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July 2014

Watching a Sex & The City Marathon. Perfect time for my Great Love Debate review.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Had a blast in LA and wasn't able to find time to write my follow-up blog until now. Summer Jam TechLA was great and I shared highlights on my Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook accounts. Look there or search #TechLA via Twitter.


I'm dictating my Vegas Great Love Debate review so hopefully won't have a lot of corrections to make cause boy sex is kind of funny. See what I mean? I said voice activation, not boy sex. LOL!!!!

The seminar itself was interesting, although it did get dominated by a 20 year old who thought he knew everything after being in one relationship which got a little annoying after awhile and should not have been allowed to speak so much.

I think I had enough when he went to the front, whipped out his cell phone and was actually reading notes he wanted all of us to know. It was all I could do not to start laughing out loud at his audacity and youthful ignorance. Instead left the room to get something to drink.

My friend got a lot out of it while I enjoyed having the books that I've read on relationships confirmed live. Plus, it was fun to hear diverse opinions from the panelists, especially the guys.


I have to admit, I was surprised at the small male turnout being that this is Vegas, but it is a very transit town and perhaps everyone isn't into relationships, more hookups. Or, the women are so easy there are guys who don't think they need help. LOL

I think I enjoyed the one-on-one conversations I had with some of the matchmakers more at the after gathering at The Yard House and hanging out with my friend.  20140712_220334

I am also looking forward to speaking to one on a more personal basis soon since I'm determined to find out what is holding me back from finding love.

Here's some fun pictorial highlights from the event. What I find hilarious is that for some reason, the second batch of solo shots all the matchmakers look sad. They were not though in person. We just caught them thinking I guess. My friend shot a lot of my pix.:)

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The Great Love Debate is coming to @CityofLasVegas this weekend! #love #dating #relationships

By Joy A. Kennelly

I've been reading a lot of relationship advice books since I have the time and have enjoyed telling my girlfriends what I've learned and which books I recommend. We're keeping the library busy! And bookstores too (if you're an author.:)

You can see some of my reading suggestions on my Pinterest board here:

As a result, when I saw this event on Match and then received the press release, I knew it was a fun event to attend and cover. I used to attend "love" seminars and groups while living in Los Angeles under Dr. Pat Allen, but she's so coarse I eventually stopped going. There's only so many F-words I can tolerate, especially coming out of a 60 year old plus woman's mouth! No matter how good her advice is!

So, it will be interesting to see what this show/event reveals. I think I'm beginning to get a handle on what I've been doing wrong all these years and what I also have been doing right which is hopeful.

I believe in love. I believe in soul mates. I also believe when the time is right and you keep putting yourself out there, you will meet "The One." 

I had a good friendship with a guy I  wanted a future with because he's kind, super smart, handsome, successful, yet down-to-earth, humble and generous, but alas and alack, I ruined it which is why I'm now reading the book, It's Not Him, It's You! LOL I want to learn from my mistakes and grow as a person because I also believe it will benefit every aspect of my life, professionally and otherwise as well.

Plus, I don't want to make that mistake again. I really liked him and enjoyed the mental connection we shared which I haven't felt in a long time. Miss that and him, but trying to move on. Hence this event...

I want to meet someone special because traveling is so much more fun when you have someone to share it with which is one of the many reasons I've been working on building Joy's Travel Adventures to help women find travel partners.

If we're single, there's no reason to wait on a guy to have fun!:)

There are so many single women who never travel out of fear of the unknown, fear for their safety, and not knowing what to do and see  when they go somewhere, which is why I'm excited to help them experience the empowerment and self-knowledge that comes when you travel. Also, introduce them to all the fun things there are to do!

Travel opens your mind, your heart, and your soul in ways staying at home will never accomplish. It makes you more flexible, more tolerant, more interesting, and more open which is one of the reasons I love exploring new places. I always come back a better person for the experience, even if negative and difficult. 

This morning I dreamt I was traveling in Europe in August and meeting up with travel friends there. I hope this is one dream that comes true because I'm ready for a new adventure.:) In the meantime, I'll continue working on my travel episode for Las Vegas and introduce my fellow female travelers to the wonderful opportunities to explore Nevada they may not be aware exist. 

