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Lunch Date at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

We have a family membership to the Children’s Museum and visit as much as possible. The kids love every inch of it and frequently argue over who gets to choose our starting point. But one of the things that helps us get the most value from it is our day trips without them. It’s a […]

Asa Bales Anti-Slavery Cemetery

Westfield, Indiana played a large part in the Underground Railroad, with city founder Asa Bales leading the way. Bales and his wife are both buried in Westfield’s so-called freedom cemetery. The cemetery in the area now known as Asa Bales Park is the final resting place of Civil War soldiers, Underground Railroad heroes, and unmarked […]

Living in the Crossroads Makes Roadtrips Doable

Indianapolis has long been called the “Crossroads of America.” While that may mean that we are living in a “flyover state” as far as people from the east and west coasts are concerned, it also means that we are lucky enough to be living within in reasonable driving distance of some great destinations. Check out […]

Hamilton County Named Healthiest Indiana County

Hamilton county residents got reassuring news this week. Named Indiana’s healthiest county for the second year in a row, Hamilton county offers a lot of amenities and services for its residents. The communities of Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, and Cicero have a variety of ways to keep them at the top of Indiana’s healthy list. […]

Long’s Bakery Donut Buying Rules

Long’s Bakery and its oh-so-right-but-oh-so-wrong-for-you array of donuts is one of those things that is ingrained as a sense memory for me. I can, on command, recall the sweet smell, the soft and sugary texture, even the taste of a Long’s donut. The fact that I came to know Long’s through Sunday morning donuts at church […]

Visiting Indy: A Spring Break Essay for My Nephew

When my sister mentioned she was working through my nephew’s spring break, I suggested she send the kids to visit Indy with our other sister and me. It’s no Disney World, but at least he would have some fun stories to tell when he returned to school and plenty of things to write about for […]

Running Paths in Fishers

The ground is finally starting to thaw, and it seems like people are out in force running and walking. After a long winter on the treadmill, walking on the pavement feels very, very good. Personally, any day that it’s over 35 I try to get outside for a walk, even if it’s just for 10 […]

Girls’ Night at J. Razzo’s

Last night, several friends and I celebrated a birthday at J. Razzo’s in Carmel, Indiana. This was my second visit to the restaurant, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. J. Razzo’s features upscale Italian with a large wine selection, and a fun cocktail list with localized names for martinis and […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Good Greek Gyros at The Mediterranean Grill in Avon

Are you like me and enjoy a good sandwich? I seek out places to find tasty sandwiches. I especially dig sandwiches with exotic flavors and I am a fan of gyro sandwiches (slices of seasoned meat atop pita bread). A friend recommended that I visit The Mediterranean Grill in Avon. I stopped in on a […]

Celebrate Spring at Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg

Spring is here and for me that means visiting as many garden and landscape stores as I can. I wouldn’t say that I have a “green thumb”, but I do delight in purchasing flowers and garden items. Just walking in a garden store puts me in a happier mood and gets me thinking about warm […]

Spring Break 2014 in Your Own Backyard

Spring break is happening all across central Indiana, and with any luck, the weather will continue to be spring-like. There are plenty of fun things happening around town over the next few weeks, so grab your calendar and pencil a few fun things in while the kids aren’t weighed down by homework or early morning […]

Dogs love Speck’s Pet Supply in Brownsburg

Speck’s Pet Supply is a local store, with seven stores in the Indianapolis area and they sell food, treats and supplies for birds, cats, dogs, fish, reptiles and small animals (guinea pig, rabbits). One of the things I like about Speck’s (besides it being a local business) is that it is smaller compared to some […]

Delicious Hot Dogs at DJ’s Hot Dog Co.

I can’t think of a more all-American food than a hot dog. They’re inexpensive, easy to eat on the go and generally taste pretty good. But I want something better…Let’s talk about where you can find a really good hot dog in Avon. A hot dog so tasty that you can’t wait to go back […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

3 Great Places to Watch March Madness

“Everywhere else, it’s just basketball…but this is Indiana!” I’m not sure who was the first to say that, but if you’ve been in Indiana during the month of March, you understand. In the great Hoosier state, basketball is practically a religion and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, affectionately know as “March Madness,” is the greatest […]

Two en-Thai-cing Dishes: Swasadée & An At-Home Thai Meal

Sawasadée Thai Cuisine & Restaurant is my top pick when it comes to Thai food on the Northside of Indy. The service is fast and the atmosphere is perfect for a lunch date with friends or dinner with the family. The menu is full of choices and the portions are ample (especially at dinner). I […]

New Day Offers Crafty Recipe for Stress Relief

You know the feeling. Get the kids to 3 different places at the same time. Finish up that big report for the boss. Spin your wheels figuring out what’s for dinner and trying to remember if you turned the iron off before you left the house. Soon, the stress builds up so that you can […]

Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan Book Signing in Indianapolis

Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan came to town, and Indianapolis went crazy. In a calm, orderly way befitting a children’s bookstore. Kids Ink hosted a reading, Q&A, and signing by two popular young adult novelists. Rainbow Rowell has written three books, with her fourth due out this summer, and I have devoured each of them […]

Evergreen Indiana: How to Borrow Every Book Ever Written

I’ve been a bookworm my entire life. I remember hiding under the covers with a flashlight to finish a book late at night — and now I’m yelling at my kids for the same thing. I read classics, mysteries, YA novels, non-fiction books, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Luckily, […]