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Publisher | Mark Shaffer Managing Editor | Jenn Zenn Advertising | Jennelle Reedy, Daniel Sobers, Dana Ayala Finance Manager | Kathy Hood Front Desk Manager | Fallon Hall Restaurant Editor | Toni Marie Hart

On Our Covers Every issue, we bring you three exciting covers featuring people and places that make Las Vegas a more exciting city to live in. Each cover comes with a great story, giving you an up close and personal look behind the scenes of our cover profiles. This issue features Las Vegas living legend Marie Osmond, real estate guru Gady Medrano, and the 40th Anniversary of UNLVino.

Contributing Photographers Rick Vierkandt Victor Baars Billy Ward Roger Bennett Marcela Torres Contributing Writers Lisa Lynn Backus, Katie Bencze Michelle “Roxy” Davis, Jacqueline Del Rosario Amy Elizabeth, Dawn Gibbons Mayor Carolyn Goodman Toni Marie Hart Rob Holbrook James Hooban Andrea Hulihan Joel Jarvis Eve Jensen, Les Kincaid Tammy Kincaid Meghan Leigh Megan Mathis Gady Medrano

Veronica Meter Michelle Mortensen Marie Mortera Lori Nelson Debrah Pierce Michele Polci Robert Sluys Seth Adam Smith Leslie Stringham Chris Tamura, Shawn Tempesta Tsikki Thau Melissa Torres Michelle Velez Tom Warden Jack Woodcock Dr. Jim Wright, D.D.S. Jenn Zenn

On The Cover: 40th Anniversary of UNLVino

On The Cover: Marie Osmond

On The Cover: Gady Medrano

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Photography: Victor Baars

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From the Publisher Mark Shaffer

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as Vegas is such a fortunate city in so many different ways, and when it comes to our weather, we have struck pure silver. While we enjoy sunny days most of the year, there really isn’t anything quite like the spring season to put a little pep in our step and big, refreshed smiles on our faces! This is truly a city that never sleeps, and spring brings a whole new sense of awakening. There are a number of wonderful additions coming to Las Vegas to give you yet another reason to enjoy a beautiful day filled with fun and exploration. LINQ brings attractions such as the famed Brooklyn Bowl that will keep the city abuzz. The High Roller is a hot topic that has completely reestablished our spectacular skyline for the first time since the powerful Luxor Light beam.

In this issue of MYVEGAS, I am extremely pleased to bring you my personal interview with the delightful and alluring Marie Osmond. We are excited to share with you, our readers, recent memorable experiences we’ve had like spending an afternoon with honorees and guests of the 100 Most Influential Women luncheon at Canyon Gate Country Club. Looking for something fun to do with your friends and loved ones this season? Enjoy a meal or cocktails at one of the local spots featured on our Top 20 Best Restaurants and Bars list. In Las Vegas you can have it all, and MYVEGAS is proud to share another thrilling and prosperous year with you. New changes are bringing fresh and exciting opportunities for our locals and MYVEGAS remains dedicated to sharing the most current news, information and adventures relevant to your lifestyle. Stay on top of community events, and have all the current updates for locals at your fingertips by visiting myvegasmag.com. As always, thank you for being part of the fantastic and ever-growing MYVEGAS community. It is such a pleasure to serve our locals, and we hope to see you at our next fabulous MYVEGAS event.

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Meet the Writers DAWN GIBBONS

TAMMY KINCAID

Dawn Gibbons is a successful businessperson and has received many accolades including: Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year: Who’s Who in Business; Who’s Who in Politics; Who’s Who of Women; the Attorney General’s Role Model of the Year, and the Las Vegas Women to Watch award. Dawn is a former state legislator, and the First Lady of Nevada (2007-2010). Dawn is the Senior Vice President of Communication and Government Relations with KSNV NEWS 3, KRNV NEWS 4, and KENV NEWS 10. She is the mother of Navy LTJG and Naval aviator, Jimmy Gibbons. Dawn uses her media-savvy skills to bring a prominent voice to issues important to southern Nevadans.

With a passion for enjoying good food and wine, Tammy Kincaid has served as Marketing Director for Wines Du Jour show for over the past 12 years. Her love for travel and all things “spa” lead her to create her own website in early 2011 called Spa Expectations. Through this website, she is able to focus on upscale spa and travel destinations, spa specials and notable events, and the latest updates on beauty happenings. She enjoys discovering and visiting new spas, photography, and experiencing new travel opportunities with her husband, Les Kincaid. Tammy has created a loyal following to search out her writings in publications and updates to her website.

TONI HART

Megan Mathis, President/Publisher of The Masters Media Group, LLC. A 42 year resident with over 25 years experience in publishing. Since 2001Megan has published the Nevada Senior. Megan is well known and respected in the community through her dedication to providing vital information to the seniors in Nevada to improve the quality of their lives

A Las Vegas entrepreneur, Toni Marie Hart discovered her best deals were developed over an incredible dining experience. Her appreciation of food from its origin, characteristics, preparation and nutritional value, began at a very young. Growing up in a large Italian family (with over 100 relatives), everyone had to help. As the owner of Inner Space Film Studio, she is on a mission to produce documentaries focusing on healthy, clean eating and living and promoting a more balanced lifestyle and awareness. Follow her online and in MyVegas Magazine.

LES KINCAID Chef Les Kincaid is an internationally recognized gourmet chef, wine consultant and author. With more than 25 years of experience, Les has assisted celebrities, professional athletes and over-scheduled executives to achieve great food and wine, naturally. He has presented team-building workshops, club seminars and spousal programs and has developed menus, wine lists and recipe strategies. He is host to a nationally syndicated radio/television show, Wines Du Jour. Check out his websites for more details www.winesdujour.com, www. leskincaid.com

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MEG MATHIS

CHRIS TAMURA Chris Tamura is the Student Affairs Program Manager at The International School of Hospitality (TISOH), and an instructor for the Hospitality Human Resources course. Chris has worked in the hotel industry for over 17 years in roles as a Human Resources Manager, Hotel Manager, and Concierge Supervisor. He served on panels to promote workforce education and employment sustainability. He also devotes time to mentor students with employment and interviewing techniques. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 2013, he earned the Certified Hospitality Educator designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.


From the Desk of Jenn Zenn

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am very particular about celebrating the seasons. Living in Las Vegas, if you blink, you might miss one of my favorite times of year: Spring.

For a solid four to six weeks, Las Vegans can expect mild temperatures, sun-shiny days, and cool breezy evenings. You might even crack open a window or enjoy a rain shower and a rainbow or two. Springtime in the desert also means a reason to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Mother’s Day and the dreaded tax season!

Jenn Zenn Editor

In this issue of MYVEGAS Magazine, we will learn about top tips for filing your taxes, giving mom the perfect appreciation gift, and the best ways to “spring clean” your home, your health, and your relationships. Regular quarterly features like “From the Mayor’s Desk” and “That’s What She Said” explore hot topics locals are talking about, and where to grab the best cuisine in town. Read all about the recent rise of Las Vegas real estate from local experts, and find out the hottest tips in home buying from Gady Medrano. Also this issue, celebrate UNLVino’s 40th anniversary as Nevada’s original citywide wine celebration event. Like a good bottle of wine, UNLVino just keeps getting better with age! As always, we welcome your questions, thoughts, and ideas. Keeping it local is what MYVEGAS Magazine is all about! Feel free to contact me at Jenn@myvegasmag.com. And be sure to check our website and social media pages for updates on special events, and announcements www.myvegasmag.com, www.facebook.com/MyVegasMagazine. Enjoy and Be Well!

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Ask the Mayor The Way I See It Marie Osmond UNLVino: 40th Anniversary Sip for Scholarship Event 88 Look Who’s Reading MyVegas My BEAUTY & Health

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Fab Fit Mean Green Belizean Beauty Hazards of Milk Online Dating Tips Ask T It’s Hard to Say Goodbye A Clean Slate Health Benefits of Collagen

My BUSINESS

27 Tax Tips for Spring Filing 29 Top 10 Reasons to Live in Las 30 32 44 48

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Vegas Mixers, Networks and Chambers My Tech Tips Introducing the Shops at Summerlin Spring Forward

My REAL ESTATE

36 The Boom is Back 38 Buy a Home with a

Reverse Mortgage Purchase 92 Home Selling Hot Tips My HOME & Garden

40 Home Service

Directory 42 Home Improvement Tips for Spring Cleaning

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Ask the Mayor From the Mayor’s Desk - Our lovely Mayor Carolyn Goodman has graciously agreed to answer some questions from MYVEGAS Magazine’s readers. A special thanks to Mayor Goodman for her willingness to engage with our readers and the community of Las Vegas.

Q: What do you think about the XTrain that is coming to Las Vegas? How might this affect tourists and/or locals of Las Vegas?

university’s (and the city’s) signature events. It draws an enormous crowd year after year, and provides wine aficionados with a lovely selection to taste.

A: We need high-speed rail to service Las Vegas, and I’m supportive of projects that would make this a reality. Highspeed rail from California to Las Vegas would provide another way for visitors to get to Las Vegas, and we are always looking to add convenience and give travelers choices.

Q: May is synonymous with Mother’s Day, and our readers would like to know: what are some of your favorite family memories of Mother’s Day? How do you like to spend that day?

Q: Spring has sprung, and Vegas is promoting all kinds of fun events! What are your thoughts on the “UNVLino 2014” event celebrating its 39th year of wine tasting? A: Las Vegas is a city full of great events. I remember when UNLVino was just getting started and it has continued to grow to really become one of the

A: I like to start my Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed, maybe some strawberries and a cup of coffee, something simple that Oscar can handle. I try not to work or spend time cooking or cleaning. In the afternoon I want the entire family to come over so we can spend time together. Later on, Oscar takes us all out to dinner, because you shouldn’t have to cook on Mother’s Day. Q: Many readers use Spring (and the changing of seasons) to clean up their

homes, fulfill New Year’s resolutions, and organize their lives. Do you practice any positive Spring traditions? A: Spring cleaning is absolutely a tradition in my home. I have to have a special system because my husband is a bit of a pack rat. He has stuff all over the place, even old notes he took on the inside of matchbooks. Inevitably he will ask me where something is if I move it, so I have a kind of weigh station out in the garage. I move stuff out there and then if he doesn’t ask about it after a little while, out it goes. MV A special thank you to the Honorable Mayor Carolyn Goodman for her willingness to engage with the readers of MYVEGAS Magazine and the community of Las Vegas! Please email your questions to: info@MYVEGASMag.com for a chance to have your questions answered in a future issue of MYVEGAS Magazine.

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My FAMILY

50 Dare to Connect 52 Take the Guesswork out of Mother’s Day My PETS

54 Pets and Their People 55 Dogs Don’t Say ‘I Love You’ With a Hug – and Why You Shouldn’t Either 56 Raising Charlotte My RESTAURANTS

58 That’s What She Said 61 What’s the Dish 62 Why Stop Drinking Champagne and

Sparkling Wine During the New Year 67 Toni’s Table 74 The Pizza Man

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My SENIOR

46 You Give Me Fever My ENTERTAINMENT

64 High Rolling in Las Vegas at The LINQ 65 Local Entertainer Spotlight: MPULS 68 702 Rox Show 69 Station Casinos’ Concert Hot List 69 The Love Continues 70 Saddle Up for the Annual ACM Awards 87 Top Ten Things to do in Vegas, this Issue! 94 Who Knew: Chris Phillips 97 Vintage Vegas My LOVE Life

72 Is He Boyfriend Material 75 Marriage Isn’t For You 76 Warning Signs of Infidelity My CHARITIES

79 Celebrating Life 81 Your Time, Talent, Treasure! My Travel

83 Eagle Point Ski Resort 84 You Better Belize It:

Getting to Know Belize

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The Way I See It

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f you do not know about the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (B.M.I.) located on the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) campus, you soon will. Black Mountain Institute (B.M.I.) is becoming internationally recognized as a prestigious literary center and significant asset to Nevada’s educational and cultural cache. As with all great endeavors, this began as a passion and appreciation for highlighting astute authors, speakers, and their work. Beverly Rogers, a successful businesswoman and philanthropist in her own right, is a co-owner with spouse, Jim Rogers, of the NBC affiliate in southern Nevada, KSNV NEWS 3 and Vice Chairwoman of Intermountain West Communications. Her passion for B.M.I. began with her involvement as a volunteer, expanding the B.M.I. footprint onto a larger canvas and fundraising with the goal of giving a voice to asylum writers; ones who are not only silenced in their own countries, but could be sentenced to death. Beverly’s passion for linking higher education and the community is a collaborative effort with like-minded friend, Carol Harter, who is celebrated as the first woman president of UNLV, serving for eleven years. Carol began the Black Mountain Institute as an experiment of sorts to gauge the ability of Las Vegas to draw the interest of high quality literary activity to the community at large. Her appreciation is genuine when she says, “The community responded wonderfully well to our efforts, attending public programs, our book club, and financially supporting activity from resident Fellowships to panels to Ph.D. student support. Las Vegas has demonstrated its intellectual side.” Beverly worked to create a safe haven in Las Vegas for literary and exiled critics, similar to the one in Pittsburg,

