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Pittsburgh Phipps Converatory

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Last week as a Carnegie Museum Member we were offered to attend a free day at the Phipps Conservatory. I love the Conservatory. There is something relaxing about hanging out with a bunch of plants, even when the place is super crowded.

In the winter the conservatory has a really evening holiday lights festival that we have been to a couple times. They have a scavenger hunt for little kids at the check-in, a train display that entraps kids into a central room. There is also a room with an indoor vegetable garden and a "market" area for kids with plastic shopping items, toy registers, and shopping carts to entertain the toddlers.



Don't be rushed in this place, take your time. I'll admit it is hard to follow that rule because there are areas with two-person-wide capacity walking space, so when it is crowded or there are a lot of little ones meandering through you feel like you have to hurry. But DON'T! There are hidden plants all over the place, little specimens hidi…

Women group ride in Queens, New York

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This is the kind of news I enjoy reading!

A women's cycling group is hosting a group ride not only in celebration of a much-needed bike lane on a dangerous road but also to encourage more woman to ride. Patch.com talked to Laura Shepard a co-chair of the Queens Boulevard Committee for Transportation Alternatives. Shepard stated in reference it the ride, "It's to demonstrate and celebrate the fact that women bike in New York City, and especially in Queens, because the stereotype is that (biking is) heavily male-dominated," Laura told Patch, "While there still is a large gap, that's really not the case."

According to Patch.com the installed bike lane was a controversial one. But as cyclists we all are aware almost any bike lane installation tends to be a "controversy".

To sign-up for the March 25 event in Queens, NY go here and take a look at their empowering mission statement.
 I love searching the #womenbike hashtag on Facebook and Instagram, …

Budget life: the library is amazing

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This year I'm knuckling down, saving every penny and getting the fudge out of debt. One major way I control the monthly budget is I use our local library a lot.

You can borrow:
BooksGraphic Novels Digital booksMoviesCD's Audible books Our library has a request system, so I can get items that my library doesn't have transferred. It's crazy! I no longer purchase movies, I request them from the library.

 All the above is free! Unless you're like me and notoriously turn things in late. Even then I'm charged 10-cents a day. Most libraries have intuitive websites so you can renew your stuff or make requests.

There is also:
Free Wi-FiFree computer useYou can print things from the internet for 10-cents each (price may vary at other libraries but it is likely equally as inexpensive)You can make copies, again my library charge cents for thisThere are kids programs, summer programs, toddler times, informational events, used book sales, adult programs, teen programsAnd awes…

Kid Microscope - best gift ever

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Whether or not your kid is into science, microscopes are just fun. You can look at food, material, leaves, sticks, animal fur and dare I say, even boogers. Gross, no thank you.

Microscopes range from $30-$420+. Obviously, most kids under the age of 15 don't necessarily need a really expensive microscope. But if you go too cheap, well it is not nearly as fun. I don't know all the science-y details about microscopes, but I know that cheap ones are difficult to focus and the low magnitude sacrifices the ability to really see things close-up like the patterns of a butterfly wing.

We bought our son a microscope for his birthday 2 years ago. We purchased the My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - MFL-06 for $70. If you do some online digging you can find it for the $70 price +shipping, Amazon has it at $80 and if you have Prime then it's probably your best bet. It has three magnifications; 40x, 100x, 400x and it has worked wonderfully. It came with blank slides, four prepared slide…

Why do we hurry

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My reoccurring back and hip problems flare up occasionally. I have good months and bad months, this month is a bad month. Whenever this occurs I'm forced to slow down, and am reminded of how much of hurry I am in about everything all of the time. And how much of hurry everyone around me is in.

We are in hurry to get to the next thing, to hurry through that.

There has been a continued trend of anger, everyone is in a rush and just plain inconsiderate of each other. Unfortunately, I don't think it is going to change anytime soon.

And I don't think there is much that can be done about this on a large level right now, but on a micro level I try and thank people, say hello, say excuse me, go at a pace that I don't have anxiety attacks over. It's a daily goal for me to make people laugh, that act of trying to give someone the therapy of laughter helps me take a deep breath when I start imaging throat punching people (you know what I'm talking about!).

With all tha…