Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mama Review - Superheroes Fishers EFT Casey VanPutten

Being a mom is hard.

It just is.

There's no getting around it. But what if we could make it just a little easier to cope? An evening with Casey VanPutten at SuperHeroes Fishers did just that. She opened the door to EFT. Which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique that combines psychology and ancient Chinese medicine. In other words, you talk through your daily stresses, fears and/or anxiety while tapping on pressure points to release tension.

I can name a lot of clutter I pick up throughout the day. Not just off the floors and counters, but stresses that I cannot change. Tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that will have its own stresses too, because I have 3 littles that need my undivided attention. EFT has become a coping tool to clear the clutter, both physically and mentally. When my head hits the pillow, I can think about sleeping not questioning my actions as a mother.

It has taught me that I need to love myself and let go of things I cannot change. My evening tapping session left me with less weight on my shoulders. Although it made me want to research more on this topic!

Casey was so sweet and understanding. Her presence was relaxing, along with the atmosphere of the facility. The chairs were cushy with upbeat artwork and wall colors the natural light accented it all. 

We all owe it to our better mama selfs, to do things that clear the clutter. Focusing on the more important things of daily life and savoring the moments before they fly by. I am encouraging you to go check out EFT and a chat with the expert Casey! She hosts group tapping sessons or individual. You can find out more by sending her an email: or give her a ring at 317-690-5543

Truth Thursday - Heroin Takes All

I'm honored to get to share a guest post with you from a beautiful soul that I worked with years ago. The story she shares is important. Read her words carefully. They might just come in handy one day.

Watching the news at night scares me. I fear for my own sugarpies as they grow up in this world we all live within now. Both Hamilton County and Hancock County have been in the news of late in regards to heroin issues in the community and growing cases of overdoses. Too close to home. I hate it. It doesn't have to be this way. It takes a village peeps. Be watchful. Hold your sweet ones close. Make time for them. Be present in their lives. Know who they are hanging with. Be a caring parent. Love them until it hurts.

It can happen to anyone...anyone. The picture of an addict may not be what you picture in your head at all. It may be your very own child, their friends or someone else close in your life. Love them. Help them. Reach out to them. 

Surrounded by love is a good place to be.

Okay enough from me... here's Toni with Marisa's story


My name is Toni McGraw. I am here to tell you about my daughter Marisa.

Picture a gorgeous 100 pound girl. Long blonde hair, blue eyes. Even more beauty on the inside than out. This beautiful girl started using drugs at the young age 14. She started by taking prescription painkillers. She got those pills out of our cabinets at home. She went on to marijuana, drinking, meth and I’m not sure what else. Eventually, it was Heroin took her life. She was only 20 years old.

At first, I just thought she was rebelling, experimenting, acting out. I thought, “She’ll grow out it”. Then it got worse. Drugs consumed her. Drugs controlled her. Drugs took her future. Drugs took her from me, her brother, her family and friends.

Marisa was not a bad person and she was not weak at all. She was the opposite. She was caring, smart, strong, and independent. She would light up a room when she walked in. She was the first to lend an ear with NO judgment at all. She would encourage, motivate, inspire, push people to be their best and follow their dreams.

But Marisa started hanging around with the wrong kids, doing the wrong things. I don’t think she would have ever guessed that she would become addicted to drugs. Life is not easy. She would use drugs to ease her mental pain. Marisa would feel alone and sad. At times she felt she had nowhere to go. No one to turn to. If you knew her, she was very likable and had a lot of people that loved and supported her, no matter what. She has a huge family, lots of friends and she was VERY loved. It was easy to love her. If you feel you have no one – I am sure that is not the case.

People do care. People will and want to help.

Marisa wanted to stop using drugs and drinking. She wanted to live a normal life. She had big plans. I had no doubt she would overcome her addiction and reach out to talk to and help others. Unfortunately, that day never came, but I owe it to her to carry her message.

