The Friday Five: 5 reasons to love Fortville {Indy With Kids}

Fortville Progressive Tour

Today’s Friday Five is for the local folks.

I‘m guest posting over at Indy With Kids this week, sharing five “must see” places and events happening in this small town that my family and I adore.  

Indiana friends, if you are looking for something fun to do with your family this fall, I’d love to invite you to my town of Fortville, located in western Hancock county, just outside of Indianapolis.

I was invited, along with several other local bloggers, to take a progressive tour of the town by the lovely ladies at the Fortville Mama blog. It was so much fun to learn a little more about this area (including visiting a fantastic family spot I’d never been to in the nearly ten years we’ve lived here) and it was  a real pleasure to meet so many Indiana bloggers. I always love being able to meet in person and put faces to the blogs.

See my post at Indy With Kids here to find out more (and maybe I’ll see you in town soon?)

Weekend Links


Local area bloggers, my friend Jenny of Fortville Mama is organizing a tour of our town, showing off four of Fortville”s favorite family fun spots.  She”s got all of the details over on the Fortville Mama blog.  I”m going and I”d love to see some of YOU there!

Also, I was tickled pink this week to find that my Pinterest boards had been voted a Top Ten Finalist over at The Red Tricycle Awards.  That was a nice little boost to my week (and almost made me justify my Pinterest habit, ha ha!) Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  I”m going to ignore the scorching temperatures, curl up with my knitting, a football game, and a bowl of chili, and pretend like it is already fall.  I hope you and your kids have a terrific weekend, too!


We’re going to Crafting Community!

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My oldest daughter Jillian and I are super excited to share that we are going to Crafting Community next month!  We were invited as part of my involvement with the Target Inner Circle and I’ve been having that “pinch me, this can’t be real” moment almost daily since we heard about the conference. We can’t wait!

About Crafting Community:

This October 4 – 6, the Fourth Annual Crafting Community will return to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

Crafting Community is a unique chance for families to engage each other, and other like minded families, in a positive environment filled with laughter, imagination and plain old fun.

Founder, LA based artist Karen Kimmel, believes esthetics and design are not lost on children. They love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage them.  Hmmm, that almost sounds like someone else I know …

With that in mind, Karen works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire guests of all ages.  I think you’ll agree with me that it all sounds pretty wonderful.

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Weekend Link Love (and Target Back-to-School Giveaway Winner)


Back-to-School Essentials Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Target Back-to-School essentials giveaway.  The winner was …. Cecelia PCongratulations! 

Cecelia, be on the lookout for an email from me telling you how to receive your prize.

Okay, friends, I”m going to close the laptop and dip back into this lovely weekend.  I hope you and your kids have been enjoying yourselves and I”ll see you all back here on Monday to share our family”s latest Unplugged Play idea.  Best wishes!


The Friday Five: 5 Ways to Connect with Me


Another week has skipped its way across the calendar, which mean it is time for today’s Friday Five.

First, I want to say a special thank you to all of my readers, those of you who have been following this space for years and those of you just joining us.  Thank you!  It means so much to have you here.

This week I wanted to let all of you know about five places where you can connect with me.  Blogging is one of the things I love in life, but believe it or not social media is really growing on me, too.

Here are some ways we can connect:

1. The Dynamo Rhino

Did you know I had another blog?  Yes, my family and I started The Dynamo Rhino, named after one of my daughter Lucy’s favorite toys, earlier this year and it has become a fun place to chronicle our homeschooling adventures and a journal for my thoughts as a homeschooling mom.

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