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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! Save One Booty At A Time!

Our mama tip today is all about bottoms. Yep, everybody has got one!
In honor of our new sponsor, Lambswear, Inc., who is doing an "Undie 500" campaign for the month of May, I am sharing my tried and true organic wipe solution!

First thing I want to talk about how great I think it is that we have a non-profit in our community taking on the task of providing clothing for children in need! No kiddo should have to go without in their young life! Let alone clothing too. Clothing can take a big chunk out of a family budget and no parent should have to choose between clothing, food or housing. Please consider Lambswear next time you are in the store where undies are sold, but also for your annual giving budget as well. They are doing great work here in our community!
Jenny, my co-Fortville Mama, gives me a hard time that I am a crunchy mama. Well, I proudly am, but before children I was definitely not crunchy. Kids change you in many ways and for me that was one of them. I started cloth diapering 5 years ago when my oldest was 6 months. I read how economical cloth diapers were. I had looked at every penny in our budget and saw how much we were spending on disposals, and I knew something had to change! So we tried them, and I was hooked! They were so adorable with super cute colors and patterns. That was the beginning of that leg of my crunchy journey.

Fast forward 5 years, a few things have changed in the way I cloth diaper. At first I thought that adding cloth wipes would be to much trouble, but I learned that they really go hand in hand. Plus it's greener too. Less waste in a trash can. All you have to do is throw both the diapers and the wipes in the washer and not separate! We have tried many wipe solutions, and I've settled on a tried and true formula. My little guy who is 6 months now and has a super soft and clean booty thanks to my organic go-to wipe solution.

Calming Organic Wipe Solution
1 cup warm water
1 tsp organic fractionated coconut oil
1 tsp Dr. Bonners soap
2 drops organic lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
Start with your warm water in a jar. Then add remaining ingredients. Shake then pour over wipes.
Test out on baby's skin before use. Some adjustments may need to be made according to your little one!





Give it a try and let us what you think!


May Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by local non-profit Lambswear, Inc. 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! Make sure to follow them on social too.


*** 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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fit Friday - You Are Important. Today Is The Day

I'd like to introduce you to a new Fortville Mama blog series - Fit Fridays! We are thrilled to be partnering with Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness Center and Restoration Counseling to bring you this new series devoted to wellness - mind, body and spirit! Our first installment is a guest post from Toby Angelopulos, owner of Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness Center.
I actually started my very own wellness journey with her this past week. It's been a long time coming and something I've put off for far too long. I'm excited to share my journey with you peeps. The top 5 things I've learned this week: "me time" feels great, my water bottle and the fan are my best buds, everyone at Blue Seas is super supportive, I need better workout shoes and I CAN DO THIS. Watch for more update posts from me as I progress. As for today, enjoy a guest post from the awesome Toby. She's pretty inspiring, and she hasn't killed me yet. Just a bit of sweat and swore muscles that I didn't know existed. Enjoy and be inspired, peeps. - Jen
The amazing Toby of Blue Seas!
Today?  Tomorrow? Next Week? Next Month?
When my schedule changes? When my kids are less busy?
These are all things we tell ourselves even when we know in our hearts that taking that challenge; the challenge to change your lifestyle needs to happen.  The truth is, YOU are important and if YOU can’t take time for yourself, then your ability to be the best person to everyone else is limited. 
So, let’s turn all of those excuses into a “let’s do this” attitude.  

