Posts Written By Yvonne Kai

Napping in the Sun with Gold Paw Series Sun Shield Tee

When we moved from New York City to Las Vegas, it was a complete opposite in concern for the weather! We had to buy all kind of boots and coats for Jacob when we lived in NYC because of the winter and here in Vegas, Cami keeping cool and sun safety is our #1 concern for her. She loves getting into the pool once it gets above 85F and the summer sun is crazy. We have to walk her at 5 am and after dark in the middle of the heat wave. Even the pavement is burning hot when it gets to over 100F here.

Before Swim season and during Spring, Cami’s favorite thing to do is to sit by the pool. She gets overheated and has to come inside. Letting her wear this Sun Shield Tee by Goldpaw Series has given her more outside time this morning! She has been so bummed since her knee surgery ūüôĀ I thought this will surely cheer her up! Thank you to our friends from Goldpaw Series for sending Cami this in size 28 Coral.

Sun Shield Tee Fabric¬†– An ultra smooth, lightweight, breathable athletic jersey that features a UPF 50+ rating and blocks 98% of harmful UV rays. This is achieved through a tight mechanical weave, so sensitive skin won’t react to a chemical wash. It significantly reduces heat absorption by reflecting heat away from the body, and is efficient at wicking away moisture. A soothing and cool to the touch feel. Found in: The Sun Shield Tee

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Our Sun Shield Tee is silky soft, lightweight stretch jersey with a UPF-50 rating that blocks 98% of the sun‚Äôs harmful UV rays. It is not a chemical treatment – it’s a mechanical quality of the yarn so the protection won’t diminish with washing. Super comfortable indoors and out and perfect for all sorts of applications beyond sun protection too: skin conditions, wound care, topical medications, works great as an anti-anxiety calming aid that can be worn all day.

They really reduce heat absorption too: We tested our black Lab, Luke, out in the sun with an infrared thermometer gun and found his fur was more than 40 degrees cooler under the Tee than without ‚Äď it‚Äôs wearable shade! Want extra cooling? Get it wet and your pup can enjoy the evaporative cooling effect!

Recommended For: Sun protection, regulating body temperature, indoor wear, outdoor wear, protecting skin conditions or wounds, mild anxiety, increasing cuteness

Wear Tip:¬†The center chest seam is designed to be on the outside ‚Äď we want pets to enjoy maximum comfort, especially in that tender area.

Harness Help: These close fitting pullovers are perfect worn under a harness, with no adjustment needed. No fussing with ill-placed harness openings in this snuggy wonder! Plus, wearing this under a harness has an added benefit of reducing or eliminating chaffing!

Washing Instructions: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low or hang to dry.

Proudly made in the USA!


First Time Mom – Baby Wearing Using a Wrap

So many new things to learn as a new mom and this officially marks the end of my fourth trimester! Having Niko has been amazing and learning so much with him has given me the confidence to be a good mom.  One of the best things for Niko and I is babywearing. Babywearing reduces crying by 40% and is way easier than just carrying the baby. So I really took it upon myself to learn all about babywearing.

The first type of wearing I did was with the traditional wrap style. It is a bit intimidating in the beginning with this super long cloth and how it works but if you practice a few times and you can get it right. There are 3 main types I tried so far and here are some insider tips I didn’t find anywhere on Pinterest or IG but only in doing it myself.

There are so many brands and price and designs out there but for the sake of this post, the JERSEY one I used is the Cuddly Wrap – Made in Canada. It is 100% organic cotton but it does have some stretch to it. It is longer than the Moby and it is a bit harder to go around and around your waist. But the stretch helps it keep the baby comfy.

The Cotton one I used it Moby wrap. It is thicker with not much stretch and I found this one sometimes got too hot. That when I took Niko out, my belly and his will be wet from sweat. I think Moby is the most classic one and I think the density will be great for colder days.

The Bamboo one is Beluga Baby – Made in Canada. This one is super-super stretchy and I found Niko drooping down as we walked. The trick to this one is to really stretch the fabric over your shoulder before inserting it. And to start at your chest instead of the belly like the others. I love this one for summer days since it is breathable but it is really stretchy so a lot of bounce when walking.

