Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - A #GoIrish Visit - April ND Blue and Gold Game

Our Top 5 Favorites for a ND Getaway!

It's no secret that our household bleeds blue and gold. The Coach Man has been a fan since he was little and this mama grew up with a Dad and brothers that never missed cheering on their beloved Irish.

A trip up north to wander the ND campus is always a hit for our littles. Weather in the fall with the gorgeous reds, yellows and oranges as backdrops or in the spring for the annual Blue-Gold Game, it's always tons of fun! However, we're a bit sad this year, the 86th Annual Blue-Gold Game will not have general admission. Due to construction around the ND Football Stadium this year's game will be played at LaBar Practice Complex in South Bend instead. Seating is limited (only about 3000) and by invite only. It will be televised at 12:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN.

That doesn't mean you can't head up and enjoy a spring ND campus visit anyway! Coach man says just plan in time to watch the game at one of the great eateries on campus in between exploring other areas of campus and South Bend. You can stay overnight and enjoy a hotel swim too or just make it a day trip.

Our Top 5 favorites for a ND getaway!

1. Touchdown Jesus - a large mural showing the resurrected Jesus that can be seem from the stadium was installed in 1964 and is entitled The Word of Life by Millard Sheets. Every kiddo should get to meet Him at least once in their life. Plus the lawn in front of Touchdown Jesus is perfect for a picnic or a pick-up game with the family!


2. Go in the spring and enjoy the Annual Blue-Gold game with the family. A super cost-effective way to enjoy the ND experience! You can even tailgate before! However, as noted above there is no general admission this year due to construction and venue change. Mark your calendar for 2016.


3. Make a stop at the South Bend Chocolate Company while in South Bend. Yummy chocolates of every kind, old fashioned sodas and old fashioned candy too! You can even have lunch in their cafe!






4. A self-guided walking tour of the ND campus. So much to see and enjoy! I love that the kiddos get see college life firsthand too. It's never too young to think about your future, what you want to be and where you want to go to school. Start the dreams young. 


5. Take in a local park in or around South Bend, such as Potato Creek State Park.



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!



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Mama Tip Tuesday - Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Looking for a way to get past the winter blahs and into spring bliss?

Need some sand between your toes? If you are like me, you can’t get to the sand right now, but here’s a great way to get your feet sandal ready and put a little tropics on your skin!

This scrub is a great exfoliant and moisturizer. It can be used on your face, feet, elbows, wherever, even to shave your legs. I like to leave mine in the shower so it's always ready to go.



One of the best things about this recipe is it uses Young Living essential oils! My family and I swear by them. If you would like to know more about these awesome oils and their benefits click here

You put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up! Do you here the music playing in your head now? Go ahead dance around the kitchen. We don't mind.




Recipe
1 cup sugar
1/4 c. melted coconut oil
5 drops of Young Living Lime* essential oil

Combine all in a bowl and mix well. Place in a jelly jar. It will be just a little bit too big for a 1/2 pint jar. This makes a wonderful inexpensive gift too - teachers, babysitters, really anyone. 

I like to use organic sugar in my recipe, but use what you have. I was all out when I took the above picture. The type of coconut oil you use definitely makes a difference. I stay away from the cheaper ones that are refined. If they don’t smell like coconut when you open them up, then I always think not for me. When I use it on my face, I always end up tasting a little…so yummy! You can feel good about using it because there are no harmful chemicals inside.  

Some people like to add a teaspoon or two of shredded coconut to their recipe. It makes for extra exfoliating, if you would like to do that. I just feel funny about running the shreds down the drain, so I don’t.

Enjoy!!



Important Note 
*Lime and other citrus oils can make your skin sun sensitive so don’t use the scrub if you plan on being in the sun soon afterwards.

- Kittie




This Mama Tip Tuesday is from guest writer, Kittie Masters. Kittie is a resident of Fortville, a mama of two beautiful kiddos, a local teacher and a Young Living member. You can read her bio here


February-March 2015 Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by F.C. Tucker Agents Julie Preston and Stephanie Wilson. 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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Fortville Mama Welcome to Lincoln Square Pancake House - Fortville

Top 7 Reasons Lincoln Square Pancake House is Good Eats


1.  Breakfast! There are so many Lincoln Square Pancake House choices and all of them super delicious! Pancakes. Waffles. French Toast. Omelettes. Eggs Benedict. Skillets. Scrambles. Croissants. Oh and Coach Man's favorite - Biscuits & Gravy. He advises the best he's ever had next to mine! 



2.  The coffee! I'm a bit of a coffee connoisseur, and I love their brew! Never bitter. Always smooth, hot and delicious. It's 100% Arabica Gourmet Coffee, carefully roasted to perfection by a fourth generation family owned company that is celebrating it’s 100th year! Plus their creamer selection includes every kind under the moon!


