Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | IPL 500 Festival Parade

I was pondering what to share with you this week and with the 100th Running of the Indy 500 all a buzz everywhere around town, and I thought it just had to be the IPL 500 Festival Parade




I have a secret to share with you. I once hated parades. All because of my "fly by the seat of her pants sister" Amy. I almost got arrested at the corner of Pennsylvania and North at the Indy 500 Parade the year Jack was one, and it's all her fault! I spent the parade in tears on one corner and she and my roo boy on the opposite corner. She's what they call a parade jaywalker. Seems the cops frown upon that just as the Indy 500 parade is kicking off. She must be used to Noblesville 4th of July parade where that is fine and dandy. However, the whole experience gave me parade anxiety for years! Oh I wish I had a picture of that debacle for you all. 

Somehow I overcame and for the last few years we've gone and enjoyed it immensely. The Coach Man rocks parking and getting us to our favorite spot. It's like clockwork with him. Baby girl took some convincing on the Indy 500 Parade. She believes all parades should throw loads of candy, and you don't really get that at this parade. Her motto is "show me the candy," peeps!

So here's our best tips for rocking the IPL 500 Festival Parade:

  • Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. Pack sunscreen and hats. Wear walking shoes.
  • Take a little cash for parking and food truck food you just can't live without - in our world, corndogs!
  • Do a potty break before you leave.
  • Master your parade pic pose - baby girl has it down! 
  • Leave early. Plenty of time makes for happy little parade goers.
  • Avoid Pennsylvania at all costs. Park someone to the west of Meridian. We like off of Capitol Ave. in the AUL lot. Great spot.
  • We love sitting on the circle. Free seats. Plus if you get there early you have the pick of some great vantage points to see it all.
  • Don't be in a rush to leave. You'll just be fighting traffic. Hang downtown for a bit after it's all over. Maybe even enjoy lunch in beautiful city center. 
Baby girls parade poses are legendary! Here she is earlier this year.
Corndogs are a must!
Really, don't forget the hats.

So what's your best IPL 500 Festival Parade tip or family tradition?

For more information on the parade, visit http://www.500festival.com/parade 

May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and The Waterpark. Peeps, OPENING DAY is May 28th. Why not get your summer pass now?  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!






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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | A Family Evening on the Monon in Carmel

There is just something about the vibe of the Monon in downtown Carmel, Indiana. People walking to and fro, enjoying dinner, sitting and chatting, delighting in ice cream, getting in an evening walk with the family pooch... Such a pleasant atmosphere and so much to do as a family.


This past week we headed out to try Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream on the Monon in downtown Carmel. We had never been before, but were always intrigued by the cute yellow house-style restaurant right on the Monon path. We got there around 5:30 and with a 15 minute wait we were in. The awesome old-fashioned games outside kept the kiddos plenty business while we waited. They even made a few friends. We opted for inside dining since the outside wait was longer. Next time I'm holding out for outside.


What a fun atmosphere, inside and out! Love the pictures on the walls of all who have conquered the "Big Ugly" and lived. Baby girl loved taking them all in and looking for anyone she might know.


Our sever was amazing. The kids loved her. She was ever so helpful with it being our first trip too. We sampled the chili. Delish! We played a fun table game called No Speed Limit. I had my first ever breakfast burger and the rest of the family had traditional cheese burgers. Coach Man was a bit off his game that evening - no Big Ugly for him, but he thought about it. The onion rings were heavenly! We were so stuffed we didn't get to try to ice cream side of Bub's, but next time definitely.



After dinner we headed for a walk on the Monon. The kids met a couple doggie friends along the way. With so much tree cover as you go, it really is a pleasant walk.



If you're looking to wander as a family for an evening out this summer, I totally recommend a Bub's and Monon combo.


We even spotted our friends from Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation!


May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and The Waterpark. Peeps, OPENING DAY is May 28th. Why not get your summer pass now?  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!




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Friday, May 13, 2016

Fit Friday! People Who Inspire Us to Get Our Fit On | Meet Angie Barnes

How about a little Friday inspiration, fit style?


I believe we need to surround ourselves with people that inspire us and have been in shoes just like our own. I personally am in Angie's 2014 shoes and have been working to get healthier every day. Many people think that only the elite of Hollywood should inspire. However, if you look hard enough there is hardworking inspirational people right here in your own community. Every week we will be highlighting someone new and different because there are no two stories the same.

Without further ado, here is Angie's story:





HOW DID YOU GET STARTED / WHAT INSPIRED YOU?

When I "started" in January 2014, I didn't really know I was 'starting'. I saw a picture of myself from New Year's Eve and realized that person in the photo was not what I saw in the mirror. It realized how unhealthy I had become. So my journey started with wanting to FEEL better. I didn't have a weight loss goal in mind, I just knew that I wanted to FEEL better. 