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Pennsylvania known as City of Asylum- a feat of expensive proportion. Beverly and husband, Jim Rogers, made a major investment in B.M.I. with a ten million dollar gift. “Ten million life-changing dollars” says Beverly Rogers. “Jim and I are exceptionally proud of Carol and her accomplishments for Black Mountain Institute. She continues to create a ‘pocket of excellence’ within UNLV that opens a worldwide door for marginalized scholars and writers worldwide and links the university with the community”. The prestigious speakers and theorists B.M.I. brings to Las Vegas are those that stimulate and promote a healthy exchange among ones with diverse views and sound studies. As an example, on January 23, 2013 Professor of Divinity, Dr. Karen King (Harvard University) rocked the world in 2012 by revealing an ancient papyrus text in which Jesus refers to his “wife”. This escalated into a spirited debate with two other biblical scholars and professors. Bart Ehrman, author of the New York Times best sellers, Misquoting Jesus and Forged, in addition to his grappling book, Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, discredits much of Dr. King’s research. Adding to the stimulation of this discussion is Mark Jordan, the author that wrote How Christians Talk about Homosexuality. Riveting conversations like these serve to open a widespread dialogue among intellectuals, scholars, laypeople and the entire Christian community thus, debunking the infamous saying of “Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. Black Mountain Institute has something for all. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and looking at the world from different perspectives can interact and learn from accomplished writers because all of B.M.I.’s events are free and convivial. You can find the schedule of events on B.M.I.’s website: http://blackmountaininstitute.org/ MV

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Your Daily Detox to Look and Feel Fabulous! by Debrah Pierce

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et’s face it, the world we live in is toxic, and although we can’t control our environment, we can control what we eat. How better to get your daily greens than in a drink? My Mean Green Smoothie has been part of my daily routine for years now. And with a busy lifestyle, more and more people are incorporating it into their lives and reaping all the amazing benefits. When people think detox they associate it with the extreme. But real detoxification is gradual. It is important that we

transition slowly. It should be more like walking up a hill versus running up a wall. Truthfully, anything that is a quick fix will not sustain any significant or desired lasting impact on your body. That’s why I do not advocate any of those short-term all juice fast cleanses. You’re not going to detox in a significant way in 3 days, and you don’t learn any real, improved longterm lifestyle habits to really detox. To me, those programs are synonymous with a crash diet, and the real motivation for most people to go on them is to lose weight quickly (even though it will be temporary). Real detoxification takes time and consistency. Drinking your greens should be part of your daily routine. The Fab Fit Lifestyle is about gradual change, starting with adjusting the way we treat our bodies. You only have one body, and it is crucial to take care of your body now so that you can avoid physical disasters in your future. Be proactive with your health and move away from the notion of a “quick fix” because real cleansing occurs intentionally, and on an ongoing basis. And by detox, all I really mean is ridding the body of the toxins that it is exposed to on a daily basis from metabolic waste in our food and in the environment. The fabulous news is that it’s never too late to start nourishing your body from the inside out. If you’re still wondering if this Fab Fit Lifestyle is for you, here are some remarkable benefits of the daily detox:

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pring is in the air and everyone is heading to the gym to get ready for pool season. But, there’s always something else to consider: how about having healthy, sun-kissed, glowing skin? This spring season is not about looking like you got dropped in orange paint and piled on 10 pounds of makeup. This spring, we’re going for that natural healthy look. With these easy to follow steps, you will achieve sun-kissed, glowing smooth skin in no time!

STEP 1: START OFF BY MAKING THIS SUPER EASY TO MAKE “BELIZEAN BEAUTY GLOW SMOOTHIE” What You’ll Need: 2 Pineapples 4 Medium Bananas 1 Cup of Fresh Organic Coconut Water Blend & Drink your way to gorgeous skin. *This smoothie will not only tone your skin but leave you with a glowing complexion.

STEP 2: CLEANSE & EXFOLIATE Grab yourself a jar of Belizean Beauty’s “Heavenly Hibiscus Skin Polish” from www.belizeanbeauty.com to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. You want to use a product that leaves your skin clean, smooth, moisturized and glowing. This is exactly what this skin polish does. Many store-bought products contain toxic ingredients that are not good for your skin. When you use these products over and over, they begin to clog your pores giving your skin no room to breathe. Over time with pollution, aging and winter months, old skin cells are left making your skin look dull and dry. Exfoliation is key in the second step. Made with Dead Sea Salt, Organic Coconut Oil, Belizean Hibiscus Flowers and a propriety blend of essential oils, our skin will never look or feel the same. Just get in the shower or bath and scrub away. This product makes a great before and after sun exfoliant and the smell from the flowers is divine. MV Andrea Hulihan is the founder of Belizean Bronze & Belizean Beauty By Design a skin care and wellness company bringing you the Secret of the Caribbean.

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The Hazards of Milk by Meghan Leigh

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ecently, there has been quite a stir around the subject of milk. For years, we have been programmed to believe that “it does a body good” and we need milk for healthy bones and teeth etc. But it seems that this could possibly be far from the truth. No matter what anyone says, there is no way blood , pus, urine, growth hormone or sanitized fecal matter has ever done any bodies any good!

“The Human Body has no more need for cow’s milk than it does for dog’s milk, horse’s milk, or giraffe’s milk”, claims Michael Klaper, M.D. Relatedly, in an article printed in Organic Health and Beauty, Dr. John McDougall says milk can pose these potential health risks:

“Gastrointestinal canker sores, vomiting, colic, stomach cramps, abdominal distention, intestinal obstruction, bloody stools, colitis, malabsorption, loss of appetite, growth retardation, diarrhea, constipation, painful defecation, irritation of tongue, lips, and mouth, respiratory/nasal stuffiness, runny nose, Otitis media (inner ear trouble), sinusitis, asthma, pulmonary infiltrates, skin rashes, atopic dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea and hives.” Pasteurized milk has now been shown to be contaminated with pus, feces and blood- that’s 150 times more contaminated than fresh milk. Yes, there is fecal matter in dairy milk. Yes, you’re drinking that when you chose to drink milk instead of healthy alternatives. Even ice cream and other diary treats contain these unhealthy remnants. When searching for alternatives to dairy milk, try almond milk. It tastes amazing, and is healthy and full of calcium and protein. Coconut milk is another healthy option. Make sure to do your research before committing to a dairy milk alternative, and choose something that is healthy and right for your body.

Organic Health and Beauty also goes on to say, “…Due to the high protein content of milk, there is a net loss of calcium in the body when consumed. Even studies paid for by the National Dairy Council have shown that the excessive protein in milk lowers blood calcium levels, causing the body to draw on calcium from the bones…” That is a scary thought. Stay healthy my friends! MV

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Online Dating Tips with Michelle Mortensen

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t can be easy to lose all sight of common sense when looking for love, especially when your search takes you online. Online dating sites are chock full of legitimate people looking for someone special, but many of these sites are also trolled by scammers looking to make a buck. Anyone can be targeted by a scammer, but by learning how to spot one ahead of time, you can protect yourself. • First, be leery of anyone who falls in love to fast! According to psychologists, over-the-top feelings of love before you’ve met face-toface, is a warning sign of someone who may not be 100% sincere. • Red flags should be raised if an online dater wants you to instant message or email immediately after meeting. If you do decide to talk via email, create a new address. Don’t use your personal or work email. • Make sure you’ve met in person before giving out any personal background information, such as how much money you make or where you live. • If you want to meet in person but they have a laundry list of reasons why they can’t, there is likely something fishy going on. If they won’t meet you in a safe public place, they are likely running a scam. Be careful out there when searching for potential love mates! MV

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REDUCED CRAVINGS When discussing nutrition with my clients I explain that cravings are created when our bodies are lacking nutrients and instead of what we really need (minerals, vitamins, enzymes) we reach for “empty” calorie foods and beverages, like a diet soda or a bag of chips. Most people are overfed and undernourished. Once you begin to detox, you will experience reduced cravings and a pleasant change in the healthy foods you desire. At first, it may seem like your cravings are getting worse, but that is why it is key to keep cleansing out old waste in order to accelerate the process and keep good food options around you.

HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS Your body protects itself from toxins by encasing them in fat. Once you start detoxing and reach a more alkaline

state, your body releases these toxins and with it, the fat that surrounds it. While detoxing, your body will naturally slim down. Many people find that they shed those stubborn extra pounds for the long-term.

BETTER LIVER FUNCTION If there is one organ in the body that cleansing targets, it is the liver. The liver is the main detoxifying organ in the body and is responsible for breaking down compounds and allowing them to be excreted through your urine and colon. When your liver is running at optimal capacity, you will feel energized and look great because the toxins are flushed out efficiently. I guess this is the main reason I call my Mean Green, my natural energy drink.

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OVERALL WELLNESS Detoxing purifies your blood and eliminates free radicals and destructive toxins. It simultaneously cleans out your system like a gentle sponge while promoting healthy eating. This results in clear skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair. When the body is in its preferred alkaline state, you will get sick less often or recover from a sickness more quickly. Cleansing protects and heals our skin from the impurities and deficiencies that contribute to premature aging. Living a Fab Fit Lifestyle is about making small changes. I start everyday with my Mean Green, it gives me the energy I need to keep up with my busy lifestyle. Try taking small steps toward more mindful eating, by doing this you will gradually transform your relationship with food, your body and yourself. Start Debrah’s Mean Green Smoothie detox and reboot your system to a healthier state. Available in Las Vegas, contact Debrah and start to look and feel fabulous! MV

Debrah Pierce is the owner of her own fitness/ nutrition business Fab Fit LV. She is also the Director of Fitness & Spa at Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. Through her own struggle with weight loss, she was inspired to share her knowledge and passion to help others reach their health and fitness goals. As a mother of two she knows all too well how difficult balancing it all can be, as well as keeping up on good nutrition and exercise. Her focus is educating her clients on nutrition and lifestyle changes for the entire family. Life is about balance and moderation- over time, little changes make a big difference. She not only works with clients in Las Vegas locally, she also works with hundreds of clients via her 30Day Virtual Challenges. Visit her on Facebook or on the web www.fabfitlv.com for health and fitness tips, or work with her personally on your nutrition & training needs. She guarantees you will soon start to see a more Fab Fit YOU! fabulouslyfitlv@gmail. com (702) 722-7346


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Q: I work a twelve-hour shift and never find time to meditate or keep my sanity. How can I balance my work hours with stress? A: I would definitely use your bathroom breaks as breath relaxation escapes. Try to sneak into your car on your lunch breaks, even if it means to only have five minutes to close your eyes, visualize serenity and breathe. This will make a world of difference in your hectic daily life. Q: I have been suffering for years with chronic insomnia. I have tried western medicine and medical sleeping aids but nothing seems to work. Is there any alternative way to finally get some rest? A: From my own experience of sleepless nights, the only remedies that work for me are soothing tea, prayer, and endless meditations. Make sure to meditate a minimum of 15 minutes prior to retiring to bed. It gets better and easier as your practice progresses. Meditation is the greatest medication. MV

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It’s Hard To Say Goodbye…

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or most people, spring is the perfect opportunity to tidy up and declutter your home. We often never give a second thought to our cosmetics during this process. So, how long can you keep most cosmetics? Make-up can easily become a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria if you’re not careful. Eye shadow and mascara are some of the worst because of the close proximity to your eye. Holding onto your face powders, blushes and foundations can lead to clogged pores, which can cause breakouts, rashes and skin inflammation. So if this all sounds a bit alarming and confusing then use these rough guidelines to declutter your make-up and in the process be healthier for it: • • • • • • • •

Eyeshadow (powder): 18-24 months Mascara: 3 months Eyeliner (pencil): 18-24 months Foundation/Concealer (powder): 18 months Foundation/Concealer (liquid) 6-12 months Blusher and Bronzer (powder): 18-24 months Face Powder: 18-24 months Lipstick: 24 months

Mark your cosmetics with the date you first open them to remind you it’s time to toss. If they look or smell bad or you can’t remember the last time you used them, throw them out! MV Copyright © 2014 Tammy Kincaid All rights reserved www.SpaExpectations.com, tammy@spaexpectations.com

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A Clean Slate

By Marie Mortera

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lean slate, start over, make space…when it comes to renewal, I say don’t stop at the cupboards and garage. What about your health? Organization is organic when you cut out what doesn’t serve your healthy lifestyle. Take for example, lunch. When it comes to navigating what I should eat, there is nothing to question. I already have some form of sustenance bundled nearby. Whether it’s homemade trail mix (I use raisins, raw almonds and dark chocolate) or lunch in jar, it should be accessible, simple and, of course, delicious.

MARIE’S MASON JAR MEAL • ½ pint mason jar • Dressing: use something with zing, such as olive oil and lemon or soy and chili oil • Carborhydrate: cooked diced sweet potatoes, steamed brown rice, *quinoa • Lean protein: cooked chicken, canned tuna, beans, tofu • Greens: spinach, kale, lettuce, sprouts Drizzle dressing in the bottom of the jar. Fill halfway with the carb. Add your protein and top with the greens. I like to flip it over onto a plate. Meal on the run? Enjoy straight out of the jar! *quinoa: this grain-like seed is high in protein. Feel free to load up on more of this ingredient and opt out of the protein choice. MV

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Tax Tips for Spring Filing

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ax season is upon us again. As we prepare our returns, we want to be sure that we take best advantage of deductions we can legally claim and report our income as accurately as possible. The possibility of audit looms over us and is an experience we would like to avoid. The IRS indicates fewer than one percent of 2013 returns will be audited, but certain information will increase the chances. For instance, returns declaring more than $200,000 are about four times as likely to be audited and returns declaring more than $1 million are over ten times as likely to be audited than the average. Here are some areas that may be likely to increase attention paid by the IRS by its auditors, and through technological means: 1. IRS technology is very adept at connecting taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) on forms W2 and 1099 and matching them up with TINs shown on returns. They will inevitably connect with you about any such information you did not report. You may receive a letter indicating the omission, or be subject to a personal audit. Either way, penalties for late reporting are possible. 2. Be careful as you declare charitable contributions. Keep receipts and avoid “creative writing.� Remember that you are not allowed to deduct for time you volunteer supporting

charitable causes, but you can deduct for miles driven on their behalf. 3. Big deductions for meals, travel, and entertainment will alert the IRS. These expenses must be supported with receipts and records of the business purpose of the deduction along with the names of people you entertained. 4. Claiming one hundred percent business use of an automobile will attract IRS attention. If you have a vehicle used solely in your business, be sure you have mileage and travel logs that substantiate your assertion of the vehicle’s business use.

