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Backstreet Boys Las Vegas Trip – Day Two

Backstreet Boys Las Vegas Trip – Day Two

Hey everyone! Day two post is here! We left off the first day exhausted, but woke up the second day refreshed and ready to seize the day! We woke up this morning and began to get ready for the day. We really love The Ellis Island Hotel and Casino so we decided we would go there for breakfast. It is a must stop when in Las Vegas for us. Its off the strip, but not far at all! Before we headed over there, we went over to The Cosmopolitan again to gamble some more. After we did that we went and caught a Lyft over to Ellis Island. If you don’t have Lyft, it is a must for Las Vegas. You don’t have to worry about driving and it is so much cheaper than a taxi. We ordered a shared Lyft. This means if there is anyone on the same route, or near you, can ride together and the fare is a lot cheaper. Sometimes you will get lucky and no one will be in the car with you. We were those lucky people! The total for our Lyft was $6.27 with tip! How awesome is that?

Ellis Island Village Pub & Cafe

I’ll be straight the point, the food is cheap and it is good here. I do have to say I believe they changed this place some. The food was cheaper and different from what it was this time when we tried it. Chris and I got the steak and eggs. It was very good. I definitely recommend it! I normally have the Chicken Fried Steak, but I wasn’t feeling it this time, so I decide to try the steak and eggs for the first time. For the two of us to eat here the total was $29.96. The service is always great here and we get our food quickly and always correctly. We usually like to make this a must do place when we are in town! After this we walked back to the hotel because why not? It is Las Vegas after all and walking is a must.

The Pleasure Pool

I have been wanting to go to a pool party for a while, but seeing as we didn’t have enough time, we just decided to go to the hotel pool. It wasn’t a pool party, but it was fun. We weren’t there for long at all. We stayed for about 30 minutes. It was hot and the pool was very cold. It took a while for me to ease into it and eventually I did! We didn’t get anything to drink because they were out of my beer choices so we decided to just hang out for a while. We met a girl who was also going to the concert and we got to talking with her about our plans for dinner and what not. She was incredibly nice and it was great talking to her. There was also a DJ and he was pretty good. I actually enjoyed it. The pool wasn’t super packed, but it was a thursday so we couldn’t expect it to be that busy. It was actually better that way. I enjoyed the pool time, but I knew we had to hurry because we had dinner reservations at 6:15pm. So we headed back up to our room to get ready for the big night!

Hex Bar + Kitchen


I have to admit I am so excited to write about this. I’m sure you can tell by now that Chris and I are all about the deals. I am not sure if you have heard of Travelzoo, but boy do they have some good deals on there! Before we left for this trip, Chris found a coupon for this place called Hex Bar + Kitchen. We immediately took to Yelp to look at pictures of food and reviews. We knew we had to try it for ourselves. We ended up getting the Travelzoo coupon. It was $69.00 for dinner for two and the regular price was $144.00. Isn’t that crazy? Now let me tell you something about this food: it was phenomenal, and I am obsessed with this place. With this Travelzoo coupon, you get one appetizer. We decided to get the Cheese and Charcuterie (first picture on the left) which is different cured meats, cheeses, and a giant pretzel. Holy cow, I loved that pretzel. I was eating it all throughout dinner. You also get either two soups or two salads. Since I am a caesar girl, we decided to go with the Caesar salads. It is my favorite, so believe me when I say I cleaned that bowl right up! Next up was the entree. We each were able to get an entree up to $38.95, which covers and entree on the menu. We could have gotten filet mignon, but we knew we wouldn’t be eating for the rest of the night, so we wanted to have a little more protein to fill us up. So we both ended up ordering the New York Steak. We also ordered a side of asparagus because the steak comes alone. This was too good. I loved every bite of that steak and asparagus. Lastly, you get a dessert to share. If you go, get the Ecuadorian Brownie. I dream about this dessert. Sometimes I can still taste it. It comes with coffee ice cream placed right on top of the brownie. So good! Chris and I bring up this dessert all the time. It is just that good! I honestly recommend this place, but definitely think about getting the Travelzoo if it is still available.

