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Family Adventures: La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

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We have recently dedicated ourselves to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. This weekend, we went to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California. I've lived in California since I was 12 and had never been, so it was a good place to visit.

I thought I would share some of the tips about the adventure.

  1. Before you leave for the tar pits, visit their website! I downloaded some of the scavenger hunts and other teacher's resources. My daughter had a great time searching out all of "Zed's" bones and, when we were at lunch, my husband and I got some peace and quiet while she worked on her story map for a lesson plan on writing a fictional story about going back in time.
  2. While you are on their website, I recommend ordering your tickets for the Excavator Tour. They fill up fast and we didn't get to go on one.
  3. We did get to see The Ice Age Experience and it was a really great show. Totally worth the extra cost.
  4. I recommend that you park in the LACMA parking structure if the Page Museum lot is full. It's a very short walk to the Page Museum/Tar Pits and, when they were building the parking structure, they found the fossils for Project 23-which is a huge deal at the Tar Pits these days. It was fun to show our daughter where we parked was also where they originally found Project 23.
  5. The Page Museum doesn't have a restaurant. The tar pits themselves are located in Hancock Park (right outside the Page Museum). It's free to walk in the park, and there are some places to picnic, so you might want to bring your food. We ate at Ray's and Stark Bar by LACMA and weren't impressed. The food was mediocre and overpriced and the wait staff was quite rude. I've heard Counter Burger, nearby Page Museum is good-wish we had tried it.

Hope this helps you plan your own family adventure to the La Brea Tar Pits.

Consumption

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Yesterday, I listened to a Creative Thursday podcast that touched on a topic I've been mulling over for a long time. In it, Marisa talks about how much information is out there in the world and how it's totally un-monitored. Which is good for freedom of speech, but not so good for reliability and content.Continue Reading

Creative Business: Balance is a Myth

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There is no such thing as balance. For years, I have taught women to have balance in their lives. Balance between work and home, balance between self-care and the care of others.  But I was wrong. There is no such thing as balance. In today’ world, balance doesn’t exist. When you are working mom, tryingContinue Reading

Creative Business: What To Do When Etsy Lets You Down

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My Favorite Books on Writing

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I am a bit of non-fiction junkie. I love self-help books, craft and art books, business books, and books on writing. I don't really consider myself a writer, so it's kind of interesting that I devour "how to" books about writing. Yes, I write a blog and some ebooks, but it's not my main gig.Continue Reading

(un)Busy Weekend

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  I've been on a big kick this summer about how we are rotting away at home and need to get out and experience life on the weekends. Last week,as the long weekend began to loom ahead of us, I realized I was feeling stress. Then I realized how ridiculous it was to feel stressedContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown Series: The Extras

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If you have been following along with my Back to School Countdown, you should have school clothes and supplies purchased and organized, school lunches ready to go, and a homework station waiting for the first worksheets that will come in your door. So what now? This post is for the over-achievers out there. If youContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown: School Lunch

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We're in the final stretch of the Back to School Countdown. My daughter starts school in a week and a half. I know many of you have already started. Don't get discouraged! You can still work through the Countdown with me. Better late than never, right? Today, we're going to talk a little about food.Continue Reading

Back to School Countdown: Paperwork Organization

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Paperwork is probably one of the leading causes of clutter. My child brings tons of paperwork each week. It can easily take over your home and make you stressed out. After a few years of trying different organization methods, this is what works for me. The best tip I can give you is to dealContinue Reading

Summer isn’t over yet

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Today, I'm a little break from the Back to School Countdown. My daughter doesn't go back to school until September 4. While I want to be as prepared as I can for it, I also don't want to lose these precious last days of her break to planning. We are spending extra time at theContinue Reading