Wrapping is one of the fasting ways for baby to fall asleep. When we are walking Cami, Niko almost always instantly falls asleep.¬† I also wore him to sleep at the beginning of our co-sleeping so he won’t fall off or slide off. It worked really well and now he can sleep beside me without being on me!

Also! I tried a Ring Sling! I had it professionally sewn using a Pinterest DIY post and my own Money Fabric! I haven’t mastered the ring sling yet but more to come!



Audrey Smit, recently published a children’s book called¬†THE ADVENTURES OF LILY HUCKLEBERRY IN SCANDINAVIA, the first in a series (next stop is Japan), providing a strong female role model who encourages children to be brave and adventurous.

In this book, kids will learn about Scandinavian traditions such as the Midsummer celebration, with its flower crowns and maypole dancing, to historic landmarks, like the Little Mermaid of Denmark and the stunning fjords of Norway. Nordic characters like elves, vikings and the Swedish horse, Dala, appear throughout the journey, and common Scandinavian words, like “Mormor” or “Fika,” are introduced with helpful speech bubbles for proper pronunciation.

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About the Authors

Audrey Smit is the founder of This Little Street, a design company with a colorful and happy aesthetic. Audrey grew up in a small village in France and has lived all over the world. Her design inspirations are fused from these beautiful places and their people. She now lives in Berkeley with her Danish husband and their four adventurous little girls.

Jackie Knapp, who works as the Director of the Children’s Ministry in Albany, has mentored and taught kids worldwide. This is her first children’s series, inspired by a Thursday Adventure Club created for Audrey’s girls, and from her own gypsy spirit.

About This Little Street

Founded in 2017 in sunny Northern California, This Little Street is an original brand by designer Audrey Smit – a whimsical world filled with happy, colorful products and fanciful stories for children. This Little Street is also the home of Lily Huckleberry, the hero of a new book series that empowers kids to be brave, imaginative, and curious about the world. This Little Street is on a mission to make people smile more and help parents raise good little humans. For more about This Little Street, visit


Five Reasons To Visit Flamingo Las Vegas


New Bunk Bed Rooms and Suites, Refreshing Pools and Picturesque Wildlife Habitat to Name A Few

LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2019) РSpring has sprung! Known for delivering year-round weather perfect for Strip shenanigans, Las Vegas is the ideal destination for any season. From premier dining and gaming to outdoor excursions and attractions, guests can choose from a wide assortment of experiences in the neon desert climate Рespecially during the flower season. With its warmer weather and welcoming sunshine, springtime casts new light on the city and its Strip offerings, and Flamingo Las Vegas is at the center of it all.
From new rooms and experiences to classic Vegas offerings, Flamingo Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Here are five reasons guests should enjoy spring and summer getaways in Vegas at one of the most iconic hotels on the Strip. 
NEW Bunk Bed Rooms and Suites