Start making a commitment to yourself.  You have to believe that you’re important enough to take the time to be a healthier, happier you.  Sometimes this alone is the hardest step to take but it is one you must take in order to begin any lifestyle journey.
Take a few quiet moments and chart some very attainable goals.  Ok, true, you may want to lose 50 pounds but let’s break that down into short-term goals.  For example, start with when I lose my first 10 pounds I’m treating myself to something.  From there, you can go on to the next goal.  Your goals may be as simple as get to the gym at least 2 times per week or attend a fitness class every week for a month.  Setting goals is very important, but making them reachable is just as important.  If you set your sights on a goal that may take an entire year to accomplish, then you don’t have the opportunity to celebrate the small victories along the way, and in turn, it will often add stress and even lead to giving up!  So concentrate on the baby steps; and give 100% effort toward each of them.
Throw out your negativity. Never say “I can’t” but rather “I will try”.  Never use the words “I’m fat”; instead say “I’m overweight, but I’m doing what I can to fix it.”  Losing the negative thoughts can help you stay focused on the goals you have set.  Post positive quotes on your mirror and read them before starting each day.  No matter what you’re current physical status is, there are always ways to move forward, so don’t look back; don’t let negative thoughts creep inside and take away your positive movement.
Surround yourself with supportive people. You’re certainly going to have those times where your inner self just isn’t strong enough to talk you into staying positive, so it’s important that you have people you can turn to or a place to go where you know someone upbeat and energetic is waiting on you to push you through each day.  Make family and friends aware of your goals and what you’re trying to accomplish and ask them to be behind you every step of the way - or even better, ask them to join you on the journey.  It could be exactly what they are needing as well.  
Lastly, never compare yourself to anyone else.  You are an individual; unique and full of your own goals.  The person next to you in the gym has their own individual and unique goals.  So, work within your limits. You always want to push yourself or have someone by your side who will, but again, you are working toward attainable goals for YOU.  Not everything happens - weight loss, dietary changes, muscle definition- at the same rate for every individual so work within your means and trust me, things will start changing before you know it.
So, turn those questions above into “TODAY IS THE DAY” I’m going to redefine me, change the way I feel mentally and physically and still find time for the everyday hustle and bustle of life.  Take the time - take the challenge - make this decision all about you!

-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 - HUSK Farm League

Local Fresh and Artisans in Your Own Backyard!

Photo Credit: HUSK
There is a gem in Greenfield Indiana making waves in the Local Food Movement! We had the honor of touring HUSK's amazing space in April with fellow Indy bloggers and kiddos. It was such an eye opening experience to see how the space was being utilized not only for HUSK's vegetables but for their Farm League Entrepreneurs as well.


HUSK
The space may be smaller then competitors, but it's mighty. Every inch of the 5000 square foot facility is utilized to its max efficiency. Have you seen the natural brown bags of frozen sweet corn, butternut squash and green beans in your local grocery store yet? If not, you should soon!

Do you know why these veggies taste better then other brands? They are from LOCAL Indiana growers and are NON-GMO! This is music to my mama ears! Even more reasons why they taste better then others - great care and many tests on preserving the best taste and freshness to your table.

HUSK Foods Owner, Nick Carter says, "You know why our sweet corn still tastes like corn on the cob fresh picked from your garden? It is cooked on the cob!" Many big producers will take it off the cob, cook then freeze. This will make anything lose its flavor! It may be harder to do it this way, but it is the best way to keep that delicious flavor. So what do you do with a super efficient facility when you are not "in season"? Utilize it in another way!


HUSK FARM LEAGUE VENDORS:


Urban Ladle
These creamy soups were HUSK's first Farm League Artisan Vendor. Urban Ladle's entrepreneurs, Marcie Douglass and Lisa Sprunger, are local culinary artisans that have were HUSK customers before they became the first of the Farm League vendors. They needed more space for the expanding their growing business and HUSK was a perfect fit! We adore that they utilize local fresh ingredients for their scrumptious soups.

TIP from my fellow Fortville Mama Jenny! These yummy soups make a great gift! How many new mamas do you know want to cook when enjoying that baby? You'll get brownie points! A case of six (Turkey Chili, Chicken Tortilla, Tomato Basil, Butternut Squash, Chicken Noodle and Split Pea) is perfect for a new mama's freezer.


Brooke's Naturals
Speaking of Bownies, if you have not tried Brooke's Naturals Fudgy Brownie Mix, you should! Brooke Schmidt has created a brownie mix that is gluten and rice free that are awesomesauce! Plus we can pronounce all the ingredients! (These would make great new mom gifts too!) Her line of fine chocolates are close to my heart as well, oh the salted caramels chocolates were my favorite! Pure heaven!


Eisele's Raw Honey
It's a Westfield tradition, but coveted all over the Midwest. My heart fluttered a little bit when I got to bring home a jar of Eisele's Raw Honey. As a mama trying to avoid processed sugars I've become attached to raw honey. Over the years I've used it in cookies, breads, salad dressing, facial mask and sweetener for my sleepy time tea. Okay, I could go on and on. It's a must try if you have not yet!

