Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - Don't Miss The St. Thomas Festival

Want to go back to the good ol' days?

This week, we're not wandering far at all. Just down the road in our own little town. For years this very special festival happens every first weekend of August. The St. Thomas Festival! It will take you back to the good ole days, with old fashioned games, homecooking, festival goodies and music. Your family is sure to have a night to remember. Did I mention you can win $2,500 in the raffle?

 
This Friday night July 31st from 7pm-11pm you can enjoy Monte Carlo night! Just $15 a person or $25 a couple will include food, soft drinks, beer and wine coolers along with games. Come back the next night Saturday, August 1st for OL'Time Country Fun! Delish chicken and noodles dinner, kids games, live music, blood drive, lemon shake ups, walking tacos, ice cream, bingo and so much more.

The St. Thomas Festival is not to be missed!
 

                                                       
June - August 2015 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Indy Zoom Groom. 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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Friday, July 24, 2015

FITFRIDAY - TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Happy Friday Peeps! Enjoy another great Fit Friday post from the amazing Toby of Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness in Fortville.



As I look outside today I can take a giant breathe of fresh air and smile at the sunshine that brightens up the day.  For most of these summer months we’ve seen nothing but gray skies, heard loud clapping thunder and experienced rain that could be classified as arc-building worthy.  So I’m reminded today how important it is for mine (and your) health to get outside and enjoy the days like today.  Not only does the sunshine make us feel more upbeat, but our bodies are begging for the Vitamin D that the sun produces.  I say, there’s no better way to soak this up then to get your booty moving and take your workout outside!  I love being able to send my clients outside for a warm-up or cool-down or even a light run when the days allow and most of them prefer it.  

Enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer you.  Think of it as your fitness canvas - a wide open space with endless possibilities.  Walking, biking, jogging, hiking, kayaking, fishing, climbing…..the “ing” words are calling your name and all you have to do is answer.  Of course you can’t get in a hike every day, but walking around the block or in your neighborhood during the week, then planning for a long hike at your local park on the weekend gives you something to look forward to.  

More importantly while you’re enjoying these little outdoor fitness activities, is a great opportunity  to use your breaks along those paths for some good old fashion mental health as well.  Stop for a water break rather than trying to pour it in your mouth along the way.  Look around, enjoy the sights, feel the warmth of the sun and meditate for a few minutes.  Regroup, repack that water and continue with the physical activity.  If you allow yourselves these opportunities, your workout will be more than enough.

Let me give you a terrific way to take advantage of the beautiful weather while fulfilling your daily wellness and fitness goals.  As an added bonus, ask your family and friends to join in with this activity.  You will be amazed at how fun it becomes and how much you can accomplish.

Design your own fitness scavenger hunt!  Pick 4-5 exercises that you know can be done outside and that aren’t too difficult.  Personally, I would choose squats, pushups, lateral hops, tricep dips, walking lunges and if I felt real ambitious, burpees.  Give each exercise a number and let that number represent the number of reps you will do.  Now assign when you will do them.  For example, as your walking you might say for every person I see walking that has red on, I’m going to do 10 pushups.  Think about all the different ideas you could come up with and since you’re constantly searching for things on your walk or jog, an hour will go past and you won’t even realize it. Trust me, this outdoor fitness routine gets plenty of laughs as well, especially if you’re doing it with friends and family.

No matter how busy you are, make time for outdoor activities in some fashion.  I’m always amazed at what an early morning walk (or run) in the great outdoors can do for my motivation the rest of the day.  I call it a “pick-me-up”; something that I know everyone needs at some point each day.  

Stay tuned in a few weeks for some special success stories straight from my gym…..I can’t wait to show you that everyone, no matter who you are, is worth the time and effort!

In Health and Wellness,
Toby 


This Fit Friday post is brought to you by Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness Center. 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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Friday, July 17, 2015

FitFriday - How to Avoid Back to School Drama

A little prep ahead of time can make for a smooth back to school transition for the whole family.

Wise back to school tips from the amazing Kelly Shores of Fortville's Restoration Counseling. Love having her as a guest blogger!
Can you believe that summer is already winding down? I know I can't! Our family has been enjoying a lot of family time and crossing things off our summer bucket list. However, yesterday I took my daughter back to school shopping and the over crowded Target aisles reminded me that the new school year is almost upon us!

A new school year can be an exciting time, but there can also be a lot of stress and anxiety when it comes to the start of school. Families are adjusting to more rigid routines after a lazy summer and kids are making transitions to new classes, schools, teachers and friends. It can be a lot for both parents and kids to handle.

