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!




*** 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.