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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies Opens Sept. 30

This looks like a great trip for the whole family and starts at the end of this month!

Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies opening Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

 

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Take a rare look at dinosaurs through their eggs, nest and a “petting zoo” in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30, 2017–Jan. 15, 2018.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

Tiny Titans, presented in both Spanish and English, showcases an amazing array of authentic fossilized dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including those of each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Visitors will learn of recent discoveries about dinosaur reproduction and behavior and about the fascinating people and science behind these discoveries.

 

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Real dinosaur eggs collected from different parts of the world and rich wall panels in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

A captivating experience for children and adults, Tiny Titans invites visitors to:

  • Touch a real dinosaur bone and cast nests, one more than eight feet in diameter.
  • Dig for dinosaur eggs in interactive dig pits.
  • Dress up and be a dinosaur parent protecting its nest of eggs.
  • Get up close with exciting lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings.
  • View stunning murals and videos featuring prominent dinosaur experts.

 

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Kids dress up as their favorite dinosaur in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Sept. 30-Jan. 15, 2018.
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Tiny Titans will be on view at Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum through Monday, Jan. 15.

For the opening weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, visitors will be treated to shows and gallery encounters with the Academy’s live birds and reptiles. That’s because birds and reptiles are the dinosaurs’ closest relatives. Rosebud, the Therapy Chicken (she has her own Facebook page!) will demonstrate how she  brings comfort to those in need at schools, nursing homes and rehab centers.

On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors also will be able to touch fossilized dinosaur egg fragments, walk on eggshells, and make a dinosaur egg to take home.

 

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Beautiful realistic dinosaur murals and a baby dinosaur to pet bring the creatures to life in Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

“There is no experience as magical as touching a dinosaur egg,” said Jennifer Sontchi, senior director of exhibits and public spaces. “Imagine the baby dinosaur that hatched from it millions of years ago!”

Tiny Titans gives credence to what is now widely accepted among scientists: that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. Each science-rich section is enhanced with lifelike models of embryos and hatchlings and colorful illustrations of dinosaur families.

 

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Rock sliced open to reveal 11 theropod eggs, most likely Oviraptor and most likely laid in pairs. Scientists aren’t sure why the one pair is smaller than the others.
Credit: Florence Magovern

 

The collection of real fossils includes an authentic bowling ball-size egg of a sauropod from Argentina that was laid by a long-necked, plant-eating titanosaur that lived 75 million years ago. Visitors also will see a large cluster of eggs laid by a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur, and the longest dinosaur eggs ever discovered—almost 18 inches long—laid by a new giant species of Oviraptor, a carnivorous, ostrich-like dinosaur.

A central feature of the multi-media experience is a presentation about the discovery of “Baby Louie,” the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position. The embryo, discovered in China in 1993, was nicknamed “Baby Louie” after photojournalist Louie Psihoyos who photographed it for National Geographic. In May 2017 it finally received an official name with the publication of a study in the journal Nature Communications: Beibeilong sinensis, or “baby dragon from China.”

Some of the real dinosaur eggs featured in that May 1996 issue will also be on display in this exhibit.

Tiny Titans was organized in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The University of Tennessee, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. For discount tickets, visit ansp.org.

 

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A group of Psittacosaur cast skeletons, five juveniles with an adult.
Credit: Florence Magovern

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Ways to help Hurricane Harvey Efforts

Over the last week, we have all seen the devastation Hurricane Harvey left in its wake on the news and social media. I know many of us want to help, and while you might be familiar with some of the more mainstream ways to donate, I have compiled a list of some other ways you can donate or help thanks to the power of crowdsourcing amongst my Facebook friends! If you know of any others, please feel free to add them to the comments below!

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  • Mennonite Disaster Service: While they are unable to accept material donations at this time, they are accepting donations and also have a link if you are interested in volunteering.

 

  • Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse has disaster units there. You can follow the link to donate, learn more, and sign up to volunteer.

 

  • Undies for Everyone: Want to provide a specific donation but don’t know where to start? Undies for Everyone is accepting donations for underwear for those that have lost everything. You can purchase by going through the Amazon link or learn more on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

  • Church of the Highlands: This listing was sent by a friend who has a friend in the church. They are on the ground in the Houston area and have been, coordinating with other churches in the area to provide help. 100% of donation goes to the effort, nothing towards overhead.
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Today was the day when reality finally set in…

I like to play this game sometimes called, “Even though the doctors are diagnosing and telling me things, maybe everyone who kept telling me over the years that I was just making stuff up was right, and nothing is really wrong with me.” It is a stupid game to be honest, and I think the only reason I do it is because I struggle to wrap my head around all that is going on right now.

