Britney: Piece of Me (Everything you need to know)

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This is a little off topic for me… But not really… Every wife needs her girl time. My best friend Lauren and I met in 7th grade, we’ve been avid Britney Spears fans since first hearing “Baby One More Time” on that radio. Last year when she announced that she would be doing a Vegas show, Lauren and I didn’t ask each other IF we were going, only WHEN are we going?! When the schedule was released we decided we would make this our 30th Birthday Trip together. My birthday is in December and hers is in January; we didn’t want to go during the holidays so we decided on the January 29th show. Now, I’m completely understand that not everyone is foaming at the mouth, over the top obsessed with her like Lauren and I. But I thought there were many things I could share with you to help you plan your trip to see her show. Whether it’s just cause you need something to do in Vegas or you want to have the time of your life.

We took the first flight in the morning… So nothing was open yet except Starbucks. We enjoyed our lattes until the Miracle Mile stores opened… First stop… The ABC Store :) #sorryimnotsorry Corona for breakfast, no limes but they have lime juice. It’s the cheapest place for booze/snacks/smokes. They have single beers, bottles of wine and liquor. It’s a great place to stock your mini fridge, trust me.

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TOTAL REWARDS

Before you do anything else, click on this link to join Total Rewards. I joined online and then got a card by showing my photo ID at the Total Rewards Customer Service on the Main Floor in the Planet Hollywood Casino. You still receive all the benefits of being a member while planning your trip. This came in handy when buying tickets, members got to buy advanced tickets 2 days prior to them being open to the public. Not sure if that’s even applicable now. Then when booking a room you got an additional discount as well. Many of the stores and restaurants on the strip offer Member discounts. They also scan your card when making purchases at participating Casinos, Shops, Hotels and Dining so that you can earn points for all your purchases. The points can then be redeemed for discounted and complimentary services. I love a discount, and when I went to the TR Customer Service to get my card, they let me spin a wheel of prizes and I got a free drink! That alone was worth signing up for :)

SEATING

We were lucky and got great seats the morning of the Total Rewards Pre-Sale on Ticketmaster.com. The Axis is a large venue for a Vegas show, seating is very important. If you’ve been to one of her concerts before you know that there are huge TVs everywhere and even if you’re in the nosebleed section you’ll be able to see everything perfectly… That is defiantly not the case here. The entire wall that the stage is on is one big TV, but they only show the dancers and graphics that go along with whatever set she is on at the time. So if you doing bring binoculars you will not see much of anything in the 200 Sections. The seating is not true stadium style either so the person in front of you is only slightly lower than you. When everyone is standing, if you get a tall guy in front of you… You’ll see nothing. Basically, if it’s important for you to see everything, like it was for us, spend the extra money on seats in the VIP section right in front of the stage or the 100s in a row close up.

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The picture below is a still from a video we took… Sorry for the poor quality. I just wanted to give you an idea of how you can end up in a bad situation… Because there is very little incline on the seating rows you can end up behind someone MUCH taller than you and not be able to see anything. The audience is standing much of the concert so it could make or break the night. Especially if the 6’4″ guy in front of you with his girlfriend is on enough drugs to think… He is Britney that night.

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BRITNEY STORE

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Sooooo… There’s an entire Britney Store in the Miracle Mile Shops right outside of the Casino entrance. But you can also buy the things in her store by clicking this link. Everything you can buy inside the show venue is available in this store. So don’t think that you need to wait and see what is in there… There is actually more options in the store.

HOTEL

I had never stayed at Planet Hollywood before. It’s not the most glamorous hotel in Vegas (Trump, Wynn & Encore are my favorite) but it is very nice. I would definitely stay there again. You will also get an additional discount with your Total Rewards membership number. The best part about staying there it really gets you in the Britney spirit. It’s like staying at the Disneyland Hotel when you go to Disneyland. EVERYTHING has Britney on it… What is there not to love??? Magazines in your room, your room key, the elevator doors, casino tables… Died and gone to Britney heaven… (P.S. It was VERY nice to not have a long walk back to our room after the show, remember we weren’t on our 21st birthday trip).

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PICTURE TAKING

You will go through metal detectors as soon as you enter the venue. They will have a step and repeat and they will take your picture, that you can purchase for $40 after the show. If there’s a possibility that you and your friend or friends will all want to buy one, you have to ask them to take multiple pictures, there is no way to get duplicates after the show… Unless you do it on your own afterwards. Yes, it’s expensive but it comes in a nice leather bifold album and makes for a great memento.

