Pinot's Palette | Parent's Night Out

This past Saturday the hubs and I went out for a fun painting date night with some friends at Pinot's Palette at Boca Park in Summerlin.  I received 4 complimentary classes to check out Pinot's Palette in exchange for writing about my experience but, all opinions are my own.  Pinot's Palette is a franchise paint and sip studio with locations all over the country.  There are 2 locations in Las Vegas, with a 3rd location opening at Town Square on April 7, 2017 (more on that later).  All 3 Las Vegas locations are owned by local husband and wife team Reed and Judy Alewel.  I love being able to support local businesses here in Las Vegas!

Jason is a much better painter than I am, so I was a bit nervous that our "fun" date night would end up in frustration on my part.  But, thankfully, it was nothing but fun! The studio at Boca Park is pretty spacious.  As soon as we walked in we were shown to our table, which was already set up for us with everything we'd need.  Since it was our first time there, we were given a quick run down as to where everything was, the aprons, bathrooms, purse cubbies, and most importantly the bar ;) 

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One thing I really liked about Pinot's Palatte is that we were allowed to bring in our snacks, so we took some cheese, fruit, and crackers to enjoy while painting and sipping wine.  We purchased a bottle of wine at the bar to share and then it was time to get started!

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Our instructor had great energy and kept the atmosphere relaxed and casual.  He gave us clear, step-by-step instructions throughout the 2 hours we were painting.  He pointed out which brushes to use, how much paint to use when blending, and tips on how to get the look we were going for.  There was also an assistant walking around the room answering questions and giving us more paints if needed, etc.  She was awesome and came by to help us with our paintings when we kinda messed up what we were doing (oopsy!)  They were both super supportive and encouraging as they came around and looked at our pictures.  The painting instructor even took the time to help out my friend when she thought she'd really messed up her painting. He explained and demonstrated how to fix it and then let her do the rest.  I also liked that there was music playing while we painted, which kept the atmosphere lively.

Half way through the class we had a 10 minute intermission to let the paint dry before moving on to the next section.  It was a good time to take a break and stretch!  The instructor took the time to share some news about upcoming classes, their facebook contest, and to give info on booking a party there too.  I think this would be a great idea for a bridal or baby shower! They also host kid parties, which I would love to do for the kiddos! How fun would that be? And the best part is there's no clean up for parents afterwards! 

Like I said, it took about 2 hours or so to complete our paintings.  The whole class then took their works of art to the stage for a group photo.  They also took photos while we painted to post on their facebook page!  We had such a great time during the class.  We laughed, chatted, and got to take home our finished masterpieces.  It was definitely a nice change from netflix and wine on the couch :) 

To celebrate the opening of their 3rd location at Town Square, Pinot’s Palette is hosting a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. The upscale wine and painting experience is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a weekend of giving back to the community while patrons fulfill the Pinot’s Palette motto of “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” Supporters can sign up for either of the two-hour 7 p.m. classes on Friday or Saturday for $39, with 100 percent of the painting proceeds to be donated to St. Jude. Guests interested in signing up for Friday’s class can register online atwww.pinotspalette.com/townsquare/event/147378 and Saturday’s class registration is available at www.pinotspalette.com/townsquare/event/153747

I would definitely recommend checking out their classes and what better way to have a fun night out and do good than by going to their Grand Opening Celebration.  Have you ever gone to a paint and sip studio? What are your thoughts on the experience? 

VidañaBeauty Skin Products Review

Howdy! Have you missed me? I sure have missed blogging lately.  I've been in the process of buying a home and it has literally taken up so much of my time.  We finally closed on July 21st and have been busy packing and cleaning for the big move on July 30th!  Add to that, working and trying to get out there and check things off our summer bucket list and you as you can imagine I am one tired girl!  I am so looking forward to things calming down and getting back to the blog.  I really enjoy sharing my messy life on here and I have tons of great topics to share such as our experience in buying a short sale home, packing tips, summer bucket list fun, and tons more!  

Today, though, I wanted to take a moment and share my thoughts on a new skin care product line called Vidaña Beauty.  They so generously sent me their entire new line of anti-aging skin care products to review.  The new product line consists of:

facial cleanser | day cream | night cream | eye cream | eye serum

Vidaña Beauty is ran by two sisters here in Las Vegas and all their products are also manufactured locally.  I am all for supporting local business!  Their family has been in the health & beauty industry for over 30 years.  

I've been using the products now for about a month and I am pretty happy with them.  Being in Las Vegas, I love that they offer sun block protection and hydrates the skin.  Last week, I was out in the sun and got my cheeks a little burned, so my skin was so dry and flaky!  I used the day and night cream regularly and it made a huge difference!  My face was not as tight and dry.  

I honestly do not love the smell of the facial cleanser.  It's a bit overpowering for me personally.  The other products don't such a strong scent at all and I like that.  And, I'm not really sure what the difference is between the eye serum and the eye cream. I'm using them of course, in the hopes of minimizing some of those laugh wrinkles I'm noticing around my eyes lately ;)

As most of you know, I'm not too frilly or girly and when it comes to skin care regimen, I am not the most consistent.  As I'm get older, though, I have definitely realized that I really do need to take better care of my skin.  It's the only face I have and I want it to look healthy and bright as long as possible!  

For more info on the Vidaña products and how to try them out yourself check them out here:

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That was a nice break but now I am back to packing up my kitchen! XO 

E-hydrate Protein and Drink Mix Review

As a mom ambassador for momsmeet.com, I was sent protein-on-the-go and drink mixes by E-hydrate to try out and review.  All opinions and comments are my own.  I was sent the protein mixes and the drink mixes for both adults and kids.  

All E-hydrate's products are natural with no artificial sugars or artificial ingredients, so I felt great about giving these to my kiddos.  My kids love to go on runs with me and we do fun kid "boot camps" together so they are pretty active.  One day after one of our 1 mile runs, I gave them each a pouch of the protein-on-the-go.  We filled it with water, shook them, and tested them out.  Both kids liked the flavor, we had chocolate and cinnamon roll.  Each pouch has 10 grams of protein, electrolytes, and only 70 calories, so it's a nice, healthy snack after they've been running around all day!  I think they'd work great for after school or after a sporting event.  

I too had my protein on-the-go.  Filled it up with water and shook it.  I will say it was not super smooth and I still had some lumps of protein that didn't dissolve completely.  I guess I should have shaken it more...The flavor was ok for a protein shake.  I never expect them to be the most delicious thing ever, but they get the job done.  At 25g of protein + electrolytes it's great for recovery after a hard workout or a long run.  I think they'd be great to take hiking too! 

Next up to try were the drink mixes.  The kids mix is provides the electrolytes and immunity support, again without the added sugars or artificial ingredients.  It has 0 grams of sugar, 4 carbs and only 15 calories.  They're a great alternative to sports drinks and are small and convenient to keep on hand.  My kids really enjoyed all the flavors, especially the strawberry lemonade.  

The adult drink mix provides hydration + energy.  Which one of us busy moms couldn't do with a little more energy, right?  Again, they're way better for you than a sports drink with 0 sugar, 1 carb and 4 calories, and super convenient to carry in your bag.  I added a pouch to my water bottle and took it to the gym with me. The tastes great and kept me feeling strong throughout my entire workout.  

If you have an active family and want to keep quick and easy protein and hydration on hand, I would definitely recommend E-hydration.  The protein pouches and drink packets are easy to store and don't take up much room.  Check out their website where you can learn more about their products, read reviews, and order directly online.