Summer Fun in Nevada

by leanneja on August 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Entertainment,Family

When we move to a new state we like to play tourist and visit as many places as possible. You never know how long you will live in an area (or at least we don’t) so why not see and do as much as you can while you’re there. I know people who have lived in a state all their lives but haven’t experienced things outside their own little area. I don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to share places and experiences with my family so we like to explore our new surroundings as soon as we can.

Las Vegas sign

Living in Las Vegas gives us the opportunity to be outside most of the year, we haven’t experienced that since living in Florida. We’re also in a pretty awesome location. Being between our old home state of Utah and sunny California is pretty sweet. Plus we get lots of house guests, because who doesn’t want to visit Vegas? You can’t take everything with you as you go throughout life but memories of your experiences stay with you. We love making memories!

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Luckily memories don’t cost anything, but sometimes the experiences do. Having a financial institution we can trust is important to me and my family. Planning our activities together as a family is almost as fun as the experience itself. Okay, not really, but we do like planning and researching our activities. Planning our finances for our weekend adventures is also an important part. You never want to come up short on money when you’re having one of those memorable experiences (it kinda ruins the whole thing). Since we take small weekend trips or weekend staycation adventures we use the credit union to help us plan and save for those experiences.

Summer of Loans

Given the choice between going to the store and buying something or going on a weekend adventure, my kids will take the adventure every time. That’s a win for me and my husband because that’s what we enjoy also. America First Credit Union understands spending time with friends and family and has been giving away awesome prizes this whole Summer during Summer of Loans. The grand prize winner will be randomly selected on August 29th from all the entries received, so there’s still time to enter.

Now some of you might be wondering what our favorite things are to do around Las Vegas. There are so many things! Let me share just a few of our favorite activities in the short year we’ve lived here.

Hoover Dam 2013

Hoover Dam

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Red Rock Canyon Area

Container Park 2014

Container Park

Mount Charleston 2013

Mount Charleston

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Natural History Museum 2014

Natural History Museum

The Highroller

The High Roller

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Valley of Fire

Las Vegas 51s

Las Vegas 51s

Shark Reef

Shark Reef Aquarium

There’s all this and so much more to do in Vegas. Of course, you can’t forget the Strip and all the free live entertainment. It’s people watching at it’s finest! What are your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas?

For more information about America First Credit Union please visit America First Credit Union
Also America First on Facebook, Twitter and @AmericaFirst on Instagram.

You might also like: Moving to Las Vegas

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Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

by leanneja on August 28, 2014 · 1 comment

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Creamy spinach & artichoke dip 2.2

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MIRACLE WHIP and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. I have been compensated for this post but all words and opinions are 100% mine.

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I live in the desert so it can be torture to be outside in the heat of the day, but the evening hours are wonderful. It’s so pleasant enjoying a meal outside on the covered patio. Labor Day has always been the last hurrah of Summer before we settle back into school routines and start thinking about cooler weather, so our Labor Day celebration has always included a barbecue with family and/or friends, maybe a dip in the pool and a few games.

creamy spinach & artichoke dip

And what would a barbecue be without good food? It never fails that everyone is starving and the meal isn’t even close to ready. This Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip made with the bold, tangy flavor of MIRACLE WHIP will help with those hunger pangs. Serve it with bread, crackers, or even veggies for a lighter snack.

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Here’s what you need:
1 cup MIRACLE WHIP Dressing #proudofit
1 cup Breakstone’s Reduced Fat or Knudsen Light Sour Cream
1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
1 9 oz package frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and well drained.
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 green onions thinly sliced
3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

I actually squeezed the water out of the spinach to make sure it was really well drained.

Combine ingredients.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.

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Yep, it really is that simple! You know me, I love anything spicy and with a bit of tang. This MIRACLE WHIP Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip doesn’t disappoint. You can’t beat this unique, one-of-a-kind creamy blend of sweet and tangy. You can also substitute 1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies for the chipotle peppers if that’s more your style.

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I try to make everything as easy on my guests as possible so I made individual dip cups for everyone. Just add a couple spoonfuls of dip to a small bowl then add the veggies and/or crackers around the side of the bowl. They’re easy to carry around and to get seconds, plus no chance of double dipping.

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This dip is delicious with so many foods, so have options for everyone. My favorite was the carrots and the kids favorite was the bread. I even had gluten-free crackers available. You have leftover dip? No worries. Spread a thin layer of MIRACLE WHIP Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip onto crisp pizza crust or flat bread and top with finely chopped fresh veggies. Yum, I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow.

And because I think MIRACLE WHIP #proudofit has the best videos, here’s another great one.
MIRACLE WHIP and Proud Of It!

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Great Tips to Get any Space in Your Home Organized

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Commercial Debut & Elmer’s Freestyle Products Giveaway

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Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway on Organize and Decorate Everything and I’m so excited to say that today we have a HUGE one. We have partnered with over 30 awesome bloggers and Silhouette to bring you the Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway. Wait till you see everything that is included! I’m so excited […]

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Fiesta Pasta Salad (easy to be made gluten-free)

August 20, 2014

Fiesta Pasta Salad has been a favorite salad in my family for over 10 years. It was originally made using bow-tie pasta but in the last few years I have changed it to be a gluten-free salad using gluten-free fusilli pasta. Make the original salad or make it gluten-free, which ever you prefer. This makes […]

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Back to School Mantel

August 19, 2014

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve changed up my mantel. You know I’m busy if I don’t have time to decorate my favorite area of my home. I wanted to create a Back to School mantel but didn’t feel like I had a lot of the supplies needed. I took a look […]

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Smart Ideas on Planning Kids Clothes for the School Week

August 17, 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. The kids are going back to school. It’s time to start routines again and get our homes and schedules organized. Whether you have 1 or 8 kids picking clothes out before school can take way longer than […]

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Fringe & Lace Banner – Party Contributor

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It’s Thursday and I’m so happy Anne is here with us today. Her posts always make me so happy and want to have a party just so I can use her amazing ideas. This Fringe & Lace Banner is adorable. Anyone want to let me throw you a party because I really want to make […]

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