Thursday, May 31, 2012

Indianapolis Kids Summer Camps 2012

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It's that time of year: the kids are out of school and they're happy. But, of course, it's a whole different story for mom and dad. What, oh what, can one do to ensure both meaningful child care and a positive, enriching summer for the munchkins? In a kid-friendly town like Indianapolis, it comes as no surprise that we're loaded with camping and activity opportunities for the kids.


The YMCA of greater Indianapolis offers both a day camp and an overnight camping sensation for the kids. Their Day Camp options include:

Preschool Camp
Teen Camp
Traditional Day Camp
Fine Arts Camp
Sports Camp
Performing Arts Camp
Enrichment Camp

Meanwhile, the overnight camp is the old-fashioned, roasting marshmallows and sleeping in a cabin type of experience. Try Flat Rock River YMCA Summer Camp at the Ruth Lilly YMCA Outdoor Center (45 minutes from Indianapolis). Flat Rock welcomes children ages 7-16 for varying session lengths.

Get More Info Here.


The IUPUI Sport Complex Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5-12 an opportunity to explore many different sports and activities taught in a safe, non-competitive environment. Summer Day Camp is held in the facilities of the IUPUI Sport Complex.

Summer Day Camp Sport Rotations

Week 1: All-Star Track, Soccer, Archery                   Week 6: Kickball, Tag Mania, Archery
Week 2: Kickball, Tag Mania, Golf                           Week 7: Baseball/Softball, Boot Camp, Lacrosse
Week 3: Baseball/Softball, Boot Camp, Lacrosse  Week 8: Volleyball, Basketball, All-Star Track
Week 4: Volleyball, Basketball, Archery                   Week 9: Archery, Tag Mania, Soccer
Week 5: All-Star Track, Soccer, Golf

Get More IUPUI info Here.

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Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum offers youth an affordable, curriculum-based summer program. StarPoint Summer Camp is a unique, six week long camp available to ages 6–12. Each week is themed according to an extraordinary exhibit or element in the Museum and the curriculum is developed by trained museum educators.

Session 1: June 18-July 6

Week 1:   The Power of You
Week 2:   Flight Adventures
Week 3:   Hot Wheels

Session 2: July 9-July 27

Week 4:  Away We Go!
Week 5:  Cretaceous Creatures
Week 6:  Studio of Colors

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Indy 500 Party & Humor Blog 2013

Living in Indianapolis has it's benefits; among them the frenzy and fun of being a part of the biggest and most famous auto race in the world: the Indianapolis 500.

As an Indianapolis, Indiana real estate agent, I love helping people sell and/or move into beautiful new homes. I love it even more when they invite me to parties at their new house - especially Indy 500 bashes! If you're throwing a race party this year and need some decoration, food or overall fun ideas, I've put together a few ideas here, culled from a variety of other sources, to help make your party stand out.


Top 10 Indianapolis 500 Driver Pet Peeves

from Late Night with David Letterman

10. Radio loses FM signal in fourth turn.

9. You crash going 200 mph and you end up in a Marv Albert blooper reel.

8. Suction cup Garfield blocks view of track.

7. Going fast is scary!

6. Having to take a leak with 100 laps left.

5. Forgetting to remove "the Club" before the race starts.

4. When the tape player eats your "Chorus Line" cassette before you've even gone 50 laps.

3. People who pronounce it "Grand Prix."

2. When wife says you lack viscosity.

1. Potholes.

Party Favors:

Give each guest a diecast race car with a balloon tied to it. The kids will love it when mom and dad get home after the party.

Checkered Flag Sheet Cake

OK, yes, it's a bit of work, but a talented cake decorator (if you have one in your family) can put this together relatively easily and quickly. Just lay out the sheet cake, frost it like a checkered flag, and adorn it with tiny race cars. I bet you can probably even find one at a local grocery or bake shop.

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Come up with a few prizes to give away for whoever is dressed in the best Indy 500 or racing get-up. Other contests can surround each guest estimating the number of crashes that will take place or how many yellow flags are induced.


Look around the house or garage. As an Indianapolis resident, have you accumulated any Indy 500 memorabilia or promotional items over the years? Racing flags, checkered prints, commemorative cans and bottles, posters, newspapers and any of a multitude of racing-oriented items are distributed to the public every year. See what you can find and sit it out!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lisa Parrett's Indianapolis Pacers Beat the Heat Fan Page (and LeBron James jokes too).

