New Beginnings and A Open Call for Guest Writers

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If you would have told me six years ago I’d have over 4 million views on my blog; I would have said that was impossible. But, I’ve come to learn that the impossible can become possible with a little bit of perseverance. In fact, I ordered a necklace three years ago from on of my favorite business women, Ashley from The Shine Project, that had that word hand-stamped in it. It was a daily reminder that even though my blog wasn’t taking off financially like others, I’d find my way.

A goodbye has never been in my book, I know I want to continue to write, but I also understand the privacy that I want to work toward when it comes to my family life. With that being said, this will be the second to last blog post for VioletSage. While that is so hard for me to type, it is also exciting in a whole other way.

I’m launching a new website called LifeCycle Diaries. Catered toward working woman, wanderlust’s, minimalists, and down to earth women who need a few life hacks, LifeCycle Diaries will cover it all.

Every life has a cycle; it’s time to peek into other women’s diaries and learn from each other.

Lastly, I am looking for guest posters who are interested in tearing off a page in their life diary and sharing it with other women regarding your Travel, Minimalism, Life In The Real World, and Career life. If you’d like to submit a story, please fill out the form below.

Ciao for now, see you on the other site (which is launching, soon, promise).

#ChooseVegas – SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium

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I promised I would continue to experience my city, and I am so glad I did. Let me introduce you to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium. It’s not in the best part of town, but during the day it’s a place I recommend you visiting if you want a hands-on experience with sea life. Located in the Boulevard Mall, five minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip, SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium had both my little man jumping for joy and me. Especially when we found Dory; Dory guys, Dory!

They have different areas that allow for you to see, touch, and experience animals like you’ve never done before. They have a bird habitat that you can go inside and side on the benches and feed or let them hang out on your finger. Logan wasn’t having the idea of being in a room with thirty birds, so we skipped it, but it looks fun. The line was extremely long to get in, but it cycled through quickly. I didn’t even bother walking anywhere near the snake habitat (but they do have one). I have a debilitating fear of snakes; just the site triggers an anxiety attack. I should see someone about that.

Funny I don’t like snakes because I love lizards, strange I know, but they have feet. Logan had the opportunity to see a Gecko up close and he said “I want to hold it mom.” I was just as shocked as anyone, if you know my kid you know he is the sweetest kid but extremely petrified of any animal that moves. However, like a champ he let it sit on his lap while he stroked its scales. The Leopard Gecko was a speedy little guy but didn’t move when he was on Logan’s lap. Maybe he sensed he needed to be chill.

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We also visited the touch pools. Inside the touch pools, there were starfish you could pick up (don’t take them out of the water please), sea urchins you could pet the top of and other animals I didn’t have time to ask what they were.

While inside you can also see large cockatoo’s, sharks, stingrays, horrible sea snakes (never going into a body of water without chlorine), and sea horses. It was worth the cost of admission for us. Logan enjoyed his time there, and surprisingly I did too.

Head down if you get the chance, and let me know if you like it!!

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Start The New Year Off Right

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The sparkle of that top you rocked at your companies holiday party a couple of years ago, the smooth silk dress you remember wearing on that epic date night, and the booties you have tucked away in your closet because they were not made for walking. It is understandable to hold on to certain aspects of your wardrobe because they were there when your world was shaped. Sometimes, though, it’s time to let go and give someone else those same life-changing feelings.

Holiday gifts are being swapped and new pieces are making their way into your closet, which may already be overflowing. It is time for a wardrobe intervention and it will make you feel like a new person when you are done, plus you can also do some good.

Carve out a couple of hours, grab a glass of wine, put some music on and get started by asking yourself these five questions: (read more here)

#ChooseVegas – Visiting? I can help!

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Las Vegas homes millions of visitors each year, and me? Well, I call it home for now. If you are like me (and maybe why you landed here) you have to almost over research somewhere just so you can feel that you got the most out of your time when you visit somewhere new. Or, maybe you are coming back to our city and want to experience new things. Either way, here is what I love about Las Vegas right now.

On The Strip:

The New Taco Bell Cantina – I love how bold this infamous taco shop is being with their flagship cantina store. It’s located on the corner of Harmon, which isn’t too far from the strip. It serves beer and twisted freezes. It’s an incredible site to see.

The M&M Store – This store is massive, and what used to be a couple of floors has expanded to four stories. The M&M wall boasts flavors you won’t find anywhere else. Right now, my favorite is a cherry M&M, dark chocolate M&Ms, and that I can get all yellows for Logan.

Sake Rok in the Park – If you see a show at the T-Mobile Arena, Sake Rok has to be on your go to. It’s atmosphere, gender neutral bathrooms, menu’s the size of your table, and delicious sushi, do yourself a favor and head over there.

Marvel S.T.A.T.I.O.N – If you are a Marvel fan, head over to TI and go through Marvel S.T.A.T.I.O.N. We had so much fun training to see what we’d end up doing if we worked at S.H.I.E.L.D. I didn’t feel rushed, the Ant-Man room was my favorite, and the staff if very willing to take group photos.

Downtown:

Zappos Tour – It’s weird to want to tour a place where people are working day and night, but it’s cool to get to see the world’s most famous cultural workplace.

EAT – Oh geez, get to this place. It’s phenomenal and so charming.