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5. Alimony is deductible for the payer and taxable for the receiver. To qualify as alimony, it must be required by a formal legal document, such as a decree of divorce or other related documents that specifically stipulate alimony payments. 6. If you have one, do not neglect to report a foreign bank account. The penalties for failure to declare foreign bank accounts can be harsh. Maximum penalties could be as much as a $25,000 fine and five years imprisonment for each account not declared. With any of these items, higher than average deductions are likely to raise audit alerts. Some tax preparation software provides summary comparison of individual deductions with averages for the income declared on the return. In each and every case, if you have documentation for legitimate deductions, they should be declared. If you do not have documentation you should be very careful. Finally, if you have questions or concerns, engage with a tax professional. They will guide and advise with specific reference to your situation. It is in their interest (as well as yours) that they keep you straight and compliant and minimize the chance that they will need to accompany you through any audit process. MV


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Joel Jarvis

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Las Vegas

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The weather- It is always sunny and its warm year-round, and it very rarely snows! Average of 3,825 hours of sun per year. Think, Vitamin D, and a “good mood”

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Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire - One of the greatest engineering wonders of the world, plus sand dunes, sun, water, boating, suntan oil, and fish too! Think, “Lake Day”

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Gaming capital of the United StatesGamble! Gamble! Gamble! Think, “Gamble”

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24 hours a day, everything is open all the time- Sometimes I think it’s better than New York City? Think, “open

for business”

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The Bowling alleys are epic in VegasRecommended are Red Rock Station and The Orleans. Think, “Strikes”

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Dog parks galore for your furry friendsThere are 20 off-leash dog parks in Las Vegas! Desert Breeze and Centennial Hills Dog parks are amazing and clean! Take the dog for a walk!

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Golf Courses are plentiful and of amazing qualityRecommended are Angel Park, TPC Summerlin, and Boulder City Municipal. Over 50 courses citywide. Think, “Long Drives”

like Crown and Anchor for locals, or 9 Fine Irishmen at New York New York Casino. Think, “Drink”

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You have Valet parking for $2 bucks, and drinks while gaming for $1 dollar, every day, every location. Think, “cheap parking, free in the self serve lots”

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Play a game called, “spot the celebrity”- They are here every weekend! Think, “Britney Spears and Mike Tyson”…together! MV

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Drinking and clubbing in Las Vegas is EpicSuggestions are Surrender at Wynn or try a beer pub

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What is Trending in the World of Apps? by Andrea Hulihan

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e’re a few months into the New Year and whether you made a New Year’s resolution and decided to go on a diet, learn a new language, or try to get more sleep, we have the Top 5 apps and a phone gadget to get you through 2014.

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Sleep Cycle App. Have you ever woken up feeling completely wrecked when the alarm clock goes off, yet you have slept “enough” hours? When this happens, you have probably been awakened during a sleep phase, and now your day will be spent walking around like a zombie. Sleep Cycle is a bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up at your lightest sleep phase. During the night you go from light sleep to deep sleep, and sometimes entering a dream state.

There’s An App for That!

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The Sleep Cycle alarm clock is able to use the accelerometer on your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in. I highly recommend getting this app for $0.99; for a good nights sleep, you cant beat the price!

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Photo Wonder App. Hitting over 100 million people in 218 countries, winning the best app award and coming in among the top 5 photo and video apps downloaded I introduce to you Photo Wonder. This app can make any unflattering photo look better. You can give yourself a complete makeover. Is that New Years resolution of dieting not working out that good for you? Well no worries, the “thinify” option on this app can make the fat disappear in no time. Want to remove those wrinkles and give yourself a much younger look? With “Photo Wonder”, it takes no effort. Got caught with no makeup on? Don’t worry, just use the “glow” option and that gives you an instant glow. This is a great free app for photos and, I highly recommend it.

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Duolingo Language Learning App. A fun, free, and easy app to learn languages. Duolingo is changing the way people learn languages. You can learn any language from Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Hungarian, Turkish and English. Challenge your friends and move up in levels while learning new phrases and words.

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Couple Me App. Couple is a more intimate way to share your life, and the best way to stay in touch with your favorite person! It’s free, fun and completely private! I think it’s a great app for long distance relationships. You can share videos, pics, and even let your love one know where you are. This app is a fun one to check out.

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QuizUp Trivia Game App. This new trivia game might just take over as another big hit like Angry Birds and Candy Crush. This game is the hottest new thing out in 2014. Join over 10 million people who love to play QuizUp! Connect with others from around the world or challenge your friends in the newest and largest real-time game, ever. With over 150,000 questions and 350 topics, QuizUp will keep you entertained for hours. *Stay on the lookout for the Typo Keyboard by Ryan Seacrest- a piece of hardware for the iPhone 5 and 5s that turns an Apple handset into a makeshift Blackberry Q10, complete with backlight and sculpted keys that cover up the iPhones home button. MV


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YVEGAS Magazine publisher, Mark Shaffer, sat down with the legendary Marie Osmond for this exclusive interview on her life, her loves, and her career “through the years”…

MS: When I think of going “through the years” with you, Marie Osmond…in the 1960’s and 1970’s, you and your brother (Donny Osmond) were my idols! What were some highlights of your teenage years and overall career? MO: When I (heard that) question, I laughed. You know you’re a busy person when you have to Google yourself! I feel so blessed- being a woman who has worked consistently for years in my business is very rare. Highlights would definitely be my children and my second marriage to my husband. As I move back over those decades, the things that stick out are the times that I worked to help other people, and when I challenged myself to go above and beyond things that I thought were impossible. To be one of the founders of a Children’s Hospital Network, raising money to help children in need... those are the things that stand out for me. In my teens I was in California, I was twelve years old when I recorded “Paper Roses”. Thirteen has always been a lucky number for me…my song became number one when I was that age. At fourteen, we started the “Donny and Marie” show. By age twenty, I’d recorded five or six albums. From the minute I hit my teens I was off and running. My teens were filled with recording, touring…crazy fun, but very busy. I started working in the business when I was three years old. The teen years were a lot of work for me; it was not typical for a teenager. I worked with some of the greatest people in the entertainment business, I was so lucky! I learned about the ethics of hard work, and I studied along with some of the greats like Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr.- amazing people.

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MS: Who are your inspirations (as far as music goes)? MO: I started singing country music because of Loretta Lynn. I loved the fact that she was a woman who could have children and still have a career, which was not the case for celebrities in the 1970’s for women. It’s very different now. It was a man’s world. She was my inspiration. MS: What about during your twenties? What are some of the highlights that come to mind? MO: In 1983 I cofounded the Children’s Miracle Network with John Schneider and it’s now the largest children’s charity of it’s kind in North America. The money goes to the kids- 100% of it to local hospitals. In 1983, my son Stephen was born... MS: Did your variety show continue in your twenties? MO: I started recording country again and had country hits, “Meet Me in Montana”, “Read my Lips”, and I did a lot of touring. MS: What things stood out for you in your thirties? Favorite highlights? MO: In 1991 I started designing and sculpting. I became one of the top doll designers in the world… isn’t that crazy? I wrote a book on postpartum depression. I was the third celebrity to write about it. A lot of people came out about it afterwards. I think sometimes the most difficult things that happen to you are the greatest things because it’s a lesson we have to go through, ya know? MS: I believe that, too. They say it’s always darkest before the dawn… MO: Yes. Also, in my thirties, one of my greatest professional highlights was that I debuted on Broadway in The King and I. I learned a completely different way of singing- I learned to sing legitimate Soprano and also I loved entertaining the troops. I was able to

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hone my writing skills, my doll making skills…it was a fun time for me in my thirties! I feel like I learned a lot. If there’s a mole marking on the left eye of one of my dolls, it means that I sculpted that doll myself. Also, I went over with Bob Hope and entertained in the Gulf war…literally weeks before it started. MS: That’s got to be heartwarming as well! MO: Everyone should see what they go through. My dad was an army sergeant and he said that you never do a show where you don’t take a moment to honor the great men and women who fought for this country- that’s why we have the great country we live in. We always have to give gratitude. That’s how we get to pursue our dreams… MS: So, what about in your forties? What stands out for you during that time? MO: Hmmm…the Donny and Marie talk show. Also, that’s when my book came out “Behind a Smile”- that’s when I became a New York Times best selling author. In my forties I also became a speaker. I was on a speaking tour. I love helping women, and the Unique Lives speaking series was something that I enjoyed. I did a radio show, and that was so fun! Every Thursday, I did a soap on the radio live with a voice character. The reason I did that radio show at that time was that my mother was very sick. I chose to do the radio show before she passed away (instead of being on the road and touring). My mom passed away in my forties, and that was a great loss. Also in my forties was when I did Dancing with the Stars, which lead to Nutrisystem®. I’ve been doing Nutrisystem® for 7 years. I really enjoyed doing that, and I get thousands of letters back from women who were inspired by my involvement with

Nutrisystem® who have lost weight, and gotten their bodies back, and gotten healthy, which is great! MS: Yes, I’m sure you’re a great inspiration to women everywhere! MO: Well, they are to me too. Becoming a grandma has been a great inspiration. I feel way young, and very cool to be a young grandma. My grandson, Stephen James Craig (he’s a Jr.) is in California. I didn’t realize how fun it was to be a grandmother! MS: How many years have you been on the Las Vegas Strip? MO: I think we just completed our sixth year, and heading into our seventh. You know, I love Vegas. To me Vegas sets a very high standard. We were voted best show in Vegas, and to have those kinds of accolades is an honor. There’s a fantastic energy here in Vegas, Donny and I change the show up every year…we don’t keep it the same. When you do a show everyday, five days a week, it’s like being an athlete. You have to stay in shape and you have to stay on top of your game. Vegas is a destination spot, so it’s more fun than going on tour. Celene (Dion) and I are the only two that live in Vegas and perform here (on the Strip). MS: How do you enjoy living in Vegas? MO: I’m a working mom with a very large family, so I don’t understand the word “day off”! If I’m not on stage performing, I’ve been hosting The Talk. I fly all over the place. I don’t really have a day off. It’s wonderful to live here, but my children need to be in Vegas…it’s better to keep the kids here to have normalcy in their home life, and school.

MS: What are some of your passions? MO: Wise Food Storage. I have been asked to endorse a ton of things, but you’ll notice I only endorse things that I believe change peoples lives. It’s better than investing in gold! I was raised on “emergency food” and taught preparedness by my mother. Wise Food is literally…you buy it, you stick it under your bed, and you forget about it for 25 years. I have friends who were in Hurricane Sandy, and they suffered because they couldn’t get help for 10 days. I can’t imagine as a parent going through a disaster and not being able to feed my children. Wise Food mixes dehydrated and freeze dried foods, and when it rehydrates, it looks like the original food. I’ve just started endorsing them and I’ve already gotten calls from people who are preparing for emergencies and use the food for financial struggle and disasters. Like my mother said, “you never know when your next job is going to come around”. Now, you can be prepared! The peaches are so good! I can’t keep them in my house, they’re that delicious. There are no additives…it’s all clean food. MS: Who would you say is your current favorite country singer on the charts right now? MO: Taylor Swift, I love what she’s doing! I know her age, I know what she’s going through. I like the groups, too. Carrie Underwood…I just emailed her. She did Sound of Music, I did that show, too. She’s a sweetheart! I am still an avid country fan. I’ve been working with a bunch of writers right now- I love the writers. I’m more partial to the writer/artist combination. I think it’s a really wonderful gift when you can do that…when you can create original music. MV

MS: Do you hold residence anywhere else? MO: I live here, and I’m here all the time.

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The Boom is Back

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as Vegas has awaited the return of a vibrant real estate market, one following the time-tested, proven concepts of supply and demand. Those in this business for decades have experienced numerous cycles; either supply is dramatically decreased, interest rates exceed a borrower’s ability to pay, or an abundance of supply can’t get absorbed due to job loss or a change in employment status, reducing a borrower’s income. Until the most recent cycle, emphasis has always been on jump-starting the economy. In spite of constant changes in the rules for qualifying borrowers, residential real estate has made an impressive rebound. Enough time has passed, and with optimism from the predictability of this economic increase, many buyers are seeking thought out and creative ways to make a purchase. Lenders, especially since the start of the year, face tightened guidelines until we see revisions of the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM), or the Dodd-Frank legislation. This is having a severe impact on the appraisal and lending processes, driving prices down in both residential and commercial real estate. The commercial real estate sector lags behind the residential- a result of the Dodd-Frank legislation and a markto-market rule, which requires lenders to perform an annual appraisal on each loan in their portfolio. If there is a threat of a decrease of value of underlying collateral securing a loan, the borrower either commits to make up the difference on an annual basis, or the lender is forced to reserve for that decrease, thereby taking funds out of circulation. In the eyes of a lender, this is unacceptable.

