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08/13/13

Kids Bowl Free!

Many schools in the Tulsa Metro have already started back for the 2013-2014 school year, but there are a few districts like mine that don't start until next week. So, for those of you who are still squeezing out the last few drops of the Summer, I've got a few more tricks up my sleeve to help you keep those rascals of yours occupied, without totally breaking the bank.  If you haven't signed up for free Summer bowling yet, go do it now! Go on over to Kids Bowl Free, sign your kiddos up and you'll get an email for your coupons immediately. You'll still have to pay for shoe rental, but at least the games are paid for! We've been several times now and had a blast every time. It cracks me up how each kid has his or her own style....

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08/07/13

Impromptu Family Yoga

I've been saving up all kinds of free Summer fun ideas to post for you this week, as there are only days left until school starts. I figured by the end of the Summer you may be just as eager as I am to find economical activities for your kids! As it turns out, many of the free activities that have been weekly events in June and July are officially over. Way to go, Missy! One of the events I wanted to tell you about was Family Yoga at Guthrie Green. Throughout the summer on Wednesday mornings, instructors from the Downtown YMCA have been teaching Family Yoga classes in the beautiful space at Guthrie Green for FREE. I had circled it on my calendar, told friends to meet me and even scheduled filming for my new YouTube show on Tulsa Feed. I was there early for filming, and as...

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07/24/13

Learning from Oklahoma Beekeepers

I'm not sure I can convey to you how excited I am to write this post. Every now and then I come across an opportunity for such a unique adventure, I am just beside myself! Although my name is Honeybee Mama, I am not actually a beekeeper, though some people assume I am. I do love honey, and use pure beeswax in my natural skin care products, but I get it from other people. I have a special place in my heart for bees too. Bees are in danger, and they are highly important to our ecosystem. We truly need more people to protect the bees by becoming beekeepers and using less toxic chemicals that affect nature. Ever since I began getting real with my family's food and helping us eat healthier, I have been substituting most refined sugars with honey. Honey is a pure, raw,...

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07/20/13

Rockin' the Center of the Universe Festival

I love when I have the opportunity to blog about festivals and other activities while they're still happening instead of after the fact. This way you still have time to get out there and experience it instead of having to wait until the next time the event is held! The Center of the Universe Festival is sort of Tulsa's version of SXSW, a weekend full of musical performances from highly acclaimed local as well as nationally known bands. Between the two outdoor main stages and the many venues in the Brady District, downtown Tulsa is bumping with almost constant entertainment this weekend. Just by walking the streets near the Guthrie Green and throughout the arts district, festival goers can enjoy live music every which way they turn! In addition to the music, local...

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07/10/13

Stumbling upon Persimmon Hollow Village

Don't you love it when you stumble upon something wonderful, without even looking for it? I do. I'm telling you, adventure is usually right under your nose, and if you're willing to get detoured from your scheduled routine, you'll find it! The other day, the bigs and I were driving on 71st street toward Target to get some craft supplies. I saw a sign that said "Persimmon Hollow - 1 block north of 71st St and 1 block east of Garnett - Flea Market, Antiques, Collectibles," and practically screetched my car into a sharp curve to turn in. I asked the kids if they were willing to go on an adventure and find something new, to which they replied a resounding, "Yeah!" Here's what we found: Persimmon Hollow Village is an 1880s...

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07/09/13

Berries, Recipes and Reunions

It wasn't our first time to Thunderbird Berry Farm, but it was our first time to be there when the blueberries were ripe. The last time we went, it was before the season even started and we got gobs of gorgeous strawberries. We have been so spoiled this year with a cool Spring and a slow coming Summer. Normally, we would want to get out to the farm by 7:00 AM to make sure and beat the heat, but we went around 9:00 AM last week and it was still nice and cool (for July in Oklahoma anyway). When we grabbed our buckets we were reminded to pick only the bluest of the blueberries, not the green or red ones. There were lots of bushes with perfectly ripe blueberries that practically fell off in our hands! We teamed up with my best friend and her daughter, Evie, who...

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07/02/13

Y-M-C-A!

It can be difficult to find affordable activities for families, whether you have one or two children, or a house full. I have avoided gym memberships for a while because typically individual memberships are expensive as is, long before you even start adding up the cost of childcare for all the kids.  When I began anticipating Summer vacation and trying to research all the camps and classes and activities around Tulsa, I was also keeping a close eye on the budget. Seeing signs for Free Youth Sports outside my neighborhood YMCA became very appealing. I knew there had to be a catch, so I went to check it out.  As it turns out, there's not much of a catch. To qualify for free youth sports, you just have to be a member at the Y, and I was amazed to find out how...

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06/29/13

Swimming at Blue Hole

It seems inevitable that when I decide to team up with another mom and pile our children in one vehicle for an adventure we will get lost, and yesterday was no exception.  I heard about Blue Hole last Summer and had wanted to visit then but somehow it just fell off the Summer Wish List. My kids have been out of town for the last couple of weeks and I have been up to my ears in housekeeping for my small business and attending births for my doula clients, so when Jeannie mentioned it, I was eager to join her on the adventure! The only information I had about the place was from this News on 6 story from 2011. Jeannie, my sister-in-law, was able to find the listing for the swimming hole on SwimmingHoles.info Oklahoma and we looked up the directions with latitude and...

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06/22/13

Red Dirt Jams at Summer's Fifth Night

Live music, friends, perfect early Summer weather, being outside, snacks and wine. I'm not sure if I can come up with a more perfect combination unless I could import the ocean to Oklahoma! Have you been to Summer's Fifth Night at Utica Square yet? If you haven't, you're missing out plain and simple. Every Thursday throughout the summer, beginning at 7PM, there is live music smack dab in the middle of Utica Square at 21st and Utica in Midtown. Families bring their coolers, chairs, pets and party hats (metaphorically of course) and relax.  Having grown up in Tulsa, I have so many memories of Utica Square. I can't count how many times my family has eaten at the Olive Garden there and attending Lights On each Thanksgiving has become a tradition we've...

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06/18/13

Family Fun with the Tulsa Drillers

What's more American than baseball, right? Kids playing in the backyard, on little league and t-ball teams, asking to play catch with Dad, it's all a part of our culture and our childhoods. Going to a baseball game is the ultimate family friendly activity. Now, I'm not much of an athlete, but I sure love the atmosphere of sporting events. Most of the time I'm there for the hot dogs, peanuts, plastic cups of beer and soda, and I probably spend more time cheering for the cheerleaders than watching the actual game. Nonetheless, going to a baseball game is such a great way to get the whole family out of the house together in a positive, laid back environment. The Tulsa Drillers OneOK Stadium is one of many newer venues in Downtown Tulsa that is booming with...

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About This Blog

Having always said that life shouldn't get in the way of living, Missy strives to find adventure with her children even when things get hairy. Missy and her husband, Marc, have four children. With busy schedules and a small business to run, Missy is not lacking for things to occupy her time. She understands the challenges of being a single parent and is learning to be a stepmom. A Tulsa native, this mama loves exploring fun activities locally and shares her experiences with you in her blog. Upfront and honest, she doesn't pull any punches about meltdowns in the mall or potty accidents at public events. She carries her unique perspective into every challenge she encounters, sharing insights with her readers along the way.

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