The Perfect 4-Day Itinerary for Las Vegas

Well it’s only been a few months since my trip, but I am now getting around to writing this blog! With Cody and I living in San Diego, a trip to Vegas is close enough for us to drive to but also far enough away to feel like we are stepping out of our norm. Now I know some things look different now due to the ‘rona, but we still had a great time there and were able to do so many things while we were there. So let’s take a look! (If you want to watch the total adventure of this trip on my Instagram Story instead, click here!)

Seven Magic Mountains

We decided to drive there rather early in the morning, mostly because we both woke up around 3am and we couldn’t back to sleep so we just got up and left. Our first unofficial stop was the Seven Magic Mountains which is right outside of Vegas! Because this is such a tourist hotspot, I am glad we got there before the crowds. We arrived around 7am, took a few pictures, and then we kept on driving – there was one other group taking pictures at the same time as us.

We booked our stay with the Bellagio which is a MGM Grand Resort. Our room rate per night was around $140, but with each day we received a $75 food and beverage credit that we could use at any MGM Grand Resort on the Strip! I feel like I don’t have to tell you how insane of a deal that is. Online said check in wasn’t until 3pm, but we took a chance that it being kind of slow in Vegas with travel that we could check in early, and by 8:30am we were in our room!

Most of what we did during our stay was driven by the rewards we received by playing the various myVEGAS apps. If you want a full detailed blog about all of those apps and how it works, click here to read that blog! By playing the games on these apps, we were able to save a total of $200 on our trip!

That being said, once we got changed, we went out to redeem our first reward! To redeem your rewards from the app, you have to first stop by a M-Life Reward Desk (located in MOST MGM Grand Resorts) to pick up your membership card (don’t worry, it’s free) and then depending on the resort, you then have to redeem your rewards for that specific location at each desk in the resort. I think the only resort that didn’t have a desk was Vdara. So we stopped by the Aria to redeem our free cocktail from Aria and our free breakfast at Vdara! However, it being as early as it was, we did have to wait like 30 minutes before the bar opened, but in that time we were able to walk across the courtyard to Vdara and have our breakfast. It was a super easy process, we picked up our vouchers from the M-Like desk and took it to the little restaurant in Vdara and then back to the bar at Aria that we could redeem the reward from. The only downside, and it was kind of the running theme with redeeming all of our alcoholic rewards, was that you HAVE to buy some sort of food with it. But because a lot of places know that people just want alcohol, they have very small, cheap options to choose from – like fries, or a bag of nuts. So overall, that investment is like $3 but then you get your drink.

Conservatory and Botanical Garden at Bellagio

After that, we came back to the Bellagio to explore a little bit more! It was our first time at a fancy-schmancy hotel anyway. They have a beautiful indoor garden with some of the most incredible flower arrangements. It’s free to walk through, but it can get crowded from other visitors wanting to take a look. Most of our Day 1 was just walking around to the casinos closest to us like Caesar’s Palace, which neither of us was impressed with – they were kind of old style and dirty..

Exploring Caesar’s Palace

To begin our Day 2, we stopped by New York New York because, surprise surprise, we had a reward to redeem for a free beer. We bought a basket of fries for the both of us and then we were both able to grab a beer. Me being a responsible human being in Vegas, I realized that if I started my morning without food first then it wouldn’t be a pleasant day, so I decided to get a Starbucks breakfast sandwich beforehand. And because New York New York is a MGM Grand Resort, we were able to use part of our food and beverage credit at the Starbucks inside of the casino and they just charged it to our room at the Bellagio!

After downing our ginormous beers, we walked to Mandalay Bay, which I don’t recommend in the heat of Vegas. It looked closer than it was. But we were heading there to redeem our reward for the Shark Reef Aquarium they had! But unlucky for us, we didn’t know we had to make a reservation for a specific time slot. So we just made the reservation for the next day. Since we were already in that neck of the woods, we stopped by Luxor to redeem our free shot. I cannot take shots but hey it’s Vegas – so I sipped it out of a cocktail straw. On our walk back to the Bellagio, we just decided to casino hop our way there. I really recommend casino hopping just because it’s something to do and it’s fun to see the different themes of all of these hotels and casinos! Plus the rewards really helped motivate us to see them all.