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You either over-collateralize a loan, you tie this loan to other resources owned by the borrower the bank has control over, or you just do not make the loan. It is unlikely these rules will loosen until Dodd-Frank is fully implemented, sometime in 2015. Needless to say, this will further impact the recovery of the commercial real estate sector until there is a review of these policies, now that sufficient time has passed to evaluate their negative impact. The mark-tomarket rule not only applies to new financing, but also when an existing loan has matured and there is need for a renewal of that loan. Fewer landlords are coping with this new set of lending guidelines and, as a result, forced to sell their properties at a discount. Real estate plays a dominant role when it comes to hedging against inflation, controlling your occupancy expense (if you own a business), and developing an exit strategy for that day in the future when you decide to either sell or transfer ownership to your heirs. We believe the economy’s resiliency is a good reason to be optimistic about where we are and where we are heading. Yes, it is a good time to buy a home. There have been year-over-year increases in home prices- between 25 and 30 percentand predictions indicate residential real estate will see continued increases for 2014. In commercial real estate,

by Jack Woodcock

more individuals are willing to enter into leases and landlords are more willing to make tenant improvements, thereby investing in someone’s business and, ultimately, their success. We are seeing apartments built in greater numbers and homebuilders preparing for an increase in building by obtaining entitlements, developing lots, and assembling contractors. Las Vegas has always rebounded from every cycle. It is believed the optimism is present, and positive action will follow. MV Jack Woodcock, CCIM, CRS – 702-362-8700 jack@jackwoodcock.com


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hen you purchase a home with the Reverse Mortgage Purchase, there is no income verification, no employment verification, and no credit score necessary. The title company will run a title check to ensure there are no liens, the lender will verify the source of the funds for the down payment, and the transaction is ready for closing. The Reverse Mortgage Purchase Program issued by the FHA is very simple. A realtor negotiates a sales contract between the buyer and the seller. The buyer becomes qualified for the Reverse Mortgage Purchase Program in which he or she will find out the amount of the Reverse Mortgage that they are qualified for. The difference between the purchase price and the reverse mortgage amount is the down payment. Sound familiar? It should, because it’s the same procedure you are using with a forward mortgage.

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By Leslie Stringham

By using a Reverse Mortgage Purchase Program to purchase a property, you can bypass the need to ever have a mortgage payment. The result is being able to have more money to enjoy life with! The difference between the regular forward mortgages you are familiar with and the Reverse Mortgage Purchase Program is that the Reverse Mortgage Purchase Program is much easier to qualify for. The main factors needed are (1) age 62 years of age or older for all borrowers and (2) the source of funds for the down payment. That’s it!! Many new home buyers have just sold another home and are using the cash for their new purchase. They have a huge amount of cash which they are willing to put down on a home so they won’t have to have a mortgage payment. However, by doing this, they clean out their bank account and use their entire

sale proceeds for their new purchase. With a Reverse Mortgage Purchase, a buyer only needs some of that cash as their down payment on the new home. Now they’ll have no mortgage payments, and still get to keep a large portion of their cash in their own bank account. The best of both worlds! As the homeowner, you do not have to make any mortgage payment to the bank as long as this property is your primary residence. You retain ownership of your home, you have the security of knowing if your spouse passes, you can remain in the home for as long as you desireno one will be knocking at the door the following month for a mortgage payment. The home can be sold at any time you decide. After both spouses pass, the home becomes part of your Estate. MV

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Home Improvement Tips for Spring Cleaning by Rob Holbrook

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pring is in the air, and with it comes spring-cleaning. Here are some tips to revitalize and rejuvenate for the sunny days ahead:

A PLAN OF ATTACK For some, just the idea of a total home cleaning is an undertaking. Like most things in life, a list can help break down daunting projects into manageable tasks. Write down all the rooms in your house, with particular projects for each room- from the ceilings to the floors. Walk through the house (into each room if necessary) to visualize each task to complete. It can turn an overwhelming idea into a tangible goal.

LET GO One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Reach far into those closets, attics, garages, cabinets, and storage areas. Try to avoid the natural inclination to hoard- you probably aren’t going to use all those plastic grocery bags under the sink, or that stack of coupons for discounts on cat litter. Donate clothing that has sat unworn in the closet for years. Toss the broken patio lounger you’ve been meaning to weld together since last winter. It can be initially difficult on the psyche, but in the end, the simple act of clearing clutter lifts the metaphorical weight off your shoulders.

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DON’T DO IT ALONE The hardest things in life can often be made easier just by asking for a little assistance. Sure, sometimes the kids don’t want to put down Flappy Bird, or perhaps the spouse has a tee time, but with manageable goals and incentive-based duties, even the most obstinate young child can help get the home in shape for the springtime. Be sure to keep kids on task so you don’t find the dirty clothes stuffed under the bed a week from now. If nobody’s home, a bottle of wine or twelve-pack of oat soda can be an inexpensive incentive for a good friend to give you a hand. You may need to help them move their oak armoire next week, but it’ll be worth it.

STICK WITH IT Everyone’s been there- cleaning the attic or garage of clutter and you come across some old artwork from your kids’ preschool days, or those rippedup journals you kept when you were pregnant. Nothing’s easier to avoid as you clean, than cleaning. Keep yourself motivated and task-oriented. Set time limits or deadlines for certain projects so you don’t get lost in the sea of nostalgia certain to hit once you open up your box of high school mementos.

MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN, MAINTAIN Feel accomplished. You’ve taken days off from work when you could have been doing almost anything else, and refreshed and reclaimed your home from winter hibernation. But it doesn’t end there. The key to succeeding at almost anything is maintenance. Even fifteen minutes a day on different tasks for yourself, your spouse, or your children can keep that fresh energy continuing into next year’s spring cleaning.

CLEAN THE HOME, CLEANSE THE SOUL Okay, the patio is power-washed, the light fixtures, blinds, and baseboards are dusted, closets cleared, and the garage is uncluttered and organized. Now it’s time to park on the couch and catch up on “House of Cards”, right? Sure. Or, take ten more minutes and cleanse your home’s energy and soul by burning some white sage. It may seem “out there”, but civilizations have practiced some form of energy cleansing for centuries. It’s a simple process that can leave you feeling lighter, calmer, and energized in your home- ready to take on the stresses of the outside world. . MV


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40th Anniversary Sip for Scholarship Event

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ime to celebrate 40 fabulous years! UNLVino returns April 9-12, 2014 with four days of fantastic functions to celebrate its 40th anniversary as Nevada’s original wine event. This time-honored epicurean showcase continues Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The 40th UNLVino will be a demonstration in gastronomic excellence as four main events take place across the famed Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. Beverage enthusiasts and foodies alike will sample wines, spirits, craft beers and cuisine prepared by some of the city’s most beloved chefs and mixologists. UNLVino is planned and executed by students in UNLV’s hotel college, providing them with hands-on experience in event coordination and promotion; all testaments to the event’s purpose of providing scholarships for these talented individuals. This year will also recognize individuals with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence, which goes to those who have “distinguished themselves by setting an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic.” This year’s events will elevate guest experiences, including:

Sip & Savor at Spago – Wednesday, April 9: 6 p.m. for VIP; 7 p.m. for GA The second annual celebrated fundraiser, Sip & Savor, joins the roster of the 40th annual UNLVino as worldrenowned chef Wolfgang Puck hosts an evening filled with premium label wines and incredible food. This mixand-mingle, dine-around-style meal will indulge guests in signature cuisine from Puck’s six distinct Las Vegas restaurants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the award-winning chef, as well as executive chefs from his distinct Las Vegas establishments, and a bevy of talented sommeliers and beverage professionals. Chef Puck will be honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for his culinary accolades and contributions to the city of Las Vegas.

Bubble-Licious at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza – Friday, April 11: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. One of UNLVino’s most beloved events, Bubble-Licious will delight patrons with an evening of champagne, sparkling wines, and cocktails, along with amazing small plates from The Venetian and Palazzo’s collection of restaurants. During the event, pop artist Romero Britto will be recognized with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. A longtime supporter of UNLVino, Britto will be on-hand to present an original poster he created for the 40th anniversary.

Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door

BAR-b-q at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool – Thursday, April 10: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. UNLVino’s popular BAR-b-q returns at Caesars Palace as cocktail masterminds collaborate for a unique poolside barbeque. At this mixology-inspired soirée, guests can imbibe on signature cocktails created by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Executive Director of Mixology, Francesco Lafranconi and his talented team, while enjoying mouthwatering twists on barbeque favorites.

Founders’ Grand Tasting at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Saturday, April 12: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. UNLVino will conclude with the Founders’ Grand Tasting, which will celebrate the event’s creators, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Senior Managing Director, Larry Ruvo, and dean emeritus of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Dr. Jerry Vallen. Taking place amongst the captivating architecture of the Frank Gehry designed building, guests can partake in the world’s finest wines, champagnes, spirits, beers and sakes, as well as bites from the city’s best restaurants and UNLV’s culinary students.

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The Shops at Summerlin Centerpiece of Downtown Summerlin Brings Shopping, Dining and Fun

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s we prepare to open The Shops at Summerlin this fall, we’re excited to introduce both the first-class shopping center that Summerlin residents have longed for over the years, and a key component of the future Downtown Summerlin. Downtown Summerlin may be taking shape in the heart of our master-planned community, but it will really serve all of Southern Nevada. Located west of Town Center Drive and just east of the Las Vegas Beltway (between Sahara Avenue and Red Rock Resort) it has been a part of the overall vision for the Summerlin master plan since 1990, when The Howard Hughes Corporation was first

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mapping out what has become one of America’s most successful communities. The Shops at Summerlin is remarkably similar to the concepts first dreamt up almost 25 years ago in principle service as the hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. We’re excited to see this centerpiece of Summerlin coming to life in the heart of the community! Fashion will be a major focus of the 106-acre, 1.6-million-square-foot openair center, with top brands including Michael Kors, Sephora, True Religion and Victoria’s Secret among the still-growing roster of tenants. Macy’s and Dillard’s are already constructing what will become two of the leading anchor stores at The

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Shops at Summerlin. A third major anchor store is still in the works. Other popular tenants coming to The Shops at Summerlin will include Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle, The Art of Shaving, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Clark’s, Everything But Water, It’Sugar, Old Navy, Pandora, Resto Lounge, Sur La Table, Teavana and Ulta. When it opens this fall, The Shops at Summerlin will feature more than 125 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues in a vibrant streetscape environment, and aims to be the ultimate destination in Summerlin. The development was designed to be convenient for patrons, with pedestrian


thoroughfares, dynamic storefronts, and a mix of retail, culinary and entertainment tenants. The shops will be the perfect place to make a quick stop, or serve as a great way to spend time exploring for the day. Mixing in a little bit of work with all that play, a nine-story Class A office building, One Summerlin, is also expected to open later this year. Just as we’re seeing excitement among retailers who want to be a part of the shops, demand is high for new office space in the core of Summerlin. Another 200 acres adjacent to The Shops at Summerlin will eventually make up the rest of Downtown, a pedestrianfriendly neighborhood that will feature more office space and street-side retail as well as higher density urban living. The area includes a substantial outdoor recreational component. Construction on those elements is expected to begin once The Shops at Summerlin is complete.

We’re seeing the Las Vegas economy stabilize with jobs beginning to grow again, and this development will contribute to, and symbolize, this resurgence. By the time it opens, The Shops at Summerlin will have employed close to 2,000 construction workers, and another 2,000 permanent jobs will be created when the center opens. Downtown Summerlin and The Shops at Summerlin will no doubt become valuable additions to the entire Las Vegas Valley. The location is convenient for residents from almost any part of the valley, especially for those in the northwest and southwest parts of town who want to sample what Summerlin has to offer. MV Tom Warden is Senior Vice President of Summerlin for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Additional information about The Shops at Summerlin can be found on the website at www.shopsatsummerlin.com.


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pring Fever! No, it’s not an illness, and it doesn’t last long.

Spring Fever is that sudden urge we get to take off to the mountains or the park, and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. At the same time, we might also get the sudden urge to clean out the junk drawer in the kitchen and maybe even the garage or a bursting file cabinet. It’s all about organizing and starting fresh. Spring Fever means the temperature rises and the colors change throughout the neighborhoods. The time changes, even the changing colors of our wardrobes seem to lighten everyone’s mood! Spring Fever is when I take off my shoes and feel the thrill of nature when I walk on real grass, or take a long walk with the dogs, enjoying some fresh air. Spring Fever: it comes and goes so very quickly here in the desert, but it’s like our yearly dose of medicine that makes everything seem better, brighter and more alive. When Spring Fever hits you this year, soak it up! Go for those walks, clean out the garage, freshen up your wardrobe. It doesn’t last long so be sure to make the best of it! MV nvseniorguide.com (702) 269-9290 mmathis4@cox.net

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Spring Forward How to Leap Toward a Promotion

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ere are some helpful tips on how to be noticed when a promotion is available:

Credentials can be an employee’s best friend. Before the manager evaluates your shining personality, they will first review your qualifications. Obtaining industry credentials are critical to allowing yourself to be competitive. Continuing your education also shows a motivation and passion towards moving forward within your organization. If there are certificates, certifications, diplomas or degrees that are pertinent to your industry, research the return on

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First in, last out. How your managers perceive you is imperative in their analysis about your potential to be promoted. If you get to work early and leave later, there is a greater chance to be noticed. Many people are unwilling to put in the extra time that it takes to get noticed. If you are the first one in and last one out, you could be singled out for your hard work and effort.

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Save a puppy or walk 3 miles. Many companies have opportunities

to volunteer in charitable events or activities that are outside of the normal work duties. If you can, attend every run, drive or party that is supported by the company. Your willingness to participate will allow your managers to feel comfortable in counting on you when needed. This extra commitment does not go unnoticed. If there are picture opportunities, smile and say cheese in all of them! As your exposure increases, so do your chances of moving up.

