Museum of Osteology

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Yesterday, I took my daughter to the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, Ok. The museum had good reviews, is featured on TripAdvisor, and had “bones” which my daughter is wild about so it seemed like a win! The museum is about 7000 square feet (not exceptionally large for a museum) and it is literally wall to wall skeletons. The museum was actually the first of it’s kind in America, until they opened another location in Florida.

We went around 12:30 and despite it being a fairly small building, it was not crowded at all. The building is split into two floors and the middle of the room is open to both. The large skeletons in the center are open (no glass) and because the museum prides itself on being hands-on you are actually allowed to touch them! For such a small building, the place is PACKED with skeletons (over 300). The museum features a variety of animals and had a human section that showcased a few types of deformities, as well as some engineered skulls to show the transition of early humans into today’s anatomy. They also have a section for animals native to Oklahoma.

It was definitely a very cool place to visit, we walked around about 2.5 times and still saw things we had missed the first time. My daughter absolutely loved it and really enjoyed getting to touch the larger skeletons.

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Educational programs are available onsite and there are scavenger hunts available for every age. A prize is available for those who finish the hunt with correct answers. (My daughter got a small bouncy ball.)

Visit http://skeletonmuseum.com/skeletons-okc.php to plan your own trip!

 

 

 

These are my personal opinions and I received no compensation for this post.

Bodys Revealed Okc

Today, I took my 3 year old to the Body’s Revealed exhibit at the science museum.

In case you haven’t heard about this exhibit, it’s all real bodies in various states. Some are just bones, some are muscles and bones, some have nerves, some even still have their eyes. 

If you haven’t seen my other post, my daughter has been a little obsessed with anatomy lately. Literally the moment she wakes up she wants me to show her photos and videos online (the digestive system is her fave). So I showed her photos of the exhibit a few days ago and she’s been dying to go. I thought it’d be cool.

So we’re walking through and I’m getting a little freaked out. “Mommy, look! There’s the mandible! Did you know I have one too?” I pick up the pace a little, ready to leave. “Look! The muscles all have fibers! I think I can see them” I start praying for our souls for just casually viewing these things. “Here’s a heart, mommy! There’s the atrium and here are the valves…” 

Needless to say, she loved it. And while I will probably have nightmares, I can admit that it was pretty cool and informative. 

Body’s Revealed is at the Oklahoma City  Science Museum until October 29th then it will be moving along to another city. 
Side note: I didn’t allow my daughter to see the room of fetuses, for obvious reasons. That part was pretty extreme and I would give it some thought before taking kids inside.

Free Graphic Design Resources

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Creative Market is one of my favorite sites for graphic design resources. You need it? They have it. What I like most about their site is the Free Goods of the week, every week (updated on Mondays) they have 6 free items available for download.

Fonts, templates, backgrounds, icons, you name it. Below is a photo of the free goods for this week. free goods picCheck it out and tell me about any other similar sites!

 

I am not receiving compensation for talking about/reviewing this site, these comments are purely my opinion.

The Most Underrated State to Visit…

I should preface this by saying I’ve only been to about 2/3 of the US so far, but out of all of the states I have visited, the one that surprised me the most in terms of beauty? UTAH. I know. Who ever thinks to go to Utah on vacation? Not anyone I know and not me, we were just passing through on a trip from Eastern Montana to Las Vegas to Phoenix, AZ, and finally to Guthrie, Oklahoma then back to Montana.

Utah is beautiful. You might rarely have service… but its really so gorgeous and I’ve never seen another state that compares in my opinion.

We drove through these rock formations for hooouuuurs but we loved it. On our route, there wasn’t a town in sight, but what is in sight is like no other. I rarely want to visit the same place twice but I definitely plan to go back. https://utah.com is a great website (best state site I’ve seen to be honest) and it will show you everything the state has to offer.

So if you are looking for an out of the box trip that your friends and family probably haven’t done… Utah might just be the place to go.

Let me add that these are not my photos – this trip was about three years ago and sadly I no longer have the many that I took. Guess we’ll HAVE to go again. 😉

How I get makeup for free or cheap!

Lets talk makeup. Personally, I wear it every day, different degrees but every day. Makeup is crazy expensive and I don’t even buy the high end brands, so I knew that I had to do something to support my habit. My mom gave me a Birchbox membership for my birthday, June of 2016, and I loved it. I’ve kept the subscription renewed ever since.

Birch box is $10 a month, or $110 a year and I fully believe that it is worth it. I cleared out my hoard of samples to show just how much I’ve received and this is not even counting what I’ve already used, what is in my various purses, and what I keep in my car.

Most things will be sample sized but they also include a full size item occasionally. That being said, even with the samples, I have not had to buy mascara, eyeliner, blush, lipstick,  or perfume since I joined a year ago. Don’t get me wrong, once I have a favorite product, perfume for example, I definitely stick with it for special occasions but the samples are great for making my favorite last longer.

My favorite products that I’ve received so far from Birchbox, would have to be:

FullSizeRender copyI love BB creams but they have always made me break out, until this one! And the Air Repair makes my skin noticeably brighter. I also love Harvey Prince Hello perfume, and will be ordering it very soon.

Birchbox gives you points and discounts for purchasing from them but honestly, sometimes Amazon is cheaper. So definitely compare the two before you purchase.