Backstreet Boys

Backstreets back, alright! I have been waiting for this for a long time. Now I love me some Backstreet Boys so when I found out about their residency, I was stoked! I knew we had to go. Chris and I found some resale tickets a while before the concert date. Poor girl couldn’t make it out anymore. Lucky us, we got a good deal. We sat in section 203 row A seat 1 and 2. This was the front row of our section. It was perfect. While we were sitting waiting for it to start, the venue put on what was like a montage of old music, with new music, that included music video clips and pictures. Looking back on those clips was crazy. I was getting so impatient waiting for them to come on. We each got our drinks and we’re ready for the show. Chris had to get a margarita just so that I get get a souvenir cup, but he didn’t mind at all. Speaking of souvenirs, below are pictures of the cup, a tank top, and a jacket that I got. What can I say, I love my boys. This concert was so great. Everything about it just blew me away. Especially getting serenaded to by Brian. He held my hand and everything. This was so crazy. I will post the video to the Facebook page! How insane is that? I had no idea this was going to happen. I am so grateful it did though. This was such an amazing night and I could not have picked anyone better to experience this with.



Pin Up Pizza

After we left the concert we walked the strip a little. We ended up getting really tired, but we were a little hungry. We decided to try Pin Up Pizza that is outside of Planet Hollywood Hotel. We each got a piece of pizza. We overestimated our hunger for sure. We both only ate half of our slices because they were huge! They were delicious though. We knocked out after this. We were full, exhausted, and filled with joy. It was time for bed.

Las Vegas, we’re out!

We woke up this morning happy and not ready to go home. We packed up and headed out. First, we had breakfast. We stopped at Earl of Sandwich in our hotel. I have never had their breakfast before, so I was looking forward to it. We both had the Ham, Egg & Cheddar sandwich and it was really good. Sadly, it was time to head out. We had to be home by a certain time for something very exciting later in the day. I will add, we totally stopped at Alien fresh jerky again on the way home. I could not resist.


Jenn’s High School Graduation

This is it! Jenn graduated. Chris and I made it just in time. I got ready in the car and we headed straight for the graduation. I have been around this beautiful girl for over two and a half years now. I have watched her do homework and go to so many school events. She worked so hard for this. I am so happy that I got to be apart of such an amazing moment in her life. I cannot wait to see all the amazing things she does in her life. I love you like a sister, Jenn. You are incredibly smart, so beautiful, and very wise. Thank you for letting me apart of this and thank you for always hanging out with me for girls days!

Backstreet Boys Las Vegas Trip – Day One

Backstreet Boys Las Vegas Trip – Day One

So this is a very exciting post for me. Chris and I went to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys and boy was this trip the best! This post I will give you all the details. From everything we did, to prices, deals and more! I have been looking forward to this vacation for a long time. I’m so ready to tell you all about it.