Here are a couple tips to help you and your family get the school year off to the right start:

Starting moving your family back onto a schedule in the next couple weeks. Move back bed times and wake up times to give their bodies time to adjust. If you wait until a few days before school kids won't be used to the new routine and will likely wake up tired and cranky. Getting an early start on the routine will make those school mornings run a lot smoother.

­Talk to your kids about the changes the new school year presents. I think giving kids an opportunity to talk about their feelings when things change is so good for them. This is a great way to help kids to learn to talk about their emotions and to be validated in them. Ask questions like “What are you looking forward to most about the new school year?” or “Is there anything about this year that makes you feel nervous?” Any open-­ended question will do, just get that dialogue moving.

­Begin planning for the daily routine. As a parent having an idea of what the daily routine will look like with help ease some of your back to school stress. Think about what the morning will look like. What needs to happen before your child leaves for school? Will you pack lunches the night before or in the morning? Do you need to help your child lay out clothes the night before? Also, begin thinking about what the afternoon routine will look like. When will homework get done? What about chores? Thinking these things through will help to ease your stress level as you make the back to school transition.

­Think about doing a back to school celebration. This is a big milestone and milestones should be celebrated. Think about having a special dinner the night before or the first night of school. Maybe making a special treat to celebrate the new year. Our family always has doughnuts on the first day of school! Finding a fun way to celebrate this transition can make everyone feel a little better about
the changes ahead.

I hope you and your kids all have a GREAT school year!

-Kelly

Meet Kelly Shores and learn more about Restoration Counseling by clicking here. Follow them on Facebook as well. They often blog about helpful topics for mamas and families! So glad to have them here in our community. What a great resource!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - Jockamo's Upper Crust Pizza's Lawrence Arrival

Lawrence Just Got A Bit Cooler - Jockamo's Pizza Has Arrived!

 
The Fortville Mama kiddos at the Irvington location.
 
Okay peeps my world was rocked this morning. You all have been holding out on me. Jockamo's has a location in Lawrence now! A hop, skip and jump down the road from Fortville, right near the Fort Ben area. I feel like there should have been an official memo or something. We adore Jockamo's! We've been visitors of the Irvington location for years now. Our littles love it! Oh the joy of a Cheese Louise (cheddar, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, smoked gouda, red onion and bacon) or Slaughterhouse Five (meat heaven, coach man actually drools a bit over it - steak, pepperoni, ham, sausage and bacon)! Plus for the milk intolerant baby girl, they have a delish PB and J kid's pie.
 
Irvington location. Slaughterhouse Five, Cheese Louise and PBJ Kids Pie.

Lawrence we are heading your way very soon for a fix of our favorite pizza pies!
 
Follow them on Facebook for mouthwatering updates or Twitter for delish tweets. New Lawrence location can be found at 9165 Otis Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. Happy eats, peeps.
 
 
June - August 2015 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Indy Zoom Groom. 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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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wandering Wednesday! Awesome Family Fun at the Grill 2

Yummy dinner and a show? In McCordsville?

 
Yep, it happens most Tuesday Nights from 6-8p.m. in McCordsville at The Grill 2!
 
My girls (age 3 and 5) could not believe they got to interact with a magician tonight. By the end of his act, they were mystified that cards would appear out of thin air. Dinner flew by. Thank-you, Doug the magician. You're awesome and these tired parents give you two thumbs up.
 
I love having such a great family night out dinner option so close to Fortville. Really just a hop, skip and jump down the road. Plus they have other fun events periodically, like Taco Tuesdays with an all you can eat taco/nacho bar and recently a Community Day with fun games for all.
 
It's great to see local businesses so vested in their communities and catering to young families as well. We heart you Grill 2!
 
Make sure to check out this super cool special they have running. Christmas in July! Buy $50 worth of gift cards and they will give you $25 FREE. Runs through July 5th. Better Hurry.
 
 
June - August 2015 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Indy Zoom Groom. 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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Friday, June 26, 2015

FitFriday - Don’t Fear The Unknown

Happy Friday Peeps! Enjoy another great Fit Friday post from the amazing Toby of Blue Seas Fitness & Wellness in Fortville.

 
Fear…..that four-letter word that sticks in the mind of every person who is thinking of joining a fitness program or group fitness class.  Suggestions from your inside voice keep saying, “I won’t fit in”, “I might injure myself”, and even “what if I embarrass myself?”  If you think you’re the only one that thinks about these things, you are definitely wrong.  I’ve heard many stories from current and former clients about why they avoided the world of fitness in the past and sharing those with you will also allow me to show you how to overcome those things as you embark upon any health or fitness journey.
 
