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.