Rock a Hoola

Wednesday morning we got up around 5:30 in the morning. Chris, by now, is an Avid car packer. He can make it all fit. It’s a puzzle for sure and we aren’t exactly light packers. We left a little before six in the morning. Stopped to fill up gas because I forgot to do that the day before; I’ll be honest. Then we set off for our trip. We did not eat breakfast. Which is very rare for us, but you’ll see why very soon! Chris and I have been to Vegas seven or eight times now and we have have passed this abandoned water park 14-16 times. I don’t know if it’s instinct, but every time I’m sleeping on the way to Vegas, or on the way home, I just happen to wake up when we are about to pass this abounded water park. I thought why not visit this place? This abounded water park was last called Rock a Hoola Water park. A water park in the middle of the Mojave desert? I could see it making sense and not making sense in my head. A little history about this place, it was originally opened as Lake Delores in the 50s or 60s. It ended up being sold and reopened in 1988 with a 50s theme and called Rock a Hoola. Long story short the water park had a lot of financial problems and was headed towards bankruptcy. Then an incident that left an employee paralyzed cost them $4.4 million in a law suit which forced the waterpark to go bankrupt. The park then was sold again and opened as the Discovery Waterpark in 2002 until 2004. After that the waterpark was then left abandoned. In my head I thought it would be so much fun to check out. It’s been tagged so there is a lot of cool art and what not. Honestly it was very sketchy. I am pretty sure every worst possible scenario played in my head. I’m sure it did for Chris too. Chris literally said to me “I better not see a dead body Leslie!” I agreed with him. We walked around for maybe fifteen minutes and then decided to leave. I had so much anxiety with this my chest started to hurt. That’s how I knew it was time to go. When we arrived the entrance was blocked. They had it blocked with a log and boulders. We walked through what I am assuming would have been the parking lot. There was a large billboard with what would have had the original welcome sign. Then you walk on a pathway of smaller billboards that some have been painted over and some are just falling apart. After that you will continue on to walk through a couple buildings before you get to the main entrance (pictured above). We ended up taking a few pictures with some artwork we enjoyed. It just so happens that most of the artwork has aliens in it. Then we walked up to what was the main gate. This is very run down and highly tagged and stickered just like this whole place, but there was definitely its own beauty to it. After this we walked a little further and saw the posts that used to hold up the old slides, the spot where the slide that left the employee injured, the food stand, and even where the lazy river was. This place is obviously really trashed since its so accessible to anyone driving down the highway. Chris and I didn’t get too far before we decided to leave. I’ll be honest, it was because we were scared. We started to hear things creak and move. It was honestly probably due to wind, but we weren’t chancing it! We decided it was time to head out and onto the next place on our checklist for the day.

Alien Fresh Jerky

Next stop was Baker! I’ve heard, although expensive, the Alien jerky was really good! We decided to try it out of ourself! We are very basic people and got the Road Kill Original Beef Jerky. We didn’t eat this until later because we didn’t want to spoil our lunch! Keep in mind it is about 9:30am and we still haven’t eaten yet. I think I set a record! This place is currently under construction and I look forward to seeing what it looks like when it’s done! It’s definitely a place to stop and see!  In the picture above, there is the sign outside along with the sign at the end of our parking spot. I love this sign. It’s so fun and really gives you the experience. There is also this car outside that we parked right next to. Inside are four green aliens carpooling. Its so cute and fun. I enjoyed seeing a family, with two little boys, fascinated with this vehicle full of aliens. I honestly was worried one might move when looking into it. We took photos outside with some of our favorite aliens. Inside is an alien on a bench you can take pictures with. I call him my boyfriend. I made sure we went in to see him, and also to get some jerky! We like to think we are super adventurous when it comes to food, but we always end up going back to the basics of what we like. We got the Road Kill Original Beef Jerky. It was really good! I ate it every time we were in the hotel room on this trip and I even asked Chris to stop on the way home so we can get more! I’ll be honest though the first bag we got was a lot better than the second.

Seven Magic Mountains

After Baker, we decided to skip State Line and go to Seven Magic Mountains which is an art installation by Ugo Rondinone. It opened in May of 2016 and consists of seven really tall towers of boulders in the middle of the desert. Each of the boulders weigh anywhere from 20-25 tons! It’s right off the freeway, but so bright and colorful you can’t miss it! Its so cool to see and usually has a good crowd of people. With how bright they are, I am not sure how anyone could skip this. We decided to take some fun photos while we were here. This is definitely a must see, but hurry and see it soon it will only be around for two years!

We then went to the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets to get my dad a Father’s Day gift. My dad is a big dude so he loves the store Big Dogs because they make comfortable shirts for him. It was a quick stop just to this store before we moved onto the next place. You will definitely want to see where we went next!