I’m not an addict. I can’t tell you what it’s like to struggle with an addiction. But I have loved an addict. I have went through that roller coaster ride of ups / downs, counseling, rehab, meetings, jail with an addict. And I have buried an addict. I can tell you about that pain, the loss, and the emptiness I feel every day. There is a hole in my heart that will never be filled. I don’t want that to be any of you. I don’t want that to be any of your loved ones.

Talk. If you are a teenager, talk to your friends. Make good decisions. Surround yourself with good people.

Reach Out. If you are or know someone using drugs or drinking alcohol – ask for help, guidance from friends and adults. If you are an addict, reach out for help, for someone to talk to.

Support Each Other. We need more compassion and less judgment.

Here are my daughters favorite phrases.… 

Take it one day at a time. 

There is hope. 

Never Give Up 


You are worth it all! 



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Two Ingredient Southwest Dressing Hack

I love southwest dressing on a salad, especially a blackened chicken salad or a taco salad. Do you remember The Fort Grille in beautiful Fortville? It was one of our favorite places to dine. I miss it so very much. It's now Lincoln Square Pancake House. Equally as delish, and we love having them in town, but there is one item they just don't have that this girl craves! ... a very specific southwest dressing.

To my delight before Chef Jamez and his team closed the doors of The Fort Grille last year, he let me in on a secret for his southwest dressing. He truly made my day! I make a version of his at home all the time now. Last night was cowboy taco salads at my house and yep, the star was the southwest dressing.

The best part is that it only takes two ingredients. Yep, only two.
  • Your favorite Ranch dressing
  • A small can of roasted Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce



That's it peeps.

Thank-you to our newest Fortville Mama advertising sponsor Lindsay Syrus- Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant

Our September Mama Tip Tuesdays are brought to you by Lindsay.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - Explore Carmel's Corner Bakery Cafe

Carmel's Corner Bakery Cafe won my heart at the mention of breakfast all day. I adore breakfast food, no matter the time of day. They drove it home, when they said made-to-order, seasonally inspired and always fresh. Really I'm in love, peeps, and I'm tweeting them weekly to bring one closer to me...maybe Hamilton Town Center. Sounds like a prime location to me. Hint, hint.

However, in the meantime, you may just find me typing away tackling deadlines from a cozy corner booth at the Carmel location on Sundays, while the Coach Man watches football and mans the littles at home. Absolutely love the cozy atmosphere, free Wifi and bottomless cups of delish hand-roasted coffee. The hazelnut is pure heaven.

My menu favorites so far...

Oh my the basil! I loved the Chicken Pomodori Panini. I'll be back often for that one. Also, the amazing, creamy and so crave-worthy Pesto Cavatappi. The great thing, peeps? You can get them both within a combo! Score! Win-win all around.

Oh and if I was being a good girl and eating like I should, they have gluten free choices too that are delicious. Plus tons of salad choices, both traditional salads and specialty salads too, like quinoa and pico.

Now here's the lucky part for you! I have Corner Bakery Cafe dollars to give away for you to be able to try it out too!

Here's how to play. Go check out their online menu and tell me what you'd like to try most. Comment here, on FB or tweet us at @FortvilleMama, include @CornerBakery. Make sure to use the hashtag #cbcindy and #flavormatters

Good lucks peeps. We'll pick 1 winner tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST. Contest is for Central Indiana residents only.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Corner Bakery Cafe - Carmel. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! DIY Fall Wreath for Less Than $7!

Isn't fall in Indiana a wonderful time?

The smells, the tastes, the cold, but not too cold weather, the beautiful colors, pumpkin and apple spice everything. I can just drink a tall glass of it. Can you tell how much I LOVE FALL?

Know what else fall means? My marriage is interrupted by hunting season. While we both hunt, this year was was my husband's first time elk hunting. Yes, my husband went to Montana for 10 days. Leaving me with 3 kids under the age of 5. Luckily my in-laws came to stay with us for a few days in the luxury of their camper and helped quite a bit! However, by the 10th day I was ready to go crazy. I needed a little art therapy, and I also needed a way to tell my in-laws thank you.

