Getting ready to see the Zumanity show by Cirque Du Soleil. We thought it was excellent. 


The Luxor

More exploring. This is the hotel we stayed in 6 years ago for our honeymoon! It is the pyramid-shaped one. Mat was not into the pictures anymore. 


The Excalibur

Wandering the strip, exploring, here is the castle hotel, the Excalibur where we had a lunch buffet. 


Posturing at the Vegas Sign

So you have to have the story behind these pictures and I suggest you click on them to full view them. They are hilarious!

Mat took me to the Las Vegas sign as I had not been there before. We got in line to wait our turn to take pictures directly in front of the sign – yes, in the 100 degree dry desert heat. You could also line up on the sides and take pictures from the side at an angle, which had shorter lines. We chose the middle. 

We are waiting and line and this group of 6-8 girls get to the front of the side line to the right. They clearly spent all day getting ready for their sign pictures. Long, curled hair, full make up, all wearing sun glasses, their clothes were matching, but not too matchy-matchy – they all had various forms of jumpers on with knots tied at the boobs. 

This group of girls spent at least 30 minutes taking pictures of themselves. A few group pictures, but mainly individual pictures. The exact same individual pictures, taken of the same girl multiple times, of course, after checking her phone to see the first batch of photos taken of her. Their favorite pose was to face the sign (back to camera), hold up a peace sign, and slightly lift their feet, as if they were walking towards the sign with their butt angled out just perfectly?

Now, you have to remember, Mat is waiting in line to take a picture at a sign (obviously for me) and sees this. All of a sudden, he has an interest for me to take his picture at the sign (before the girl gang arrived he said he didn’t want his picture taken at the sign). Mat used his observational learning skills and nailed the pose! Yes, Mat was posed while the girl gang was STILL taking pictures of themselves. He just couldn’t pass up this opportunity. 

If you look closely in one of the photos of me, you can see that I’m laughing so hard my arms are jelly and there is a peace sign from one of the girl gang members in the bottom right corner of the picture. They just couldn’t get enough of themselves. Thanks for the entertainment, ladies! I hope you did more in Vegas than take pictures at a sign. 


The Golden Nugget & Fremont Street

Mat took me to Fremont street as I had never seen it before. We also saw the tank in the Golden Nugget. It is a water slide that goes through a tank with sharks and fish! 


New York, New York & Hershey’s Chocolate World

I had never seen the New York, New York hotel before so we explored it. I discovered that Hershey’s Chocolate World is inside! There were sooooo many chocolate options, but sadly, on Keto, we purchased the only option for us, unsweetened baking squares. We are going to use it to make Keto peanut butter cups! Yay! 


Paris, the World Buffet, & David Copperfield

We went to Las Vegas for Labor Day. The first day we had an amazing free breakfast buffet in our hotel. We explored the Paris hotel and walked around the strip. Mat took me to the World Buffet in the Rio, which was excellent and we were still able to eat Keto! In the evening we saw the David Copperfield show.  


My Sister got Engaged!

Congratulations, Summer and Scott! 


Declaration Of Intention

I Mat Lipe declare my intentions to be pure of heart and fully dedicated to the success, happiness, health, and achievements of my wife Star Lipe. I will perform my duties as a life partner in an honorable and expert manner. I will execute all requirements to assure “Team Mat & Star” is top of the industry and the world’s leading marriage franchise. 

Duly sworn and executed from this day forth.

Mat Lipe


Keto Peanut Butter Cups

Mat was craving peanut butter cups so I made some keto friendly ones (we haven’t cheated on the keto diet since the very beginning of June)! They turned out amazing! Seriously, we ate all 24 of them within 2 days.

Here is the recipe: 

I followed these directions and used the ingredients for the filling, but changed the type of sweetener used: 

Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I used this chocolate recipe for the chocolate shell, but again changed the sweetener:

Chocolate Shell: 

  • 4 oz cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup powdered stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract