Fitness Friday: Running in the Leaves

It’s been a month since my last run.  Ashamed to say that.  But time to get honest with myself.

I got out to my trail this week.  And the run was worth it. My trail.  Full of leaves.  I could feel the stress melting off of me and the crunching of the leaves was so therapeutic.




Giveaway: Indianapolis Children’s Museum Haunted House

I don’t like to be scared.  I’m a super-jumpy person.  Ask anyone who walks into my work office without knocking.  I jump out of my skin.  The Farmer thinks it is hilarious to sneak up on me.  I’ll jump a milk.  And the kids constantly are trying scare me.  It’s not hard!

I’ll also admit to not being someone who really enjoys Halloween.  Except for the candy.  I like free candy.  Especially Mounds bars.  Feel free to send those my way.

So when I was offered a chance of a preview tour of the Indianapolis CHildren’s Museum Haunted House, I hesitated.  And I asked them a lot of questions, specifically if anyone was going to jump out at me!

Thankfully, our preview was during their Lights On hours.  And it was neat to see the amount of work that goes into this Haunted House.  This year’s theme is a Creepy Carnival.  As someone who has both an amateur circus and a well-loved county fair in my backyard, this felt a bit like some of my home stomping grounds.

I hate clowns.  I’ve said that many times in this blog.  So the first thing we saw was this…a giant clown’s face.  My Monkey isn’t really thrilled with clowns either, as you can tell by her face!!  Despite my fear of clowns, lights on or off, this was a great feature.  Kids can crawl through the mouth into a different part of the museum.  My Little Man thought that was great!

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The entire Haunted House had really fun spots.  And neat things to look at.  The girls loved the black lights in the rooms!  They glowed in the dark!

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It was a pretty quick visit through the Haunted House.  I was told that the typical visit is about 15 minutes.  Maybe a bit more for the Lights On hours, probably less for the extreme scare hours.  There are also chicken exits, just in case you can’t make it through!

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Details for the Haunted House:

IPL’s Lights-On Hours

(Recommended for children who scare easily)

  • Wednesdays–Saturdays: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Halloween: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • The Haunted House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours
(Recommended for children who dare to be scared)

  • Thursdays–Saturdays: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • There are no Frightening Hours on Halloween
  • The Haunted House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Williams Comfort Air’s XTREME SCREAM
(Recommended for teens and adults)

  • Fridays and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25: 9–11 p.m.


  • Children under 2 are free.
  • Lights-On and Frightening tickets are $7 online or at the museum Box Office. Tickets are also available at AAA and Orange Leaf locations.
  • Lights-On and Frightening tickets $6 at Marsh Supermarkets. Save $2 on Haunted House/museum combo ticket at Marsh
  • Xtreme Scream tickets are $12 online or at the museum Box Office.

I’m giving away 2 tickets!  This will be a short contest, since Halloween is right around the corner.  If you want to win them, please like my Facebook page and leave a comment below. Giveaway ends October 26, 2014 at Midnight EST.  Tickets will be mailed on October 27.

Good luck!


While the Indianapolis Children’s Museum provided me and my kids with free admission to the Haunted House and tickets for a giveaway, my opinions expressed are my own.  I still hate clowns.  No one can change that opinion.  

Wine Wednesday: Kokomo Wines 2012 Merlot

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Sing with me… Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama Key Largo Montego, baby why don’t we go Ooh I wanna take you down to Kokomo, we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow That’s where we wanna go, way down in Kokomo. I’m not sure […]

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Wine Wednesday: Holman Ranch Rose’

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I love Rose’ wine.  I’ve written many wine blogs on my reviews of Rose’.  Everything from sparkling, sweet, Indiana’s own Chambourcin Rose’ to some fine French styles.  I drink Rose’ year-round and am not afraid to open a bottle just because.  It will always be my favorite style of wine! California’s Holman Ranch recently sent […]

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Family Farming

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It’s October.  Around here, that means The Farmer is knee-deep in harvest and I’m running 2 girls to basketball, school activities and all of their other activities, dragging the Little Man along for the ride and continuing to work my own full-time job while doing a 3 hour commute a day.  To put it simply, […]

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My Indiana State Fair


On this final day of the Indiana State Fair, I’m filled with memories of previous fairs and fun.  This is my 21st fair in a row where I have worked in some capacity.  I started out as an intern in 1994 with the Indiana Soybean Growers.  I spent two summers as an intern for soybean […]

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Saying Goodbye…


This has been a week that has had me in tears.  A week I hope I don’t ever have to relive.  A week where I said goodbye to my first childhood best friend.  I laughed as I remembered some of our funnier stunts.  And wept when I realized that I won’t be laughing with her […]

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What’s your favorite thing to eat at the Indiana State Fair?


I believe I have attended the Indiana State Fair for at least 3/4ths of my life.  For 10 years, it was as a 4Her, anxious to see how my projects did against other champion projects from around the state. For the past 20 years, I have been involved in the State Fair, either as an […]

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See me…I’m Vlogging!!


I really don’t know if “vlogging” is a word accepted by Webster’s Dictionary. If it isn’t, I’m adding it to my vocabulary. Because I’m video blogging! Yes, I’m learning to accept I have hair and hips for radio. But my voice has always been my strong point. My first career was behind a microphone as […]

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A Failed Calculus Exam but a Kiss from a Boy

Rusty and I

It is the Friday of finals week at Purdue. The campus is filled with caffeine-driven, sleep-deprived, panicked and anxious students. It is a week I don’t miss, although I do have found memories of one finals week. Purdue finals week 1993 holds a special place in my memory. And it wasn’t for the stellar grades […]

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