Flamingo Las Vegas recently unveiled one of the largest Bunk Bed Suites in the U.S. as well as 14 new Bunk Bed Rooms. Ideal for entertaining large families or groups with nearly 1,000 square feet of space, the upscale Bunk Bed Suite at Flamingo Las Vegas has a 430-square-foot bedroom with two queen beds, each equipped with its own overhead full-size bunk, connected to a 550-square-foot parlor that includes a living area with oversized lounge furniture and a full kitchenette with a refrigerator.
The new 515-square-foot Bunk Bed Room can accommodate a group of friends or the whole family with two queen beds, each equipped with its own overhead full-size bunk. The upgraded room also features modern décor paired with sleek furnishings in a spacious living area, 55-inch HDTV, a separate wet vanity area, bedside USB ports and a rain shower in a stylish bathroom. Bunk Bed Rooms are available now for online booking, while Bunk Bed Suites are available for call-in booking at 855-855-9205.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Touted as one of the most beloved free attractions in Las Vegas, the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is a serene paradise. This tranquil, tropical attraction contains a variety of fascinating animals that are carefully maintained. More than 50 species can be found as they frolic on islands and streams surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and foliage. Spot hummingbirds zipping to their feeders, snap a few pictures of signature flamingos and watch the water animals at feeding time. The habitat is home to 10 namesake Chilean flamingos, 60 exotic birds, 20 turtles and more than 300 large fish residing throughout the islands and within the streams. A number of these captivating animals were rescued from harmful environments and brought to the habitat where they continue to thrive. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat spans approximately four acres with 400,000 gallons of fresh water filling the nine ponds.
This free attraction is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is accredited by the Zoological Association of America and is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Association. Pelican feedings are daily at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cool Pools 
For a party pool with an ambiance to rival Vegas’ hottest dayclubs, hit the Flamingo GO pool for a high-octane vibe and contemporary look and feel. The summer hotspot GO Pool Dayclub features daily live entertainment, celebrity appearances, exciting concert experiences, drink specials and more. Guests 21 years and older can live their best lives at the day club, while guests of all ages can enjoy the Beach Club Pool, the surrounding 15-acre tropical retreat, and a magnificent cascading waterfall. The Beach Club Pool is free, exclusively for Flamingo Las Vegas hotel guests and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees vary for GO Pool Dayclub, open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests must be 21 years and older. Check out the¬†calendar¬†for upcoming events.
Brunch Every Day at Paradise Garden Buffet

Featuring breathtaking views of the Wildlife Habitat, the Paradise Garden Buffet brunch at Flamingo Las Vegas features breakfast and lunch offerings available from open to close daily. New breakfast selections include Southern and Mexican influenced dishes, as well as a made-to-order omelet station and waffles. Lunch offerings include Classic American, Asian and Southern influenced dishes. A complete salad bar including fresh tossed specialty salads. Rounding it out on a sweet note, the buffet features a dessert bar and made-to-order crepes. For a new way to buffet, Paradise Garden Buffet now features Buffet to Go. Looking to buffet all day? Purchase the Buffet of Buffets pass and have unlimited access to up to five buffets in Las Vegas for a 24-hour period including the Paradise Garden Buffet. 
Flamingo is at the Center of the Action
Perfectly located at the center of the famous Las Vegas Strip,¬†Flamingo Las Vegas¬†offers everything an adventurous vacationer could want: a tropical Wildlife Habitat, Go Pool – a 15-acre Caribbean-style water playground, and select rooms with fabulous views of the 550-foot-tall High Roller. Right in the heart of the action, Flamingo Las Vegas is adjacent to The LINQ Promenade ‚Äď mere steps away from the world‚Äôs tallest observation wheel and the new FLY LINQ zipline, the Strip‚Äôs only zipline experience. This Las Vegas hotel combines heart-pounding excitement with hospitality and service that is second to none.

21st Century Library in East Las Vegas on April 25

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Debuts 21st Century Library in East Las Vegas on April 25

As you all know, I have been taking Niko to storytime at the libraries here in Vegas since he was 4 weeks old. I am so impressed by all the locations and effort the staff puts into creating a community for families. As a child, I participated in Book it! and lots of reading. My mom was a huge fan of the library so even as an adult, I always have a library card. The LVCCLD even has audible books available so I may just stop my Audible membership this summer to make use of the free services!

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Just heard of the exciting new location that will be opening next week on 2851 East Bonanza Road.¬†¬†Can’t wait to visit with Niko ūüôā

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New facility will serve as community hub for learning and economic advancement

LAS¬†VEGAS¬†‚Äď The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) will¬†celebrate the grand opening of its new¬†library in East Las Vegas on Thursday,¬†April 25 at 10 a.m. The 41,051-square-foot facility, which is located at 2851¬†East¬†Bonanza Road, includes innovative 21st¬†century design elements,¬†as well as free educational resources, materials, and¬†programs, intended to¬†facilitate limitless learning and personal achievement for library users of all¬†ages.

