Tales from a Shopkeep: Bloomington’s Bicentennial

Today the fam and I ventured into the wild (ok, downtown Bloomington) to visit the City’s Bicentennial Street Fair held on Kirkwood Ave between Walnut and Indiana, which, for those of you that aren’t familiar with organizing festivals (and wrangling cats) is a SUPER HUGE endeavor. It really is no small feat to close down … More Tales from a Shopkeep: Bloomington’s Bicentennial

Pinterest Picks-Weekly Round-up

The world is a constantly changing place.  Every day more girls are educated. More women accept powerful positions.  Women are changing the world.  Empowered women empower women. Here’s a few results from Pinterest. Be inspired… Keep it up… Show the world… Always learn more…   To always remind you…

Love Living Local-Summer with Kids

School’s out! Now what? It’s been a conversation I’ve heard a lot lately.  I don’t have kids, but I hear tons of exchanges from my friends, “What’s Johnnie doing this summer?”  “Has Susie ever gone to xyz camp?” “We are planning to __________.” Luckily Bloomington has tons of activities for kids. Art Activities Does your child love … More Love Living Local-Summer with Kids

Love Living Local

Bloomington is rich in diversity, art, culture, and oppportunity.  On any given day, I might speak to someone from faraway country, interact with a different culture, see beautiful works of art, or eat delicious world-class food.  But my favorite thing about Bloomington is this community’s rich giving culture.  Bloomington is home to hundreds of nonprofits, services organizations, community organizations, … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

After starting a new job, getting ready to move, and keeping up with everyday life, I am a little worn down.  It’s time for a little self-care.  Pinterest is my best friend right now.  I’m creating my own routine to take care of myself.  I don’t have to look too far.  Thankfully Bloomington offers a … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Spring (fingers crossed) is here to stay.  I’m continuing my staycation plans for Spring Break this week.  If you missed the first part of the Bloomington Staycation, read it here.  So away we go! Outdoors: I always explore the natural landscape wherever I travel.  Staying at home is no different. I’ll be doing a little hiking … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Although we didn’t have a terribly cold winter, I am ready for spring: sun shine, warm breezes, open windows. I am even ready for all the muddy paw prints and extra mopping I do this time of year.  Spring also has one giant advantage-spring break.  Even though I’m not in school, I still look forward … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Romeo and Juliet. Bonnie and Clyde. Mickey and Minnie. Johnny and June. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Sandy and Danny. Portia and Ellen. Beyonce and Jay-Z. Lucy and Desi. Ken and Barbie. It’s the season of love. Flowers and chocolate. Romance. And there is no better place to celebrate than Bloomington.  Ok maybe Fiji or Paris … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Winter brings some of the bleakest days of the year.  Actual evidence suggests more people are depressed this time of year more so than any other.  It’s cold (well usually). The sun is on vacation. So how do we beat these winter blues? I find a balance being productivity, relaxing time solo and energizing time … More Love Living Local

Tales from a Shopkeep -There Goes the Neighborhood

A couple of years ago, when I first moved into Fountain Square Mall, I started to make friends with the other business owners that I would learn to call my neighbors, and eventually some of my best friends. Across the hall, I continued to get to know Nancy Bradley, the (former) owner of O’Child Children’s … More Tales from a Shopkeep -There Goes the Neighborhood

Love Living Local

With this series, I wanted to share all the possibilities of living local in Bloomington, from breakfast with parents, an afternoon with the kids, or night on the town.  However I realize I have never discussed why I value living local. As a community, Bloomington values small local business.  We pride ourselves on local ingenuity … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

As the holidays come to a close, we start the long haul to spring break. Even when you’re not in school, we still wait for that first sign of spring. But we have plenty to do! Bloomington is never short on activities. So here is my list of ideas: Read a classic novel  One of … More Love Living Local