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Morels & Ramps: Spring’s Treasures

By troycarpenter

  Chefs usually get better ingredients than you. Sure, if you have money and you know what you’re looking for, you can get restaurant-quality produce, meat, and fish by shopping around for the good stuff. But chances are, a great restaurant is still going to top you on quality, becaus... Read More

Indianapolis Museum of Art FREE Admission Days

By Anna Shirley

If you haven't heard yet, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is no longer offers free admission. You may still visit parts of the museum at no cost, including The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Your best option if you visit at least a couple times a year is to purchase a members... Read More

IMA: Costly But Crucial

By troycarpenter

In a development that Indianapolis-area parents will want to take note of, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has recently shifted to a new admissions system and now the museum is charging for individual admission to the museum as well as the picturesque grounds. While your preschool-age child... Read More

The Color Run - 2015 Shine Tour

By Anna Shirley

The Color Run is by far one of the most memorable family activities we've ever done. It's been more than a year and a half since our family ran The Color Run as our first 5k. And what a 5k to do. My kids still talk about it and even put on their t-shirts so that they can match each other. The Color ... Read More

Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus and Potatoes; Green BEAN Delivery Recipe Contest

By troycarpenter

As the plant world reawakens in spring, we start thinking about fresh, bright flavors for our meals and take a breather from the heavier, sustaining dishes of the winter months. Green BEAN Delivery has announced a contest to reward home cooks thinking along those lines, offering $1200 in prizes ... Read More

Bacon Man

By troycarpenter

  Feeding kids is tough. From moment one, when it was all my wife’s job, to the present day, when it’s mostly mine, it’s a constant juggling act trying to create family meals that will satisfy the grown-ups, be acceptable to the youngsters, and contain properly healthy elements. ... Read More

The Greens Of Spring

By troycarpenter

We Midwesterners finally got a taste of Spring this past week, with a quick jump in temperature that melted the last of the early-March snow, and a close inspection of our front yard shows the tulips have noticed the change, and have started poking their noses out to take a whiff of the changing... Read More

From Oceans to Forests: 2 IMAX movies and 2 books that will captivate your kids

By Anna Shirley

I'm a big fan of the IMAX theater in the Indiana State Museum. There's always something interesting playing that is great for me and my children. IMAX movies are beautiful and educational and there are two films I'd recommend along with a couple of our favorite books. Combine them together and get y... Read More

What's My Job?

By troycarpenter

At a New Year’s party, a neighbor introduced me to her father by saying “He’s so good at it – every day I see them pulling out of the cul-de-sac, headed for some exciting adventure.” By “it,” of course, she meant my job – one she shares with me - as a stay-at-home parent. I was f... Read More

Brickworld 2015 - Indianapolis {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

The love of building with bricks isn't something you grow out of. When my son opened his first LEGO set and started his fascination with building, I was happy to have an excuse to join in, bringing me back to my childhood. What if we never stopped building and let our imaginations grow as we grew? ... Read More