Holidays in Havasu

*Disclosure: We were provided with a media rate at the Island Inn to help accommodate this feature. No monetary compensation was received. 

 Our family absolutely loves to travel!  I really believe that the time you spend with your family making lasting memories are so much valuable than material things.  When you think of Lake Havasu, AZ - most will automatically
 think "party town"  the town that all the college kids go to party come summer and spring break.  While that may be true to some extent, the off season is the perfect time for families to visit.  Lake Havasu is only a two and a half hour drive from Las Vegas, not bad!  And if you like to sight see, there's plenty of places to stop along the way like Nelson's Landing and Searchlight.  Once in Lake Havasu, it reminded me a bit of Boulder City, just bigger.  One thing we really enjoyed was no matter where we went, we pretty much always had the lake in view.  The major attraction within Lake Havasu City is London Bridge.  The London Bridge was purchased in 1964, then dismantled and shipped by boat from England to the U.S. It was rebuilt on a peninsula on Lake Havasu in 1971.  A Channel was excavated under the bridge and a replica English Village was built next to it.  This by far was my favorite part of the city and I'm actually looking forward to returning just to spend more time there.  Saturday was horribly windy and cold, so we didn't get out to much to sight see, but we did quickly walk the shops and check out the bridge - just beautiful!

The English Village was decorated for the holidays and even had Santa visits available.  This past weekend was also their annual "Parade of Lights" event which featured brightly decorated boats in their holiday best cruising through the Bridgewater Channel under the London Bridge. What a sight to see!  I was afraid they would cancel it due to the high winds, but it had calmed down enough for them to sail.  We ended up having dinner at  Javelina Cantina on Saturday night during the Parade of Lights and was able to watch it from the restaurant, just make sure to make reservations early as it does get crowded.  Parking can also be tough, so if your planning on coming down to the Village, allow ample time, you might want to get there a couple hours early and make a night out of it.  The London Bridge Resort does have an ice skating rink up for the holidays which you can enjoy leading up the show.  The visitor center at the London Bridge also has a walking tour available which takes about an hour and is $10 for adults, kids are free.  

We stayed at the Island Inn right across the bridge on the island.  If you're looking for a budget hotel this would be a great option.  It's not even a two minute drive across the bridge.  The hotel is a bit dated, but the price is very accommodating as well as it's appeal to families. They has a pool, spa, eating area and even a ping pong table set up to keep the kids busy.  They do also serve a continental breakfast, but I would recommend going elsewhere for breakfast - they had bagels and store bought donuts, all hard and not fresh.  Our room was decent, with no complaints.  The beds were soft and comfortable and the view from our room was gorgeous!

When you're looking for your next weekend getaway, I highly recommend giving Lake Havasu a try - you will be glad you did! 
Visit for more information and help in planning your next trip!

About Lake Havasu - 

Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge, is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu on the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The City was established in 1963 by Robert P. McCulloch, Sr., as a self-sufficient, planned community. Lake Havasu City is located in Mohave County, Ariz., and encompasses 42 square miles with 428 miles of streets. Situated off Arizona Highway 95, an 18-mile drive north leads to Interstate 40, and a 65-mile drive south leads to Interstate 10.

Lake Havasu City is located on what is known as the “West Coast of Arizona,” three hours driving time west of Phoenix, 2½ hours south of Las Vegas and four to five east of the Los Angeles region. The area attracts 775,000 visitors a year thanks to its calm waters, beautiful beaches, and desert weather with more than 300 sunny days a year. There is a range of restaurants and lodging, plus a boatload of annual events.

You Can Be A Holiday Angel for Homeless Youth in Southern Nevada!

You Can Help Make This A Brighter Holiday For Thousands Of Homeless Youth Here In Southern Nevada!
For over 14,000 homeless students enrolled in Clark County schools last year, the holidays can seem a little gloomy. But with your help, NPHY can make the season bright! YOU can help them bring gifts, cheer, and hope to so many youth during the holidays. Here's how you can help:
Fulfill a Holiday Wish!

Fulfill the wishes of homeless youth right here in our community! Purchase a gift from our NPHY Holiday Wish ListClick here to download the flyer! For more information, please contact Cassandra at
Host Your Own Holiday Drive!

Hosting a holiday drive can have a bigger impact on homeless youth this holiday season. Host a holiday drive in your office, school, or church and collect items from our NPHY Holiday Wish List.  Click here to download their Holiday Wish List  and contact Cassandra at to get signed up.
Purchase From the Comfort of Your Own Home
Want to make a difference from the comfort of your own home? Purchase a gift card or gifts for homeless youth through NPHY's quick and easy Amazon Holiday Wish list on Once items are ordered, they will be shipped directly to NPHY's Drop-In Center. Click here to browse their Holiday Wish List and make your donation today!
Join their First Annual "It's a Wrap" Holiday Block Party!

They LOVE their supporters and because of that they wanted to bring everyone together this year for a very special celebration, NPHY's Inaugural "It's a Wrap" Holiday Block Party.