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When in doubt, wash your boss’s car. Car washes are really not necessary. Try to be accessible and reliable to your managers at all times. Being open and willing to do any tasks within reason is a huge plus. MV Chris Tamura is the Student Affairs Program Manager and an instructor at The International School of Hospitality. Chris offers career advice and guidance and has a wealth of experience in various Human Resources and Hospitality Management positions. For more tips and career education opportunities, visit www.TISOH.com

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Dare to Connect by Katie Bencze

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t’s no secret that this is a busy, multi-tasking, technology driven world. Modern amenities can bring great advantages. But sometimes those advantages come with consequences. Why do we text when we could pick up the phone and hear a voice? Why do we email when we could meet for coffee? Why do we “LOL” when we could really laugh out loud? Simple: because it’s easier. It’s easy to get busy. It’s easy to get distracted. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we don’t have time to connect on a personal level. Maybe we’ll do it later? But what effect does “later” have on a relationship; all relationships? Relationships can be hard, and we like easy. Yes, relationships can be emotional and even taxing. But they are the most fulfilling aspects of our lives. And like a

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garden, when well tended, they blossom. The truth is, relationships don’t just happen, they require intentionality, commitment and communication. But don’t be overwhelmed, because they do not need to take an abundance of time. What if you could strengthen a relationship in a minute a day? There are many ways to connect with someone- a spouse, a child, a friend. It’s not always about what you do, it’s that you do it. Maybe you don’t know where to begin? I didn’t. But alas, that is another benefit of modern technology. There are many ideas out there. One of my favorites is a blog called www.meaninginaminute. com. According to its founder, Krista, all you need is one minute a day to create a deeper relationship with your spouse, children, parents and friends. The thing I like about her blog is that she takes the guesswork out of it. You get an email

every day for 7-14 days (depending on the challenge) with an idea on how to create a memory with a loved one in just a minute or so. Krista says, “We are going to push back against the sometimes disconnected culture in which we live, and create meaningful interactions each day. We must make the relationships we foster within our families a priority- it’s the legacy we live with and the most important thing we leave behind.” So I took one of Krista’s challenges. Three weeks ago her email instructed me to have a sixty-second funny face contest with my family. I don’t remember what I cooked for dinner that day, or who I sent emails to, what was on TV, or even who I talked to on the phone, but I still remember that funny face contest…and so do my kids. MV


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Taking the Guesswork out of Mother’s Day

by Katie Bencze

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ost of us have grown up with a Mother’s Day in our memory. Mother’s Day actually has a very long and winding history, definitely worth a read if you have time. From Greek goddesses, to religion, to a woman’s gratitude to her own mother, Mother’s Day has been acknowledged across the globe for centuries. But in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday and made it a real obligation here in the United States.

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So now, exactly 100 years later, how far have we come? What is Mother’s Day today? When I started this article I couldn’t really say the phrase without rolling my eyes. To me, it seemed like the holiday had become just another catchphrase to sell more crap. I was in the middle of a similar tirade with my husband

regarding Valentine’s Day when, to my surprise, he stepped up to defend the traditions. He simply said: “It’s not about the gifts or the advertising…it’s just about remembering. We can appreciate someone every day, but we usually forget to say it. This day reminds us to do that.” Leave it to my soft-spoken (yet very manly) husband to put things into perspective. Through all the commercials, flyers, bling that is spread across the media, there is no denying that we need to remember mom. As a mom now, I can agree.


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When I took this “mom job” 6 years ago, like most, I was not in it for the glory and certainly not for the money! But I admit that a little hug, a thank you and some over all appreciation can go a long way. To me, Mother’s Day is that on a larger scale. It’s the day we get to ask for something selfish without feeling guilty. Flowers are nice, but most moms I talk to prefer something more personal. So to all the families out there, take a moment to find out what mom wants. Besides, you know her best. And to all the moms, don’t be afraid to ask for it, whatever “it” is to you. So with that in mind, I’d like to submit the following letter:

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Dogs Don’t Say ‘I Love You’ With a Hug – and Why You Shouldn’t Either 4 Dog Myths that Can Lead to Tragedy

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ure, it’s cute to us when the baby hugs the dog. But dogs do not say ‘I love you’ with a hug. When one dog ‘hugs’ another, it’s an act of domination. It should be a given that people do not hug dogs. What are some other common misperceptions people have about dog and human behaviors, and how you can change to prevent catastrophes? 1. Myth: When greeting a new dog, you should extend your hand for it to sniff. Fact: Dogs prefer to be asked before being touched by a stranger. Ask the owner, and then tap your hand on your thigh and act friendly. 2. Myth: Breed dictates temperament. Fact: What dictates dog temperament is

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pack position, the role you (the human) play in the group, and the rank of group members. One cannot purchase behavior by buying a dog of a certain breed. 3. Myth: When a dog charges, there is nothing you can do. Fact: When a dog charges you, it’s trying to decide if you are friend, foe or prey. Act like a friend and pretend you are not afraid. 4. Myth: Posting a “Beware of Dog” sign will protect you from liability if your dog injures someone on your property. Fact: Dogs can only read body language. These signs make people react to your dog in a fearful manner, which is more likely to cause a dog to consider visitors as prey and

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pring has sprung, and that means time to organize and clean out the clutter! It’s also a great time to get the fur babies out and about and moving OUTSIDE again. Although I love the idea of dog parks, I must be honest- they make me nervous. Both times Charlotte has gotten sick were within days of a trip to the dog park, and it has made me a little wary. Dog parks are landmines for highly contagious illnesses including Kennel Cough, Giardia, Canine Influenza, and Parvovirus. If you do not want to take the risk, my husband and I have discovered some great dog friendly places in town! Our favorite is Tivoli Village in Summerlin. Most of the restaurants inside Tivoli Village have outdoor patios that allow dogs, so we can dine out without leaving the babies at home. Town Square and The District also welcome dogs. Most Home Depots and Lowes Home Improvement stores allow dogs, as well. In these types of stores, there are a lot of people, loud noises and stimulating distractions, which can provide great environments to socialize and train your pet. To be safe, I recommend calling ahead to be sure that places are petfriendly before heading out. Happy Spring, pet lovers! MV

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MY ResTaURaNTs Restaurant Reviews by two gals who know food and know Las Vegas! Michele Polci, CMP, CPCE & Lisa Lynn Backus, CMP, CPCE

That’s What She Said

Toros Spanish Kitchen & Gaming Braised oxtail is a classic dish, but not one you will find on many tapas menus with such big flavor. If you are a steakhouse kind of diner, this dish is for you. The tempranillo sauce created a wonderful richness. The use of peas and peppers brightened up this dish. The same holds true for the salmon with spinach and topped with a wave of béchamel. Attempting to get our veggies in, we had to try the grilled asparagus. They were perfectly charred with an outstanding romesco sauce. The nuttiness of the sauce was a perfect fit to our collective personalities (pun intended)! However, the crab stuffed piquillo peppers stole the show for us.

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e didn’t know what to expect from Toros Spanish Kitchen. Was it a sports bar, gaming establishment, a full service restaurant or a tapas place? The answer turned out to be a little bit of all of the above. This restaurant has everything we have come to expect in the valley. In the center of the restaurant you will find your bit of Vegas, a sprawling rectangular bar with gaming. Spanish-inspired lighting hung overhead, creating a welcoming ambiance. There are a number of flat screens suspended over the bar and around the room: on this particular night, we were treated to televised soccer. The servers even took a cue from this and donned Spanish soccer team jerseys as their uniforms! The menu is solid, and while there are the requisite wings and burgers on the menu, don’t let that fool you- this is far more than your normal neighborhood haunt. There were old school flavors, a little modern-age presentation and plating, but the sauces will send you over the Spanish moon.

Another favorite were the scallops. Flawlessly prepared with a touch of our favorite romesco sauce, aioli and cinnamon. There were a number of Spanish-inspired dishes offered on the menu, such as paellas that are finished off in the oven to obtain that crispy crust on the outside. Don’t miss out on the innovative beverages that honor Toros’ Spanish heritage, as well. Toros has a great vibe. Vast windows look out onto a courtyard dining area, the walls have a lively deep orange hue and wood planks from liquor barrels anchor one wall. Overhead, Spanish-influenced lighting creates the perfect atmosphere that reflects off of the tin celling. With a mixture of high bistro seating and larger wooden tables with benches, it is an eclectically perfect ambiance. Save room for the desserts, as they are super decadent! The chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream was particularly mouthwatering, and the rice pudding was nothing short of amazing. It was finished with caramelized sugar and really reminded us of an amped-up crème brûlée.

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And that’s What She Said! MV One of us loves every carb she has ever met, and appreciates the little things in life. The “bread basket” was a home run. The bread was slightly grilled and served with a piquillo pepper aioli. After the bread was long gone, a spoon did the trick finishing up all the aioli. That was our first clue that the attention to detail would make Toros stand out.


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e know that for Champagne to be authentic, it has to come from a certain region of France. What other types of sparkling wines are out there? Sparkling wine has many different names, depending on where it is grown. We have domestic bubbly from cooler climates in the U.S., Cava from Spain, Prosecco or Franciacorta from Italy, Crémant and Champagne from France, Sekt from Austria and Germany, bubbly in Australia in addition to many, many others. What should we look for when we’re buying bubbly? Most importantly, you should drink what you like. Then you can think about price, region, style, and brand. It all depends on your objective: are you entertaining a large group, or just the two of you? Maybe you should save a little money and serve Crémant. Are you buying a bottle as a gift for a boss? Perhaps a Grand Marques (Champagne from an established larger house) is more appropriate. The most important thing to recognize is that anything with bubbles should be under consideration throughout the entire yearnot just a holiday or special occasion. Whether you plan on bubbly before, during, or after a meal, it can be refreshingly pleasant anytime. MV

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aesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more. The Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences. Riders will enjoy a mesmerizing journey that begins with its pre-ride experience including interactive elements on the first floor, and a lounge on the second. Boarding will take place on the third floor while the building’s fifth floor is a hospitality floor with outdoor patios. Visitors can enjoy a full day’s worth of activities and venues at The LINQ before or after sky-high sightseeing. Here are some interesting facts about the High Roller:

• The High Roller tops out at 550 feet making it the largest observation wheel in the world.

• The High Roller will travel at one foot per second and take roughly 30 minutes to make one full revolution.

• In addition to its great height, the High Roller will offer an immersive pre-ride experience for its passengers on their journey from ticketing through the wheel house complete with a lounge, to the wheel ride which features unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip.

• The wheel will be lit with more than 2,000 LED lights to create a customizable and visually stunning display.

CONSTRUCTION MILESTONES: • February 29, 2012 Ground breaks on the construction of the High Roller.

• The wheel structure boasts 7.2 million pounds of steel and 112 cables. Each cable measures approximately 225 feet, for a combined total of 25,256 feet.

• October 22, 2012 Begin erection of the wheel structure.

• The High Roller features 28 spherical cabins that will each hold 40 guests. Each cabin weighs approximately 44,000 pounds and includes 300 square feet of glass. The cabin windows are doubly curved and fabricated from four sheets of laminated glass. The cabins will also feature dynamic video and music shows that will fade away seamlessly to show the most impressive views of the Las Vegas valley.

• July 5, 2013 The first section of the rim is installed.

• Fabrication of the wheel began in late 2011 and took place in several locations across the globe including China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Colorado, California and Las Vegas.

• December 3, 2013 The final passenger cabin is attached to the rim of the High Roller.

• March 15, 2013 The hub and spindle of the High Roller is complete.

• September 9, 2013 The 28th and final piece of rim of the High Roller is installed and completed. • October 26, 2013 Wheel structure is completed. • November 6, 2013 The first of 28 passenger cabins is attached to the rim of the High Roller.

• December 20, 2013 Wheel drive system installation complete.

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Local Entertainer Spotlight

MPULS

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eattle: the gift (city) that keeps on giving! Say what? Well, don’t most of us start our days with a quad skinny almond latte, courtesy of Seattle’s very own Starbucks? And then, we spend all day on our computers powered by Bill Gate’s little hobby, also known as Microsoft. And who can forget the recent THUMPING administered by the Seattle Seahawks in the Superbowl?

Well, it’s time to add another name to that illustrious list of world class Seattle creations: MPULS. MPULS? It might look like your spell check is broken, but not at all! I’m referring to the dynamic new Hot 100 dance group that has taken the Las Vegas club scene by storm; kind of making the ‘Hawks look like just another junior varsity team. MPULS, for you Scrabble playing purists, is also known as IMPULSE. Different sexy spelling, but the same sexy act.