Walkways to Pools at Bellagio
PRIME Steakhouse at Bellagio

After getting back to the Bellagio, we lounged by the pool for a little bit but we got over it really quickly because we had to wear a masks even if we were sitting down in a lounge chair away from everyone else. We just didn’t understand why it was ok to not wear a mask sitting at a restaurant but not while sitting outside. But if we were in the pool with everyone else, then it was ok to not wear a mask. It just didn’t make sense to us, so we soaked in a few rays, got way too hot with dealing with that, and then left. Our rest of the day was spent trying to get lucky on some slots because again I had a reward for $150 in free play on slots, but also Cody wanted to teach me how to play Craps! Later that night we used another reward at the Bellagio restaurant, PRIME Steakhouse, for two free glasses of champagne with a purchase of an appetizer. So we dressed up all fancy to get our appetizer and left – we saw the other prices on the menu and that was way more than we wanted to spend. The two free glasses of champagne alone were regularly priced at $54!! We did however get McDonald’s afterwards.

Poolside at the MGM Grand Lazy River

Day 3 – boy oh boy did Cody have a struggle getting up. You remember how I got food the morning of Day 2 because the day would be spent drinking? Yea well Coy decided that his 28 year old body could still party-hardy. And he suffered the consequences. But moving right along, we used a reward to get a free room at the MGM Grand because I wanted to experience their epic lazy river! Pre-COVID, if you stayed at the Bellagio, you could have free access to the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay pools, and if you weren’t a guests at the Bellagio, you could still buy a guest day pass to use the pool. But since they wanted to limit the number of people entering and leaving their hotels and pools, it was only available to guests. So using that reward to get a free room allowed us to have a nice pool day and experience a new hotel! The other downside was that you couldn’t rent the inner-tubes they had – you had to buy them. So $20 later, I was living my best life and floating down the river. We stayed there for a few hours but we couldn’t stay long because I had purchased tickets for use to go the Minus 5 Ice Bar at the Venetian!

There are multiple locations in Vegas but I bought the tickets the week prior knowing that the Venetian was farther down the strip from what we would normally be doing and I wanted us to be able to see all the hotels. I did call in advance to make sure that they weren’t doing any maintenance for the day I purchased because the site made it clear that they would have days for sanitization and obviously I didn’t want to book for that day. So after the pool, we got dressed in our MGM Grand room and made our way over to the Venetian! Upon arriving, we found out that the Ice Bar was closed… You could say I was a little disappointed because I had called in advance for exactly this reason and the tickets said no refunds. But an hour later, I saw some employees in there setting up, told them the situation and how now we wouldn’t be able to go because we had our Mandalay Bay Shark Reef reservation that day and we were able to get a refund. If you decide to go, make sure you call.

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef

By that time, we had to make our way to Mandalay Bay Shark Reef for our reservation! We were both really excited for the aquarium, but in full honesty, do not pay for this experience. Regularly, tickets would have been $29 a person, but we walked through the whole thing in 20 minutes. This place is TINY. Do not expect a lot. It was cool seeing the shark room, and really there was only one room with sharks, but other than that we got to the end and we both looked at each other like “that was it..?” Knowing that now, I probably won’t spend my reward points to go again either.

The Top of the Paris Eiffel Tower Las Vegas

Later that day, we walked around the strip some more to do some more exploring, gambled a little bit here and there, but I told Cody that I really wanted to see the fountain show that takes place in front of the Bellagio. We saw it around dusk time and it would go off around every 15-30 minutes but there is a schedule online so you don’t have to guess when the next show is! After that we went and got dinner at the Tilted Kilt because they had a great happy hour deal, but as we were walking back, we saw the Paris Eiffel Tower all aglow so we decided to go check the casino out. Once we arrived, we saw that you could take an elevator up to the top of it and we were sold! I believe tickets were around $30 a person but the view from the top was gorgeous! My favorite part was that you can watch the fountain show from the top too! You can’t really hear the music but you can see the fountains from a different angle and you can see just how high the water gets!

