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With some of our favorite bands in the lineup, beautiful fall weather, and camera in hand, we headed to the 3 day weekend to give you a glimpse of what makes the Life is Beautiful Fest so special. On the first day we saw bits of the Priory, Astr, Phantogram, and Vacationer, but really took most of the day to explore the food, art, and the speakers.

Though most people were there for the music, my biggest highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Lizzie Valasquez!! She was a speaker at Life is Beautiful and is such an inspiration to me and so many others. I went home right after to watch her TEDxTalks and get inspired all over again. Go watch it if you haven’t already! Also, be prepared for another photo-heavy post!

Lizzie Velasquez at the Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

Life is Beautiful 2014.

Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Fest 2014.
Life is Beautiful Fest.

Life is Beautiful Festival Location - Downtown Las Vegas.

Food at Life is Beautiful 2014.

Chefs at Life is Beautiful Fest.

Life is Beautiful Fest.

The Priory Band Las Vegas Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

The Priory Band at Life is Beautiful 2014.

Priory Band at Life is Beautiful Music Festival.
The Priory Band at Life is Beautiful 2014 Las Vegas.

Phantogram Tour Life is Beautiful 2014 Lineup.

Phantogram Tour Life is Beautiful Vegas.
Phantogram Tour 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Life is Beautiful Las Vegas 2014.
Life is Beautiful Vegas.

Jevijoe Vitug at Life is Beautiful Festival.

Life is Beautiful Fest.
Art at Life is Beautiful Festival Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Vacationer Tour Life is Beautiful Fest.

Vacationer Tour Life is Beautiful 2014 Lineup.
Vacationer Tour Life is Beautiful Lineup 2014.
Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Vacationer Tour Life is Beautiful Photos.
Vacationer Tour Life is Beautiful Concert.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Astr Life is Beautiful Festival Lineup.

Speakers at Life is Beautiful 2014.

Speakers at Life is Beautiful Fest.
Speakers at Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas.

Food at Life is Beautiful Fest.

Food at Life is Beautiful Fest.

Food at Life is Beautiful Festival Vegas.

Life is beautiful festival location - Downtown Las Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Fest.
Art at Life is Beautiful Las Vegas 2014.

Life is Beautiful Fest.

Food at Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.
Food Trucks at the Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

Check out our recaps for Day 2 and Day 3.

This is the second annual Life is Beautiful Festival and although the music brings in most of the crowd, it’s more than just a music festival. It is a unique experience that brings musicians, chefs, artists, and speakers together to connect, share, learn, and inspire. To find more information visit the life is beautiful website and follow them on twitter, facebook, instagram, or youtube.

Who’s your favorite artist that you’ve seen live?

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The great thing about festivals is that even though you’re there to see certain artists, you can easily check out other performers that you never would have seen otherwise. AND sometimes they become your new favorites. Jacob covered one of Fitz songs over a year ago, and we were curious to see them live. We also had the chance to catch DJ Cassidy, The Roots, Lionel Richie, and Outkast!

We were obviously excited that Outkast is touring again! Gotta represent Atlanta! Though we loved them, the best show of the night easily went to Lionel Richie! We weren’t originally planning on seeing him, but now we know why he’s a legend. He interacted with the crowd so well and sang so effortlessly. The crowd (including us) ended up singing Diane Ross’ part in the Endless Love duet with him. Jacob and I were both completely enthralled by his performance and would totally be down to see him again!

Photos from Day 2 of Life is Beautiful Festival 2014:

Life is Beautiful Festival Location - Downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Bloggers - Local Adventurer.
Las Vegas Bloggers - Local Adventurer.

Lionel Richie Conga Line Life is Beautiful 2014.

Lionel Richie Las Vegas Life is Beautiful 2014.
Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Fitz and the Tantrums Tour Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

Fitz and the Tantrums Tour Life is Beautiful Festival Lineup 2014.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Fitz and the Tantrums Tour Life is Beautiful Vegas.
Fitz and the Tantrums Tour Life is Beautiful 2014 Lineup.

Fitz and the Tantrums Las Vegas.

Fitz and the Tantrums Las Vegas.

life is beautiful festival 2014.

DJ Cassidy at The Life is Beautiful Festival.

DJ Cassidy Life is Beautiful Fest.
DJ Cassidy Life is Beautiful Festival Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Life is Beautiful Merchandise.