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THE SHOW

After you go through the metal detectors and take pictures on the step and repeat, you walk into the lobby. There is the merchandize stand to buy t-shirts, posters, CDs, etc. Remember, every single thing you can buy inside the venue can be purchased for the same price and more options inside the store outside. Then there are costumes from different shows and music videos. There are drinks and snack available in the lobby also, get them prior to the show, and use the restroom before the show, because there is no intermission or breaks and it’s not that long. You don’t want to miss it :)

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You’ll see amazing fans in full costume, this man was our favorite..

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Here is the set list in order…

1. Work Bitch
2. Womanizer
3. 3
4. Oops… I Did It Again
5. …Baby One More Time
6. Me Against The Music
7. Slave 4 U
8. Toxic
9. Circus
10. Scream and Shout
11. Till The World Ends
12. Piece Of Me
13. Hot As Ice
14. Boys
15. Perfume
16. I Wanna Go
17. Lucky
18. Stronger
19. If U Seek Amy
20. Get Naked (I Got A Plan)
21. (You Drive Me) Crazy
22. Do Somethin’
23. Freakshow
24. Gimme More

The show isn’t as long as you would assume by seeing how many songs there are, it lasted about an hour and 45 minutes… Possibly a little shorter. Not every song is sung from beginning to end, few are. She goes through multiple costume changes, the dancers do too (LOVE THAT). There are different stage sets throughout the show which are all switched so effortlessly its pretty amazing.

CONCLUSION 

It isn’t a cheap girls night, even if you live in Las Vegas. BUT, it was worth every single penny. Great night to add to your Vegas trip you already have planned, we saw bachelorette parties there too :) We went to dinner before and I recommend Sugar Factory to you all as well. I got the Lemon Head Drop and Baked Macaroni & Cheese, my friend got the Jolly Rancher Martini and Veggie Burger. We both enjoy good food and everything was on point, service was great as well. We wanted to find a restaurant with a view of the Bellagio fountains, unfortunately we are vegetarians and all the restaurants I could find had very little for us to eat. The patio at Sugar Factory has outdoor heaters as well. Good food, great drinks and a view… All just a quick 5 minute walk from the concert venue. Need I say more? Enjoy your trip, hope this helped everyone. Please email me at mrstrainingblog@gmail.com if there are more questions I can answer for you.

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Britney Army Love,

GMW

Faux Buffalo Wings

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I have a serious infatuation with Buffalo Wing… The hotter the better, and keep them and the beer coming… Sooooo along come Lents again… I’m not having any meat or dairy… So really Pizza and Buffalo Wings are on my mind all day everyday. As you’re reading this, I’m somewhere daydreaming about what pizza I’m eating on Easter :) I’m not into the Soy/Faux Cheese thing so I’m not going to worry about pizza, but I did find via interest and blog reading that cauliflower is a good buffalo wing alternative. Many of them used greek yogurt or almond milk… Again I’m not into the replacement dairy thing, I’d rather just not have it. So I made them yesterday, and then again today… I’m obsessed, and my meat loving husband is actually requesting them now :) Win, Win… So my loyal followers… Here you go!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 1 TBSP Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 5 Cloves of Coarsely Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Flour ( You can use a Gluten Free Flour)
  • 3/4 Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS

Pre heat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut your Cauliflower into florets and put into a mixing bowl. Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, Coarsely Ground Black Pepper and Coarsely Chopped Garlic (DO NOT USE Minced Garlic in a Jar, it’s gross). Mix until all pieces are covered, then add in the flour and mix well.

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Then lay them onto a baking pan. I suggest everyone gets a Silpat Mat for all their cooking and baking needs, it makes clean up easy and you don’t need to use any chemical based products to prevent sticking. Bake for 20-25 Minutes. I like to flip them half way through cooking.

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Remove from the oven and add your Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or other Hot Sauce (if you don’t like the best :)). Put back into the oven for 5 Minutes. Then, serve.