Amber Waves
Mary Bratcher, Marketing Director of HUSK and an entrepreneur herself, has created a line of wholesome food made from simple ingredients, such as natural popcorn and granola. The thing I love most about the popcorn, you can count the number of ingredients on the fingers of one hand. Bye bye preservatives and corn syrup! Hello local pure ingredients! Mary, we can't wait to see Amber Waves grow over the next few years. We are sure you are going to do amazing things!


Grandpa's Jerky
According to my fellow Fortville Mama, Jenny, it's the best jerky she has ever tasted! The flavor, quality and texture are amazing! Plus her little ones raved about it as well. We love a good backstory too and Grandpa's Jerky has just that! It's awesome that owner, Jacob Piercy is keeping his family tradition of amazingly delicious jerky alive! We cannot wait for this one to be on store shelves soon! Until then, we'll just have to order online and savor tasty treats like Teriyaki and Blueberry Habanero! Delish.

Photo Credit: Grandpa's Jerky
 
Jen's County Kitchen BBQ Sauce
We fell in love with Jen's BBQ Sauce before we even met them in person at the HUSK tour event. Their sauces have been dazzling our taste buds on our pulled pork and brisket from R-SmokeHouse in Fortville for almost a year now. We are so excited for Jen's County Kitchen BBQ Sauce and their new adventure with the HUSK Farm League. More people need to know about this amazing sauce! Owners, Johnny and Jennifer White had us at sauce. We adore you both!


Hart's Handmade Naturals
Natural locally made soap with beer and coffee. Tell us more! We love that owner and soapmaker, Katie Hart, uses local and regionally obtained raw goods to create her amazing custom soaps. Things like coconut milk, mango butter, shea butter and rice bran oil, plus outside the box things like local coffee and beer! Nothing better than local fresh, even when it comes to soap. So good for your skin!


Look for all of these awesome artisan vendors in a store near you soon. HUSK Farm League is working with Marsh Supermarkets for a very special section within their stores for local fresh Indiana made items. We can't wait HUSK! In the meantime, click here to find a store near you carrying HUSK veggies.
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!
 
 
*** 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.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - Program Palooza from Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation

Program Palooza - You've Gotta Try It!

We've always loved the The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center in Carmel, Indiana.


It's a go-to destination for us each summer, but we had never explored the inside of Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation's beautiful Monon Community Center, nor the outdoor walking trails, until earlier this week. Oh my were we impressed!


It's an oasis for the entire family! The indoor aquatics area, complete with a lap pool and fun activity pool for the kiddos, is simply amazing. Plus there is a gorgeous gymnasium with basketball courts, a fitness center with state of the art equipment, an indoor track, a Kidzone, fitness classes, dance classes, an art studio, an outdoor skate park, nature trails and so much more!
 
 
Our crew loved exploring all the different features! The were most amazed by the family locker room! It's the little things in life, peeps.
 


Oh, and the views! Amazing views around every corner of Carmel's Monon Community Center! You can enjoy the nature trails throughout the grounds, pass through on a stroll on the Monon Trail or sit and enjoy a little of bit nature from one of the many spots in and around the center.
 
 
We are thrilled to share that you too can explore Carmel's Monon Community Center for FREE! This Saturday (May 2nd) from 1-3p.m. during Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation's Program Palooza event! How cool is that, peeps?! Explore many of the super cool facets and programs of this amazing local family fun destination for FREE!

There will be activities you can try out and ones you can check out. The indoor activity pool includes one of the "try it out" features, so bring your swim suits! Or maybe line dancing is more your style! You can try that too! Plus snacks, FREE massages, giveaways and some yummy local food trucks will be on-site! I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Want to plan out your FREE family fun for Saturday at Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation's Program Palooza to maximize your "try it out" and "check it out" experience? See below for a full layout of all the fun planned for this FREE event. Or you can download a printable copy here
 
 
Will we see you at Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation's Program Palooza? We hope so. Find them at 1235 Central Park Drive East in Carmel, Indiana. Want to learn more about their programs? Click here for their summer program guide

One more little tip for Saturday's FREE Program Palooza event. Bring a canned good with you to donate and get a FREE Waterpark pass to use this summer!

Check out more info from Indy With Kids, Mom for Less, and Indy Homeschool!

- Jen, Ashley and the Fortville Mama Crew

This post is sponsored by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama.
 
We'd also like to thank our Wandering Wednesdays series sponsor Indy Zoom Groom. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. Your support is allowing us to make 2015 even cooler than 2014!