I was a member of the Y and had gone to some classes here and there but nothing consistent. It wasn't an instructor at the Y, now my coach and dear friend, Julie Voris, told me that if I wanted to see changes I HAD to get consistent. I had to workout more than 2 days a week. So I did. I joined one of her online challenge groups, full of people I didn't know. It didn't take long for me to realize this was the secret sauce: Consistency + Accountability + Support = Success.

I developed a personal mantra: Consistency = Change. If I consistently made better food choices, I would see the change. If I consistently moved more, I would see the change. I also realized, consistency works the opposite way too: if I consistently made poor food choices, I would see change as well.



WHAT HAS KEPT YOU GOING? WHAT SET BACKS HAVE YOU HAD?

Getting notes from my challengers thanking me because they FEEL better, they are more confident and just down right happier is what keeps me going! I'm incredibly passionate about sharing this 'secret sauce' with others -- and if I expect them to believe in themselves and trust the process and do more than they ever thought possible, I have to do the same thing. 

I'm a firm believer when we know better we choose better, and when we can we have a responsibility to do!

As a wife and momma of two young kids,  knowing that my kiddos are always watching is a huge motivator for me. I know it is up to me to set the tone for a healthy lifestyle, physically, mentally and spiritually. Showing them that being active, having an awareness of what is in our food and how certain foods make us FEEL is important to me. I want them to be able to make healthy choices on their own, not just because I said so. 

I think a lot of people equate "set backs" to weight gain but don't really pay attention to the scale. I focus more on how I FEEL. There will always be obstacles or challenges -- that's life. Of course there are times when I make better food choices than others -- and quite frankly, I start feeling like crap. So that is my motivator to get back on track. It feels good to feel good and if we listen to our bodies it'll tell us exactly what it likes and doesn't like, we just have to listen.


HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY COMPARED TO BEFORE YOU STARTED?

Oh my goodness, the changes in how I feel are immense. First and foremost I'm more confident and happy. I didn't think I was unhappy before...but now I know that's because I didn't know how good I could feel...and I didn't know how much taking care of me would impact all areas of my life.

I have more energy, I'm less stressed, I have better relationships. When we take care of ourselves we are better able to take care of those around us.

I also feel as if I've found my passion for helping others. There is no greater gift than knowing that you have helped someone else change their life for the better. It's not just about a workout or a meal -- this truly is about our life.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Artisan Thursday | Another Fortville Son Comes Home in the Name of Local Fresh

This week the Fortville Mama crew got to meet Garst Gardens of Fortville. We learned tons about commercial vegetable gardening, bringing local fresh to the community, cooking delish veggies and entrepreneurship #farmsmatter style. Oh and the kids loved learning about broccolini, more than just a fun word to say!


The Next Generation of Local Fresh in #fabFortville

Garst Gardens is owned and operated by the talented Tim Garst. You may recognize the last name. The Garst family has been a part of Hancock County and Fortville for generations. Farming is just in their blood, but Tim will be the first to tell you that he was the last one they all expected to carry on the family legacy of farming! However, he's really excited though to take farming to a different place. Commercial vegetable farming hasn't really been done by the family since his great uncle and aunt, Paul and Josephine. Most of the family that still farms grows corn and soybeans.

Tim, the youngest of four siblings, is a trained chef by trade. He is a graduate of The Chef's Academy and spent his early career at a local Hamilton County favorite - Uptown Cafe - serving up unique dishes. Due to a new owner of the cafe, Tim found himself at a fork in the road with a great opportunity at hand that would tie his love for all-star culinary creations and quality produce together beautifully. After reflecting a bit on the possible path ahead, Tim decided to dive into his own business, embrace the spirt of the farmer within and launch Garst Gardens in his hometown of Fortville.



With this being his inaugural year, he knows there is going to be a bit of a learning curve, but he is ever thankful to have the support of his father, Dave Garst, uncle Rick Garst and tons of friends and family as well.

In a field that formerly yielded corn crops, Tim has lovingly planted his first crops of lettuce, radishes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, peas and more. Soon the tomatoes and strawberry plants will go in the ground as well. He says he is loving doing things himself and always having a new project.



Tim, his Garst Gardens seedlings and spring produce (mostly greens and radishes) will be at the opening of the Fortville Farmers Market next week. The market takes place 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Fortville Nazarene Church parking lot. Eventually Garst Gardens may explore selling organic quality produce to local restaurants who value locally sourced fresh as well (think Fox Gardin peeps), but Tim has to explore the ins and outs of that first.



One of the things I most loved about talking with Tim is that he shared a new way to eat veggies with my kids. He gave them a whole new perspective on beets, yes beets. I'm ashamed to say, I don't think they have ever had a beet. So here's the 411 from Tim.