I had stumbled upon an awesome find, burlap ribbon at Dollar Tree! Yes, not only did they have pink burlap but chevron too! For only $1! When I found it I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. A few searches on Pinterest gave me a good base on how to craft a unique gift!

You might need a crawling baby to give you a hand.

First I watched a simple how to video.

$1.50 after Micheal's 50% off coupon!
Okay, here is the supply list:
3-4 rolls of burlap ribbon ($1 each)
1 wreath hanger ($1.50 half off)
2 decorations ($1 each at dollar store)
Twist ties or wire
Hot glue gun and sticks
After you finish the burlap, it's time to embellish. Use your hot glue gun to place small items. Flowers were wrapped around the wreath hanger wires. Then hang with ribbon!

A gift in a snap! Thanks to the Thomas crew for helping a mama make it 10 days with three littles on her own. 

Thank-you to our newest Fortville Mama advertising sponsor Lindsay Syrus- Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant

Our September Mama Tip Tuesdays are brought to you by Lindsay.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! Breathing Life Into The Old

It's the rocker no one wanted. It might have become someone's firewood. 

I saw it and instantly wanted it. 

Every year since I was a little girl around Independence Day, we go to an Amish Auction in central Wisconsin. Not far from Wisconsin Dells. Back then I went for the fresh made from scratch donuts and cookies. Now I go for the "big girl" stuff that fills our home. My dad was watching the auctioneer sell off the antiques, and I told him I wanted the chair. He looked at me like I was crazy. He told me I didn't want it. It was worn and tattered. Once the auctioneer came around the the old tattered grandfather's rocking chair, no one could see it's beauty. My dad bid $5 on it. Yes $5. He was the winning bid.

It sat in our storage room for a few years waiting for it's beauty to be uncovered. To be loved and adorned. Waiting for life.

My 2 girls wiped it down with Woodman's Soap and water. I took the seat padding off along with the nails. Then applied Tung Oil.

The Tung Oil saturated every crevice while the thirsty wood drank it in. The old grandfather's rocker had came back to life in all it's glory. The grains of the wood popped once again.

Might you have something hidden in storage waiting for new life? Maybe a fresh coat of paint or stain would bring it's inner beauty out of hiding? 
Thank-you to our newest Fortville Mama advertising sponsor Lindsay Syrus- Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant

Our September Mama Tip Tuesdays are brought to you by Lindsay.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Artisan Thursday! At Home With Us in Fortville

Fortville Charm, yes I definitely think so.

Visit At Home With Us in Fortville! They really are At Home With Us. Kathy, the shop's owner, can attest to the Fortville charm.

Main Street is such a wonderful place where shop owners support one another. People welcome one another with open arms. Our small town has events better then those big towns, right?!

There's something really unique about Fortville, wouldn't you all agree? The unique people, buildings, homes, businesses, the pink elephant, okay the list could go on. This is why At Home With Us really fits into Fortville, this shop is wonderfully unique. It is forever changing with something different in every corner. I could spend hours exploring, much like the rest of the town. Every item is placed with love and thought out to where it's perfect place should be.  

At Home With Us has been in business for almost 2 years and just relocated from Noblesville. The old store had 3 floors with many vendors. Kathy came to Fortville to downsize with less vendors and really hone in on the best of the best.
Each item has a something special about it weather it's vintage, handmade free trade, or repurposed. Let's not forget the fairy gardens. The ever gaining popularity fairy gardens are moving into landscapes everywhere. Do you love fairy gardens, but have no idea where to start? Or maybe you need to add to your collection? At Home With Us offers classes

At Home With Us Current Store Hours Are: 

Wednesday 11:00am-7:00pm
Thursday and Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

Coming Soon! Extended Holiday Hours!

September Artisan Thursdays brought to you by At Home With Us. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2015 even cooler than 2014!

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