Because we love your mom, too: Save 10% when you shop the HMNS Museum Store for Mother’s Day

1801389We know you love your mom. We know you’d give her the moon and the stars if you could pull them down from the sky.

We also know that Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day. (Yes, that’s only one week away.) We know you want to treat your mom to the very best. But trust us, she doesn’t want a blender, an apron, and probably not even a Kindle Fire (shhh, your dad already bought one for her).

She wants jewelry. Again, you’ll just have to trust us on this one.

Thankfully, we can help. You see, this Mother’s Day, we’re making it easy on you — mostly because we love your mom, too. So we’re offering 10% off all jewelry in our HMNS Museum Store with this coupon.

You read that right: You’ll get 10% off all jewelry (excluding Curator’s Choice gems and minerals) when you print or show this coupon at checkout. Choose from amazing artisans like Rebecca Lankford, Alexis Bittar, Assad Mounser, Leigh Elena — the list goes on.

But the offer doesn’t. This limited time offer is valid through May 13, 2012 (that means even you last-minute shoppers have time!).

Make this Mother’s Day extra special. Support your favorite museum, and surprise your one and only mom with something that makes her feel like the queen she is.

Save 10% when you buy jewelry for Mother's Day at the HMNS Museum Store

Oh, and here’s the fine print: This offer is not valid towards previously purchased merchandise. It may not be combined with any other coupons or promotions. Members, however, may combine this coupon with their member discount.

Adopt A Butterfly – tomorrow!

Standing in the serenity of our tropical atrium with butterflies floating all around you makes you stop, breathe, and brings a sense of relaxation that is indescribable. Truly, a feeling of peace settles upon you. Like a monk on a mountaintop, your mind goes to calming memories; mine are of my mother. She used to sing to me every night  – “You are my Sunshine” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – her melodic voice filling the room while I, on my mountain of stuffed animals, would contentedly rest on her shoulder, anticipating every note. When I was little, she would hold my hand at the doctor’s office, read me stories whenever she could, and put giant ridiculous bows in my hair (hey, it was the 80s!) There weren’t cell phones, so quality time was ALL the time – and I couldn’t get enough of her smiles and attention. To this day, she’s my guide, my mentor, and my role model. I am lucky to say that she’s also my best friend.

dsc01412The butterflies always remind me of her, because of their vibrant colors and their graceful ways. They seem so fleeting, yet they are always around. We are lucky in Houston to have them almost year round.

When you come to Adopt a Butterfly this Saturday and hold that delicate life in your hand - you are a mother or a father. You are bringing that beautiful butterfly to its new home and giving it a wonderful life. You also are contributing to the continuation of butterflies in the center. You should bring your Mom, too. I bet those little delicate butterflies remind her of you – and memories of the past and those yet to come.

Adopt a Butterfly will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Crafts, face painting, and of course, butterflies, will be there waiting for you.

Looking Back…

In case you were wondering about notable science events that happened the week of June 13th…

This round is on the house! On June 14th of 1789 the Reverend Elijah Craig used his distillery to age corn whiskey in charred oak barrels, successfully making Bourbon. Reverend Craig named the new liquor after his home county, Bourboun County, Kentucky. On a related note, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith founded Alcholics Anonymous on June 10th, 1935.

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Does anybody really know what time it is? On June 15th, 763 B.C. the ancient culture known as the Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse. Using modern technology astronomers can calculate the exact day the eclipse happened. Using this date historians can calculate the time of other events that the Assyrians and other cultures wrote about.

On June 15th, 1667, Dr. Jean Baptiste Denys attempted the first human blood transfusion. After several doctors had drained a 15 year old boy with fever of blood, Dr. Denys tried a transfusion using nine ounces of lamb’s blood. The attempt was unsuccessful.

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On June 15th, 1752, Benjamin Franklin performed his famous lightening experiment. Using a kite, a key, and a silk thread, Franklin proved that lightening was electric. However, Franklin was not the first scientist to try this experiment. The French scientist Thomas-Francois Dalibard conducted a similar test just a few weeks before.

The first Father’s day was celerated on June 19th, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. It was started by Sonara Smart Dodd, whose father was a single parent of six. Historians believe she was also inspired by Anna Jarvis, who had started the tradition of Mother’s Day just three years before.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (5.12.08)

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Does this grass make my fins look fat?
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So here’s what went down after you logged off.

They don’t have a fashion industry, but even fish have body image problems.

In honor of this past Sunday’s holiday, Science Buzz has the best and worst places on Earth to be a mother. (And there are 26 of them that are better than here.)

President Hawking? Scientists are being trained to run for office.

National Geographic has photos of the 1000 tombs that were recently discovered in Colombia.

Nostradamus (and SciGuy) weigh in on the CERN controversy. Not surprisingly, they don’t agree.

It’s only because they’re not using AT&T to connect – but scientists say it’s cheaper to send information from the Hubble Telescope to Earth than it is to text someone in the next room.

Mental Floss wants to know: Have you ever smelled something in a dream?