The Container Park – There is a great little bar that you can sit, and people watch, an amazing Taco and BBQ place (take your pick you can’t go wrong), a snow-cone shack that will make you feel like you are back in Hawaii, and someone of the cutest local businesses. Oh, and the park itself is full of plenty of photo ops.

Off The Strip:

Lockdown – I love this escape room location the most. Their rooms are fun to tear apart and figure out clues that are the hardest easiest thing you’ll ever do.

Pinball Hall of Fame – About a ten-minute drive East of the strip this warehouse has hundreds of old pinball games, and you still get to play with a quarter.

Monta – A tiny shack-like building that has some of the best ramen in Las Vegas. The wait can be extremely long, but people wait and wait until they get their seat.

Red Springs Hiking – Everyone goes to Red Rocks, but I love Red Springs. You can hike on the bridges if you don’t feel like going off on a trail. It’s scenic, safe, and wheelchair friendly (I’d recommend someone pushing you though).

Fork and Burger – Okay, this place is only open M-F from 7:30am-2:30 pm, but if you can get there do it. Best burger in Las Vegas.

Downtown Summerlin – The only thing that would have made this place better was Nordstrom as a flagship store. The food, shops, decor — It is beautiful in the evening.

Day Trips:

Zion National Park – It’s a two-hour drive to get to Zion, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s breathtaking, and if you want to spend more time there check out my travel tips found here.

Mount Charleston – I’m partial to the Lee Canyon side because there is a lot of snow in the winter, but Kyle Canyon is the most popular. Easy to see why when you get there, it’s breathtaking.

You Will Thank Me In The Morning.

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A major step that many minimalists suggest you take when you are first starting out on your journey is to unsubscribe from tempting emails. I also don’t have that much time, because much like the mindless snacking you did while binge watching Prison Break (just me, ugh) they tend to multiply quickly without even noticing. That is when my best friend introduced me to Unroll.Me.

This isn’t a sponsored post, this isn’t an ad, this is me telling you that I have saved your junk mail life. This sucker is amazing, and I’ve officially unsubscribed from *omg* 96 emails. Everything from back when I was getting married (seven years ago people), to my most recent on the list by default because I bought something clause.

I feel free.

I feel liberated.

And I can now check being a digital minimalist off my list too.

A Valentines Day to Remember Forever

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When life pulls you in a million and one directions, it’s nice to know that you can dedicate one man-made holiday in February with the one you love. Since adopting Minimalism, I am always hearing that because I’m a minimalist I don’t celebrate these kinds of holidays. What do “these kinds” of holidays even mean? I love Valentines Day.

Whether you are celebrating with the one you love, the ones you love, or the ones you love plus your  bestests of friends, there is something for everyone.

On a side note, which one of my date ideas below should I plan for my love <3!!!?

The Great Food Crawl. The rules are simple; drinks, appetizers, entree, dessert, and night cap all have to be at a different location.

A Heart Attack Attack. Show our love to friends and family in town by ambushing their front door and porch with heart cut outs, heart cookies, and things we love about them. The trick is not to get caught.

Because We Are Ten. Kickball tournament with friends, a fort building competition, and a fire big enough for everyone to roast hot dogs and marshmallows.

Chef Don’t Burn The House Down. Another competition amongst friends. Each couple brings ingredients to make something and pours them on the table. One couple by one you get to choose two items until all items are gone. Who will make the best dish?

FOUR or is it FORE? Head to the driving range to see who can hit a golf ball the furthest followed up with a cold drink and nachos that are not good for you.

Escape or Else. Challenge the way you work together with an escape room date. Whether you win or lose there better be burgers and milkshakes afterwards.

#ChooseVegas – Rolled Ice Cream

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Can’t believe that this place has been in my city and I had absolutely no idea. Remember me telling you about learning to re-love my city, the city that sees’s millions and millions of people every year? This was one of my first steps, in fact, I’ve made a resolution for the New Year to try new restaurants during date nights, or sporadic outings.

Logan and I (he is a true ice cream connoisseur) ventured out to a new ice cream parlor called Rolled Ice Cream. The reviews were high, and the Instagram was drool worthy. I had no idea what I was getting into, though (spoiler, I ate the whole thing).

The parlor was clean as a whistle, and the staff super friendly. My favorite part of the process was how simple and minimalistic it felt. You chose a base, toppings, and said yay or nay to whip cream, that was it.

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We chose the chocolate base, mine with a rocky road taste and Logan’s had M&M’s. The gentleman poured a liquid base onto a cold table and started to chop up the pieces as it started to melt. After he had chopped it, he gave it an amazing massage, then laid it flat on the cold plate. Once he started the rolling process it was like he had me at hello. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen; it was legitimately rolls of ice cream.

We must have arrived right at the right time because there was only one person in front of us, but then there was fifteen people that came while our ice cream was being rolled.

Now, to the best part, eating it. Have you ever watched a blogger smell a candle and say “I wish you could smell this, it’s amazing?” That is how I feel about this ice cream. I can’t describe the light texture with just enough sweetness to not be overwhelmed, but enough you eat the whole thing (even me, the girl who doesn’t like ice cream that much). When we finished I noticed they had lays potato chips, and the teenager in me totally wants lays ice cream. We will be taking friends there to make memories that is for sure.

The price point was awesome for what we received ($5). The place was clean. The staff was friendly. I yelped it at 5-stars (I’m addicted to Yelp). If you are in Las Vegas come on over to the locals side and try this place. It’s Instagram worthy, budget friendly, and tastes amazing.

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