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Drink Local for Indie Coffee Shop Day

Indie Coffee Shop Day

The third Friday of April is Indie Coffee Shop Day. Of course here in the state capitol, it’s Indy Indie Coffee Shop Day. To mark the occasion, I’m offering my list of favorite indie coffee shops. I should mention that I don’t drink coffee, so these places are faves for other reasons. Foundry Provisions (Near […]

A Diller, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

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When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

April 19: EGGnormous Egg Hunt at Lions Park

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Easter is quickly approaching and it’s one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time of celebration in church. It’s also a time to enjoy spring with kids and family. Of course that means Easter baskets, candy and Easter egg hunts. I loved them as a kid and as an adult, it’s fun to take the […]

Lunch Date at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Lunch Date at the Children's Museum

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 […]

Living in the Crossroads Makes Roadtrips Doable

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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 […]

Visiting Indy: A Spring Break Essay for My Nephew

Visiting Indianapolis A Spring Break Essay

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

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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 […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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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 […]

Celebrate Spring at Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg

You'll find plenty of gifts 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 […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

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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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Four Activities That Will Make Your Kids Put Down Their Video Games

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Like many kids, my kids are attached to their iPods. A perfect afternoon to them would be an uninterrupted Minecraft fest, complete with a power source so that their devices stay charged. Thankfully, there’s an array of activities around Indianapolis that we can do to keep their screen time at a minimum. Swimming We love […]

Three One-Stop Dates in Indianapolis

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With our family calendar filled with school and sport activities, stealing away for a date is not an easy accomplishment. As much as we’d like to linger over a three or four course meal, and then leisurely take in entertainment of some kind, we don’t usually have that much time. Thankfully, with an array of […]

Flowers…and Beer? Don’t Miss the 2014 Indiana Flower & Patio Show

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Ah, the fresh scent of blooming flowers! And beer. OK, so flowers and beer don’t normally go together, but they do at the 2014 Indiana Flower and Patio Show, which takes place now through March 16 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. 2014-indiana-flower-and-patio-show Yes, you can enjoy over 400 flower and patio exhibits AND a taste […]

Homespun Has a New Home on Mass Ave

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The north end of Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis welcomed a new neighbor recently when Homespun: Modern Handmade opened the doors of its new digs. Homespun isn’t new to Indianapolis; its previous location was in Indy’s historic Irvington neighborhood. The move to Mass Ave gives the boutique a larger space for more product and for […]

Sister, Sister: Two Girls, Two Suburbs, One Night on the Town

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My family is from southern Indiana. I grew up in the toe of Indiana’s boot, but my sister and I both ended up Central Indiana. We live less than 20 miles apart, in north side suburbs, and mostly touch base whenever we’re in our homewtown. Recently, we’ve both been making an effort to get together […]

Local Musicians to Watch: Brandon Whyde & the Devils Keep

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Hailing from Beech Grove, Indiana, Brandon Whyde first started his music career as a solo artist playing at local venues such as Radio Radio and the Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana. Though a self-proclaimed introvert, you wouldn’t be able to tell when he’s on stage. When Brandon is performing he commands the attention of his […]

Indianapolis: Not Just a Transition City, but a Place to Live

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Shout-out to a fellow Hoosier filmmaker and his video about the rebirth of Circle City. Have you watched it yet? Indianapolis: Circle City Rebirth from Dusty Frey on Vimeo. Local filmmaker, Dusty Frey, did an excellent job capturing the essence of Indianapolis and portraying why this city should not just be seen as an inbetween […]

Nostalgia in the Food Court: Root Beer Stand at Circle Center Mall

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There was a root beer stand in my hometown called Frost Top. Like root beer stands in every hometown, you could order from your car and have food delivered along with a frosty mug of draft root beer. If you’ve never tried draft root beer, you’ve never tried root beer before. It’s a part of […]

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