In honor of our beloved Indianapolis Pacers, I feel obliged to offer Indy fans a wide variety of opportunities to share their wittiness with family and friends concerning the greatness of the Pacers versus the mediocrity of Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

All of the content below has been culled from other sources and I hope you'll feel free to share your own witicism, jokes and one-liners by commenting in the area at the bottom of this post. And, go Pacers!

Lebron One-Liners:

1) LeBron? No I don't think I know him. Doesn't have a ring to it.

2) I heard that LeBron James wanted to be in The Green Lantern, but the director wanted someone with experience wearing a ring.

3) Why couldn't LeBron have a shot with Beyonce? Because he couldn't put a ring on it.

4) What's the difference between Saturn and LeBron James? They're both big and full of gas, but at least Saturn has rings.

Miami Heat Jokes:

1) What does a Miami Heat fan do when his team wins the NBA Finals? He turns off the video game system.

2) What is the difference between a Miami Heat player and a baby? A baby eventually stops crying.

3) Why do Miami Heat fans wear white to home games? To provide extra handkerchiefs to players.

4) What do you call an Miami Heat player with a championship ring? A thief. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fundraising Event May 19, 2012 for a No-Kill Animal Shelter in Brownsburg, Indiana

Wherever you live in the Indianapolis area, get yourself and the dogs out of the house this Saturday and cruise to Brownsburg for a morning and afternoon of animal-friendly fun. Even better, you'll help support the construction of a no-kill animal shelter. And that's a beautiful thing!

The Misty Eyes Animal Shelter & Learning Center, intended to be Hendricks County’s first & only no-kill shelter, is holding its Spring Jamboree this Saturday, May 19th at Williams Park in Brownsburg.

The fundraising event, held between 10am and 6pm, will feature live entertainment, games of skill, delicious food, a silent auction, car show and plenty more. Vendors will be selling arts, crafts, home goods, fresh produce and more!

Admission is free but donations are welcome and will be used to build a facility. Williams Park does allow dogs as long as they are leashed, so please feel free to bring your pet!

Williams Park is located at 940 S. Locust Street in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Did I mention that the list of silent auction items is huge? Hope to see ya there!

More on the Misty Eyes Spring Jamboree

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Indianapolis Woman Builds Business in Safe Household Products

“It’s scary to think about the amount of toxins we are unknowingly exposed to on a daily basis,” says Jodi Trotter, owner of a new Indianapolis business helping families attempt to live free from these toxins. “People know the dangers of second hand smoke or being exposed to pesticides, but they don’t often think about the toxic chemicals left behind by household products on their dishes, counters, clothing, or furniture. Those toxins can then leach into our food, be absorbed through our skin, or even inhaled. “

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Enter Retro Betty’s, a business that helps families, including their pets, live free from these dangers. Trotter started Retro Betty’s after learning to create her own safe household products. “My husband and I had been trying for many years to start a family to no avail. With neither of us suffering from any medical conditions that would cause such issues, we had to look at our lifestyle.“

Trotter and her husband became acutely aware of every item that got near their bodies. She began researching how each product she used in her home could affect her body’s ability to become pregnant. “I learned that virtually all commercial laundry detergents and cleaning products contain endocrine disruptors which affect your natural balance of hormones and can cause, among other things, inhibited fertility.  But even scarier was the fact that they contained numerous known carcinogens. Even the products labeled as green still contained toxins. I knew I had to take matters into my own hands.”

After learning how to replace all of her household products with safe, non-toxic versions, she took her knowledge to the masses. Trotter opened Retro Betty’s and began selling these products to others who shared her concerns. Trotter says, “My grandmother’s generation knew how to make the products they needed to keep a clean home. It is an art that has been lost. Our modern lives are ones of convenience and sadly that has come at a cost. We keep a clean home to keep our family healthy, but are unaware of the dangers we are actually bringing into our home. These products have been linked to varying issues, including ADHD, autism, cancer, obesity, infertility, birth defects, and miscarriage.“

Retro Betty’s sells varying types of safe, all natural cleaning products, with even more currently in development.

For more information on Retro Betty’s or for a full list of products, visit Retro Betty's