Roasted Beets Recipe


Grab yourself a medium to large beet. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wrapped beet(s) on a baking sheet; bake until beets are slightly soft to the touch or a fork goes in easy, 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on their size. Cool beet(s), then rub off skins. Goes great in a salad with citrus.

See you at the market next Thursday. We can't wait!



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 2016 even cooler than 2015!


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wandering Wednesday: Celebrating the 100th Indianapolis 500 | Family Friendly Events for a Memorable Month of May

We are so pumped for this Wandering Wednesday post. A guest post from a #fabFortville resident who adores IndyCar and the month of May in Indy more than anyone we know! Thank-you to Kara Fleck for sharing all that is wonderful about Indy in the month of May, especially this year! Make sure to jump over and check her blog out at K. Elizabeth Fleck.

Family Friendly Events for a Memorable Month of May in Indy


At long last, an event a century in the making is here: the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. As a lifelong IndyCar fan, I alternate between wanting the race to hurry up and get here and wanting time to slow down so we can really savor each event leading up to the big day.




My family might be a little more IndyCar crazy than most, in fact my husband likes to joke that May is our Christmas, but I think we can all agree that this year everyone, from casual fan to strident trackside enthusiast, is excited for the checkered flag to wave crowning this year’s Indy 500 champion.


It will be legendary.


We’re celebrating a historic event, not just for race fans, but for Indiana. Our local history is married to the history of the Speedway and in many ways, the stories of the 500 contain the past one hundred years of Hoosier history, art, technology, ingenuity, and community. It’s heartbreak and victory, tradition and community.




So, how can you and your family be a part of what promises to be a legendary month? I’ve put together a list of some of my very favorite month of May events, traditions that I know will be even better than ever during this special birthday celebration. I’m also sharing some new events created just to celebrate this 100th year of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.






Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and Have a Memorable Month of May



All Month Long


Collect posters - all month long the Indy Arts council is celebrating the 100th running of the 500 and you can learn all the details at their website WelcomeRaceFansIndy.org (http://www.welcomeracefansindy.org) 33 original works of art can be found on display all around the Indianapolis area. See the full list here (http://www.welcomeracefansindy.org/more-info/) There are also nine different posters that fans can pick up and collect for FREE while supplies last.


Pin Trading - be on the lookout all month long for pin trading events. This is a fun souvenir and a neat way to connect with other race fans. Pippa Mann will be holding an event on the day of the Angie’s List Grand Prix at 12:05 in the plaza at the official IndyCar merchandise store and I’m sure other official events will pop up, too.


Practice Days - if you’d love to experience the speedway with your kids, but without the race day crowds, practice days are a good time to do so. Check the schedule for official days and times and don’t forget the ear protection, sunscreen, and to double check IMS’s rules for coolers and food and beverages. Cameras and your sharpies for getting driver photographs and autographs are a must, too. For more info, head to the IMS website and check the Event Schedule: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/


Lionheart: Remembering Dan Wheldon - Dan Wheldon was a two time Indy 500 champion and a fan favorite. This month a tribute book is being released and there will be special signing events. Look for the Legends pop up shops at the speedway. More info about the Lionheart book can be found here: http://lionheartbook.com/


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum - If you and your family haven’t been to the IMS museum, it is a must do during this 100th Indy 500 celebration. This year there is a special exhibit celebrating Roger Penske and his 50 year career. Find the winning driver for the year you were born, take in the history and the heritage, ask questions, and check out some pretty cool cars. This is a learning experience as well as a fun day. The speedway has an app you can download to your phone so you’ll always know what time the museum is open and what events are coming up. You can also call 317-492-8500 for daily hours of operation.


Download the IndyCar app - While you’re downloading apps to your phone to enhance your month of May experience, the Verizon IndyCar mobile app is essential. Videos, news, podcasts, and the ability to check in on the standing of your favorite drivers will keep you and your kids up to speed all month and beyond as you follow the series this season.


Listen to Trackside - all month long you can listen to the radio show Trackside Online with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee. In fact, keeping the radio to 1070theFan (http://www.1070thefan.com/indy500) during the month of May is probably a good idea. They do an excellent job of covering the entire month and always have discussions that are a fun blend of history, current events, and interesting guests.


Mark Your Calendar


(May 17, May 24) Indy 500 Film Nights at the Irvington Library - all ages are invited to the library to view historic race highlight films. These events are FREE. Showtimes begin at 7pm and you can find the full schedule of films to be shown each night at the library’s website here: http://www.indypl.org/events/featured/indy-500-film-nights-irvington/ or call 317-275-4450 for more information about these free Library programs.