Las Vegas Advisor

Chris found this coupon book online.  Its called the Las Vegas Advisor. It is full of coupons from 2 for 1 meals to freeplay at a casino! You can check out all of the discounts here. If you go to the place to pick one up then it is $37.00. I honestly feel like it is worth the money. Chris and I have quite a few Las Vegas trips planned this year and we will be using this for sure. I know in September when we go back for the Life is Beautiful festival, we will be using the free play a lot because it is mostly at downtown casinos. There are a lot of options on the strip as well. Make sure you check it out before you go on your trip. One thing I want to add is that the building you wouldn’t expect to be the place to go. It is a little sketchy, but inside is very nice!

Feast Buffet at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa

Finally! Time to eat. By this time, I was starving. I was ready to eat and wanted to eat right away! Let me start off with this Resort is way off the strip, but worth the drive. The mountains on the ride there are absolutely beautiful. The resort itself is really nice as well. This is definitely one of those hotels that the older people go to so they can get the Las Vegas vacation without the hustle and bustle of the strip. I am pretty sure that we were the youngest people there besides the kids who had no choice. When we arrived here, Chris signed up for a Boarding Pass, which is their rewards membership. After he signed up, he got to play a game on a kiosk called Crack the Vault. You select a vault to open and inside has points. Chris won the most points, which was 5,000, that he can possibly use in the future. Another perk to the Boarding Pass is a discount on the buffet! So we went to the buffet with Chris’s Boarding Pass and the Las Vegas Advisor two for one coupon in hand.The grand total for the two of us was $11.90. How insane is that? This buffet has the usual variety from American to Mexican to Asian etc. Everything we tried was really good! I am definitely a fan of this buffet. I think if you are willing to drive a little off the strip, then definitely check it out. We ate majority of everything from this buffet. I honestly could not say anything bad about this buffet. Even our waitress was ontop of it! When we would leave our table to get more food, the waitress always refilled our drinks and cleaned off our table from the plates we just used. I need to get better at noting our servers names, so I can include them. Especially since most of them are so great! Seriously go try this buffet!

After the buffet we went to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets which is our go to outlet. I love outdoor outlets and this one has a better selection of stores in my opinion. We did our usual shopping and then headed out. Our next stop was Costco for “Vegas gas.” That is what I like to call the gas we use to get around in Las Vegas. We ended up not driving anywhere so it ended up just being used to get home.

Planet Hollywood Check-in

Chris and I arrived at Planet Hollywood Resort through the underground parking. We like to valet the car because Chris is a Platinum Total Rewards Member, meaning we get free valet. If it is free why not, right? We also like to valet the car so we can take advantage of the bell hop. We do not exactly pack lightly so it is very nice, and convenient, to have a bell hop bring up our belongings to our room. This is my first time staying here at Planet Hollywood Resort so I was extremely excited. Another perk of Chris being a Platinum member, is the separate check-in line! This was so nice because we only waited about 2 minutes before it was our turn to go to the front desk. We noticed there was a separate desk clerk off to the side so we assumed that it was the clerk for platinum members. However we got pulled to the other side where everyone else was checking in to a clerk who didn’t seem too happy. He hardly made any eye contact with us. We were hoping to ask him if there were any upgrades available, but he quickly turned us away with our keys. When we went up to the room, we noticed it was recently renovated. It is very nice, but we were incredibly disappointed with the view. We tried calling the front desk and we were told that there was nothing available and they do not provide upgrades. We were little disappointed, but we had to make the most of it! We then called up the bellman to bring up our luggage and it took a while to get our luggage, but I can understand, it was check in time! When we finally got our luggage we usually unpack. We didn’t really unpack much, just our beer pong table and our ice chest. Chris’s tip: take your ice chest to the ice maker along with the ice bucket to fill it up. Our room had a mini fridge so we filled that up with water and a couple beers. So awhile ago Chris ordered a custom beer pong table. We are big Anaheim Ducks fans so of course that is the theme! I believe that is all we unpacked. This trip we lived out of our suitcases instead of fully unpacking. The room and bathroom were nicely renovated. I love that the bathroom has a separate room with the toilet. Makes it easier when I have to get ready and Chris is in the bathroom or vice versa. After we settled in, I told Chris to wake me up in twenty minutes. Two hours later I woke up. I felt so bad that I napped for that long. I then got up and ready for a night out!