If you haven’t been to Club Madrid inside Sunset Station on a Saturday night to experience Seattle transplants Brooke Allyson and Jim Shank’s unique combination of the latest dance hits presented in a nonstop show format, what are you waiting for? Look, it’s no secret that many Las Vegas entertainers come to town from all over the planet seeking fame and fortune. After all, Sin City is the entertainment capital of the world! And it features some mighty fine buffets and hospitality as well. Brooke and Jim did just that- came to town seeking fame and fortune. So, let’s take a moment to get to know Brooke and Jim, shall we? The duo met in 1994 when they were both students at a community college in Auburn, Washington, having auditioned

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for its Professional Entertainment Training program. Jim sang and also played bass in several grunge bands. Grunge bands: yet another gift to the world from Seattle. Brooke was a wide-eyed 18-year-old girl with talent and a dream. As these things tend to play out, they were married a few years later. And so started their partnership that thrives to this day. Their first project was a Top 40 band entitled “The Goods”. And they were! They soon started playing the Washington casino circuit. With virtually every town or city named after a Native American tribe, well, you can imagine the opportunities for gigging- exactly what young performers need to cut their teeth. We’ve all heard about the Beatles playing 8 hours per night 7 nights a week for several years in the seedy clubs of Hamburg. And look how that worked out for them! As Brooke and Jim developed their craft, they were asked to produce specialty acts for some of the prominent casinos, and so, in 2007 Live Music Entertainment was born. Soon thereafter, “That 80’S Show” (fully costumed and complete with characters) became a mainstay at the largest casino in Washington. Other acts such as “Galaxy 54”, “Repro” and “Vanity” hit the stage, and were all tremendously successful. After conquering and dominating the Seattle market with their award-winning productions, there was only one place to go… Vegas, baby. And now, in less than two years, MPULS is on the scene in a big way. With recent performances at The Blue Martini, The Fremont St. Experience, Red Rock Station, Bally’s, The Paris and their residency at Club Madrid, it is easy to see why Vegas is embracing a group that audiences love watching, listening and dancing to. “It’s all about having fun. Daily life, job worries, stresspeople want to go out and have a good time with friends, dance, have a cocktail or two and just enjoy the moment away from all of the nonsense” says Brooke. Her words apply not only just to the audience, but the performers as well, which include Alex Karpenko (recently arrived from Russia) who dazzles on guitar, drummer Jake Magness laying down the beats, Bob Sluys keeping the groove percolating on the bass, and DeeJay Tanastadi spinnin’ and scratchin’. “One of the things that sets us apart and which our audience loves is that we morph our song list into a nonstop dance party! Kind of like a D.J. is spinning us. Most bands play a song, stop, chit chat, take a sip of their drinks, fiddle around with their knobs, retune their guitars and announce what song

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they’re gonna play next. I think that we in the business refer to that as ‘killing the dance floor’”, Brooke laughs. “We’ve put a lot of work in over the years learning exactly how to format a killer set; from tempos, stylistic appeal, energy and what key the song is in, all to ensure not only a smooth and seamless flow, but to maximize everyone’s enjoyment! Going from Rihanna to Pink to PitBull to LMFAO to Robin Thicke to Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga- well, you get the picture!” Not only are Brooke and Jim doing what they love, as are the rest of MPULS, they love being in Las Vegas, too. “Jim and I decided recently that this is where we want to be,” continued Brooke, “we want to make Vegas our home, not only to perform in, but to raise our kids here as well. We love the climate and there are so many activities for everybody. Jim’s an avid fishermen, you’ll often find him in his boat out on Lake Mead at around 6 a.m. when the rest of us are sleeping! Our kids (Gabe, 10 and Willow, 7) are musically inclined and creative. We’re just a regular family, but when we take the stage…watch out!” Watch out, indeed! Why not check MPULS out on facebook www.facebook. com/impulsevegas MV


Toni’s Table

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hat if I told you that there were an abundance of restaurants that offer a variety of healthy choices in Las Vegas, and that you can find one just about anywhere you travel in town? These days, people are slowing down just enough to consider smarter food choices. This can be difficult and overwhelming at times, especially with the array of food products and restaurants claiming to be natural, organic, free of GMO’s, etc. The constant contradictions in the media on good foods versus bad foods don’t help, either. I have been on a mission over the past several years to find restaurants that offer healthy choices and truly stand by their claims. In upcoming issues of MYVEGAS Magazine, I would like to highlight several healthy restaurants that I have had the pleasure of dining in, with the hope that my experiences will inspire you to do the same. Well let’s just get to it: Rachel’s Kitchen is a great Las Vegas spot for healthy eats. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to grab something quick when I’m on the go. With convenient locations all over town, there is no reason not to have something healthy and nutritious! They offer a full array of healthy menu items and substitutions such as gluten-free bread and quinoa pasta. They are open early for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You should check out their website www. Rachelskitchen.com or just stop in. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! MV Rachel’s Kitchen 3330 S. Hualapai Way, Las Vegas, NV (702) 459-6789

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Concert Hot List

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Saturday, 4/5 | 5pm/7pm Club Madrid, Sunset Station

BOULDER BLUES FEATURING JIMMY THACKERY

Thursday, 4/24 | 6pm The Railhead, Boulder Station

BILLY DEAN

Saturday, 7/12 | 7pm Club Madrid, Sunset Station

YESTERDAY- THE BEATLES TRIBUTE

Saturday, 7/26 | 4pm/6pm Club Madrid, Sunset Station

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featuring hosts and singer/songwriters Brian McComas and Aaron Benward, along with special guests who present “The Story Behind the Song” Every Friday | 8pm Club Madrid, Sunset Station

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e couldn’t be happier that winter is behind us as we are enjoying thinking about all the wonderful offerings we have planned for our community!

SENIOR TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS Station Casinos is proud to offer special deals, discounts and events for our guests 50 years and older every Tuesday at the Fiestas and every Wednesday at Station Casinos’ properties. Flash your Boarding Pass loyalty card to enjoy $4 movie matinees before 6 p.m., a free $3,000 slot tournament with a $1000 top prize per property, Bonus Point days where $1 played equals 10 points on slots and six points on video poker. Save your Boarding Pass points that day as you will only need to use half of the points when dining, bowling, and when you play bingo at the Fiestas.

OUR COMMUNITY We are honored to be part of the Southern Nevada community and take enormous pride in finding ways to improve our neighborhoods and give back to those in need.

THREE SQUARE RESTAURANT WEEK Station Casinos will once again be teaming up with the Three Square food bank to assist our community in eradicating hunger. Join us March 7-14 as we prepare special pre-fixe menus

at 22 of our restaurants with proceeds benefitting Three Square. Participating restaurants include all of our Steakhouses, Italian and Mexican restaurants as well as our Oyster Bars. Additionally, our Team Members will also be assisting Three Square by hosting our own canned food drive during Restaurant Week.

COMMUNITY UPDATE A huge thank you goes out to all of our team members and guests who helped us to raise an impressive $74,000 during our 4th Annual “Project Pink,” initiative to raise funds for the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

GUESS WHAT’S TURNING 20 YEARS OLD? 18 years after the Fertitta family opened the first locals’ casino known today as Palace Station, the company doubled its size by opening its second entertainment destinations for the locals On August 23, 1994 Boulder Station opened its doors with much fanfare by the locals who lived east of the Las Vegas Strip. We hope you will join us in August as we celebrate this very special milestone. And if you remember when Boulder Station opened and have an interesting story to share please contact me at lori.nelson@stationcasinos as we’d love to hear from you and collect as many stories as possible. MV

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Saddle Up for the Annual ACM Awards by Melissa T., Coyote Country 102.7

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as Vegas is known for its bright lights, casinos and....country music? Not exactly. But with so many country music headliners in town, and with the recent renewal of the National Finals Rodeo contract for Las Vegas, it only makes sense to have a country awards show in town, right? There is an awards show that passes through our little Sin City every year! It honors the biggest singers, songwriters, and awesomeness of the country music industry. It’s called “The Academy of Country Music Awards”, and it brings hundreds of country artists and fans to our fine state each spring. This year, the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards (or ACM awards) will return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014. You can catch it on television at 8:00 p.m. live EST/delayed PST on the CBS television network. Four-time ACM award winner, Blake Shelton, and reigning ACM entertainer of the year, Luke Bryan, will

return to co-host the event. This year’s show will be Shelton’s fourth consecutive turn and Bryan’s second time hosting the awards telecast. If you’re a country music fan, MGM Grand is the place to be during the week of the ACM awards. In fact, it’s not unusual to see fans hanging out at the casino in hopes of catching a glimpse of their favorite country artists. But wait- there’s more! Not only do we get the annual ACM awards show but there are also a slew of concerts that come along with it. One of the bigger ones is the Academy of Country Fan Jam, a concert that happens at another venue that the ACM broadcast cuts to during it’s telecast. The new country duo, Florida Georgia Line, will be hosting this year’s 4th annual ACM Fan Jam from the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Another concert is the all-star concert television special that is taped Monday April 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. inside the MGM Grand Las Vegas. The academy and Dick Clark Productions put that one on every year. For more information on the Academy of Country Music Awards and any related concerts and events, or for tickets, you can log onto the official ACM awards website at http://www. acmcountry.com/tickets.html. Or call the MGM Grand and contact their box office at 1.877.880.0880. MV

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Nashville Drive’s Top Ten Country Songs

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Whatever She’s Got David Nail

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Chillin’ It Cole Swindell

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When She Says Baby Jason Aldean

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Friday Night Eric Paslay

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Goodnight Kiss Randy Houser

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Drink to That All Night Jerrod Niemann

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Doin’ What She Likes Blake Shelton

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Beat of the Music Brett Eldredge

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Carolina Parmalee

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Sunny and 75 Joe Nichols


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Is He Boyfriend Material? by Amy Elizabeth

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adies, the best piece of romantic advice I can offer is to make sure your guy is boyfriend material before you commit to him. You’ll save yourself plenty of tears if you hold out for a man who meets the following criteria:

1. IS HE GIVING? True love is undoubtedly about giving, not receiving. However, a man in love would do anything to make his girl happy. When a man gives, he’s not only demonstrating his love, he’s also displaying he’ll be a good provider. A woman is always free to give her man as much love and affection as she wants, but if she gives too much materially, she risks not only emasculating him, but also takes on the male role in the relationship. Although the dynamic can be reversed, most women want to be the feminine,

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receiving partner. A feminine woman knows how to make her boyfriend feel appreciated and always is sure to let him know she’s grateful.

2. DO YOU FEEL SAFE WHEN YOU ARE AROUND HIM? No matter how independent a woman may be, she wants to feel protected by her man. Years ago, I had an ex who was stalking me. While I was at dinner with someone else, my ex kept blowing up my phone. My date cowardly asked if my ex-boyfriend ever resorted to violence. Needless to say, the fact my date cared more about his own safety than protecting me was a major turn off. The men I loved most always made me feel like they had my back. Not that any of these men ever resorted to fist fights, but they certainly weren’t afraid to defend my honor.

3. DOES HE CHERISH YOUR FEELINGS? A good man should cherish his woman’s feelings. If you tell your guy he hurt you, a good boyfriend will take that to heart and not repeat whatever it was that caused you pain. If your man doesn’t consider your feelings, you’re not being cherished. This guy will need to be trained if you plan on keeping him around.

4. IS HE A MAN OF HIS WORD? One of my pet peeves is a guy who promises the world, but doesn’t follow through. It is very important that if a man says he’s going to do something, he does what he promised. Even small things like calling when he says he’ll call are a testament to a man’s character. You want a boyfriend you know you can count on!

5. DOES HE MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER?


A hairstylist once told me to never commit to a man unless he makes my life better. This may seem like a nobrainer, but in my early twenties, I had a boyfriend who made my life worse. He created a lot of unnecessary drama and rarely had my best interests at heart. Always remember: your relationship should enhance your life, not create any unnecessary turmoil. If you feel like your man is genuinely a blessing on your life, he’s a keeper.

6. IS HE HAPPY WHEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN FOR YOU? Sometimes in relationships, one person will become jealous when something good happens to his or her partner. A man may feel these negative emotions because he is afraid that if his girlfriend has newfound success, he might lose her. n a relationship, both partners should grow, so beware of a man who holds you back. A man who is boyfriend material wants to see you blossom.

7. DO YOU LOVE WHO YOU ARE WHEN YOU ARE AROUND HIM? Does your guy make you feel happy, free and beautiful? Or does he cause you to feel insecure, anxious or maybe even jealous? You want a boyfriend who makes you feel completely loved and secure, a man in whose presence you become more radiant and energized, a man who ultimately makes you feel like a Love Goddess.

8. DOES HE INSPIRE YOU? We are put on this Earth to grow into our best selves, and our partners are meant to help in this process. I’m a bit nerdy, so I like a guy who can teach me something about politics, spirituality or great literature. However, a man can inspire you in other ways; for instance, he may make you want to be better in business, live a healthier lifestyle, volunteer for charity or simply to be a

kinder, more compassionate person. Basically, you want your man to make you a better woman, whatever that means to you.

9. HOW DOES HE HANDLE CONFLICT? When swans fight, they ruffle their feathers at each other and then moments later, sail away in peace. If you’re in a long-term relationship, naturally there are going to be some moments where feathers are ruffled. I would stay away from the avoidant types who disappear when there is conflict and definitely the types who won’t stop ruffling their feathers. A man who is quick to forgive and doesn’t hold a grudge is the kind of guy you want to sail away with in peace.

faith the universe will send you someone who will. As for the boys who need to step up their game, they can make an effort to win your heart, but exclusivity only belongs to the man who proves he deserves it. MV For more information please visit www.missymycakes.com

10. HAS HE TALKED EXCLUSIVITY? Unless your guy has told you he’s not seeing anybody else and wants you to be his girlfriend, never assume he’s your boyfriend. If after several dates, he hasn’t asked if you’re seeing anyone else, he might not be looking for a girlfriend. Keep in mind, a man could really like you, but just not want a relationship, so don’t take it personally if that’s the case. When a man is crazy about you and wants to be exclusive, he will make it known. Girls, if after reading this list, you realize your guy isn’t boyfriend material, don’t become disheartened. It is possible that with a little time and effort, your man can be trained. Keep in mind, however, that you aren’t simply looking for any boyfriend- you want someone who cherishes you. If your guy didn’t make the cut, have

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The Pizza Man OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK NEGLIGEES HOSIERY JEWELRY by Seth Adam Smith CUSTOM ORDERS HANKY PANKY CHANTELLE LE MYSTERE SAVVY LINGERIE - BOCA PARK 750 S. RAMPART BLVD LAS VEGAS, NV 89145 • 702.462.2300

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would like to note a dining experience I recently had at Streets of New York Pizza, a family owned pizzeria. Set back in a nice strip mall off Fort Apache Road between Tropicana and Russell, this is an unexpected restaurant I will definitely enjoy again! We were greeted and seated by the owner of the restaurant in a comfortable booth that offered a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Our server, Shelby, was very attentive to our needs and shared all the specials along with her personal favorites. Their prices are very affordable for a family affair. I decided to partake in their “Flagship Pizza”, The New York Combo on a gluten free crust and the famous Chopped Antipasto Salad. The pizza was perfectly prepared with Italian sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, mixed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives and mozzarella cheese. The crust was baked perfectly, soft with a crisp bottom- not too easy a task for a gluten free crust. The Chopped Antipasto is something I have been hearing about around town and wanted to make sure to check out what was creating the buzz. I must agree that if you go for their pizza, you should order the Chopped Antipasto- I truly believe it is one of the best in town. MV Streets of New York Pizza 5135 S. Fort Apache Suite #100 Las Vegas, NV 89148 (702) 463-1010 www.StreetsofNewYork.com

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Marriage Isn’t For You by Seth Adam Smith

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aving been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading. I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. :) I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all. Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.” It was in that very moment that I knew that Kim was the right person to marry. I realized that I wanted to make her happy; to see her smile every day, to make her laugh every day. I wanted to be a part of her family, and my family wanted her to be a part of ours. And thinking back on all the times I had seen her play with my nieces, I knew that she was the one with whom I wanted to build our own family.