The Roots Tour Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

The Roots Tour Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.
Questlove The Roots Las Vegas.

The Roots Las Vegas.

The Roots Tour Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

The Roots Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Vegas.
The Roots Las Vegas.

The Roots Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

The Roots Tour Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

The Roots Las Vegas Life is Beautiful Concert.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

Lionel Richie Las Vegas.
Lionel Richie Tour 2014.

Lionel Richie Tour 2014.

Lionel Richie Tour 2014 Life is Beautiful.

Lionel Richie Tour 2014.

Outkast Tour 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas.

Outkast Tour 2014.
Outkast Tour Life is Beautiful Vegas.

Outkast Tour 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

Outkast Tour 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival.

See the full Life is Beautiful Festival lineup for Saturday here.

This is the second annual Life is Beautiful Festival and although the music brings in most of the crowd, it’s more than just a music festival. It is a unique experience that brings musicians, chefs, artists, and speakers together to connect, share, learn, and inspire. To find more information visit the life is beautiful website and follow them on twitter, facebook, instagram, or youtube.

Who would you want to see live?

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[UPDATE] Instead of our regular Travel Tuesday post and Local Adventure post this week, we’re going to post 3 Local Adventures in a row on our three day weekend hanging out at the Life is Beautiful Las Vegas. This is the first music festival we’ve been to since moving to Vegas, and we can see that it’s easily becoming one of the main events to attend here. We definitely hope to go again next year! :)

I know a lot of people try to save the best photos for last, but I NEED to get these outta my system! We’re still on a high from the Foo Fighters’ amazing performance, so we’re starting with Day 3!

Life is Beautiful Festival 2014.

The Life is Beautiful Festival Vegas.

Life is Beautiful Vegas 2014.
Life is Beautiful Vegas 2014.

Life is Beautiful Music Festival 2014.

Life is Beautiful Fest 2014.

Life is Beautiful Fest.

Life is Beautiful Merchandise.

We were super stoked to see Foo Fighters, since we grew up on their music. I vividly remember watching their music videos on MTV. (It was at a friend’s house since MTV wasn’t allowed at home). I could not get the stupid smile off my face after Dave Grohl ran out onto the stage. (P.S. Their new album!)
Foo Fighters Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas.

Foo Fighters Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.
Dave Grohl Foo Fighters Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Foo Fighters Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

We also saw Broken Bells and Arctic Monkeys! You can see the full lineup here.
Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.
Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Fest Las Vegas 2014.

Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.
Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.
Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Broken Bells Tour // Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Arctic Monkeys Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.
Arctic Monkeys Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

Arctic Monkeys Tour 2014.

Arctic Monkeys Las Vegas 2014.
Arctic Monkeys Las Vegas 2014.

Arctic Monkeys Las Vegas 2014.

Arctic Monkeys Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas 2014.

We didn’t get there early enough to catch Mayer Hawthorne, but Jacob interviewed him a couple weeks ago in Boulder Colorado, so you can check out the interview here.

This is the second annual Life is Beautiful Festival and although the music brings in most of the crowd, it’s more than just a music festival. It is a unique experience that brings musicians, chefs, artists, and speakers together to connect, share, learn, and inspire. To find more information visit the life is beautiful website and follow them on twitter, facebook, instagram, or youtube.

What’s the last food / art / music festival you’ve been to?

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We had so much fun with food art on our last California Ripe Olives post, that we were so happy when they asked us to do a Halloween edition. Prepare yourself for more food art!! :)

California Ripe Olives are easy to use sliced, diced, and whole in your food art. The black olives are grown on over 1,000 multigenerational family farms across the valleys of California and are processed by two family-owned canneries. The black color is especially perfect for Halloween. Don’t you think? :)

This first one is for all you cat lovers out there:

Cat Halloween Food Art with California Olives.

A fear I will hopefully face one day (definitely not now.. but one day):
Spider Halloween Food Art with California Olives.

Jacob’s favorite superhero growing up was Spiderman, while mine was Batman. I’ve been meaning to watch Gotham, but haven’t had time to. Have you seen the show yet? What do you think?
Batman Food Art with California Olives.

We made a quick and fun food art video of Jack the Pumpkin King. What do you think?

All of the food art above was made by Jacob and solely with California Black Ripe Olives.  The ones below were made by me and I used California Black Olives, Carrots, and a Kale stem. I tried making as many different emoticons as I could, but these were my favorite of the bunch:

Halloween Food Art with California Olives.