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LAS VEGAS, NV (July 7, 2014)  –  Hello Products  in partnership with, is proud to announce THE GREAT LOVE DEBATE tour will be coming to the Baobab Stage Theatre at Town Square in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 12th.  10300045_723212184391517_1057574653270104392_n

This lively, interactive Town hall-style discussion and debate on the current state of the date will be comprised of an audience of 100 of Las Vegas’ most eligible bachelors facing off against 100 of its most dynamic single women to answer the question, “Why is everyone still single?”

‘We are thrilled that this unique, entertaining, and engaging event is coming to Las Vegas,” says the event’s moderator, Kimberly Seltzer, nationally-renowned Therapist, Image Expert, and Dating Coach. “This city’s singles are extremely passionate about love, the evening will be a really fun and exciting way to raise questions - and find answers!”

The July 12th  show continues the summer leg of a 45-city national tour, and features a panel of the region’s most prominent relationship experts and influential voices including;  Crystal Cardoso, Las Vegas Dating Expert and Relationship Specialist;  Kristine Givas, National Director at the World’s Premier Matchmaker, Kelleher InternationalBrian Howie, Award-Winning Producer and Author ofHow to Find Love in 60 Seconds; and Arden Leigh, Author, Relationship Strategist, and Women’s Coach.


Tickets for this event are $40 and are available online at Doors open at 7pm for cocktails, showtime is at 8pm.  The first 50 people to use promotional code LOVE20 at checkout receive $20 off the ticket price.

 Seating is extremely limited (100 per gender), all attendees receive admission to the “Meet, Greet, Mix, Mingle & Match” party which immediately follows the show at Yard House10513445_10152522458524222_2496803903043909572_n

 For future tour dates and panelist information, please visit


Happy 4th of July Everyone! Here's where to see #fireworks and #celebrate in @CityofLasVegas

4th of July events in Las Vegas

Received this information from a friend of mine who works at one of the major casinos in town. Here's a list of all the fun Las Vegas fireworks events if you're in town and curious about some options.

Also, visited Lake Las Vegas yesterday and they're hosting a huge 5th of July party with live music from 2pm - 10pm, children's activities from 4pm - 7pm and fireworks at 9pm if you want to keep the patriotic party going. Here's a link with more details: 

Now here's the official Fireworks list which I'm sharing without fact checking so please verify all information on  your own before going:

"The Vegas Strip and the skies of Southern Nevada will be illuminated with fireworks shows. Here are the places to enjoy fireworks show on the fourth of July in Las Vegas.

Note: July 4th fireworks generally start shortly after sunset so please be advised due to the popularity of the fireworks show, it is best start out early in order to get the best viewing location. Please stay hydrated because this heat will dehydrate you very quickly! 


Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

As part of Caesars Palace July 4th Celebration, on July 4, 2014 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, will have an
Independence Day fireworks display. Fireworks by Grucci will be shot from the hotel's Roman Tower beginning at 9:15 p.m. The best views will be from the Las Vegas Strip at the front fountains of Caesars Palace.

Caesars July 4th Fireworks
Date: Fri, July 4, 2014
Place: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

The Linq

Fireworks at The Linq/High Roller
9 p.m.
Tickets from $49.50
The Linq

High Roller riders will be able to view two fireworks displays starting at approximately 9 p.m. at Caesars Palace and 9:30 p.m. at the High Roller lot. Take in the view of the Las Vegas skyline as the city celebrates the 4th of July. Premium holiday priced cabins will board from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., general admission and special packages for the 30-minute ride include: 

$49.95 per person – general admission tickets with complimentary beverage during 8:30 to 9:30p.m. premium holiday skyline viewing window. $2,500 - private personal cabin during 8:30 to 9:30p.m. premium holiday skyline viewing window with open bar for up to 25 people inclusive of tax and fees.