                         
 



Monday, April 27, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! 3 Money Saving Landscaping Tips!

Budgets are tight. We can all use a little FREE these days.
I'm sad to say that we have lived in our home for 4 years, and we are just now getting our landscaping in order. It seems budgeting for curb appeal has taken the back burner, so I've become thrifty to get what I want! Yes, cheap and free!

Here are a few of my recent budget friendly finds!
 
FREE Mulch:
 
Many counties and waste departments need to do something with all the limbs and trees in the way of those power lines! Those trees and limbs get ground into mulch!


Here is how we got our free mulch locally in Hancock County Indiana: http://greenfieldin.org/environmental-awareness
or Call 317-477-4380
Load times are Wednesdays at 1:00pm. 
 

Discounted and Free Plants:

When plants are past their prime in the container many companies will discount them. These babies just need a little Tender Loving Care (TLC)! Last year I went to Brawner's Greenhouse in the late fall and purchased plants at 50% off!
Tip from Mrs. Gail Brawner, water well for at least 2 weeks! No need to drown them! 
They came back beautifully this spring after planting them so late in the fall.
Ask your family, friends and neighbors for plants too! Many annuals can be planted elsewhere to start a new plant! Again, what's better then free?!
 
 
Recycled Materials:
Don't be afraid to reuse materials. My husband hated the bricks we had along the driveway after twisting his ankle a few times. So we used left over railroad ties from the chicken coop. Look around your house and find things to repurpose! I hear wine bottles are great edgers turned upside down.
Lastly, you don't have to spend big bucks to get great curb appeal. Keep it simple and be creative with your budget.
February-March 2015 Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by Tutus by Natalie. 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 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.







Thursday, April 23, 2015

Artisan Thursday - Fortville Farmers Market 2015 Preview

Guess what starts up again on May 7th?!

Local Fresh with The Fortville Farmers Market!

 
We adore this local farmers market and are so glad it is back Thursdays 4-7p.m.! Tons of vendors with tasty locally produced veggies, fruits, meats, cheese, eggs, flowers, breads, sweets, honey and so much more! Opening day is going to be an event not to miss with lots of fun happenings for the kiddos, including a FREE petting zoo and $5 pony rides from Prancing Ponies!
 
Photo Credit: Prancing Ponies
 
The market sponsor, The Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce advises that many of the same vendors will be returning for another great year of local fresh, plus several new vendors featuring cut flowers, artisan bread and candies. Word on the street is Tyner Pond Farm is one of the new vendors this year. Woot! Woot! Overall there will be 18-20 vendors on opening day for you to explore and fall in love with their local fresh products. #EatLocal peeps! It does a world of good.
 
The Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce is still accepting vendor applications for this year's market. Click here for the application. Follow the Fortville Farmers Market on Facebook to keep up on fun weekly events too.
 
 
 
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!
 
*** 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.
 

 



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - The SteerIn, An Eastside Treasure

Just off of 10th and Emerson on the Eastside of Indianapolis is a scrumptious treasure - Indy's Historic STEER-IN!
 
 
Ashley and I both adore this Indy diner. Both our extended families have great memories growing up eating at the STEER-IN (previously Laughner's Steer-In back in the 1960s).
 
My Aunt and Uncle lived just around the corner, my brothers and sisters went to Scecina High School just down the road and the STEER-IN was an often a gathering spot for delicious food and family time together. Now a friend of both our families owns this Indy hot spot - The Kehrer Family, and so many of the menu items that everyone has fallen in love with over the years are still just as delicious as they were in the 60s! From the tenderloin to the homemade coleslaw and cream pies, there are so many delicious options at the STEER-IN!
 
The food is so amazing that in 2011 Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" took note and visited to tape at Indy's famous STEER-IN! Just this past year, they were named Nuvo's #1 Best Tenderloin in Indy!
 
We couldn't agree more and think the STEER-IN is a perfect Wandering Wednesday destination! Get out, peeps and enjoy some of the best food in Indy!
 
A perfectly breaded pork tenderloin from Indy's Steer-In Diner.

 
Homemade (same recipe since the 60s) coleslaw from Indy's Steer-In Diner.
 
 
Trust us. We're super smart foodie mamas.
Never leave without a slice of one of Indy's Steer-In Diner's cream pies!



February-May 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!
 



*** 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.