Nevada's high desert.
Completed at a cost of nearly $60 million, the fully themed facility was designed with the idea of immersing the visitor into this underwater world in the desert. Since opening on June 20, 2000, Shark Reef Aquarium has inspired nearly a million visitors a year, and tens of thousands of the Las Vegas Valley's school children have had the opportunity to visit Shark Reef under the school group program.
In March 2003, Shark Reef Aquarium became the first animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We continue to hold this distinction as first and only to this day.
Shark Reef is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of animal care, to providing its visitors with an entertaining and educational experience, and to the practice of meaningful research and conservation initiatives.
Shark Reef Aquarium and Polar Journey Package:
Seniors (65+) $23.00
Children (Age 4-12) $19.00
Children (3 & under) Free
Nevada Resident Admission:
Children (Age 4-12) $17.00
Children (3 & under) Free
Best Value Package:
Available at the Shark Reef Box Office.
Includes: one admission to Shark Reef and one admission to Polar Journey, once 6x9 photo and a souvenir gift.
Best Value for Nevada Resident:
Children (Age 4-12) $30.00
Children (3 & under) Free
Check Expedia or Groupon for deals!!!
The question on everyone’s mind!!! Was it fun?! Or a total cash grab?!?! What if I said it was both?!? Honestly, the reason I took so long to even post a Shark Reef review was that I didn’t know if I should spend my time writing out a neutral review! I can’t just spew out positives 24/7, so I figured y’all deserve to know the scoop!
I like to think of the Shark Reef as a mini version of the chain aquarium, SeaLife! While my 7 year old had a blast pointing out all of the fishes, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a tad bit small. You will see all that there is to see within an hour. Perfect for little ones, but if you’re older, you might leave a tad but disappointed when you walk through the aquarium thinking you must have missed a section, but nope! That was it!
However, for $20+ adults in Vegas, you get exactly what you pay for! $20 doesn’t exactly get you far in Sin City. Heck, a slice of pizza and a drink at the food court will come close to that, so to see live fish and badass sharks, the price is right for Vegas!
Would I go back?!? If someone handed me free tickets, absolutely! If I was staying at Mandalay Bay and needed to kill some time before heading to the airport? Sure, why not! If I’m ever in Vegas with kids under 10 years old, heck yeah I will take them to see the sharks. Would I pay $20 to roam the aquarium with a group of adults? Nope! I can think of other ways to spend that cash. Date night at the Shark Reef? Take your date somewhere else lol.... I think y’all get my point ;-)
Have you been to the Shark Reef Aquarium Mandalay Bay
Does anyone else have a food they hated as a kid & then now that you’re and old lady you actually enjoy it?! That’s me with all things lemon! I hated lemon so much when I was a kiddo! Lemon Sour Patch Kids were even my least favorite! Fast forward many years and here I am actually wanting to eat all things lemon! I guess I finally got my adult taste buds lol...
I had a craving for lemon cookies the other day and decided to chef up a batch. Super easy! So yummy!!! They were gone within a day! Enjoy!
• 15oz Box Lemon Cake Mix
• 2 Eggs
• 1/2 Lemon
• 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
• 3.4oz Box Lemon Pudding Mix
• Lemon Frosting
Empty Lemon Cake Mix & pudding mix into a large mixing bowl. Crack 2 eggs. Pour melted butter into the bowl.
Squeeze half of a lemon.
Mix well & refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll into tablespoon sized balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 12-15minutes at 350 degrees or until cookies are fully cooked.
Frost with lemon frosting. Serve & enjoy!
Finally!!! I have finally found a flatbread that tastes like a restaurant!!! When I lived in FL, flatbreads were more popular than pizza. Everywhere I went, ahhh delicious flatbreads, but when I went to try and recreate at home?!? It was all struggles since finding a flatbread that actually tasted food was hard!!!
Then it finally happened!!! That totally yummy rectangle above?!? It came from freaking Aldi! That’s right! Aldi is now home to the yummiest flatbread I have found at a grocery store. The best part?! It’s CHEAP!!! So you best believe I’ve been chef’ing up every type of flatbread I can think of. My latest favorite?!? BBQ Chicken! So yum!!!!!
• Grilled Chicken Sliced
• BBQ Sauce
• Mozzarella Cheese
• Red Onion
Coat your flatbread in bbq sauce.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Top with chicken & red onion.
Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serve & enjoy!!
Cookie anyone?!?! Any version of sugar cookies are legit my favorite!! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is cookies galore, so I’m always trying to come up with reasons why o need to make cookies all year round! Valentine’s Day sounded like a fabulous reason to chef up a batch of cookies, so that’s exactly what I did over the weekend! So yum! Not a single cookie left since they were THAT good! Enjoy!
• 1 Box Butter Golden Cake Mix
• 2 Eggs
• 1 TBS Vanilla
• 1/2 Cup Butter
Pour cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Crack two eggs. Add vanilla.
Pour in butter and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and then roll around in sprinkles. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes at 350.
Serve & enjoy!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.