 

The next way I save money on makeup, is by shopping at the Post Exchange, either in store or online. Tax free for military! This is where I buy foundation and eyeshadow. I really like Bare Minerals for foundation and from what I’ve seen, the exchange is the cheapest. Now, since that doesn’t work for everyone here is the way I get makeup for FREE…

We’ve all heard of birthday discounts. Free meals at Denny’s, etc. But did you know that if you are a rewards member with Ulta and Sephora they give you a free gift? No purchase necessary. My birthday was yesterday, and I just collected my samples:

The Monsieur Big mascara isn’t even in stores until July so hows that for a freebie? I haven’t tried the tarte products yet but the mascara is great.

Update: The Tarte blush and lip gloss are amazing. Seriously, I may have a new favorite gloss.

Saving money on makeup is all about stretching what you have (within use by dates of course). Save the expensive things for the days you want your go-to looks and use the samples as fillers on ordinary days.

Any other ways to score freebies? Let me know!

 

I was not paid to endorse or talk about any of these products or businesses, these statements are my opinions and experiences only.

Science and Preschoolers.

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I, like most parents I think, really try to give my daughter early access to learning so that she can succeed later in life. That being said, I try to make it really fun.

Lately we’ve been working on reading and she has a few sight words down, but I can tell she’s getting bored. To change it up I was trying to figure out how to incorporate science. To a three year old. The whole concept seemed strange to me. THEN I came across some anatomically correct coloring pages on Pinterest. I started her off with the heart and she was hooked.

From there she kept asking for more, so I found this booklet, I gave this to her yesterday and we’ve gone through it at least 8 times. I’m no science buff, but I happen to have a lot of health issues (mostly heart and lung but some bone issues as well), so while I could show her a few things I definitely needed to do my own studying.

Looking up body systems led me to classifying the systems shown in the booklet. (integumentary, muscular, circulatory, etc.) It’s been two days since we started this anatomy lesson and she can tell you what the heart does, “pumps blood all over your body”, some different parts of the heart (chambers, atriums, valves, etc), what the lungs do, what makes your body move (muscles, joints, and bones) and don’t even get her started on the digestive system, “food goes down the ‘sophagus, into your ‘tomach, goes down the ‘testines and then you poop it out!”

To say I am shocked by her enthusiasm for this subject is an understatement. She definitely didn’t get her love of science from me, so I am going to try my best to expose her to as many things as possible until she finds her niche.

She is taking these coloring sheets, booklet, magic school bus episodes, and youtube videos  and running with them, so now all I have to do is keep up with what she’s asking me to teach.

If you have any other resources for our lesson, I would love to hear them!

Crater of Diamonds State Park

ASP_COD_2014_mp_rotator_photo_01Recently, my family visited the Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. It was a spur of the moment trip, as most of ours are, but we had a great time and I wanted to share the experience here!

Here is a little info from the parks website: Crater of Diamonds offers park visitors a one-of-a-kind experience—the adventure of hunting for real diamonds. You’ll search over a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the world’s eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater. If you find a diamond, it is yours to keep.

We live about 4.5 hours from Murfreesboro, so we drove the night before to Idabel, Ok to stay at Comfort Suites and finish the drive to Murfreesboro in the morning. I’ll be honest. I am a self diagnosed germaphobe. I do not like staying in unfamiliar hotels or hotel chains, so that coupled with our late start, is why we stayed so far from the true destination. Comfort Suites was nice and clean and served breakfast!

Words of warning: Idabel has a Donut Palace, but it looked to be closed down… its possible that donuts near the hotel may not be as important to others but to me and my three year old it was quite devastating.

We arrived at the Crater of Diamonds around 9 am, it was about 75 degrees and we were optimistic! Our first stop was to check out the identification room to see what we were actually looking for. Hint: Anything you find that looks like a commercial diamond, probably isn’t a real diamond. We learned this after finding tons of quartz. If it looks metallic and smooth it could be the real deal.

To dig, it costs $10 for anyone over 13, $6 for 6-12, and free for kids under 5. (We surprisingly forgot to ask about a military discount but did not see it advertised on their website or at the location.)  The price is good for all day, even if you leave and come back.

We purchased a couple of spades in the gift shop and rented some screens and a bucket. For the bucket it costs $4 with a $10 deposit and the screen set is $5 with a $20 deposit. Check out their website at the bottom of the page for more rental prices.

We started out near a muddy patch of the land, well I did. My husband and daughter started out IN the muddy patch. After excitedly finding what turned out to be quartz, glass, and other minerals for a while, it got HOT. 90 degrees hot.

Around 1:00 we decided to break for lunch, our snacks weren’t cutting it. We soon realized that the town of Murfreesboro is very very small and has only a few places to eat. There are a few local restaurants and a Sonic but we decided to grab lunch at a hotdog truck parked in town. I won’t lie, it was pretty steep. $8 for a not so great hotdog.

We headed back to dig and went to another side of the land. This side was so dry we could hardly get our hand shovels in the dirt. We dug for another couple hours but we were worn out.

Sadly, we did not find any diamonds, but we had a really great time. Even our three year old didn’t complain until the last couple hours. We plan to go again, but probably not until it cools off, or until they open the water park. Yep, they have a waterpark!

So here are my tips for YOUR trip to The Crater of Diamonds.

  1. Sunscreen (I’m so red, it is ridiculous.)
  2. Lawn chairs (Also saw a handicapped shower chair being used, I don’t judge.)
  3. Water (Or Dr Pepper, if you’re like me.)
  4. Snacks for the kids
  5. Some people brought umbrellas for shade, I probably wouldn’t go that far but I’m sure it helped!

I hope this helps you plan your own trip! Check out their website for more information! http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/