I think our last day may have been my favorite day of our Vegas vacation!


Ben and I compared dream afternoon plans and matched up right away with happy hour (although what hour is not happy in Vegas?) on the nearest patio, to enjoy the hot sun and cool breeze. Luckily Cabo Wabo Cantina’s was right next door to our hotel!


Ben sang along to the rock and roll playing over the sound system,


while I sipped on a refreshing Waborita,


and Mojito, and munched on surprisingly amazing chips & salsa.


And it was good!


The massive hot air balloon looming over the patio reminded us that we hadn’t spent near enough time at the Paris hotel & casino next door, so we paid our tab and took our drinks to-go.


Love that perk of Vegas! ;)


I know I said I gave up gambling, but for some reason we had a plethora of one dollar bills, so we each threw $5 into the nearest penny slots.


Excuse me I need to concentrate, please! ;)


The concentration paid off and $5 quickly turned into nearly $15 – whee! CASH OUT!!


Ben had some basketball games to bet on, so we headed back to the hotel so he could do his thing and I could do mine – get ready for our last night on the town.


Which included a trip to our old stomping grounds the menagerie at The Flamingo – which is seriously stocked with ‘em!


Followed by an in-depth conversation about how/why flamingos evolved to look they way they do. Seriously though, WHY??


Who cares… Photo op! Ugh, the last time we took a picture in this spot, in 2009, there was a big pile of throw up in the corner. Last night was much cleaner! :)


After some final shenanigans on The Strip, we stopped for a late night nosh at the Earl of Sandwich.


The Earl is in the lobby of our hotel and I’d been dying to try it all week. OMG it did not disappoint. The bread was amazingly soft and squishy. Killer!


Soon after, we called it a night (or rather, a morning) shook the glitter off our clothes, and bid adieu to our time out on the town. :D


Overall, I was worried that three full days in Vegas was going to be a bit much, but we chose our activities (and numbers of drinks!) wisely, and I could have honestly spent three MORE days there!


We stayed at Planet Hollywood which, in addition to having tons of pink sparkly things, is in a perfect location right in the heart of all the action.


There’s great restaurants on-site,


and even a shopping mall with an ABC convenience store where you can buy drinks at, to save a couple bucks!


Plus, duh-duh-duhhhhhh, there’s a Sugar Factory candy shop right outside the entrance. Sold!


Best. Gummy worms. EVER! :D


There really is something for everyone in Vegas. High-end shopping and dining options galore, family-friendly activities, pools that just won’t quit and, of course, the opportunity to let loose and just have FUN. I’m already planning my return trip!

And my return to the kitchen! I missed cooking and can’t wait to stuff myself with vegetables. :)

We’re home now (and freezing our tootsies off – the house was 51 degrees!) so I’m off to unpack and dive into a sweatshirt. So thankful I have the next three days to recoup before going back to work! See ya!