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

My father’s advice was both shocking and revelatory. It went against the grain of today’s “Walmart philosophy”, which is if it doesn’t make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one.

Perhaps each of us have moments in our lives when it feels like time slows down or the air becomes still and everything around us seems to draw in, marking that moment as one we will never forget.

No, a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love—their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, “What’s in it for me?”, while Love asks, “What can I give?”

My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself

Some time ago, my wife showed me what it means to love selflessly. For many months, my heart had been hardening with a mixture of fear and resentment. Then, after the pressure had built up to where neither of us could

stand it, emotions erupted. I was callous. I was selfish. But instead of matching my selfishness, Kim did something beyond wonderful—she showed an outpouring of love. Laying aside all of the pain and aguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul. I realized that I had forgotten my dad’s advice. While Kim’s side of the marriage had been to love me, my side of the marriage had become all about me. This awful realization brought me to tears, and I promised my wife that I would try to be better. To all who are reading this article— married, almost married, single, or even the sworn bachelor or bachelorette—I want you to know that marriage isn’t for you. No true relationship of love is for you. Love is about the person you love. And, paradoxically, the more you truly love that person, the more love you receive. And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered. Truly, love and marriage isn’t for you. It’s for others. MV

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Warning Signs of Infidelity by Jacqueline Del Rosario

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lthough most people never plan on cheating, relationships can be fraught with unforeseen temptations that can lead a mate astray. Signs of relationship infidelity come in many forms- some obvious, others are more subtle. Even before physical cheating comes emotional cheating- the sharing and divulging intimate details of our lives with someone other than our spouse. Such emotional cheating often serves as the gateway to physical infidelity; once you begin to share how you feel, your dreams and inspirations with another person, it is only a matter of time before that ends in the bed. You are creating a bond with that person on an emotional level, and that emotional tie all too often escalates into an inappropriate physical connection.

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Here are 10 classic warning signs that your partner may, in fact, be cheating emotionally, physically or both:

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 Sudden changes in schedule or chronically cancelling plans. For example, you and your mate routinely

have dinner every Thursday night at your favorite restaurant, but lately your partner has been cancelling and coming up with a number of different excuses.

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 Starts fights and makes accusatory statements more often.


You notice your mate is more on edge and starts fights more often. This also might include suddenly accusing you of cheating. This could be a guilty conscience at play. A quick anger trigger, getting easily exasperated, and “picking fights” more frequently are other classic clues something is amiss, as these actions create distance for the freedom to come and go as they please. It also provides a backdrop for an actual breakup to gain permanent freedom from the relationship.

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 Being emotionally withdrawn. It’s never a good sign when it takes effort to make even basic conversation with your mate, and also when your partner no longer asks for more in-depth details about things going on in your life- career, family, friends, hobbies and otherwise. This broad-sweeping disinterest can speak volumes.

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 Constant texting or using other virtual modalities. You notice your mate is constantly on, or checking, the phone or computer, at all hours of the day and night. You may also have discovered your mate has joined new social networks without telling you.

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 Being secretive with the phone. Every time the phone rings your companion goes to another room to take the call. Or you notice the immediate deleting of emails and text messages and keeping the phone face down at all times.

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 Changing passcodes. Your mate frequently changes telephone, email and social networking site login information.

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 Constantly working late. Your mate is constantly coming home late and blames it on their work schedule- even when it is not the busy season. The same would hold true for a higher volume of business trips or other workrelated responsibilities.

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 Changes in sexual patterns and/or alertness. You and your mate used to have sex 3 to 4 times per week but lately, your partner seems disinterested and now you have sex only once a week or less. Or, your mate asks you to try new positions or “toys” (even knowing you may not be comfortable with it), meanwhile they appear to be a pro at what is supposed to be a new experience.

Signs of relationship infidelity come in many formssome obvious, others are more subtle.

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 Immediate shower upon arriving home, especially when it was not routine before. Upon returning home, your mate immediately runs to the shower before greeting you in an effort to wash away any evidence.

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 Changing underwear. You notice your mate has been wearing new and sexier under garments. Or, you find your mate’s under garments in the garbage. MV “America’s Marriage Coach” Jacqueline Del Rosario is President and CEO of Recapturing the Vision International, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy marriages and family strengthening. Also a published author, speaker and nationally regarded media personality, Dr. Del Rosario has been a certified pre and post-marital counselor for more than 20 years. Her cuttingedge series, Marriage Solutions and The Marital Constitution™, help couples successfully work through problems and find healthy solutions. She has two children and currently resides in Miami, Fl with her husband of over 20 years. Dr. Del Rosario may be reached online at www.DrJacquie.com.

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Celebrating Life St. Jude Las Vegas Chapter Unveils 2014 Sculpture Collection

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n March the St. Jude Las Vegas Local Chapter unveiled its new 2014 Sculpture Collection titled Celebration of Life at The Smith Center. It marked the first new sculpture design to be unveiled since the inaugural Traveling Hearts of Las Vegas exhibit featuring a collection of 10 artistic human-heart sculptures was revealed in 2010. Local sculptor Dorit Schwartz created the pieces that were then painted by fellow world-renown and locallyacclaimed artists, some of whom have a personal journey and connection with the work of St. Jude to help children who are fighting life-threatening childhood diseases, such as cancer. This was the first opportunity to view this new collection before it is displayed

during the annual St. Jude Las Vegas Chapter Grand Gala on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at The Smith Center. This is a major fundraising event for the local chapter and an opportunity to participate in an unforgettable evening filled with top entertainment, dinner and fellow philanthropists. For more information on this year’s gala please visit http://stjude.org/lasvegas. Long-time chair of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Local Las Vegas Chapter, Tanya Amid, has been driving these key events for the local community for years. She leads the Board and Committees made up of caring and involved local volunteers who serve under different capacities. “It is so rewarding to see the community come together for this very important and critical cause,” said Amid. “It costs close to two million dollars a day to run the hospital for one day and as the Las Vegas arm, we want to ensure we help raise those necessary funds to help treat children who are battling childhood diseases.”

by Veronica Meter

from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it develops, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. In addition to the gala, the Las Vegas Local St. Jude Chapter also organizes an annual poker tournament. This year it will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at the Vdara Hotel & Spa. Those interested in learning more about St. Jude’s mission are encouraged to visit stjude.org or follow St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/ stjude. MV

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way in the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rate for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate

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New Vista is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping adults and youth with intellectual challenges. We provide an array of programs to individuals and their loved ones that create equal opportunities and support so that they may experience life to the fullest.

Learn how you can help at

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Your Time, Talent, Treasure!

Give your time, talent or treasure and make a difference in someone’s life. A Home for Spot | 239-7986

Dress for Success of So. NV (DFSSN)

Refuge for Women Las Vegas | 618-567-1918

www.ahome4spot.com

684-6412 | www.dressforsuccess

www.refugewomanvegas.org

Adam’s Place for Grief | 339-0848 www.adamsplaceforgrieflasvegas.org Adopt a Rescue Pet | 798-8663 www.AdoptARescuePet.org Alzheimer’s Association Las Vegas 248-2770 | www.alz.org/dsw/ American Heart Association 367-1366 | www.heart.org/lasvegas Andre Agassi Foundation 227-5700 | www.agassifoundation.org Baby’s Bounty | 485-2229 www.babysbounty.org Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada 731-2227 | www.bbbsn.org Boys and Girls Club | 367-2582 www.bgclv.org Boys Town | 642-7070 www.boystown.org/nevada C4S G.I.R.L.S. Club | 855-246-6678 www.c4sfoundation.org Candlelighters | 737-1919 www.candlelightersnv.org Caring 4 Kids Foundation | 544-1400 www.caring4kidsfoundation.org CASA – Child Appointed Special Advocates for Children 455-4306 | www.casalasvegas.org Catholic Charities of So. NV 385-2662 | www.ChatholicCharities.com Diabetes Association (JDRF) 364-5604 | www.DiabetesNV.org Divorced & Widowed Adjustment, Inc. 735-5544 | www.info4nv.org DJs for PJs | 702.944.2464 ®

www.djsforpjs.org

southernnevada.org FUPI Foreclosed Upon Pets | 272-0010 www.forecloseduponpets.org Goodwill | 214-2066 www.SNGoodwill.org Habitat for Humanity | 638-6477 www.HabitatLasVegas.org Heaven Can Wait Animal Society 227-5555 | www.hcws.org

Ronald McDonald House 252-4664 | www.rmhlv.com Safe Nest | 877-0133 www.SafeNest.org Salvation Army | 870-4430 www.salvationarmysouthernnevada.org Shade Tree | 385-0072 www.TheShadeTree.org Southern Nevada

Helping Hands Surgical Care | 242-5393

Newborns in Need | 916-276-6171

www.HelpingHandsSurgicalCare.com

www.newbornsinneed.com/southnevada

Impact Las Vegas | 285-4838

Speedway Children’s Charities

www.impact-lv.org

632-8242

i.m.perfect | 807-8433 www.i-m-perfect.org Las Vegas Binky Patrol 459-4464 | www.binkypatrol.org Las Vegas Rescue Mission 382-1766 | www.vegasrescue.org Lights for Love | 489-6007 www.lights4love.org Miracle Flights for Kids | 261-0494 www.miracleflights.org Muscular Dystrophy Association of

www.lasvegas.speedwaycharities.org Spirit Therapies | 373-7607 www.spirittherapies.org St. Jude’s Ranch | 294-7100 www.stjudesranch.org The Cupcake Girls | 879-8195 www.thecupcakegirls.org The Rape Crisis Center | 385-2153 www.therapecrisiscenter.org Three Square | 644-3663 www.ThreeSquare.org

Southern Nevada

Trial by Peers | 333-8277

822-6920 | www.mda.org

www.trialbypeers.org

Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation

United Blood Services | 228-4483

735-622 | www.nvblindchildren.org

www.UnitedBloodServices.org/LV

Nevada SPCA | 873-7722

United Way of Southern Nevada

www.nevadaspca.org

892-2300 | www.uwsn.org

New Vista Ranch | 457-4677

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada

www.newvistanv.org

967-0530 | www.vmsn.org

NV Childhood Cancer Foundation

WestCare | 385-2090

735-8434 | www.nvccf.org

www.westcare.com

Opportunity Village | 259-3700 www.OpportunityVillage.org

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WORLD’S GREAT WHEELS: 1. High Roller: 550 feet; 28 cabins; 1,120-passenger capacity (instantaneous) 2. Singapore Flyer: 541 feet; 28 cabins; 784-passenger capacity 3. London Eye: 443 feet tall; 32 cabins; 800-passenger capacity

HIGH ROLLER PROJECT TEAM: Project Management: David Codiga, Executive Project Director Randy Printz, Themed Development, Project Manager Eric Eberhart, General Manager Engineer of Record: Arup Architect of Record: Klai Juba Architects Designer: THG of Nevada, LLC General Contractor: W. A. Richardson Builders Wheel Contractor: American Bridge Company Cabin Contractor: Leitner Poma of America

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Drive System Contractor Schwager Davis, Inc. Control System Contractor: Heywood Engineering All in the same area, the iconic lifestyle boutique Kitson, will open a forerunner in our city’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment district located just past The LINQ entrance and next to the Flamingo. Kitson will be one of the first shops visitors see as they enter the passageway from Las Vegas Boulevard. In addition to the unique take on basics that Kitson fans know and love, The LINQ location will showcase exclusives from Homies, Boy London, Sol Angeles, Yosi Samra, Lauren Moshi and others. “Kitson is a store that both visitors and locals will enjoy checking out during every visit to The LINQ.” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ. “At our new Las Vegas location, what is bought in Vegas will definitely not stay in

Vegas!” said Courtney Saavedra, director of marketing and public relations for Kitson. “The LINQ is offering an over-the-top experience. Our blend of luxury with kitsch and fashion with fun will further define The LINQ as a must-visit Las Vegas attraction. We’ll have everything you need to go from the pool to the club.” Kitson will join fellow retailers such as Goorin Bros., Chilli Beans and 12A.M. Run (who will debut their first Las Vegas locations at The LINQ). Visitors will be able to explore these trendy retail outlets while also enjoying great dining and entertainment venues such as Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Brooklyn Bowl. For more information, visit www. thelinq.com, or contact Christina Karas at 216.470.3848 or Courtney Saavedra at 626.862.7747.