Halloween Food Art with California Olives.

Jacob might start posting more food art on his instagram so watch out for them. Meanwhile, if you want to see some food art pros, check out our previous post on our favorite food art instagrammers.

Have you tried making food art before?
What are your Halloween plans?

xoxo estherJacob

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Last week we went skeet shooting for the first time! Even though we both had shot guns a number of times, I would still consider us newbies since we don’t go practice often. It was a learning experience having moving targets. We also got to shoot several machine guns we never shot before! We were looking for a unique gun range experience and went to Pro Gun Club who offered a variety of guns you can’t shoot at a typical gun range (i.e., a 50 cal machine gun mounted on a humvee).

Though we didn’t exercise all our options, we liked that you can customize your experience. We went as a creative day date, but hearing what they offer, it’s also perfect for a bachelor(ette) / birthday party.

Skeet Shooting Las Vegas Gun Range.

Pro Gun Club // Gun Ranges Las Vegas.
Shoot Machine Guns Las Vegas.

Skeet Shooting Las Vegas Gun Range.

Pro Gun Club Boulder City NV // Las Vegas Gun Range.
Pro Gun Club Las Vegas NV // Fun things to do in Vegas.
Skeet Shooting Las Vegas Gun Range.

Pro Gun Club Las Vegas // Must Do in Las Vegas.
Pro Gun Club // Las Vegas Gun Ranges.

Skeet Shooting Las Vegas Gun Ranges.

Las Vegas Gun Club // Best Things to Do in Vegas.
Skeet Shooting Las Vegas Gun Range.

Pro Gun Club Las Vegas NV.

Pro Gun Club Las Vegas // What to Do in Las Vegas Today.
Skeet Shooting Las Vegas // Fun Things to Do in Vegas.

Skeet Shooting Las Vegas // Cool Things to Do in Vegas.
Skeet Shooting Las Vegas Gun Range.

Gun Ranges Las Vegas.

Pro Gun Club Las Vegas NV.
Boulder City Gun Club // Las Vegas Gun Range.

Vegas Gun Range // Top things to do in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Gun Club.
Las Vegas Gun Club.

Shoot Machine Guns Las Vegas // Fun Things to Do in Vegas.
Las Vegas Gun Club // Best Things to Do in Vegas.
Pro Gun Club Las Vegas NV //  Cool things to do in Vegas.

Shoot a Machine Gun Las Vegas Bucket List.

Shoot a Machine Gun Las Vegas Bucket List.

Shoot a Machine Gun Las Vegas Pro Gun Club.
Shoot Machine Guns in Vegas // Pro Gun Club

Shoot a Machine Gun Las Vegas Bucket List.

Shoot Machine Guns Las Vegas To Do List.

Shoot a Machine Gun Las Vegas Bucket List.

Best things to do in Las Vegas.

Pro Gun Club Las Vegas // Las Vegas Bucket List.
Pro Gun Club Las Vegas // Las Vegas To Do List.

They have over 160 acres of land and two dozen ranges to accommodate a variety of shooting disciplines: pistol, rifle, shotgun and machine gun shooting. They have a trap & skeet field, two 5-Stand shooting stations, a world-class 17 station sporting clays course. You can bring your own firearms or rent theirs.

They can completely customize your experience to be as simple or as extravagant as you like. They accommodate groups as small as two people up to 100 people and offer a variety of services:

  • Can use target paper, but also have premium steel targets to give instant feedback of hit or miss.
  • They have exploding targets, and you can also put exploding targets in seasonal fruit to blow up.
  • They have 3D bleeding zombie targets with explosives in their heads.
  • You can purchase a vehicle where at the end one lucky person (usually the bachelor or birthday person) can blow up and finish off the vehicle.
  • They can charter vehicles, buses, helicopters to pick up from the strip or wherever you’re staying.

Pro Gun Club Address:
12801 Old U.S. 95
Boulder City NV 89005
702.293.2108

BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE WITH PRO GUN CLUB HERE!

I wasn’t planning on celebrating big for my next birthday, but I would love to blow up a car! Who’s in? Can you tell I grew up playing with boys?

Have you gone skeet shooting before?
What about machine guns?
Is it on your bucket list?

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