Daytrippin with IKEA Las Vegas

Planning to spend the day with an old friend felt like the right thing to do.  The only thing to do when someone you haven’t seen in a long time is getting ready to set up shop in your neck of the woods.  


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Here’s a quick play by play of my sweet morning with IKEA Las Vegas soon to come:

Arrived way too early, so early they were still vacuuming carpets.  But that’s what die hard IKEA fans do right!  Arrive early and ready to help out.  Seeing the product in the front of the tent just made me all kinds of giddy.  I felt like it was almost too real.  IKEA is going to be not far from my home and I don’t need to plan a plane right, car rental or truck to get the items I buy back home.  Can I get a what what!!!

 The 351,000 square-foot future IKEA Las Vegas, and 1,300 parking spaces, will be built on 26 acres along the northern side of Interstate-215 at Durango Drive, near Sunset Road.

There were brief commentary about how IKEA started, the name and the immense growth IKEA has take over the past decade and a half.  A few works from our very handsome Governor Brian Sandoval and then out to the ceremony of dirt as I like to call it.  

IKEA Las Vegas Ground Breaking Ceremony

By the way, the above and below images were taken with my iPhone6…they are bomb, right!!  I absolutely love my iPhone 6 more than words can say. 

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My sweet friend Mrs. Erika joined me in the festivities and I was so excited but what’s fun without experiencing it with friends.  And guess what, she couldn’t remember ever remembering an IKEA….WHAT THE?!@%$&*!!!   I wasn’t even sure how to respond other than, “I’ll be your guide.”  IKEA is my happy place and I’m sure it will soon be hers too!

The IKEA Showroom

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Who wouldn’t love 351,000 square feet of shopping at an affordable price? I would!!  You get inspired by IKEA just walking through the showroom.  Creativity that you didn’t even know you could have imagined.  Then…just when you thought it couldn’t get better, you hit;

The IKEA restaurant

area…WHAT :-)  My favorite meatballs await you with mash potatoes and lingonberry jam on the side; HELLO!

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Once you’ve had an amazing swedish lunch, breakfast or dinner…which ever makes you happy, THEN; then you go to where all the magic happens.

The IKEA Marketplace


If your imagination didn’t run wild in the showroom, then the marketplace will make you giddy for sure. There are row after rows of items for you to fill your cart with and ideas just float in your head of how you can make that super cushy mat work.  Or what kind of dinner party you can throw if you purchased this great pack of 8 glassed for $.99 each.  It’s just going to make you love shopping.

And just in case all of that didn’t get you, it is a must to join the IKEA family.  Not sure what that is?  Let’s remedy that problem quickly!

The IKEA FAMILY loyalty program represents an opportunity for customers to sign-up for free membership (online or at kiosks throughout the store). After signing up in the store, members will get their card right at the kiosk. To start saving, all members have to do is to present their card at the time of their purchase. (Members who sign up online will need to print their card from a kiosk first.) Joining provides access to special offers and benefits such as:

  • Discounts on select products in each department, in theIKEA Restaurant and the Swedish Food Market;
  • Discount on the IKEA FAMILY department’s unique non-
    home-furnishing products available on the top floor near the Restaurant;
  • Free coffee and hot tea in the Restaurant;
  • Extra 30 minutes in Småland during non-peak periods;
  • The chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card in a monthly sweepstakes; and
  • Access to a special IKEA FAMILY website where members can find out about current offers, news about promotions and events, receive tailored savings offers based on their profiles, and view product recommendations based on their purchase history.

If you STILL aren’t convinced about IKEA and all it has, or just still not sure of what IKEA can do for your way of living, stay tuned!! If you’re a die hard IKEA lover like myself for several decades (oh dang, I just dated myself) – subscribe here, or here.

Crepe Erase Review

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I’m here at the Crepe Erase Review point and nothing but honesty folks.  Part one gave a good overview of the product but what I want to share is how this product worked with a 40+ year old african american female that is exhausted by end of the day and just needs everything to fall in it’s place on their own. 

You know what I mean?  If you didn’t read the first post, you have to.  – pause – it will give you a bit more background than the directions below. 

Step 1 Exfoliating Body Polish: Use daily on damp skin. Apply directly onto affected area(s). Massage using circular motions to help remove dead skin cells and invigorate the skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with Step 2, Crepe Erase™ Intensive Body Repair Treatment.

Step 2 Intensive Body Repair Treatment: Apply daily onto clean, dry skin; place a pearl-sized amount onto affected area(s) of the body. Massage in a circular upward motion for up to 1 minute or until fully absorbed. For best results, apply after using Crepe Erase™ Exfoliating Body Polish.

I take pictures yes lot’s of pictures.  Pictures when I’m in the passenger seat and nothing else to do so.  And pictures while I’m listening to my kids read or do homework (I know – but I’m paying attention too).  So these pictures below,  please pay no mind to the very bad eye makeup.  It was the end of the day and I remembered I hadn’t taken a picture yet (2 weeks ago) Urghhh!!