3.  Kid's selections! First of all their kid's placemat has tons of tic-tac-toe boards. Everyone knows that's exactly what every kid wants - tons of room to beat their mom and dad at tic-tac-toe while they wait for their yummy food. Plus all kid's meals are under $5! Gotta love budget friendly.


4.  These babies! Need an appetizer choice. These are a must. The apple butter on the side is amazing! Plus who doesn't love something fried and dusted with powdered sugar!


5. The homemade jam! I'm so in love with this jam! They should have a board outside that announces the jam flavors like a certain custard serving joint does with their flavors of the day. Currently it's strawberry and peach.


6. The staff! I have never met a more genuine, fun and smiley staff. They are wonderful! You can see they love their jobs and actually care about the customers as well. I adore them all! Plus management is the most generous team I have ever encountered! I am 100% impressed!


7.  There are 9 locations to enjoy! No matter what side of town you are on, you can always find a Lincoln Square location to enjoy. From Fortville to Geist to Greenfield to Greenwood to Westfield to Indianapolis to Columbus!

Bonus Reason: As if you needed another, but Coach Man says it's an important one and I must include. They have DIET MT. DEW on tap! Coach Man is thrilled! I guess this is a rare occurrence when dining out.



Make sure to stop in and give the new Fortville location a try! They are open 7-4 daily and Friday and Saturday evenings until 8 p.m. as well! 

Follow on Facebook too! You'll be in the know about upcoming special events at each of their locations!



April 2015 Hancock County Treasures blog series is brought to you by Lincoln Square Pancake House - Fortville Location. 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, Thursday Artisan Showcase, Fitness 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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! Get Grease Tickets Before They're Gone

Well-a, Well-a, Well-a, Uh...Tell me more, Tell me more...Was it love at first sight?

Yep, 100%!

Tonight I got to sit in for a special media preview of the GREASE production at Ten West Center for the Arts taking the stage starting this Thursday evening! 

Oh my gosh, so impressed! 



Tickets are flying out the door, so our Mama Tip Tuesday for you this week is get them before they're gone! Saturday is already sold out. Friday night is close to sold out. Thursday evening might be your only chance.

Here Are Our Top 5 Reasons You Don't Want To Miss GREASE This Weekend at Ten West:

  1. The actors are awesome! Everyone is totally in character and belting out some of your favorite Grease tunes. The opening number actually gave me the chills it was so good!
  2. There's an actual car on stage!
  3. Andrew Okerson isn't just behind the scenes this time. He's playing in the live band on stage too! Nice touch.
  4. You get to experience the magic of the arts for an awesome price! Thanks for being family-friendly affordable, Ten West. This mama appreciates!
  5. There are little tidbits of spot on humor delivered beautifully from the actors throughout. 

Don't miss it, peeps.


February-March 2015 Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by F.C. Tucker Agents Julie Preston and Stephanie Wilson. 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.

Hancock County Treasures - J. Scott Photography

Like Coming Home

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
I recently sat down with Jamie and Brandy Owens of J. Scott Photography, which is based in lovely Fortville. My very favorite thing they had to say was this... "Coming from a small town...Fortville was like coming home." That line right there makes my heart sing. I love it when people adore Fortville and embrace its specialness. The Owens take it a step further. They capture all that is exceptional about Fortville time and time again via their art.


Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Talking with Jamie and Brandy is just so easy. They are such down to earth individuals. They shared with me a few of their favorite reasons why Fortville is such a great place. I have to agree, their reasons are some of my very same ones as well. People still wave here, call you by name on the street and say hello. Then there's the train. The beautiful comforting sound of the train going through the middle of town. Oh and let's not forget the historic buildings up and down Main Street. A goldmine of backdrops for a pair of talented photographers.

What brought J. Scott Photography to Fortville a little over 3 years ago... A chance encounter really. Their daughter dances for Accented Motions Dance Studio. Back then the studio had just moved to Fortville from another location, relocating to the bottom floor of Ten West Center for the Arts. The Owens were often in Fortville just hanging out while their daughter had classes and thought to themselves hey, why not look here for studio space! They were able to find the perfect space and the property owner even built it out especially for them. It was a match made in photography heaven.

The Owens quickly made themselves at home in the community with the launch of a fun project - Faces of Fortville. Through this project they embraced the community of Fortville and those familiar friendly faces along Main Street. You can find Faces of Fortville prints on display in Indulge Cafe on Main Street Fortville. Jamie puts it best, "When I moved my photography studio to Fortville in 2011 I became part of a community. In my old location, I was just a photographer in an office space."