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You may have noticed that I am not writing much right now. It is summer, and I know some people take the summer off from blogging. However, I am not one of those people. If we all want to be honest here, my writing has been somewhat sporadic for two years, ever since I landed in the hospital from having symptoms of a stroke. I was told it was not a stroke. I followed up with the world’s worst neurologist. Then before I could get a second opinion, my husband lost his job, and well I only ended up being able to start getting the ball rolling again this spring to find out just what is wrong with me.

I have a brain injury. I have probably mentioned this a few times over the years. I was hit by a car. Even though it was not my fault, I basically got screwed over majorly. I worked really hard trying to keep myself literate and even taught myself how to build a website, build a business, blog, and do social media. I worked really hard, and it all fell apart again when I ended up in the hospital two years ago.

I have been having some issues lately, and I seem to have some good doctors figuring things out now. However, it is hard on the kids. My almost three year old has become super clingy, and when I see her playing with her dolls, it is often the scenario that Barbie has to keep going to the doctor.

Today, she and I started having a conversation about how Mommy is sick. I told her I am not sick, but that my brain has a boo boo. Later, she hurt herself, and I looked her over and then gave her boo boo a kiss. I told her that it helps make things better. Soon after, my child took her hands and placed them on my face. She told me that she needed to kiss my head to make me feel better. I tried hard not to cry. It hurt so freaking bad. Why should my almost three-year old be worried about her mommy? Mommy is supposed to take care of her!

As the day progressed, suffice it to say that I ended up having an experience that made everything I know about what is going on with me right now seem very real and kinda scary. I do not feel like going into details just yet because I don’t want to share everything I have been told just yet. Part of me is hoping that my neurologist will have some light to shed on things, and I am seeing her next month. All I really want is for someone to fix me.

However, tonight, I am sitting here kinda scared and angry too. Fifteen years ago, I was hit by a distracted driver. With social media and texting, distracted driving seems to almost be a norm nowadays, and lately when I see it, I just want to scream. I think part of me is still angry at the woman who hit me because she gets to live her life, and here I am constantly giving up my dreams and also trying to downplay things because I don’t want my kids, my family, and my friends to worry about me. I am scared. I am scared because I want things to be organized. I want to be able to plan and do. Right now, I feel like I am staring into a big, dark void. I want to try to stay positive, and lately I am really struggling with that.

With all of this in mind, I have decided that I need to take these feelings and let them out, so here we are because I know that somewhere out there someone else probably feels the same way, so if nothing else, here I am saying you are not alone. And if nothing else, writing always makes me feel a bit better. I have not been writing much though. It has been so hard to sit and try to make the words come alive because I want to say things, but I don’t want your pity. I just want to get it out and tell my story.

So right now, this is my story. Life kinda sucks right now, and I am a bit angry. I have no words of wisdom, but I feel better now that I actually have said what is on my mind. What is on your mind right now? Feel free to share in the comments below or join the discussion on Facebook!

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Fighting Inflammation with Aloe Vera

*I received product in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. May contain affiliate links.

As many of you know who follow me on other social media accounts, I have not been very active for a while because of my health. I do plan on going into detail about things and giving an update in the very near future, but I have been in a lot of pain. I have migraines and other issues related to a brain injury, so when the opportunity presented itself to try Nature’s Factory Earth’s Aloe, I thought it was worth a try.

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I have an aloe vera plant at home that I use for topical medicinal purposes. However, the aloe vera plant can also aid in digestion issues and help fight inflammation. Because of the neck injury I received from my accident fifteen years ago, I fight pain on a daily basis. It made me curious to try this product.

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I honestly wish I would have known about this before because it does help with some of the pain I experience from day to day. Because I have such chronic pain, it makes me deliriously happy to get any sort of relief! It can also be useful if you have arthritis as well.

While I do not have issues with is now, I have had stomach issues in the past, and many people take this to help relieve IBS and other stomach issues. Who woulda thunk that this plant you use for cuts and scrapes could also do all of this?