Can you see where I used the soap and creme?  Maybe not a significant visible difference on my neck in two weeks but I can honestly say than my skin is amazingly  soft and my cowboy says I smell yummy!  Um, I’ll take that as a keeper.

I will keep using this because…well…I have a birthday this month and I’m pretty sure the numbers are going up and not down.  The one thing I wanted was something that didn’t impede on my very hectic morning routine, so this is what I did:


  • While showering, scrub the upper portion of my body with theexfoliating body wash – It’s like putting a hydrated shield on your skin.
    • Step 1 in the Crepe Erase™ system, is the Exfoliating Body Polish. A luxurious body polish containing TruFirm™, a breakthrough firming complex that helps rejuvenate aging, dry, crepey-looking skin on the neck, chest, legs, and arms. Gently exfoliates rough dead skin cells, to help reveal smoother, more resilient, younger-looking skin. Promotes healthy skin cell turnover and improves overall skin texture, while preparing your skin for Intensive Body Repair Treatment.
  • After drying off, I put a dime size amount on my neck – and to be honest I used it on my breasts too; why not right :-)
    • Step 2 in the Crepe Erase™ system is the Intensive Body Repair Treatment. An ultra-rich formula containing TruFirm™, our exclusive skin firming complex, infused with a rejuvenating blend of botanicals to visibly smooth, firm and tighten the look of aging dry, crepey, skin on the neck, chest, legs and arms. Nutrient rich, super-hydrating oils provide all-day moisture and protect the skin. With regular use, crinkly, crepey skin can appear smoother, firmer and more youthful-looking.

Really, this isn’t really didn’t than what I already do just with new products.  Simple?  yes!

Night Routine

  • Only thing is I don’t shower.  Just rub the creme on my neck before my eyes automatically shut on their own.

Walla! Just the right amount of busy without adding to my already hectic routine.  If you’re an age where you do not need this type of “thing” just yet.  Doesn’t matter!  It  smells good.  If you are where I am right now or beyond (yes, I’m still in denial too) – you can purchase on their website.  You can also stalk their Facebook page here:

If you do try it out, leave me little note and tell me your thoughts!!

The Gramercy LV: Living, Dining & Socializing

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been pining away for the open sign to happen at the Gramercy.  If you’ve lived anytime in Vegas you’ve driven past that empty “Oz feeling” kinda building.  The implosion…was a-mazing!  But I’m ready already!  Ready to see the inside of living quarters that stands to be the next best place to rent in Las Vegas.  After my visit today, I’m not doubting it will be a popular local hangout with so much to do.  

Here’s a sneak peek of the interior and a little bit of the grounds.  But trust me, the pictures although nice – don’t even come close to the vibe of this property.



This room is amazingly spacious…who does it really matter? You will be enjoying the pool or dining Penche Tacos




This one of the bigger rentals but notice the flooring. Wood Tiles!! You will find throughout the property.


Not your typical rental …right??


This is going to be one of the tenant faves…Nothing like a fire pit!



So you want to see what a unit looks like that’s not all dolled up. Here it is! Still Gorg.

If we weren’t living in our Forever Home, I would hot tale it to the leasing office and put down a deposit.  Why?  Because this property lends a lifestyle that is fitting for our times.  You get up, go to work, get off work, then were forced to think about dinner, going to maintain yourself…, nails.  Maybe you have to stop off before work and grab a coffee or a quick bite.  You can do all that “where you live”.  

THE BENEFITS OF YOUR LUXURY LEASE at the Gramercy Includes: Relaxing pool and spa, barbecue grills, cozy fire pit lounge area, giant outdoor theater, state-of-the-art fitness center, direct access underground parking, pet park, plethora of guest parking, unbelievable views of the Las Vegas Strip and Mt Charleston, unique floor plans, Kenmore stainless steel appliances, granite countertops in kitchens, upgraded flooring, easy access to I-215 freeway and walking distance to great dining and entertainment.

And if that wasn’t enough, guess what will be right down the street just a little over a year?  Um…IKEA.  Yep!!!  Seriously…I keep telling myself, forever home – forever home.  

My twins absolutely love it there now.  So glad they’re like these little people and we can have deep discussions now. Over a chai tea, a puzzle and books.



This is going to drive me mad. Mad I say!!! #ourKindOurBeautiful #puzzle

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And just to give you a snippet of the goodness that awaits you at the Gramercy, I’ll share our newest hangout with the kids. We love the Mountain’s Edge Holly’s Cuppa, but this is our newest favorite spot for reading, socializing and catching. 

 I love the lighting in The Cuppa so much I’ll need to bring my big girl camera and take some good shot.  These are all iPhone. 


If you stop by, tell them where you heard of them from. Nothing better than word of mouth when it’s something amazing! 


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