Avengers STATION

Day 4 was our final day and they only thing we had planned was something that Cody found for us to do a few days before we left for the vacation – going to the Avengers STATION! Me being a Marvel nerd, I was all too quick to say yes to it! This amazing exhibit can be found at Treasure Island and honestly it was pretty freaking badass seeing all the props from the movie and getting to interact with the exhibit itself. We were one of three groups there but we never really saw the other two groups, I only heard them in the other rooms. The website that we bought the tickets from was holding a sale and we got a deal and we were both able to go for $60 (usually tickets are $41 per adult). Also we both got an exclusive pin from the exhibit for free when we checked in! I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this experience! It was a blast and my little Avengers heart was so full.

Overall, we got a lot done! Every group’s itinerary will be different, but we couldn’t have asked for a better schedule! If you plan on going to Vegas any time soon or even in the future, definitely check out my other blog to help you save some money and give you some motivation to try some new things! They are always adding new experiences and I can’t wait to rack up some more point and head back there ASAP!


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Free Ways to Support Your Favorite Content Creators

If you are like me, then you have some of your favorite Instagrammers, style gurus, insightful informants, and just all around amazing content creators! They help us find ways to save money while traveling, how to shop on a budget, or just get the word out about all the new things Disney is dropping. Whatever the case may be, content creators really are diamonds in the rough!

I cannot tell you how many hours that I have been spent just editing pictures or writing the perfect blog with top-notch information. And more often than not, I am editing these pictures and writing these blogs simply to get fun or useful content out there – not because I was being sponsored or getting paid to do so. I enjoy every second of editing and writing because I just love the results I end up making. And even better, I love seeing what you all think!

So let’s chat. You probably have your favorite Instagrammers and you can probably start imagining their most recent posts now. You might like them SO MUCH that you want to support them in some way! Well here are the easiest ways to help:

1. Engage with their posts! 👍🏻 We live in a world now where creating content is 100% a career for some people and by doing that simple double tap or saving their post to show a friend, you are literally the fire behind helping someone make a living! You are helping them get noticed, you are helping them accept campaigns, you are helping them get paid for the incredible content they make for a company, and you are helping them pay their bills. You are doing so much more than simply liking a picture, I promise you.

And now more than ever, content creators need help because Instagram changed the algorithm again. You may have gotten in the habit of liking the posts that you see, but now I urge you to like AND save their posts! The way this new algorithm is set up, saving a post carries the most amount of weight for helping content get seen. Instagram only shows your posts to about 8% of your total followers. What those 8% do with your post determines if they continue to push your content to the other 92%. If those 8% don’t like or comment or do anything with your post, that results in a post flopping. But if those 8% are liking, and ESPECIALLY saving, your post, then Instagram will slowly open the flood gates for your post to be seen by more of your followers. If you wanted to put a point system on it, liking a post is 1 point, commenting on a post is 4 points, sharing a post is 7 points, and saving a post is 10 points!

Now maybe you are a super fan! Your day lights up a little bit when you see this person post. You’re always liking, always commenting, and now you’re always saving their posts too. You even take the time to read their posts on their blog (like you’re doing now!). But what else can you do to jumpstart this person’s career or continue to foster their dream?

2. Shop their affiliate links! 🛍️ Affiliate links are a way for content creators to share some great merch and get a commission from the company for recommending it to others! But there are some myths surrounding affiliate links. The biggest myth is that the consumer has to pay extra in order for the content creator to get a commission. That is not true in the slightest!

To summarize what happens: A content creator shares a $20 mug from ShopDisney. You use their link to be directed to that listing on the ShopDisney website. You like it enough to buy it! You buy it for $20. ShopDisney then recognizes that the link that the content creator shared resulted in that mug sale from you, so to say thank you to the content creator for helping them make a sale, ShopDisney then gives the content creator a small commission, or a “tip”, from that sale.

Another myth of affiliate links is that by simply swiping up or clicking on an affiliate link that the content creator gets paid. That is not true! Content creators only get a commission once a sale is made using their link.