Ketchup Premium Burger Bar

After we got ready, we decided to go downstairs to walk around and check things out. After the outlets and my nap, we worked up an appetite.We went on a trip to Las Vegas a while ago and bought a Groupon for Ketchup Premium Burger Bar. I don’t know if any of you have Groupon, but if you don’t, get it. Chris could tell you how much he loves Groupon. Before we go anywhere on a trip he tries to find something on Groupon. So seeing as we bought them a long time ago, they were expired coupons. When a Groupon is expired you can sometimes use the amount you paid at the location for the Groupon. Since Chris and I had $11 each with the expired Groupon, we decided we would have dinner here. The menu was full of different burgers and food items. It didn’t take us long before we decided on what we wanted. Pictured above are the burgers that we ordered. Pictured on the left, is the Burger of the Month, the California Burger. My favorite part about it was the avocado! I LOVE avocado. Add some thousand island (which runs through my veins by the way) and ketchup and I’ll be set. Chris ordered the “Morning Glory” Burger which had cheese, bacon, egg, and hash brown! I took a bite of this and boy was it good too! When we order at places we always get one drink if there is a soda fountain to save money. If we can refill it then why not save the money right? Chris bought the drink, I bought the side of fries. The side of fries was huge! Notice the name of the place is called Ketchup Premium Burger Bar. They have a bar of ketchup! All different kinds of ketchup. I was not very adventurous with this at all I stuck with my thousand island and regular ketchup. I know, I know I am boring! Chris however, got chipotle ketchup which was that bad at all! I need to explore more and try more. No one will want to read my blog if I don’t explore more! The people working here were so nice! They were very helpful with every request we had. Even when they had to deal with our expired Groupons. I want to say thank you to the ladies working that night. You are awesome!

We decided to walk to the Flamingo hotel to pick up a gift. The night before we left for Las Vegas, I was packing and my 1 year, 6 month old niece came into my room. I asked her if she wanted a Flamingo from Las Vegas and she replied with “yeah!” Flamingos are her favorite animal by the way. Since I promised I would get her one we set out to none other than the Flamingo Hotel to get her one.  After that we gambled a little at the Linq Hotel and then eventually crossed Las Vegas Blvd, walk down the strip a bit, and then ended up as the Cosmopolitan hotel.


Next up, Verbena! What is Verbena you ask? Well head over to The Cosmopolitan hotel and order yourself one. So this drink we heard about from Chris’s cousin. Apparently it is supposed to numb your mouth. Ive been wanting to try this since I heard about it. We marched our way over to The Cosmopolitan hotel to the Chandeleir bar to give it a try for ourselves. We ordered it as the “mouth numbing drink.” Let me tell you something, Im not a cheapskate, but $32 for two drinks? That was crazy for me. But I know I am in Las Vegas and it was apart of the territory. So the directions for this drink are : sip, eat, sip. When I say eat, there is a little flower in the drink. So first take a little sip of the drink, then take the little flower out and eat it whole, then sip the rest of the drink. When you start eating the flower, you start to feel tingly in your mouth. Then the tingling grows. I am not a fan of tequila, so I had a really hard time drinking this drink. I stopped drinking it after a few sips. I just couldn’t do it. I think I was being a big baby and said I couldn’t finish it. I honestly could have. I should have got the full experience. My mouth was numb for about fifteen to twenty minutes. I think it was different, and if you don’t mind tequila then definitely go give this a try!


After we went to try these drinks we gambled a little bit at this hotel before we decided to head back to our hotel for bed. We had a very long day, but a very exciting one! Below are pictures of our room! If you want to see more pictures from our Las Vegas Trip head to my Instagram and Facebook page to see them!I hope you enjoyed reading this post and check out some of the places we did. I cannot wait to share everything we did on day two of our trip. Including our night with the Backstreet Boys! See you soon!