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Author Heather SokolHeather Sokol is Hoosier born and bred. She and her hubby live in Central Indiana with their four active kids, ages 8 to 16. They enjoy exploring Indy on a quest for family fun, from theater and sports to museums and playgrounds. The real challenge is finding activities that appeal to kids, tweens, and teens at the same time. That's why she often leaves them home to enjoy date night or girls' night instead.


Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar Restaurant Review

Petite Chou is a bistro-style restaurant in Clay Terrace, a spinoff of the popular Cafe Patachou. But while Patachou is a little more casual, Petite Chou has a classy, French-inspired style. Maybe it’s the “champagne bar” part that makes it feel so fancy. It actually felt like a little much for the girls’ night I […]

Big News for Big Families: Kids Eat Free at Earth Fare

#CarmelIN – Thursday night is Earth Fare Kids Eat Free night, and this is huge news for our larger family! There are many restaurants in the Indianapolis area that offer free kids nights. Typically you get one, sometimes two, free kids meals for every adult meal purchased. At Earth Fare Kids Eat Free Night, you […]

Ted’s Montana Grill in Clay Terrace (Photos)

#CarmelIN – On our anniversary, my husband and I decided to use a gift card we had received to enjoy a nice dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s ordinarily a little out of our price range, but it’s always worth it and makes for a fabulous special occasion meal. The service is always awesome, though […]

6 Photos that are Undeniably Carmel

#CarmelIN – Carmel, Indiana is a unique city north of Indianapolis. Clay Terrace, the Art & Design District, West Clay — Carmel’s personality is really unmatched in the area, and we have the pictures to prove it. Here are some of my favorite Carmel Indiana photos: Even the water towers are fancy in Carmel. This […]

Mellow Mushroom in Carmel: Delicious Pizza, Fun Decor

#CarmelIN – One of my favorite places to eat in Carmel, Indiana is Mellow Mushroom. It’s quirky, unusual decor creates a fun, light atmosphere for a casual lunch or family dinner. I’m fairly new to Mellow Mushroom, having missed the significance of this unassuming pizzeria, but I’ve quickly become a fan. The first time I […]

Abuelo’s: Classy Mexican Food

Abuelo’s sits below the Keystone interchange in Carmel, Indiana. When you come into the Lowe’s plaza, there’s a sign that reads “Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.” On Friday night, my husband somehow misread it as Classy Mexican Food. And then we decided that was just as accurate. Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant is exactly the sort of upscale […]

10 Photos That Prove My Mall Is Better Than Yours

When Clay Terrace opened in Carmel, Indiana, I was thrilled to have quality shopping right down the street. I had my concerns, of course. Shopping outdoors and a lack of department store anchors were my main issues. But, I’ve decided I actually love it for exactly those reasons — and more! Clay Terrace is gorgeous, […]

Fanboys Comic Book Store Opens in Carmel

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. It’s an annual, nationwide event, held on the first Saturday in May, that my kids look forward to every year. This year, we had to squeeze it in between the 500 Festival 5K and an evening of roller derby. So, we needed something a little closer to home. Then […]

Royal Lunch for Mom’s at Carmel Dairy Queen

I’m always amused by quirky choices for special events. My high school yearbook lists McDonald’s as the #1 choice for pre-prom dinner. White Castle’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner cracks me up. Plus, now you can make special reservations to treat Mom like royalty at the Carmel Dairy Queen. They are currently taking reservations for Mother’s […]

Girls’ Night at J. Razzo’s

Last night, several friends and I celebrated a birthday at J. Razzo’s in Carmel, Indiana. This was my second visit to the restaurant, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. J. Razzo’s features upscale Italian with a large wine selection, and a fun cocktail list with localized names for martinis and […]

Two Central Indiana Cities Rank as America’s Safest Suburbs

Two Central Indiana cities topped the list of America’s Safest Suburbs, with Carmel, Indiana coming in first place. This comes as no surprise to those of us who live and leave our cars unlocked in Hamilton County suburbs. Still, it’s always nice to see the data backing up our feelings of security. Using crime data […]