The last myth is that affiliate links are an easy way for content creators to make lots of money for doing nothing. This one is extremely loaded so let me break it down a little bit at a time. Yes, affiliate links are an easy tool for content creators to get paid. However, to be honest with how much I can expect to make with my links is that I can get maybe one commissionable sale per 100 link clicks. I may have 19.4k Instagram followers, but 100 link clicks is still A LOT of link clicks haha! So it’s definitely not “lots of money”. Lastly, content creators work their asses off to make fun content for others, often times spending hours working for free just so they can post something fun. These affiliate links allow content creators to “run ads” on their Stories or in their blogs by sharing fun merchandise that they know their followers will love just as much as they do and to make a little money doing it.

With all of that being said, I encourage you all to shop your favorite blogger’s and content creator’s affiliate links this holiday season. I promise you there will be plenty of opportunities since this is the biggest shopping season of the year! All content creators adore every time you like or share their content with others because that helps them to get noticed by companies who may want to work with them, so keep doing that! But if you did want to help that little extra this holiday season, definitely shop their links. And if for some reason you don’t see a link to a certain store you want to shop, just ask your favorite content creator if they have an affiliate link to that store and I’m 10,000% certain that they will LOVE helping you out with a link. Let those myths stay myths and keep encouraging those creators to keep living their dreams! Remember, you are helping someone with their career! And that’s insanely awesome.


If you would like to support me this holiday season, I will leave my affiliate links below for all the hot stores to shop this holiday season!

Click any of them to be directed to that site, and thank you for all of your support!

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Making the Most of myVEGAS Reward Points

If you want to make the most of your trip to Las Vegas like Cody and I did this last week, then have I got the scoop for you! I am going to inform you about all the apps that you will use to gain free rewards for your time in Las Vegas. There are other vacation spots involved (and as of last week there is a BIG update coming in terms of new rewards – read to the end for that update!) in these apps as well, but the focus is definitely on Vegas specifically. And if you want to read about everything we did during our trip, read my blog “The Perfect 4-Day Itinerary for Las Vegas“!

What apps to use

There are five apps involved with the myVEGAS family that, once connected, you will be able to collect all loyalty points gained from all apps into one big bank! The five apps are:

Although having a Facebook account isn’t required, it will help you immensely! Especially since Konami Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, and myVEGAS on Facebook will all require that you have a Facebook to be able to connect your loyalty points into one pool and purchase rewards. However, if you don’t have a Facebook, you can still play and gain loyalty points to redeem for free rewards by hooking up your email or Apple ID to myVEGAS Slots and POP! Slots. For example, Cody doesn’t have a Facebook but he was still able to gain a decent amount of points and help to purchase different rewards for our trip!

Do I have to pay to use it?

All of these apps are FREE! There are in-app purchases, but they are 100% NOT required to make bank on these apps. Every day you will get a Daily Bonus for each app, and every two hours you can collect a Time Bonus that will give you extra coins to keep on playing! Like I said, having a Facebook gives you an advantage because once you connect your Facebook to these apps, then you will start receiving daily emails that have will have even MORE free coins to collect for each app (except POP! Slots). Even on Facebook you can make quite a bit! If you go to the myVEGAS Facebook page, they post regularly with updates, but every update also has a link to collect MORE free coins – either through the Facebook game or through myVEGAS Slots (sometimes both!!). And those links don’t expire for six days, so if you started playing right now, or if you don’t check Facebook for a few days, you can go back as far as 6 days ago and collect ALL of those free coins. So there’s really no need to pay to buy more coins to play the slots on the app because there are so many opportunities for free coins.

