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Little Free Libraries Offer Reading Fun in Carmel

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Avid readers have a new source for free books in the city of Carmel. The Carmel Clay Public Library has installed three “Little Free Libraries” in high-traffic areas in the city. These little book boxes are just what their name indicates- they are small boxes, full of books for the taking. The motto is “Take […]

NASCAR Hauler Parade Brings Fun to Speedway

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This Thursday, NASCAR comes to town to celebrate everything Indianapolis is at the Brickyard 400. Festivities kick-off with the Brickyard Hauler parade, where the big rigs that carry the stock cars are the star. This free event is a great way for families to experience the thrill of being up close to the action. This […]

Cool Shoes for Back to School in Carmel

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When school starts mid-August, mid-July is when I start to go back to school shopping. A lot things I can buy online or at a discount store with no trouble. School shoes, on the other hand, require some special planning. Earlier this week, my family paid a visit to Keen Children’s Shoes in Carmel. It’s […]

Village of Zionsville in Lovely Bloom

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When I was one of countless workers spending my day in a small, beige cubicle, I used to cut out photos of gardens and pin them up on the walls of my cube. If I couldn’t have an office with a window, this was the next best thing. Recently, I spent the day working remotely […]

Everything Rocks in Westfield, Indiana

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If you’ve never heard of Westfield, Indiana, you may have been living under a rock. A Shamrock, perhaps? Westfield is a small city that lies due north of Indianapolis. It has Quaker roots, serious history, and it rocks. Westfield, Indiana is home to the Shamrocks, but locals simply call them the Rocks. The name extends […]

Indiana Bastille Day: Enjoy an Evening in Paris

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This Saturday the town of Fortville will be a bit of everything French as the 5th annual Bastille Day celebration takes place. Taking place in Landmark Park, activities for the whole family will make for a fun evening. The Town of Fortville is a friendly place, and if you’re looking for a family-friendly, small town festival, […]

National Powwow Takes Local Stage This Weekend

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The National Powwow XVI will be taking place at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville this weekend. From July 3 through July 6, this celebration of American Indian culture will be shared with over 2,000 visitors. The National Powwow has taken place every three years since 1969, and it was last in Hendricks county in […]

Historic Downtown Noblesville in Photos

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If you have never been to downtown Noblesville,Indiana, you are missing out on a serious history lesson. Many of the shops and restaurants in the heart of downtown have been around since the 1900s. You can even find commemorative plaques on the outside of the buildings with a short description of the location’s history. A […]

Discovery Station Provides Hands-On Learning at Conner Prairie

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Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, has just raised the bar for educational play in their newly redesigned Discovery Station and Craft Corner. Families with children ages 8 and under will enjoy the newly opened space, redesigned with learning and exploring in mind. My family attended the members preview Friday morning, and […]

Abuelo’s: Classy Mexican Food

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Abuelo’s sits below the Keystone interchange in Carmel, Indiana. When you come into the Lowe’s plaza, there’s a sign that reads “Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.” On Friday night, my husband somehow misread it as Classy Mexican Food. And then we decided that was just as accurate. Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant is exactly the sort of upscale […]

Silly Safaris Brings Summer Reading Program to Life

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Jungle John visited the Westfield Public Library this week, with his animal friends. Each summer, animal entertainers visit the library to share their amazing animals with the children of Westfield. Silly Safaris has several different types of shows, and this was my favorite so far. The show was focused on reading and the Fizz, Boom, […]

Game On Brings Giant Fun to Downtown Danville

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Something BIG is happening in Danville on June 28th. Ginormous, some may say. The second annual Game On event is happening on Washington Street in downtown Danville. Game On, sponsored by the Danville Downtown Partnership, brings everyone’s favorite games, and it brings them in giant versions to historic courthouse square. Build Jenja as tall as […]

Kimu Restaurant

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I’ve eaten Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Vietnamese-French infusion, but until walking through the doors of Kimu Restaurant, I had never before tried Burmese food.  The cuisines of Asian nations have such a wide variety of styles and ingredients that there’s no predicting for a first-timer, going in blind, what a new restaurant will resemble. Would […]

10 Photos That Prove My Mall Is Better Than Yours

When Clay Terrace opened in Carmel, Indiana, I was thrilled to have quality shopping right down the street. I had my concerns, of course. Shopping outdoors and a lack of department store anchors were my main issues. But, I’ve decided I actually love it for exactly those reasons — and more! Clay Terrace is gorgeous, […]

Summer Reading at 4 Kids Books & Toys

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When I was a kid, I loved the summer reading program at the local library. I was a voracious reader and had no problem tearing through 50 books or more over the course of the summer. Now I have kids of my own and not all of them reading like I did. So when I […]

Westfield High School Class of 2014

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Schools in Westfield, Indiana have been out for the summer two weeks now, and we’re still processing the crazy year we had. Westfield High School seniors are just now coming up for air after a whirlwind of a week to cap off their last year of school. There were concerts and finals, parties and open […]

Stylish Seconds

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As someone who has been shopping resale for years, one of my biggest pet peeves is an unorganized clothing store. Searching for that perfect dress in a mass of clothing, without any idea what sizes you’ll find or where they’ll be, only makes the pressure of shopping all the worse. At Selective Seconds in Greenwood, […]

Review: Thai Thai Restaurant

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I try and eat a bit lighter when the weather warms up outside. One of my go-to cuisines is Thai food. Thai food is flavorful, yet light and I like that it can be spicy. There are a few Thai restaurants in Avon and I thought it was time to visit Thai Thai Restaurant in […]

Four Ideas for a Brownsburg Staycation

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It’s time for another staycation. A “staycation” is when you stay in your town/city and play tourist. Let’s get ready for a visit to charming Brownsburg. There’s fun for everyone in the family with plenty of outdoor time and delicious food. Here are four ideas for a Brownsburg staycation. Play at the Park 1) Arbuckle Acres, 200 […]

Four Ideas for a Plainfield Staycation

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Some of my most fun weekends are the ones when I plan a staycation. A “staycation” is when you stay in your town/city and play tourist. Here are my four ideas for a Plainfield staycation. I’ve got a bit of something for everyone to have a memorable and fun staycation in Plainfield. Shop at a […]