‚ÄúLibraries are hubs for economic activity,¬†civic engagement, imagination, and learning, which is why this new library is¬†an important milestone for East Las Vegas,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Ronald Heezen, executive¬†director of LVCCLD. ‚ÄúThis long-anticipated, state-of-the-art building will¬†bring cutting edge technology, career assistance, English language classes,¬†after-school tutoring, and so much more to this vibrant community. East Las¬†Vegas residents will soon discover what all¬†of our customers know, that the¬†word ‚Äėlibrary‚Äô has been redefined.‚ÄĚ
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The East Las Vegas Library is surrounded by 14 elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools, and an estimated 71 percent of residents living in the area are young parents with children. With this in mind, the East Las Vegas Library was designed to offer a variety of critical resources for this diverse community.

To reflect the needs of the East Las Vegas community, the new library will include bilingual staff who are fully fluent in Spanish and English. About ten percent of the East Las Vegas Library collection is Spanish-language; nearly one-third of magazines and newspapers are available in Spanish; and bilingual resources in Spanish and English are available for children.

The library will house a materials collection of approximately 45,000 items, of which nearly 40 percent is dedicated to youth, including innovative STEAM offerings such as a Toy Lending Library. Kicking-off in fall 2019, thanks to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, the Teachers in Libraries program will offer free after-school tutoring.

As part of the new East Las Vegas Library’s 21st century model, customers will have access to cutting-edge technology and collaborative spaces, which include:

  • iPad Lending Program, a¬†new service with 10 iPads available to check out and take home;
  • Computer¬†Center, with 32 computers and 20 laptops available for check out (see Fact¬†Sheet for more details on free computer access);
  • Tech¬†Lab, featuring an¬†audio/video production studio with¬†an isolated recording booth, plus editing equipment and¬†software, digital video cameras, and¬†a green screen; plus industry-standard DJ equipment,¬†where teens and adults can learn these skills;
  • Teen¬†Sphere, where teens can meet up, hang out, and participate in gaming,¬†crafts, and other cool activities;
  • Over¬†1,000 programs per year¬†in early childhood and parenting¬†education, media production, makerspace labs, and culinary and nutrition¬†classes in¬†our first-ever¬†Demonstration¬†Kitchen;
  • Multipurpose¬†Room, with 3,461-square-feet of dividable space, which is available¬†for the public to rent, and;
  • More¬†places to gather, which include an art gallery, multi-generational¬†living room, homework help center, children‚Äôs storyroom and outdoor play area,¬†print center, conference and collaboration rooms, and more.

In addition, the Adult Learning Center/One-Stop Career Center, will house the library’s Community Adult Learning in Libraries (CALL) program, which offers classes in Adult Basic Education, English-language training, and Career Online High School. In the same space, the One-Stop Career Center will offer customers workforce training and readiness, financial aid, digital literacy, interview coaching, and employment searches to help move people into sustainable careers. The East Las Vegas Library also offers many free programs and eResources for creative, educational, and career development, available both in the branch and on the Library District website at

The new library is also features Café Con Leche, serving a variety of food and drink for library customers, with an exterior walk-up window where customers can order without having to enter the building. Another convenient exterior access point in the building is a drive-thru window, where customers can pick-up and return their books and materials from the comfort of their cars.

The modern, L-shaped East Las Vegas Library was¬†built on an 8.5-acre parcel, located on East Bonanza Road, at the¬†corner of 28th¬†Street. The building features colorful canopies and tile at its entry, inviting¬†glass walls, which flood the¬†building with natural light; and an adjacent¬†outdoor plaza for community gatherings, festivals, and activities. The library¬†is also surrounded by lush, old growth Aleppo Pine¬†trees, which classify it as an ‚Äúurban forest.‚ÄĚ According¬†to the Food &¬†Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an urban¬†forest is defined as a collection of¬†large trees¬†within a city area,¬†which helps improve air quality, serving as a filter for¬†urban pollutants and fine particulates; and, improving physical and¬†mental¬†health by helping to decrease blood pressure and stress. The¬†library was carefully positioned on a 5.63-acre¬†section of the property to¬†preserve as many of these trees as possible.