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I’m personally not a wing dunker, so giving up dairy, I didn’t need a replacement Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing. But I know that there are many Vegan options for dressings, I just can’t recommend one since I don’t like the dairy or dairy free options. If you are a meat eater and would like to try my original post for Buffalo Wings here is the recipe to try…

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If there are any other Vegan recipes you’d like me to try, send me an email mrstrainingblog@gmail.com

Until then… Keep Training my friends,

GMW

Happy St. Potato Cakes

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Potato Pancakes

Hi Everyone! I’m sorry I’m so behind on posting right now… I’m replying to your emails as fast as I can… My lent this year is all animal by products… So vegan eating. I’m not big on the replacement options for meat or dairy products. Let me know if you have some suggestions, I’d love to try them! Click on the link below for my post last year with yummy Colcannon Potato Cakes :)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

XO- G

Super Bowl Sunday Funday

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Hi Everyone…

This years Super Bowl is a little bittersweet. Actually, no it’s not bittersweet, it’s just bitter. Since we’re not celebrating the Superbowl this year in our house I haven’t added to the recipes and fun that I did last year. But if you and yours are planning on hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this weekend… Please check out this link from Mrs. Training Last year here Super Bowl Extravaganza. You can also just go to the different food recipes if that’s what you’re looking for here:

Kosher Corn Dog Bites

Baked & Loaded Jalapeño Poppers

Steak Sliders On Garlic Toast

Homemade Pizza & Dough

Baked Buffalo Wings

Macaroni & Cheese Bites

Veggie Chili & Cornbread Waffles

Cheesy Lasagna Cupcakes

Super Bowl Squares Template here 

Hope you all enjoy the game this weekend!

-Mrs. Training

Confetti Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies

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Happy 2014 Everyone… Sorry I’m a tad behind. Oops!

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I made these cookies tonight for my husband’s 4th grade class tomorrow. They turned out too cute and too yummy not to share with you all. And… Very Easy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups Cake Flour
  • 2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Rainbow Jimmie Sprinkles
  • 1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

DIRECTIONS

Pre-Heat oven to 375 Degrees. Line your baking sheets with a Silpat Mat or parchment paper.

In a Medium bowl add Cake Flour, All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda and Kosher Salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, preferably Kitchen Aid :) and your paddle attachment… Beat Butter and Sugar until combined. Beat in Vanilla Extract and Egg until combined. Gradually add Flour Mixture at low speed, only beating until its mixed.

Gently fold in the Sprinkles and Chocolate Chips.

Using your favorite size cookie scoop drop batter to your prepared baking sheets. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still moist.

Cool on a wire rack.

Hope you all Enjoy making these for your little or big ones :)

Have a Great Weekend!!!

-Mrs. Training

The Kitchen Lover’s Wish List

25 Nov Santa's List

Santa's List

Hi Readers!!!

I wanted to share with you my favorite things for the kitchen. If you don’t know what to register for or ask Santa for this is the one stop shop. I’ve included links to the current best prices on the items as well… So forward the entire list or cut and paste your favorites to make it very easy for your spouse or family get exactly what you want for Birthday/Christmas/Hanukah! Enjoy and let me know if you have favorites that should be added to my upcoming WEDDING REGISTRY CHECK LIST :)

UNDER $5

Brown Sugar Saver $3.99

White 3.5 Oz Ramekin Set of 4 $3.96

Eco Clean Tampico Vegetable Brush $4.99

UNDER $15

Garlic Peeler $6.95

Glass Salt Cellar with Lid $8.95

Martha Stewart Misto Spray Can $9.99

OXO Large Stainless Steel and Nylon Tongs $12.95

Professional Decorating Set $12.95

UNDER $25

Pampered Chef Garlic Press $16.50

Martha Stewart Flexi Mats Set of 4 $16.99

Vacuvin Wine Saver $18.95 (This is a great thing to add to a bottle of wine for a Hostess gift)

UNDER $50

Lodge Cast Iron 12″ Skillet $29.99

Large Round Stone With Handles $33.00

Vinturi Red Wine Aerator $39.95

Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven $49.99

IF YOU WE A REALLY GOOD GIRL

Cuisinart Food Processor $219.99

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Classic $349.99 (There are MANY varieties and colors of Kitchen Aid Mixers now, this is the basic one and easiest to find a special on it).

J.A. Henckels Classic Cutlery, 16 Piece Block Set $466.00 (BUT it’s on sale for $199.99)

Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set $500 (BUT on Sale right now)

Remember there are AMAZING DEALS both IN STORE & ONLINE for Christmas Shopping. The BEST DEALS you can get on anything during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend is on Housewares/Electronics & Toys. So even if you just want to treat yourself to one of these great kitchen gadgets, this is the best time to buy.  Send this list to you boyfriend, husband, parents, kids, friends, whoever :)

There are more Christmas posts to come…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

-Mrs. Training

Video

Spicy Mushroom Ramen Tutorial

7 Nov

The YouTube Channel is UP & RUNNING!!!
Enjoy the first flipogram to make an easy dinner

XO-
Mrs. Training

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