THE FEAR OF OPEN SPACES
There they are; the long never-ending line of exercise machinery complete with all their buttons and gadgets galore.  And next to it, the wide array of weight machines where everyone appears to know exactly what they’re doing.  There is no privacy for you; no way to hide from lurking eyes while you “try it out”.   
 
THE FEAR OF LARGE CLASSES
So, you’re ready to try a group fitness class - one of those that requires step counting, concentration and some sense of coordination.  But, you’ve seen the pictures; the advertisements and there must be 100 people that take these classes.  How ever will you get through it without stepping on someone or turning the wrong direction?
 
THE FEAR OF CONFUSING MACHINERY
You’ve heard that circuit training is the way to go.  But, what on earth do you do with each machine in the circuit?  How much weight is too much? Which direction do I sit? Which muscles does each machine target? Yep, there’s a sign that shows me exactly what each machine in the circuit does but exactly what is your latissimus dorsi or adductor longus?  And if I ask, am I going to get weird looks or should I just hop on and give it a whirl?
THE FEAR OF THE HARDCORE AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
There they are; men with bulging muscles lifting what appears to be 500 pounds of iron while the gal next to him in her sports bra and perfect six-pack abs stretches in the mirror.  And me, in my Capri pants and oversized t-shirt is expected to kick out the perfect sweat workout next to “these people”!
 
And, there it is, your top reasons why you never get started in the first place.  Just too much to worry about, too many intimidating factors, too many judging people to even think about your own routine and so, once again, you put it off.
Come on now, you can’t keep putting YOURSELF off!  You can’t let that little “fearful” voice inside your head keep winning.  What you need to find is a comfort level; the right fit for you.  Start by considering your motivation for wanting to start a health and wellness program.  Maybe it’s to combat high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  Maybe it’s because you want to walk in the Fall’s 5K event in honor of a friend or family member.  Maybe it’s simply because you want to feel better about yourself.  Whatever that original motivation is, that’s the only voice you should be listening to.  
 
Don’t think big; think small.  Search out smaller class sizes, more individualized attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions from your gym owners, their instructors and their trainers.  And make sure you ask about your concerns prior to signing up for anything.  Take a tour; ask if they will allow you to try it out before you jump on board.  If you don’t feel 100% comfortable within the first 10 minutes you’re there, then it probably isn’t the right fit for you.  
Always act confident; even if you’re not feeling that way.  You know what you want so set goals, keep your head up and go after it.  Your goal isn’t to push 500 lbs of iron, so who cares what that muscle head thinks.  You’re not trying to parade on stage in the next bodybuilding competition, so don’t worry about what the girl flexing in the mirror is doing.  Instead, be confident in what you want and go with what you know.  Start with the basics and learn along the way.  
 
And finally, never do it alone.  Invite a friend, hire a trainer, seek out gym friends who have the same interests or similar goals.  Even if you don’t have someone go to the gym with you or join you on a Sunday afternoon run along the country roads, find someone who you know you can count on to keep you up on the days that aren’t going so great.  Just knowing that you have one or even multiple people alongside you in the journey can take all those fears away.  
 
In conclusion, and something that I continue to try and instill on my clients each and every day.  This journey is about YOU!!  Keep breathing; keep thinking; keep believing in yourself and the journey you have put in front of you.  There will always be stumbling blocks or fears to jump out and try to remove you from your path….but keep your head up; your confidence high and those fears little by little will subside.  As famous baseball great Babe Ruth once said, “Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”
 
In Health and Wellness,
Toby

This Fit Friday post is brought to you by Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness Center. 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!


*** New in 2015, advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures biweekly blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.

Artisan Thursday - Beautiful Flowers At The Fortville Farmers Market

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market thinking I was going to get nothing but produce. Then came home with something unexpected. Flowers.


It's not the first thing you think of when going to a farmer's market but nonetheless a great place to find these beauties. To tell you the truth I had been on the hunt for the perfect plant or flower. We had a very special duck that my kiddos adored get stuck in a hanging feeder and pass away. Farm life can be hard sometimes. Especially for little ones.

I told my 5 year old that we would find a very special plant or bush to plant when we did a ducky burriel. The plants at Kroger just were not appealing to us. Tomorrow we can lay our little guy to rest. Every time we see our special lily come up year after year we will think of him and duck snuggles. For he gave the very best duck snuggles.

Fellow Mama Jenny with Cole
So if you are looking for the special plant to add to your garden or landscaping, check out the farmer's market. You will not be disappointed. There are beauties to be found.

May - September Artisan Thursdays brought to you by The Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce. 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!

*** Advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures biweekly blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.