(May 13) Festival on Main, Speedway’s Main Street - this year is going to be bigger and better than ever to celebrate the 100th. It’s a FREE family event and concert featuring favorite Hoosier artists Jon McLaughlin, Josh Kaufmann, and the Hunter Smith Band. From 5 to 11 pm families can join in the celebration thanks to the Indy Family Foundation. General admission for this event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, head here: http://www.indyfamilyfoundation.com/


(May 14) The Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis - IndyCars on a road course is a sight not to be missed. 82 laps, 14 turns, and 200 miles of excitement. Bring your kids (twelve and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket) to this family-friendly race on Saturday, May 14. Best selling Indiana author John Green will be driving the pace car. Plus, it will be a great time to see the newly remodeled IMS plaza and entrance to the speedway. Tickets are still available. General admission starts at $30 and reserved seating starts at $40.


(May 19) Winning movie - Bring a lawn chair and head to the yard of bricks for a special screening of this 1969 classic starring Paul Newman. In Cooperation with ARTx and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, watch this movie in a truly legendary setting. Seating will begin at 7:30 and the movie will be shown at 9pm. Cooler, food, and beverage rules apply.
(Note: this event is expected to sell out, so grab your tickets fast if you’re interested in attending with your family.)




Carb Night Burger Bash - our family has been attending this FREE event for years and we love it. This year it will be moving to a new location. Grab your family and head downtown to the PanAm Plaza for “a driver-centered show co-hosted by IndyStar reporter Curt Cavin and veteran broadcaster Kevin Lee. IndyCar drivers expected to attend include Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter. Look for Indy 500 legends to stop by, too.” Doors open at 5:00pm and the live show starts at 6:30.



(May 28) The 500 Festival Parade - the 33 drivers of the Indy 500 will be the honorary Grand Marshals of this parade, a time honored tradition. Catch it live downtown from noon to 1:30 or watch it on WTHR. 300,000 are expected to be there, joined by another million watching across the country.


(May 29) The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 - The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is a once in a lifetime event and my family cannot wait. This event has sold out, so expect larger crowds, longer waits, and more traffic than ever. Set your kids up for success and if you know they won’t be able to handle a long, loud day consider waiting to take them to a race when they are older. Infield parking has also sold out, so be prepared to walk to your seat. But for older kids who are up for a long day of exciting racing, this is going to be an event to remember. There's a family viewing area.  Don’t forget to bring ear protection, sun protection, and to check the forecast so your family will be prepared and ready to have a good day at the track.
Television coverage - ABC television coverage for the race is blacked out locally, but the race will be rerun for local audiences that night and for the first time it will be rebroadcast the following Monday.


We also like to watch the Victory Banquet on television. Each driver collects his prize check and makes a speech and it is a neat way to wrap up the month of May. You can find it broadcast by WTHR.


Need even MORE month of May ideas? Our friends at Indy With Kids have a list of 31 Things to Do in May. http://indywithkids.com/31-things-to-do-in-may-brought-to-you-by-childrens-dental-center/


Have a favorite family friendly Indy in the Month of May event I didn’t mention here? Drop it in the comments below so the rest of us can share in the family fun, too.

Whether you attend events at the speedway in person, or you and your family catch the race on television, this year’s Indianapolis 500 promises to be the stuff that legends are made of.




May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation and The Waterpark. Peeps, OPENING DAY is May 28th. Why not get your summer pass now?  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

#FitFriday Yummy Banana Protein Smoothie

I have a new favorite breakfast packed full of protein!  

As a matter of fact, I had it the morning of my first 5k run. It's simple and tastes like ice cream, but loaded with protein. 

Lately I've been on survival mode. It's been hard to even get counters clear to cook or make breakfast. When you have babies busy at your feet it will make you act and act fast. All I have to do it throw all the ingredients in the blender and push a button. In seconds I have a healthy breakfast that's made from real ingredients. 

So here it is:

Protein Breakfast Smoothie

2 frozen bananas
2 TBS Almond butter
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 cup almond milk
Throw in a blender and blend till smooth.



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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Artisan Thursday Series: It's Back! Local Fresh to the Rescue

Fortville Farmers Market Opening Day Set for May 19th

It's back, back again... and boy are we excited. The Mamas adore local fresh, especially local fresh from our very own area farmers. We love the convenience of the Fortville Farmers Market on a Thursday evenings too. The weekends get super busy with family events, errrands and sports games, that it's hard to fit a farmers market visit in too. Having the option for one on a Thursday evening from 4-7 p.m. is pretty hip in our book.



Preview of the 2016 Fortville Farmers Market 

We're thrilled to get a little preview of all the awesomeness this season of the Fortville Farmers Market will have to offer:
So what sorts of local fresh will you be able to find on opening day? Local honey, local greens, fresh asparagus, plants, artisan soaps, baked goods and MORE. 





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 2016 even cooler than 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 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.