You are welcome to bring your family, friends, and co-workers to join in the festive day filled with holiday cheer, a coffee and hot chocolate bar, a bake sale, games, and fun, all while volunteers help NPHY sort and wrap gifts and create holiday cards for homeless youth here in our Drop-In Center.

To find out more about NPHY's "It's a Wrap" Holiday Block Party, or to RSVP, please go to or call 702-383-1332. Click here to download our Holiday Wrap Block Party flyer and be sure to spread the word!
Thank you for making the holidays extra special for thousands of youth who are enduring homelessness right here in Southern Nevada. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at (702) 383-1332 or 
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
702-383-1332 |   

National Cake Day with Korger

Tomorrow is National Cake Day! What better way to end the busy holiday weekend with a easy, luxurious, hassle free cake! The Thanksgiving meal is done, family is heading home, shoppings been done and now - time to relax with a hot cup of coffee and Kroger's new, Ready to Pour Cake Batters! Aren't the bags gorgeous?! Just the packaging alone attracts me to the product!  Just beautiful!.  

  Quick Facts: 

  • Makes an 8x8 cake or fills 8 muffin size cakes
  • No need to add a thing!
  • Pour straight from the bag
  • Bakes in less than 15 minutes
  • Comes in three decadent flavors - Chocolate Lava Cake, Salted Caramel Lava Cake and French Lemon Cake

I would recommend paying attention to the cooking time.  If you cook to long, you won't get that "lava" center.   We also cooked it in muffin tins and we popped them out, upside down and sprinkled powdered sugar over it.  They were so good! We all had our favorites. Of course the kids was the chocolate, mine was lemon and my husband was the caramel fan.  So next time you run to your local Krogers, pick these up - they are what every busy mom needs! Simple, affordable and decadent! 

‘tis the season for Skylanders

Skylanders Imaginators is kicking off this holiday season with some amazing Black Friday retail deals and the arrival of the all new, festive Sensei toy, Jingle Bell Chompy Mage. With discounted starter packs and a selection of new toys to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something for all of the Skylanders fans on your list this holiday season.

Black Friday Offers start 11/24:

· Skylanders Imaginators starter packs (above) at $39.99, available at all major retailers
· Senseis at $9.99, available at all major retailers
· Skylanders Imaginators Portal Owners Pack at $25, available at Wal-Mart – the perfect gift idea for the Portal Master who already has portals from previous Skylanders games -- Skylanders SuperChargers, Skylanders Trap Team, Skylanders SWAP Force or Skylanders Giants.
o   The Portal Owners Pack will be available exclusively to Wal-Mart shoppers for a limited time during the retailer’s Black Friday event which starts at 6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving, November 24 (price valid through Friday).
o   Items included in the Portal Owners Starter Pack:
  Skylanders Imaginators Video Game
  1 Imaginite Creation Crystal – Fire Creation Crystal
  1 Sticker Sheet
• Collection Poster featuring the complete set of Skylanders Imaginators Figures

· Meet Jingle Bell Chompy Mage (on sale at major retailers on 11/25): Love This!! Jingle Bell Chompy Mage is a specially designed toy that appears in the game outfitted in a holiday-inspired wardrobe.  He joins the lineup of Sensei Skylanders new to Skylanders Imaginators and is ready to teach the Skylanders some new fighting techniques and a classic Chompy holiday tradition – the White Chompy gift exchange!

Don’t forget…
• Tune in! Watch Eruptor take to the sky during the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! This marks Eruptor’s third flight above New York City, where he will be flashing his 25-foot smile to thousands of onlookers and fans at home. Be sure to tune in to NBC on November 24th at  9AM (all time zones).


I totally love these and have been eyeing them for awhile! Every time I am in Target, I always stop and look at these, thinking I need to get one! 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated, includes a crack sticker, cordless and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office! Find all of these amazing products here: or in all Target stores! 

Tomorrow!!  Tuesday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will commemorate the anniversary of the Kefauver Committee hearing, which took place in its building on November 15, 1950, by offering free admission during regular operating hours for Nevada residents. Non-Nevada residents will receive buy-one, get-one admission that day. Kefauver Day at The Mob Museum is sponsored by Zappos.

Kefauver Day at The Mob Museum is held each year to raise awareness of the significance of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce. Launched by U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver, the outcome of these hearings played a pivotal role in advancing the nation’s fight against organized crime, as well as the development of Las Vegas as the nation’s gaming capital.

Among the Museum’s artifacts related to Sen. Kefauver are coonskin cap, gavel and briefcase, all of which are on loan from the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections. Sen. Kefauver first adopted a coonskin hat as a trademark during his 1948 campaign for election to the U.S. Senate. He continued to use the coonskin cap as a trademark throughout his political career which included unsuccessful campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952 and 1956 and an unsuccessful campaign for the vice presidency as Adlai Stevenson’s running mate in 1956. All three objects, along with others related to the hearings, are on display in the Kefauver Room, located just outside the Museum’s historic courtroom where the Las Vegas Kefauver Committee hearing took place.


Tuesday, November 15
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


FREE admission for Nevada residents.
Buy-one, get-one admission for non-Nevada residents.


The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101