The old Las Vegas Library building, located at 833 North Las Vegas Blvd., now belongs to the City of Las Vegas and will no longer be a library site. The old Las Vegas Library will cease operating as of Saturday, April 20, at 6:00 pm, as staff and operations from this location will have officially moved over the new East Las Vegas branch.

About Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
About Las Vegas-Clark County Library District: The award-winning Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is an independent taxing entity that serves a diverse community across 8,000 square miles. Through its 25 branches and website, the Library District offers a collection of 2.8 million items consisting of books, movies, music (including streaming and downloadable), online resources, as well as free programs for all ages. The Library District is a vibrant and vital member of the community offering limitless learning; business and career advancement; government and social services support; and best of all, a place where customers find a sense of culture and community. For more information, please visit


Purina¬ģ and Ree Drummond Launch The Pioneer Woman‚ĄĘ Dog Treats

ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Purina¬ģ¬†and Ree Drummond have teamed up to create The Pioneer Woman‚ĄĘ Dog Treats line. Launching exclusively at Walmart and Sam’s, the new treats line is inspired by the home-style recipes Ree Drummond makes for her own family on their ranch in Oklahoma, and backed by Purina’s 90 years of experience in pet nutrition.

“My friends at Purina and I share the same passion for creating tasty, nutritious food and we’re committed to bringing high quality ingredients to the forefront,” said Drummond. “Pets have always had a special place in my heart, so I’m thrilled that dogs everywhere can now experience a taste inspired by my family’s favorite recipes!”

The new line of adult dog treats is made with simple, high-quality ingredients and delivers a hearty, wholesome taste that dogs love. Offering nine delicious flavors in three different categories: Crunchy, Meaty and Chews, dog owners can now share their love for the simple, authentic goodness of home-style deliciousness with their dogs. Flavors include:

  • Crunchy
    • Chicken & Blueberry Recipe Waffles
    • Bacon, Maple & Apple Recipe Waffles
    • Classic Shortcake Biscuits
  • Meaty
    • Chicken & Apple Recipe Jerky Strips
    • Chicken Parmesan Recipe Bites
    • Chicken & Sweet Taters Recipe Bites
    • Beef & Brisket Recipe BBQ-Style Cuts
  • Chews
    • Drummies
    • Lil’ Drummies

“At Purina we strive to provide best-in-class pet nutrition, and we’re excited to explore a new frontier of dog treats with the American-favorite Pioneer Woman brand,'” said Ryan Gass, Senior Brand Manager of Purina Treats. “Both reigning from America’s Heartland, we know the value of a home-style meal and now have created a similar experience in the form of a treat for dogs. No matter which flavor you choose, your dog will get a treat he’ll love made with ingredients you can trust.”

To celebrate this new line of treats, Purina is bringing The Pioneer Woman’s ranch to the city. On May 15, all dogs (and fans) are welcome to visit Bryant Park in New York City to get a taste of the Oklahoma prairie. There will be plenty of The Pioneer Woman‚ĄĘ Dog Treats to go around and attendees will have a chance to experience Ree’s ranch firsthand.

Backed by the expertise of more than 500 scientists, including veterinarians, pet nutritionists and behaviorists, The Pioneer Woman‚ĄĘ Dog Treats line joins Purina’s portfolio of wet and dry pet food and treat options for pet owners looking for high quality, safe, best-in-class nutrition and treats for the pets they love every day of the year.

To learn more about Purina’s nutritional philosophy and how the work we are doing can help pets live long, healthy lives, visit¬†

About Purina
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. Subscribe here to get the latest Purina news.

About The Pioneer Woman
Ree Drummond is the creator of the popular, award-winning “The Pioneer Woman” website, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and the host of her own show on the Food Network. Since launching her career in 2006, Drummond has grown her brand into a dynamic and successful company, all while being a wife and mother to four kids and a lovable pack of dogs on her ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. For more information on The Pioneer Woman products/licensing, contact¬†, media inquiries, contact¬†