How to “buy” rewards

The Loyalty Points will be what you use to buy the rewards. Although most of the rewards are the same across all the apps, there are some rewards that I found that were on specific apps. That being said, just be sure to check all the apps’ available rewards. Loyalty Points also cap out per day per app, assuming that you don’t use all your coins before you hit the cap. This is set up so that you aren’t just letting the games run all day and night without stopping. The cap increases with your level! I don’t have any definite amount that it caps out on based on your level – however I do know that with my current level on Facebook being 82, that my Loyalty Points stop going up after I have gained 1,100 points on that app. The way to tell if you have capped out is that next to your Loyalty Point tank will be a green check mark once you have reached your limit on that app. The only app that doesn’t show the green check mark though is the Facebook app. Unfortunately for that one, you will have to watch to see if your tank is filling up and if doesn’t fill up a little more with one of the spins, then you know you have reached your daily limit. But just because I cap out on one app, doesn’t mean that I can’t gain any more in a day! I can easily go to another app and keep on gaining! With each app having their own cap and level, you will find that you can gain and gain and gain all day!

How long does it take to gain enough points for my trip?

One of the questions I got via Instagram was how long it took me to gain as many points as I needed to buy everything for my four day trip to Vegas. The simple answer is I have no idea. I have been playing myVEGAS Slots for about a year, but I didn’t download or play the other four apps until maybe a month or so ago and that’s when I was REALLY set on gaining Loyalty Points because at that point the trip to Vegas was planned and bought. But please don’t think that you need to be playing for a year to gain enough to have a good time in Vegas. Honestly I really only played religiously for a month or two to gain what I needed to buy everything for Vegas. What’s great about gaining the points is that you can literally put the game on Auto Spin and walk away from it. Very few of the games require you to be a more active participant, but sometimes the slots will stop spinning if you gain a level and they require you to Collect a Level Up Bonus. Per day across all apps, I can gain around 15,000 Loyalty Points before I either run out of coins or I just want to use my phone for other things because win sick of playing. However that amount is smaller if for some reason I have more going on in my day and can’t have the games running on Auto.

How to gain Loyalty Points

You gain Loyalty Points by filling up your Loyalty Points “tank”. It starts filling up with each spin. The higher you make your bets per spin, the faster it fills up! Once it fills up, it will give you a certain amount of Loyalty Points. That amount will depend on your game level. For example, every time Cody fills up his Loyalty Points tank on myVEGAS Slots specifically, it awards him 200 Loyalty Points, but me being a higher level than him on that app, every time I fill up my tank, it awards me 400 Points! And for reference, I am level 315 on myVEGAS Slots. But again, each app has a different tank and each tank will award a different amount depending on the level you are on that certain app. Also the higher level you are, the more it will take to fill up your tank.

Purchasing and cancelling rewards

It’s always fun to look at the Rewards page prior to buying just to get a feel for how much you need to gain to purchase that reward with your Loyalty Points. Before purchasing a reward though, it’s a great idea to make sure that the reward you are purchasing won’t expire before you can use it or that the place that hosts the reward isn’t closed due to COVID related reasons. If for some reason you do purchase a reward that ends up being unavailable to actually use, don’t worry! You can Cancel the reward and get your points back! Easy peezy! Cody and I weren’t able to use all of the rewards we bought while we were there just because our schedule was so jam packed (or because we didn’t check if things were available when we got there and realized afterwards that it was closed) so we were easily able to get those points back and now we have another little bank going for our next trip!

Best course of action for buying/using rewards

We also kind of did a “divide and conquer” situation to buy rewards. Since I had more time to play since I was furloughed and Cody was at work, I used my Loyalty Points to buy the bigger rewards such as our comped room at the MGM Grand or two free glasses of champagne at Prime at the Bellagio, and Cody used his Loyalty Points for 2-for-1 deals since those tended to be a lot cheaper. But then there were rewards that we both bought to make sure we could do them together like the Mandalay Shark Reef reward and the free shot at Centra reward.

Rewards aren’t just for Vegas!

Overall there’s no right or wrong way to get the rewards! You will find your own little system for your own trip that will help you and the person or people you go with to have the best time and maximize how much you are able to save! Especially since as of this week, they have announced that they will now be offering rewards that you can use at home!! This is an absolute game changer because now you can play these games without this idea that you HAVE to go to Vegas to get rewards. You can now play and redeem for things like an iPad! How amazing is that!!!

What are you waiting for? Get to playing!


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