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Archives for April 2014

Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium

Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium is a whimsical, super kid-friendly ice cream shop located on Main Street in Brownsburg. It’s a fun and colorful shop named for the owners’ daugher. The shop, with another location in Indianapolis, is an Indianapolis Monthly “Best of Indy” winner. Wyliepalooza has a large menu of ice cream flavors with unusual […]

Have Fun at the White River State Park

White River State Park is an unique Indiana State Park that within the heart of Downtown Indianapolis and is the nation’s only state park that lies in an urban area. The 250 acres park hosts many of Indianapolis’ special events. It’s considered one of the six cultural districts in the downtown area. There is so […]

Indianapolis’ Earth Day Festival: A Long Standing Tradition

Earth Day is an important American holiday that marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. The hippie and flower –child culture of the 1960’s was at its high point in 1970’s. When most people think of hippies and flower children they often associate them with drugs and tree huggers. Yet […]

Great Thai in Greenwood

There are three perfect beverages in this world. Iced Thai tea is one of them. The tea — made from Ceylon tea leaves, condensed and evaporated milk, and sugar – is orange, and, when made correctly, tastes somewhere between milkshake, black tea, and heaven. After moving to Indianapolis I made it my quest to find […]

Vino at the Greenwood Villa

A long line of beautiful houses is arranged neatly on Madison Avenue near Greenwood’s downtown area. The houses, brick, multiple story, with big yards, are almost all converted into small businesses. One of these is Vino Villa, a wine bar that serves dozens of glasses and bottles while also cooking up magnificent pizzas, sandwiches and desserts. The […]

Tasting Havana

If you have never tried the fruity perfection that is the guava, run to the Taste of Havana and order a guava and cream cheese sandwich, because there is no better way to introduce yourself. And if you’ve never had a Cuban sandwich, you should be immediately running to this small, fantastic Cuban restaurant. Taste of […]

Listen to Your Mother at Indiana History Center

Last year, I had the immense honor of being a part of the Listen to Your Mother Show in Indianapolis. Today, I got to see it again from the house seats, and it was just as amazing as I remembered it. Listen to Your Mother is a nationwide show that gives motherhood a microphone. Stories […]

5 Reasons to Visit the WTHR Health & Fitness Expo

Each year, WTHR presents a health & fitness expo, but I never really thought of it as something fun for the family. Today, I was invited to participate as part of the #13HealthExpo social media team and next time, I’m bringing the whole family! In addition to health-related vendor booths, there are several fun activities […]

Save the Farmer: Buy Locally at the Farmers Market

Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to hit the local farmer markets. Indianapolis is the 13th largest city in the nation and it’s easy to forget the importance farming has upon the lives of Indiana residents. Like all Midwest states, Indiana has a long, well established, farming heritage. Settlers were attracted to Indiana […]

I Live at Grand Park Now

Grand Park is now the official home of Westfield Youth Sports, kicking off with a grand opening ceremony on April 19th. The baseball players lined up on the baselines while the Oak Trace choir sang the national anthem, and the Westfield Fire Department Honor Guard carried the flag. The girls marched onto their field, team […]

Cruise In For Classic Fun in Fortville

The days are getting longer, and the promise of warm summer nights is in the air. Last night I was able to take part in a Fortville tradition- the Wednesday night cruise-in. I parked my minivan further down Main Street, because let’s face it, a Chrysler Town & Country is not what event organizers are […]

Bosma Enterprises Gives Hope to the Blind

Over 10 million people in the United States are legally blind or blind. When most people hear that someone is blind they generally have pity on them and think the person can’t live an independent life. Americans have always been headstrong. We don’t like to be told we can’t do something and when faced with […]

Cultural Diversity in Indianapolis

    One of the reasons I love living in Indianapolis is the cultural diversity found within the city. Cultural diversity is nothing new to Indianapolis. A mixed population of Native Americans, Scots-Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch and people from Ohio founded the city in 1821. During the middle of the 19th century, Indianapolis had tried to establish […]

Free Trees Available for Arbor Day

Arbor Day is observed the last Saturday of April every year. Members of the “Regreening Greenfield” organization want to encourage reforestation, so they will be handing out free tree seedlings beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza. The Arbor Day free tree seedling distribution is an annual event. […]

Bikes in Bloom Brings Color to Greenfield Main Street

Chicago had its cows. Indianapolis had its race cars. Now Greenfield, Indiana has its bikes — 14 bicycles decorated by local non-profits to add color to Main Street and draw attention to the bike racks that are available near the Main Street Shops.  The display, which runs April 5 to May 16, is called “Bikes […]

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival- May 17-18

It’s less than a month away from the first annual Mayberry in the Midwest Festival which will take place Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 in Danville, Indiana. This festival is all about celebrating Mayberry and “The Andy Griffith Show.” Danville is already well-known for it’s celebration of Mayberry. It’s the home to the […]

Budget Books and More at Half Price Books

Half Price Books is a discount bookstore which opened its first location back in 1972 in Texas. There are now locations in sixteen states and there is one in Avon, Indiana. Did I mention it’s the only Half Price Books in Hendricks County? Half Price Books is located in the Gables of Avon shopping plaza […]

Larger Than Life Lemurs at the Indiana State Museum IMAX

My first encounter with a lemur was the animated, bouncing character on the PBS television show “Zaboomafoo.” Then the kids and I found real-life versions of ring-tailed lemurs at the Indianapolis Zoo. Now you can see lemurs larger than life on the Indiana State Museum IMAX screen in the film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D. […]

Indianapolis Indies

Home to the fastest growing independent film industry, Indianapolis draws artists from all over the world who strive to make a name for themselves. Screenwriters, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and other artists are all necessary for any production company to make a movie. Most artists begin their career as an indie. An indie is someone who […]

Super Savings On the Southside

Some of the first things I look for when I’m new to an area are the consignment shops, yard sales, and thrift stores. I’ve learned over the years that your family and your home can look it’s best without items at brand name prices. It’s easy to shop for name brand items at greatly reduced […]