Needless to say, I am hooked. Plus, it makes me happy that they are also a small company and made in the USA.

If you have chronic pain, like me, or if you have stomach issues, it may be worth looking into taking this as a supplement. You can find more information on their website or follow them on Facebook. You can also find them on Amazon as well.

I hope that if you have some of the issues I do that you can find relief, and if you have used this product, please let me know how it helped you in the comments below!

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Summer Water Fun with Water Wubble

*I received product and compensation but all opinions are my own. May contain affiliate links.

One of the things we love most about summer is water fights! We love using water balloons but hate the messy clean up afterwards. In fact, my driveway still has some pieces leftover from our last one, so I was pretty excited that we all got to test out the Water Wubble recently.

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What’s a Water Wubble? Water Wubble is like a water balloon that splashes but doesn’t break! You can refill them and use them over and over again! It is awesome! You don’t have a messy clean up either.

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You can use a hose, a water bottle, or your faucet to fill them. They do not need tied and are fairly easy to close. The little one could handle them with ease. According to the kidlets, they are better than water balloons because they hold more water than regular balloons because you do not have to tie them. All three kids had a blast with their water war.

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Water Wubble is available online at the Wubble Ball website and also at Target! You get 8 Water Wubble Balls in two colors, red and blue, so that you can form teams and play. My girls really liked that they each had their own color and that they could fill them as little or as much as they wanted.

We found them to be durable, and we look forward to playing with them more throughout the summer! Have you tried them? If so, how did you like them? Feel free to tell me in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow Misfit Mama Bear Haven on Social Media!

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How to host a memorable playdate with some Disney Magic

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This post is sponsored by Disney as a part of the #DisneyKids Play Date campaign. All opinions are my own.

I love hosting playdates, so Miss Crankles and I decided to host a special Mommy and Me Disney Princess party for Mother’s Day a few weeks ago!

We started off by adding a bit of Mickey and Friends to our play space! We have a fantastic homeschool room that also houses quite a bit of our toys. It is right off our kitchen and made it so easy to have everything in one place!

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It would not be a princess party without princess costumes. As luck would have it, I had some extra princess dresses to share with our friends! I also cleaned out the craft bins to find some Melissa and Doug craft kits, some photo crafts from Michael’s, and some stamp sets from Target! We had a card making kit from HP, so we used that with our Mother’s Day craft!

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Next, I made sure I had some colorful finger food for the little ones. I was going to make cupcakes, but Miss Crankles wanted cookies, so I took my Disney themed cupcake liners and used them to put little treats that our small guests could easily grab!

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As our guests arrived, some of them dressed up in their finery!

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We had fun making crafts for moms!

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Someone was having fun pretending to be Cinderella!

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A few of the girls decided to have an impromptu tea party!

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Even their big sisters got in on the fun!

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The best part is that we all had fun! The girls had a magical time. I made sure to keep toys like play food, dolls, and blocks to inspire imaginative play. We kept the toys in the homeschool room, so it was fairly easy to clean up once the playdate was over. We made sure the snacks were easy and asked about food allergies before everyone arrived.

The most important thing to remember when hosting any playdate is to be relaxed and flexible. I love themed playdates because the focus is on certain toys or costumes. It is easy to get the kids engaged. At this age, organized playdates with lots of activities mostly falls flat. It is just too much for the little ones. I like to keep it simple to mostly playtime and sometimes an optional, yet simple craft because we moms should be able to have fun too (instead of finishing the crafts for our kids)! Keeping the food simple and in one place is nice because it means less mess. If you want your guests to eat food in only one area, just make sure you let them know when it is time to eat.

Most of all, have fun! Enjoy the magic of playtime and friends!

What are some tips that you could add to hosting a preschool aged playdate? Please feel free to add in the comments below!

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Target’s May Beauty Box is live!!!

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You may remember that I reviewed the Target Beauty Box not that long ago. These boxes come out once a month and are full of awesome full-size and sample size products. You also get a coupon for a beauty purchase. It is really worth the money in my opinion as I have actually found some great products by getting them. The new box is on the website, and I wanted to share with all of you so that you can get it before Target runs out of them!

52378314As you can see, there are a lot of goodies in this box. You can click here to order. I already ordered mine! If you do snag one, please be sure to tell me what your favorite product from it is!