They continue to put a unique light on the town of Fortville through their photography of local events, such as Bastille Day. They often shoot family and senior photos with Fortville as the beautiful backdrop. Our favorite J. Scott Photography project of recent has to be Ballerinas in the Wild! You can see a showcase of these prints on display (and for purchase) at Indulge on Main Street Fortville.

The idea came to Jamie in a roundabout way. A fan of unconventional photography but never really a fan of projects such as "trash the dress", but more so "fish out of water" themed shoots; Jamie has been working on beautiful shots of local ballerinas in places they wouldn't normally be found. It's a creative outlet for him in his downtime, and really his gift of art to the world. One of our favorite locations Jamie has shot the Ballerinas in the Wild series is Fortville, but he has also photographed in locations like IMS during the month of May too! That location was one of the most fun for all involved. Everyone was out of their element, including spectators. There was even an older gentleman there to watch time trials that wanted to get up and dance along with the ballerinas!


Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Ever a creative eye for the perfect shot, we love J. Scott Photography wedding photos too! They have a way of capturing moments in time that should forever be savored. Jamie and Brandy say that they just love being there to document such a special day for families. They tease each other that Brandy is good for the safe shots and Jamie is always looking for those shots that showcase the stories that should forever be told. 

He loves the eyes too. In Jamie's opinion, they tell so much about a person. William Shakespeare was very wise... they are a window to the soul. Back in 1997 when Jamie was fresh out of college, he swore that he would never be a wedding photographer, but then came his sister's wedding (the first he ever shot, and an evening wedding via candlelight at that. One of the hardest types of shoots.) and the rest is history. Check out this sampling of some of Jamie and Brandy's gorgeous wedding photography. I sure wish I knew about their work when Coach Man and I wed some 15 years ago now!

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Jamie is the official photographer for InsidetheHall.com (as a lifelong IU fan, his dream job really), Accented Motions Dance Studio, University High School (where he also teaches photography) and Noah's Ark Preschool. He and Brandy own J. Scott Photography together and often work side by side on projects. They really are the perfect creative mix and complete opposites in so many ways, but that is exactly what makes them amazing! 

You can find their work for sale via their website, you can book them for a family photo, senior photo or a wedding or hire them as official photographers for your business too! You can also see J. Scott Photography on display in Fortville at Indulge Cafe on Main Street!

My absolute favorite photo Jamie has snapped is this recent one from the #fabFortville blogger event in February! Thank-you, Jamie. You definitely captured a moment in time and are ever the kind gentleman photographer! Brandy, I sure hope you guys diversify someday soon and bring a used book store with an adorable shop cat to Main Street Fortville. It would be a perfect fit! You both are treasures, and I hope you stay in Fortville for years and years to come.

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
January-March 2015 Hancock County Treasures brought to you by Moody's Butcher Shop - Geist Location. 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, Thursday Artisan Showcase, Fitness 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, March 18, 2015

Fortville Mama Feature - Indy Zoom Groom

This Wednesday we are taking a little break from Wandering to share with you the awesomeness of Haley Brown of Indy Zoom Groom. She is one of our newest sponsors at Fortville Mama, and we're 100% in love with her to your door premier pet grooming services!

A few weeks ago it rained and rained on 8 inches on snow. Yuck.

Nobody wants to go out in that or clean up after muddy paws! I have to say Haley the owner of Indy Zoom Groom is a girl after my own heart! At your door service! It's definitely not easy getting out of the house these days especially with 3 kiddos in car seats. My youngest is almost 4 months and screams the moment you place him in the seat. Have I mentioned how hard it is to leave the house?!

Want to know more reasons why I love this to-your-door service? Haley is super sweet. My dog loved her instantly. He just had that look in his eye. Usually he's a bit apprehensive around strangers but this wasn't the case with Haley. Could she have ties with Cesar Millan? We will never know.


Here is my lovely 3 legged Brittany Spaniel, Remi. The kind that loves to roll in who knows what when we visit my parents in the country. He also has a strong dislike for baths. However, he hopped right in Haley's super cool and well thought out van. He must have thought he was going on an adventure. This boy turned country dog loves to get dirty on the weekends!


Haley started with a little rinse then a good scrub down. This was his favorite part. The scrub down that she puts so much love into! Then a good rinse and blow dry. At that point I got out of the van to snap some pictures and take it all in! Remi hair was everywhere, and he was having the time of his life. She even cleaned his ears! Then clipped his nails and trimmed some of the long stray hairs. After his visit with Haley he was all fresh and clean - a new man!


Overall Indy Zoom Groom was the perfect choice for us. The to-your-door-service was a god-send for this busy mama of 3 young ones. I recommend her to all!






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 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.