Fireworks at Mandalay Beach
8 p.m.
Tickets from $20
Mandalay Bay

The sky above Mandalay Bay Beach will light up red, white and blue this Independence Day with a dazzling display of fireworks and a musical performance by the local classic rock band Phoenix. Guests of all ages can dig their feet into the sand or let the waves wash over them while enjoying the extravaganza Friday, July 4.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets priced at $20 and family four-packs priced at $60, not including applicable
service charges and taxes.

The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower
This year, The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower will present its annual citywide fireworks display and "Independence Pool Party" on Friday, July 4, 2014. The world-famous Fireworks by Grucci, Inc. will produce a display that will be launched from the Stratosphere's North parking garage and visible anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. The display will start at 9 p.m. and will be 10 minutes in duration.

Fun on the Fouth at the Stratosphere
Date: Fri, July 4, 2014
Location: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Las Vegas, NV

Station Casino’s 2014 “We Love Locals” July 4th
Fireworks Blast

The Station Casinos Las Vegas 2014 fireworks shows will go off on the east and west sides of town at Green Valley Ranch Resort and Red Rock Casino Resort. The fireworks show will last approximately nine-minutes.

Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spas
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052
Date: Fri, July 4, 2014

Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Friday July 4, 2014

The Smith Center/Downtown Vegas
The show will get underway at 9 p.m. The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs.
General admission is $10.


Primm Valley Fireworks
Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Primm, Nevada

Primm Valley Casino Resorts will be celebrating Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show. Starting at dusk, the night sky will be lit with the vibrant colors from the display. The sixth annual show will be set against the desert scenery and away from the city lights allowing viewers an extravagant show. Families are encouraged to arrive early for prime parking spots and fun at the resorts. The best viewing location for guests is located in the Star of the Desert Arena parking lot at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino.

Henderson Fourth of July Celebration
Friday July 4, 2014; 6 PM - 9:15 PM. Fireworks Show at 9PM
Mission Hills Park
551 East Mission Hills Drive
Henderson, NV

Check with M Resort too because they have a 4th extravanganza, but I can't copy the info for some reason.:)

4th of July 2014 Nightclub and Pool Club Parties

All-star DJ lineup at Wet Republic
Date: July 4 - 6
Where: MGM Grand
Wet Republic pool club kicks off 4th of July weekend with Afrojack on Friday, July 4. Calvin Harris and Burns take over on Saturday, July 5. The weekend closes with Tiësto July 6 

The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower Independence Pool Party
4th of July Level 8 Pool Party
Time: 6pm to 11pm
Date: Friday, July 4th
Admission: $10 + tax per person
Activities: Live Concert – Zowie Bowie • Fireworks Spectacular • Cabana Special
Must be 21 to attend pool party. The Independence Pool Party will be located on the Stratosphere's pool and recreation deck on the eighth floor of the Premier room tower. 

4th of July Tips

July 4th is all about the fireworks and if you're visiting Las Vegas for the holiday you'll want to know where to see the displays and where to find other all-American entertainment.

Fireworks locations can vary from year to year but typically you'll find them at several locations around town.

The Stations Casinos properties, which are local casinos across the valley, usually have fireworks displays at several of their resorts like Sunset Station and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson and Texas Station and Red Rock Hotel Casino in the north.

If you head downtown, you can see an electronic fireworks display on the Viva Vision canopy above Fremont Street.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic usually performs a 4th of July concert, which was held last year at downtown's Smith Center.

For a more small-town 4th of July experience, try Boulder City's Damboree celebration. There’s a pancake breakfast, games, a parade, and of course, a large fireworks display.

The City of Henderson also holds an annual 4th of July celebration with live music, games, activities and a fireworks show.

For the best view of any fireworks in Las Vegas, visit one of the many bars around town that offer views of the valley. 

Try Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, Ghostbar at the Palms or Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at the Rio. For restaurants with a view, there's Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Alize at the Palms or the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris."

Happy 4th of July Everyone! Be safe and please, please don't drink and drive! Las Vegas has a horrible reputation of more deaths of pedestrations than even NYC or Los Angeles. One death every six days last year!

Don't believe me? Read this article from the Las Vegas Sun: Las Vegas deadlier than Manhattan: Saving pedestrian lives on our streets

Be careful out there! Love to you!:) Happy 4th of July!