Eagle Point Ski Resort by Eve Jensen

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idden away in the Tushar Mountains and high above the small town of Beaver, Utah (the birthplace of Butch Cassidy), sits Eagle Point Ski Resort. The breathtaking runs, which are predominately black diamonds, rival those found in northern Utah. The two lodges at Eagle Point offer fully stocked bars and two restaurants, with specialties created by amazing chef, Jimmie McDowell. There are an abundance of condos and cabins for rent, ranging in price from $159 all the way up to $1,000 per night. The resort is open year round, and there are many activities to be enjoyed for every visitor in every season. From hiking, to mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing in the lakes and streams nearby, to paintball! A new hotel is being built in 2015 and a full service

spa and shops are on the expansion horizon. Anyone planning a wedding, corporate event, romantic getaway or vacation with the kids should definitely consider Eagle Point as their destination. This hidden gem is only a short threehour drive north of Las Vegas on I-15 freeway, with magnificent scenery the whole way. Eagle Point Ski Resort is a must visit! MV

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You Better Belize It: Getting to Know Belize by Andrea Hulihan

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here is “Mother Natures Best Kept Secret?” Belize of course! Most people think Belize is located in South America, but actually this beautiful jewel is located right in the heart of Central America. Located near Mexico just to the north, Guatemala to the south and the west, and just to the east you have the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. This makes Belize one of the top travel destinations in the world. Filled with abundant Mayan history, crystal clear blue waters, some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches, the intriguing Great Blue Hole, “go slow” attitude, tropical rainforests and jungles, amazing food, the best scuba diving and a very diverse culture why would you not want to visit, live or retire in Belize?

Here are some of the top 10 reasons you should travel to Belize (in no specific order):

1.) YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW THE LANGUAGE Belize (once known as British Honduras before gaining their independence as a former British colony) is an English speaking Central American country. Although you will hear many locals speaking the native language known as Creole or even Spanish.

2.) IT IS NOT SO FAR FROM HOME Traveling to Belize is not as far as you may think if you live in North America. There are daily flights to Belize from Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta and Charlotte. All flights are between 2 to 5 hours long.

3.) BEAUTIFUL WEATHER ALL YEAR ROUND One of the great things about Belize is the nice, tropical weather. With an average temperature of 84° F (29°C) year round, can you Belize it? It’s just about perfect with cool offshore sea breezes!

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4.) BELIZEAN FOOD TASTE THE CULTURE The food in Belize represents the beautiful array of cultures. As the gateway to the Caribbean with early settlers coming from all corners of the world the food is well appreciated and loved by everyone that travels to Belize. Looking for fresh fruit and straight off the boat to your plate seafood? Then your dreams are about to come true. Some native dishes you must try include: Garnaches, Panades, Rice and Beans, Chimole, Stew Chicken, Escabeche, Salbutes, Fry Jack, Johnny Cake, Powder Bun and more. If you remember to top your food off with some Belizean hot sauce like “Marie Sharps” or “Hot Mamas”, you’ll need to cool your mouth off after using these hot habanero sauces. I would say your best bet is to then grab an ice cold “Belikin” beer, “Lighthouse” beer, or have a tropical drink mixed with “One Barrel” rum. All in all, you can’t go wrong with food from a country with over 10 different cultures.

5.) “GO SLOW” ON CAYE CAULKER One thing you might want to know is Belizeans like to go slow. “No Shirt, No Shoes…No Problem” is a local saying, but on Caye Caulker, one of the many islands


off Belize, the motto of this Caye is “Go Slow.” It’s a lifestyle that you will notice when arriving on the island. Here you can make plans but keeping them is really an option. You can explore the entire island by golf cart, bike or travel by foot. The Caye is very laid back, casual and very relaxing. No day is complete without soaking up the suns rays, sipping on rum punch and hanging out down at “The Split”- a narrow waterway that splits the island. Here you can find The Lazy Lizardthe most popular bar on the island and best place to watch the sunset while enjoying the laid back vibe and listening to reggae tunes.

6.) BELIZE HAS THE BEST SCUBA DIVING! Known as one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling, the Belize Beerier Reef is the second largest destination in the world. With crystal clear turquoise waters and an array of sea life,

snorkeling and diving is amazing all along the entire reef. Here’s a few places you should include in your scuba adventure: Shark-Ray Alley & Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Caye Caulker, Turneffe Island & Lighthouse Reef Atolls, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Gladden Spit and the Blue Hole .

7.) TOURING THE MAYAN RUINS You can’t visit Belize without checking out the Mayan Ruins. Belize was home to over 2 million Mayans who left behind history, artifacts, sacred temples and pyramids. Here are some Mayan sites to tour: Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Caracol, Cahal Pech, Santa Rita ,Lamanai, Barton Creek Cave and Lubaantun.

8.) THE PEOPLE From the time you land in Belize, the people and the diverse culture will make you feel very welcomed. Belizean culture is made

up of Lebanese, Kriol, Garifuna, Mennonite, Chinese, East Indian, Arab and Mestizo.

9.) THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO IN BELIZE With so much to do in Belize, you really can’t do it all in one trip! From sailing, canoeing, fishing, diving, cave tubing, zip lining, Mayan tours, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, there’s an adventure that awaits you daily.

10.) GETTING AROUND BY AIR IN BELIZE Have several beaches and sites you want to see in Belize? No problem! You can go to one of the local airports and the airline of Belize, “Tropic Air”, can get you there. It’s a fast, easy and a convenient way to travel around Belize. MV www.travebelize.org

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Health Benefits of Collagen

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ollagen is a protein needed for the creation of gums, teeth, and the bones which support them. We have been encouraged to separate our dental health and oral health, with separate dental and medical insurance. Today we know that 80% of all disease starts in the mouth, so it is logical to put a stronger emphasis on oral health, which in turn supports overall health and helps in disease prevention. With this perspective, we are now looking at oral health through a different lens. The same collagen which is needed to support healthy gums and teeth, is necessary to build healthy bones, body chemicals, skin, hair and nails. After the age of 25, collagen production is reduced at the rate of 1% per year. Collagen loss is greater in women, which adds an additional challenge as they strive to maintain youthful, healthy skin and minimize the appearance of aging. Breakdown of skin and gum tissue happens due to issues such as periodontal disease, genetics and environmental causes, to name a few. Many dentists feel that loss of attachment of gum tissue is a natural occurrence of aging. Increasing collagenproduction can offer support to skin, gums, nails, hair, bones, gums and organs, because of the collagen matrix. Protein is a vital part of

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our cells and a foundational element in building skin, blood cartilage, muscles and important body chemicals. Antiaging is one of the natural benefits of increasing collagen protein, with visible improvements ranging from smoother, tighter facial skin, to healthier gums and oral health, as protein is necessary to build and repair organs, cells andtissues. My wife Debby and Ihave struggled with weight issues for a long time, and decided to make dietary changes. Debby, who is a student of holistic dentistry and medicine, found a productthat she felt could support our health goals and help us lose weight. In her search for the holy grail of health and dieting, she found a product that provides the most absorbable protein… Hydrolyzed collagen protein. Readily available, superior quality protein is exactly what we were looking for to support health and assist in weight loss.

Hydrolyzed Collagen is incredibly easy to digest, making it ideal foranyone suffering from digestive complications. These superior quality collagen protein chews are giving us the healthy collagen protein we need, early in the morning, during the day and at night. The best part is it is a very simple system. No mixing things, no starvation or mood swings. By using this system I have lost 26 pounds and Debby has lost 23 pounds in two months, without adding exercise. We no longer crave things and eat mainly for sustenance. Each sweet treat has only 3 Carbohydrates and 30 calories. We love the chocolate flavor! For people who crave sweets, this is unbelievable. You can eat this, boost your collagen, lose weight and support your health and anti-aging goals.

My weight issues stem from overeating, while Debby’s are from yoyo dieting. Yo-Yo dieting results in the body being in starvation mode, lowering metabolism, and making weight loss a nearly impossible and constant struggle.

We feel great and are having fun, shedding some pounds and getting healthy. If you would like more information about the collagen-protein chocolate chews, please call or text us # 702-281-9900. Free samples are available at our office. Stop in anytime.

Hydrolyzed Collagen has the highest NPU (Net Protein Utilization), which measures quantity of protein utilized by the body. More than other protein supplements (such as soy or whey)

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Go Ride the Las Vegas High Roller Ferris Wheel (Every Day on the Strip!) One word… NASCAR. (March 6-10) ACM, get tickets to the American Country Music Awards (April 6, MGM) UNLVino at Paris Hotel (April 18-21) Attend the MyVegas Mega-Mixer at Orleans Hotel (April 23)

Mothers Day – Take Mom, Grandma, or a significant other to a nice dinner at one of the MyVegas Best Restaurants

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Spring Skiing - Hit the Slopes, one last time before the season ends! (Locals fav’s, Ski Lee, Bryan Head and Eagle Point Ski Resort)

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Home Selling Hot Tips with Gady Medrano

Gady’s 5 Hot Topics of Real Estate

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s seen on A&E’s hit TV show Flipping Vegas, Gady Medrano is no stranger to the challenges of the everchanging real estate market. With more than a decade of real estate experience with both residential and commercial properties, Gady truly has seen it all. Our local realty reality celebrity explains some hot topics of interest for the Las Vegas real estate market.

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No Down Payment and Stated Income Loans are Back! Several loan programs today are making it less expensive to buy a home than paying the move-in costs for a rental. Rentals require first month’s rent, sometimes last month’s rent, pet and cleaning deposit, along with the standard security deposit. In some cases rent can also be more expensive monthly compared to a mortgage for an equivalent sized home.

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For several years, FHA has required a 3.5% down payment to purchase a home. Today, there are new FHA programs that

only require a 0.5% down payment or less to purchase a home. For example, a buyer can purchase a home for a


price of $200,000 and have only a $1,000 down payment. Also, stated income loans are now available which provide alternatives for self-employed buyers looking to purchase a property, however, these types of loans require a higher down payment.

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Location, Location, Location! This is known to be the number one rule in real estate. It is repeated three times to emphasize its importance and has been said to be the mantra of real estate professionals. Despite the repetition, this fundamental rule frequently gets overlooked by many buyers. It is important to remember the golden rule because location is permanent. You can change the cosmetics or even the full structure of a home, but you can’t change the location. From an investment standpoint, buying the best house on a bad block is not the way to go. The value will not increase as rapidly as it does in other areas, nor will the interest of potential buyers. When the time comes, selling the home might prove to be a challenge.

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Keeping an Eye on Inventory. At the start of 2013, new laws affected the housing market which caused a lack of inventory. The shortage of homes available for sale created an increase in prices with bidding wars across the valley. The state of the market was a cause of concern for most. Soaring increase in price can potentially be problematic because it is typically not stainable. During the second half of 2013 more houses started coming on the market, which helped to balance the level of supply and demand. Now inventory levels have been slowly increasing. There are roughly 7,900 single family homes on the market, which is more than double the inventory than at the beginning of 2013, where only

3,400 homes were available. This has now increased the average time a listing is on the market to 60 days. However, homes remain affordable as the medium price for a single family home is $185,000.

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Sellers Cashing In. The increase of prices in 2013 has now allowed many homeowners to have equity in their homes, therefore, sellers are cashing in by selling investment properties or upgrading to a larger home to live in.

unique appeal of building your home to your liking. Buyers and sellers should explore all available options with their real estate professional in order to make the best decision for them. For more questions or real estate tips, you can contact Gady Medrano at 1-800-759-1348 or WWW. GadyRealEstate.com. MV

Only a few years ago, short sales and foreclosures dominated the resale home market. Today, 76% of the homes on the resale market are “traditional” sales which gives buyers more options and flexibility rather than only dealing with a bank. The remainder of homes available are comprised of 15% short sales and 9% foreclosures.

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Incentives Available for New Homes. Several new home communities have reduced their prices in the hopes of staying competitive with the resale market. Builders are offering major incentives to buyers in the form of upgrades and lender credits for closing costs. Real estate professionals typically navigate buyers through different new home options and communities along with showing resale homes. Resale homes dominate the market due to their low prices, however, new homes offer the

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Who Knew?

12 Questions for Zowie Bowie 1. First thing I do in the morning is... Usually go back to bed. After finally getting up around 2pm I have to feed the chickens and milk the cows... 2. One thing I like to do after work is... Typically I go backstage for an after party in the dressing room around 2:30 am. This is known as the “Zowie Bowie Showie”. Haha 3. One of my favorite Vegas restaurants is... Panna for Thai, Hokkaido for sushi and Jalisco for Mexican. But on Sundays we love to go to Lucille’s BBQ at Red Rock. 4. One of my favorite Vegas shows is... Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget or Frankie Scinta at the D. These guys are what Vegas is all about. True Entertainers!!! 5. I wish I knew how to... Fly! 6. A person who inspires me the most is... My dad, Jim Phillips. One of the funniest, nicest guys I’ve ever known. He should have been an entertainer, not an attorney.

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7. When I leave Vegas I like to go to... Sedona, AZ. It’s very relaxing and beautiful. 8. I wish I could quit… Thinking that I am 18 years old! One of these days it will catch up with me! 9. On my day off I like to... Go to one Vegas function, red carpet, show or party after another. My girlfriend Lydia and I hate staying home and love that we get to be so involved with things going in around the city. 10. I wish I were better at... Answering these questions. 11. One thing I can’t live without is... That’s easy... Lydia Ansel 12. My one strange habit is... This may sound ridiculous, but I change my pillow case every night.


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Lena Horne performing at the Sands Hotel in the 1960’s.

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n keeping with the theme of iconic female performers to grace Las Vegas stages over the years, Lena Horne was one of the many headliners that performed at the Sands Hotel on the Strip. She recorded a live album, Lena at the Sands, there in late 1960. Some other names in the entertainment industry that performed on the Copa Room Stage (the showroom at the Sands) included Judy Garland, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich, Milton Berle, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong,

Johnny Mathis and, Rat Packers, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas, Ethel Merman, Elizabeth Taylor and more were photographed enjoying the headliners at the Sands. The Sands Hotel opened on Dec. 15th, 1952 and was the seventh casino built on the strip. The Venetian now stands in the location where the Sands once was.. MV

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